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Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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.

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Reviews: 355 | Ratings: 2,367
Photo of raynmoon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in very dark brown. Lots of alcohol legs and some nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is boozy dark fruits. Think of dried figs or prunes soaked in bourbon. It carries a nice roast to it as well to keep it from being overly bourbon forward.

Surprisingly, not a lot of bourbon character up front. It starts with more roast, dark fruit, ethanol qualities. But then the back end kicks in and the bourbon comes in big. HUGE taste on the backend after it goes down. Very complex. Very rich. Very Boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium plus; almost sticky.

Overall, really nice. Just wish it spent more time in barrels. Too much roast.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - not pouring this one into a glass because I've decided to be contrarian. Bottle is nice, gives you a nice idea of what the beer will be like.
S - dark malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, molasses, toffee, caramel, some oak
T - man, alcohol berrrrrrnnnnnn, like Bernie Sanders has gotten a hold of my hard earned wallet. Dark malts, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, but vanilla oak and bourbon are background notes for sure.
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol ever present. Aftertaste is dark malts, dark chocolate, alcohol.
O - I'm sensing a trend here. Uncle Jacob's Stout = too much booze. Tweak = too much booze. If I can do the side by side between the two I will, I think Tweak will come off as a much better beer just because it's lower abv.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 2/19/16 poured into a DFH snifter L: blacker than black with a finger of head on an aggressive pour S: sour cherries, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, very complex T: sweet sugary vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, alcohol, again very complex F: thick, heavy syrup, mouth coating O: just a very enjoyable experience. I bought two of these, and found this one to be a little hot but incredibly satisfying. I'm curious to find out what age will do to my other bottle. The only negative was the price. This was over a dollar an ounce, where as 2015 Bourbon County Brand Stout was far cheaper and just as, if not more, enjoyable.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had some people compare this to a Bourbon County, I don't think they are similar at all. This one was a little hot still. Had chocolate and dark fruit notes come through the most for me. Nose was boozy, chocolate and whisky. Mouth feel was medium to full.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown almost licorice in color. Thick khaki to brown caramel head.

S: Bourbon. DRk chocolate. Candied dark fruit. Fudge. Some bitterness too. Some hops at the end

T: Wow! That's what I'm looking for in a BBA stout. Tons of bourbon. So boozy I love it. 85% dark chocolate bar. Fresh made fudge. Bitterness on the end.

F: so creamy. Thick like syrup. Soft. Big boozy punch to it.

O: really stellar. I'd advise get a few

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Photo of CoreyC
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - dark with nice tan head
S - really nice sweet roasted aroma
T - WOW, so good. amazing flavor with no burn. There is a delicious familiar flavor - I think it's camp fire roasted marshmellows.
M - nice thick but not sticky
O - it's hard to day a 12 oz beer is worth this price, but it is at least once. One of the best beers I have ever tasted

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Photo of Guiltybyproxy
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a strong beer, and it's abv is right on. This is a beer that you sip on, not something you try to down. A little pricey, but worth it if you don't get it often. Would recommend this to anyone. Beware of its strength

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose of boozy caramel, vanilla, toast , bourbon, and some chocolate -- which is to say, it smells great. Palate: Yum. All of the nose characteristics and butterscotch and toffee to boot. I wouldn’t say the ABV is exactly hidden -- it’s a bit hot -- but not as much as you might expect for a 17.1% beer. Definitely an after-dinner drink, and a delicious one at that. Feeling sorry that it's only 12 oz; will definitely be out to get more.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This big boy was bottled on Feb 13, 2015 and cracked open on March 7, 2016. Poured from a bottle into a small Great Lakes snifter. The beer pours out very dark, but surprisingly I can see some light peeking through the very edge of the glass. Low carbonation and a crazy rich smell. I get bittersweet chocolate, cake batter, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little dark fruit. Can't wait to sip this one...

