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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 2,140
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 581
Gots: 883 | FT: 121
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Nautilus Road brewery. Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Very smooth stout with creamy head. This stout was recommended to me by the bartender just after finishing a heavenly Rumpkin. Great suggestion!

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To preface: I picked up an iteration of this beer bottled February 13, 2015 and am drinking it mid-October 2015 (about 8 months after bottling). Poured into a snifter glass. Look: This beer looks how you would hope a stout would look. Dark, with a khaki head. Slight hint of purple. Awesome. Beautiful lacing. Smell: Bakers chocolate. I noticed that half of the people in this thread are noticing a coffee smell/taste. I am not picking up on that, possibly due to the lack of freshness of my particular bottle? Smells sweet and creamy, and like some sort of dark fruit. Figgy. A little boozy, as everyone else has mentioned. Smells fantastic. Taste: Similar to smell. Smooth. A little thick, but just the right amount. Not too fizzy. Feel: Creamy. Very creamy and delicious. Warms the insides. Overall: Awesome beer. 10/10 would drink again. I did splurge on this bottle though. I don't know if I would spend this much on a 12 oz bottle again, but it was (and currently still is) an amazing beer. Good stuff, Avery.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2014 bottle. This is pretty much everything it is advertised to be. Big, boozy, and maybe a little sweeter than I anticipated. Big molasses sweetness. I did miss the coffee aroma and taste and would love to get a fresh bottle in the future.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.5/5) — Tthe beer itself, it pours out of the bottle into the tulip with an incredibly dark brown/black hue into the glass, doesn’t pour as thick as expected. There is a nice dark leather colored head on top of the beer that fades to a nice layer of foam, this leaves behind some really nice lacing with each sip.

Aroma (4.25/5) — Just pouring into the glass, the aromas start to envelop the room with bold, dark, rich deliciousness. Great notes of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, bitter espresso, bitter bakers chocolate, charred oak, chocolate covered espresso beans, and more Bourbon. This is certainly a hot beer, it almost burns the nose as you smell it, seriously, tread lightly, smell this like you would smell a Bourbon, not like you’re dipping your face in an IPA. This may be one of the most Bourbon forward beers I’ve come across, in the best possible way.

Taste (4.5/5) — As this warms and is slowly sipped upon, there is a tremendous depth of flavors, in addition to the Bourbon, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak from the nose, there is a nice dark fruit component here, not unlike dark chocolate covered cherries, there is a great, rich, dessert quality to this brew. But again, it is dominated by Bourbon and is quite hot. I wouldn’t recommend more than a few ounces at a time. I had about 4oz then capped the bottle and put it back in the fridge to consume on the next evening, it lost a little carbonation, but there wasn’t much there to begin with.

Mouthfeel (4/5) — With how hot this is I expected it to be a bit thin, but it just isn’t. There is a great balance here, it is chewy, fulfilling, rich, stick to your ribs goodness that warms you to your core.

Overall (4.25/5) — This is fantastic, as noted earlier, Avery doesn’t mess around with the gold foil caps, I’ve always been impressed with Avery and it is truly a feat to brew a beer this unbelievably strong without it being a total mess. Nicely executed Avery. Now I can’t wait for the return of TWEAK, or Mephistopheles. Cheers!

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Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark as night. Smells of booze and coffee. Smooth stout taste with bourbon all the way through and coffee at the back end with a alcohol warming effect. This is my first time having this and I will definitely buy more. Another great showing from Avery

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Photo of croush
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time having this. Nice beer, with a good amount of roasted coffee in the smell. Not exactly full bodied in the taste, but does have a decent amount of stout with the coffee taste. Finish is a bit on the alcohol side, but it's not bad at all considering most other BB beers. I'd buy this again, but not at the price I was gouged at the first time.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated March 2015, cracked 6 months later, Sep 2015.

This is such a well balanced BB stout. Significantly above BCBS in taste for me, primarily because it hits on the sweet notes, but doesn't put it totally in your face. The other thing that really surprised me is I enjoyed this more than Tweak, and I'm a huge coffee BB stout guy.

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Photo of LouZ
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was good, but huge. Some beers mask their high ABV, but this one does not. It hits you in the face. It's a big, dark, thick beer with nice aromas and a lot of flavor, but I was satisfied with my 6 oz pour. Any more would have been excessive.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one boozy bastard. The bottle has lots of ooey gooey substance and if you pour the last drops out into your glass, it looks like oil mixing with water. Dark thick beer, good chewy texture and a sweet barreled taste with bourbon chocolate malt and no fucking shit, alcohol. This motherfucker kicks like a mule and is a great fucking beer.

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Photo of bgold86
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, poured into a sifter. Pours decently black, huge bourbon nose, and oddly, a decent amount of blueberry and milk sweetness (very weird and kind of off-putting). Big bourbon taste, dark dried fruit, lots and lots of booze.

