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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 2,147
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 583
Gots: 886 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours motor oil black with a small dark tan / burnt orange head.

S-The aroma has caramel, roast, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, booze, coconut, and oak.

T-The flavor starts with dark caramel, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, heavy roast, earthiness and alcohol.

M-The mouthfeel has medium body with mild flowing carbonation.The finish show some char, sweetness, tart apple and anise.

O-Really nice imperial stout. Different from others.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Best samples are someone elses samples. Pours a rich midnight black color with a tan head with ok retention that didn't last through the tasting.

The nose is rich with malt and chocolate. Some vanilla and woody notes. The bourbon is noticeable but soft. Would have expected a bit more. Noticeable alcohol that could use some aging. Good thing we have more bottles. Some minor esters and phenolics and a hint of yeast bite but overall mostly clean.

The taste is similar. A bigger astringent bite with a more coco note with a soft roast and burnt character on the finish. The fusel/alcohol note comes out and really deters in the taste. But the bourbon and wood notes come out vs the nose and help balance. The esters come out more vs the nose as well with a light cherry and hint of mint (hops?) on the back end.

The body is moderately full. Would have liked a bit more depth for style but still very good. Carbonation is a bit high but also ok. Overall a very good beer but needs a ton of time to age.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours absolutely pitch black with a finger of dense light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, toffee, dark chocolate, and bourbon. I also get some licorice. Quite complex.

T: So smooth, very strong dark chocolate mixed with caramel and bourbon. Certainly on the sweet side.I get some roasted malts in the background, but a bit muted. A bit hot, but not overly hot, particularly for the ABV.

M: Very thick with good carbonation.

O: A bit on the hot side, but great flavors. I wish they made a similar stout at maybe 11%, but this is a very good stout. Nice roast, dark chocolate, and bourbon.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. Nice khaki colored head of about 1.5 fingers. Nice lacing left behind once the head dissipates.

Strong aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and alcohol vapor. Chocolate, smoke and more booze.

Big flavors starting with bourbon. Roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of espresso and vanilla. Some alcohol spice/burn but nothing like is suggested by the aroma. Oak notes and a bit of something herbal at the end.

Rich thick body with a bit of creaminess. Oily and dense on the tongue. Flavors linger along with an alcoholic burn.

This is a quality barrel age stout though it pales compared to some of the elite BA stouts such as BCBS. Biggest problem is the intense alcoholic nose. Taste is less intense on the booze but still could be dropped 1 notch.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, pitch black like motor oil. Medium dark tan/brownish head that goes down at a steady pace. Scent is sweet bourbon up front. A ton of it in fact. Some intense booziness as well. Smells like a booze chocolate cake. A ton of toffee and nuttiness. Taste is boozy chocolate cake and sweet brown sugar with some burnt sugar malt flavors. Intense bourbon flavor with a great amount of toffee and vanilla. Subtle coffee flavors with mocha and more vanilla. Boozy warming sensation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high for how big it is. Overall, this is a very tasty beer that is somewhat comparable to Black Tuesday. Not really as well-balanced though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super dark black sludge like pour, biggest beer this side of black tuesday or double black. Aroma was boozy, what do you expect, lots of barrel.

Taste was a very nice sipper. Chocolate and bourbon for days. There is plenty of heat. Some leather and oak. Could do without so much of the bitterness and heat ultimately.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version

Pours an octopus ink black with a decent brown head of tiny bubbles that settles back into a thin, broken up layer on top.

Smells like bourbon, oak, chocolate, carmelized sugars, roasted malts, and molasses.

Lots of bourbon taste. Fairly hot. Then a burnt brown sugar/molasses flavor with a hint of vanilla sweetness. A bunch of chocolate and some expresso follow along with the oak. The bourbon is there throughout.

Fantastic silky, full body for a barrel aged beer.

A world class beer, but I would like to see what a little age does for it. It seemed to pick up quite a bit of bourbon from the barrel and that heat is there the whole time at any temperature. I have had some others in this abv range that mask it better, so that would be my biggest knock.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: Deep dark brown. A little reddish gown hints around the edges when held to light. Impressive mocha head especially for a monster of a stout.
smell: A decadent bourbon, dark chocolate, malt, and dart fruit dessert.
taste: and all of the promise of the nose is delivered.
overall: This ain't nuthin but good. Rich, bad-ass, transcendent. Holy shit. Fwiw, alcohol is there but amazingly well masked for such a beast.
I realize there are some that argue all 5's are impossible. This beer for me could not get any better. Nothing should be added or taken away imo and so I have to got with perfect.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled in February of 2015 and weighing in at 16.9%. The perfect beer to to review on my 5 year anniversary on BA. Pours completely black with a 3 inch brown head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is very large, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, with vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate starting the party and a smoky bourbon leather finish and just hanging out out on the your palate until you sip again.

Body is a little bit bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, very dry, and a sipper that still drinks way to easy.

This is eventually going to be one of those beers you drive all over town picking up bottles, so darn good.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled on March 27th 2012

Thanks to Redbeeron for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges and just a sliver of dark mocha colored head.  Head dissipates away fairly quickly to leave only a thin outer ring.  Leaves effectively no lacing but lots of alcohol legs can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass.  

S: Big bourbon notes, dark fruit, and booze, with milder notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt and a medical, slightly astrigent, character.  

T: Very sweet, balanced by bourbon booziness and a big roast component on the finish.  Lots of dark fruit characters with overripe plums and chocolate covered cherries.  There is a candied sugar sweetness to it, but the bourbon notes, booze and roasted characters are strong enough to balance out the huge sweetness to prevent it from becoming cloying.  Very tasty beer here.  Excellent.