Oh, Jesus Christ! It's like a cross between Goose Island BCBS and Dogfish Head WWS. Sweet malt, treacle, toffee, and burnt caramel up front. Loads of sweet flavors that are all held in check by the massive roasty bitterness from the malt, resulting in a rich chocolate liqueur flavor. After the initial onslaught of sweetness, a big wave of vanilla and toasted oak rush in. Surprisingly, I get more chocolate, toffee, and vanilla than I get bourbon. There's a big blast of alcohol warmth on the finish, but nothing that would suggest the incredibly high ABV of this brute. It's perfectly manageable and adds richness to the flavor.

Overall, pretty amazing stuff. I'm glad I let it sit for a little while and if I am fortunate enough to come across another bottle, I'll let it sit twice as long. Very pricy at $10 for a 12oz bottle, but worth it. This is not a beer I would want to drink every day, but I can easily see myself demolishing a bottle of this once a year. Oh God, yes!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, dated 2/19/16, batch #5, 17.1% ABV. Pours mostly black with a larger sized dark khaki head; some lacing. Smells mostly of bourbon, sweet and roasted malt, vanilla, and cocoa with some light earthy hops and coffee; good intensity and balance. The taste follows almost exactly with bourbon, malt, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and hops; again with good intensity/balance. Some moderate sweetness and bitterness with subtle dryness in the finish. Average body and above average carbonation. Overall, this is a very well done BA IS; it has great depth, intensity, and balance. Definitely a world-class brew.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a mini wine glass: opaque black color and not much head due to the small glass.

Smells so good! Chocolate-covered boozy raisins, dark fruit, and caramel.

Taste is similar, but with way more. Again, I get chocolate covered boozy raisins. There's also big dark cherry notes, which adds something kind of unique. Also I get a muskiness to the flavor, a lot like Mephistopheles stout, which adds even more uniqueness to the flavor. Of course, there's also bourbon and coffee notes, along with a pleasant warming booze. The aftertaste leaves this cherry/vanilla cheesecake taste. It's wonderful!

This beer is thick on the tongue, and it's very smooth for what the alcohol by volume is. There's a thinness to it, not in the usual sense of any beer review, that adds to its syrupy-ness.

Great beer. This reminded me of Mephistopheles a lot in the taste with the big raisin and musky notes. It's a wonderful beer and worth the buy.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2016 on draft. Looks good, but the smell was lacking and the taste/ fell terribly flat.

There's minimal hints of the bourbon and almost no feel to this. I love Avery and have enjoyed other offerings including past batches so much that I wonder if this was a bad keg or possibly even something else.

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Photo of filipdavis
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottled February 13, 2015. 16.9%

Dark brown beauty of a pour with tan ring for a head.

Let sit for a bit to settle and warm up from the fridge. Definitely brings out the aroma and taste. Good bourbon smell and taste which I like in a stout. Taste the alcohol but not overwhelming.

Mouth feel of a full texture and coats the tongue with the rich favors.

Overall great beer to wind down and relax for a long winters nap! Nice job Avery.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottled 02/19/16 17.1%

L- Pours deep dark brown almost black with only a slight amount of light coming through on the edges, small medium brown head that dissipated to a thin ring. Big alcohol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, pronounced alcohol, nice big but balanced barrel aromas of vanilla and oak.

T- Big dark fruits and chocolate with a high alcohol flavor that warms the tongue and throat slightly. Pretty high amount of hops on the finish, a bit too much for my preference in an Imperial stout, especially a barrel aged one. BCBS level of sweetness.

F- Full, lightly syrupy, good carb for the style.

O- Been wanting to try this one for some time. Very good amount of both big stout and big bourbon flavors, kinda reminded me of a higher hopped BCBS with also a more pronounced alcohol bite. I find the price of this one to be pretty insane. I bet this one would be great with a year or two of age on it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big rich stout, with full corn flavour. They call it bourbon. Black, thick. Tasty, to an extent. Worth a try, but certainly not the best IS I have had.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle dated 2/19/16. Very nice aroma and very nice taste. But it was incredible boozy! I did not realize that they had jacked-up it so high! Nevertheless it was a good beer, but one needs a bit of caution with this one! :)

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: as dark as a stout should be. The head is a beautiful dark brown color that sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell: Smells like straight up bourbon. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and a ton of oak appear also.

