Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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very good

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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,563
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 109 | FT: 4
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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: 774 | Hads: 1,563
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. (870 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been on tap for quite a while.

Pours a clear deep brown, almost opaque, with amber highlights and a frothy one inch head reminiscent of cappuccino froth.

Brown sugar, lightly nutty toffee, booze, raisins, toasted malt, and bruised cherries form the aroma.

Dark fruit and slightly bitter hops dominate the initial sip. Deeply toasted malt, slight molasses sweetness, and hints of prunes and raisins add complexity. Much more bitter than expected, with a bit of roasted coffee bean shell at the finish. Chocolatey notes emerge as it warms.

Body is full and creamy, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Not as much character as I recall from the bottle. More bitter than anything, which is surprising for the style. Lacking in big flavor and esters. (767 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel color with a just okay head of light-tan color foam. The body is littered with sediment. But, some definite complexity. So, better than average for sure.

S: Vanilla, raisins, oak, vanilla, caramel. Doesn't quite nail perfection, but the aromas that should be there are there with some force.

T: Richness, vanilla and dark cherries -- semi-bitter finish. Little oaky. Mostly malty. Not bad. Pretty good. Not on the same level as Curmudgeon or Old Stock, but better than Hibernation and Yankee. Pretty good.

M: I think they nailed the body. Brew is smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. Could have a more buttery, oily, feel -- maybe some more chewiness. Body kind of thins out when you chew it, but is doesn't distract from the positives.

O: Really good brew -- this is a 2011 Vintage. So, ages well -- I think it gets extra points for that. Great smell, nice flavor -- this is a good one from Avery. (934 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and nuts.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: Good example of an Old Ale. The taste was less complex than I was hoping for, but not bad. (405 characters)

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No yeast at the bottom. $7.99 for a sixer. Served at fridge temp.

A: Dark, ashen ruby. Bright red when viewed through light, but when left to hide under its cap, the color is replaced by darkness. An aggressive pour forms a two-and-a-half-finger, eggshell foam head, with varying bubble sizes. This beer globs itself onto the sides. Hazy, doesn’t let you see through. Head falls to a cream, and it tries briefly to cling to the side, but doesn’t leave any lacing.

S: Very malty and hoppy. Biscuity breadiness….. Raisins and figs, all subdued. Grains, wheat, a sliver of banana. Just not much going on. Woody. Nutmeg.

T: really bitter, and hot, too. Fusels and phenols. Bandaid. Cherry, cinnamon, walnut. A bit rough.

M: Dry and astringent. High carbonation, medium body.

D: Low. I don’t want a second bottle. C-.

Interestingly, there are no hops, but only bullion hops, known for their distinctive black currant flavor.

I've never tasted bullion hops, but I get a hot, piney flavor, like that of an evil pineapple. In a way, it reminds me of Chinook, as it has some grapefruit and a distinctive note that I can only describe as cat piss. (1,152 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of cream head

S-rich malt, caramel, light dark fruit of cherries and plums, and getting some light chocolate notes

T-taste matches the smell very well. Malt is dominant with caramel. Getting some dark fruits as the beer warms and light hop bitterness to finish it out.

M-very nice mouthfeel, solid medium body and good carbonation

Overall even though this beer isn't classified as a winter warmer, to me this is what all winter warmers should taste like. Really nice drinkable beer. (545 characters)

Photo of tkail
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark carmel color with thick foam. Nice lacing that hung on. Scents of chocolate, caramel, and some slight grassy citrus aroma. Taste hits you right away. Extremely smooth, medium chocolate flavors with toasted barleys. Really smooth - could knock back several of these. High alcohol content makes 3-4 just perfect. (315 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Served from a growler via a Unibroue snifter, it has a dark chestnut brown body with some deep red mahogany. Clear, with a small tan head (no penalty for lack of a decent head given serving type).
Aroma: Malty with a surprisingly clear hop note. Very good dark fruit tones with a bit of booziness (more upon warming) and hints of smoke and hazelnuts.
Taste: Rich and complex flavor of mix malts becomes increasingly hoppy into and after the finish. Hints of figs, dates and raisins. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit too much earthiness for my taste (but suitable for style).
Mouthfeel: Good, albeit rather light, carbonation; smooth; the 8.3% alcohol barely comes through.

O: A fine Strong Ale and Winter Warmer, although not a favorite. (765 characters)

Photo of shand
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Old Jubilation pours a muddy brown-red color with a small head. The aroma is malty, boozy, and slightly fruity. To attempt to get notes further than that is an effort in futility. The taste also hints at complexity that never quite makes it's way out behind the thick wall of lightly roasted malt and fruit. A very light booziness and a light amount of citrusy hops adds a bit of life to the beer. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, Old Jubilation is a good beer. It's best aspect is probably it's drinkability, this goes down very easily for the relatively high ABV and strong malt flavors. (646 characters)

Photo of theruckus33
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a chestnut brown color. 1/2 inch head quickly dissipates and, slight lacing around the edge of glass.

