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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,550 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,550
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 53
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,550 | Reviews: 782
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a handle-glass at J. Timothy's, Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a dark brown with a reddish hue and a thin head of white foam. Fairly dark for a winter warner, in my opinion.

S: Smells rich a fruity; dark fruits like raisins and raspberries, but with a spicy hop note to it.

T: Those dark fruits come springing to the palate with a good dose of piney resin hops. Rich, robust, and a little spicy in the finish. A fairly big winter warmer.

M: Robust and deep mouthfeel, with a full, hoppy finish.

D: The 8% ABV would get the best of you eventually, or the full filling effect, but two of these would be an excellent end to any winter evening.

I haven't had too much experience with Avery brews, but their winter warmer was an excellent foray. If they hit home runs like this often, I might have to put them into my regular rotation.

Photo of DLS168
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like creamy vanilla and nutty malt, with some roasted barley and nutmeg and copper.
T: It tasted like orange and vanilla, with some nutty malt and roasted barley and copper. It had a partially clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent winter warmer. It had cream-sickle character, which was nice, but it could have been better executed. Alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink and enjoy, but not a really great beer overall.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, ruby-brown beer with a half-finger of sticky tan head with good staying power. As it fades, it leaves a few columns of sticky, runny lacing. Nice.

Aroma: Very green, if that makes sense, with lots of piney, sprucey notes. The toasty malt notes here meld well with hints of fir and fruit to lend a very festive atmosphere. Give it time to warm, though - it's rather nondescript early on.

Taste: Huge maltiness, but not too heavy - it's crystal-like, crisp, toasty, but with plenty of residual sugar, including some faintly sweet chocolate notes. A mild, juniper-berry bitterness pervades, and faint spicy and fruity notes, nondescript, but festive nonetheless are present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Even, well-carbonated, fairly heavy bodied, though not syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A solid, enjoyable winter warmer. Very crisp, bright, and festive, with very well hidden alcohol. Dunno if I'd make it a seasonal go-to beer, but I'm definitely glad I tried it.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Nice bubbly head, the color is a dark reddish-brown that, when held up to the light, retains most of the same color.

Smell: Nice malt, hops, with a bit of dark sugar.

Taste: Malt, dark sugar, some citrus hops on the finish, burnt coffee at the back of the tongue. The alcohol is present, it is not fully integrated.

Mouthfeel: Heavy with only a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not a bad by for the winter, however, the burnt taste is strong and the alcohol present, it is not a beer for multiple consumption.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. Hazy and nearly opaque.

S - Musty and dank smelling with some rich malty notes and a hint of hazelnut. Just a slight reminder of the ABV in the sinuses. The nose isn't very appealing to me at all.

T - Thankfully the smell of this one is forgiven as soon as I take a sip.... Malty sweetness up front, followed by a roasted bitterness on the back end. Very well balanced for being so malty. Just a hint of hops can be picked up in the finish along with dark chocolate and toffee notes that linger well after each sip. Quite a complex mix of flavors that work very well together. Sweet, Malty, and Bitter all at once.... I really enjoy the flavor profile of this one.

M - Big bodied and smooth with a slightly creamy texture that works harmoniously with the complex malt flavors.

D - Ho Ho WOAH!!?! This beer is 8.3% ABV? Absolutely nothing about this beer hints of that kind of strength. Utterly drinkable for how big it is. A truly wonderful Winter Seasonal that I will certainly enjoy again. This one really surprised me, and is now going to be a beer that I seek out annually during the Holidays.

Photo of Dave412
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came as part of a mix 12 pack that I got for Christmas.

A. Simple brown color, average head
S. Slight chocolate, more like mocha, raisin.
T. Same comes through on taste. Sweet w/ long finish, dry bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste.
D. Packs an alcohol punch. Good taste but a tad on the harsh side and wouldn't go looking to down two or more of these. However, I thought this was a good winter warmer and increased my appreciation for this style.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass, color is dark amber to brown, head is tan, nice thick presentation, some lacing.

Smell is nice, sweeter malts from the caramel and toasted malts, raisins, plums, toffee, mild, grassy hops.

Taste is very similar to the scent, caramel, toast, plums raisins, toffee, mild hop earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a little carbonated for the style, sweeter flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall, solid flavors, and good scent, but the mouthfeel is a bit harsh from the carbonation.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown-amber color but the head was virtually non-existent. The aroma was dominated by sweet caramel and molasses along with some slight piney hops - rather nice, though perhaps a bit subdued. The flavor was definitely spicy overall - a nice blending of the sweet complex malt flavors suggested by the aroma along with maybe a hint of a roasted character, overlaid with spicy hops that finished with a slightly harsh character. Overall, strikes me as more of an IPA than a winter warmer - but delightful anyway! thanks to my Secret Santa for this one.

Photo of brurevu
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From my tasting notes: The Old Jubilation was definitely big on the malt both in the sweet aroma and the initial caramel, dark chocolate taste. It was a nice big beer with a hint of booze that will easily keep you warm during these cold winter days. This beer leans more on the malty side and says it has no spices, which is a big plus for me. It is definitely a beer to look forward to each Holiday season.

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Photo of bob3701
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Great clear copper color with a thick stiff head that lingers for a while until it is a thick film. Has excellent lacing marking each sip. Hoppy floral and nutty aroma. High hopped taste but also very malty. Has a bitter sweet finish hints of toffee. Not a bad winter warmer. Also seems to be barrel aged since the hoppiness has a mellow character to it yet there is no mention anywhere that this is the case.

