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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: 1,581
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
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: 1,581
Photo of kohoutek
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased on 3/20 at Hiller's. *This beer could be anywhere from 6 to 9 months old. It was stored completely in the cooler.

Lately I have been intrigued by beers that flirt boldy with the boundaries of dark garnet to brown/black. This is a territory that is less frequently explored these days. I have been homebrewing beers that are not brown, but incorporate some of the roast characteristics of porters and stouts. A difficult thing to do.

Avery has done a fine job with this beer.

It appears, as do all Avery beers, that this beer has been subjected to the over filtration that plagues breweries who are attempting to extend the shelf-life in search of greater regional/national distribution and market share. This beer is perfectly clear. As a result the head sucks. The yeast character is dulled into a soda-like presentation. I think a BA article is in the works to address this phenomenon. *

The beer pours a deep amber color. Not brown, but incorporating nice roast into the flavor/aroma profile. *The age/filtration issue has created some oxidation that is present in the nose. This, with the special roast creates a soy sauce experience mixed with cardboard. However, the other aromatic/flavor qualities of this brew are stellar and dominate the flaws. Grainy Graham crackers, oaken casks, a rich 70% dark cocoa spine. A wonderful, rich malty experience

This beer has a nice neutral hop profile that cleanses the palate and integrates all of the rich, warm malts.

This beer drinks well. I can't wait to try a fresh version at the pub. I think "my minds eye" might be inflating the score on his one.

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Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack for $8.89 at Sportsman's back in late November. Am finishing the last two bottles today-gotta like a little winter warmer in April!

This brew poured a reddish brown with a tan head that has dissapated quickly. Nose is malty and perfumed with dark fruits and some spice i cannot put my finger on. Taste is very malty, with a nice cherry chocolate hint, and a very mild dry hopping to finish. Mouthfeel is OK, but it is not as heavily bodied as I would have hoped for the style. Overall drinkability is good. The beer warms one up without a noticeable alcohol taste. Nice brew that I will put into the winter warmer rotation next fall!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish brown with deep red highlights a light tan 2 finger head in a tulip glass. head is nice and tight with great retention and lacing. pretty beer. aroma is both hoppy and malty. sweet caramel over sweet bread and chocolate covered cherries. nice fruity aromas. first taste is a light peppery hop flavor with a mild bitterness that's quickly overcome with a malty and yeasty bready flavor. mostly dark fruit, grapes and a touch of anise. unfortunately there's a slight metallic taste. finish is dry and yeasty. mouthfeel is a touch light in body, but with good carbonation. swallow clunks too much. easy to drink as the alcohol seems to be well hidden, but the metallic flavors hinder a tad. overall, not a bad winter selection and a nice try, but not one of my favs.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the finer alternatives to the spiced winter warmers, and its new to my neck of the woods. Its sorta similar to Great Divide Hibernation: both are fairly malty, un-spiced, similar abv's and tasty. This one is a tad less hoppy though.
The pour was a thing of beauty: I poured fairly aggressively and got a ~2.5 finger tan-colored head (very similar to the pic on their site, only mine didnt go above the rim of the glass) which was slow to dissipate, with some remaining for the whole duration of the drinking. Substanital lace as well. Body was a clear but dark ruby-brown.
Taste is a well-blended array of malts...hard to really discern the individual flavors...hints of caramel, chocolate and in the finish, a hint of roastiness and a very slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is just right as well...a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Not full bodied, but a solid medium. Very nice.
Very enjoyable...one for the malt-fans. Glad we finally got Avery stuff here in Albany. I've got The Czar and The Reverand yet to try in my basement...should be good.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown pour, medium-sized head that could have lasted a little longer.

The smell is what you'd expect from Avery's winter warmer, and I like it! It's a cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness on top of a doughy malt, but then there's a much more substantial hop aroma giving some citric bitterness to the smell. Nice.

Velvety, creamy flavor where the bready malt mixes well with the baking spices, a slight orange-peel/lemon flavor, and a little bit of a hint of bitterness from the hoppiness.

Overall: Very nice winter warmer. Not cloying or overly-spiced and with a few new twists. A new favorite in the style.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This amber-to-light-brown colored seasonal is surprisingly light on the nose. In the flavor there is a roasted, espresso-like quality that is very pronounced, surprisingly so given the fairly light appearance of this beer. Following this there is an alcohol chaser (and why not, at 8%) and a bitter finish. In the mouthfeel we find mostly astringency from the roasted malt and bitter finish.

Maybe it's just me. Maybe I just don't like Winter Warmers all that much. Old Jubilation is above-average but still not too thrilling.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some reddish highlights. White head that fades quickly. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with both fruity and nutty scents. A slight floral hop scent is also present.

Sweet and malty upfront with some fruity and light roasted flavors. A slight floral hop taste and bitterness presents itself midway and lingers as it finishes rather dry.

Mild carbonation, thin body.

