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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 2,052
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 556
Gots: 858 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.90% 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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Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, sat in the fridge for about 2 months and finally busting this beast out.

A- Poured half and half into two glasses with a superbly pitch black body. Small head forms to less than a finger with a light tan hue. Bubbly foam dies down fairly fast to a small fizzy ring. Lace is pretty much not going to happen, a spot or two.

S- Deep cereal grains and oatmeal are massive and there is what I used to refer to as The Bruery sweetness (BT and Bois). Thick brown sugary and molasses but not overpowering because the Bourbon barrel certainly makes its presence known. Dark roast chocolate grains and burnt malt feel.

T- Reminds me quite a bit of Black Tuesday to be honest. The alcohol comes through, not necessarily in a bad way, and creates a massive syrupy, burnt roast malt beast. That sweetness once again shows with a molasses, caramel candy note. Bourbon barrel adds a nice dimension and the oak contrasts the base stout nicely. Some vanilla, raisin, dark fruit and slight oxidation reminding me of an Old Ale.

MF- Thick, thick, thick body. This is about as substantial as it gets. Oily and slightly sugary thickness on the palate. Carbonation at a low but nearly medium level considering the strength. Alcohol lingers but not nearly as much as I expected.

As stated above, this reminds me of Black Tuesday a lot but not quite as sweet as the former. The raw strength of the stout and base brew seems to contrast but still blend nicely with fresh woody oak and some good whiskey notes. I should pick up a 2013 bottle just to see if age has changed this 17.43% beast at all...

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Photo of Greggy
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with a rusty brown head that disipates quickly.

S- prune, milk chocolate, bourbon, wood, coconut

T- chocolate covered raisins, milk chocolate, coconut, subtle bourbon and on the finish, malted milk ball will bourbon. Very creamy, sweet and smooth.

M- subtle carbonation, big body... Obviously

D- darn good. Finishing off a big meal with this. A very nice imperial stout. My unfounded opinion would be to drink fresh as the sweetness would, in theory, only increase with age.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Midnight black. The brown head settles shortly after the pour, but can be re-invigorated with some swirling of the glass. Sparse and spotty lacing.

S: The barrel leads off on the nose. Plenty of charred oak, caramel, and bourbon. Hints of dried figs. Burnt coffee and burnt sugar. Bakers chocolate and some sweeter fudgey notes. Stiff alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate and fudge. Heavy mocha flavor. Wave of rich, chewy dark caramel. Lots of barrel char mid-palate. Charred oak. Bourbon. Stiff alcohol punch. Big estery profile of brandy and red fruits. Bakers chocolate and some alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Thick body. Big and chewy. Unctuous but velvety smooth. Light oak astringency. Big warming alcohol presence. Low supporting carbonation.

O: Whoa Nelly, we've got a big one! Yet another enormous beer from Avery. A bold sipper that drinks like a fine cordial or cognac. I can picture this really being something with age. Though it drinks fine fresh, it does have a boozy and estery punch that will probably mellow with time, letting those wonderful chocolatey malt flavors pull through more. This was a real treat on a cold winter night.

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Photo of dave10mm
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- darkness!!! served in a snifter.. swirled it around. lacing stuck to the glass like a stripper on a drunk guy blowing money away. i like my BBA stouts to have that.. sticky low carb thin head pitch balck look

Smell- the smell is sweet sweet goodness, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, woody, and roasted malts all mesh amazing

taste- as great as it smells, big big big beer. roastyness, bourbon, sweet malts, has a punch of a 13% stout not 17!!! wll done avery! this rivals BT and other super hype beers( that stand up to the hype) in a blind taste test i can see this to beat out some of those. not overly sweet like those 16+ % abv beers, just right

Mouthfeel- full body, sticky, loooong lasting flavor perfect feel.

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Photo of t420o
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout 2013

Batch 2

A- pour yields a 1 finger mocha head on top of a viscous looking black body. Head recedes quick and leaves moderate lacing. 3.75

S- dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and molasses, wood, cocoa. Smells excellent 4.25

T- wow, this is phenomenal. A big, full bodied and rich beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, earthy, woody, nice alcohol warmth, light vanilla. 4.75

M- carbonation is on the lighter side. Full bodied 4.5

O- great BBA stout. Up there with the best of them, though not quite as complex. Good drinkability in spite of the abv. 4.5


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

12oz bottle, dated MAR 27 2012, poured into Hoppin Frog snifter.

Mocha-brown, thin rim crowns a black, opaque elixir, thin wisps of lacing.

