Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
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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 RuckusDu
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - A great deep tan head of about one finger in height when poured. Body is extremely dark. Requires less than 4mm to get any light through. No lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and caramel. There is bourbon on there as well. Only the slightest bitter chocolate on the finish. I think there is some alcohol in there as it burns a little bit, but you can't tell otherwise.

T - Not as sweet as the scent, but great chocolate. Almost like eating a chocolate bar - dark and milk mix. Vanilla comes out and is pretty strong as well. Bourbon is nice and light. Again there is a burn there which is pretty strong and it comes through a bit in the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and great heavy body. Definitely sticks around in your mouth and the alcohol burns as I said before.

O - Wow, what an amazing beer. So full of everything I enjoy. If they cut the ABV a bit I think this would be at the top.

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to try this. Purchased from Stearn's Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into Bruery tulip. Mild carbonation quickly dies as the beer is poured. This stuff sticks to the glass like oil. Looks like it too. It is black.

Smells nice. Hot booziness smell is present accompanied by dark fruits (figs, dates, etc.). Some bitter chocolate. Little bit of astringency.

Taste is pretty good. I've had boozier beers before. It's actually quite smooth and well balanced. The fruits and chocolates come through.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly decent. It's thick bodied but drinkable.

Overall, this is dangerous stuff. 17.42% and this drinkable when fresh? Wow. Cheers!

Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly thick OIL black brew pours one finger bronze colored foamy head. Wow. What an appearance. No lacing, but this is to be expected with an ABV of 17.42%. Also, the shorter head is also due to high ABV...

Geeze! Tons of caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, oats, and molasses. This brew should have been called the kitchen sink. Lots of alcohol burn too.

A bit on the sweet side, but, again, this is to be expected at 17.42%. Lots of bourbon heat comes off, but it's very pleasant. Nothing is off, or offensive. Slight bitter aftertaste, very appropriate for the style. Very nice Bourbon flavor greets you with a side of intense (sweet) vanilla. Perfect (lighter) carbonation. Not, by any means, overwhelming heat. If i need to say negative comments about the flavor, it that the brew is too sweetly caramel/vanilla, but this will fade off nicely with time. Awesome thick chewy body

A very sweet Imperial Stout, but the sweetness will fade greatly with time. This is another great Avery offering that can and should be cellared for over 10 years. I cannot wait to try it again in a year or two. I hope to re-review and bump it up a bit more... Highly recommended, if you can find it :)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a friend. Thanks to MinorThreat for the bottle.

Pours black with a minimal tan head that fades immediately.

Smells heavily of boozey bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some chocolate also comes through.

Flavor is amazing. Alcohol is not as present as in the nose. Rich chocolate and some roastiness blend well with the barrel notes. At this ABV, it's hard to completely mask the booze, but it's just a component and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

Low carbonation creates a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer although definitely a sipper. 6 oz of this was about right. I was amazed how smooth this one went down. Definitely digging the Avery barrel program.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didn't believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so I'm not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.

update 2013 batch 8/8/13

Much more enjoyable this year, it has heat but it doesn't seem as powerful this year. Really good chocolate flavor

Update 2014 batch 2/23/14

Even better than last year's. I think it's an interesting coincidence that as the ABV has dropped each year it gets better. Good stuff.

Photo of denver10
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black with a dark mocha head and really nice lacing. The head quicly recedes, leaving only some remnants of it around the edges. A sweet, rich but alcohol filled aroma; sugary, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. A little sugar sweetness shows itself in the get go but its paired with some bourbon and alcohol, then the milk chocolate shows itself in the finish and stays strong into the after taste. Tastes like I have a bite of milk chocolate slowly melting in my mouth. Thick, rich, sugary, awesome. A nice creamy medium bodied mouthfeel to this with no carbonation to it, allowing the flavors to stick with you rather than be washed away. Overall, all I got to say about this is its fantastic. It's definitely got some heat to this but its balanced with a great, rich flavor. The bourbon barrel was used with great finesse, it contributes to this beer without taking over and dominating the beer's identity. One of the most enjoyable sippers I have come across. Might have to break the bank and buy some more of this.

