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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

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Photo of TripelJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Avery Old Jubliation

A careful pour yields a healthy white head atop the sea of deep, clear crimson. Aroma is full of malt and I kept getting hits of gingerbread. Taste is surprisingly and pleasingly balanced coming from Avery. Starts sweet and finishes with slight tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and slightly creamy. The carbonation is soft and the alcohol is barely noticable in the taste. Good drinkability for an 8% brew. I could enjoy a few of these without too much protest on a chilly winter night.

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Photo of hopluva1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter @ 45* from a 2011 bottle

Appearance is reddish brown/mahogany with a one finger off white head.

Smell is grain/malt not sweet, and definitely some peated malts in there. Resembles a scotch ale.

Taste is malty but not sweet, I'm sticking with my peated malt, bit of hops. It has good flavor.

Overall it is good. Winter Warmer is a very vague catagory, similair to barley wine the range is broad. This is very malty without being sweet. It has a smokiness to it that resembles a scotch ale.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12-ounce bottle with no dates, but a really nice looking winter picture on the label.

This beer poured a sparkling clear reddish brown, maybe mahogany, with a nice off-white head that lasted and lasted, ending up lacing the glass as this beer was nursed.

I poured this beer a little too cold for the style. The hops greeted me first with some detectable maltiness. As it warmed, the malt came through more.

Good balance to this beer, but even as it warmed it favored the hops. An enjoyable warming, fitting for a winter brew.

Enjoy one or a few over the holidays.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, I bought this in the early fall, and it is stamped with '14269B8', which I believe translates to being bottled roughly in September 2014 (269 days into 2014).

Look: Pours a light amber, with a nice frothy, beige head.

Aroma: dark candied fruits.

Taste: Sweet up front, dark candied fruits mid-pallet, with a bit of hops on the finish.

Feel: Medium body, with a very smooth finish.

Overall: This beer has lots of complexity. I did a side-by-side tasting with Deschutes Jubelale, and I liked this one better in that this beer was more unusual in what it had to offer, but that may very well be in part because it has a year of age on it, giving it an opportunity to take on more complexity. I have a few more being cellared, and I look forward to seeing how they age.

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

A - Clear deep brown color, nice thick brown head.

S - Malty, bready. Dark fruit.

T - Very nice hoppiness, caramel, coffee. Interesting pairing of the malty sweetness with the hops.

M - Medium-light, very clean and crisp, effervescent.

D - Quite drinkable. I could drink this all winter.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Chestnut color, fluffy head, sticky lacing

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee

Taste: Up Front: caramel, dried fruit, slight pine
Finish: toffee, earthy, hops creep up at the end

Mouthfeel: Sticky and dry

Drinkability: It's almost like eating caramel or toffee candy, but not as sweet.
I could quaff 1or 2 and be in a happy place!

Overall Impression: I like this style of beer this time of year (Feb). Avery is a solid brew, hearty and fulfilling, it hits my QCB spot!

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Photo of baseballrock
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark drown, almost black in color. Sort of a mahogany color. The head is fairly light, it seams as though the beer is not as big and as bad as it really is.

S- the aroma is nutty with the aroma of roasted malts and barley. Notes of vanilla are detected.

T- super balanced across the board. I taste a balanced malt flavor. Toasty and fresh. It taste dry and the alcohol sort of sneaks up on you. The hops are present, but are not up front.

M- very balanced. I have had many beers in the past that I have said are balanced. This beer is awsome. Not many beers are as complex and balanced as this one.

D- delicious.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when this was bottled but I've been holding it personally for at least a year and 3 months, so it's at least 15 months old. Never had it before, but I figure with a bit of time on it is a good way to go with this moderately-high-strength old ale. Served between cellar and room temperature.

Pours a gorgeously-deep ruby red that appears to be very close to brown-black until held to light. Head is slightly tan and builds up to a solid 3-4 fingers before falling to about one-and-a-half, leaving behind adequate sheets of lace as it evaporates. Quite nice looking.

Nose is very deep and evocative with molasses, earthy tobacco, dark treacle, roasted nuts, toffee and bourbon-like notes. Kind of like the definitive "strong dark beer" sampler without much in the way of typical "roasty" malt character (not much coffee, chocolate or acridity for instance), all in one beer. Very, very nutty. Hazelnut is notable, as the label foretold, but I also get roasted chestnut and almond as well. Apropos of the winter season, which we are thankfully about to leave behind, hopefully for good this time.

Some chocolate on the tongue, but it's mainly swept away by residual sugar notes of blackstrap molasses, slight fig or prune-based jam/dark fruit, a wisp of smokiness and a dusty yeast note. Less nutty on the palate, instead opting for a more traditional malty English strong ale focus. Quite warming as expected; this is basically like an "enhanced Winter Warmer" with no spices and more deft malt composition to make up for the lack of adjunct flavors. In that sense, this is very nice.

