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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 448
Gots: 433 | FT: 55
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 duff247
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

duff247, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Duffmanohyeah02
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Duffmanohyeah02, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Morey
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Morey, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

vissai, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz, 3/27/12
KtG snifter glass

A: Pours what else, pitch black. Really dark. Initially I did get a faint layer of mild tan color. Forms a ring around the edge of the glass quickly though. Tons of alcohol feet. Definitely seeing some lacing after swirl. Bits of tan.

S: Starting this on the cold side, but still getting good flavor. Initially I was getting some of that soy sauce leading to dark fruity character. Then after swirling I do get more of that barrel: vanilla, coconut, burnt sugar, etc. Some really deep chocolate too.

T: Yet again, another huge beer from Avery. Twice in less than a month. Up front, deep dark chocolate and espresso bitterness on the tip of the tongue. As it starts to warm, I am definitely getting more of that BA character. Really nice vanilla and Creme Brûlée type notes. Toffee. Maybe some coconut like I smelled. So many flavors. Gonna sit in this a while. The close is long. Leaves you with some many flavors. It's scary easy to drink for 17% ABV. I mean, it's there and you feel it down your throat (and through your body) but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied. Really comes in from the sides and encapsulates the mouth.

O: A-

inlimbo77, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -15%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks Denise!

Not too much head or lace, but that's not the strongpoint if this beer. Roast and booze in the nose, yadda yadda yadda. Taste is where this baby shines!

Wonderfully complex: roast, caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruits, more booze, some cherry medicine at the end. Excellent blend, great body. Minimal hints of the booze when cold, though it shines through as it warms. Really damn good overall.

brystmar, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Pours absolutely pitch black with a finger of dense light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon. I also get some licorice. Quite complex.

T: So smooth, very strong dark chocolate mixed with caramel and bourbon. Certainly on the sweet side.I get some roasted malts in the background, but a bit muted. A bit hot, but not overly hot, particularly for the ABV.

M: Very thick with good carbonation.

O: A bit on the hot side, but great flavors. I wish they made a similar stout at maybe 11%, but this is a very good stout. Nice roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

coreyfmcdonald, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jag21
3.75/5  rDev -15%

jag21, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.83/5  rDev -35.8%

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.

largadeer, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of mattsander
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Impenetrable black, viscous, syrupy. Impressively tenacious chestnut colored head. Very appealing looking beer.

S: Oozing dark chocolate toffee bomb, slightly nutty, smooth oak throughout, vanilla marshmallow. More dark fruit than BCBS or Eclipse. Hardly any booze on the nose, very impressive. I can't take my nose out the glass. I might just smell it all night.

T: Sweet bourbon-soaked malts, cocoa powder, echoes of the aroma. Not a lot of booze flavor, but rest assured this is one extremely warming beer. Happy belly. Finishes with long lingering barrel character.

M: Very syrupy and sticky - what do you expect? A slow sipper, the small bottle is a 3hr event.

Fantastic stout, I wish I had more of these to lay down.

mattsander, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -7%

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

Gobzilla, Aug 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

LaChupacabra, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

TheBishopco, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -7%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

kaelingirl, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BWHD, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

BillHilly, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

DividedAvery, Jul 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

harrymel, Jul 29, 2012
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.