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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 cbeer88
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8. 12oz 2012 vintage bottle poured into Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Gentle pour into glass to help it fit leads to a dark inky black with a half finger of mocha head. Lacing is thin.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, oak, a bit of maple? Coffee and bourbon ascend on the nose as the beer warms.

T: The heat! Obviously this beer is boozy as all get out, but the alcohol burns at first touch. Underneath the heat lies some deliciousness though. Sweet and syrupy, molasses tasting, licorice, burnt caramel, and some bourbon. Bit of coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and sludgy - this is like drinking motor oil. Carb is reasonable.

D: Low. ABV is through the roof and the body is thick, so we're dealing with an extreme sipper here.

O: If you can cut through the heat, there is a fantastic beer here. If I had another I'd lay it down for a year or two and would expect something phenomenal.

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Photo of IKR
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with fairly small dark brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Raisins, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a faint coffee/roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, caramel, along with the coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish. The beer starts off incredibly sweet, with the roast/ coffee notes coming in towards the end which try to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. I get a mild bitter aspirin note at the very end.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with a fairly low-level of carbonation appropriate for the high ABV beer it is.

Overall: Good beer who's sweetness is a bit much at the moment but I think will die down with time. The taste profile is well layered, and if the heat and sweetness die down it'll be a real treat.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very thick black color with a layer of thick, creamy tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The beer is quite sweet, but I expected as much. I'm getting some bourbon and mild oak. Lots of dark fruit and roast along with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: This one is quite smooth considering the lack of age and the abv. Lots of sweet roasted malt with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a strong bourbon component that teams up with the alcohol burn. Just a touch of vanilla and caramel along with some oak. The finish is sweet and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely thick with lots of smooth carbonation and a mostly slick finish.

Overall: This is a really nice high abv beer. Quite smooth given the abv. I'd love to have some of this with some age on it.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BCBS on steroids. Wicked expensive and a little bit of a chore to drink. 12oz. is enough for two people. Go with BCBS or barrel aged DORIS instead.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very thick, dark, sweet tasting beer which is what I expect from an imperial stout this high in alcohol. Bourbon flavor wasn't the strongest or smoothest I have ever tasted but it was pretty good. I haven't had any of Avery's regular beers but all of their higher end, high abv brews have been very, very good.

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

12oz (bottled 3/27/2012) into a snifter. Pours an oily obsidian black w/ a thin mocha head that settles quickly, not so much lace as legs on the glass.

Aroma is deep and boozy. laden with bourbon, molasses, prunes, smoke, and more bourbon.

Taste is syrupy sweet, dark and roasty, bitter, boozy. Sugary dried dark fruits, molasses, chewy caramel, some vanilla, charred oak. A hint of cabernet.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, thick and chewy. Strong alcohol heat.

Overall, as expected, this is an over-the-top imperial stout. A little too sweet and syrupy for my taste, but it's a unique experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to splurge and lay down $25 for this at Cheeky Monk in Westminster. Frankly, I'm glad I did. Pours out a gigantic abyss (small "a") like darkness, trudgingly sludgly, with a solid 1" of brown head on it. I think I looked at this for a few minutes, just admiring how something so huge could look so nice, but the head quickly disappeared.

Aroma was heavy, bourbon wasn't as present as the massive alcohol. Chocolate malt, roastiness followed behind from there. Taste got a little more complex, alcohol was still massive, but subdued enough to be enjoyable. Thankfully, any component from the Rumpkin barrel wasn't obvious to my palate. I'm not a fan of that. The bourbon made this quite a slow sipper, I think it took about 1.5 hours for me to finish all 12 oz of this beer. A little bit of licorice can be found amidst the dark chocolate malt aspect. Very similar to Black Tuesday, a little bit of vanilla, oak, leather, but not as sweet and drinkable. Tons of two row give this beer a thick body the likes of a Marshall Zhukov. I liked the carbonation on it, just right. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dark fruit aspect or mild bitterness it contributed.

