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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | 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 usualpulp
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry color with a nice creamy head. The beer has very strong oak and fruit smells and flavors, that are very well balanced. Each sip finishes off with a nice bitter bite from the hops, but nothing too overpowering. The hops blend very well with the toasted malt, to form a caramel type flavor. This is a very good beer, too bad it is only available at winter.

usualpulp, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of cooncat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz glass - review date of Jan. 18, 2007. No "Best by" date on the bottle, but bought during the holiday season, and with an 8% abv, I'm sure it's well within date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious creamy head that actually exceeded the head space in my glass .. very nice. The color is a wonderful deep burgundy, almost opaque it's so deep.

The nose, to me, highlights piney and citrus hoppiness. A small undercurrent of bready maltiness is there as well.

The taste is a magnificent balance of bready and dark fruit maltiness, with the hops taking the background. Fine carbonation feel wonderful on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is that of a rich, full bodied beer. Wonderful! Balance is superb, but I'm really enjoying the maltiness and mouthfeel. Each sip is an experience in satisfaction. Rings and sheets of lacing last through the entire glass, adding to the character of this huge beer.

Winter wamer? Yes, but much more. Drinkabililty is just too good for its 8 % abv ... could be dangerous in quantities. This is probably one of the best seasonals I've had this Winter, and I've had a LOT of them. Highly recommended, and I'll be looking for this one again myself.

Cheers!

cooncat, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table crystal clear deep amber with an extremely long lasting head which laced and almost coated the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with camael and dark fruits and a very nice floral hop presence which was slightly citrusy. The alcohol content led to an estery component of the aroma.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a dark caramel and candy presence. The flavor had a nice malt backbone and a nice bittering component. The maltiness was deep and full of dark fruits.

The finish was just dry with lasting bittering lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. The alcohol warming was present and appreciated...

Pint on tap at Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC. Yee Haw! I don't know how this one got by the alcohol police in NC, but keep 'em coming...

GCBrewingCo, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find (I got this a year ago, though) but a very picturesque label all the same, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahagony brown color, almost colopetely opaque. The head formed a tan 1 finger thick and faded into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with roasted malts and some coffee, dark cherries linger in the background. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, then the roasted and coffee flavors take over in the middle. The finish is mostly coffee with some dark fruity flavors lingering as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and chewy. The alcohol showed through a little more than I expected for a 8% brew. The carbonation was subdued and balanced well.

Overall: A very good winter beer, lots of flavor and warms you up nicely on a cold night.

FenwaySquid, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Drew966
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Jubillation pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly notice the hops in the aroma, alcohol is definitely there too. There's a chocolate note that is quite nice that dominates the flavor, hops are also quite noticeable. The alcohol really isn't noticeable in the flavor. Pretty good overall.

Drew966, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rich amber color. Fair amount of head on this one that goes away rather quickly and leaves a nice coating on top. Spotty lacing but pretty decent.

S- Could easily pick up the pine and spice smells. A bit of cinnamon also with something sweet can't put my finger on it.

T- Caramelized malt, fruit and hops. More hops than I expected but very nice

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- Very nice brew. Maybe a bit more of a sipper and would like to have again.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep chestnut colored bre with good clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head has OK retention, but didn't leave any lace behind.

S: An interesting combination of burnt oak, baker's chocolate and lemon.

T: Burnt malts up front give way to a well balanced citrus bitterness. The oak and chocolate theme from the nose carries through nicely into the taste. The citrus flavors of lemon and a hint of grapefruit overtake the oak and chocolate fairly quickly. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body feels syrupy and iis a bit too fizzy.

D: Nicely done. I still have a couple more Winter Warmers to go through for 2008, but this one of the best I've had this year.

Rayek, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep amber/mahogany color. Very full head, heavy, slow to fall. Nice sheets of lacing.
S: Woody, earthy, chocolate malts. Tiny bit of hops, and some leafy/grassy scents.
T: Soft chocolate malts, earthy at first. Middle is tingly but not too sweet, kinda bland. Finish is soft, with some hints of spices and sugar. I think the flavors are too subtle for me to detect and describe, but the overall effect is pretty tasty.
M: Tiny hop nip, but otherwise smooth. Malty finish, but not too cloying.
D: Pretty good. No alcohol taste/feel.

LeftyBWS, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy brown brew with a creamy tan head that disipates to just a ring fairly quickly but does manage some lacing.

The aroma is malty, spicy, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is slightly sweet, richly malty, spicy with a touch of chocolate, raisins, toffee, cream, caramel and vanilla. The finish is spicy, almost peppery, smoky with a definite alcohol warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, filling, but smooth and easy to drink. A very nice winter drink, especially after a holiday meal.

whynot44, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony with a smallish tan foamy head. Very dark and hearty looking,great for winter. The smell is alittle light with roasted malt, vanilla, nuts, and coffee. The taste is chewy with nuts,coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. A very hearty beer that hides the alcohol well and is a sipper. The m/f is medium and the flavors mix very well. This is a reason to look forward to winter. A damn good beer, good job Avery.

jmz62565, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogony with nice tan head.

Smells sweet and of dark fruit; cherries and dates.

On the palatte I notice roasted coffee, some caramel and toffee flavors with a good hop finish.

There is a nice soft mouthfeel to this warming brew. This is a good winter warmer, tastes like an Amber Imp Stout maybe, to throw words together.

BeerZack, May 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a nice medium foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of deep malt with some sweet dry fruits is really enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the sweet malt with some presence of dry fruits and a hoppy slightly bitter finish. Body is above average with a nice level of carbonation and no alcohol is discernable.

