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Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
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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 GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -48.4%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.32/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and lighter tan in shade. For 17%, the retention is fantastic. With a thick, creamy texture and streaks of lacing that stick to the glass nicely, this is a looker.

This desperately needs to open up before revealing its aromatic nuance. Right after I pour it, it's little more than caramel and booze. After a while, it does reveal nuances of dark fruit, chocolate, and oak - too bad it's too little, too late. This should be bigger and better smelling for something so intense. More bourbon, more vanilla, it frankly needs a little more everything.

I should have just kept my damn mouth shut. It is a big beer - too big for its own britches, in fact. Some opening flavors of caramel, chocolate, and raisin are pretty nice. Bourbon slowly but surely appears after sitting on the tongue, turning into a fiery finishing crescendo. Some hints of coconut and dark fruit also show up. Here's the problem: it's alcoholic and hot, without any of the depth, complexity, or boldness something this big really needs. It's timid in all the wrong ways. I see this was brewed with oats...that explains things slightly. Oats can seemingly make a big beer seem even boozier, and here, it does in spectacular fashion. It burns like a 17% barrel-aged beer perhaps should, but it has the flavor boldness of a regular 7% stout. Not a good combination at all.

This has turned my palate into scorched earth, thanks to how damn boozy it is. 'Course, it's pretty full bodied and silky smooth when it doesn't taste like burning. Make no mistake, it's a sipper. Not a good sipper, but a sipper nonetheless. Carbonation is low.

I have no clue how this is a 97: it's a hideous disappointment of a massive barrel-aged beer. Maybe batch #5 isn't as good as previous years? Or maybe this is just too damn young? This needs two, three, maybe even four (or more) years before it becomes a good bourbon barrel imperial stout regardless. Even taking away the harsh bite, it's not nearly as flavorful or deep as I'd want. I'd give this a second chance due to sheer curiosity of how something so well received could be so crummy to me, but I'll be damned if I spend $14 for a bottle again.

2.32/5: He's like that rude uncle who always carries a Gadsden flag, spewing racial slurs along the way

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Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
3/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average at best. no where near a KBS or other BA stouts. definitely not worth the $13+ per bottle price tag. Im glad I got to try it once, but I have no desire to trade or buy it again

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Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -28.4%
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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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.12/5  rDev -28.4%
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 AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of Star80
3.23/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of Eli2814
3.24/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like a cup of cold brew coffee basically, especially if poured into a pint glass.
Booze and bourbon dominate the nose, with esters of graham cracker or something similar at the tail end.
Roasty initial taste, but heat swiftly comes after. It tastes like the most sippable bourbon you've ever had in your life, not very "beery"
This beer wasn't very gentle in terms of mouthfeel. You get heat really quick, and no matter how long you drink it, it's hard to get used to. Sorta numbs your tounge after awhile.
Overall, pretty good. I think the base beer was probably really great, but I think in this case, the barrel aging process took away from what could've been a stellar beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour by a nice stranger at the Le Roar Grrrz 2015 release.

This one pours a dark, deep black, absolutely staining the sides of the cup. No head or lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, maple, booze, and honey.

This tastes good for like half an oz before becoming a chore. It's too syrupy, too sweet, and too boozy. There's chocolate, maple syrup, honey, and a ton of biting bitter booze. Not a huge fan, to be quite honest.

This is intensely syrupy, and fairly thick bodied, with a basically no carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

This one suffers the similar problem that almost all of the big ABV Avery beers suffer from. Just too much, and not drinkable in the slightest.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.35/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Kramerbarthomer
3.4/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Look: Opaque black with a mocha colored head. Nice head retention with minimal legs. Poured like motor oil! Smells: Pungent chocolate and bourbon notes come pouring out of the bottle! In the glass I'm getting strong bourbon, sweet chocolate, lots of barrel, vanilla notes, roasted malt, and more bourbon. Smells sticky and sweet. Warm on the nostrils with a deep inhale like a liquor.

Taste: On the attack are deep bourbon and vanilla notes followed by dates covered in chocolate, more vanilla, huge oak barrel notes, roasted malt, slight smoke, and more sweet chocolate and bourbon

Mouthfeel: Thick! Hits the tongue like oil and covers the mouth! The oak barrel notes dry on the tongue allowing the vanilla and chocolate notes to linger. The finish is super dry.

Overall: Wow! This is the definition of a winter warmer. Huge beer but stays surprisingly complex. Definitely stays on the sweet side of the stout family with the big vanilla and chocolate notes but still retains the roasted malt on the dry finish. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for the experience alone. Only complaint is the finish is a bit too dry and the body fluctuates a bit between the sweet and smoky roasted malt that could be a bit more balanced

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.52/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured opaque brown/Black with thick brown head that settled into persistent cap. Carbonation glistened like jewels on sides of glass.

