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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

790 Reviews
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Reviews: 790
Hads: 1,635
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 59
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 790 | Hads: 1,635
Photo of JackieTH
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany, translucent, with a half inch of khaki foam that recedes slowly leaving copious lacing. Smell is thoroughly caramel sweet malt and dark dried fruits with pervasive chocolate. Taste is caramel and dark chocolate malt, mildly sweet throughout but reigned in, finishing dry, subtle hop bitterness. Is there some coffee in here too?  Chocolate on the finish too. Mouthfeel is silly and well crafted. Perfect carbonation.  Very, very good. I added this bottle at random to a make your own six pack.  I'll definitely revisit it in the future. Jubilation indeed. 

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Photo of TXHops
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation is Avery’s winter seasonal, available October-December. My bottle (thanks to Marc77) poured a deep, brilliant, reddish brown with a thick head that lasted pretty well for about 90 seconds, before fading into uneven clumps of foam here and there on the top of the glass, streaming lace. The nose was vinous, spicy and brown sugary—like many west coast winter ales (MacTarnahan’s Bobbydazzler, Full Sail Wassail, and Pyramid Snowcap come to mind), though Old Jubilation smelled a bit more malty and a bit less spicy than those PNW offerings…

Old Jubilation has a medium-full body (about as expected from an 8% offering) with a nice, tight, non-prickly carbonation falling somewhere between soft and crisp. The flavor is malt driven, but not Crystal malts—I taste mostly dry chocolate malts. In fact, it’s the dryish aspect of the darker malts that give this beer a good chunk of its earthy, dry, pipe-tobacco-like character. The finish is the same—lingering, dry, roasted maltiness with a solid bitterness that doesn’t taste particularly hoppy. I understand that this beer is single-hopped with Bullions, but I wouldn’t know what a Bullion tasted like after having this beer alone, as the hops seem to mainly impart malt-balancing bitterness in the case of Old Jubilation. The sweetness is very appetizing, even as it’s juxtaposed against the dryness of the high-kilned malts and the hops, leaving a beautiful combination of brown sugar and roasted, sweetened nuts in my mouth. What a beautifully balanced, complex ale. I wish I had more of this one…

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Photo of grittybrews
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, opened 10/2011. Poured cola brown with a ruby tinge and a half finger of khaki head. Sweet, malt-dominated aroma with dark fruit, caramel, and spice.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity toffee malt up front with molasses, traces of dark cocoa, fig, dark fruit, and lingering cinnamon/spice. Just a touch of boozy warmth on the finish as the beer warms, with a gentle roasty bitterness that gradually emerges too.

Malty but not overly sweet. Really nice beer; I bought this bottle last year and stuck it in the cellar, and now I'm curious to try some fresh as well. Up there with Jubelale as a favorite winter warmer.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber colour with a moderate head that fades quickly to leave a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The smell is immediately malt but with so many other elements in there. Toffee, caramel, even cognac.

The taste follows up with even more to enjoy. The hops in this one have faded a bit but there's still plenty of bitterness and hop flavour and a superbly bitter finish. An incredibly complex beer but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is good but not exceptional. Smooth but maybe lacking body a little for the style.

Really nice. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Florida, but I am surprised that I didn't see it in New Jersey.

I poured this beer into a tulip. There was minimal foam. The color was very clean reddish.

THis beer had a sweet, fruity smell. It is almost like apple. It is a very proper smell for the style.

This has good old ale flavor, lots of toffee, nutty, and lots of malt. They brag on "no spices" and this beer really doesn't need any. This has great balance.

I would have aged a couple bottles of this for aging if I had seen this in New Jersey.

I am a big fan of Avery, and this beer is another reason why. They do a great job.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

YUM! Mahogany red in color with lots of purples, thin off-white foamy head that lingers. Just missing some lacing...

Very malty!!! Coffee and toffee too. For being a (winter) seasonal brew, it's nice not to be a spice bomb.

Bubbly, smooth, malty, and delicious. Lots of mild coffee and toffee flavors, very nice and smooth. Nice medium carbonation adds to the flavors by easing them into fruition. Medium body and nice smooth (light) sweetness. Absolutely no bitterness.

A great Holiday brew! Highly recommended for any occasion. Avery nailed this one and I look forward to it every year.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that recedes to a longlasting surface skim, and there is excellent lacing. Body is a red tinted medium brown. Looks really good.

Smell - hearty aroma of caramel and malt toast, and malt biscuits. Very simple, but mouthwatering.

Taste - pretty much like the smell, but with a spicy tingle. There is caramel, malt toast, and malt biscuits, all spiced with ginger and black pepper. On the finish, there is some bitterness combined with cherries. Very interesting, and very good.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and " fluffy " ( like when you are eating puffed grain cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and only the high abv suppresses sessionability. This is very hearty, and I wish it was a year round option.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is aged about 8 months, 2008 vintage. Pours a pretty clear reddish-amber color with an impressive pillow of tan foam that has good retention and average lacing.

