hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Tan small fizzy head that was mostly lasting, sparse lacing, various bubble sizes, transparent, carbonated, and a ruby hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, a hint of alcohol, and roasted coffee. Flavor was malty, hoppy, vinuous, caramel, and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was mostly smooth. Medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Deep cherry pour. Enticing nutty aroma also notes some earthiness and just a touch of the ABV. The soft carbonation compliments the loads of sweet malts used in the body. The body is full and chewy, weighed down by lots of nutty and woody malt. The yeast adds some fruitiness to the heavy body, giving it a great complexity. Seems young now, would like to tuck some of this away for Christmas next year. 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 Avery’s beers. Good strong ale that isn’t overpowering. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. 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 isn’t spiced up. lamas (1636) - 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.
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. 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 don’t quite come together right. 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! thegreenrooster (4396) - 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. rajendra82 (1092) - 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.