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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 425
Gots: 423 | FT: 51
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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Holland

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:18:54 | More by Holland
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-23-2013 18:14:30 | More by twelveinches
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-14-2012 05:47:47 | More by strongaf
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-13-2013 04:05:02 | More by outoffocus
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-12-2013 19:54:43 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-04-2012 00:19:21 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 1 year)

A fairly standard, though incredibly appropriate, pour for a big, barrel-aged, imperial stout. Black throughout, relatively thick in appearance, and just the smallest bit of visible carbonation. Leaves the glass somewhat oily on the way down.

Still some harsh alcohol notes during the initial whiff, though once that peels away there are very nice chocolate and bourbon notes. This isn't a particularly expressively aromatic bourbon barrel-aged stout, but what's here is very nice.

Where this leaves something to be desired in the aroma department, this beer comes through with a knockout in the flavor. The alcohol is hidden magnificently, butted up against layers of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Exceptional, and scary drinkable, especially at its given strength.

Medium to near full in body, oily, slick, and full in the mouth. Coating. Sticky. Leaves a long, seemingly never-ending chocolate finish.

Exceptional. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:52:40 | More by ehammond1
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-08-2013 22:43:32 | More by ShemRahBoo
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.3%

10-18-2013 02:43:38 | More by kscaldef
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-22-2014 02:32:28 | More by ZEB89
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-08-2012 04:29:07 | More by Exiled
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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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cosmicevan

New York

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thought i had reviewed this one, but must be in the backlog from tastings. none-the-less, enjoyed from a DL mini snifter.

a - poured a pretty stunning black. thick and rich with a thin tan head. looks pretty tasty.

s - big and bold. chocolate, some roast, black licorice and booze. smells decadent and rich, like a slice of chocolate chocolate chocolate cake (with chocolate chips).

t - taste follows the awesomeness of the nose. fairly hot but very drinkable for the size. chocolate and booze soaked wood. roast and sweetness. VERY sweet. intensely sweet.

m - make no mistake, this is a big beer...and there is no hiding that. big and boozy. thick and chewy.

o - overall, avery pulled it off. a drinkable 17.42 stout. not quite as drinkable as a rumpkin, but a worthy stout. great beer for a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:45:27 | More by cosmicevan
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srandycarter

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as all, nice mocha .5 inch head, slowly leaves. Nice lace. Kudos on the carb and head retention on such a big beer.

S - OMG. Boozy, woody, vanilla, bourbon, boozy, boozy, malty, sweet, round and full.

T - Beautiful. Still a little hot, but nice.

M - Medium to full, good carb ok balance. A little too hot.

D - Not a session beer, nasty things could happen. Nice as a shared sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:22:22 | More by srandycarter
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2014 17:52:11 | More by BMart
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 03:37:54 | More by warnerry
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-27-2013 12:44:52 | More by tom10101
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12-12-2013 20:15:42 | More by williamjbauer
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

06-26-2014 01:30:17 | More by thegerm87
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 07:53:43 | More by cbutova
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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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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-27-2014 22:16:17 | More by koopa
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

05-29-2012 11:05:02 | More by DarthKostrizer
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 19:19:11 | More by emmasdad
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.