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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,418 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 47
Gots: 63 | 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 Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Tabni
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of icehawk
4/5  rDev +3.9%

icehawk, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jak, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of djbreezy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews

djbreezy, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a woody brown, like table finished in dark brown veneer. On the edges there are more caramel colored highlights. Slimmish of white head leaves patches behind.

S: Aromas of light roast coffee, milk chocolate, the icing that goes on top of cheap crumpets, and molasses cookies…so, malty.

T: More assertive than the smell leads on to…black coffee, crème brulee, toffee. An astringent black strap rum tails in on the end.

M: Medium bodied that starts of a bit soft and then finishes with a quick sharpness/

O: Another massive malty winter brew. I’m appreciating this turn on winter seasonal - -stripped down and not dressed up with any outside spices and flavors. Just beer being beer. A good hefty winter beer that reminds you of a wool coat.

phantomwyse, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow this beer is pretty thick with a deep reddish amber color and a quarter inch of head that quickly turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells chock full of cherry and spices maybe some dark fruits like plums and cinnamon. A very nice hop presence keeps it all in check.

T - Strongest flavors I am getting are mostly oak and some toffee, rolling around my tongue the bitterness of the oaky hops really covers most of the spices but I do get some nice cherry tartness in the middle. Pretty good.

M - Well for an Old ale it had a pretty good medium to thick body but it drinks thinner.

Overall - Definitely not a bad winter warmer, since it had the thick body and smooth ABV I wanted but the oak and bitterness of hops was a bit cloying. Still a decent Old ale.

DrDemento456, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, fig. Sugars, caramel. Malts, smoke, cherry and a little vanilla.

Taste - Plenty of malts mixed with some hops, spices, and alcohol. Nice mix of cherry, caramel, apples, plum, and even a little hint of vanilla and coffee.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hit with malts, and lots of sugary flavors. Palette gets alot of bitterness from the hops, and alcohol. Aftertaste is dry, bitter but not long lasting.

Overall - Decent, a little to much booze up front and maybe a little unbalanced to be truly great. Its worth a drink but not world class by any means.

wvsabbath, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Chugs13, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
5/5  rDev +29.9%

DoctorDog, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 11-19-11

A - a deep mahogany body with a small and delicate white head. A pretty color, and very wintery

S - Rich caramel and dark fruits, vanilla, dry and smoked meats. pretty nice complexity, decent balance.

T - Pretty malty, bitter, and dry, some dark fruity sweetness and caramel. I can see this improving with some age.

M - Smooth and full. A bit warming.

O - this is pretty good, an interesting and complex beer. Could use some time to mellow out, I think.

ColdPoncho, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark dark brown with thick foamy tan head and small amounts of carbonation to be seen streaming slowly up the glass

Smell- very nice mix of malty sweet nose with faint hop kick at the end, candied chocolate sweet nose

Taste- wow i really absolutely enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer it starts off very sweet and malty, with chocolate malt tones up front but this finish has nice hop bitterness and drying nature keeping it so nicely inn check, lovely balance

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied with crisp drying finish

Drinkability/overall- i very much did enjoy this beer you appreciate the dryness as it build up more and more as you go, this is overall a very nice beer with great balance, i think i have to now start searching out many more old ales as right now this style of beer is just hitting me so perfect this winter

Stunner97, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very sweet. Worty. Mildly spicy. Dark roasty malts. Can smell that caramel / roasty malt sweetness from 2' away.

Appearance: Dark brown color. Pours a two finger light brown head. Hard to see through due to the color, but also seems to be a bit cloudy. Lots of lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts, not as worty as the aroma suggested. Immediately turns mildly bitter from the hops. Mild English malts almost reminiscent of a brown ale for a brief moment. Mild pine bitterness. Some honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very mild carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Nice and oily regardless of the high alcohol content.

Overall: Easy drinking. Bold, pleasant brew. One of the better seasonals this winter.

soulfly1492, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany brown colored beer produces a thin off-white head when poured into pint glass. Leaves a thin rim of lace with some clinginess to glass.
S: Nutty, malty, caramel and boozy aromas are all present.
T: Malt, caramel, hazelnut, toffee up front. The ethanol adds a warm middle and there is a slight bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A bit syrupy at first. It certainly does not hide its 8.3% ABV.
O: A good but not great beer. Enjoyed it, but will not seek it out in the future. Glad I tried it.

Paincane, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this & added it to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $9.99. Poured from the "Old Winter Scened" bottle w/ a sleigh on the front & "LIMITED RELEASE" below Avery Brewing Company into a Clear 16oz Christmas Seidel Glass. Has also "HO, HO WHOA!" on the bottom & 11252B1 on the top of the bottle (any date or freshness hints of some sort?).

Aroma- Has a tons of malt and caramel aroma with a bit of alcohol in the background. Not much else... Wish there was more complexity and character here.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that lasts for an average time. Has a dark brown colored body that is clear. Leaves only sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- This brew starts with an extreme malty character and then has a bit of alcohol and booze behind it. Winter Warmer type of characteristics and then a light-medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Light tasting and tad watered down and then has an alcohol hint at the finish.

Overall Impression- Enjoyable but would I drink this by the fire on a cold winter's night? Probably not. Not as much body and attribute as I wanted or was scoping out. This brew says its an "Old Ale" but more the most part, it was an Ellis' Brown Ale w/ a bit more ABV and malt and no caramel character. Not sure what to think. Still an above average brew but many other fantastic winter ale's I would go for before returning to this one.

DCon, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +3.9%

mater, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Ohiovania
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel ruby red in hue.

Tons of ripe fruits, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight heat

Musty oranges, slight grapefruits, buttery malts, 8% abv is noticable, with a bitter after taste that almost doesn't take off for me. It's in between good and great for me but it isn't something I'm gonna freak out about when i see it next time.

It paired very well with stella fontinella cheese.

Ohiovania, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes. Had on tap at the Chuurchkey Avery tap takeover event. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark transparent amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sweet fruit, apples, alcohol, caramel malts, light vanilla, light toasted malts. Alcohol is a little strong, but still nice.

t - Tastes of apples, sweet dark fruit, caramel malts, light vanilla, light roasted notes.

m -Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice old ale. Lots going on and lots of fruit. Alcohol was present in the nsoe but not really in the taste. Something I'd certainly have again.

mdfb79, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of znichols
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark ruby color that is nearly opaque. Superbly clean, no hazyness at all. Small head that quickly disappears and not a ton of lacing. Looks like there isnt much carbonation. Curious to try this one and figure it out.

S- A hint of alcohol on the nose followed by cherries, figs, spice, english toffee, and a little vanilla. This beer smells pretty good. Not a massive aroma, mind you, but theres a lot of different stuff in there.

T- The flavor starts with dark fruit and vanilla and works its way to a little spicy hops. There is a good amount of sweet malt in there and maybe some nuttyness. Slight alcohol on the back end with a lingering spice flavor. Not quite a "christmas"flavored ale, but has some nice qualities to battle the cold months.

M- This beer is somewhat lighter than expected, but the moderate to low amount of carbonation keeps it from getting to fizzy. Lighter bodied but enjoyable.

O- This beer really shows good flavors of vanilla, cherries, dates, some chocolate, almonds, and a touch of spicy hops. It isn't quite a holiday spiced beer, but it is still one to enjoy by the fireside. I recommend a sixer to get through the winter.

znichols, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Mtnbeerman
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.