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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 473
Gots: 452 | FT: 60
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 AndresR
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

AndresR, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

drewone, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Massbmx, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a 3/4 inch dark brown head with pretty good retention.

S - Lots of booze, teriyaki, heavy chocolate.

T - Sweet booze, teriyaki, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body. A sweet finish.

O - Very boozy, hidden behind sweet chocolate and teriyaki.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of redfacedshooter
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

redfacedshooter, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of mfield14
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

mfield14, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jaminjohnson, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jimmy82063, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of bigorange
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

bigorange, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of SageO
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SageO, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out black. It's almost completely opaque except for the edges. Right around the edges it is very dark brown. Nice dark brown colored head that comes up big after a reasonably hard pour. Good lacing, sticks around quite awhile.

Smell is good. STRONG bourbon notes, with plenty of hints of vanilla and oak. Doesn't beat around the bush, not much outside that.

Taste is truly excellent. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The best part about the flavor is it is 100% perfectly balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is spot on. For a beer that's 17.42%, you wouldn't quite expect it from Uncle Jacob. Well balanced, perfectly smooth, and a great carbonation level. Very well balanced with a warming finish. Love this beer, very drinkable a perfect sipper. Avery nailed it when trying to make a good barrel aged stout, this is wonderful. Overall one of the best Barrel Aged Beers I've had, but wouldn't expect less from Avery.

AndyAvalanche, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +13.1%

youradhere, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schne9303.

Pours pitch black and thick as hell. .5 finger dark, reddish mocha head dissipates quickly. Stringy lace that sticks around. Thick, oily legs. Devilish!

Nose is mocha coffee, cocoa powder, chocolate, lactose, fudge, and a heavy dose of booze. Nicely aromatic and the alcohol comes across sweet and smooth. Nice.

Opens super sweet. Notes of plum, prunes, and sweet soy sauce. Mocha and chocolate towards the middle with loads of molasses. Booze wallows in towards the middle providing a nice burn. Finishes off with even more molasses, caramel, and mocha sweetness. Aftertaste is chocolate and cocoa powder. Solid but a bit cloyingly sweet.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth with spots of carbonation throughout. Hot going down with a messy finish and a long, lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor nicely.

A very nice offering overall but this one is a touch over the top for me at some points. A bit too sweet and real boozy going down. A real big brew that I wouldn't hesitate enjoying 2-3 ounces of again, but a whole bottle is way too much here.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Daniloknezic for trading this beer to me! Thanks Don!

12 oz bottle poured equally into a pair of snifters. 6oz serving.

reviewed from notes taken 9/8/12.

Appearance: dark black beer with a big dark brown head about 2 fingers high. This one just coats everything with a heavy thick foam. Wow this beer looks amazing!

Smell: Chocolatety, bourbony goodness with a touch of oak.

Taste: Very bourbon forward beer. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and more bourbon. As this beer warms you start to get some molasses, tobacco, black licorice, and lite smokiness. The beer finishes with more bourbon that just stays around forever.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer actually drinks really well. The beer is boozey, but it not a bad thing at all. Its a warming almost burning sensation that is very enjoyable. Nothing harsh at all; it plays well with the huge beer theme that Avery's has going on with this beer. Its really carbonated for a barrel aged beer. Kudos to Avery because its well made beer.

Overall: I really dig this beer. Its really great tasting beer with a mouthfeel to match. All the big flavors that i love from a BA stout. Avery's has really got some nice beers these days! Never been that impressed by Avery's, but I should start paying more attention to this brewery!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and viscous with a a spattering of dark mocha head that settles at a slight film, lacing decently.

molasses and booze dominate the nose. a good amount of woodiness in there as well. a bit of teriyaki sauce and sweetness that comes from the attempt to make such a mammoth beer. almost balanced, but I'm worried that this will be a sweet, boozy mess.

well, its definitely boozy, and its definitely sweet with a good amount of licorice coming through as well, but I wouldn't quite call it a mess. a good amount of vanilla, coconut, and wood come from the barrels to balance the malty sweetness. flavorful sipper, but not the amount of complexity as would make this reach the premier level of the style.

thick, creamy, and full-bodied with subdued carbonation that works well for the style/flavor profile.

not as impressive as I had hoped. not as complex as it is "big" but it's tasty nonetheless. I'd sip on it again.

silentjay, Sep 05, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. First off, if you are wanting to drink a few beers and not get drunk, this beer is not for you. This thing is a beast and lets you know it straight out of the gate with huge notes of alcohol upon first inspection. It is a little more subdued as the sip sits on the palate by becoming more roasty with a hint of dark fruit. A really well done brew, but drinker beware about the alcohol. It will truly put you in your place if you aren’t careful.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Samjuan12, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.

Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesn't totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. I'm surprised with the high ABV that it doesn't smell like a complete booze bomb.

Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, I'm surprised that it's not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but it's not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.

corby112, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled on March 27th 2012

Thanks to Redbeeron for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges and just a sliver of dark mocha colored head.  Head dissipates away fairly quickly to leave only a thin outer ring.  Leaves effectively no lacing but lots of alcohol legs can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass.  

S: Big bourbon notes, dark fruit, and booze, with milder notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt and a medical, slightly astrigent, character.  

T: Very sweet, balanced by bourbon booziness and a big roast component on the finish.  Lots of dark fruit characters with overripe plums and chocolate covered cherries.  There is a candied sugar sweetness to it, but the bourbon notes, booze and roasted characters are strong enough to balance out the huge sweetness to prevent it from becoming cloying.  Very tasty beer here.  Excellent.

M/D: Silky smooth, appropriately low carbonation, could be a touch thicker and chewier.  A little hot going down at times, particularly early on, but thats to be expected with the absurd ABV, and the heat settles quite nicely as it warms.     Actually, its a pretty great job of keeping the ABV in check, and considering how big this beer is, the drinkability is surprisingly good.  

O: Generally, I tend to shy away from Avery as I find most of their beers to be pretty overrated, however, an almost 18% BA IS intrigued me.   And boy am I glad I tried this one.  Its well balanced, very tasty, and does an incredible job keeping in line the huge ABV.  Definitely a must try for fans of big beers.  Well done!  

zac16125, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

beergorrilla, Aug 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -54.8%

Hophead717, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

brooklynbrews, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, oil toned opaque ivory. A small tan head slowly fades into a gentle head and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Crikey...this is rich and boozy off the get-go.
Taste is of the aromas with a raisin juice and molasses and date sugar. Rockabye sweet baby James...this is like a mix of the Beast and Mephistopholes. Lots of booze and prune juice resounding.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, and boozy.

weeare138, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

duff247, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.