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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,490 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 51
Gots: 85 | 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 SolipsismalCat
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a minute or two. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and nuts.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Toasted malt, chocolate and nuts. Alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and warm going down.

O: Good example of an Old Ale. The taste was less complex than I was hoping for, but not bad.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A - Pours a very deep mahogany, just enough hint of red in it to keep it relatively see-through. There is a good amount of chunky floaties suspended mid-glass. Only about a finger's worth of head with fairly low retention. Lacing is a cascade curtain effect, cover a nice amount of real estate.

S - The nose is essentially all malt, giving it a decadent and rich aroma. Fairly sweet, but also has a good tinge of bitterness. Lots of chocolate for sure, as well as some roast. A bit of dark fruit, but not a whole lot. Quite enticing.

T - The taste follows nicely behind the build-up of the nose. Starts with a nice shot of roasty bitterness, before mellowing into a bittersweet dark chocolate. Not much going on in terms of dark fruits in this regard. Almost a bit smokey as well, and maybe even some woody notes. This is a malt showcase and the walk through their characteristics is a joy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and slick-feeling. Some lingering bitterness compliments of the roast.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I enjoyed this one much more than I was expecting. While BeerAdvocate lists it as a Winter Warmer, the Avery site itself designates this as an English Old Ale, and I can definitely get that immediately after sipping it. The roast is something not typically seen in an old ale, and I think it works great here.

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

poured nicely with about three quarters inch of head. medium reddish brown color. smells of rich roasted malt and fruit. tasted sweet of roasted malts. this beer tastes good but i was disappointed in the lack of carbonation. good lacing in my glass as a drank.

would have gotten all fours had it had a lil bit more carbonation.

suckem up and movem out

giblet

Photo of bboven
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with tints of orange-red at the edges. Clear with a small head and nearly no lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol.

Lots of malt and raisiny and grape flavor, no alcohol that I can taste, which means they did a great job hiding the 8% ABV.

Low carbonation wresults in a smooth sip that sticks to your palate just long enough without becoming sticky. Perfect, perfect mouthfeel.

This one is dangerously drinkable. I'll definitely be buying more of this during the season. Awesome example of the style.

Photo of chrishiker1409
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Appearence: Pours an attractive, slightly hazy reddish color with a thin, creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Bready, malty, and spicy. A bit of an alcoholic tinge, a little unbalanced, and decent hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Gah-damn is this hot!! The alcohol is out of control. And it's only 8%!! Other than that, this tastes damn fine. Sticky sweet malts, floral and earthy hops, and a nice spiciness really balancing the flavors out. Other than the alcohol. Prunes and figs come to mind, and the yeast flavor is obvious but tasty. The mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: Alright, I'm in love. Basically. Let's compare this beer to a woman. You meet a girl, and she's amazing. Smart, funny, loves beer, sexy as all hell, everything you could ask for. Except she's hairier than you. If this beer were that woman, the alcohol would be the hair. Get it? Can't wait to see if this ages well.

Glass: Penn brewery Pint Glass
Music: "My World" by Illogic

Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a rich chestnut hue with ambers and deep orange. When viewed from afar it looks fairly dark, even porter like. Head is a dingy white blob and foamy. Random spattering specks of lacing. A neat and tidy beer, looks like a winter warmer should

S: nose is rich full of life. Malty, slab of toffee, dark fruits, and a pinch of crusty hops. Booze is starting to gather force and conquer the nose

T: the palate holds raisins, figs, and a ripe plum. Plenty of sweet malty characters going on. Light leafy tea-like hop notes hang with a dash of cocoa powder within each sip. One concern is the boozy notes. Does finish slightly bitter

M: smooth and slick, kinda sticky. The body is a good medium in feel

D: moderately complex and pretty tasty. If any quarrels exist I would say that the alcohol notes are a little too exciting, but not unwelcoming

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a modest 1 finger head. Color is dark ruby brown. Average head retention, and just a little lacing.

S. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt. Overall a pretty sweet smell.

T. Molasses, caramel, raisins, some dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. This is a good winter warmer.

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Higravity
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red shade of brown with a decent head but poor lacing. Smell of caramel and raisin with a hint of floral. The taste is really raisin like to me, seem there is some nice dark malt flavors with sweetness and a little spice. Nice full mouth and a easy drinker at 8%. Would turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of philbertk
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Jubilation Ale

1998--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. Winter Ale. (3.0 / 5.0)

2005--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Arctic Liquor Beer of the Month Club Selection December 2005. Thin lacy head. Clear dark bronze color. Mild roasted floral hop cinnamon malt spice front. Dry sweet burnt crisp toffee caramel spice thin rich body. Crisp Winter spice roasted hoppy end. Sampled 4/18/2006.

