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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 304
Hads: 2,138
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 581
Gots: 882 | FT: 120
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 DoshBeerBalla
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scooped a bottle of this from the liquor store I work at. Enjoyed on 7/24/13, bottled on 6/27/13.
A- Straight fossil fuel...poured vigorously into a glass, formed a couple inches of foam which quickly dissipated.

S- Smells of coffee beans, some strong vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel. Some slight notes of sugar and bakers chocolate are also present. Not much heat on the nose from the 16.5% ABV.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Again, no real heat in the mouth, but you can definitely feel it in your chest. Having have tried the Momi Hiwa prior to trying Uncle Jacobs Stout, I find some definite similarities in the masking of the heat of the alcohol, something that I truly love and respect Avery for being able to accomplish time and time again.

M- Super creamy, with a low-medium carbonation present. I'm not too big of a stout person but this one has an awesome texture.

O- An exquisite beer from Avery. Stoked that they make this annually and will definitely be cellaring one or two of these until next year. Highly recommend doing what you can do get your hands on one of these if you haven't tried it!

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, mocha head. I want to try and float a bottle cap on it. I bet it would hold.

S: Huge chocolate notes. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Light roasted notes. Really opens up as it warms.

T: Wow. Big cocoa sweetness, with a bourbon punch. Vanilla and caramel are prevalent. Sweet, hot, boozy, roasty and just delightful. Reminds me a lot of 2012 BCBS. Which is a good thing.

M: Thick and viscous. Almost syrupy. Warming. A pleasure to drink.

O: This beer really took me by surprise. I was expecting good, but it is spectacular. I love big, boozy, flavor packed stouts and this one stands up with the best of them. To some it may be too strong or too boozy. That's fine, leave it on the shelf... more for me.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Pours an absolutely pitch black color with a moderate tan head and pretty good lacing. Left a nice syrupy film on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Powerful malt, oak, and some bourbon. The bourbon isn’t overpowering, which is nice. A little vanilla, chocolate, and bacon as well.

Taste – Vanilla, malt, and bourbon dominate the taste. It’s very nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated, with a mild alcohol bite. Holy cow - I didn’t know this was 14. 83%abv! A really mild bite for such a strong a beer. Leaves a slightly bitter bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very, very easy drinking, especially for 14.83%abv. This is an amazing stout.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home.

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Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome!

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Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color in a Brooklyn snifter with no head.

Aroma: I could spend a lot of time just taking in the aroma: deep chocolate, cocoa- very complex.

Taste: deep chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla- milk chocolate.

Finish: light alcoholic finish which deepens with warming. The oak presence also becomes prominent with warming. The body of the beer is light- which works well with an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, and alcoholic finish.

Overall: a great Bourbon Barrel aged stout. One of the top in the class. This is a different approach than the BBCS- a lighter body and different emphasis on flavor. There is a stronger alc finish in the BBCS, and the oak is stronger. I like the lighter balance in this beer better. Both are superb examples of the style.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Batch No 4 seems like I have had this cellared a while

Black hole dark with a bit of head that dissipates leaving mocha lacing

Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, bit of wood and alcohol No surprises but a magical blend of why I enjoy BA stout

Tastes of all the good things mentioned above alcohol is pronounced on the back of the mouth but that's the deal you make when you open a 16.9

Feel is is alive in mouth but smooth and substantial

A really EXCEPTIONAL BEER about perfect for a winter night

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Photo of KornWallace
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/20/14
Location: Foodtown Express (Yonkers)
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to brown in color with a large viscous ring. Light brown carbonation which dissipates quickly. The beer has legs as you sip it clings as it collapses.
Aromatics: The beer is clearly fueled with bourbon as it envelopes the majority of the aroma. There is a big alcohol aroma, a light vanilla and light toffee all coming from the barrel. The next odor is the fruit which is dark mostly prunes and some black cherries.
Flavor: So many flavors in this beer it's really quite a beauty. The front of my tongue is just hammered with sweet sugars. Then the big dark prunes and cherries. Coffee flavors are clearly found with bitter chocolates. The alcohol is there adding to every flavor.
Mouthfeel: The body is very heavy with very viscous oils. The beer has an almost burdensome chew to it as the sugars and body just stick to my tongue, checks, roof, tonsils.
Notes:

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Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jacob

A- dark brown to black. thick creamy brown head with great retention and lacing
S- sweet bourbon, honey, toffee, caramel
T- strong bourbon, charcoal, charred wood, bakers chocolate
M- thick and creamy as it hits you mouth, then harsh alcohol bites your tongue. Low carbonation.
O- very hot at first but as the beer warms the alcohol settles and it opens up nicely. It molds into semi sweet chocolate bourbon liqueur. Well done.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out black. It's almost completely opaque except for the edges. Right around the edges it is very dark brown. Nice dark brown colored head that comes up big after a reasonably hard pour. Good lacing, sticks around quite awhile.

