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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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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Astoria Bier and Cheese.

Dark red-hued brown body with a finger of slowly settling cream colored head and solid lacing. Big malty aromas intermingle with dark fruits and are followed by lesser notes of yeasty spice and alcohol. Flavor follows nose; pleasant but not overtly aggressive warming booziness; good malt character; toasty and full; prune, raisin, cherries and fig; light spiciness from the yeast providing subtle highlights but not overpowering anything. Moderately sweet but not cloying in the finish. Low bitterness; hops barely detectable although they may be contributing to the spice aspect of the flavor and aroma.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, creamy, pleasing feel overall. Maybe not the heights of depth and complexity for this style but it's quite nice and an apt seasonal selection for a cold evening.

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Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack at Round Rock Specs for about 10 bucks.

Appearance is brownish/mahogany...almost looks like a dark iced tea. A fairly small head but the lacing is quite pronounced. Looks good.

Smell is grainy and malty. Almost a mix of adjunct and scotch ale...weird, but not bad.

Taste is malty but not super sweet. I like. Assault of almost peaty malt on the frontside, followed by a unique hop bite on the backend. Finishes just a bit sweet and smokey. Very unusual. I like the smoothness of this one too. Goes down really easy...dangerously drinkable for an old ale/winter warmer style.

This is a good beer...one to drink on a cold winter's night. Nice job as usual Avery.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at 62 degrees (really important to note because this beer changes characteristics as the temp changes, I like it warm to bring out the malty, sweet goodness.)

A: A dark mahogany with a nice clingy lacing of the head. It travels well up the glass and looks like an old ale/winter ale should. Shimmer that lace in front of fireplace you will be in a really good place.

S: Roasted malty goodness. Not over the top but all about chocolate notes, none of the burnt smoky aroma. Not complex but if you love chocolate malt like I do it is perfect.

T: A drinkable beer for the specific gravity. It carries the chocolate lightly roasted taste well upfront. It trails off into a nice lighter carmel taste and ends with just a hint of hops (really just barely) on the tip of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth.

M: For a big sweet sticky beer this does a great job of making it feel less big and sticky. To the point that you can down a couple of these and your lips won't stick to the bar on the way to the floor.

O: If you are looking for a beer to ruminate about for hours on end about how it is like an onion that you peel and there is another layer then you ain't gonna dig this beer. If you are looking for an Old Ale/Winter Warmer that is all about comfort food like rich, sweet, malty goodness with a cleansing aftertaste then pull up a stool and grab a glass. This puppy is going to warm your tummy on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat murky dark brown with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a high level of roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and gritty mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a nice smell but the flavor is not all that good in my opinion.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - pour into a standard pint glass produces about 1/2-3/4 inch of white cream colored head. Retains a crown throughout, mild lacing. Half dozen strings of medium bubbles rise throughout

S - somewhat flat. Some fresh bread yeasty notes, not really picking up much in the nose here. Not off putting at all, just not real complex.

T - Some roasted nuts, bready malt, nice mild bitterness throughout. Good clean finish, nothing bad, nothing great. I usually look for a little more complexity and agressive flavors from this style. Taste reminds me a lot of a brown (which isn't one of my favorite styles, that may be affecting my opinion here). Improves as the beer warms, a little caramel shows up with some slight floral type hop notes on the finish. Caused me to come back and bump the taste up a half notch.

M - Pretty good. Light medium thickness. Medium carbonation. Nice creamy feel and good finish.

O - An average, not bad not great brew. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I bought a six pack, I'll drink a couple over the next couple weeks and put 2-3 down for a couple months just to see what happens. Barring some unforeseen improvement with age (given lack of complexity, I do t expect it), I probably won't revisit. Glad to try it, just wanted a little bigger complex brew.

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Photo of stumac
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my job. Pours up a mahogany clear coloration with an extremely nice off white head. Stayed with it throughout the entire ride. Good lacing. Reminds me of your mom. Aroma is malts and spices. Taste is the same but bigger, also caramel, some kind of nut, floral and slight citrus hops. Crispy carbo. Medium leaning light bodies. Easy, tasty, ive been a fan of Avery for many years now. I dig this winter brew

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 8.3% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki/light tan colour head of nice cream, thickness, and retention. I'd estimate retention time to be about four minutes - pretty impressive at this high an ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-amber. Not particularly vibrant, but nonetheless appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy toasted malt character, caramel, biscuit malt, some cream, hazelnut, toffee, and minimal hopping. A mild strength, subtle aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Heavy toasted malt dominates the climax, with some emergent caramel. It's definitely malt-centric, with minimal hopping coming through. Biscuit malt is certainly present. Well layered and balanced, but lacking multiple dimensions. It comes off simple - especially for the style. Some toffee and hazelnut help lend it needed character, but it still comes off lacking. An evocative and interesting brew that feels held back by its simplicity. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. No problems here. Suits the flavours nicely. A bit chewy. Very smack-your-lips luscious.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. It feels like more of an underspiced winter warmer than an old ale. I like it, but it's not great for the style. I'd have it on-draught. I could definitely drink this repeatedly over the course of a night. A solid offering from Avery, but it does need work.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an american take on an old ale. pours nearly black, not thick, but no light is passing hardly. theres a two inch head lacey and sticky, with good retention. the nose is quite alcoholic. lots of dark roasty malt, that birch syrup flavor is there a little too, akin to sierra nevada life and limb. flavor is curiously dark malts, they are sweet, but dont seem to have any of that bitterness that comes from such dark roasting. also curiously devoid of smoke flavor. the feel is a little thin in body, which lends drinkablility and makes this beer not feel as big as it is. carbonation if mellow but adequate, and the alcohol only really comes out in taste when it warms. this is a beast of a winter beer, perfect for slow fireside sipping, but a 6pack would do you in. one of my favorite avery seasonals.

