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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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778 Reviews
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Reviews: 778
Hads: 1,582
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 60
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Reviews: 778 | Hads: 1,582
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing this one is from last Christmas season, and at 8% abv and bottle conditioning if handled properly by the good folks at Vintage Cellar this beer should have survived. Bottle gives no dates or info about the brew. Appearance: Deep ruby brown colored body with nice sized tan head leaves perfect rings of lacing with close clusters of tiny patches clinging to the glass very nice. Aroma: Plum like over ripened sweetness with some deep piney hop character going down, a layer of bready yeast note all flows very well aromatically. Taste: Deep thickets of hop bitterness here a mild sweetness comes through with a bready yeast flavor a bit musty but suprisingly quaffable and interesting. Mouthfeel: Medium to full body mild carbonation goes down too easy at 8% abv. Drinkability: A bit complex to enjoy in session but a wonderful beer to sample and enjoy may track some more fresher bottles this coming winter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Served from a growler via a Unibroue snifter, it has a dark chestnut brown body with some deep red mahogany. Clear, with a small tan head (no penalty for lack of a decent head given serving type).
Aroma: Malty with a surprisingly clear hop note. Very good dark fruit tones with a bit of booziness (more upon warming) and hints of smoke and hazelnuts.
Taste: Rich and complex flavor of mix malts becomes increasingly hoppy into and after the finish. Hints of figs, dates and raisins. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit too much earthiness for my taste (but suitable for style).
Mouthfeel: Good, albeit rather light, carbonation; smooth; the 8.3% alcohol barely comes through.

O: A fine Strong Ale and Winter Warmer, although not a favorite.

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Photo of smcolw
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head, but it dissipates to a single layer. The lace is spotty and light. The color is a deep brown where the light still shines through.

Mostly malty aroma with lots of crystal; this brings out a caramel smell. The hop is present but in the background.

Tastes like a hoppy barley wine although the flavors are two-dimensional. The malt is neither overly sweet nor dry. The finish leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very rich body.

Not a complex beer but it is also well-balanced and full flavored.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like.
Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol.
Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying.
Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!
Hats off to Gromit for getting us together!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber in color with some lighter reddish orange highlights and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some lighter aromas of nuts and earthy hops. There are moderate winter spice aromas as well.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramelized malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. Moderate flavors of earthy hops along with some lighter notes of nuts and winter spices (nutmeg in particular stands out). Light notes of oak like the beer had some small amount of barrel aging.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is an enjoyable and pretty easy to drink winter beer, though I would recommend sipping this beer rather than drinking it more quickly. Nice complexity to the flavors and smells as the beer warms up.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this bottle for a while, so figured it was getting into summer and a good time to drink a winter warmer.

A: Pours a dark brown with orange edges when held up to the light. Tan head, about one finger in height forms and reduces down to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Nice sticky lacing covers most of the glass.

S: Extremely malty, loads of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Has a little bit of dark fruit, but not as much as most winter warmers, this almost smells like a porter.

T: Tons of caramelized sugar with some roasted malt. There is a little bit of cocoa and coffee and just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth and on the creamier side. Just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O: Pretty good, a different take on a winter warmer, and it would definitely warm me up in the middle of winter.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with half an inch of head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel, toasty malts, and faint alcohol esters. The taste is toasty, caramely, nutty, and has a nice earthy, piny, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

The alcohol here becomes more potent as the sips progress. It starts balanced, smooth, and drinkable, but it ends warm, boozy, and sip-able. Overall though, it's not a bad beer to warm you up in the colder months.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of burnt toffee and roasted malts. The taste is good as well. It is a very malty brew with a sweet crystal malt flavor up front and a roasted malt finsh. The 8% abv. is well hidden was just minimal warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a great winter warmer. It's rich and flavorful with that warmth you need for those cold winter days.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/14/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle. No freshness info noted. Poured into a chalice type glass.

Appearance- Brown-amber, a bit headed towards red in color. Medium sized 1/2 inch head. A small ring remains. Light streaks of lace on the inside of the glass.

Smell- Very burnt malt in the nose. Hint of sweetness from a dark fruit source.

Taste- Dark, maybe a tad smokey. Ultra burnt malts. Light plum and date flavor makes the malt on the sweeter side. Small hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. Medium to heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Pretty good winter warmer. Worked on an actual cool day in the Arizona valley.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013 more than likely.