It's pretty easy to drink, but also easy to forget. Another one of these omni-style "winter warmers" that strives for mediocrity - and achieves it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky crimson with brassy orange trim and tiny bits of yeast. The oatmeal colored head is firm and tight with gobs of delicate bubbles on its upper surface. A thick coat of generously pocked lace is beginning to coat the glass, sealing the deal on an attractive appearance.

The mega-malty nose reminds me of a robust porter or even a stout. It doesn't possess the dark fruitiness of a Baltic porter and it doesn't possess the licorice and molasses notes of a Russian Imperial stout. In spite of the less exotic scents of roasted barley and dark chocolate, this is a wonderfully aromatic winter warmer. No spices greet my nose, but then I know from the website than none have been added.

On the palate, Old Jubilation still reminds me of a big porter or a throttled-back stout. Malt is in charge here and multiple varieties have been used to great effect. The roasted maltiness is multi-dimensional in ways that I'm having fun exploring, especially as the beer warms. The thing that gives this beer its signature personality is that it tastes a little (only a little) like a barleywine or an old ale. The fact that Avery calls it an English strong ale is telling.

The beer is judiciously sweet, with more than enough bitterness to bring things into balance. An English variety of hop, Bullion, has been used; an atypical choice, one that I don't usually run across. If I had been told that one spice was used, I'd have guessed just a pinch of cinnamon. I can easily believe, however, that it's spice-free (as advertised).

I have no earthly idea how long I've had this bottle, but I'd guess that it's about one year old. Long enough, apparently, for the alcohol to have mellowed into a purring kitten. A little is apparent, but not much. The mouthfeel is closer to medium than to full, and is just a fraction too bubbled. Those are minor, nitpicky complaints since, overall, I like the mouthfeel just fine.

From the wintery label reminiscent of a Currier and Ives lithograph; to the deep, multi-faceted maltiness; to the warming sensation currently residing in my belly, Old Jubilation is a fine ale that was a pleasure to consume. Avery has brewed another winner that, thanks to its cellarability, can be enjoyed all year round. Well done.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark red / mahagony with little head even with aggressive pour and no signs of lacing

Aroma: Malty sweetness, aromas of dark fruits...raisins, maybe plum.

Taste: Overwhelming malty with little signs of hop bitterness or flavor.Caramel and toffee sweeetness come through with hints of raisin. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Not complex but interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with even carbonation. Feels good on the tongue and goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability:This is a nice Winter brew. Goes down easily but you might want to watch yourself at 8%

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Photo of Higravity
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red shade of brown with a decent head but poor lacing. Smell of caramel and raisin with a hint of floral. The taste is really raisin like to me, seem there is some nice dark malt flavors with sweetness and a little spice. Nice full mouth and a easy drinker at 8%. Would turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of phisig137
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful shade of mahogany or dark stained cherry wood. Looks like expensive furniture stain. Head dissapates quickly, but does leave a nice lacing on the glass. As far as I can tell, the aroma does not offer a great amount... a hint of hops, and some dryness, but fairly subdued. The flavor on the otherhand is a veritible explosion of goodness. the best way to describe this I think is a heavily roasted, slightly spiced porter. The roasted malt flavor is phenomenal, and finishes out the palate without being overly dry. A very light amount of spice can be detected, but very mild, coriander, and perhaps cardamom. Finishes dry, with a slight bite that lingers for a few minutes. One of Avery's better 12 oz. beers I think, and it does quite a nice job of hiding it's 8% alcohol too.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber with a fine head, that dissipates into a consistent and enduring lacing. Looks good.

Smells of caramel, burnt malts, and spices (typical of winter warmers - nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon). Hops are also present, as well as alcohol.

The taste is richer, with strong malt presence (bready, yeasty, and fruity), some chocolate hints, a certain woody-ness and a stronger hops finish (floral). A very nice winter warmer. Maybe my favorite this season. Mouthfeel is solid, and is very drinkable. Good stuff. Worth seeking out imo.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I got the bottled stuff, finally, and it's just not quite the beer that the cask-conditioned brew is. But, then, what did I expect?

Still looks great, but the aroma and flavor components are just a bit diminished in the bottle. Still, a nice beer. I'll be looking for some when it comes out next winter.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice, 3/4 inch tan head forms on top of a brilliant, dark ruby colored beer. Very thick lacing is left down the side of the glass as well.

The smell was not that intriguing. Toasted malts with a touch of nuttiness and caramel. Nothing much in the way of hops. Alcoholic.

Taste is creamy maltiness with alcohol slightly noticeable. A little bit of hazelnut in the taste and very little hops present.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a nice body and the perfect amount of carbonation. Almost taste as if it was cask pulled. Wonderful drinkability. Good thing I have five more beers and lots more time.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts very well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains, little else, maybe the lightest of spicing. Taste is hearty maltiness, with light fruitiness and alcohol present as well, with the aftertaste a bit boozy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing. One of the better winter warmers I've had.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a small, biscuity head that had very minimal retention. No visible lacing through thhis russet brown and tawny color.

Smell- A subdued toasty malt aroma with a sharp hop backbone.

