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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 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.

CRJMellor, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

mzwolinski, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

oberon, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 01, 2004
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.

RoyalT, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

tavernjef, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Chsyhkr
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Chsyhkr, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of lou91
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

lou91, Jan 22, 2004
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...

francisweizen, Jan 21, 2004
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.

ElGordo, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

kbub6f, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

maxpower, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Boilermaker88, Dec 30, 2003
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.

Loki, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Old Jubilation poured a dark reddish-brown with a medium head that quickly went down to a nice lacing and collar. It had a very appealing citrusy, malt smell. It had a big malt taste with some citrus tones that was nicely balanced with a slightly hoppy finish. Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable holiday brew.

Beaver13, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep mahogany brew rests in my glass, topped with a creamy, sticky head of cream-color. The nose suggests Christmastime spices, but the website suggests that they used no spices whatsoever in the brewing of this ale, apart from, of course, our friends the hops. A woody and nutty aroma with hop crispness is present moreso than the aforementioned, however. It's very crisp on the tongue as well, but also deep and malty in a warming way. A well-placed hop bite at the beginning, balanced in the middle by thick grain and caramel malt with a nutty and woody character. Leafy at the back, leading to a crisp finish. Subtly creamy mouthfeel. A fine beer, perfect for a winter night with a book or other form of quiet enjoyment.

hyuga, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Ripe Bing cherries top a whiff of dark malt. Overall, a very mild smell, but I started out with the beer fairly cold.
Appearance: Dark brown with flashes of ruby edges. Slight haze with a short lived off white head. Some lacing slowly slipped down the glass and a fresh burst of carbonation fed a halo of foam with every sip.
Flavor: Interesting. Only hints of any fruits and the hops really come out, but don’t bitter. A very nice balance that highlights the hops, but lets some dark malt show off as well. I get the slightest hints of some spices, but they are so mild that I can’t identify them. This is close to their barley wine, but I’d need another sample of it to compare and contrast.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good chew. Some alcohol drying at the finish and a slight hop pucker.
Overall Impression: Very tasty. Big brew that hides it’s alcohol well, and tames a generous dose of hops. The spice taste is so mild that it's hard to call a Christmas beer, but who cares? It's good! I'll be grabbing a few more for the cellar, if you see some, give it a try!

HardTarget, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice winter offering from Avery.

Pours out to a a dark amber in the glass with a very slight head. The aroma is somewhat fruity with some fresh malt thrown in. The taste is good, with a nice malty, slightly sweet mouthfeel giving way to a light, yet tasty hop dose on the finish. A very, very drinkable beer and one that masks the 8% ABV very well. This breweries offerings have been readily available in my area (Detroit) for awhile. I'll be exploring their other beers soon.

proc, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well-rounded winter ale. Dark garnet red color and spicy aroma. Big malt, with faint pear essence and carbernet wine. Hops are well balanced against the malt, giving a beefy finish to the beer. The high abv is woven into the flavor and not at all prominent. Overall, a very "traditional" sort of strong ale, and a very nice seasonal offering.

Brent, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of maybrick
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one I could drink all darn day! Beautiful. Pours with a nice head. Head doesn't hold that long which invites a lot of swirling of the glass. The nose is exquisite. Spicy, sweet, a real nice blend of aromas.

On to the good stuff, the taste! Wonderful, bold, and quite complex. Very balanced between hop, malt and yeasts. This is one smooth brew. Did I say great color? Well it's richly dark and mysterious. I'll be buying more of this stuff.

maybrick, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful root beer brown. It allows light to penetrate its darkness to create an impressive spectrum of browns and deep reds. A small light brown head adorns the crown of this attractive beer.

A faint smell of alcohol and spice waft from the mug to my nose which gave my nose a slight burn. Oddly enough, this was a good thing.

There is a muted roasted malt flavor in the taste that is not at all overpowering. The taste is sweet and mellow and very very smooth with a light spice presence that balances the malt nicely.

This beer is easy on the mouth. There are no strong flavors that assault the taste buds. The beauty in this beer is that it is exceptionally mellow and smooth. At 8.5% alcohol, there is no hint of its strength.

This is a very drinkable beer. However, the concealed alcohol power could leave you floored after a couple.

This is a good beer that I will definitely try again.

filabrazilia, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
Another great beer I’ve only had in bottles, so it’s always nice to sample the Tap/Cask versions, and it was with great anticipation I sampled this excellent beer from one of America’s best breweries.

On the pour a transparent bruin with a majestic crown of creamy head that is a beauteous beige color and the lace an all encompassing sheet to obscure the glass. The hop floral aroma greets you first, followed by the fresh and slightly earthy malt sweetness; also a fine brandy like top also present in this magnificent nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt, with the top middling to full in its feel. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops forceful in their spicy presence, bittersweet aftertaste ends this great work of the brewer’s art, with each new beer I sample from this brewery, my admiration grows by leaps and bounds.

Gusler, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this one. At first, it was alittle bit too hoppy for me, but then the hoppiness "calmed" down. The color was a deep amber with a nice frothy creamy head. The head lasted a little bit and then went down to a thick laceing. The smell was quite malty, mixed with a beefy and fruity body. The taste was similar to the smell, but more on the semi-fruity side. Mouthfeel was creamy/bubbly and balanced out pretty well. All in all a good offering from Avery. The first brew from them that I have had, and most likely not the last.

JISurfer, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: As per the picture in the BA Database, this is a 12 ounce tall thin brown glass bottle, purchased as a single from a broken 6-Pack. The one obverse label has a snow covered Xmas scene. Strangely it has the words “Yeah, It Is!” in the bottom right hand corner – what’s all that about then? No freshness date or strength listed – but the Website states this is an 8% Seasonal beer.

Appearance: Served in my thick based old McEwan’s Scotch Goblet, it has a chestnut brown body, yet it portrayed a deep auburn body, with a deep rich red mahogany hue when held to the light. Lucid yet dark. The head strangely only started to appear half way through the restrained pour. A beige head that slowly disappeared and laced well, still, the beautifully rich deep color of the beer made up for the lack of a decent head at the end. Excellent conditioning in the body of the beer. I chose a fitting glass selection, because at times this looked like a strong Scotch Ale!

Nose: Deeply malty with a hint of hops. Apparently 5 different malts are utilized in this beer – I am no expert – but I would say that they all, to varying extents perhaps, shine through in the nose. Some dark fruits in the bottom of the glass at the end.

Taste: Lovely rich malt beginning. Hints of chocolate hazelnut spread and dark chocolate covered raisins in the middle peak through. The middle is still dominated by malts, but the latter third slowly exhibits some light bitterness, with a limited hoppy feel that feels bigger than it really is. Dark fruits occasionally peep through, more so as the beer warms. A clever beer, not complex – but very interesting nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation are superbly balanced with great poise and lend a smooth creamy feel on the tongue, and do a good job of holding the 8% off. In fact the alcohol rarely comes through in this beer at all. Smooth, rich chocolate malts are enticing yet never overpowering.

Drinkability: I easily finished this one, and its 1:39am (I can’t sleep) – but it’s a good job I don’t have a 6-pack of this stuff, it’s very quaffable. A very good example of a Strong Ale.

Overall: Fantastic, very reminiscent of some English Strong Ales that I drank in the UK. I must return to the beer store where I found this offering standing on its own, and pick up a whole 6-Pack if I can. Avery has yet to disappoint me.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 28, 2003
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,348 ratings.