Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.10%

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.

Added by emmasdad on 04-08-2012

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Photo of vic21234
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2015 Vintage, bottled 2/13/15.

A- Pours pitch black with a fair amount of khaki colored head which slowly fades to the side. Tons of alcohol legs are noted too.

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee notes on the nose, the bourbon is there but slightly drowned out by the others.

T- Chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon. Not much else to say here.

M- Thick and chewy, drinks hot, leaves a warming feeling after each sip.

Nice BA stout, drinks very hot fresh, would be a great candidate for some age.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle

jet black, with dark tan head. huge aroma of chocolate, coffee, and booze. same flavors in the taste, very bold and rich. thick body. overall an excellent beer, wish it was cheaper.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case from Shangy's in Emmaus Pennsylvania for $240 on March 10, 2015. Gave a bottle to Blane from Shangy's for spending two hours helping me. Finally tried it on March 22, 2015. Outstanding, but the high gravity, along with being just brewed, means it needs time to mellow out. One can tell that this beer will be to die for in a few years of aging.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated 2/13/2015. Poured and enjoyed on 3/20/2015.
No overpowering aromas but the bourbon is the most detectable, followed by some coffee and a little more chocolate. Very dark brown in color and oh so thick like oil; you can see the viscosity! Even after a somewhat aggressive pour not much in the way of a head with spotty bits of bubbles make up the lacing. Flavor is so smooth and complex. Getting some bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet chocolate, and coffee. So vicious and velvety, coats the palate extremely well and goes down way to easily for 16.9%. There is an evident burn from the alcohol but its to be expected. Probably one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts I’ve enjoyed to date. So awesome; go and treat yourself to one!

2016 Update
Batch 5, bottled 2/19/16 and enjoyed on 3/29/16
Dark, thick, with a khaki head. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood and some dark fruits on the nose and palate. Quite boozy this fresh but unlike last year I have a couple to age. Somewhat sweet with the burn from the alcohol very noticeable. Again, this is still probably one of the better barrel aged stouts out there!

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Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color in a Brooklyn snifter with no head.

Aroma: I could spend a lot of time just taking in the aroma: deep chocolate, cocoa- very complex.

Taste: deep chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla- milk chocolate.

Finish: light alcoholic finish which deepens with warming. The oak presence also becomes prominent with warming. The body of the beer is light- which works well with an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, and alcoholic finish.

Overall: a great Bourbon Barrel aged stout. One of the top in the class. This is a different approach than the BBCS- a lighter body and different emphasis on flavor. There is a stronger alc finish in the BBCS, and the oak is stronger. I like the lighter balance in this beer better. Both are superb examples of the style.

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Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome!

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal BBA stout. Very reminiscent of bourbon county. I'd love to see this one with a year or two on it. But still drinks wonderfully fresh... I have no clue how that 17% is covered up so perfectly. Well done.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8oz glass from the tap. Black in color with a one finger length mocha colored head. Quick sniff shows a bunch a sweet booziness as expected along with chocolate and vanilla. The taste starts with boozy sweetness with a surprisingly spicy bite. The middle sees the booze fade away and dense chocolate and vanilla flavors that are balanced by chewy caramel in the finish. Low carbonation, full bodied, and at 16% abv it isn't close to cloying at all. Overall, this didn't disappoint and its well deserving of a world class score. Right up there with the best bourbon barrel stouts, and certaintly unique from the pack with a spicy alcohol bite and a great caramel/chocolate combo.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinks a little hot but amazingly complex flavor. Pours dark with a nice tan head and smells of bourbon. After some more aging, I think this one is going to be even more amazing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed cellar temp.

The color is black as night with thin medium tan head with good lace and retention and opaque clarity. Smell begins with dark malt with dark brown sugar with moderately full roast in the aroma and light sweet cocoa quality and mild alcohol odor and dark fruity ester. The feel is relatively big with smooth and sweet quality with medium carbonation with a mild roasted texture and semi-high alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste has a slightly prune-like and date quality with dark sugar richness with chocolate covered raisin and slight woody flavor. The bourbon barrel brings light toast and vanilla accent with somewhat nutty flavor mixed with mild alcohol in the back. The finish is semi-dry with mildly sweet aspect of residual sugar and dark malt in the taste. Overall I think this is intense and very tasty with lots of barrel character and an awesome base stout flavor with smooth body. I would say it is a highly drinkable American Strong Stout for 16.9%, one of the best in the style.