Taste- Starts off with a small whip-crack of hops that leads into a roasted malt flavor bearing a few nuances of Christmas with it like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant mix of christmas, malt, and hops danced around my mouth, but all subdued. I had to pay close attention to my beer to conjure these flavors. A medium bodied beer bordering on slightly heavy.

This beer was alright, but nothing I will probably buy again. Not to say its a bad beer, but this beer had no qualities that make it special.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a rich, foamy head that leaves a sticky, well-sustained lace. Hops with some roastiness in the nose. The flavor features a decent balance between hop and malt: a nice, crisp hop bitterness complemented by a slightly more dominant variety of burnt and roasted flavors, including chocolate, bitter coffee, and toasted caramel. There is also a fairly noticeable roasted grain flavor, especially in the finish.

Not bad, but there are better/more interesting winter warmers out there. Still, this one is worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy, tan head…intricate lace: this is a nice-looking brew. The aroma has a lot going on: toasted malts, spice, fresh-cut wood, dark chocolate, and just a little ethanol. The taste is enjoyable, with a very dry wood-like charter. At times it seems a little astringent. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. Chocolate and roasted malts form the under-belly of the beer. Finished dry, with a lingering hop bitterness. Well crafted, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of spoots
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted so much to like this beer, especially at the (high) price I paid for a sixer. But ultimately, this is a one dimensional beer--malt, malt, malt--and I felt it did not meet the level of excellence its premium price implied.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass--a one-finger head which dissolved quickly to a vague foam. No lacing to speak of.

This is a good looking beer, full of promise. On the basis of appearance alone, a terrific beer...but...

There isn't a lot to stimulate the olfactory sense. I wanted this beer to explode with a malty fog, but it just sat there in the glass and stared back at me. Very disappointing.

The flavor was all malt, with malt notes moving up and down the scale. If you like malty beer, this is a fine example. But I desperately wanted some balance to make this a little more palatable. The malt is so predominant that I can't imagine having more than one of these in a sitting--which is usually my benchmark for a great beer.

Mouthfeel was average.

This is as much a niche beer as Hop Wallop, Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner, Duvel, or anu other category leader--with the caveat that it doesn't compel me to have another one.

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Photo of swid
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #9 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Avery Old Jubilation pours a dark amber color into my pint glass. Atop the partially opaque liquid sits a 1/2" cream-colored head, which quickly collapses into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, lots of delicate lacing. The smell is made up of several malt-derived aromas: caramel, coffee, plum and alcohol. Hop aroma is virtually nonexistant. The strength of the alcohol in the aroma was surprising; I've had several stronger beers that had nowhere near the level of alcohol aroma as this beer has. Anyway, onward...

The taste of this beer is just what the smell promises: Malt, malt and more malt. Flavors to be had include caramel, plum, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. After a little bit, a hint of pine hop bitterness shows up, but only barely. The mouthfeel is very thick; almost syrupy, for that matter. Finishes with a slightly dry and mostly sweet aftertaste.

This beer is tasty enough, but it's hard to say anything more of it than "Yep, it's thick" and "Yep, it has a high ABV". That being said, it's a very appropriate beer for a blustery January night in Nebraska.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of skizziks
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Huge huge rocky dark tan head. I couldn't pour it all in one go. Head recedes to a still rocky half inch. Thick lacing in rings around the glass. Beer is a deep amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is malt and a little molasses. Not too strong. It is really a very nice aroma and I wish there were more of it.

Flavor of brown sugar and malt. Enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Rich, smooth, nice. Medium to full body, thick and sticky on the tongue. Hop bitterness finishes it but the malt never really goes away, hanging on the back of the tongue. One of the best winter beers I've had this year and one of the most suited for a cold evening.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head, Not much lacing. Smells of malty molasses and caramel.

Fruity and richly malty. Plum and caramel. some decent hops in the finish. Sticky with hints of the alcohol. Not overly complex but a good winter warmer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby brown, with a moderate head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is actually not strong, surprisingly so. Not bad, just not there. Dark colored fruits (plums, cherries, dates) are the main components.

Flavor is quite decent for the style. The aromas of fruits follow though, somewhat sweet, but with an astringency from a hop finish. Alcohol burn is a little stronger than I like, telling me that they haven't hidden it as well as I think they should. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and drinkability is decent, although I wouldn't want a lot of this style at all.

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Photo of denjen
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 6pack
Dennis: If you considered this a winter warmer, I'd have to say it was the best of it's class. Rich and warm, with the chalky chocolate hints you'd expect, this comes across best about 1/2 through the bottle. A slight hop tartness really compliments the 8% alcohol and help drives it home. Over all a great beer that further solidifies Avery's reputation.
Jen: Yummy! Just what I look for in a winter ale. This has a nice blend of malts with a dry coffee and toffee and a mild bittersweet chocolate taste. It has a nice medium mouthfeel with slightly hoppy, yet sweet and toasty aftertaste. This is worth the $$, and it will be purchased again.

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