Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid less than $1.50 by purchasing a single in a six pack mix. What a deal! Pours fantastic, a great head and lacing that sat in the glass for a good while. Not sure about the 8% alcohol content - North Carolina still limits selling beer over 6% and I could not find out anything on this. Drinks great from start to finish. Would definitely go back and purchase this "winter warmer" again.

Photo of meathookjones
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark mahogany color with a good-sized tan head. The head retains for most of the beers life and leaves rings of lace around the glass that melt away. Sweet malts are in the air with this, dark fruits, caramel and molasses are the main contributors to this sweet aroma. There is also slight earthy hop notes appearing here and there as this one was put down. Taste mimics the aroma in most ways with the sweetness hitting you first and strongest with the same fruity and caramel malt flavors with an earthy hop tone keeping it from being overly sweet. As this one warms and you consume more subtle complexities start coming out with various spices and flavors coming forward. There is a slight bitterness to the finish and a pleasant lingering taste as well. Excellent mouthfeel here with every sip covering your mouth with a thick, rich and creamy taste. Drinkability is high as well as only trace signs of the high alcohol content can be found in this. Highly recommend for the strong ale lovers out there. Another surprisingly great brew from Avery, but at this point in not as much a surprise.

Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, cherry mahogany body with a small, but persistent beige head. Sticky, patch lace is all over the glass as the contents slowly disappear. Even near the finish, the small tan head can be rejuvenated with a slight swirl of the glass.

Aroma is of major maltiness up front. Molasses and dark fruits are all over the place. Figs and dates, some chestnut nuttiness, and some woodsy hops add complexity. An unusual, but pleasant, hops variety is going on here, in the background.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy. Very coating.

Taste is dominated by molasses and dark fruits. Some tart apples and cherries make an occasional foray into the flavor profile. There is a distinct woodsy and earthy character to this, that seems to derive more from the hops than the yeast. There are hints of spruce and allspice in the woodsy background scenery. Enormous complexity here, as each new sip unveils additional and complimentary flavors. Alcohol is noticed only in the aftereffect. The finish is caramel apple, dipped in spiced rum.

Extraordinary complexity of flavors. This strong old ale begs for your friendship, and your time. Spend a pleasant evening with this "ole fellar", and sip the night away with an American classic.

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

Tan head that laced nicely. Beer is dark amber to brown.
Aroma is quite earthy. Toasty malt. Fruity.

Taste shows a toasty, caramel malt backbone. Tad earthy, but not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to expect. Quite fruity and floral. Good hop balance.

Mouthfeel is good at first, then seems to thin out a bit towards the finish.
Overall, a solid winter seasonal.

Photo of usualpulp
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh baby! A clingy and lacy ivory head, ultra deep rubine redness in the Sierra Nevada balloon glass. Intense heavy maltiness you can smell even before the glass is under your nose, with some dark fruitiness thrown in too. Deep fruity and malty flavors wash over the palate, unleashing bready/doughy notes as well. All balanced by a perfect hoppy bitterness. Wonderfully balanced between the malt and hop. The long delicious finish is teasingly bittersweet, just begs for another sip. Kick-ass!
Thanks, CRJM for this one!

Photo of BierReise
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

Photo of 99bottles
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark reddish brown color with a tiny tan head of lace that disappears after the first few quaffs. This beer smells of sweet malts and light choco with some fluttery hops in the end. The taste was somewhat thin. No real discernible spice addings, which I expected from the scenic winter label. Sweet bread like malts, medium somewhat chewy mouthfeel, sweet caramelized sugars, and light phenolic fruit. Tiniest hint at rum or brandy, but only behind the heavy sweetness. The hop blend seems to have wimped out in my bottle. I don't doubt the prescence, but there was no real oomph. Not quite what I think of when I hear American Strong / Ole Ale. Try a Stone AB, I think it holds more interest. Not bad, the 8% is cloaked well, but not one I'll be seeking out again.

Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a high gloss label, but no freshness date.

