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 CHSLBrew
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A-Deep, dark copper beer, nearly brown, with a mottled appearance. Frothy tan head on top, attractive with moderate to low retention.

S-Fruity esters and light chocolate, with hints of caramel malts. I sensed some hop aroma in there somewhere. Also, some alcohol in the nose.

T-Assertive hop flavor (earthy, herbal) moves to a thick malty-sweet character, with some slight chocolate in the background. A bready malt character tries to make itself known. A slight alcohol arises right before the finish with a smooth but assertive flavor, mixing with an old ale characteristic.

M-Medium carbonation, chewey and thick-bodied beer. Alcohol provides some feel in the mouth with a nice, subtle warmth in the belly.

D-I couldn't think of a better brew to enjoy while warming up after cross-country skiing. This beer features a multi-faceted flavor that shows more of itself with every sip. With that, this beer is also not difficult to consume.

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Photo of scriabin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mmmm, winter warmer - the Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors make this perfect for the holiday season. Even so, the "winter warmer" name for this category is a bit of a misnomer -- I'd much rather have a room temperature stout to warm me up on a cold winter day. But back to the Old Jubilation -- this has a great dark amber color, and has a wonderful mix of spices, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich flavor.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby red color with a sticky egg shell colored head that left some lacing. The aroma is of sweet red grapes, candied cherries, a bready honey malt, and a hint of hops. The taste is big on bitter resiny hops which is supported by a sweet bready malt. The dark fruit flavors (grape and cherry) serve as subtle notes towards the end. The feel is thick and chewy, borders on being slick from the ABV, fairly soft carbonation, finishes sweet. The drinkability is fine, again a bit thick and boozy. Good if you are only looking to drink one.

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

2005 vintage, poured early 2009 at Papago Brewing.

Darker brown middle area of the glass, with bronze outer edges all around. Served with a minimal cap of tan foam. What's there retains well, and leaves some spotty lacing. Clearly the carbonation has receded significantly.

The nose is meant to be malty, but unusually enough for an old beer, the hops have stuck around pretty well. This is mainly at first, when still cold - with warming the caramel malt comes in hard, along with a bit of roasted barley, and even a hint of chocolate.

The palate is an interesting mix of dark and sweet beers: there are elements of a roasted, porter-style ale, but at first blush it could almost pass for an aged American barleywine. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt, but it's also got some English style fruit jam-and-toast character. Remarkably complex in some sense, but also a little lackluster in terms of "interest"-ing me.

The peppery, citric hops have definitely mellowed out - in my imagination, this was a hum-dinger when it was fresh - but still impart enough citrus to maintain balance and complexity, with a moderate amount of alpha acid content. I'm attributing the cinnamon, currant, and allspice spiciness to the hops, especially since the brewer claims that no spices were harmed in the making of this beer. Remarkable use of an interesting hop.

Alcohol is mellow, but decidedly apparent, especially with the hops having faded a bit, there is a strong note of pepper that must be the alcohol. Lots of fine bubbles that scrub at first when it's chilled, but later are more creamy, if not massaging. Mouthfeel is decent, but a hair thin. Still, I like it quite a lot.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. When held up to light, it was dark ruby red. It looked like the red light district in amsterdam at around 3AM, pretty cool. Smelled sweet and malty, some hints of christmas flair-type spicing around the borders of my smell capabilities. The taste was very malt forward, with hoppy bitterness on the finish. Thick and gooey, the flavor got more interesting as the beer warmed. You defintely knew the alcohol was there the entire time, but it wasn't too overbearing. I am not a fan of the majority of christmas beers out there and this didn't break from that trend. Better then most holiday brews though and on a cold winter night, I could see sipping on one of these for an hour or so.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany color with sediment particles suspended in the liquid. There is a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is all malt. Lots of grain along with some raisins and dark fruit.

Taste is of cocoa powder, sweet caramel, and raisins. There is a touch of bitter hops in the background. Finish is very dry and slightly acidic. I would prefer a more viscous mouthfeel. Not bad for the cold winter months, Not great though.

