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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 2,059
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 558
Gots: 858 | FT: 123
Brewed by:
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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Bottled 3/27/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, wood, and lots of bourbon flavor. There is an alcohol kick and woody aftertaste on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make for a dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I very much like this style and very much like most of Avery's limited and barrel aged brews. However, I just don't get this one.

Pours a black viscous syrup with no head and one is anticipating a thick rich and full mouth.

The nose is cooked grain, cooked fruits, cooked cereal, coffee and sweet carmel/maple syrup. Not bad and its inviting. One is still now waiting for that thick, rich, viscous mouthfeel. And, as anticipated, the mouth is, indeed, thick, rich, viscous and very creamy.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile is very unbalanced and awkward. There are hints and tones of all good things: fruit, sweet carmel, bitter coffee, black chocolate, bourbon vanilla and toffee tones. Yet, the flavors just don't come together, they don't blend or marry whatsoever. Each stands out on its own with no finesse. The primary flavor profile turns out to be bitter, sour toffee carmel that just isn't appealing to me in any way. This is almost like a Black Tuesday wanna be that misses all around except for thickness and mouthfeel, and that is overshadowed by the awkward flavors.

I didn't have any interest in a second or third sip. Yet, I kept at it for a half hour to see where this would go and what I may be missing. My conclusion - nothing. An awkward, out of balance and misflavored brew all around in my opinion.

I opened two bottles from different sources to confirm. The foregoing is confirmed for me. I have no need to try again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

are you kidding me? a beer could not be any bigger! new one from avery. pours espresso colored with a short espresso colored head that fades right out. looks like the consistency of black tar. smells less like coffee, but its still present, ground fresh and strong. like a woody liquor, oak for sure in the nose, with robust booze, tobacco, and black licorice notes, even a whack of fresh coconut, runny warm caramel, and sludgy espresso. the alcoholic burn in the nose more or less gives away the huge abv. the flavor though is less straight booze. very sweet, i taste the bourbon now, a very alive concoction. other flavors introduce themselves one by one... first is toffee sweetness, melting into a marshmallowy alcoholic thing, which is followed by a cigar-like fresh tobacco stickiness. feel is epic too, straight woody spirits leave a deep burn. the almost nonexistant carbonation and syrupy heavy body make it last on the teeth, almost unpleasantly in a raw sugary way. so so smooth though it demands high ratings. foaming in the mouth and ever larger, meliora! overall a pretty absurd beer from the most inconsistent brewery in the country. its one of the most massive beers of all time as far as im concerned. thanks beer gods for this masterpiece!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a massive thick looking black beer. The head came and went, not leaving any retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with molasses, there is a hint of smoke and wood. The taste of the beer is a little salty, it's sweet too there is a bit of smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick enough to compare it to motor oil, there is a light amount of carbonation to it. Overall it's a hell of a stout. Worth trying if you can afford the price tag.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible thickness, richness, and strength exudes from Avery's newest Barrel Aged collection. And though over 17% abv., the beer hides its alcohol deceptively well.

The beer pours with a highly viscous and creamy weight. Jet black in color and completely opaque, the beer is heavy headed with a dense mocha froth that piles on top. Extreme persistence in its foam stance, the beer laces remarkably, especially for its high alcohol and barrel character.

Powerful seduction of aromas radiate from the rim of the snifter with a collage make up with rich Belgian chocolate, espresso, light smoke, cake batter, sherry wine, bourbon alcohol, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. The complex scent is highly appetizing and ooh so savory.

Flavors follow with even more strength and complexity than those of the nose. A lust creamy taste of brownies, espresso and black-strap molasses command its robust taste. But then other savory notes of sherry, port, mesquite, and light soy sauce offer a sultry, savory, almost meaty taste that you can really sink your teeth into.

The beer coats the mouth like heavy whipping cream because of its proportions and viscosity. But with the bolder, roastier taste, the stout remains lush, velvety and silky in body. The beer's taste and texture linger infinitely on the palate with strong alcohol warmth and evading any unnecessary burn. Finishing malty-sweet, the palate is rewarded as well as with the most savory of desserts.