Heavy dark chocolate intertwined with a lovely bourbon aroma , slight vanilla and caramel backing.

Chocolate syrup, bourbon, vanilla.

Silky, syrup, nicely carbonated, smooth.

A nice sipper. Would like to taste with some age on it.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inch tall mocha head on a dark brown, borderline black body. Splotchy lacing. Cap and collar stick around throughout.

Big chocolate notes in the nose, along with sweet/boozy barrel notes.

More with the cocoa. The bourbon barrel is noticeable but not over-powering. Lingering aftertaste. Wouldn't guess ~17%abv, maybe closer to the 13%
-14% range.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side. Smooth micro-bubbled carbonation.

Never have I had a beer, barrel aged or otherwise, that has lingered on the tongue for so long after each sip. I'm quite enjoying that aspect. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of beergoot
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated 12/7/13 during the 1st annual BA Winter Warmer Pub Crawl: Denver Style. Todd split a 12 oz bottle between eight of us at the Lucky Pie in LoDo. I lucked out and had two small pours...

Opaque brown body with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, oak, dates. Flavors mirror the aroma with the addition of a big booze note and sharp hop bitterness. Rich, thick, heavy mouthfeel with lots of residual sugars.

An eye-opening, big beer. A must have for the adventurous lovers of large, complex dark beers.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 release
Exactly 5 months old (since bottled)

Been sittin on this puppy for a while in order to let that 16% mellow JUST a little bit. I think our post-Thanksgiving feast is a great way sip this and digest away for hours.

Black as night...no light passing through it...yada yada yada...same old bullshit description everyone gives.

Now, the aroma is where this thing makes a name for itself. BIG blast of sweet, chocolatey bourbon. Alcohol is so tame for the huge ABV. Coffee grounds and dark chocolate are at the VERY back of the aroma with a little tobacco and caramel coming through once it warmed up.

Flavor is very similar to BCBS in that it is not too shy on the bourbon as well as very very sweet. Even though I am a big stickler for sweetness done the wrong way, this beer is bordering cloying, but it makes for a nice aperitif after that GIANT turkey feast. Same characteristics as in the aroma: a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and a little chocolate syrup about mid palate that delivers the intense sweetness.

Not sure what this beast was like the day it was bottled, but I can only imagine the alcohol presence is a little smoother now. This was a real treat and even though my folks don't appreciate beers like this, I don't mind not sharing and tackling this bad boy myself.

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Photo of Resuin
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled on 06/27/2013 which is about 4.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours black and thick and leaves less than a half finger of really dark brown head that fades quickly. The head might be the darkest I've seen.

Smell: Big bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, char, raisins, figs. Lots of big flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Milk chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, mild coffee, licorice. A very nice balance of sweetness and bitter for the style. Well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Starts sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a big, slightly sticky, creamy body. The carbonation eases this one down and it finishes smooth with the alcohol really well masked.

Overall: A quality big, bourbon stout. Tons of flavor yet definitely well balanced. With the alcohol masked so well, this one could be a bit dangerous, but the mini 12 ounce bottle takes care of that.

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Photo of MRLMedic
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So I figured I'd review this brew as my first. I first had this as the first beer to kick off a weekend full of Phish shows. Beer was poured into a solo cup and drank almost instantly. I enjoyed it so much, I went back to the spot of purchased and bought all of them off the self. I'm reviewing my second time enjoying this brew.

12 oz bottle (Bottled 6/27/13 Batch #2) poured into snifter

Classic dessert beer here. Pours dark black, beautiful 2 finger head, smells amazing.

Initial taste is bourbon, after taste is best described by creamy dark chocolate and some toffee and caramel. Goes down so smooth for a 16.53%.

FULL BODY - Mouth feel is excellent. Well worth the $15.99 i paid per bottle. Really looking forward to having this again next year after it's been in the cellar a while. A+ double stout that I highly recommend.

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Photo of spoony
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 355 ml bottle (review is based primarily on a bottle dated June 27, 2013, but I also had a 2012 bottle) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes date November 25, 2013.

A-The short walnut-colored head drops quickly into a collar. The head leaves some oily legs on the glass. The brew is opaque and espresso brown...almost black. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The aroma is an ultra rich mixture of dark and milk chocolate, cream, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. There is a slight twang of boozy heat, but it fits well with the brew and compliments the caramel and vanilla smell. Really inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get dark chocolate mousse, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon-y, boozy caramel and brown sugar, and some graham cracker. The alcohol is not completely buried, but for nearly 18%, the heat is moderate.

M-The feel is thick, almost chewy, and dense. Carbonation is below average.

