Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 536
Gots: 751 | FT: 113
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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Ratings: 1,852 | Reviews: 269
Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin brown head with great retention. Thick looking.

S: bourbon, sweetness, dark fruit, huge smell

T: sweetness is huge with a slight bitterness, big bourbon and alcohol flavor along with huge roasted malt stout flavors and some old ale like dark fruit (fig, date) flavors. Only part that brings it down is the noticeable alcohol.

M: huge body with impressive carbonation for the body.

O: great beer, but the sweetness can be overwhelming, and the bitterness and bourbon does not quite cover it. $10 to $16 per bottle and still worth it.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: inky black, dark brown fing head, dissipates to a frothy ring.

Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, buttery, caramel, charred wood.

Taste: buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze. Burns the throat.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, full bodied.

Overall: nice flavors and aromas, but its hot. I split the bottle, don't think I could have put away the whole thing.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to quirkzoo for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep black with a solid dark khaki colored head. The foam fades in a normal amount of time, and there is only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is roast, milk chocolate, dates, mild raisin, and some barrel heat. I really like that the barrel doesn't overpower this beer in the nose.

T: It starts out closely to the nose with roast and chocolate up front. The booze, dates, and raisins show up in the middle, and it's sweet chocolate and alcohol in the finish. I was worried that this would be too much raisin, and be super boozy (with the 17+% of this beer) but it's nice. Good mix all around.

M: Full bodied beer. It's syrupy sweet and coating, sticky and chewy, but damn delicious. Velvet and booze linger after the beer is gone.

O: Pretty damn delicious. I have turned away from this beer many times, due to the huge ABV, but I shall do that no more. This is incredibly drinkable for how big this beer is, and the alcohol was well distributed throughout. Solid.

Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of Batch 1, bottled March 27, 2012. Given to me as a gift from my little brother. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, March 19, 2014. So approximately two years of age. I've had small pours of the fresh versions a few months ago, and will be taking that into consideration.

App- Pitch black, oily, viscous and with a LOT of legs. Even with a vertical pour, it comes with a minimal half finger mocha head with minimal retention. No lacing. A very placid stout, but again, one with a lot of legs.

Smell- Very sweet. Chocolate fudge, oak, sweet bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Similar to Bourbon County Stout.

Flavour- Reminds me a lot of the 2009 Bourbon County Brand Stout I had just two weeks ago. Very sweet still, perhaps sweeter than BCBS. Thick chocolate fudge, sweet bourbon, a lot of barrel vanilla and oak. Molasses. The intense fudginess that makes this a sipper. No indication of oxidation or off flavours at all, which is surprising in a 2-year old cellared stout.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, on the verge of syrupy. Just enough carbonation. Drinks even thicker than BCBS. Heat is not apparent when cold, but as the beer warms up, there is a burning hot finish as it goes down, as expected for a high gravity stout like this.

Overall- Very good BA stout that's very welcome on a March day where winter just won't go away.. and well, I'm hoping that I am able to move to Colorado in a few months, so it's one of Colorado's finest for tonight! It's up there in the BCBS territory in terms of quality, only it costs 3x as much as a single bottle of BCBS and is a lot harder to get in comparison to the distribution BCBS gets. So while I enjoyed this, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this when I can stock up on BCBS. Regardless, my conclusion is that Batch 1 at 2 years is drinking very well right now. Essentially covers the middle ground between BCBS and Black Tuesday in my opinion.

Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours big black in color without a head. Nose has sweet hot dog bun, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolates. Taste is dark chocolates, sweet molasses, vanilla, burnt oak. Nice complexity. Mouth is thin and a little watery. This. Ould use some time as it is still hot. Recommended, but also recommended a couple years down the road.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rather hot, bourbon, chocolate, sweet. But that alcohol heat though. Semi creamy with faint coffee.

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

A: Pours pitch black with a medium sized dense brown head. Leaves a solid wall of lacing as it slowly fades away.

S: I can smell the bourbon from across the room after I pour it. Strong toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. There is roasted malt hiding behind it with some char and chocolate mainly.

T: Up front is stinging bourbon with again, toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Light vanilla is present throughout the beer. Smooths out surprisingly quickly after the initial bourbon hit. Big chocolate and caramel in the middle. Fades into a vanilla oakiness with hints of chocolate and a little char. Vanilla lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Thick, heavy, and syrupy. Surprisingly smooth.

O: My first impression is that this reminds me a lot of Black Tuesday. This has a bit stronger bourbon hit up front, but with less molasses than BT. This is a delicious exercise in extreme barrel aged stouts.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours motor oil thick with a pretty nice 1/2 finger mocha colored head. I was surprised there was any head here given the ABV, but there was and it actually stuck around for a while.

