Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 489
Gots: 452 | FT: 63
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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Photo of Martinus
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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 B-29Pilot
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my absolute favorite beers. I have purchased several over the course of a few months, (2013 batch) and I have shared a few of them with my friends. I have a few stashed aside for aging, and I plan on doing some side by side comparisons as future batches are released.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a nice tan head that leaves a beautiful oily coat on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly boozy from the bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruits (dates/plums).

Taste: Toffee, dark fruits, bourbon (light), chocolate creme.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full bodied.

Overall: This is a beast of a beer. At a 16.53% it goes down more like an 8%. I highly encourage that you split a bottle with a friend if you open it. It is always better to share, and you won't have to try to get the license plate of the truck that ran you over if you drink it alone. The quest has begun to get a few bottles of 2012. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of McAttitude
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, dark black with a dark brown head. Super carbonation especially for the amount of alcohol!

Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Nutty, buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, alcohol!

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. thick creamy, full bodied.

Overall: This is a superb beer now and can only get better with time! Glad I have 3 more aging!

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of tomfneph
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of WCW
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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 spoony
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 355 ml bottle (review is based primarily on a bottle dated June 27, 2013, but I also had a 2012 bottle) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes date November 25, 2013.

A-The short walnut-colored head drops quickly into a collar. The head leaves some oily legs on the glass. The brew is opaque and espresso brown...almost black. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The aroma is an ultra rich mixture of dark and milk chocolate, cream, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. There is a slight twang of boozy heat, but it fits well with the brew and compliments the caramel and vanilla smell. Really inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get dark chocolate mousse, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon-y, boozy caramel and brown sugar, and some graham cracker. The alcohol is not completely buried, but for nearly 18%, the heat is moderate.

M-The feel is thick, almost chewy, and dense. Carbonation is below average.

O-This is close to my favorite beer ever and easily my favorite stout (or imperial stout). It is complex, big, decadent, rich, but never harsh or overblown. The beer literally oozes flavor and character. I was particularly surprised by how little the 2012 had changed compared to the 2013; they were nearly identical in flavor and feel, which suggests both that this beer is great fresh and will hold up for a while. I could just sit and sip on this for hours.

Photo of tappangordo
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Rish907
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible thickness, richness, and strength exudes from Avery's newest Barrel Aged collection. And though over 17% abv., the beer hides its alcohol deceptively well.

The beer pours with a highly viscous and creamy weight. Jet black in color and completely opaque, the beer is heavy headed with a dense mocha froth that piles on top. Extreme persistence in its foam stance, the beer laces remarkably, especially for its high alcohol and barrel character.

Powerful seduction of aromas radiate from the rim of the snifter with a collage make up with rich Belgian chocolate, espresso, light smoke, cake batter, sherry wine, bourbon alcohol, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. The complex scent is highly appetizing and ooh so savory.

Flavors follow with even more strength and complexity than those of the nose. A lust creamy taste of brownies, espresso and black-strap molasses command its robust taste. But then other savory notes of sherry, port, mesquite, and light soy sauce offer a sultry, savory, almost meaty taste that you can really sink your teeth into.

The beer coats the mouth like heavy whipping cream because of its proportions and viscosity. But with the bolder, roastier taste, the stout remains lush, velvety and silky in body. The beer's taste and texture linger infinitely on the palate with strong alcohol warmth and evading any unnecessary burn. Finishing malty-sweet, the palate is rewarded as well as with the most savory of desserts.

This stout weaves together its web of tastes seamlessly and provocatively. Its truly seductive to the taste buds and easily makes you forget about its power- an absolutely devilish stout!

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.