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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,965
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 548
Gots: 819 | FT: 120
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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Reviews: 267 | Hads: 1,965
Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and motor-oil black with a solid finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Rich notes of chocolate and roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, and warming bourbon sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, roasty, and rich.

Overall, truly a top-contended in my opinion. The alcohol is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV, this will definitely creep up on you. (452 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Weyerbacher cuvee

L-Motor oil Black with 1/2 inch of toffee head, mild slight carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Good head retention which recedes to a toffee cap and thick lacing

S-first sweet chocolate, follow by some smoky, roasty malts, hint of bourbon and molasses.........maybe some caramel........notes of vanilla,

T-first sip is a big hit of booze that warms the throat as it goes down........followed by smokey wood from the barrel...........sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits...........aftertaste has a lingering sweetness that undermines the great flavors in this beer

F-full bodied, rich, thick, creamy, syrupy..........carbonation is just right for the style

O-great bodied beer .....right up there with others of this style........the lingering sweetness holds this one back a bit (842 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour by a nice stranger at the Le Roar Grrrz 2015 release.

This one pours a dark, deep black, absolutely staining the sides of the cup. No head or lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, maple, booze, and honey.

This tastes good for like half an oz before becoming a chore. It's too syrupy, too sweet, and too boozy. There's chocolate, maple syrup, honey, and a ton of biting bitter booze. Not a huge fan, to be quite honest.

This is intensely syrupy, and fairly thick bodied, with a basically no carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

This one suffers the similar problem that almost all of the big ABV Avery beers suffer from. Just too much, and not drinkable in the slightest. (689 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Batch #4 Bottled on FEB 13, 2015.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of creamy tan head that actually holds up pretty well.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, oats, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses along with some black licorice. Also some dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a huge roasty, boozy, and sweet dark malt driven taste with big notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Upfront boozy barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, oats, caramel, smoke, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Big sweet notes of molasses. Also some notes of black licorice along with dark fruit undertones of raisin, cherry, fig, and plum. A really great rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and slick. Considerable alcohol heat is felt as expected but it’s not as hot as you would expect from 17%.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Huge rich taste and body with some nice bourbon and chocolate malt flavors. A sipper for sure but a really great one. (1,514 characters)

Photo of SteinKiller
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Avery Brewery in Boulder and can't imagine a more rich and flavorful stout. On par and perhaps better than Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (159 characters)

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

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from BeerShip.com. Batch 4, bottled 2/13/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours pitch black with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan foam. The head is slow in receding to a thin veneer and modest halo of retention. Surprisingly despite the high alcohol there are even a few healthy clumps of lace.

Bold, inviting aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted grains, mild smoke and burnt caramel. The occasional heavy dose of alcohol is a touch distracting but can't subdue the appeal.

The flavors are a tad warm with alcohol but utterly delicious. Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, charred oak, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, smoke and faint dark fruit skins all wrapped up in a big boozey blanket. I can't deny the heat but the tastes layer together so well that the alchohol just makes it a sipper.

The body is rich, heavy, viscous and full with softly subtle but present carbonation. The syrupy brew coats the tongue for a lingering finish of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast and boozey heat.

Avery impresses me all over again with their knack for delivering huge world class stouts. Uncle Jacob's Stout is a bold, rich bruiser that delivers on every level. It may be hot but that heat just served to slow me down and take my time enjoying the bottle. I have no regrets purchasing multiples because this seems to be a beer that can handle some serious long cellaring. If you like big barrel aged stouts (and aren't turned off by booze burn) this is definitely worth a try. (1,555 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Served around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look - I hate this category. It looks like a stout should look, black with a small tan head.

Smell - Smells like molasses, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. I dock it some points because the sweetness of the smell made me worry about what the taste would be like.

Taste - I shouldn't have worried because this is awesome. Starts with a mix of chocolate and molasses. One of the few stouts that you can taste a little malt in. No bitterness to speak of except for a slight burn as the last taste in your mouth (before you quickly take another sip). the bourbon is mild compared to many BA offerings I have tried but it blends with the flavors magnificently and cuts through the sweetness just enough. Outstanding.

