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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,357 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head. Good lacing.

Very sweet malty scents. Some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, a little bit of chocolate, and a nice after thought of alcohol.

Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish. Not overwhelmingly sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow.

Drinkability is good. Hop bitterness balances well with this brews caramelly sweetness and the 8.00% ABV is well hidden.

pasdachuri, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an american take on an old ale. pours nearly black, not thick, but no light is passing hardly. theres a two inch head lacey and sticky, with good retention. the nose is quite alcoholic. lots of dark roasty malt, that birch syrup flavor is there a little too, akin to sierra nevada life and limb. flavor is curiously dark malts, they are sweet, but dont seem to have any of that bitterness that comes from such dark roasting. also curiously devoid of smoke flavor. the feel is a little thin in body, which lends drinkablility and makes this beer not feel as big as it is. carbonation if mellow but adequate, and the alcohol only really comes out in taste when it warms. this is a beast of a winter beer, perfect for slow fireside sipping, but a 6pack would do you in. one of my favorite avery seasonals.

StonedTrippin, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my quasi fluted glass,nice ruby red color.nice head retention and lacing.nose has sweet malt and dark cherries.

taste has dark fruit,bit of spice, chocolate,some roasted notes,somewhat sweet but finishes with nice bitterness.pretty drinkable.somewhat thin,but good.

not overly spiced like most winter warmers.

wyattshotmaker, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, fruity and malty aromas. Smooth nutty and chocolate flavors, full bodied with mild carbonation, full creamy and smooth mouthfeel, finishes kind of dry, alcohol well hidden until it warms, a solid winter ale.

maxpower, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep, ruby color to it. A decent head leaves lots of lace. Slightly piney, grassy hops in the nose, with nutty malt and dark fruits. And spiced bread.

This is indeed a warmer. Dark fruit cake with nuts and some cocoa sprinkled on top. Piney are the hops. Some holiday spices in there too. Mouthfeel is thick, a little syrupy. Drinkability is limited by the youth of this beer. Better drinking in a month or two methinks.

8/29/06 Edit: Tastes much smoother, the various flavors have blended together. The hops are much milder, and the mouthfeel has thinned slightly, which is a good thing. Very drinkable, but drink now if you still have the 05. My new scores reflect this tasting.

Sephiroth, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of NCBeernut
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy head on top of a deep red amber body, near mahogany colored. Lots of lacing left behind. Smell reminds me of a robust beefy soup...odd but true. A touch spicy in the nose. Taste is supremely complex maltiness. The crazy thing is that the spiciness in this brew is accomplished with specialty malts - the highlight of Old Jubilation. Very nice winter beer. I like the approach they are taking with making a spicy winter warmer without throwing even a dash of spices in it. Slight hop bitterness complements the spiciness well. Alcohol is covered well but you still get that nice warming sensation. Not my favorite beer, but one of my favorites in the winter warmer category. I remember last year's (2007) being better.

Edit: Drink this with soup. Awesome.

6 month cellar note:
Really smooths out. Nose has gained subtle hints of dark fruits. The hops that were there have faded a bit, specialty malts have melded into a slightly spicy sweetness; not as messy as before, but still retained complexity. Alcohol is dangerously undetectable. Not a big beer anymore. If I didn't know the ABV I would say this is a session beer. Mouthfeel is smooth now. Definitely an improvement that deserves some extra points.

NCBeernut, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

This one used to slip through the cracks in the pre-pop the cap days in NC...remember having it on draft at 42nd street and bottled from 6-12. Drank a few in south bend last winter too.

appearance: a rich and dark mahogany, with wonderful ruby highlights...my eyes keep seeing some purple, but perhaps its the lighting...fluffy and creamy tan-beige head, pretty good lacing

smell: deep and sweet, red grapes, full malt sweetness aromas, nutty similar to an old ale, touch of caramel, syrupy

taste: full flavored, full malt backbone, sweet and fruity...grapes, plums, raisins. strong hop bitterness present, molasses, licorice, sugary, very woody, alcohol definitely present, rich with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and a pinch of peppermint...pretty strong winter warmer

mouthfeel: medium-full, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but a full flavored beer

dirtylou, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

stouty1, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. No date or info.

A - The clear beer has a changing color of yellow-orange to crisp amber and dark brown. The one-finger head comprised of dense bubbles sank slowly leaving a full coating of lace.

S - Deep toasted malt nose of amber and caramel varieties with a bready aroma, grassy, earthy hops, and a mellow spiciness. The complex nose is subtle but don't mistake it for being shallow.