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Photo of OnePuttBlunder
3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this beer, I had been waiting to get my hands on one for a while. Unfortunately after pouring into a snifter and getting all excited to try it I was really let down. Super hot to the point it just dominated the beer. Let it warm up to see if more flavor would come out and still just overpowered by booze

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch No. 4, bottled on Feb 13, 2015 (16.9% ABV). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor is even better, it tastes like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, espresso, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's silky and smooth with moderate carbonation. For a beer this strong it's very easy to drink! I thought this was really good, it's a great example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. It's a must try if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.12/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 Vintage

L - Pitch black with ruby red on the edges. A finger of tan head.

S - Lots of charred oak. Hot bourbon and roasted malts. Alcohol sting is noticeable - when inhaled, the aroma burns the eyes. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate too.

T - Bourbon is sweet and a little cloying. I pride myself on not picking up any alcohol in high gravity beers when others claim they are too "hot", but I'm sorry, but this is is just overpowering with the alcohol taste. Not even in a good, smooth bourbon or spirit flavor, this just stings from beginning to end as if you're drinking gonorrhea (I exaggerate for effect, but still, this is just pure alcohol). Aside from that is some of the aforementioned chocolate, but is more like Hershey's syrup, which is nice. Like the aroma, there's a lot of oak and char.

F - It is thick and luscious like it should be. Alcohol presence and burn is significantly more noticeable than other BA stouts. Some cloying bourbon and alcohol.

O - Cloying bourbon and a pure alcohol feel has prevented this from being great. I imagine whatever base Imperial Stout used might be a good beer, but the barrel-aging has just infected this beer with too much pure alcohol smell and taste. Other characteristics such as roasted malts and chocolate are faded in the background. It's a 16.53% beer and it tastes as such.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. All in all this is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not quite the level of BCBS, but this has very similar qualities. The 16+% is hidden very well.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Beautiful rich, black color, lovely, persistent head and lacing. Smells of rich bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, with hints of vanilla and a faint spiciness from the hops. On the palate, it's rich, thick, and with enough carbonation to make it smooth and almost chewy. Flavors begin with a big blast of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and carob chips all at once, followed closely by fruit (cherries, plums, raisins), malted-milk balls, a hint of vanilla, and a nice, subtle whiff of spicy, herbal hop flavor on the back end. Finish is off-dry, heavy on lingering malt and bourbon sweetness, yet with a drier, more bitter element of coffee; like a chocolate-covered bourbon-soaked espresso bean. This is just a damn fine beer, complex, rich, and dangerously moreish for its very high ABV. Another great limited release from Avery.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil capped bottle (dated Feb 13, 2015), procured at the Yoke's across the street from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho earlier this month.

This beer pours a solid, light-absorbing black hole, with the teensiest of brown basal edges when held to the (un)healthy glow of the computer monitor, and one measly finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of streaky sea plume lace around the glass as things very, very slowly recede.

It smells of thick, gooey chocolate fudge, grainy caramel/toffee malt, kind of sour black orchard fruit, acrid whiskey barrel notes - estery wood, vanilla, and spicy rye and corn booze - reduced brown sugar, a whiff of vegetal smoke, faint day-old coffee, marzipan, and a leafy, weedy, and piney hop bitterness. The taste is once again big on the heady chocolate confection up front, embiggened by the large and almost in charge caramel and toffee sweetness, with some lessened woody, vanillan, and spicy hooch barrel astringencies, a cinnamon-adjacent warm spice thing, muddled dark fleshy fruit that have indeed seen the Yuk-a-Flux, subtle peat smoke, sugary coffee, and a now rather retreated piney, leafy, and faintly citrusy hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite light and unobtrusive in their plainly underwhelming frothiness, the body a stocky medium-full weight, and pleasantly smooth, with a more testy creaminess, but s'all good, man. It finishes on the sweet side, from the already enumerated cast of characters, but somehow moderated, just like one might be expecting...daaaamn!

Oh yeah, another big-ass, big-booze, and big-flavour offering from Avery, who seem to be attempting to corner the market on such things (I acknowledge that they do have some competition, both at home, and abroad), to much acclaim. The Bourbon barrel doesn't even really have that much apparent effect here, only adding its two bits' worth to the morass, which is already over-funded in the first place. Great fucking stuff.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dont get me wrong, this an excellent beer but it just seems excessive.the price and the abv.smells of caramel and bourbon, great colour and feel but its HOT!!a sipper, but as far as bourbon barrel stouts go, its good but is of bourbon county?....no and the price of it annoyed me.overall a very good beer but dont think its worth the price.

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Photo of W_Des
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version On tap at Avery. Pours pitch black and the nose contains strong bourbon with some coffee, chocolate and oak to round it out. The body is very bourbon forward with an espresso finish. This is something that could definitely use to age to mellow out the bourbon.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a beautiful finger of creamy brown foam atop. Very nice.

Smell: rich, sweet and very fruity with undertones of chocolate and a little roast. Fruity and complex -- they way I love a good imperial stout.

Taste: dusty, dark fruits up front: plum, cherry, dates, plus the requisite moist tobacco. Then there's a big alcoholic heat with more fruitiness and a pretty strong bitterness to hold it all together. Rich, complex and absolutely giant -- what more do you want?

