Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 537
Gots: 753 | FT: 113
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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Ratings: 1,853 | Reviews: 270
Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cowabunga! Great beer to share with teammates after a Mud Run (4-11). Super dark, super sweet, significant ABV but never guess 16+. One of my less experienced teammates commented it was like chewing on a beer. It is a mouthful no doubt. Chocolate, coffee, dark plum sweet? mix works well together. Grab a couple of these if you can and let a couple sit on the shelf. Share with others if a big beer is too much for you.

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage Feb 4, 2014- I was not impressed with him fresh. Had 4 bottles and only drank one. The cellar holds an interesting array of developing brews, so these 3 were placed in a temperature appropriate setting (50f). Uncle took a one year nap.

I decided to awaken him, so rather than tickle under the chin: I popped the cap and poured a black, sweet smelling syrup into a snifter. The uncle said "f@ck to Kentucky and any county that might produce bourbon. Colorado sh!ts better beer than you can make. " He presents himself sweeter and more bitter than the county locals.

So what if he is unbalanced? A little crazy is better than dull. His sugar is high, but damn if he will ever use insulin like a weakling... He will die sweet and bitter

He feels ready to stretch his legs after a year rest, so breaks into a bourbon fueled jog. Impossible to sprint with him, it's slow going. Sip after sip at his flask, he wearily reaches the county line.

He comes in a solid second, with the county local loping gracefully past him: honking like a goose and reminding Uncle of his huge cost. A year rest surely helped Uncle a great deal, another year for his 2 brothers dozing in the cellar before they try to do battle on the county. They may try to race on Black Tuesday, but lack the legs and lungs. Rather than compete, they mare retire to the realm of liqueur and leave beer world forever.

Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home.

Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled in February of 2015 and weighing in at 16.9%. The perfect beer to to review on my 5 year anniversary on BA. Pours completely black with a 3 inch brown head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is very large, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, with vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate starting the party and a smoky bourbon leather finish and just hanging out out on the your palate until you sip again.

Body is a little bit bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, very dry, and a sipper that still drinks way to easy.

This is eventually going to be one of those beers you drive all over town picking up bottles, so darn good.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours a viscous oily jet black color. Forms a nice finger of extremely dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, medium head retention. Nice solid retention.
S - 5 - Alcoholic dark fruit, huge bourbon notes, roasted malts and roasted coffee beans, medium sweet chocolate and lots of booze.
T - 4.75 - Wow. Take your time with this one. Super sweet malts, tons of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Ends on a lightly bitter coffee finish.
F - 5 - Extremely thick and viscous creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - An amazing and ideal representation of the BA imperial stout style. Highly recommend getting a few and holding em for the right occasion. Very boozy and warming, drink on a cold day!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark black with a thin halo of tan head that settles along the edges without lacing. The nose is deceptively tame with chocolate and caramel bourbon sweetness in the nose, but astringent alcohol begins to slice through as it warms. The taste is an overwhelming mix of malt and alcohol with choking bitterness in the finish. It's full bodied, slightly chewy, but also astringent to the point of being undrinkable. General sentiments are that this beer is over-priced, over-hyped, and over-extracted.

Photo of DucksFan16
3.45/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bourbon in the aroma or taste. Consumed on April 3, 2015.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and boozy. Strong bourbon flavor with alcohol burn on the back end. Incredibly smooth and flavorful. Stands up to BCBS

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rather hot, bourbon, chocolate, sweet. But that alcohol heat though. Semi creamy with faint coffee.

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose and flavor of this beer are a whirlwind of big ass bourbon barrel aged stout qualities including coffee chocolate, vanilla bean and baked sweet potatoes. This beer is so big you can actually smell how thick it is. It drinks thick and smooth, and the finish is boozy, semi dry with huge notes of sweet figs and slightly tart dried raisins. Big boozy bourbon on the nose and palate. A bit of heat. As with other high ABV beers from Avery such as Rumpkin and Pumpkyn, the alcohol is extremely subdued. This beer is best served ice cold, and when it is, it is extremely enjoyable. I'm somewhere between 2 and 3 hours on this and loving it. It's a wonder Avery can consistently brew beers so strong that are so drinkable. Although not my favorite BA offering from them, still impressed and believe this is of the highest quality as with their other offerings.

Photo of brainfock
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

on of the best beers I have ever tried

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was deep black with bubbles crowning the sudes if the glasses.

Smell - Aside from the bourbon, the aroma was not overly distinct.

Taste - on the initial taste, I detect sweet dark fruits, bourbon, milk chocolate, and a molasses stickiness. The taste sticks and coats the tongue. The molasses and coffee coat the tongue and linger.

Mouthfeel - This beer reaches sticky levels of presence.

Overall - I may be overserved, but I love this one.

Photo of vic21234
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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

Another great beer from Avery. Super rich and balanced.

Photo of HoneyLamb
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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!

Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of Plainsrider
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of top four best beers that I've had the pleasure to partake, awesome!

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer rivals Bourbon County Stout!

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.