1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,132 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 423
Gots: 425 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.83% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the quest to create a collection of barrel-aged beers to be reproduced annually, Avery Brewing Company is releasing Uncle Jacob’s Stout, the second member of its Annual Barrel Series. The collection began with Rumpkin rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale in the fall of 2011, and now continues with this 17.4% ABV stout that was aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for 6 months. While the Avery Barrel-Aged Series features one-time-only batches, such as the recent Muscat d’Amour and Récolte Sauvage, the Annual Barrel Series features a selection of cellarable barrel-aged beers that fans can return to and get to know every year.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-08-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,132 | Reviews: 172 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of shebby


4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-11-2012 15:31:44 | More by shebby
Photo of Rollzroyce21


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-11-2012 12:11:52 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of dark tan head. Big, boozy nose with chocolate and vanilla. Starts our really boozy, but that evens out a bit as it warms. More chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Full bodied and rich. Long finish of chocolate and vanilla. Did I say chocolate and vanilla enough? This could use some time to round out into something really special.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:47:38 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-10-2012 16:30:55 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-10-2012 00:07:49 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of JMRSN


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-09-2012 13:40:58 | More by JMRSN
Photo of vbiliyar


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-05-2012 21:41:43 | More by vbiliyar
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-04-2012 02:16:21 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of rudzud


4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received numerous bottles of this from trades and bottle shop pickups. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep deep brownish black hue with a nice deep mocha one finger head that fades to leave a very, very thin blanket along the top. VERY impressive for the ABV, very impressive.

S - Surprisingly and shockingly the alcohol is very, very nicely hidden in this. There are some very nice light bourbon and light vanilla and even some coconut. Getting some dark fruits, which I'm not really a fan of.

T - Strong bourbon heat upfront but that is shockingly overtaken by big vanilla and chocolate. ALOT of chocolate. Dark fruits on the finish but its quickly overtaken by some sweetish bourbon and vanilla. Some really, really nice flavours here. Still hot, but that should change over time. Huge chocolate aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is great all things considered. That alcohol needs to cool down a bit with age. Its silky smooth though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer alot. I think it needs some time to develop into that next step. Glad I've got 6 more to let sit for a while, I think this has potential to become something amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:13:21 | More by rudzud
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-03-2012 16:35:05 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of The22Lou


5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-02-2012 00:36:28 | More by The22Lou
Photo of airbag11

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-01-2012 17:31:42 | More by airbag11
Photo of Callmecoon


4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-01-2012 05:51:42 | More by Callmecoon
Photo of PeterIngemi


4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Into a duvel glass.

A: pours put black with a two finger mocha head after an aggressive pour.... Little to no lacing, the head dissapates quickly

S: alcohol heat jumps right out at me, along with a slightly strange earthy oak note.... The burbon is also prevelant in the nose along with roasty chocolate and sweet dark fruit. I feel like the burbon contributes light notes of caramel and vanilla along with alcohol heat. I'm not a huge fan of the nose here, smells too dark fruity for my taste...

T: the chocolate seems to take it a step up from the nose... Mingling notes of burbon soaked oak, there is a sweet bite on the end but it is nicley rounded out by the alcohol heat on the finish.... And overall, considering the abv, this brew really isn't as sweet as I expected... In a good way. Notes of espresso and caramel are in there as well, this beer has a nice complexity to it.

M: heavy and viscous.... With a dry/sweet finish full of alcohol heat. Very little carbonation here. A bit creamy too.

O: a very nice, very big beer, deffinatly glad I tried this one. Not overly sweet or dark fruity, heavy on the booze, and some very nice complexity.... I could see this beer aging very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:40:40 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-29-2012 14:49:40 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

05-29-2012 11:05:02 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of GRG1313


2.18/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 10:49:40 | More by GRG1313
Photo of mrelizabeth


4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-24-2012 21:57:56 | More by mrelizabeth
Photo of steamboatbrewer


3.75/5  rDev -15%

05-24-2012 03:39:29 | More by steamboatbrewer
Photo of BlackBelt5112203


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tacosandbeer for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 1-finger bubbly brown head that recedes pretty quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing. Expected for a high-ABV imperial stout. A surprising amount of carbonation bubbles are seen coming to the top after the head recedes.

S - Very complex aroma with big roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa notes along with dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is definitely apparent.

T - Starts off sweet with plum and vanilla notes and gradually builds into a woody, smoky, and dry bourbon flavor. Finishes with a bitter roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa taste. Very, very tasty.

F - Full-bodied with not much carbonation, a velvety and hot mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and very dry finish. Roasted bitterness hangs around for a nice amount of time. Very strong but pleasant mouth, throat, and sinus-warming sensation from the high ABV.

O - When I first heard the term “bourbon barrel-aged beer,” this is exactly what I was picturing. I’ve had others that were very tasty but just didn’t have the bourbon flavor or feel I was looking for. This certainly does AND it has all the notes of a good stout. Although the ABV is really high at almost 18%, it is hidden extremely well and is not harsh at all. In fact, I think the higher ABV really adds to the bourbon feel. This was a great beer, and I’m very grateful to tacosandbeer for the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:20:01 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 19:18:46 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of baybassboy


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-21-2012 04:01:21 | More by baybassboy
Photo of IKR


4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with fairly small dark brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Raisins, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a faint coffee/roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, caramel, along with the coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish. The beer starts off incredibly sweet, with the roast/ coffee notes coming in towards the end which try to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. I get a mild bitter aspirin note at the very end.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with a fairly low-level of carbonation appropriate for the high ABV beer it is.

Overall: Good beer who's sweetness is a bit much at the moment but I think will die down with time. The taste profile is well layered, and if the heat and sweetness die down it'll be a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:20:47 | More by IKR
Photo of GregSVT


4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a bit of cocoa and chocolate and that's about it. As it warms I pick up molasses and vanilla along with some dark fruits.

T: The taste is much better than the nose lead on. I get tons of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, and dark fruits. The flavors are really big in this one and they get bigger as it warms.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a huge creamy finish.

O: This one definitely gets better as it warms. Really big flavors and the aromas are decent as well. I will be putting a few of these away to see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:13:41 | More by GregSVT
Photo of RuckusDu


4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - A great deep tan head of about one finger in height when poured. Body is extremely dark. Requires less than 4mm to get any light through. No lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and caramel. There is bourbon on there as well. Only the slightest bitter chocolate on the finish. I think there is some alcohol in there as it burns a little bit, but you can't tell otherwise.

T - Not as sweet as the scent, but great chocolate. Almost like eating a chocolate bar - dark and milk mix. Vanilla comes out and is pretty strong as well. Bourbon is nice and light. Again there is a burn there which is pretty strong and it comes through a bit in the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and great heavy body. Definitely sticks around in your mouth and the alcohol burns as I said before.

O - Wow, what an amazing beer. So full of everything I enjoy. If they cut the ABV a bit I think this would be at the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:11:10 | More by RuckusDu
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.