Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 VikingBeer
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Beautiful rich, black color, lovely, persistent head and lacing. Smells of rich bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla and a faint spiciness from the hops. On the palate, it's rich, thick, and with enough carbonation to make it smooth and almost chewy. Flavors begin with a big blast of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and carob chips all at once, followed closely by fruit (cherries, plums, raisins), malted-milk balls, a hint of vanilla, and a nice, subtle whiff of spicy, herbal hop flavor on the back end. Finish is off-dry, heavy on lingering malt and bourbon sweetness, yet with a drier, more bitter element of coffee; like a chocolate-covered bourbon-soaked espresso bean. This is just a damn fine beer, complex, rich, and dangerously moreish for its very high ABV. Another great limited release from Avery.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend. Thanks to MinorThreat for the bottle.

Pours black with a minimal tan head that fades immediately.

Smells heavily of boozey bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some chocolate also comes through.

Flavor is amazing. Alcohol is not as present as in the nose. Rich chocolate and some roastiness blend well with the barrel notes. At this ABV, it's hard to completely mask the booze, but it's just a component and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

Low carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer although definitely a sipper. 6 oz of this was about right. I was amazed how smooth this one went down. Definitely digging the Avery barrel program.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage bottle dated March 27, 2012, poured 02/26/2013.

Appearance: Thick pitch black from the pour you can tell light carbonation on the body. Head is subtle, dark tan that rises to maybe half a finger's length. After a sip it does disappear quick but this is very expecting with the high ABV level.

Smell: Hint of a strong vanilla and molasses. Very potent, this smell is more aroma than anything.

Taste: First thought; you feel the alcohol right away with strong molasses feel that is almost perfect. Incredibly complex coming off a notch sweet and still bitter coming off a little bit raw.

Mouth: An easy medium carbonation, smooth and strong. The bourbon is evident before you place the glass down off each sip.

Overall: This brew is a true animal in it's own class. It's strong, tasty, ridiculously full of flavor that maybe some might find overwhelming. One glass is all you need. Salud!

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Photo of mentor
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, consumed fresh. Pours super thick black. Whoa. Nice gentle dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly settles to a thin ring mostly around the glass. Pitch black liquid with almost no edgings, just a crescent of very dark brown. Smells vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark-roast coffee, hot clean alcohol. Blackberry and grassy from hops (Northern Brewer?), grocery-stored glazed donut, almonds, wet lined-paper (don't worry, it's not the same smell as oxidation papery).

Tastes intense. Strong bourbon, vanilla, rich chocolate, salt, coconut, charred wood cinders on a toasted marshmallow. Wow. Scorched pears, blackberry, cedar, lightly of cherry sour. Sweet, but not sticky, which allows clean alcohol and md-strong carbonation to clean the tongue. Carbonation is fine-bubbled and contributes to a creaminess in the liquid. Md-thick, pleasantly throat and tummy warming, and wood drying and alcohol-sting in the finish.

Intense, complex, and cooperative. This beer tells an interesting story and was worth the $12 price tag. Not one to have every night, but worth trying this once and maybe a again a couple times each year. This is a beer worth holding onto in the cellar for a couple years while the flavors come together and the little alcohol heat settles a bit. in general, Avery's big beers age well to develop a 'completeness' in 2-3 years. While this could go longer, I wouldn't chance longer than 3 years.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8oz glass from the tap. Black in color with a one finger length mocha colored head. Quick sniff shows a bunch a sweet booziness as expected along with chocolate and vanilla. The taste starts with boozy sweetness with a surprisingly spicy bite. The middle sees the booze fade away and dense chocolate and vanilla flavors that are balanced by chewy caramel in the finish. Low carbonation, full bodied, and at 16% abv it isn't close to cloying at all. Overall, this didn't disappoint and its well deserving of a world class score. Right up there with the best bourbon barrel stouts, and certaintly unique from the pack with a spicy alcohol bite and a great caramel/chocolate combo.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know it may be a bit too hot for a 18% ABV Imperial Stout that's barrel aged, but I have been dying for one as of late.

A-Pours a sludgy, viscous ink. Zero light penetration. Head is beautiful. Dark, dark tan than fluffs up quickly but dies down to a thinner shirt atop the beer. You can actually hear the head fizzle and pop away over time. The body leaves legs like wine. Excellent looking.

S-Huge wallop of boozy bourbon. The alcohol is obviously very prevalent here but the oaky bourbon whiskey really makes the alcohol tantalizing. Incredibly rich milk chocolate note. The chocolate is just unbelievably concentrated. Super charred french vanilla coffee. Great nose with humongous girth!

T-Wow, this is impressive. The bourbon really sets in on the back end but the alcohol is more submissive than I was expecting. The coffee flavor literally ceases to leave my palate. The burnt caramel and BRILLIANT chocolate flavors are impeccable. Like a Kahlua mixed cocktail with chocolate covered caramel candy sitting at the bottom of the glass. There are some great extra notes of vanilla extract, leather and tobacco. Also some whiskey-dipped plums.

