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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 swid
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #9 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Avery Old Jubilation pours a dark amber color into my pint glass. Atop the partially opaque liquid sits a 1/2" cream-colored head, which quickly collapses into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, lots of delicate lacing. The smell is made up of several malt-derived aromas: caramel, coffee, plum and alcohol. Hop aroma is virtually nonexistant. The strength of the alcohol in the aroma was surprising; I've had several stronger beers that had nowhere near the level of alcohol aroma as this beer has. Anyway, onward...

The taste of this beer is just what the smell promises: Malt, malt and more malt. Flavors to be had include caramel, plum, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. After a little bit, a hint of pine hop bitterness shows up, but only barely. The mouthfeel is very thick; almost syrupy, for that matter. Finishes with a slightly dry and mostly sweet aftertaste.

This beer is tasty enough, but it's hard to say anything more of it than "Yep, it's thick" and "Yep, it has a high ABV". That being said, it's a very appropriate beer for a blustery January night in Nebraska.

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Photo of skizziks
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Huge huge rocky dark tan head. I couldn't pour it all in one go. Head recedes to a still rocky half inch. Thick lacing in rings around the glass. Beer is a deep amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is malt and a little molasses. Not too strong. It is really a very nice aroma and I wish there were more of it.

Flavor of brown sugar and malt. Enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Rich, smooth, nice. Medium to full body, thick and sticky on the tongue. Hop bitterness finishes it but the malt never really goes away, hanging on the back of the tongue. One of the best winter beers I've had this year and one of the most suited for a cold evening.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head. Good lacing.

Very sweet malty scents. Some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, a little bit of chocolate, and a nice after thought of alcohol.

Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish. Not overwhelmingly sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow.

Drinkability is good. Hop bitterness balances well with this brews caramelly sweetness and the 8.00% ABV is well hidden.

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

Very nice deep dark mahagony color with caramely highlights. Cream colored lacy ring around edge of glass with a super thin coat on face of beer. Not the spicy aroma I was expecting for winter beer. Very deep malty aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt very evident. A little bit of coffee. Very sweet start. Moderate carbonation, continues throughout entire drink, always brings head with a swirl. Not super heavy. A little bit of a candied sweetness. Coffee malt becomes more evident at end. Dry finish, not astrigently dry. Slight alcohol warming at end of swallow. Very nice winter beer not using any spices. Drinkable and not super heavy.

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Photo of afdempse
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black/extremely dark mahogany with two fingers of head. Excellent lacing for quite a while.

Smells actually rather fruity with a bit of dark roasted coffee cutting through.

Tastes of a dark fruity almost prune-like flavor with a very hoppy finish. Hoppy and spicier than I expected from a winter warmer. Many complex flavors, too much for my novice taste buds to pick up.

Overall an excellent brew, and was a great way to warm up after coming inside in an Ithaca blizzard. Warms me right up. Probably could be a little less hoppy, but that's just my taste.

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Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Winter and Old Ales, and Old Jubilation may be my favorite.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a relatively good head of foam that hold up well.

The aroma is tart cherry, currents, malt, and a wisp of alcohol. A great smelling beer.

The Cherry and Currents in the aroma take of the beginning of the taste, and remain for quite a while, then you pick up a good dose of malt, and the taste ends with a mild burn (as would be expected in a Winter Warmer), and a good dose of bittering hops. Wow

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are what you would expect from a quality brewed strong Ale.

Over all outstanding!

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Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled & reviewed 2/18/07:

Ap: Nice ruby red to deep brown with tasty tannish head. Light lacing on glass as head recedes. Light to medium carbonation.

Ar: Caramel, figs, prunes, raisins. Slight alcohol notes, but minor under the fruitiness. Brandy butter & fruit cake.

Ta: Sweet body with the rich, earthy fruits noted in the aroma. Solid bitterness right up front that fades in the finish. ABV noticeable, but not overpowering. Warming...

