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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 165
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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a medium sized dense brown head. Leaves a solid wall of lacing as it slowly fades away.

S: I can smell the bourbon from across the room after I pour it. Strong toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. There is roasted malt hiding behind it with some char and chocolate mainly.

T: Up front is stinging bourbon with again, toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Light vanilla is present throughout the beer. Smooths out surprisingly quickly after the initial bourbon hit. Big chocolate and caramel in the middle. Fades into a vanilla oakiness with hints of chocolate and a little char. Vanilla lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Thick, heavy, and syrupy. Surprisingly smooth.

O: My first impression is that this reminds me a lot of Black Tuesday. This has a bit stronger bourbon hit up front, but with less molasses than BT. This is a delicious exercise in extreme barrel aged stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 04:40:21 | More by Dope
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lnashsig

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 80. Honestly its getting fucking hard to do this. The Astros suck nuts and I keep trudging along with the challenge. Oh well, here we go. And, a fucking huge one for tonight. Uncle Jacob, weighing in at 18%. I am a masochist for even doing this, but a new beer must be drunk, and a new beer to me this is.

So, out of the bottle and into the glass this goes. Pours an absolutely pitch black color, thick like raw oil coming up out of the ground. A nice tan head forms around the top, it basically bubbles up out of the dark thick mud. Smell- Charred molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate. This beer bitch slapped me already. Taste- just a super thick velvet of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, charred molasses, and crazy amounts of booze wraps itself around my tongue and sides of my mouth. Jesus. This is an evil dark motherfucker of a beer. A little but of liquorice at the end of the booze, this reminds me of BCS in some ways, but its bigger and has a super thick mouthfeel. Wow. for 18%, and a beer thats basically fresh, the ABV is not too abrasive. It is there as you would expect it to be, but this is more drinkable than I expected. Seek this out, buy several, let them cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:37:28 | More by lnashsig
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harrymel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 27MAR12

Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. It's funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I don't buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 07:29:16 | More by harrymel
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up a month or so ago at Top Hops in NYC. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice; split with my brother. Bottled 03/27/12.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or so. Looks awesome.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted malts, oak, and burnt malts. Nose is pretty amazing; just a ton of sweet (good) bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Huge fan of this so far.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, burnt malts, toasted malts, bread, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose pretty closely but has a little more alcohol to it in my opinion. You can definitely taste some heat from the bourbon barrels but I like it. Very small step down from the nose.

m - Full bodied stout with low to moderate carbonation; the body is thick and chewy. Very good mouthfeel for a big stout; some heat but does not feel over 17% ABV at all.

o - Overall I loved this one; I was blown away with how great it was. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel for a big stout, and the nose and taste are a fantastic mix of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. It is definitely a hot beer, but if you like bourbon-forward hot beers as long as it still tastes good and mixes well with other flavors than this would be right up your alley. With a little time on it in the cellar this could become even better, but IMO it's great now. Definitely going to be looking to get more bottle of this soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 15:44:08 | More by mdfb79
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a thin rim of dissipating tan head. Spotty lacing.

The nose is beastly and incredible. Chocolate, caramel, tannin, bourbon and oak are inviting me in so nicely. Smooth and sweet. Lovely.

The flavors are following the nose closely. 17.42%? No way. Dangerously drinkable. Notes of fudge, bakers chocolate, wood, bourbon and some dark fruits. A true dessert beer that tickles the tastebuds. Sweet, buttery, bourbony gloriousness.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, coating the palate with sticky and sweet beauty.

Overall, awesomeness. If u get a chance, drink it or be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:07:46 | More by ChugginOil
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this stout at the bar at Avery's brewery. Also had the pleasure to meet the sales manger, and a couple of the brewers that were working there, that were also from NH & VT just like me. This is a great beer and it tasted even better being right there when it is made and where it is made. The sales manger was really a great guy and gave a mixed beer and juice drink he was having plus a special bottle of Kaiser to take home. The Avery stop was part of a four day, 16 brewery tour that my brother and a couple of other buddies did to Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Great trip....

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 14:32:42 | More by ricknelson
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap this pours with unbelievable viscosity! Thick, rich and incredibly dark this stout is like a syrup capped with an equally thick brown head.

