Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews:
796
Ratings:
1,655
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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62
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143
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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, bubbly and light yellow/brown. Dark reddish brown color, about 85% opaque. Nice carbonation, but hard to see.

Light to medium bodied taste. Dark fruit malt aromas. Ripe grape. Flowery American hop bouquet. Little alcohol. Toasted malt. Almost a wheaty bread vibe. Light light caramel and chocholate/roasted vibes.

Rich and fruity, in a dark ripe fruit sort-of-way. Nice hop bouquet.

Low to moderate oral formation. Very mild carbonation sting.

Very drinkable. Quite refreshing. Rich and sharp Winter Warmer taste and feel. Nice blend of malt and hop.

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Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one should be among one of the best BIG Daddy Ales. Pours a very dark amber color with a very frothy thick head over the ale.

You receive a nice hint of the malts in your nose with a sugar and spice accent

Very nice sweet smooth taste up front with the spice flavoring hitting you at the end. I thought this ale might have been to sweet at first but after further review its perfectly balanced.

The mouth feel is very nice medium to full with a very little hit of dryness at the end.

Over all this is one of the more perfectly balanced ales, the balance of malts and sweetness keeps you coming back for more. The brewing was very well done you could not ask for anything better. This is the perfect ale for the holiday season. I would recommend this to everyone.

Ale style: Strong English Ale
Hop Varity: Bullion
Malt Varity: Two row barley, special roast, black, chocolate, vistory
OG: 1.074
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
IBU’s: 30
Color: Very dark Amber

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Photo of Drew966
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Jubillation pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I mostly notice the hops in the aroma, alcohol is definitely there too. There's a chocolate note that is quite nice that dominates the flavor, hops are also quite noticeable. The alcohol really isn't noticeable in the flavor. Pretty good overall.

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

A - Clear deep brown color, nice thick brown head.

S - Malty, bready. Dark fruit.

T - Very nice hoppiness, caramel, coffee. Interesting pairing of the malty sweetness with the hops.

M - Medium-light, very clean and crisp, effervescent.

D - Quite drinkable. I could drink this all winter.

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Photo of psinderson
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown and clear, very little light passes through. Huge caramel colored head that wouldn't dissipate. I had to "coax" it a little. Great stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet and bready. Definite caramel aroma with some peppery undertones.

Taste: Big malt sweetness up front, strong roasty hop bitterness in the end. The bitterness is not unpleasant but it sticks around long after you finish. Good hop flavor throughout. This beer hides the ABV well with only a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but nice and smooth.

Drinkability: This brew suffers a tad with drinkability only because the bitter aftertaste. I like the aftertaste, but it slows you down a bit.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

FINALLY, I am reviewing this fresh and it is a different brew.
Pour has a very agressive 2 finger off white head that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are fresh coffee, nuts, and a little alcohol.
The taste is wonderful fresh....dark chocolate but not bitter....black coffee, but not bitter....nuts and a wonderful citrus hops bitterness right where it belongs on the end.
I love this beer...Last year I didn't discover it until the bottles were 6 months old and loved it then.
This year, at less than a month old this beer is heaven.
I definately have to stock up to last me through the year.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby redish mahogany glows out of this dark glass of winter seasonal. Big froathy head of rosy beige color leaves a healthy layer over the beer along with sheety lace over the glass. Nose is pleasing. Aromas of light plummy flowers, aramel toffee, cocoa, offee, and hefty but soothing malts. Stout-like a bit. Taste shares the light delicate flavors and abundant malts with a more apparent roastiness and nice amount of hop bitterness. Slight alcohol kick becomes evident and is quite welcome. It fits with the hops and malt soaked fruits well. Though clearly bigger on the malts than the hops this pulls together and feels balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft save for mild carbonation and body is a light feeling full. Drinkability is great for what this beer is. The glass has rarely parted from my hand since I poured this. 'Winter Warmer indeed' I think with a smile.

I like that its not overly-spiced if at all. Perhaps a little different than the norm for this style but up on my list. Seems like it could somehow possibly (though not likely) be a sessionable full bodied winter beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and frothy, leaving thick sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is quite malty, with dark fruit and brown sugar accents. Hints of spices and alcohol.

Taste is sweet dark maltiness up front. Sweet and candylike. Some mollasses, brown sugar, various spices, and a little woodyness offers some complexity. Add a little alcohol warmth and this beer finishes with a bit of leafy green herbal hop dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Very creamy and smooth.

