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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,708
Reviews:
808
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
157
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GTJayG
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony with a smallish tan foamy head. Very dark and hearty looking,great for winter. The smell is alittle light with roasted malt, vanilla, nuts, and coffee. The taste is chewy with nuts,coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and dark fruit. A very hearty beer that hides the alcohol well and is a sipper. The m/f is medium and the flavors mix very well. This is a reason to look forward to winter. A damn good beer, good job Avery.

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Photo of Lukebell15
3.52/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep ruby brown, with a moderate head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is actually not strong, surprisingly so. Not bad, just not there. Dark colored fruits (plums, cherries, dates) are the main components.

Flavor is quite decent for the style. The aromas of fruits follow though, somewhat sweet, but with an astringency from a hop finish. Alcohol burn is a little stronger than I like, telling me that they haven't hidden it as well as I think they should. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and drinkability is decent, although I wouldn't want a lot of this style at all.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Getalegup
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some reddish highlights. White head that fades quickly. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with both fruity and nutty scents. A slight floral hop scent is also present.

Sweet and malty upfront with some fruity and light roasted flavors. A slight floral hop taste and bitterness presents itself midway and lingers as it finishes rather dry.

Mild carbonation, thin body.

It's pretty easy to drink, but also easy to forget. Another one of these omni-style "winter warmers" that strives for mediocrity - and achieves it.

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Photo of u2carew
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 MattGrimley
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KG710
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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

Pours blackened amber with red edges and a white head that disappears. Weak aroma of spices, dark fruit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar, grains, caramel, hop bitterness towards the finish but it is still overwhelmed by the dark malts. Medium carbonation in a medium bodied brew. The booze is hidden well behind this syrupy malt bomb but an enjoyable winter warmer all around.

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Photo of adam42381
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Edition.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and earthy malts with a touch of fruit and spice. There's also a slight bitterness that I can't quite decipher. Aroma is a bit lighter than I expected.

Taste: Sweet malt up front followed by mild dark fruits in the middle and ending with an astringent dark leafy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter toasted malt. The flavor is not well-balanced, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The alcohol warmth is missing so I wouldn't consider this a winter warmer.

Drinkability: Okay drinkability. The harsh flavor keeps me from wanting another.

Overall: Average beer overall. There are better options available in this style.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 267/14. Dark amber pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Below average head, lacing and retention. Subtle, but nice, nose of dark fruit (plums, figs) over a biscuit like sweet base with strong caramel notes. Almost medium body with a slickness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Above average carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and well balanced until the finish. It begins with a smooth blend of flavors that tend to cascade to the forefront. Sweet biscuit and caramel begin, then yield to the dark fruit over a very mild toffee note. The middle is mildly bitter with a citric rind like note that fades into bitter dark chocolate. The long finish is where the alcohol comes to the forefront, but is somewhat masked by a residual sweetness. A grain alcohol like aftertaste lingers.

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Photo of Timtac
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this 12oz. bottle as part of a round-robin holiday beer exchange during the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port about three weeks ago. Old Jubilation had a deep, dark brown color and a firm ΒΌ" off-white head that dwindled down to a small collar and left no lace.
The smell had an earthy malt aroma and lots of herbal hops notes. Very mild spices, nutmeg was most prominant, were only barely present in the nose. The taste had an early push of caramel malt and toffee. A slight nutty flavor coursed across mid-range and a citrusy, spicy hops bite latched on to the back of the tongue at the finish. The alcohol, not noted anywhere on the label, was well disguised and you wouldn't guess it was coming in at 8.0% ABV. The feel was full, kind of chewy, and had a bit of dryness in the finish.
This brew went down quite smoothly and in pretty short order. No one characteristic overwhelms any other, giving Old Jubilation a nice balance. Worth trying out if you see it.

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

Pours reddish-brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head, Not much lacing. Smells of malty molasses and caramel.

Fruity and richly malty. Plum and caramel. some decent hops in the finish. Sticky with hints of the alcohol. Not overly complex but a good winter warmer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin, light brown colored head looks dead. Deep mahogany colored beer with a ruby hue. My nose clogged up and all I can smell is a vinuous malty sweetness. I was thinking big malty sweet beer, and it is a bit sweet up front, but oh look out for them hops. The flavor kicks in midway through, and by the end you've got a big ball of chewy piney hops in your mouth. It's pretty bitter towards the end, but not overwhelmingly so. After a few sips my stomach is nice and warm. A tasty, interesting brew that redeemed itself after the pour.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BMoney575
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-4-08

Pours a hazy dark brown, with a million little yeasty floaters.

Smell is super fruity, lot of apple cider and raisin. A boozy quality is in there too.

Taste is very fruity, but surprisingly malty. A smoky hop flavor finishes things off, followed by a pleasant boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel is good, though a bit too thin.

Drinkability is good, but it's quite sweet, and the abv sneaks up on you.

Overall, very old ale, and good for a winter evening.

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