Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Wow is this beer crazy. 2013 version and quite delicious. Very beautiful pour. Dark brown pour with an awesome caramel head. Roasty Oaky boozy smell. Strong taste for sure, but it hides the amount of alcohol for sure. Great beer with amazing flavor. A sipping beer for sure, but glad I got my hands on this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 22:58:17 | More by beatenbyjacks
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4.34/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a elongated tulip glass. Bottled Feb 2014, abv listed as 14.83%.
Comes out like pure dark motor oil, black as night, but fills the glass with a lighter black walnut shade. Head needs aggressive pour but gets about a finger of dark mocha coffee brown and even. Hangs for a bit, but manages a good three to four mm pencil ring that never leaves. Light bubbles of faint cocoa brown rise on the side in supper slow motion struggling it looks like to get up.
For such a large beer even after time the nose is very subtle. Mild tobacco and soft oak wood, even a hint of hickory like smoke but it's surprisingly tiny.
Palate hits large but not overpowering. Giant cherry kirsch and thick dark chocolate sweetness. Large red fruits of dark cherry and raspberry just overpowering fruit quality. Warmth brings out some nice licorice notes, which goes nicely with one of the most impressive qualities on this beer. This has to be the thickest tolerable stout I've had to date. Giant oily and massive palate feel without a syrupy feeling and a controlled sweetness. Huge lip coating qualities while drinking.
As big as this is, it's remarkably controlled with impressive qualities. Surprisingly easy drinking with the high abv as well. Pretty darn impressive, wish there was more of a nose on this though.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 21:24:19 | More by smakawhat
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout - Batch #3 - 14.83% abv
Ah here we are, the first review I ever post on beer advocate. Many more reviews to come, as there are many more beers to drink, and lots of tasting notes in a terribly unorganized hard-copy backlog.
Pours black with a 1 inch chocolate milk head that fades to a thin layer of froth, then very slowly to a ring.
Lots of bourbon character, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate, chocolate fudge, dark dried candied figs, dark bourbon-oat-and candied cherry cookies, heavy sweet maltiness
Immediately lots of sweet chocolatey and cereal grain maltiness, a big alcoholic bourbon presence, vanilla. Fruitcake - that blend of candied fruits (cherries, raisins, figs), dark sweet bread, walnuts, and molasses. Some tamarind is noticed. Oak is present. Very appealing - sweet and complex. As it warms, bitter chocolate and tart cherries emerge and take the focus away from the darker, mellower flavors.
Carbonation is light. Very full body. Very sticky. coats the mouth, long lasting sweet flavor. alcohol is present but warms and does not detract.
This beer is almost too intense to drink a 12 oz by myself. Its so delicious and every sip is like heaven, but not unlike eating fudge, too much can start to bother. At its best, its like eating a dessert somewhere between fruitcake, panettone, and fig newtons. At its worst, it begins to cloy and lingers for too long. Not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, I am enjoying this a lot. It just shares a problem with DuClaw’s retribution, but to a lesser extent. What ultimately did in retribution for me as an experience was the almost sickening sweetness. This beer avoids the sickening part, perhaps because of the slightly more mouth numbing abv.
There are better BBL aged stouts out there, Old Rasputin BBL for one, Bourbon County Brand, you know the drill. That said, This is definitely a beer worth checking out. It has a bit of an English old ale character that differentiates it from those offerings that is appealing. I don’t know how I feel about the price point - I had to drop 14$ for a 12 oz bottle, but I’m used to this sort of expenditure when it comes to avery’s big beers. They’re mostly singular experiences, and are worth two bottles, as in I wonder how this would taste in a few years. If this sort of thing is for you, then you will definitely love this beer. If its not for you, give it a try anyways. Let it warm as well, because as it does a very appealing tartness comes out to finish everything off.
Be prepared to drink a thick, sweet, creamy beer that is almost the opposite of refreshing. It reminds me of Christmas breads, and all I can think of is visions of sugar-plums dancing or whatnot. I will return to total wine tomorrow to see if I can’t catch another one before they’re gone so I can share it with Evan and Liz, my beer tasting confidants. Here’s to hoping!
I intend to add this next statement(or its contrary) to all my reviews - some beers that I might rate highly are beers that I don't necessarily feel are worth seeking out, considering the trouble to find them or their cost. I might recommend other beers even if I don't personally like them, hell, even if I think they're garbage, as long as they are singular, creative, novel, or so bad you have to try them. This is what it comes down to :
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 04:51:06 | More by Jack_Malts
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.