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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 2,061
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 557
Gots: 859 | FT: 123
Brewed by:
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 johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harrington Liquors.
Solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Big roasty molasses with complex dark and dried fruit. Earthy with hints of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Light warming alcohol as this pushes down my gullet. Light sherry like oxidation in the finish. Great sipper, alcohol never gets harsh, but this will sure warm you on a cold night.

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

I will let the other geniuses rate this stuff by all of the nose and taste criteria. The bottom line is that this is great shit! Better than Bourbon County by far! If you haven't found it yet, you are missing one of the finest stouts known to man! No way can you taste 16.9% ABV in this beer. Sells retail for about 13 bucks and you can find it in bars for about $18.00. Pull the trigger my friends, it is well worth it! You get the nicest little buzz on only one 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4. Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick, creamy mocha colored head. Opaque in the glass with no chance of light coming through and the head stuck around for a while - surprising for a 16.9%er. The aroma wasn't reminiscent of a big imperial stout, however, more like an overly sweet barleywine; very similar to their Samael's Ale. Big caramel, burnt brown sugar, leather, candied dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, booze, with a hint of roast. The taste presented more stout-like qualities, but not much. Caramelized sugars dominate, incorporating a cloying sweetness to the beer. Brown sugar, fudge, sweet roast, licorice, molasses, some dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, hazelnut creamer, and a warming booziness. I had high hopes but was a little underwhelmed by this one. It sounded good on paper but I feel that in the attempt of making a big 17% BA imperial stout, the ridiculous amount of sugars needed to do so took away from the complexities of the base beer. This bottle needs to be enjoyed poured over a fat stack of pancakes, not drank from a glass.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, cocoa color with tan cream colored head. Weak retention as expected for the strength. Boozy, bourbon, roasted oat, dark chocolate, charcoal aroma. Intimidating yet inviting at the same time. Alcohol makes a strong presence on the palate. Mostly sweet roasted almonds and chocolate flavor paired against smooth, rich, molasses like bourbon character. Full, dense, sticky body. Good carbonation for the strength. Well executed barrel aged stout. Would have been better with a slightly lower alcohol content.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So much heat, and so syrupy it's hard to fully enjoy but flavors are deliciously intense. Needs some serious mellow time in the cellar. Kind of reminds me of Black Tuesday.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but it still brings a good balance. There is not much sign of the high ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, extremely strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured viscous, motor oil black with a thick, tightly-packed bubbled, khaki head. Awesome retention. One inch head sat for five minutes. Moderate on the lace.
Smell - what you would expect. Chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, caramel, booze, wood
Taste - follows the nose with a bitter chocolate-burnt coffee grounds bitterness lingering. Sweet, but not cloying. Heat's there but not obnoxious.
Feel - big-bodied beer with a very thick, coating presence.
Overall - I've heard folks say overhyped for this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 ryanhooks81
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

darn. thats good. poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. black and oily. light brn head. nice lacing. vanilla nose. pretty boozy at first, but then the booziness fades as you get farther along. tastes of chocolate and coffee. overall, really good. kind of expensive, but if the tides were right, i might buy it again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark black with a creamy looking 2 finger tan head. with good retention and lacing. This surprises me for a 16.9 % abv beer. The aroma has dark chocolate, dates, figs, Bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. Very nice.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Sweet flavor. There is no bitterness to balance the sweetness, but that doesn't matter, because the sweetness isn't overpowering, like it can be in some beers.

full bodied, and creamy, with soft carbonation. Has a chocolate aftertaste. Makes for a great dessert beer. Just an incredibly great beer.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Nautilus Road brewery. Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Very smooth stout with creamy head. This stout was recommended to me by the bartender just after finishing a heavenly Rumpkin. Great suggestion!

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To preface: I picked up an iteration of this beer bottled February 13, 2015 and am drinking it mid-October 2015 (about 8 months after bottling). Poured into a snifter glass. Look: This beer looks how you would hope a stout would look. Dark, with a khaki head. Slight hint of purple. Awesome. Beautiful lacing. Smell: Bakers chocolate. I noticed that half of the people in this thread are noticing a coffee smell/taste. I am not picking up on that, possibly due to the lack of freshness of my particular bottle? Smells sweet and creamy, and like some sort of dark fruit. Figgy. A little boozy, as everyone else has mentioned. Smells fantastic. Taste: Similar to smell. Smooth. A little thick, but just the right amount. Not too fizzy. Feel: Creamy. Very creamy and delicious. Warms the insides. Overall: Awesome beer. 10/10 would drink again. I did splurge on this bottle though. I don't know if I would spend this much on a 12 oz bottle again, but it was (and currently still is) an amazing beer. Good stuff, Avery.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2014 bottle. This is pretty much everything it is advertised to be. Big, boozy, and maybe a little sweeter than I anticipated. Big molasses sweetness. I did miss the coffee aroma and taste and would love to get a fresh bottle in the future.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.5/5) — Tthe beer itself, it pours out of the bottle into the tulip with an incredibly dark brown/black hue into the glass, doesn’t pour as thick as expected. There is a nice dark leather colored head on top of the beer that fades to a nice layer of foam, this leaves behind some really nice lacing with each sip.

