SPDickerman (913) - 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 (1384) - 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 (728) - 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 (585) - 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 (470) - 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 (1207) - 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.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Rating #1056. Nice looking brew, dark red. Mild caramel and toffee flavor. Good stuff. (2593)
bytemesis (2927) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours deep mahogany amber with a large tan head that dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malt. Flavor about the same, lightly sweet, medium kind of unpleasant bitter finish, almost zesty, light tobacco. Medium body. Warming finish.