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 Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-07-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Murky dark brown with a 1/2-finger tan head that fades quickly.

S - Light aroma of caramel, licorice and citrus.

T - Roasted caramel malt, toffee, milk chocolate, earthy spice and citrus bitterness that lingers for a good long time. The alcohol is present but complimentary. Not too sweet.
The flavors are well-balanced and compliment each other.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit resinous.

O - One of the better winter warmers I've had. I'm not a fan of black licorice and thankfully the whiff of it in the aroma barely transferred into the taste. This is a bit more bitter than many winter warmers without wandering into the black IPA territory. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, picked up last Saturday in Colorado.

It pours a clear colour of mahogany with about an inch of foam. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

The smell is both hoppy and malty. I get some sweetness and a bit of biscuit countered by, actually, a mild bitterness. The hops are restrained and that's fine by me.

The taste brings caramel sweetness, some biscuit, a touch of toffee, and some bitterish tones that bring good balance. Very tasty.

On the high end of medium bodied, with about a medium light amount of carbonation...pretty darned smooth mouthfeel. The foam is still here, about a half inch now, and lacing continues to impress me.

Drinkability? Good drinkability held back only by a slowly increasing amount of alcohol that's mostly present after the swallow. But at 8%, it's still not a chore to drink by any means. A very solid example of the style.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" beige head on top of a dark brown - mahogany beer. The head retains well as a cap. Some lace.

S - Malt up front. Light chocolate. Tangy hops. Unique orange juice aroma mixes in there nicely.

T - Rich, earthy malt. Some caramel as it warms. Juicy piney hop flavor. Nutty in finish. Fruit (orange, cherry). Nice balance of rich malt, tangy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol.

M - Slick, full mouthfeel.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice complex winter seasonal.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep garnet color with a decent lasting, frothy, dense, tan head. On the nose the aroma was of caramel malts, and slight floral hop aroma. On the palate the flavors consisted of caramel malt, slight roastiness, slight dark fruity flavors, nice sweetness, nuttiness, and brown sugar. The alcohol is not over done, and hardly detected, very drinkable seasonal winter brew…

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear reddish brown body with a thin cap of head. Overall impression of appearance is true to style, quite nice. Scents of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin and fruitcake in the foreground, supported by aromas of nutty malt, hazelnuts and coffee in the background with a mild warm alcohol also present. Overall impression of aroma is of a true to form, very complex example of an Old Ale. Malty, rich and warming. Very well done. Flavor begins malty sweet with notes of hazelnut, caramel and molasses upfront with medium-low levels of vinous and sweet fruity esters and a light roasted malt and chocolate presence. Middle continues these flavors, picking up more pronounced notes of raisins and hazelnuts, alongside a slight warming alcohol. Finish is sweet with notes of raisins, vinous flavors, caramel, molasses, light nuttiness and medium-light bitterness from roasted malt contributing flavors of coffee and chocolate and a light warming alcohol. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and nutty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice Old Ale, one that fits well to style, with just a touch higher bitterness than is usual. Still a good example of the style and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy, with low carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to style Old Ale. Overall this is a fantastic Old Ale. It has a pleasant aroma and a very nice flavor, aided by a pleasing mouthfeel. A very nice Winter ale, one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 drews240
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle cellared for one year.

A: Pours a muddled brown color with lighter burnt Siena hues. Somewhat murky. Khaki colored head settles quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: crust, toast, dark caramel, pinch of cocoa. Very earthy with hop scents of pine, spicy garden herbs, and wet leaves.

T: Caramel. Lots of dark toast and crust. Cocoa and nutty chocolatey tastes build. Pitted fruits, such as dates and plums. Hops are assertive and bring spicy herbal notes, pine, and an overall earthy tone. Flash of citrus. Cocoa, chocolate, and nutty tastes mingle with earthy and oily hops on the long finish.

M: Medium thick body. Rich and creamy with a bit of heft in the mouth. Surprisingly high hop astringency, though it isn't a bother. Comforting alcohol warmth.