O-This is close to my favorite beer ever and easily my favorite stout (or imperial stout). It is complex, big, decadent, rich, but never harsh or overblown. The beer literally oozes flavor and character. I was particularly surprised by how little the 2012 had changed compared to the 2013; they were nearly identical in flavor and feel, which suggests both that this beer is great fresh and will hold up for a while. I could just sit and sip on this for hours.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a FW snifter. 3/27/12

dark black pour, beige head is slight. smell is boozy and has that avery smell...raisiny..you know what I mean. taste is a ton of caramel and no way the ABV is 17.5, wow!! full bodied, low carbonation..

OMG, extremely impressed! love it and deserves the praise.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: Received it on Oct. 10, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2013
Misc.: Bottled June 27, 2013; Batch No. 2; 16.53% ABV

Thanks to Nick for the chance to try this.

Poured an almost pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of bubbly brown head. Very good amount of uneven thick espresso lacing along the sides. Good retention all the way down.

First smell was bourbon and it was definitely pretty thick. After some more searching I got toffee, caramel, solid European dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, brownies and fudge. Most of that is just noise though. The bourbon is what you really get here and it’s wonderful.

After the first taste, all I could think was magnificent. Just full of deep, dark flavors. Those bourbon flavors were all around the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, chocolate syrup and port wine. The scary part is that the 16.53 percent ABV felt about 6.53 percent.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Alcohol is still hidden all the way down. Such a great drinkable beer.

Just an amazing double stout. It may be the only one I ever try, but I would love to get some more. Wow.

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled June 27, 2013 - 16.53% alcohol) poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours an inky, oily pitch black color with a thin cap of dark khacki foam that fizzles away quickly leaving a foamy, thick collar...very sparse lacing.

S - Buttery toffee, rich caramel, sweet vanilla, coconut, smooth bourbon, molasses, touch of booze. Surprisingly devoid of roasty aromas. Smells like a candy bar.

T - Big bourbon up front, sweet, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, touch of astringency, roasted malt, tobacco, a bit smoky.

M - Super thick and syrupy. Sticky with sweetness...leaves a sugary coating on the lips after every sip. Variety of sweet flavor character. Medium carbonation - a touch tingly. Warm booziness that is kept under control but is definitely noticeable and part of the overall feel of this beer.

O - A stout that is balanced far towards the sweet, sticky candy-like aspects of the style. Roasted character is minimal and in the background of the flavors. Definitely a sipper...the high alcohol content, warm alcohol burn, and prominent sweetness keep this one a slow goer. A bit out of the ordinary...definitely enjoyable - a dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of Pencible
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and lots of coconut and vanilla, with oak and coffee and molasses and alcohol.
T: It tasted like sugary sweet molasses and chocolate and vanilla, with some coconut and oak and coffee. It had a sticky sweet aftertaste with significant alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Excellent huge body.
D: This was a huge brew, with a complex scent and taste. A little sugary for me, but still delicious. The body was great, but the finish was super hot, so it must be sipped. A few years or more would likely do this beast some good. Nice fresh, but pretty crazy.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from March 27 2012, batch #1. About a year and half old at this point. Poured into Gandhi Bot snifter. 17.4% abv.

A- Pours a thick very dark black with pretty much no head, maybe just a slight mocha head and some very light lacing on the sides. Not a whole lot in terms of carbonation, I guess that's a welcoming sight though after the '08 Mephistophles that was over carbonated.

S- Lots of bourbon, some oak, raisins, booze, a tiny bit of dark chocolate. Decent aroma but the high abv definitely makes itself known. Not a ton of complexity at this stage but I think it could develop.

T- Port soaked rasinis, bourbon, licorice, dark fruits, chocolate fudge, finishes with just a hint of chalkiness, smooth bourbon, and creamy dark chocolate. Overall taste is a little bit more complex then aroma, booze isn't overally harsh, in my opinion the taste isn't anything extraordinary though.

M- Very smooth for the abv, there is some burn on the back end, fairly low carb, overall a pretty nice feel considering the abv.

O- This was the second time I've had this beer, I wasn't overally impressed but considering the style and abv Avery did a decent job- still this remains a gimmicky beer to me based on the high abv. There was a nice complexity to this beer but there are plenty other stouts that I'd rather drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ Lucky Pie

Deep, dense ebony body - minimal head. Heavy on the bourbon, charred malt, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit, torched espresso. Very over the top - definitely thrilled to have this without dropping $17 on a 12oz bottle. A fine elixir - heavy, decadent and full of boozy complexity

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Photo of intensify
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 27, 2013. Batch number 2. Obviously still a very young stout but I had to crack it open after tasting it at GABF.

