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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

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900 Ratings
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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.62%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.83% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-08-2012)
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jsboots21

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 bottle poured halfway into the ol' Lakewood Snifter.

Appearance is perfect. This beer is dark as a starless, moonless, flashlightless night. Surprising 1.5 finger head rises from the beer and leaves a dark khaki ring on the glass's edge. Bubbles are fine and consistent throughout.

Aroma is muted at first, then opens dramatically. Lots of roast, almonds, coconut, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and, not surprisingly, booze. I originally rated the aroma lower, then realized that it became wonderful as the beer warmed.

Taste is decadent. At first, bitter roasted coffee overwhelmed the taste buds and made the beer unenjoyable. Then amateur hour ended and I let the beer warm to an appreciable temperature, which resulted in a completely different beer. Unfortunately, the first perceivable note is booze. From there the taste improves to feature unsalted caramel, bitter dark chocolate, mid-shelf bourbon, figs, strong vanilla. There's still booze on the finish, which takes the taste down a notch.

Mouthfeel is totally full-bodied. Alcohol is pervasive and cuts through the body, but there's enough body to last a lifetime. Carbonation is visually present, though minimal on the palate.

In summary, this is a great beer. Delicious, robust, and well-made. Quite the beer that Avery has produced. Even more impressive that Batch 2 is on par with Batch 1!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:06:21 | More by jsboots21
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Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz poured in a burgundy style wine glass

Splashy pour gives a 1/4 inch head that recedes into a thin film of 'mocha' foam. A bit more carbonation than I was expecting, very nice.

Powerful milk chocolate, cinnamon notes, backed up by some coffee and even less vanilla. Compared to other beers that have spent time in bourbon barrels this had a notable 'largeness' or whatever you think the opposite of "subdued/muted" might be.

Toffee + chocolate + bourbon-y excellence. Bourbon on rocks is a very spicy experience for my palate, and this stout captures that much more than others like bcbs, for example. Either there's less vanilla+butter, or the spices just take the lead, but this was really, really great.

The carbonation+alcohol really differentiated this from other examples of this style. Instead of feeling like motor oil that enveloped the palate, this was lively and used the extremely high alcohol to fill out the mouth feel. Bit of burn going down was perfect.

A superb example of the style. I'll look at other bourbon barrel aged beers differently after this one... and won't be fooled by huge vanilla and oak... that's not ALL that bourbon tastes like. I payed a pretty penny for 2 bottles at a shop, but I can't say I was disappointed in the first one I opened. I don't think I'll buy any more but it's worth trying if you like BCBS, aged boris, dark lord, etc

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:37:12 | More by Prince_Casual
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bombardier quality!! AKA: the shit! What a nice barrel aged beer! Awesome job by Avery! I am thrilled to be drinking this beer, but at the same time sad because it was limited to one bottle per customer at my local beer haunt. So very extremely smooth for such a high ABV beer. Toasted notes of chocolate, bourbon, and the smell is awesome...with a nice heat from the alcohol at the finish...very, very, very nice!!!!

Overall: Awesome...period.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:37:52 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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RyanCave

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black, small amount of golden toffee head, good lacing but even after agitation there is no head

N: Coconut, boozy (could use some years to soften this a bit), chocolate, dark fruit

T: boozy, well carbonated which helps cut some of the booze a bit.. definitely can use some age

M: very full and rich, thick,

O: excellent, very boozy though and can use some age to tame it. Looking to opening up my other in a year or two

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:47:49 | More by RyanCave
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kojevergas

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sky-high expectations for this one given its current ratings and position as #207 on the top 250. 16.53% according to my bottle (bottled June 27th, 2013). 848 cases of this batch were produced. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing straightforward label art and foiled over (with branded foil; I don't often see that) pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $11.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I love that this is just a 12 oz bottle; I'm tired of breweries putting out these massive stouts in giant bottles. "Stout aged in bourbon barrels." Reviewed as an imperial stout.

