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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

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798
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3.87
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark dark amber/brown in color. Nice head that stays and leaves great lacing.

Smell: Pretty complex aroma, its obviously a winter ale in the aroma department. Lots of differing malts aromas, some caramel, and I keep picking up on some vanilla, maybe a bit of oak?

Taste: Complex as hell. Overloading my sense of taste. Roasted malts, caramel, a fruitiness, vanilla, brown sugar? I typically don't care for an overload of taste like this but it works in this beer some how for me. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick very creamy tasting.

Drinkability: It's strong, for me the alcohol doesn't make this one non-sessionable, just the overloading taste. I really dig it and I have had it on draft and in the bottle several times. I recommend you try it even if you aren't a big fan of winter warmers.

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Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nearly white head over a black body. Head doesn't look to be staying around, which isn't expected given the 8% ABV.

Smell: A dirty earthy smell laced with pine, but very subtle in its general aroma.

Taste: Certainly lingers. Up front with a mixture of roasted barley and green hops. Very earthy, some pine and nuts too.

Mouthfeel: The best characteristic of this beer is the lingering tastes, the beer just sits there on the tongue. Well done.

Drinkability and Notes: A very nice holiday beer, reminded me of Anchor's production. Has that musty character.

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Photo of --Dom--
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

I was very whelmed with this beer.... just whelmed. It's a pretty decent example of an old ale. In my opinion, nothing really stands out about this beer. Maybe I'm just expecting too much out of the style/my palate is spoiled by so many good RIS's...... It just needed to have a bit more punch for me. If it were a bit cheaper I think I'd be a little less critical but I've mostly seen all Avery beer checking in at around $10-11 a six. I've been unimpressed with all the Avery offerings that come in a pack and not a bomber, just my honest opinion.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes:
Christmas/Seasonal Ale
12oz Bottle
8.3% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish auburn…some khaki color head did form, but dissipated rather quickly…though there is some still lingering making it visually pleasing…

Smell: Deep, bready malt aroma…hints of toffee, chocolate and caramel…sweet candy, brown sugar, fig, citrus hops and spices also evident…

Taste: Sweet candy and malt flavor in the beginning…candied cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are delivered by creamy, roasted, caramel malts…it’s sweet without being overly sweet and malty without being overly malty…there are some earthy hops tones as it warms in my hand…

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…it’s smooth without being watery…little bitterness, some alcohol heat…ends with roasted malt on my tongue, some cherry candy sweetness…

Overall: Very tasty…the dark, bready malts do dominate and are accented by the candy, sugar sweetness…the aroma brings a bit more than the actual taste does, I’m not getting all the toffee or chocolate that my nose picks up…the flavor though is solid and very drinkable, but I think it could be taken a step farther and would really separate itself from the others in this class…the spices do warm my belly and the higher alcohol content (which the flavor does mask) is more evident as I drink more and it gets a bit closer to room temp…great seasonal ale flavor, recommended for your consumption…

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack down at Steve's Liquor. Poured a bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany. Really nice, about a half inch of head on it that didn't stick around for too long.

S: A lot of spice in the aroma, more than I would expect. Also a bit of fruit.

T: Definitely some toffee and molasses. Great on a cold day like today. The finish is a little sweet, quite good. A little bit of chocolate on the end. As it warmed nearer room temperature a lot of nice flavors really stood out.

M: Carbonation is just right, doesn't leave it too syrupy.

D: Very easy drinking for the style. I could drink a lot of these if I'm not mindful of the 8%.

Overall, I really like this beer and it's easily one of my favorite winter selections.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! 8% a.b.v.? I find that hard to believe, since the entire beer hardly hints of anything alcoholic.

But this is certainly a Jingle Bells beer. The Currier-and-Ives looking label is very classy and gets you feeling all warm and fuzzy before the cap is even off. A nice dark-amber-red color looks warm and inviting.

