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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,963
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 3.43%
Wants: 548
Gots: 817 | FT: 120
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 DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, pitch black like motor oil. Medium dark tan/brownish head that goes down at a steady pace. Scent is sweet bourbon up front. A ton of it in fact. Some intense booziness as well. Smells like a booze chocolate cake. A ton of toffee and nuttiness. Taste is boozy chocolate cake and sweet brown sugar with some burnt sugar malt flavors. Intense bourbon flavor with a great amount of toffee and vanilla. Subtle coffee flavors with mocha and more vanilla. Boozy warming sensation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high for how big it is. Overall, this is a very tasty beer that is somewhat comparable to Black Tuesday. Not really as well-balanced though. (689 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, sat in the fridge for about 2 months and finally busting this beast out.

A- Poured half and half into two glasses with a superbly pitch black body. Small head forms to less than a finger with a light tan hue. Bubbly foam dies down fairly fast to a small fizzy ring. Lace is pretty much not going to happen, a spot or two.

S- Deep cereal grains and oatmeal are massive and there is what I used to refer to as The Bruery sweetness (BT and Bois). Thick brown sugary and molasses but not overpowering because the Bourbon barrel certainly makes its presence known. Dark roast chocolate grains and burnt malt feel.

T- Reminds me quite a bit of Black Tuesday to be honest. The alcohol comes through, not necessarily in a bad way, and creates a massive syrupy, burnt roast malt beast. That sweetness once again shows with a molasses, caramel candy note. Bourbon barrel adds a nice dimension and the oak contrasts the base stout nicely. Some vanilla, raisin, dark fruit and slight oxidation reminding me of an Old Ale.

MF- Thick, thick, thick body. This is about as substantial as it gets. Oily and slightly sugary thickness on the palate. Carbonation at a low but nearly medium level considering the strength. Alcohol lingers but not nearly as much as I expected.

As stated above, this reminds me of Black Tuesday a lot but not quite as sweet as the former. The raw strength of the stout and base brew seems to contrast but still blend nicely with fresh woody oak and some good whiskey notes. I should pick up a 2013 bottle just to see if age has changed this 17.43% beast at all... (1,593 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a vicous, used motor oil black - completely opaque - while yielding a thin, foamy tan head; modest retention and lacing. robust nose offers roasted malt and dark chocolate in spades with secondary notes of bourbon, coffee, alcohol, and molasses. very appealing.

flavor follows the nose with bold elements of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, molasses... to a lesser degree coffee and caramel, and a touch of vanilla. very flavorful and tasty. though it does bear that near trademark big sweetness of some of these avery big beers that come close to the cloying, under-attenuated realm. it's also quite boozy (no great shocker given the whopping 17+% ABV)... full, chewy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

overall this is a monster of a stout. big, bold flavors and a nice bourbon kick which i love. on the downside it was a bit sweet for me, which became more and more evident as the beer warmed, making it borderline cloying by the time i was nearing the last of my glass. in the final analyis, for me it's a very good / borderline great beer with the caveat that it's an occasional treat - and at that i'd be good with 6oz worth. (1,180 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1803rd Review on BA
Bottle to Avery Snifter
12oz

2014 Release

App- This right out of the gate was one of the more dense and black stouts I have seen. A lush pour with a creamy look behind it with a dark brown head that was a bit ringed. The edges were dark brown and the inside was a lighter tan.

Smell- This had a lot going on in the nose. A big chocolate bomb with a good amount of oak, vanilla and some oats with a big amount of whispy booze.

Taste- A very sweet drinking stout. A big amount of molasses and bourbon with some sweeter vanilla on the first sip. To me this was a bigger and sweeter version of Mephistopheles. This was a bit one dimensional to me and over the top with booze vs. layered.

Mouth- A good medium body. A bit thin for the ABV and size of this beer. A fairly creamy almost thin medium carbonation. A good amount of sweet dark fruits remain on the finish.

Drink- Good beer, wanted and expected more of this one. As I mentioned. A bit one dimensional with more bourbon and molasses vs a backing flavor. (1,033 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours absolutely pitch black with a finger of dense light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon. I also get some licorice. Quite complex.

T: So smooth, very strong dark chocolate mixed with caramel and bourbon. Certainly on the sweet side.I get some roasted malts in the background, but a bit muted. A bit hot, but not overly hot, particularly for the ABV.

M: Very thick with good carbonation.