Served chilled; I don't like good stouts to be too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Opening the bottle yielded a crisp carbonation hiss - a good sign for a beer of such high ABV.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous head of three finger width and rich dark mocha-brown colour. Fantastically creamy. Excellent thickness. What real astounds about the head is its superb retention for the ABV; this one sits for a good 8 minutes at least - that's damned impressive. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is your usual opaque solid black; it's dark but not quite jet black. Due to the opaqueness, no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show here.

Overall, it's a superb appearance and within style conventions. No flaws are obvious. It's certainly special, but I don't know that it's unique.

Sm: Rich bourbon, with notes of real vanilla (not vanillicin or extract, but also not quite wholesome vanilla bean) and woody oak. Not getting much in the way of toasty character, but otherwise the bourbon is nice, and above all it seems well integrated into the base beer. This isn't the barrel aging that decimates the base; it seems to complement the stout at the heart of it.

I also pick up some roasted barley, which is buried beneath sweeter dark malts and chocolate malt. Cocoa powder as well. Chocolate is nicely milky and sweet, lacking any discernable bitterness. Some espresso, but no roasty coffee. Cream/mocha. I also get a very subtle red wine note with accompanying buried fruits, but this note is extremely hard to find. A complex aroma that somehow never betrays its alcohol content; wow. That said, it doesn't have the exquisite richness or added dimensions of better aromas in the style; I definitely want more roast - both in terms of coffee and barley, as well as rich java. I'm also wary of the apparent sweetness. Still, it's an undeniably pleasant, appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or hop profile is detectable.

T: Hm. The open greets the drinker with sweet milk and Belgian chocolates as well as sticky molasses, chocolate malt, and a kiss of raisin. As it opens into the body, more of a creamy second act emerges with notes redolent of chocolate cake or brownie batter as well as a well integrated almost seamless bourbon presence. Oak undertones are present, but while they provide sweet realistic vanilla, I don't get any toasty character or complex woody character. Dessert wine notes are introduced in the third act, which is an unexpected welcome surprise. I do get hints of dark fruit as it warms; perhaps caramelized sugarplum. I don't know how they hid the alcohol so well here, but it drinks like it's maybe 10%. Decadent and rich, but never too sweet. It's definitely a sipper, though.

Quite balanced, but I do want more complexity and subtlety.

Flavour intensity and depth are pretty high - even compared to others in the style. Flavour duration is above average.

No yeast character or hop profile comes through.

Mf: Velvety and silky smooth. Soft, luscious, and creamy as hell. Wet. Unrefreshing, but nourishing and comforting. Complements the flavour profile quite well; there's a mastery at play here that obscures any alcohol burn until the light kiss of heat right on the finish. It does warm the stomach, though. Lightly syrupy. Thick from the molasses. A biteen chewy. Never vinous or dry - even though there's a raisin note in the flavour profile. Lush. Slight overcarbonation. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the monstrous ABV, but still nevertheless a sipper. It's certainly a rather impressive offering from Avery, but it's far from perfect and there are better beers in the style out there. I'd like to age a few of these to see if the bourbon and oak seep in a bit more over time. I'll easily finish this bottle alone, and I'd definitely want another, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to get it. I'm by no means disappointed, but it's not a mind-blowing beer. Just a damn solid high-ABV offering. I can see why it's in the top 250. Recommended.

The well-hidden ABV is a highlight characteristic. Their ability to conceal it this well confounds and humbles me.

Lowish B+

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 04:03:58 | More by kojevergas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug.

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than cracking another bottle with your friends, eh? This one pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of light sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, light buttercream in the background, and dark molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, blending the chocolate, roast, and bourbon flavors incredibly well. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine barrel-aged stout, one that doesn't overdo the barrel and melds the barrel very well with the base stout. Good times, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:40:52 | More by TMoney2591
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow is this beer crazy. 2013 version and quite delicious. Very beautiful pour. Dark brown pour with an awesome caramel head. Roasty Oaky boozy smell. Strong taste for sure, but it hides the amount of alcohol for sure. Great beer with amazing flavor. A sipping beer for sure, but glad I got my hands on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:58:17 | More by beatenbyjacks
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mentor

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage, consumed fresh. Pours super thick black. Whoa. Nice gentle dark brown head of fine bubbles that quickly settles to a thin ring mostly around the glass. Pitch black liquid with almost no edgings, just a crescent of very dark brown. Smells vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark-roast coffee, hot clean alcohol. Blackberry and grassy from hops (Northern Brewer?), grocery-stored glazed donut, almonds, wet lined-paper (don't worry, it's not the same smell as oxidation papery).