Mo: Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated so ABV is tempered. Strong bitterness leaves palette clean without puckering aftertaste.

Dr: This is a sipper for a cold night. The bitterness detracts a bit IMO. The ABV demands respect.

Comments: This would be a nice one to accompany a rich, warm dessrt like a christmas pudding & brandy butter.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown with a thick tan head, that seems like it might be around for a bit. Smell is toffee some caramel notes, brown sugar, real heavy on the malt, not much in the way of hops. Taste is rather odd and a complete let down from the smell. first is a rather cloying sweetness of brown sugar and then comes a piney hops. Some winter spice is a bit abrasive on the tongue too. Mouthfeel is decent enough. Good carbonation to carry the alchohol and the stickiness of this beer seems to work. Drinkability is a bit lackluster for me. Not sure I would ever need to try this beer again.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It poired a dark brown almost black color, with a white 1 finger head and minimal laceing.The aroma was of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The overall taste was a strong malty flavor with a hint of roasted malt after taste. The mouthfeel of this beer is very watery and light. And the overall drinkability of this beer is decent. If I can buy a single, I would go that route, but personally wouldn't drink an entire 6-pack of this stuff. It's a decent beer that I would recomend somone to try, but I wouldn't make the effort to find this beer anywhere if it's not readily available in your area.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

A - Pours Very Dark Copper, with a decent size head. minimal lacing.

S - Raisins, cherries, delicious caramel malts, vanilla and some nuttiness.

T - Taste the cherries and raisins. Small hoppiness to balance it just right, Chocolate and caramel come through in the end.

M - Fairly heavy bodies with low carbonation, alcohol warms the mouth perfectly.

D - This is another highly drinkable beer from avery. Bottoms up!

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

12 oz bottle to pint glass, brown hue, minimal head of tan color, smells of malt and slightly of hazelnut, taste is malty, through and through, and only slight variations thereof do i detect, mouthfeel is surprisingly fuller- bodied that i expected and overall, not bad, don't know if it is a session beer but definitely one to have/enjoy while you sit back and soak in the holiday season


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Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber with a fine head, that dissipates into a consistent and enduring lacing. Looks good.

Smells of caramel, burnt malts, and spices (typical of winter warmers - nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon). Hops are also present, as well as alcohol.

The taste is richer, with strong malt presence (bready, yeasty, and fruity), some chocolate hints, a certain woody-ness and a stronger hops finish (floral). A very nice winter warmer. Maybe my favorite this season. Mouthfeel is solid, and is very drinkable. Good stuff. Worth seeking out imo.

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Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No yeast at the bottom. $7.99 for a sixer. Served at fridge temp.

A: Dark, ashen ruby. Bright red when viewed through light, but when left to hide under its cap, the color is replaced by darkness. An aggressive pour forms a two-and-a-half-finger, eggshell foam head, with varying bubble sizes. This beer globs itself onto the sides. Hazy, doesn’t let you see through. Head falls to a cream, and it tries briefly to cling to the side, but doesn’t leave any lacing.

S: Very malty and hoppy. Biscuity breadiness….. Raisins and figs, all subdued. Grains, wheat, a sliver of banana. Just not much going on. Woody. Nutmeg.

T: really bitter, and hot, too. Fusels and phenols. Bandaid. Cherry, cinnamon, walnut. A bit rough.

M: Dry and astringent. High carbonation, medium body.

D: Low. I don’t want a second bottle. C-.

Interestingly, there are no hops, but only bullion hops, known for their distinctive black currant flavor.

I've never tasted bullion hops, but I get a hot, piney flavor, like that of an evil pineapple. In a way, it reminds me of Chinook, as it has some grapefruit and a distinctive note that I can only describe as cat piss.

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Photo of mbudner
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head. On the frothy side, but not quite there.

S- Some coppery malts, honey, adjunct-like scent (very off-putting).