Overall, I wouldn't pay anywhere near $25 again, but I was glad I did, it was my second to last beer of the Denver trip, and who knows, I wasn't going to come across a bottle of this again. I think $10 a pop is a fair price if I was at a bottle shop for this.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Super bourbony aroma with some vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Very, very sweet with lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The sweetness is very pronounced, and despite the alcohol content and barrel aging, not as boozy as I thought.

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Photo of Greggy
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with a rusty brown head that disipates quickly.

S- prune, milk chocolate, bourbon, wood, coconut

T- chocolate covered raisins, milk chocolate, coconut, subtle bourbon and on the finish, malted milk ball will bourbon. Very creamy, sweet and smooth.

M- subtle carbonation, big body... Obviously

D- darn good. Finishing off a big meal with this. A very nice imperial stout. My unfounded opinion would be to drink fresh as the sweetness would, in theory, only increase with age.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. First off, if you are wanting to drink a few beers and not get drunk, this beer is not for you. This thing is a beast and lets you know it straight out of the gate with huge notes of alcohol upon first inspection. It is a little more subdued as the sip sits on the palate by becoming more roasty with a hint of dark fruit. A really well done brew, but drinker beware about the alcohol. It will truly put you in your place if you aren’t careful.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 3 - Bottled on February 4, 2014

Pours a dark brown to black color with at least a finger of tan head that enjoyed some lengthy retention. The nose has notes of bourbon. The body is full-bodied, sticky and creamy. The flavor profile leads off with a modest sweetness that is reminiscent of molasses. This initial blast is followed by wholesome roasted bitterness. The alcohol is a bit hot on this offering; this is definitely the type of beer that would be suitable for aging.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders CBS snifter. Jet black color. Smell was heavy roasted malts, mild bourbon, booze. Taste was all malts and booze. Was harsh initially. Wife took a sip and was done. The booze calmed down as it warmed up. Bourbon flavor came out stronger. Chocolate came out as well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, but not like engine oil. Nice one.

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

Look: You just can't beat the look of a great stout. Cloudy, lighter black/dark brown color with a beautiful thick khaki head with copious lacing. Surprising amount of head retention.

Smell: Roast, dark chocolate, coffee, definite bourbon, a bit of almond. A lot of bold flavors and not a lot of subtlety but at 17+% I don't think subtlety was their intention.

Taste: A blast of bourbon and booze followed by lingering semi-bitter roast and light roast coconut/nuts and bittering hop flavor. Definitely less sweet than the other high ABV stouts by Avery, but that seems to largely because of the amount of roast and hops. As the beer warms, more dark fruit and chocolate pops.

Feel: The heavy end of medium bodied (6/10 or 7/10 ), viscous, slick. Low carb.

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

2014 bottle from a great trader, poured July 3, 2014. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark brown head, nice and creamy. Aroma of chocolate, mellow bourbon, vanilla, caramel, anise, oak char. Reminds me a lot of Black Note on the nose. Very rich smelling yet not over the top. Flavor follows with a nice vanilla chocolate caramel note, dark fruits, long roasty finish with lingering vanilla, definite char flavors from the oaky bourbon barrels. Huge rich mouthfeel that is right on the nose with low medium carbonation. While this has a hard yet more on the fruity side than I tend to like in the style, there is no question this is world class. The bourbon barrels only accent the flavors and this isn't just some huge bourbon bomb. Nicely done (4.26).

Trying a 2016 bottle and it was running hot with some cardboard notes. Downgrading a bit (3.99).

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Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and viscous with a a spattering of dark mocha head that settles at a slight film, lacing decently.

molasses and booze dominate the nose. a good amount of woodiness in there as well. a bit of teriyaki sauce and sweetness that comes from the attempt to make such a mammoth beer. almost balanced, but I'm worried that this will be a sweet, boozy mess.

well, its definitely boozy, and its definitely sweet with a good amount of licorice coming through as well, but I wouldn't quite call it a mess. a good amount of vanilla, coconut, and wood come from the barrels to balance the malty sweetness. flavorful sipper, but not the amount of complexity as would make this reach the premier level of the style.

thick, creamy, and full-bodied with subdued carbonation that works well for the style/flavor profile.

not as impressive as I had hoped. not as complex as it is "big" but it's tasty nonetheless. I'd sip on it again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as sin with no penetration to light. A fingernail of mahogany colored head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and loads of dark,sweet malt. I taste a massive amount of bourbon,molasses,plum,black licorice. The mouth is very sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure when/where I first had this. This review is for a recent tasting at City Tap House, Philly, PA.

