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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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1,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 62 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of TLove
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this beer is not weighed down by the brunt of spices that would normally accompany a winter warmer, this beer seems to me to be more like a DIPA in its hop structure. Frankly, the hoppiness of this beer really surprised me and perhaps rendered the beer a bit unbalanced on the back end. That being said, this is a good beer, but stylistically incomplete.

A decent, fluid red-brown color with a woody, bready smell and some strong, sweet malt on the mouth. There is not an overpowering presence of alcohol, which is surprising, especially due to the lack of heavy winter spices in this beer such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is a tint of spruce in this, but nothing like the Anchor Christmas ale.

After all I've heard about this beer, a bit disappointing.

TLove, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with peach hues with lingering head and quite apparent lacing start to finish. Poured into a flouted ale glass

S- Fruit, vanilla, copper/iron

T- Malty sweet, not fruity sweet but fruit esters are present no doubt. I can feel and taste the hops pretty intensely in the finish

M- Good balance, maybe a little under carbonated. Warming alcohol in this case seems higher than 8% but isn't ridiculously obvious or overbearing by any means

D- Next!

smallbatchbrewer, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark amber with thin tan head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Big English malt smell: semi-sweet caramel and dark fruit predominately, with a slight touch of English hops.

Taste: Very malty and slightly sweet upfront with caramel and dark fruit evident. The English hop bitterness builds and lets its presence known long after each sip. Some alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium somewhat creamy body, with a very dry English finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a big, full flavored beer that is a showcase for both English malts and English hops.

bsp77, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now that fall is over, and I'm basically done reviewing the pumpkin and harvest beers, its time for the winters. I plan to try to hit as many winter beers as I can this year as well. The first on the list for now, Old Jubilation from Avery.

A: Pours a huge 3 finger head with lots of fluff that takes its time fading, perhaps too long as I want to drink the damn thing. A toasty reddish brown color darkens as light passes through making it pretty dark in color, otherwise its pretty clear.

N: Mostly sweet malts. I get a slight fruit raspberry flavor, and some molasses syrup, a little bit of spices, but mostly just a dark sweet malt aroma. Some brown sugar also comes out.

T: Wow! Taste starts like a smoked porter. I get a lot of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and some smoked malt! Crazy. Its pretty creamy and roasted with some dark fruits, and great malt flavors. Some nutty flavors begin to rise but don't get far. A slight alcohol taste and warmth bites. After a few sips the smoked, roasted, and chocolate flavors seem to dissipate, or just blend in. The creamy flavors never seem to fade, and a slight bitterness creeps up. I think I even get some molasses flavor.

M: Semi thick, creamy, decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with some lingering creamy flavors and chocolate malt, as well as roasted malts and dark fruits. A slight hop bitterness comes through on the finish, but its not very heavy. It finishes slightly clean, with a sticky feeling around the mouth that never really fades.

jlindros, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer looks GREAT! Big Big off white fluffy head sticks around forever. It fades into a powerful cake-like layer that lays atop a dark plum colored body. The thick foam leaves lacing all the way down.

S- Faint, sweet and malty.

T- Real malty, sweet and has a twang of hops and spice at the finish.

M- Smooth, round and full

D- Decent drinkability. The alcohol isnt overpowering.

MbpBugeye, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, medium brown with a respectable head that reduced to a thick skin. The aroma was hop citrus. The taste was a nice, almost maple syrupy, malt sweetness hitting the tongue first, and then the hop juice kicked in. The feel was full bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good, a second bottle would be fine but the 8.00 ABV would make any more risky. Overall, Old Jubilation had a well balanced flavor that reminded me of an APA, more so than winter warmer. Solid beer.

kegger22, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with an off white thick head.

Big smell is a cherry like malty delight. MMM

Taste is a smooth, biscuity, sweet and fruity.

Very creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. alcohol is not prevalent at all.

aubuc1, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a thick off white head with great retention. Foam sticks to the sides as it recedes to a foam cap.

