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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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very good

779 Reviews
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Reviews: 779
Hads: 1,586
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: 779 | Hads: 1,586
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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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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Photo of mattcrill
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a tight off-white head. No light gets through the body and no visible carbonation noted.

Smell: Cabarnet grapes, cocoa, musty, earthy smell. Also, there is a metallic (nickel) smell that grows and is kind of offensive.

Taste: Cocoa, cream, a malty sweetness that is quickly followed by a dash of citrus and bittering hops. Hop presence definitely becomes assertive but not dominant. Nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly decent. The metallic aroma detracts from the overall experience. Still, in a sea of sometimes bland winter warmers, this keeps the palate interested. Recommended.

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

Dark, clear deep ruby color with a frothy, generous white head and lacing aplenty.

Carmel and roasted malt aroma with strong presence of dark fruit, spice and a hint of alcohol.

Nice mix of dark fruit sweetness, and a lot of it, and a tangy bitterness. Spice flavor leans toward nutmeg. Finishes with a decidedly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied and clean, mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable winter warmer. Another fine Avery offer. May be lacking in the mouthfeel dept., but I'd recommend it.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a nice light brown with a touch of haziness and a touch of off white head.

Smell is dominated by a nutti malt aroma.

Taste starts out with a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor with a strong nuttiness to it, then it finishes with a suprisingly solid hoppiness that balances this beer out quite well.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body to it with some good lingering carbonation in there as well.

Drinkability is decent, overall a pretty solid offering from avery.

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Photo of nickss
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-ruby brown hue with a generous cap of chunky foam. Lots of lacing... looks brilliant.

Strong smells of cloves and spice in this one, with a hint of nuttiness in the background.

Very nutty taste, with a generous smattering of cloves and malt. Leaves something to be desired, however, in the complexity realm.

Very watery mouthfeel for a winter warmer, and very active on the tongue. Not what I was looking for here.

The 8% abv is well hidden in this one.. quite a drinkable brew, although not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a ruby glow. The light brown head is large, thick, and creamy. Retention is very good. The aroma is that of rich, dark malts. Flavors of sweet chocolate stand out with notes of coffee. The taste is fantastic, many different flavors come together to create an excellent winter warmer. Rich, sweet malts stand out at first. Sweet chocolate tastes are most notable, with a touch of dark, bitter chocolate in the mix. A mild roastiness compliments the dominating flavors nicely, and a burst of dark fruit flavor towards the middle of a sip is a great touch. Hop bitterness is notable along with a mild dry hop flavor towards the finish. A trace of alcohol flavor rounds out a sip. I haven't had very many winter warmers, but, to date, this has to be my favorite. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one goes into my glass colored deep crimson brown with a fat head and amazing lace. Great presentation, label included.

The nose is full of Christmas related aromas: gingerbread, cinnamon, English malt, biscuits, toffee. Rather like OSA in some regards minus the intense spicing.

The taste is akin to a strong brown ale with a rather nasty metallic penny/battery hop bite. The alcohol makes its presence known strongly in the mouth as well. Reminds me of a dark wheat lager or a strongly boozed brown ale...and sort of like Stone's 8th Anniversary ale.

There are just too many elements awry here that I can't praise this...brash, boozy, and weirdly metallic.

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

The initial impression is of prominent hops. Drinking blindfolded, you might take this as an IPA at first. But the beer's alluring, dark appearance tips you off that there's more going on. After a few sips, malt flavors leap out...mostly a dry, semi-sweet chocolate, but also some coffee flavors. There's a slight impression of spices, but not nearly as much spice flavor as many other winter seasonals.

This is a nice entry into the winter beer field.
(Swigged at McMenamin's in Philly's Mt. Airy section.)

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown glass bottle.
Appearance: Dark maroon, iced tea appearance, with a couple bubbles escaping to the surface. Head is initially large, creamy white, which fades to a small frothy layer.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, roasty malts, hops are evident.

Taste: Strong yet very smooth, with almost no harsh bite. Roasted malt notes linger after the beer is gone, very nice. Alcohol provides a nice warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full, very creamy, alcohol provides just a slight burning.

Drinkability: I could drink this one all night, after a cold day of being outside all day, it really hits the spot.

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

I'm reviewing three winter warmers that we just got in at the store: this, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and Anderson Valley Winter Solstice.

Old Jubilation has the biggest, rockiest head of the three. It fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of soapy residue on the sides of the glass. It's also the darkest in body, a porterish dark brown with ruby highlights. It's the most generous on hops of the three, with strong floral notes in the smell and taste. Also present in the both smell and taste is some nice chocolate and some fruitiness. This actually seems to have more in common with the Great Divide Hibernation Ale, classed as an American Strong Ale, than the other two Winter Warmers, considering its lack of spicedness.

Overall, Old Jubilation is a great biggish beer. All of these beers have done a great job of hiding their higher-than-average ABV; on second thought, perhaps it's the rapid consumption of several beers high in alcohol that's disguising the booze.

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Photo of Vancer
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite the winter warmer! Wow, a hot toddy for a cold evening by the fire, but……

Good start – deep caramel (root beer) pour with a sticky tan head. And those fall spice malts in the aroma were enticing. The quaff had a sugar cane sweet start, and finished with a proper hop kick. But……… the alcohol was very noticeable, and it came with a cherry medicine after burner. Just too tad too hot for a good drinker brew.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.