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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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796
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Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice dark amber to ruby coloration in the glass. Very thick head resolves into a ring of foam. There is very thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer smims in malty goodness. There is the smell of fruit somewhere towards the back of the beer.

Taste: The maltyness dominates the taste. I would have liked slightly more hoppyness to the beer. The fruity goodness plays well with the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is thick and full bodied. Has a slightly muddy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If the maltyness to hoppyness had a bit more balance I would say this was a very easy to drink treat. This beer is not bad and I will buy again.

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Photo of taigor
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is 2008 vintage.

Pours from the bottle dark brown with a small cap of short-lived brown head. Smell is subtle West Coast hops, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses; nothing too lively or interesting

Taste is sweet--syrup, toffee--with a touch of pleasant spices--nutmeg, orange peel. Just the ghost of alcohol around the edges of each sip. Seems well-crafted and styled just the way I like winter warmers-- not too much booze, not too much spice. Mouthfeel is full in body with a spicy, drying finish.

A well-rounded, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of amstelcat
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer guy at my local store said this is his favorite holiday ale. Let's see....

Dark brown color with some coppery hues in the light. Not a lot of head but it stays dense and apparent til the bottom of the glass. Some molasses on the nose and tongue. Hops are there somewhere but seem beaten down by the malt and alcohol. More alcohol bite as it warms. When it was colder it tasted a bit like a porter.

Overall a good beer, not great. Probably not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown in color with some bronze tints. Thin head that leaves no lacing. Not much to look at. Things start looking up at the first sniff. Roasted maltyness, nuts and some booze burn. Taste falls right into line with the smell. The taste is nice and solid but in the end it comes across somewhat subdued. Nothing really stands out and gives that wow sensation. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Overall a solid beer that is worth trying but it didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Someone spilled their Scotch Ale in my English Strong Ale. Pours dark mahogany with a tiny tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty and full of roasted malts. But, this tastes a lot like a stronger black and tan or Scotch Ale. Very malty, very nutty, and a big finish of toffee and roasted malts. Almost too flavor without the alcohol you would expect. In the end, its still a good beer

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this bottle for a while, so figured it was getting into summer and a good time to drink a winter warmer.

A: Pours a dark brown with orange edges when held up to the light. Tan head, about one finger in height forms and reduces down to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Nice sticky lacing covers most of the glass.

S: Extremely malty, loads of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Has a little bit of dark fruit, but not as much as most winter warmers, this almost smells like a porter.

T: Tons of caramelized sugar with some roasted malt. There is a little bit of cocoa and coffee and just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth and on the creamier side. Just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O: Pretty good, a different take on a winter warmer, and it would definitely warm me up in the middle of winter.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown and pretty clear. The head is white and about an inch thick but does not hold very well. Gobs of web are left as it fades

S: Very sweet smelling with caramel and brown sugar the dominant aromas. Not much in terms of spice or hops just sweetness

T: Heavily sweet with the caramel dominating before the brown sugar. Their is a bit of roastiness present as well which is enjoyable, but it feels like it is missing something. Also a minor pine hop notes is detectable n the finish

M: Decent amount of body, no booze, but i would have liked it to be a bit creamier

D: I m glad to have try this but would only want one and dont need to go back again anytime soon

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear mohagany body with a tall off-white head.

The smell is tons of toffee and a touch of chocolate. It's very heavy on the malts.

The taste is also heavy on the toffee malt but the sweetness is cut with a nutty flavor, giving it a little bitterness. The alcohol does have a pronounced presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly soft on the tongue.

A good example of the style, but a bit hot with the booze. A decent beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last years release, cellared a year and poured into my snifter as I work out.

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to a disk leaving some patch lace. Clarity is great, and the carbonation is in plenty

S: On the nose, there is some spice - cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, dark honey, some floral notes and orange zest. Not much malt sweetness, this one is solid

T: On the palate, some oxidation is evident with some sherry-like notes to contrast/clash with the spices.Some booze/rum is apparent, otherwise, this is fairly ordinary on the palate, nothing much to get excited about. Rather dry on the finish with some mild spiciness

M: Fairly light with ample carbonation and a nice drying finish

D: I'll try to drink this fresh but this is fairly solid.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. 2006 vintage if relevant.

