Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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774 Reviews
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Reviews: 774
Hads: 1,564
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 56
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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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: 774 | Hads: 1,564
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/18/2007 (bottle):

Pours a reddish-brown color body, fizzy. Huge tan head, okay lacing, foamy. Not too strong an aroma. Some grapefruit & hops, but very weak. Malt, coffee flavor, watery, smoky. Some spices. English alcoholy taste. Coffee aftertaste, almost porter-like. (282 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer looks GREAT! Big Big off white fluffy head sticks around forever. It fades into a powerful cake-like layer that lays atop a dark plum colored body. The thick foam leaves lacing all the way down.

S- Faint, sweet and malty.

T- Real malty, sweet and has a twang of hops and spice at the finish.

M- Smooth, round and full

D- Decent drinkability. The alcohol isnt overpowering. (389 characters)

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. (703 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, slight ruby appearance to it. Head and lacing were nothing special. Aroma is nutty, warming alcohol presence.

Taste, alcohol presence is not big now, nutty roast flavor, potential for a tinge of cocoa in this one, cinnamon. Maltbombesque. A decent hop mouthfeel comes on later than keeps this only in the -esque category when it comes to malt bombs.

Not my favorite offering from Avery, too reminiscient of Deschutes winter beer. (445 characters)

Photo of Monsteruss
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Foam was whole wheat/oat in color and smooth. The color was a deep burgandy/cola with mahogany highlights. It had a deep hops smell with a small accent of licorice and was a little bitter. The taste was a little bitter, hidden fruity undertones, deep and a very malty undertone. Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp. Drinkability - it was alright, but the bitter hops taste made it from getting a better score. (406 characters)

Photo of beerinmorning
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is nice and clean, leaves good lacing.

There is a lot of alcohol at the front of this beer. The middle has notes of cherry and chocolate, with a fairly dry finish. The smell is full-on cherry, which make the alcohol hit at the front muy tolerable. Still, with an 8.3% ABV, you gotta expect to get some alcohol.

The color is a really rich amber, reminiscent of some other English ales I have had, but without the fullness of body. It's a mixed blessing, because I like a certain amount of body (think stout), but the lighter body goes down really nicely.

I would recommend this one as something different to try later in the evening. The taste and the ABV are a little too much to start the night with. (713 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat murky dark brown with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a high level of roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and gritty mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a nice smell but the flavor is not all that good in my opinion. (529 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark amber, with a one finger cramy head, Little retention and lacing.

The smell was all toasted malt with hints of clove, raisins, coffee and gingerbread.

The taste started of mildly sweet but finished with a very nice spicy, toasted finish. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was clean with sensations of both sweet and dry.

A good drinkable winter. (373 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a nut brown colcor and clear. No head (served that way).

Smell is a bit of an earthy peat aroma.

Taste is a light scotch ale flavor. Caramel and bourbon flavors. A little bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a little alcohol heat.

Drinkable but not great. The taste is a bit off, and I don't care much for the scotch ale style. (413 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - pour into a standard pint glass produces about 1/2-3/4 inch of white cream colored head. Retains a crown throughout, mild lacing. Half dozen strings of medium bubbles rise throughout

S - somewhat flat. Some fresh bread yeasty notes, not really picking up much in the nose here. Not off putting at all, just not real complex.

T - Some roasted nuts, bready malt, nice mild bitterness throughout. Good clean finish, nothing bad, nothing great. I usually look for a little more complexity and agressive flavors from this style. Taste reminds me a lot of a brown (which isn't one of my favorite styles, that may be affecting my opinion here). Improves as the beer warms, a little caramel shows up with some slight floral type hop notes on the finish. Caused me to come back and bump the taste up a half notch.

M - Pretty good. Light medium thickness. Medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel and good finish.

O - An average, not bad not great brew. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I bought a six pack, I'll drink a couple over the next couple weeks and put 2-3 down for a couple months just to see what happens. Barring some unforeseen improvement with age (given lack of complexity, I do t expect it), I probably won't revisit. Glad to try it, just wanted a little bigger complex brew. (1,314 characters)

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. (482 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly clear medium/dark brown in color with a little bit of a tan head.

Smell: Toasted malted smell but almost to the point of having a burnt type scent.

Taste: Still has the toasted taste but without the burnt taste I noticed in the smell. The taste is actually more bitter then I would expect but the taste is not very complex and fades sort of fast.

Note: The taste is not bad but its nothing too exciting. It is however a lot better then the smell. (519 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the ever ambiguos "Winter Warmer" style, if only i knew what that meant. Well this time it means dark copper color tone with good lacing with raisons, cherries, and spices galore with a very sweet tooth malt body with a bit of campfire smoke inside of a gently carbinated medium viscosity easy drinking top fermented ale. (325 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews (461 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Jubilation Ale

1998--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. Winter Ale. (3.0 / 5.0)

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection December 2005. Thin lacy head. Clear dark bronze color. Mild roasted floral hop cinnamon malt spice front. Dry sweet burnt crisp toffee caramel spice thin rich body. Crisp Winter spice roasted hoppy end. Sampled 4/18/2006.

2006--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze color. Mild hop big malt front. Crisp tangy tart sweet toasted toffee clove nutmeg malty body. Hot malt spice mild EtOH hop clean dry sweet end. Big & balanced. Sampled 6/12/2007.

2007--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. 6-Pack $8.99. Perfect Label. No sediment. Rich lacy off white head. Clear thin dark bronze color. Toasted malt spice smoky mince meat mild hop front. Crusty roasted burnt nutmeg toffee caramel body. Cloying sweet smooth mild hop lingering malt spice roasted nutty end. Sampled 10/13/2008.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Big foamy lacy head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild hop toasted malt spice front. Mild coffee toffee rich malty no added spice nutty hint body. Mild hop hot EtOH tangy malt spice boisterious malt end. Sampled 12/10/2008. 6-Pack $9.99.

