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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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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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Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts very well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is ample grains, little else, maybe the lightest of spicing. Taste is hearty maltiness, with light fruitiness and alcohol present as well, with the aftertaste a bit boozy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing. One of the better winter warmers I've had.

ppoitras, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013 more than likely.

Comes out with a classic caramel brown in the bottle, filling the body with a much darker almost garnet deep red color. Head is a creamy colored vanilla with a hint of faint mocha brown in it. Settles slowly with a good thick collar of creamed bubbles, almost flat whip cream consistency. Lipped up leopard and patchy linked lacing on the glass too.

Light nose. Hints of cherry like fruit but with a lighter quality. Nutmeg and clove spice with a mellow fruit quality of dark plum taking over. Hints a little wet and juiced sour cherry. Some weed and woody like hop faded quality. Quite nice and interesting.

Palate comes real nicely. Good mellow sweetness of cinnamon and spiced warmth. Really seems like a classic winter warmer flavor. Cherry sweetness a bit with a lighter hint of darker fruit without strong raisin character, that plum just keeps jumping in my head. Good warmth and finish of dry nutmeg and spiced clove hinted on the nose, warm hard caramel.

It comes off like a stock winter warmer barleywine, and love the classic integrated winter warmer sensing flavors and character. Somewhere in between, real memorable and nice. Great to go back to these old classics.

smakawhat, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation has the faint flicker of a dying candle light. Its hue is soft and resembles that of ground nutmeg. It is by no means clear, despite that at some angles one can make out their finger on the other side of the glass. It's charming except that it has absolutely no head what so ever; a pepper of snow-flake lacing would also have been appreciated.

The aroma is quiet but by no means is it dull. It has an incense-like balm and gentle notes of herbs and spices (despite that none were used). Burning leaves, mildly smoked malts, nutmeg and hazelnut, very earthy hops, cinnamon roll, dried apricot, burnt brown sugar - most normal descriptors don't apply, capturing the scent requires close attention to detail.

Likewise, the taste is distinct and it's hard to say exactly what makes it that way. A solid chunk of caramelly sweet malts conjure notes of toffee, sponge cake and figgy pudding alike, perhaps a little hazelnut-infused coffee as well. Beyond that are the less typical flavours, including peat, dried apricot, cinnamon and even a splash of rich cream.

I'd be tempted to call the mouthfeel a little thin except that it manages to hide the alcohol quite well. Not to say that it isn't observed here and there, but largely speaking it's been wrapped up tight in a hefty, well-rounded maltiness. I wouldn't recommend cellaring - with the booze already well under control the only thing likely to fade is the flavour.

'Jubilation' is another word for celebration, festivity and merriment - all things you're likely to experience while drinking this beer. The holiday season is full of fantastic things: feasts, presents, traditions, acts of good will and, naturally, seasonal beers. Avery's winter offering is warming, hearty and flavourful; it is fantastically designed for this time of year.

biegaman, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark amber, with a one finger cramy head, Little retention and lacing.

The smell was all toasted malt with hints of clove, raisins, coffee and gingerbread.

The taste started of mildly sweet but finished with a very nice spicy, toasted finish. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was clean with sensations of both sweet and dry.

A good drinkable winter.

plaid75, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with half an inch of head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel, toasty malts, and faint alcohol esters. The taste is toasty, caramely, nutty, and has a nice earthy, piny, hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

The alcohol here becomes more potent as the sips progress. It starts balanced, smooth, and drinkable, but it ends warm, boozy, and sip-able. Overall though, it's not a bad beer to warm you up in the colder months.

tdm168, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Served from a growler via a Unibroue snifter, it has a dark chestnut brown body with some deep red mahogany. Clear, with a small tan head (no penalty for lack of a decent head given serving type).
Aroma: Malty with a surprisingly clear hop note. Very good dark fruit tones with a bit of booziness (more upon warming) and hints of smoke and hazelnuts.
Taste: Rich and complex flavor of mix malts becomes increasingly hoppy into and after the finish. Hints of figs, dates and raisins. Finishes with a light bitterness, and a bit too much earthiness for my taste (but suitable for style).
Mouthfeel: Good, albeit rather light, carbonation; smooth; the 8.3% alcohol barely comes through.

