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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,321 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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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sourdog

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-20-2014 01:25:30 | More by sourdog
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Atlas1

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Well, it's almost springtime weather here in Washington, so I better polish off my winter beers before it gets too warm.

Poured from the bottle to a regular old 12-oz pint glass. Nice deep amber brown color with some orange tint when held up to the light. Good looking, thick and creamy head settles on top, and leaves a nice lace as the beer recedes. The aroma is a dull, muted malt scent. Nothing special, but definitely more malty than hoppy. It does mellow out a bit as the beer warms to room temperature, and reveals some fruitier tones. The taste is quite good. Rich malt flavor with notes of caramel, plum, and coffee. Possesses a nice hoppy balance, even the hops are not terribly prominent. Very nice beer, here. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but a bit thinner than I might expect from a warmer. The high ABV is masked neatly by a slew of quality ingredients and excellent brewing. More high marks for Avery.

03-14-2007 00:32:23 | More by Atlas1
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obrike

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Bought a 6 pack at Round Rock Specs for about 10 bucks.

Appearance is brownish/mahogany...almost looks like a dark iced tea. A fairly small head but the lacing is quite pronounced. Looks good.

Smell is grainy and malty. Almost a mix of adjunct and scotch ale...weird, but not bad.

Taste is malty but not super sweet. I like. Assault of almost peaty malt on the frontside, followed by a unique hop bite on the backend. Finishes just a bit sweet and smokey. Very unusual. I like the smoothness of this one too. Goes down really easy...dangerously drinkable for an old ale/winter warmer style.

This is a good beer...one to drink on a cold winter's night. Nice job as usual Avery.

11-20-2012 23:05:56 | More by obrike
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tmm313

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-03-2012 01:44:49 | More by tmm313
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-15-2012 21:56:44 | More by kiki3drt292
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JandJMD

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-19-2013 23:51:44 | More by JandJMD
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2013 22:43:05 | More by jman005
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

A- Deep chestnut brown with a ruby shimmer. Body is very clear with a sticky beige head that scatters fairly quickly. Looks delicious.

S-Heavy spice kick dominated by nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Just about perfect for a true winter beer.

T&M-Again, spices are the dominant force here. The spiciness of the nutmeg runs through the entire sip. The high abv also shines and puts a little too much burn on the mouth. I love the spices but at times, they can come on a bit cloying and I think that it should be balanced a little better. The bittering hops definately come through on the finish, but again seem a little out of place.

D-I would have liked this to come on a little stronger in the malt field to come across as a huge, full-bodied, winter brew, but was a little overdone by the spices and hops. Probably great after sitting a year.

12-08-2005 23:48:15 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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chumba526

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.9%

This ale appears dark red with a small tan head.

It smells slightly citrusy, a little grassy, and a little bit caramel like.

It tastes initially a bit of dry malts; there is a slight caramel flavor. A nice mild citrus flavor is also present; there is also a mild chocolate taste as well. The taste ends with a nice subdued bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate low.

Drinkability is really good. I could drink a few of these.

This is not a complex beer but it is really good and is a great beer to drink by a fire.

12-16-2010 02:38:59 | More by chumba526
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-14-2013 04:45:46 | More by crob3888
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BierReise

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

04-16-2004 01:31:31 | More by BierReise
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with a rich, foamy head that leaves a sticky, well-sustained lace. Hops with some roastiness in the nose. The flavor features a decent balance between hop and malt: a nice, crisp hop bitterness complemented by a slightly more dominant variety of burnt and roasted flavors, including chocolate, bitter coffee, and toasted caramel. There is also a fairly noticeable roasted grain flavor, especially in the finish.

Not bad, but there are better/more interesting winter warmers out there. Still, this one is worth a try. Recommended.

01-25-2006 06:03:24 | More by arguemaniac
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DudMan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2013 19:05:08 | More by DudMan
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.

S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.

T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.

O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn't a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.

02-12-2014 22:19:01 | More by Hopswagger
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that recedes to a longlasting surface skim, and there is excellent lacing. Body is a red tinted medium brown. Looks really good.

Smell - hearty aroma of caramel and malt toast, and malt biscuits. Very simple, but mouthwatering.

Taste - pretty much like the smell, but with a spicy tingle. There is caramel, malt toast, and malt biscuits, all spiced with ginger and black pepper. On the finish, there is some bitterness combined with cherries. Very interesting, and very good.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, and " fluffy " ( like when you are eating puffed grain cereal ) .

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and only the high abv suppresses sessionability. This is very hearty, and I wish it was a year round option.