Photo of bigaltemple
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottled 3/27/12

A - Dark as night. No head to speak of, but wasn't really expecting one. A small layer of thin bubbles does hang around the edges.

S - Immediately straight bourbon. Some dark chocolatey malt does start to work it's way past the vanilla and wood.

T/M - Sweet and boozy, but nowhere near overpowering or detracting. Hard to believe how easily this goes down. Wouldn't guess it's 17%. Very rich and creamy. Great sipper!

O - Glad I opened one up. Really looking forward to trying this again around the holidays. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist and cracked a bottle from the cellar, after only a couple weeks, lol. I have heard great things so figured I'd try one. Poured from bottle to a NBB globe the beer pours a deep rich opaque black, thick, 1 finger head with solid retention and some lacing. Looks good. The aroma is rich and complex with roasted malts, oak, chocolate, and an alcohol warmth. The flavor builds from the nose with a rich flavor. Begins with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front. The roast enters and blends well providing a nice base layer. Hints of dark fruit, oak, and bourbon as well. Very good. Extremely smooth and hides the high abv very well. Finishes creamy with a lingering chocolate roast on the tongue. Very very good. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I can't wait to see how it ages. Highly recommended.

Photo of alexipa
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black! Barely any head that quickly dissipates to no head.

S: Smells like bourbon. In a good way. Some oak and vanilla thrown in as well.

T: Strong bourbon flavors along with some nice oak and vanilla hits you up front. Some serious sweetness gets through on the back-end. I wasn't thrilled about the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very rich. Feels like a legendary beer, if that makes sense.

O: A fantastic imp stout, and a fantastic barrel aged beer. This is a great follow up to my favorite all time beer, Rumpkin.

Should have bought more!

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

a-deep black with no chance for light to get through this beer. Poured out with a one finger head, that faded away after a few minutes. Some lacing along the sides of the NBB globe it was poured into.

s-big malts, wood, booze, and chocolate. The alcohol is really big here now, but it does not hide too much of the good nose on this beer.

t-hits with huge coffee and chocolate up front. There is some alcohol here, but there is not pronounced burn at all. There are a lot of dark fruit notes too, some dark cherry something else that I cannot place a finger on. The beer is on the sweet side, and matches up with the wood. You can tell that this was barrel aged and the whisky comes out as it warms. The beer is smooth, but packs a lot into each sip. There a few tannic notes as the beer warms. Age should take that right out.

m-on point. This is not a watery thin beer at all. There is a medium to full mouth feel depending on the temperture of the beer. The sweet hangs on to the tongue after the beer is down.

o-this beer has huge cellering potential. I cannot wait until next year, and years after to keep trying this beer. There is so much in this beer that is just waiting to come out. The alcohol mellowing out will help these to come forward. This is a sipping beer, best shared with friends over something dark and chocolate like. Great job Avery, keep hitting these out of the park!

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

with a nice aggressive pour a huge caramel head was left and with each sip it clinged to the side of the glass like a demi-glace to a spoon (thats good).
Smell was a bit lacking compared to the taste but still a decent one. had nice notes of huge roast and vanillia coconut. alcohol was present but so little for this big of a beer.
Taste was almost perfect. great creamy roasty character with a luxurious vanilla background. I can feel the alcohol warmth as it goes down to the stomach but for that big of a beer its really well hidden. ive had 10% beers that are way more harsh that this one.
Overall I would kill this beer everynight with no problem and besides Black Tuesday 09 probably the best 17+% alcohol beer I've had. Really well made and I will be searching for more

