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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,325 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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.

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aristeros

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

I'm fond of several Avery brews and was interested in trying this one.

Pours a cola brown with ruby highlights, yieldingh one finger of head and mild carbonation present. Decent retention and lacing on the head. Smells of caramel, with light coffee and rum notes. No hops in the nose.

Toasted caramel and creamed coffee up front, with some cocoa notes. Medium-bodied with a 'chewy' texture. There's a little hop bitterness, about on par with an ESB, and a dry finish. There are a few warm alcohol notes on the back end.

Excellent drinkability for the style. Moderate alcohol presence is somewhat masked, and a six pack of these would make for a nice, relaxing evening indeed. The beer has character, though I was expecting something sweeter, darker, and even heavier.

12-12-2010 02:39:44 | More by aristeros
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A - A fingers worth of crisp tightly packed slightly off white head... Solid retention gives way to a full creamy lacing and thick collar... The color is a translucent medium to dark brown with some faint ruby hues... A decent bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation rises deep within... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Coffee... Cocoa powder... Caramelized sugars... Perhaps a faint whiff of cinnamon... Some hops are buried deep beneath the surface... Slightly understated, but still rather effective...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Subtle dark roast coffee... Cocoa... Nutmeg... A touch of licorice... A very enjoyable mix of citrus and piney hops appear on the finish and add wonderful depth and complexity...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Modest carbonation... A not so subtle chalky finish...

D - A hearty Winter Warmer with a stronger roasted malt profile than most... Assertive and enjoyable... Not my favorite winter offering, but a unique take on the style that I had no problem finishing...

12-10-2010 03:03:49 | More by philbe311
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jpro

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Picked up a sixer at the Beer Exchange (Charleston, that is) over the weekend... decided to drink a few and save a few til next year (or beyond?)...

A: A rough pour into a snifter yields a deep mahogany beer with a one-finger, almond head that recedes quickly to a wispy layer of foam and leaves virtually no lace; held to light, the beer is definitely redder and is quite translucent.

S: Lots of good, scrumptious malt aroma... hazelnut, rich caramel, toffee and some praline; some earthy hops in the mix, too.

T: Pretty tasty... nothing in your face, but overall, simply complex and satisfying. Nutty, lightly roasted malts give way to a mild hop bitterness. Also, some toast and notes reminiscent of belgian spice / candi sugar...

M: Medium-bodied; carbonation is low, but there is a touch of zing on the finish; has a nice warming character... mmmm.

D: Very drinkable considering the abv... wow, the alcohol is well hidden on this one. A great winter warmer... one of my favorites for sure... similar to an old ale. I look forward to this one every winter - seems like its always gone too early.

12-10-2010 01:57:56 | More by jpro
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Prospero

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

A winter warmer without spices done in the tradition of a English Strong (Old) Ale style. This beer is dark brown color (deep ruby when held to the light), fairly low carbonation with only about a finger of head. Aroma is dominated by the roasted nutty malts and mild earthy hops. The flavor lacked the balance of the aroma though. I thought the roasted malts took over and had quite a bit of bitterness in the taste. It's a good refined medium bodied beer, but lacks the drinkability of other winter warmers I've had.

12-08-2010 20:14:07 | More by Prospero
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dragonWhale

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.

12-08-2010 05:35:08 | More by dragonWhale
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FosterJM

California

3.85/5  rDev 0%

91st review on BA
bottle to pint

App- As the bottle states a very rich mahogany brown with a very suprising white 2 finger head.

Smell- A big earthy and nutty smell with some nice richer spices.

Taste- A very complex beer. Had the right amount of bitterness to make it wake up the palate and warm the mouth.

Mouth- After it warmed up a bit it had a nice creamy mouth feel with a more crisp bite.

Drink- A very good rep of the style. I need to go get another one to age it.

12-06-2010 03:08:20 | More by FosterJM
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Really nice version of a Winter Warmer from Avery.

This one pours without much head, but leaves a good ring. Brown body with orange edges.

Candy sugar aromas, with a slightly rich/thick caramel malt ... sort of 'scotch ale like'.

