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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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778 Reviews
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Reviews: 778
Hads: 1,580
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 60
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 778 | Hads: 1,580
Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown amber color with a thick head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of caramel, licorice and rum.
Strong flavor of licorice, earthy hops, booze, caramels, raisins, cherries, a hint of pine with a strong malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
This beer lacked some balance or the parts quite didn't match. I believe Avery tried to turbinate this Old Ale, but it did not work out well, it came out too sweet.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark brown almost black. reddish hues around the edges. pretty opaque. small tannish head that leaves a little lacing behind

Smell: light roasted malts. lots of fruitiness. alcohol and an earthy hoppiness.

Taste: a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. dark fruitiness. and some booze in the background. and earth hoppiness as well

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter and fairly sticky

Overall: I am a big fan of the old ales. but the flavors in this one just don't suit me. not enough malty sweetness.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown body with a one-finger head; yeast sediment percolating about with the carbonation. Deep malt aroma, almost smokey in character; some spice notes. Booze and dark fruit flavors dance around with a thin, underlying malt character; tea-like aftertaste. Medium bodied; rather bubbly; dry finish.

An okay beer. The flavor is rather disjointed and the mouthfeel is surprisingly weak for the style. There is a wide variety of flavors to pick out, all suggesting the style, but things just don't quite mesh overall.

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep mahogany color.

The aroma has dark dates, caramel, toffee, a bit of roasted malt, and chocolate.

The flavor has darkly toasted malt, some chocolate, with mostly toffee and caramel, a toasty nuttiness, a yeasty fruit bread. A good amount of fruity ester. And a bit of pine on the end.

A decent British style ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber brown with little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice laving down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, boozy, raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, and possibly some bready notes.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, raisins, mild hop bitterness, boozy warm alcohol, sweet honey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, boozy, a little dry, high carbonation, and light body feel.

Overall: A very enjoyable old ale beer. Sometimes it is good to refresh my tastes buds of this style I really don't see much of. Thanks Avery for bringing this back every year.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer it, has a mahogany color body with a very small head. Ths aroma has a dark fruit and cherry smell to it. The taste has a deep dark fruit taste and some sweetness also. The mouthfeel is nice and overall a good sippin beer. This isn't my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice ruby-brown with really good clarity and a half-finger of off-white head.

S - cherry cola, ginger bread and brown sugar. Smells sweet, but still bright.

T - toffee, cherries, prunes, burnt sugar, vanilla, honey and roasted malts. Cool around the edges, like ginger. Floral, piney hops - really well balanced. Tastes big, but not boozy. Really impressive that Avery achieved the spiced winter warmer flavor profile without the use of spices. There's lasting sweetness, but a nice, cool, dry finish.

M - this beer pours thinner than expected, but mouthfeel is surprisingly big and full. Nice lasting roasty sweetness.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Mahogany colored with a 1/2-fingered head that slowly settled
S: Caramel, molasses, a hint of herbs/spice. Typical for a heavily malted beer but nice
T: Caramel/molasses/malt but not a lot of structure or complexity
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: A decent beer worth trying but nothing extraordinary

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Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought 6-pack of bottles from Wegmans supermarkets. No date on bottle.

Poured semi-vigorously into an imperial pint glass.

A- Solid, dark brown color. Gives off an appearance of dark mahogany wood. Brownish head a little over an inch after the pour. Dissipates to a 1/4 inch head with good retention and excellent lacing on the edge of my glass

S- predominantly nutty smell with a strong scent of hazelnut. I can sense Toffee and Caramel as well (although I think the caramel is just a side effect of the toffee which is caramelized sugar and molasses) hints of mocha in there as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Starts out sweet and nutty with a hazelnut and sweet caramel taste. The beer does balance out nicely with some earthy hops at the swallow but they struggle to overtake the sweetness from the malt. The aftertaste has hints of mocha and more than a little alcohol presence...which is understandable at 8.3% ABV

M- Light to medium body. I thought there would be more meat to this brew based upon the color and smell but it's unfortunately a bit thinner than I would like. It lends itself to the drinkability but subdues some of the flavors which could better hide the alcohol taste.