Beer pours into the glass a deep ruby red brown with virtual no head (very little white big bubbles hanging on the edge of the surface.)

Nose is all malt, but with a leather and just faintly roasty character that makes it seem like a roasted chocolate peanut butter cup.

Flavor is ruby caramel with a deep roast burn. Nuttiness returns in the flavor and focuses back to a peanut butter touch.Finishes goes to a strong sugar and just a slight acidity and a smoky molasses zing.

Not bad.. just a little wrapup of alcohol and a run of warmth down to the gut.

Photo of Ellbert
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep blood red with a fluffy, tight bubbled, head. It is very clear and the head leaves a very sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, burnt raisins are upfront. Caramel is there which is all brought up with a strong alcohol presence.

Taste: Very malty. I can taste the raisins and caramel with a little bit of molasses. The hops leave a nice little bite to bring everything together and then the alcohol is very evident and leaves you dry. The aftertaste is sweet and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Chewy. Very chewy mouthfeel that coats your mouth. Carbonation is very subtle and could be kicked up a notch.

A very good brew. Definitely one that could warm you up and be your friend during the cold winter nights.

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

Pours depp red and brown, no real head on the pour and no lace as the beer is consumed.
Aroma of sweet caramel, cinnamon and some dark fruits and maybe a hint of chocolate
Flavor is rich and smooth caramel, hint of roasted coffee and chocolate with just a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Mouthfeel starts smooth and moves to a very sweet, almost tart then into a moderate bitter middle and finishes with a dry, spicy section.
Drinkability is pretty good, could see myself downing another.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark amber in color -- almost red, actually. Head is a spotty, dirty white. Nice aroma -- molassess with a slight fruitiness and a floral hop bouquet. Rich in flavor -- brown sugar with a somewhat burnt malt taste. Unsweetened chocolate, raisins and other dark fruit. Finish is pleasantly bitter with a light smokiness to the aftertaste. Full bodied but well carbonated and balanced-seeming in terms of flavor. Good stuff, no less than what I'd expect from Avery!

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson color with not much head to speak of,aroma is on the malty side oranjy with some hints of chocolate but a hint of leafy hop that lingers.Taste has a light soapy quality with nice complexity dry biscuit malt with fruity estures big hit of hops comes thru though in the finish.True to the style a nice balanced complex old ale a very unexpected find here in North Carolina with the alcohol laws the way they are.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - sampled in a Belgian glass, a beautiful ruby red color when held to a strong light and viewed from below. Thin covering of bubbles on top.

Aroma - not much there. A touch of chocolate malt and fruit, and that's it.

Taste - malty start with a hint of cocoa, then moves quickly to a solid but not aggressive hop bite. Finishes with some of the malt flavor returning, a nice balanced ending. Not all that complex, but right tasty.

Mouthfeel - medium to slightly heavy body. Carbonation keeps it in check, allows the flavor to coat the mouth without syrupiness.

Drinkability - a little high in the abv, but a great beer and easily worth multiple orders in a paced out session.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Murky dark brown in color with a nice brown head that went down slowly and pooled on top of the liquid.

Smell – I couldn’t get much from this until it sat, but the aroma is malty in nature with a big cocoa powder influence. There’s some (kind of minty) spicing in there and some serious sugar of sorts. Also, I’d swear there were some big time hops in this brew.

Taste – The peppermint comes out more at the taste, nicely complimenting the huge, darkish malt backbone. There definitely is a hop balance here, strongly supported by some quality raw sugars.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and a bit fluffy in the mouth. This one is a bit over medium and actually has a touch of dryness (somehow – don’t ask me).

Drinkability – This has “winter warmer” written all over it. It harkens back to memories of log fires, Christmas trees, and frosty window panes. You’ll want to sip this hearty ale for sure.

Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived.

Thanks goes to Gusler for the sample of Avery brews!