O: The assertive hopping was a bit of a surprise, but a welcome one. This beer perfectly fits its winter seasonal role. Rich, robust, and warming. No need to kill a beer like this with spices. A pleasure to sip, and an excellent buy at an approachable price in the six pack. Cellars very well to boot.

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Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

OK, I just bought some of this on close out - half price (it's July). It had not been kept cold all the time. This does not seem to have damaged the brew. Not much smell. Pretty dark. Good taste, mouthfeel and drinkability (but you can tell that if you have more than 3 or 4 you will have to pay the piper). SInce it is July, I'm glad it's not flavored, but around the holidays, I do like something with a little special flavor, which this does not have - it's just a nice, well-balanced, slightly malty strong ale.

Drinking a fresh one in 2011, it is not as well behaved on the mouthfeel. The taste also is a bit harsh, needing mellowing, so aging a few months apparently helps. It smells much better, though - a 4+.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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 cvstrickland
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear dark copper body capped with a finger of off-white foam that recedes to a ring and leaves a few scraps of lacing scattered about the glass.

The smell of the drink is toasty and malty with a note or two of chocolate and some earthy, spicy hops.

The taste of the drink is rich and complex, with multiple layers of dryish toasty malts interwoven with silky notes of caramel and sweetened cocoa. Crisp and polished, the drink is mild in character, but very flavorful.

I detect no inkling of the ABV in the drink, but the warming in my belly belies the true nature of this friendly beast. Great drinkability, and it's 90 outside!

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Photo of jazzer
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - body= the color of dates or plums, creamy head, minimal but sticky. leaves some lace and looks heavy.

S - chocolate, roasted malt, smells like a hefty porter. very malt forward w/ earthy hops and notes of fresh ground coffee beans.

T - bitter, slightly citrus w/ heavy dark malt profile. ever-so slight smoke and curious nutty notes. alcohol isn't completely hidden but doesn't come through in too strong a manner.

MF - full bodied and carbonation somewhere in the middle but leaning toward the lower side.

D - on a cold night by the fire? 5.5! a sixer of this would go great w/ a game of poker with friends on a chilly winter eve. this is a sipper w/ a ton of malt. overall not bad, not greatness either. However I appreciate Avery's diversity and ability to craft so many different styles w/ such success and consistency.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no best by or freshness dating... It's a winter warmer purchased in August, so it's anyone's guess.

A - Dark mahogany with dark ruby highlights and a light tan cap of dense foam 2 fingers thick.

S - Unsweet chocolate, light roast coffee, and a black fig malt impression. As it begins to warm, there is a roasted wood aroma.

T - Chocolate covered coffee beans is met with an assertive hop bitterness. Light cherry and smoking apple wood. Very nice.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. The brew clears the palate well, inviting the next sip in line.

D - For an ale of 8% ABV, very high. For a daily drinker? Moderate to low.

Another great Avery Brewing product at a great price.

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Photo of Risser09
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Served at cellar temp

Appearance: This ale pours dark brown in color with a light tan head that rises to about 1 inch. It doesn't have much of a shelf life and gives way to the beer below. Sticky lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, Sugary sweet, Plum, dark fruit, raisin, and pipe tobacco. Overripe cherries perhaps with chocolate.

Taste: Sugary and deeply malted. A slight hop bite, but everything else is malt dominant. Candied raisins, plum, beet, cherry, blood orange and fig. Lots of dark fruit. Alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and in the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with plenty of sugar to go around. Quite a treat of candy. Alcohol is nice and warming down to the belly. Lingering bitterness, hops?

Drinkability: This is probably the best winter warmer I have ever had, and I'm not a big fan of the style. In fact, it's probably my least favoritre style. So for a beer like this to impress me, is seldom seen. Overall, thebest winter warmer I've had. Nice for Xmas Eve. Worth trying, and possibly aging, to calm the lingering bitterness. Will age my other bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours very dark almond, clear, dark tan head, tiny bubbles , frothy, well dispersed sticky lacing. Nose is malty, spicy, oats. Rich,creamy solid mouthfeel. Bold malty body, some winter spice picked up, nutmeg,cinimon,ginger. Tasty and warming with alcohol well in background. 2 or 3 of these and I'll be seeing two old Saint Nicks! Fine winter warmer, seek and enjoy.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber with a fine head, that dissipates into a consistent and enduring lacing. Looks good.