Avery Brewing Company--Old Jubilation Ale--Limited Release 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 30 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Old Ale? Lacy dense tan 1/2" head. Clear dark ruby walnut color. Mild hop malty toasted dark fruit front. Creamy smooth rich doughy malty toffee raison dark mellow fruit mildly crusty sweet body. Clean mild hop hot EtOH hint dark fruit malty end. Too rich. Sampled 2/21/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/27/2010. (1,848 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.

S: Nose has roasted malt, spice

T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses

M: Thin, light booze

D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery. (276 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color, good head and lacing. Smells of some piney hops and weak malts. Sweet malts hit the tongue first, some caramel and toffee as well as hop strength in the back. Like it. Warming and pretty thick for a sixer beer. Simple, does the trick. I'd have two. (271 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shipped back from my Denver trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle. It was a mahogany color with lots of carb streams. It had a large beige head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap fed by the card. Great slow sliding lace with good stickage.

The aroma was very weak even with swirling. Malty with dark fruits. The taste was much better than the aroma. Again, sweet malt with dark fruits but the end has a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels. After-taste was lingering bitter.

Overall, a good winter warmer that does well for the style. For me, I'm not in a rush to have another but that's more a style thing. If I want a warmer though this is on the short list. Rotation - might be available here in TX but I shipped one back just in case and also cause I could get a single of it. It's good for a warmer but one is enough for me [1-style] (922 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, translucent red with a light creamy head. At first, the nose is full of robust malt aroma, progressing towards a sweeter, more herbal nose with noticeable alcohol as it warms. A number of flavors jump out of a thick, warming body: sweet malt, allspice, honey, and molasses. The bitter, malty finish lingers on the palate for quite a while. A good winter warmer, with emphasis on the warm. For >6% alcohol, it still packs a punch. (446 characters)

Photo of TLove
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this beer is not weighed down by the brunt of spices that would normally accompany a winter warmer, this beer seems to me to be more like a DIPA in its hop structure. Frankly, the hoppiness of this beer really surprised me and perhaps rendered the beer a bit unbalanced on the back end. That being said, this is a good beer, but stylistically incomplete.

A decent, fluid red-brown color with a woody, bready smell and some strong, sweet malt on the mouth. There is not an overpowering presence of alcohol, which is surprising, especially due to the lack of heavy winter spices in this beer such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is a tint of spruce in this, but nothing like the Anchor Christmas ale.

After all I've heard about this beer, a bit disappointing. (772 characters)

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I want to say that I enjoyed last year's run a little more than this last experience. But either way, my review is for the 2008.

Appearance: It poured an extremely clear walnut brown with cherry fringes. A very fluffy and creamy 2 fingered tan head that quickly receeded to form a 1/8" sheet across the surface of this dark beauty. Very little lacing, actually next to none...which is reflected in my score (probably dropped a half point).

Smell: The nose of this beer is nice...subtle complexities invite the taster. I picked out a spicy aroma with pine and possibly molasses. The hops are present, but by no means are they dominant.

Taste: I thought this beer to have a nice malty taste with yeasty flavors that I wasn't expecting, nor remembering from last year. There was a slight bitter finish, but nothing about this beer really stood out declaring it great.

Mouthfeel: A nice bodied beer that left my mouth feeling coated, I guess I am trying to say that it was a viscous brew with medium body. It was smooth and almost creamy with a biscuity characteristic.

Drinkability: This beer is just above run of the mill for me. Nothing clearly stands out (hope that's not due to the IPA beforehand). I rated this beer a little low in drinkability based on the fact that there are so many great winter seasonals that I would go after rather than this beer. I intend on having it again and will change my rating if so be the case. (1,434 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown amber color with a thick head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of caramel, licorice and rum.
Strong flavor of licorice, earthy hops, booze, caramels, raisins, cherries, a hint of pine with a strong malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
This beer lacked some balance or the parts quite didn't match. I believe Avery tried to turbinate this Old Ale, but it did not work out well, it came out too sweet. (468 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/dark amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Heavy malt aroma - chocolate, coffee and nutty. Good roasted malt taste mixed with coffee, chocolate and a hop as well as roasted bitterness. Slightly alcoholic and warming. Raisin and plum flavors noted. Higher than normal carbonation. A good complex brew but a bit harsh still. I think I will let the other 5 sit for a bit and try one again when it gets closer to Christmas - it should smooth out some. (465 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded.

S - Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell...

T - There's a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it.

M - Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer.

D - A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time. (1,023 characters)

Photo of nsabo
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct. 2009 bottle opened in Dec. 2011.
Tastes like a creamier version of a scotch ale: very sweet, nutty in a brown ale kinda way. Caramel With winter warmers, I expect heavy malts and some variation of spice: the malts aren’t particularly heavy here and there are absolutely no spices. It’s not bad, but there aren’t any memorable qualities, either. Medium-thin mouthfeel.
I picked up a few packs of this 2 years ago and have been sampling it at different intervals since then. While still very drinkable and carbonated, at 2 years this feels past its prime. I remember thinking it was outstanding between 1-1 ½ years (sorry, didn’t take notes, all I remember was that the nose was wonderfully bready and the hops were still fairly present).

A final note: I've always known this as a winter warmer. BA labels it as an Old Ale, while Avery's website calls it an Old Strong Ale. Hmm (890 characters)

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.