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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of alkemy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malty aroma has fruity and subtle woody and nutty notes. Pours a clear chocolate brown with a fairly thick light cinnamon-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and nutty, caramel and woody hops notes plus a hint of sweet chocolate. Smooth texture has good body and fizz, quite lively. Start the party!

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

12 oz bottle

pours a dark reddish brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Very good retention, and quite a bit of clumpy lacing.

Smells interesting - from the aroma I don't think I could identify the style. Some dark fruit, but I wouldn't call it defining. Some roasty malt and chocolate, but again light. Decent complexity.

I was going to call this spicy, but on second sip I believe it's just some interesting bitterness that works well with the high level of sweetness in the beer. Not as complex as I thought from the nose, but there is some raisin and plum and quite a bit of chocolate mixed into this caramelly malt-driven concoction. The finish is somewhat dry, and I'm finding myself less than enamoured of the lingering malty and lightly bitter aftertaste when combined with this dryness.

This has a decent medium body, a smooth character, and a pleasant light carbonation level...the parts are there, and I don't know why I'm really not digging their sum.

Alcohol? Where is it? Great job of hiding the high ABV, and with just a few tweaks this could be great. I could drink a few.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition.

Deep crimson in color. Pours a big tan head that quickly dissipates to a few big bubbles.

Spicy, caramel, raisin, alcohol, and a slight floral hop touch. Smells really good. Caramel comes to the front as it warms.

Toffee, dark fruits, clove, and a peppery bitterness at the end. A touch earthy and dirt taste (not as bad as it sounds).

Syrupy with fairly low carbonation. Just a touch thin

I like this beer. Enjoyed the full glass, but that funky bitterness at the end becomes a touch overwhelming. Definitely worth a try, but I'm not drinking more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Csims for this bottle.

I am always intrigued by this style of beer. There's so much room for differences between brewers that it's always an adventure. This brew was no exception. It looked great, smelled amazing, fell a bit flat in the taste as compared to the smell and was very easy to drink.

I'd love to try it fresher and see what the difference is. For a winter warmer with some time and shipping under it's belt it was a nice brew. I'd definitely buy a 6 pack if it was in my local market.

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

A: Mahogany brown colored beer produces a thin off-white head when poured into pint glass. Leaves a thin rim of lace with some clinginess to glass.
S: Nutty, malty, caramel and boozy aromas are all present.
T: Malt, caramel, hazelnut, toffee up front. The ethanol adds a warm middle and there is a slight bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A bit syrupy at first. It certainly does not hide its 8.3% ABV.
O: A good but not great beer. Enjoyed it, but will not seek it out in the future. Glad I tried it.

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

A - Brown with red hints, off-white head with very good lacing

S - Strong malts with backgrounds of fruits, rasins and dates

T - sweet malt, caramelish and white grapes, kind of a chemical end

M - smooth very easy on the palette

D - I drank it all night long. It didnt bother me a bit. Loved it.

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Photo of shand
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Old Jubilation pours a muddy brown-red color with a small head. The aroma is malty, boozy, and slightly fruity. To attempt to get notes further than that is an effort in futility. The taste also hints at complexity that never quite makes it's way out behind the thick wall of lightly roasted malt and fruit. A very light booziness and a light amount of citrusy hops adds a bit of life to the beer. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, Old Jubilation is a good beer. It's best aspect is probably it's drinkability, this goes down very easily for the relatively high ABV and strong malt flavors.

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Photo of dar482
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep mahogany color.

The aroma has dark dates, caramel, toffee, a bit of roasted malt, and chocolate.

The flavor has darkly toasted malt, some chocolate, with mostly toffee and caramel, a toasty nuttiness, a yeasty fruit bread. A good amount of fruity ester. And a bit of pine on the end.

A decent British style ale.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice dark amber to ruby coloration in the glass. Very thick head resolves into a ring of foam. There is very thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer smims in malty goodness. There is the smell of fruit somewhere towards the back of the beer.

Taste: The maltyness dominates the taste. I would have liked slightly more hoppyness to the beer. The fruity goodness plays well with the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is thick and full bodied. Has a slightly muddy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If the maltyness to hoppyness had a bit more balance I would say this was a very easy to drink treat. This beer is not bad and I will buy again.

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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 Riccymon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is 2008 vintage.

Pours from the bottle dark brown with a small cap of short-lived brown head. Smell is subtle West Coast hops, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses; nothing too lively or interesting

Taste is sweet--syrup, toffee--with a touch of pleasant spices--nutmeg, orange peel. Just the ghost of alcohol around the edges of each sip. Seems well-crafted and styled just the way I like winter warmers-- not too much booze, not too much spice. Mouthfeel is full in body with a spicy, drying finish.

