Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 1,915
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 540
Gots: 791 | FT: 121
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-08-2012

In the quest to create a collection of barrel-aged beers to be reproduced annually, Avery Brewing Company is releasing Uncle Jacob’s Stout, the second member of its Annual Barrel Series. The collection began with Rumpkin rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale in the fall of 2011, and now continues with this 17.4% ABV stout that was aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for 6 months. While the Avery Barrel-Aged Series features one-time-only batches, such as the recent Muscat d’Amour and Récolte Sauvage, the Annual Barrel Series features a selection of cellarable barrel-aged beers that fans can return to and get to know every year.
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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/13/2015 - Batch. No. 4: Pours a black as night with a 1-2 finger foamy light brown head that was full of bubbles that were popping as it dissipated, dropping slowly and settling into a thick layer of foam on top that stuck around for quite a long time. Nice lacing coated the sides and left rings as it went down. I didn't expect much of a head or looks in general from a 16.9% ABV brew, but Uncle Jacob brought his "A" game and looked great for such a big beer.

Smells of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, rum, red wine, oak, peat moss, caramel, bakers/dark chocolate, espresso, brownie batter, toffee, piney hops, sherry, cocoa powder and soy sauce. It seems like it should be too sweet with that list of aroma's, but it works perfectly as the barrel aging seems to have blended and mellowed everything so they work in harmony - a very impressive feat with only 6 months of aging.

Tastes like it smells with sweet bourbon, molasses, brown sugar and toffee up front, followed by rum, red wine, oak barrels, peat moss, caramel, Hershey's dark chocolate, espresso, maple syrup, toffee, piney hops, sherry, cocoa powder, charred wood, black licorice, tobacco and soy sauce. The bourbon and candied sugar aspects are bordering on too sweet and yet manage to tame the heat which hits with the first sip and make this extremely complex and flavorful. It's like an amped up BCBS where the volume goes to 11; very similar in most ways, but the heat and ABV are more extreme with Uncle Jacob's Stout but not over the top and offensive. The smoky, tobacco flavors that linger remind me of a fine Cuban cigar dipped in cognac.

Besides the heat that is always present, this beer is smooth - a slick, creamy feels that slides across your tongue, a medium body that is chewy and viscous, almost cloying sweetness that fades at the right time to let the malty and sugary sweetness kick in and counter the bourbon and oak barrel influence. This is very dynamic and extremely flavorful, by far the best Avery beer that I've had to date. A high recommendation, drink this if you can get your hands on a bottle, it was outstanding. (2,126 characters)

Photo of Dominic_jones
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark chocolate up front followed by a dominating molasses sweetness. A touch of oak and quite a bit of bright bourbon are present as well. However, one of the few bourbon barrel stouts that Is better cold, in my opinion. Alcohol is well hidden. (244 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black ink with a very small off white head

S: bourbon, tobacco, leather, chocolate

T: Lots of bourbon with toffee, vanilla, leather, and tobacco not too sweet booze is hidden well for being such a high ABV

M: Fuller in the feel with a slick high alcohol feel

O: This beer is dynamite its got a great nose and feel and the taste is amazing. It might be expensive but its something you should treat yourself too. Its robust boozy and velvety! (487 characters)

Photo of Mattygross44
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For all these babies on here who say its to hard to drink its "un drinkable" stick to your sours then. Cause this beer is for big boys only. It gets better as it warms up and that nice lil burn at the end is what most bourbon drinkers saught after like myself. Avery did a amazing job again and never lets ya down. Go find this beer and drink it!!! (348 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Whoa doctor! Definitely in Utopias territory, but only a little more than half the ABV.

Feb 2014 bottling into Guinness stout glass. Definitely would share this with someone next time because 12 ounces of 17% ABV is a lot of goodness.

Lots of bourbon, vanilla up front and chocolate on the finish. Really good taste. Very thick feel. Balance is a little off. Maybe 1 1/2 years wasn't enough aging.

