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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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very good

778 Reviews
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Reviews: 778
Hads: 1,580
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 60
Gots: 122 | 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: 1,580
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (on ratebeer). Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!

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Photo of TXHops
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation is Avery’s winter seasonal, available October-December. My bottle (thanks to Marc77) poured a deep, brilliant, reddish brown with a thick head that lasted pretty well for about 90 seconds, before fading into uneven clumps of foam here and there on the top of the glass, streaming lace. The nose was vinous, spicy and brown sugary—like many west coast winter ales (MacTarnahan’s Bobbydazzler, Full Sail Wassail, and Pyramid Snowcap come to mind), though Old Jubilation smelled a bit more malty and a bit less spicy than those PNW offerings…

Old Jubilation has a medium-full body (about as expected from an 8% offering) with a nice, tight, non-prickly carbonation falling somewhere between soft and crisp. The flavor is malt driven, but not Crystal malts—I taste mostly dry chocolate malts. In fact, it’s the dryish aspect of the darker malts that give this beer a good chunk of its earthy, dry, pipe-tobacco-like character. The finish is the same—lingering, dry, roasted maltiness with a solid bitterness that doesn’t taste particularly hoppy. I understand that this beer is single-hopped with Bullions, but I wouldn’t know what a Bullion tasted like after having this beer alone, as the hops seem to mainly impart malt-balancing bitterness in the case of Old Jubilation. The sweetness is very appetizing, even as it’s juxtaposed against the dryness of the high-kilned malts and the hops, leaving a beautiful combination of brown sugar and roasted, sweetened nuts in my mouth. What a beautifully balanced, complex ale. I wish I had more of this one…

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Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Dark Mahogany. Tan head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasty and toasty. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Hint of floral/mint hops in the background.

Taste: Malt upfront. Roast malt - subdued porter/stout quality. Plenty of malty sweetness throughout, along with a solid backing of hop bitterness. Middle has notes of raisons and nuts. Finish is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety.

This a nice winter warmer. Its well balanced and drinkable for its strength. A wonderful brew to pass the winter months with.

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.42/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this for about $1.50 in a mixed 6 pack. Worth a shot. Hope I like it.

A - Brown to almost a black purple but light passes right through it. Strange color. Small white head that lasts about 2 seconds. Lacing is small to nothing.

S - Fruit. Dates, raisins, and some nuts....just not sure what type. Smells like it would go great with a beef dinner but haven't tasted it yet. This is soon to be determined. Molasses and brown sugar. Dark, very dark smelling. Light the night before Christmas should smell. Bold but sweet.

T - Smokey but Fruity...Not really sure what is going on here. Tastes like a beef dinner instead of going with beef. Wow....very strong flavors but all the wrong kinds... Really don't like this at all. Meaty. Burnt. Like the bottom of the stove burnt. Sitting for some time in the bottom of a roaster. I know....Sunday dinner when mom put roast in the pan before you went to church and then you would come home and eat this dinner that had been cooking for the past 5 hours in a roaster....that horrible cooked carrot smell and taste. Carrots that sat in the beef juices and were overcooked all morning long. Not pleasant. Wow.

M - Really can't get past the taste. Sorry. Low marks again.

D - Nope!!! I don't think so. Maybe on the grandma sleigh to someplace really warm. No place where I want to go. See Ya.

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Photo of brantadid
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass with next to no head. A little white foam appeared around the edge of the glass.

Not a very pungent nose. Faint hops, maybe some carmel and holiday spices. Like nutmeg maybe, but it is very faint.

The flavor is both hoppy and malty. Carmel flavor is more apparent. The holiday spices are present in the flavor. This is a nice winter beer. It is almost a shame I drink it on October 23th and it was 80 degrees.

Slightly watery mouthfeel, and oddly enough, as the beer warmed, it became more creamy.

I really liked this beer. Nothing really stands out, but nothing really detracts from it either. It is solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of alli4051
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of light tan head. Head is fizzy and disappears quicker than I expected leaving a trace of lacing. Scent is pretty malt forward, with some roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is again lots of malt with some chocolate and roasty notes as well and just enough earthy hops to provide some balance. Didn't have the spiciness I expected for a winter warmer but quite frankly it was fantastic even without it. Alcohol is well hidden making this quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Elemental
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dark brown color with a thin amount of head. The aroma is pleasant with some hoppy, maltly, and spicy notes but a little sour (bot too bad though). Rich in taste with a large amount of malts and spices floating around. It gets pretty bitter towards the end and finishes dry and tart. A good seasonal thats not over spiced, very well balanced.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Avery Old Jubliation

A careful pour yields a healthy white head atop the sea of deep, clear crimson. Aroma is full of malt and I kept getting hits of gingerbread. Taste is surprisingly and pleasingly balanced coming from Avery. Starts sweet and finishes with slight tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and slightly creamy. The carbonation is soft and the alcohol is barely noticable in the taste. Good drinkability for an 8% brew. I could enjoy a few of these without too much protest on a chilly winter night.

