Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 86 | 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 GordonQuid
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dimpled pub mug.

Chesnut/amber, clear with a nice rocky head and clinging lace.

Smells of fresh bready malts, spicy hops and a bit of cinnamon and honey.

Taste is smooth, spicy blend of spicy hops and bisuitty malts, buttery and wet.

Warm and inviting medium bodied offering.

Very good!

Photo of bamadog
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this when I was picking some bottles up for a trade and thought it may be worth a shot. It came across as something that's worth trying, but nothing mind-blowing. Review is from notes taken on 11/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: As the bottle states, it certainly pours a dark mahogany color; starts with a a short, creamy, light tan head that fades immediately to nothing but a thin, faint skim; body is dark, but does show some violet-amber highlights and it doesn't appear cloudy; only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Some sweet maltiness and light hints of toffee -- not is rather weak and comes out a little as it continues to warm, but really nothing beyond the sweet, candy root beer barrel like maltiness.

Taste: Not too bad, and a little better than the smell lets on -- nice warm toffee flavors and a bit of an earthy nuttiness; a slight hop bitterness is lingering in the back as well; comes across a little more complex than it lets on; the ABV is really minimal in flavor for something that's 8.3% and overall, it's quite sweet and it really does remind me of the candy root beer barrels.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is light and allows the body to be fairly smooth; a thin, dry and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; the belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Drinkability: Not too bad, nothing overly special though; good for a cool night as it does have a bit of a warming presence; the body really isn't too heavy at all either, but I do think the ABV would start to catch up if more than 2 were had in a night.

Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

Photo of mjn5036
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle cracked open and poured into chalice. Very little head arose, even with a rough pour. There is quite a bit of carbonation however, as a stream of bubbles race from the bottom to the top of the glass ever inch or so around the circumference. The very minimal head reduces to a very thing ring around the glass and this absolutely beautiful white spider web pattern of foam across the middle. The color is burnt cherry oak, rich mahogany and leather bound books. This is a damn fine looking beer.
Oh how looks can be deceiving. The nose on this one very malty, toasted grains, roasty and maybe, maybe, a slight spiciness. Really not much going on here.
The taste has me picking up on sweet malts, roasty flavors, alcohol presence, toffee, caramel and maybe some resemblance of hop bitterness in the aftermath. It reminds me very much of a barely wine. I find myself enjoying this one a little more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly thinner than I was expecting. Carbonation is decent and is relatively smooth on the palate. This would seemingly make it more drinkable but the heavy malts and inherent alcohol bring it back down. This one is definitely something to warm you on a cold winter night. While there are superior winter warmers, more easily available, I did enjoy this one and thought it was pretty good.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Hazy and nearly opaque.

S - Musty and dank smelling with some rich malty notes and a hint of hazelnut. Just a slight reminder of the ABV in the sinuses. The nose isn't very appealing to me at all.

T - Thankfully the smell of this one is forgiven as soon as I take a sip.... Malty sweetness up front, followed by a roasted bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced for being so malty. Just a hint of hops can be picked up in the finish along with dark chocolate and toffee notes that linger well after each sip. Quite a complex mix of flavors that work very well together. Sweet, Malty, and Bitter all at once.... I really enjoy the flavor profile of this one.

M - Big bodied and smooth with a slightly creamy texture that works harmoniously with the complex malt flavors.

D - Ho Ho WOAH!!?! This beer is 8.3% ABV? Absolutely nothing about this beer hints of that kind of strength. Utterly drinkable for how big it is. A truly wonderful Winter Seasonal that I will certainly enjoy again. This one really surprised me, and is now going to be a beer that I seek out annually during the Holidays.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Beautiful mahogany color, but very little head, lacing, or carbonation.

S- Sweet smell of cherries.

T- Rich and syrupy sweet with some roasted malt flavors. I taste hazelnuts and again cherries. Some hops flavors on the back end.

M- Low carbonation. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel.

D- 8% and very sweet. This is probably a one and done beer for me on a cold night.

All in all a decent warmer. This beer improves with warmth. Don't drink right out of the fridge.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Avery Old Jubilation is sweet, sticky, and smooth.

It poured very dark copper with no head. It left a clear glass. The smell and flavor had strong brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness. There was a slight stinging metallic aftertaste. The ale was smooth and watery, leaving only a sticky feeling on the lips and tongue adding to the similarities between it and licorice-flavored hard candy.

Avery Old Jubilation has the look, flavor, and feel of flat root beer.

