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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of Bfarr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, layered dark amber to mahogany on the bottom with a medium tan frothy/foamy head with good retention and lacing. Malty spice aroma. Robust chocolate with roasted malt and toffee with a slightly off finish (that begins to go away after a bit) and light alcohol. Chewy and smooth with low carbonation.

Cellerable for 3 years? Interesting, might be worth it. As is, a slightly above average taste with a nice malt profile for cellar potential and it does have a great mouthfeel.

Bfarr, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brownish-red w/ nice foamy head and nice lacing. Faint scents of hops, fruits, malts, breads. The taste is very harmonious w/ all of the flavors, it's pretty sweet w/ a mixture of dark and sweet fruits, caramel, spices, and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy. Full-bodied but not heavy. Drinkability is great, alcohol is completely hidden, very easy to drink.

Great winter time brew, I always look forward to Old Jubilation. The flavors aren't in your face, just subtle and tasty. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany in color. Head isn't exciting, but a film does stay throughout.

Bready malts and some faint spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with a little molasses on the nose.

Tastes quite dry. The toffee note is noticeable...almost comes across as a caramel apple. Finishes short; only a little alcohol warmth and a faint bitterness barely lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is more or less average, if not a little lacking.

Overall this one's OK. Wouldn't purchase it again, but nice enough to try.

jbertsch, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind. Plenty more spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Malt nose with the customary winter spices.

T: Pungent, roasted, baked bread malt. Some Italian spice in there. A subtle sweetness.

M: Heavy and robust body. Pungency in the front, with a dry peaty finish.

D: This is definitely a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich dark brown appearance, with a frothy head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of malt with the customary winter spices. Flavor is heavy and rich malt with a lot of pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. Way way way too astringent and roasty. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth. Not balanced enough to revisit in my opinion, will not revisit.

claspada, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Ryanm1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. This brew was deceptively high in alcohol content. A winter ale among the tops of the rank. Hearty. Slight foamy head. Dark brown complexion. Great taste, sweet, dark, roasted malt taste. Slight hint of hazelnuts with mocha and toffee.

Appearantly this beer is cellarable for 3+ years. This blend from colorado only uses Rocky moutain water which lends to its pureness.

Ryanm1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that settled quickly into a thin ring. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - light chocolate malts, raisins.
t - huge malt profile most like dark fruits with some faint hops in the finish. really smooths out in the finish as well.
m - thin to medium.
d - really great winter warmer and goes down easily.

GPHarris, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a dark reddish orange hue that's just barely transparent in the glass. Slight head that dissipates quickly leaving some loose spotty lacing. Little flecks of yeast can be seen suspended in the brew. Lazy strings of carbonation rise from the bottom to the top. Smell is of sweet malts with a lot of caramel nuances. Some fruity berries as well as some dark molasses in the mix too. There's an almost Belgian ale quality scent here, just not as aggressive. I like it.

A big malty presence to start, along with a fair bit of sweetness from a number of different flavors, including some licorice, dark fruits and caramel. As the beer washes over the tongue, there's a definite citrus component that is accompanied by the mildish hop bitterness that lingers at the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. It provides a solid balance with the initial flavors. Given a bit of warmth, a slight alcoholic tinge becomes evident. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some tingly carbonation. Good viscosity with a drying finish.

A beer with good drinkability for cold winter nights. I usually turn to a big old imperial stouts for comfort on a chilly evening, but I wouldn't mind knocking back one of these to mix things up. Not bad for my first winter warmer.

r0nyn, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark, reddish amber. Some head, and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. What I like the best is the floating particles that are present.

S - Amazing. Very sweet smelling. I can't quite capture the fruits that I smell providing the sweet aromas.

T - It tastes similar to the smell. A slight burnt smell that is overpowered by the sweet taste. But a mild sweetness, not overwhelming.

M - Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very high. The alcohol taste is present, but not as much as you would expect from a higher ABV beer. It is masked pretty well. I will be buying this one again.

BeerDawgs, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber, almost red. About a half inch of head with some lacing.

S - Good full smell, nice sweet nutty smell, almost a hazelnut scent.

T - Full earthy taste, good amount of malt in there. A bit chocolatey even. The smell of nuts in the beer flourishes in the taste as well. A little bit of a bold coffee finish.

M - Coats the mouth well. Sort of 'preps' the mouth for the next sip. Little carbonation

D - Wooo, be careful ladies and gents. This 8.3% goes down well. It's just on the verge of being able to taste the alcohol in it, but the fullness of the flavors do a great job of masking it. I sit here typing this, looking at my glass, and seeing it's half-empty already.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. I've had beers that do a better job 'warming', but this is a great beer to sit in front of a fire with. Very full smell and taste. Bravo.

BeerBuckeye, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice mahogany red color very clear and nice and dark with an off white head

S: slightly sweet with a red berry presence

T: malty sweet and spice alcohol is masked well

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable

overall: smell was not very good in this one but everything else was very enjoyable.

JamisonM, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale appears dark red with a small tan head.

It smells slightly citrusy, a little grassy, and a little bit caramel like.

It tastes initially a bit of dry malts; there is a slight caramel flavor. A nice mild citrus flavor is also present; there is also a mild chocolate taste as well. The taste ends with a nice subdued bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate low.

