Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +19%
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.
10-23-2013 23:43:13 | More by ColdWaffles
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
07-17-2006 05:44:38 | More by wingman14
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
01-18-2011 05:37:14 | More by chodinheaven
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-13-2007 05:36:38 | More by letsgopens
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-29-2004 03:10:00 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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
01-05-2008 06:49:52 | More by stephendr
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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...
11-02-2008 19:46:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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).
01-17-2005 03:05:35 | More by sweethome
3.3/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
11-15-2012 01:16:25 | More by Beerandboards
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-26-2010 23:53:09 | More by PintOHops
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-17-2010 21:15:05 | More by BeerBuckeye
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-26-2006 21:38:52 | More by HoustonTX
4/5 rDev +3.9%
This beer came to me a rich mahogany red color that was crystal clear, and well carbonated. The head that was created was a light tan/beige color, creamy and bubbly in consistency, and it lasted fairly well considering it sat at the bar for a few moments before it made its way to me. The lace that was produced was fairly intricate and present all throughout the glass down to the last sip. The aromas that came forth were on the non-complex side, sweet malts, grains, dark fruits (raisons, prunes, plums), some earth notes as it warmed, hops and some alcohol notes. The flavors showed more complexity then the aromas, notes of chocolate malts (tad bitter), dark fruits (raisons, plums, prunes), which complimented the bitter chocolate, light hops (spice) tad on the alcohol and hops throughout. If finished on the slight bitter side (chocolate malts) with slight spice and on the dry side. Body was on the fuller side. Again one of those beers that become more complex as it warms. A good seasonal beer.
11-07-2004 11:56:31 | More by Jarod
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.
A: Deep ruby amber. Clear. Pours with a nice long lasting tan head.
S: A strong complex aroma. Surprisingly sharp hoppy notes predominate. Malty aromas also present but take a back seat to the hops. Smells of dried fruit and alcohol faintly present. No spicy notes.
T: Strong and rich roasty flavor. Dark chocolate like. Very nice bitter finish. Dried fruit flavor also recognizable.
MF: Medium body. Nearly slick on the palate. Alcohol warming noticeable.
D: This is one of the better winter warmers I have tried this season. Big bold flavors and alcohol do not get in the way of this beer's drinkability.
02-16-2007 17:47:59 | More by Nipitato
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a high gloss label, but no freshness date.
Beer pours into the glass a deep ruby red brown with virtual no head (very little white big bubbles hanging on the edge of the surface.)
Nose is all malt, but with a leather and just faintly roasty character that makes it seem like a roasted chocolate peanut butter cup.
Flavor is ruby caramel with a deep roast burn. Nuttiness returns in the flavor and focuses back to a peanut butter touch.Finishes goes to a strong sugar and just a slight acidity and a smoky molasses zing.
Not bad.. just a little wrapup of alcohol and a run of warmth down to the gut.
04-07-2004 07:53:17 | More by drewbage
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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