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

Pours a standard brown with a good amount of bubbles rising up it. Nice sized head frothy like merenue, yet spongy at the same time. Kind of sticks together instead of leaving a lot of lacing. Nice smell of malt and spices, but nothing outstanding.

First impressions: rich, slightly burnt malts, with winter spicing taking a back seat at first, yet after the beer goes down it's the spices and hops that linger on the palate, the hop bitterness stays for a bit. Yes, there's a nice hop presence for balance, nothing to extreme, but good to see considering a lot of winter warmers don't seem to care about hops. That's one thing I notice, the other thing is that it seems a lot fuller than other winter warmers. It's not thin at all, a nice rounded-out medium bodied beer. The carbonation helps promote a nice slick mouthfeel, slides right down the palate. The only thing I have against it is that while some hops are nice for balance, this one seems a little too hopped by my tastes, and for me, that takes away a bit from the drinkability. Keep in mind though, I love malt bombs and am less big on IPAs, so a lot of you folks will probably appreciate that quality more than I. I have to say, I didn't notice it was 8% ABV until I was halfway through the pint and looked at the top of the review page. The alcohol hotness doesn't really stands out, but blends with the bitterness a bit. Still, one of the better winter warmers out there it seems, and while not spectacular, not a bad brew during the long cold months.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark brown beer. Has a nice creamy beige head and leaves good lace. The aroma has a nice sweet spice character. With a sweet toffee note and a good backbone of spice. As it warms notes of cinnamon, allspice and clove wander through the aroma. As the beer hits your mouth it is filled with flavor. Sweet toffee, spices, coffee and tobacco all run all over your tongue. Then there is a nice dry hop bitterness on the finish. This is a great winter treat.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/amber coloring with a bit of head.

S- Strong scent of hops and spices with just a little bit of a malty scent.

T- Initially you can taste the hops and spices. This beer tastes surprisingly sweet. Definitely a presence of malts as well. Very light caramel taste.

M- Well carbonated, medium body. Good balance, not too hoppy.

D- Very drinkable Winter Warmer. Not too hoppy or too creamy. I think most would find this pretty drinkable.

Overall an excellent Winter Warmer. One of the better ones I have had actually. Excellent balance and very drinkable. The alcohol content is also very well hidden.

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Winter Warmer that fits the style well but doesn't particularly excel in any category. Old Jubilation has a nice appearance, deep brown liquid with a good beige head. The aroma is predominantly light malt with a metallic tinge. It's not bad but a bit weak. The taste is somewhat boring caramel malt with good spicing and a lightly bitter finish. The spices are particularly well done with clove and cinnamon dominant and never take on the annoying artificial character of so many other beers in the style. Unfortunately, Old Jubilation just fades into the background of my winter warmer memories. It's well done but a bit boring. I would recommend it to fans of the style or those looking for a simple entry point to winter warmers (of course, the latter seems like a bizarre audience that I just invented).

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Photo of drpimento
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice large head and good lace. Brownish amber color. I claim an aroma sensory handicap due to sinus problems. With that, I can't smell a lot going on with this beer. Taste is way bigger though. Yum! Very malty, dark fruits, earth, leather, and a bit of toffee. Some booziness. Not really a session beer. Good for a cold snowy night. Pass the bottle.

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

I want to say that I enjoyed last year's run a little more than this last experience. But either way, my review is for the 2008.

Appearance: It poured an extremely clear walnut brown with cherry fringes. A very fluffy and creamy 2 fingered tan head that quickly receeded to form a 1/8" sheet across the surface of this dark beauty. Very little lacing, actually next to none...which is reflected in my score (probably dropped a half point).

Smell: The nose of this beer is nice...subtle complexities invite the taster. I picked out a spicy aroma with pine and possibly molasses. The hops are present, but by no means are they dominant.

Taste: I thought this beer to have a nice malty taste with yeasty flavors that I wasn't expecting, nor remembering from last year. There was a slight bitter finish, but nothing about this beer really stood out declaring it great.

