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%
 
 
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64
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157
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Photo of ackeeper
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark amber in color with some lighter reddish orange highlights and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malt sweetness with some lighter aromas of nuts and earthy hops. There are moderate winter spice aromas as well.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of caramelized malts along with some brown sugar sweetness. Moderate flavors of earthy hops along with some lighter notes of nuts and winter spices (nutmeg in particular stands out). Light notes of oak like the beer had some small amount of barrel aging.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is an enjoyable and pretty easy to drink winter beer, though I would recommend sipping this beer rather than drinking it more quickly. Nice complexity to the flavors and smells as the beer warms up.

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

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of tut2528
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shout out to Jaap for sending this one my way

A: pours a dark brown that is almost opaque, and when back lit you can barely see through it. very nice carbonation, and the pour created about a fingers worth of thick creamy head that had small tints of tan.

S: pick up on tons of hazelnut, subtle brown sugar, roasted malt backbone, slight toffee sweetness, and some bread notes.

T: very similar to the nose, but it also adds a nice vanilla creaminess in the finish and a bit more toffee/caramel sweetness. for the style, its quite unique with the hazelnut aspect and the drinkability is quite high.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, and it leaves a light touch of vanilla sweetness and hazelnuts on the palate.

O: decent brew and I enjoy the take on the holiday season with the addition of the nuttiness. just a bit off balance, but its still a nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks....Almost red,a garnet color,rather clear. A frothy head forms and does not last long. At the end of the glassful, the lacing has left a trail up the full sides.

Aroma, rather pungent,earthy malts,some coffee,some slightly burnt toast,dark fruits, Prune,currant,breadiness,a suggestion of alcohol

taste Nice complexity with a rather distinctive flavor combo. There's a Coffee,a brief hint of English toffee,some fruitcake with brandy,a earthy/grain/roasty malt-yeast that's a bit different,seems sort of German,and a smooth end game where a hop finish eases in. The Hops don't bring a real Pine or citrus, but in a rather Euro fashion do the Bitter End without a specific flavor.

i noticed that there were some aspects that were a tad abrassive,as the dark coffee,some woody notes,some background sweets and the dry tasting euro hops clashed a bit. After it warmed more,those things merged a bit better.

this is a rather curious beer that brings the complexity of a big brandywine,at a nice price. They didn't QUITE nail it,but I found it interesting as a "change of pace" beer to explore further.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. enough body and viscosity,a proper level of carbonation. The finish is a proper "Beer" ending,not lacking though not a sustained hop shot.

Drinkable- there's a whole lot of flavor combos and some get a bit heavy or quirky. My take is this is a One At a Time beer that is a nice 'changeup".

i don't think Avery quite nailed it,but I applaud the concept. This is full of unique and interesting things,even if not a style I tend to favor. there's some sort of Euro thing,maybe a yeast,that seems familiar and is not one I tend to like,but that's not too big of a part in this beer. here it shares the stage with many flavors.

This stuff is at a pretty reasonable price,is complex and worth pondering. Perhaps it is a beer that becomes an acquired taste?

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Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep translucent firey glowing brown color, thin sandy colored head thats firm and crusty only to fade somewhat quickly to a semi-fluffy thick collar, lace in minimal strings and spots. Aroma is quite roasty, dry and coffeeish with a nice malt tone thats a touch sweet. Which becomes more evident as it sits, plus some alcoholic warmth seeps through as well once it warms; quite nice with a bit of added dried floral hop notes too. Taste has a warm roasty maltiness thats a tad sweet, touches of spice, molasses, and a favorable little coffee-like dryness and mild dried leafy hoppyness. The only thing is thats its a wee bit flat and doesn't last for very long. The finish has a nice light effect of sweetening dryness. Feel is just shy of medium body with a thinner side to its creamyness. If this weren't 8% this could be one fine dandy session of an Old Ale, but that detours it a bit from being so, other then that its still fairly drinkable. Not bad actually, just a bit short lived.

Thanks goes to Gusler for the sample of Avery brews!

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark brown and slightly hazy. Our pour from a can with date code 5287 produced a thin head despite an energetic pour into a tulip glass. A light aroma of toasted malt s all we could get. The taste is very nice, great layers of roasted nuts, toffee and a trace of bitter chocolate linger and develop on the palate. Let this one warm up, it's not nearly as good when straight from the fridge as it is when it sits for bit on the counter.

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Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pint at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25.

Dark brown color with an off-white head that left lots of lace.

The nose was malty and, especially, boozy, in a bourbon-y sort of way. Some spiciness was detectable as well, but the boozy scent was definitely the most dominant component of this beer's scent.

The taste started out with a dark fruit flavor reminiscent of prunes and raisins, then was joined by the warming alcohol noted above and a peppery spiciness. There was a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Due to it's high abv and resultant "heat", this beer comes closer to truly being a winter warmer that any other beer I've had this season. For that reason, I'd probably decline several of them at a sitting. But as a night cap or a beer to revivify meself with after being out in the cold, I'd happily quaff this beer.

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Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of joedon
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Rocky tan head with lots of sticky lace. Smell is mild with notes of raisins, port wine and alcohol.
Nice warming taste. Good hop bitterness and lots of dark malt flavor. Tastes of brown sugar and molasses with a bit of fruit and chocolate.
Mouthfeel has lots of body; big and oily. About as drinkable as you could expect for a winter warmer.
Pretty good effort by Avery but there are better examples of the style available.

