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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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#10,561
Reviews:
814
Ratings:
1,734
pDev:
10.65%
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Photo of wnh
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep reddish-brown, opaque with some light coming through around the edges. One finger of creamy, off-white head that diminshes rather quickly into a slightly chunky film across the surface. Leaves a decent bit of lacing in spots.

Nose is sweet, spiced malt with notes of brown sugar and dark fruit. A hint of roasty aroma in the background, lightly reminiscent of coffee. Taste is sweet malt with a quick sort of astringency. Warming alcohol in the finish that lingers. There's an earthy quality that comes in fairly quickly on each sip and stays through the finish. Well balanced on the whole. Medium to heavy bodied, with a good bit of stickiness. Certainly a sipping beer.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep ruby colored ale that pours smooth with a bit of foamy/creamy head. Thick rings of lacing.

S: A heavy spicy malt aroma with cinnamon and cardamom coming to the front.

T: Malts and some light hops fill the mouth. As I roll the flavor around, I find cascade hops and caramel malts. The spices are also evident, but more muted than they are in many winter warmers. A bit too mild of a taste, at least for my preference.

M/D: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Masks the alcohol well. The beer just lacks a striking and unique character, so I am not compelled to keep drinking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is aged about 8 months, 2008 vintage. Pours a pretty clear reddish-amber color with an impressive pillow of tan foam that has good retention and average lacing.

This smells mighty tasty, a complex myriad of aromas. Heavily sweetened peanut brittle, maple syrup, overripe figs, molasses, sour cherries and citric hops...wow!

The taste does not disappoint, as raw vanilla beans, oak staves and dark chocolaty maltiness assault the tastebuds. All this with no spices? That is a mighty feat indeed. Malty goodness with a nice hop balance. This is a fine winter warmer from Avery.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, off white small head, leaves to disk fast. Some clingy lacing.

S - Deep bready malt and some spice.

T - Full bodied rounded malt taste with some spice added.

M - Round, good balance. Nice carb. Pretty thick, too.

D - For the style, would take some to get tired.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter warmer without cloying Xmas spices? Sign me up!

Clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Sticky snowfall lace and thin, but persistant, retention. Drab wintry bottle label that makes me not want to drink this.

Smells like molasses, hazelnut, woody hop, mild charcoal and liquid malt extract. Primarily hazelnut and LME though.

Prominant hazelnut and brown sugar flavors. Tastes like a very solid brown ale without any indication of a 8% abv. Mouthfeel is wet and full.

Aged very well as when I first had one this winter I hated it. Now I really like it.

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Photo of PrAndo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Monsteruss
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Foam was whole wheat/oat in color and smooth. The color was a deep burgandy/cola with mahogany highlights. It had a deep hops smell with a small accent of licorice and was a little bitter. The taste was a little bitter, hidden fruity undertones, deep and a very malty undertone. Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp. Drinkability - it was alright, but the bitter hops taste made it from getting a better score.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not a "Winter Warmer" according to style guidelines, though I do not doubt that it could warm one up on a cold winters day. This, according to Avery's website, is an English Strong Ale (much more suitable if you ask me). Let's see, what else do they reveal about this beer? They used Bullion hops, which is an interesting choice...mostly a bittering hop. Malts included are 2-row barley, special roast, black, chocolate and victory. THERE ARE NO SPICES ADDED. OG: 1.074 IBU: 30

I served this beer in a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, though I bought this beer in the fall of 2008.

A: Very nice head! Thick, three fingers worth of soapy, sudsy, cream-colored head. The body was a rich mahogany in color with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The clarity was good enough so that one could see the moderate stream of carbonation. The lacing was ok, but not good.

S: Served cold, the aromas here are extremely subdued. This beer needs to be warmed up a bit before the aromas come out. It starts off smelling weakly of serious malts...and then, once it is warm enough, becomes a wonderful envelope of different characters. There is a nutty, almond-like malt aroma which is supported by a soft, dank hop smell. Just barely noticeable is the alcohol in the nose. There are interesting fruit notes from the yeast, like mango, ripened blueberries and some banana bread.