Tastes intense. Strong bourbon, vanilla, rich chocolate, salt, coconut, charred wood cinders on a toasted marshmallow. Wow. Scorched pears, blackberry, cedar, lightly of cherry sour. Sweet, but not sticky, which allows clean alcohol and md-strong carbonation to clean the tongue. Carbonation is fine-bubbled and contributes to a creaminess in the liquid. Md-thick, pleasantly throat and tummy warming, and wood drying and alcohol-sting in the finish.

Intense, complex, and cooperative. This beer tells an interesting story and was worth the $12 price tag. Not one to have every night, but worth trying this once and maybe a again a couple times each year. This is a beer worth holding onto in the cellar for a couple years while the flavors come together and the little alcohol heat settles a bit. in general, Avery's big beers age well to develop a 'completeness' in 2-3 years. While this could go longer, I wouldn't chance longer than 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:11:46 | More by mentor
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know this beer gets a high rating, but I am surprised it is not higher. It tastes almost identical to TG Assassin.

A- Black motor oil. Lots of retention, with a thin ring of lacing (coffee in color) that remains.

S- I am getting burnt caramels, molasses and toffee with big bourbon. Chocolate.

T- Burnt sugars, caramel, chocolate. Barrel notes are big in this one. Rich smooth bourbon barrel. I feel like this beer is way better than BCBS, but waaay more expensive too.

M- Pretty thick. Very little carbonation follows down the throat. Very smooth. This is one of the better BA stouts that I have had.

O- I think if you put a TG Assassin label on this one, you would fool a lot of people. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:37:04 | More by gueuzedreg
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DoshBeerBalla

Colorado

4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scooped a bottle of this from the liquor store I work at. Enjoyed on 7/24/13, bottled on 6/27/13.
A- Straight fossil fuel...poured vigorously into a glass, formed a couple inches of foam which quickly dissipated.

S- Smells of coffee beans, some strong vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel. Some slight notes of sugar and bakers chocolate are also present. Not much heat on the nose from the 16.5% ABV.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Again, no real heat in the mouth, but you can definitely feel it in your chest. Having have tried the Momi Hiwa prior to trying Uncle Jacobs Stout, I find some definite similarities in the masking of the heat of the alcohol, something that I truly love and respect Avery for being able to accomplish time and time again.

M- Super creamy, with a low-medium carbonation present. I'm not too big of a stout person but this one has an awesome texture.

O- An exquisite beer from Avery. Stoked that they make this annually and will definitely be cellaring one or two of these until next year. Highly recommend doing what you can do get your hands on one of these if you haven't tried it!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 20:52:11 | More by DoshBeerBalla
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks be to Blindpiggie for this one... The new 2013 release of Uncle Jacob's is a stout that transcends the taste buds, and takes them on a journey to the beer drinkers equivalent of Valhalla. It possesses the caramel qualities of a BCBS and Parabola, while also hinting at the chocolate dreaminess of Odells' Lugene. As Avery is prone to do (Mome), the high ABV is balanced out with an elegant sweetness that can really only be matched by the artisans at Goose Island.The barrel is incorporated in a way that is, well, completely sublime. My strongest recommendation on this one...it is the perfect Bourbon-Barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:27:40 | More by appetiteforparis
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notchucknorris

California

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours motor oil thick with a pretty nice 1/2 finger mocha colored head. I was surprised there was any head here given the ABV, but there was and it actually stuck around for a while.

S: It's been a while since I've had BCBS, but I think this may be right up there with it smell-wise. Big, deep, dark and inviting smell. Tons of barrel, wet wood, bourbon, toffee, toasted oak, molasses, caramel and some booze.