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Photo of JRed
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours blackened amber with red edges and a white head that disappears. Weak aroma of spices, dark fruit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar, grains, caramel, hop bitterness towards the finish but it is still overwhelmed by the dark malts. Medium carbonation in a medium bodied brew. The booze is hidden well behind this syrupy malt bomb but an enjoyable winter warmer all around.

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

Photo of MarcGetty
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store gave me a free six pack of Old Jubilation for the trouble they caused me by screwing up my keg special order (different beer) for two weeks straight. I mentioned that I liked Avery's The Reverend, thus I got this for free to try.

I'm not a huge fan of hoppy beers, but this is pretty good.

Little to no head to speak of, but that is okay with me. Little to no smell, but that is okay with me too. For a thick dark beer it drinks okay as well.

I would not buy another six pack, but then again, this is not my thing. If you like hoppy beers, I would definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a nice dark reddish-brown color, and has a small 1-finger off-white head. The head left some little spots of lacing of the glass. This beer also has good clarity.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malts. There are also notes of toffee, cinnamon, and hops. There is also a spiciness too this.

T - The taste starts out sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. There is also some hop presence. The finish is slightly bitter and it slowly warms the mouth. You can also taste the alcohol, which comes out more as it warms. The alcohol taste never gets to strong.

M - The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body that is more on the heavier side of medium. Has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. It has a creamy quality to it, and warms the mouth.

D - This has a pretty good drinkability. I think this is a perfect beer for chilly nights. Good taste, good price, I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can a dark ruby with a big head of off-white, almost tan suds. Nice loopy lace.

Aroma: Fruity, nutty…very nice.

Taste: Big! Thick in body, this one’s flavor-rich, with notes of dried fruit, fruitcake, a bit of citrus bitterness, toffee. Old Jubilation is a hearty and rich brew, with a well-hidden high ABV. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of baklo
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMoney575
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-4-08

Pours a hazy dark brown, with a million little yeasty floaters.

Smell is super fruity, lot of apple cider and raisin. A boozy quality is in there too.

Taste is very fruity, but surprisingly malty. A smoky hop flavor finishes things off, followed by a pleasant boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel is good, though a bit too thin.

Drinkability is good, but it's quite sweet, and the abv sneaks up on you.

Overall, very old ale, and good for a winter evening.

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Photo of jorg2619
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is a dark beer, pours a tan head fairly clear smells complex at first but my nose rested on wet dog. The taste is bitter but good with a nutty beginning and a citrus hop ending. I am impressed with how the 8% alcohol does not overpower this beer.

I like Old Jubilation but not enough to buy a case or anything.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been on tap for quite a while.

Pours a clear deep brown, almost opaque, with amber highlights and a frothy one inch head reminiscent of cappuccino froth.

Brown sugar, lightly nutty toffee, booze, raisins, toasted malt, and bruised cherries form the aroma.

Dark fruit and slightly bitter hops dominate the initial sip. Deeply toasted malt, slight molasses sweetness, and hints of prunes and raisins add complexity. Much more bitter than expected, with a bit of roasted coffee bean shell at the finish. Chocolatey notes emerge as it warms.

Body is full and creamy, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Not as much character as I recall from the bottle. More bitter than anything, which is surprising for the style. Lacking in big flavor and esters.

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Photo of mjl21
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info or bottling info is present.

A-Pours a really nice brownish red color that shines in the light. It has a one finger off white head that has some nice retention. Leaves nice streaks of lace.

S-Nothing spectacular. It has some subtle roast flavors, some toasted pale malt, and a little bit of sweetness.

T-It begins with a mixture of sweet and roast malt flavor definite coffee flavor. Toasted pale malt also is detected. There is some bitterness at the end. As it warms I pick up on some orange rind. Sweetness lingers in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, a little sticky, and well carbonated.

D-Nice winter warmer. Apparently they use no spices, which I prefer. They also use hazelnuts and I was unable to discern any flavor from them.

A nice winter warmer that will appeal to those who aren't fans of spiced winter beers.

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Photo of jera1350
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a finely bubbled head of thick foam that rises up a half-inch and leaves nice fingers of lace running up the glass as it recedes.

Rich aroma of toasted malt, caramel, bits of cocoa, and raisin.

Tangy tounguefeel upfront, has a rich flavor, but almost burnt malt or cocoa, perhaps accentuated by the alcohol. Other flavors of brown sugar and ripe fruit and oak mix in and out, tangy cherry and raisin rides in the finish, and a tart, again almost burnt, flavor sits in the back of the throat.

Rich mouthfeel, tingly on the tongue, full in the cheeks, slightly warming in the finish.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-red; a tad murky; steady, 1-finger head with nice retention; ok lacing

S: Some grapefruit/citrus hop aromas; sweet maltiness with strong caramel and subtle raisins; also a bit grainy/barn smell

T: Citrusy and piny hops and a sweet caramel maltiness; the hops are more on the front with the malts and sweetness coming out in the aftertaste. There is something chemically at the end that is a bit unpleasant.

F: Slightly thin but overall a pretty even mouth feel

D: Pretty drinkable and pleasant thought the sweetness and slight funk wears on you.

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