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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,329
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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

DaveD56, Mar 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ElizabethEleanor, May 17, 2013
Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!

Floydster, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev -22.1%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

TickleMeTony, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

BeerShman, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

jwps214, Dec 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

swtdixie91, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

CUBeerBuff, Jun 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

mhjets, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Revenant, Dec 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

StoutSeth, Sep 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Kerrie, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ajs4bd, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

SLeffler27, Mar 09, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

CortexBomb, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of mbudner
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mbudner, Dec 09, 2009
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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

joepais, Mar 15, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

GreenWBush, Nov 15, 2005
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.