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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 39
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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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown hint of amber. Small amount of head but the retention is stable.

Fresh ground toasted grain along with caramel and milky chocolate. Some rich fruity spice notes.

Flavor is pungent molasses and dark fruits (figs) and some plum. Some dark grains linger with a mild hop dryness. The malt, mild fruit and spice really cut through this beer. Almost too much.

Thick body but the heavy flavors make it a definite sipping beer.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of bilyboy65
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. I do think that it's confused though.

A: nice redish brown with a light tan head. The head is fed for a qhile from the carbonation. The beer looks nice except it seems to look dirty. Either this is an unfiltered offering, which I doubt or it seems to have specs of things clinging to the glass as carbonation bubbles past. Don't inspect closely for a good looking beer.

S and T: This I'm going to review together because they are very similar and complex. There is a strong sense of dark cherries and raisins. A hint of molasses and alcohol. The alcohol is definitely more apparent in the taste, which is why it got a lower score. I think the alcohol is too dominant to get a good rating for a style that seems to have to have that flavor there.

M: Medium body beer that sits very gently on the tongue. No heavy residue left as it passes over the tongue.

O: I think this beer would be well enjoyed in place of a hot chocolate on a very cold day when you are just getting back inside. It will remind you of the sweetness of life and jolt your senses back to life with the alcohol.

I think this would be best enjoyed with a cheesey meal to off set it's bitterness of alcohol.

bilyboy65, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Served in a pint glass. Three inches of tan head. Copper colored and clear.

S - I get some cherry/plum smell along with burnt toast. Whiffs of alcohol come and go.

T - Alcohol hits me right off the bat. I get some plum in the middle and an almost metallic bitterness at the end.

M - It feels slick in my mouth.

D - Between the strong alcohol presence up front and the bitterness on the end, I wasn't impressed with this beer. That aftertaste is the last thing I have to remember and it's making me not want to try another one.

buschbeer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some reddish highlights. White head that fades quickly. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with both fruity and nutty scents. A slight floral hop scent is also present.

Sweet and malty upfront with some fruity and light roasted flavors. A slight floral hop taste and bitterness presents itself midway and lingers as it finishes rather dry.

Mild carbonation, thin body.

It's pretty easy to drink, but also easy to forget. Another one of these omni-style "winter warmers" that strives for mediocrity - and achieves it.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of zac16125
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a small snifter
2012 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahoghany with reddish hues when held to light and just under 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

S: Some dark fruits, an astrigent anise like aroma, caramel malts, smokey, faint hints of sugary sweetness.

T: Smokey flavor and roasted malts. Some spicy bitterness on the finish. As it warms the spice become a little more prominent and hints of bakers chocolate comes out, but really not much going on here, at all.

M/D: Pretty thin feeling. Carbonation moderate, but on the higher end for the style, ABV is well restrained and drinkability is good. Leaves a weird film coating the palate (and yes the glass is clean).

O: Overall, probably the biggest disappointment of the season so far. Not bad, but not much of an old ale. Mainly just roasted malt with a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish, more of an extra roasty brown ale than an old ale in my book, which is disappointing. Its not bad, but with so many great winter seasonals I dont think this is one I would have again.

zac16125, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass: Tulip

Appears dark brown with some red throughout. Not much head but a thin ring, looks nice though.

Smells of intense malt, super dark fruit, very sweet and candy like, lots of caramel and molasses. The alcohol adds to the sweetness. Dry, floral overtone from the hops.

I cant figure out if it's the hops or the alcohol that gives it it's light dryness, probably both. It's got a somewhat syrupy mouth-feel and the heat on the back-end is at least prominent enough for you to take notice.

The flavors are complex but it's a simple complexity, if that makes any sense. Floral tones fall over a huge deep malt profile mixed with some alcohol. Candy-like dates, fig, lickerish, grape, a hint of chocolate and of course, caramel.

