Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 536
Gots: 753 | FT: 113
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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 stumac
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is it. My 1000th beer on Beer Advocate. Not my 1000th beer in life but on this website for sure. Pretty amazing to have come this far in the world of beer. A quick rundown of important events that led me here:

I was young once (underage) and I drank 40s and Busch Light to get drunk. I turned 21 and got a job at a liquor store (Spec's). I befriended the head of the beer department, he taught me everything he knew about beer, he moved away, I became head of the beer department. I became friends with one of our beer sales reps and he gave me my first "alternative" beer. It was the Belgian beer Delirium Nocturnum. I was hooked! I became a Craft and Belgian beer salesman after that. A buddy gave me a homebrew kit for my 23rd birthday. I dabbled with brewing until it wrapped its loving arms around me and I got hooked. I've been brewing at least twice a month for some 6 years now. I volunteer at Thirsty Planet Brewing and me and my gal Amanda (my Corndog) are moving to Portland in 4 weeks so that I can pursue my passion for brewing professionally and hopefully one day start my own brewery.

Now for the review:

Pours black as ever, no light shines thru, a little bit of dark brown bubbles hanging out on top. The nose is milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon in the background, caramel, just intense. Chocolate is the biggest player in the aroma. The taste....big sticky chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie, brown sugar with an accent of salt, very rich. Getting a little bit of alcohol burn in the finish but I'm surprised its masked so well. Its like 17%!!! Big ass body. Redonkulous.

Glad I could make this my 1000th beer on this great site. I have been a fan of Avery since I knew what craft beer was and they never disappoint. Cheers everyone and happy brewing/drinking!!!

Photo of Dikfour
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Thin tan head dissipates quickly and leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Pitch black liquid doesn't allow any light through.

Smell: Chocolate and booze up front. Nice vanilla and oak notes. Caramely sweetness.

Taste: Barrel aging has not mellowed this beer at all. This boozey monster has some dark chocolate, dark fruits, mild caramel, and a whole bunch of bourbon. Small bit of vanilla on the finish.

Feel: Chocolaty cream and a real nice hot alcohol sensation.

Overall: Really, really good. Totally worth the $13 and I have another stashed away for a rainy day somewhere in the distant future.

Photo of imstimpy
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm writing this as I try Uncle Jacob's for the first time. It has been stored in my 41*F fridge for four months now.

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated Feb 13, 2015 into a snifter. The pour is a semi-translucent brown, not nearly as dark or thick as some stouts, with a subtle tan head that quickly disappears. Once in the snifter it sits black with a tan ring around the edge of the glass.

The scent is predominantly chocolate, maybe a bit of licorice or bourbon overtone.

The taste is delicious. A very balanced stout base blended with chocolate and a subtle bit of bourbon. It tastes thick and smooth, but doesn't coat the tongue, then tapers slowly into a malty roasted chocolate finish. The booze in this 16.9% beer is hidden really well. A Mephistopheles or Pump[Ky]n needs time to mature but the flavor in Uncle Jacob's seems refined immediately.

Photo of mabermud
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle poured into a 15.5 oz brandy snifter.

Look: Black and opaque body. Fine, darker, mocha head. Smooth running curtains and legs.
Smell: Bourbon, fresh baked biscuits, or dough. Vanilla. Dark chocolate, dark malts, molasses and sugar.
Taste: Decadent. Alcohol kick up front. Bourbon, dark chocolate, dark malts, molasses, sweetness.
Feel: Thick body. Low carbonation. Sticky.

Overall - Very well put together. Smooth finish. Nothing overpowers. Everything is peaceful and in place. A big, bold, brute, with class and style.

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummmmmm. Silky smooth, rich bourbon and sweet vanilla/oak notes through the long lasting finish.

Photo of von_kaiser
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With age I think this one will be a home run.

Photo of pagriley
3.59/5  rDev -19%
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
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

Photo of Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, the sun did not even come through, creamy mocha colored head, got a lot of lacing, not very carbonated, looks pretty thick and oily.

A: Lots of bourbon for only six months of aging, there's a sweet toffee, caramel aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose, this just has a lot of aroma in it, a little overwhelming.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel sweetness, coffee bitterness, finishes with a lot of alcohol, almost does feel like a shot of bourbon, like the aroma, this has lots of flavor.

M: Thick, creamy, oil like, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: This is a big beer, lots of aroma, flavor, big mouthfeel, but its very hot. I remember having this beer last year and thought it was a little messy but I think Uncle Jacob's would be a great beer to cellar as the alcohol is a little too much. Definitely going to pick up some more bottles to cellar and see what its like in 1-2 years, but this is a world class stout despite the intense heat.

Photo of jacobdunne
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had a delicious taste! Honestly, I couldn't handle the other half of the beer. It was very strong. It felt like every sip I took was a shot haha..BUT it was very delicious and I appreciated it for what it was.

Photo of JandJMD
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little on the sweet side with a pretty heavy alcohol burn. Also a little thin. But all around a very nice beer.

Photo of JackieTH
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. It's as thick and viscous as it looks.. which is ominous. Rich vanilla, blackstrap molasses, semi sweet chocolate, dark cherry, raisins, figs, smooth smooth smooth bourbon. Big bodied, velvety, smooth, rich and creamy. Excellent all the way around. 16.9% ABV? Says who? Oh..yeah.

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and motor-oil black with a solid finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Rich notes of chocolate and roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, and warming bourbon sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, roasty, and rich.

Overall, truly a top-contended in my opinion. The alcohol is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV, this will definitely creep up on you.