T - Like the nose before it, the flavor is mellow but deep with complexities. Lots of roasted nuances of toast and flaky biscuit with a toffee hint and well-balanced earthy, grassy hop flavor. Mild spice probably comes from the yeast.

M - Smooth feeling and soft with a mild carbonation level and delicate sweet and bitter balance with an underlying dryness.

D - A good winter warmer that hides the alcohol level well, it's almost worth getting more singles and aging to see how much more it smooths out. Tasty and well-balanced.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby brown, with a moderate head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is actually not strong, surprisingly so. Not bad, just not there. Dark colored fruits (plums, cherries, dates) are the main components.

Flavor is quite decent for the style. The aromas of fruits follow though, somewhat sweet, but with an astringency from a hop finish. Alcohol burn is a little stronger than I like, telling me that they haven't hidden it as well as I think they should. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and drinkability is decent, although I wouldn't want a lot of this style at all.

Dukeofearl, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish with orange and ruby tones to it. There is little head to this offering and the nose has only a subtle malty presence to it. There is a distinct malt flavor upfront and this offering finishes with a nice roasted character to it. To me this tastes like a tuned-up ESB. In any case, it paired well with my pork and feta burrito.

57md, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep red/purple color with a big, off white head, that laces and sticks around all day.

Smells of caramel malt, chinook, chalky/spicy hops, slight yeast ester/fruit notes.

Taste is toasty up front that fades into a smooth sweetness and ends on a dark fruit/sugar/fig note...woah, the finish on this one is where the bitter hop spice and interest comes in. Complex, smooth, and spicy.

Lighter to medium body with medium to low carbonation make this one a nice drinker...not too heavy.

This is a damned fine Winter beer that has spice, hop, and caramel malt characteristics and is easy to drink given the abv.

Edit: Woah!!! I did a side-by-side of this fresh v one-year old, and the year-old version is simply amazing. Has a lot of barleywine characters...sweet, not hoppy like the fresh release. Age this beer.

TenHornsProud, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish/brown color. A large white head rises to over two finger. Good retention, and leaves rings of sticky lace.
S: A good malty aroma. Caramel, grain, and cereal. Some cinnamon and spiciness as well. Some soapy and oily hops linger.
T: Again, a good malty flavor. Almost meaty. Some spicy flavors that follow the nose. There is also a nice hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body that is well carbonated. Creamy and smooth. At 8%, it is a sipping beer. Though the alcohol is hard to notice.

Another good beer from Avery. It is a good representation of the style. I enjoy it, and get some every year. This is something I would recommend.

champ103, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep Ruby-brown color with a thick, creamy, tan headÂ…intricate lace: this is a nice-looking brew. The aroma has a lot going on: toasted malts, spice, fresh-cut wood, dark chocolate, and just a little ethanol. The taste is enjoyable, with a very dry wood-like charter. At times it seems a little astringent. The alcohol is hidden fairly well. Chocolate and roasted malts form the under-belly of the beer. Finished dry, with a lingering hop bitterness. Well crafted, and very enjoyable.

Suds, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "...ation" Winter beers from Colorado.
Pours a reddish brown color that's more dense than it looks. It seems thin and red at first, but there's an abyss of brown in the middle.
The flavor is of a prototypical Winter warmer. Really hearty biscuity malts, burnt sugar, pine-y hops to balance it out. There are a few berry-like fruit notes in there, too. The flavor reminds me of a bigger, bolder Fat Tire. I think it might be the malts used, but I couldn't help but think of that beer.
It has a little heat, but I wouldn't have guessed it was an 8% beer.
I'd say it's a definite style benchmark contender.

Domingo, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Dark ruby brown with a nice 1 1/2inch cream colored head that becomes slightly rocky over time. Lacing is thick when it appears. Overall a good lookin' brew.

S - Strong hop presence for a winter warmer, but a definitive malt backbone is also present. Hop floral bitterness comes at you first, with a nice brown sugary sweetness that follows. Slightly sour yeast(?) scent brings this down a notch.

T - Smooth and filling malt sweetness kicks things off with a mild carbonation. Interesting transition from malt to the hop bitter aftertaste that expands the complexity of this brew.

M - Mild carbonation and smooth accompaniment that turns into a drying finish.

D - A pleasant winter warmer that will most likely satisfy, but its high ABV can get to you after a few. For my money though, I would probably go with Odell Isolation over this beer, although they are both worth the money and time.

gmcfarre, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of usualpulp
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry color with a nice creamy head. The beer has very strong oak and fruit smells and flavors, that are very well balanced. Each sip finishes off with a nice bitter bite from the hops, but nothing too overpowering. The hops blend very well with the toasted malt, to form a caramel type flavor. This is a very good beer, too bad it is only available at winter.

usualpulp, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of cooncat
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz glass - review date of Jan. 18, 2007. No "Best by" date on the bottle, but bought during the holiday season, and with an 8% abv, I'm sure it's well within date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious creamy head that actually exceeded the head space in my glass .. very nice. The color is a wonderful deep burgundy, almost opaque it's so deep.