O: A bit on the hot side, but great flavors. I wish they made a similar stout at maybe 11%, but this is a very good stout. Nice roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon. (593 characters)

Photo of paul_db
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

Pitch black with low carbonation. Light lacing. Smell was sweet bourbon, oak and chocolate.

Taste was alot of bourbon up front, with the oak and chocolate in the middle followed by some heat. The heat is fair considering the amount of alcohol that this carries. Later on as it warmed up you could pull out the vanilla and chocolate a bit more.

Alot of people would compare this to BCBS but I beg to differ, this is a solid aged stout but the flavors are not nearly as bold.

Fantastic stout however the price is a bit unattractive considering it costs almost the amount of a 4pack of BCBS.

I will sit on my remaining bottles to see how this develops. (684 characters)

Photo of MacTeo
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Choco brown bit of a head. The head was close to none even though it was pour appropriately. It smelled fruity and dark choco scent was coming out, well hidden booze. The taste was good. It came a bit sweet but it was good, as I've mentioned earlier, well hidden booze. Chewy on the mouthfeel, that's how i like my stout. Overall, it was a good stout. I'll buy it again because it was flavorfull. (396 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle being reviewed is a 2012 vintage.

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black, opaque, and a thin toffee colored ring around the top of the snifter.

S - Very bourbon forward, oak, small traces of dark fruit, molasses, and dark roasted chocolate.

T - Follows the nose - extremely bourbon forward with noticeable alcohol warming on the way down. Bourbon, oak, light molasses, a hint of vanilla, some char and oak, and minimal dark fruit in this beast of a sipper from start to finish - a little medicinal on the end.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky, slick.

O - Very well done and I enjoy big barrel aged beers but this one is a little overbearing because the alcohol masks a good portion of the flavor. If it weren't for the alcohol killing the complexity I'd score it higher. (782 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Midnight black. The brown head settles shortly after the pour, but can be re-invigorated with some swirling of the glass. Sparse and spotty lacing.

S: The barrel leads off on the nose. Plenty of charred oak, caramel, and bourbon. Hints of dried figs. Burnt coffee and burnt sugar. Bakers chocolate and some sweeter fudgey notes. Stiff alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate and fudge. Heavy mocha flavor. Wave of rich, chewy dark caramel. Lots of barrel char mid-palate. Charred oak. Bourbon. Stiff alcohol punch. Big estery profile of brandy and red fruits. Bakers chocolate and some alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Thick body. Big and chewy. Unctuous but velvety smooth. Light oak astringency. Big warming alcohol presence. Low supporting carbonation.

O: Whoa Nelly, we've got a big one! Yet another enormous beer from Avery. A bold sipper that drinks like a fine cordial or cognac. I can picture this really being something with age. Though it drinks fine fresh, it does have a boozy and estery punch that will probably mellow with time, letting those wonderful chocolatey malt flavors pull through more. This was a real treat on a cold winter night. (1,196 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a bit of cocoa and chocolate and that's about it. As it warms I pick up molasses and vanilla along with some dark fruits.

T: The taste is much better than the nose lead on. I get tons of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, and dark fruits. The flavors are really big in this one and they get bigger as it warms.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a huge creamy finish.

O: This one definitely gets better as it warms. Really big flavors and the aromas are decent as well. I will be putting a few of these away to see how they age. (711 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled Batch No. 4 and with a bottled on date of 2/13/2015; into a snifter.
Appearance - black as night, black as coal; thin, mocha head that sticks around as it sits. Lacing is better than with other big barrel aged stouts!
Smell - chocolate and maple syrup, ripe dark fruits, some oak and vanilla with just a hint of booze!
Taste - very in depth flavors; rich and creamy espresso, some oaky booze, and a nice smoke flavor that rounds it out!
Feel - definitely a heavyweight; bold roasted coffee flavors that provide an excellent balance of rich, creamy and bitter! Booze makes its presence known, but considering the 16.9, it is hidden brilliantly!
Overall - worth the hype, so I'm glad I spent the extra $ to get a few bottles! (757 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to try this. Purchased from Stearn's Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into Bruery tulip. Mild carbonation quickly dies as the beer is poured. This stuff sticks to the glass like oil. Looks like it too. It is black.

Smells nice. Hot booziness smell is present accompanied by dark fruits (figs, dates, etc.). Some bitter chocolate. Little bit of astringency.

Taste is pretty good. I've had boozier beers before. It's actually quite smooth and well balanced. The fruits and chocolates come through.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly decent. It's thick bodied but drinkable.