You do get the alcohol afterburn on this. Maybe another year or two of aging would have helped. Will keep that in mind if there is a next time. (544 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled Fed 2013

A- pours a opaque black color with a small creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edge, leaving no lacing behind

S- strong and rich aromas of nutty chocolate fudge, espresso, charred malt, chocolate cake batter, bourbon alcohol, caramelized brown sugar & a hint of vanilla

T- there's a big whipping cream sweetness that hits the palate initially, notes of dark chocolate follow and mimic flavors of chocolate cake batter. More sweet notes of molasses and burnt brown sugar kick in, followed by rich espresso, sherry & smoked wood. The bourbon flavors carry through to the finish, adding some caramel and vanilla flavors. Some alcohol on the linger with more rich dark chocolate

M- heavy viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and oily mouthfeel that coats the mouth and lasts long after the finish

O- this drinks remarkably easy for nearly 17% ABV. There's a sweetness to it that seems to balance out any harsh alcohol notes, and compliments the bourbon and chocolate nearly perfectly (1,090 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left little lace patches on glass. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, some woodiness along with bits of roasted and coffee malts and possibly dark fruit (swear I'm getting raisins or figs). For a beer with a large ABV percentage, the alcohol is not really present in the aroma nor in the beer itself (kudos to Avery). A rather easy drinking beer considering that it is sticky and heavy, a tongue coater, that is medium bodied and strikes a wonderful harmony between woody smoothness, some vanilla and bourbon sweetness and strength, and some roasted malts along with a smattering of chocolate. In summation, it has a little bit of everything and overall I found this beer to have a dry finish that complements a rather easy-drinking sweet beer. Worth the price (which was a lot). (837 characters)

Photo of stumac
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is it. My 1000th beer on Beer Advocate. Not my 1000th beer in life but on this website for sure. Pretty amazing to have come this far in the world of beer. A quick rundown of important events that led me here:

I was young once (underage) and I drank 40s and Busch Light to get drunk. I turned 21 and got a job at a liquor store (Spec's). I befriended the head of the beer department, he taught me everything he knew about beer, he moved away, I became head of the beer department. I became friends with one of our beer sales reps and he gave me my first "alternative" beer. It was the Belgian beer Delirium Nocturnum. I was hooked! I became a Craft and Belgian beer salesman after that. A buddy gave me a homebrew kit for my 23rd birthday. I dabbled with brewing until it wrapped its loving arms around me and I got hooked. I've been brewing at least twice a month for some 6 years now. I volunteer at Thirsty Planet Brewing and me and my gal Amanda (my Corndog) are moving to Portland in 4 weeks so that I can pursue my passion for brewing professionally and hopefully one day start my own brewery.

Now for the review:

Pours black as ever, no light shines thru, a little bit of dark brown bubbles hanging out on top. The nose is milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon in the background, caramel, just intense. Chocolate is the biggest player in the aroma. The taste....big sticky chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie, brown sugar with an accent of salt, very rich. Getting a little bit of alcohol burn in the finish but I'm surprised its masked so well. Its like 17%!!! Big ass body. Redonkulous.

Glad I could make this my 1000th beer on this great site. I have been a fan of Avery since I knew what craft beer was and they never disappoint. Cheers everyone and happy brewing/drinking!!! (1,815 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Thin tan head dissipates quickly and leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Pitch black liquid doesn't allow any light through.

Smell: Chocolate and booze up front. Nice vanilla and oak notes. Caramely sweetness.

Taste: Barrel aging has not mellowed this beer at all. This boozey monster has some dark chocolate, dark fruits, mild caramel, and a whole bunch of bourbon. Small bit of vanilla on the finish.

Feel: Chocolaty cream and a real nice hot alcohol sensation.

Overall: Really, really good. Totally worth the $13 and I have another stashed away for a rainy day somewhere in the distant future. (619 characters)

Photo of imstimpy
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm writing this as I try Uncle Jacob's for the first time. It has been stored in my 41*F fridge for four months now.

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated Feb 13, 2015 into a snifter. The pour is a semi-translucent brown, not nearly as dark or thick as some stouts, with a subtle tan head that quickly disappears. Once in the snifter it sits black with a tan ring around the edge of the glass.