T: Given the high alcohol, this is ridiculously drinkable. Lots of molasses and milk chocolate soaked raisins upfront. Caramel, tons of fig, burnt marshmallow, toasted coconut, burnt caramel and a finish of bourbon, charred wood and just a slight kick of heat. The mouthfeel is slick and heavy, bordering on syrupy, but there's enough dryness from the alcohol on the finish to hold it back a bit. A fantastic barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:38:04 | More by notchucknorris
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8. 12oz 2012 vintage bottle poured into Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Gentle pour into glass to help it fit leads to a dark inky black with a half finger of mocha head. Lacing is thin.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, oak, a bit of maple? Coffee and bourbon ascend on the nose as the beer warms.

T: The heat! Obviously this beer is boozy as all get out, but the alcohol burns at first touch. Underneath the heat lies some deliciousness though. Sweet and syrupy, molasses tasting, licorice, burnt caramel, and some bourbon. Bit of coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and sludgy - this is like drinking motor oil. Carb is reasonable.

D: Low. ABV is through the roof and the body is thick, so we're dealing with an extreme sipper here.

O: If you can cut through the heat, there is a fantastic beer here. If I had another I'd lay it down for a year or two and would expect something phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:52:13 | More by cbeer88
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Rish907

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one fabulous beer. Hides the bourbon and alcohol amazingly.. Caramel, Molasses, dates, sugars, are the highlights. Not too carbonated and dark sweet aroma. A fantastic beer, probably the best imperial stout I've ever tried. More subtle and complex than Black Tuesday, yet near same ABV. This one hides the alcohol so well, plus love the fact that it comes in 12oz bottles, perfect for me for one time (as opposed to the bombers and me having to drink it solo). If you haven't tried you should definitely seek this one out!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 15:01:09 | More by Rish907
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to quirkzoo for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep black with a solid dark khaki colored head. The foam fades in a normal amount of time, and there is only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is roast, milk chocolate, dates, mild raisin, and some barrel heat. I really like that the barrel doesn't overpower this beer in the nose.

T: It starts out closely to the nose with roast and chocolate up front. The booze, dates, and raisins show up in the middle, and it's sweet chocolate and alcohol in the finish. I was worried that this would be too much raisin, and be super boozy (with the 17+% of this beer) but it's nice. Good mix all around.

M: Full bodied beer. It's syrupy sweet and coating, sticky and chewy, but damn delicious. Velvet and booze linger after the beer is gone.

O: Pretty damn delicious. I have turned away from this beer many times, due to the huge ABV, but I shall do that no more. This is incredibly drinkable for how big this beer is, and the alcohol was well distributed throughout. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 14:13:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep inky black color. Just a thin fingers worth of mocha colored bubbly foam. Leaves a bit of spotty lacing with each sip.

S - deep and complex nose. Notes of dark chocolate and mocha are most prominent followed closely by lots of sticky, melty caramel. Delicate notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, and sandalwood around the edges. In the center lies the depth of sweet dark and red fruit with a fairly vinous character abundant with black cherry, blackberries and strawberries. All rounded out by a touch of pie crust and spice.

T - silky smooth notes of bakers chocolate on the tip of the tongue along with hints of biscuits and grainy bread. Mocha flavors enter quickly after as the liquid drifts mid-palate where the strong barrel and alcohol notes bring out peppery spice, vanilla and woody notes and licorice. The finish is long with lots of spice and chocolate.

M - full bodied with a velvety texture. Medium carbonation just enough to keep from being cloying.

O - one of the finest barrel aged stouts i've had the please of tasting. I'd love to try some more and have some to age.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:52:30 | More by Teleweizen2
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #01,. Bottled March 27th, 2012.

Pours ridiculously dark, blacker than night, with a head that even makes tar look white comparatively, although the head disappears fairly quickly, but still pretty nice for a beer this high in abv, very thick legs on the sides of the glass that even seems to want to defy gravity.

Nose just bleeds darkness, pure dark malts everywhere. Some cocoa starts it off, a chocolate covered cookie thing, with super dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of baker's. Then some roast that hints at soy sauce, a thick roasted malt character with faint coffee but barely, and into a bit of black malt character. There are hints of faint earthy hop as well, but those are mostly drowned by the huge malt character. The darkness of the malts even seem to drain a bit of my soul, it's so dark and rich. Also, aromas bring a bit of vanilla, caramel, and fluffy nougat. Also, dark if I didn't mention that.

