Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 538
Gots: 756 | FT: 115
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-08-2012

In the quest to create a collection of barrel-aged beers to be reproduced annually, Avery Brewing Company is releasing Uncle Jacob’s Stout, the second member of its Annual Barrel Series. The collection began with Rumpkin rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale in the fall of 2011, and now continues with this 17.4% ABV stout that was aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for 6 months. While the Avery Barrel-Aged Series features one-time-only batches, such as the recent Muscat d’Amour and Récolte Sauvage, the Annual Barrel Series features a selection of cellarable barrel-aged beers that fans can return to and get to know every year.
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Ratings: 1,860 | Reviews: 273
Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pitch black with a beautiful tan head.

S: bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: huge! Bourbon and vanilla dominate with a nice backup of molasses, toffee, caramel, oak and chocolate.

M: big bodied and well carbonated.

O: this is one fantastic BA stout. Probably my favorite BA stout to date. Wish it wasn't so expensive and more readily available. Would love a bottle to age. Absolutely wonderful experience.

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

I wish I had more absolutely delicious

Photo of KevinL
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night, with some medium brown around the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Leaves behind some serious film when swirled around the glass. No lacing or head after the pour.

Smell – Alcohol, bourbon, dark malts...you can tell this is strong by the aroma.

Taste – Bourbon, alcohol, malts, vanilla and oak. Didn't pick out many fruits, but could be just me.

Mouthfeel – Fairly well carbonated - moreso than I expected. You can feel the alcohol as well, but it isn't overpowering and certainly feels below 14.83%.

Drinkability – Delicious. This is a sipper if there ever was one. Great warming as you drink, delicious flavors. Really enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of Desp59
3.02/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good and smooth. Still trying to get into stouts.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Pours an absolutely pitch black color with a moderate tan head and pretty good lacing. Left a nice syrupy film on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Powerful malt, oak, and some bourbon. The bourbon isn’t overpowering, which is nice. A little vanilla, chocolate, and bacon as well.

Taste – Vanilla, malt, and bourbon dominate the taste. It’s very nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated, with a mild alcohol bite. Holy cow - I didn’t know this was 14. 83%abv! A really mild bite for such a strong a beer. Leaves a slightly bitter bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very, very easy drinking, especially for 14.83%abv. This is an amazing stout.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled February 2014. 14.83%.

A: Quite dark, as expected. Coffee-colored lacing.

S: Harsh and strong. Not entirely pleasant.

T: Molasses. Burnt brown sugar. Big booze. Hint of dark fruit that grows as it warms. Oddly metallic aftertaste really lets me down on a bum note. It gets better with time.

M: Kinda thin and harsh.

O: I hate to say it, but this was not that impressive. Maybe it's because we also had Black Note tonight, but it's harsh and abrasive and over-sweet; redeemingly, it's also got some berries.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a reason this is one of the top 250 beers on BA. 2013 vintage consumed while in line for Out of the Emptiness by Tied Hands. The best stout I've had from Avery. Super think, chewy, chocolate, barrel, toffee deliciousness. Paid a pretty penny for it, but it was worth the labor to purchase it. Unreal!

Photo of JGam115
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a yellowish-tan foam. Big vanilla wafer, high burn, fatty dough. Delicious beer.

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For my 1200th review a 2013 version 12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter. 6/27/13 bottle date and 16.53%.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, char, molasses, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. raisins, roasted, and other dark fruits.

Taste: Imagine everything above blended together. That's how I define this beer. Got better with every sip and as it warmed up. So tasty and delicious. Wish I had more than this 12 oz bottle.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, full bodied, warming alcohol, medium carbonation, and quite the sipper.

Overall: To think that beer was brewed 2 years ago, then aged in a barrel for 6 months, and then in my pantry for another year and a half is spectacular. This beer will only get better with age. Here is to getting more bottles and holding on to them a bit longer.