Photo of birchstick
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours big black in color without a head. Nose has sweet hot dog bun, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolates. Taste is dark chocolates, sweet molasses, vanilla, burnt oak. Nice complexity. Mouth is thin and a little watery. This. Ould use some time as it is still hot. Recommended, but also recommended a couple years down the road.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

are you kidding me? a beer could not be any bigger! new one from avery. pours espresso colored with a short espresso colored head that fades right out. looks like the consistency of black tar. smells less like coffee, but its still present, ground fresh and strong. like a woody liquor, oak for sure in the nose, with robust booze, tobacco, and black licorice notes, even a whack of fresh coconut, runny warm caramel, and sludgy espresso. the alcoholic burn in the nose more or less gives away the huge abv. the flavor though is less straight booze. very sweet, i taste the bourbon now, a very alive concoction. other flavors introduce themselves one by one... first is toffee sweetness, melting into a marshmallowy alcoholic thing, which is followed by a cigar-like fresh tobacco stickiness. feel is epic too, straight woody spirits leave a deep burn. the almost nonexistant carbonation and syrupy heavy body make it last on the teeth, almost unpleasantly in a raw sugary way. so so smooth though it demands high ratings. foaming in the mouth and ever larger, meliora! overall a pretty absurd beer from the most inconsistent brewery in the country. its one of the most massive beers of all time as far as im concerned. thanks beer gods for this masterpiece!

Photo of BlackElvis
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-typical black as night, inky and very viscous. Small chocolate colored head leaves very quickly.
S-big bourbon oak vanilla character with almost a cinnamon or nutmeg spice. Plus a little booze. Smells great
T-just as it smells big oak vanilla sweetness and some spice or oxydation in a good way I mean. Fantastic stout
M-huge viscous inky velvety liquid. Doesn't coat the mouth goes down so smooth. Absolutely great
O-absolutely great imperial stout right up there with the big boys IMO. Drank three bottles at the release party that says wonders for its drink ability for being a 17%abv brew. Awesome stuff

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

APPEARANCE: Absolutely black as night, zero light is getting through this one. A thin, coffee-colored head appeared and then quickly vanished, but it left a ring of foam around the edges of the surface. No lacing.

SMELL: Excellent smell, but lacking in strength compared to some other Bourbon barrel aged stouts I've tried. The typical oak, vanilla and toffee are there with a bit of boozyness as well. This smells like Bourbon.

TASTE: This reminds a lot of Bourbon County Stout, but a little sweeter. Strong on the chocolate, but vanilla slowly creeps in getting stronger and stronger. Oak flavors are very pleasant and help to balance out the huge malty and sugary flavors. A tiny touch of lemon and cherry also lurks somewhere in here.

MOUTHFEEL: This is motor oil in the best sense of the word. It never gets mouthcoating, but it is nice and rich, exactly how the style should be.

OVERALL: This is simply a very well-done barrel aged stout. A great beer, one of Avery's best efforts.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served from a twelve ounce bottle

a- Used motor oil black, highly viscous with a small brown skim for head

s-Tons of bourbon barrel notes, vanilla, coconut, molasses and oak dominate

t- I can't believe how well the ultra high abv is hidden. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, smokey chocolate and a subtle cherry sweetness. Delicate yet assertive. Beautiful.

m-creamy and viscous with the perfect amount of co2 to keep it lively

o- I bought three, I wish I bought a case. This is in the same league as the greats. Avery hit a homerun with this one. world class

Photo of Kirby
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting. I've had nothing like this before.

A: Very dark
S: STRONG
T: chocolate/bourbon
M: Kind of tacky/sticky
O: Interesting try

It's definitely worth trying, but it's just too strong to drink/enjoy much in my opinion. It has a decent flavor, but outside of the taste/novelty, might as well just drink liquor.

Photo of joshclauss
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, Brewed April 2012, Consumed at the release party at about cellar temp.

As advertised - great body, roundness, and viscosity. The barrel is perfectly balanced with the other elements, and it's clear that this is not just Bourbon Barrel Meph. Obviously added a bunch of sugar to cut the heat, which works now and makes it great to drink fresh, but worries me a tad on the aging.

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

Picked up a few bottles of this at Avery last night. One of the best Avery beers I've had. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of a near perfectly balanced blend of bourbon, vanilla, quite a bit of cocoa, and thankfully no coffee. At 17% ABV, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. However, there is some alcoholic heat on this one, but still quite smooth. By way of comparison, I prefer this to Black Tuesday. Not as excessively sweet. Overall, an excellent beer. I can't see this beer benefitting with age. Thanks Avery for not forcing me to buy this in a bomber.

Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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