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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,708
Reviews:
808
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
156
For Trade:
3
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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cola brown with garnet highlights against the light. Quite cloudy. Small head with nearly no retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Ample caramel/toffee malt with notes of dried dark fruit, cinnamon, wood, leather and tobacco/earthy hops. Alcohol is evident but complements the aroma.

Toffee and brown sugar malt with prunes and dried cherries. Hops are earthy with tobacco and pine, bitterness is mild with a bit of anise and coffee grounds in the aftertaste.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden and complements the flavors well. Body is a bit more sessionable for an old ale and medium/active carbonation helps it along. Surprisingly has some nice drying to the finish.

Not the most complex or layered old ale but it is balanced, flavorful and sessionable despite the ABV. My only regret is not having tried it sooner, good one Avery.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MacQ32
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a muddy deep brown with less than a finger of toffee colored head, OK retention, decent lacing.

S - lots of caramel, wood, licorice, toffee and some warming alcohol.

T - dark fruits, sweet caramel and chocolate, wood, abundant alcohol and black licorice.

M - medium bodied, the alcohol negatively impacts the drinkability, although the beer itself is light for the style. Appropriate carbonation

O - a little thin and a little to boozy to be ideal, really nice sweet flavors though

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Photo of Erice78
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith's curved pint (to seemingly no detriment) from a 12 oz

Appearance: Bottle doesn't factor into ratings but it is appropriate for this brew and rather nice looking. A painting of a snowy rural mansion and pseudo-cursive font. Logo unfortunately stands out on this otherwise classy bottle. Whatever, like the painting.

Poured a standard looking head that didn't stick around too long. Lacing lined the bottle. Color is between "amber" and brown. Not bad looking despite the glass.

Smell: Some beers are a looker. This one is a smeller. Alcohol comes first (sadly) but afterward you're left with a candle worthy scent of sweet and bready malts, assorted dry fruits and a very very slight cinnamon undertone. (Weird because the bottle says it's not spiced). Get on it, Yankee.

Taste: I love an old ale, but they often taste a bit strong. I'd recommend this as a "session" old ale if that wouldn't knock people off their rockers. Sweet malts and dried fruit (figs?) up front, bready taste afterwards. Dangerously drinkable for the style, almost reminds me of a fig newton.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-medium with appropriate moderate-to-light carbonation.

I immediately wanted another. This was pretty great, especially on a particularly brisk fall day in Philadelphia.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark orange-amber and smells of dates and dried fruits. Mouthfeel is quite nice with appropriate carbonation. The taste is where this beer shines. An excellent example of the old ale style with heavy malt and a dark fruity taste. Overall, I enjoy this beer quite a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz pint during the Denver Beer Week/GABF celebrations at the brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Apparently this must be referred to as 'Old Jube' when ordering.

This beer appears a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of island group lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a mild fleshy nuttiness, aged dark fruit, ash, earthy, leafy hops, and a wee alcohol astringency. The taste is raisin-inflected caramel malt, toffee, cafe-au-lait, oily nuts, wet ash, earthy, weedy hops, and more simmering, tame booze notes.

The bubbles are rather soft and innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, with a thin metallic twinge, but generally smooth. It finishes more or less dry, with some lingering biscuit, cracker, coffee, and cocoa. A wee glow presents itself as things progress.

A decently well-rounded old ale, with winter warming aspects, that isn't too sweet. Complex and enjoyable, what with the elevated ABV keeping mostly to itself. I'm glad to be stateside, not in summertime, so that I finally get to try these kinds of offerings.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,708 ratings.
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