Hops get the party started, however. There's a strong and "stanky" hop wiff just daring you to join in the fun. And you won't be disappointed, as an explosion of fruity hops, plum-like esters, and sugary crystal malts all jump in the pit and mosh heavily.

A smidge of roasted-toasted malts foil the fun, but you'd actually have to stop halfway through a chug to find them, which is not likely to happen with this beer.

Happy Holidays!

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Photo of Tolnik
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this deep robust dark red into a pint glass. There was low foam at the beginning but it reduced to a large amount of lacing. Hints of juniper and cherry mix the aroma while the spices tickle the senses. Malt greets the mouth and gives the juniper and cherry mix in the palate of the mouth. Changing to the warmth of a winter beer and the spices that linger in the after taste.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown-amber color but the head was virtually non-existent. The aroma was dominated by sweet caramel and molasses along with some slight piney hops - rather nice, though perhaps a bit subdued. The flavor was definitely spicy overall - a nice blending of the sweet complex malt flavors suggested by the aroma along with maybe a hint of a roasted character, overlaid with spicy hops that finished with a slightly harsh character. Overall, strikes me as more of an IPA than a winter warmer - but delightful anyway! thanks to my Secret Santa for this one.

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Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a nice dark red with slight hints of orange here and there. Upon it sat an...oatmeal colored head, very nice to look at.

Smell - malts first greet me. I'm used to IPA's so I was expecting a waft of hops. I forgot the style that I was drinking! Very nice malts...some sweetness, but no spices. I don't think any were added. Nor was it supposed to have any.

Taste - Definitely a winter warmer...reminds me of a stout/porter..but minus the coffee/chocolate. Maybe more of a barley wine.

Mouthfeel - full bodied mouthfeel, even more so when it warms up. The carbonation is just right for this style.

Drinkability - I think I could have a couple of these on a cold winter night. At 8% it'll be sure to keep you warm. Nice to see it that they make it all year around but I like to keep it special for the winter/holiday months!

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Photo of apintofknowledge
2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a deep brown, with a thin tan head. The aroma reminded me of sour milk, with mild fumes of alcohol coming through.

The taste overall was overpowered by the very bitter hops, which were extremely present in the finish. The alcohol came through as well. Some notes of toasted nuts, malt and unsweetened chocolate were somewhere in there, but at times muddled in the hops and alcohol. I couldn't taste any spices often associated with winter warmers.

I can see why some might enjoy this, but for one who enjoys more malty & spiced winter warmers, this isn't my beer.

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Photo of timbro81
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with little to no cabonation. The coarse head was minimal and left quickly, no biggy though. Nice burned malty aroma. Taste is initially hoppy, piney and citrusy. However, it quickly reveals a healthy malty nutty backbone, nice and roasted. Nice mellow finish, doesn't linger too long. No real spice to it, seems more like a mild American barleywine. Overall it is a very good beer and I will be consuming more on these chilly nights we are starting to have.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear mahogany with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving moderate lacing.

N- Rich toasted grain accented by spicy resinous hops and peppery alcohol.

T- Sweet and nutty, balanced by dark hops, spicy esters, and a warming alcoholic kick. Smooth roasted grain and grassy hops in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth and sturdy body with moderate carbonation and a bittersweet finish.

