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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 459
Gots: 444 | FT: 56
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 harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Bottled 3/27/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, wood, and lots of bourbon flavor. There is an alcohol kick and woody aftertaste on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make for a dangerously drinkable beer.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of lern
4.5/5  rDev +2%

lern, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: lots of bourbon whiskey flavors with sweet vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, and a lot of malts. Some oak too.

Taste: same as nose but more whiskey with some heat. Also shows some roast and more oak.

Mf: fairly hot. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Ends with some booze.

O: good beer but a little young. Other than that it was solid.

mothman, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of SanAnMan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

SanAnMan, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very viscous, dark black, can't see through it at all. Very small dark red/copper head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice copper colored lace. Has huge alcohol legs

S: Super sweet. Lots of candy sugar/toffee/caramel as well as a small amount of a burnt espresso. Slightly like soy sauce and bourbon also.

T: Lots of bourbon and sweetness. Also, for it being 17.42%, it's surprisingly balanced. Get the alcohol a bit at the end, as well as some molasses.

M: Very smooth, velvety, with some intense heat on the way down.

Overall this is quite nice. One of the really great bourbon Imp stouts out there right now. I'm going to have to try to get ahold of another bottle so I can age this beast.

Bobheed, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Kaydogg, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

244th Review
12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass
Didn't catch the vintage/bottling date on this

Thanks joshclauss for bring this to Dublin and sharing! From notes.

A: Simply black. Half (dark tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Loads of bourbon coming off the nose. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Faint coffee as well, but mostly bourbon here.

T: Follows nose, but this beer is very robust and bold. Bourbon is up-front straight away. Roastiness is nice while chocolate, caramel, and coffee balance is well executed. Dark fruit with more bourbon overtones round this one out.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: The booze on this beer is well balanced with a nice back-bone of flavor, but I think it could stand to mellow a bit. Very nice that these were bottled in 12 oz. bottles though as to drink a bomber might be a bit rough.

spdyfire83, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge...

russpowell, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Danobold, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +2%

ncaudle, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jacewg, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JAHMUR, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of tdjb
4.5/5  rDev +2%

tdjb, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of strong bourbon notes with oak and vanilla.

T - Great balance of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and a boozy presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full bodied ale with somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a really good bourbon barrel aged stout. Another good limited release brew from Avery.

zeff80, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -9.3%

bespin15, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of boogercrack
4.5/5  rDev +2%

boogercrack, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of jamespub
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

jamespub, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +13.4%

marine1975, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

thinwhiteduke, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Paramecium
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Paramecium, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin brown head with great retention. Thick looking.

S: bourbon, sweetness, dark fruit, huge smell

T: sweetness is huge with a slight bitterness, big bourbon and alcohol flavor along with huge roasted malt stout flavors and some old ale like dark fruit (fig, date) flavors. Only part that brings it down is the noticeable alcohol.

M: huge body with impressive carbonation for the body.

O: great beer, but the sweetness can be overwhelming, and the bitterness and bourbon does not quite cover it. $10 to $16 per bottle and still worth it.

Holland, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +2%

bbadger, Jul 14, 2012
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.