Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of surfer4life
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

A - Pours Very Dark Copper, with a decent size head. minimal lacing.

S - Raisins, cherries, delicious caramel malts, vanilla and some nuttiness.

T - Taste the cherries and raisins. Small hoppiness to balance it just right, Chocolate and caramel come through in the end.

M - Fairly heavy bodies with low carbonation, alcohol warms the mouth perfectly.

D - This is another highly drinkable beer from avery. Bottoms up!

Photo of exparte
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately sweet and earthy aroma of licorice, caramel and wood. Gorgeous deep reddish brown color with a thick, rocky head that lasts beyond the final drop. Substantial lacing. Medium sweetness with hints of nuts. Substantial alcohol warmth. Full body with a hefty mouthfeel. Lively carbonation with a lasting sweet malt finish. This is a big winner. Highly recommended for those cold winter nights, or anytime, really.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a deep dark ruby with a thin quarter inch cream colored head. This beer also provides us with a minimal amount of laceing and a shower of beads floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas are sweet nectars but yet not fruity, maybe just a sweetened maltiness that seems to have some fruits in it. A subtle hops is delightfully noted. No alcohol comes to mind but im sure its there.

Taste: Yes the the alcohol is there,but not abrassive at all. As a matter of fact, it blendes quite nicely with the sweetness coming from the toffeeish and brown sugared malts with a very quaffable hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The feel is in between medium and thick. It is slick, olily, and goes down very smooth. High amount of carbonation seems to be a plus for me, cause i tend to like this almost spritzy feel.

Drinkability: Wow! I must say this is a good beer, and i'll definitely have to put this in my winter rotation. Another great beer Avery has provided us with.


Cheers2Beers

Photo of redmagik99
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost black but not quite. not much head. smelled like a lot of hops and a little spicy, some plum-like fruittyness. i havent had many of the winter warmer style, but this brew was a lot hoppier than i expected. to the ipa level even. this is not a bad thing, as i love hops, but while the beer was still cold the spices were barely detectable at all. as it warmed a bit of cinnamon emerged, and thats about all. tasted like a victory hop devil but with a more snappy spice taste. regardless, though, this one was real tasty. effectively hidden alcohol, low carbonation, and a medium body makes it dangerously drinkable. wish i picked up a 6 pack instead of a single 12 oz. recommended.

Photo of cubedbee
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of red, two fingers of a beige head that quickly subsides to a small cap,and some great lacing. Aroma was sweet molasses, caramel, plums, and other dark fruits with a nice dose of grapefruit hops coming through, an indication of what is to come. Taste has a nice sweet complexity upfront, with hints of figs, prunes, roasted malt, nuts, and toffee followed by a big dose of piney resinous hops and a slight alcohol taste on the finish. This is a lot more hopped than most Winter Warmers I've had, and in this case it really turns out well, since the balance is right on. Medium bodied and very drinkable for it's alcohol level. I'll have to pick one up in season to compare against this one.

Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one had a year of age on it which could have altered and mellowed things.

Poured a dark ruby with a thin head that stuck around for a while and had nice lacing.

The aroma was of caramel, hazelnut, toffee, a touch of cocoa and some earthy elements.

Nice balance, slightly warming, toffee, caramel, nutty notes, and toasted breads. Some earthy notes balance things out.

Good medium body, smooth, warming, and enjoyable. Very good beer.

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

Pours clear mahogany brown color- ruby if held to a bright winter sun, the head rose 2 fingers or more of good light tan foam, the lace a filmy sheet persisted and finally receeded to the edge in a ring. The floral-citrus aroma of the hops and sweet malt blend with a hint of alcohol. I reminesse of brandy like on tap brews tasted at Schlafly's 2005 Winter Beer Fest that I found thickly malted and tangy with great mouthfeel and returned to again and again. Jubilation finishes with a big acidic feeland the hop spiciness, dry and lingering goodbye.

Photo of MidloRapid
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Nice it warmed up it was pretty smooth. Good choice for a cold night

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

I like this one. At first, it was alittle bit too hoppy for me, but then the hoppiness "calmed" down. The color was a deep amber with a nice frothy creamy head. The head lasted a little bit and then went down to a thick laceing. The smell was quite malty, mixed with a beefy and fruity body. The taste was similar to the smell, but more on the semi-fruity side. Mouthfeel was creamy/bubbly and balanced out pretty well. All in all a good offering from Avery. The first brew from them that I have had, and most likely not the last.

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

A - Dark brown, off white small head, leaves to disk fast. Some clingy lacing.

S - Deep bready malt and some spice.

T - Full bodied rounded malt taste with some spice added.

M - Round, good balance. Nice carb. Pretty thick, too.

D - For the style, would take some to get tired.

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

Now Quaffing: Avery Old Jubliation

A careful pour yields a healthy white head atop the sea of deep, clear crimson. Aroma is full of malt and I kept getting hits of gingerbread. Taste is surprisingly and pleasingly balanced coming from Avery. Starts sweet and finishes with slight tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and slightly creamy. The carbonation is soft and the alcohol is barely noticable in the taste. Good drinkability for an 8% brew. I could enjoy a few of these without too much protest on a chilly winter night.

Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public House. Pours a medium brown color with a tall head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of citrus hops but also has a nice malty backbone. The flavor has a great caramel malt character, but is joined by the citrus hop flavors. More hoppy than expected, but very well balanced. Very enjoyable. Drinkability is great for an 8% brew.

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

Really nice version of a Winter Warmer from Avery.

This one pours without much head, but leaves a good ring. Brown body with orange edges.

Candy sugar aromas, with a slightly rich/thick caramel malt ... sort of 'scotch ale like'.

Rich and thick on the palate, with some toffee coming throuh, mocha in the back, and boy does it stick to you.

Mouthfeel is very scotch-ale-like ... lower in carbonation, relatively thick and rich.

This one was pretty easy to finish - and esp good for those who enjoy their beer on the sweeter side of the equation.

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

Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...

A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.

S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.

T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...

M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.

D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.

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

This was a nice suprise. The big, bubbly head turns into a thick, whipped lacing. The color is dark red/brown and only allows a small bit of light to shine through. The nose is a sweet, malty sensation that lets the slightest breath of hops come through. The first taste reveals all sorts of flavors...chocolate, raisin, fig and apple come to mind. The "Jubilation" is evident as the alcohol makes itself known rather quickly. Definitely a sipper. The flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms. This is a great winter warmer!

Photo of AltBock
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that just screams out Christmas! It's this beautiful painting (couldn't find the name of the painter) of a mid 19th century moonlit Christmas night in where 2 people are on a horse drawn sleigh going to this big Southern style home to spend Christmas night and morning with the relatives. I just noticed that there are 2 people running beside the horse drawn sleigh. Either they don't want to be on it or the 2 people on it can't control it and those 2 people running by it jumped off ASAP, so that they don't get mangled in the sleigh accident. In front of the house it looks like the rest of the family has arrived to spend the night. No need to worry because that house can house the entire family and the whole US Army at the same time. It's that big. On the far left of the picture is a small house that I guessing is used to house the farm equipment or the servants. On the outskirts of the label to the right is the barcode and Government warning and to the left is just the address of Avery Brewing. What I couldn't explain was that at the bottom of the label is the words "Yeah, it is." I have no idea what that means or why it's even there. Avery didn't ask any questions on the label, so why is that there? It makes no sense right now. There is no back label or neck label that gives any information about the beer or any kind of brewing or best before date for that matter. I guess the picture is made to say it all, "drink it with family members during Christmas and you express great joy."

Appearance: The beer looked so nice in an Avery pint glass on their website, that I too had to put it in a standard American pint glass. I didn't have an Avery pint glass, so I had to use a Bell's Brewery pint glass. Same thing, different label. The beer looks much nicer in real life than on a website page. The beer was a dark mahogany brown with plenty of cranberry red highlights all through out the beer. If that wasn't enough, it had a long lasting beige head of foam that left tons of beige colored sticky lace around the glass. The beer looked just as nice as the label on the bottle did.

Smell: At first I noticed that it had a strange aroma of rusted barley with some citrus hops in the background. When it warmed up a bit, the rusted barley dissipated and turned itself into roasted malts. Quite a change. After the roasted malts left, some juicy fruits, citrus hops, and a pinch of coffee beans and caramel came through. It was pretty good, but that first aroma of rusted barley ruined it for me.

Taste: I'm glad that no rusted barley made it's appearance in the taste. That would have been bad. The first of the aroma to come through was some dark roasted malts. Then after that was the dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, nuts, bitter citrus hops, a splash of toffee, and just a tiny hint of caramel and alcohol at the end. Tons and tons of roasted flavors in this beers. If you like roasted flavors in your Winter Warmer, then you need to drink this beer immediately. For some reason I was expecting this beer to be something different than roasted flavors, but let's just say that I'm pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: This one was medium bodied, smooth, and with an aftertaste of those many dark roasted flavors that were the main staple of the taste. I couldn't taste or feel any of the alcohol here. The only time I noticed it was here was at the end of the taste and even that was on the small end.

Drinkability: A great label on the bottle doesn't make for a great beer, but this one did. The dark roasted flavors can warm you up on a very cold day. Would I drink this again? I sure would, even in the summer time I could drink this beer. Is this another good Avery beer? Yeah, it is! If you like malty roasty winter warmers, then this is the beer you should pick up.

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive frothy head of fluffy foam rests on top of a dark mahogany shaded beer. Oh my, this head is seriously chunky...looks like seafoam. Sweet malty aroma: coffee, caramel, and nuts - very inviting and yet restrained. Heavy malt flavor - chocolate and nuts held together by a sweetness that isn't cloying in any way. Take a big mouthfull and all the layers of malty goodness become quite evident. Very pleasant sweetness in the finish. Perfectly enjoyable closer to room temperature and no signs of its apparent strength anywhere. Smooth, near creamy mouthfeel actually begins to resemble a dry stout near the end of the glass.