M-One of the fullest bodies I have ever come across. Carbonation is almost nonexistent and this allows your mouth to truly appreciate how incredibly viscous this beer actually is.

O/D-At $11 a 12 oz. it is a piggy bank breaker, but this beer is pretty phenomenal. Just ridiculously full bodied and rich. Would maybe like a bit more bourbon in the flavor but the other aspects of the beer's taste more than make up for it. I think its worth the price tag.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Did a side-by-side of 2014 & 2015 bottles. '14 was substantially more decadent and warm. A much smoother brew. '15 had more of a boozy bite.

Thoroughly enjoyed both!

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Photo of dave10mm
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- darkness!!! served in a snifter.. swirled it around. lacing stuck to the glass like a stripper on a drunk guy blowing money away. i like my BBA stouts to have that.. sticky low carb thin head pitch balck look

Smell- the smell is sweet sweet goodness, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, woody, and roasted malts all mesh amazing

taste- as great as it smells, big big big beer. roastyness, bourbon, sweet malts, has a punch of a 13% stout not 17!!! wll done avery! this rivals BT and other super hype beers( that stand up to the hype) in a blind taste test i can see this to beat out some of those. not overly sweet like those 16+ % abv beers, just right

Mouthfeel- full body, sticky, loooong lasting flavor perfect feel.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers I've been wanting to try for a while, but hadn't had an opportunity. Shared with my buddy Dave.

The beer is near black with a quarter inch of silky beige collar. The aroma brings dark chocolates, roast, huge malt profile, bourbon, oak. Some vanilla and barrel notes, but more chocolate and bourbon. A delicious beer! So smooth. I honestly hadn't looked at the abv. I thought it was around 12-13%. 17.42% abv?!? Are you serious. Apparently, it's serious, because I felt pretty awesome after I finished my 6 oz. Outstanding beer and well deserving of the high ratings.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: Received it on Oct. 10, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2013
Misc.: Bottled June 27, 2013; Batch No. 2; 16.53% ABV

Thanks to Nick for the chance to try this.

Poured an almost pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of bubbly brown head. Very good amount of uneven thick espresso lacing along the sides. Good retention all the way down.

First smell was bourbon and it was definitely pretty thick. After some more searching I got toffee, caramel, solid European dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, brownies and fudge. Most of that is just noise though. The bourbon is what you really get here and it’s wonderful.

After the first taste, all I could think was magnificent. Just full of deep, dark flavors. Those bourbon flavors were all around the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, chocolate syrup and port wine. The scary part is that the 16.53 percent ABV felt about 6.53 percent.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Alcohol is still hidden all the way down. Such a great drinkable beer.

Just an amazing double stout. It may be the only one I ever try, but I would love to get some more. Wow.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bgold86
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, poured into a sifter. Pours decently black, huge bourbon nose, and oddly, a decent amount of blueberry and milk sweetness (very weird and kind of off-putting). Big bourbon taste, dark dried fruit, lots and lots of booze.

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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.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 release
Exactly 5 months old (since bottled)

Been sittin on this puppy for a while in order to let that 16% mellow JUST a little bit. I think our post-Thanksgiving feast is a great way sip this and digest away for hours.

Black as night...no light passing through it...yada yada yada...same old bullshit description everyone gives.

Now, the aroma is where this thing makes a name for itself. BIG blast of sweet, chocolatey bourbon. Alcohol is so tame for the huge ABV. Coffee grounds and dark chocolate are at the VERY back of the aroma with a little tobacco and caramel coming through once it warmed up.

Flavor is very similar to BCBS in that it is not too shy on the bourbon as well as very very sweet. Even though I am a big stickler for sweetness done the wrong way, this beer is bordering cloying, but it makes for a nice aperitif after that GIANT turkey feast. Same characteristics as in the aroma: a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and a little chocolate syrup about mid palate that delivers the intense sweetness.

Not sure what this beast was like the day it was bottled, but I can only imagine the alcohol presence is a little smoother now. This was a real treat and even though my folks don't appreciate beers like this, I don't mind not sharing and tackling this bad boy myself.

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

Appearance - The beer was deep black with bubbles crowning the sudes if the glasses.

Smell - Aside from the bourbon, the aroma was not overly distinct.

Taste - on the initial taste, I detect sweet dark fruits, bourbon, milk chocolate, and a molasses stickiness. The taste sticks and coats the tongue. The molasses and coffee coat the tongue and linger.

Mouthfeel - This beer reaches sticky levels of presence.

Overall - I may be overserved, but I love this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep black color with good carbonation, nice brown cap and medium amount of lacing

S: Licorice, leather, wood, bourbon, booze, and chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla are present. The nose is extremely big and complex.

T: Upfront is big chocolate and heat with coffee and roasted malt. Midway vanilla, leather, wood, dark fruits licorice really pickup as does the sweetness. The finish is a bit syrupy, sticky, sweet with more relentless heat.

