Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 88 | 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 baseballrock
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of aboji
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, lightly red glow. Two fingers of off-white head, but no real lacing. Nose is strong and sweet - like raisins and a heaping amount of sugar.

Taste is malty, but doesn't share the depth of the aroma. Light sugar and a bit of a chocolate to it, I guess some of the fig/raisin. Medium smooth body. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 Jamstone714
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark brown color with two finger soapy off-white head. Left some minimal lace.

S- Sweet aroma, breadiness, kind of faint aroma. It does smell like some beer bread I made a couple months ago.

T- Sweet maltiness, breadiness, barley, and medicinal flavors. Alcohol taste is pretty strong.

M- Syrupy, very little carbonation, quite a bit of heat and alcohol

O- Overall a pretty boozy beer with heavy medicinal flavors. Not very drinkable.

Photo of Kirch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlmorgan4
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery body with a fleeting white head. Some lacing that disappears (except at the very top of the glass).

Malty aroma, with a malty, nutty, and sweet flavor that improves as the beer warms up. Definitely better at cellar or room temp. Hides the alcohol very nicely--quite drinkable for 8+%. Medium body, very pleasant, but not astounding.

Photo of zoso1967
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep mahogany with a ruby hue through the light. The light cream head dissipates to a wisp with tons of sticky lacing. I'm not getting much from the smell -- a bit boozy with some malts. The beer tastes good. It's got a sweetness that takes some of the sting out of the 8.3% ABV. There's also a spicy cinnamon, almost pepperish note in there. A malty presence is noted as well. The mouthfeel is medium in body.

Overall, this is an excellent beer to take some time with by the fire. It's got a lot of complexity in the taste with the sweetness and spices. One of the better winter warmers in 2011.

Photo of missnecie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stercomm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A - Dark copper/ruby in color, good clarity, got a nice 2 finger off-white head, good glass lacing, head recedes leaving a very thin froth on top.

S - First impression is all about the malt, a very dry scent, get some raisins, hops help balance the malts so you don't get that sweet scent from the malts.

T - Nicely balanced, malts come out front and center, get more raisins, maybe some fig, a dusting on mocha on the finish, nice dry, clean finish which I like, almost a dusty finish.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation

O - A hearty ale for a cold afternoon right after freezing my you know what off on a long bike ride.

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fantastic clear red/mahogany withone finger f creamy off-white head. Head has very good retention but doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Very malty, with caramel, toffee and chocolate. Very slight bubblegum aroma. Bottle says there are no spices, but I do get a small spice aroma as well.

T - Taste is similarly malty, though with an oaky dryness both up front and on the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee. Some hops that were hop apparent in the aroma. Has a bitterness that doesn't really seem to work.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for the style. Finishes dry and bitter.

O - A pretty good brew, but probably not one I'd come back to. Has elements of and old ale, but I don't think I would have thought of it as such with a blind tasting.

Photo of TheBronze
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of pierceska
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of accordselux
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2011 vintage bottle into a small tulip glass. A really nice mahogany color that is very appealing. Not much in the way of a head or lacing on the glass.

Smells like toffee, caramel, a little nuttiness and spice.

Taste was similar. A little bit of floral/medicinal hop notes on the end.

Mouthfeel was good- there was ample carbonation throughout the glass.

Overall- decent. I am not pressured to buy more and see how aging the recommended period affects the beer- perhaps because I have good beers I have to get through already.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no apparent dating on it. Into a standard pint glass. Pours a rich mahogany with about one finger of foam that simmers down to a thin cap on the beer. Respectable lacing.

Smells of roasted nuts, toffee or caramel, and a slight hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is rich and malty. Again, roasted nuts (hazelnuts according to Avery), toffee, caramel, a little butterscotch, a bit of chocolate, and a lot of booze on the finish.

Mouthfeel is substantial and smooth. Somewhat slick as well. There is some alcohol heat thrown off towards the end.

Overall, this is a nice non-spiced Christmas beer with a very boozy warming quality.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.