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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 507
Gots: 468 | FT: 66
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:
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 rudzud
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received numerous bottles of this from trades and bottle shop pickups. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep deep brownish black hue with a nice deep mocha one finger head that fades to leave a very, very thin blanket along the top. VERY impressive for the ABV, very impressive.

S - Surprisingly and shockingly the alcohol is very, very nicely hidden in this. There are some very nice light bourbon and light vanilla and even some coconut. Getting some dark fruits, which I'm not really a fan of.

T - Strong bourbon heat upfront but that is shockingly overtaken by big vanilla and chocolate. ALOT of chocolate. Dark fruits on the finish but its quickly overtaken by some sweetish bourbon and vanilla. Some really, really nice flavours here. Still hot, but that should change over time. Huge chocolate aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is great all things considered. That alcohol needs to cool down a bit with age. Its silky smooth though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer alot. I think it needs some time to develop into that next step. Glad I've got 6 more to let sit for a while, I think this has potential to become something amazing.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of outoffocus
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didn't believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so I'm not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.

update 2013 batch 8/8/13

Much more enjoyable this year, it has heat but it doesn't seem as powerful this year. Really good chocolate flavor

Update 2014 batch 2/23/14

Even better than last year's. I think it's an interesting coincidence that as the ABV has dropped each year it gets better. Good stuff.

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle, the last bottle of a distant trade. Bottle dated March 2012. Split with my wife, since it's 4:26 AM or something & I should really be sleeping.

The pours is black, dense, & looks a bit peeved, to be honest. Minimal carbonation. Beer reaches out & grabs my nose hairs, which I need to trim/pull, big, rich, bourbon, vanilla, deep malts. Chocolate, sugar. Yum.

Uncle Jacob's Stout is like a thick spike of alcohol into the forebrain. Or brain stem. I always get them confused. Huge malts meld with a chocolatey sweetness, huge, heavy. Bourbon isn't subtle even at two years, contributes vanilla, drying wood. Plague of bourbon, caramel peeks out as it warms. Finish is pure drunkenass. Nearly as thick as the Three Rivers Farm maple syrup that I love so much, this would go great with waffles. I could drink this until...what was the question?

Not quite as impressive as I recall from our first casual encounter, but a very good beer.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know it may be a bit too hot for a 18% ABV Imperial Stout that's barrel aged, but I have been dying for one as of late.

A-Pours a sludgy, viscous ink. Zero light penetration. Head is beautiful. Dark, dark tan than fluffs up quickly but dies down to a thinner shirt atop the beer. You can actually hear the head fizzle and pop away over time. The body leaves legs like wine. Excellent looking.

S-Huge wallop of boozy bourbon. The alcohol is obviously very prevalent here but the oaky bourbon whiskey really makes the alcohol tantalizing. Incredibly rich milk chocolate note. The chocolate is just unbelievably concentrated. Super charred french vanilla coffee. Great nose with humongous girth!

T-Wow, this is impressive. The bourbon really sets in on the back end but the alcohol is more submissive than I was expecting. The coffee flavor literally ceases to leave my palate. The burnt caramel and BRILLIANT chocolate flavors are impeccable. Like a Kahlua mixed cocktail with chocolate covered caramel candy sitting at the bottom of the glass. There are some great extra notes of vanilla extract, leather and tobacco. Also some whiskey-dipped plums.

M-One of the fullest bodies I have ever come across. Carbonation is almost nonexistent and this allows your mouth to truly appreciate how incredibly viscous this beer actually is.

O/D-At $11 a 12 oz. it is a piggy bank breaker, but this beer is pretty phenomenal. Just ridiculously full bodied and rich. Would maybe like a bit more bourbon in the flavor but the other aspects of the beer's taste more than make up for it. I think its worth the price tag.

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and lots of coconut and vanilla, with oak and coffee and molasses and alcohol.
T: It tasted like sugary sweet molasses and chocolate and vanilla, with some coconut and oak and coffee. It had a sticky sweet aftertaste with significant alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Excellent huge body.
D: This was a huge brew, with a complex scent and taste. A little sugary for me, but still delicious. The body was great, but the finish was super hot, so it must be sipped. A few years or more would likely do this beast some good. Nice fresh, but pretty crazy.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: inky black, dark brown fing head, dissipates to a frothy ring.

Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, buttery, caramel, charred wood.

Taste: buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze. Burns the throat.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, full bodied.

Overall: nice flavors and aromas, but its hot. I split the bottle, don't think I could have put away the whole thing.

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Holland
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin brown head with great retention. Thick looking.

S: bourbon, sweetness, dark fruit, huge smell

T: sweetness is huge with a slight bitterness, big bourbon and alcohol flavor along with huge roasted malt stout flavors and some old ale like dark fruit (fig, date) flavors. Only part that brings it down is the noticeable alcohol.

M: huge body with impressive carbonation for the body.

O: great beer, but the sweetness can be overwhelming, and the bitterness and bourbon does not quite cover it. $10 to $16 per bottle and still worth it.

Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, sat in the fridge for about 2 months and finally busting this beast out.

A- Poured half and half into two glasses with a superbly pitch black body. Small head forms to less than a finger with a light tan hue. Bubbly foam dies down fairly fast to a small fizzy ring. Lace is pretty much not going to happen, a spot or two.

S- Deep cereal grains and oatmeal are massive and there is what I used to refer to as The Bruery sweetness (BT and Bois). Thick brown sugary and molasses but not overpowering because the Bourbon barrel certainly makes its presence known. Dark roast chocolate grains and burnt malt feel.

T- Reminds me quite a bit of Black Tuesday to be honest. The alcohol comes through, not necessarily in a bad way, and creates a massive syrupy, burnt roast malt beast. That sweetness once again shows with a molasses, caramel candy note. Bourbon barrel adds a nice dimension and the oak contrasts the base stout nicely. Some vanilla, raisin, dark fruit and slight oxidation reminding me of an Old Ale.

MF- Thick, thick, thick body. This is about as substantial as it gets. Oily and slightly sugary thickness on the palate. Carbonation at a low but nearly medium level considering the strength. Alcohol lingers but not nearly as much as I expected.

As stated above, this reminds me of Black Tuesday a lot but not quite as sweet as the former. The raw strength of the stout and base brew seems to contrast but still blend nicely with fresh woody oak and some good whiskey notes. I should pick up a 2013 bottle just to see if age has changed this 17.43% beast at all...

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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