Mouthfeel: big body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a wonderful, silky-smooth creaminess. Just fantastic.

Overall: this beer comes together wonderfully. What a treat!

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Photo of carmike813
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a thick and vicious beer that is very unique. I was expecting a boozy bomb of bourbon but the alcohol is well masked in the thickness of the beer. So very well balanced and creamy in texture. On the nose is dark chocolate bourbon warmth. As stated the pallet is fully absorbed by creamy bitter dark chocolate with a nice warm bourbon balance.

In the high ABV barrel treated big stouts category such as Black Tuesday (and variants), World Wide Stout, Tweak and Brewdog's versions this beer really stands out at the top. I really like the deep motor oil thick stouts, and it didnt disappoint. For a beer that is this complex, i feel that it is a tad underrated.

Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version

Pours an octopus ink black with a decent brown head of tiny bubbles that settles back into a thin, broken up layer on top.

Smells like bourbon, oak, chocolate, carmelized sugars, roasted malts, and molasses.

Lots of bourbon taste. Fairly hot. Then a burnt brown sugar/molasses flavor with a hint of vanilla sweetness. A bunch of chocolate and some expresso follow along with the oak. The bourbon is there throughout.

Fantastic silky, full body for a barrel aged beer.

A world class beer, but I would like to see what a little age does for it. It seemed to pick up quite a bit of bourbon from the barrel and that heat is there the whole time at any temperature. I have had some others in this abv range that mask it better, so that would be my biggest knock.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Totally subjective, totally biased, totally going against a fair rating, but as far as I'm concerned, this is my favorite, and therefore the best, beer. First of all, I only tried it because I'm an Uncle Jacob myself, and even if it was $12 for a taster at Snallygaster beer festival, how could I not?? Met my expectations, hopes, dreams, and more! Even my girlfriend who is normally content with Miller Lite liked it (too much, actually. It's expensive and I'll be damned if I'm sharing any!).

But seriously, if you are willing to pony up big cash, then a million scent and flavor spirits will inhabit your body and feast upon your soul. Best was to describe it is a barrel-aged, Belgian quad-style imperial stout. It's got smoke, cocoa, chocolate, oak, stone fruit, spices, sweet, bitter, it's rich, thick, boozy but less than it's ABV would suggest. It's everything a megabeer should be. I'll add more description the next time I have some, if I can get off the floor long enough.

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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/13/2015 - Batch. No. 4: Pours a black as night with a 1-2 finger foamy light brown head that was full of bubbles that were popping as it dissipated, dropping slowly and settling into a thick layer of foam on top that stuck around for quite a long time. Nice lacing coated the sides and left rings as it went down. I didn't expect much of a head or looks in general from a 16.9% ABV brew, but Uncle Jacob brought his "A" game and looked great for such a big beer.

Smells of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, rum, red wine, oak, peat moss, caramel, bakers/dark chocolate, espresso, brownie batter, toffee, piney hops, sherry, cocoa powder and soy sauce. It seems like it should be too sweet with that list of aroma's, but it works perfectly as the barrel aging seems to have blended and mellowed everything so they work in harmony - a very impressive feat with only 6 months of aging.

Tastes like it smells with sweet bourbon, molasses, brown sugar and toffee up front, followed by rum, red wine, oak barrels, peat moss, caramel, Hershey's dark chocolate, espresso, maple syrup, toffee, piney hops, sherry, cocoa powder, charred wood, black licorice, tobacco and soy sauce. The bourbon and candied sugar aspects are bordering on too sweet and yet manage to tame the heat which hits with the first sip and make this extremely complex and flavorful. It's like an amped up BCBS where the volume goes to 11; very similar in most ways, but the heat and ABV are more extreme with Uncle Jacob's Stout but not over the top and offensive. The smoky, tobacco flavors that linger remind me of a fine Cuban cigar dipped in cognac.

Besides the heat that is always present, this beer is smooth - a slick, creamy feels that slides across your tongue, a medium body that is chewy and viscous, almost cloying sweetness that fades at the right time to let the malty and sugary sweetness kick in and counter the bourbon and oak barrel influence. This is very dynamic and extremely flavorful, by far the best Avery beer that I've had to date. A high recommendation, drink this if you can get your hands on a bottle, it was outstanding.

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Photo of Dominic_jones
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark chocolate up front followed by a dominating molasses sweetness. A touch of oak and quite a bit of bright bourbon are present as well. However, one of the few bourbon barrel stouts that Is better cold, in my opinion. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black ink with a very small off white head

S: bourbon, tobacco, leather, chocolate

T: Lots of bourbon with toffee, vanilla, leather, and tobacco not too sweet booze is hidden well for being such a high ABV

M: Fuller in the feel with a slick high alcohol feel

O: This beer is dynamite its got a great nose and feel and the taste is amazing. It might be expensive but its something you should treat yourself too. Its robust boozy and velvety!

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.