Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Old Chicago. Pour is toffee in appearance with a tan head and great lacing. Caramel, coffee, toffee, vanilla, grass, graham crackers and spice in the aroma. Taste is vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, light roast, somewhat grassy, raisins, and biscuit with a bitter finish. Somewhat thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. No alcohol present and quite a lot going on. Not bad.
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber that is more dark and quite carbonated with a medium beige head. Aroma offers a holiday feeling. It has cinnamon, ginger, caramel, and bread. The taste is somewhat different than the initial impression from the nose. It is malty and very nutty, if not mostly nutty, with some caramel notes. There is some slight spiciness here to go along with a bit of yeast. Medium in body, a chewy texture, with some soft carbonation. I like this. It is one of the better Christmas beers that I’ve had this year.
SPDickerman (917) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 2012 Vintage. Pours ruby with a large beige head. Smells nutty and a bit of toffee. Taste is a bit of mocha with some solid toffee and hazelnutty notes. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Avery Old Jubilation finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours semitransparent deep copper brown with a small off white head. Nose is brown sugar, raisins, plums, banana, cloves and vanilla. Taste is sweet mostly but comes in with some nice bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, the body is medium to heavy and the finish is long. Very nice.
seymour (1401) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from brown bottle into a snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown colour with beige foam, lasting with lace. A very nice big brown holiday beer. Characteristically English malt and hops: sweet grains, brown bread, toast, caramel, toffee, nuts, biscuits, faint coffee and chocolate, some grain bitterness, earthy, tangy citrus zest, apricot-y ale yeast esters. Medium body and carbonation, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Mild oxidation in a good way, reminiscent of a fine English Old Ale. Somehow sweet and dry, mellow but memorable. Very tasty.
jw0406 (741) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a small off white head. Aromas of toffee, burnt sugar, light hazelnut. Full bodied, smooth, nice
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I wanted more from this. It smelled like roasted honey peanuts and peanut brittle - but the taste was just some light toffee malts and stale hops. Overall pretty good, perhaps a fresher bottle would be better though.
nsquishee (593) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, complex, sweet, and citrusy. Very smooth drinking strong ale. You can tell it is a holiday ale- sweet, brown sugar flavors with a hint of spice, but not too spiced like most tend to be.
HeadyDE (478) - Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogony color..bottle pour into snifter..1 finger head..dissipates..aroma is not as noticeable as one might think with this burly winter offering..malt dominant..toffee.mocha..chocolate and roasted nuts..leaves very nice lacing..some coffee notes on finish..very good winter warmer that is a change of pace since it isn’t spiced up like most winter offerings..worth seeking out and interested to see what a few years does to this..
OmegaX (1226) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Harold, for this one. Nose is light caramel and some roast with a light nuttiness to the aroma. Pour is brown with a light tan head. Flavors tended to be full of caramel and toffee with a hint of nuts. Tannic in nature, this one is actually pretty nice.