A well-rounded, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of amstelcat
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer guy at my local store said this is his favorite holiday ale. Let's see....

Dark brown color with some coppery hues in the light. Not a lot of head but it stays dense and apparent til the bottom of the glass. Some molasses on the nose and tongue. Hops are there somewhere but seem beaten down by the malt and alcohol. More alcohol bite as it warms. When it was colder it tasted a bit like a porter.

Overall a good beer, not great. Probably not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown in color with some bronze tints. Thin head that leaves no lacing. Not much to look at. Things start looking up at the first sniff. Roasted maltyness, nuts and some booze burn. Taste falls right into line with the smell. The taste is nice and solid but in the end it comes across somewhat subdued. Nothing really stands out and gives that wow sensation. Finishes dry with no aftertaste. Overall a solid beer that is worth trying but it didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Someone spilled their Scotch Ale in my English Strong Ale. Pours dark mahogany with a tiny tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty and full of roasted malts. But, this tastes a lot like a stronger black and tan or Scotch Ale. Very malty, very nutty, and a big finish of toffee and roasted malts. Almost too flavor without the alcohol you would expect. In the end, its still a good beer

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

Been sitting on this bottle for a while, so figured it was getting into summer and a good time to drink a winter warmer.

A: Pours a dark brown with orange edges when held up to the light. Tan head, about one finger in height forms and reduces down to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Nice sticky lacing covers most of the glass.

S: Extremely malty, loads of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Has a little bit of dark fruit, but not as much as most winter warmers, this almost smells like a porter.

T: Tons of caramelized sugar with some roasted malt. There is a little bit of cocoa and coffee and just a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth and on the creamier side. Just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O: Pretty good, a different take on a winter warmer, and it would definitely warm me up in the middle of winter.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear mohagany body with a tall off-white head.

The smell is tons of toffee and a touch of chocolate. It's very heavy on the malts.

The taste is also heavy on the toffee malt but the sweetness is cut with a nutty flavor, giving it a little bitterness. The alcohol does have a pronounced presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly soft on the tongue.

A good example of the style, but a bit hot with the booze. A decent beer.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer, though not quite sure what constitutes an "old ale" (too lazy to Ask Cheeves its)

A swirl of spices with hints of chocolate, coffee, and other such things. My palate was a tad confused but, fwiw, think that added to the enjoyment of drinking this offering. Despite 'average' marks, definitely worth trying during holiday season.

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

12oz. bottle. 2006 vintage if relevant.

Clear, deep mahogany/cherrywood color. Large, rocky, light tan head.

Hops are 1st impression - grassy and herbal. Some roasted malt makes an appearance. An almost Belgian scent of barnyard/earthiness comes across as well. As the beer warmed, a caramel scent comes out.

Taste pretty similar to aroma, initially. Hops come out first, then as the beer warms, the malt takes a bigger role. Definately sweeter than at the start. Bitter chocolate and roast as well.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Somewhat drying.

Good beer, but not really sessionable in my opinion. 2 or 3 would probably do the trick. I would prefer a bit more hops and/or spices to liven it up a little.

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

12 oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.
No best before date.

Very dark oak in color; near opaque. Rocky, off-white foam about a half-inch high that plasters the sides of the pint glass after a few moments to settle. Ringed lacing down half of the glass with good durability.

Creamy, sweet molasses and caramel-flavored malt character. Noticeable alcohol aroma intertwined with dark fruit: plum, red grape, and fig. A mild oak whaff that gives a somewhat stiff mustiness. Pleasant, subtle aromatics.

Dry, roasted malt character; earthen tones along with hints of milk chocolate and caramel. There's a very big presence of dried, roasted nuts and oak that make for quite a big bitterness. Notes of alcohol-soaked fruit: plum, red apple, and grape. The aftertaste is rich, dry, and robust.

A heavy, medium in body; dry and even chewy for most of the sip, but spots of slickness on account of the abv and vinous fruit.

Reminds me of a min-barleywine in some respects, but rather mild in flavor. An interesting Winter Warmer to try, but one I probably won't be going back to.

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

This is a pretty decent brew. Has almost porter-like texture. Very malty upfront but unlike a lot of other porters I've had, very hoppy at the end. Interesting I'd say. Lots of roasted chocolate malts and bitter sweet tangy hops. Very quaffable. First Avery I've ever had and won't be the last.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
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