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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 49 | 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 FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

91st review on BA
bottle to pint

App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.

Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.

Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.

Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.

Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.

FosterJM, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, lightly red glow. Two fingers of off-white head, but no real lacing. Nose is strong and sweet - like raisins and a heaping amount of sugar.

Taste is malty, but doesn't share the depth of the aroma. Light sugar and a bit of a chocolate to it, I guess some of the fig/raisin. Medium smooth body. Overall a decent beer.

Jesstyr, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass, color is dark amber to brown, head is tan, nice thick presentation, some lacing.

Smell is nice, sweeter malts from the caramel and toasted malts, raisins, plums, toffee, mild, grassy hops.

Taste is very similar to the scent, caramel, toast, plums raisins, toffee, mild hop earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a little carbonated for the style, sweeter flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall, solid flavors, and good scent, but the mouthfeel is a bit harsh from the carbonation.

mvanaskie13, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of gabe23
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep ruby red color with light tan head. Faded fast & didn't leave much lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and cinnamon. A slight evergreen hops scent rests in the background.

T - Roasty malt & candied fruit at the start, with a spicy, hoppy bite following after. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol heat that lives up to the winter warmer name.

M - Creamy, full, and thick. Just right for a cold winter's night.

D - Very drinkable winter beer. Not something I'd drink all night due to the ABV, but perfect for sipping by the fire.

gabe23, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a good finger of pillowy ivory foam and a little bit of haze to the body. A nice looking beer.

Smell: biscuity, bready malt aroma with a bit of tartness quite a bit like an English porter. Wintry and a bit nutty as well, although this particular combination of malts isn't particularly my favorite; it's kind of a mix between a porter and a dry red ale.

Taste: much like the aroma but with a little bit of spiciness. There's a good hop bitterness right at the end, too, which I find surprisingly smooth. Flavor starts a bit like an English porter, then dries out a bit and some spices, nutmeg and grains-of-paradise maybe, set in. I'm liking this beer better than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good level of creaminess. It is perhaps a little bit over-attenuated, though; I would have expected more body in an 8.3% winter beer.

Overall: this is a very nice quaff on a chilly October evening. I'm sure it would be even better with a dusting of snow outside.

flagmantho, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of jslot38
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nearly white head over a black body. Head doesn't look to be staying around, which isn't expected given the 8% ABV.

Smell: A dirty earthy smell laced with pine, but very subtle in its general aroma.

Taste: Certainly lingers. Up front with a mixture of roasted barley and green hops. Very earthy, some pine and nuts too.

Mouthfeel: The best characteristic of this beer is the lingering tastes, the beer just sits there on the tongue. Well done.

Drinkability and Notes: A very nice holiday beer, reminded me of Anchor's production. Has that musty character.

jslot38, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of phishsihq
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Old Ale pours deep mahogany with crimson highlights, half an inch of tan colored head, and a decent lace. Smells like winter! Warming aromas of caramel, toffee, spice, hazelnuts and citrus create a wonderful bouquet. Malt flavors dominate at first, with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit bringing forth a sweetness that is eventually met with a hint of grapefruit that provides some bitterness that battles with the sweetness through the finish. Medium-full in body, this Avery brew is moderate in carbonation. Christmas is in the air!

Cheers!

phishsihq, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.

Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.

Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.

Georgiabeer, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of mac56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at our small town muni. Will wonders never cease. No freshness date or anything like that, but it hasn't been in the cooler longer than about 2-3 weeks so I think we're okay.

A: A deep brownish-mahogany color in the glass. Full rocky head that subsides slowly, and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a little bit of spice.

T: Oh my oh my oh my. Coffee, Chocolate. Spice. Little bit of citrusy astringency. Amazingly balanced.

M: Not syrupy at all, like many winter warmers can be. Slightly astringent on the front end, and then it gently glides away. Smooth and enticing.

D: Be mindful of the 8% alcohol. That also glides up on you. If you keep that thought in your head, it's plenty sessionable on a cold Minnesota night.

I'm delighted beyond words that our little muni decided to pick this up. I expect I'll be drinking a lot of this over the winter months.

mac56, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of booga73
3.85/5  rDev 0%

booga73, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of DarthMalt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! 8% a.b.v.? I find that hard to believe, since the entire beer hardly hints of anything alcoholic.

