Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 1,905
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 3.2%
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Gots: 785 | FT: 121
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 rand
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Sludgy, dark brown brew; a gentle pour yields no head - too viscous and stodgy.

S: Boozy bouquet with notes of unsweetened cocoa, raisin, cherry, oak and grainy sweetbread.

T: Strong notes of molasses and carob at the front of the palate. Lots of oaky booze which highlight suggestions anise, reminding me of a liqueur. The subtle nuances of ripe fruit and a touch of bittering hops help round the flavor profile and add rich complexity. Long, sweet finish, with hints of chocolate and licorice clinging to the palate between sips.

M: A chewy complexion is an understatement. You could walk on this. I'm not kidding - with the granulated sugar that seems to be floating about, I think you could make a valiant attempt.

At a beer dinner in San Diego awhile back, I had the pleasure of drinking this with Adam Avery (at the now-closed Linkery, in case anyone is reading). I hadn't had it before, and he was geeking out as I tried it, know how good it is. It's a true sipper, but it seems like you can parse a different nuance in every sip. (1,094 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours almost no head and what little might have come out is a brown color. The beer itself is an opaque black with hints of brown to it. The beer isn't interesting to look at. It basically looks like your typical super powered Russian Imperial Stout.

The beer smell is interesting. The beer certainly has a strong bourbon note to it. The bourbon note is accompanied by the vanilla note from the cask. Other than the notes from the aging, the beer also has a deep and sweet dark chocolate note. The smell is fairly sweet with a roasted note that his heavy but not very strong. There is also a bit of oatmeal.

The beer taste is nothing short of divine. The bourbon and vanilla notes are delicious when combined with the other notes. The other notes include nice dark chocolate with a bit of syrup chocolate flavor as well. The barley and oat flavor also come out a little bit and balances the flavor a little bit.

The mouthfeel is just as divine as the taste. The beer is extremely heavy bodied with very little carbonation but does not feel flat. Rather, the beer is extremely smooth and creamy. The feel is wonderful to the touch and goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting when you can. The beer is well made and the barrel well chosen that this is a fantastic beer. Not only do I recommend that you buy one, but that you get a few to age and share. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on Feb 13, 2015.

A: Black. Not hardly light evading black hole dark, but very dark indeed. Caramel colored head that stuck around much longer than expected for a 16.9% monster.

S: Boozy, as expected. Bourbon follows, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: A little harsh; alcohol is definitely there, but the flavor is what really stands out. Classic BA imperial stout. Big roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, perfectly sweet.

M: Tongue coating, prickly yet smooth. Full bodied.

O: Enjoyable for sure. Probably needs some time to let the flavors mature a bit. Alcohol presence can be a bit much at times but the excellent taste makes up for this. It is pricey, but worth buying one for now and one for later. (715 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive beer, rich, roast malt flavors of coffee, chocolate, tobacco-like toasty flavors. The bourbon and alcohol are both there, but neither are overpowering. sweet notes of caramel and oak in the finish. very good stout not sure if i would get it again just because its so expensive but a very high quality stout. (323 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-midnight black with a nice small brown head
- smell of alcohol with a light chocolate comparable smell to old Rasputin, with a bourbon sweetness
-taste is how i expect a imperial stout to taste, exactly on par, very smokey and warms you with the high abv, with you cant detect at a astounding 16% roasted barley? old Rasputin with some bourbon sweetness to it
-thick creamy smoothness, it coats and the taste lingers but ever so pleasantly
-Overall the best imperial stout i have ever tried hats off to Avery! (512 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 13 2015

a: black as night. thick, foamy camel khaki head which takes quite some time to recede

s: bourbon is most forward. followed by vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts in order of decreasing prominence

t: A wave of booze. Some sweetness, vanilla & chocolate follow. The booze is quite harsh & overwhelming.

m: Creamy. Thick body. Carbonation seems on point. A bit sticky once warm.

o: This fresh bottle was a beast which needs some time to tame it imo. The boozy flavor was a bit too harsh & overwhelming for my liking. Glad I have another bottle to sit on for a while. Looking forward to it. (624 characters)

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Robust, silky smooth, full-bodied. Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. Definitely Reccomend and know I'm a lucky man for being able to get my hands on this! I'm a burbon kind of guy when I'm not drinking beer, which makes this a must have for me! (280 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harsh, tart, boozy, sweet, unbalanced... not something I would go back to...

Had on tap hoping it'd be better/more interesting- to no avail. Again unbalanced, too sweet, too chocolaty. If you are a fan of TGI Friday's syrupy-sweet desserts, then you will dig this.

But at thirteen dollars a snifter, no thanks. I'll give it props for having pretty good drinkability, though.

I will take Mephistopheles any single day. (421 characters)

Photo of Irishjazzmick
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 on tap in a snifter.

