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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 290
Hads: 2,061
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 557
Gots: 859 | FT: 123
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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!  

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Morey
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black with about one finger of brown head, which settled quickly to a thin and spotty layer. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides on my glass as I tilt my snifter back and forth. There's some head retention after each sip, but it falls back into the beer in a hurry.

Aroma: Dark Fruits (figs, dates, & raisins) , Chocolate Covered Cherries, Bourbon, Licorice, Caramel, and faint Butterscotch.

Taste: ....follows the nose. I'm getting figs and dates up front. I'm also getting a nice dark chocolate sweetness towards the middle, as well as some caramel. Thankfully, there's also a roasted quality near the back-end helping to balance things out. There's some heat from the alcohol and more dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a slick feel. Low level of carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: WOW! Alcohol is really well hidden for a whopping 17.42%! Don't get me wrong, it warms you, and you can feel a buzz coming on after your 2nd sip, but this beer is ready to drink now. Reminds me a lot of Mephistopheles with a nice Bourbon character added. Great stuff! I need more.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 3/27/12
KtG snifter glass

A: Pours what else, pitch black. Really dark. Initially I did get a faint layer of mild tan color. Forms a ring around the edge of the glass quickly though. Tons of alcohol feet. Definitely seeing some lacing after swirl. Bits of tan.

S: Starting this on the cold side, but still getting good flavor. Initially I was getting some of that soy sauce leading to dark fruity character. Then after swirling I do get more of that barrel: vanilla, coconut, burnt sugar, etc. Some really deep chocolate too.

T: Yet again, another huge beer from Avery. Twice in less than a month. Up front, deep dark chocolate and espresso bitterness on the tip of the tongue. As it starts to warm, I am definitely getting more of that BA character. Really nice vanilla and Creme Brûlée type notes. Toffee. Maybe some coconut like I smelled. So many flavors. Gonna sit in this a while. The close is long. Leaves you with some many flavors. It's scary easy to drink for 17% ABV. I mean, it's there and you feel it down your throat (and through your body) but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied. Really comes in from the sides and encapsulates the mouth.

O: A-

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Photo of brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Denise!

Not too much head or lace, but that's not the strongpoint if this beer. Roast and booze in the nose, yadda yadda yadda. Taste is where this baby shines!

Wonderfully complex: roast, caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruits, more booze, some cherry medicine at the end. Excellent blend, great body. Minimal hints of the booze when cold, though it shines through as it warms. Really damn good overall.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours absolutely pitch black with a finger of dense light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon. I also get some licorice. Quite complex.

T: So smooth, very strong dark chocolate mixed with caramel and bourbon. Certainly on the sweet side.I get some roasted malts in the background, but a bit muted. A bit hot, but not overly hot, particularly for the ABV.

M: Very thick with good carbonation.

O: A bit on the hot side, but great flavors. I wish they made a similar stout at maybe 11%, but this is a very good stout. Nice roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in an Eclipse snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, tiny specks of lace. Black body, with glints of brown at the edges.

S - Super sweet and boozy, with nostril-singing alcohol. Some roast, but lots of dark fruits, fudge, toffee, nuts. The booze gets pretty intense as it warms and notes of tar and soy come out.

T - Taste is heavy on dark fruit, soy, some ash, alcohol, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Finish is pretty alcohol heavy, with some vaguely vodka-esque notes.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, some moderate alcohol burn, and a mildly chewy finish. Pretty decent for the style and ABV.

D - It's pretty hard to drink in anything more than 1oz portions. This *might* be good in like 5 years, but it may also be terrible. The sweetness is more off-putting than the alcohol.

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Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as pitch with a thin crust on top.

Smells like tar, burnt sugar, cocoa and burning booze. Plenty of bourbon, too. Maybe a bit of vodka.

Tar and burning booze. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon. Full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is harsh and burning in the finish. This has some decent flavors, but it's pretty unpalatable.

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Photo of mattsander
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Impenetrable black, viscous, syrupy. Impressively tenacious chestnut colored head. Very appealing looking beer.

S: Oozing dark chocolate toffee bomb, slightly nutty, smooth oak throughout, vanilla marshmallow. More dark fruit than BCBS or Eclipse. Hardly any booze on the nose, very impressive. I can't take my nose out the glass. I might just smell it all night.

T: Sweet bourbon-soaked malts, cocoa powder, echoes of the aroma. Not a lot of booze flavor, but rest assured this is one extremely warming beer. Happy belly. Finishes with long lingering barrel character.

M: Very syrupy and sticky - what do you expect? A slow sipper, the small bottle is a 3hr event.

Fantastic stout, I wish I had more of these to lay down.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Super bourbony aroma with some vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Very, very sweet with lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The sweetness is very pronounced, and despite the alcohol content and barrel aging, not as boozy as I thought.

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Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Edit: June 2015 consumed batch 4. Still too hot. Very viscous and rough.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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...

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as all, nice mocha .5 inch head, slowly leaves. Nice lace. Kudos on the carb and head retention on such a big beer.

S - OMG. Boozy, woody, vanilla, bourbon, boozy, boozy, malty, sweet, round and full.

T - Beautiful. Still a little hot, but nice.

M - Medium to full, good carb ok balance. A little too hot.

D - Not a session beer, nasty things could happen. Nice as a shared sipper.

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an adelberts snifter

a - pours the blackest of black with a cappuccino head that sticks around for a bit.

s - bourbon, booze, roasted coffee, a lot of booze

t - wow. i'm floored, no booze what so ever. its very sweet, but not sickeningly so. sweet malty chocolate and bourbon, compared to the rest of averys boozy line up this is a dream.

m - super thick and syrupy, very nice.

o - this is a world class stout, and not as limited as some, i would suggest seeking it out if bourbon barrel stouts are your thing.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.