Drinkability is really good. I could drink a few of these.

This is not a complex beer but it is really good and is a great beer to drink by a fire.

chumba526, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mentaltraveller
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Sink in Boulder. Good chocolate smell. Very good flavor, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Not too carbonated and lighter than I expected. Very drinkable, and recommended. I need to get around to trying more Avery Brews. If you are looking for a nice dark brew that is not too intense, this is the ticket. They had Deep Purple In Rock playing; one of my favorite records and one that goes well with this brew.

mentaltraveller, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm fond of several Avery brews and was interested in trying this one.

Pours a cola brown with ruby highlights, yieldingh one finger of head and mild carbonation present. Decent retention and lacing on the head. Smells of caramel, with light coffee and rum notes. No hops in the nose.

Toasted caramel and creamed coffee up front, with some cocoa notes. Medium-bodied with a 'chewy' texture. There's a little hop bitterness, about on par with an ESB, and a dry finish. There are a few warm alcohol notes on the back end.

Excellent drinkability for the style. Moderate alcohol presence is somewhat masked, and a six pack of these would make for a nice, relaxing evening indeed. The beer has character, though I was expecting something sweeter, darker, and even heavier.

aristeros, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of crisp tightly packed slightly off white head... Solid retention gives way to a full creamy lacing and thick collar... The color is a translucent medium to dark brown with some faint ruby hues... A decent bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation rises deep within... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Coffee... Cocoa powder... Caramelized sugars... Perhaps a faint whiff of cinnamon... Some hops are buried deep beneath the surface... Slightly understated, but still rather effective...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Subtle dark roast coffee... Cocoa... Nutmeg... A touch of licorice... A very enjoyable mix of citrus and piney hops appear on the finish and add wonderful depth and complexity...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Modest carbonation... A not so subtle chalky finish...

D - A hearty Winter Warmer with a stronger roasted malt profile than most... Assertive and enjoyable... Not my favorite winter offering, but a unique take on the style that I had no problem finishing...

philbe311, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...

A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.

S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.

T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...

M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.

D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.

jpro, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A winter warmer without spices done in the tradition of a English Strong (Old) Ale style. This beer is dark brown color (deep ruby when held to the light), fairly low carbonation with only about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by the roasted nutty malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor lacked the balance of the aroma though. I thought the roasted malts took over and had quite a bit of bitterness in the taste. It's a good refined medium bodied beer, but lacks the drinkability of other winter warmers I've had.

Prospero, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.

dragonWhale, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

91st review on BA
bottle to pint

App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.

Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.

Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.

Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.

Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.

FosterJM, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice version of a Winter Warmer from Avery.

This one pours without much head, but leaves a good ring. Brown body with orange edges.

Candy sugar aromas, with a slightly rich/thick caramel malt ... sort of 'scotch ale like'.

Rich and thick on the palate, with some toffee coming throuh, mocha in the back, and boy does it stick to you.

Mouthfeel is very scotch-ale-like ... lower in carbonation, relatively thick and rich.

This one was pretty easy to finish - and esp good for those who enjoy their beer on the sweeter side of the equation.

BeerImmediately, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, toffee and some nutmeg. The flavor is more complex. I get some chocolate and toffee, but I also get anise, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malt and some alcohol. Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice winter warmer.

Mora2000, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight brown with amber around the edges and a decent head. Looks about right for the style. Smells a lot maltier than other warmers I've been enjoying lately! Almost barleywine or doppelbock level. I like that. Not a whole lot of hop, but it's still a nice rich smell.

Tastes even better! Packs way more punch than I thought it would. Beautifully balanced with dark fruity richness backing up the bright spiciness ... OK I just checked the label for the first time. No spices! 5 different kinds of malts. Wow. A very delicious and interesting winter ale indeed.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, The strong abv is apparent but not harsh. At the time of this review, Ol' Jubey is at the top of the list for this style (that's why I shelled out the $9 for a 6er) Overall this is probably the most unique winter warmer I've tried and a damn fine ale.

davidchollar, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: ruby auburn with thick off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: chocolate, caramel and spices.

Flavor: coffee, toffee, almonds and dry, tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: bland, average winter warmer. wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

mexikrainian, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of rrski198
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Blood red, crimson color. Minimal off-white head and lacing.

S: Malt and alcohol. Im getting a little bit of dried fruit and some anise.

T: Starts good and turn wierd. Up front is a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor. Aftertaste is a little metalic and oddly bitter. Can't say I enjoy it.

M: Average carbonation. Alcohol heat is subdued. Mouthfeel is clean and thin.

D: Outside of the odd aftertaste, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I was excited to find this beer from Avery, as I usually enjoy their offerings, however, with all the "christmas ales," on the market, I would look elsewhere next time.

rrski198, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of light tan head. Head is fizzy and disappears quicker than I expected leaving a trace of lacing. Scent is pretty malt forward, with some roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is again lots of malt with some chocolate and roasty notes as well and just enough earthy hops to provide some balance. Didn't have the spiciness I expected for a winter warmer but quite frankly it was fantastic even without it. Alcohol is well hidden making this quite a drinkable beer.

alli4051, Nov 28, 2010
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.