But this is certainly a Jingle Bells beer. The Currier-and-Ives looking label is very classy and gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy before the cap is even off. A nice dark-amber-red color looks warm and inviting.

Hops get the party started, however. There's a strong and "stanky" hop wiff just daring you to join in the fun. And you won't be disappointed, as an explosion of fruity hops, plum-like esters, and sugary crystal malts all jump in the pit and mosh heavily.

A smidge of roasted-toasted malts foil the fun, but you'd actually have to stop halfway through a chug to find them, which is not likely to happen with this beer.

Happy Holidays!

DarthMalt, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a handle-glass at J. Timothy's, Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin head of white foam. Fairly dark for a winter warner, in my opinion.

S: Smells rich a fruity; dark fruits like raisins and raspberries, but with a spicy hop note to it.

T: Those dark fruits come springing to the palate with a good dose of piney resin hops. Rich, robust, and a little spicy in the finish. A fairly big winter warmer.

M: Robust and deep mouthfeel, with a full, hoppy finish.

D: The 8% ABV would get the best of you eventually, or the full filling effect, but two of these would be an excellent end to any winter evening.

I haven't had too much experience with Avery brews, but their winter warmer was an excellent foray. If they hit home runs like this often, I might have to put them into my regular rotation.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color is light copper hue with a thin tan head.
Nose: Toasted malt, nuttiness, caramel, and molasses. There are notes of floral, citrus hops, with spices.
Taste: Toasted malt, nutty, caramel malts some molasses hints of floral, citrus hops, and some spices.
Overall: This is a nice beer with a good healthy dose of hops followed by a good malt complex laced with a nutty caramel, and molasses. It has a clean and easy finish. Enjoyed this spiciness of this Christmas ale.

colts9016, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Old Guardian glass.

Dark brown appearance with ruby red highlights when held to the light with a pillowy white head that lingers. Smells of malts, toffee and spices. Maybe a hint of cinnamon, fruity esters and some citrus hops. Tastes malty, pretty sweet and a definite hop presence that isn't overwhelming but was unexpected. A little alcoholic but I couldn't really tell it was 8%. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation and mouthfeel. One of those beers that is kind of a sipper because of all the flavor but you can't take it away from your mouth so the drinkability is above average for the style. Would definitely buy again.

kleffman, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of KroMagnon
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown-amber color but the head was virtually non-existent. The aroma was dominated by sweet caramel and molasses along with some slight piney hops - rather nice, though perhaps a bit subdued. The flavor was definitely spicy overall - a nice blending of the sweet complex malt flavors suggested by the aroma along with maybe a hint of a roasted character, overlaid with spicy hops that finished with a slightly harsh character. Overall, strikes me as more of an IPA than a winter warmer - but delightful anyway! thanks to my Secret Santa for this one.

KroMagnon, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell, yeah... Everything I look for in a winter warmer, this has got it.

Nice dark color, pretty head.. good lacing. Looks good.

Nice dark fruity aroma, smells very sweet.

Wonderful malty fruity taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting which is a good thing but definitely very malty. It's actually a very good balance of fruit/malt and right at the tail end, you get a kick of hops that bitters the finish up.

Best winter warmer yet. There are other seasonals that I like better, but for the style, this is it. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Tilley4, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like creamy vanilla and nutty malt, with some roasted barley and nutmeg and copper.
T: It tasted like orange and vanilla, with some nutty malt and roasted barley and copper. It had a partially clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent winter warmer. It had cream-sickle character, which was nice, but it could have been better executed. Alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink and enjoy, but not a really great beer overall.

Pencible, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby-brown beer with a half-finger of sticky tan head with good staying power. As it fades, it leaves a few columns of sticky, runny lacing. Nice.

Aroma: Very green, if that makes sense, with lots of piney, sprucey notes. The toasty malt notes here meld well with hints of fir and fruit to lend a very festive atmosphere. Give it time to warm, though - it's rather nondescript early on.

Taste: Huge maltiness, but not too heavy - it's crystal-like, crisp, toasty, but with plenty of residual sugar, including some faintly sweet chocolate notes. A mild, juniper-berry bitterness pervades, and faint spicy and fruity notes, nondescript, but festive nonetheless are present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Even, well-carbonated, fairly heavy bodied, though not syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A solid, enjoyable winter warmer. Very crisp, bright, and festive, with very well hidden alcohol. Dunno if I'd make it a seasonal go-to beer, but I'm definitely glad I tried it.