A- Dark as could be. The small head it poured sunk into the darkness of this huge stout. Stir the beer and it'll leave thin legs of alcohol on the sidewalls of your glass.

S- Charred coffee beans, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, licorice. Slight booze aroma.

T- strong licorice throughout the sip. The coffee and roasted malts along with the vanilla give it a complex balance. everything in this stout works. nothing overwhelming and a boozy finish reminds you that you're drinking a 16+ abv beer.

M- nice a full body. creamier then I imagined.

O- For such a big, young stout I am very impressed with what Avery has done here. Give it a year or two in the cellar and it would be a perfect stout. Buy 2, one to age, one to drink right away. You wont be disappointed. you might even catch a slight buzz from 1 bottle.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle being reviewed is a 2012 vintage.

A - Typical stout pour - pitch black, opaque, and a thin toffee colored ring around the top of the snifter.

S - Very bourbon forward, oak, small traces of dark fruit, molasses, and dark roasted chocolate.

T - Follows the nose - extremely bourbon forward with noticeable alcohol warming on the way down. Bourbon, oak, light molasses, a hint of vanilla, some char and oak, and minimal dark fruit in this beast of a sipper from start to finish - a little medicinal on the end.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky, slick.

O - Very well done and I enjoy big barrel aged beers but this one is a little overbearing because the alcohol masks a good portion of the flavor. If it weren't for the alcohol killing the complexity I'd score it higher.

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

Tasting again on 7/31/15. This bottle has about a year of age on it. It's fantastic. Like a bourbon soaked piece of molasses candy with a little soy sauce in the finish (umamI), and some lovely raisin notes. I found this way too boozy when fresh but now it's a beautiful beer. Time to seek out more for the basement.

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Photo of B-29Pilot
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my absolute favorite beers. I have purchased several over the course of a few months, (2013 batch) and I have shared a few of them with my friends. I have a few stashed aside for aging, and I plan on doing some side by side comparisons as future batches are released.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a nice tan head that leaves a beautiful oily coat on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly boozy from the bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruits (dates/plums).

Taste: Toffee, dark fruits, bourbon (light), chocolate creme.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full bodied.

Overall: This is a beast of a beer. At a 16.53% it goes down more like an 8%. I highly encourage that you split a bottle with a friend if you open it. It is always better to share, and you won't have to try to get the license plate of the truck that ran you over if you drink it alone. The quest has begun to get a few bottles of 2012. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


A- dark brown to black. thick creamy brown head with great retention and lacing
S- sweet bourbon, honey, toffee, caramel
T- strong bourbon, charcoal, charred wood, bakers chocolate
M- thick and creamy as it hits you mouth, then harsh alcohol bites your tongue. Low carbonation.
O- very hot at first but as the beer warms the alcohol settles and it opens up nicely. It molds into semi sweet chocolate bourbon liqueur. Well done.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled June 27th 2013. abv on bottle given as 16.53.

Pours motor oil thick, jet black, with a very nice coffee with a couple of dashes of cream colored head, about 1 1/2 fingers, thick and foamy. If you look closely, the ring around the edge of the glas is white, quite interesting. After a few sips, the head diminishes to a thin covering, thicker around the edges of the glass. Halfway through it disappears altogether. Very little lacing early on, none by halfwy through. Didn't find much carbonation.

Nose is delightful. Faintly roasted malts, sweet,
dried fruit, chocolate, some vanilla. the booze aroma is there, but not overpowering.

Taste was wonderful, not sure I can adequately describe it. "It tastes great" was my impression. The bourbon booze was there, but quite gentle and warming. The stout bitterness also there, but leaving only faint bites around the edge of the tongue. Buttery and chocolate tastes are there, and the dried fruit, but there is something else I cant quite put my finger on which seems to pull it all together.

Mouth seeemed a bit on the thin side of medium, which was a little surprising. A little over half way through the 90 minutes of sipping, the beer seemed to diminish quite a bit.

Overall, certainly enjoyed this sipper of a beer. Might be one of the most quaffable high octane beers I've ever had, and had to make a deliberate effort not to take a few big mouthfuls. Would certainly reccomend it for anyone with a sweet tooth, and a passion for smooth soothing stouts..

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Photo of McAttitude
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, dark black with a dark brown head. Super carbonation especially for the amount of alcohol!

Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Nutty, buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, alcohol!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. thick creamy, full bodied.

Overall: This is a superb beer now and can only get better with time! Glad I have 3 more aging!

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.