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light chocolate color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour. This dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Not as prominent as I would have thought. Toasty malts, smoke, slight spices. As it warms some earthy tones come through, breadiness, and dark fruits.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Toasty malts up front combined with heavy caramel reach my palate first. Slight cocoa, smoke, and spicy hops come in next. It finishes with a slight bitterness, spics such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy overall, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry/bitter.

Drinkability - For such a high ABV, quite high. Not overwhelmingly spicy for a winter warmer, so I could definitely see myself putting back a couple of these with no problem and getting some nice psychological warming from the high alcohol on a cold winter night.

Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head. Smells of buttered toast. Taste is an earthy phenolic beginning, with a toffee middle, and a piney, tart finish. Rich mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation. This beer is certainly a sipper, but I would definately get it again.

Photo of codewarrior
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz from a 6-pack. Poured into a snifter.

One of the last bottled non-large-format beers I expect to buy from Avery, as they are mid-switch to can-town, on the heels of Oskar Blues, Ska, Wynkoop and Upslope.

L: Walnut brown, little head. Looks a bit cloudy, but the pour is a touch cold ...

S: Cold, a little musty. Slight sweetness, slight dankness. Not much going on here all in all.

T: Smooth sweet into a raw meat center. Backs off into unabashed booziness. The 8.3% is more noticeable here than the 15% in Meph. 8.3% here is like tits on a bull.

F: Real thick, creamy. Avery always nails the feel for me.

D: Take it or leave it ... I'll leave it for the most part.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded.

S - Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell...

T - There's a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it.

M - Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer.

D - A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.

Photo of adam42381
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

Photo of stephiehefe
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer in my opinion. On a lazy day, I'm drinking it from the bottle...no glassware=no glass-washing. :) Honestly, I can say that the first sip is the best...full of robust chocolatey, malty yum-ness...but that flavor regresses a bit as I nursed the beer over an hour or so. Yeah, I know...who nurses a beer of such immediate yum-ness (again...too lazy to search for a good descriptive word!)...for an entire hour? Well, that's how I roll...especially while cooking delicious blend of roasted zucchini, bell pepper and red onion to go with my grilled chicken breast...for one.
Hey why not? The bf is out of town, and after work, it's a perfect way to "ho ho whoa" myself to sleep...to quote the Old Jub bottle itself :)...
so overall review? The beer is worth checking out...and I'm interested to see how it progresses over the next 1-3 years. A tiny gem among the Avery jewel chest.

Photo of stimulus
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear brown/amber with a beige head that leaves light lacing.
S: Sweet malts and hazelnut for sure.
T: Big, sweet, and malty, with smooth hazelnut, caramel, and toffee flavors. Not even a speck of alcohol throughout.
M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
D: This needed to warm up quite a bit, but it sure tastes great now. Quite a smooth, malty beer that can probably get better in a year or so.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.

S: Nose has roasted malt, spice

T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses

M: Thin, light booze

D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a small snifter to be sipped and savored.

Pours an attractive mahogany with a finger of light tan head that builds and sticks despite the appropriately low level of carbonation.

Heavily caramelized sugar, figs, warm bread, toasted nuts and a very mild roast note form the broad malt spectrum. Hop bitterness balances admirably while an earthy punch of flavor hits harder than anticipated.

A very fine example of Old Ale. This one is pretty fresh and it's great as is, but would be just as interesting with some age on it. Old Jubilation is one of Avery's most overlooked and best put together beers. A perfect choice for sipping by the first fire of the year.

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

This one poured a nice dark red with slight hints of orange here and there. Upon it sat an...oatmeal colored head, very nice to look at.

Smell - malts first greet me. I'm used to IPA's so I was expecting a waft of hops. I forgot the style that I was drinking! Very nice malts...some sweetness, but no spices. I don't think any were added. Nor was it supposed to have any.

Taste - Definitely a winter warmer...reminds me of a stout/porter..but minus the coffee/chocolate. Maybe more of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel - full bodied mouthfeel, even more so when it warms up. The carbonation is just right for this style.

Drinkability - I think I could have a couple of these on a cold winter night. At 8% it'll be sure to keep you warm. Nice to see it that they make it all year around but I like to keep it special for the winter/holiday months!

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Argghhh! Some days are simply frustrating...