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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 mscudder
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a mug.

A - Rich chocolate amber hue with a few finger ivory head. Great retention and fair lacing.

S - Christmas spices, alcohol, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Strong taste like an old ale to start, with a heavy warmth. Some sugary notes follow, mostly caramelized sugars. Soft notes follow which were detected in the nose. Sadly, the alcohol drowns out the better part of those tastes, leaving it as a sweet boozy brew.

M - Medium- body with below average carbonation.

O - I really wanted to love this one and I just couldn't find it in me. It is fairly drinkable for a winter warmer, yet the beer is just to intense for me and overwhelms some of its complexities.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch light tan head then settles at a thin ring that outlines that glass and a moderate amount of surface foam. Extremely resilient spackled lacing.

S- Bold, semi-musty roast with milk chocolate notes. Alcohol makes its way through the aroma bringing a sherry-like characteristic. Caramel sweetness.

T- Roasted malt that's not so heavy and works well with the booze that's also not so heavy which leads to a very comforting flavor in the taste and feeling. Slightly bitter with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and a bit of honey. Tastes almost like a toned down barleywine which I like.

M- Creamy and viscous while providing that thick afterfeel of residue on the tongue. Medium carbonation and a lofty body.

O- I've been seeking this one out for a while and, now that I've found it, the waiting was all worth it. Such a smooth, balanced old ale with complexity and a subtle sweetness that makes this an excellent example of the style for me.

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Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/6/10 Bottling date - Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, dense, khaki colored head. Dark brown, transparent body with notes of red.

Aroma was malty, sweet and caramely. Some bready notes and earthy hop notes. Dark fruit.

Flavor was very nice. Chocolate and dark fruit notes upfront. Good caramel and malt presence. Light toffee and roast. Somewhat earthy hop presence. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Medium body, low carb. Fairly dense, chewy body but did finish fair crisp.

Overall this was a nice beer. The aging rounding it off nicely, although the fresh version is almost equally as good.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown 1.5 finger head.

Subtle roasted malt aroma. Some caramel.

Complex malty flavor. Lots of sweetness. Reminiscent of a Heath bar. Decent hop flavor.

Really heavy mouthfeel. Chewy and thick.

This is a decent representation of a strong ale with lots of complexity.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber, nice thick head and some lacing. Mild to medium dark fruits and light malt start with hoppy middle and finish. Hops dominate finish. Somewhat like a mild barley wine. Medium mouth feel, creamy. Avery nice winter warmer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Poured a deep mahogany-brown color with a small off white head. The head faded fast with very little lacing left behind.

Smell – Sweet aromas of dried fruit and molasses mixed with a very light slightly roasty aroma of malt.

Taste – Up front there is a malty flavor with a good dose of sweet sugary flavor . These flavors form a base for the rest of the flavors to end and leave from. Right after the initial flavor a slightly nutty flavor comes to the tongue. This leaves soon after it arrives, allowing for roasty notes to come to the tongue. Toward the end the malty roast and sweet flavors mix with some light spice flavors and an ever so light bitterness. While they are slightly bitter they by no means tame the sweeter flavors of the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the above average creamy side with the carbonation on the lower side. Good for the sugary and roasty flavors and higher abv of the beer.

Overall – It has some nice flavors and a good blend of sweet and roastiness. A good and drinkable brew but nothing too fantastic.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in Florida, but I am surprised that I didn't see it in New Jersey.

I poured this beer into a tulip. There was minimal foam. The color was very clean reddish.

THis beer had a sweet, fruity smell. It is almost like apple. It is a very proper smell for the style.

This has good old ale flavor, lots of toffee, nutty, and lots of malt. They brag on "no spices" and this beer really doesn't need any. This has great balance.

I would have aged a couple bottles of this for aging if I had seen this in New Jersey.

I am a big fan of Avery, and this beer is another reason why. They do a great job.

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, minimal to no lcaing, and a quickly settling white foam. No carbonation.

S - I smell molasses, dried fruit, and brown sugar. Very sweet scents on this one.

T - Taste has a mild tartness that goes to a sweet, malty finish with flavors of sweetbread, dried cranberries, molasses, and a slight warming burn in the finish.

M - For the style I found it to be very drinkable. A bit boozy fell as I drink the glass, but it isn't overbearing like many old ales, and actually went nice with a meal.

