Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation
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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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Ratings: 1,743 |  Reviews: 816
Photo of climax
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation poured a mahogany brown with ruby highlights. The head was fairly tall and faded slow and even.

The aroma was full of toffee, ripe cherries, wood aged cognac, and warming alcohol. The hop balance was pretty good, adding a floral and resiny dimension to an already substantial nose.

The flavor is very smooth. The alcohol is hidden quite well, and no particular flavor takes control. Nice balance between sweet brown sugar and ripe fruit esters and dry hopping.

The body was good and robust, very mouth-coating. The carbonation kept just enough crispness as it slid down. Considering the hardy body and 8% ABV, it's very easy to quaff.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome bright neon orange that is as lively as any beer I've ever seen. Nice sticky white head that laces like a maniac.

S - Great citrus hops. Huge in the nose. Some caramel, cinnamon and spices.

T - Like one of the best imperial IPAs I've ever had even though it's a warmer. The winter type does something cool to it. This is an imperial ipa with a twist and it's very interesting. Smoky aftertaste.

M - Great, vibrant, and pretty full. Nice quick dryness in the afterbite.

D - Not real drinkable. The hops will eat away at your tastebuds after a beer and a half. And the ABV is considerable for a winter warmer. A better spring/summer beer.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed deep amber color with a beige head that settled to a thin layer leaving a fair amount of lacing behind.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruit aroma.
T - sweet tea taste upfront with a malty middle and light bittering on the dry finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shipped back from my Denver trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle. It was a mahogany color with lots of carb streams. It had a large beige head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap fed by the card. Great slow sliding lace with good stickage.

The aroma was very weak even with swirling. Malty with dark fruits. The taste was much better than the aroma. Again, sweet malt with dark fruits but the end has a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels. After-taste was lingering bitter.

Overall, a good winter warmer that does well for the style. For me, I'm not in a rush to have another but that's more a style thing. If I want a warmer though this is on the short list. Rotation - might be available here in TX but I shipped one back just in case and also cause I could get a single of it. It's good for a warmer but one is enough for me [1-style]

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The snifter glass fills with a gem clear dark amber to chestnut beer, with a bone white frothy head that deposits crazy lacing.

Here we go again with the soapy, sour off putting aromas. There is some mocha and roasted nuts, but it really smells like kitchen cleaner. Maybe this bottle was mistreated.

The flavors are sharp and bitter, with some milk chocolate. The astringency is difficult to get passed, but there is a light acidity. There is little to no sweetness and a long finish.

Old Jubilation is dry with a medium body and fizzy carbonation. There is little presence of alcohol, or maybe it is masked by the astringency and metallic notes.

This demands to be consumed with something, preferably with a strong aroma and texture. Others seem to view this far more positively then I do, so I'll try another next year, and amend my review if it proves to be better.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a cola brown color with a 1/8" thin off-white head. The head dropped super fast and left only minor spotty lacing behind.

S= Surprising amount of hops present. Certainly a balanced counterpoint to the caramel, malty sweetness also present. Some alcohol in there but nothing too hot.

T= More balanced than I expected really (was prepped for a malt bomb). The malts were chewy, sweet, and full of the expected caramelly goodness. A bit nutty too. The hops were certainly present and lent an earthy spiciness.
Alcohol was in check but added some warmth to the otherwise balanced finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level.

D= This is a very good beer, but it is certainly too "Americanized" to call an Old Ale...hence the Winter Warmer tag. Very drinkable (almost dangerously so). I'll be drinking more of this and am curious as to how this might age.

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Photo of brewcast6
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter

Aroma:Sweet malty aroma, with underlying fruity esters, slight caramel aroma, very subtle hop aroma

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy tan head with some retention, a little bit cloudy

Flavor: highly complex malt flavor with undertones of lightly roasted malt , chocolate, slight hop flavor, slightly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some alcohol warmth, low carbonation,

Overall impression: very complex and well rounded beer with a great alcohol warmth very enjoyable on a cold night!!

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Pouring from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Brown with a light golden and amber hue. Decent sized tan head with great lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hop and malt balance; citrus hops, caramel malt. Nutty notes and a whiff of winter spice.

T: Well balanced ale with a fair share of both hops and malt. Nice hints of berries and roasted nuts. Great caramel finish with an alcohol burn going down.

D: Not sure if I'd mess with this on a session level at 8% abv...sure goes down smooth though. A great warmer.

Value: As with all these Avery beers, you get more than your moneys worth.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Chestnut color, fluffy head, sticky lacing

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee

Taste: Up Front: caramel, dried fruit, slight pine
Finish: toffee, earthy, hops creep up at the end

Mouthfeel: Sticky and dry

Drinkability: It's almost like eating caramel or toffee candy, but not as sweet.
I could quaff 1or 2 and be in a happy place!

Overall Impression: I like this style of beer this time of year (Feb). Avery is a solid brew, hearty and fulfilling, it hits my QCB spot!

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Photo of ricke49
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying this beer through several 6-packs since Christmas Eve. Odd that the bottle doesn't state what variety it is or ABV.

None the less, I've found it to be a wonderful full-malt winter warmer with delicious flavors of prunes, plums, raisens and figs....and enough of an alcohol warmth (perfectly in the background) to provide an almost perfect Winter Warmth....and just a hint of hops deep and late in the taste experience.

