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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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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.

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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
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown with a modest head, some retention and lacing. The beer is a tad bit cloudy with moderate carbonation. The smell is a bit molasses, some roasted hints, some chocolate or toffee, sweet malts also emerge. The taste is quite good and quite strong. You will find a medium body fruitiness on the front end that segues into more warming alcohol notes towards the finish. I'm detecting some heavy fruits, perhaps some fig, raisin, or apricot in the front. There is a butterscotch feel on the tongue that is pleasing as well. The beer does have a peppery snap and spiciness towards the finish and this is nicely balanced with the warming alcohol notes. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild, and the peppery snap evaporates leaving none of this in the aftertaste. A nice, strong, robust winter warmer that will keep you company in the cold months of January. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Update January 2010: The beer is quite clear, not cloudy at all. There are ABV warming notes to the beer than I first reviewed. The beer is quite sweet too. I'm getting slightly less of the butterscotch on the tongue, a bit more ABV and sweet malts, some spiciness too.

albern, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving 2011-

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head that quickly disappears. Good lacing on the side of my snifter glass.

S- Malt, chocolate, barley, hops... Definitely on the weak side in the smell department, but pleasant for the style.

T- Taste is not bad- a step up from the nose. The hops really come out in the flavor, as well as the malt and barley. Good for the style.

M- Medium light in feel, and somewhat dry. It almost feels like a light barleywine. Nice malt/hops aftertaste.

O- Nice beer for the style. I'd pick this up again if I was in the mood for it. Nothing spectacular, but a solid brew.

jayhawk73, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of righthereisay
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown poured into the glass, with a light brown lacing.

Nuts, toffee, but nothing really complex.

Nice body. Goes down quick. Can't tell it is 8.3%.

It was on draft at Mad Mex for $2.75 for 16 ounces at Happy Hour. Really can't beat the price. But I'd never buy a case.

righthereisay, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a one-finger off white head that sticks around a bit. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of malts, some raisins, a slight bit of coffee and almonds. Mouth-feel is smooth. This beer is quite drinkable with the alcohol being well-hidden at first with some slight heat at the end. I could have a few of these on a cold day like this.

stephens101, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a creme head that rises and falls just about as fast. Nice caramel laiden sweet nose. Flavor profile is nice. Nice smooth sweet tones with woody after edges to it. Smooth liquid feel and a biting carbonation. Very easy to drink. A nice winter warmer.

RblWthACoz, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served with a pork chop dinner, on to the beer:

1/2 inch thick creamy head on top a body of dark orangish amber. The beer has a fruity aroma of oranges, a kick of anise, more orange, and more spice. Into the mouth it goes, the beer knocks down the door with a kick. Strong malty flavor upfront. Burnt sugar, syrupy, passionfruit...and what's that spice called I'm tasting? Piney too. I like this winter warmer...once you get passed how strong it is.

DoubleJ, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe the Winter beers are here already! Pours deep chestnut brown. Thin tan head, very good retention and lacing. Smell is malty,and spicy. Body is light to medium with carbionation. Taste is warmed nicely. Sweet fruit and spice with a good balance of malt and hops.

riversider76, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a cola brown color with a 1/8" thin off-white head. The head dropped super fast and left only minor spotty lacing behind.

S= Surprising amount of hops present. Certainly a balanced counterpoint to the caramel, malty sweetness also present. Some alcohol in there but nothing too hot.

T= More balanced than I expected really (was prepped for a malt bomb). The malts were chewy, sweet, and full of the expected caramelly goodness. A bit nutty too. The hops were certainly present and lent an earthy spiciness.
Alcohol was in check but added some warmth to the otherwise balanced finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level.

D= This is a very good beer, but it is certainly too "Americanized" to call an Old Ale...hence the Winter Warmer tag. Very drinkable (almost dangerously so). I'll be drinking more of this and am curious as to how this might age.

spointon, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep mahogany in color, with a centimeter-thick off white head that produces great lacing. Head retention is quite good as well and carbonation is very light.

