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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/dark amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Heavy malt aroma - chocolate, coffee and nutty. Good roasted malt taste mixed with coffee, chocolate and a hop as well as roasted bitterness. Slightly alcoholic and warming. Raisin and plum flavors noted. Higher than normal carbonation. A good complex brew but a bit harsh still. I think I will let the other 5 sit for a bit and try one again when it gets closer to Christmas - it should smooth out some.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 23:41:05 | More by sabrills70
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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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brauseboof

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-09-2013 21:56:41 | More by brauseboof
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yeaprolly

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-12-2014 23:50:23 | More by yeaprolly
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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-19-2012 21:44:12 | More by Pillowburn
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raffy313

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-19-2013 03:00:39 | More by raffy313
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wingman14

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogony with a tan head. Smell is hoppy with some sweet notes, very inviting. The taste is layered and good. It starts hoppy with a bitter bite, but not harsh. It is smooth with a sweet subtle chocolate finish, and a tiny hint of a burnt aftertaste. This beer has a great balance, and I question why it is a winter beer because I could enjoy these all year round. This beer has multiple personalities but treats them all very well. The 8% ABV is not even noticible, I would have never guessed. This is a well rounded beer with many positive attributes. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 05:44:38 | More by wingman14
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DavidHume

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-08-2013 02:16:00 | More by DavidHume
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-16-2013 22:07:46 | More by leroybrown10
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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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TexAggie011

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-09-2012 04:58:56 | More by TexAggie011
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful deep brown color that at first reminded me of dark caramel. The bottle says it's mahogany. No argument here. Not much of a head at all.

S: Not as much on the nose as expected. Faint smells of hazelnut.

T: Simple at first, but the complexities of a well crafted brew come out as it explores your tongue. An excellent balance of malted barley and hops and alcohol resulting in a very pleasurable winter beer. The alcohol, while noticeable, is warming and not distracting from the balance.

M: Nice carbonation level, maybe not what I expected from a wintery beer, but I find that it works.

D: I could certainly knock several of these back despite the high ABV. Just an excellent balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 05:37:14 | More by chodinheaven
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winter warmer to get my holiday juices flowing. This one pours a very dark woody brown with some ruby highlights. The off-white head holds decently well and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

The aroma is well pronounced and very attractive. Fruity, sweet and primarily malty. Some sweet toffee notes are present as well as toasty caramel. There is a bit of a vinous quality along with citrus, apple, and dark fruit. Very appetizing and increases the anticipation.

Very much what the nose implied. Sharp and sweet with some light, toffee, roasted malt. Good floral hops are prevalent. Also lots of fruit; again citrus and dark fruit. Complex and very flavorful. A good warmth in the finish rounds out the whole experience. One of the better examples of the style I've had; probably the best this season. Nicely done.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel initially with a nice warm finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation and the fruity finish make for a refreshing example of a winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 05:36:38 | More by letsgopens
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icehawk

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2011 22:14:37 | More by icehawk
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head that laced nicely. Beer is dark amber to brown.
Aroma is quite earthy. Toasty malt. Fruity.

Taste shows a toasty, caramel malt backbone. Tad earthy, but not nearly as much as the aroma would lead you to expect. Quite fruity and floral. Good hop balance.

Mouthfeel is good at first, then seems to thin out a bit towards the finish.
Overall, a solid winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 03:10:00 | More by PhantomVodoo
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stephendr

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of brownish red, with a tan colored head - nose of hops, dried vegetation, and red cherries – taste of hops, sweet, lime zest, alcohol, and syrup- body is medium, and robust , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit, citrus zest, and hops

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:49:52 | More by stephendr
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2013 23:43:19 | More by JasonTaverner
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

A- Dark muddy brown/amber color. Creamy off white tan head. This head was really wavy and hilly with lots of nooks and crannies. Lacing, yeah it was there, but not a ton. Nice looking beer.

