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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $8.

A: red brown in color with a cream colored head, fairly dense, decent retention, fairly clear beer, not much carbonation moving around. decent lacing.

S: decent hop profile, nice malty kick, some spices to it as well. Smells somewhat roasty also. Bready. Not bad here.

T: Taste follows the nose, fairly malty up front, caramel, roast coffee, hoppy bitterness lingers in the back and there's a pretty distinguishable boozey flavor as well. Fairly tasty, has some notes of spices as well. Kind of muddled though, things blend together nicely, but nothing really stands out.

M: Medium to thick body, nice carbonation, nice alcohol warmth here.

D: Nice here, even at 8% this is easy to drink, this is the last bottle of the six pack, and I've enjoyed what I've drank of these. Nothing incredibly exciting, but definitely something to enjoy in the winter time.

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Photo of OldYoda
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a mixed six at Al's of Hampden recently. Poured out a dark ruby brown from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Modest head with little retention and a bit of lacing evident.

Smell is malty and sweet, not much hops evident but not overwhelming "fruity" either.

Taste is a smoky malt with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability would be limited on this one for me - one at the end of the evening is ok.

Not my favorite style by far but this is certainly a well made beer.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a modest 1 finger head. Color is dark ruby brown. Average head retention, and just a little lacing.

S. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt. Overall a pretty sweet smell.

T. Molasses, caramel, raisins, some dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the smell.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/low carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. This is a good winter warmer.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Nice bubbly head, the color is a dark reddish-brown that, when held up to the light, retains most of the same color.

Smell: Nice malt, hops, with a bit of dark sugar.

Taste: Malt, dark sugar, some citrus hops on the finish, burnt coffee at the back of the tongue. The alcohol is present, it is not fully integrated.

Mouthfeel: Heavy with only a slight creaminess.

Drinkability: Not a bad by for the winter, however, the burnt taste is strong and the alcohol present, it is not a beer for multiple consumption.

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Photo of confer
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown/red color with a small tan head, lots of lacing . Smokey malt aroma. The flavor is also smokey, and earthy and fairly bitter but not a hop bitterness. Thankfully no cinnamin or other seasonal spices that are used on plenty of 'Winter' beers. It has a nice thick feel. For me this beer is best as a night closer. The last beer of the night after a few lesser beers.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find (I got this a year ago, though) but a very picturesque label all the same, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahagony brown color, almost colopetely opaque. The head formed a tan 1 finger thick and faded into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and brown sugar sweetness along with roasted malts and some coffee, dark cherries linger in the background. Very complex.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, then the roasted and coffee flavors take over in the middle. The finish is mostly coffee with some dark fruity flavors lingering as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick and chewy. The alcohol showed through a little more than I expected for a 8% brew. The carbonation was subdued and balanced well.

Overall: A very good winter beer, lots of flavor and warms you up nicely on a cold night.

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Photo of mjl21
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 argock
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Deep murky brown with 1-finger oatmeal head with good retention and tightly bubbled lacing.

S: Malty up front with raisins, plums, and dates mingling with cherryish alcohol note and a leafy and floral hops finish. Some cocoa is in there too.

T: Well-rounded taste that seems most reminiscent of an old ale or a slightly understated, maltier Arrogant Bastard. Dark fruits are most prevalent with a solid chocolate presence and bitter leafy hoppiness in the finish. No spicing is a blessing.

M: Medium body is supported with pretty active carbonation and lingering leafy and floral hops aftertaste.

D: A really good winter beer that avoids the spice parade by being a super-solid ale with big, complex malt and hops flavors. I'm going to cellar a few and see what develops over a couple of years.

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Photo of bob3701
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Great clear copper color with a thick stiff head that lingers for a while until it is a thick film. Has excellent lacing marking each sip. Hoppy floral and nutty aroma. High hopped taste but also very malty. Has a bitter sweet finish hints of toffee. Not a bad winter warmer. Also seems to be barrel aged since the hoppiness has a mellow character to it yet there is no mention anywhere that this is the case.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at cellar temperature into a tulip glass. 2009 vintage.

A-Deep auburn brown with filtered clarity and a tannish eggshell head that laces very nicely. An extremely attractive brew.

