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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is fairly strongly of alcohol. Taste is malty with some hops and alcohol in the finish. Alcohol makes it a little sweet, but fairly well balanced especially compared to some of Averys beers. Good strong ale that isnt overpowering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3338) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle, from Julios. Ok nose, Commercial description really hits it. Clean orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring and foam cover. Sweet flavors, like aromas with a viney addition, though some might say grapefruit. The 8% shows itself. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, Dry bittersweet finish. Tasty beer. Nice that it isnt spiced up.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1611) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. A clear ruby pour with a thin khaki head. Malty aroma with some nuts, dark fruits, vanilla and hints of alcohol. Solidly medium-bodied. Nice balance in the taste. Lots of both malts and hops. A rich malty body that features some nuttiness, caramel and toffee. Finishes with a good bit of citrusy hops and a nice bitterness. The ABV is very well-hidden. A beer like this could really help me get through the family gatherings this holiday season.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good solid ale but not something I would insist on buying or drinking again. Gentle hop aroma with similiar taste. Balanced malt that is almost unnoticable and just enough hops to taste them but not overpowering or bold. Smooth balanced solid ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
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 dont quite come together right.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4153) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2005
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2005
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
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.


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