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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 ccg
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uncle Jacob's Stout 2016

Look: Jet black, of course. Head settles quickly into a layer of of tiny bubbles with some islands but is stable after that, some nice strands of lacing. It looks like a tad more of the carbonation survived the barrel-aging on this stout compared to a lot of others. 4.25

Smell: Bourbon, oak, tons of chocolate, roasted malt. I chilled this bottle all the way to refrigerator temp, which is probably too low, but I wanted to see how it changes as it warms up. Even cold, the smells come through strongly. 4.25

Taste: Similar to the smell -- it's chocolatey with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt caramel and a hint of smoke. There's also an awful lot of heat on the backend from all the alcohol. The 17% ABV is definitely not hidden. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth on the tongue with the carbonation lightening it up a bit on the back. It can't quite handle the high alcohol content, though, leaving a burning sensation in the throat. 4.0

Overall: Excellent BBA stout, but I think it needs to sit and age for a while to mellow out. If you have a bottle, I'd recommend leaving it in the cellar until Fall 2016 at the earliest. 4.25

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally openned up a bottle of the 2015 batch on my sister's birthday. It essentially taste like straight, molasses-y bourbon. Pretty amazing that it is considered a beer. Definitely, went directly to my head. I would imagine this would be more appropriate for a winter night by the fire than in the beginning of summer.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours lighter than I expected, but smells every bit as strong as one would imagine; the nose is pure bourbon. The texture, like the appearance, isn't as thick as I thought. Like the smell, the taste is very strong.

I'm not sure if I can really call this a disappointment- this beer does everything you'd expect from a ultra high ABV barrel aged stout. But given how much I love Tweak, this beer is a bit of a letdown. It's very good, but in comparison to the other extreme beers I've had from Avery, very good isn't up to their standards.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't pick up much of the bourbon in the aroma, but it really comes through in a balanced aesthetic way in the flavor. Everything works here. Not just a strong stout, but an imperial, and you know it. Yet, it's sooo smooth and almost easy drinking. Hope I can find more locally.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a medium-sized creme colored head. Head retention is modest, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is heavy with notes of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. The flavor profile is heavy on the side of roasted malts, oak, bourbon, with additional notes of caramel and toffee. Very pleasing, and yet dark. The bourbon doesn't burn, but it does border on the line of "much" for those just trying out this style. Yeast notes populate the flavor profile as well. Mouth feel medium bodied, with fine grainy notes. Overall, it's a very good bourbon aged stout. It is incredibly complex, and yet balanced. The complexity make this beer a long term beer to sip on, which correlates well with the high ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appear : Reddish black with not much head. - 4/5
Aroma : A little bit of soy sauce, vanilla, bourbon, oak, malt, chocolate, roasted. - 7/10
Mouthfeel : Compared to the high alcohol, very drinkable. Full body and low carbonation but doesn't overwhelm my tongue. - 5/5
Flavor : Very smooth, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hints of black fruits. Not much booze. - 9/10
Overall : If it was like 8~9% and tasted like this, I wouldn't rate this high. But it's 17% imperial stouts and amazingly smooth and drinkable with almost no booze. Very pleasant alcohol warmth and bourbon-y taste. Great. - 16/20

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~3 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, creamy thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs, coats glass. Streaks of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Rich roasted malts. Creamy, fudgy chocolates, lots of vanilla and caramel, burnt toffee. Tons of dry, spicy oak, dry astringency. Sweet bourbon, pungnant and strong. Fusel alcohol notes present.

Taste- Sweet fudgy chocolates, tons of sweet bourbon, creamy vanilla, toasted caramel and toffee. Rich roast, drying oak astringency, spicy wood. Some fusel notes on the finish.

Feel- Medium body, syrupy consistency and coats the mouth with thickness. Lower carbonation.

Overall- The barrel character is to the max, so much bourbon,vanilla, and dry oak. It makes you feel like it was emptied from a fresh bourbon barrel minutes ago. Definetly a sweet beer, loads of chocolate with only moderate roast. A treat to try and a really fun extreme beer.