Of all the wineer warmers I've tried/enjoyed, including some that are a bit too hoppy to provide that soft, wide warmth that is so nice on a cold day, this is one of the best. Can't wait until next winter!!

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

Yum. Delicious winter beer, with a nice balance that hides the alcoholic punch.

Pours slightly hazy, amber/copper with nice head and good lacing. Aroma is malty, caramelly and slightly spicy. The flavor is malty, caramelly, with a cinnamon-like spice and a rich hop bite and bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow. The spice and bitterness linger on the finish.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish color with a finger of rich off-white foam. Retention is good, and foam sticks nicely.

Sweet nose. Sweet malts, maybe lightly toasted as well. Caramel, too.

Flavor follows. Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish.

Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. ABV is never detectable, and it's an easy drinker.

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

12 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head.
Sweet toasted malt with hints leafy forest.
Toasted malt and caramel. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Starts off a bit too sweet but has a roasted barley bitter finish that keeps it well balanced.
Medium body with a smooth, silky texture. Moderate carbonation.
Rich and smooth beer that has sweet and bitter components. Didn't notice the alcohol. Beer disappeared from my glass too quickly.
NOTES: BBCSD-0810-DanielleV

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my snifter a deep and dark brown to garnet. A near finger head developed with minimal lacing. Looks tremendous.
S: All kinds of sweetness. The malts really come through here, but I am also getting some chocolate and sugar. I am also getting some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, akin to a Belgian strong dark ale. Just a hint of a booze smell. Very nicely done.
T: Confirmation on the smell. The malty sweetness really jumps out right away, accompanied by some sugar. I then pick up some of the chocolate, but only faintly. This quickly fades into a smidge of hoppy bitterness and booze. All in all, it's more sweet, almost like candy until the finish.
M: Very lightly carbonated, but nicely bodied. The alcohol hang is average, but there is a boozy warmth to it.
D: Considering the 8% ABV, this is highly drinkable. The malts do very well to hide the booze, but the alcohol rears its head in the slight warmth it generates. I think two would be sufficient.
This is a great example of the style and definitely something to sip on this winter.

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Photo of Dave412
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came as part of a mix 12 pack that I got for Christmas.

A. Simple brown color, average head
S. Slight chocolate, more like mocha, raisin.
T. Same comes through on taste. Sweet w/ long finish, dry bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste.
D. Packs an alcohol punch. Good taste but a tad on the harsh side and wouldn't go looking to down two or more of these. However, I thought this was a good winter warmer and increased my appreciation for this style.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a dark brown amber bronze color. awesome looking fluffy off white head with some amazing retention. some really nice sticky lacing as well. lots of fine little bubbles rushing to the top.

nice sweet caramel malt aroma thats balanced by some bitter aromas from the hops.

nice complex taste making this prolly one of my favorite winter seasonals. starts off with sweet caramel chocolate malts, roasted malts. some fruity taste i cant quite put my finger on, maybe some sort of citrus flavor. finishs hoppy bitter with a little of that sweet malt still lingering.

has a medium body, fine carbonation. very drinkable, wouldve definately thought this was around 5 or 6%. get this if you can, one of the better winter seasonals out

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Photo of leighton
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a firm, lingering tan head. Considerable lacing as the level receded.

Aroma: Nicely balanced between sweet, caramel notes and bitter hops.

Flavor: Flavor is at first sweet and malty, then quickly turns happily bitter with some nice, piney hop flavor. On the swallow, the bitterness prevails, leaving the mouth with a pleasantly bitter, sticky aftertaste. Some notes of toffee and burnt malts, adding to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-big in body. Light and fine carbonation. Slightly warming going down.

Overall Impression: Overall I was very impressed. A beautifully struck balance between malt sweetness and hop bite.

Comments: Bottle pour.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with a gorgeous generous off-white, tan head. Great retention and phenomenal lacing - my glass was absolutely plastered. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen.

Aroma is of caramel malts and a dose of hops. The hops show up quite a bit more in the taste, layered with roasted malt, caramel and nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel is solid - not exceptional, but good. Appropriately tame carbonation, and smooth. Alcohol is very well concealed - I had this pegged somewhere around 5 or 6.

Very drinkable. This beer was a very nice surprise. It's not exceptional, but it's very good.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Sep 23, 2009. Pours reddish copper/brown, with a large light tan head in a wide-mouth glass. Beautiful pour, also leaves some sticky rings of lacing.

Aroma of caramel malts, candy, some hops especially early in the glass, some toffee, and a little bit of funk.

Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, candy sweetness, some spice, and resinous piney hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, low/medium carbonation.

Had this a couple of years ago but didn't take notes, I'm enjoying this years, although the first half of the glass was much better than the second. Fuller body, bigger flavors, especially the hops.

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head that remains on top as a thin film.Aroma is faint caramel.Taste is malt, biscuit and alcohol.A pretty darn good beer that leaves a small warmth behind.Recommended for the winter months and this issomething I would buy again.

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Photo of exparte
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately sweet and earthy aroma of licorice, caramel and wood. Gorgeous deep reddish brown color with a thick, rocky head that lasts beyond the final drop. Substantial lacing. Medium sweetness with hints of nuts. Substantial alcohol warmth. Full body with a hefty mouthfeel. Lively carbonation with a lasting sweet malt finish. This is a big winner. Highly recommended for those cold winter nights, or anytime, really.

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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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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,743 ratings