Clear, deep mahogany/cherrywood color. Large, rocky, light tan head.

Hops are 1st impression - grassy and herbal. Some roasted malt makes an appearance. An almost Belgian scent of barnyard/earthiness comes across as well. As the beer warmed, a caramel scent comes out.

Taste pretty similar to aroma, initially. Hops come out first, then as the beer warms, the malt takes a bigger role. Definately sweeter than at the start. Bitter chocolate and roast as well.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Somewhat drying.

Good beer, but not really sessionable in my opinion. 2 or 3 would probably do the trick. I would prefer a bit more hops and/or spices to liven it up a little.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I remember correctly this used to be categorized as a winter warmer, but old ale is definitely more fitting.

Pours a dark amber, it is translucent when held to the light. Very bubbly off-white head retains well at about a half finger.

Smell is extremely malty, lots of dark fruit, plum, caramel. Good strength.

Taste follows suit mostly, there's more to it than the scent. Big caramel malts up front like you'd expect in an old ale, dark fruits, slight leather, molasses, some hop bitterness and dark chocolate.

Nice thickness and low carbonation, bitterness grows a bit with warmth. A tiny bit of alcohol warmth.

Pretty good, but also a little too standard, nothing much makes it stick out.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
No best before date.

Very dark oak in color; near opaque. Rocky, off-white foam about a half-inch high that plasters the sides of the pint glass after a few moments to settle. Ringed lacing down half of the glass with good durability.

Creamy, sweet molasses and caramel-flavored malt character. Noticeable alcohol aroma intertwined with dark fruit: plum, red grape, and fig. A mild oak whaff that gives a somewhat stiff mustiness. Pleasant, subtle aromatics.

Dry, roasted malt character; earthen tones along with hints of milk chocolate and caramel. There's a very big presence of dried, roasted nuts and oak that make for quite a big bitterness. Notes of alcohol-soaked fruit: plum, red apple, and grape. The aftertaste is rich, dry, and robust.

A heavy, medium in body; dry and even chewy for most of the sip, but spots of slickness on account of the abv and vinous fruit.

Reminds me of a min-barleywine in some respects, but rather mild in flavor. An interesting Winter Warmer to try, but one I probably won't be going back to.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent brew. Has almost porter-like texture. Very malty upfront but unlike a lot of other porters I've had, very hoppy at the end. Interesting I'd say. Lots of roasted chocolate malts and bitter sweet tangy hops. Very quaffable. First Avery I've ever had and won't be the last.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Appearance: ruby auburn with thick off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: chocolate, caramel and spices.

Flavor: coffee, toffee, almonds and dry, tangy after taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: bland, average winter warmer. wouldn't drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of klkatz
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LIke you'd expect from a winter brew- it's dark... reddish - celebrate the dark color and enjoy the dark malts

Smell is nutty, malty, coffee-like...

taste has hints of coffee - a bit of chocolate

moutfeel - more crisp then you'd expect.

well done.

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Photo of Cascadia
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good color and appearance, nice dark brown with decent retention. Smells malty with a burning alcohol finish. Tastes more balenced than I thought it would, good strong bitterness to match the malts and carmel notes. Good mouthfeel and clean, dry finish. Good solid winter warmer and a nice change up to the usual Jubales I've been drinking. Avery is turning out good, consistant brews.

Cheers!

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter on tap at The Firkin

The appearance is of a nice winter warmer beer. A very dark ruby color, with a finger of white foam. The aroma is most akin to orange blossoms, there are some other hop esters along with brown sugar and clove, but the orange blossom smells of a wonderful floral bouquet. The taste however let me down so very much. The flavors are of burnt biscuit and coffee, with an odd aftertaste that really messes with you. The hoppy bitterness doesn't really help the beer, in fact I would say that it hinders it. However, amongst all of this it is a palatable solid brew that I would still consider good. It just really isn't my cup of brew.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased at Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great suggestions Peter.

A- Dark mahogany with a vibrant ruby hue when light passes over. Little head, reduced to a very thin skim with decent lacing.

S- Sweet malt and earthy grains. Almost smells like the spent grains from a mash tun.

T- Crystal malt caramel sweetness with a bready depth and slight alcohol hint. Caught a small amount of hop bitterness twords the end.

