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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,323 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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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DaveD56


3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-30-2012 01:07:20 | More by DaveD56
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-01-2012 03:07:29 | More by AndrewMichael
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-11-2013 22:44:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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ElizabethEleanor

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-17-2013 03:13:28 | More by ElizabethEleanor
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Floydster

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12 ounce bottle from Hollingshead's in Orange during their Christmas in July celebration

Very dark with a sweet chocolately smell

Not my favorite of Avery's beers, but then again all their beer is good

Very strong and thick which makes it harder to drink than most other winter beers

Aged well with the seven or eight months it has been in the bottle

Worth checking out!

09-04-2007 06:46:11 | More by Floydster
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-04-2013 02:33:44 | More by RochefortChris
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TickleMeTony

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-06-2013 00:56:45 | More by TickleMeTony
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BeerShman

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-12-2012 03:14:01 | More by BeerShman
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-03-2013 04:25:53 | More by jwps214
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swtdixie91

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-10-2013 22:50:57 | More by swtdixie91
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-24-2011 07:43:11 | More by jophish17
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TimH


3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-19-2012 17:00:38 | More by TimH
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-16-2013 22:07:46 | More by leroybrown10
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CUBeerBuff

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

06-11-2013 23:10:55 | More by CUBeerBuff
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mhjets

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-23-2012 19:05:37 | More by mhjets
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-27-2012 00:51:47 | More by ChrisMon02
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Revenant

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-11-2012 02:17:12 | More by Revenant
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StoutSeth

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-06-2013 02:29:18 | More by StoutSeth
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Kerrie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-06-2013 05:03:44 | More by Kerrie
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-10-2012 18:07:01 | More by ajs4bd
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SLeffler27

New York

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

The snifter glass fills with a gem clear dark amber to chestnut beer, with a bone white frothy head that deposits crazy lacing.

Here we go again with the soapy, sour off putting aromas. There is some mocha and roasted nuts, but it really smells like kitchen cleaner. Maybe this bottle was mistreated.

The flavors are sharp and bitter, with some milk chocolate. The astringency is difficult to get passed, but there is a light acidity. There is little to no sweetness and a long finish.

Old Jubilation is dry with a medium body and fizzy carbonation. There is little presence of alcohol, or maybe it is masked by the astringency and metallic notes.

This demands to be consumed with something, preferably with a strong aroma and texture. Others seem to view this far more positively then I do, so I'll try another next year, and amend my review if it proves to be better.

03-09-2010 20:38:13 | More by SLeffler27
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -20%

Pour is dark, nut brown with a light white head on top. Not much retention. Nose is sweetly malty with nut elements and some hints of roast.

Flavour carries the smell over in the form of nutty malts. Spices are present in the form of cinnamon. A light citrus twang from the hops. Decent.

The mouth on this is about average, some hop action, a decent but not remarkable body. Drinkability, also around the average mark, I like certain types of Winter Warmer, and while this has some of the spices I'm looking for, I tend to find beers with fairly large cinnamon presence to be a touch on the abrasive side, which is the case here. I probably won't rebuy this, though it's not bad.

The bottom line: A serviceable warmer, but not what I prefer in the style. Low on my list of potential rebuys, and not something that I will likely have again.

02-12-2008 03:57:24 | More by CortexBomb
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head. On the frothy side, but not quite there.

S- Some coppery malts, honey, adjunct-like scent (very off-putting).

T- Sweet, honey maltiness, spruce, maybe some clove spicing, but not much. A lot of cloying booziness in the finish, very unwelcome. Chemical-like (poison) bitterness in the finish as well, as distinguished from a good roasted malt or hoppy bitterness.

M- Probably the best part of this beer, though not very good. Medium body, slight stickiness, decent amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible for 8%, but definitely one of the worst offerings I've had from Avery. Drank this after a homebrew spiced ale given to me by a relatively new hombrewer, which significantly beat out Old Jubilation.

12-09-2009 01:24:52 | More by mbudner
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joepais

Maine

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Bottle poured into a chalice produced fingers of tan head that goes to a sparse lace on top of a dark mahogany

Aromas of malts, candy sugar and spices filled my nose

This beer is rather hot (alcohol) and bitter which is a surprise to me because of its nose

The mouthfeel is not as rich as I would like on this one but it is smooth on the palette

It's an ok warmer but one at a time is enough

03-15-2008 04:51:07 | More by joepais
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

11-15-2005 16:52:56 | More by GreenWBush
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.