M: Cloyingly sweet with heat but the body was not to thin and right on the money as was carbonation

O: Drinkability is down, cellar ability is up. I did not finish my bottle but I will say it had much more body than BT or CR. Worth the price.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: as dark as a stout should be. The head is a beautiful dark brown color that sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell: Smells like straight up bourbon. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and a ton of oak appear also.

Taste: The barrels certainly run the show here. Lots of oak and bourbon. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the back end. Super sweet.

Feel: Super thick for a barrel aged beer. I was supposed to get a 5 ounce pour of this but got 10 ounces and I wouldn't want to drink any more than that in a sitting.

Overall: This ones a huge booze and sugar bomb. Would like to find a bottle to age for a few years to see how it mellows out. Definitely a solid brew from Avery and one of their finest stouts for sure.

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Photo of intensify
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 27, 2013. Batch number 2. Obviously still a very young stout but I had to crack it open after tasting it at GABF.

A- Dark as could be. The small head it poured sunk into the darkness of this huge stout. Stir the beer and it'll leave thin legs of alcohol on the sidewalls of your glass.

S- Charred coffee beans, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, licorice. Slight booze aroma.

T- strong licorice throughout the sip. The coffee and roasted malts along with the vanilla give it a complex balance. everything in this stout works. nothing overwhelming and a boozy finish reminds you that you're drinking a 16+ abv beer.

M- nice a full body. creamier then I imagined.

O- For such a big, young stout I am very impressed with what Avery has done here. Give it a year or two in the cellar and it would be a perfect stout. Buy 2, one to age, one to drink right away. You wont be disappointed. you might even catch a slight buzz from 1 bottle.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Dope (thanks!) split into tulips with the bro. Batch #1, bottled MAR 27th 2012.

A: Dense, oily opaque black pour with very little head.

S: Big sweet bourbon and malty notes, tons of brown sugar, toasted sugar, dark caramel, and vanilla. Very, very nice sweetness without being cloying, and really not boozy, though you can tell its a big one!

T: Again, excellent barrel notes, a lot like drinking BCBS. The booze is smooth and warm but isn't offensive; there is a dry bitterness on the finish. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla.

MF: Viscous, oily, full-bodied mouthfeel. Exactly what you would want from a big bba stout. Lower carbonation.

O: Well-integrated bourbon barrels! Seriously this thing tastes as good as BCBS in my opinion. Very good!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the brewery in a 5 oz snifter glass
WOW!
pours brownish black with a thin tan head almost looked a little oily in the snifter
smell strong boozy bourbon sweet vanilla a little like a port or a sherry dessert wine complex and heady for sure
taste bourbon first and foremost some caramel sweet and vanilla accents as well very strong!
feel warming somewhat viscous but a little thin as well
great beer overall
too strong for me to drink on the regular but a special treat for sre

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Photo of cjgiant
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with deep tan head that rises from depths, covers the surface, then collects at sides, leaving decent lacing. Swirls of carbonation stay on the surface throughout the pour.

S: alcohol essence over roasted chocolate smell, with the barrel woodiness also coming through. The smell has a more tart, fruity nature than if expect.

T/M: starts a little sweet (like BCBS) and a little chocolatey, but transforms into a dark-cherry/chocolate taste, with a bit of tartness that would come with a cherry taste. As the beer warms, this taste difference isn't quite as strong, and does portray a more classic bourbon barrel taste. A slightly resinous bitterness comes in when the beer is cooler, but is more subdued as it warms.

O: a very strong offering. My first few tastes I was thinking it might top my favorite BBS, but it doesn't quite reach that level. It's cost might prohibit me from buying it again, however.

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Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark as night. Smells of booze and coffee. Smooth stout taste with bourbon all the way through and coffee at the back end with a alcohol warming effect. This is my first time having this and I will definitely buy more. Another great showing from Avery

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

Tasting again on 7/31/15. This bottle has about a year of age on it. It's fantastic. Like a bourbon soaked piece of molasses candy with a little soy sauce in the finish (umamI), and some lovely raisin notes. I found this way too boozy when fresh but now it's a beautiful beer. Time to seek out more for the basement.

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

#BOTG 80. Honestly its getting fucking hard to do this. The Astros suck nuts and I keep trudging along with the challenge. Oh well, here we go. And, a fucking huge one for tonight. Uncle Jacob, weighing in at 18%. I am a masochist for even doing this, but a new beer must be drunk, and a new beer to me this is.

So, out of the bottle and into the glass this goes. Pours an absolutely pitch black color, thick like raw oil coming up out of the ground. A nice tan head forms around the top, it basically bubbles up out of the dark thick mud. Smell- Charred molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate. This beer bitch slapped me already. Taste- just a super thick velvet of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, charred molasses, and crazy amounts of booze wraps itself around my tongue and sides of my mouth. Jesus. This is an evil dark motherfucker of a beer. A little but of liquorice at the end of the booze, this reminds me of BCS in some ways, but its bigger and has a super thick mouthfeel. Wow. for 18%, and a beer thats basically fresh, the ABV is not too abrasive. It is there as you would expect it to be, but this is more drinkable than I expected. Seek this out, buy several, let them cellar.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.