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:
64
Gots:
157
For Trade:
2
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Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and frothy, leaving thick sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is quite malty, with dark fruit and brown sugar accents. Hints of spices and alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark maltiness up front. Sweet and candylike. Some mollasses, brown sugar, various spices, and a little woodyness offers some complexity. Add a little alcohol warmth and this beer finishes with a bit of leafy green herbal hop dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Very creamy and smooth.

A malty brew that is a little on the sweet side. Very nicely done. Flavors are balanced and enjoyable. There is also enough complexity too keep you interested. A great session brew for the holidays. For best results let this one warm a bit. Recommended.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing 2 finger head with excellent retention and a ruby brown color.

Smell is of aromatic malt and black current with some fruity esters underneath.

Tasteis of caramel malts with a black current undertone. Don't get a lot of spiced flavors though. They come through minimally.

Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation and fullness.

I could drink this one for a session easily. I do not notice the 8% abv at all.

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Photo of Radome
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Very attractive beer. It is a deep dark amber and perfectly clear. The head is off-white and fades quickly to a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is delicious sweet malt and alcohol. Some faint roasted, burnt notes and woody, Bourbon notes.

T - Taste is similar to aroma. Sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted barley, but those are in the background. There is a smooth alcohol flavor in the middle, followed by a sudden sharp almost dusty bite of grain and hops that gives a dry finish.

M - Medium to heavy body, no carbonation fizz. Mouthcoating sweetness that counteracts the dry grainy finish. Some hops bitterness.

D - A very drinkable beer for one that is so complex. Great for sipping by the fire in the winter.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep amber color that is almost black but has nice ruby highlihgts at the bottom of the beer. Has a medium and thick tan colored head that laces the glass alot on the way down the glass.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some vinous fruits, citrisy and piney hop aromas at the end of the nose.
T: Very nice combination of sweet/bitter malts underneath the vinous fruity flavor (possibly because it has been aging for some time) and a nice citrisy and piney hop finish.
M: Very smooth, warming, and lighter feeling than it looks like. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable and all the flavors blend very well together and it seems to age well.

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Photo of Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the "...ation" Winter beers from Colorado.
Pours a reddish brown color that's more dense than it looks. It seems thin and red at first, but there's an abyss of brown in the middle.
The flavor is of a prototypical Winter warmer. Really hearty biscuity malts, burnt sugar, pine-y hops to balance it out. There are a few berry-like fruit notes in there, too. The flavor reminds me of a bigger, bolder Fat Tire. I think it might be the malts used, but I couldn't help but think of that beer.
It has a little heat, but I wouldn't have guessed it was an 8% beer.
I'd say it's a definite style benchmark contender.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap at the dirty truth

clear, dark brown with ruby sparkles. no head, but cavernously cascading lace lingers in lascivious layers. aroma is plum weird. speaking of plums, they're there.. plus grapes. something creamy like an artificial vanilla milkshake complements an almond nutty waft. confusing, not really appetizing. scotch aley at first, then the grape takes over followed by scratchy hop earthiness. sorely lacking in a resiny juiciness which would provide some balance and cover the sweet astringency here. unbalanced and existing blandly between strong ale styles. fails to define itself with substance or spice. there might be some bitterness like raw nutmeg or cinnamon stick, but it's not flavorful. will not repeat.

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Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of breadwinner
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Blech. Weird vegetal malt notes on first pour that probably improved a bit over time but ever lingered. Some spice, some very tea-like hops, and oodles of fruity esters. The can claims mocha in the finish, though I find none, only that off-putting tea+fruit combo on the palate, and all bogged down by limp carbonation. There are SO many better winter warmers out there, I can't imagine why you'd bother with something like this.

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Photo of DustinSWB
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby redwith good carbonation, and a medium tan head that lingers and then reduces to good lacing. The nose is a mild aroma of malty dark fruit, and the taste is a nice mixture of this malty sweetness and hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol creeps into both the aroma and taste at mid-glass, and leads to a sweet, warming finish. This bottle depicts a winter scene, and thgis may be better as a winter warmer, but I was not disappointed having it on a warm, early Fall evening.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t8dd
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Liquid pours a medium copper color, with a ruby tint. One finger head of light tan foam. Retention is fairly good and lacing is decent.

Smells nice and malty. Smells of sweet vanilla caramels. Some hints of dark fruits come in and have just a tiny hint of hops with them.

I've never had caramel covered cherries, but that is what they would taste like. Along with a nice sweet malt base. A touch of warming spiciness. Hops are in this, but the heavy malt profile is knocking them into the background. Hints of dark fruit.

Feels very smooth and a touch creamy. Just about the body that I like a winter warmer to have.

Very drinkable. Sweet, yet not overly so. Nice, slightly dry finish. Well masked ABV.
Another solid brew from Avery. Quickly becoming my fave winter warmer. (Okay, it's in a tie with Great Divide Hibernation.)

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Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

YUM! Mahogany red in color with lots of purples, thin off-white foamy head that lingers. Just missing some lacing...

Very malty!!! Coffee and toffee too. For being a (winter) seasonal brew, it's nice not to be a spice bomb.

Bubbly, smooth, malty, and delicious. Lots of mild coffee and toffee flavors, very nice and smooth. Nice medium carbonation adds to the flavors by easing them into fruition. Medium body and nice smooth (light) sweetness. Absolutely no bitterness.

A great Holiday brew! Highly recommended for any occasion. Avery nailed this one and I look forward to it every year.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/18/2007 (bottle):

Pours a reddish-brown color body, fizzy. Huge tan head, okay lacing, foamy. Not too strong an aroma. Some grapefruit & hops, but very weak. Malt, coffee flavor, watery, smoky. Some spices. English alcoholy taste. Coffee aftertaste, almost porter-like.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a medium deep brown with a reddish hue when poured. Very little foam, but what little foam their was left a little lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma, with just a slight hint of fruit and alcohol to finish out the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, medium hops, with a fruity aftertaste with just a hint of alcohol. Not overpowering on the flavor, but well balanced. I would think to let it rest a couple of months and would even be more complex than it is now! I like it, another winner from Avery!

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mattcrill
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a tight off-white head. No light gets through the body and no visible carbonation noted.

Smell: Cabarnet grapes, cocoa, musty, earthy smell. Also, there is a metallic (nickel) smell that grows and is kind of offensive.

Taste: Cocoa, cream, a malty sweetness that is quickly followed by a dash of citrus and bittering hops. Hop presence definitely becomes assertive but not dominant. Nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly decent. The metallic aroma detracts from the overall experience. Still, in a sea of sometimes bland winter warmers, this keeps the palate interested. Recommended.

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