Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no apparent dating on it. Into a standard pint glass. Pours a rich mahogany with about one finger of foam that simmers down to a thin cap on the beer. Respectable lacing.

Smells of roasted nuts, toffee or caramel, and a slight hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is rich and malty. Again, roasted nuts (hazelnuts according to Avery), toffee, caramel, a little butterscotch, a bit of chocolate, and a lot of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is substantial and smooth. Somewhat slick as well. There is some alcohol heat thrown off towards the end.

Overall, this is a nice non-spiced Christmas beer with a very boozy warming quality.

Photo of psuKinger
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate, poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass.

A: Ruby Red, trending towards "light brown", with a pleasant 1-fingers worth off-white head on top that stuck around well and left nice lacing on my glass.

S: Very malty. Barley sweetness. Maybe a twinge of nutmeg? Whatever it is, the predominant smell I'm picking up on reminds me of a scotch ale.

T: Tastes like scotch ale, too. Sweet. Very sweet. Lots barley and bready sweetness. A touch of holiday spice underneath. I'm not sure if it's the standard "cinnamon and nutmeg" or not, but that's my best guess. Alcohol is mildly detectable near the middle of the taste.

I want to give this beer a fair shake, but I have to admit, almost immediately, that this is not "my style" of beer. "Malt bomb" would be the phrase that comes to mind if I were being derogatory. Sweet. Sweet sweet sweet. Cloyingly sweet. The breadiness doesn't "balance it out" for me. The spice is the one redeeming quality that's helping me from really docking this beer.

M: Mouthfeel is very good. I'd like a touch more carbonation (which held me back from giving it a 4.5), but CO2 is present, and this beer does cream up nicely in the mouth, and leaves a lot of dry sticky flavors behind on the finish.

D/O: I guess I'm just a beer drinker who likes/wants either big hop/citrus/floral/pine/bitter flavors, or big dark roasted/coffee flavors (and sometimes both of those together), or something "belgian". This beer is none of those things. My gut is telling me that, for what this is (with my limited experience with such styles, as based on my preferences, I generally avoid beers like this), this is fairly good. It's just not good FOR ME.

Photo of brwnchrstpher
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of afdempse
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

Photo of murraymj
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChuckS
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of icehawk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djbreezy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews

Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a woody brown, like table finished in dark brown veneer. On the edges there are more caramel colored highlights. Slimmish of white head leaves patches behind.

S: Aromas of light roast coffee, milk chocolate, the icing that goes on top of cheap crumpets, and molasses cookies…so, malty.

T: More assertive than the smell leads on to…black coffee, crème brulee, toffee. An astringent black strap rum tails in on the end.

M: Medium bodied that starts of a bit soft and then finishes with a quick sharpness/

O: Another massive malty winter brew. I’m appreciating this turn on winter seasonal - -stripped down and not dressed up with any outside spices and flavors. Just beer being beer. A good hefty winter beer that reminds you of a wool coat.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow this beer is pretty thick with a deep reddish amber color and a quarter inch of head that quickly turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells chock full of cherry and spices maybe some dark fruits like plums and cinnamon. A very nice hop presence keeps it all in check.

T - Strongest flavors I am getting are mostly oak and some toffee, rolling around my tongue the bitterness of the oaky hops really covers most of the spices but I do get some nice cherry tartness in the middle. Pretty good.

M - Well for an Old ale it had a pretty good medium to thick body but it drinks thinner.

Overall - Definitely not a bad winter warmer, since it had the thick body and smooth ABV I wanted but the oak and bitterness of hops was a bit cloying. Still a decent Old ale.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, fig. Sugars, caramel. Malts, smoke, cherry and a little vanilla.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with some hops, spices, and alcohol. Nice mix of cherry, caramel, apples, plum, and even a little hint of vanilla and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hit with malts, and lots of sugary flavors. Palette gets alot of bitterness from the hops, and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry, bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - Decent, a little to much booze up front and maybe a little unbalanced to be truly great. Its worth a drink but not world class by any means.

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DoctorDog
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 11-19-11

A - a deep mahogany body with a small and delicate white head. A pretty color, and very wintery

S - Rich caramel and dark fruits, vanilla, dry and smoked meats. pretty nice complexity, decent balance.

T - Pretty malty, bitter, and dry, some dark fruity sweetness and caramel. I can see this improving with some age.

M - Smooth and full. A bit warming.

O - this is pretty good, an interesting and complex beer. Could use some time to mellow out, I think.

Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark dark brown with thick foamy tan head and small amounts of carbonation to be seen streaming slowly up the glass

Smell- very nice mix of malty sweet nose with faint hop kick at the end, candied chocolate sweet nose

Taste- wow i really absolutely enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer it starts off very sweet and malty, with chocolate malt tones up front but this finish has nice hop bitterness and drying nature keeping it so nicely inn check, lovely balance

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with crisp drying finish

Drinkability/overall- i very much did enjoy this beer you appreciate the dryness as it build up more and more as you go, this is overall a very nice beer with great balance, i think i have to now start searching out many more old ales as right now this style of beer is just hitting me so perfect this winter

Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very sweet. Worty. Mildly spicy. Dark roasty malts. Can smell that caramel / roasty malt sweetness from 2' away.

Appearance: Dark brown color. Pours a two finger light brown head. Hard to see through due to the color, but also seems to be a bit cloudy. Lots of lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts, not as worty as the aroma suggested. Immediately turns mildly bitter from the hops. Mild English malts almost reminiscent of a brown ale for a brief moment. Mild pine bitterness. Some honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very mild carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Nice and oily regardless of the high alcohol content.

Overall: Easy drinking. Bold, pleasant brew. One of the better seasonals this winter.

Photo of Paincane
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany brown colored beer produces a thin off-white head when poured into pint glass. Leaves a thin rim of lace with some clinginess to glass.
S: Nutty, malty, caramel and boozy aromas are all present.
T: Malt, caramel, hazelnut, toffee up front. The ethanol adds a warm middle and there is a slight bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A bit syrupy at first. It certainly does not hide its 8.3% ABV.
O: A good but not great beer. Enjoyed it, but will not seek it out in the future. Glad I tried it.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.