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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,550 | Reviews: 782
Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Dark Mahogany. Tan head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasty and toasty. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Hint of floral/mint hops in the background.

Taste: Malt upfront. Roast malt - subdued porter/stout quality. Plenty of malty sweetness throughout, along with a solid backing of hop bitterness. Middle has notes of raisons and nuts. Finish is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety.

This a nice winter warmer. Its well balanced and drinkable for its strength. A wonderful brew to pass the winter months with.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark amber into my imperial pint. Pour gives rise to a wonderful 1 inch head that slowly fades to a smear. Aromas are roasty – holiday roasty like something is going on in there – but no real spice to speak of.

Fine carbonation and the dark malts really hit the tongue – almost like a porter junior – but not really. Rides a nice little bit of hops toward the end with a touch of coffee/toffee/candy.

This beer is awesome and quite nice as compared to some of the spice bombs you get in a winter seasonal. I will drink this again for certain.

Photo of donaldchapman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting at Avery 15 year anniversary.
2007
A - Dary Ruby Color with long lasting head.
S - Nice hop aroma followed by some malty chocolate aromas.
T - Chocolate malt, with a caramel backing and a medium high level of bitterness.
M - Good full bodied feel with a nice alcohol warming.

2006
A - Remains about the same as the 2007.
S - Hops begin to fade and the malt aromas begin to dominate.
T - Malt flavors are complex and mix well with the lower level of bitterness.
M - Full bodied and alcohol warmth is smoother.

2004
A - Color remains the same, a slight more haze due to age.
S - huge malty caramel smell in the nose, very little hops.
T - Chocolate malt flavors have given way to more roast flavors.
M - Full bodied and a smooth alcohol warmth.

This beer seems to age pretty well, I thought the 2006 was the best. The 2006 had a great balance between hop bitterness and flavor of malt. The 2004 had a better malt aroma, but was lacking in the flavor.

Good beer.

Photo of NeubTube
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It's the color of rich mahogany with ample white head. The head has great retention and nice sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

Aroma is lacking in that it just doesn't have much there. A little bit of hop spiciness and sweetness but nothing exceptional.

The flavor is really nice with lots of piney, spicy hops and a great big malty backbone. This is really how a pure winter warmer should be, that is, without all the added spices and orange peel. Just good ingredients.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, perfectly carbonated, and clean. I would have guessed this to be 6% so it's surprising to see it up two points higher. Well-hidden, nice and warming.

Drinkability is excellent for the style. I could easily have two more and not feel like the flavor is overdone. It's something I could see drinking anywhere from Sepetember to March. Very nicely done.

Photo of number1bum
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish mahogany color, dark but still translucent when held to the light, with a rich and creamy light khaki colored head. Head retention is very good, leaving lots of stick too.'

Smell is sweet and malty for the most part, with hints of chocolate and a caramel or maybe toffee-like sweetness. There is a slightly fruity, somewhat earthy and musty hop aroma here too.

First taste is semi-sweet and malty, and as it coats the mouth flavors of chocolate and toffee really shine through. There is a nice roasty, somewhat nutty flavor, as well. Pretty complex and quite tasty. There is a little bit of hop bitterness and I'm thinking they are contributing a bit of flavor along the lines of an earthiness, as well.

Mouthfeel is on the hefty side of a medium body, good amount of carbonation, and pretty creamy.

Mmmm, yeah, I like this. I could drink a few more of these for sure. Never would guess it's 8% as it's hidden very well. This is a fine winter brew for a cold winter's night.

Photo of Hibernator
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Old Jubilation
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a rustic chestnut brown with a mountainous head on top. Trails upon trails of fluffy, sticky lacings cling to the sides of the glass.

Whiffs of sweet malts, sugars and chalk grinds.

Heavy malt backbone showcasing flavors of mocha, juicy plums, milk chocolate and toffee. A hint of cinnamon, but more caramel malt than anything with a nice biting hop presence.

I gotta be honest, this is super malty and smooth. I like.

Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Old Jubilation poured a dark reddish-brown with a medium head that quickly went down to a nice lacing and collar. It had a very appealing citrusy, malt smell. It had a big malt taste with some citrus tones that was nicely balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable holiday brew.

Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is brown, thick and strong as concrete, straw colored. Good nose with lots of C(itrussy)-hops that do their work fine as making this a very fresh and fruity brew, are there further orange peals used? Certainly tastes like it. Underneath this wall of citrus there is some maltarome mostly chocolate/roast and some caramellic notes. Impressive and wel dosed arome's with maybe litle overdone dryhopping but alltogether a wonderfull adchiefment. Tasting this is also something, roasted nuts in orangejuice with wodka is a way to discripe this warming, fresh & fruity and bitter barleybrew. Woww maybe litle to much for time and wheather( sunny and round 85-90 outside at 1:30 pm) but most welcome to my tasting buds! Maybe litle overdone( on roasty and alcoholic side) so drinking gets tougher but well done Avery!

Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Ripe Bing cherries top a whiff of dark malt. Overall, a very mild smell, but I started out with the beer fairly cold.
Appearance: Dark brown with flashes of ruby edges. Slight haze with a short lived off white head. Some lacing slowly slipped down the glass and a fresh burst of carbonation fed a halo of foam with every sip.
Flavor: Interesting. Only hints of any fruits and the hops really come out, but don’t bitter. A very nice balance that highlights the hops, but lets some dark malt show off as well. I get the slightest hints of some spices, but they are so mild that I can’t identify them. This is close to their barley wine, but I’d need another sample of it to compare and contrast.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good chew. Some alcohol drying at the finish and a slight hop pucker.
Overall Impression: Very tasty. Big brew that hides it’s alcohol well, and tames a generous dose of hops. The spice taste is so mild that it's hard to call a Christmas beer, but who cares? It's good! I'll be grabbing a few more for the cellar, if you see some, give it a try!

Photo of BierReise
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with slight haze. Cannot see through when held to light. Thin light brown head.

Nose has a very pleasant cocoa malt profile. Very appetizing nose.

Palate is a nice blend of rich roasted malt, espresso bitterness/sharpness, and a medium long finish.

Above average for a winter ale.

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive frothy head of fluffy foam rests on top of a dark mahogany shaded beer. Oh my, this head is seriously chunky...looks like seafoam. Sweet malty aroma: coffee, caramel, and nuts - very inviting and yet restrained. Heavy malt flavor - chocolate and nuts held together by a sweetness that isn't cloying in any way. Take a big mouthfull and all the layers of malty goodness become quite evident. Very pleasant sweetness in the finish. Perfectly enjoyable closer to room temperature and no signs of its apparent strength anywhere. Smooth, near creamy mouthfeel actually begins to resemble a dry stout near the end of the glass.

What a delicious malty treat this is. Stuck inside on a cold day? This'll put you in a good mood. Its not a huge beer, but its probably worth cellaring to see what would happen to it.

Photo of awall422
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful deep red with an inch head that had good staying power and left nice lacing all the way down the pint. Aroma was failry sweet. Initial taste is almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet, with hints of raisins and prunes on the finish. The alcohol shows itself just a bit in heat, but just enough to make this a real "warming" winter ale. One of the best winter beers I've had, must find more!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of karengarys
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours rich dark brown, leaving little head after my slow pour. The fizz ring sticks to the side and slowly slides back in the glass.

Smell is very nice - chocolates and malts with some sweetness and darkness.

Taste is way cool. I am not a holiday beer fan where the recipies go over the top with the spices, especially corriander. This one is nice and mellow on the spices, just a hint of correander, maybe pepper. It has a malty sweetness, and a beautiful hop balance - a nice dryness with a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

The finish is creamy and sweet. The back of your throat notices the pine hop the most.

it has a robust body.

This is probably one of my favorite winter beers to date. If you want to try a winter brew, but have been scared off by Anchor's or Sierra Nevada's, then turn to this and give it a try.

Just before I pushed "submit" I noticed the alcohol content. Holy cow! It sure hides the alcohol well!

Cheers!

Photo of leighton
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a firm, lingering tan head. Considerable lacing as the level receded.

Aroma: Nicely balanced between sweet, caramel notes and bitter hops.

Flavor: Flavor is at first sweet and malty, then quickly turns happily bitter with some nice, piney hop flavor. On the swallow, the bitterness prevails, leaving the mouth with a pleasantly bitter, sticky aftertaste. Some notes of toffee and burnt malts, adding to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-big in body. Light and fine carbonation. Slightly warming going down.

Overall Impression: Overall I was very impressed. A beautifully struck balance between malt sweetness and hop bite.

Comments: Bottle pour.

Photo of stimulus
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear brown/amber with a beige head that leaves light lacing.
S: Sweet malts and hazelnut for sure.
T: Big, sweet, and malty, with smooth hazelnut, caramel, and toffee flavors. Not even a speck of alcohol throughout.
M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.
D: This needed to warm up quite a bit, but it sure tastes great now. Quite a smooth, malty beer that can probably get better in a year or so.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours an invitingly clear deep mahogany color with a thick 1/2 inch head made up of mixed size bubbles. This head fell within about 5 minutes to leave a small ring around the edge of the glass. There are some bubbles rising to maintain the head. It leaves a thick lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of toast and caramel going on in the aroma. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable in the aroma, adding a rich plum character to it.