O- A solid winter seasonal brew. It has robust flavors and balances nicely. It also reminds you with every sip that it's a strong ale and should be consumed carefully. I'd recommend a fuller body to try and subdue some of that alcohol taste. I would definitely drink this again.


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Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The Old Jubilation was definitely big on the malt both in the sweet aroma and the initial caramel, dark chocolate taste. It was a nice big beer with a hint of booze that will easily keep you warm during these cold winter days. This beer leans more on the malty side and says it has no spices, which is a big plus for me. It is definitely a beer to look forward to each Holiday season.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of crc1935
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown/black. opaque. fluffy tan head dissipates quickly.

S - nutty, sweet - brown sugar and toffee, light yeast, slightly candied.

T - malty with hints of caramel and vanilla. also - a little hazelnut.

M - very smooth. medium body. refreshing finish.

O - great stronger ale for late-fall/winter weather.

Served in a bottle

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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola brown with garnet highlights against the light. Quite cloudy. Small head with nearly no retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Ample caramel/toffee malt with notes of dried dark fruit, cinnamon, wood, leather and tobacco/earthy hops. Alcohol is evident but complements the aroma.

Toffee and brown sugar malt with prunes and dried cherries. Hops are earthy with tobacco and pine, bitterness is mild with a bit of anise and coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden and complements the flavors well. Body is a bit more sessionable for an old ale and medium/active carbonation helps it along. Surprisingly has some nice drying to the finish.

Not the most complex or layered old ale but it is balanced, flavorful and sessionable despite the ABV. My only regret is not having tried it sooner, good one Avery.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a muddy deep brown with less than a finger of toffee colored head, OK retention, decent lacing.

S - lots of caramel, wood, licorice, toffee and some warming alcohol.

T - dark fruits, sweet caramel and chocolate, wood, abundant alcohol and black licorice.

M - medium bodied, the alcohol negatively impacts the drinkability, although the beer itself is light for the style. Appropriate carbonation

O - a little thin and a little to boozy to be ideal, really nice sweet flavors though

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Photo of ColdWaffles
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's curved pint (to seemingly no detriment) from a 12 oz

Appearance: Bottle doesn't factor into ratings but it is appropriate for this brew and rather nice looking. A painting of a snowy rural mansion and pseudo-cursive font. Logo unfortunately stands out on this otherwise classy bottle. Whatever, like the painting.

Poured a standard looking head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing lined the bottle. Color is between "amber" and brown. Not bad looking despite the glass.

Smell: Some beers are a looker. This one is a smeller. Alcohol comes first (sadly) but afterward you're left with a candle worthy scent of sweet and bready malts, assorted dry fruits and a very very slight cinnamon undertone. (Weird because the bottle says it's not spiced). Get on it, Yankee.

Taste: I love an old ale, but they often taste a bit strong. I'd recommend this as a "session" old ale if that wouldn't knock people off their rockers. Sweet malts and dried fruit (figs?) up front, bready taste afterwards. Dangerously drinkable for the style, almost reminds me of a fig newton.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-medium with appropriate moderate-to-light carbonation.

I immediately wanted another. This was pretty great, especially on a particularly brisk fall day in Philadelphia.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark orange-amber and smells of dates and dried fruits. Mouthfeel is quite nice with appropriate carbonation. The taste is where this beer shines. An excellent example of the old ale style with heavy malt and a dark fruity taste. Overall, I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz pint during the Denver Beer Week/GABF celebrations at the brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Apparently this must be referred to as 'Old Jube' when ordering.

This beer appears a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of island group lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a mild fleshy nuttiness, aged dark fruit, ash, earthy, leafy hops, and a wee alcohol astringency. The taste is raisin-inflected caramel malt, toffee, cafe-au-lait, oily nuts, wet ash, earthy, weedy hops, and more simmering, tame booze notes.

The bubbles are rather soft and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, with a thin metallic twinge, but generally smooth. It finishes more or less dry, with some lingering biscuit, cracker, coffee, and cocoa. A wee glow presents itself as things progress.

