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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,446
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 539
Gots: 497 | FT: 68
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.81% 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch No. 1
Bottled MAR 27 2012
Served in a snifter

Motor oil-like appearance. The beer poured a super thick and viscous, dark brown color. A whisp of coffee colored froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated to a clingy ring.

Aroma-wise, this was a total mocha bomb. Super rich and robust. Loads of roasted and caramel malts. Creamed coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate. Tons of vanilla. Strong brown sugar notes. Some woodiness. Not a lot of actual bourbon initially, but the bourbon came out in full force as the beer warmed. The booziness was surprisingly subdued considering the extremely high ABV.

The flavor profile was intense and a bit rougher than the nose. Lots of alcohol warmth. Deep, rich, robust malts. Roasted and caramel malts came through on the front end. Loads of espresso. Good dose of vanilla. Some sweet cream. Tons of brown sugar sweetness. Overall, a nice balance of sweet and roasty flavors. The finish was boozy (in a good way) and surprisingly hoppy. The hops were piney and minty. Moderately bitter. Roasted malts and pine resin lingered on my palate long after each sip. As the beer warmed, the bourbon notes really came forth, but the beer never turned overtly boozy or harsh.

The mouthfeel was intense. Super lush, creamy and thick. Ultra viscous on the palate with a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence. The residue from the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Even though this beer registers in at over 17% ABV, it was amazingly smooth and drinkable. With a year of age on my bottle, now seems to be the perfect to drink this. If you enjoy huge, sweet, bourbon-forward beers, you will probably love this.

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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.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.