Nice head that didn't last long.
Smelled of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and roasted malt.
This beer cannot be really 16.9% the flavor is so well balanced, the vanilla, bourbon, and coconut really shine on this and the booze is really well hidden.
Carbonation was perfect, sticky and delicious! I imagine the bottle could come across a bit stronger.

I'll be back. Cheers Uncle Jake! (408 characters)

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My 200th rating, I decided to drink something special, so here we go!!


A: Dark dark dark, not completely jet black, but this lets no light through and has just the slightest hint of brown. Beautiful tan head that lingers longer than expected. Looks pretty thick coming out of the bottle. 4.4

S: Oh yes, this is a bourbon barrel beer. Sweet, vanilla smell, with a great amount of barrel, and some alcohol but not enough to lead on 17% abv. Roasted malts and a bit of sweet chocolate, vanilla. Absolutely outstanding. 4.8

T: Lots of booze, hits you right away. Tucked behind it is a very rich, roasty flavor, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and of course, bourbon. 4.3

M: Thick, creamy, and smooth, wonderful carbonation. This lasts for a few great seconds, then the alcohol really takes over. A rough, burning sensation takes over the tongue, but doesn't make its way into the throat. I'm a bit torn on how to rate the mouthfeel, because upfront it is wonderful, top notch, but it's pretty rough after a few seconds. 3.8

O: A finely made beer, certainly lives up to it's expectation, especially knowing what a bit of age will do to help this beer. Can't wait to tuck my other bottle away until i forget about it, only to discover it when it's ready to show its potential. A damn fine stout enjoyed fresh, but i would say this needs a bit of age. 4.4 (1,350 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. Nice khaki colored head of about 1.5 fingers. Nice lacing left behind once the head dissipates.

Strong aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and alcohol vapor. Chocolate, smoke and more booze.

Big flavors starting with bourbon. Roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of espresso and vanilla. Some alcohol spice/burn but nothing like is suggested by the aroma. Oak notes and a bit of something herbal at the end.

Rich thick body with a bit of creaminess. Oily and dense on the tongue. Flavors linger along with an alcoholic burn.

This is a quality barrel age stout though it pales compared to some of the elite BA stouts such as BCBS. Biggest problem is the intense alcoholic nose. Taste is less intense on the booze but still could be dropped 1 notch. (779 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick, creamy, pitch black with a three finger mocha brown head that lasts for ages. The smell is more than favorable. Chocolate, hazelnut, mocha, coffee, vanilla, mild bourbon, but no heat on the nose, which is strange for the ridiculously high abv. More of the bourbon comes through on the taste, and the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. It has a burnt chocolate presence and an insanely thick mouthfeel. One of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've tasted. (481 characters)

Photo of bolognasuave
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda an off smell at first, definitely needs to breathe a bit after a pour. However for the price, there are much better BA stouts out there for much cheaper. (159 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a beautiful tan head.

S: bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: huge! Bourbon and vanilla dominate with a nice backup of molasses, toffee, caramel, oak and chocolate.

M: big bodied and well carbonated.

O: this is one fantastic BA stout. Probably my favorite BA stout to date. Wish it wasn't so expensive and more readily available. Would love a bottle to age. Absolutely wonderful experience. (425 characters)

Photo of KevinL
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night, with some medium brown around the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Leaves behind some serious film when swirled around the glass. No lacing or head after the pour.

Smell – Alcohol, bourbon, dark malts...you can tell this is strong by the aroma.

Taste – Bourbon, alcohol, malts, vanilla and oak. Didn't pick out many fruits, but could be just me.

Mouthfeel – Fairly well carbonated - moreso than I expected. You can feel the alcohol as well, but it isn't overpowering and certainly feels below 14.83%.

Drinkability – Delicious. This is a sipper if there ever was one. Great warming as you drink, delicious flavors. Really enjoyable drinking experience. (707 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Pours an absolutely pitch black color with a moderate tan head and pretty good lacing. Left a nice syrupy film on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Powerful malt, oak, and some bourbon. The bourbon isn’t overpowering, which is nice. A little vanilla, chocolate, and bacon as well.

Taste – Vanilla, malt, and bourbon dominate the taste. It’s very nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated, with a mild alcohol bite. Holy cow - I didn’t know this was 14. 83%abv! A really mild bite for such a strong a beer. Leaves a slightly bitter bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very, very easy drinking, especially for 14.83%abv. This is an amazing stout. (693 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled February 2014. 14.83%.

A: Quite dark, as expected. Coffee-colored lacing.

S: Harsh and strong. Not entirely pleasant.

T: Molasses. Burnt brown sugar. Big booze. Hint of dark fruit that grows as it warms. Oddly metallic aftertaste really lets me down on a bum note. It gets better with time.

M: Kinda thin and harsh.

