Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 1,909
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
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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 4thelvofbeer
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

(2013 vintage)

The beer comes in a black color with a coffee brown head.

The aroma immediately hits of bourbon soaked cherries, plums, dark figs. It also has strong notes of 2014 Bourbon County with lots of molasses, dark dark chocolate, and vanilla and bourbon on the back.

On the flavor, again follows of 2014 Bourbon County. A burnt caramel and brown sugar note up front , along with a burst sweetness with dark fruit of sweet cherries, figs, berries. Then onto a theme of bourbon heat, vanilla, a touch of coconut. Then onto a roasty bitterness along with espresso.

The balance of heat, sweetness, and roasted along with the heavy barrel character is incredible. A bit thinner and hotter than Bourbon County, but stands up there with complexity. (754 characters)

Photo of Rish907
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (527 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,649 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (549 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black ink with a very small off white head

S: bourbon, tobacco, leather, chocolate

T: Lots of bourbon with toffee, vanilla, leather, and tobacco not too sweet booze is hidden well for being such a high ABV

M: Fuller in the feel with a slick high alcohol feel

O: This beer is dynamite its got a great nose and feel and the taste is amazing. It might be expensive but its something you should treat yourself too. Its robust boozy and velvety! (487 characters)

Photo of Way2drunk
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So a random trip to 3 Forks restaurant Chicago for a post wedding rehearsal dinner! I ask 4 beer options and I get this little diamond in the ruff! Why does this place have an awesome beer on tap?!! Poured into a huge cognac glass this barrel aged stout smells sweet and finishes delicious! Thank you beer GoDs! I thought a Guinness was my best option in my near beer future! (375 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and motor-oil black with a solid finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Rich notes of chocolate and roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, and warming bourbon sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, roasty, and rich.

Overall, truly a top-contended in my opinion. The alcohol is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV, this will definitely creep up on you. (452 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 900th Review, on my 33rd Birthday.

2015 Version. 16.9% abv.

A: Pours like mud with a deep brown espresso crema of a head, which dissipates rather quickly into a body of obsidian oil.

S: A rich thick malt aroma that only comes from big beers comes right out. Oak Vanilla and bourbon follow immediately, with a big boozy finish.

T: Holy wow. Rich dark malt amazingly sweet up front with notes of vanilla, and dark bitter chocolate. I'm not picking up a lot of the bourbon, but hopefully it will come out more as this warms up. Oaky in the finish with an incredibly long finish with bitter licorice notes and woody flavors. As it warms the bourbon, oak and vanilla kick it into high gear, making this beer an explosion of complex flavors.

M: Rich thick mouth feel. This is beer in cream form. The carbonation is actually fairly lively for the style, and has a hell of a cling.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer. Rich, luxurious and just crazy tasty. (962 characters)

Photo of MRLMedic
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So I figured I'd review this brew as my first. I first had this as the first beer to kick off a weekend full of Phish shows. Beer was poured into a solo cup and drank almost instantly. I enjoyed it so much, I went back to the spot of purchased and bought all of them off the self. I'm reviewing my second time enjoying this brew.

12 oz bottle (Bottled 6/27/13 Batch #2) poured into snifter

Classic dessert beer here. Pours dark black, beautiful 2 finger head, smells amazing.

Initial taste is bourbon, after taste is best described by creamy dark chocolate and some toffee and caramel. Goes down so smooth for a 16.53%.

FULL BODY - Mouth feel is excellent. Well worth the $15.99 i paid per bottle. Really looking forward to having this again next year after it's been in the cellar a while. A+ double stout that I highly recommend. (837 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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 JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black and viscous with a quickly fading mocha head with ruby highlights. Bourbon hits the nose first, followed by dark chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Lots of bourbon on the palate along with cocoa and quite a bit of alcohol heat. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding BA stout, but at 17% ABV, it's a bruiser! (358 characters)