Smell is good. STRONG bourbon notes, with plenty of hints of vanilla and oak. Doesn't beat around the bush, not much outside that.

Taste is truly excellent. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The best part about the flavor is it is 100% perfectly balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is spot on. For a beer that's 17.42%, you wouldn't quite expect it from Uncle Jacob. Well balanced, perfectly smooth, and a great carbonation level. Very well balanced with a warming finish. Love this beer, very drinkable a perfect sipper. Avery nailed it when trying to make a good barrel aged stout, this is wonderful. Overall one of the best Barrel Aged Beers I've had, but wouldn't expect less from Avery.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1
Pours pitch black with a very small dark brown ring of bubbles. Very sweet on the nose, huge chocolate notes with a little bit of smoke. Taste is all chocolate upfront with sweet sugary toffee and a little bit of char that leads into an amazing warming bourbon aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. Mouth is on the thicker side with just enough carbonation to carry it. Overall I was very impressed with this brew and can't wait to see how it does in the cellar.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated March 2015, cracked 6 months later, Sep 2015.

This is such a well balanced BB stout. Significantly above BCBS in taste for me, primarily because it hits on the sweet notes, but doesn't put it totally in your face. The other thing that really surprised me is I enjoyed this more than Tweak, and I'm a huge coffee BB stout guy.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
ABV: 14.83%
Batch No. 3
Productions: 713 Cases
Bottled: Feb 4, 2014
Gold Foil/Capped

Close To 2 Years Aged!

Poured into a chalice a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy light tan head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, pretty complex. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, oaky/bourbon notes, some very nice sweetness, very complex brew. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best I've have from Avery. If there are anymore left I will pick them up. Highly Recommeded!

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Absolutely black as night, zero light is getting through this one. A thin, coffee-colored head appeared and then quickly vanished, but it left a ring of foam around the edges of the surface. No lacing.

SMELL: Excellent smell, but lacking in strength compared to some other Bourbon barrel aged stouts I've tried. The typical oak, vanilla and toffee are there with a bit of boozyness as well. This smells like Bourbon.

TASTE: This reminds a lot of Bourbon County Stout, but a little sweeter. Strong on the chocolate, but vanilla slowly creeps in getting stronger and stronger. Oak flavors are very pleasant and help to balance out the huge malty and sugary flavors. A tiny touch of lemon and cherry also lurks somewhere in here.

MOUTHFEEL: This is motor oil in the best sense of the word. It never gets mouthcoating, but it is nice and rich, exactly how the style should be.

OVERALL: This is simply a very well-done barrel aged stout. A great beer, one of Avery's best efforts.

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Photo of Irishjazzmick
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 on tap in a snifter.

Nice head that didn't last long.
Smelled of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and roasted malt.
This beer cannot be really 16.9% the flavor is so well balanced, the vanilla, bourbon, and coconut really shine on this and the booze is really well hidden.
Carbonation was perfect, sticky and delicious! I imagine the bottle could come across a bit stronger.

I'll be back. Cheers Uncle Jake!

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to mini snifter. I think I paid $16 for the single.
Sampled 11AUG12.

[A] Pours thick and black as night with a thin rim of dark auburn around the rim. The head is meager, dark reddish brown in color and is quick to recede. Lacing is nonexistent, but that was a tall order.

[S] All things considered, the intense ABV is masterfully concealed. Buttery caramel, clean and smooth bourbon, vanilla-y oak, and maybe a hint of black strap molasses.

[T] Follows the nose to a T. My only complaint: the sugary sweetness gets to be a bit much toward the end of the glass.

[M] Velvety smooth, rich and thick as hell. Super sweet throughout with surprisingly very well incorporated alcoholic heat.

[O] I loved this beer and would gladly purchase again, many times over if it weren't for the exorbitant price tag...or maybe just on payday.

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a red wine glass at cellar temperature. February 2014 bottling.
A - Pours an inky black color with a single finger of chocolate brown head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a faint lacing.
S - Bourbon, hops, chocolate and toasted coconut.
T - Sweet chocolate up front, tangy bourbon in the middle and a faint tang of booze on the finish with a very well balanced taste that hides well the almost 15% alcohol.
M - A very pleasant rich, thick mouthfeel with a slightly oily quality.
O - Overall one of the best stouts I have ever tasted. Highly recommended, especially if you like them a tad on the sweet side.