D- This is a tasty winter warmer. One is enough to make a good evening great.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish brown with deep red highlights a light tan 2 finger head in a tulip glass. head is nice and tight with great retention and lacing. pretty beer. aroma is both hoppy and malty. sweet caramel over sweet bread and chocolate covered cherries. nice fruity aromas. first taste is a light peppery hop flavor with a mild bitterness that's quickly overcome with a malty and yeasty bready flavor. mostly dark fruit, grapes and a touch of anise. unfortunately there's a slight metallic taste. finish is dry and yeasty. mouthfeel is a touch light in body, but with good carbonation. swallow clunks too much. easy to drink as the alcohol seems to be well hidden, but the metallic flavors hinder a tad. overall, not a bad winter selection and a nice try, but not one of my favs.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle cracked open and poured into chalice. Very little head arose, even with a rough pour. There is quite a bit of carbonation however, as a stream of bubbles race from the bottom to the top of the glass ever inch or so around the circumference. The very minimal head reduces to a very thing ring around the glass and this absolutely beautiful white spider web pattern of foam across the middle. The color is burnt cherry oak, rich mahogany and leather bound books. This is a damn fine looking beer.
Oh how looks can be deceiving. The nose on this one very malty, toasted grains, roasty and maybe, maybe, a slight spiciness. Really not much going on here.
The taste has me picking up on sweet malts, roasty flavors, alcohol presence, toffee, caramel and maybe some resemblance of hop bitterness in the aftermath. It reminds me very much of a barely wine. I find myself enjoying this one a little more as it warms.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly thinner than I was expecting. Carbonation is decent and is relatively smooth on the palate. This would seemingly make it more drinkable but the heavy malts and inherent alcohol bring it back down. This one is definitely something to warm you on a cold winter night. While there are superior winter warmers, more easily available, I did enjoy this one and thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery calls this an English Strong Ale. Here it be known as Winter Warmer. Either way, the moderately chilled, thick mahogany liquid currently gracing my snifter has already begun to hypnotize this writer with its charm.

This brawny beverage is already showing three times the character of the Russian Imperial Stout that last filled this snifter's bowl and we have yet to get started.

Mad chewy.

I could stop the review right there. That two-word declaration sums up the character of this beer to a T. However, the huge presence of the body simply serves as a carrier for all sorts of other good stuff.

At first whiff I could almost be certain that this beer is brewed with juniper berry additions. Avery assures us that this is not the case. They would tell us that the flavors in this beer are derived from a mash of 5 types of grain and from Bullion hops and yeast. (Oh and let's not forget the all important "Rocky Mountain water".)

In taste and bouquet we find the apparitional juniper berries paired with a bundle of musty fall fruits. Cinnamon and ginger; leather and clover; brown sugar and butter, all of these are also in attendance without genuinely being present.

A big brown maltiness envelops all of this and holds the spicy alcohol flavors in balance. Wrapped up deep with in this beer is a barely discernable metallic-ness.

Drinkable and enjoyable even when the weather hasn't yet turned cold. Avery pleases once again.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber, caramel color with a just okay head of light-tan color foam. The body is littered with sediment. But, some definite complexity. So, better than average for sure.

S: Vanilla, raisins, oak, vanilla, caramel. Doesn't quite nail perfection, but the aromas that should be there are there with some force.

T: Richness, vanilla and dark cherries -- semi-bitter finish. Little oaky. Mostly malty. Not bad. Pretty good. Not on the same level as Curmudgeon or Old Stock, but better than Hibernation and Yankee. Pretty good.

M: I think they nailed the body. Brew is smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. Could have a more buttery, oily, feel -- maybe some more chewiness. Body kind of thins out when you chew it, but is doesn't distract from the positives.

O: Really good brew -- this is a 2011 Vintage. So, ages well -- I think it gets extra points for that. Great smell, nice flavor -- this is a good one from Avery.

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Photo of mnapier
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Glassware, 8 ounce globe.

Appearance, is a nice deep reddish hue with some clarity. The head is a nice white foam, that recedes to reveal a tattered curtain of lace down the glass. Swirling this under the nose I detect sweetness, mild fruit, some nuttiness, and a some hop pineyness. Swallowing this roasted, with some raisins, provides a nice sweetness, with some honey and earthiness. On the mouth a weight that is medium almost mild to the swallow.

Overall a nice winter ale. Cheers

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Photo of oracle
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear deep brown color. Large head that practially coated the glass with lacing.

Smell largely hops, with a unusual spiceness and sweetness to it.

This is a pretty well hopped beer, yet for all those hops there is a really unusual spicyness to it that makes it absolutely wonderful.
Slightly sweet, but not cloying or overpoweringly sweet.

