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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

1,309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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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Vashtar

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance wasn't very clear.

The smell was average

The taste was hoppy and aggressive. It wasn't that great though. It wasn't a relaxing Christmas taste.

The mouthfeel was nice, but I didn't take many notes about it.

Overall, it wasn't enjoyable because of the taste. I like Avery Brewing Company. Why can't they do better than this?

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:25:42 | More by Vashtar
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 06:15:24 | More by claspada
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

old jubilation
3.5 murky brown with a crazy big pillowy head
3.5 smells of citrus, sweet toasted malt, and some sort of odd alcoholic varnishy scent
2.5 roasty up tops, some citrus hops on the tongue, but overall more numbing than tasty. a vague sweetness builds up as the glass is gradually emptied. the roastiness becomes more and more disconnected, as does the hoppiness.
3 overcarbonated medium+ body
2.5 on the positive side, there are some things going on. but they don't come together harmoniously. this definitely reminds me of one of my old homebrew experiments that went a bit awry. i've had every bottle of a sixpack over the course of several months, and still can't figure out why this beer is rated so well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:22:15 | More by brewmudgeon
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harrymel

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Edition

A: dark pecan ale with some orange hues. a finger of off-tan foam falls to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spot lace.
S: Sweet, slightly molasses malts are nice. No real hop presence here for me.
T: The alcohol is evident here initially (off-putting for me). Some pecan flavors. Some licorice (so faint).
M: thin with moderate carb and semi dry finish.
O: Decent beer. I like it as the third or fourth for the night, a little unrefined for the premier drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 05:21:11 | More by harrymel
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adam42381

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 15:19:24 | More by adam42381
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not a "Winter Warmer" according to style guidelines, though I do not doubt that it could warm one up on a cold winters day. This, according to Avery's website, is an English Strong Ale (much more suitable if you ask me). Let's see, what else do they reveal about this beer? They used Bullion hops, which is an interesting choice...mostly a bittering hop. Malts included are 2-row barley, special roast, black, chocolate and victory. THERE ARE NO SPICES ADDED. OG: 1.074 IBU: 30

I served this beer in a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, though I bought this beer in the fall of 2008.

A: Very nice head! Thick, three fingers worth of soapy, sudsy, cream-colored head. The body was a rich mahogany in color with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The clarity was good enough so that one could see the moderate stream of carbonation. The lacing was ok, but not good.

S: Served cold, the aromas here are extremely subdued. This beer needs to be warmed up a bit before the aromas come out. It starts off smelling weakly of serious malts...and then, once it is warm enough, becomes a wonderful envelope of different characters. There is a nutty, almond-like malt aroma which is supported by a soft, dank hop smell. Just barely noticeable is the alcohol in the nose. There are interesting fruit notes from the yeast, like mango, ripened blueberries and some banana bread.

T: The flavor profile is lacking. It is mostly covered up by a strong alcohol presence. This may not actually be the case, but the way I end up perceiving the beers flavor is all up front. To make it more clear, it is like taking a drink where everything is normal until you swallow, which is when you realize that you can't taste anything past a certain point in your mouth. The back of your tongue and way back on the roof of your mouth is just craving some sensation, but alas, it gets none. Very frustrating... I am going to blame it on the strong alcohol presence, for the front is where it creates its slow burn sensation, and maybe this is like an illusion of flavor. The bitterness from the hops is minimal and it contributes no perceivable flavor. Mostly, as it warms and as it begins to coat the whole mouth more, I am able to get a better sense for the caramel malt sweetness. Hints of raisins and sweet cherries are in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, coating, with a big contribution from the alcohol, which leaves a nice warming burn on the front half of the tongue. There is a good amount of excitable carbonation. I wish that it felt more even though.

D: Not all bad. I would think that aging this beer for several years would help to cool the alcohol down. However, I would never buy a case, or even a six pack of this stuff again. There are just too many beers out there to try and this doesn't make the cut for a repeat performance in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:03:56 | More by MusicaleMike
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:23:11 | More by cpetrone84
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morimech

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a red tint. The head is minimal and had poor retention. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, spice, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste: Dominated by the sweet malt. Some spice and hops are noted. Overall the taste is weak. Some alcohol warming is experienced.

Mouthfeel: Seems thin for a winter warmer. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability: A disapointment all around. No need to visit this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 20:28:07 | More by morimech
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Avery Old Jubilation is sweet, sticky, and smooth.

It poured very dark copper with no head. It left a clear glass. The smell and flavor had strong brown sugar and molasses-like sweetness. There was a slight stinging metallic aftertaste. The ale was smooth and watery, leaving only a sticky feeling on the lips and tongue adding to the similarities between it and licorice-flavored hard candy.

Avery Old Jubilation has the look, flavor, and feel of flat root beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 20:19:22 | More by MetalHopHead6
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very aggressive head forms and is as thick as 3+ fingers. Very creamy and excellent retention. A deep ruby/amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation. Clumpy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is a little muddy, earthy, grain like and a hint of cherry.

What's funny (not really) is that the muddy earthy aroma is also front and center to the flavor. Deep malt flavors, a touch of dark fruit. Not quite yeasty, just dirty and earthy. (these are not off flavors.... Perhaps grainy as well.

Lots of A bit grainy and the ABV is present.

Gotta say, glad I only bought one bottle to sample. This will be the last one of these that I have.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:59:49 | More by Reagan1984
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-06-2013 01:08:40 | More by sgttibbs
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-17-2011 23:34:58 | More by richbrew
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-23-2013 18:14:03 | More by BGsWo22
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henryhampton

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-30-2012 02:08:15 | More by henryhampton
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ATXRyan

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-17-2011 19:47:33 | More by ATXRyan
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-07-2014 17:29:49 | More by MonicaC
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-31-2014 23:16:58 | More by threedaggers
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-21-2013 05:46:22 | More by outoffocus
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jakecattleco

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-11-2013 18:49:24 | More by jakecattleco
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Marti403

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-09-2012 00:43:35 | More by Marti403
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TheBronze

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-21-2011 07:11:40 | More by TheBronze
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-15-2012 17:28:30 | More by harpus
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed six at Al's of Hampden recently. Poured out a dark ruby brown from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Modest head with little retention and a bit of lacing evident.

Smell is malty and sweet, not much hops evident but not overwhelming "fruity" either.

Taste is a smoky malt with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability would be limited on this one for me - one at the end of the evening is ok.

Not my favorite style by far but this is certainly a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 19:43:44 | More by OldYoda
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nas5755

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown beer with a small head and some lacing

S- some dark fruit notes, very malty

T- leather notes, light tones of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, biscuit notes

M- medium carbonation

Overall, this is a decent beer nothing to complain about nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:18:07 | More by nas5755
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TexPederson

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-13-2012 11:23:15 | More by TexPederson
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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