The scent is predominantly chocolate, maybe a bit of licorice or bourbon overtone.

The taste is delicious. A very balanced stout base blended with chocolate and a subtle bit of bourbon. It tastes thick and smooth, but doesn't coat the tongue, then tapers slowly into a malty roasted chocolate finish. The booze in this 16.9% beer is hidden really well. A Mephistopheles or Pump[Ky]n needs time to mature but the flavor in Uncle Jacob's seems refined immediately. (855 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle poured into a 15.5 oz brandy snifter.

Look: Black and opaque body. Fine, darker, mocha head. Smooth running curtains and legs.
Smell: Bourbon, fresh baked biscuits, or dough. Vanilla. Dark chocolate, dark malts, molasses and sugar.
Taste: Decadent. Alcohol kick up front. Bourbon, dark chocolate, dark malts, molasses, sweetness.
Feel: Thick body. Low carbonation. Sticky.

Overall - Very well put together. Smooth finish. Nothing overpowers. Everything is peaceful and in place. A big, bold, brute, with class and style. (553 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4, bottled feb 2015

L - Dark with good head for such a big beer - lacing and a nice dark mocha foam that hangs around for a moment. Heavy legs - expecting a sweet beer
S - Heat and booze up front, with some roast and chocolate struggling through. Overall the alcohol is dominant
T - Again, a lot of heat and booze, not a lot of depth even when left to warm to room temp... disappointing
F - heavy and rich, as it should be for a big beer. sweet, but not overly so

Overall a hot mess. Like smelling a gas tank. Hopefully a few years in the cellar will tame this, but it I'd too hot and too raw right now (612 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, the sun did not even come through, creamy mocha colored head, got a lot of lacing, not very carbonated, looks pretty thick and oily.

A: Lots of bourbon for only six months of aging, there's a sweet toffee, caramel aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose, this just has a lot of aroma in it, a little overwhelming.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel sweetness, coffee bitterness, finishes with a lot of alcohol, almost does feel like a shot of bourbon, like the aroma, this has lots of flavor.

M: Thick, creamy, oil like, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: This is a big beer, lots of aroma, flavor, big mouthfeel, but its very hot. I remember having this beer last year and thought it was a little messy but I think Uncle Jacob's would be a great beer to cellar as the alcohol is a little too much. Definitely going to pick up some more bottles to cellar and see what its like in 1-2 years, but this is a world class stout despite the intense heat. (968 characters)

Photo of jacobdunne
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had a delicious taste! Honestly, I couldn't handle the other half of the beer. It was very strong. It felt like every sip I took was a shot haha..BUT it was very delicious and I appreciated it for what it was. (212 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. It's as thick and viscous as it looks.. which is ominous. Rich vanilla, blackstrap molasses, semi sweet chocolate, dark cherry, raisins, figs, smooth smooth smooth bourbon. Big bodied, velvety, smooth, rich and creamy. Excellent all the way around. 16.9% ABV? Says who? Oh..yeah. (345 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and motor-oil black with a solid finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Rich notes of chocolate and roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, and warming bourbon sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, roasty, and rich.

Overall, truly a top-contended in my opinion. The alcohol is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV, this will definitely creep up on you. (452 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

L-Motor oil Black with 1/2 inch of toffee head, mild slight carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Good head retention which recedes to a toffee cap and thick lacing

S-first sweet chocolate, follow by some smoky, roasty malts, hint of bourbon and molasses.........maybe some caramel........notes of vanilla,

T-first sip is a big hit of booze that warms the throat as it goes down........followed by smokey wood from the barrel...........sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits...........aftertaste has a lingering sweetness that undermines the great flavors in this beer

F-full bodied, rich, thick, creamy, syrupy..........carbonation is just right for the style

O-great bodied beer .....right up there with others of this style........the lingering sweetness holds this one back a bit (842 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour by a nice stranger at the Le Roar Grrrz 2015 release.

This one pours a dark, deep black, absolutely staining the sides of the cup. No head or lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, maple, booze, and honey.

This tastes good for like half an oz before becoming a chore. It's too syrupy, too sweet, and too boozy. There's chocolate, maple syrup, honey, and a ton of biting bitter booze. Not a huge fan, to be quite honest.