O: A fine Strong Ale and Winter Warmer, although not a favorite.

chinchill, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dmorgan310, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep dark ruby. A one finger creamy tan head tops the brew and sticks around for awhile. Sweet malt dominates on the nose, but there are also some hints of flowery hop notes. This is a solid old ale, but just a notch below some of the great old ales that come out around X-mas time (like Summit's). The malt presence is very firm and almost dominating in this beer. Sweet caramel like tones. There is a bit of a lingering bitterness though. And it's just a little "off." That is what dropped the drinkability rating to a 3.

Thanks once again to cokes for landing my a solid brew that I can't get my hands on here in the Twin Cities.


Some additional notes on Feb. 11, 2003:

I also recoginize a slight dry roasted character to this brew. And I upped the drinkability since I no longer notice the lingering off bitterness. Thank you to Davo for my second sampling of this brew.

Bighuge, Aug 03, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, slight ruby appearance to it. Head and lacing were nothing special. Aroma is nutty, warming alcohol presence.

Taste, alcohol presence is not big now, nutty roast flavor, potential for a tinge of cocoa in this one, cinnamon. Maltbombesque. A decent hop mouthfeel comes on later than keeps this only in the -esque category when it comes to malt bombs.

Not my favorite offering from Avery, too reminiscient of Deschutes winter beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz picked up tonight at Brewforia for $2.50ish... Boxing beer for a local buddy and wanted a nightcap.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1 finger lite tan head... the brew is dark brown until held to a light and it shows beautiful deep ruby.

Nose seems a tad muted... toasty with hints of roasty malts.. even hints of smoke.

Flavor mirrors the nose with bits and pieces of something that I can only describe as nutty.. a tad astringent toward the finish.. the roasted malts move from cocoa toward char.. like a lite porter.. really pretty yummy... hops lend a spicy component that I am having a hard time pinpointing..

Medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation for my liking in such a big brew.... I feel hiccups coming on... Overall, "Winter Warmer" seems like a bad division.. It has a nice "English" quality to it.. Good complexities without ever verging on American balls to the wall massiveness. I may buy some of these to hang on to for a while.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4.5

Edit: No spices are used in this beer and I think that is skewing some of the ratings/palates..

JohnGalt1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from SaCkErZ9 as part of Black Booty. Thanks!
Clear and dark brown, perhaps a reddish tint. A hard pour produced a thick cap of tan foam about a half inch thick. Good head retention, lots of clinging lace. Malty aroma, lots of chocolate/cocoa, toffee and caramel. Mild fruit tones and faint hops, maybe citrusy, maybe floral, hard to tell. Nicely balanced flavour, still a lot of malt character but with mild bitterness and fruity notes. Faint mint in the finish along with subdued alcohol and lingering chocolate/toffee malts. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, fine bubbles, slight dry astringency from the dark malts. Pretty good overall. A tasty winter warmer.

DrJay, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

PEIhop, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -22.1%

harpus, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Astoria Bier and Cheese.

Dark red-hued brown body with a finger of slowly settling cream colored head and solid lacing. Big malty aromas intermingle with dark fruits and are followed by lesser notes of yeasty spice and alcohol. Flavor follows nose; pleasant but not overtly aggressive warming booziness; good malt character; toasty and full; prune, raisin, cherries and fig; light spiciness from the yeast providing subtle highlights but not overpowering anything. Moderately sweet but not cloying in the finish. Low bitterness; hops barely detectable although they may be contributing to the spice aspect of the flavor and aroma.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, creamy, pleasing feel overall. Maybe not the heights of depth and complexity for this style but it's quite nice and an apt seasonal selection for a cold evening.

tobelerone, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
Another great beer I’ve only had in bottles, so it’s always nice to sample the Tap/Cask versions, and it was with great anticipation I sampled this excellent beer from one of America’s best breweries.