O - I'd try this again as a good way to break into this style. Very easy to appreciate.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review 3/18/12 with a 2010 vintage bottle into tulip glass
A – 1 finger dusty white head was denser and settled to a thin layer with moderate lacing, brew is an opaque hazy dark brown with burgundy hue, better than average but not inviting 3.5
S – Dark breads, prunes, some cherry, a slight spice, a thick scent with alcohol tails 3.5
T – Big malty profile is quite dry (and mildly sweet) throughout the whole sip, dark breads, caramels, mild spice mirror the nose. Has a bitterness I’ll attribute to the hops I didn’t notice earlier, that I will call more medicinal & herbal than gratifying. Still a unique flavor profile that was enjoyable. Has barrel-aged qualities and I’m glad I let this one mellow out for 2 years. 4
M – For the smaller large body present here I was quite pleased with the drinkability. ABV takes a back seat, and nicely carbonated for a smooth drinking thinner large beer. 4
O – Old ales are not my usual bag but I think I may pick a few bottles up this year to cellar for a bit longer than this bottle. It had lots of complexity & character that when combined with the drinkability was a nice surprise. 3.5

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish with orange and ruby tones to it. There is little head to this offering and the nose has only a subtle malty presence to it. There is a distinct malt flavor upfront and this offering finishes with a nice roasted character to it. To me this tastes like a tuned-up ESB. In any case, it paired well with my pork and feta burrito.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany, translucent, with a half inch of khaki foam that recedes slowly leaving copious lacing. Smell is thoroughly caramel sweet malt and dark dried fruits with pervasive chocolate. Taste is caramel and dark chocolate malt, mildly sweet throughout but reigned in, finishing dry, subtle hop bitterness. Is there some coffee in here too?  Chocolate on the finish too. Mouthfeel is silly and well crafted. Perfect carbonation.  Very, very good. I added this bottle at random to a make your own six pack.  I'll definitely revisit it in the future. Jubilation indeed. 

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Photo of nsabo
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct. 2009 bottle opened in Dec. 2011.
Tastes like a creamier version of a scotch ale: very sweet, nutty in a brown ale kinda way. Caramel With winter warmers, I expect heavy malts and some variation of spice: the malts aren’t particularly heavy here and there are absolutely no spices. It’s not bad, but there aren’t any memorable qualities, either. Medium-thin mouthfeel.
I picked up a few packs of this 2 years ago and have been sampling it at different intervals since then. While still very drinkable and carbonated, at 2 years this feels past its prime. I remember thinking it was outstanding between 1-1 ½ years (sorry, didn’t take notes, all I remember was that the nose was wonderfully bready and the hops were still fairly present).

A final note: I've always known this as a winter warmer. BA labels it as an Old Ale, while Avery's website calls it an Old Strong Ale. Hmm

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Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown color. The medium-sized, frothy head is light tan in color. Retention is good, and some nice rings of sticky lacing adhere to the glass.

S: Very malty aroma. Heavy doses of sticky caramel/toffee. Lesser notes of roasty, earthy malt contribute nicely. Notes of dark orchard fruit and raisins are present in the background. Lightly leafy hop notes are barely detectable. Some alcoholic spiciness and zestiness is apparent.

T: Chewy, sticky maltiness up front. Big doses of caramel and toffee followed by a roasted, earthy malt presence. Fruity (plum and raisin) notes mesh well with a medium, somewhat leafy hop bitterness. Faint coffee notes are also present. Alcohol is somewhat evident towards the finish, but it's nicely integrated into the beer.

M: Rather full-bodied. Carbonation is medium-light. The finish is a touch drier and more alcoholic than I'd prefer. It's not hotly boozy, but it is noticeably alcoholic.

D: A very nice old ale that's perfectly appropriate as a winter seasonal. Robust and quite malty, with a measured hop bitterness that manages to stay out of the spotlight while bringing good balance overall.

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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 hopfacebrew
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from a 2010 edition into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep brown/black color with a nice 1.5 finger deep thick dark cream colo with decent retention and lacing.

S - Disappointing aroma in that there isn't much at all. Very mild roasted aroma, though I was not impressed. For a winter warmer an aroma profile isn't jumping down your face but I've had better aroma.

T/M - While the aroma was disappointing I really enjoyed the flavor the beer brings. It starts mild and then quikly transitions to a malty medium. Not overly carbonated and medium to full profile.

D - yes, very.

Overall I am embarassed it took so long to try this beer. It is in my top 2 winter warmers and I am glad I cellared a few this year.

EDIT: I am a little suprised the rating didn't eclipse the A mark so I cracked another again and I stand by the review. A lot of exceptional qualities such as a complex flavor and mouthfeel though severly lacking in aroma which is so limited. I would recommend this beer hands down but I find myself looking for a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 04:00:03

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Photo of david18
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan. Not a bad old ale, a style you don't see very often, but I had hoped it would have been better.

Color was a draft brown with a very small amount of carbonation.

Aroma was toasty/roasty. Not too much in the way of hops but a pretty good smell overall.

Flavor was a little hot, especially for the abv. Also a lot of dark fruit. No real bitterness to speak of but also not too sweet.

Overall a decent beer. Just not a real standout.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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