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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,708
Reviews:
808
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
62
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157
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,708 |  Reviews: 808
Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's been on tap for quite a while.

Pours a clear deep brown, almost opaque, with amber highlights and a frothy one inch head reminiscent of cappuccino froth.

Brown sugar, lightly nutty toffee, booze, raisins, toasted malt, and bruised cherries form the aroma.

Dark fruit and slightly bitter hops dominate the initial sip. Deeply toasted malt, slight molasses sweetness, and hints of prunes and raisins add complexity. Much more bitter than expected, with a bit of roasted coffee bean shell at the finish. Chocolatey notes emerge as it warms.

Body is full and creamy, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Not as much character as I recall from the bottle. More bitter than anything, which is surprising for the style. Lacking in big flavor and esters.

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Photo of mjl21
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info or bottling info is present.

A-Pours a really nice brownish red color that shines in the light. It has a one finger off white head that has some nice retention. Leaves nice streaks of lace.

S-Nothing spectacular. It has some subtle roast flavors, some toasted pale malt, and a little bit of sweetness.

T-It begins with a mixture of sweet and roast malt flavor definite coffee flavor. Toasted pale malt also is detected. There is some bitterness at the end. As it warms I pick up on some orange rind. Sweetness lingers in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, a little sticky, and well carbonated.

D-Nice winter warmer. Apparently they use no spices, which I prefer. They also use hazelnuts and I was unable to discern any flavor from them.

A nice winter warmer that will appeal to those who aren't fans of spiced winter beers.

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Photo of jera1350
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with a finely bubbled head of thick foam that rises up a half-inch and leaves nice fingers of lace running up the glass as it recedes.

Rich aroma of toasted malt, caramel, bits of cocoa, and raisin.

Tangy tounguefeel upfront, has a rich flavor, but almost burnt malt or cocoa, perhaps accentuated by the alcohol. Other flavors of brown sugar and ripe fruit and oak mix in and out, tangy cherry and raisin rides in the finish, and a tart, again almost burnt, flavor sits in the back of the throat.

Rich mouthfeel, tingly on the tongue, full in the cheeks, slightly warming in the finish.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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

A: Brownish-red; a tad murky; steady, 1-finger head with nice retention; ok lacing

S: Some grapefruit/citrus hop aromas; sweet maltiness with strong caramel and subtle raisins; also a bit grainy/barn smell

T: Citrusy and piny hops and a sweet caramel maltiness; the hops are more on the front with the malts and sweetness coming out in the aftertaste. There is something chemically at the end that is a bit unpleasant.

F: Slightly thin but overall a pretty even mouth feel

D: Pretty drinkable and pleasant thought the sweetness and slight funk wears on you.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the thiquid is brown with soso carbonation. The head is a very small pad of tan that fades to a ring fast.

The smell is nice a roasty malt and noticeable hops.

The taste follows the roasty malt is quite good and is evenly balanced with the good earthy hops.

The Mouthfeel is also nice, close to medium body and the carbonation feel right.

The drinkability is just fine the is a good Winter Warmer for me as I don't go for the spice much. Prosit, MK

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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 sully22
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's almost springtime weather here in Washington, so I better polish off my winter beers before it gets too warm.

Poured from the bottle to a regular old 12-oz pint glass. Nice deep amber brown color with some orange tint when held up to the light. Good looking, thick and creamy head settles on top, and leaves a nice lace as the beer recedes. The aroma is a dull, muted malt scent. Nothing special, but definitely more malty than hoppy. It does mellow out a bit as the beer warms to room temperature, and reveals some fruitier tones. The taste is quite good. Rich malt flavor with notes of caramel, plum, and coffee. Possesses a nice hoppy balance, even the hops are not terribly prominent. Very nice beer, here. Mouthfeel is sturdy, but a bit thinner than I might expect from a warmer. The high ABV is masked neatly by a slew of quality ingredients and excellent brewing. More high marks for Avery.

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

Growler purchased at halftime.

Pours a dark mahogany into my triple karmeliet glass small 1 finger head little to no lacing.

Smells malty sweet with cherrys.

Taste of malt with some cherrys and chocolate. Nice hoppy bitter ending with some alcohol warming.

Full bodied and heavey like a winter warmer shoudl be.

Nice brew but I would not seek it out.

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

I got this bottle as part of a "mystery" six-pack from the local store. I've got to say that it's a fine surprise.

A - nice thick off white head and a deep orange/medium brown, clear, body.

S - sweet malt.

T - sweet malt with a beautiful bitter hop finish.

M - a little watery and full of flavor yet not heavey.

D - solid. Perfect for three or four pints on a fall evening.

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

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head. Smells of buttered toast. Taste is an earthy phenolic beginning, with a toffee middle, and a piney, tart finish. Rich mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation. This beer is certainly a sipper, but I would definately get it again.

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Photo of jaluria
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has the color of slightly watered down soda with orange-brown hues and an overall medium brown color. The viscosity is higher than expected as it is poured with a nice thick head that keeps and leaves behind nice lacing. Aromas of ginger root, roasted suger, alcohol, and other spices seem to come out. The taste is almost entirely sweet with hardly any hop characteristics. The alcohol is reasonably hidden, but it makes its presence known a few sips in. The varying 'sweet' flavors blend together very nicely so as not to compete with one another. Although this beer is sweet, it is not too sweet to enjoy. An excellent beer with the typical warming alcohol sensation resulting. The drinkability takes a hit because of the high ABV and the richness of the beer.