S: Disappointing. Slight mustiness from the hops with a faint smell of toasted malt. Nothing to coomplex

T: Heavy alcohol taste right off the bat. Followed by a dry hops flavor - no citrus overtones, just that classic bittering hops flavor. Concluded with a toasted toffee malt flavor. Overall taste not that bad.

M: Thick, heavy, subtle carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, just average. I am not sure I would buy this beer again but I wouldn't discourage the purchase. (626 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep mahogany color. Good amount of carbonation rising up to the top. Beige color head, looks fairly creamy.

Aroma:
Deep malty aroma. Sweet, hazelnut, dark fruit, faint chocolate.

Taste:
Bready, toasted, caramel, nutty. Alcohol is present, almost rum like. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Dark roasted finish. Body is full, warmth, semi-dry, easy drinking. (369 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A deep malty and nutty aroma. Toasted malts with big hints of bready biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, and some chocolate and hazelnut. A fair amount of brown sugar. Subtle undertones of fruits including citrus orange and dark figs and raisin. A little hint of smoke along with some earthy hops. Not really any spices, just a good malt aroma.

Taste: It the smell indicates, a good mix of baked bready malt flavors. Toasted malts with a good taste of baked biscuit, toast, yeast, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts with some nice notes of cocoa. Mild sweet presence of brown sugar and some subtle smoke. Some fruit undertones with some light citrus orange and a good dose of raisin, fig, and prune. Moderate amount of earthy hops adds some drying bitterness in the finish. Its the bready malts that shine the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, toasty, and fairly drying in the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good winter beer. Really nice use of malts that give a complex mix of flavors. Sweetness and body is just right. (1,351 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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! (547 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Avery Brewing branded snifter

Pours deep, dark amber accented with copper highlights and capped with a fluffy off-white one and a half finger head. Average retention and some light lacing evident. Light cocoa, toffee, malt, and dark fruit on the nose. Fairly complex, caramel, molasses, raisins, plum, some anise, and finishes with a citric note and a note of warming alcohol. Semi-dry, medium bodied, smooth with a hint of syrup. Moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable and easy drinking. (516 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an off white head around a finger thick. Beneath that is a deep amber beer with some light copper hues.

Aroma: Very bready in the nose with a good touch of toffee. Raisins, dark fruit, twinges of citrus in the back.

Taste: Lots of toffee notes sticky mouthfeel. Molasses in the front, notes of licorice, very malty backbone.

Notes: A great malty backbone mixed in with good drinkabilty and quite good for a cold night. Cheers. (451 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark shade of brown, allowing some light to show good clarity and carbonation. Thick fluffy white head, with decent lacing.

S: The malt scents definitely come through. I get roasted nuts, a kind-of caramel smell that you get when you bake brownies. Not caramel or chocolate, just that slightly burnt baked desert smell. Lots of malt. No hops smell, or alcohol.

T: There's the predominantly malty taste, with some malt bitterness coming mostly from its roasted character...akin to burnt popcorn. Some of the hops come through, which are slightly resinous and pine-like. The hops take a background to the roasted character of the beer. The roasted character of the beer develops more on the palate the more you drink the beer.

M: It's surprisingly light in the mouth, but I'd say it's about a medium mouthfeel. It's not heavy at all despite the appearance. It is refreshing and wet, with light bitterness. A very easy drinker. Lots of carbonation. It could probably have a much fuller mouthfeel.

O: Seasonal beers can be very interpretative. I would recommend this beer for people who enjoy beers with a more roasted and malty character. A person who enjoys Rauchbiers or Stouts would undoubtedly like this. It would go well with seared meats or sharp cheddar cheeses. I enjoyed the beer, especially because it was a different take on a Christmas beer. I felt that it could have been a little bit thicker on the mouthfeel. (1,434 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 12/7/12

Stained cherry brown; clear, but rather dark. One finger head thins to a soapy layer of smooth foam. Tight rings of lace. An impressive appearance.

Aromas of toasted dark bread, nuts and terse sugars - molasses and maybe a little brown sugar. Hints of citric hops and an herbal hop twinge, too. Smells like a really good brown ale. The taste is aligned perfectly with the aroma. Lots of toasty dark bread and not sweet sugars. Mild hoppiness across the spectrum; slightly juicy. The finish is very dry. A shade or two above medium body. Carbonation is on the upper cusp of average. Coating finish that somehow seems enjoyable.