Rich and thick on the palate, with some toffee coming throuh, mocha in the back, and boy does it stick to you.

Mouthfeel is very scotch-ale-like ... lower in carbonation, relatively thick and rich.

This one was pretty easy to finish - and esp good for those who enjoy their beer on the sweeter side of the equation.

12-06-2010 02:04:28 | More by BeerImmediately
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate, toffee and some nutmeg. The flavor is more complex. I get some chocolate and toffee, but I also get anise, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malt and some alcohol. Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice winter warmer.

12-05-2010 03:39:38 | More by Mora2000
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davidchollar

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

12-04-2010 01:21:29 | More by davidchollar
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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7%

12 oz bottle poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: ruby auburn with thick off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: chocolate, caramel and spices.

Flavor: coffee, toffee, almonds and dry, tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: bland, average winter warmer. wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

12-04-2010 00:40:31 | More by mexikrainian
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rrski198

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

A: Blood red, crimson color. Minimal off-white head and lacing.

S: Malt and alcohol. Im getting a little bit of dried fruit and some anise.

T: Starts good and turn wierd. Up front is a nice slightly sweet toasted malt flavor. Aftertaste is a little metalic and oddly bitter. Can't say I enjoy it.

M: Average carbonation. Alcohol heat is subdued. Mouthfeel is clean and thin.

D: Outside of the odd aftertaste, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I was excited to find this beer from Avery, as I usually enjoy their offerings, however, with all the "christmas ales," on the market, I would look elsewhere next time.

11-30-2010 03:59:35 | More by rrski198
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alli4051

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of light tan head. Head is fizzy and disappears quicker than I expected leaving a trace of lacing. Scent is pretty malt forward, with some roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is again lots of malt with some chocolate and roasty notes as well and just enough earthy hops to provide some balance. Didn't have the spiciness I expected for a winter warmer but quite frankly it was fantastic even without it. Alcohol is well hidden making this quite a drinkable beer.

11-28-2010 05:37:56 | More by alli4051
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

11-28-2010 01:10:51 | More by Thorpe429
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

11-27-2010 20:54:06 | More by buschbeer
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Very nice deep dark mahagony color with caramely highlights. Cream colored lacy ring around edge of glass with a super thin coat on face of beer. Not the spicy aroma I was expecting for winter beer. Very deep malty aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt very evident. A little bit of coffee. Very sweet start. Moderate carbonation, continues throughout entire drink, always brings head with a swirl. Not super heavy. A little bit of a candied sweetness. Coffee malt becomes more evident at end. Dry finish, not astrigently dry. Slight alcohol warming at end of swallow. Very nice winter beer not using any spices. Drinkable and not super heavy.

11-27-2010 20:02:24 | More by despainmakesbeer
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PintOHops

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Glass - Tulip

A - Ruby/mahogany color that's clear. It hardly produced a 1-finger head that dissipated very fast. It left some nice spots on my glass.

S - Mild fruity characters like fig, pear and plum are upfront with a touch of alcohol. Mild grain and molasses notes, almost a little musky smelling to me. That's all I picked up here, sweet smelling and simple.

T - I get a bit of alcohol upfront and again as it goes down. Most of what I pick up is a one shot flavor punch of date, fig, plum, molasses, and grainy notes smashed together. The finish has a bit of leafy hop flavor and a nice noticeable bitterness that lingers just a bit. As it warmed I got a soft brown sugar quality that offered some complexity to the simple flavor profile.

M - Smooth and creamy, very soft crispness and a medium-full body.

D - This seems like a nice beer to sip, maybe 1-2 12oz bottles on a cold day. The drinkability is around average for the style but I thought the flavor profile was lacking in complexity. The aroma could have been more inviting as well, overall not bad and worth a try but I probably won't ever come back to this one.

11-26-2010 23:53:09 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

11-26-2010 23:49:46 | More by JosiahS
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JizackFH

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A - This pours a nice dark reddish-brown color, and has a small 1-finger off-white head. The head left some little spots of lacing of the glass. This beer also has good clarity.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts. There are also notes of toffee, cinnamon, and hops. There is also a spiciness too this.