Overall, this is dangerous stuff. 17.42% and this drinkable when fresh? Wow. Cheers! (661 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Denise!

Not too much head or lace, but that's not the strongpoint if this beer. Roast and booze in the nose, yadda yadda yadda. Taste is where this baby shines!

Wonderfully complex: roast, caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruits, more booze, some cherry medicine at the end. Excellent blend, great body. Minimal hints of the booze when cold, though it shines through as it warms. Really damn good overall. (410 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thought i had reviewed this one, but must be in the backlog from tastings. none-the-less, enjoyed from a DL mini snifter.

a - poured a pretty stunning black. thick and rich with a thin tan head. looks pretty tasty.

s - big and bold. chocolate, some roast, black licorice and booze. smells decadent and rich, like a slice of chocolate chocolate chocolate cake (with chocolate chips).

t - taste follows the awesomeness of the nose. fairly hot but very drinkable for the size. chocolate and booze soaked wood. roast and sweetness. VERY sweet. intensely sweet.

m - make no mistake, this is a big beer...and there is no hiding that. big and boozy. thick and chewy.

o - overall, avery pulled it off. a drinkable 17.42 stout. not quite as drinkable as a rumpkin, but a worthy stout. great beer for a one and done. (811 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 3/27/12
KtG snifter glass

A: Pours what else, pitch black. Really dark. Initially I did get a faint layer of mild tan color. Forms a ring around the edge of the glass quickly though. Tons of alcohol feet. Definitely seeing some lacing after swirl. Bits of tan.

S: Starting this on the cold side, but still getting good flavor. Initially I was getting some of that soy sauce leading to dark fruity character. Then after swirling I do get more of that barrel: vanilla, coconut, burnt sugar, etc. Some really deep chocolate too.

T: Yet again, another huge beer from Avery. Twice in less than a month. Up front, deep dark chocolate and espresso bitterness on the tip of the tongue. As it starts to warm, I am definitely getting more of that BA character. Really nice vanilla and Creme Brûlée type notes. Toffee. Maybe some coconut like I smelled. So many flavors. Gonna sit in this a while. The close is long. Leaves you with some many flavors. It's scary easy to drink for 17% ABV. I mean, it's there and you feel it down your throat (and through your body) but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied. Really comes in from the sides and encapsulates the mouth.

O: A- (1,170 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

2014 bottle into snifter at cellar temp.

Look: dark in the glass, but pours a surprisingly light-penetrate brown. No head, ultra-fine carb.

Smell: chocolate candy. Almost sickly sweet.

Taste: reminds me right off the bat of Stickee Monkee in how overly sweet it is. A bit of alcohol, chocolate, some dark/candied fruits, cherries. Too sweet, not enough complexity.

Feel: pretty thick, silky. Carb maybe a touch too fizzy.

Overall: I like this reasonably well, but it is insanely sweet. Doesn't really stand up to something like Parabola in terms of depth of flavor. Still, glad to try it, and looking forward to seeing how it holds up after a year. (656 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil capped bottle (dated Feb 13, 2015), procured at the Yoke's across the street from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho earlier this month.

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing black hole, with the teensiest of brown basal edges when held to the (un)healthy glow of the computer monitor, and one measly finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of streaky sea plume lace around the glass as things very, very slowly recede.

It smells of thick, gooey chocolate fudge, grainy caramel/toffee malt, kind of sour black orchard fruit, acrid whiskey barrel notes - estery wood, vanilla, and spicy rye and corn booze - reduced brown sugar, a whiff of vegetal smoke, faint day-old coffee, marzipan, and a leafy, weedy, and piney hop bitterness. The taste is once again big on the heady chocolate confection up front, embiggened by the large and almost in charge caramel and toffee sweetness, with some lessened woody, vanillan, and spicy hooch barrel astringencies, a cinnamon-adjacent warm spice thing, muddled dark fleshy fruit that have indeed seen the Yuk-a-Flux, subtle peat smoke, sugary coffee, and a now rather retreated piney, leafy, and faintly citrusy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite light and unobtrusive in their plainly underwhelming frothiness, the body a stocky medium-full weight, and pleasantly smooth, with a more testy creaminess, but s'all good, man. It finishes on the sweet side, from the already enumerated cast of characters, but somehow moderated, like one might be expecting...daaaamn!