The aroma has immense character with rich and creamy qualities. Molasses, caramel, deep chocolate, coconut, vanilla, oak bourbon, slight toffee, marshmallow and tinges of Graham cracker malt all make appearances in the nose.

The flavors are thick and full with a full complement of oak and creamy chocolate. Light bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel follow at mid palate. This finishes with a tangy dark fruit, prune and raisin, with just a little alcohol.

The feel is super thick, very creamy but there is a quarter point lose on the tangy alcohol finish that hangs on to the tongue.

I had huge expectation and Damn I'm impressed. This really was fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 01:15:53 | More by KYGunner
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

are you kidding me? a beer could not be any bigger! new one from avery. pours espresso colored with a short espresso colored head that fades right out. looks like the consistency of black tar. smells less like coffee, but its still present, ground fresh and strong. like a woody liquor, oak for sure in the nose, with robust booze, tobacco, and black licorice notes, even a whack of fresh coconut, runny warm caramel, and sludgy espresso. the alcoholic burn in the nose more or less gives away the huge abv. the flavor though is less straight booze. very sweet, i taste the bourbon now, a very alive concoction. other flavors introduce themselves one by one... first is toffee sweetness, melting into a marshmallowy alcoholic thing, which is followed by a cigar-like fresh tobacco stickiness. feel is epic too, straight woody spirits leave a deep burn. the almost nonexistant carbonation and syrupy heavy body make it last on the teeth, almost unpleasantly in a raw sugary way. so so smooth though it demands high ratings. foaming in the mouth and ever larger, meliora! overall a pretty absurd beer from the most inconsistent brewery in the country. its one of the most massive beers of all time as far as im concerned. thanks beer gods for this masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:57:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

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

with a nice aggressive pour a huge caramel head was left and with each sip it clinged to the side of the glass like a demi-glace to a spoon (thats good).
Smell was a bit lacking compared to the taste but still a decent one. had nice notes of huge roast and vanillia coconut. alcohol was present but so little for this big of a beer.
Taste was almost perfect. great creamy roasty character with a luxurious vanilla background. I can feel the alcohol warmth as it goes down to the stomach but for that big of a beer its really well hidden. ive had 10% beers that are way more harsh that this one.
Overall I would kill this beer everynight with no problem and besides Black Tuesday 09 probably the best 17+% alcohol beer I've had. Really well made and I will be searching for more

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:36:39 | More by chefmikeanderson
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Morey

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours black with about one finger of brown head, which settled quickly to a thin and spotty layer. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides on my glass as I tilt my snifter back and forth. There's some head retention after each sip, but it falls back into the beer in a hurry.

Aroma: Dark Fruits (figs, dates, & raisins) , Chocolate Covered Cherries, Bourbon, Licorice, Caramel, and faint Butterscotch.

Taste: ....follows the nose. I'm getting figs and dates up front. I'm also getting a nice dark chocolate sweetness towards the middle, as well as some caramel. Thankfully, there's also a roasted quality near the back-end helping to balance things out. There's some heat from the alcohol and more dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a slick feel. Low level of carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: WOW! Alcohol is really well hidden for a whopping 17.42%! Don't get me wrong, it warms you, and you can feel a buzz coming on after your 2nd sip, but this beer is ready to drink now. Reminds me a lot of Mephistopheles with a nice Bourbon character added. Great stuff! I need more.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 13:21:03 | More by Morey
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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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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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Resuin

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled on 06/27/2013 which is about 4.5 months ago.

Appearance: Pours black and thick and leaves less than a half finger of really dark brown head that fades quickly. The head might be the darkest I've seen.

Smell: Big bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, char, raisins, figs. Lots of big flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Milk chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, oak, mild coffee, licorice. A very nice balance of sweetness and bitter for the style. Well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Starts sweet and finishes a bit bitter.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a big, slightly sticky, creamy body. The carbonation eases this one down and it finishes smooth with the alcohol really well masked.