Tasate is gonna be crazy I bet... and wow, just ridiculously dark again, so much dark and big malts, syrupy with some sweetness and almost sludge like thick malt character. Dark malts bring chocolate again to start, rich thick dark cocoa syrup and more thick and syrupy than real milk chocolate syrupy, with a big bitter darkness. Then into roast again, some roasted malt but not overpowering, leading to faint soy sauce but that seems to have died down in the year of aging. Booze comes through with that, warming, slightly tingly, but fairly clean, and not feeling like 17%. The rich syrupy powdered chocolate thing leads into a biscuity cookie, super dark chocolate biscotti like cookie with faint caramel, nutty, and fluffy nougat. Again very light earthy hops, which aren't really light but get completely drowned out by the huge malt and booze character. Finish layers the mouth and will never go away, and won't let anything else near the tongue as it just coats everything, thick syrupy malts, bit more booze, more dark that is super dark chocolate and cocoa syrup, and light roast lingering for what seems like eternity.

Mouth is super heavy, thick, rich, full of molten lead perhaps, lighter but decent carb, some warming tingly booze.

Overall really nice, drinking well after a year of aging, malts are melded well with great chocolate characters, and subdued roasted soy sauce, and a nice booz echaracter that plays well. Hardly drinkable but tasty and a great beer overall. Can't wait to see how it is after a few more years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:17:55 | More by jlindros
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Dope (thanks!) split into tulips with the bro. Batch #1, bottled MAR 27th 2012.

A: Dense, oily opaque black pour with very little head.

S: Big sweet bourbon and malty notes, tons of brown sugar, toasted sugar, dark caramel, and vanilla. Very, very nice sweetness without being cloying, and really not boozy, though you can tell its a big one!

T: Again, excellent barrel notes, a lot like drinking BCBS. The booze is smooth and warm but isn't offensive; there is a dry bitterness on the finish. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla.

MF: Viscous, oily, full-bodied mouthfeel. Exactly what you would want from a big bba stout. Lower carbonation.

O: Well-integrated bourbon barrels! Seriously this thing tastes as good as BCBS in my opinion. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 13:50:59 | More by Scotchboy
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joefuzz

New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1
Pours pitch black with a very small dark brown ring of bubbles. Very sweet on the nose, huge chocolate notes with a little bit of smoke. Taste is all chocolate upfront with sweet sugary toffee and a little bit of char that leads into an amazing warming bourbon aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. Mouth is on the thicker side with just enough carbonation to carry it. Overall I was very impressed with this brew and can't wait to see how it does in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 04:13:25 | More by joefuzz
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Batch No. 1
Bottled MAR 27 2012
Served in a snifter

Motor oil-like appearance. The beer poured a super thick and viscous, dark brown color. A whisp of coffee colored froth topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated to a clingy ring.

Aroma-wise, this was a total mocha bomb. Super rich and robust. Loads of roasted and caramel malts. Creamed coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate. Tons of vanilla. Strong brown sugar notes. Some woodiness. Not a lot of actual bourbon initially, but the bourbon came out in full force as the beer warmed. The booziness was surprisingly subdued considering the extremely high ABV.

The flavor profile was intense and a bit rougher than the nose. Lots of alcohol warmth. Deep, rich, robust malts. Roasted and caramel malts came through on the front end. Loads of espresso. Good dose of vanilla. Some sweet cream. Tons of brown sugar sweetness. Overall, a nice balance of sweet and roasty flavors. The finish was boozy (in a good way) and surprisingly hoppy. The hops were piney and minty. Moderately bitter. Roasted malts and pine resin lingered on my palate long after each sip. As the beer warmed, the bourbon notes really came forth, but the beer never turned overtly boozy or harsh.

The mouthfeel was intense. Super lush, creamy and thick. Ultra viscous on the palate with a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence. The residue from the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Even though this beer registers in at over 17% ABV, it was amazingly smooth and drinkable. With a year of age on my bottle, now seems to be the perfect to drink this. If you enjoy huge, sweet, bourbon-forward beers, you will probably love this.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 12:58:44 | More by Damian
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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 1 year)

A fairly standard, though incredibly appropriate, pour for a big, barrel-aged, imperial stout. Black throughout, relatively thick in appearance, and just the smallest bit of visible carbonation. Leaves the glass somewhat oily on the way down.

