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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our winter strong 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 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Every beer I have had tonight has been a deep ruby color. This one had no real head to speak of. A very nicely balanced mix of malt and hops in the aroma with something more. Caramel or toffee must be what I am smelling. The flavor was complex and well balanced. This was really a pleasure to drink, I wish I could get more. 8/3/8/4/18

RERATE: Deep deep red pour with a thin head of white cream. Aroma is deep and rich sweet caramel. Some bitter hops. An all around well blended experience. flavor is complex blend of sweet and bitter. Smooth body, nice finish. Just a little sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 22, 2005
This bottled brew poured a head of foamy frothy topped tan colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated transparent deep caramel rel brown colored body and a good lacing. It had a malt hop dough caramel aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish, mildly vinous with a strong caramel malt flavor. There was a very noticeable hoppy content to it along with a yummy caramel flavor. Delicious! Another fine brew by Avery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2217) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 1/29/08: Re-rate. Draft at Town Hall brewery in Minneapolis. Despite the fact that my previous rating was very favorable, my recollection of Old Jubilation is that it was less than memorable. My ratings this time around all plummeted: Ar 6, Ap 3, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 15. Overall impression is that it’s alcohol and malt with nothing overly distinctive about it. A nice beer, but not worth the extra dough I spent when I could have had an Avery the Reverend on tap or better yet, another Town Hall brew. 9/22/06: Malty aroma with a slight hop aspect. Also sweet in the nose with some black cherries. Dark reddish brown. Thin light tan head. Some lace, smallish head. Rich, strong, sweet. Really good. Caramel, faint molasses. Very well balanced. Maybe needs a little more carbonation. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Awesome nosefeel for a hophead that did’t expect it, great color with a nice yeasty head that ended up lacing nicely. Lots of malt + hops that balance beautifuliy. Hints of coffee and the ABV is hidden niclely. Worth saving a bottle or two for next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
islay (1165) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Appetizing, subtle aroma that is both malty and hoppy; dry and musty, but in a good way; chocolate-covered raisin or even pretzel notes. Poors a translucent, almost maroon dark brown with a bronze hue; small amount of beige/tan head (I would prefer a bit more); long legs. The flavor is smoky and tart. The hops are clearly of an English variety, and they are stronger in the mix than I expected. Tasteful prune malt sweetness. There may be no spices added, but pepper and pine tastes are present. Complex but manageable. All the flavors remain in the aftertaste. Heavy body; lively in the palate; very drinkable despite the high alcohol content. This beer is a perfect mitigator during the viciously cold February evening in Minnesota through which I am suffering. It is strong across the board. An excellent and underrated treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
Solid medium brown pour with yellow/brown head. Head held at about 3/4 inch until dissolving to a thin lacing on surface of beer and around glass. Smells barleywine-sweetish, notes of fruit (strawberry?) and some generic licorice. First sip impressions: bitter! strong, full mouthfeel. Toffee flavor, more berry. Wow, is this stuff good. Very rich, amazing feel on the palate. I just got some old school bubblegum, you know the rock hard sticks of bubblegum that came in Topps baseball card packs in the late 80s? That is the prevailing aftertaste right now. A nice, almost spicy bitter cocoa comes through quite soon in the pint. This is a fantastic English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
Colour is a dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is of oak and vanilla with caramel and some plum and raisin. The taste is hoppy with some burned notes and maltyness mixed in with an oaky/earthy notes. The body is full and the carbonation is just right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3772) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2007
12 oz. Dark chestnut with ruby highlights. Aroma is peanut butter fudge and dry grass. Flavor is earthy, woody, and nutty. Great balance. Palate is nearly medium, and dryish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Like the commercial discrimption, a mahogany color, aroma mocha/ coffee. A very nice beer to drink on a cold night. Had a slight cold so could not fully apprciate.

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