The nose, to me, highlights piney and citrus hoppiness. A small undercurrent of bready maltiness is there as well.

The taste is a magnificent balance of bready and dark fruit maltiness, with the hops taking the background. Fine carbonation feel wonderful on the tongue, and the mouthfeel is that of a rich, full bodied beer. Wonderful! Balance is superb, but I'm really enjoying the maltiness and mouthfeel. Each sip is an experience in satisfaction. Rings and sheets of lacing last through the entire glass, adding to the character of this huge beer.

Winter wamer? Yes, but much more. Drinkabililty is just too good for its 8 % abv ... could be dangerous in quantities. This is probably one of the best seasonals I've had this Winter, and I've had a LOT of them. Highly recommended, and I'll be looking for this one again myself.

Cheers!

cooncat, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table crystal clear deep amber with an extremely long lasting head which laced and almost coated the glass.

The aroma was deeply malty with camael and dark fruits and a very nice floral hop presence which was slightly citrusy. The alcohol content led to an estery component of the aroma.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a dark caramel and candy presence. The flavor had a nice malt backbone and a nice bittering component. The maltiness was deep and full of dark fruits.

The finish was just dry with lasting bittering lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full. The alcohol warming was present and appreciated...

Pint on tap at Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC. Yee Haw! I don't know how this one got by the alcohol police in NC, but keep 'em coming...

GCBrewingCo, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find (I got this a year ago, though) but a very picturesque label all the same, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahagony brown color, almost colopetely opaque. The head formed a tan 1 finger thick and faded into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with roasted malts and some coffee, dark cherries linger in the background. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, then the roasted and coffee flavors take over in the middle. The finish is mostly coffee with some dark fruity flavors lingering as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and chewy. The alcohol showed through a little more than I expected for a 8% brew. The carbonation was subdued and balanced well.

Overall: A very good winter beer, lots of flavor and warms you up nicely on a cold night.

FenwaySquid, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Drew966
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Jubillation pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly notice the hops in the aroma, alcohol is definitely there too. There's a chocolate note that is quite nice that dominates the flavor, hops are also quite noticeable. The alcohol really isn't noticeable in the flavor. Pretty good overall.

Drew966, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice rich amber color. Fair amount of head on this one that goes away rather quickly and leaves a nice coating on top. Spotty lacing but pretty decent.

S- Could easily pick up the pine and spice smells. A bit of cinnamon also with something sweet can't put my finger on it.

T- Caramelized malt, fruit and hops. More hops than I expected but very nice

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- Very nice brew. Maybe a bit more of a sipper and would like to have again.

nrbw23, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep chestnut colored bre with good clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head has OK retention, but didn't leave any lace behind.

S: An interesting combination of burnt oak, baker's chocolate and lemon.

T: Burnt malts up front give way to a well balanced citrus bitterness. The oak and chocolate theme from the nose carries through nicely into the taste. The citrus flavors of lemon and a hint of grapefruit overtake the oak and chocolate fairly quickly. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body feels syrupy and iis a bit too fizzy.

D: Nicely done. I still have a couple more Winter Warmers to go through for 2008, but this one of the best I've had this year.

Rayek, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep amber/mahogany color. Very full head, heavy, slow to fall. Nice sheets of lacing.
S: Woody, earthy, chocolate malts. Tiny bit of hops, and some leafy/grassy scents.
T: Soft chocolate malts, earthy at first. Middle is tingly but not too sweet, kinda bland. Finish is soft, with some hints of spices and sugar. I think the flavors are too subtle for me to detect and describe, but the overall effect is pretty tasty.
M: Tiny hop nip, but otherwise smooth. Malty finish, but not too cloying.
D: Pretty good. No alcohol taste/feel.

LeftyBWS, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy brown brew with a creamy tan head that disipates to just a ring fairly quickly but does manage some lacing.

The aroma is malty, spicy, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

The taste is slightly sweet, richly malty, spicy with a touch of chocolate, raisins, toffee, cream, caramel and vanilla. The finish is spicy, almost peppery, smoky with a definite alcohol warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, filling, but smooth and easy to drink. A very nice winter drink, especially after a holiday meal.

whynot44, Nov 05, 2008
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.