A malty brew that is a little on the sweet side. Very nicely done. Flavors are balanced and enjoyable. There is also enough complexity too keep you interested. A great session brew for the holidays. For best results let this one warm a bit. Recommended.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive frothy head of fluffy foam rests on top of a dark mahogany shaded beer. Oh my, this head is seriously chunky...looks like seafoam. Sweet malty aroma: coffee, caramel, and nuts - very inviting and yet restrained. Heavy malt flavor - chocolate and nuts held together by a sweetness that isn't cloying in any way. Take a big mouthfull and all the layers of malty goodness become quite evident. Very pleasant sweetness in the finish. Perfectly enjoyable closer to room temperature and no signs of its apparent strength anywhere. Smooth, near creamy mouthfeel actually begins to resemble a dry stout near the end of the glass.

What a delicious malty treat this is. Stuck inside on a cold day? This'll put you in a good mood. Its not a huge beer, but its probably worth cellaring to see what would happen to it.

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

The Old Jubilation poured a dark opaque brown, only to turn to a see-thru red when held up to the light. Very similar appearance to a porter, with a thin off white head as well. Smells of roasted malts and a little nuttiness. The taste is very very smooth and well put together, very similar to a standard porter to me. The moutfeel is just towards the slick side with a good bit of carbonation as well. The high alcohol doesn't really show through too much until it warms up.

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

I was given a bottle of this by a local distributing representative, and was asked to evaluate it. I'm looking forward to this; I'm relative new to beer, and this is the first fall/winter season I've had to try various models of the Winter Warmer style. I've heard great things about this beer. Here are my thoughts.

It pours much darker than I thought it would. The beer looks much like a porter, only with more carbonation. I would describe the color as very dark brown; not quite black, but definitely darker than brown/dark amber. A substantial head formed, partially due to my exuberance in pouring! It was over a 1/2-inch thick and remained until the end, although considerably thinner.

The aroma is mainly of roasted malts and alcohol, with a bit of light caramel (or sugary fruit; I could go either way). It's a nice aroma, very well-balanced and intriguing; it really makes you desire a big gulp.

I was hooked with the first big sip. The mouthfeel is very nice; it's thick without being chewy. I find the carbonation a little much for my taste, but it's not obstructive. Flavorwise, there's a lot going on. Mainly of dark roasted malts and espresso, it's very well-balanced between malts and hop bitterness, and the dark, bitter aftertaste lingers just long enough. I was a little surprised by the small amount of winter spices in this winter warmer, but they can't all be like that, can they?

Wonderful brew. I'll certainly be checking this one out again.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber red just a hint of light shows thru on the color. The head is so impressive. Thick rootbeer like head two inches thick.
good lacing on the glass. The nose had a herbal almost a grey earl tea aroma. The rich flavor of roasted malts and a hint of toffy. The finish taste like a good french roast coffee. with a slight hint of clove. The reason I like this winter warmer is the brewer say's he adds no spices. The hint of clove I talked about was very faint.
The alcohol level is just right. They say this brew really shines at about two years in the cellar.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours deep deep red, almost black, with ruby red edges. A thick light tan head forms at the top, and lasts forever. Eventually settles to a thick frothy cap.

Plenty of spice and dark dry fruit. Bits of carmalized sugar are also present.

A bitterness from the dark malt is mixed with the bitterness from the hops in the middle of the tongue. A raison like flavor can be tasted. This full bodied mix is finished of with bits of drying alcohol and spicy twang.

The aroma and flavor of this beer seems to go perfectly with the cold winter days. Recommended.

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

Pours a mysteriously dark brown, almost black, that only gives off highlights when held up to direct light. Sticky Brussels lace gets left behind in spite of a head that starts out fluffy and ends up sparse. The aroma has very prominent hops, metallic and cirtusy with a minimal malt payload that shows up mostly as a graham crackery smell. On the palate, the first thing to come out are sweet malts that remind me of sweetened citrus fruits. After that, the hop bitterness arrives, tickling the sides of the tongue. The finish is long and actively bitter, with plenty of action on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is prominently harsh with hop oils and relatively unbalanced by malts, especially for a beer of this style. Overall, this is a hop-head's winter warmer, with little in the way of malt feel and balance, but it is nonetheless pretty tasty.

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

Pours a coca-cola like color with a nice creamy/frothy tan head that retains well.