Mouthfeel: A nice bodied beer that left my mouth feeling coated, I guess I am trying to say that it was a viscous brew with medium body. It was smooth and almost creamy with a biscuity characteristic.

Drinkability: This beer is just above run of the mill for me. Nothing clearly stands out (hope that's not due to the IPA beforehand). I rated this beer a little low in drinkability based on the fact that there are so many great winter seasonals that I would go after rather than this beer. I intend on having it again and will change my rating if so be the case.

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

A: A deep chestnut colored bre with good clarity and a fair amount of carbonation. Off-white head has OK retention, but didn't leave any lace behind.

S: An interesting combination of burnt oak, baker's chocolate and lemon.

T: Burnt malts up front give way to a well balanced citrus bitterness. The oak and chocolate theme from the nose carries through nicely into the taste. The citrus flavors of lemon and a hint of grapefruit overtake the oak and chocolate fairly quickly. Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body feels syrupy and iis a bit too fizzy.

D: Nicely done. I still have a couple more Winter Warmers to go through for 2008, but this one of the best I've had this year.

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

A: snifter. pours a clear mahogany color. light tan head. moderate retention level and decent lacing.

S: pears, fig, some spices, mostly clove, and some plums.

T: big caramel notes, with some fig, plums, some cinnamon and clove. very malty brew. delicious.

M: big full bodied brew. solid carbonation level. very nice palate.

D: ABV appears to be high, noticed in the flavor. solid beer for the holiday season. wonderful brew. about two of these should warm you up.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a large light tan colored head that sticks around forever and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is very nice and perfect for the holidays. There is a lot of dark fruits, hints of spices and brown sugar and a touch of alcohol as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark fruits, malt, spicy and some booze in the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Old Jubilation is a solid beer to enjoy on a cool night. The higher ABV limits the sessionability, but it is a solid brew that is worth a shot.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man... this beer is impressive on the pour.

It pours a lushous clear, deep, ruby reddish maroon color with a creamy medium tan head that dissapates quikly with some pretty strong lacing.

The aroma is strong but gentle with spicy hops and notes of dark fruits like, figs and prunes. Strong roasty notes come through. A little licorice as it warms. Some chocolate and coffee too. It seems like it has too much going on but they all play very well together. A little alcohol way in the back.

The flavor is of spiced dark fruits. Roastiness lends a nice acsent to the sweet fruits. Just the right alcohol warmth, it's not stingy at all. Some earthy hops in the back. Solid amount of balancing bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel... Oh so smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Man this is good. I don't want it to end.

Very drinkable. Go and get yourself some of this great beer. Drink it on a cold and rainy or snowy day.

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

12 ounce bottle served with a pork chop dinner, on to the beer:

1/2 inch thick creamy head on top a body of dark orangish amber. The beer has a fruity aroma of oranges, a kick of anise, more orange, and more spice. Into the mouth it goes, the beer knocks down the door with a kick. Strong malty flavor upfront. Burnt sugar, syrupy, passionfruit...and what's that spice called I'm tasting? Piney too. I like this winter warmer...once you get passed how strong it is.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany in color, decent size head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

Smell: A deep malt characteristic that is muted by a decent hop bite in the front, a bit of dark fruit (plum) and some buttered toastiness in the backround.

Taste: Didn't expect such a good roasted characteristic from the smell but WOW. This one is nice and roasty and malty. A subtle richness blended with some chocolate hue, caramel, toffee, honey and nut. Nice malt to hop combination, none overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and decadent. This one has decent carbonation, the body stays right in tact. For a warmer this one has just the right amount of thickness to make it a pretty enjoyable to session.

Drinkability: I love how sessionable this one is, it's got great flavoring with the mix of spices and malt, yet the hops aren't muted too much, still prevalent to make it a bit bitter but boisterous on the tongue. An excellent winter warmer at 8.00ABV that nails down exactly what a good warmer should be like. Kudos to Avery.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It's the color of rich mahogany with ample white head. The head has great retention and nice sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

Aroma is lacking in that it just doesn't have much there. A little bit of hop spiciness and sweetness but nothing exceptional.