S: It's been a while since I've had BCBS, but I think this may be right up there with it smell-wise. Big, deep, dark and inviting smell. Tons of barrel, wet wood, bourbon, toffee, toasted oak, molasses, caramel and some booze.

T: Given the high alcohol, this is ridiculously drinkable. Lots of molasses and milk chocolate soaked raisins upfront. Caramel, tons of fig, burnt marshmallow, toasted coconut, burnt caramel and a finish of bourbon, charred wood and just a slight kick of heat. The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, bordering on syrupy, but there's enough dryness from the alcohol on the finish to hold it back a bit. A fantastic barrel aged stout.

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as all, nice mocha .5 inch head, slowly leaves. Nice lace. Kudos on the carb and head retention on such a big beer.

S - OMG. Boozy, woody, vanilla, bourbon, boozy, boozy, malty, sweet, round and full.

T - Beautiful. Still a little hot, but nice.

M - Medium to full, good carb ok balance. A little too hot.

D - Not a session beer, nasty things could happen. Nice as a shared sipper.

Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 1 year)

A fairly standard, though incredibly appropriate, pour for a big, barrel-aged, imperial stout. Black throughout, relatively thick in appearance, and just the smallest bit of visible carbonation. Leaves the glass somewhat oily on the way down.

Still some harsh alcohol notes during the initial whiff, though once that peels away there are very nice chocolate and bourbon notes. This isn't a particularly expressively aromatic bourbon barrel-aged stout, but what's here is very nice.

Where this leaves something to be desired in the aroma department, this beer comes through with a knockout in the flavor. The alcohol is hidden magnificently, butted up against layers of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Exceptional, and scary drinkable, especially at its given strength.

Medium to near full in body, oily, slick, and full in the mouth. Coating. Sticky. Leaves a long, seemingly never-ending chocolate finish.

Exceptional. One of my favorites.

Photo of Morey
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black with about one finger of brown head, which settled quickly to a thin and spotty layer. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides on my glass as I tilt my snifter back and forth. There's some head retention after each sip, but it falls back into the beer in a hurry.

Aroma: Dark Fruits (figs, dates, & raisins) , Chocolate Covered Cherries, Bourbon, Licorice, Caramel, and faint Butterscotch.

Taste: ....follows the nose. I'm getting figs and dates up front. I'm also getting a nice dark chocolate sweetness towards the middle, as well as some caramel. Thankfully, there's also a roasted quality near the back-end helping to balance things out. There's some heat from the alcohol and more dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a slick feel. Low level of carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: WOW! Alcohol is really well hidden for a whopping 17.42%! Don't get me wrong, it warms you, and you can feel a buzz coming on after your 2nd sip, but this beer is ready to drink now. Reminds me a lot of Mephistopheles with a nice Bourbon character added. Great stuff! I need more.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle being reviewed is a 2012 vintage.

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black, opaque, and a thin toffee colored ring around the top of the snifter.

S - Very bourbon forward, oak, small traces of dark fruit, molasses, and dark roasted chocolate.

T - Follows the nose - extremely bourbon forward with noticeable alcohol warming on the way down. Bourbon, oak, light molasses, a hint of vanilla, some char and oak, and minimal dark fruit in this beast of a sipper from start to finish - a little medicinal on the end.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky, slick.

O - Very well done and I enjoy big barrel aged beers but this one is a little overbearing because the alcohol masks a good portion of the flavor. If it weren't for the alcohol killing the complexity I'd score it higher.

Photo of homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at Firkin and poured into snifter. Black an inky on the pour with minimal head and lacing. Nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla with a considerable amount of char from the barrel. Waves of chocolate and roast emanate strongly with mild boozy character which I find surprising considering the massive gravity of this brew. The taste is very sweet up front with molasses and licorice. This is followed by by intense roast, dark chocolate, an highlights of vanilla. The mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy. Very mild in the carbonation department. Overall, I am very impressed with the balance considering the high abv. This is damn good and I recommend those looking for an intense stout to seek this one out!

Photo of vonnegut21
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, mocha head. I want to try and float a bottle cap on it. I bet it would hold.

S: Huge chocolate notes. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Light roasted notes. Really opens up as it warms.

T: Wow. Big cocoa sweetness, with a bourbon punch. Vanilla and caramel are prevalent. Sweet, hot, boozy, roasty and just delightful. Reminds me a lot of 2012 BCBS. Which is a good thing.

M: Thick and viscous. Almost syrupy. Warming. A pleasure to drink.