Comes out with a classic caramel brown in the bottle, filling the body with a much darker almost garnet deep red color. Head is a creamy colored vanilla with a hint of faint mocha brown in it. Settles slowly with a good thick collar of creamed bubbles, almost flat whip cream consistency. Lipped up leopard and patchy linked lacing on the glass too.

Light nose. Hints of cherry like fruit but with a lighter quality. Nutmeg and clove spice with a mellow fruit quality of dark plum taking over. Hints a little wet and juiced sour cherry. Some weed and woody like hop faded quality. Quite nice and interesting.

Palate comes real nicely. Good mellow sweetness of cinnamon and spiced warmth. Really seems like a classic winter warmer flavor. Cherry sweetness a bit with a lighter hint of darker fruit without strong raisin character, that plum just keeps jumping in my head. Good warmth and finish of dry nutmeg and spiced clove hinted on the nose, warm hard caramel.

It comes off like a stock winter warmer barleywine, and love the classic integrated winter warmer sensing flavors and character. Somewhere in between, real memorable and nice. Great to go back to these old classics.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond, clear, dark tan head, tiny bubbles , frothy, well dispersed sticky lacing. Nose is malty, spicy, oats. Rich,creamy solid mouthfeel. Bold malty body, some winter spice picked up, nutmeg,cinimon,ginger. Tasty and warming with alcohol well in background. 2 or 3 of these and I'll be seeing two old Saint Nicks! Fine winter warmer, seek and enjoy.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bronze color with a 1" head. Strong lacing forms on the glass during the session. The aroma is of malt, raisins, and a hint of spice. The flavor has many flavor components such as malt, plum, raisin, caramel, nice bitterness, and mild chocolate tones. Medium bodied and for a winter ale it seemed slightly thin.

The start was smooth with a mildly crisp finish. Alcohol was barely noticeable. The caramel seemed to ride the tongue the longest after swallowing. Since this is not overboard with strong flavors, I found this to be quite enjoyably drinkable - more than one can easily be quaffed.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a heavy mug, changing it up a bit. Could not find a date on the bottle.

A- Avery Old Jubilation pours a standard copper color with brown highlights with a very impressive white- beige head from to hard a pour. Once it died it left a slice of lace with excellent lacing on the inside of the glass

S- Is pretty one sided with a bunch of roasted malts giving off a caramel scent pretty standard to the style. Maybe some dark fruits as it comes to room temp. Not sensing much in the way of hops. Very standard.

T- Follows the smell with caramel up front with some fruity esters coming along for the ride. I get a tiny hint of chocolate and cinnamon when i look for it. Lots of roasted malt flavor, no denying that. The hops are there but are blinded by the malt dominate profile. Would have liked more spices.

M- I'm getting a warming sensation as i get towards the end of this beer which is a plus. Overall this has a decent thin to medium mouthfeel with some carb, but nothing mind blowing. Alcohol shows up a bit.

D- A good effort by Avery but not something i will look for again with so many choices. The taste and mouthfeel were on the lacking side. I got through this 12oz with ease but also glad I only bought one bottle. Just not my cup of beer.

I have yet to find a Avery brew that has wowed me sadly.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served with a pork chop dinner, on to the beer:

1/2 inch thick creamy head on top a body of dark orangish amber. The beer has a fruity aroma of oranges, a kick of anise, more orange, and more spice. Into the mouth it goes, the beer knocks down the door with a kick. Strong malty flavor upfront. Burnt sugar, syrupy, passionfruit...and what's that spice called I'm tasting? Piney too. I like this winter warmer...once you get passed how strong it is.

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking bee with nice head and retention. A light tan head on ruby and brown body. Smells almost smokey with a mix of herbs and caramel malt. Taste expands with strong malt flavor of fruit and candy. This is followed expectantly by citrus hops and decent bitterness. That sure is different. It drinks just a bit hot, but still faily smooth considering the bitterness. Call it a winter warmer for the BA that cant drink without hops.

UPDATE 1/4/11: Just had a two-year old bottle. While I wouldn't let it go any longer (oxidation was starting to creep in), this was a fantastic beer with a great mix of cocoa, fruit and subtle earthy spices.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a good white, almost silvery tan head.

S: The smell is enticing, with a lot of malt sweetness, and a hint of holiday spices. Smells a lot like a holiday oven filled with baked goods.