O: I hate to say it, but this was not that impressive. Maybe it's because we also had Black Note tonight, but it's harsh and abrasive and over-sweet; redeemingly, it's also got some berries. (571 characters)

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a reason this is one of the top 250 beers on BA. 2013 vintage consumed while in line for Out of the Emptiness by Tied Hands. The best stout I've had from Avery. Super think, chewy, chocolate, barrel, toffee deliciousness. Paid a pretty penny for it, but it was worth the labor to purchase it. Unreal! (308 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For my 1200th review a 2013 version 12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter. 6/27/13 bottle date and 16.53%.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, char, molasses, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. raisins, roasted, and other dark fruits.

Taste: Imagine everything above blended together. That's how I define this beer. Got better with every sip and as it warmed up. So tasty and delicious. Wish I had more than this 12 oz bottle.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, full bodied, warming alcohol, medium carbonation, and quite the sipper.

Overall: To think that beer was brewed 2 years ago, then aged in a barrel for 6 months, and then in my pantry for another year and a half is spectacular. This beer will only get better with age. Here is to getting more bottles and holding on to them a bit longer. (997 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle at a bar for $25 into a snifter. Dark impenetrable black. Little to no head. Aromas of coffee and bourbon. Maybe dark fruit. Smells boozy. Tastes like it smells. Deliciously. Bourbon, coffee with dark roasted malts. Boozy. Burns going down but pleasant. Huge ABV. You can do maybe 2. Love it but not at bar prices. (355 characters)

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. (150 characters)

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. (240 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, near black. After pour an amber frothy head develops and retreats to a super frothy film. Thick layer on glass remains.

S: Charred dark malts on the front that leads to Kentucky Derby Pie (bourbon, nuts, chocolate, buttery pastry crust), bourbon-soaked oak, roasted pecans, leather, charcoal, and berries.

T: Starts off fairly sweet with a strong bourbon and charred flavor. A nice balance of the major notes with roasted malts and bitterness from hops. Very minor notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, dried cherries, pecan pie, and marshmallows. The booze is prevalent, but not a hang up.

M: Creamy and sticky. Smooth. High carbonation. Full body.

O: Mainly sweet flavors, but not sweet, which is good and an indication of a well-crafted beer. This is well balanced, but I get hung up on the overly roasted flavor. I assume ager does this well. (871 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013 bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark viscous liquid pours from the bottle and swirls into the snifter. The head on this is tremendous, only a finger and a half thick, but frothy and thick as a milk shake. It hardly dissipates with time, sitting triumphantly above the liquid. The dark khaki color resembles the foam of a cappuccino. 5

Jaysus. I fill immersed in a barrel of booze just smelling this. Oak, vanilla, spice and a dank tobacco aroma will punch you in your little sissy face with this. Caramel and chocolate play a distant second fiddle here. I can't help but me reminded of a chocolate shake with the aroma too, the more I search beyond the barrel properties. 4.25

I didn't expect anything less than an oaken, tobacco-heavy flavor and this brew pulls no punches. Bourbon flavors of spice and subtle solvent/booze offer some kick to the flavor. I wasn't expecting any coffee, as I don't recall that being a component of this beer and it didn't assert itself on the nose, but there's a definite dark roast coffee flavor that works well with the caramel and vanilla. Spicy hops hit at the finish. 4.25

Thick, creamy and low-carbonated, I'd classify this as syrupy for the most part. Thankfully the spice and slight booze keep it from being a cloying mess. The finish is roasty, sweet, and liqueur-like. 4.25

Quite a tasty beast. Like Tweak, this bears many similarities with Bourbon County and it's coffee variant, but again, it's the pricier version. (1,474 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

A- Dark black, thick, and sticky with no head. No carbonation noticeable. The thickness of this one really stood out for me.

S- Off the nose, the sweetness was most apparent. Lots of chocolate, mocha, and some caramel. Hints of coffee, vanilla beans, and smooth bourbon and oak as well. Definately some roasted malt and grain and followed by some burnt toast and smoke.

T- Big beer here. Lots of rich sweetness in this brew. The chocolate, coffee, and vanilla is very strong. Bourbon and wood are also very present. Most of the smells also come across in the taste here. Its quite strong as far as the sweetness and bourbon go, but in a very smooth and warm way. Hints of leather. warm brandy, and maple syrup in there too.

M- Very thick, especially when served near room tempature. Pretty complex to pull all the flavors out of the rich creaminess. Very sticky and about as full bodied as possible. No carbonation. As thick as this beer is, it hid the alchol very well and just gave some warmth rolling off the tongue and down the body.

O- Was wanting this for a while and it lived up to its hype in my opinion. This is about as thick and sweet a brew comes, but very tasty. Seems very limited so Im not sure I'll see it again, but I'd definately buy it again if possible. (1,333 characters)

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.