S- Smell was of chocolate and spice. This beer was surprisngly sweet smelling, but in a really good way. It wasn't cloying, it wasn't artificial, it was just pleasant. You could tell that this one was going to be malty as hell.

T- Just as I suspected, this is a malt bomb. Absolutely terrific taste. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, cream, spice, and toffee. Really balanced. Nothing too sweet or over the top.

M- Rich, thick, creamy, sticky.

D- Well, this one is really filling. I could drink one or two but thats it. The flavors and ABV will kick your ass.

I loved this one...

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 19:46:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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T_Hass

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-26-2014 01:37:18 | More by T_Hass
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sweethome

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 version. Pour is dark with a crimson hue to light. Very big piney nose. SIgnificant malts too - plumy.

The maltiness is there upfront, but the hops come on (this is Avery!) big midmouth. A great roastiness dances in and out with a fruity sweetness. A huge hoppy finish of pine, grapefruit - and more of the plum.

This beer is big. Alcohol warmth is there - but not burning. It pushes me just to endge - slightly harsh, but enough complex flavors to get me. I thought the 2003 version went just over that edge. This year, it does not. A fine version of an americanized style. My favorite Strong Ale of this season (so far).

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 03:05:35 | More by sweethome
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-31-2014 01:53:47 | More by kkmiller76
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PintOHops

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Ruby/mahogany color that's clear. It hardly produced a 1-finger head that dissipated very fast. It left some nice spots on my glass.

S - Mild fruity characters like fig, pear and plum are upfront with a touch of alcohol. Mild grain and molasses notes, almost a little musky smelling to me. That's all I picked up here, sweet smelling and simple.

T - I get a bit of alcohol upfront and again as it goes down. Most of what I pick up is a one shot flavor punch of date, fig, plum, molasses, and grainy notes smashed together. The finish has a bit of leafy hop flavor and a nice noticeable bitterness that lingers just a bit. As it warmed I got a soft brown sugar quality that offered some complexity to the simple flavor profile.

M - Smooth and creamy, very soft crispness and a medium-full body.

D - This seems like a nice beer to sip, maybe 1-2 12oz bottles on a cold day. The drinkability is around average for the style but I thought the flavor profile was lacking in complexity. The aroma could have been more inviting as well, overall not bad and worth a try but I probably won't ever come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:53:09 | More by PintOHops
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jpaulsen

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-21-2013 05:20:43 | More by jpaulsen
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation - Picked it up today, was on sale, so going to assume that it has been sitting around for a while. Rough estimate is about 1 year.

Pours a very dark amber, only the red hues appear when put up to the light. Awesome creamy white head, with excellent retention. Lacing is quite sticky as well. Smell is very reminiscent of the Christmas season. Chocolaty malts are the backbone, with undertones of light fruit, and toffee. Now on to the taste. Upfront a nice roasted mocha coffee taste. Strong and straight to the point. A nice chocolaty undertone helps with the balance, along with some nice fruits, and caramel malt. Taste overall is a malt lovers dream. This beer almost borderlines an RIS. Mouthfeel is creamy, and semi-coating. Drinkability is great.

An awesome beer to have in the Winter, or just about any time. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:38:52 | More by HoustonTX
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber, almost red. About a half inch of head with some lacing.

S - Good full smell, nice sweet nutty smell, almost a hazelnut scent.

T - Full earthy taste, good amount of malt in there. A bit chocolatey even. The smell of nuts in the beer flourishes in the taste as well. A little bit of a bold coffee finish.

M - Coats the mouth well. Sort of 'preps' the mouth for the next sip. Little carbonation

D - Wooo, be careful ladies and gents. This 8.3% goes down well. It's just on the verge of being able to taste the alcohol in it, but the fullness of the flavors do a great job of masking it. I sit here typing this, looking at my glass, and seeing it's half-empty already.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. I've had beers that do a better job 'warming', but this is a great beer to sit in front of a fire with. Very full smell and taste. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:15:05 | More by BeerBuckeye
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.