Smells of ripe fruits, raisins, maltiness, tad bit of spices.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, some hoppiness, dry finish with alcohol present.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. I can take down a few of these relatively easily.

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

Poured a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Head diminished quickly, leaving a delicate lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts prevalent; hint of alcohol.

Excellent roasted malt, coffee and spice flavor followed by a bit of a lingering, but not unpleasant, alcohol burn.

Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, with a slight tingle of carbonation.

This beer has a lot of flavor and body; a nice, warming brew. A little heavy to drink more than one, but one is really nice.

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Photo of Neehan
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting pour that starts as a medium-brown with tons of bubbles but quickly becomes a dark cola-like color with thin, but prevalent lacing. The smell is nice with dark roasted malts the most prevalent. The taste is smooth and sweet with a bitter, dark coffee-like finish. Noticeable taste of the alcohol as well. A weak-mild low carbonated mouthfeel. Will definitely warm the body. Solid choice.

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Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with mahogany highlights, and topped by a light, short lasting tan colored head. A delicate lace is left on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The nose is reminiscent of a belgian dubbel. It has layers of dark fruit. Dates, figs, mild dark berry are blended well with some mild spice. The flavor echoes the nose well. More of the dark fruit. The date really comes across strongly. Spice is milder than I expected. The finish has a lingering bitterness. Hard to characterize. The spice does not meld well with the citrus hops. Still, this is a nice winter warming beer. The mouth feel is full, and smooth. Good drinkability.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe the Winter beers are here already! Pours deep chestnut brown. Thin tan head, very good retention and lacing. Smell is malty,and spicy. Body is light to medium with carbionation. Taste is warmed nicely. Sweet fruit and spice with a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear mahogany color. The head is massive, and recedes slowly into thick lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass the whole way down. The aroma is of malty with faint chocolate and ginger notes. The taste is like the like the aroma, but with a more pronounced spices. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I would certainly buy again.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin light tan head. Deep clear amber body.
S- Lots of spices fill the nose. Also maybe some dark fruits? Some citrus and floral hops. With some malt backing and a alcohol smell.
T- Some toffee flavor with a lot of spices. Spices really linger in the after taste. Some alcohol taste along with some mixture of hops comes through too. The toffee malts and spices linger in the aftertaste pretty strong. Also get a light warming from alcohol. Has a light underlying bitterness also to keep it all in balance.
M- Pretty decent body but not full but getting there. Light carbonation that is leaning towards medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. First real winter warmer. Is very decent though. Can't wait to try more.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony with a smallish tan foamy head. Very dark and hearty looking,great for winter. The smell is alittle light with roasted malt, vanilla, nuts, and coffee. The taste is chewy with nuts,coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. A very hearty beer that hides the alcohol well and is a sipper. The m/f is medium and the flavors mix very well. This is a reason to look forward to winter. A damn good beer, good job Avery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown, with hints of ruby redwith good carbonation, and a medium tan head that lingers and then reduces to good lacing. The nose is a mild aroma of malty dark fruit, and the taste is a nice mixture of this malty sweetness and hop bitterness. The 8% alcohol creeps into both the aroma and taste at mid-glass, and leads to a sweet, warming finish. This bottle depicts a winter scene, and thgis may be better as a winter warmer, but I was not disappointed having it on a warm, early Fall evening.

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Photo of stouty1
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color witha 2 finger of-white creamy head. Head hung around with lacing, sticky, and milky clinging to the rim. A nice malty chocolate smell overwhelms my senses. Nuts galore with more chocolate. My wife almost took a drink!

Initial flow over the palette was an attack of fruit (apple and raisin) with a malty, hop finish. It took about three sip to actually adjust to the high amount of fruitiness. Half way through and now I get a a smooth dark, malty, chocolatiness that flows over my tongue with a sweet nice dry finish. It is becoming very drinkable and enjoyable the more I drink.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This review is for a 2005 bottle of this beer.

This year-old Old Jubilation pours with a good amount of carbonation creating an off-white head that settles slowly to a collar of foam. The color is a sort of light to medium brown. The aroma is malty, with a touch of a nutty character. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts with fruity, malty flavors; predominantly caramel malt flavors and some nuttiness. However, the roasted, coffee-like flavors detected in younger versions of this beer are quite muted. The finish is not nearly as bitter and the hops overall have diminished quite a bit and remain mostly in the background as compared to an early review. A very enjoyable old ale that holds up well to some aging.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.
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