Aroma: Chocolate and whisky malt. Warm bread. Coconut and stone fruit.

Taste: Sweet chocolate with boozy notes. Thick and wine-like with plum sweetness.

Mouth: Thick and syrupy. Sticky.

Overall: It is a bottle of beer that can be sipped and enjoyed like a wine or brandy. Warm, but smooth ... could handle more balance but would pair and hold up to strong pungent cheese.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2016 on draft. Looks good, but the smell was lacking and the taste/ fell terribly flat.

There's minimal hints of the bourbon and almost no feel to this. I love Avery and have enjoyed other offerings including past batches so much that I wonder if this was a bad keg or possibly even something else.

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Photo of pagriley
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4, bottled feb 2015

L - Dark with good head for such a big beer - lacing and a nice dark mocha foam that hangs around for a moment. Heavy legs - expecting a sweet beer
S - Heat and booze up front, with some roast and chocolate struggling through. Overall the alcohol is dominant
T - Again, a lot of heat and booze, not a lot of depth even when left to warm to room temp... disappointing
F - heavy and rich, as it should be for a big beer. sweet, but not overly so

Overall a hot mess. Like smelling a gas tank. Hopefully a few years in the cellar will tame this, but it I'd too hot and too raw right now

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harsh, tart, boozy, sweet, unbalanced... not something I would go back to...

Had on tap hoping it'd be better/more interesting- to no avail. Again unbalanced, too sweet, too chocolaty. If you are a fan of TGI Friday's syrupy-sweet desserts, then you will dig this.

But at thirteen dollars a snifter, no thanks. I'll give it props for having pretty good drinkability, though.

I will take Mephistopheles any single day.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, quickly fading head, brownish lining when held to the light. Smell is burnt sugar and booze. Taste is rubbing alcohol mixed into a stout. Novelty beer, won't buy again

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a mocha head. Slight collar. Leggy and sugary with a nice swirl. Looks like a big one.

Smell - Super chocolatey. Bourbon is secondary. Some dark fruits come out too, but it's a bucket of chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Fudgy sweet chocolate. Barrel is faint again. Molasses and a cherry flavor in the middle which is interesting. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Chewy and boozy. Definite sipper, but I guess that goes without saying for something like this.

Overall - Tasty and very big. All of the hazards of its style and size. Would like to see more barrel influence on it.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Avery tulip pint glass. A very rough pour down the middle of the glass yields a thick black solution with less than a finger of brown head atop. The cap fades and holds to a thin film atop supported by some rising bubbles of carbonation. Faintly around the edge of the glass can you see a bit of brown clarity. When swirled, some fingers of fine lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has some rich malt sweetness reminiscent of cocoa blended with just a hint of leather, tobacco and soy. More smells bring out a focus on alcohol esters with raisins and plums being quite evident. The barrel presence is really felt here with vanilla, coconut and caramel. Collectively, the aromatics here point to this being a sweet brew but there are hints of alcohol that burn the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken.

The taste is somewhat sweet as expected with a rich maltiness tasting of something along the lines of creme brulee. Toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel are felt from the barrel aging with a touch of oxidation that comes off mildy like cardboard that fades towards the backend. Alcohol flavors mix with the malt to create a sense of raisins or prunes mid-palate mixing with leather, tobacco and a hint of bitter coffee.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is rich and complex but becomes quite numbing across the tongue in a hurry. While colder than ideal, there is quite a bit of enjoyable character to take in. However, as it warms up it really becomes a bugger to put down (like some other big series Avery brews.) There is quite a bit of oxidation evident in this already and while all signs point to aging this, I dont know how I would feel with more oxidative quality present. I liked this and would drink it again but probably opt-in for only a couple of ounces.

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Photo of Guiltybyproxy
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a strong beer, and it's abv is right on. This is a beer that you sip on, not something you try to down. A little pricey, but worth it if you don't get it often. Would recommend this to anyone. Beware of its strength

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Best samples are someone elses samples. Pours a rich midnight black color with a tan head with ok retention that didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is rich with malt and chocolate. Some vanilla and woody notes. The bourbon is noticeable but soft. Would have expected a bit more. Noticeable alcohol that could use some aging. Good thing we have more bottles. Some minor esters and phenolics and a hint of yeast bite but overall mostly clean.

The taste is similar. A bigger astringent bite with a more coco note with a soft roast and burnt character on the finish. The fusel/alcohol note comes out and really deters in the taste. But the bourbon and wood notes come out vs the nose and help balance. The esters come out more vs the nose as well with a light cherry and hint of mint (hops?) on the back end.

The body is moderately full. Would have liked a bit more depth for style but still very good. Carbonation is a bit high but also ok. Overall a very good beer but needs a ton of time to age.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.