Taste: The barrels certainly run the show here. Lots of oak and bourbon. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the back end. Super sweet.

Feel: Super thick for a barrel aged beer. I was supposed to get a 5 ounce pour of this but got 10 ounces and I wouldn't want to drink any more than that in a sitting.

Overall: This ones a huge booze and sugar bomb. Would like to find a bottle to age for a few years to see how it mellows out. Definitely a solid brew from Avery and one of their finest stouts for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours dark brown black with a smallish creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malts, grains, dark fruit, bourbon and a little black licorice. A lot going on!

The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate malts, roasted grain, dark fruits and some hot bourbon alcohol with a little black licorice and a bitter roast alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, nice stout with a lot going on. A bit sweet and hot on the alcohol for me, but not as hot as remembered (maybe the 2 years aging helped). Becomes a bit harsh and cloying as it warms.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle Aged 1 year) Dark chocolate pour with a 2 finger mocha colored head with great lacing. Smells sweet, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon from the barrel. A whole lot going on, for sure. Taste is intense and wonderful. Everything in the aroma is here, with a hefty dose of smoke and warmth from the massive ABV. This is a sipper for sure, which works well as the flavors grow in complexity as it warms. Mouthfeel is amazing. Burns like medicine, yet it's smooth, creamy and not syrupy at all. This is one of the few "special edition" brews that has lived up to that title for me, as this is pretty special.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aged this 1 year. The aroma is amazing. Wish I could bath in soap that smells this way. The look is that of motor oil and the head is light but dark. First sip is a hard punch to the taste buds. Then you chew the flavors for the next 3 minutes. This is certainly a beer to sip at over an hour or two. If I find any of these, I will buy several for more aging.

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Photo of Slack
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 13 2015 bottle...opened a year + later

Deep brown in color with a razor thin amount of head and no visible lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruit, bourbon, booze, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Taste is overwhelmingly bourbon, oak char, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, mild chocolate, and booze.

Mouthful is medium to heavy, silky and creamy, with a low carbonation. Finishing is a bit cloying and super warm.

Overall this is a true sipper. Extremely boozy and warm even after a year on it. Fruits abound on the nose and palate only to be counterbalanced by the bourbon. Enjoyable and a bit overwhelmingly at times but worth seeking out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled Feb 13 2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big booze fume with a heavy rush of char to go with it. Some woody character and a tad bit of sweetness but it's all stifled by the alcohol and roast.

T- Lots of grainy wood flavor with some bourbon and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Immense char is laid over all of it. There's definitely a lot of booze but not necessarily as much as you would expect from the beer's ABV. Small notes of dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. Once it warms, more vanilla sweetness comes through.

M- Slick and creamy but with a bit of burn in the throat going down. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is one mammoth of a BA stout. This one was aged for a year but it obviously could withstand a few more. Really good, but ya gotta like 'em real boozy/bourbony.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding stout. I've never had a bad beer from Avery. They are all well made and have a very unique taste profile. Lucky I can get this here in Wyoming

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with small tan head.
Smells strong bourbon, some roast, and that's really all I get it seems one dimensional.
Taste is a little sweet and follows with bourbon. I really am not getting a ton of anything other than the barrel character it really overpowers the base beer. Luckily I love bourbon so I'm still enjoying this one.
Mouthfeel is a little thin with a nice slight burn on the finish.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Really nice tan head with pitch black body
S: Wood and bourbon, vanilla
T: Pretty hot still, bourbon, some roasted malts, some sugar sweetness
F: Smooth body, goes down great, slight burn
O: Solid offering from Avery, I'd drink it again too for the ABV powa!

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.