O: This beer really took me by surprise. I was expecting good, but it is spectacular. I love big, boozy, flavor packed stouts and this one stands up with the best of them. To some it may be too strong or too boozy. That's fine, leave it on the shelf... more for me.

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

Bottled 27MAR12

Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. It's funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I don't buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Doodler in a surprise box a while back. Very generous man. Much appreciated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Batch 2
27 June 2013
848 cases produced

Apparently the brewer's 6th great uncle Jacob was the first to call his whisky "bourbon."

APPEARANCE: A nice black pour yields a one finger, slightly thinner, foamy tan head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades very quickly to a ring only. Ring remains all the way leaving no lacing down the grass. Black beer, but mediocre head.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, with vanilla, light grapes or red wine as well. Interesting and different. Touches of milk chocolate as well. A bit of port.

TASTE: Quite boozy. Bourbon, oak and port wine up front. Some spicy alcohol through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bourbon, red wine, alcohol, vanilla notes and some dark chocolate too. Quite boozy with lots of alcohol and port flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body, thinner, with higher levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down okay and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some decent heat lingers. Spicy alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay, but it's a bit too boozy for my liking. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like for the style as well. Lots of wine and alcohol at the expense of the stout qualities. Would actually like to to try the base stout on its own. Thanks again for the treats Doodler!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled on 06/27/2013 which is about 4.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours black and thick and leaves less than a half finger of really dark brown head that fades quickly. The head might be the darkest I've seen.

Smell: Big bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, char, raisins, figs. Lots of big flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Milk chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, mild coffee, licorice. A very nice balance of sweetness and bitter for the style. Well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Starts sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a big, slightly sticky, creamy body. The carbonation eases this one down and it finishes smooth with the alcohol really well masked.

Overall: A quality big, bourbon stout. Tons of flavor yet definitely well balanced. With the alcohol masked so well, this one could be a bit dangerous, but the mini 12 ounce bottle takes care of that.

Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark black with a thin halo of tan head that settles along the edges without lacing. The nose is deceptively tame with chocolate and caramel bourbon sweetness in the nose, but astringent alcohol begins to slice through as it warms. The taste is an overwhelming mix of malt and alcohol with choking bitterness in the finish. It's full bodied, slightly chewy, but also astringent to the point of being undrinkable. General sentiments are that this beer is over-priced, over-hyped, and over-extracted.

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 wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Quite the hefty beer, Uncle Jacob's pours with a near-unrivaled viscosity. Body is that of deep-brown pitch with a slim, yet stubborn head of taupe foam. Its nose brings forth big notes of cocoa nibs, vanilla, leather, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Bourbon is a bit subdued, as is the aroma itself, but the overall bouquet is still very much enticing.

The taste is expectantly sweet, but not without balance. Huge notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and dark berry fruits offset the intensity of the residual sugars and make for an entirely complex, yet enjoyable flavor profile. The alcohol is extraordinarily well-hidden within the creamy, chewy body. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and heavy on the tongue, but velvety smooth and decadent--think along the lines of a melted fudge-sicle. All in all, an excellent beer. Shows that Avery has both the drive to craft an 'Extreme' beer in this day & age, and yet the restraint and artistry to make it absolutely delicious.

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

Holy crap this pours with unbelievable viscosity! Thick, rich and incredibly dark this stout is like a syrup capped with an equally thick brown head.

The aroma has immense character with rich and creamy qualities. Molasses, caramel, deep chocolate, coconut, vanilla, oak bourbon, slight toffee, marshmallow and tinges of Graham cracker malt all make appearances in the nose.

The flavors are thick and full with a full complement of oak and creamy chocolate. Light bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel follow at mid palate. This finishes with a tangy dark fruit, prune and raisin, with just a little alcohol.

The feel is super thick, very creamy but there is a quarter point lose on the tangy alcohol finish that hangs on to the tongue.

I had huge expectation and Damn I'm impressed. This really was fantastic.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma gives off notes of chocolate, espresso, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and bourbon. Flavor is huge just as I hoped. A little too warm, but the fact that it’s chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. This is a rich and satisfying stout!

Photo of beergoot
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated 12/7/13 during the 1st annual BA Winter Warmer Pub Crawl: Denver Style. Todd split a 12 oz bottle between eight of us at the Lucky Pie in LoDo. I lucked out and had two small pours...

Opaque brown body with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, oak, dates. Flavors mirror the aroma with the addition of a big booze note and sharp hop bitterness. Rich, thick, heavy mouthfeel with lots of residual sugars.

An eye-opening, big beer. A must have for the adventurous lovers of large, complex dark beers.

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.