This smells mighty tasty, a complex myriad of aromas. Heavily sweetened peanut brittle, maple syrup, overripe figs, molasses, sour cherries and citric hops...wow!

The taste does not disappoint, as raw vanilla beans, oak staves and dark chocolaty maltiness assault the tastebuds. All this with no spices? That is a mighty feat indeed. Malty goodness with a nice hop balance. This is a fine winter warmer from Avery.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, this Old Jubilation. I saw that the phenomenal local Piccadilly obtained a few cases of this, so I picked up a sixer. Very nice, and I'll grab more this weekend.

The presentation was mixed. I'm impressed with the color, a dark ruby-brown color, quite distinct. The head, however, was thin and dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing. The nose was better, with a good deal of chocolate but more. Spices such as cinnamon and ginger come through, as does some fruit--definitely grape. These carry through to the taste, all blending with a good hopped flavor, very impressive complexity.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a slight bitter hopped taste that I like. The relatively high ABV isn't prominent, for now anyway.

This is quite good, yet another gem from the hopped haven that is Avery. I'll certainly grab a couple sixers for storage, since I'm sure this Winter Warmer will be needed to beat back the Midwestern cold. Delicious.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but yet opaque enough to see through. Two finger ivory colored head. Solid mouthfeel. Smell is awesome - all malts - rich, dark, some chocolate. Flavor reveals more of the same. I really appreciate this take on a holiday brew - no crazy spices - just a nice, thick, quality beer for warming up with by the fireside.

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Photo of cbl2
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.00 6 pack 8.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Deep dark crystal clear brown with hints of burnt sienna adorned by an inch of creamy tan foam.

Aroma:

Sensation overload!!! Instantly sweet with the aroma of oranges, coupled with a bread-like yeastyness and the distinct aroma of cocoa. Very intriguing and welcoming.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice smooth mouthfeel which leads to a mouth puckering back of the mouth tartness (a good thing) followed by a sublime malt sweetness that has hints of dark fruit and a dash of coffee thrown in. Avery has been hit or miss for me, but this one is superb. One of the best ales I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark, reddish amber. Some head, and leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass. What I like the best is the floating particles that are present.

S - Amazing. Very sweet smelling. I can't quite capture the fruits that I smell providing the sweet aromas.

T - It tastes similar to the smell. A slight burnt smell that is overpowered by the sweet taste. But a mild sweetness, not overwhelming.

M - Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Very high. The alcohol taste is present, but not as much as you would expect from a higher ABV beer. It is masked pretty well. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Midnight brown with amber around the edges and a decent head. Looks about right for the style. Smells a lot maltier than other warmers I've been enjoying lately! Almost barleywine or doppelbock level. I like that. Not a whole lot of hop, but it's still a nice rich smell.

Tastes even better! Packs way more punch than I thought it would. Beautifully balanced with dark fruity richness backing up the bright spiciness ... OK I just checked the label for the first time. No spices! 5 different kinds of malts. Wow. A very delicious and interesting winter ale indeed.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, The strong abv is apparent but not harsh. At the time of this review, Ol' Jubey is at the top of the list for this style (that's why I shelled out the $9 for a 6er) Overall this is probably the most unique winter warmer I've tried and a damn fine ale.

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Photo of Foyle
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: dark reddish-brown with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pours a 1" cream colored head that falls pretty fast with some lacing left behind.

Aroma: rich aroma of toffee, dark roasted barley, earthy and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent, with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol burn.

Flavor: complex mixture of rich roasted barley, cocoa, toffee, some tangy citrus and herbal hops and a definite alcohol presence.

Overall: a hearty and tasty brew, this definitely fits the definition of a "winter warmer". Excellent to sip on a frigid winter night.

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Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Winter and Old Ales, and Old Jubilation may be my favorite.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a relatively good head of foam that hold up well.

The aroma is tart cherry, currents, malt, and a wisp of alcohol. A great smelling beer.

The Cherry and Currents in the aroma take of the beginning of the taste, and remain for quite a while, then you pick up a good dose of malt, and the taste ends with a mild burn (as would be expected in a Winter Warmer), and a good dose of bittering hops. Wow

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are what you would expect from a quality brewed strong Ale.

Over all outstanding!

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Photo of znarf
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like their brews so much that I stopped at their brewery when I was in Colorado. Old Jubilation has a knock you down fast potent alcohol content. Definitively a sipper. Dark in color, full of complex favors. A party favorite with beer snobs. Look for Old Jubilation starting around Thanksgiving. Put some away for those cold February days.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark drown, almost black in color. Sort of a mahogany color. The head is fairly light, it seams as though the beer is not as big and as bad as it really is.

S- the aroma is nutty with the aroma of roasted malts and barley. Notes of vanilla are detected.