A decently well-rounded old ale, with winter warming aspects, that isn't too sweet. Complex and enjoyable, what with the elevated ABV keeping mostly to itself. I'm glad to be stateside, not in summertime, so that I finally get to try these kinds of offerings.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, leather, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also a little bit of a smokey/burnt flavour and some anise.

Overall - A solid example of an old ale. And it seems to be still drinking great even after 10+months. A wouldn't mind a touch more sweetness and a little less earthiness, but still a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage, so somewhere in the 5-6 year old range.

3.5 A: Deep brown borderline black color. Just a short frothy head formed and fell quickly. No lacing. In any case, I'm happy about the carbonation level at this point.

4.5 S: Seems that this has aged quite nicely. Still quite potent, but also with smooth, well integrated aromas. Big toastiness, dry caramel, light tobacco, and a pleasant spiciness. Dry overall, but balanced. Not a ton of complexity, but that tends to happen when a beer is aged so long. Despite this, it smells amazing.

4.5 T: Like the nose, it's hard to find any problem in the taste. Lots of toastiness, caramel, and dry graininess. No hints of booze at all. Fairly dry, but again, balanced.

4.25 M: Medium body. A little undercarbonated compared to what I'd expect fresh, but easily enough for a beer this age. Goes down super easy, but a bit more body and creaminess would be nice.

4.5 D: This drinks like a session beer. So easy to drink. I'm furious that I don't have another. Tons of flavor, great balance, and no problems.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass. (Grabbed the first thing I saw in my cabinet...Chimay signature glass).

Appearance: A very dark copper, body is still transparent creating a 1/4" off white head with little bubbles and sediments on the body.

Smell: Right from the pour you are smell this and from strength alone you feel

Taste: Light cinnamon with an easy alcohol feel and I can't be the only feeling the dark fruits, berries and plum all over the body subtle but evident.

Mouth: Medium and crazy smooth feel, not bad at all.

Overall:Saw a six-pack of this asking for me to buy it just a week ago at my local beer shop and though I can't say too much about this beer but then again I can't say too little...it's subtle and hit's you in the end. That is definitely when you appreciate this "winter warmer". This beer plus your favorite glass equals one pretty good time. Salud!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Old Jubilation is a big strong beer and I probably did not try it at the best time. I was having lunch at our local watering hole and it was a warmer day , which I think plays against strong ales. The beer poured a rich deep amber color with thick foamy head that laced. The smell was like a dark malt and alcohol. The taste was malty mix that seemed to give the presence of subtle spices like a cinnamon, ginger, etc. along with big alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was ok....not a huge fan of strong ales.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with very minimal head.

Can detect faint hints of cherry in the aroma.

Mostly fruit. Rich, full flavor. Malty backbone. Almost nutty flavor.

Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a very good winter ale.

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Photo of AmitC
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Limited release.

Brown color inside the glass. About one finger thick tan colored dust like head. Excellent retention. Super lacing. Some ruby hues. Hazy appearance.

Aroma is a little subdued in strength. Some faint malt flavors and somewhat more strong caramel notes. Not much warmth or booze in the nose.

Taste is better. Strong alcohol burst for a 8.3% ABV brew. Good warmth. A good amount of hops that are very well suppressed by hops. Hops are still apparent somewhat may be due to booze and carbonation, which has not died yet. Caramel and light roasted smell.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a little more carbonation than there should be in old ale. Warm and solid. Nothing really exciting about this brew.

Very average stuff.

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Photo of tut2528
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shout out to Jaap for sending this one my way

A: pours a dark brown that is almost opaque, and when back lit you can barely see through it. very nice carbonation, and the pour created about a fingers worth of thick creamy head that had small tints of tan.

S: pick up on tons of hazelnut, subtle brown sugar, roasted malt backbone, slight toffee sweetness, and some bread notes.

T: very similar to the nose, but it also adds a nice vanilla creaminess in the finish and a bit more toffee/caramel sweetness. for the style, its quite unique with the hazelnut aspect and the drinkability is quite high.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, and it leaves a light touch of vanilla sweetness and hazelnuts on the palate.

O: decent brew and I enjoy the take on the holiday season with the addition of the nuttiness. just a bit off balance, but its still a nice drinkable brew.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.