T: Very good, big malt notes upfront, I don't think this ale is spiced, but there are definitely some nutmeg and ginger notes, probably from the malt complexity though. Can't taste much in the way of hops, though there is a slightly stannic quality about the beer, maybe this is a hop effect, I am not sure.

M: Smooth, slightly viscous and syrupy, but not cloying.

D: Another good Winter Warmer, I enjoyed it even though it is 80 degrees out here everyday on the coast, one of Avery's better brews in my opinion.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short head. Spotty lacing.

Smell is dry, alcoholic, and with stone fruit and apples.

Taste is very dry, and a little sharp with alcohol. Hops are quite strong and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I taste tart apricot on the finish, and there is a late lingering predominance of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little light for the style.

Fairly drinkable, but there is something curiously lacking here.

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Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

This is a clear dark brown colored beer with a good light brown head. The appearance is a lot like coke in the glass.

Smell is sweet malt and spicy. Lots of cinnamon and ginger in the aroma and a nice woody base aroma. Vanilla and chocolate are nice and strong here and there is a slight scent of menthol or mint.

Taste is medium sweet and very malty at the start along with a strong hit of dark roasted malt that comes through as chocolate. This ale stings the tongue a little bit from what I interpret to be ginger; I am mildly allergic to ginger so your sensation might differ some. Good warming sensation from this ale which is sort of the point of a beer called a "Winter Warmer." Spicy and woody with a decent amount of bitterness the hop level is about perfect here. Spices are vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and a little orange peel. Good amount of chocolate flavor here and just a trace of scorched sugar.

Mouthfeel is good.

A mighty and tasty beer here that is among the best of the winter warmers. The main feature of this beer is it is perfectly in balance with all its parts. A tasty beer that isn't overly sweet, bitter, spiced or dumbed down to suit the Budweiser fans. One of the better beers that Avery makes probably the best one in fact.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation has the faint flicker of a dying candle light. Its hue is soft and resembles that of ground nutmeg. It is by no means clear, despite that at some angles one can make out their finger on the other side of the glass. It's charming except that it has absolutely no head what so ever; a pepper of snow-flake lacing would also have been appreciated.

The aroma is quiet but by no means is it dull. It has an incense-like balm and gentle notes of herbs and spices (despite that none were used). Burning leaves, mildly smoked malts, nutmeg and hazelnut, very earthy hops, cinnamon roll, dried apricot, burnt brown sugar - most normal descriptors don't apply, capturing the scent requires close attention to detail.

Likewise, the taste is distinct and it's hard to say exactly what makes it that way. A solid chunk of caramelly sweet malts conjure notes of toffee, sponge cake and figgy pudding alike, perhaps a little hazelnut-infused coffee as well. Beyond that are the less typical flavours, including peat, dried apricot, cinnamon and even a splash of rich cream.

I'd be tempted to call the mouthfeel a little thin except that it manages to hide the alcohol quite well. Not to say that it isn't observed here and there, but largely speaking it's been wrapped up tight in a hefty, well-rounded maltiness. I wouldn't recommend cellaring - with the booze already well under control the only thing likely to fade is the flavour.

'Jubilation' is another word for celebration, festivity and merriment - all things you're likely to experience while drinking this beer. The holiday season is full of fantastic things: feasts, presents, traditions, acts of good will and, naturally, seasonal beers. Avery's winter offering is warming, hearty and flavourful; it is fantastically designed for this time of year.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, and caramel/toffee.

T - The taste is sweet and of caramel/toffee. Theres alittle bit of a warming feeling in the throat. Nice dry finish with a nice little bite.

M - Medium body. Well rounded brew.

D - Drinkable. I really like this one, very tasty, nice brew from Avery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Old Jubilation is a big strong beer and I probably did not try it at the best time. I was having lunch at our local watering hole and it was a warmer day , which I think plays against strong ales. The beer poured a rich deep amber color with thick foamy head that laced. The smell was like a dark malt and alcohol. The taste was malty mix that seemed to give the presence of subtle spices like a cinnamon, ginger, etc. along with big alcohol. The mouthfeel was full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was ok....not a huge fan of strong ales.

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Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark amber, with a one finger cramy head, Little retention and lacing.

The smell was all toasted malt with hints of clove, raisins, coffee and gingerbread.

The taste started of mildly sweet but finished with a very nice spicy, toasted finish. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was clean with sensations of both sweet and dry.

A good drinkable winter.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.