S: This beer us quite sweet on the nose, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, and honey. Some toasted grain character lingers in the backround, along with a faint herbal hop aroma.

T: Taste is more balanced than the smell. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and dark fruits blend nicely with flavors of toast and herbal hops. Alcohol lends a nice warming feel.

Notes: Old Jubilation starts sweet, and finishes dry. This full-bodied brew has the balance, along with the strength. A true winter warmer by any means. Avery continues to impress, once again.

WYVYRN527, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed deep amber color with a beige head that settled to a thin layer leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruit aroma.
T - sweet tea taste upfront with a malty middle and light bittering on the dry finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - goes down smooth and easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at the Chuurchkey Avery tap takeover event. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sweet fruit, apples, alcohol, caramel malts, light vanilla, light toasted malts. Alcohol is a little strong, but still nice.

t - Tastes of apples, sweet dark fruit, caramel malts, light vanilla, light roasted notes.

m -Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice old ale. Lots going on and lots of fruit. Alcohol was present in the nsoe but not really in the taste. Something I'd certainly have again.

mdfb79, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Crosling
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkened brick. Roasty, malt accented aromas, with hints of hazelnut, raisin and caramel, along with a hint of black currant, which I believe is from the Bullion. Soft feel. Complex malt flavor, with hints of chocolate and coffee, raisins and plums and perhaps a bit of toffee. All about the malt, presented in a classy way. I’ve always liked this beer from Avery.

Crosling, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head. Good lacing.

Very sweet malty scents. Some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, a little bit of chocolate, and a nice after thought of alcohol.

Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish. Not overwhelmingly sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow.

Drinkability is good. Hop bitterness balances well with this brews caramelly sweetness and the 8.00% ABV is well hidden.

pasdachuri, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an american take on an old ale. pours nearly black, not thick, but no light is passing hardly. theres a two inch head lacey and sticky, with good retention. the nose is quite alcoholic. lots of dark roasty malt, that birch syrup flavor is there a little too, akin to sierra nevada life and limb. flavor is curiously dark malts, they are sweet, but dont seem to have any of that bitterness that comes from such dark roasting. also curiously devoid of smoke flavor. the feel is a little thin in body, which lends drinkablility and makes this beer not feel as big as it is. carbonation if mellow but adequate, and the alcohol only really comes out in taste when it warms. this is a beast of a winter beer, perfect for slow fireside sipping, but a 6pack would do you in. one of my favorite avery seasonals.

StonedTrippin, Nov 09, 2012
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 maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.

maxpower, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

Sephiroth, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of NCBeernut
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head on top of a deep red amber body, near mahogany colored. Lots of lacing left behind. Smell reminds me of a robust beefy soup...odd but true. A touch spicy in the nose. Taste is supremely complex maltiness. The crazy thing is that the spiciness in this brew is accomplished with specialty malts - the highlight of Old Jubilation. Very nice winter beer. I like the approach they are taking with making a spicy winter warmer without throwing even a dash of spices in it. Slight hop bitterness complements the spiciness well. Alcohol is covered well but you still get that nice warming sensation. Not my favorite beer, but one of my favorites in the winter warmer category. I remember last year's (2007) being better.

Edit: Drink this with soup. Awesome.

6 month cellar note:
Really smooths out. Nose has gained subtle hints of dark fruits. The hops that were there have faded a bit, specialty malts have melded into a slightly spicy sweetness; not as messy as before, but still retained complexity. Alcohol is dangerously undetectable. Not a big beer anymore. If I didn't know the ABV I would say this is a session beer. Mouthfeel is smooth now. Definitely an improvement that deserves some extra points.

NCBeernut, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jwhancher
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last fall. Label says cellarable upto 3 years. Pours clear mahogany with nice firm head with lacing that sticks to glass sides. Tastes of toffee, hazelnuts and mocha just like the label describes. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Brown sugar & candied chocolate. Feels medium full. Ample bitterness with lingering sweetness. A very nice beer overall. Satisfying in the winter. A nice treat to sub as dessert in the warmer months.

jwhancher, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

happygnome, Dec 24, 2007
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.