S-The nose seems intitially very mild, yet close attention will bring out a fair level of complexity here. Alcohol, roasted sweet caramel malts, a nuttiness, and mild spice predominate.

T-The sweet roasted caramel malts hit the palate first, along with warming alcohol...perhaps a bit too much. Tastes stronger than an 8% brew. Some nutty and dark fruit notes, like burned candied figs, along with a hint of cocoa and some hops rounding out the back end in a nice lingering finish. I like this alot but wish it was not so hot..it would clearly score a half a point higher. Going to age a few of these for a year and I bet they will really shine.

M-Robust and full, slightly sticky. Very nice.

D-Very drinkable and enjoyable brew from Avery. This drinks a little easier as it goes down and doesn't seem so hot past those first few sips.

I don't think I've ever met an Avery brew I did not like. These guys are really top notch, and this is a really great interpretation of the "non spiced" warmer style.

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Photo of alkemy
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark mahogany pour. Off white head quickly fades to a thin sheet...lots of lacing. Some citrus in the nose along with cherries and dark dried fruit. Malts come across in a toffee-like aroma. There's much more hops presence than I was expecting...floral and citrus. There's an odd bitterness at the end that is somewhat reminiscent of chewing an aspirin. I would quite like this beer if I wasn't left with that aftertaste. Love the creamy feel with some biting carbonation.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 jorg2619
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jdense
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured 12/25 pm into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Dark amber body, one finger light tan head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. The nose is fairly sweet and very complex, chocolate and fruity esters (cherries) up front, sweetish malts at beginning and bready malts towards the end. The taste is tobacco, chocolate, toffee, leather, citrusy hops with a bit of smoke at the end. Mouthfeel nicely carbonated, a bit sticky. Drinkability good for the ABV. Tough to categorize outside the Winter Warmer catchall, my best attempt would be Old Ale. Pretty tasty, one of the better beers I've had this holiday season. Recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Jubilation has the faint flicker of a dying candle light. Its hue is soft and resembles that of ground nutmeg. It is by no means clear, despite that at some angles one can make out their finger on the other side of the glass. It's charming except that it has absolutely no head what so ever; a pepper of snow-flake lacing would also have been appreciated.

The aroma is quiet but by no means is it dull. It has an incense-like balm and gentle notes of herbs and spices (despite that none were used). Burning leaves, mildly smoked malts, nutmeg and hazelnut, very earthy hops, cinnamon roll, dried apricot, burnt brown sugar - most normal descriptors don't apply, capturing the scent requires close attention to detail.

Likewise, the taste is distinct and it's hard to say exactly what makes it that way. A solid chunk of caramelly sweet malts conjure notes of toffee, sponge cake and figgy pudding alike, perhaps a little hazelnut-infused coffee as well. Beyond that are the less typical flavours, including peat, dried apricot, cinnamon and even a splash of rich cream.

I'd be tempted to call the mouthfeel a little thin except that it manages to hide the alcohol quite well. Not to say that it isn't observed here and there, but largely speaking it's been wrapped up tight in a hefty, well-rounded maltiness. I wouldn't recommend cellaring - with the booze already well under control the only thing likely to fade is the flavour.

'Jubilation' is another word for celebration, festivity and merriment - all things you're likely to experience while drinking this beer. The holiday season is full of fantastic things: feasts, presents, traditions, acts of good will and, naturally, seasonal beers. Avery's winter offering is warming, hearty and flavourful; it is fantastically designed for this time of year.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a brown color with a nice head, a bit lighter than expected.
Smells of roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.
Tastes like a brown ale, with roasted malts present and some of the christmas spice I have come to find in many of these seasonal beers.

Not a bad beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty copper color with a deep almost brown quality with some darker tan head.
Smell is basically malty like chocolates with a great roasted quality.
Taste is very smooth, it's got some boozey malt throughout the front and finishes warmly.
Finish is fantastic with hints of warm booze, malt, and roasted morning.
Drinks great, while there is a boozey quality it really just adds to the warmer's flavor and this drinks great!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
I had this last Christmas and loved it. Put a few bottles in the 'cellar' and I'll try to wait.
appearance - tawny and clear, like an aged port.
smell - something I can't pin down....maybe the hazelnuts mentioned by Avery? Maybe the combo of 5 malts.
taste - delicious.
This is exactly what I want on a cold winter day. We don't have many of those in Ga. but it's pretty chilly and my bones are still thawing from a trip to a snow laden UK.
This is a nice brew from one of my fave breweries.