Light carbonation with medium-heavy body. Slightly oily and viscous; pretty chewy and carries itself across the tongue well. Not dry but not watery or too thick either. A nice middling palate that lingers with tobacco and earthy tones until the very end.

Turns out this is quite good with some time on it. Glad I randomly saved a bottle I got. I don't think I've ever had it fresh, so I'll add that to my requirements for the 2016/2017 winter season!

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Photo of Umbra
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, thick opaque brew with reddish highlights. Came out with a thin light brown head with limited retention and lacing.

Hoppy/malty nose.

The first thing on the tongue is some spicy hops. The middle and end are definitely all malt sweetness, though. Roasted caramel leads the way, but it seemed less complex than I expected for the winter seasonal. It was much less bitter and full flavored than I expected with an Avery.
Overall expected something spicier. Came off more of an old ale type brew. ETOH snuck up on me either way.

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Photo of gabe23
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep ruby red color with light tan head. Faded fast & didn't leave much lacing.

S - Mild aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and cinnamon. A slight evergreen hops scent rests in the background.

T - Roasty malt & candied fruit at the start, with a spicy, hoppy bite following after. The finish has a fairly strong alcohol heat that lives up to the winter warmer name.

M - Creamy, full, and thick. Just right for a cold winter's night.

D - Very drinkable winter beer. Not something I'd drink all night due to the ABV, but perfect for sipping by the fire.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with a little bit of tan head. No bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a deep vivid brown to near black color. Opaque in color. Shows very little signs of carbonation.

S- A full and flavorful chocolaty and roasted malty ale. Small amount of hops are present and hard to pick up.

T- The taste is almost coffee like. A very full flavor. Malts, tobacco, and a heavy resin from hops meld with chocolate.

M&D- A very full beer. I could drink a lot of these. This is not my favorite type of brew by compliments the style well.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a cola brown with large (three finger) head that has really long retention (6 minutes to reduce by 50%! ) Smell is very heavy on the malts which is understandable considering they used 5 different types to make it. Also noted are roast nuts and coffee. Taste is wonderful and a perfect way to start the cool season. For lack of a better term it started "woody" reminding me of raking leaves and stacking firewood. Malt is strong as suggested by the head, but surprisingly there is quite a hop presence that I didn't note at all in the smell. Nutty and dry finish.

Fantastic winter warmer, one more reason I love this time of year.

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Photo of rembrant
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks....Almost red,a garnet color,rather clear. A frothy head forms and does not last long. At the end of the glassful, the lacing has left a trail up the full sides.

Aroma, rather pungent,earthy malts,some coffee,some slightly burnt toast,dark fruits, Prune,currant,breadiness,a suggestion of alcohol

taste Nice complexity with a rather distinctive flavor combo. There's a Coffee,a brief hint of English toffee,some fruitcake with brandy,a earthy/grain/roasty malt-yeast that's a bit different,seems sort of German,and a smooth end game where a hop finish eases in. The Hops don't bring a real Pine or citrus, but in a rather Euro fashion do the Bitter End without a specific flavor.

i noticed that there were some aspects that were a tad abrassive,as the dark coffee,some woody notes,some background sweets and the dry tasting euro hops clashed a bit. After it warmed more,those things merged a bit better.

this is a rather curious beer that brings the complexity of a big brandywine,at a nice price. They didn't QUITE nail it,but I found it interesting as a "change of pace" beer to explore further.

Mouthfeel is really pretty good. enough body and viscosity,a proper level of carbonation. The finish is a proper "Beer" ending,not lacking though not a sustained hop shot.

Drinkable- there's a whole lot of flavor combos and some get a bit heavy or quirky. My take is this is a One At a Time beer that is a nice 'changeup".

i don't think Avery quite nailed it,but I applaud the concept. This is full of unique and interesting things,even if not a style I tend to favor. there's some sort of Euro thing,maybe a yeast,that seems familiar and is not one I tend to like,but that's not too big of a part in this beer. here it shares the stage with many flavors.

This stuff is at a pretty reasonable price,is complex and worth pondering. Perhaps it is a beer that becomes an acquired taste?

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Photo of NitroGen
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. Longneck Brown Bottle

A: Pours a maple syrup brown color with a finger of intense foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover with lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and crisp hit of of roasted grains.

T: Brown sugar, raisins, feint roasted barley with just a hint of bitter hops at the end.

M: Very well balanced, subtle and smooth with a slight tinge of alcohol in the mouth at the end. A real treat that I enjoy.

D: This is one to remember and offer to guests not wanting a dark beer but will put a glow in there bellies! Glad I have more!

After typing this review I saw that the style is a 'winter warmer', and by gosh it certainly is!!
Anyone looking to try and cellar this I recommend as this was a 2006.

