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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 511
Gots: 468 | FT: 64
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:
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of KevinA107
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I received this beer as a gift and what a very pleasant surprise. the pour was very rich and reminded me of a rich heavy stout. the appearnce is dark brown with a hint of gold.

Bourbon is really present with a rich caramel and toasted element on the nose.

The beer is pleasantly heavy with a rich element of that sought after bourbon taste with the elements of quality stout coming through.

the lingering taste is well balanced and holds up well.

I really like the beer and will look for some more.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Star80
3.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled March 2012, one bottle out of 694 cases,

A- Pours out a thick, oily black with a quickly disappearing black head.

S - Smells more like a bock than a bourbon stout for some reason. Very sweet malts, some chocolate, vanilla and faint dark ripe fruits.

T - Tastes extremely sweet, to the point where the malts aren't rounding anything out with any usual roasty bitterness. Again, this beer tastes like a double bock and not at all like a stout, let alone a bourbon stout. I can pick up some very faint vanilla, toffee, and quite a bit of raisin.

M Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied as it should be.

O - Overall not at all what I expected from a bourbon imperial stout. Way way too sweet and not roasty, or even remotely hoppy for what I would expect from the style.Admittedly my only reference point is Goose Island Bourbon County, and this is far from it. Taste just like a double bock with NO bourbon at all. Quite disappointing when I wanted a bourbon stout comparable to Goose Island's. Jeez, I hope that every other bourbon stout doesn't pale quite as badly in comparison.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: into a tulip glass, pitch black thick beer coughed up a slim collar of dark tan foam that left a few motes behind

S: bourbon and chocolate syrup; fragrant earthy hops

T: mmm - rich dark malt chocolate, sweet and slightly bitter; nice hop profile over the malts - almost rye-like notes; grains peek through the deep syrup, vanilla, touches of anise/fennel

M: silky, smooth, creamy, heavy, dense; surprisingly clean finish topped off with drier whiskey notes

O: sometimes I wonder what I need to find in an Imperial stout to really blow me away these days, but this was a real treat of a beer - great combination of the rich stout flavors, herbal hops, and bourbon whiskey. Was sweet but not too heavy-handed about it, truly great balance of flavors and feel; with its high abv, a real decadent way to end the day.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.6%

Photo of CruisaC
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a recent BIF, I think, thanks Apaisncsu!

Pours motor oil black and manages a quarter inch mocha head that fades quickly. Not too surprising with the ABV.

Smell is there, pleasant, but not too powerful. Maybe my bottle got a little cold? Subtle bourbon and chocolate try to register with my senses but I don't come away overwhelmed.

Fortunately the taste makes up for this. Loads of dark fruits and dark chocolate wrapped up in a bourbon coating. Really a pleasant tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is, dare I say, chewy? Still some carbonation to move things along. The alcohol seems to greet you up front, announce its intentions early on but there is no noticeable burn, which is dangerous of course.

Really good brew on a cold night in January. Impressed.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours pitch black with a finger of dark tan head. Decent head retention especially considering the abv.

S- superbly aromatic brew! Huge barrel character of vanilla, American oak and high end bourbon blends perfectly with rich dark chocolate, malted milk balls and molasses. Only a hint a booze on the tail end!

T- sweet malted milk balls and dark chocolate flavors envelope the plate with notes of molasses, licorice and sticky dark fruit. Creamy coffee and sugary candy bar comes out in the middle. Rich bourbon, vanilla and American oak hits on the tail end without overpowering the brew. Alcohol warmth lingers on and on with a blend of all the complexity of this amazing beer. Simply an amazing brew!

MF- full sticky silky mouthfeel with heavy body. Soft carbonation.

D- a sipper for sure but you can't wait to go back for each one.

Overall a phenomenal barrel aged stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Bottled on date of March 27, 2012 so this is almost a year old right now.

Appearance: Near midnight black in color. Actually pours a very slight, less than one finger, medium brown head that holds very well. Keeps a nice, relatively thick lacing that holds well.

Aroma: Huge chocolate fudge, bourbon, molasses and caramel notes are in the forefront. The booze is hidden well behind the really strong sweetness. Some lighter tones of coffee roast, vanilla and coconut. I wouldn't call this well balanced, but the huge sweetness does a great job at hiding the ABV.

Taste: Milk chocolate, fudge brownies, big bourbon and lots of dark fruit tones. The sweetness is definitely over the top. Tons of caramel, molasses and vanilla tones provide a really strong base for the barrel tones. Beneath all the chocolate and bourbon, there is also some coconut from the barrel, some light oak and a roasted coffee bean flavor. Definitely some warming tones from the alcohol, but considering the ABV, the booze is not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really creamy. Very smooth, coats the mouth very well.

Overall, a really well done take on a big, sweet barrel aged stout. This one definitely doesn't hold back at all. It does feel a bit too sweet at times. A little goes a long way. The dark fruit character and the barrel notes are really well done. Definitely would try this again, but even 12 oz. is a lot.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.