Overall, i'm not liking this too much. It seems that the flavors don't fall into place as they should and just isn't all that pleasant to drink. That's not to say it's bad though. I'm glad i tried it but i'll probably not be getting it again.

JosiahS, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark brown almost black. reddish hues around the edges. pretty opaque. small tannish head that leaves a little lacing behind

Smell: light roasted malts. lots of fruitiness. alcohol and an earthy hoppiness.

Taste: a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. dark fruitiness. and some booze in the background. and earth hoppiness as well

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter and fairly sticky

Overall: I am a big fan of the old ales. but the flavors in this one just don't suit me. not enough malty sweetness.

SportsandJorts, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Gobigvt7
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint

bright chestnut brew with a really creamy white head that won't go away. beer-stache alert! Caking on the glass all the way down.

smells of roasted nuts and fresh bread yeast

a little "beerier" than I anticipated with a dominant nutty malt bill. Some semi-spicy hops are tossed in so you can tell where the malt ends. Some coffee-like toastiness and comforting heat on the tail end.

A tad heavy, but not overwhelming. Very malty without being too sweet and sticky.

Decent, but not an immediate must-have-more bottle. A palate warmup before I delve into some 10%abv+ beers with more going on.

Gobigvt7, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of david18
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. Not a bad old ale, a style you don't see very often, but I had hoped it would have been better.

Color was a draft brown with a very small amount of carbonation.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Not too much in the way of hops but a pretty good smell overall.

Flavor was a little hot, especially for the abv. Also a lot of dark fruit. No real bitterness to speak of but also not too sweet.

Overall a decent beer. Just not a real standout.

david18, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mnj21655
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very dark mahogany with about a finger of light khaki head. Aroma is rather subdued, some malts, piney hops, some spices and a bit of alcohol. Taste is fairly malty throughout. Midway through the taste I begin to detect some spices and alcohol. A solid piney hop character is present throughout but begins to build up and becomes very prominent in the finish. Mouthfeel is ok with medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty average. Overall I found this beer to be rather pedestrian with too much alcohol presence. I really didn't enjoy it all that much.

mnj21655, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip.

The color is a moderate brown with a crimson hue. Pours with a single-finger off-white head as well as some light lacing and a bit of bubbly lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose brings some light caramel, toffee, and citrus plus a bit of spicing.

The flavor brings some mild hops with a bit of earth and citrus as well as some caramel. There some slight spicing and a bit of booze in there as well. The body is nice with a bit of booze and is a bit thinner than expected, but has a good amount of carbonation to carry the flavors. Drinkability is decent. This is a well-made brew, but just doesn't really stand out in any direction.

Thorpe429, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Monsteruss
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Monsteruss, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

MbpBugeye, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Amber-brown in colour, creamy and rich beige coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is malty, chalky, some chocolate, plums, high sweetness. The aroma is malty, rich, sweet with lots of fruit and some chocolate. Sweet but still some bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, fruity and malty but dries out at the end.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A copper color ale with a smallish off white head which laced nicely. Clear but with some sediment floating about. Aroma is malty but lite. Taste finds this beer rich and malty. A suggestion of toffee. Its smooth but gritty, too gritty for me. Drinkable yes but with loads of grit or something almost to the point of undrinkability.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is that of an average amber, nice red hough highlighted around the edges. Nice pillow of pale yellow/ white head that fades quikly to just more than lacing.

Smell has soft hop note with some citrus, spice, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy as expected but fairly smooth. Too much carbontaion for my liking but for the style it's good but sticky.

Taste finds itself meandering around my tongue and mouth. Creamy mellow base of yeast, vanilla, and spice split between a slight hop citrus bitterness.

MYJELLOMISFIT, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

RJLarse, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of beerinmorning
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

beerinmorning, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of MNMike
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

MNMike, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of davistabuff
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

davistabuff, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of wcdenney
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

wcdenney, Jul 03, 2012
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.