Still some harsh alcohol notes during the initial whiff, though once that peels away there are very nice chocolate and bourbon notes. This isn't a particularly expressively aromatic bourbon barrel-aged stout, but what's here is very nice.

Where this leaves something to be desired in the aroma department, this beer comes through with a knockout in the flavor. The alcohol is hidden magnificently, butted up against layers of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Exceptional, and scary drinkable, especially at its given strength.

Medium to near full in body, oily, slick, and full in the mouth. Coating. Sticky. Leaves a long, seemingly never-ending chocolate finish.

Exceptional. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:52:40 | More by ehammond1
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage bottle dated March 27, 2012, poured 02/26/2013.

Appearance: Thick pitch black from the pour you can tell light carbonation on the body. Head is subtle, dark tan that rises to maybe half a finger's length. After a sip it does disappear quick but this is very expecting with the high ABV level.

Smell: Hint of a strong vanilla and molasses. Very potent, this smell is more aroma than anything.

Taste: First thought; you feel the alcohol right away with strong molasses feel that is almost perfect. Incredibly complex coming off a notch sweet and still bitter coming off a little bit raw.

Mouth: An easy medium carbonation, smooth and strong. The bourbon is evident before you place the glass down off each sip.

Overall: This brew is a true animal in it's own class. It's strong, tasty, ridiculously full of flavor that maybe some might find overwhelming. One glass is all you need. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:29:22 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thought i had reviewed this one, but must be in the backlog from tastings. none-the-less, enjoyed from a DL mini snifter.

a - poured a pretty stunning black. thick and rich with a thin tan head. looks pretty tasty.

s - big and bold. chocolate, some roast, black licorice and booze. smells decadent and rich, like a slice of chocolate chocolate chocolate cake (with chocolate chips).

t - taste follows the awesomeness of the nose. fairly hot but very drinkable for the size. chocolate and booze soaked wood. roast and sweetness. VERY sweet. intensely sweet.

m - make no mistake, this is a big beer...and there is no hiding that. big and boozy. thick and chewy.

o - overall, avery pulled it off. a drinkable 17.42 stout. not quite as drinkable as a rumpkin, but a worthy stout. great beer for a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:45:27 | More by cosmicevan
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, black, dark, deep, viscus, what else is there to say? At 17% this is a black hole screaming to be consumed.

Notes of espresso, dark chocolate. sherry, vanilla, oak, raisins, and bourbon.

Gone is the espresso infused base beer and in its place is a bourbon barrel aged monster all to itself. This is an amazingly dark, chocolate and sherry infused oaked beast.

The scariest part of this beer is one simply can't tell how strong it is. Sure you know you're drinking something that you could pour on a pancake, but is it 8%, 10%...17%? You're clueless.

One of the most intense and powerful beers I've had. Having this next to Bells Black Note and the Bells just doesn't have the intensity to stand up to it. While there are flaws here, and I feel perfect is still out of reach, this is a must try for anyone lucky enough to find it on tap or better yet in a bottle with a few years age on it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 04:07:50 | More by bobhits
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tomfneph

Kentucky

4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on tap at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY. It was poured into a 4 oz. snifter.

Appearance is a viscous opaque black oil, with a mocha head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is of a dark chocolate coffee, followed by the fruity scent of cherries and raisins. Underlying the fruit is a subtle meaty aroma of peppered maple bacon.

The taste is immediately chocolate coffee followed by the sweet (but not cloying) flavor of dark fruits. There is a slightly peppery but not bitter finish. The bourbon is there, but the scary aspect of this beer is that it hides the 17.4 ABV so well. No burn at all.

The body is just how it looks: a pleasantly thick coating of the tongue and mouth that is immensely satisfying.

Overall, this is one of the best bourbon barrel stouts. Don't pass up a chance to try this beer. It is really well put together and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 01:28:23 | More by tomfneph
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.