Old Jubilation
Avery Brewing Company

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English Old Ale
Ranked #87
Ranked #16,070
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Old JubilationOld Jubilation
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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep brown color with reddish tinges. Head was small and flattened out immediately. Lacing was meh to ok.

S---Rich with sweet malts. Caramel, brown sugar, raisins & other dark fruits. Complex.

T---Follows the nose. Complex flavors of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, figs & other malty goodness. A touch of alcohol is present.

F---Thick & heavy mouthfeel. Mild to non existent carbonation.

O---A pretty good winter warmer. Definitely a slow sipper in the cold.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Viendo Westworld 1x04. Sabor acaramelado, como a gominola, y especiado. Recuerdos navideños. Aunque etiqueta dice que no lleva especias, nadie lo diria. Buen feel

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Pours a hazy raisin brown color with frothy, creamy cream colored lacing and head.

S - Figs, dates, raisins, brown sugar, and molasses. Aroma is sticky and thick. There is a slight chemical-like presence in the aroma but it could also be the glass it's currently in (cleaner?).

T - Figs, raisins, brown sugar, toasted caramel malt.

M - Thick, heavy, chewy, and viscous.

O - Drinks like an barleywine, but then again, it's a fine line between this style and a barley. Avery needs to stick this one in a barrel for a number of months and let it sit. ;o)

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Photo of KMillard
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Christmas beer for those who do not like the spiced ales. This has a heavy body, but is smooth, easy drinker. Very balanced. Comparable to the winter warmers by Sam Smith and Anchor Steam, except the fruit/wine test is more balanced than Smith and the heavy malts are more in check than Anchor Steam. Must try for anyone who enjoys those classics.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a bite. Pours a deep copper brown color with a decent head. Taste is sharp and ends strangely, almost too aggressive. Smells of the season and maybe a hint of honey. I like it and the aftertaste is nice.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can with no understandable date code. Come on, why is it so hard to say when the beer was canned?

Look is a dark mahogany brown, with not much head, but sudsy lacing if I slosh the glass around a bit. The smell is caramel. The taste is caramel with some hops. Overall, it's got a pleasant winter warmer/old ale feel to it. Good beer to sip around the fire.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a sniflter, canned on 10/31/17, tasted 11/01/18. Pours an opaque muddy brown with a cream colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves nice lacing. Smells of raisins, dark toasted biscuit. Taste follows the nose. Compared to my memories of tasting it closer to canning, the beer has mellowed and shows some signs of pleasant oxidation. Overall, this held up very nicely.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice, dark reddish brown tan head, nice lacing. Lots of aroma, unfortunately, too much spice. Taste buds get the same. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. Probably pass if I see it again.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out ruby brown with a tan head. Its a little thin but has pretty good retention. Seeing just a bit of lacing.

Very aromatic. You get lots of dark fruit and caramel in this one. Also picking up brown sugar and hints of Christmas spice. There is also a noticeable alcohol character.

Again lots of dark fruit. Caramel still there but not as pronounced. The brown sugar sweetness is nice and the alcohol I would say is in the same range.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Its smooth, soft, and just over all feels good.

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

I'm way partial to malty beers. brown-amberish in color(opaque/minor light fraction) with beige long lasting head and lacing, strong sweet malty nose, hard to pick up any alcohol, same in the taste but the alcohol is quite a bit more present, lasting subtle bitterness. Would buy again ($13/6)

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Photo of DVMin98
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. Smell is dark fruit and sweaty socks. Flavor is pure barleywine goodness. Medium bodied. Lots of dark fruit. Date, raisin. Mild oxidation. This has aged well into a barleywine.

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Photo of BWED
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

A- Mahogany, yeast sediment floats around in all its turbidity. Tan head with some good retention. Not much lacing is left behind.

S- Malty goodness. Sweet caramel, vanilla and booze.

T- Rich malty sweetness. Caramel, vanilla, very light roast. Nice heavy flavors for cold days.

M- Body is full. Smooth light carbonation. Finish leaves alcohol warmth for the palate.

O- Nice. Heavy feel, heavy flavors. And warms you up. Great winter sipper.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Only time for a "shorty" here. A nice looking beer with plenty of aromas, including dark fruit, nuts, and hops. Reminds me a little bit of a baltic porter, especially in the nuances. A little "flat" in the flavor department, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:
A clear auburn, brown with red leanings. Head is a faded beige, and covers the surface. Lacing is sheets, with some sparseness providing a wave-like pattern.