Overall: A quality big, bourbon stout. Tons of flavor yet definitely well balanced. With the alcohol masked so well, this one could be a bit dangerous, but the mini 12 ounce bottle takes care of that.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:27:23 | More by Resuin
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minterro

Colorado

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

Either bought at Little's in Denver, CO or got as part of a beer trade. Either way Batch #2, 16.53% when bottled on June 27, 2013. At this point a little over a year old (6 months in barrels and 7.5 in the bottle). No special reason to crack this one open tonight, just seemed like a good age to give it a go (especially since I got another one).

A&S: Spectacular smell upon cracking it! A huge and complex aroma consisting of dark fruits (plums), bananas dipped in dark chocolate, bourbon (smells pretty hot still), and some coffee. Bourbon and cocoa come through more as it warms. One of the darkest black beers I've seen. Doesn't look super thick when poured. Head is dark cherry/tan, pours super fizzy (about a half finger) and dies quickly to a ring. Very clean, surprisingly no residue clinging at the bottom of the bottle.

T&M: Very powerful & warming. Tons of bourbon upfront (even without letting it warm too much) wow this thing sure has a kick! Dark cocoa is present in the midway through. Not much in the department of fruits (bananas or plums) like in the aroma. Very mellow toasty tones towards the finish. Taste hangs around even on a thinner body. Actually become a bit less alcoholic as it warms with is pretty unusual. Body is thinner than expected for the style, but not for the appearance when poured, overall kinda sharp. Carbonation is medium to low.

Overall: This beer is a bruiser, even a bit too powerful. It a beer that deserves its rating, but probably not much higher. I would like to let it sit longer to cool down, but after my experience with 3.5-4 year aged Harvest Ale I'm afraid to let beers sit too long (although another few months won't compare to 4ish years). This beer this brew most resembles is KBS from Founders, I would love to do a side by side (I honestly don't know what I would prefer nowadays).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 05:59:18 | More by minterro
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

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

A: black with slightly tan head that rises from depths, covers the surface, then collects at sides, leaving decent lacing

S: alcohol essence over roasted chocolate smell, with the barrel woodiness also coming through

T/M: starts a little sweet (like BCBS) and a little chocolatey, but transforms into a dark-cherry/chocolate taste, with a bit of tartness that would come with a cherry taste. As the beer warms, this taste difference isn't quite as strong, and does portray a more classic bourbon barrel taste. A slightly resinous bitterness comes in when the beer is cooler, but is more subdued as it warms.

O: a very strong offering. My first few tastes I was thinking it might top my favorite BBS, but it doesn't quite reach that level. It's cost might prohibit me from buying it again, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:01:13 | More by cjgiant
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of dark caramel and toasted malt, bourbon, dark dried fruit, chocolate truffle. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with little char, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, hints of chocolate and coffee, kinda boozy. Heavy bodied, almost syrupy, but with pleasant carbonation. A really nice bourbony imperial stout with complex flavor and perhaps a bit more booziness than expected (common with big Avery beers, I think). But after a few sips, all is forgiven. This seems like a prime candidate for aging and I will do so, if I can ever find more. Man, I love bourbon and beer together.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 04:28:12 | More by LiquidAmber
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barczar

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black opaque color with a frothy quarter inch mocha head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer.

Dark chocolate, espresso, roast malt, and dark fruit begin the aroma. Further investigation reveals a substantial soy presence, asking with vanilla and oaky bourbon.

Rich dark chocolate and bruised cherries are accented by coffee grounds and burnt breadcrust, which hit mid palate and carry into a somewhat oaky finish. Underlying notes of prunes, raisins, and dates add complexity. Dark fruits eventually dominate the flavor after several sips. Bourbon is present, but not overpowering. The finish is lightly bitter.

Body is fairly thick and slick, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol heat, which ignites in the throat and carries into the gut.

Great chocolate character initially, but dark fruit notes become a little overpowering. Of course it's a little hot...a lot hot, actually, but mighty tasty. Wish the chocolate or roast were a little more prevalent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 22:19:27 | More by barczar
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Viperman1316

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Beer Review!
So here we go

A: Poured into a DFH 120 snifter. Pours so black that the sun can’t pass light through it. It yields a darker tan 1/2 finger head that dissipates almost immediately with little to no lacing on the glass.

S: As soon as you crack the bottle you can smell the immediate coffee and chocolate up front. Strong nose of bourbon after it sits for a minute.