T: The flavor profile is lacking. It is mostly covered up by a strong alcohol presence. This may not actually be the case, but the way I end up perceiving the beers flavor is all up front. To make it more clear, it is like taking a drink where everything is normal until you swallow, which is when you realize that you can't taste anything past a certain point in your mouth. The back of your tongue and way back on the roof of your mouth is just craving some sensation, but alas, it gets none. Very frustrating... I am going to blame it on the strong alcohol presence, for the front is where it creates its slow burn sensation, and maybe this is like an illusion of flavor. The bitterness from the hops is minimal and it contributes no perceivable flavor. Mostly, as it warms and as it begins to coat the whole mouth more, I am able to get a better sense for the caramel malt sweetness. Hints of raisins and sweet cherries are in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, coating, with a big contribution from the alcohol, which leaves a nice warming burn on the front half of the tongue. There is a good amount of excitable carbonation. I wish that it felt more even though.

D: Not all bad. I would think that aging this beer for several years would help to cool the alcohol down. However, I would never buy a case, or even a six pack of this stuff again. There are just too many beers out there to try and this doesn't make the cut for a repeat performance in my book.

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Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Reddish brown. Pours with a quarter inch head then settles to the outside of the glass.
(S) Yeasty, with notes of caramel.
(T) Creamy, hoppy, caramel flavor
(M) Fizzy, yet smooth.
(D) Not nearly as potent as an usual winter warmer. Very delicious combination in the flavors.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amazing 2 finger head with excellent retention and a ruby brown color.

Smell is of aromatic malt and black current with some fruity esters underneath.

Tasteis of caramel malts with a black current undertone. Don't get a lot of spiced flavors though. They come through minimally.

Mouthfeel has adequate carbonation and fullness.

I could drink this one for a session easily. I do not notice the 8% abv at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, caramel, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There's mild hops presence and a touch of smokiness in the background. The malt character is hearty and there's a little alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's a little strong than most beers in the style and worth drinking for a while, but there are others I would pick first.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass

A - Pours Very Dark Copper, with a decent size head. minimal lacing.

S - Raisins, cherries, delicious caramel malts, vanilla and some nuttiness.

T - Taste the cherries and raisins. Small hoppiness to balance it just right, Chocolate and caramel come through in the end.

M - Fairly heavy bodies with low carbonation, alcohol warms the mouth perfectly.

D - This is another highly drinkable beer from avery. Bottoms up!

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Photo of jpaltan
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown with a thick tan head, that seems like it might be around for a bit. Smell is toffee some caramel notes, brown sugar, real heavy on the malt, not much in the way of hops. Taste is rather odd and a complete let down from the smell. first is a rather cloying sweetness of brown sugar and then comes a piney hops. Some winter spice is a bit abrasive on the tongue too. Mouthfeel is decent enough. Good carbonation to carry the alchohol and the stickiness of this beer seems to work. Drinkability is a bit lackluster for me. Not sure I would ever need to try this beer again.

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Photo of goatgoat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown with ruby highlights. A frothy tan head that sticks around for a bit.
Moderate sweet malt aroma overlaid with roasted note and light citrus.Taste is moderate malt sweetness with roasted and hop bitterness. Gently sweet finish.

Nice winter warmer. Even on this almost 90 degree February evening.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Dark Mahogany. Tan head. Head falls to a ring and leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasty and toasty. Touch of coffee and chocolate. Hint of floral/mint hops in the background.

Taste: Malt upfront. Roast malt - subdued porter/stout quality. Plenty of malty sweetness throughout, along with a solid backing of hop bitterness. Middle has notes of raisons and nuts. Finish is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety.

This a nice winter warmer. Its well balanced and drinkable for its strength. A wonderful brew to pass the winter months with.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany, almost walnut colored.

S: Malty sweet, slightly caramel scent. Full bouquet of complex aromas.

T&M: Mildly sweet with a semi-dry aftertaste. Not bad. Simple but flavorful. No spiciness, but full bodied.