This stout weaves together its web of tastes seamlessly and provocatively. Its truly seductive to the taste buds and easily makes you forget about its power- an absolutely devilish stout!

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Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as pitch with a thin crust on top.

Smells like tar, burnt sugar, cocoa and burning booze. Plenty of bourbon, too. Maybe a bit of vodka.

Tar and burning booze. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon. Full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is harsh and burning in the finish. This has some decent flavors, but it's pretty unpalatable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil capped bottle (dated Feb 13, 2015), procured at the Yoke's across the street from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho earlier this month.

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing black hole, with the teensiest of brown basal edges when held to the (un)healthy glow of the computer monitor, and one measly finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of streaky sea plume lace around the glass as things very, very slowly recede.

It smells of thick, gooey chocolate fudge, grainy caramel/toffee malt, kind of sour black orchard fruit, acrid whiskey barrel notes - estery wood, vanilla, and spicy rye and corn booze - reduced brown sugar, a whiff of vegetal smoke, faint day-old coffee, marzipan, and a leafy, weedy, and piney hop bitterness. The taste is once again big on the heady chocolate confection up front, embiggened by the large and almost in charge caramel and toffee sweetness, with some lessened woody, vanillan, and spicy hooch barrel astringencies, a cinnamon-adjacent warm spice thing, muddled dark fleshy fruit that have indeed seen the Yuk-a-Flux, subtle peat smoke, sugary coffee, and a now rather retreated piney, leafy, and faintly citrusy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite light and unobtrusive in their plainly underwhelming frothiness, the body a stocky medium-full weight, and pleasantly smooth, with a more testy creaminess, but s'all good, man. It finishes on the sweet side, from the already enumerated cast of characters, but somehow moderated, just like one might be expecting...daaaamn!

Oh yeah, another big-ass, big-booze, and big-flavour offering from Avery, who seem to be attempting to corner the market on such things (I acknowledge that they do have some competition, both at home, and abroad), to much acclaim. The Bourbon barrel doesn't even really have that much apparent effect here, only adding its two bits' worth to the morass, which is already over-funded in the first place. Great fucking stuff.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split into two glasses, thanks Megan for sharing (though I reluctantly ended up drinking 2/3 of it). Inky black body with burnt brown edges. It pours slightly viscous and sticky around the edges, with a thin wispy layer of foam that quickly vanishes with minimal lacing.

Aromas of sticky molasses, mellow roast and chocolate. Seems a bit subdued at first, some barrel hints surface as it warms, but still very mellow with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Dominant flavors of tobacco and molasses, faint coffee roast and chocolate in the middle, with some alcohol heat at the tail end. Low carbonation with a chewy, sticky, viscous feel. The malt character has some slight oxidation, tastes like old leather. Not much distinctive bourbon here... some wet wood maybe, but little in the way of actual bourbon. Overall the flavors aren't all that cohesive, instead somewhat messy and it falls a bit flat. Drinkability is reduced by the high abv and sticky feel. Honestly a bit disappointed in this, had high hopes after sampling the fantastic 2012 Samael's recently.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of strong bourbon notes with oak and vanilla.

T - Great balance of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and a boozy presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full bodied ale with somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a really good bourbon barrel aged stout. Another good limited release brew from Avery.

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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 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 jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #01,. Bottled March 27th, 2012.

Pours ridiculously dark, blacker than night, with a head that even makes tar look white comparatively, although the head disappears fairly quickly, but still pretty nice for a beer this high in abv, very thick legs on the sides of the glass that even seems to want to defy gravity.

Nose just bleeds darkness, pure dark malts everywhere. Some cocoa starts it off, a chocolate covered cookie thing, with super dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of baker's. Then some roast that hints at soy sauce, a thick roasted malt character with faint coffee but barely, and into a bit of black malt character. There are hints of faint earthy hop as well, but those are mostly drowned by the huge malt character. The darkness of the malts even seem to drain a bit of my soul, it's so dark and rich. Also, aromas bring a bit of vanilla, caramel, and fluffy nougat. Also, dark if I didn't mention that.

