Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -14.3%
12oz bottle from March 27 2012, batch #1. About a year and half old at this point. Poured into Gandhi Bot snifter. 17.4% abv.
A- Pours a thick very dark black with pretty much no head, maybe just a slight mocha head and some very light lacing on the sides. Not a whole lot in terms of carbonation, I guess that's a welcoming sight though after the '08 Mephistophles that was over carbonated.
S- Lots of bourbon, some oak, raisins, booze, a tiny bit of dark chocolate. Decent aroma but the high abv definitely makes itself known. Not a ton of complexity at this stage but I think it could develop.
T- Port soaked rasinis, bourbon, licorice, dark fruits, chocolate fudge, finishes with just a hint of chalkiness, smooth bourbon, and creamy dark chocolate. Overall taste is a little bit more complex then aroma, booze isn't overally harsh, in my opinion the taste isn't anything extraordinary though.
M- Very smooth for the abv, there is some burn on the back end, fairly low carb, overall a pretty nice feel considering the abv.
O- This was the second time I've had this beer, I wasn't overally impressed but considering the style and abv Avery did a decent job- still this remains a gimmicky beer to me based on the high abv. There was a nice complexity to this beer but there are plenty other stouts that I'd rather drink.
10-17-2013 23:37:14 | More by jaasen64
3.8/5 rDev -13.8%
Sky-high expectations for this one given its current ratings and position as #207 on the top 250. 16.53% according to my bottle (bottled June 27th, 2013). 848 cases of this batch were produced. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing straightforward label art and foiled over (with branded foil; I don't often see that) pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $11.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I love that this is just a 12 oz bottle; I'm tired of breweries putting out these massive stouts in giant bottles. "Stout aged in bourbon barrels." Reviewed as an imperial stout.
Served chilled; I don't like good stouts to be too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Opening the bottle yielded a crisp carbonation hiss - a good sign for a beer of such high ABV.
A: Pours a fucking gorgeous head of three finger width and rich dark mocha-brown colour. Fantastically creamy. Excellent thickness. What real astounds about the head is its superb retention for the ABV; this one sits for a good 8 minutes at least - that's damned impressive. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is your usual opaque solid black; it's dark but not quite jet black. Due to the opaqueness, no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show here.
Overall, it's a superb appearance and within style conventions. No flaws are obvious. It's certainly special, but I don't know that it's unique.
Sm: Rich bourbon, with notes of real vanilla (not vanillicin or extract, but also not quite wholesome vanilla bean) and woody oak. Not getting much in the way of toasty character, but otherwise the bourbon is nice, and above all it seems well integrated into the base beer. This isn't the barrel aging that decimates the base; it seems to complement the stout at the heart of it.
I also pick up some roasted barley, which is buried beneath sweeter dark malts and chocolate malt. Cocoa powder as well. Chocolate is nicely milky and sweet, lacking any discernable bitterness. Some espresso, but no roasty coffee. Cream/mocha. I also get a very subtle red wine note with accompanying buried fruits, but this note is extremely hard to find. A complex aroma that somehow never betrays its alcohol content; wow. That said, it doesn't have the exquisite richness or added dimensions of better aromas in the style; I definitely want more roast - both in terms of coffee and barley, as well as rich java. I'm also wary of the apparent sweetness. Still, it's an undeniably pleasant, appealing aroma of moderate strength.
No yeast character or hop profile is detectable.
T: Hm. The open greets the drinker with sweet milk and Belgian chocolates as well as sticky molasses, chocolate malt, and a kiss of raisin. As it opens into the body, more of a creamy second act emerges with notes redolent of chocolate cake or brownie batter as well as a well integrated almost seamless bourbon presence. Oak undertones are present, but while they provide sweet realistic vanilla, I don't get any toasty character or complex woody character. Dessert wine notes are introduced in the third act, which is an unexpected welcome surprise. I do get hints of dark fruit as it warms; perhaps caramelized sugarplum. I don't know how they hid the alcohol so well here, but it drinks like it's maybe 10%. Decadent and rich, but never too sweet. It's definitely a sipper, though.
Quite balanced, but I do want more complexity and subtlety.
Flavour intensity and depth are pretty high - even compared to others in the style. Flavour duration is above average.
No yeast character or hop profile comes through.
Mf: Velvety and silky smooth. Soft, luscious, and creamy as hell. Wet. Unrefreshing, but nourishing and comforting. Complements the flavour profile quite well; there's a mastery at play here that obscures any alcohol burn until the light kiss of heat right on the finish. It does warm the stomach, though. Lightly syrupy. Thick from the molasses. A biteen chewy. Never vinous or dry - even though there's a raisin note in the flavour profile. Lush. Slight overcarbonation. Good presence on the palate.
Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the monstrous ABV, but still nevertheless a sipper. It's certainly a rather impressive offering from Avery, but it's far from perfect and there are better beers in the style out there. I'd like to age a few of these to see if the bourbon and oak seep in a bit more over time. I'll easily finish this bottle alone, and I'd definitely want another, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to get it. I'm by no means disappointed, but it's not a mind-blowing beer. Just a damn solid high-ABV offering. I can see why it's in the top 250. Recommended.
The well-hidden ABV is a highlight characteristic. Their ability to conceal it this well confounds and humbles me.
07-30-2013 04:03:58 | More by kojevergas
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.