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Photo of sataylor888
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just about everything I am looking for in a BBA imperial stout. Smooth, balanced, chocolatey, slight coffee and raisin notes, bourbon and vanilla, caramel on both the smell and taste. Pitch black with a very light, almost no, head and syrupy. It lingers amazingly. My only gripe is the sweetness. It is the sweetest BA stout I have ever had and while great, I prefer the spiceiness from the bourbon over the sweetness.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very thick, dark, sweet tasting beer which is what I expect from an imperial stout this high in alcohol. Bourbon flavor wasn't the strongest or smoothest I have ever tasted but it was pretty good. I haven't had any of Avery's regular beers but all of their higher end, high abv brews have been very, very good.

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Photo of jjdc
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is big. Brown-black in the glass like a high-end leather sofa. The nose has a toffee sweetness, like a Barleywine. The flavor is raisins, toffee, dates and a bit of barrel. This is nice, but very hot and a touch too sweet. Seems like it would drink well after a year in the cellar.

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Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Sludgy, dark brown brew; a gentle pour yields no head - too viscous and stodgy.

S: Boozy bouquet with notes of unsweetened cocoa, raisin, cherry, oak and grainy sweetbread.

T: Strong notes of molasses and carob at the front of the palate. Lots of oaky booze which highlight suggestions anise, reminding me of a liqueur. The subtle nuances of ripe fruit and a touch of bittering hops help round the flavor profile and add rich complexity. Long, sweet finish, with hints of chocolate and licorice clinging to the palate between sips.

M: A chewy complexion is an understatement. You could walk on this. I'm not kidding - with the granulated sugar that seems to be floating about, I think you could make a valiant attempt.

At a beer dinner in San Diego awhile back, I had the pleasure of drinking this with Adam Avery (at the now-closed Linkery, in case anyone is reading). I hadn't had it before, and he was geeking out as I tried it, knowing how good it is. It's a true sipper, but it seems like you can parse a different nuance in every sip.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours almost no head and what little might have come out is a brown color. The beer itself is an opaque black with hints of brown to it. The beer isn't interesting to look at. It basically looks like your typical super powered Russian Imperial Stout.

The beer smell is interesting. The beer certainly has a strong bourbon note to it. The bourbon note is accompanied by the vanilla note from the cask. Other than the notes from the aging, the beer also has a deep and sweet dark chocolate note. The smell is fairly sweet with a roasted note that his heavy but not very strong. There is also a bit of oatmeal.

The beer taste is nothing short of divine. The bourbon and vanilla notes are delicious when combined with the other notes. The other notes include nice dark chocolate with a bit of syrup chocolate flavor as well. The barley and oat flavor also come out a little bit and balances the flavor a little bit.

The mouthfeel is just as divine as the taste. The beer is extremely heavy bodied with very little carbonation but does not feel flat. Rather, the beer is extremely smooth and creamy. The feel is wonderful to the touch and goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting when you can. The beer is well made and the barrel well chosen that this is a fantastic beer. Not only do I recommend that you buy one, but that you get a few to age and share.

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Photo of Greasy
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on Feb 13, 2015.

A: Black. Not hardly light evading black hole dark, but very dark indeed. Caramel colored head that stuck around much longer than expected for a 16.9% monster.

S: Boozy, as expected. Bourbon follows, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: A little harsh; alcohol is definitely there, but the flavor is what really stands out. Classic BA imperial stout. Big roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, perfectly sweet.

M: Tongue coating, prickly yet smooth. Full bodied.

O: Enjoyable for sure. Probably needs some time to let the flavors mature a bit. Alcohol presence can be a bit much at times but the excellent taste makes up for this. It is pricey, but worth buying one for now and one for later.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive beer, rich, roast malt flavors of coffee, chocolate, tobacco-like toasty flavors. The bourbon and alcohol are both there, but neither are overpowering. sweet notes of caramel and oak in the finish. very good stout not sure if i would get it again just because its so expensive but a very high quality stout.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-midnight black with a nice small brown head
- smell of alcohol with a light chocolate comparable smell to old Rasputin, with a bourbon sweetness
-taste is how i expect a imperial stout to taste, exactly on par, very smokey and warms you with the high abv, with you cant detect at a astounding 16% roasted barley? old Rasputin with some bourbon sweetness to it
-thick creamy smoothness, it coats and the taste lingers but ever so pleasantly
-Overall the best imperial stout i have ever tried hats off to Avery!