T: Intense bourbon up front with lots of coffee on the back of the tongue. Alcohol hits hard, then backs off. It leaves quite a burn in the back of the throat but this was expected after seeing the 16.53% ABV on the bottle. There is a little chocolate and vanilla as this beer warms.

M: Lots of carbonation up front. Still has a good syrupy mouthfeel, very chewy.

O: I know people will compare this BBS to BCBS, and they have the right to do so. They are beers brewed in the same style with their own profiles. This one is an excellent representation of a bold BBS. Good flavor, a bit much on the alcohol, and a pretty solid mouthfeel. Overall, Well done Avery.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:18:05 | More by Viperman1316
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KevinA107

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I received this beer as a gift and what a very pleasant surprise. the pour was very rich and reminded me of a rich heavy stout. the appearnce is dark brown with a hint of gold.

Bourbon is really present with a rich caramel and toasted element on the nose.

The beer is pleasantly heavy with a rich element of that sought after bourbon taste with the elements of quality stout coming through.

the lingering taste is well balanced and holds up well.

I really like the beer and will look for some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:40:27 | More by KevinA107
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beergoot

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes dated 12/7/13 during the 1st annual BA Winter Warmer Pub Crawl: Denver Style. Todd split a 12 oz bottle between eight of us at the Lucky Pie in LoDo. I lucked out and had two small pours...

Opaque brown body with a thin brown head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, oak, dates. Flavors mirror the aroma with the addition of a big booze note and sharp hop bitterness. Rich, thick, heavy mouthfeel with lots of residual sugars.

An eye-opening, big beer. A must have for the adventurous lovers of large, complex dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:26:40 | More by beergoot
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at Firkin and poured into snifter. Black an inky on the pour with minimal head and lacing. Nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla with a considerable amount of char from the barrel. Waves of chocolate and roast emanate strongly with mild boozy character which I find surprising considering the massive gravity of this brew. The taste is very sweet up front with molasses and licorice. This is followed by by intense roast, dark chocolate, an highlights of vanilla. The mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy. Very mild in the carbonation department. Overall, I am very impressed with the balance considering the high abv. This is damn good and I recommend those looking for an intense stout to seek this one out!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:55:13 | More by homebrew311
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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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hops202

District of Columbia

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

Bottle poured into a stone snifter. Bottled 2/2014

Pours a thick midnight black/used motor oil look with mocha head. Aroma is intoxicating - heavy bourbon but so wonderful at the same time. Lots of vanilla, some light chocolate and roast and toasted coconut. Taste is much of the same with lots of alcohol and sticky mouthfeel and more heat from the alcohol, tons of alcohol. Overall this is a damn good bourbon barrel stout, it is certainly comparable with some of the big names out there like BCBS and Blacknote, although still a small step behind but certainly better than most, just a bit too much alcohol. However the outrageously high price certainly takes it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:19:27 | More by hops202
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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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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled June 27th 2013. abv on bottle given as 16.53.

Pours motor oil thick, jet black, with a very nice coffee with a couple of dashes of cream colored head, about 1 1/2 fingers, thick and foamy. If you look closely, the ring around the edge of the glas is white, quite interesting. After a few sips, the head diminishes to a thin covering, thicker around the edges of the glass. Halfway through it disappears altogether. Very little lacing early on, none by halfwy through. Didn't find much carbonation.

Nose is delightful. Faintly roasted malts, sweet,
dried fruit, chocolate, some vanilla. the booze aroma is there, but not overpowering.

Taste was wonderful, not sure I can adequately describe it. "It tastes great" was my impression. The bourbon booze was there, but quite gentle and warming. The stout bitterness also there, but leaving only faint bites around the edge of the tongue. Buttery and chocolate tastes are there, and the dried fruit, but there is something else I cant quite put my finger on which seems to pull it all together.

Mouth seeemed a bit on the thin side of medium, which was a little surprising. A little over half way through the 90 minutes of sipping, the beer seemed to diminish quite a bit.

Overall, certainly enjoyed this sipper of a beer. Might be one of the most quaffable high octane beers I've ever had, and had to make a deliberate effort not to take a few big mouthfuls. Would certainly reccomend it for anyone with a sweet tooth, and a passion for smooth soothing stouts..

Serving type: bottle

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