Nose is earthy with light dark fig and ripe dark cherry.

First sip has an almost smoky malt hitting me. Similar to a scotch ale to open, a smoke-like aspect hits me before the hops come on to bring an earthy note. Cherry rises from an amber malt earth, lightly woody aspect to the hops. Dates and a tingle of alcohol weave in and out.

Medium to a bit above, the beer does fill the entire palate. Digging the bitterness that finishes this earthy beer that is neither overly complex nor very simple.

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Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned 11/7/17 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 8.3% ABV. The beer pours bright dark brown with sticky light mocha colored head. The head recedes to a splotchy cap leaving substantial lacing. The aroma is faint caramel, coffee and cocoa. The taste is semisweet cocoa with some berry highlights. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and dry in the finish. There is very little bitterness, yet the beer stays completely balanced. Overall, very good. I vastly prefer a winter warmer to be unspiced as this is. Five specialty malts are used to create the warming layers. Recommended

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Photo of barnzy78
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, canned on 10/12/17 "a sweater for your mouth". It's been many years since I had this one; time for a review.
Mahogany ale with a creamy beige head. Very sweet & malty nose with grain, brown sugar, and toffee. Festive flavors, and even with no spices added, they managed to make it a bit spicy from the hops utilized. A heft of malts provide notes of toasty & nutty grain, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Fuller body, sticky sweet, finishing spicy and modestly bitter from the hops. Overall, a little better than I remember, but nothing I'd buy perennially.

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Photo of JerryHelper
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a good but not great beer. It pours redish brown with not a ton of aroma. Very smooth all the way. No spices, which is a little abnormal for a holiday beer. Malty and toffee flavors. Very drinkable, a solid sipper. However, a little underwhelming considering Avery's reputation. A good beer that isn't very memorable

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 10/12/16 poured into a pint glass shows a deep, dark, ruddy clear body floating an intermittent fluffy cream colored 1/8in head that leaves spotted lacing.

Aroma is a bit metallic with a sweet malt back.

Flavor starts with the aroma and continues with a biscuit malt, booze, and a subtle caramel, toffee reminder.

Overall a nice warm winter sipper.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wonder if this is what Christmas in Old London tastes like. Clear rusty brown with cream colored head. Sweet chocolate, toffee, and raisins. Lots of biscuity, cracker, graham like malt. Pretty sweet from first sip to last drop. Perhaps a touch of bitterness like skin still clinging to a filbert. Not too much warmth on the sip; it's more mildly evident in the gullet. Rich but not necessarily complex, which is refreshing in this age of overintellectuliazing (sp?) (is that a word?) beers.

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Photo of Mdaniel723
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Tastes a little malty with a little spice on the end. Nose is subdued chocolate. Good mouthfeel, maybe a little thin

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany color with a tan film that reduces to a ring. Aroma has dark, caramel malt, dried fruits, mostly raisins. Taste follows with the caramel malt and brown sugar, light earthy bitterness on the finish. Light body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent but really simple old ale.

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Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a reddish brown color with a small tan colored head. The aroma is almost all malt with some nuttiness. The taste is malt with some molasses and some earthy notes.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/21/17...pours rich mahogany brown with a heady topper of white like foam. Cinnamon spiced malty nose. Raisins, plums, somewhat nutty. Taste is a mellowed malty sweetness with dark fruit layered throughout. Hazelnuts come through. Bittering is scattered. Quite complex and a tasty warmer. Not usually one for Old Ales but this one nailed it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with thin white head that leaves strong lacing. Light cherry malts and some alcohol in the aroma. Same elements carry to the taste, with some cinnamon, a little orange peel, vanilla and very light hop bitterness added to the mix. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Reminds me of a pleasant, Christmasy cough drop.

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Photo of descobar
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle from 2010. so cellared fro 6 1/2 years. wow. Look: pours brown/ruby with a very thin tan head that vanishes quickly. it looks murky/opaque. Smell: dark malts and dark fruits (figs in particular) with some spices. there’s bit of yeasty autolysis present. its vinousy. Feel: a full bodied beer with a rich texture, light carbonation assertive astringency. Taste: strong toffee, molasses and caramel malt forward sweetness combines with figs, substantial alcohol warmth and a bitterness that hits the palate hard. the finish is sweet and short other than some lingering alcohol. - Overall: just what you’d expect from an aged beer of this type. I would not say it’s mellowed. still a strong and assertive brew for those who like them like that.

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