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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 532
Gots: 625 | FT: 87
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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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Ratings: 1,618 | Reviews: 236
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2/5  rDev -54.9%

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2/5  rDev -54.9%

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2/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I very much like this style and very much like most of Avery's limited and barrel aged brews. However, I just don't get this one.

Pours a black viscous syrup with no head and one is anticipating a thick rich and full mouth.

The nose is cooked grain, cooked fruits, cooked cereal, coffee and sweet carmel/maple syrup. Not bad and its inviting. One is still now waiting for that thick, rich, viscous mouthfeel. And, as anticipated, the mouth is, indeed, thick, rich, viscous and very creamy.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile is very unbalanced and awkward. There are hints and tones of all good things: fruit, sweet carmel, bitter coffee, black chocolate, bourbon vanilla and toffee tones. Yet, the flavors just don't come together, they don't blend or marry whatsoever. Each stands out on its own with no finesse. The primary flavor profile turns out to be bitter, sour toffee carmel that just isn't appealing to me in any way. This is almost like a Black Tuesday wanna be that misses all around except for thickness and mouthfeel, and that is overshadowed by the awkward flavors.

I didn't have any interest in a second or third sip. Yet, I kept at it for a half hour to see where this would go and what I may be missing. My conclusion - nothing. An awkward, out of balance and misflavored brew all around in my opinion.

I opened two bottles from different sources to confirm. The foregoing is confirmed for me. I have no need to try again.

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2.25/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -43.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as pitch with a thin crust on top.

Smells like tar, burnt sugar, cocoa and burning booze. Plenty of bourbon, too. Maybe a bit of vodka.

Tar and burning booze. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon. Full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is harsh and burning in the finish. This has some decent flavors, but it's pretty unpalatable.

Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in an Eclipse snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, tiny specks of lace. Black body, with glints of brown at the edges.

S - Super sweet and boozy, with nostril-singing alcohol. Some roast, but lots of dark fruits, fudge, toffee, nuts. The booze gets pretty intense as it warms and notes of tar and soy come out.

T - Taste is heavy on dark fruit, soy, some ash, alcohol, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Finish is pretty alcohol heavy, with some vaguely vodka-esque notes.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, some moderate alcohol burn, and a mildly chewy finish. Pretty decent for the style and ABV.

D - It's pretty hard to drink in anything more than 1oz portions. This *might* be good in like 5 years, but it may also be terrible. The sweetness is more off-putting than the alcohol.

Photo of BillKuhnel
3/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Desp59
3.02/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good and smooth. Still trying to get into stouts.

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Doodler in a surprise box a while back. Very generous man. Much appreciated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Batch 2
27 June 2013
848 cases produced

Apparently the brewer's 6th great uncle Jacob was the first to call his whisky "bourbon."

APPEARANCE: A nice black pour yields a one finger, slightly thinner, foamy tan head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades very quickly to a ring only. Ring remains all the way leaving no lacing down the grass. Black beer, but mediocre head.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, with vanilla, light grapes or red wine as well. Interesting and different. Touches of milk chocolate as well. A bit of port.

TASTE: Quite boozy. Bourbon, oak and port wine up front. Some spicy alcohol through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bourbon, red wine, alcohol, vanilla notes and some dark chocolate too. Quite boozy with lots of alcohol and port flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body, thinner, with higher levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down okay and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some decent heat lingers. Spicy alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay, but it's a bit too boozy for my liking. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like for the style as well. Lots of wine and alcohol at the expense of the stout qualities. Would actually like to to try the base stout on its own. Thanks again for the treats Doodler!

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3.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled February 2014. 14.83%.

A: Quite dark, as expected. Coffee-colored lacing.

S: Harsh and strong. Not entirely pleasant.

T: Molasses. Burnt brown sugar. Big booze. Hint of dark fruit that grows as it warms. Oddly metallic aftertaste really lets me down on a bum note. It gets better with time.

M: Kinda thin and harsh.

O: I hate to say it, but this was not that impressive. Maybe it's because we also had Black Note tonight, but it's harsh and abrasive and over-sweet; redeemingly, it's also got some berries.

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3.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled March 2012, one bottle out of 694 cases,

A- Pours out a thick, oily black with a quickly disappearing black head.

S - Smells more like a bock than a bourbon stout for some reason. Very sweet malts, some chocolate, vanilla and faint dark ripe fruits.

T - Tastes extremely sweet, to the point where the malts aren't rounding anything out with any usual roasty bitterness. Again, this beer tastes like a double bock and not at all like a stout, let alone a bourbon stout. I can pick up some very faint vanilla, toffee, and quite a bit of raisin.

M Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied as it should be.

O - Overall not at all what I expected from a bourbon imperial stout. Way way too sweet and not roasty, or even remotely hoppy for what I would expect from the style.Admittedly my only reference point is Goose Island Bourbon County, and this is far from it. Taste just like a double bock with NO bourbon at all. Quite disappointing when I wanted a bourbon stout comparable to Goose Island's. Jeez, I hope that every other bourbon stout doesn't pale quite as badly in comparison.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split into two glasses, thanks Megan for sharing (though I reluctantly ended up drinking 2/3 of it). Inky black body with burnt brown edges. It pours slightly viscous and sticky around the edges, with a thin wispy layer of foam that quickly vanishes with minimal lacing.

Aromas of sticky molasses, mellow roast and chocolate. Seems a bit subdued at first, some barrel hints surface as it warms, but still very mellow with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Dominant flavors of tobacco and molasses, faint coffee roast and chocolate in the middle, with some alcohol heat at the tail end. Low carbonation with a chewy, sticky, viscous feel. The malt character has some slight oxidation, tastes like old leather. Not much distinctive bourbon here... some wet wood maybe, but little in the way of actual bourbon. Overall the flavors aren't all that cohesive, instead somewhat messy and it falls a bit flat. Drinkability is reduced by the high abv and sticky feel. Honestly a bit disappointed in this, had high hopes after sampling the fantastic 2012 Samael's recently.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-writing this review as I've finally gotten my hands on a full bottle. Initial review was of 2013 vintage at GABF. Current review is of the 2014 vintage.

A - Pitch black, opaque

S - Sweet, mild bourbon on the nose

T - The sweetness just overwhelms me with this brew, it reminds me of Dark Lord and this is what I can't get over. Quite boozy, but so damn sweet and sugary. This really lowers the score on this beer for me...

M - Solid, thick rich.

Overall, I just cannot get over the sweetness of this brew... it punches me in the face and knocks me out. It's not at all a bad beer, but it's not something I would put in my top 250.

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3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: inky black, dark brown fing head, dissipates to a frothy ring.

Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, buttery, caramel, charred wood.

Taste: buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze. Burns the throat.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, full bodied.

Overall: nice flavors and aromas, but its hot. I split the bottle, don't think I could have put away the whole thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.