What a delicious malty treat this is. Stuck inside on a cold day? This'll put you in a good mood. Its not a huge beer, but its probably worth cellaring to see what would happen to it.

Photo of awall422
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful deep red with an inch head that had good staying power and left nice lacing all the way down the pint. Aroma was failry sweet. Initial taste is almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet, with hints of raisins and prunes on the finish. The alcohol shows itself just a bit in heat, but just enough to make this a real "warming" winter ale. One of the best winter beers I've had, must find more!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown glass bottle.
Appearance: Dark maroon, iced tea appearance, with a couple bubbles escaping to the surface. Head is initially large, creamy white, which fades to a small frothy layer.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, roasty malts, hops are evident.

Taste: Strong yet very smooth, with almost no harsh bite. Roasted malt notes linger after the beer is gone, very nice. Alcohol provides a nice warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, very creamy, alcohol provides just a slight burning.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all night, after a cold day of being outside all day, it really hits the spot.

Photo of karengarys
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours rich dark brown, leaving little head after my slow pour. The fizz ring sticks to the side and slowly slides back in the glass.

Smell is very nice - chocolates and malts with some sweetness and darkness.

Taste is way cool. I am not a holiday beer fan where the recipies go over the top with the spices, especially corriander. This one is nice and mellow on the spices, just a hint of correander, maybe pepper. It has a malty sweetness, and a beautiful hop balance - a nice dryness with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

The finish is creamy and sweet. The back of your throat notices the pine hop the most.

it has a robust body.

This is probably one of my favorite winter beers to date. If you want to try a winter brew, but have been scared off by Anchor's or Sierra Nevada's, then turn to this and give it a try.

Just before I pushed "submit" I noticed the alcohol content. Holy cow! It sure hides the alcohol well!

Cheers!

Photo of leighton
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a firm, lingering tan head. Considerable lacing as the level receded.

Aroma: Nicely balanced between sweet, caramel notes and bitter hops.

Flavor: Flavor is at first sweet and malty, then quickly turns happily bitter with some nice, piney hop flavor. On the swallow, the bitterness prevails, leaving the mouth with a pleasantly bitter, sticky aftertaste. Some notes of toffee and burnt malts, adding to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-big in body. Light and fine carbonation. Slightly warming going down.

Overall Impression: Overall I was very impressed. A beautifully struck balance between malt sweetness and hop bite.

Comments: Bottle pour.

Photo of stimulus
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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 SkeeterHawk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours an invitingly clear deep mahogany color with a thick 1/2 inch head made up of mixed size bubbles. This head fell within about 5 minutes to leave a small ring around the edge of the glass. There are some bubbles rising to maintain the head. It leaves a thick lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toast and caramel going on in the aroma. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable in the aroma, adding a rich plum character to it.

Taste: Some darker caramel notes are noticeable at first...then some roast grains hit you pretty hard a few seconds into the profile (most likely Special B). There are some assertive bittering hops that mix with these intense roast grains to finally take over the malt and finish balanced pretty subtly toward the bitter. This is a medium bodied beer that crosses the palate pretty boldly. There is some noticeable alcoholic warming that you get from this beer, and this makes it seem a bit lighter bodied than it is.

Opinion: I think that this is a very enjoyable beer, and I like to keep some around to sample throughout the year. It is one that keeps well, so that's why I am reviewing a winter seasonal near the first of August. This beer is big and bold with a whole bunch of flavor. It is very close to a British Stock Ale in flavor and strength, though with a bit much hops for both styles. It is a really tasty brew, and one that I will be getting as regularly as it is released.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a ruby glow. The light brown head is large, thick, and creamy. Retention is very good. The aroma is that of rich, dark malts. Flavors of sweet chocolate stand out with notes of coffee. The taste is fantastic, many different flavors come together to create an excellent winter warmer. Rich, sweet malts stand out at first. Sweet chocolate tastes are most notable, with a touch of dark, bitter chocolate in the mix. A mild roastiness compliments the dominating flavors nicely, and a burst of dark fruit flavor towards the middle of a sip is a great touch. Hop bitterness is notable along with a mild dry hop flavor towards the finish. A trace of alcohol flavor rounds out a sip. I haven't had very many winter warmers, but, to date, this has to be my favorite. Highly recommended.

Photo of Shaw
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep mahogany in color with a large head that reduces to a nice dollop of foam in my glass.

It smells of caramel, roasted malts, and even a little smoky. A complex aroma, for sure.

The taste is excellent. Sweet flavors combine with just the right amount of coffee and astringent qualities to create the perfect balance. It's not a syrupy mouthful, like some of Avery's other brews.

The body is wonderfully smooth and glasslike. It just glides over my tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of Avery's best. It's also inexpensive, which is an added bonus. A great seasonal beer and well worth seeking out.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.