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Photo of THORN
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 12 fl oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Slight lace left around pint.
A: Mahogany brown. No head.
S: Nutty, sweet malts.
T: Constant nutt flavor, with sweet malts underneath, and very slight hops follows.
M: Light on tongue, slightly warming.
D: Purchased a single bottle, will probably pickup a 6-pack to cellar for a year or two. The beer is very well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The appearance wasn't very clear.

The smell was average

The taste was hoppy and aggressive. It wasn't that great though. It wasn't a relaxing Christmas taste.

The mouthfeel was nice, but I didn't take many notes about it.

Overall, it wasn't enjoyable because of the taste. I like Avery Brewing Company. Why can't they do better than this?

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Photo of swid
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #9 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Avery Old Jubilation pours a dark amber color into my pint glass. Atop the partially opaque liquid sits a 1/2" cream-colored head, which quickly collapses into a soapy ring. Low carbonation, lots of delicate lacing. The smell is made up of several malt-derived aromas: caramel, coffee, plum and alcohol. Hop aroma is virtually nonexistant. The strength of the alcohol in the aroma was surprising; I've had several stronger beers that had nowhere near the level of alcohol aroma as this beer has. Anyway, onward...

The taste of this beer is just what the smell promises: Malt, malt and more malt. Flavors to be had include caramel, plum, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. After a little bit, a hint of pine hop bitterness shows up, but only barely. The mouthfeel is very thick; almost syrupy, for that matter. Finishes with a slightly dry and mostly sweet aftertaste.

This beer is tasty enough, but it's hard to say anything more of it than "Yep, it's thick" and "Yep, it has a high ABV". That being said, it's a very appropriate beer for a blustery January night in Nebraska.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 skizziks
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Huge huge rocky dark tan head. I couldn't pour it all in one go. Head recedes to a still rocky half inch. Thick lacing in rings around the glass. Beer is a deep amber with ruby highlights.

Aroma is malt and a little molasses. Not too strong. It is really a very nice aroma and I wish there were more of it.

Flavor of brown sugar and malt. Enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. Rich, smooth, nice. Medium to full body, thick and sticky on the tongue. Hop bitterness finishes it but the malt never really goes away, hanging on the back of the tongue. One of the best winter beers I've had this year and one of the most suited for a cold evening.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper/brown color with medium off-white head. Good lacing.

Very sweet malty scents. Some dark fruits, perhaps raisin, a little bit of chocolate, and a nice after thought of alcohol.

Sweet malts up front, with an earthy bittering finish. Not overwhelmingly sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and mellow.

Drinkability is good. Hop bitterness balances well with this brews caramelly sweetness and the 8.00% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice deep dark mahagony color with caramely highlights. Cream colored lacy ring around edge of glass with a super thin coat on face of beer. Not the spicy aroma I was expecting for winter beer. Very deep malty aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt very evident. A little bit of coffee. Very sweet start. Moderate carbonation, continues throughout entire drink, always brings head with a swirl. Not super heavy. A little bit of a candied sweetness. Coffee malt becomes more evident at end. Dry finish, not astrigently dry. Slight alcohol warming at end of swallow. Very nice winter beer not using any spices. Drinkable and not super heavy.

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Photo of afdempse
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby/chestnut colored ale. Frothy yellowish-tan head clings to the glass nicely.

Aroma of bread crust, dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. Delicate floral hop aromas come forward as the beer warms.

Flavor: Dark freshly roasted malts and bitter grain husk meld nicely with a bitter hop backbone. Crystal malt sweetness and brown sugar notes, with warming alcohol to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied, keeps things light on the palate for a beer of this strength. Almost too dry, but I'd rather that than too sweet. Very drinkable. Finishes semi-dry with clean lingering hop notes.

Overall, a nice change of pace to the standard "holiday beer". A solid Old Ale that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black/extremely dark mahogany with two fingers of head. Excellent lacing for quite a while.

Smells actually rather fruity with a bit of dark roasted coffee cutting through.

Tastes of a dark fruity almost prune-like flavor with a very hoppy finish. Hoppy and spicier than I expected from a winter warmer. Many complex flavors, too much for my novice taste buds to pick up.

Overall an excellent brew, and was a great way to warm up after coming inside in an Ithaca blizzard. Warms me right up. Probably could be a little less hoppy, but that's just my taste.

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Photo of njmoons
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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 blindtiger24
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby with foamy head.

S: Cocoa nibs, maple syrup, cherry cola.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nibs, molasses, some hop snap.

M: Sweet, but not over sweet. Warming, a little boozy. Similar to a stout, but that hoppy element knocks it on its side.

O: Is it a stout, a winter warmer, or some strange hybrid? Who knows, but it is delicious.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.
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