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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,346 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 40
Gots: 49 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

capnamerica, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kayrex, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A-Deep, dark copper beer, nearly brown, with a mottled appearance. Frothy tan head on top, attractive with moderate to low retention.

S-Fruity esters and light chocolate, with hints of caramel malts. I sensed some hop aroma in there somewhere. Also, some alcohol in the nose.

T-Assertive hop flavor (earthy, herbal) moves to a thick malty-sweet character, with some slight chocolate in the background. A bready malt character tries to make itself known. A slight alcohol arises right before the finish with a smooth but assertive flavor, mixing with an old ale characteristic.

M-Medium carbonation, chewey and thick-bodied beer. Alcohol provides some feel in the mouth with a nice, subtle warmth in the belly.

D-I couldn't think of a better brew to enjoy while warming up after cross-country skiing. This beer features a multi-faceted flavor that shows more of itself with every sip. With that, this beer is also not difficult to consume.

CHSLBrew, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

DudMan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

jewellrunner, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber with big white head that dissipates into lacing around glass.

S - Very faint, almost absent smell of malts and earthy scents.

T - Sweet with malts and almonds and hints of spices and hops.

M - Medium bodied with big carbonation.

D - Ok but not a big session beer. Definitely fits in the category of winter warmers.

taigor, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's curved pint (to seemingly no detriment) from a 12 oz

Appearance: Bottle doesn't factor into ratings but it is appropriate for this brew and rather nice looking. A painting of a snowy rural mansion and pseudo-cursive font. Logo unfortunately stands out on this otherwise classy bottle. Whatever, like the painting.

Poured a standard looking head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing lined the bottle. Color is between "amber" and brown. Not bad looking despite the glass.

Smell: Some beers are a looker. This one is a smeller. Alcohol comes first (sadly) but afterward you're left with a candle worthy scent of sweet and bready malts, assorted dry fruits and a very very slight cinnamon undertone. (Weird because the bottle says it's not spiced). Get on it, Yankee.

Taste: I love an old ale, but they often taste a bit strong. I'd recommend this as a "session" old ale if that wouldn't knock people off their rockers. Sweet malts and dried fruit (figs?) up front, bready taste afterwards. Dangerously drinkable for the style, almost reminds me of a fig newton.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-medium with appropriate moderate-to-light carbonation.

I immediately wanted another. This was pretty great, especially on a particularly brisk fall day in Philadelphia.

ColdWaffles, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I got the bottled stuff, finally, and it's just not quite the beer that the cask-conditioned brew is. But, then, what did I expect?

Still looks great, but the aroma and flavor components are just a bit diminished in the bottle. Still, a nice beer. I'll be looking for some when it comes out next winter.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 02, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JandJMD, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Getalegup, May 23, 2014
Photo of jackorain
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark borwn with ruby highlights. 1 inch head fell to splotchy coat and very tall collar while I took these notes.

Smells of bready and biscuit malts, dough and yeast. There is also a mild green hop fragrance.

Taste is similar with the doughy malts prevailing, almost like short bread dough. Nice bitter green hoppy finish.

Full body, warming alcohol and really nice creamy carb.

nice drinkability

jackorain, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of danielharper
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First snowfall outside. Guess it's a good time for a winter warmer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red body, slightly hazy, with a thick foamy head that is so aggressive it jumps out of the glass. Pour very slowly on this one. Points knocked off for the too-aggressive foam.
Smell: Some spices, mostly coriander and orange rind. Slight notes of hops. Otherwise just a sweet maltiness.

Taste: Sweet fruits up-top, mostly apples and grapefruit with a touch of cherries. This is followed by a malt-heavy middle and a dry finish. The spices come out mainly in the aftertaste, lots of nutmeg and coriander and orange rind. Understated for the style, but that's pretty much the way I like it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering the alcohol level. I'm usually not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is pretty damned good.

danielharper, Nov 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MickeyHops, Dec 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

rspauldi, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

taylor714914, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

CypherEnigma, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

harrylee773, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty clear brown with red hues to it, a thin tan head built up on top, thin head built up then fell back down

S- coffee type smells

T- Smooth maltinee, dark malts. clean finish, strong malts, but it leaves the malts in the forefront.

M- heavy body, light carbonation

D- pretty solid

Atron67, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of djbreezy
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - transparent ruby/brown, frothy head that dissipates quickly with not much retention but good lacing

smell - malts and maybe some chocolate and fig notes

taste - huge malt body, roasty malts, chocolate malts

mouthfeel - oily, a bit on the thin side for 8.3 abv, medium carbonation, some bite

overall - flavor leaves a bit to be desired coupled with a weak mouthfeel, strength is probably the unique flavor profile if you're into trying new brews

djbreezy, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

marcobrau, Sep 20, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tmm313, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Beerandboards
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - pour into a standard pint glass produces about 1/2-3/4 inch of white cream colored head. Retains a crown throughout, mild lacing. Half dozen strings of medium bubbles rise throughout

S - somewhat flat. Some fresh bread yeasty notes, not really picking up much in the nose here. Not off putting at all, just not real complex.

T - Some roasted nuts, bready malt, nice mild bitterness throughout. Good clean finish, nothing bad, nothing great. I usually look for a little more complexity and agressive flavors from this style. Taste reminds me a lot of a brown (which isn't one of my favorite styles, that may be affecting my opinion here). Improves as the beer warms, a little caramel shows up with some slight floral type hop notes on the finish. Caused me to come back and bump the taste up a half notch.

M - Pretty good. Light medium thickness. Medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel and good finish.

O - An average, not bad not great brew. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I bought a six pack, I'll drink a couple over the next couple weeks and put 2-3 down for a couple months just to see what happens. Barring some unforeseen improvement with age (given lack of complexity, I do t expect it), I probably won't revisit. Glad to try it, just wanted a little bigger complex brew.

Beerandboards, Nov 15, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep copper, 1 finger of off white foam, good retention and soapy/silky lacing

S- dark grain bread, chocolate, holiday spices, citric hops

T- dark chocolate, toasted chocolate malts, dark grain bread, rich chocolate flavors warming citrus at finish, hops come about with some warmth

M- medium with a warming hop felt finish

D- nicely balanced though hoppy for style (not complaining), a winter warmer for the hop loving crowd, worth a drink

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.