The flavor is really nice with lots of piney, spicy hops and a great big malty backbone. This is really how a pure winter warmer should be, that is, without all the added spices and orange peel. Just good ingredients.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, perfectly carbonated, and clean. I would have guessed this to be 6% so it's surprising to see it up two points higher. Well-hidden, nice and warming.

Drinkability is excellent for the style. I could easily have two more and not feel like the flavor is overdone. It's something I could see drinking anywhere from Sepetember to March. Very nicely done.

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Photo of baldycmu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this first straight out of the bottle and really enjoyed it. The next day I was at home and was able to pour it in a glass. Poors an interesting amber brown color with a small bit of tanish white head. Has some sediment floating around the glass. The color is much lighter than I had anticipated. Has a nice mildly spicey taste with a nice caramel note and a hint of hops. Nice smooth mouthfeel and you cannot taste the 8% ABV. I would even consider this a session beer, but at 8% I better be careful.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Though under-whelmed with another recent Avery offer, my trusty beer sherpa (Gomers in Parkville, Mo.) pointed me to this mountain of holiday joy. He noted that it was a hoppy, masterful way to welcome the holiday season. Given the label, it looks like we'll be having company for dinner this evening - it's a good thing we've got beer.

Deep amber, like thick syrup, is the predominant color, dusted by a quickly fading head, and high lace.

A well-balanced combination of hops, toasty malts, a bit of nutiness, and a drop of citrus, making you breathe in and out through your nose, continuously recyclying each flavor again and again. Much like the snow in a snowglobe, I can imagine it blowing from the back of my mouth, across its roof, and back atop the tongue. Undertones of cinnamon and spices tie it all together, making it an exceptional way to warm through the winter.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn brown witn a nice off-white head, good lacing.

Not much on the nose, but dark malts are there.

Really finely balanced between some sweetish malts and enough hops to balance. Tastes like a malty Oktoberfest type beer, leaning toward a dopplebock but not quite, very intriguing.

Just well done on the carbonation and heaviness, no sign of the abv, well hidden.

Great winter warmer, easy to go down and want another. A keeper for the winter.

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Photo of righlander
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This stuff really does have a warming effect...It's 48 degrees outside and in Florida That's a wet cold. Pours a mean clear brown with a respectable head. Sticky lacing. Smells of rich deep malt with some oily hop bitter. Taste is great, Rich toasty matly with a nice hop bitter. The hops are not overly dominating in the after taste. Caramel, Toffee, Toasted bread. Maybe oak chips. Very interesting flavor. Mouth feel is perfect, for sure full bodied to the max! Drinkability, hmm... I could probably hammer down like 3 of these then switch to a macro that way I don't get too drunk way too fast!

All in all an excellent winter warmer

I will surely buy this again.

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Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color is light copper hue with a thin tan head.
Nose: Toasted malt, nuttiness, caramel, and molasses. There are notes of floral, citrus hops, with spices.
Taste: Toasted malt, nutty, caramel malts some molasses hints of floral, citrus hops, and some spices.
Overall: This is a nice beer with a good healthy dose of hops followed by a good malt complex laced with a nutty caramel, and molasses. It has a clean and easy finish. Enjoyed this spiciness of this Christmas ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from last years release, cellared a year and poured into my snifter as I work out.

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to a disk leaving some patch lace. Clarity is great, and the carbonation is in plenty

S: On the nose, there is some spice - cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, dark honey, some floral notes and orange zest. Not much malt sweetness, this one is solid

T: On the palate, some oxidation is evident with some sherry-like notes to contrast/clash with the spices.Some booze/rum is apparent, otherwise, this is fairly ordinary on the palate, nothing much to get excited about. Rather dry on the finish with some mild spiciness

M: Fairly light with ample carbonation and a nice drying finish

D: I'll try to drink this fresh but this is fairly solid.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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