This is intensely syrupy, and fairly thick bodied, with a basically no carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

This one suffers the similar problem that almost all of the big ABV Avery beers suffer from. Just too much, and not drinkable in the slightest. (689 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Batch #4 Bottled on FEB 13, 2015.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of creamy tan head that actually holds up pretty well.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, oats, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses along with some black licorice. Also some dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a huge roasty, boozy, and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront boozy barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, oats, caramel, smoke, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Big sweet notes of molasses. Also some notes of black licorice along with dark fruit undertones of raisin, cherry, fig, and plum. A really great rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and slick. Considerable alcohol heat is felt as expected but it’s not as hot as you would expect from 17%.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Huge rich taste and body with some nice bourbon and chocolate malt flavors. A sipper for sure but a really great one. (1,514 characters)

Photo of SteinKiller
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Avery Brewery in Boulder and can't imagine a more rich and flavorful stout. On par and perhaps better than Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (159 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from BeerShip.com. Batch 4, bottled 2/13/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours pitch black with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan foam. The head is slow in receding to a thin veneer and modest halo of retention. Surprisingly despite the high alcohol there are even a few healthy clumps of lace.

Bold, inviting aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted grains, mild smoke and burnt caramel. The occasional heavy dose of alcohol is a touch distracting but can't subdue the appeal.

The flavors are a tad warm with alcohol but utterly delicious. Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, charred oak, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, smoke and faint dark fruit skins all wrapped up in a big boozey blanket. I can't deny the heat but the tastes layer together so well that the alchohol just makes it a sipper.

The body is rich, heavy, viscous and full with softly subtle but present carbonation. The syrupy brew coats the tongue for a lingering finish of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast and boozey heat.

Avery impresses me all over again with their knack for delivering huge world class stouts. Uncle Jacob's Stout is a bold, rich bruiser that delivers on every level. It may be hot but that heat just served to slow me down and take my time enjoying the bottle. I have no regrets purchasing multiples because this seems to be a beer that can handle some serious long cellaring. If you like big barrel aged stouts (and aren't turned off by booze burn) this is definitely worth a try. (1,555 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Served around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look - I hate this category. It looks like a stout should look, black with a small tan head.

Smell - Smells like molasses, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. I dock it some points because the sweetness of the smell made me worry about what the taste would be like.

Taste - I shouldn't have worried because this is awesome. Starts with a mix of chocolate and molasses. One of the few stouts that you can taste a little malt in. No bitterness to speak of except for a slight burn as the last taste in your mouth (before you quickly take another sip). the bourbon is mild compared to many BA offerings I have tried but it blends with the flavors magnificently and cuts through the sweetness just enough. Outstanding.

Feel - Creamy with a slight carbonation. 9/10 on the thickness scale. But easy to down quickly, although not ideal.

Overall - Excellent beer. Nobody does a huge Stout better than Avery and this proves it yet again. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the Howler(32oz), black brew, minimal head of tan foam that leaves the scene quickly. Cost, $25.99

Nose tells me there's a lot of Bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate,pitted fruit, some coffee. Smells uber strong.

Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt envelop my palate. With a bit of nudging, the dark fruit..plums & raisins, come out to play. The coffee I mentioned is very very light, err, perhaps I'm not getting any at all; the other flavours are THAT strong and THAT dominant.

The body is on the high end of medium, carbonation checks in as fairly light but there's no mistaking this brew as flat.

Powerful brewski here and though the taste isn't as "hot" as it could be, once it goes down the hatch, it brings a heck of a lot of warming.

As much as I love this beer, I don't feel the need to get more... (827 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class. (225 characters)

Photo of Way2drunk
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So a random trip to 3 Forks restaurant Chicago for a post wedding rehearsal dinner! I ask 4 beer options and I get this little diamond in the ruff! Why does this place have an awesome beer on tap?!! Poured into a huge cognac glass this barrel aged stout smells sweet and finishes delicious! Thank you beer GoDs! I thought a Guinness was my best option in my near beer future! (375 characters)

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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