Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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Old JubilationOld Jubilation
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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#11,846
Reviews:
816
Ratings:
1,743
pDev:
10.65%
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Photo of chaz410
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Avery so I had to grab some of this holiday treat!
Appearance is brownish red body with a very thick froathy tan head.
Smell is sweet and brightly malted with some subtle earthy hop character and slight dark spice hints
The taste is layered with spice, subtle yet obvious. No obvious spice rings out but I get some corriander, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Sweet malt notes layer throughout and a nice hop finish rounds out with the swallow. Very pleasant and bright but not overly spiced at all.
Very crisp moutfeel.
Easily drunk by most, good to age for a litte bit, and easy for 8% abv

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The annual Holiday/Winter offering from Avery presents their usual rich complex take on English Winter ale. A bittersweet chocolate profile, highlighted with orange citrus notes, with very substantial malts for support. This is despite its full strength and body, a very drinkable ale, An American craft recipe classic.

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Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- 330 bottle

A-- Poured a dark reddish brown color. One finger head, good lacing and it died quick.

S-- Sweet roasted malts and some carmel.

T-- Bitter at first and then a warming sensation. Nice combination I think.

M-- A little carbonation, a bit heavy. The hops are a bit big but good and you get a little bit of sweet also. Finishes well.

D-- ABV is there in the warming but a very nice winter warmer on a cold night in front of a fire. A little bigger at 8% but a good beer.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

taste- semi-sweet roasted malt

color- red copper

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- roasted malt

body- medium-full, slight bitter finish

appearance- nice color, slight off-white head

overall impression- liked the body, sweet malt flavor, and bittering hops

notes- still not what i'm looking for in my christmas beer although it's the best example i've tasted thus far. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, stored at 42 degrees in my kegerator since I've bought it this December.

Old Jubilation pours a dark coffee bean brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. With a normal pour, this beer produces an immaculate 3 inch latte beige head that leaves just a slight bit of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is immense. Notes of caramel, coffee, and burnt malts dominate with dark fruits finishing. The flavor follows suit but much more complex. Hazelnut is right there, with caramel, toffee, roasted malts, toast, dates, and just a bit of vanilla. This is really a great tasting beer. I don't know if its the fact its been sitting for close to 6 months now and has really come together or it is that great. I think I'll have to re review when it comes out again in November. The mouthfeel is full, leaving a latte froth creaminess lingering on the palate. This is a very good beer. I find Avery beers really hit and miss. This would definitly fall under the hit moniker.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is 2008 vintage.

Pours from the bottle dark brown with a small cap of short-lived brown head. Smell is subtle West Coast hops, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses; nothing too lively or interesting

Taste is sweet--syrup, toffee--with a touch of pleasant spices--nutmeg, orange peel. Just the ghost of alcohol around the edges of each sip. Seems well-crafted and styled just the way I like winter warmers-- not too much booze, not too much spice. Mouthfeel is full in body with a spicy, drying finish.

A well-rounded, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Winter and Old Ales, and Old Jubilation may be my favorite.

The beer pours a reddish brown with a relatively good head of foam that hold up well.

The aroma is tart cherry, currents, malt, and a wisp of alcohol. A great smelling beer.

The Cherry and Currents in the aroma take of the beginning of the taste, and remain for quite a while, then you pick up a good dose of malt, and the taste ends with a mild burn (as would be expected in a Winter Warmer), and a good dose of bittering hops. Wow

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are what you would expect from a quality brewed strong Ale.

Over all outstanding!

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Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this stashed away for a while. Feels a bit cold enough to give it a crack.

Pours a nice brownish-red color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of raisin, spice and cream in the nose. Interesting mix. Seems good.

Taste is full of raisin, mild spice and not much else. Alcohol is still present but somewhat muted. Not volatile and a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin, spice and alcohol heat. Somewhat thin for the style.

It's still quite drinkable but otherwise, i don't see much to rave about here. A solid winter warmer worth your consideration.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark burgundy color with smallish off-white head. Laces decently.

S- A really nice blend of citrus, apples, raisins, spices, some alcohol. Some hazelnut comes and goes too. Smells pretty good.

T- Some of the dark fruit go away at first as resinous hops start the taste. The initial burst of hops fades to some spices--cinnamon and the like. A bit of the alcohol and raisins comes out on the finish.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation for my tastes. Warming as it goes down.

D- This is delicious and dangerously enjoyable. 8% ABV makes it a sipper, but a welcome one at that.

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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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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,743 ratings