Aroma (4.25/5) — Just pouring into the glass, the aromas start to envelop the room with bold, dark, rich deliciousness. Great notes of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, bitter espresso, bitter bakers chocolate, charred oak, chocolate covered espresso beans, and more Bourbon. This is certainly a hot beer, it almost burns the nose as you smell it, seriously, tread lightly, smell this like you would smell a Bourbon, not like you’re dipping your face in an IPA. This may be one of the most Bourbon forward beers I’ve come across, in the best possible way.

Taste (4.5/5) — As this warms and is slowly sipped upon, there is a tremendous depth of flavors, in addition to the Bourbon, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak from the nose, there is a nice dark fruit component here, not unlike dark chocolate covered cherries, there is a great, rich, dessert quality to this brew. But again, it is dominated by Bourbon and is quite hot. I wouldn’t recommend more than a few ounces at a time. I had about 4oz then capped the bottle and put it back in the fridge to consume on the next evening, it lost a little carbonation, but there wasn’t much there to begin with.

Mouthfeel (4/5) — With how hot this is I expected it to be a bit thin, but it just isn’t. There is a great balance here, it is chewy, fulfilling, rich, stick to your ribs goodness that warms you to your core.

Overall (4.25/5) — This is fantastic, as noted earlier, Avery doesn’t mess around with the gold foil caps, I’ve always been impressed with Avery and it is truly a feat to brew a beer this unbelievably strong without it being a total mess. Nicely executed Avery. Now I can’t wait for the return of TWEAK, or Mephistopheles. Cheers!

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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 croush
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time having this. Nice beer, with a good amount of roasted coffee in the smell. Not exactly full bodied in the taste, but does have a decent amount of stout with the coffee taste. Finish is a bit on the alcohol side, but it's not bad at all considering most other BB beers. I'd buy this again, but not at the price I was gouged at the first time.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 LouZ
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was good, but huge. Some beers mask their high ABV, but this one does not. It hits you in the face. It's a big, dark, thick beer with nice aromas and a lot of flavor, but I was satisfied with my 6 oz pour. Any more would have been excessive.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one boozy bastard. The bottle has lots of ooey gooey substance and if you pour the last drops out into your glass, it looks like oil mixing with water. Dark thick beer, good chewy texture and a sweet barreled taste with bourbon chocolate malt and no fucking shit, alcohol. This motherfucker kicks like a mule and is a great fucking beer.

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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 OnePuttBlunder
3.35/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this beer, I had been waiting to get my hands on one for a while. Unfortunately after pouring into a snifter and getting all excited to try it I was really let down. Super hot to the point it just dominated the beer. Let it warm up to see if more flavor would come out and still just overpowered by booze

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch No. 4, bottled on Feb 13, 2015 (16.9% ABV). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor is even better, it tastes like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, espresso, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's silky and smooth with moderate carbonation. For a beer this strong it's very easy to drink! I thought this was really good, it's a great example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. It's a must try if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 Vintage

L - Pitch black with ruby red on the edges. A finger of tan head.

S - Lots of charred oak. Hot bourbon and roasted malts. Alcohol sting is noticeable - when inhaled, the aroma burns the eyes. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate too.

T - Bourbon is sweet and a little cloying. I pride myself on not picking up any alcohol in high gravity beers when others claim they are too "hot", but I'm sorry, but this is is just overpowering with the alcohol taste. Not even in a good, smooth bourbon or spirit flavor, this just stings from beginning to end as if you're drinking gonorrhea (I exaggerate for effect, but still, this is just pure alcohol). Aside from that is some of the aforementioned chocolate, but is more like Hershey's syrup, which is nice. Like the aroma, there's a lot of oak and char.

F - It is thick and luscious like it should be. Alcohol presence and burn is significantly more noticeable than other BA stouts. Some cloying bourbon and alcohol.

O - Cloying bourbon and a pure alcohol feel has prevented this from being great. I imagine whatever base Imperial Stout used might be a good beer, but the barrel-aging has just infected this beer with too much pure alcohol smell and taste. Other characteristics such as roasted malts and chocolate are faded in the background. It's a 16.53% beer and it tastes as such.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. All in all this is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not quite the level of BCBS, but this has very similar qualities. The 16+% is hidden very well.

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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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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.