Tasate is gonna be crazy I bet... and wow, just ridiculously dark again, so much dark and big malts, syrupy with some sweetness and almost sludge like thick malt character. Dark malts bring chocolate again to start, rich thick dark cocoa syrup and more thick and syrupy than real milk chocolate syrupy, with a big bitter darkness. Then into roast again, some roasted malt but not overpowering, leading to faint soy sauce but that seems to have died down in the year of aging. Booze comes through with that, warming, slightly tingly, but fairly clean, and not feeling like 17%. The rich syrupy powdered chocolate thing leads into a biscuity cookie, super dark chocolate biscotti like cookie with faint caramel, nutty, and fluffy nougat. Again very light earthy hops, which aren't really light but get completely drowned out by the huge malt and booze character. Finish layers the mouth and will never go away, and won't let anything else near the tongue as it just coats everything, thick syrupy malts, bit more booze, more dark that is super dark chocolate and cocoa syrup, and light roast lingering for what seems like eternity.

Mouth is super heavy, thick, rich, full of molten lead perhaps, lighter but decent carb, some warming tingly booze.

Overall really nice, drinking well after a year of aging, malts are melded well with great chocolate characters, and subdued roasted soy sauce, and a nice booz echaracter that plays well. Hardly drinkable but tasty and a great beer overall. Can't wait to see how it is after a few more years of aging.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug.

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than cracking another bottle with your friends, eh? This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of light sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, light buttercream in the background, and dark molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, blending the chocolate, roast, and bourbon flavors incredibly well. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine barrel-aged stout, one that doesn't overdo the barrel and melds the barrel very well with the base stout. Good times, indeed.

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3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Lowish B+

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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 Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed cellar temp.

The color is black as night with thin medium tan head with good lace and retention and opaque clarity. Smell begins with dark malt with dark brown sugar with moderately full roast in the aroma and light sweet cocoa quality and mild alcohol odor and dark fruity ester. The feel is relatively big with smooth and sweet quality with medium carbonation with a mild roasted texture and semi-high alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste has a slightly prune-like and date quality with dark sugar richness with chocolate covered raisin and slight woody flavor. The bourbon barrel brings light toast and vanilla accent with somewhat nutty flavor mixed with mild alcohol in the back. The finish is semi-dry with mildly sweet aspect of residual sugar and dark malt in the taste. Overall I think this is intense and very tasty with lots of barrel character and an awesome base stout flavor with smooth body. I would say it is a highly drinkable American Strong Stout for 16.9%, one of the best in the style.

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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 russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up a month or so ago at Top Hops in NYC. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice; split with my brother. Bottled 03/27/12.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or so. Looks awesome.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted malts, oak, and burnt malts. Nose is pretty amazing; just a ton of sweet (good) bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Huge fan of this so far.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, burnt malts, toasted malts, bread, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose pretty closely but has a little more alcohol to it in my opinion. You can definitely taste some heat from the bourbon barrels but I like it. Very small step down from the nose.

m - Full bodied stout with low to moderate carbonation; the body is thick and chewy. Very good mouthfeel for a big stout; some heat but does not feel over 17% ABV at all.

o - Overall I loved this one; I was blown away with how great it was. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel for a big stout, and the nose and taste are a fantastic mix of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. It is definitely a hot beer, but if you like bourbon-forward hot beers as long as it still tastes good and mixes well with other flavors than this would be right up your alley. With a little time on it in the cellar this could become even better, but IMO it's great now. Definitely going to be looking to get more bottle of this soon.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in an Eclipse snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, tiny specks of lace. Black body, with glints of brown at the edges.

S - Super sweet and boozy, with nostril-singing alcohol. Some roast, but lots of dark fruits, fudge, toffee, nuts. The booze gets pretty intense as it warms and notes of tar and soy come out.

T - Taste is heavy on dark fruit, soy, some ash, alcohol, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Finish is pretty alcohol heavy, with some vaguely vodka-esque notes.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, some moderate alcohol burn, and a mildly chewy finish. Pretty decent for the style and ABV.

