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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,348 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,348
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 50 | 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 mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head that lasted a very long time. Aroma was slightly sweet, slightly syrupy with a small spicy hints. Taste was fairly subtle to begin with. Grew to a spicy tangy sweetness over time. Felt great in the mouth. Coated extremely well, just the way a winter warmer should, with a good amount of carbonation. A pleasure to drink, not a session beer, but a solid sipper that made me want more.

mountdew1, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a burgundy hued brown color with one finger light cappuccino-colored head.

S-Sweet smelling bread and caramel notes with a discernible nuttiness and maybe the slightest bit of cinnamon and allspice.

T-A nice solid brown ale base with cocoa and a very measured use of spices like cinnamon and allspice.

M-On the thicker side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slick, and rich mouthfeel.

D-A very enjoyable warmer with just the right amount of spice for my palate. Highly drinkable for a spiced beer in my opinion.

samie85, Feb 08, 2011
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 HOPPYKC
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a little bit of tan head. No bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a deep vivid brown to near black color. Opaque in color. Shows very little signs of carbonation.

S- A full and flavorful chocolaty and roasted malty ale. Small amount of hops are present and hard to pick up.

T- The taste is almost coffee like. A very full flavor. Malts, tobacco, and a heavy resin from hops meld with chocolate.

M&D- A very full beer. I could drink a lot of these. This is not my favorite type of brew by compliments the style well.

HOPPYKC, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of wajacobs
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation is one of my favorite holday seasonal and the 2010 while a little more roasty than previous years doesn't dissapoint.
It pours a deep brown with nice amber highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is dominated with rich toffee and molasses notes that are lifted into you nostrils on a cloud of ethanol vapors.

wajacobs, Jan 20, 2011
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 chodinheaven
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful deep brown color that at first reminded me of dark caramel. The bottle says it's mahogany. No argument here. Not much of a head at all.

S: Not as much on the nose as expected. Faint smells of hazelnut.

T: Simple at first, but the complexities of a well crafted brew come out as it explores your tongue. An excellent balance of malted barley and hops and alcohol resulting in a very pleasurable winter beer. The alcohol, while noticeable, is warming and not distracting from the balance.

M: Nice carbonation level, maybe not what I expected from a wintery beer, but I find that it works.

D: I could certainly knock several of these back despite the high ABV. Just an excellent balanced beer.

chodinheaven, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a vintage 2009 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ochre, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thick, pillowy ivory head settles at 1/4" high and remains.

Boozy, yeasty and malty, with caramel and burnt sugar aromas. There are also hints of figs in this beer.

Taste starts sweet, with definite alcohol and yeast, grapes, currants and other dark fruit, and raisins. Ends with a stripe of bitter down the middle of my tongue.

Buttery mouthfeel, this is a medium to full bodied brew.

Cellaring this beer for a year didn't hurt it one bit. My only disappointment was that I was not able to find a 2010 vintage (which was why I saved this from last year) to contemporaneously compare this to. Highly drinkable, this is an excellent winter warmer.

TheHoppiest, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackened amber with red edges and a white head that disappears. Weak aroma of spices, dark fruit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar, grains, caramel, hop bitterness towards the finish but it is still overwhelmed by the dark malts. Medium carbonation in a medium bodied brew. The booze is hidden well behind this syrupy malt bomb but an enjoyable winter warmer all around.

JRed, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Tifore
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a deep carmel amber color with some slight red hues. Must not have much carbonation because it only poured a small 1/4 finger head that was slightly off white in color. Head was gone fast but left a nice thick cap to it.

S - Smells like a malt bomb and from reading the bottle, I think this is what they may have been going for. I smell lots of roasted malts, some smokey malts, some carmel and sweet malts and just some more malts. I also get some slight pine hops as well but those are pretty subdued.

T - Very smooth from the start, no big hop or bitter punch. Gets sweet after the first taste and the malts come creeping slowly and then dissapate slowly. A real slow moving under the radar brew. There is quite a bit of alcohol hitting the tongue and throat though which is suprising to me since this isn't exactly a high ABV beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy from all the malts and complexities. Theres not much carbonation as I expected which is a bit of a downer. I think a bit more carbonation would really do this beer good.

T - A very drinkable beer. Unfortunately I only have this one left plus one in the cellar so I won't be having more any time soon as I'm curious what the malts will do over a six month period or so.

Tifore, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, layered dark amber to mahogany on the bottom with a medium tan frothy/foamy head with good retention and lacing. Malty spice aroma. Robust chocolate with roasted malt and toffee with a slightly off finish (that begins to go away after a bit) and light alcohol. Chewy and smooth with low carbonation.

Cellerable for 3 years? Interesting, might be worth it. As is, a slightly above average taste with a nice malt profile for cellar potential and it does have a great mouthfeel.

Bfarr, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brownish-red w/ nice foamy head and nice lacing. Faint scents of hops, fruits, malts, breads. The taste is very harmonious w/ all of the flavors, it's pretty sweet w/ a mixture of dark and sweet fruits, caramel, spices, and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is nice, rich and creamy. Full-bodied but not heavy. Drinkability is great, alcohol is completely hidden, very easy to drink.