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

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle at a bar for $25 into a snifter. Dark impenetrable black. Little to no head. Aromas of coffee and bourbon. Maybe dark fruit. Smells boozy. Tastes like it smells. Deliciously. Bourbon, coffee with dark roasted malts. Boozy. Burns going down but pleasant. Huge ABV. You can do maybe 2. Love it but not at bar prices.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BCBS on steroids. Wicked expensive and a little bit of a chore to drink. 12oz. is enough for two people. Go with BCBS or barrel aged DORIS instead.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as sin with no penetration to light. A fingernail of mahogany colored head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and loads of dark,sweet malt. I taste a massive amount of bourbon,molasses,plum,black licorice. The mouth is very sticky and chewy.

Photo of Vivs85
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

1 year aged- absolutely fantastic brew, Big nose, Big bourbon. On par with Black Note

Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, near black. After pour an amber frothy head develops and retreats to a super frothy film. Thick layer on glass remains.

S: Charred dark malts on the front that leads to Kentucky Derby Pie (bourbon, nuts, chocolate, buttery pastry crust), bourbon-soaked oak, roasted pecans, leather, charcoal, and berries.

T: Starts off fairly sweet with a strong bourbon and charred flavor. A nice balance of the major notes with roasted malts and bitterness from hops. Very minor notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, dried cherries, pecan pie, and marshmallows. The booze is prevalent, but not a hang up.

M: Creamy and sticky. Smooth. High carbonation. Full body.

O: Mainly sweet flavors, but not sweet, which is good and an indication of a well-crafted beer. This is well balanced, but I get hung up on the overly roasted flavor. I assume ager does this well.

Photo of Crusher
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Good stuff, chewy

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

June 2013 bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark viscous liquid pours from the bottle and swirls into the snifter. The head on this is tremendous, only a finger and a half thick, but frothy and thick as a milk shake. It hardly dissipates with time, sitting triumphantly above the liquid. The dark khaki color resembles the foam of a cappuccino. 5

Jaysus. I fill immersed in a barrel of booze just smelling this. Oak, vanilla, spice and a dank tobacco aroma will punch you in your little sissy face with this. Caramel and chocolate play a distant second fiddle here. I can't help but me reminded of a chocolate shake with the aroma too, the more I search beyond the barrel properties. 4.25

I didn't expect anything less than an oaken, tobacco-heavy flavor and this brew pulls no punches. Bourbon flavors of spice and subtle solvent/booze offer some kick to the flavor. I wasn't expecting any coffee, as I don't recall that being a component of this beer and it didn't assert itself on the nose, but there's a definite dark roast coffee flavor that works well with the caramel and vanilla. Spicy hops hit at the finish. 4.25

Thick, creamy and low-carbonated, I'd classify this as syrupy for the most part. Thankfully the spice and slight booze keep it from being a cloying mess. The finish is roasty, sweet, and liqueur-like. 4.25

Quite a tasty beast. Like Tweak, this bears many similarities with Bourbon County and it's coffee variant, but again, it's the pricier version.

Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

A- Dark black, thick, and sticky with no head. No carbonation noticeable. The thickness of this one really stood out for me.

S- Off the nose, the sweetness was most apparent. Lots of chocolate, mocha, and some caramel. Hints of coffee, vanilla beans, and smooth bourbon and oak as well. Definately some roasted malt and grain and followed by some burnt toast and smoke.

T- Big beer here. Lots of rich sweetness in this brew. The chocolate, coffee, and vanilla is very strong. Bourbon and wood are also very present. Most of the smells also come across in the taste here. Its quite strong as far as the sweetness and bourbon go, but in a very smooth and warm way. Hints of leather. warm brandy, and maple syrup in there too.

M- Very thick, especially when served near room tempature. Pretty complex to pull all the flavors out of the rich creaminess. Very sticky and about as full bodied as possible. No carbonation. As thick as this beer is, it hid the alchol very well and just gave some warmth rolling off the tongue and down the body.

O- Was wanting this for a while and it lived up to its hype in my opinion. This is about as thick and sweet a brew comes, but very tasty. Seems very limited so Im not sure I'll see it again, but I'd definately buy it again if possible.

Photo of Kaleidoscope
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

This is a beautiful bourbon stout. Chocolaty, roasted malts, bourbon. Super thick but really smooth for the ABV. One of my favorites.

Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -21%

Look: Opaque black with a mocha colored head. Nice head retention with minimal legs. Poured like motor oil! Smells: Pungent chocolate and bourbon notes come pouring out of the bottle! In the glass I'm getting strong bourbon, sweet chocolate, lots of barrel, vanilla notes, roasted malt, and more bourbon. Smells sticky and sweet. Warm on the nostrils with a deep inhale like a liquor.

Taste: On the attack are deep bourbon and vanilla notes followed by dates covered in chocolate, more vanilla, huge oak barrel notes, roasted malt, slight smoke, and more sweet chocolate and bourbon

Mouthfeel: Thick! Hits the tongue like oil and covers the mouth! The oak barrel notes dry on the tongue allowing the vanilla and chocolate notes to linger. The finish is super dry.

Overall: Wow! This is the definition of a winter warmer. Huge beer but stays surprisingly complex. Definitely stays on the sweet side of the stout family with the big vanilla and chocolate notes but still retains the roasted malt on the dry finish. This is a big beer and definitely worth a try for the experience alone. Only complaint is the finish is a bit too dry and the body fluctuates a bit between the sweet and smoky roasted malt that could be a bit more balanced

Photo of Martinus
5/5  rDev +12.9%

The is absolutely my favorite BBA ale. I bought this one when it was first released in 2012 and every year since.

Photo of bouldercellar
5/5  rDev +12.9%

AMAZING! Hands down one of the best beers I have had in my existence on this planet. Bourbon has done this stout well...lowering the ABV from previous batches was a very good call. I can't get enough of these! Avery is always exceeding expectations.

Photo of neurobot01
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%

2014 bottle into snifter at cellar temp.

Look: dark in the glass, but pours a surprisingly light-penetrate brown. No head, ultra-fine carb.

Smell: chocolate candy. Almost sickly sweet.

Taste: reminds me right off the bat of Stickee Monkee in how overly sweet it is. A bit of alcohol, chocolate, some dark/candied fruits, cherries. Too sweet, not enough complexity.

Feel: pretty thick, silky. Carb maybe a touch too fizzy.

Overall: I like this reasonably well, but it is insanely sweet. Doesn't really stand up to something like Parabola in terms of depth of flavor. Still, glad to try it, and looking forward to seeing how it holds up after a year.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a deep black with a dark mocha colored head that doesn't linger.

Smells of vanilla and rich wood. Slight maple syrup, as well as bourbon caramel.

Taste is very rich and sweet vanilla and caramel upfront. Mellows into a creamy vanilla flavor that lingers a little. Booze warmth on the finish. Amazingly complex and deep beer. Adds a rich chocolate flavor more so than caramel as the beer warms up. I prefer this to the caramel. Nice rich chocolate and vanilla mixing on the palate.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. No other way to say it.

Excellent beer.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Best samples are someone elses samples. Pours a rich midnight black color with a tan head with ok retention that didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is rich with malt and chocolate. Some vanilla and woody notes. The bourbon is noticeable but soft. Would have expected a bit more. Noticeable alcohol that could use some aging. Good thing we have more bottles. Some minor esters and phenolics and a hint of yeast bite but overall mostly clean.

The taste is similar. A bigger astringent bite with a more coco note with a soft roast and burnt character on the finish. The fusel/alcohol note comes out and really deters in the taste. But the bourbon and wood notes come out vs the nose and help balance. The esters come out more vs the nose as well with a light cherry and hint of mint (hops?) on the back end.

The body is moderately full. Would have liked a bit more depth for style but still very good. Carbonation is a bit high but also ok. Overall a very good beer but needs a ton of time to age.

Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz (bottled 3/27/2012) into a snifter. Pours an oily obsidian black w/ a thin mocha head that settles quickly, not so much lace as legs on the glass.

Aroma is deep and boozy. laden with bourbon, molasses, prunes, smoke, and more bourbon.

Taste is syrupy sweet, dark and roasty, bitter, boozy. Sugary dried dark fruits, molasses, chewy caramel, some vanilla, charred oak. A hint of cabernet.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, thick and chewy. Strong alcohol heat.

Overall, as expected, this is an over-the-top imperial stout. A little too sweet and syrupy for my taste, but it's a unique experience nonetheless.

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.