Notes: Never have I been disappointed by an Avery brew. This one is very good.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Swamp Tavern. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a nut brown colcor and clear. No head (served that way).

Smell is a bit of an earthy peat aroma.

Taste is a light scotch ale flavor. Caramel and bourbon flavors. A little bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a little alcohol heat.

Drinkable but not great. The taste is a bit off, and I don't care much for the scotch ale style.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a small just off white head that disipates slowly. Lacing down the glass is real nice. Glass to nose, and I get a nice american hop aroma, mainly floral hops. Also brings a nice caramel and biscuit malt aroma to the table. First taste is real nice with a touch of spice and caramel, backgrounds of biscuit and nuts are there. The hops give a different candy like taste. Feel is undercarbonated to me, but that is a minor part of a nice coating feel. this is a very easily drinkable brew, and I really feel this Winter Warmer has the character of an English Barleywine.

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Photo of cancino45
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great mahogany color with very little head. Taste was good with a bit of a hoppy finish but a straight forward approach to the general style. Lacks a bit of alcohol to truly fulfill my expectations of a warmer. The added advantage is that its one of the few brews offered in a 12 oz with so much punch/flavor.

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Photo of LennyV
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mikereaser
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep reddish brown with little foam that quickly disappeared

S - malt aromas with hints of caramel

T - roasted malt and fruitiness with a nice hoppy bite ending with a strong alcohol heat

M/D - Nice winter warmer and something i'd like to try again, I just don't think i'd go out of my way to find it. Overall though a good example, but far from the best.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 TheMistler
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown, somewhat dark but completely see-through. I thought I detected some ruby highlights, my drinking buddy disagreed. Puffy white head, a couple of pinkies. Displayed good retention, and the ring extended up almost to where the head had peaked. Nice full cap after settling, mushroom cap spots.

An intoxicating aroma. Malty, but with hop notes. Spiced, boozy cherries and pears. Grains. Grass, with some grapefruit to add to the fruits detected. So... fruity malt with a bevy of hops. A wine-like aroma, in terms of pungency (for lack of a better term) and complexity.

Dark, grainy dough in initial taste and feel. Grass comes in, giving way to the full range of hop notes, including pine, which I thought I might've detected in the nose but wasn't sure. Cherries. Light peppery spicing from the alcohol, warming and very, very slight drying. Sweetness and caramel malt become more prominent as it warms, well balancing the hops. Restrained but noticeable floral hop bittering at end. Pine resin quality intermingles with carmel and syrupy sweetness, leaving a nice aftertaste on my palate but detracting from the mouthfeel, in my opinion.

Fairly thick, but with sufficient carbonation and prickliness to keep things "dancing" along the palate. Overall creamy feel, if a bit too syrupy as well.

Tasty. A very good sipper.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Liquid pours a medium copper color, with a ruby tint. One finger head of light tan foam. Retention is fairly good and lacing is decent.

Smells nice and malty. Smells of sweet vanilla caramels. Some hints of dark fruits come in and have just a tiny hint of hops with them.

I've never had caramel covered cherries, but that is what they would taste like. Along with a nice sweet malt base. A touch of warming spiciness. Hops are in this, but the heavy malt profile is knocking them into the background. Hints of dark fruit.

Feels very smooth and a touch creamy. Just about the body that I like a winter warmer to have.

Very drinkable. Sweet, yet not overly so. Nice, slightly dry finish. Well masked ABV.
Another solid brew from Avery. Quickly becoming my fave winter warmer. (Okay, it's in a tie with Great Divide Hibernation.)

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Photo of CMW
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep red, almost brown. Little head and almost zero retention.

S - Very sweet with notes of caramel candy. The malt is also very present.

T - I taste notes of chocolate, caramel malt, and dark fruit. This is a interesting mix of flavors.

M - It is a little light bodied for my tastes. Very thin, but smooth.

D - The taste of alcohol is present in the finish which makes this a litle less drinkable. Overall, pretty good.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,734 ratings
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