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

Got this one from SaCkErZ9 as part of Black Booty. Thanks!
Clear and dark brown, perhaps a reddish tint. A hard pour produced a thick cap of tan foam about a half inch thick. Good head retention, lots of clinging lace. Malty aroma, lots of chocolate/cocoa, toffee and caramel. Mild fruit tones and faint hops, maybe citrusy, maybe floral, hard to tell. Nicely balanced flavour, still a lot of malt character but with mild bitterness and fruity notes. Faint mint in the finish along with subdued alcohol and lingering chocolate/toffee malts. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, fine bubbles, slight dry astringency from the dark malts. Pretty good overall. A tasty winter warmer.

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

This brew is a deep dark ruby. A one finger creamy tan head tops the brew and sticks around for awhile. Sweet malt dominates on the nose, but there are also some hints of flowery hop notes. This is a solid old ale, but just a notch below some of the great old ales that come out around X-mas time (like Summit's). The malt presence is very firm and almost dominating in this beer. Sweet caramel like tones. There is a bit of a lingering bitterness though. And it's just a little "off." That is what dropped the drinkability rating to a 3.

Thanks once again to cokes for landing my a solid brew that I can't get my hands on here in the Twin Cities.


Some additional notes on Feb. 11, 2003:

I also recoginize a slight dry roasted character to this brew. And I upped the drinkability since I no longer notice the lingering off bitterness. Thank you to Davo for my second sampling of this brew.

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Photo of alli4051
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with about a finger of light tan head. Head is fizzy and disappears quicker than I expected leaving a trace of lacing. Scent is pretty malt forward, with some roastiness and dark fruits. Taste is again lots of malt with some chocolate and roasty notes as well and just enough earthy hops to provide some balance. Didn't have the spiciness I expected for a winter warmer but quite frankly it was fantastic even without it. Alcohol is well hidden making this quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of nick76
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and fruit. The appearance is red/brown with am medium head. The flavor is like the aroma with more bitterness than I was expecting. The palate is soft and smooth. The aftertaste is toasted malt and nuts. Overall I like it.

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

Found at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Avery's brews have all been pretty good so far and this is no exception. This is a pretty good seasonal ale to boot. Pours a pretty amber color with a medium thin beige head. Spicey aroma of connamon and hops. The flavor was a mixture of malts, brown sugar, cinnamon etc and was surprisingly rich. Good stuff!

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

A - Nice sized, light brown head with good retention and an amber-brown body with good clarity.

S - Caramel malt with a strong molasses note. Nutty, no detectable hop aroma.

T - Nutty toffee, dry fruit, and some hop flavor. Bitterness creeps in during the finish along with some sherry like oxidized notes.

M - Low carbonation, moderately thick, creamy body, and some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - Very significant caramel character. Nice example of the style, but the oxidized notes are a bit too much.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark caramel brown liquid with good clarity, about a half inch bone white head, good retention, as it settles leaves a covering of foam on the sides of the glass and a thin layer of foam on the surface, leaves good lacing as it is slowly consumed.

S & T = Sweet malt flavors, some dried grassy flavors like rooibos tea, caramel, earthy scents, some spiciness of hops.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, light frothy carbonation that makes the liquid very smooth on the tongue.

D = This drinks well, but only as a slow sipper.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA
*Notes taken on 12/26/13 to my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Dark mocha brown body dense with some visible carbonation and a few floaties present. There forms a thin film of khaki across the top that dissipates out to a small swirl in short time. Some small dotting and a few splashes of lace adhere to the glass upon each drink.

S: Caramel malts with light chocolate hazelnut and a bit of dark cherry fruit. The nose has a touch of earthy roast to it and a dash of alcohol spice coming through as well. All in all a very nice malt complexity to the aroma.

T: Tastes malty and rich with caramelized fig, candied prunes, dark toffee, spiced chocolate, and just a hint of roast coffee bean. There is some earthy root flavors coming through with more dark berry and hints of tobacco. The beer is somewhat sweet but drying with a moderate peppery bitterness across the palate. Alcohol is well disguised with only a minor warming sensed. Pretty solid stuff.

M: Moderately filling the beer is actually a touch on the thinner side. Lightened by the bitterness and drying lift towards the finish. Mild alcohol warmth and a clean exit.

D: I do like me a good warmer and this is a fairly nice one. Has some great robust layers of malty goodness while maintaining a lighter more sessionable body. Would have again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Mahogany colored with a 1/2-fingered head that slowly settled
S: Caramel, molasses, a hint of herbs/spice. Typical for a heavily malted beer but nice
T: Caramel/molasses/malt but not a lot of structure or complexity
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: A decent beer worth trying but nothing extraordinary

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

Well, I was doing some spring cleaning of the beer fridge and saw that I had missed this winter warmer. Whoops. Old Jubilation pours a deep, clear, reddish-amber color, with hints of orange and a pretty creamy light tan lid. Quite sweet and malty nose with lots of plum and red grape fruitiness, and hints of spice. The flavor is chocolatey malts at first, with a nice fruitiness and a lightly bitter and spicy lingering along with a touch of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is soft, pleasant and creamy. This stuff is pretty good, but not really stand-outish. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for the style though.

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