Old Jubilation | Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of Briken
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -9.6%

Photo of Morris729
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -15%
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 litheum94
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +3.4%

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

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Buebie
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Winter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +11.1%
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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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe the Winter beers are here already! Pours deep chestnut brown. Thin tan head, very good retention and lacing. Smell is malty,and spicy. Body is light to medium with carbionation. Taste is warmed nicely. Sweet fruit and spice with a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

I saw this brew tonight and decided to give it a try, which IMO turned out to be a very good decision. The brew poured to a nice clear auburn color with a solid sized medium tan head that had good retention and left nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was nice, sweet malt backbone with a nice hop presence that seemed to be floral giving a nice mix. Also a touch of alcohol is noticeable and welcome. The flavors are very good, malt really sticks out at first along with a warm feel from a nice alcohol taste. The finish is a mouth coating hop flavor that give a nice bittering spicy. Overall this is a nice brew, one I would get again. A great pickup tonight.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mysteriously dark brown, almost black, that only gives off highlights when held up to direct light. Sticky Brussels lace gets left behind in spite of a head that starts out fluffy and ends up sparse. The aroma has very prominent hops, metallic and cirtusy with a minimal malt payload that shows up mostly as a graham crackery smell. On the palate, the first thing to come out are sweet malts that remind me of sweetened citrus fruits. After that, the hop bitterness arrives, tickling the sides of the tongue. The finish is long and actively bitter, with plenty of action on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is prominently harsh with hop oils and relatively unbalanced by malts, especially for a beer of this style. Overall, this is a hop-head's winter warmer, with little in the way of malt feel and balance, but it is nonetheless pretty tasty.

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

Pours a deep amber, bordering on mahogony color. Good, lasting head, with pretty lacings.

Smells of hops slightly, but has a predominant roasted malts, with undertones of winter spices. A winter holiday beer aroma.

Tastes of deep malts, yet the dominant theme is the spices. Almost a little too aggressive, has a kind of disturbing end, but I'm still ok with it. Kind of reminds me of a barley wine, somehow. Body is thick, and somewhat too agressive of an alcohol tingle.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The small, off-white head is filmy, leaving tiny little spots. Dark, dark, clear mahogany liquid. Nose is nutty with toffee (almost like peanut butter in burnt toffee). Dark chocolate toffee is joined by bold hops in the front. A thick chocolate malty middle finishes hoppy bitter. Yum! Aftertaste is just a little metallic, but only when cold. This one needs to warm up to show itself off. This is a very good, aggressive Christmas beer. Kind of like a maltier version of the New World Porter. I could drink lots of this!

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, bubbly and light yellow/brown. Dark reddish brown color, about 85% opaque. Nice carbonation, but hard to see.

Light to medium bodied taste. Dark fruit malt aromas. Ripe grape. Flowery American hop bouquet. Little alcohol. Toasted malt. Almost a wheaty bread vibe. Light light caramel and chocholate/roasted vibes.

Rich and fruity, in a dark ripe fruit sort-of-way. Nice hop bouquet.

Low to moderate oral formation. Very mild carbonation sting.

Very drinkable. Quite refreshing. Rich and sharp Winter Warmer taste and feel. Nice blend of malt and hop.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

pours a dark reddish brown, with a large frothy light tan head. Very good retention, and quite a bit of clumpy lacing.

Smells interesting - from the aroma I don't think I could identify the style. Some dark fruit, but I wouldn't call it defining. Some roasty malt and chocolate, but again light. Decent complexity.

I was going to call this spicy, but on second sip I believe it's just some interesting bitterness that works well with the high level of sweetness in the beer. Not as complex as I thought from the nose, but there is some raisin and plum and quite a bit of chocolate mixed into this caramelly malt-driven concoction. The finish is somewhat dry, and I'm finding myself less than enamoured of the lingering malty and lightly bitter aftertaste when combined with this dryness.

This has a decent medium body, a smooth character, and a pleasant light carbonation level...the parts are there, and I don't know why I'm really not digging their sum.

Alcohol? Where is it? Great job of hiding the high ABV, and with just a few tweaks this could be great. I could drink a few.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 cbl2
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.00 6 pack 8.00% No best by date.


Deep dark crystal clear brown with hints of burnt sienna adorned by an inch of creamy tan foam.


Sensation overload!!! Instantly sweet with the aroma of oranges, coupled with a bread-like yeastyness and the distinct aroma of cocoa. Very intriguing and welcoming.


Nice smooth mouthfeel which leads to a mouth puckering back of the mouth tartness (a good thing) followed by a sublime malt sweetness that has hints of dark fruit and a dash of coffee thrown in. Avery has been hit or miss for me, but this one is superb. One of the best ales I've had in recent memory.

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