Feel - Creamy with a slight carbonation. 9/10 on the thickness scale. But easy to down quickly, although not ideal.

Overall - Excellent beer. Nobody does a huge Stout better than Avery and this proves it yet again. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the Howler(32oz), black brew, minimal head of tan foam that leaves the scene quickly. Cost, $25.99

Nose tells me there's a lot of Bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate,pitted fruit, some coffee. Smells uber strong.

Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt envelop my palate. With a bit of nudging, the dark fruit..plums & raisins, come out to play. The coffee I mentioned is very very light, err, perhaps I'm not getting any at all; the other flavours are THAT strong and THAT dominant.

The body is on the high end of medium, carbonation checks in as fairly light but there's no mistaking this brew as flat.

Powerful brewski here and though the taste isn't as "hot" as it could be, once it goes down the hatch, it brings a heck of a lot of warming.

As much as I love this beer, I don't feel the need to get more... (827 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class. (225 characters)

Photo of Way2drunk
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So a random trip to 3 Forks restaurant Chicago for a post wedding rehearsal dinner! I ask 4 beer options and I get this little diamond in the ruff! Why does this place have an awesome beer on tap?!! Poured into a huge cognac glass this barrel aged stout smells sweet and finishes delicious! Thank you beer GoDs! I thought a Guinness was my best option in my near beer future! (375 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled Batch No. 4 and with a bottled on date of 2/13/2015; into a snifter.
Appearance - black as night, black as coal; thin, mocha head that sticks around as it sits. Lacing is better than with other big barrel aged stouts!
Smell - chocolate and maple syrup, ripe dark fruits, some oak and vanilla with just a hint of booze!
Taste - very in depth flavors; rich and creamy espresso, some oaky booze, and a nice smoke flavor that rounds it out!
Feel - definitely a heavyweight; bold roasted coffee flavors that provide an excellent balance of rich, creamy and bitter! Booze makes its presence known, but considering the 16.9, it is hidden brilliantly!
Overall - worth the hype, so I'm glad I spent the extra $ to get a few bottles! (757 characters)

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

My 900th Review, on my 33rd Birthday.

2015 Version. 16.9% abv.

A: Pours like mud with a deep brown espresso crema of a head, which dissipates rather quickly into a body of obsidian oil.

S: A rich thick malt aroma that only comes from big beers comes right out. Oak Vanilla and bourbon follow immediately, with a big boozy finish.

T: Holy wow. Rich dark malt amazingly sweet up front with notes of vanilla, and dark bitter chocolate. I'm not picking up a lot of the bourbon, but hopefully it will come out more as this warms up. Oaky in the finish with an incredibly long finish with bitter licorice notes and woody flavors. As it warms the bourbon, oak and vanilla kick it into high gear, making this beer an explosion of complex flavors.

M: Rich thick mouth feel. This is beer in cream form. The carbonation is actually fairly lively for the style, and has a hell of a cling.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer. Rich, luxurious and just crazy tasty. (962 characters)

Photo of GlassOfHops
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Pitch black with a khaki lace-leaving head. Smell is out of this world. Chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits. Taste lives up to the hype of the smell. Perfect mouthfeel. One of the better beers I have ever had. (222 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chocolate brown, velvety appearance, good head with long retention.

Aromas are raisins, soy, fudge, coffee, and wood.

Robust flavors. Tons of coffee and fudge. Boozy, but as a positive quality. Raisins. Long brownie finish.

Thick and smooth. Moderate to low carbonation.

A top notch bourbon barrel stout that's heavy on the flavor and fun to sip. (359 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color. No head. Bourbon is huge in the aroma right away some burnt coffee and alcohol. Really sweet taste especially after it sits awhile. I usually shy away from the sweetness but this one is ok. Strong coffee flavor with oak somewhere in the middle. Thick, slick mouthfeel. (287 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (727 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and boozy. Strong bourbon flavor and an almost saccharin-like vanilla sweetness that clings until alcohol burn on the back end. Incredibly smooth and flavorful. Stands up to BCBS (184 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (535 characters)

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.