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Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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1,710 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,100
Reviews:
808
Ratings:
1,710
pDev:
10.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
158
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,710 |  Reviews: 808
Photo of NickSMpls
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark brown and slightly hazy. Our pour from a can with date code 5287 produced a thin head despite an energetic pour into a tulip glass. A light aroma of toasted malt s all we could get. The taste is very nice, great layers of roasted nuts, toffee and a trace of bitter chocolate linger and develop on the palate. Let this one warm up, it's not nearly as good when straight from the fridge as it is when it sits for bit on the counter.

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Photo of ALLISON01
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head. Smells of buttered toast. Taste is an earthy phenolic beginning, with a toffee middle, and a piney, tart finish. Rich mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation. This beer is certainly a sipper, but I would definately get it again.

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

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter that settled quickly into a thin ring. the body was a dark reddish-purple.
s - light chocolate malts, raisins.
t - huge malt profile most like dark fruits with some faint hops in the finish. really smooths out in the finish as well.
m - thin to medium.
d - really great winter warmer and goes down easily.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of riotontheroad
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a half finger of sticky foam. Aroma is very malty, gingerbread, graham cracker.

Flavor is equally malty, but with a harsh bitterness on the end. The bitterness lingers... not pleasant. But the malt asserts itself as it warms, countering the harsh bitter flavor. Malt is the real star here, just wish that aftertaste wasn't there.

Thick chewy mouthfeel. Nice. Alcohol is well hidden for an 8% beer. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub in a few ways.

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Photo of Briken
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, layered dark amber to mahogany on the bottom with a medium tan frothy/foamy head with good retention and lacing. Malty spice aroma. Robust chocolate with roasted malt and toffee with a slightly off finish (that begins to go away after a bit) and light alcohol. Chewy and smooth with low carbonation.

Cellerable for 3 years? Interesting, might be worth it. As is, a slightly above average taste with a nice malt profile for cellar potential and it does have a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate with a pillowy head and great lacing. Smell is a nice blend of spices and distinct malt. Taste was composed of malt, smoke and some hop notes...nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes dry. Very easy on the drinkability scale...refreshing dry finish.

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Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a light tan head that fades into a nice amount of lace. The nose is quite lovely and is the highlight of the beer with aromas of dark fruits and rum-soaked raisins and just a bit of molasses. Fairly full-bodied with a nice delicate level of carbonation. Taste begins with notes of plums and raisins with a touch of brown sugar followed by some unsweetened chocolate. A roasted nuttiness has a brief showing before some drying alcohol finishes the taste. Overall, the 8% ABV is well hidden and this makes for a fine drink on a cold evening.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Slightly clear medium/dark brown in color with a little bit of a tan head.

Smell: Toasted malted smell but almost to the point of having a burnt type scent.

Taste: Still has the toasted taste but without the burnt taste I noticed in the smell. The taste is actually more bitter then I would expect but the taste is not very complex and fades sort of fast.

Note: The taste is not bad but its nothing too exciting. It is however a lot better then the smell.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of billybob
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown color with a one inch light tan head that holds well and a good amount of lacing. fresh coffee smell along with some fruity notes. taste, again fresh brewed mild coffee with ripe fruit in the background some kind of melon maybe? also slightly sweet tasting. mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and light to medium carbonation. overall a nice fall, winter very drinkable beer.

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Photo of litheum94
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Aged for a year.

Very deep brown body, nearing black. Tiny, tan head that's gone in a breath. Smattering of bubbles.

Rich caramel malts with toffee and hazelnuts. Cinnamon and other spices. Tea-like hops.

Roasted malts, with more coffee flavors than the nose would suggest. Some pine and citrus hops. As it warms, the malts become a little richer, with tones of toffee and chocolate. Spices and orange zest linger.

A good winter warmer for the hop head, as there is still a good hop profile even after a year.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a thick off-white colored head. Lacing all down glass.

S: Toasted malts, raisin, alcohol and slight hop.

T: A good caramel and toasted, nutty malt flavor up front. The beer also has a fig, raisin character to it. The finish is slightly bitter and still sweet from the caramel, with a little bit of alcohol warmth and flavor.

M: I like the mouthfeel of this beer, it is creamy and smooth.

D: A good winter warmer. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mnj21655
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a very dark mahogany with about a finger of light khaki head. Aroma is rather subdued, some malts, piney hops, some spices and a bit of alcohol. Taste is fairly malty throughout. Midway through the taste I begin to detect some spices and alcohol. A solid piney hop character is present throughout but begins to build up and becomes very prominent in the finish. Mouthfeel is ok with medium body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty average. Overall I found this beer to be rather pedestrian with too much alcohol presence. I really didn't enjoy it all that much.

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Photo of Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up today, first batch of the '08 season.
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date, into a snifter.

2 finger off white head. Decent retention with a nice drapeing of lace.
Color is a brown, but open into a red with a glowing copper hue.

Smell is brown sugar, some maple and spice notes with a mild malty aroma. Mild fruity aroma just after the pour. Some alcahol at the knose. The smell in this is pretty laid back for an Avery product.

Malty upfront, then switching to a tangy spice flavor. At the swallow the malts flows back into the palet, bringing a hint of spice and that vanilla brown sugar quality detected at the nose.
Finish is sweet and malty with a prickle from carbonation. Mild oaky toasted malt flavors. Some hop bittering lingers. As it has warmed, there is a cracked peppercorn likeness from the hps and a bit of undesirable alcahol flavor.

Great session beer, not overwhelming to the tastebuds. Good evenly balanced beer.
I've been told this cellars very well. Well see how it is after some years are put on it.

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Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a burgundy hued brown color with one finger light cappuccino-colored head.

S-Sweet smelling bread and caramel notes with a discernible nuttiness and maybe the slightest bit of cinnamon and allspice.

T-A nice solid brown ale base with cocoa and a very measured use of spices like cinnamon and allspice.

M-On the thicker side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slick, and rich mouthfeel.

D-A very enjoyable warmer with just the right amount of spice for my palate. Highly drinkable for a spiced beer in my opinion.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Winter
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. This sample may have been left over from last year. Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Rocky tan head that remains throughout consumption. Pleasant aroma consists of chocolate malt, nut, some feint alcohol and is a tad vinous. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Flavors of burn malt and roasted hazelnut dominate the taste. Very rich in maltiness. Finish is smokey and bitter. Alcohol virtually undetectable.

Alright for a winter seasonal. Lack of spices in the brewing process is alright. Not all winter seasonals have to be brewed with spices, which in this case makes the beer rather mellow. Could be because of an older sample or maybe that's just the nature of this brew. Definitely stands out from the Avery stable of beers.

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Photo of marburg
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Where did my beer go? Where is it? Oh, there it is... it's the same color as the bar -- mahogany, that is. Big bubbles form a billowing, rocky head that doesn't hang around terribly long but doesn't disappoint either. Smells like the outside of a not-quite-sealed bag of chocolate malt, some prunes, and some very light spices. Great taste! Very smooth and easy to drink. Malty sweetness with a tofee kick. I could see a latte lover enjoying this beer -- but tell mom not to get the "grande" size with this one. So drinkable despite it's abv. Very good beer.

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Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,710 ratings
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