Viscous black pour, with a small brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, some minor lacing clinging to the glass for a second or two when swirled. Nice big stouty aroma, dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, barrel notes. The taste was good, but didn't quite live up to the aroma, rich malts, mostly sweet with a background roasty bitterness, bourbon-soaked oak with a dash of vanilla and toasted coconut, notes of dark dried fruits and a hint of smokiness. Body was on the fuller side of medium, robust mouthfeel, and pretty strong with booze, as you might expect for a 14+% beer (not unusual for Avery). Doesn't quite stack up to some of the bigger names in the world of barrel aged stouts, but in and of itself, this is still a very good brew.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout - Batch #3 - 14.83% abv

Ah here we are, the first review I ever post on beer advocate. Many more reviews to come, as there are many more beers to drink, and lots of tasting notes in a terribly unorganized hard-copy backlog.

Pours black with a 1 inch chocolate milk head that fades to a thin layer of froth, then very slowly to a ring.

The smell has lots of bourbon character, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate, chocolate fudge, dark dried candied figs, dark bourbon-oat-and candied cherry cookies, heavy sweet maltiness.

Immediately taste lots of sweet chocolaty and cereal grain maltiness, a big alcoholic bourbon presence, vanilla. Fruitcake - that blend of candied fruits (cherries, raisins, figs), dark sweet bread, walnuts, and molasses. Some tamarind is noticed. Oak is present. Very appealing - sweet and complex. As it warms, bitter chocolate and tart cherries emerge and take the focus away from the darker, mellower flavors.

Carbonation is light. Very full body. Very sticky. coats the mouth, long lasting sweet flavor. alcohol is present but warms and does not detract.

This beer is almost too intense to drink a 12 oz by myself. Its so delicious and every sip is like heaven, but not unlike eating fudge, too much can start to bother. At its best, its like eating a dessert somewhere between fruitcake, panettone, and fig newtons. At its worst, it begins to cloy and lingers for too long. Not that this is a bad beer by any stretch, I am enjoying this a lot. It just shares a problem with DuClaw’s retribution, but to a lesser extent. What ultimately did in retribution for me as an experience was the almost sickening sweetness. This beer avoids the sickening part, perhaps because of the slightly more mouth numbing abv.

There are better BBL aged stouts out there, Old Rasputin BBL for one, Bourbon County Brand, you know the drill. That said, This is definitely a beer worth checking out. It has a bit of an English old ale character that differentiates it from those offerings that is appealing. I don’t know how I feel about the price point - I had to drop 14$ for a 12 oz bottle, but I’m used to this sort of expenditure when it comes to avery’s big beers. They’re mostly singular experiences, and are worth two bottles, as in I wonder how this would taste in a few years. If this sort of thing is for you, then you will definitely love this beer. If its not for you, give it a try anyways. Let it warm as well, because as it does a very appealing tartness comes out to finish everything off.

Be prepared to drink a thick, sweet, creamy beer that is almost the opposite of refreshing. It reminds me of Christmas breads, and all I can think of is visions of sugar-plums dancing or whatnot. I will return to total wine tomorrow to see if I can’t catch another one before they’re gone so I can share it with Evan and Liz, my beer tasting confidants. Here’s to hoping!

I intend to add this next statement(or its contrary) to all my reviews - some beers that I might rate highly are beers that I don't necessarily feel are worth seeking out, considering the trouble to find them or their cost. I might recommend other beers even if I don't personally like them, hell, even if I think they're garbage, as long as they are singular, creative, novel, or so bad you have to try them. This is what it comes down to : uhh do try.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.