Taste: Some darker caramel notes are noticeable at first...then some roast grains hit you pretty hard a few seconds into the profile (most likely Special B). There are some assertive bittering hops that mix with these intense roast grains to finally take over the malt and finish balanced pretty subtly toward the bitter. This is a medium bodied beer that crosses the palate pretty boldly. There is some noticeable alcoholic warming that you get from this beer, and this makes it seem a bit lighter bodied than it is.

Opinion: I think that this is a very enjoyable beer, and I like to keep some around to sample throughout the year. It is one that keeps well, so that's why I am reviewing a winter seasonal near the first of August. This beer is big and bold with a whole bunch of flavor. It is very close to a British Stock Ale in flavor and strength, though with a bit much hops for both styles. It is a really tasty brew, and one that I will be getting as regularly as it is released.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Shaw
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep mahogany in color with a large head that reduces to a nice dollop of foam in my glass.

It smells of caramel, roasted malts, and even a little smoky. A complex aroma, for sure.

The taste is excellent. Sweet flavors combine with just the right amount of coffee and astringent qualities to create the perfect balance. It's not a syrupy mouthful, like some of Avery's other brews.

The body is wonderfully smooth and glasslike. It just glides over my tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of Avery's best. It's also inexpensive, which is an added bonus. A great seasonal beer and well worth seeking out.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like.
Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol.
Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying.
Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!
Hats off to Gromit for getting us together!

Photo of AirBob
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AltBock
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that just screams out Christmas! It's this beautiful painting (couldn't find the name of the painter) of a mid 19th century moonlit Christmas night in where 2 people are on a horse drawn sleigh going to this big Southern style home to spend Christmas night and morning with the relatives. I just noticed that there are 2 people running beside the horse drawn sleigh. Either they don't want to be on it or the 2 people on it can't control it and those 2 people running by it jumped off ASAP, so that they don't get mangled in the sleigh accident. In front of the house it looks like the rest of the family has arrived to spend the night. No need to worry because that house can house the entire family and the whole US Army at the same time. It's that big. On the far left of the picture is a small house that I guessing is used to house the farm equipment or the servants. On the outskirts of the label to the right is the barcode and Government warning and to the left is just the address of Avery Brewing. What I couldn't explain was that at the bottom of the label is the words "Yeah, it is." I have no idea what that means or why it's even there. Avery didn't ask any questions on the label, so why is that there? It makes no sense right now. There is no back label or neck label that gives any information about the beer or any kind of brewing or best before date for that matter. I guess the picture is made to say it all, "drink it with family members during Christmas and you express great joy."

Appearance: The beer looked so nice in an Avery pint glass on their website, that I too had to put it in a standard American pint glass. I didn't have an Avery pint glass, so I had to use a Bell's Brewery pint glass. Same thing, different label. The beer looks much nicer in real life than on a website page. The beer was a dark mahogany brown with plenty of cranberry red highlights all through out the beer. If that wasn't enough, it had a long lasting beige head of foam that left tons of beige colored sticky lace around the glass. The beer looked just as nice as the label on the bottle did.

Smell: At first I noticed that it had a strange aroma of rusted barley with some citrus hops in the background. When it warmed up a bit, the rusted barley dissipated and turned itself into roasted malts. Quite a change. After the roasted malts left, some juicy fruits, citrus hops, and a pinch of coffee beans and caramel came through. It was pretty good, but that first aroma of rusted barley ruined it for me.

Taste: I'm glad that no rusted barley made it's appearance in the taste. That would have been bad. The first of the aroma to come through was some dark roasted malts. Then after that was the dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, nuts, bitter citrus hops, a splash of toffee, and just a tiny hint of caramel and alcohol at the end. Tons and tons of roasted flavors in this beers. If you like roasted flavors in your Winter Warmer, then you need to drink this beer immediately. For some reason I was expecting this beer to be something different than roasted flavors, but let's just say that I'm pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel: This one was medium bodied, smooth, and with an aftertaste of those many dark roasted flavors that were the main staple of the taste. I couldn't taste or feel any of the alcohol here. The only time I noticed it was here was at the end of the taste and even that was on the small end.

Drinkability: A great label on the bottle doesn't make for a great beer, but this one did. The dark roasted flavors can warm you up on a very cold day. Would I drink this again? I sure would, even in the summer time I could drink this beer. Is this another good Avery beer? Yeah, it is! If you like malty roasty winter warmers, then this is the beer you should pick up.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,550 ratings.