Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,707
Reviews:
807
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
157
For Trade:
2
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Photo of princessbay710
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is dark brown with hints of mahogany, flat head. I love the smell of this beer, I would love to find out what I can cook in my home to make it smell like this; roasted, mocha, toffee. This is similar in style to a porter, but it seems much less malty and has a contradicting sweetness. Great mocha flavor, the mouthfeel is creamy with little carbonation. The 8.3% is well hidden. Truly a drink for the holidays, it warms my throat and is less artificially sweetened than say hot chocolate, with fuller body than coffee. If this ended up under the tree Christmas morning I would be one festive camper..
P.S. I love this ale.

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Photo of IreRican
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of MyNameIsKennyP
4.8/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Beercroft
4.76/5  rDev +23%

Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of robertmitchum
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of G-Hawk
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of lsiberian
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of surlyseth
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like Avery offerings.
A: Dark..Red to purple highlights.
S: Earthy? Definitely something kind of funky. But in a good way.
T&M: It took me a couple sixers to really appreciate this one. Malty sweet, but enough of everything to go around.
D: A fantastic sipper. Even if it gets to room teperature.

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Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, cherry mahogany body with a small, but persistent beige head. Sticky, patch lace is all over the glass as the contents slowly disappear. Even near the finish, the small tan head can be rejuvenated with a slight swirl of the glass.

Aroma is of major maltiness up front. Molasses and dark fruits are all over the place. Figs and dates, some chestnut nuttiness, and some woodsy hops add complexity. An unusual, but pleasant, hops variety is going on here, in the background.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy. Very coating.

Taste is dominated by molasses and dark fruits. Some tart apples and cherries make an occasional foray into the flavor profile. There is a distinct woodsy and earthy character to this, that seems to derive more from the hops than the yeast. There are hints of spruce and allspice in the woodsy background scenery. Enormous complexity here, as each new sip unveils additional and complimentary flavors. Alcohol is noticed only in the aftereffect. The finish is caramel apple, dipped in spiced rum.

Extraordinary complexity of flavors. This strong old ale begs for your friendship, and your time. Spend a pleasant evening with this "ole fellar", and sip the night away with an American classic.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery calls this an English Strong Ale. Here it be known as Winter Warmer. Either way, the moderately chilled, thick mahogany liquid currently gracing my snifter has already begun to hypnotize this writer with its charm.

This brawny beverage is already showing three times the character of the Russian Imperial Stout that last filled this snifter's bowl and we have yet to get started.

Mad chewy.

I could stop the review right there. That two-word declaration sums up the character of this beer to a T. However, the huge presence of the body simply serves as a carrier for all sorts of other good stuff.

At first whiff I could almost be certain that this beer is brewed with juniper berry additions. Avery assures us that this is not the case. They would tell us that the flavors in this beer are derived from a mash of 5 types of grain and from Bullion hops and yeast. (Oh and let's not forget the all important "Rocky Mountain water".)

In taste and bouquet we find the apparitional juniper berries paired with a bundle of musty fall fruits. Cinnamon and ginger; leather and clover; brown sugar and butter, all of these are also in attendance without genuinely being present.

A big brown maltiness envelops all of this and holds the spicy alcohol flavors in balance. Wrapped up deep with in this beer is a barely discernable metallic-ness.

Drinkable and enjoyable even when the weather hasn't yet turned cold. Avery pleases once again.

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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 2011 vintage on 11-25-12. What a difference a year makes! This is a totally different beer from when I purchased a year ago. The strong coffee and anise flavors meld nicy together into brown sugar and caramel. Do your self a favor and buy a six pack for 2013/2014.

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Photo of JarMills
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Here comes a 2 month old, Avery Brewing Company Old Jubilation ale! The 2016 version. I was enticed by the winter theme with Christmas being just 5 days away. The alcohol content also may have made my mind up, haha. Looking for something warm, darker, but lighter bodied then some of the heavy porters.. and I found what I was looking for!

Poured from a single can I bought into a pint glass. Dark brown almost completely opaque ale. Small retentive ring around the edge of the glass but no lacing at all pretty much. Head disappeared 2/3 of the way into the beer.

Smell is just like the can promised, mocha, toffee, a little hazelnut/other nuttiness, darker cracker malts, a little chocolate with the malts makes it a really tasty beer, and I don't really drink many darker beers. This reminds me of an extremely quaffable porter. The higher alcohol for an ale is totally hidden, making this beer easy to sneak up on you, and my requests to the beer gods for warmth was fulfilled very quickly.

A pretty unique, medium bodied beer that gives a lot of flavor. Not many hops in it, but a light carbonation reminiscent of an ale that helps it go down smooth and with a bit of lingering malt and caramel/chocolate/toffee. Kind of like a sugary dark coffee with a little bit of cream. Nice, MERRY christmas!

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

FINALLY, I am reviewing this fresh and it is a different brew.
Pour has a very agressive 2 finger off white head that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are fresh coffee, nuts, and a little alcohol.
The taste is wonderful fresh....dark chocolate but not bitter....black coffee, but not bitter....nuts and a wonderful citrus hops bitterness right where it belongs on the end.
I love this beer...Last year I didn't discover it until the bottles were 6 months old and loved it then.
This year, at less than a month old this beer is heaven.
I definately have to stock up to last me through the year.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogony brew that is dark purple in the light with a solid 1 finger head and tons of great looking sticky lace.

S - Roasty and smokey chocolate malt with hints of caramel and wood. No trace of any "winter spices." And that IMO is a good thing!

T - Nutty and extremely malty. Rich milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee with cream and sugar. Very nice finish with a lingering aftertaste of chocolate and a tiny bit of alcohol (and no real residual bitterness for such a "stouty" beer). This is quite exeptional.

M - Thick, fullbodied, and creamy. A little bit slick and sugary...excellent desert brew.

D - Pretty damn good. The extrra full body and the sweetness may hinder sessionability, but that's not the point with this beer. Sip slowly and enjoy this wonderful winter warmer!

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Photo of RexBanner
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, almost opaque brown color with no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front, like toasted English muffins. Some notes of black pepper, brown sugar and hops.

Taste: Delicious!! Tons of malt and freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some notes of roasted nuts, black pepper, and some toffee-like sweetness. Some notes of dried fruit as well, dates, prunes, cherries. Good fruitcake in a glass.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth, with no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is quite the presence of pleasing alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is a great beer! I love the toffee and the malt and the nuttiness. Simply an outstanding Christmas ale! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Professor_P
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany with a 3 inch off white head that covers the glass with lace.

Smell is nutmeg, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and pine pitch.

Taste is so nice, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, hazelnut, and pine all meld together in harmony.

Body is almost large, light carbonation, not dry, and drinks very well and warms the entire body.

Overall this is what a winter warmer should be. Subtle holiday flavors that warms the soul.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Photo of daem3384
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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