On the pour a transparent bruin with a majestic crown of creamy head that is a beauteous beige color and the lace an all encompassing sheet to obscure the glass. The hop floral aroma greets you first, followed by the fresh and slightly earthy malt sweetness; also a fine brandy like top also present in this magnificent nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt, with the top middling to full in its feel. Finish is moderate in acidity, the hops forceful in their spicy presence, bittersweet aftertaste ends this great work of the brewer’s art, with each new beer I sample from this brewery, my admiration grows by leaps and bounds.

Gusler, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this stashed away for a while. Feels a bit cold enough to give it a crack.

Pours a nice brownish-red color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of raisin, spice and cream in the nose. Interesting mix. Seems good.

Taste is full of raisin, mild spice and not much else. Alcohol is still present but somewhat muted. Not volatile and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin, spice and alcohol heat. Somewhat thin for the style.

It's still quite drinkable but otherwise, i don't see much to rave about here. A solid winter warmer worth your consideration.

Brad007, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber, nice thick head and some lacing. Mild to medium dark fruits and light malt start with hoppy middle and finish. Hops dominate finish. Somewhat like a mild barley wine. Medium mouth feel, creamy. Avery nice winter warmer.

LiquidAmber, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Brennan's

This one used to slip through the cracks in the pre-pop the cap days in NC...remember having it on draft at 42nd street and bottled from 6-12. Drank a few in south bend last winter too.

appearance: a rich and dark mahogany, with wonderful ruby highlights...my eyes keep seeing some purple, but perhaps its the lighting...fluffy and creamy tan-beige head, pretty good lacing

smell: deep and sweet, red grapes, full malt sweetness aromas, nutty similar to an old ale, touch of caramel, syrupy

taste: full flavored, full malt backbone, sweet and fruity...grapes, plums, raisins. strong hop bitterness present, molasses, licorice, sugary, very woody, alcohol definitely present, rich with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and a pinch of peppermint...pretty strong winter warmer

mouthfeel: medium-full, hop bitterness

drinkability: pretty drinkable, but a full flavored beer

dirtylou, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a good finger of pillowy ivory foam and a little bit of haze to the body. A nice looking beer.

Smell: biscuity, bready malt aroma with a bit of tartness quite a bit like an English porter. Wintry and a bit nutty as well, although this particular combination of malts isn't particularly my favorite; it's kind of a mix between a porter and a dry red ale.

Taste: much like the aroma but with a little bit of spiciness. There's a good hop bitterness right at the end, too, which I find surprisingly smooth. Flavor starts a bit like an English porter, then dries out a bit and some spices, nutmeg and grains-of-paradise maybe, set in. I'm liking this beer better than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a surprisingly good level of creaminess. It is perhaps a little bit over-attenuated, though; I would have expected more body in an 8.3% winter beer.

Overall: this is a very nice quaff on a chilly October evening. I'm sure it would be even better with a dusting of snow outside.

flagmantho, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +3.9%

drummermattie02, May 13, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a small, biscuity head that had very minimal retention. No visible lacing through thhis russet brown and tawny color.

Smell- A subdued toasty malt aroma with a sharp hop backbone.

Taste- Starts off with a small whip-crack of hops that leads into a roasted malt flavor bearing a few nuances of Christmas with it like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant mix of christmas, malt, and hops danced around my mouth, but all subdued. I had to pay close attention to my beer to conjure these flavors. A medium bodied beer bordering on slightly heavy.

This beer was alright, but nothing I will probably buy again. Not to say its a bad beer, but this beer had no qualities that make it special.

scruffwhor, Jan 29, 2006
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.