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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,312
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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BeerAngel

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown yet clear color with a very modest, but dense light tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and buttery diacetyl. At first the diacetyl was overwhelming, but after sitting for a bit, the smell improved. The taste is a very creamy smooth repeat of the aroma (although a better balance of the buttery flavor) along with a nice blend of hops taking a backseat to the malts. This smooth beer is a medium to heavy bodied beer that drinks down really well for the ABV. Very likeable beer! Thanks to pineywoodsrooter for this one! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 04:47:44 | More by BeerAngel
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-24-2012 03:53:37 | More by poppyjohn
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" beige head on top of a dark brown - mahogany beer. The head retains well as a cap. Some lace.

S - Malt up front. Light chocolate. Tangy hops. Unique orange juice aroma mixes in there nicely.

T - Rich, earthy malt. Some caramel as it warms. Juicy piney hop flavor. Nutty in finish. Fruit (orange, cherry). Nice balance of rich malt, tangy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol.

M - Slick, full mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice complex winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 20:01:29 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hues of red, two fingers of a beige head that quickly subsides to a small cap,and some great lacing. Aroma was sweet molasses, caramel, plums, and other dark fruits with a nice dose of grapefruit hops coming through, an indication of what is to come. Taste has a nice sweet complexity upfront, with hints of figs, prunes, roasted malt, nuts, and toffee followed by a big dose of piney resinous hops and a slight alcohol taste on the finish. This is a lot more hopped than most Winter Warmers I've had, and in this case it really turns out well, since the balance is right on. Medium bodied and very drinkable for it's alcohol level. I'll have to pick one up in season to compare against this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 17:55:45 | More by cubedbee
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear garnet-brown with a massive undulating cloud of khaki-cream foam; killer frothy lacing. First whiffs are faint and of rasin-studded poundcake; then a huskier grain mash aroma settles in, providing chocolate and slightly overripe apple notes. There's a surprising vinous quality to the flavor, with black cherries, plum juice, and a slight cinnamon bitterness at the back. A noticeable alcoholic sharpness finishes the swallow, all angular-like, leaving a woody-earthy-vegetal kiwi fruit dryness in the aftertaste. Substantial abv (8%) lends a decidedly slick quality to the mouthfeel. A very slight peppery sensation as it goes down. This is a fine brew, but it leaves me somewhat puzzled and unmoved. I'm really going out of my way this year to try as many winter seasonals as I can, and I must say I still am having trouble getting my head around what "Winter Warmer" means stylistically speaking. That said, I will revisit this beer to see if it grows on me anymore.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 00:16:05 | More by orfeu
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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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T_Hass

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:26:57 | More by Ohiovania
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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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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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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-31-2014 01:53:47 | More by kkmiller76
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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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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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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
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.