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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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87
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790 Reviews
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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,634
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 59
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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: 790 | Hads: 1,634
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +1.6%
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 -12.4%
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 -8.8%
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 +0.3%
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.

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Photo of skizziks
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -8.8%
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%
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 +11.1%
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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Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice dark amber to ruby coloration in the glass. Very thick head resolves into a ring of foam. There is very thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer smims in malty goodness. There is the smell of fruit somewhere towards the back of the beer.

Taste: The maltyness dominates the taste. I would have liked slightly more hoppyness to the beer. The fruity goodness plays well with the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is thick and full bodied. Has a slightly muddy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If the maltyness to hoppyness had a bit more balance I would say this was a very easy to drink treat. This beer is not bad and I will buy again.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is brown, high in clarity with not much foam. Smell is roasty, of sweet malts, chocolate, and raisins. Taste is very sweet. Toasty, nutty chocolate flavors are present initially, the finish is unremarkable, however, lacking the bitterness to even things out. It has a nice medium body but felt a little flat. Overall a good malt flavor here, but not enough balance and low carbonation keep this brew only slightly above average.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours an attractive, slightly hazy reddish color with a thin, creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Bready, malty, and spicy. A bit of an alcoholic tinge, a little unbalanced, and decent hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah-damn is this hot!! The alcohol is out of control. And it's only 8%!! Other than that, this tastes damn fine. Sticky sweet malts, floral and earthy hops, and a nice spiciness really balancing the flavors out. Other than the alcohol. Prunes and figs come to mind, and the yeast flavor is obvious but tasty. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Alright, I'm in love. Basically. Let's compare this beer to a woman. You meet a girl, and she's amazing. Smart, funny, loves beer, sexy as all hell, everything you could ask for. Except she's hairier than you. If this beer were that woman, the alcohol would be the hair. Get it? Can't wait to see if this ages well.

Glass: Penn brewery Pint Glass
Music: "My World" by Illogic

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

This one used to slip through the cracks in the pre-pop the cap days in NC...remember having it on draft at 42nd street and bottled from 6-12. Drank a few in south bend last winter too.

appearance: a rich and dark mahogany, with wonderful ruby highlights...my eyes keep seeing some purple, but perhaps its the lighting...fluffy and creamy tan-beige head, pretty good lacing

smell: deep and sweet, red grapes, full malt sweetness aromas, nutty similar to an old ale, touch of caramel, syrupy

taste: full flavored, full malt backbone, sweet and fruity...grapes, plums, raisins. strong hop bitterness present, molasses, licorice, sugary, very woody, alcohol definitely present, rich with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and a pinch of peppermint...pretty strong winter warmer

mouthfeel: medium-full, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but a full flavored beer

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Photo of DogFood11
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and filthy off white head. DNA everywhere.

some toasted smells, malts are a big factor, chocolate creeps into the picture.

Touch of cedar comes through along with the toasted malts. Pretty big hop profile is quickly squashed with oh so sweet malts. I didn't get the spices I was anticipating at all, although a touch of pepper comes into play late in the aftertaste. This is a zippy chocolate, hoppy brew that excites the palate.

Notes: Ok, enough said.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" beige head on top of a dark brown - mahogany beer. The head retains well as a cap. Some lace.

S - Malt up front. Light chocolate. Tangy hops. Unique orange juice aroma mixes in there nicely.

T - Rich, earthy malt. Some caramel as it warms. Juicy piney hop flavor. Nutty in finish. Fruit (orange, cherry). Nice balance of rich malt, tangy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol.

M - Slick, full mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice complex winter seasonal.

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

Deep brown body with flashes of mahogany, capped with a very dense, lace producing light tan collar of foam. Clarity is outstanding! The nose is sweet with a floral hop note up front backed by mouth watering malty goodness.

Entry is soft with roasted barley taking the lead supported by 'just right' carbonation. The mid is a fleeting glimpse of toffee, hazelnut, and roasty goodness before the piney hops (Edit: Bullion) kick off the finish. Walnuts, coffee, and a tad more hop round out the fade before one discovers the lip-licking sweetness left behind on the lips.

Spice free does not mean 'without flavor' and our friends at Avery have proved that again. Many thanks to my main man Kenny @ Holingsheads Deli for flinging this bottle of Old Jubilation my way!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, bordering on mahogony color. Good, lasting head, with pretty lacings.

Smells of hops slightly, but has a predominant roasted malts, with undertones of winter spices. A winter holiday beer aroma.

Tastes of deep malts, yet the dominant theme is the spices. Almost a little too aggressive, has a kind of disturbing end, but I'm still ok with it. Kind of reminds me of a barley wine, somehow. Body is thick, and somewhat too agressive of an alcohol tingle.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep chestnut brown with a ruby shimmer. Body is very clear with a sticky beige head that scatters fairly quickly. Looks delicious.

S-Heavy spice kick dominated by nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Just about perfect for a true winter beer.

T&M-Again, spices are the dominant force here. The spiciness of the nutmeg runs through the entire sip. The high abv also shines and puts a little too much burn on the mouth. I love the spices but at times, they can come on a bit cloying and I think that it should be balanced a little better. The bittering hops definately come through on the finish, but again seem a little out of place.

D-I would have liked this to come on a little stronger in the malt field to come across as a huge, full-bodied, winter brew, but was a little overdone by the spices and hops. Probably great after sitting a year.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown with red hints, off-white head with very good lacing

S - Strong malts with backgrounds of fruits, rasins and dates

T - sweet malt, caramelish and white grapes, kind of a chemical end

M - smooth very easy on the palette

D - I drank it all night long. It didnt bother me a bit. Loved it.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark carmel color. Two inch head. Fruity nose of plums? Excellent mouthfeel, very drinkable for an 8.0 beer, although the alcohol is resonent but very nice.

Picked these up for Thanksgiving and I am continuing to give thanks. The label is very nice although a bit fancy. Seems a little to good for an average joe like me.

This is my first Avey brew and I am not dissapointed.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent brew. Has almost porter-like texture. Very malty upfront but unlike a lot of other porters I've had, very hoppy at the end. Interesting I'd say. Lots of roasted chocolate malts and bitter sweet tangy hops. Very quaffable. First Avery I've ever had and won't be the last.

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Photo of jaluria
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has the color of slightly watered down soda with orange-brown hues and an overall medium brown color. The viscosity is higher than expected as it is poured with a nice thick head that keeps and leaves behind nice lacing. Aromas of ginger root, roasted suger, alcohol, and other spices seem to come out. The taste is almost entirely sweet with hardly any hop characteristics. The alcohol is reasonably hidden, but it makes its presence known a few sips in. The varying 'sweet' flavors blend together very nicely so as not to compete with one another. Although this beer is sweet, it is not too sweet to enjoy. An excellent beer with the typical warming alcohol sensation resulting. The drinkability takes a hit because of the high ABV and the richness of the beer.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.