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Photo of hopluva1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter @ 45* from a 2011 bottle

Appearance is reddish brown/mahogany with a one finger off white head.

Smell is grain/malt not sweet, and definitely some peated malts in there. Resembles a scotch ale.

Taste is malty but not sweet, I'm sticking with my peated malt, bit of hops. It has good flavor.

Overall it is good. Winter Warmer is a very vague catagory, similair to barley wine the range is broad. This is very malty without being sweet. It has a smokiness to it that resembles a scotch ale.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12-ounce bottle with no dates, but a really nice looking winter picture on the label.

This beer poured a sparkling clear reddish brown, maybe mahogany, with a nice off-white head that lasted and lasted, ending up lacing the glass as this beer was nursed.

I poured this beer a little too cold for the style. The hops greeted me first with some detectable maltiness. As it warmed, the malt came through more.

Good balance to this beer, but even as it warmed it favored the hops. An enjoyable warming, fitting for a winter brew.

Enjoy one or a few over the holidays.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep brown color, nice thick brown head.

S - Malty, bready. Dark fruit.

T - Very nice hoppiness, caramel, coffee. Interesting pairing of the malty sweetness with the hops.

M - Medium-light, very clean and crisp, effervescent.

D - Quite drinkable. I could drink this all winter.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Chestnut color, fluffy head, sticky lacing

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee

Taste: Up Front: caramel, dried fruit, slight pine
Finish: toffee, earthy, hops creep up at the end

Mouthfeel: Sticky and dry

Drinkability: It's almost like eating caramel or toffee candy, but not as sweet.
I could quaff 1or 2 and be in a happy place!

Overall Impression: I like this style of beer this time of year (Feb). Avery is a solid brew, hearty and fulfilling, it hits my QCB spot!

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head.
Sweet toasted malt with hints leafy forest.
Toasted malt and caramel. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Starts off a bit too sweet but has a roasted barley bitter finish that keeps it well balanced.
Medium body with a smooth, silky texture. Moderate carbonation.
Rich and smooth beer that has sweet and bitter components. Didn't notice the alcohol. Beer disappeared from my glass too quickly.
NOTES: BBCSD-0810-DanielleV

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Photo of Contra
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend recommended this as we were beer shopping, so I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Old Jubilation pours out into monstrous head, which eventually turns into uneven foam. Very dark brown, darker than maple syrup. The flavor is robust - reminds me of roasted chestnuts. I'm sure some of that might be the artwork on the label, but it has that smoked taste that is perfect for the style. Very bourbon-like, but nowhere near as overpowering. Still, at 8% abv, this is no light-weight.

Overall, this is a nice change from what I'm used to. Nothing too unusual, mind you, but nice malty beer.

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Photo of Umbra
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, thick opaque brew with reddish highlights. Came out with a thin light brown head with limited retention and lacing.

Hoppy/malty nose.

The first thing on the tongue is some spicy hops. The middle and end are definitely all malt sweetness, though. Roasted caramel leads the way, but it seemed less complex than I expected for the winter seasonal. It was much less bitter and full flavored than I expected with an Avery.
Overall expected something spicier. Came off more of an old ale type brew. ETOH snuck up on me either way.

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Photo of gabe23
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep ruby red color with light tan head. Faded fast & didn't leave much lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and cinnamon. A slight evergreen hops scent rests in the background.

T - Roasty malt & candied fruit at the start, with a spicy, hoppy bite following after. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol heat that lives up to the winter warmer name.

M - Creamy, full, and thick. Just right for a cold winter's night.

D - Very drinkable winter beer. Not something I'd drink all night due to the ABV, but perfect for sipping by the fire.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a cola brown with large (three finger) head that has really long retention (6 minutes to reduce by 50%! ) Smell is very heavy on the malts which is understandable considering they used 5 different types to make it. Also noted are roast nuts and coffee. Taste is wonderful and a perfect way to start the cool season. For lack of a better term it started "woody" reminding me of raking leaves and stacking firewood. Malt is strong as suggested by the head, but surprisingly there is quite a hop presence that I didn't note at all in the smell. Nutty and dry finish.