T- super balanced across the board. I taste a balanced malt flavor. Toasty and fresh. It taste dry and the alcohol sort of sneaks up on you. The hops are present, but are not up front.

M- very balanced. I have had many beers in the past that I have said are balanced. This beer is awsome. Not many beers are as complex and balanced as this one.

D- delicious.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nose: dark bread, nuts, dark dried fruit
Pours brilliant garnet under a 1" quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Palate: bread, grainy malts, nuts, dark dried fruit, light bitter hop accent on the finish. Long lingering aftertaste of malt and hop. Dried fruit flavors not as well developed as the malt flavors.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Chestnut color, fluffy head, sticky lacing

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee

Taste: Up Front: caramel, dried fruit, slight pine
Finish: toffee, earthy, hops creep up at the end

Mouthfeel: Sticky and dry

Drinkability: It's almost like eating caramel or toffee candy, but not as sweet.
I could quaff 1or 2 and be in a happy place!

Overall Impression: I like this style of beer this time of year (Feb). Avery is a solid brew, hearty and fulfilling, it hits my QCB spot!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch light tan head then settles at a thin ring that outlines that glass and a moderate amount of surface foam. Extremely resilient spackled lacing.

S- Bold, semi-musty roast with milk chocolate notes. Alcohol makes its way through the aroma bringing a sherry-like characteristic. Caramel sweetness.

T- Roasted malt that's not so heavy and works well with the booze that's also not so heavy which leads to a very comforting flavor in the taste and feeling. Slightly bitter with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and a bit of honey. Tastes almost like a toned down barleywine which I like.

M- Creamy and viscous while providing that thick afterfeel of residue on the tongue. Medium carbonation and a lofty body.

O- I've been seeking this one out for a while and, now that I've found it, the waiting was all worth it. Such a smooth, balanced old ale with complexity and a subtle sweetness that makes this an excellent example of the style for me.

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Photo of mastodonj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex ale that I always look forward to, year after year.
This review is based on recent on-tap and cask versions that
I've had in the last few days at the Avery tap room.

It's a very dark, porter-ish color with extensive lacing and a dark creamy white head.

The aromas are complex also. The smokiness is very prevalent; maybe from the malts or what. There is almost a coffee smell as well. And, of course, plenty of spice to meet its "winter seasonal" designation.

All the smells come through in the flavor; the smokiness smooths everything out while the spice livens things up. And, like a lot of
Avery ales, the hops keeps the bitterness at the front of the tongue.

The creamy head and the smoothness already mentioned, followed by the hoppy bitterness makes this one of my favorite winter seasonals. The alcohol adds to the overall complexity; great for any cold evening.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A: dark brown amber a beam of light shines through.

S: dark fruit!

T: salted caramel, nuts, biscuit, plums and raisins, pinot noir, some hazel. Very pleased.

M: fairly full and velvetty. Lovely on the palate!

O: definitely deserves a better rating. This is a wonderfully made beer.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep almost opaque ruby body. Good retention and lace. Full range of bubbles in the light brown head.
Strong sweet malts, burnt caramel and mild hops make up a very pleasant smell.
Strong chocolate and caramel malts almost burning sweet but well balanced once into the aftertaste of caramel malts and powerful hops. Quite tasty.
Moderate to full body, smooth and good coating. Dry finish.
This is one very drinkable winter brew.

-Oelergud

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an off white head around a finger thick. Beneath that is a deep amber beer with some light copper hues.

Aroma: Very bready in the nose with a good touch of toffee. Raisins, dark fruit, twinges of citrus in the back.

Taste: Lots of toffee notes sticky mouthfeel. Molasses in the front, notes of licorice, very malty backbone.

Notes: A great malty backbone mixed in with good drinkabilty and quite good for a cold night. Cheers.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into tulip: from notes> Winter 2010/2011 release.
A: A deep brown body, with slight clarity has medium levels of visible carbonation. The head is a very light tan in color. The head formation is nice and holds well through the entire glass. Lacing is present and left in a frothy wave pattern.

S: Aroma hints at rich European malts and a touch of imported hop profiles. While the aroma has a medium intensity, it is well balanced for style. Very dry and earthy. Better aroma than most for this style.

T/M: The upfront taste is a smooth and creamy English malt backbone with a touch of hops that give it a dirty and herbal note. A malt sweetness dominates the palate, with a blast of dark malts and a nice touch of candy sugar. NO spice presence found. Mouthfeel is silky and has a hint of a milky creaminess, very well rounded brew.

O: This has been one of my favorite winter offering for a long time, and really enjoy to give it the proper respect that it deserves here on BA. As it is well balanced and an all around great brew, my most found memories of this brew are when I got back from a week long backcounty ski tour in the south-eastern San Juan mountains of Colorado (with not a drop of beer), sitting at home and kicking up my feet with this brew had truly made a deep connection. Great beer, one of the seasons best offerings.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.