Oh yeah, another big-ass, big-booze, and big-flavour offering from Avery, who seem to be attempting to corner the market on such things (I acknowledge that they do have some competition, both at home, and abroad), to much acclaim. The Bourbon barrel doesn't even really have that much apparent effect here, only adding its two bits' worth to the morass, which is already over-funded in the first place. Great fucking stuff. (1,995 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ Lucky Pie

Deep, dense ebony body - minimal head. Heavy on the bourbon, charred malt, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit, torched espresso. Very over the top - definitely thrilled to have this without dropping $17 on a 12oz bottle. A fine elixir - heavy, decadent and full of boozy complexity (315 characters)

Photo of CruisaC
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a recent BIF, I think, thanks Apaisncsu!

Pours motor oil black and manages a quarter inch mocha head that fades quickly. Not too surprising with the ABV.

Smell is there, pleasant, but not too powerful. Maybe my bottle got a little cold? Subtle bourbon and chocolate try to register with my senses but I don't come away overwhelmed.

Fortunately the taste makes up for this. Loads of dark fruits and dark chocolate wrapped up in a bourbon coating. Really a pleasant tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is, dare I say, chewy? Still some carbonation to move things along. The alcohol seems to greet you up front, announce its intentions early on but there is no noticeable burn, which is dangerous of course.

Really good brew on a cold night in January. Impressed. (773 characters)

Photo of mattsander
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Impenetrable black, viscous, syrupy. Impressively tenacious chestnut colored head. Very appealing looking beer.

S: Oozing dark chocolate toffee bomb, slightly nutty, smooth oak throughout, vanilla marshmallow. More dark fruit than BCBS or Eclipse. Hardly any booze on the nose, very impressive. I can't take my nose out the glass. I might just smell it all night.

T: Sweet bourbon-soaked malts, cocoa powder, echoes of the aroma. Not a lot of booze flavor, but rest assured this is one extremely warming beer. Happy belly. Finishes with long lingering barrel character.

M: Very syrupy and sticky - what do you expect? A slow sipper, the small bottle is a 3hr event.

Fantastic stout, I wish I had more of these to lay down. (730 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled in February of 2015 and weighing in at 16.9%. The perfect beer to to review on my 5 year anniversary on BA. Pours completely black with a 3 inch brown head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is very large, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, with vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate starting the party and a smoky bourbon leather finish and just hanging out out on the your palate until you sip again.

Body is a little bit bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, very dry, and a sipper that still drinks way to easy.

This is eventually going to be one of those beers you drive all over town picking up bottles, so darn good. (781 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version On tap at Avery. Pours pitch black and the nose contains strong bourbon with some coffee, chocolate and oak to round it out. The body is very bourbon forward with an espresso finish. This is something that could definitely use to age to mellow out the bourbon. (273 characters)

Photo of joshclauss
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, Brewed April 2012, Consumed at the release party at about cellar temp.

As advertised - great body, roundness, and viscosity. The barrel is perfectly balanced with the other elements, and it's clear that this is not just Bourbon Barrel Meph. Obviously added a bunch of sugar to cut the heat, which works now and makes it great to drink fresh, but worries me a tad on the aging. (387 characters)

Photo of jsboots21
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 bottle poured halfway into the ol' Lakewood Snifter.

Appearance is perfect. This beer is dark as a starless, moonless, flashlightless night. Surprising 1.5 finger head rises from the beer and leaves a dark khaki ring on the glass's edge. Bubbles are fine and consistent throughout.

Aroma is muted at first, then opens dramatically. Lots of roast, almonds, coconut, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and, not surprisingly, booze. I originally rated the aroma lower, then realized that it became wonderful as the beer warmed.

Taste is decadent. At first, bitter roasted coffee overwhelmed the taste buds and made the beer unenjoyable. Then amateur hour ended and I let the beer warm to an appreciable temperature, which resulted in a completely different beer. Unfortunately, the first perceivable note is booze. From there the taste improves to feature unsalted caramel, bitter dark chocolate, mid-shelf bourbon, figs, strong vanilla. There's still booze on the finish, which takes the taste down a notch.

Mouthfeel is totally full-bodied. Alcohol is pervasive and cuts through the body, but there's enough body to last a lifetime. Carbonation is visually present, though minimal on the palate.

In summary, this is a great beer. Delicious, robust, and well-made. Quite the beer that Avery has produced. Even more impressive that Batch 2 is on par with Batch 1! (1,371 characters)

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

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge... (878 characters)

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.