T- Sweet, honey maltiness, spruce, maybe some clove spicing, but not much. A lot of cloying booziness in the finish, very unwelcome. Chemical-like (poison) bitterness in the finish as well, as distinguished from a good roasted malt or hoppy bitterness.

M- Probably the best part of this beer, though not very good. Medium body, slight stickiness, decent amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible for 8%, but definitely one of the worst offerings I've had from Avery. Drank this after a homebrew spiced ale given to me by a relatively new hombrewer, which significantly beat out Old Jubilation.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby with foamy head.

S: Cocoa nibs, maple syrup, cherry cola.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nibs, molasses, some hop snap.

M: Sweet, but not over sweet. Warming, a little boozy. Similar to a stout, but that hoppy element knocks it on its side.

O: Is it a stout, a winter warmer, or some strange hybrid? Who knows, but it is delicious.

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Photo of scriabin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmmm, winter warmer - the Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make this perfect for the holiday season. Even so, the "winter warmer" name for this category is a bit of a misnomer -- I'd much rather have a room temperature stout to warm me up on a cold winter day. But back to the Old Jubilation -- this has a great dark amber color, and has a wonderful mix of spices, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich flavor.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition.

Deep crimson in color. Pours a big tan head that quickly dissipates to a few big bubbles.

Spicy, caramel, raisin, alcohol, and a slight floral hop touch. Smells really good. Caramel comes to the front as it warms.

Toffee, dark fruits, clove, and a peppery bitterness at the end. A touch earthy and dirt taste (not as bad as it sounds).

Syrupy with fairly low carbonation. Just a touch thin

I like this beer. Enjoyed the full glass, but that funky bitterness at the end becomes a touch overwhelming. Definitely worth a try, but I'm not drinking more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of znichols
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of VTR
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Old Ales is limited but from what I have experienced I found this beer to be very well done. In my opinion the nose was not off the chart but the real experience is when I began to sip it. The beer poured very dark and looked appealing from the get go. It had a good amount of carbonation and mouthfeel to make it enjoyable and lively. The malts kept this beer at a enjoyable sweetness level without pushing it into a desert beer category. I did not think the alcohol was "hot" and was masked by the beer. The beer changed in a favorable way for me as the beer warmed. The bitterness was very mild. Normally I am disappointed by some seasonable/holiday brews but what started as a single bottle turned into a trip for a six pack for me. Very well done!

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Photo of usualpulp
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry color with a nice creamy head. The beer has very strong oak and fruit smells and flavors, that are very well balanced. Each sip finishes off with a nice bitter bite from the hops, but nothing too overpowering. The hops blend very well with the toasted malt, to form a caramel type flavor. This is a very good beer, too bad it is only available at winter.

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

This is a complex ale that I always look forward to, year after year.
This review is based on recent on-tap and cask versions that
I've had in the last few days at the Avery tap room.

It's a very dark, porter-ish color with extensive lacing and a dark creamy white head.

The aromas are complex also. The smokiness is very prevalent; maybe from the malts or what. There is almost a coffee smell as well. And, of course, plenty of spice to meet its "winter seasonal" designation.

All the smells come through in the flavor; the smokiness smooths everything out while the spice livens things up. And, like a lot of
Avery ales, the hops keeps the bitterness at the front of the tongue.

The creamy head and the smoothness already mentioned, followed by the hoppy bitterness makes this one of my favorite winter seasonals. The alcohol adds to the overall complexity; great for any cold evening.

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Photo of klkatz
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LIke you'd expect from a winter brew- it's dark... reddish - celebrate the dark color and enjoy the dark malts

Smell is nutty, malty, coffee-like...

taste has hints of coffee - a bit of chocolate

moutfeel - more crisp then you'd expect.

well done.

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Photo of humanawho
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper color with a good dark cream head

S - nice sweet caramely, toffee aroma

T - strong caramel flavor with a slight alcohol taste on the finish, a little fig flavor

M - nice think mouthfeel

D - ok drinkablity for the high strength

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