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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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Reviews: 796 | Ratings: 1,656
Photo of tillmac62
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 267/14. Dark amber pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Below average head, lacing and retention. Subtle, but nice, nose of dark fruit (plums, figs) over a biscuit like sweet base with strong caramel notes. Almost medium body with a slickness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Above average carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and well balanced until the finish. It begins with a smooth blend of flavors that tend to cascade to the forefront. Sweet biscuit and caramel begin, then yield to the dark fruit over a very mild toffee note. The middle is mildly bitter with a citric rind like note that fades into bitter dark chocolate. The long finish is where the alcohol comes to the forefront, but is somewhat masked by a residual sweetness. A grain alcohol like aftertaste lingers.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice winter warmer. Had it on a cold night with a buffalo burger and it paired very nicely. 8.3% is a little high for the alcohol content, but Avery seems to like that sort of thing, so I went with it. Nice and dark and roasty, not at all bitter despite the 45 IBUs, but not overly sweetened by the malts. Definitely a fan of this one, and it's among Avery's best beers.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A: dark brown amber a beam of light shines through.

S: dark fruit!

T: salted caramel, nuts, biscuit, plums and raisins, pinot noir, some hazel. Very pleased.

M: fairly full and velvetty. Lovely on the palate!

O: definitely deserves a better rating. This is a wonderfully made beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nose: dark bread, nuts, dark dried fruit
Pours brilliant garnet under a 1" quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Palate: bread, grainy malts, nuts, dark dried fruit, light bitter hop accent on the finish. Long lingering aftertaste of malt and hop. Dried fruit flavors not as well developed as the malt flavors.
Full body, medium low carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2013 more than likely.

Comes out with a classic caramel brown in the bottle, filling the body with a much darker almost garnet deep red color. Head is a creamy colored vanilla with a hint of faint mocha brown in it. Settles slowly with a good thick collar of creamed bubbles, almost flat whip cream consistency. Lipped up leopard and patchy linked lacing on the glass too.

Light nose. Hints of cherry like fruit but with a lighter quality. Nutmeg and clove spice with a mellow fruit quality of dark plum taking over. Hints a little wet and juiced sour cherry. Some weed and woody like hop faded quality. Quite nice and interesting.

Palate comes real nicely. Good mellow sweetness of cinnamon and spiced warmth. Really seems like a classic winter warmer flavor. Cherry sweetness a bit with a lighter hint of darker fruit without strong raisin character, that plum just keeps jumping in my head. Good warmth and finish of dry nutmeg and spiced clove hinted on the nose, warm hard caramel.

It comes off like a stock winter warmer barleywine, and love the classic integrated winter warmer sensing flavors and character. Somewhere in between, real memorable and nice. Great to go back to these old classics.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, a friend gave a bottle of this to me a month or so ago so I assume it's from this past winter's batch. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, nuts, and some chocolate. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bread flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this, it's good on a summer day and would probably be good on a winter's day too!

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

An interesting take on the style. Not as dense and oily as some but has a nice, crisp mouthfeel. More carbonated than I expected. Color is a dark nutty brown. Scent is toffee, caramel, and honey. I'm surprised it's not rated higher here. It's a big, flavorful beer that's surprisingly drinkable for an old ale. I'd love to have this after a fall day raking leaves.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last fall. Label says cellarable upto 3 years. Pours clear mahogany with nice firm head with lacing that sticks to glass sides. Tastes of toffee, hazelnuts and mocha just like the label describes. Some alcohol warmth in the nose. Brown sugar & candied chocolate. Feels medium full. Ample bitterness with lingering sweetness. A very nice beer overall. Satisfying in the winter. A nice treat to sub as dessert in the warmer months.

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

Poured dark reddish-brown, very little head, minimal lacing. Malty spicy aromas, with a slight hint of dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor was pretty close to the aroma, with prune and fig flavors becoming more prominent. The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but had nice carbonation. Overall, this is pretty tasty, but not one I would probably buy a lot of.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle cellared for one year.

A: Pours a muddled brown color with lighter burnt Siena hues. Somewhat murky. Khaki colored head settles quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: crust, toast, dark caramel, pinch of cocoa. Very earthy with hop scents of pine, spicy garden herbs, and wet leaves.

T: Caramel. Lots of dark toast and crust. Cocoa and nutty chocolatey tastes build. Pitted fruits, such as dates and plums. Hops are assertive and bring spicy herbal notes, pine, and an overall earthy tone. Flash of citrus. Cocoa, chocolate, and nutty tastes mingle with earthy and oily hops on the long finish.

M: Medium thick body. Rich and creamy with a bit of heft in the mouth. Surprisingly high hop astringency, though it isn't a bother. Comforting alcohol warmth.

O: The assertive hopping was a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one. This beer perfectly fits its winter seasonal role. Rich, robust, and warming. No need to kill a beer like this with spices. A pleasure to sip, and an excellent buy at an approachable price in the six pack. Cellars very well to boot.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is deep ruby red, transparent, with a tan head and fair bit of lacing. Nose is salty and meaty. A bit of berry and malt sweetness, slightly oxidized in back. Taste is more sweet, tinge of alcohol, faint herbal hop. Seems a hint sugary with some brown sugar and caramel lingering. Medium body, soft carbonation, a hint slick.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/8/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, plum, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, pepper, herbal, floral, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and herbal/spicy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours murky brownish purple with a half finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is chocolate, figs, molasses, sweet malt, prunes. Flavor is big dark fruit notes with plums and figs, molasses, just a hint of chocolate, some brown sugar, black cherry. Mouthfeel is medium heavy with medium carbonation and light bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice malt bomb that would be warming on a cold winter day. Good stuff.