CrellMoset, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Nice bubbly head, the color is a dark reddish-brown that, when held up to the light, retains most of the same color.

Smell: Nice malt, hops, with a bit of dark sugar.

Taste: Malt, dark sugar, some citrus hops on the finish, burnt coffee at the back of the tongue. The alcohol is present, it is not fully integrated.

Mouthfeel: Heavy with only a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not a bad by for the winter, however, the burnt taste is strong and the alcohol present, it is not a beer for multiple consumption.

ianjsullivan, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Ryanm1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. This brew was deceptively high in alcohol content. A winter ale among the tops of the rank. Hearty. Slight foamy head. Dark brown complexion. Great taste, sweet, dark, roasted malt taste. Slight hint of hazelnuts with mocha and toffee.

Appearantly this beer is cellarable for 3+ years. This blend from colorado only uses Rocky moutain water which lends to its pureness.

Ryanm1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Dave412
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came as part of a mix 12 pack that I got for Christmas.

A. Simple brown color, average head
S. Slight chocolate, more like mocha, raisin.
T. Same comes through on taste. Sweet w/ long finish, dry bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste.
D. Packs an alcohol punch. Good taste but a tad on the harsh side and wouldn't go looking to down two or more of these. However, I thought this was a good winter warmer and increased my appreciation for this style.

Dave412, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the thiquid is brown with soso carbonation. The head is a very small pad of tan that fades to a ring fast.

The smell is nice a roasty malt and noticeable hops.

The taste follows the roasty malt is quite good and is evenly balanced with the good earthy hops.

The Mouthfeel is also nice, close to medium body and the carbonation feel right.

The drinkability is just fine the is a good Winter Warmer for me as I don't go for the spice much. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark caramel brown liquid with good clarity, about a half inch bone white head, good retention, as it settles leaves a covering of foam on the sides of the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface, leaves good lacing as it is slowly consumed.

S & T = Sweet malt flavors, some dried grassy flavors like rooibos tea, caramel, earthy scents, some spiciness of hops.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, light frothy carbonation that makes the liquid very smooth on the tongue.

D = This drinks well, but only as a slow sipper.

Traquairlover, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Dark mocha brown body dense with some visible carbonation and a few floaties present. There forms a thin film of khaki across the top that dissipates out to a small swirl in short time. Some small dotting and a few splashes of lace adhere to the glass upon each drink.

S: Caramel malts with light chocolate hazelnut and a bit of dark cherry fruit. The nose has a touch of earthy roast to it and a dash of alcohol spice coming through as well. All in all a very nice malt complexity to the aroma.

T: Tastes malty and rich with caramelized fig, candied prunes, dark toffee, spiced chocolate, and just a hint of roast coffee bean. There is some earthy root flavors coming through with more dark berry and hints of tobacco. The beer is somewhat sweet but drying with a moderate peppery bitterness across the palate. Alcohol is well disguised with only a minor warming sensed. Pretty solid stuff.

M: Moderately filling the beer is actually a touch on the thinner side. Lightened by the bitterness and drying lift towards the finish. Mild alcohol warmth and a clean exit.

D: I do like me a good warmer and this is a fairly nice one. Has some great robust layers of malty goodness while maintaining a lighter more sessionable body. Would have again.

Nugganooch, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's almost springtime weather here in Washington, so I better polish off my winter beers before it gets too warm.

Poured from the bottle to a regular old 12-oz pint glass. Nice deep amber brown color with some orange tint when held up to the light. Good looking, thick and creamy head settles on top, and leaves a nice lace as the beer recedes. The aroma is a dull, muted malt scent. Nothing special, but definitely more malty than hoppy. It does mellow out a bit as the beer warms to room temperature, and reveals some fruitier tones. The taste is quite good. Rich malt flavor with notes of caramel, plum, and coffee. Possesses a nice hoppy balance, even the hops are not terribly prominent. Very nice beer, here. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but a bit thinner than I might expect from a warmer. The high ABV is masked neatly by a slew of quality ingredients and excellent brewing. More high marks for Avery.

Atlas1, Mar 14, 2007
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.