Smells of caramel, burnt malts, and spices (typical of winter warmers - nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon). Hops are also present, as well as alcohol.

The taste is richer, with strong malt presence (bready, yeasty, and fruity), some chocolate hints, a certain woody-ness and a stronger hops finish (floral). A very nice winter warmer. Maybe my favorite this season. Mouthfeel is solid, and is very drinkable. Good stuff. Worth seeking out imo.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nutty with a hint of raisin. Could be biscuit, special b, caramel. Touch of hop bitterness

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Photo of Elemental
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dark brown color with a thin amount of head. The aroma is pleasant with some hoppy, maltly, and spicy notes but a little sour (bot too bad though). Rich in taste with a large amount of malts and spices floating around. It gets pretty bitter towards the end and finishes dry and tart. A good seasonal thats not over spiced, very well balanced.

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Photo of blackie
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: The pour gives a low, khaki colored head that recedes to a ring aorund the glass and an arrangement of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich chestnut brown in color.

smell: Mmmmm oh man. I love winter warmers. A blend of sweet, dark fruits and milk chocolate upfront. There's a light, wintery spice noticeable after swirling the glass alongside some dark wood. I've never had plum pie, but a well toasted crust and mushy, warm plums comes to mind. Candied orange notes. Nice American hop aroma in perfect balance with the moderate malts sweetness. So close to a 5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth, lighter medium. The body is a full medium.

taste: Upfront I find notes of milk chocolate and dark fruits, particularly raisins. There's also a slight nutty woodiness, especially noticeable after the swallow. There's a nice hop flavor and a considerable bitterness that lingers into the finish with some roasted flavors. Not overly complex, but very solid and nice in the subtlety of the flavors..

drinkability: Not a hint of the 8% ABV save for just a tinge on the nose. An easy sipping winter warmer.

Picked up a single this past winter, cellared since then (8 months or so)

2012 bottle consumed 2013, properly cellared. Fun to look back on my original review, when a beer of this type was so new and foreign. While I may not score it the same today, I do find that it's a nice, simple old ale that melds toasted, nutty malts with even a little roast and dark, leathery fruit flavors. Hints of spice but not in an additive sense, wood and touches of cured tobacco. Only a touch of balanced brown sugar mid-palate before a balancing bitterness and earthy hop flavor pulls in. Good stuff.

old scores 45/45/45/4/4

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The body is a dark mocha body with burnt red highlights. The beer is opaque. The head is a tan one-fingered, frothy cap. There are tons of bubbles on the lid. There is a decent sheet of thick lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell- There’s a good amount of roasted malt on the nose. There’s also some toffee malt sweetness in there. Also a sense of some sour fruit, also seems a little musty.

Taste- There’s some roasted malt, a sweet, toffee malt character, and some coffee roast that is long in the finish. The blend of malts is pretty complex. I’m getting everything from dark fruit to cinnamon, even though none of that was actually used.

Mouth feel- It’s a really nice medium body and creamy. It finishes just a little dry.

Overall- This winter warmer uses a silly amount of malts, and it really works. The complexity of the drink is what makes this winter warmer the good drink it is. If you enjoy winter warmers, this beer will not let you down.

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Photo of jwalters1293
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of stephiehefe
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer in my opinion. On a lazy day, I'm drinking it from the bottle...no glassware=no glass-washing. :) Honestly, I can say that the first sip is the best...full of robust chocolatey, malty yum-ness...but that flavor regresses a bit as I nursed the beer over an hour or so. Yeah, I know...who nurses a beer of such immediate yum-ness (again...too lazy to search for a good descriptive word!)...for an entire hour? Well, that's how I roll...especially while cooking delicious blend of roasted zucchini, bell pepper and red onion to go with my grilled chicken breast...for one.
Hey why not? The bf is out of town, and after work, it's a perfect way to "ho ho whoa" myself to sleep...to quote the Old Jub bottle itself :)...
so overall review? The beer is worth checking out...and I'm interested to see how it progresses over the next 1-3 years. A tiny gem among the Avery jewel chest.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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