Photo of beerbully
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

L-Motor oil Black with 1/2 inch of toffee head, mild slight carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Good head retention which recedes to a toffee cap and thick lacing

S-first sweet chocolate, follow by some smoky, roasty malts, hint of bourbon and molasses.........maybe some caramel........notes of vanilla,

T-first sip is a big hit of booze that warms the throat as it goes down........followed by smokey wood from the barrel...........sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits...........aftertaste has a lingering sweetness that undermines the great flavors in this beer

F-full bodied, rich, thick, creamy, syrupy..........carbonation is just right for the style

O-great bodied beer .....right up there with others of this style........the lingering sweetness holds this one back a bit

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Batch #4 Bottled on FEB 13, 2015.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of creamy tan head that actually holds up pretty well.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, oats, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses along with some black licorice. Also some dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a huge roasty, boozy, and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront boozy barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, oats, caramel, smoke, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Big sweet notes of molasses. Also some notes of black licorice along with dark fruit undertones of raisin, cherry, fig, and plum. A really great rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and slick. Considerable alcohol heat is felt as expected but it’s not as hot as you would expect from 17%.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Huge rich taste and body with some nice bourbon and chocolate malt flavors. A sipper for sure but a really great one.

Photo of SteinKiller
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Avery Brewery in Boulder and can't imagine a more rich and flavorful stout. On par and perhaps better than Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from BeerShip.com. Batch 4, bottled 2/13/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours pitch black with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan foam. The head is slow in receding to a thin veneer and modest halo of retention. Surprisingly despite the high alcohol there are even a few healthy clumps of lace.

Bold, inviting aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted grains, mild smoke and burnt caramel. The occasional heavy dose of alcohol is a touch distracting but can't subdue the appeal.

The flavors are a tad warm with alcohol but utterly delicious. Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, charred oak, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, smoke and faint dark fruit skins all wrapped up in a big boozey blanket. I can't deny the heat but the tastes layer together so well that the alchohol just makes it a sipper.

The body is rich, heavy, viscous and full with softly subtle but present carbonation. The syrupy brew coats the tongue for a lingering finish of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast and boozey heat.

Avery impresses me all over again with their knack for delivering huge world class stouts. Uncle Jacob's Stout is a bold, rich bruiser that delivers on every level. It may be hot but that heat just served to slow me down and take my time enjoying the bottle. I have no regrets purchasing multiples because this seems to be a beer that can handle some serious long cellaring. If you like big barrel aged stouts (and aren't turned off by booze burn) this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Served around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look - I hate this category. It looks like a stout should look, black with a small tan head.

Smell - Smells like molasses, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. I dock it some points because the sweetness of the smell made me worry about what the taste would be like.

Taste - I shouldn't have worried because this is awesome. Starts with a mix of chocolate and molasses. One of the few stouts that you can taste a little malt in. No bitterness to speak of except for a slight burn as the last taste in your mouth (before you quickly take another sip). the bourbon is mild compared to many BA offerings I have tried but it blends with the flavors magnificently and cuts through the sweetness just enough. Outstanding.

Feel - Creamy with a slight carbonation. 9/10 on the thickness scale. But easy to down quickly, although not ideal.

Overall - Excellent beer. Nobody does a huge Stout better than Avery and this proves it yet again.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the Howler(32oz), black brew, minimal head of tan foam that leaves the scene quickly. Cost, $25.99

Nose tells me there's a lot of Bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate,pitted fruit, some coffee. Smells uber strong.

Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt envelop my palate. With a bit of nudging, the dark fruit..plums & raisins, come out to play. The coffee I mentioned is very very light, err, perhaps I'm not getting any at all; the other flavours are THAT strong and THAT dominant.

The body is on the high end of medium, carbonation checks in as fairly light but there's no mistaking this brew as flat.

Powerful brewski here and though the taste isn't as "hot" as it could be, once it goes down the hatch, it brings a heck of a lot of warming.

As much as I love this beer, I don't feel the need to get more...

Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class.

Photo of Way2drunk
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So a random trip to 3 Forks restaurant Chicago for a post wedding rehearsal dinner! I ask 4 beer options and I get this little diamond in the ruff! Why does this place have an awesome beer on tap?!! Poured into a huge cognac glass this barrel aged stout smells sweet and finishes delicious! Thank you beer GoDs! I thought a Guinness was my best option in my near beer future!

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

Photo of Beejay
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 900th Review, on my 33rd Birthday.

2015 Version. 16.9% abv.

A: Pours like mud with a deep brown espresso crema of a head, which dissipates rather quickly into a body of obsidian oil.

S: A rich thick malt aroma that only comes from big beers comes right out. Oak Vanilla and bourbon follow immediately, with a big boozy finish.

T: Holy wow. Rich dark malt amazingly sweet up front with notes of vanilla, and dark bitter chocolate. I'm not picking up a lot of the bourbon, but hopefully it will come out more as this warms up. Oaky in the finish with an incredibly long finish with bitter licorice notes and woody flavors. As it warms the bourbon, oak and vanilla kick it into high gear, making this beer an explosion of complex flavors.

M: Rich thick mouth feel. This is beer in cream form. The carbonation is actually fairly lively for the style, and has a hell of a cling.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer. Rich, luxurious and just crazy tasty.

Photo of GlassOfHops
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Pitch black with a khaki lace-leaving head. Smell is out of this world. Chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits. Taste lives up to the hype of the smell. Perfect mouthfeel. One of the better beers I have ever had.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chocolate brown, velvety appearance, good head with long retention.

Aromas are raisins, soy, fudge, coffee, and wood.

Robust flavors. Tons of coffee and fudge. Boozy, but as a positive quality. Raisins. Long brownie finish.

Thick and smooth. Moderate to low carbonation.

A top notch bourbon barrel stout that's heavy on the flavor and fun to sip.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.