2015 Review of 2014 Vintage:
A, S - Similar to last year.
T - Smoother than last year with more prevalent hops and less prevalent alcohol/bourbon.
M - Same
O - I liked it a little better as produced that at 1 year. I have several others to try out in the coming years. 4.25 currently.
2015 Vintage, Batch 4, 16.9% abv:
A - Poured into a Lost Abbey snifter at cellar temperature. Pours a slightly murky dark black color. The 2 fingers of mocha colored head. The head lingers for a while and leaves a long lasting tan lacing. 4.25
S - Smells quite roasted with coffee and chocolate tones. The bourbon and booze are strangely hard to smell over the coffee. Mixed in is some molasses sweetness. 4.5
T - Booze up front with the strong hop flavor I associate with Avery. There is also quite a bit of malt but the hops win out. 4.0
M - The mouthfeel is quite thick and rich and leaves a good coating on the tongue. 4.5
O - Compared to batch 3, this one is less balanced and harsher. I will cellar the rest and see how they are in year or two. 4.25

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Photo of Morey
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black with about one finger of brown head, which settled quickly to a thin and spotty layer. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides on my glass as I tilt my snifter back and forth. There's some head retention after each sip, but it falls back into the beer in a hurry.

Aroma: Dark Fruits (figs, dates, & raisins) , Chocolate Covered Cherries, Bourbon, Licorice, Caramel, and faint Butterscotch.

Taste: ....follows the nose. I'm getting figs and dates up front. I'm also getting a nice dark chocolate sweetness towards the middle, as well as some caramel. Thankfully, there's also a roasted quality near the back-end helping to balance things out. There's some heat from the alcohol and more dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a slick feel. Low level of carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: WOW! Alcohol is really well hidden for a whopping 17.42%! Don't get me wrong, it warms you, and you can feel a buzz coming on after your 2nd sip, but this beer is ready to drink now. Reminds me a lot of Mephistopheles with a nice Bourbon character added. Great stuff! I need more.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tacosandbeer for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 1-finger bubbly brown head that recedes pretty quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing. Expected for a high-ABV imperial stout. A surprising amount of carbonation bubbles are seen coming to the top after the head recedes.

S - Very complex aroma with big roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa notes along with dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is definitely apparent.

T - Starts off sweet with plum and vanilla notes and gradually builds into a woody, smoky, and dry bourbon flavor. Finishes with a bitter roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa taste. Very, very tasty.

F - Full-bodied with not much carbonation, a velvety and hot mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and very dry finish. Roasted bitterness hangs around for a nice amount of time. Very strong but pleasant mouth, throat, and sinus-warming sensation from the high ABV.

O - When I first heard the term “bourbon barrel-aged beer,” this is exactly what I was picturing. I’ve had others that were very tasty but just didn’t have the bourbon flavor or feel I was looking for. This certainly does AND it has all the notes of a good stout. Although the ABV is really high at almost 18%, it is hidden extremely well and is not harsh at all. In fact, I think the higher ABV really adds to the bourbon feel. This was a great beer, and I’m very grateful to tacosandbeer for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of AdamHart22
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is from notes at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, 3/22/14. I know what you're thinking - how can this be accurate? Well I'll tell you. This is the 2nd beer I had and I started with a washed out glass.

It was bottle poured by one of the lovely ladies employed by Avery. Pours thick and viscous, like motor oil. No real head apparent.

Smells like mahogany, soy, actual motor oil.

Taste is... well its a world class beer. 16% ABV is not obvious, not boozy at all. There is a lot going on here, chocolates, coffees, toffee/caramel/soy. This is one of three beers I had that day that actually had me close my eyes. I went back for another pour, I think that's a faux pas, but I don't care.

In the mouth is very round, well balanced, and thick as molasses. Perfect.

Overall this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Try this if you have the opportunity and you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours motor oil thick with a pretty nice 1/2 finger mocha colored head. I was surprised there was any head here given the ABV, but there was and it actually stuck around for a while.

S: It's been a while since I've had BCBS, but I think this may be right up there with it smell-wise. Big, deep, dark and inviting smell. Tons of barrel, wet wood, bourbon, toffee, toasted oak, molasses, caramel and some booze.

T: Given the high alcohol, this is ridiculously drinkable. Lots of molasses and milk chocolate soaked raisins upfront. Caramel, tons of fig, burnt marshmallow, toasted coconut, burnt caramel and a finish of bourbon, charred wood and just a slight kick of heat. The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, bordering on syrupy, but there's enough dryness from the alcohol on the finish to hold it back a bit. A fantastic barrel aged stout.

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an adelberts snifter

a - pours the blackest of black with a cappuccino head that sticks around for a bit.

s - bourbon, booze, roasted coffee, a lot of booze

t - wow. i'm floored, no booze what so ever. its very sweet, but not sickeningly so. sweet malty chocolate and bourbon, compared to the rest of averys boozy line up this is a dream.

m - super thick and syrupy, very nice.

o - this is a world class stout, and not as limited as some, i would suggest seeking it out if bourbon barrel stouts are your thing.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.