T - The taste starts out sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. There is also some hop presence. The finish is slightly bitter and it slowly warms the mouth. You can also taste the alcohol, which comes out more as it warms. The alcohol taste never gets to strong.

M - The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth.

D - This has a pretty good drinkability. I think this is a perfect beer for chilly nights. Good taste, good price, I would definitely pick this one up again.

11-26-2010 06:31:14 | More by JizackFH
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Served in a snifter on tap at The Firkin

The appearance is of a nice winter warmer beer. A very dark ruby color, with a finger of white foam. The aroma is most akin to orange blossoms, there are some other hop esters along with brown sugar and clove, but the orange blossom smells of a wonderful floral bouquet. The taste however let me down so very much. The flavors are of burnt biscuit and coffee, with an odd aftertaste that really messes with you. The hoppy bitterness doesn't really help the beer, in fact I would say that it hinders it. However, amongst all of this it is a palatable solid brew that I would still consider good. It just really isn't my cup of brew.

11-25-2010 07:06:36 | More by Vdubb86
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep mahogany in color, with a centimeter-thick off white head that produces great lacing. Head retention is quite good as well and carbonation is very light.

S: This beer us quite sweet on the nose, with notes of toffee, dried fruits, and honey. Some toasted grain character lingers in the backround, along with a faint herbal hop aroma.

T: Taste is more balanced than the smell. Sweet notes of caramel, honey, and dark fruits blend nicely with flavors of toast and herbal hops. Alcohol lends a nice warming feel.

Notes: Old Jubilation starts sweet, and finishes dry. This full-bodied brew has the balance, along with the strength. A true winter warmer by any means. Avery continues to impress, once again.

11-25-2010 06:33:57 | More by WYVYRN527
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

And our day at the Firk is nearing an end. Soon, we bottle some of our own beer! In the meantime, this one pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light fennel, brown sugar, light maple syrup, and walnuts. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, light roasted malts, walnuts, and light maple syrup. There's a decidedly watered-down kind of feeling to everything. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, a decent Winter brew, but nothing I would heartily ask for or recommend. It's all just a bit watery for my liking.

11-25-2010 06:31:03 | More by TMoney2591
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

11-25-2010 06:10:20 | More by FickleBeast
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Dimpled pub mug.

Chesnut/amber, clear with a nice rocky head and clinging lace.

Smells of fresh bready malts, spicy hops and a bit of cinnamon and honey.

Taste is smooth, spicy blend of spicy hops and bisuitty malts, buttery and wet.

Warm and inviting medium bodied offering.

Very good!

11-22-2010 15:25:11 | More by GordonQuid
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

I saw this when I was picking some bottles up for a trade and thought it may be worth a shot. It came across as something that's worth trying, but nothing mind-blowing. Review is from notes taken on 11/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: As the bottle states, it certainly pours a dark mahogany color; starts with a a short, creamy, light tan head that fades immediately to nothing but a thin, faint skim; body is dark, but does show some violet-amber highlights and it doesn't appear cloudy; only a few spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Some sweet maltiness and light hints of toffee -- not is rather weak and comes out a little as it continues to warm, but really nothing beyond the sweet, candy root beer barrel like maltiness.

Taste: Not too bad, and a little better than the smell lets on -- nice warm toffee flavors and a bit of an earthy nuttiness; a slight hop bitterness is lingering in the back as well; comes across a little more complex than it lets on; the ABV is really minimal in flavor for something that's 8.3% and overall, it's quite sweet and it really does remind me of the candy root beer barrels.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and comes across a little slick and oily; carbonation is light and allows the body to be fairly smooth; a thin, dry and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; the belly is left a little warm from the ABV.

Drinkability: Not too bad, nothing overly special though; good for a cool night as it does have a bit of a warming presence; the body really isn't too heavy at all either, but I do think the ABV would start to catch up if more than 2 were had in a night.

11-20-2010 19:41:17 | More by bamadog
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

11-20-2010 01:20:37 | More by Magpie14
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.