Aroma is malty and sweet, somewhat fruity. Where is the spice profile of a winter warmer...? Aroma is pleasant, though.

Taste...malty, slightly hoppy at the end, I detect some chocolate. Some amounts of roasted flavors..all going together well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth. For the ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. Alcohol taste is fairly subdued.


kshankar, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this one every year. Dark and subdued in the nose compared to the amount of flavor it packs, this one shows a chocolate malt presence as well as a generous hops and dark fruits like plums and chocolate cherries. Nicely welded together with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and a big shot of warm cider. The booze is faintly present and warming which is appreciated. Nice lacing, mouthfeel is full, luscious and sudsy with understated carbonation.

natelocc787, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so, the color of this brew is a deep garnet color, with a moderate and slow carbonation. The head was almost nonexistent, but I would expect anything else from this style. The nose is a tasty malt profile with both a bread toast like smell, but with a lot of sweetness. The odor of spices and an alcohol sting are faint but present.

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Hits first with a bready flavor with a super creamy texture, this then develops into cookie-like malt sweetness with just a bit of hop bitterness, to fill out the flavor a bit it seems. The alcohol is slightly present on the backend but it's not harsh, just slightly warming. The moth feel is smooth and full on this and the taste seems to have a light taste of cream, or maybe vanilla, and definitely a kind of warm honey like flavor involved. Over all this is delicious and pretty drinkable for its 8% booze. My first winter on BA and I'm looking forward to the styles.

Thur123, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Cheers
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper/amber with a white head that quickly dissipates to some decent lacing.

S - Smells predominately of hops with malty undertones.

T - A semi-sweet malty ale with strong hop notes and faint taste of prunes followed by a slight burnt alcohol flavor.

M - A thick ale that coats the mouth. A bit heavy on the carbonation for my liking.

D - For a winter warmer this is a pretty sessionable ale that is not weighed down with a large amount of spices.

Cheers, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a thick coppery brown too deep to see through. A brownish, thick, dense head sits around for a little while and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is strongly malty with dark fruits and none of the spices one gets from the typical winter warmer. There's a bit of hops in here as well.
Hops presence is stronger than one might expect behind a firm malt backbone. A light sweetness is contributed. There's just a hint of a nutty flavor and a very subtle sort of roasted astringency that's just light enough for that tinge not to harm the flavor.
The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate. There's a crisp bite in an otherwise pretty smooth feel.
This may not be what one would expect from a winter warmer (being a very ambiguous "style"), but it's nicely-crafted and a good beer.

Brenden, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my quasi fluted glass,nice ruby red color.nice head retention and lacing.nose has sweet malt and dark cherries.

taste has dark fruit,bit of spice, chocolate,some roasted notes,somewhat sweet but finishes with nice bitterness.pretty drinkable.somewhat thin,but good.

not overly spiced like most winter warmers.

wyattshotmaker, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and clear texture. There was a large amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A very understated aroma of malt and some spices.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, spices, maybe a little caramel. Alcohol was noticable, but not overbearing. A solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A nice, well-balanced, drinkable Winter Warmer.

avalon07, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: caramel in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toffee and mocha

Taste: toasted malt, spices, nuts, sweet fruit, and a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium/light bodied, high carbonation, very sweet at the end

Drinkability: An above average winter warmer with a slightly off aftertaste. I would have this again, but only once per sitting.

tigg924, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - body= the color of dates or plums, creamy head, minimal but sticky. leaves some lace and looks heavy.

S - chocolate, roasted malt, smells like a hefty porter. very malt forward w/ earthy hops and notes of fresh ground coffee beans.

T - bitter, slightly citrus w/ heavy dark malt profile. ever-so slight smoke and curious nutty notes. alcohol isn't completely hidden but doesn't come through in too strong a manner.

MF - full bodied and carbonation somewhere in the middle but leaning toward the lower side.