Great winter time brew, I always look forward to Old Jubilation. The flavors aren't in your face, just subtle and tasty. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany in color. Head isn't exciting, but a film does stay throughout.

Bready malts and some faint spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with a little molasses on the nose.

Tastes quite dry. The toffee note is noticeable...almost comes across as a caramel apple. Finishes short; only a little alcohol warmth and a faint bitterness barely lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is more or less average, if not a little lacking.

Overall this one's OK. Wouldn't purchase it again, but nice enough to try.

jbertsch, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving lots of dry sticky residue behind. Plenty more spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Malt nose with the customary winter spices.

T: Pungent, roasted, baked bread malt. Some Italian spice in there. A subtle sweetness.

M: Heavy and robust body. Pungency in the front, with a dry peaty finish.

D: This is definitely a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich dark brown appearance, with a frothy head and plenty of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of malt with the customary winter spices. Flavor is heavy and rich malt with a lot of pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas 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.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. Way way way too astringent and roasty. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. 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. Not balanced enough to revisit in my opinion, will not revisit.

claspada, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Ryanm1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bottle into a glass. This brew was deceptively high in alcohol content. A winter ale among the tops of the rank. Hearty. Slight foamy head. Dark brown complexion. Great taste, sweet, dark, roasted malt taste. Slight hint of hazelnuts with mocha and toffee.

Appearantly this beer is cellarable for 3+ years. This blend from colorado only uses Rocky moutain water which lends to its pureness.

Ryanm1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that settled quickly into a thin ring. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - light chocolate malts, raisins.
t - huge malt profile most like dark fruits with some faint hops in the finish. really smooths out in the finish as well.
m - thin to medium.
d - really great winter warmer and goes down easily.

GPHarris, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Otter Creek nonic.

Pours a dark reddish orange hue that's just barely transparent in the glass. Slight head that dissipates quickly leaving some loose spotty lacing. Little flecks of yeast can be seen suspended in the brew. Lazy strings of carbonation rise from the bottom to the top. Smell is of sweet malts with a lot of caramel nuances. Some fruity berries as well as some dark molasses in the mix too. There's an almost Belgian ale quality scent here, just not as aggressive. I like it.

A big malty presence to start, along with a fair bit of sweetness from a number of different flavors, including some licorice, dark fruits and caramel. As the beer washes over the tongue, there's a definite citrus component that is accompanied by the mildish hop bitterness that lingers at the end of the taste and into the aftertaste. It provides a solid balance with the initial flavors. Given a bit of warmth, a slight alcoholic tinge becomes evident. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some tingly carbonation. Good viscosity with a drying finish.

A beer with good drinkability for cold winter nights. I usually turn to a big old imperial stouts for comfort on a chilly evening, but I wouldn't mind knocking back one of these to mix things up. Not bad for my first winter warmer.

r0nyn, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

BeerDawgs, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber, almost red. About a half inch of head with some lacing.

S - Good full smell, nice sweet nutty smell, almost a hazelnut scent.

T - Full earthy taste, good amount of malt in there. A bit chocolatey even. The smell of nuts in the beer flourishes in the taste as well. A little bit of a bold coffee finish.

M - Coats the mouth well. Sort of 'preps' the mouth for the next sip. Little carbonation

D - Wooo, be careful ladies and gents. This 8.3% goes down well. It's just on the verge of being able to taste the alcohol in it, but the fullness of the flavors do a great job of masking it. I sit here typing this, looking at my glass, and seeing it's half-empty already.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. I've had beers that do a better job 'warming', but this is a great beer to sit in front of a fire with. Very full smell and taste. Bravo.

BeerBuckeye, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice mahogany red color very clear and nice and dark with an off white head

S: slightly sweet with a red berry presence

T: malty sweet and spice alcohol is masked well

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: very drinkable

overall: smell was not very good in this one but everything else was very enjoyable.

JamisonM, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale appears dark red with a small tan head.

It smells slightly citrusy, a little grassy, and a little bit caramel like.

It tastes initially a bit of dry malts; there is a slight caramel flavor. A nice mild citrus flavor is also present; there is also a mild chocolate taste as well. The taste ends with a nice subdued bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate low.

Drinkability is really good. I could drink a few of these.

This is not a complex beer but it is really good and is a great beer to drink by a fire.

chumba526, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mentaltraveller
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Sink in Boulder. Good chocolate smell. Very good flavor, chocolate, raisin and coffee. Not too carbonated and lighter than I expected. Very drinkable, and recommended. I need to get around to trying more Avery Brews. If you are looking for a nice dark brew that is not too intense, this is the ticket. They had Deep Purple In Rock playing; one of my favorite records and one that goes well with this brew.

mentaltraveller, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

aristeros, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

philbe311, Dec 10, 2010
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,348 ratings.