2006--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild lacy head. No sediment. Clear dark bronze color. Mild hop big malt front. Crisp tangy tart sweet toasted toffee clove nutmeg malty body. Hot malt spice mild EtOH hop clean dry sweet end. Big & balanced. Sampled 6/12/2007.

2007--12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. 6-Pack $8.99. Perfect Label. No sediment. Rich lacy off white head. Clear thin dark bronze color. Toasted malt spice smoky mince meat mild hop front. Crusty roasted burnt nutmeg toffee caramel body. Cloying sweet smooth mild hop lingering malt spice roasted nutty end. Sampled 10/13/2008.

2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Big foamy lacy head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild hop toasted malt spice front. Mild coffee toffee rich malty no added spice nutty hint body. Mild hop hot EtOH tangy malt spice boisterious malt end. Sampled 12/10/2008. 6-Pack $9.99.

Avery Brewing Company--Old Jubilation Ale--Limited Release 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 8.30% ABV. 30 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Old Ale? Lacy dense tan 1/2" head. Clear dark ruby walnut color. Mild hop malty toasted dark fruit front. Creamy smooth rich doughy malty toffee raison dark mellow fruit mildly crusty sweet body. Clean mild hop hot EtOH hint dark fruit malty end. Too rich. Sampled 2/21/2011. Purchased 6-Pack for $9.99 at The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/27/2010.

Photo of dhbiker0889
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber with big white head that dissipates into lacing around glass.

S - Very faint, almost absent smell of malts and earthy scents.

T - Sweet with malts and almonds and hints of spices and hops.

M - Medium bodied with big carbonation.

D - Ok but not a big session beer. Definitely fits in the category of winter warmers.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A-Deep, dark copper beer, nearly brown, with a mottled appearance. Frothy tan head on top, attractive with moderate to low retention.

S-Fruity esters and light chocolate, with hints of caramel malts. I sensed some hop aroma in there somewhere. Also, some alcohol in the nose.

T-Assertive hop flavor (earthy, herbal) moves to a thick malty-sweet character, with some slight chocolate in the background. A bready malt character tries to make itself known. A slight alcohol arises right before the finish with a smooth but assertive flavor, mixing with an old ale characteristic.

M-Medium carbonation, chewey and thick-bodied beer. Alcohol provides some feel in the mouth with a nice, subtle warmth in the belly.

D-I couldn't think of a better brew to enjoy while warming up after cross-country skiing. This beer features a multi-faceted flavor that shows more of itself with every sip. With that, this beer is also not difficult to consume.

Photo of taylor714914
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tvghost
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Pours a ruby cola appearance with a vast community of floating specks. A small short lives bone colored head that fizzles down to a lizard skin cap.

S: Right away cherry NyQuil floods the nose. Dark fruits create a sweet sticky aroma, holiday fig pudding, dank grains, clove, hints of star anise and cola.

T/M: Lots of spice up front, roasted grains, astringent cherry booze, slight oxidation, dark fruit and bitter pears show up toward the finish. I also get some bubblegum, pomegranate, white grapes and under ripe persimmons that create that buttering chalky bite. Body is medium and a tad on the thin side with velvety carbonation. Once warmed the finish is similar to a box of crayons.

O: A great old ale in a six pack. I love that this isn't a pricey bomber and its well executed. Tons of figgy goodness with cherries, booze and spice. A nice holiday treat.

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

Well, I got the bottled stuff, finally, and it's just not quite the beer that the cask-conditioned brew is. But, then, what did I expect?

Still looks great, but the aroma and flavor components are just a bit diminished in the bottle. Still, a nice beer. I'll be looking for some when it comes out next winter.

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Dark borwn with ruby highlights. 1 inch head fell to splotchy coat and very tall collar while I took these notes.

Smells of bready and biscuit malts, dough and yeast. There is also a mild green hop fragrance.

Taste is similar with the doughy malts prevailing, almost like short bread dough. Nice bitter green hoppy finish.

Full body, warming alcohol and really nice creamy carb.

nice drinkability

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

First snowfall outside. Guess it's a good time for a winter warmer.

Appearance: Deep orange-red body, slightly hazy, with a thick foamy head that is so aggressive it jumps out of the glass. Pour very slowly on this one. Points knocked off for the too-aggressive foam.
Smell: Some spices, mostly coriander and orange rind. Slight notes of hops. Otherwise just a sweet maltiness.

Taste: Sweet fruits up-top, mostly apples and grapefruit with a touch of cherries. This is followed by a malt-heavy middle and a dry finish. The spices come out mainly in the aftertaste, lots of nutmeg and coriander and orange rind. Understated for the style, but that's pretty much the way I like it.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, considering the alcohol level. I'm usually not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is pretty damned good.

Photo of jordanimal
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of harrylee773
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.