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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llbjr77 (89) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
A little hoppy, but malts balance out well. Poured well and had a light aroma that was pleasing. Caramel is definitely present; Not bad for an aftertaste; a little alcohol taste after half a botlle. Will drink again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Gregis. Pour is ruby brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, biscuit malt and some nuttiness. Taste has all of the elements of the nose, sweet, malty and nutty. The taste and the finish are extremely dry. Over the taste seems a bit disjointed. The palate felt a bit thin for the size of the beer. Despite this, I really could not detect any heat. Overall, decent but nothing to get terribly excited about. Thanks Greg!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6473) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2008
12 oz. bottle, pours a large tan head that falls to a 1/2" of heavy lacing, pruny fruit nose with slight bitter taste and some nocello liquer flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Pretty good beer! Pours a amber brown color with a light head. Smells of winter time with the hints of hazelnut in the nose. Taste of mocha and and carmel. Delicious beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2982) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Flaske. Mørk ravfarvet øl. Diskret duft af humle og en del malt. Ikke sød men maltdomineret med en skarp eftersmag af humle. Bitter metalisk. Udmærket velkomponeret bryg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
12-ounce bottle. Pours a dark, near-opaque orange-brown with a 3/8-inch head. Nutty, creamy, malty. Pleasant. I was expecting a little more alcohol taste. This is a good and satisfying beer, but there’s something slightly amiss here. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Unbalanced, I guess you could say. The different flavors don’t synergize like they would from a "great" beer. It seems that Avery gets so close to that world-class level without actually breaking through to it. They made very good beers, not "great" beers, in my humble opinion. As is the case here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Like Fullers 1845, this is a seasonal. But like that beer, it is not a traditional spiced holiday ale. It is a well brewed strong ale. Aromas and flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Probably one of the better "non-spiced" winter beers I’ve had. Solid malt flavor....some nuttiness and under-tones of coffee and toffee. Aroma mainly malty...not much beyond that. Alcohol is decent...can’t really taste it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2008
bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is ugh! rotten fruit and stinky feet. Do not care for the aroma at all. Taste, however, was better than the smell. Taste is of nuts, brown sugar and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium with some alcohol. So-so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
popery (1947) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
A nice Winter Warmer that fits the style well but doesn’t particularly excel in any category. Old Jubilation has a nice appearance, deep brown liquid with a good beige head. The aroma is predominantly light malt with a metallic tinge. It’s not bad but a bit weak. The taste is somewhat boring caramel malt with good spicing and a lightly bitter finish. The spices are particularly well done with clove and cinnamon dominant and never take on the annoying artificial character of so many other beers in the style. Unfortunately, Old Jubilation just fades into the background of my winter warmer memories. It’s well done but a bit boring. I would recommend it to fans of the style or those looking for a simple entry point to winter warmers (of course, the latter seems like a bizarre audience that I just invented).

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