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Photo of khmel
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque oil-black with a dense and creamy dark-tan head. Pours at 3 fingers but quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is glorious: espresso, vanilla bean, extra dark chocolate, and burnt malt. Aside from the hint of characteristic bourbon-y vanilla, not a strong bourbon presence. The mouth is similar to the nose, but with added complexity. Lots of sweet molasses in front, raisins and smoked fruits in the middle, with more bitter notes of espresso and a hint of hops near the end. The mouthfeel is smooth but not creamy, nor is the body as heavy as one might expect. Medium with a slight dryness and alcohol warmth at the end. A fantastic imperial stout. Not strongly bourbon-y (at all!) for being bourbon barrel aged (compared to parabola, boulevard's variation or many others). I personally appreciate this as too many BBA stouts drown out the stout with bourbon. The high ABV really doesn't come through in the flavor (only in the effect if you're not careful). This is a wonderful imperial stout and I'll consider myself lucky if I get to have it again.

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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 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 Tripel_Threat
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to tulip. Dark mahogany liquid capped with a finger of khaki head. The aroma is a bit boozy and bourbony, which worries me. I've been out put off with all these BA ales that are bourbon forward, my stomach can take only so much . A few sips and that fear is put to bed. There's no bourbon sting, but lots of luscious cocoa, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, and smooth,not burning, bourbon. I liked this one just as much, if not a little more, than KBS.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very big aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of a good amount of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, a whole lot of bourbon, and a hint of coffee in the finish. With an ABV% this high it's hard to ignore the boozy quality in the flavor, but that doesn't dampen the other ingredients at all. Complex and forceful.

F: An OK amount of carbonation with a creamy, but definitely boozy finish. Full-bodied.

O: Another beer that's not for the faint of heart. Uncle Jacob's Stout is extremely well made and drinkable.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay I had to try it -- a 17.1% barrel-aged stout. At $12 a bottle I knew I was in for a something different and not something I'd be drinking every weekend.

Bottle dated 2/20/16, so it's a little young even though it's already been aged half a year. Pours quite black in a tulip glass, with light barely coming through at the edges. It has a slight and light tan head that isn't even really there (I did pour rather carefully). The aroma is chocolate, and malty and booze in there. Nice.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruit and caramel, leans towards molasses. And oh boy, plenty of the booze sting. The bourbon flavor is quite distinct, and fills out nicely with roastiness and some dark fruit hints, but the alcohol is our featured player. Sip, don't drink. The bite has a hoppy bitterness to it as well, maybe that's the booze heat. Barrel wood is in there, generally a big and chewy mouthful.

Not unpleasant but damn the booze is sharp and almost scuttles the whole thing. It's like a chocolate roasty strong mixed drink, which I'm sure is the intention. As it warms the fruit comes up more (cherries) and the cocoa lingers more in the aftertaste. Everything I like in a stout, but I can't say it's as enjoyable as I'd normally like.

It's different. Age would probably mellow this. I appreciate it. But I met my match. I'll stay at 10% for my imperial stouts, thank you.

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Photo of glass_house
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is black. As dark as any beer I've had. One finger of soapy khaki head recedes to a thin collar with light patches of oily lace. Poured it fresh from the fridge so the aroma is a bit muted at first. As it warms, there are notes of dark fudge and vanilla accented by tobacco, leather, and plenty of bourbon.

The taste is dark semisweet chocolate, molasses, burnt caramel, and again, plenty of bourbon. Body is thick and chewy with enough creaminess to maintain a silky feel and coat the palate well. Would I call it smooth? No. But that's ok with me. I enjoy the occasional huge fire breathing beast. However, I feel like the flavors suffered from the intense alcohol heat. It masks some of the chocolatey goodness that seems to be lurking beneath the surface.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Although I believe I'd enjoy just about anything with this rocket fuel coursing through my veins. It's an intense stong sipper, and it excels in that regard. I felt like it didn't quite live up to its potential, but I won't pass it up if I see it again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 5, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, some roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, boozy.

T- Bourbon, some charred oak, roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some dark fruit/sweet booziness.

M- A little hot, but smooth enough for 17% ABV, full body.

O- A big tasty stout. Alcohol is noticeable and a little hot, not over the the top for 17.1% ABV. Would like to see how this ages.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - black with thin brown
S - chocolate, vanilla/bourbon, bit of roastiness
T - taste follows the nose, bit of heat on the aftertaste, but nice
F - super creamy. Very nice carbonation, nice thickness
O - excellent beer, not too hot even off the bat and I'm interested to see it with some age

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Photo of Kraj30
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

to me for a year round beer and easy to get its fantastic. the 17.1 isnt hot to me and i love the barrel nose and taste.. its a little thin even for a BBA but still awesome beer!