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An American interpretation of strong or old ale. Well hopped from beginning to end. Pours clear and a strong aroma of crystal malt and toffee. Aroma includes some oxidation, my bottle was underfilled. The cardboard aroma does not carry over to the taste which is slap full of west coast style hops.

Chewy and slighty nutty, yeast? The bottle says keep refrigerated, but I could not see any ring in the bottom, so I am not sure if this is live or not.

A well made beer that is sadly illegal in North Carolina. I'll have to make it myself.

Photo of lou91
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured picture perfect into my chimay glass with a 1/4 in head with tight bubbles and a wonderful hoppy/malty nose. The taste is so beautifully balanced with elegant hop flavors and a hearty malt backbone. It is sweet like a Mackeson’s stout and just as light and drinkable. Nice hints of roasted coffee/bittersweet chocolate. Good cold as it is when it warms. Got it at the stuffed sandwich in san Gabriel.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is murky brown with a small beige/tan head of foam. The aromas are very hoppy and malts all at the same time. This is what a strong/old ale is supposed to smell like....wonderful! The taste is malty and strong, but the alcohol is well integrated in this brew and the hops that hit hard on the finish round things out nicely. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy and the drinkability is excellent as well. A great strong brew...

Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, translucent red with a light creamy head. At first, the nose is full of robust malt aroma, progressing towards a sweeter, more herbal nose with noticeable alcohol as it warms. A number of flavors jump out of a thick, warming body: sweet malt, allspice, honey, and molasses. The bitter, malty finish lingers on the palate for quite a while. A good winter warmer, with emphasis on the warm. For >6% alcohol, it still packs a punch.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep garnet color, and it is quite clear when held up to the light. It has a nice fruity, lightly spiced and hoppy aroma. This beer has a nice hop contribution, for some reason I was not expecting this, but it is good. The taste has some fruity - cherry notes as well as some light subtle spice character (as I understand it this is all done without the use of any real spices). The finish is slightly astringent, and is accompanied by a light sweetness. There is a bitter hop finish as well, though not IPA like but it is quite pleasing.

Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The small, off-white head is filmy, leaving tiny little spots. Dark, dark, clear mahogany liquid. Nose is nutty with toffee (almost like peanut butter in burnt toffee). Dark chocolate toffee is joined by bold hops in the front. A thick chocolate malty middle finishes hoppy bitter. Yum! Aftertaste is just a little metallic, but only when cold. This one needs to warm up to show itself off. This is a very good, aggressive Christmas beer. Kind of like a maltier version of the New World Porter. I could drink lots of this!

Photo of maxpower
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this 12oz. bottle as part of a round-robin holiday beer exchange during the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port about three weeks ago. Old Jubilation had a deep, dark brown color and a firm ¼" off-white head that dwindled down to a small collar and left no lace.
The smell had an earthy malt aroma and lots of herbal hops notes. Very mild spices, nutmeg was most prominant, were only barely present in the nose. The taste had an early push of caramel malt and toffee. A slight nutty flavor coursed across mid-range and a citrusy, spicy hops bite latched on to the back of the tongue at the finish. The alcohol, not noted anywhere on the label, was well disguised and you wouldn't guess it was coming in at 8.0% ABV. The feel was full, kind of chewy, and had a bit of dryness in the finish.
This brew went down quite smoothly and in pretty short order. No one characteristic overwhelms any other, giving Old Jubilation a nice balance. Worth trying out if you see it.

Photo of Loki
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the ABV% conveniently missing.

Appearance: Dark mahogany color with a big off-white, whipped head. Fades quickly to a 1/8 inch covering. Sticky, mountainscape bands of lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Malt, minerals, and very, very subtle spice maybe nutmeg and allspice.

Taste: Sweet malt, minerals, slightly bitter hops, and more subtle spice that is present, but hard to discern. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Unpleasantly sticky and fairly dry. Better mouthfeel as it warms.

Drinkability: Not what I expected. The mouthfeel makes this fairly undrinkable for my tastes. I was really looking forward to this and may have built it up to much. The stickiness fades some as it warms.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.