Old Jubilation Ale is made by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. It incorporates no special Christmas spices, “just a perfect blend of five specialty malts.” This limited release is of the strong ale variety, about which most folks seem to have a strong opinion: love or hate.
- hops: Bullion
- malts: Two-Row Barley, Special Roast, Black, Chocolate, Victory
- 30 IBUs
- 8.3% ABV
With that alcohol content, this winter warmer will have no trouble warming your winter. Its viscosity is that of an English strong ale, which almost borders a barleywine. The alcohol is also very prominent in the nose, along with some roasted notes. The ale has a full malty sweetness, to be sure, mingled with that alcohol taste* and some of those roasted flavors from the nose. It also has a mild but lingering malt bitterness in the end, along with some other notes which could be reminiscient of the kind of flavor one gets from caramel, toffee, or caramelized sugar. It is hard to put a finger on those slight caramel-y notes, as some of these overall flavors seem somewhat muddled.
The bottle claims that the brew is “cellarable for 3+ years,” while the website says two. This duration could perhaps help to develop and improve the overall flavor and complexity here. For those who enjoy a medium to full-bodied high gravity ale, this one is for you.
Avery Old Jubilation Ale was available in Winston-Salem at Total Wine & More. It is now after Christmas, but Total Wine does have a display in the front of the store for some of their Christmas beers. If it is not there, check the singles section with the other winter ales. For more on the Avery Brewing Company and Old Jubilation, click here. Bottoms up!
*It is difficult to mask the alcohol taste in ales with higher alcohol contents. Avery does not do an entirely unsatisfactory job with Old Jubilation, but it is quite heavy in the aroma.