01-18-2007 20:04:42 | More by ultralarry2006
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davet100

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-28-2013 20:10:20 | More by davet100
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a nice deep garnet color with a decent lasting, frothy, dense, tan head. On the nose the aroma was of caramel malts, and slight floral hop aroma. On the palate the flavors consisted of caramel malt, slight roastiness, slight dark fruity flavors, nice sweetness, nuttiness, and brown sugar. The alcohol is not over done, and hardly detected, very drinkable seasonal winter brew…

12-22-2002 08:22:14 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Caramel ruby red in hue.

Tons of ripe fruits, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight heat

Musty oranges, slight grapefruits, buttery malts, 8% abv is noticable, with a bitter after taste that almost doesn't take off for me. It's in between good and great for me but it isn't something I'm gonna freak out about when i see it next time.

It paired very well with stella fontinella cheese.

12-08-2011 02:26:57 | More by Ohiovania
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dragonWhale

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

First off, I didn't buy this beer, but somehow I ended up with 4 of them. Fucking awesome. This is my fourth over a few days and I just found out the percentage when I stepped on to make a review. Oops!
Very malty, caramel and toasted, slight chocolate. There seems like there's something of a spice to it, but it may just be some long-chain alcohols throwing some scent. The chocolate is a nice competitor the slight sweetness. Nice pine hop supplement. Really enjoyable beer.

12-08-2010 05:35:08 | More by dragonWhale
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish color with a finger of rich off-white foam. Retention is good, and foam sticks nicely.

Sweet nose. Sweet malts, maybe lightly toasted as well. Caramel, too.

Flavor follows. Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish.

Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. ABV is never detectable, and it's an easy drinker.

02-13-2010 02:50:37 | More by Gyle41386
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gopens44

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-03-2013 22:57:17 | More by gopens44
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-04-2013 23:50:23 | More by taylor714914
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tapman

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance is a deep brown/dark violet tint. Head is easy to control and a careful pour yields a 1/2 to 1 finger head, though the consistency of the head itself is thick and creamy; off-white, thick bubbles dot the surface, a replenishing lacing persisting. Seems to be right in the middle for the style. Since WWs are generally mildly hopped, I'll put the not-too-large head to a lack of carbonation, which could be from a number of things.

Chocolate and crystal malts. There may be roasted barley, though it plays not second, but third fiddle to the other ingredients. Truly the crystal pervades in abundance. Hop/malt balance gives off aromas of grapefruit, dark cherry, malt (as in milkshakes), wine-like alcohol though not astringent which is pleasant, and light chocolate notes. Hops themselves are bready and I guess are Fuggle mixed with some other English hop. Very decent aroma, though very much bread, overpowering other aromas. Perhaps it mellows in the taste...

Butterscotch alcohol upfront, tart and very bitter. In the back is a ton of crystal malt and an almost overlooked chocolate malt quality. Gone is fruit and chocolate. Bread is there, though it transforms into a pumpernickel from a light wheat. I'm disappointed in the alcohol taste, though not bad for and 8% abv. Still, alcohol overpowers flavors previously found in the nose.

Consistency is fine, but a lack of carbonation bite waters it out a little.

A fine WW, but falls flat in a few key areas. To recap:

1) Alcohol more present than in the nose.

2) Lackluster mouthfeel.

3) Potentially great flavors masked by crystal malt and alcohol.

A few tweaks of this recipe would do it for me, but as it is I certainly appreciate this un-sweetened, un-spiced winter brew.

UPDATE! It is now 2010, 2 years after this review was written and here is my follow-up. Still very bitter. Great malt profile and maybe it is my age, but I don't mind the less than average carbonation and actually I think it fits the style pretty well, so I will change my mouthfeel score.

01-28-2008 03:13:44 | More by tapman
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-12-2013 04:10:50 | More by StubFaceJoe
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divineaudio

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle into a tulip. bottle has no date, but the case states a bottled on date of 9/15/09.

pours a deep garnet color with a big fluffy tan head. retention is good - i get a thin cap that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

smells sort of like carmel with notes of raisin and grape. also has a bit of funk, a nutmeg-like spiciness and a slight alcohol presence.

taste is far more complex than i was expecting. spiciness hits first followed by carmel malt sweetness. the fruity notes then make an appearance just before a wave of hop character and bitterness hits the tongue. more spiciness after that followed by a long bittersweet finish. alcohol presence is noticeable, but blends well with the other flavors.

mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

pretty drinkable, but the abv does catch up with you. for being just shy of a year old, this beer seems to have lost nothing. would be great to save for the cold weather months.

07-13-2010 23:08:31 | More by divineaudio
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.