Old Jubilation Ale

Colorado
United States
Avery Beer Old Jubilation Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

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.

Food pairing: Old Jubilation Ale–most fittingly–is comfortable being sipped and quaffed alongside many large cuts of meat you typically find around the holidays. Roast duck, crown roast, rack of lamb, prime rib, herb- and honey-crusted chicken and all manner of gamebirds are great choices, as are seasonal soups made with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Profile

ABV: 
8.3%
IBUs: 
45
Hops: 
Bullion
Malts: 
Two-Row, Special Roast, Black, Chocolate, Victory
Judges Review 
Michael McGuire's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This English Old Ale poured a clear, dark reddish-brown with a moderately creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma was strongly malty with dark fruit (raisin, fig) notes and noticeable alcohol from oxidation (age) up front. The flavor, too, started off “hot” with plenty of rich malt from start to finish; hops were used to balance the high malt bill rather than to impart additional flavors. Accordingly, the body was moderate rather than chewy, with low carbonation but complex lingering esters and warmth on the palate in the aftertaste. Overall, this is an excellent version of this strong, warming beer style; fit for sipping on a cold winter’s night as well as cellaring for future enjoyment.