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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 421
Gots: 420 | FT: 53
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)
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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
Photo of UnknownKoger


4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to try this. Purchased from Stearn's Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into Bruery tulip. Mild carbonation quickly dies as the beer is poured. This stuff sticks to the glass like oil. Looks like it too. It is black.

Smells nice. Hot booziness smell is present accompanied by dark fruits (figs, dates, etc.). Some bitter chocolate. Little bit of astringency.

Taste is pretty good. I've had boozier beers before. It's actually quite smooth and well balanced. The fruits and chocolates come through.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly decent. It's thick bodied but drinkable.

Overall, this is dangerous stuff. 17.42% and this drinkable when fresh? Wow. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:04:36 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of strongaf


4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-14-2012 05:47:47 | More by strongaf
Photo of chugalug06


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly thick OIL black brew pours one finger bronze colored foamy head. Wow. What an appearance. No lacing, but this is to be expected with an ABV of 17.42%. Also, the shorter head is also due to high ABV...

Geeze! Tons of caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, oats, and molasses. This brew should have been called the kitchen sink. Lots of alcohol burn too.

A bit on the sweet side, but, again, this is to be expected at 17.42%. Lots of bourbon heat comes off, but it's very pleasant. Nothing is off, or offensive. Slight bitter aftertaste, very appropriate for the style. Very nice Bourbon flavor greets you with a side of intense (sweet) vanilla. Perfect (lighter) carbonation. Not, by any means, overwhelming heat. If i need to say negative comments about the flavor, it that the brew is too sweetly caramel/vanilla, but this will fade off nicely with time. Awesome thick chewy body

A very sweet Imperial Stout, but the sweetness will fade greatly with time. This is another great Avery offering that can and should be cellared for over 10 years. I cannot wait to try it again in a year or two. I hope to re-review and bump it up a bit more... Highly recommended, if you can find it :)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 02:22:11 | More by chugalug06
Photo of jmarsh123


4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend. Thanks to MinorThreat for the bottle.

Pours black with a minimal tan head that fades immediately.

Smells heavily of boozey bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some chocolate also comes through.

Flavor is amazing. Alcohol is not as present as in the nose. Rich chocolate and some roastiness blend well with the barrel notes. At this ABV, it's hard to completely mask the booze, but it's just a component and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

Low carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer although definitely a sipper. 6 oz of this was about right. I was amazed how smooth this one went down. Definitely digging the Avery barrel program.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:03:39 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of crobinso


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-13-2012 00:31:37 | More by crobinso
Photo of ArrogantB


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

I guess I'll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didn't believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so I'm not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.

update 2013 batch 8/8/13

Much more enjoyable this year, it has heat but it doesn't seem as powerful this year. Really good chocolate flavor

Update 2014 batch 2/23/14

Even better than last year's. I think it's an interesting coincidence that as the ABV has dropped each year it gets better. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 14:13:02 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Spartan213


4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-11-2012 19:10:38 | More by Spartan213
Photo of denver10


4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with a dark mocha head and really nice lacing. The head quicly recedes, leaving only some remnants of it around the edges. A sweet, rich but alcohol filled aroma; sugary, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. A little sugar sweetness shows itself in the get go but its paired with some bourbon and alcohol, then the milk chocolate shows itself in the finish and stays strong into the after taste. Tastes like I have a bite of milk chocolate slowly melting in my mouth. Thick, rich, sugary, awesome. A nice creamy medium bodied mouthfeel to this with no carbonation to it, allowing the flavors to stick with you rather than be washed away. Overall, all I got to say about this is its fantastic. It's definitely got some heat to this but its balanced with a great, rich flavor. The bourbon barrel was used with great finesse, it contributes to this beer without taking over and dominating the beer's identity. One of the most enjoyable sippers I have come across. Might have to break the bank and buy some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 20:46:52 | More by denver10
Photo of bigaltemple


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottled 3/27/12

A - Dark as night. No head to speak of, but wasn't really expecting one. A small layer of thin bubbles does hang around the edges.

S - Immediately straight bourbon. Some dark chocolatey malt does start to work it's way past the vanilla and wood.

T/M - Sweet and boozy, but nowhere near overpowering or detracting. Hard to believe how easily this goes down. Wouldn't guess it's 17%. Very rich and creamy. Great sipper!

O - Glad I opened one up. Really looking forward to trying this again around the holidays. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:23:40 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of Prospero


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

05-05-2012 04:02:32 | More by Prospero
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist and cracked a bottle from the cellar, after only a couple weeks, lol. I have heard great things so figured I'd try one. Poured from bottle to a NBB globe the beer pours a deep rich opaque black, thick, 1 finger head with solid retention and some lacing. Looks good. The aroma is rich and complex with roasted malts, oak, chocolate, and an alcohol warmth. The flavor builds from the nose with a rich flavor. Begins with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front. The roast enters and blends well providing a nice base layer. Hints of dark fruit, oak, and bourbon as well. Very good. Extremely smooth and hides the high abv very well. Finishes creamy with a lingering chocolate roast on the tongue. Very very good. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I can't wait to see how it ages. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 13:06:56 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of alexipa


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black! Barely any head that quickly dissipates to no head.

S: Smells like bourbon. In a good way. Some oak and vanilla thrown in as well.

T: Strong bourbon flavors along with some nice oak and vanilla hits you up front. Some serious sweetness gets through on the back-end. I wasn't thrilled about the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very rich. Feels like a legendary beer, if that makes sense.

O: A fantastic imp stout, and a fantastic barrel aged beer. This is a great follow up to my favorite all time beer, Rumpkin.

Should have bought more!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:58:48 | More by alexipa
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.