Fantastic winter warmer, one more reason I love this time of year.

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Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks....Almost red,a garnet color,rather clear. A frothy head forms and does not last long. At the end of the glassful, the lacing has left a trail up the full sides.

Aroma, rather pungent,earthy malts,some coffee,some slightly burnt toast,dark fruits, Prune,currant,breadiness,a suggestion of alcohol

taste Nice complexity with a rather distinctive flavor combo. There's a Coffee,a brief hint of English toffee,some fruitcake with brandy,a earthy/grain/roasty malt-yeast that's a bit different,seems sort of German,and a smooth end game where a hop finish eases in. The Hops don't bring a real Pine or citrus, but in a rather Euro fashion do the Bitter End without a specific flavor.

i noticed that there were some aspects that were a tad abrassive,as the dark coffee,some woody notes,some background sweets and the dry tasting euro hops clashed a bit. After it warmed more,those things merged a bit better.

this is a rather curious beer that brings the complexity of a big brandywine,at a nice price. They didn't QUITE nail it,but I found it interesting as a "change of pace" beer to explore further.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. enough body and viscosity,a proper level of carbonation. The finish is a proper "Beer" ending,not lacking though not a sustained hop shot.

Drinkable- there's a whole lot of flavor combos and some get a bit heavy or quirky. My take is this is a One At a Time beer that is a nice 'changeup".

i don't think Avery quite nailed it,but I applaud the concept. This is full of unique and interesting things,even if not a style I tend to favor. there's some sort of Euro thing,maybe a yeast,that seems familiar and is not one I tend to like,but that's not too big of a part in this beer. here it shares the stage with many flavors.

This stuff is at a pretty reasonable price,is complex and worth pondering. Perhaps it is a beer that becomes an acquired taste?

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Photo of ricke49
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying this beer through several 6-packs since Christmas Eve. Odd that the bottle doesn't state what variety it is or ABV.

None the less, I've found it to be a wonderful full-malt winter warmer with delicious flavors of prunes, plums, raisens and figs....and enough of an alcohol warmth (perfectly in the background) to provide an almost perfect Winter Warmth....and just a hint of hops deep and late in the taste experience.

Of all the wineer warmers I've tried/enjoyed, including some that are a bit too hoppy to provide that soft, wide warmth that is so nice on a cold day, this is one of the best. Can't wait until next winter!!

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Photo of baseballrock
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark drown, almost black in color. Sort of a mahogany color. The head is fairly light, it seams as though the beer is not as big and as bad as it really is.

S- the aroma is nutty with the aroma of roasted malts and barley. Notes of vanilla are detected.

T- super balanced across the board. I taste a balanced malt flavor. Toasty and fresh. It taste dry and the alcohol sort of sneaks up on you. The hops are present, but are not up front.

M- very balanced. I have had many beers in the past that I have said are balanced. This beer is awsome. Not many beers are as complex and balanced as this one.

D- delicious.

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Photo of NitroGen
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. Longneck Brown Bottle

A: Pours a maple syrup brown color with a finger of intense foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover with lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and crisp hit of of roasted grains.

T: Brown sugar, raisins, feint roasted barley with just a hint of bitter hops at the end.

M: Very well balanced, subtle and smooth with a slight tinge of alcohol in the mouth at the end. A real treat that I enjoy.

D: This is one to remember and offer to guests not wanting a dark beer but will put a glow in there bellies! Glad I have more!

After typing this review I saw that the style is a 'winter warmer', and by gosh it certainly is!!
Anyone looking to try and cellar this I recommend as this was a 2006.

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Photo of THORN
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 12 fl oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Slight lace left around pint.
A: Mahogany brown. No head.
S: Nutty, sweet malts.
T: Constant nutt flavor, with sweet malts underneath, and very slight hops follows.
M: Light on tongue, slightly warming.
D: Purchased a single bottle, will probably pickup a 6-pack to cellar for a year or two. The beer is very well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance wasn't very clear.

The smell was average

The taste was hoppy and aggressive. It wasn't that great though. It wasn't a relaxing Christmas taste.

The mouthfeel was nice, but I didn't take many notes about it.

Overall, it wasn't enjoyable because of the taste. I like Avery Brewing Company. Why can't they do better than this?

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Foam was whole wheat/oat in color and smooth. The color was a deep burgandy/cola with mahogany highlights. It had a deep hops smell with a small accent of licorice and was a little bitter. The taste was a little bitter, hidden fruity undertones, deep and a very malty undertone. Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp. Drinkability - it was alright, but the bitter hops taste made it from getting a better score.

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