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Photo of Jaycase
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 13 2015

a: black as night. thick, foamy camel khaki head which takes quite some time to recede

s: bourbon is most forward. followed by vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts in order of decreasing prominence

t: A wave of booze. Some sweetness, vanilla & chocolate follow. The booze is quite harsh & overwhelming.

m: Creamy. Thick body. Carbonation seems on point. A bit sticky once warm.

o: This fresh bottle was a beast which needs some time to tame it imo. The boozy flavor was a bit too harsh & overwhelming for my liking. Glad I have another bottle to sit on for a while. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Robust, silky smooth, full-bodied. Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. Definitely Reccomend and know I'm a lucky man for being able to get my hands on this! I'm a burbon kind of guy when I'm not drinking beer, which makes this a must have for me!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harsh, tart, boozy, sweet, unbalanced... not something I would go back to...

Had on tap hoping it'd be better/more interesting- to no avail. Again unbalanced, too sweet, too chocolaty. If you are a fan of TGI Friday's syrupy-sweet desserts, then you will dig this.

But at thirteen dollars a snifter, no thanks. I'll give it props for having pretty good drinkability, though.

I will take Mephistopheles any single day.

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Photo of Irishjazzmick
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 on tap in a snifter.

Nice head that didn't last long.
Smelled of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and roasted malt.
This beer cannot be really 16.9% the flavor is so well balanced, the vanilla, bourbon, and coconut really shine on this and the booze is really well hidden.
Carbonation was perfect, sticky and delicious! I imagine the bottle could come across a bit stronger.

I'll be back. Cheers Uncle Jake!

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Photo of SackBlabbath
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My 200th rating, I decided to drink something special, so here we go!!

A: Dark dark dark, not completely jet black, but this lets no light through and has just the slightest hint of brown. Beautiful tan head that lingers longer than expected. Looks pretty thick coming out of the bottle. 4.4

S: Oh yes, this is a bourbon barrel beer. Sweet, vanilla smell, with a great amount of barrel, and some alcohol but not enough to lead on 17% abv. Roasted malts and a bit of sweet chocolate, vanilla. Absolutely outstanding. 4.8

T: Lots of booze, hits you right away. Tucked behind it is a very rich, roasty flavor, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and of course, bourbon. 4.3

M: Thick, creamy, and smooth, wonderful carbonation. This lasts for a few great seconds, then the alcohol really takes over. A rough, burning sensation takes over the tongue, but doesn't make its way into the throat. I'm a bit torn on how to rate the mouthfeel, because upfront it is wonderful, top notch, but it's pretty rough after a few seconds. 3.8

O: A finely made beer, certainly lives up to it's expectation, especially knowing what a bit of age will do to help this beer. Can't wait to tuck my other bottle away until i forget about it, only to discover it when it's ready to show its potential. A damn fine stout enjoyed fresh, but i would say this needs a bit of age. 4.4

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. Nice khaki colored head of about 1.5 fingers. Nice lacing left behind once the head dissipates.

Strong aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and alcohol vapor. Chocolate, smoke and more booze.

Big flavors starting with bourbon. Roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of espresso and vanilla. Some alcohol spice/burn but nothing like is suggested by the aroma. Oak notes and a bit of something herbal at the end.

Rich thick body with a bit of creaminess. Oily and dense on the tongue. Flavors linger along with an alcoholic burn.

This is a quality barrel age stout though it pales compared to some of the elite BA stouts such as BCBS. Biggest problem is the intense alcoholic nose. Taste is less intense on the booze but still could be dropped 1 notch.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick, creamy, pitch black with a three finger mocha brown head that lasts for ages. The smell is more than favorable. Chocolate, hazelnut, mocha, coffee, vanilla, mild bourbon, but no heat on the nose, which is strange for the ridiculously high abv. More of the bourbon comes through on the taste, and the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. It has a burnt chocolate presence and an insanely thick mouthfeel. One of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've tasted.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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