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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,962
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 548
Gots: 816 | 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: 1,962
Photo of KevinL
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +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. (693 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
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! (308 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (150 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (240 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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 (1,240 characters)

Photo of bouldercellar
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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. (250 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

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. (656 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1803rd Review on BA
Bottle to Avery Snifter
12oz

2014 Release

App- This right out of the gate was one of the more dense and black stouts I have seen. A lush pour with a creamy look behind it with a dark brown head that was a bit ringed. The edges were dark brown and the inside was a lighter tan.

Smell- This had a lot going on in the nose. A big chocolate bomb with a good amount of oak, vanilla and some oats with a big amount of whispy booze.

Taste- A very sweet drinking stout. A big amount of molasses and bourbon with some sweeter vanilla on the first sip. To me this was a bigger and sweeter version of Mephistopheles. This was a bit one dimensional to me and over the top with booze vs. layered.

Mouth- A good medium body. A bit thin for the ABV and size of this beer. A fairly creamy almost thin medium carbonation. A good amount of sweet dark fruits remain on the finish.

Drink- Good beer, wanted and expected more of this one. As I mentioned. A bit one dimensional with more bourbon and molasses vs a backing flavor. (1,033 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 2/4/2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

S: wow! this smells amazing! i get a fair amount of bourbon, and oak upfront, but not in an overpowering way. roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee. simply incredible.

A: great appearance. pours jet black like motor oil, good head for such a high alcohol beer. deep tan.

T: this is delicious! soft bourbon, oak, vanilla followed up dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. no taste of the alcohol. dark chocolate lingers on the palate after each sip

M: thick and creamy! just like a barrel aged stout should be.

O: this is incredible! this is now one of my favorite beers! its a shame its $15 for 12 oz. the price is the only flaw! (700 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle from a great trader, poured July 3, 2014. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark brown head, nice and creamy. Aroma of chocolate, mellow bourbon, vanilla, caramel, anise, oak char. Reminds me a lot of Black Note on the nose. Very rich smelling yet not over the top. Flavor follows with a nice vanilla chocolate caramel note, dark fruits, long roasty finish with lingering vanilla, definite char flavors from the oaky bourbon barrels. Huge rich mouthfeel that is right on the nose with low medium carbonation. While this has a hard yet more on the fruity side than I tend to like in the style, there is no question this is world class. The bourbon barrels only accent the flavors and this isn't just some huge bourbon bomb. Nicely done. (749 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Doodler in a surprise box a while back. Very generous man. Much appreciated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Batch 2
27 June 2013
848 cases produced

Apparently the brewer's 6th great uncle Jacob was the first to call his whisky "bourbon."

APPEARANCE: A nice black pour yields a one finger, slightly thinner, foamy tan head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades very quickly to a ring only. Ring remains all the way leaving no lacing down the grass. Black beer, but mediocre head.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, with vanilla, light grapes or red wine as well. Interesting and different. Touches of milk chocolate as well. A bit of port.

TASTE: Quite boozy. Bourbon, oak and port wine up front. Some spicy alcohol through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bourbon, red wine, alcohol, vanilla notes and some dark chocolate too. Quite boozy with lots of alcohol and port flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body, thinner, with higher levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down okay and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some decent heat lingers. Spicy alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay, but it's a bit too boozy for my liking. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like for the style as well. Lots of wine and alcohol at the expense of the stout qualities. Would actually like to to try the base stout on its own. Thanks again for the treats Doodler! (1,471 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body, foamy tan head that stays around for a unexpectedly long time.

S- Huge sweet bourbon, caramel, sweet sugary syrup, hints of oak, roasted malts.

T- Big bourbon sweetness, very sugary, big caramel notes, just enough wood presence, some chocolate. Absolutely huge flavor.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bourbon sweetness left behind in the mouth.

O- Just a huge, robust, thick bourbon stout that dominates the taste buds. Reminds me of BCBS with the huge flavor. (500 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure when/where I first had this. This review is for a recent tasting at City Tap House, Philly, PA.

Viscous black pour, with a small brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, some minor lacing clinging to the glass for a second or two when swirled. Nice big stouty aroma, dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, barrel notes. The taste was good, but didn't quite live up to the aroma, rich malts, mostly sweet with a background roasty bitterness, bourbon-soaked oak with a dash of vanilla and toasted coconut, notes of dark dried fruits and a hint of smokiness. Body was on the fuller side of medium, robust mouthfeel, and pretty strong with booze, as you might expect for a 14+% beer (not unusual for Avery). Doesn't quite stack up to some of the bigger names in the world of barrel aged stouts, but in and of itself, this is still a very good brew. (868 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like deep, deep roasty espresso with a shot of Hershey's syrup and a cherry on top. Tastes much the same. Maybe even sweeter than BCBS, with more fruit too. I'm getting grapes, cherry and a ton of dark fruit. A little whiskey around the edges.

As much as the roasty notes factored into the nose, they take a back seat to big fruit sweetness on the palate. Some chocolate ice cream too. This beer is BIGGG. Clings to your mouth like syrup. It's almost a little too sweet and I'm begging for some char. Best to treat this one like a dessert beer. (552 characters)

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Edit june 2014...The last release of Uncle Jacob's was extremely underwhelming. It lacked the complexity of past vintages, and was just ok. (768 characters)

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