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

Pours a reddish, copper color with 1 finger of head that faded into a ring. Smells toasty, with lots of sweet, caramel malt aroma. Bitterness is first on the pallet, quickly followed by a nice, full body with light carbonation and some really good malt flavor and some earthy, nutty-ness, but always with some bitterness around. That bitterness comes back in to dominate the finish, which is quite lingering. You don't taste the alcohol in this beer, but it definitely leaves you with a nice, warm feeling. This might be my second favorite winter seasonal after Celebration.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson with a one finger light tan head that has good retention. A preview of medium lacing is already starting to form on my glass. A nice, random pillow tops the beer after head dies down a bit. Smell is weak (hard to pick up) but I can get notes of roasty malts, light hops, and dark fruits like cherries. I get a tiny note of cocoa in the nose too. I wish this one was stronger, would be awesome blend if it was. Taste is pretty cool. Get some nice malts, roasty ones, a decent hop profile, cherries, cocoa. There is a bit of a dry alcohol taste that really keeps this one from shining. Tastes like a scaled back stout with some fruit. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with appropriate carbonation. Not much warming is present in this 8.00% beer. Drinkability is good. Good taste, price was not bad, dunno if I'll try this again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a thick off-white colored head. Lacing all down glass.

S: Toasted malts, raisin, alcohol and slight hop.

T: A good caramel and toasted, nutty malt flavor up front. The beer also has a fig, raisin character to it. The finish is slightly bitter and still sweet from the caramel, with a little bit of alcohol warmth and flavor.

M: I like the mouthfeel of this beer, it is creamy and smooth.

D: A good winter warmer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of mbudner
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber with a 2-finger white head. On the frothy side, but not quite there.

S- Some coppery malts, honey, adjunct-like scent (very off-putting).

T- Sweet, honey maltiness, spruce, maybe some clove spicing, but not much. A lot of cloying booziness in the finish, very unwelcome. Chemical-like (poison) bitterness in the finish as well, as distinguished from a good roasted malt or hoppy bitterness.

M- Probably the best part of this beer, though not very good. Medium body, slight stickiness, decent amount of carbonation.

D- Not terrible for 8%, but definitely one of the worst offerings I've had from Avery. Drank this after a homebrew spiced ale given to me by a relatively new hombrewer, which significantly beat out Old Jubilation.

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Photo of bcray
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I started keeping notes several years ago this was the first beer I reviewed. It was also the first Winter Warmer I had ever tried. As an introduction to the style I'm sure I made the wrong choice. I graded this an F and found it "horribly undrinkable". Oh how the palate has changed! This example is a bit more hoppy than many of the winter warmers I've had since and is a very big beer. With that being said I'm a fan. You definitely taste every bit of the 8.0% alcohol but its balanced out by some beautiful toffee and caramel notes with just the right amount of spice present in the background. Still a "once in awhile" beer but a darn nice occasional sipper.

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Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish red, great lacy head. Smells of german maltiness, lots of caramel, some dark fruits, molasses, some floral hops, . Tastes of toffee like malt, lots of caramel with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Some dark fruitiness complemented by a very mute bitterness. Finishes quite sweet with just a touch of roastiness. Nice full body with decent carbonation.

A really nice beer, very malty with just enough chocolate and roastiness to complement the toffee like sweetness. A great example of a winter warmer, i could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very aggressive head forms and is as thick as 3+ fingers. Very creamy and excellent retention. A deep ruby/amber color with excellent clarity and no visible carbonation. Clumpy lacing everywhere.

Aroma is a little muddy, earthy, grain like and a hint of cherry.

What's funny (not really) is that the muddy earthy aroma is also front and center to the flavor. Deep malt flavors, a touch of dark fruit. Not quite yeasty, just dirty and earthy. (these are not off flavors.... Perhaps grainy as well.

Lots of A bit grainy and the ABV is present.

Gotta say, glad I only bought one bottle to sample. This will be the last one of these that I have.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,722 ratings
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