Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,560 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep amber color with a small dierty white head.

S: Nose has roasted malt, spice

T: Taste is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. Chocolate, old molasses

M: Thin, light booze

D: Not the best Winter Warmer. I was expecting more from Avery.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a half pint glass)

A- This beer has a soapy light tan head with a warm deep brown body with just a touch of opaqueness to it. There was a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft toasted malt and pale malt smell with a faint green hop hint in the finish.

T- The taste of dry biscuit malt had a nutty quality to it with a faint dry spice note in the finish. There was also a bitter hop note in the finish aswell. The light sweetness of malt came through more as it warmed along with a note of chocolate malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a slight sweetness from the malt that blends into a bitterness from the hops that don't really work with each other.

Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Medium carbonation. Starts with a mix of malt and hops but as it warms more maltiness comes through. Different from other winter wamers - no spices, very warm finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +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.

Photo of plaid75
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts very well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains, little else, maybe the lightest of spicing. Taste is hearty maltiness, with light fruitiness and alcohol present as well, with the aftertaste a bit boozy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing. One of the better winter warmers I've had.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Astoria Bier and Cheese.

Dark red-hued brown body with a finger of slowly settling cream colored head and solid lacing. Big malty aromas intermingle with dark fruits and are followed by lesser notes of yeasty spice and alcohol. Flavor follows nose; pleasant but not overtly aggressive warming booziness; good malt character; toasty and full; prune, raisin, cherries and fig; light spiciness from the yeast providing subtle highlights but not overpowering anything. Moderately sweet but not cloying in the finish. Low bitterness; hops barely detectable although they may be contributing to the spice aspect of the flavor and aroma.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, creamy, pleasing feel overall. Maybe not the heights of depth and complexity for this style but it's quite nice and an apt seasonal selection for a cold evening.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber, nice thick head and some lacing. Mild to medium dark fruits and light malt start with hoppy middle and finish. Hops dominate finish. Somewhat like a mild barley wine. Medium mouth feel, creamy. Avery nice winter warmer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a good finger of pillowy ivory foam and a little bit of haze to the body. A nice looking beer.

Smell: biscuity, bready malt aroma with a bit of tartness quite a bit like an English porter. Wintry and a bit nutty as well, although this particular combination of malts isn't particularly my favorite; it's kind of a mix between a porter and a dry red ale.

Taste: much like the aroma but with a little bit of spiciness. There's a good hop bitterness right at the end, too, which I find surprisingly smooth. Flavor starts a bit like an English porter, then dries out a bit and some spices, nutmeg and grains-of-paradise maybe, set in. I'm liking this beer better than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good level of creaminess. It is perhaps a little bit over-attenuated, though; I would have expected more body in an 8.3% winter beer.

Overall: this is a very nice quaff on a chilly October evening. I'm sure it would be even better with a dusting of snow outside.

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from SaCkErZ9 as part of Black Booty. Thanks!
Clear and dark brown, perhaps a reddish tint. A hard pour produced a thick cap of tan foam about a half inch thick. Good head retention, lots of clinging lace. Malty aroma, lots of chocolate/cocoa, toffee and caramel. Mild fruit tones and faint hops, maybe citrusy, maybe floral, hard to tell. Nicely balanced flavour, still a lot of malt character but with mild bitterness and fruity notes. Faint mint in the finish along with subdued alcohol and lingering chocolate/toffee malts. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, fine bubbles, slight dry astringency from the dark malts. Pretty good overall. A tasty winter warmer.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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