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Robust, silky smooth, full-bodied. Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. Definitely Reccomend and know I'm a lucky man for being able to get my hands on this! I'm a burbon kind of guy when I'm not drinking beer, which makes this a must have for me! (280 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an 8oz glass from the tap. Black in color with a one finger length mocha colored head. Quick sniff shows a bunch a sweet booziness as expected along with chocolate and vanilla. The taste starts with boozy sweetness with a surprisingly spicy bite. The middle sees the booze fade away and dense chocolate and vanilla flavors that are balanced by chewy caramel in the finish. Low carbonation, full bodied, and at 16% abv it isn't close to cloying at all. Overall, this didn't disappoint and its well deserving of a world class score. Right up there with the best bourbon barrel stouts, and certaintly unique from the pack with a spicy alcohol bite and a great caramel/chocolate combo. (700 characters)

Photo of DoshBeerBalla
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,121 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, mocha head. I want to try and float a bottle cap on it. I bet it would hold.

S: Huge chocolate notes. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Light roasted notes. Really opens up as it warms.

T: Wow. Big cocoa sweetness, with a bourbon punch. Vanilla and caramel are prevalent. Sweet, hot, boozy, roasty and just delightful. Reminds me a lot of 2012 BCBS. Which is a good thing.

M: Thick and viscous. Almost syrupy. Warming. A pleasure to drink.

O: This beer really took me by surprise. I was expecting good, but it is spectacular. I love big, boozy, flavor packed stouts and this one stands up with the best of them. To some it may be too strong or too boozy. That's fine, leave it on the shelf... more for me. (737 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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 kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home. (205 characters)

Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome! (248 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color in a Brooklyn snifter with no head.

Aroma: I could spend a lot of time just taking in the aroma: deep chocolate, cocoa- very complex.

Taste: deep chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla- milk chocolate.

Finish: light alcoholic finish which deepens with warming. The oak presence also becomes prominent with warming. The body of the beer is light- which works well with an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, and alcoholic finish.

Overall: a great Bourbon Barrel aged stout. One of the top in the class. This is a different approach than the BBCS- a lighter body and different emphasis on flavor. There is a stronger alc finish in the BBCS, and the oak is stronger. I like the lighter balance in this beer better. Both are superb examples of the style. (788 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/20/14
Location: Foodtown Express (Yonkers)
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to brown in color with a large viscous ring. Light brown carbonation which dissipates quickly. The beer has legs as you sip it clings as it collapses.
Aromatics: The beer is clearly fueled with bourbon as it envelopes the majority of the aroma. There is a big alcohol aroma, a light vanilla and light toffee all coming from the barrel. The next odor is the fruit which is dark mostly prunes and some black cherries.
Flavor: So many flavors in this beer it's really quite a beauty. The front of my tongue is just hammered with sweet sugars. Then the big dark prunes and cherries. Coffee flavors are clearly found with bitter chocolates. The alcohol is there adding to every flavor.
Mouthfeel: The body is very heavy with very viscous oils. The beer has an almost burdensome chew to it as the sugars and body just stick to my tongue, checks, roof, tonsils.
Notes: (952 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class. (225 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jacob

A- dark brown to black. thick creamy brown head with great retention and lacing
S- sweet bourbon, honey, toffee, caramel
T- strong bourbon, charcoal, charred wood, bakers chocolate
M- thick and creamy as it hits you mouth, then harsh alcohol bites your tongue. Low carbonation.
O- very hot at first but as the beer warms the alcohol settles and it opens up nicely. It molds into semi sweet chocolate bourbon liqueur. Well done. (434 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled Fed 2013

A- pours a opaque black color with a small creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edge, leaving no lacing behind

S- strong and rich aromas of nutty chocolate fudge, espresso, charred malt, chocolate cake batter, bourbon alcohol, caramelized brown sugar & a hint of vanilla

T- there's a big whipping cream sweetness that hits the palate initially, notes of dark chocolate follow and mimic flavors of chocolate cake batter. More sweet notes of molasses and burnt brown sugar kick in, followed by rich espresso, sherry & smoked wood. The bourbon flavors carry through to the finish, adding some caramel and vanilla flavors. Some alcohol on the linger with more rich dark chocolate

M- heavy viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and oily mouthfeel that coats the mouth and lasts long after the finish

O- this drinks remarkably easy for nearly 17% ABV. There's a sweetness to it that seems to balance out any harsh alcohol notes, and compliments the bourbon and chocolate nearly perfectly (1,090 characters)

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.