gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful mahogany with a small head. Strong flavor of hops and then a strong malty finish with burnt coffee undertones. Lots of flavor but the flavors just don’t quite come together right.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red pour with a lacey offwhite head. Roasted leathered malts over a bitter hop roasted palate. A walnut bite to it that was fairly pleasant. Not too shabby a brew, though not quite cold as the lable insist. Avery delivers again!
thegreenrooster (3570) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a deep red with a small white head. Aroma is a nice mix of dark malts and oily hops. Flavor is a bitter mix of malts and hops. Kind of gives it a bit of a earthy flavor as it rolls over the tounge. Pretty decent and worth seeking out.
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the latest effects of the change in the ABV limit law in Georgia in 2004 is the major increase in availability of good domestic micro brewed beers, one of which I poured in my oversized wine glass tonight. Avery Old Jubilation came is a longneck brown bottle with a wintry scene on the label. The poured beer looked clear, chestnut brown, with a tinge of red. The head was dark beige, and formed quite nicely to a one finger thick foamy consistency before fading away to a covering of bubbles. The aroma was accentuating the malts in a big way with a sweet, musty, roasty smell. The hops were there as well, but provided more of a floral background smell. The taste was much more of a balance between hops and malt, with a stronger than anticipated leafy bitterness reminiscent of tobacco juice. The malt was a mix of brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, nuts, peat smoke, and dates. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and rich with a sticky quality to it. The aftertaste was like a lingering peat flavored candy. The alcohol content was well hidden behind the subterfuge of all this complex layering, with no noticeable burn. A good seasonal offering from the Colorado brewery who can do big beer right most of the time, and this is one of those times.
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
found this bottle in the single section. from the bottle. poured a mahogany with a off white head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma, caramel, apples, brown sugar, with just a hint of alcohol. flavor there is the hazelnuts, toffee, malts, chocolate, alcohol. this was a good beer.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Jubilation of the season...Yum! I forgot how good this ale is. Pours a crystal mahogany with a slight head. Lacing is there but not a ton of legs to it. My first impression of this is that of a Scotch "Light" Ale...both in aroma and taste. Maybe not...could be certain grains that are common between these two styles but they are distinct. ABV is pretty high but hidden well. This one will bring cheer to the season for certain.
wxman (1584) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark garnet color with a thick small bead off white head that stays and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma of chocolate and hops. Taste is sweet malt with chocolatey, coffeeish undertones (maybe even cherries) with plenty of hop boldness. Bitterness remains in the aftertaste along with some alcohol warmth. A very decent holiday brew to be sure!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
power a mahokany color with a medium size tan head. hops and cocca on the nove. I could sense a presence of hazelnuts. taste was initally sweet with a mix oh hops and alcohol. Very warming.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Dark mahogany color with thin tan head. Subtle hoppy and chocolately nose. Flavor is of chocolate, toffee, and alcohol. Very good winter beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mediocre strong ale. A bit sweet with big time spices and alcohol. Brown sugar hangin out with the heavy malt and slight nut taste.