Phyl21ca, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this 12oz. bottle as part of a round-robin holiday beer exchange during the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port about three weeks ago. Old Jubilation had a deep, dark brown color and a firm ¼" off-white head that dwindled down to a small collar and left no lace.
The smell had an earthy malt aroma and lots of herbal hops notes. Very mild spices, nutmeg was most prominant, were only barely present in the nose. The taste had an early push of caramel malt and toffee. A slight nutty flavor coursed across mid-range and a citrusy, spicy hops bite latched on to the back of the tongue at the finish. The alcohol, not noted anywhere on the label, was well disguised and you wouldn't guess it was coming in at 8.0% ABV. The feel was full, kind of chewy, and had a bit of dryness in the finish.
This brew went down quite smoothly and in pretty short order. No one characteristic overwhelms any other, giving Old Jubilation a nice balance. Worth trying out if you see it.

Boilermaker88, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a white foamy head. Good head retention, and nice lace on the sides of the glass. Caramel and nutty smells. Big toffee malt character, combined with some hop bitterness. Very well balanced. Alcohol is somewhat noticable. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very nice winter warmer. Big, well-balanced.

Bierguy5, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brownish-red w/ nice foamy head and nice lacing. Faint scents of hops, fruits, malts, breads. The taste is very harmonious w/ all of the flavors, it's pretty sweet w/ a mixture of dark and sweet fruits, caramel, spices, and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy. Full-bodied but not heavy. Drinkability is great, alcohol is completely hidden, very easy to drink.

Great winter time brew, I always look forward to Old Jubilation. The flavors aren't in your face, just subtle and tasty. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer without cloying Xmas spices? Sign me up!

Clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Sticky snowfall lace and thin, but persistant, retention. Drab wintry bottle label that makes me not want to drink this.

Smells like molasses, hazelnut, woody hop, mild charcoal and liquid malt extract. Primarily hazelnut and LME though.

Prominant hazelnut and brown sugar flavors. Tastes like a very solid brown ale without any indication of a 8% abv. Mouthfeel is wet and full.

Aged very well as when I first had one this winter I hated it. Now I really like it.

donkeyrunner, May 03, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson with a one finger light tan head that has good retention. A preview of medium lacing is already starting to form on my glass. A nice, random pillow tops the beer after head dies down a bit. Smell is weak (hard to pick up) but I can get notes of roasty malts, light hops, and dark fruits like cherries. I get a tiny note of cocoa in the nose too. I wish this one was stronger, would be awesome blend if it was. Taste is pretty cool. Get some nice malts, roasty ones, a decent hop profile, cherries, cocoa. There is a bit of a dry alcohol taste that really keeps this one from shining. Tastes like a scaled back stout with some fruit. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with appropriate carbonation. Not much warming is present in this 8.00% beer. Drinkability is good. Good taste, price was not bad, dunno if I'll try this again.

cbutova, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of AmorousAngel
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Head diminished quickly, leaving a delicate lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts prevalent; hint of alcohol.

Excellent roasted malt, coffee and spice flavor followed by a bit of a lingering, but not unpleasant, alcohol burn.

Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, with a slight tingle of carbonation.

This beer has a lot of flavor and body; a nice, warming brew. A little heavy to drink more than one, but one is really nice.

AmorousAngel, Nov 10, 2006
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 obrike
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack at Round Rock Specs for about 10 bucks.

Appearance is brownish/mahogany...almost looks like a dark iced tea. A fairly small head but the lacing is quite pronounced. Looks good.

Smell is grainy and malty. Almost a mix of adjunct and scotch ale...weird, but not bad.

Taste is malty but not super sweet. I like. Assault of almost peaty malt on the frontside, followed by a unique hop bite on the backend. Finishes just a bit sweet and smokey. Very unusual. I like the smoothness of this one too. Goes down really easy...dangerously drinkable for an old ale/winter warmer style.

This is a good beer...one to drink on a cold winter's night. Nice job as usual Avery.

obrike, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of robbyc1
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn brown witn a nice off-white head, good lacing.

Not much on the nose, but dark malts are there.

Really finely balanced between some sweetish malts and enough hops to balance. Tastes like a malty Oktoberfest type beer, leaning toward a dopplebock but not quite, very intriguing.

Just well done on the carbonation and heaviness, no sign of the abv, well hidden.

Great winter warmer, easy to go down and want another. A keeper for the winter.

robbyc1, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Ellbert
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep blood red with a fluffy, tight bubbled, head. It is very clear and the head leaves a very sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, burnt raisins are upfront. Caramel is there which is all brought up with a strong alcohol presence.

Taste: Very malty. I can taste the raisins and caramel with a little bit of molasses. The hops leave a nice little bite to bring everything together and then the alcohol is very evident and leaves you dry. The aftertaste is sweet and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Very chewy mouthfeel that coats your mouth. Carbonation is very subtle and could be kicked up a notch.

A very good brew. Definitely one that could warm you up and be your friend during the cold winter nights.

Ellbert, Mar 24, 2004
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. No freshness info noted. Poured into a chalice type glass.

Appearance- Brown-amber, a bit headed towards red in color. Medium sized 1/2 inch head. A small ring remains. Light streaks of lace on the inside of the glass.

Smell- Very burnt malt in the nose. Hint of sweetness from a dark fruit source.

Taste- Dark, maybe a tad smokey. Ultra burnt malts. Light plum and date flavor makes the malt on the sweeter side. Small hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. Medium to heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Pretty good winter warmer. Worked on an actual cool day in the Arizona valley.

GClarkage, Jan 14, 2006
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.