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Photo of Omnium
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Snifter Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice dense two finger tan head, medium lacing, very creamy looking head.
S - Huge bourbon, oak, char, chocolate, tons of roasted malt, burnt caramel and toffee, the bourbon aroma is killer, definitely smells of alcohol.
T - Lots of molasses, chocolate, light hints of dark fruit, light coffee, burnt caramel, rich malt, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, the booze is light for what you'd expect of its abv level.
M - So velvety and rich, creamy, silky, but definitely some heat and warmth from the alcohol content, not overly sweet either, very balanced.
O - This is a fantastic BBA Stout, my biggest problem with it is the price point. $14 for a 12oz bottle? Yikes! I know its intense, but I'd take less ABV for an $8 or even $10 version. Flavors are here, great feel, just cant bring myself to buy it again.

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Photo of DerekM17
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - black as a moonless night
Smell - heavy alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, roasted aromas.
Taste - This is one VERY big beer - sip too early after opening and the alcohol is overwhelming. Given a moment to breathe it hits great roasted notes that are well rounded by the caramel and vanilla flavors from the barrel. A hint of toasted almond flavor makes this a truly exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel - luscious but not too thick - flows almost too easily and coats the tongue without being cloying.
Overall - patience will be a virtue with this beer. Drinks very well now (as long as it's given ample time to breathe) but given a year or more develops into something truly spectacular. Probably my favorite bourbon barrel aged stout.

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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 jwc215
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Bottled Feb 19, 2016:

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin light brown head that soon becomes a ring. Vanishing trailing lace.

The smell is of bourbon (vanilla/oak), mollasses, dark dried fruit, hint of chocolate.

The taste is of immediate heat. Through the heat/burn is bourbon and some dark fruit. Alcohol shows intensely and raw. Some molasses and dark fruit peek through and does some chocolate as it progresses. Sweetness balanced by drying alcohol.

It is full-bodied. A bit slick from solvent alcohol.

A slow, slow sipper. I expected alcohol to show because of high abv, but this is raw.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relatively still and pitch black as you'd expect. Smell is strong bourbon and flavor follows suit. It's all a bit overpowering and not very well balanced. It's boozy and I'm normally not bothered by such things. It is kind of like a really unrefined BCBS.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro MA.

Pours a deep brown body, opaque once in the glass with a 1 finger light brown head that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves no lacing.

Aromas of caramel, smokeyness, toffee, and light bourbon, some light chocolate and toasted malt.

Upfront on the tongue is a blast of bourbon and charred, almost smokey malt, chocolate and caramel on the follow through with a very charred, bitter finish that lingers on the tongue for a while. Medium body with a fair amount of booze.

Solid.. One of the most roasty stouts I've had.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2.19.16 bottle date, poured into an Avery Brewing snifter glass.

The beer pours a thick, jet black color, inky and viscous with a thick, caramel colored head, firm bubbles that has good retention and leaves some nice spotted lace behind. The aroma is intense, huge bourbon and oak profile, char, roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, loads of stone fruits with a touch of fusel alcohol and sweet sugar. The flavors echo the nose, loads of barrel character, bourbon, toffee, charred oak, mild roast, loads of stone fruits, a touch of vinous acidity there as well, fusel alcohol, rich grains, a touch of vanilla character, but goodness this is a big beer. The mouthfeel is nice, minimal carbonation and a gentle touch, could be a bit chewier but it coats well, has nice legs and finishes very warmly.

Verdict: A monster beer from Avery, but very drinkable for what it is, probably the most drinkable barrel aged stout that's bigger than Bourbon County or something similar in that 15% ABV range. There is a nice balance and good complexity, but boy, this is a big beer. If huge barrel character and big boozy stouts are your thing, look no further.

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3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

****bottle 2-13-2015 and aged 13 months***

L: pours thick and black with a half finger of brown head that fades fast
S: a strong alcohol scent. Very faint dark roast and chocolate notes
T: I get the alcohol right away, then the faint roasted nots.
F: very thick and coating. The alcohol tingles my mouth and i the warming feel as it goes down
O: very disappointed, too hot for me. Lacks flavor.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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