D - on a cold night by the fire? 5.5! a sixer of this would go great w/ a game of poker with friends on a chilly winter eve. this is a sipper w/ a ton of malt. overall not bad, not greatness either. However I appreciate Avery's diversity and ability to craft so many different styles w/ such success and consistency.

bonsreeb85, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Amber/copper in color with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Malt and subtle spices
Taste-Caramel malt, spiciness, definite hop profile balances out the sweetness
Overall, a nice holiday ale-not overpowering on spices, nicely balanced and drinkable for the strength.

hosehead83, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Avery so I had to grab some of this holiday treat!
Appearance is brownish red body with a very thick froathy tan head.
Smell is sweet and brightly malted with some subtle earthy hop character and slight dark spice hints
The taste is layered with spice, subtle yet obvious. No obvious spice rings out but I get some corriander, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Sweet malt notes layer throughout and a nice hop finish rounds out with the swallow. Very pleasant and bright but not overly spiced at all.
Very crisp moutfeel.
Easily drunk by most, good to age for a litte bit, and easy for 8% abv

chaz410, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic.

thebeerdoctor, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- 330 bottle

A-- Poured a dark reddish brown color. One finger head, good lacing and it died quick.

S-- Sweet roasted malts and some carmel.

T-- Bitter at first and then a warming sensation. Nice combination I think.

M-- A little carbonation, a bit heavy. The hops are a bit big but good and you get a little bit of sweet also. Finishes well.

D-- ABV is there in the warming but a very nice winter warmer on a cold night in front of a fire. A little bigger at 8% but a good beer.

mulder1010, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

taste- semi-sweet roasted malt

color- red copper

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- roasted malt

body- medium-full, slight bitter finish

appearance- nice color, slight off-white head

overall impression- liked the body, sweet malt flavor, and bittering hops

notes- still not what i'm looking for in my christmas beer although it's the best example i've tasted thus far. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, stored at 42 degrees in my kegerator since I've bought it this December.

Old Jubilation pours a dark coffee bean brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. With a normal pour, this beer produces an immaculate 3 inch latte beige head that leaves just a slight bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is immense. Notes of caramel, coffee, and burnt malts dominate with dark fruits finishing. The flavor follows suit but much more complex. Hazelnut is right there, with caramel, toffee, roasted malts, toast, dates, and just a bit of vanilla. This is really a great tasting beer. I don't know if its the fact its been sitting for close to 6 months now and has really come together or it is that great. I think I'll have to re review when it comes out again in November. The mouthfeel is full, leaving a latte froth creaminess lingering on the palate. This is a very good beer. I find Avery beers really hit and miss. This would definitly fall under the hit moniker.

hwwty4, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is 2008 vintage.

Pours from the bottle dark brown with a small cap of short-lived brown head. Smell is subtle West Coast hops, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses; nothing too lively or interesting

Taste is sweet--syrup, toffee--with a touch of pleasant spices--nutmeg, orange peel. Just the ghost of alcohol around the edges of each sip. Seems well-crafted and styled just the way I like winter warmers-- not too much booze, not too much spice. Mouthfeel is full in body with a spicy, drying finish.

A well-rounded, easy to drink beer.

Riccymon, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of njmoons
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Winter and Old Ales, and Old Jubilation may be my favorite.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a relatively good head of foam that hold up well.

The aroma is tart cherry, currents, malt, and a wisp of alcohol. A great smelling beer.

The Cherry and Currents in the aroma take of the beginning of the taste, and remain for quite a while, then you pick up a good dose of malt, and the taste ends with a mild burn (as would be expected in a Winter Warmer), and a good dose of bittering hops. Wow

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are what you would expect from a quality brewed strong Ale.

Over all outstanding!

njmoons, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this stashed away for a while. Feels a bit cold enough to give it a crack.

Pours a nice brownish-red color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of raisin, spice and cream in the nose. Interesting mix. Seems good.

Taste is full of raisin, mild spice and not much else. Alcohol is still present but somewhat muted. Not volatile and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin, spice and alcohol heat. Somewhat thin for the style.

It's still quite drinkable but otherwise, i don't see much to rave about here. A solid winter warmer worth your consideration.

Brad007, Sep 14, 2009
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.