A fantastics example of the winter warmer style

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to ilovedarkbeer (on ratebeer). Smells sweet and fruity with cookie malts, cherries and hazlenut. Beautiful dark red-brown color with some small particles floating around. There is a small creamy head with excellent lacing. Taste is of chocolate malts and is somewhat bitter at the end. Taste reminds me of a Porter a bit. Medium to full body with a dry mouthfeel and a bit too fizzy carbonation. Overall very good!

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Photo of TXHops
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Jubilation is Avery’s winter seasonal, available October-December. My bottle (thanks to Marc77) poured a deep, brilliant, reddish brown with a thick head that lasted pretty well for about 90 seconds, before fading into uneven clumps of foam here and there on the top of the glass, streaming lace. The nose was vinous, spicy and brown sugary—like many west coast winter ales (MacTarnahan’s Bobbydazzler, Full Sail Wassail, and Pyramid Snowcap come to mind), though Old Jubilation smelled a bit more malty and a bit less spicy than those PNW offerings…

Old Jubilation has a medium-full body (about as expected from an 8% offering) with a nice, tight, non-prickly carbonation falling somewhere between soft and crisp. The flavor is malt driven, but not Crystal malts—I taste mostly dry chocolate malts. In fact, it’s the dryish aspect of the darker malts that give this beer a good chunk of its earthy, dry, pipe-tobacco-like character. The finish is the same—lingering, dry, roasted maltiness with a solid bitterness that doesn’t taste particularly hoppy. I understand that this beer is single-hopped with Bullions, but I wouldn’t know what a Bullion tasted like after having this beer alone, as the hops seem to mainly impart malt-balancing bitterness in the case of Old Jubilation. The sweetness is very appetizing, even as it’s juxtaposed against the dryness of the high-kilned malts and the hops, leaving a beautiful combination of brown sugar and roasted, sweetened nuts in my mouth. What a beautifully balanced, complex ale. I wish I had more of this one…

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Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 schellsbeer
1.42/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this for about $1.50 in a mixed 6 pack. Worth a shot. Hope I like it.

A - Brown to almost a black purple but light passes right through it. Strange color. Small white head that lasts about 2 seconds. Lacing is small to nothing.

S - Fruit. Dates, raisins, and some nuts....just not sure what type. Smells like it would go great with a beef dinner but haven't tasted it yet. This is soon to be determined. Molasses and brown sugar. Dark, very dark smelling. Light the night before Christmas should smell. Bold but sweet.

T - Smokey but Fruity...Not really sure what is going on here. Tastes like a beef dinner instead of going with beef. Wow....very strong flavors but all the wrong kinds... Really don't like this at all. Meaty. Burnt. Like the bottom of the stove burnt. Sitting for some time in the bottom of a roaster. I know....Sunday dinner when mom put roast in the pan before you went to church and then you would come home and eat this dinner that had been cooking for the past 5 hours in a roaster....that horrible cooked carrot smell and taste. Carrots that sat in the beef juices and were overcooked all morning long. Not pleasant. Wow.

M - Really can't get past the taste. Sorry. Low marks again.

D - Nope!!! I don't think so. Maybe on the grandma sleigh to someplace really warm. No place where I want to go. See Ya.

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Photo of brantadid
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass with next to no head. A little white foam appeared around the edge of the glass.

Not a very pungent nose. Faint hops, maybe some carmel and holiday spices. Like nutmeg maybe, but it is very faint.

The flavor is both hoppy and malty. Carmel flavor is more apparent. The holiday spices are present in the flavor. This is a nice winter beer. It is almost a shame I drink it on October 23th and it was 80 degrees.

Slightly watery mouthfeel, and oddly enough, as the beer warmed, it became more creamy.

I really liked this beer. Nothing really stands out, but nothing really detracts from it either. It is solid and enjoyable.

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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 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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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,671 ratings.
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