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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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63
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157
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Photo of Spineypanda
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +11.1%
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 +12.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -20.2%
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 +12.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -22.7%
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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Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby reddish purple, little light passes through, thin white head that leaves lots of lacing

S: rich caramel malts followed by dark fruits, a lot of sweet and fruity notes are present on the malt profile. Just enough hop bitterness to balance things out, but nothing that noticeable on the hop profile.

T: bready grains, caramel, toffee, sweetness, slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced

MF: medium body, medium carbonation... seems on par for the style

D: the abv is extremely well hidden in this well balanced winter warmer. Definitely worth the try!

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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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Photo of taigor
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber with big white head that dissipates into lacing around glass.

S - Very faint, almost absent smell of malts and earthy scents.

T - Sweet with malts and almonds and hints of spices and hops.

M - Medium bodied with big carbonation.

D - Ok but not a big session beer. Definitely fits in the category of winter warmers.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark caramel brown liquid with good clarity, about a half inch bone white head, good retention, as it settles leaves a covering of foam on the sides of the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface, leaves good lacing as it is slowly consumed.

S & T = Sweet malt flavors, some dried grassy flavors like rooibos tea, caramel, earthy scents, some spiciness of hops.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, light frothy carbonation that makes the liquid very smooth on the tongue.

D = This drinks well, but only as a slow sipper.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark maroon-red with a slight layer of light brown foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit of sweet malts and has a bit of dark chocolate flavor as well.

The taste is surprisingly creamy at first has some sweet tones to the flavor that gives this malty beer a zing feel. There is a bit of brown sugar and is also a bit smokey but only in the slightest.

The feel of this beer is pretty pleasant, and is quite light for a winter beer that is still a bit malty. Is medium bodied and goes down pretty easy.

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

Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good

Smell is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste

First taste reminds me of an english barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish.

Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficent, beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass.

Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around

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Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy tan head of two fingers plus of microfoam, very deep dimples, high quality retention, hence not much room for lacing. Clear red-brown in color, sufficiently dark that you feel it is "transparent" per se even though it is, touch more red-orange around the rims. Sweet nose of mocha, malts, anise seed, chestnuts and cherry, plum fruit scents, there is an odd pepperiness to it as well, not sure why it's there, turns a bit herbaceous just before it dissipates, overall clings to your nostrils well and lingers for some time. In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a dense, muscular feel, the carbonation is tight and kind of explosive, not the creamy or soft sort of fizz. Even with palpable caramel, malt, chocolate elements not that sweet, restraint found in the currant, cherry, plum flavors. Hint of clove spice and cola. Some grain, grass bite, goes with with the undercurrent of smokiness. Deserves kudos for the broad array of flavors presented, however, doesn't cohere into a unified whole as one might want.

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

2009 12 fl oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Slight lace left around pint.
A: Mahogany brown. No head.
S: Nutty, sweet malts.
T: Constant nutt flavor, with sweet malts underneath, and very slight hops follows.
M: Light on tongue, slightly warming.
D: Purchased a single bottle, will probably pickup a 6-pack to cellar for a year or two. The beer is very well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of jsh420
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours amber with a 1 finger tannish head that faded fast and left some spotted lacing

smells of fruity hops and thats about it - reminds me alot of a boulder beer but the name escapes me

taste is solid - sweet carmel malt with fruit upfront then fades to roasted/chocolate then bitter ashy finish

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that has plenty of life to tickle the tongue and still be creamy smooth

drinkability takes a hit - while i enjoyed the all the flavors this beer had - one and done - maybe it was the 8%abv

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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 atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp copper with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts with mild spice. The taste is a nice blend of burnt caramel malts, pine hops alongside cinnamon and brown sugar. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. While it's no Highland Cold Mountain Winter, this one is still an enjoyable Winter Warmer, especially for a hophead.

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

Appearance- Clear, deep amber with some bubbles. Thick cream-white head with lots of bubbles of varying size. good head retention. Light lacing.

Smell- Really pleasant aromas of orange cream, faint spice, and some nice, bready malt.

Taste- More sweet malt, orange, subtle spices, and a nice, balanced hop presence to help balance. Really well-balanced for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body with a pleasant creaminess that complements the flavors. Appropriate, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Another great brew by avery, this beer's flavors are focused and not overpowering like many winter warmers can be.

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Photo of TLove
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While this beer is not weighed down by the brunt of spices that would normally accompany a winter warmer, this beer seems to me to be more like a DIPA in its hop structure. Frankly, the hoppiness of this beer really surprised me and perhaps rendered the beer a bit unbalanced on the back end. That being said, this is a good beer, but stylistically incomplete.

A decent, fluid red-brown color with a woody, bready smell and some strong, sweet malt on the mouth. There is not an overpowering presence of alcohol, which is surprising, especially due to the lack of heavy winter spices in this beer such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is a tint of spruce in this, but nothing like the Anchor Christmas ale.

After all I've heard about this beer, a bit disappointing.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with peach hues with lingering head and quite apparent lacing start to finish. Poured into a flouted ale glass

S- Fruit, vanilla, copper/iron

T- Malty sweet, not fruity sweet but fruit esters are present no doubt. I can feel and taste the hops pretty intensely in the finish

M- Good balance, maybe a little under carbonated. Warming alcohol in this case seems higher than 8% but isn't ridiculously obvious or overbearing by any means

D- Next!

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark amber with thin tan head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Big English malt smell: semi-sweet caramel and dark fruit predominately, with a slight touch of English hops.

Taste: Very malty and slightly sweet upfront with caramel and dark fruit evident. The English hop bitterness builds and lets its presence known long after each sip. Some alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium somewhat creamy body, with a very dry English finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a big, full flavored beer that is a showcase for both English malts and English hops.

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