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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

1,313 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,313
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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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
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miadw3

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-10-2013 03:10:39 | More by miadw3
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2004 11:56:31 | More by Jarod
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 17:47:59 | More by Nipitato
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drewbage

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 07:53:17 | More by drewbage
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kinger

Ohio

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

Burnt amber color poured with a towering light tan head that remained 1/2" thick for the entire time (surprising considering the strong alcohol content). Powerful carbonation inside the glass. Drinkable and lightly warming. Only wish it were fuller, but it's still a hearty brew. Aroma has a thick malt scent with some grassy yeast. Taste is oh so slightly bitter at first soon mellowed by the thick malts with a tinge of alcohol burn. A touch of nuttiness. This one really gets bitter after a while, different but nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:08:44 | More by kinger
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany, almost walnut colored.

S: Malty sweet, slightly caramel scent. Full bouquet of complex aromas.

T&M: Mildly sweet with a semi-dry aftertaste. Not bad. Simple but flavorful. No spiciness, but full bodied.

Notes: Never have I been disappointed by an Avery brew. This one is very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:37:33 | More by cdizinno
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JHendu

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-18-2013 00:32:10 | More by JHendu
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-17-2013 22:36:24 | More by foxyaardvark27
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riored4v

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/6/10 Bottling date - Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, dense, khaki colored head. Dark brown, transparent body with notes of red.

Aroma was malty, sweet and caramely. Some bready notes and earthy hop notes. Dark fruit.

Flavor was very nice. Chocolate and dark fruit notes upfront. Good caramel and malt presence. Light toffee and roast. Somewhat earthy hop presence. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, low carb. Fairly dense, chewy body but did finish fair crisp.

Overall this was a nice beer. The aging rounding it off nicely, although the fresh version is almost equally as good.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:42:24 | More by riored4v
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany color with sediment particles suspended in the liquid. There is a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is all malt. Lots of grain along with some raisins and dark fruit.

Taste is of cocoa powder, sweet caramel, and raisins. There is a touch of bitter hops in the background. Finish is very dry and slightly acidic. I would prefer a more viscous mouthfeel. Not bad for the cold winter months, Not great though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:59:54 | More by hckyfn9999
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MickeyHops

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2013 02:37:08 | More by MickeyHops
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-25-2013 03:57:27 | More by jhartley
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark, nut brown with a light white head on top. Not much retention. Nose is sweetly malty with nut elements and some hints of roast.

Flavour carries the smell over in the form of nutty malts. Spices are present in the form of cinnamon. A light citrus twang from the hops. Decent.

The mouth on this is about average, some hop action, a decent but not remarkable body. Drinkability, also around the average mark, I like certain types of Winter Warmer, and while this has some of the spices I'm looking for, I tend to find beers with fairly large cinnamon presence to be a touch on the abrasive side, which is the case here. I probably won't rebuy this, though it's not bad.

The bottom line: A serviceable warmer, but not what I prefer in the style. Low on my list of potential rebuys, and not something that I will likely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 03:57:24 | More by CortexBomb
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Sparty55

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-13-2013 05:58:11 | More by Sparty55
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Jamstone714

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-30-2011 03:02:24 | More by Jamstone714
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:16:25 | More by Beerandboards
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-19-2013 23:37:30 | More by Fusebuddy
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sponberg

New York

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

Nice copper color with a thin but persistent head.

Aromas of citrus and caramel. This rolls into a tea-like caramel/toffee malty flavor that has citrus, spice (cinnamon?), and chocolate around the edges - very, very good. For some reason a hint of mint (due to the hops & spice, if any spice is actually used?) appears in the finish - not a bad thing, and sets the flavor of this one apart. The alcohol is very well controlled. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 12:25:39 | More by sponberg
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 22:39:09 | More by NCbeerpirate
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alkemy

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark mahogany pour. Off white head quickly fades to a thin sheet...lots of lacing. Some citrus in the nose along with cherries and dark dried fruit. Malts come across in a toffee-like aroma. There's much more hops presence than I was expecting...floral and citrus. There's an odd bitterness at the end that is somewhat reminiscent of chewing an aspirin. I would quite like this beer if I wasn't left with that aftertaste. Love the creamy feel with some biting carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:34:49 | More by alkemy
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 00:23:06 | More by SalukiAlum
Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.