D - It's pretty hard to drink in anything more than 1oz portions. This *might* be good in like 5 years, but it may also be terrible. The sweetness is more off-putting than the alcohol.

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3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: lots of bourbon whiskey flavors with sweet vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, and a lot of malts. Some oak too.

Taste: same as nose but more whiskey with some heat. Also shows some roast and more oak.

Mf: fairly hot. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Ends with some booze.

O: good beer but a little young. Other than that it was solid.

Edit: June 2015 consumed batch 4. Still too hot. Very viscous and rough.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Avery tulip pint glass. A very rough pour down the middle of the glass yields a thick black solution with less than a finger of brown head atop. The cap fades and holds to a thin film atop supported by some rising bubbles of carbonation. Faintly around the edge of the glass can you see a bit of brown clarity. When swirled, some fingers of fine lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has some rich malt sweetness reminiscent of cocoa blended with just a hint of leather, tobacco and soy. More smells bring out a focus on alcohol esters with raisins and plums being quite evident. The barrel presence is really felt here with vanilla, coconut and caramel. Collectively, the aromatics here point to this being a sweet brew but there are hints of alcohol that burn the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken.

The taste is somewhat sweet as expected with a rich maltiness tasting of something along the lines of creme brulee. Toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel are felt from the barrel aging with a touch of oxidation that comes off mildy like cardboard that fades towards the backend. Alcohol flavors mix with the malt to create a sense of raisins or prunes mid-palate mixing with leather, tobacco and a hint of bitter coffee.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is rich and complex but becomes quite numbing across the tongue in a hurry. While colder than ideal, there is quite a bit of enjoyable character to take in. However, as it warms up it really becomes a bugger to put down (like some other big series Avery brews.) There is quite a bit of oxidation evident in this already and while all signs point to aging this, I dont know how I would feel with more oxidative quality present. I liked this and would drink it again but probably opt-in for only a couple of ounces.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers I've been wanting to try for a while, but hadn't had an opportunity. Shared with my buddy Dave.

The beer is near black with a quarter inch of silky beige collar. The aroma brings dark chocolates, roast, huge malt profile, bourbon, oak. Some vanilla and barrel notes, but more chocolate and bourbon. A delicious beer! So smooth. I honestly hadn't looked at the abv. I thought it was around 12-13%. 17.42% abv?!? Are you serious. Apparently, it's serious, because I felt pretty awesome after I finished my 6 oz. Outstanding beer and well deserving of the high ratings.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a elongated tulip glass. Bottled Feb 2014, abv listed as 14.83%.

Comes out like pure dark motor oil, black as night, but fills the glass with a lighter black walnut shade. Head needs aggressive pour but gets about a finger of dark mocha coffee brown and even. Hangs for a bit, but manages a good three to four mm pencil ring that never leaves. Light bubbles of faint cocoa brown rise on the side in supper slow motion struggling it looks like to get up.

For such a large beer even after time the nose is very subtle. Mild tobacco and soft oak wood, even a hint of hickory like smoke but it's surprisingly tiny.

Palate hits large but not overpowering. Giant cherry kirsch and thick dark chocolate sweetness. Large red fruits of dark cherry and raspberry just overpowering fruit quality. Warmth brings out some nice licorice notes, which goes nicely with one of the most impressive qualities on this beer. This has to be the thickest tolerable stout I've had to date. Giant oily and massive palate feel without a syrupy feeling and a controlled sweetness. Huge lip coating qualities while drinking.

As big as this is, it's remarkably controlled with impressive qualities. Surprisingly easy drinking with the high abv as well. Pretty darn impressive, wish there was more of a nose on this though.

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3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a mocha head. Slight collar. Leggy and sugary with a nice swirl. Looks like a big one.

Smell - Super chocolatey. Bourbon is secondary. Some dark fruits come out too, but it's a bucket of chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Fudgy sweet chocolate. Barrel is faint again. Molasses and a cherry flavor in the middle which is interesting. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Chewy and boozy. Definite sipper, but I guess that goes without saying for something like this.

Overall - Tasty and very big. All of the hazards of its style and size. Would like to see more barrel influence on it.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.