A deep ruby red in color, with a couple fingers of nice, soapy head. Leaves good lacing, but lacks good carbonation. Deep, sweet aromas of fig, ripe pineapple and some spices...Actually, smells a little like Swedish Glogg...Huge and delicious flavor profile. Really love the upfront blast of flavor. Lots of fig, spice, and even a little dark chocolate in the late middle, early finish. Some alcohol in the middle and especially in the finish, and it ultimately hurts the beer. This is like the girl that was way more wild than you first thought she would be. Like you went out on a third date to meet her friends, and they were some members of MS-13...Too late to just dump her ass, but way too much to deal with...Beautiful until the end...well-balanced, too...Great except for the alcohol finish...well-priced, too...

What I like most: The awesome, robust flavor.

What I like least: The alcohol in the finish.

Verdict: Very good and well-priced, worth finding and driking but beware the finish!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

Photo of PDXHops
2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Deep mahogany body with intense ruby highlights. Modest head, but nice sticky lacing.

This has a distinct shortage of sweetness compared to a typical winter warmer. I'm usually the one complaining about a beer being too sweet, but the lack of it definitely hurts this style and this particular beer. Not a ton of punch to the nose, but the flavors are pretty interesting. Dry malt profile with a fair dose of burnt character and toasted wood, perhaps a little smoke. Bitterness aplenty, flirting with astringency. Hop flavors are quite earthy. As it warms, it gains sweetness that seems to be lacking a partner in crime. Finishes way too clean to be a proper "warmer". Decent brew, a little unfocused. A bit of aging might do this one some good.

Photo of rembrant
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks....Almost red,a garnet color,rather clear. A frothy head forms and does not last long. At the end of the glassful, the lacing has left a trail up the full sides.

Aroma, rather pungent,earthy malts,some coffee,some slightly burnt toast,dark fruits, Prune,currant,breadiness,a suggestion of alcohol

taste Nice complexity with a rather distinctive flavor combo. There's a Coffee,a brief hint of English toffee,some fruitcake with brandy,a earthy/grain/roasty malt-yeast that's a bit different,seems sort of German,and a smooth end game where a hop finish eases in. The Hops don't bring a real Pine or citrus, but in a rather Euro fashion do the Bitter End without a specific flavor.

i noticed that there were some aspects that were a tad abrassive,as the dark coffee,some woody notes,some background sweets and the dry tasting euro hops clashed a bit. After it warmed more,those things merged a bit better.

this is a rather curious beer that brings the complexity of a big brandywine,at a nice price. They didn't QUITE nail it,but I found it interesting as a "change of pace" beer to explore further.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. enough body and viscosity,a proper level of carbonation. The finish is a proper "Beer" ending,not lacking though not a sustained hop shot.

Drinkable- there's a whole lot of flavor combos and some get a bit heavy or quirky. My take is this is a One At a Time beer that is a nice 'changeup".

i don't think Avery quite nailed it,but I applaud the concept. This is full of unique and interesting things,even if not a style I tend to favor. there's some sort of Euro thing,maybe a yeast,that seems familiar and is not one I tend to like,but that's not too big of a part in this beer. here it shares the stage with many flavors.

This stuff is at a pretty reasonable price,is complex and worth pondering. Perhaps it is a beer that becomes an acquired taste?

Photo of nas5755
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with a small head and some lacing

S- some dark fruit notes, very malty

T- leather notes, light tones of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, biscuit notes

M- medium carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer nothing to complain about nothing to rave about.

Photo of ectomorph
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no best by or freshness dating... It's a winter warmer purchased in August, so it's anyone's guess.

A - Dark mahogany with dark ruby highlights and a light tan cap of dense foam 2 fingers thick.

S - Unsweet chocolate, light roast coffee, and a black fig malt impression. As it begins to warm, there is a roasted wood aroma.

T - Chocolate covered coffee beans is met with an assertive hop bitterness. Light cherry and smoking apple wood. Very nice.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. The brew clears the palate well, inviting the next sip in line.

D - For an ale of 8% ABV, very high. For a daily drinker? Moderate to low.

Another great Avery Brewing product at a great price.

Photo of ruckus232
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly clear medium/dark brown in color with a little bit of a tan head.

Smell: Toasted malted smell but almost to the point of having a burnt type scent.

Taste: Still has the toasted taste but without the burnt taste I noticed in the smell. The taste is actually more bitter then I would expect but the taste is not very complex and fades sort of fast.

Note: The taste is not bad but its nothing too exciting. It is however a lot better then the smell.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a nice deep dark ruby color with ample offwhite/tan head. Smells initially of caramel malts and some piney bitterness, with a spicy aftertone. Spiciness is more evident in the taste with the malts and pine notes finishing. Good feel with medium carbonation and smooth finish. Overall a nice winter beverage.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.