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Photo of candcholt
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for 3 years. Poured into a goblet.

Beautiful rich dark amber color.

This is a nice winter ale, with a lot of depth of flavor. I like that there are no spices as some beers go a little overboard with this in their winter warmers.

I cannot note a discernable change over previous years, but it's till great.

It's easy drinking, not particularly heavy, so the 8.3% can sneak up on you.

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Photo of Or80rowley
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No problem finding Avery brewing Co. here, I'm glad!

A. Mahogany color, 1/4 finger head

S. Hint of dark fruit, raisin, malt

T. Light coco, nutty, raisin and apple skin, sweet finish

M. Feels slightly chewy, medium mouth coat, dry

O. Great beer, good price, makes me proud to be an American!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Dark mocha brown body dense with some visible carbonation and a few floaties present. There forms a thin film of khaki across the top that dissipates out to a small swirl in short time. Some small dotting and a few splashes of lace adhere to the glass upon each drink.

S: Caramel malts with light chocolate hazelnut and a bit of dark cherry fruit. The nose has a touch of earthy roast to it and a dash of alcohol spice coming through as well. All in all a very nice malt complexity to the aroma.

T: Tastes malty and rich with caramelized fig, candied prunes, dark toffee, spiced chocolate, and just a hint of roast coffee bean. There is some earthy root flavors coming through with more dark berry and hints of tobacco. The beer is somewhat sweet but drying with a moderate peppery bitterness across the palate. Alcohol is well disguised with only a minor warming sensed. Pretty solid stuff.

M: Moderately filling the beer is actually a touch on the thinner side. Lightened by the bitterness and drying lift towards the finish. Mild alcohol warmth and a clean exit.

D: I do like me a good warmer and this is a fairly nice one. Has some great robust layers of malty goodness while maintaining a lighter more sessionable body. Would have again.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a half finger of off-white foam.

Roasted malt, nutty, biscuits, and baking spices.

Nutty roastiness, baking spices, caramel, and toffee.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, sticky.

Overall, a nice warming beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown amber color with a thick head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of caramel, licorice and rum.
Strong flavor of licorice, earthy hops, booze, caramels, raisins, cherries, a hint of pine with a strong malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
This beer lacked some balance or the parts quite didn't match. I believe Avery tried to turbinate this Old Ale, but it did not work out well, it came out too sweet.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark brown almost black. reddish hues around the edges. pretty opaque. small tannish head that leaves a little lacing behind

Smell: light roasted malts. lots of fruitiness. alcohol and an earthy hoppiness.

Taste: a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. dark fruitiness. and some booze in the background. and earth hoppiness as well

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter and fairly sticky

Overall: I am a big fan of the old ales. but the flavors in this one just don't suit me. not enough malty sweetness.

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Photo of beergoot
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-Reviewed 01-03-2016

Same ruddy, dark brown body with a thicker, creamier head. Aroma is about the same, good but rather subdued. Richer malt presence boosts both the overall flavor and mouthfeel scores; nice balance now with the seasonal spice character and sweet malt presence.

A much improved tasting compared to my original. The tea-like presence I tasted is gone and the beer itself is richer, fuller, and quite well-balanced.


Original ratings: 3.5 3.5 3.5 3 3.5

Reddish-brown body with a one-finger head; yeast sediment percolating about with the carbonation. Deep malt aroma, almost smokey in character; some spice notes. Booze and dark fruit flavors dance around with a thin, underlying malt character; tea-like aftertaste. Medium bodied; rather bubbly; dry finish.

An okay beer. The flavor is rather disjointed and the mouthfeel is surprisingly weak for the style. There is a wide variety of flavors to pick out, all suggesting the style, but things just don't quite mesh overall.

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep mahogany color.

The aroma has dark dates, caramel, toffee, a bit of roasted malt, and chocolate.

The flavor has darkly toasted malt, some chocolate, with mostly toffee and caramel, a toasty nuttiness, a yeasty fruit bread. A good amount of fruity ester. And a bit of pine on the end.

A decent British style ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off white hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark amber brown with little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice laving down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy, boozy, raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla, honey, and possibly some bready notes.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, raisins, mild hop bitterness, boozy warm alcohol, sweet honey, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, boozy, a little dry, high carbonation, and light body feel.

Overall: A very enjoyable old ale beer. Sometimes it is good to refresh my tastes buds of this style I really don't see much of. Thanks Avery for bringing this back every year.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer it, has a mahogany color body with a very small head. Ths aroma has a dark fruit and cherry smell to it. The taste has a deep dark fruit taste and some sweetness also. The mouthfeel is nice and overall a good sippin beer. This isn't my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones I have had.

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

A - pours a nice ruby-brown with really good clarity and a half-finger of off-white head.

S - cherry cola, ginger bread and brown sugar. Smells sweet, but still bright.

T - toffee, cherries, prunes, burnt sugar, vanilla, honey and roasted malts. Cool around the edges, like ginger. Floral, piney hops - really well balanced. Tastes big, but not boozy. Really impressive that Avery achieved the spiced winter warmer flavor profile without the use of spices. There's lasting sweetness, but a nice, cool, dry finish.

M - this beer pours thinner than expected, but mouthfeel is surprisingly big and full. Nice lasting roasty sweetness.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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