M- Thick, high viscosity with a decent amount of gas dissolved in the brew.

D- Eh... one seems to be enough for me. This is a big beer with some nice complexities. I tend to sip this one and relax. Given I am tasting this in July, might be able to pack more away in the depths of December.

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Photo of brantadid
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass with next to no head. A little white foam appeared around the edge of the glass.

Not a very pungent nose. Faint hops, maybe some carmel and holiday spices. Like nutmeg maybe, but it is very faint.

The flavor is both hoppy and malty. Carmel flavor is more apparent. The holiday spices are present in the flavor. This is a nice winter beer. It is almost a shame I drink it on October 23th and it was 80 degrees.

Slightly watery mouthfeel, and oddly enough, as the beer warmed, it became more creamy.

I really liked this beer. Nothing really stands out, but nothing really detracts from it either. It is solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of JMD71
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled & reviewed 2/18/07:

Ap: Nice ruby red to deep brown with tasty tannish head. Light lacing on glass as head recedes. Light to medium carbonation.

Ar: Caramel, figs, prunes, raisins. Slight alcohol notes, but minor under the fruitiness. Brandy butter & fruit cake.

Ta: Sweet body with the rich, earthy fruits noted in the aroma. Solid bitterness right up front that fades in the finish. ABV noticeable, but not overpowering. Warming...

Mo: Medium bodied. Nicely carbonated so ABV is tempered. Strong bitterness leaves palette clean without puckering aftertaste.

Dr: This is a sipper for a cold night. The bitterness detracts a bit IMO. The ABV demands respect.

Comments: This would be a nice one to accompany a rich, warm dessrt like a christmas pudding & brandy butter.

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Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark shade of brown, allowing some light to show good clarity and carbonation. Thick fluffy white head, with decent lacing.

S: The malt scents definitely come through. I get roasted nuts, a kind-of caramel smell that you get when you bake brownies. Not caramel or chocolate, just that slightly burnt baked desert smell. Lots of malt. No hops smell, or alcohol.

T: There's the predominantly malty taste, with some malt bitterness coming mostly from its roasted character...akin to burnt popcorn. Some of the hops come through, which are slightly resinous and pine-like. The hops take a background to the roasted character of the beer. The roasted character of the beer develops more on the palate the more you drink the beer.

M: It's surprisingly light in the mouth, but I'd say it's about a medium mouthfeel. It's not heavy at all despite the appearance. It is refreshing and wet, with light bitterness. A very easy drinker. Lots of carbonation. It could probably have a much fuller mouthfeel.

O: Seasonal beers can be very interpretative. I would recommend this beer for people who enjoy beers with a more roasted and malty character. A person who enjoys Rauchbiers or Stouts would undoubtedly like this. It would go well with seared meats or sharp cheddar cheeses. I enjoyed the beer, especially because it was a different take on a Christmas beer. I felt that it could have been a little bit thicker on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of jletts
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber-garnet with a rich, creamy head. Smelled of whole-grain bread and sunflower seeds with some nice fruity esters and hop bitterness. Flavors of whole grain bread mingled with a hop bite and metallic undertones; some nice, sharp, fruity hop layers occupy the taste buds for the majority of the taste. The alcohol is late in coming and doesn’t taste as strong as it really is, noticeable only after a few sips as it begins to warm the insides. The low point of this beer was the distracting metallic aftertaste. But eventually the 8% ABV takes over and warms the insides. All is forgotten.

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Photo of dcook11
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red hue that you can see through when held up to direct light. Two finger white head, spider web lacing. The smell is odd at first. I get a faint unpleasent odor that fades as the beer warms. From then on, just chocolate and vanilla. Possible oxidation? The taste is far better than the smell. I detect hops, chocolate, vanilla, and an over all sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. A good beer for the holidays. Must try.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is brown, high in clarity with not much foam. Smell is roasty, of sweet malts, chocolate, and raisins. Taste is very sweet. Toasty, nutty chocolate flavors are present initially, the finish is unremarkable, however, lacking the bitterness to even things out. It has a nice medium body but felt a little flat. Overall a good malt flavor here, but not enough balance and low carbonation keep this brew only slightly above average.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.
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