Photo of candcholt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for 3 years. Poured into a goblet.

Beautiful rich dark amber color.

This is a nice winter ale, with a lot of depth of flavor. I like that there are no spices as some beers go a little overboard with this in their winter warmers.

I cannot note a discernable change over previous years, but it's till great.

It's easy drinking, not particularly heavy, so the 8.3% can sneak up on you.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: red brown in color with a cream colored head, fairly dense, decent retention, fairly clear beer, not much carbonation moving around. decent lacing.

S: decent hop profile, nice malty kick, some spices to it as well. Smells somewhat roasty also. Bready. Not bad here.

T: Taste follows the nose, fairly malty up front, caramel, roast coffee, hoppy bitterness lingers in the back and there's a pretty distinguishable boozey flavor as well. Fairly tasty, has some notes of spices as well. Kind of muddled though, things blend together nicely, but nothing really stands out.

M: Medium to thick body, nice carbonation, nice alcohol warmth here.

D: Nice here, even at 8% this is easy to drink, this is the last bottle of the six pack, and I've enjoyed what I've drank of these. Nothing incredibly exciting, but definitely something to enjoy in the winter time.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Label, a magenta framed winter landscape. No freshness indicated on bottle. Pours a dark caramel red, excellent fat light tan head that lasts. Creamy lacing inside the glass. Large hints of vanilla in the aroma, biscuity, as well as caramel, chocolate, some earthy/oak tones in the background, and bit of spicy/herbal hops. Medium to full bodied, light slickness in texture. Light caramel sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate. Earthy oak aged tastes in this beer, a tiny bit spicy and a pretty large hop profile in this winter warmer. The finish has a dry spicy/herbal bitter dryness and is very tasty. ABV really is not detected much through smell or taste but has a warming effect on the body around mid bottle. Really a good beer, I'm so glad it's available in CT now!

Cheers!

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, and caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is sweet and of caramel/toffee. Theres alittle bit of a warming feeling in the throat. Nice dry finish with a nice little bite.

M - Medium body. Well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. I really like this one, very tasty, nice brew from Avery.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.

Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.

Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.

Photo of booga73
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DarthMalt
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! 8% a.b.v.? I find that hard to believe, since the entire beer hardly hints of anything alcoholic.

But this is certainly a Jingle Bells beer. The Currier-and-Ives looking label is very classy and gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy before the cap is even off. A nice dark-amber-red color looks warm and inviting.

Hops get the party started, however. There's a strong and "stanky" hop wiff just daring you to join in the fun. And you won't be disappointed, as an explosion of fruity hops, plum-like esters, and sugary crystal malts all jump in the pit and mosh heavily.

A smidge of roasted-toasted malts foil the fun, but you'd actually have to stop halfway through a chug to find them, which is not likely to happen with this beer.

Happy Holidays!

Photo of KevBrews
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish-brown; fairly opaque. Can only see through it if you hold it up to the light. Light tan head.

S: Some hops in the nose. Not as much as I would have expected, given how hoppy the taste is.

T: Spicy hop flavors dominate, with malty backdrop rounding it out. Bitter. Some roast and caramel tucked below hop flavor. (I seem to be the only reviewer knocked out by the hop flavors, but I truly belive that hops lead the flavor, not the malt.)

M: Full mouthfeel.

D: Nice seasonal beer. No spices, just a dark, malty backdrop for a hop explosion. Strong beer, but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color is light copper hue with a thin tan head.
Nose: Toasted malt, nuttiness, caramel, and molasses. There are notes of floral, citrus hops, with spices.
Taste: Toasted malt, nutty, caramel malts some molasses hints of floral, citrus hops, and some spices.
Overall: This is a nice beer with a good healthy dose of hops followed by a good malt complex laced with a nutty caramel, and molasses. It has a clean and easy finish. Enjoyed this spiciness of this Christmas ale.

Photo of danielharper
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First snowfall outside. Guess it's a good time for a winter warmer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red body, slightly hazy, with a thick foamy head that is so aggressive it jumps out of the glass. Pour very slowly on this one. Points knocked off for the too-aggressive foam.
Smell: Some spices, mostly coriander and orange rind. Slight notes of hops. Otherwise just a sweet maltiness.

Taste: Sweet fruits up-top, mostly apples and grapefruit with a touch of cherries. This is followed by a malt-heavy middle and a dry finish. The spices come out mainly in the aftertaste, lots of nutmeg and coriander and orange rind. Understated for the style, but that's pretty much the way I like it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering the alcohol level. I'm usually not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is pretty damned good.

Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Old Guardian glass.

Dark brown appearance with ruby red highlights when held to the light with a pillowy white head that lingers. Smells of malts, toffee and spices. Maybe a hint of cinnamon, fruity esters and some citrus hops. Tastes malty, pretty sweet and a definite hop presence that isn't overwhelming but was unexpected. A little alcoholic but I couldn't really tell it was 8%. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation and mouthfeel. One of those beers that is kind of a sipper because of all the flavor but you can't take it away from your mouth so the drinkability is above average for the style. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of mattreitz49
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell, yeah... Everything I look for in a winter warmer, this has got it.

Nice dark color, pretty head.. good lacing. Looks good.

Nice dark fruity aroma, smells very sweet.

Wonderful malty fruity taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting which is a good thing but definitely very malty. It's actually a very good balance of fruit/malt and right at the tail end, you get a kick of hops that bitters the finish up.

Best winter warmer yet. There are other seasonals that I like better, but for the style, this is it. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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