I'm pleasantly surprised and impressed. Good stuff. (726 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but yet opaque enough to see through. Two finger ivory colored head. Solid mouthfeel. Smell is awesome - all malts - rich, dark, some chocolate. Flavor reveals more of the same. I really appreciate this take on a holiday brew - no crazy spices - just a nice, thick, quality beer for warming up with by the fireside. (334 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes:
Christmas/Seasonal Ale
12oz Bottle
8.3% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish auburn…some khaki color head did form, but dissipated rather quickly…though there is some still lingering making it visually pleasing…

Smell: Deep, bready malt aroma…hints of toffee, chocolate and caramel…sweet candy, brown sugar, fig, citrus hops and spices also evident…

Taste: Sweet candy and malt flavor in the beginning…candied cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are delivered by creamy, roasted, caramel malts…it’s sweet without being overly sweet and malty without being overly malty…there are some earthy hops tones as it warms in my hand…

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…it’s smooth without being watery…little bitterness, some alcohol heat…ends with roasted malt on my tongue, some cherry candy sweetness…

Overall: Very tasty…the dark, bready malts do dominate and are accented by the candy, sugar sweetness…the aroma brings a bit more than the actual taste does, I’m not getting all the toffee or chocolate that my nose picks up…the flavor though is solid and very drinkable, but I think it could be taken a step farther and would really separate itself from the others in this class…the spices do warm my belly and the higher alcohol content (which the flavor does mask) is more evident as I drink more and it gets a bit closer to room temp…great seasonal ale flavor, recommended for your consumption… (1,455 characters)

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 2011 vintage on 11-25-12. What a difference a year makes! This is a totally different beer from when I purchased a year ago. The strong coffee and anise flavors meld nicy together into brown sugar and caramel. Do your self a favor and buy a six pack for 2013/2014. (273 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a small snifter
2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahoghany with reddish hues when held to light and just under 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

S: Some dark fruits, an astrigent anise like aroma, caramel malts, smokey, faint hints of sugary sweetness.

T: Smokey flavor and roasted malts. Some spicy bitterness on the finish. As it warms the spice become a little more prominent and hints of bakers chocolate comes out, but really not much going on here, at all.

M/D: Pretty thin feeling. Carbonation moderate, but on the higher end for the style, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is good. Leaves a weird film coating the palate (and yes the glass is clean).

O: Overall, probably the biggest disappointment of the season so far. Not bad, but not much of an old ale. Mainly just roasted malt with a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, more of an extra roasty brown ale than an old ale in my book, which is disappointing. Its not bad, but with so many great winter seasonals I dont think this is one I would have again. (1,141 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A-A moderate pour never produced more than a half-finger of light tan head and there was very little carbonation to keep the head around. The beer had a nice, ruby-brown color and was mostly clear.

S-The smell was sweet and slightly spicy with pretty solid whiffs of dark fig and plum fruit. There was caramel-malt background, and little or no bitterness to be found.

T-Taste followed the smell pretty closely with dark fruit, syrupy brown sugar, and caramel flavors being dominant.

M-Feel was medium to heavy with a syrupy texture. Very little carbonation.

O-Not a bad effort. It was a touch sweet and a little more spice would have balanced things out, but the alcohol was well-integrated and the flavors pleasant. All in all, this was a worthy winter-style brew that worked well for dessert. (833 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber in color with some lighter reddish orange highlights and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some lighter aromas of nuts and earthy hops. There are moderate winter spice aromas as well.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramelized malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. Moderate flavors of earthy hops along with some lighter notes of nuts and winter spices (nutmeg in particular stands out). Light notes of oak like the beer had some small amount of barrel aging.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is an enjoyable and pretty easy to drink winter beer, though I would recommend sipping this beer rather than drinking it more quickly. Nice complexity to the flavors and smells as the beer warms up. (1,067 characters)

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

On draught at Astoria Bier and Cheese.

Dark red-hued brown body with a finger of slowly settling cream colored head and solid lacing. Big malty aromas intermingle with dark fruits and are followed by lesser notes of yeasty spice and alcohol. Flavor follows nose; pleasant but not overtly aggressive warming booziness; good malt character; toasty and full; prune, raisin, cherries and fig; light spiciness from the yeast providing subtle highlights but not overpowering anything. Moderately sweet but not cloying in the finish. Low bitterness; hops barely detectable although they may be contributing to the spice aspect of the flavor and aroma.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, creamy, pleasing feel overall. Maybe not the heights of depth and complexity for this style but it's quite nice and an apt seasonal selection for a cold evening. (851 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (680 characters)

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.