M/D: Silky smooth, appropriately low carbonation, could be a touch thicker and chewier.  A little hot going down at times, particularly early on, but thats to be expected with the absurd ABV, and the heat settles quite nicely as it warms.     Actually, its a pretty great job of keeping the ABV in check, and considering how big this beer is, the drinkability is surprisingly good.  

O: Generally, I tend to shy away from Avery as I find most of their beers to be pretty overrated, however, an almost 18% BA IS intrigued me.   And boy am I glad I tried this one.  Its well balanced, very tasty, and does an incredible job keeping in line the huge ABV.  Definitely a must try for fans of big beers.  Well done!  

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Photo of doucmehu
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So much heat, and so syrupy it's hard to fully enjoy but flavors are deliciously intense. Needs some serious mellow time in the cellar. Kind of reminds me of Black Tuesday.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to mini snifter. I think I paid $16 for the single.
Sampled 11AUG12.

[A] Pours thick and black as night with a thin rim of dark auburn around the rim. The head is meager, dark reddish brown in color and is quick to recede. Lacing is nonexistent, but that was a tall order.

[S] All things considered, the intense ABV is masterfully concealed. Buttery caramel, clean and smooth bourbon, vanilla-y oak, and maybe a hint of black strap molasses.

[T] Follows the nose to a T. My only complaint: the sugary sweetness gets to be a bit much toward the end of the glass.

[M] Velvety smooth, rich and thick as hell. Super sweet throughout with surprisingly very well incorporated alcoholic heat.

[O] I loved this beer and would gladly purchase again, many times over if it weren't for the exorbitant price tag...or maybe just on payday.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly thick OIL black brew pours one finger bronze colored foamy head. Wow. What an appearance. No lacing, but this is to be expected with an ABV of 17.42%. Also, the shorter head is also due to high ABV...

Geeze! Tons of caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, oats, and molasses. This brew should have been called the kitchen sink. Lots of alcohol burn too.

A bit on the sweet side, but, again, this is to be expected at 17.42%. Lots of bourbon heat comes off, but it's very pleasant. Nothing is off, or offensive. Slight bitter aftertaste, very appropriate for the style. Very nice Bourbon flavor greets you with a side of intense (sweet) vanilla. Perfect (lighter) carbonation. Not, by any means, overwhelming heat. If i need to say negative comments about the flavor, it that the brew is too sweetly caramel/vanilla, but this will fade off nicely with time. Awesome thick chewy body

A very sweet Imperial Stout, but the sweetness will fade greatly with time. This is another great Avery offering that can and should be cellared for over 10 years. I cannot wait to try it again in a year or two. I hope to re-review and bump it up a bit more... Highly recommended, if you can find it :)

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage bottle dated March 27, 2012, poured 02/26/2013.

Appearance: Thick pitch black from the pour you can tell light carbonation on the body. Head is subtle, dark tan that rises to maybe half a finger's length. After a sip it does disappear quick but this is very expecting with the high ABV level.

Smell: Hint of a strong vanilla and molasses. Very potent, this smell is more aroma than anything.

Taste: First thought; you feel the alcohol right away with strong molasses feel that is almost perfect. Incredibly complex coming off a notch sweet and still bitter coming off a little bit raw.

Mouth: An easy medium carbonation, smooth and strong. The bourbon is evident before you place the glass down off each sip.

Overall: This brew is a true animal in it's own class. It's strong, tasty, ridiculously full of flavor that maybe some might find overwhelming. One glass is all you need. Salud!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Dope (thanks!) split into tulips with the bro. Batch #1, bottled MAR 27th 2012.

A: Dense, oily opaque black pour with very little head.

S: Big sweet bourbon and malty notes, tons of brown sugar, toasted sugar, dark caramel, and vanilla. Very, very nice sweetness without being cloying, and really not boozy, though you can tell its a big one!

T: Again, excellent barrel notes, a lot like drinking BCBS. The booze is smooth and warm but isn't offensive; there is a dry bitterness on the finish. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla.

MF: Viscous, oily, full-bodied mouthfeel. Exactly what you would want from a big bba stout. Lower carbonation.

O: Well-integrated bourbon barrels! Seriously this thing tastes as good as BCBS in my opinion. Very good!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Viperman1316
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated 2/13/2015. Poured and enjoyed on 3/20/2015.
No overpowering aromas but the bourbon is the most detectable, followed by some coffee and a little more chocolate. Very dark brown in color and oh so thick like oil; you can see the viscosity! Even after a somewhat aggressive pour not much in the way of a head with spotty bits of bubbles make up the lacing. Flavor is so smooth and complex. Getting some bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet chocolate, and coffee. So vicious and velvety, coats the palate extremely well and goes down way to easily for 16.9%. There is an evident burn from the alcohol but its to be expected. Probably one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts I’ve enjoyed to date. So awesome; go and treat yourself to one!

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Photo of Pahn
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip and a snifter since I didn't want to wait for the enormous head to go down in the main glass. Takes over an hour to drink a beer like this anyway.

Appearance: Pours not quite black with a huge frothy dark tan head that refuses to dissipate. As much lacing as huge alcohol legs. Great.

Smell: Just beautiful. Full, boozy, roasted malt and dark fruit. The kind of badass imperial stout the best American breweries used to make, turned up several notches and barrel aged. The oak notes don't so much stand out as highlight all the other huge malt bomb notes. Caramel, raisin, red grapes, rum cake, almond croissants (with marzipan, no bullshit plain croissants with almond shavings on them), telltale (good) oxidation notes like in 10 year old J.W. Lees... I could go on. Not pristinely any of these things, but strongly suggesting all of them and more. This is what big BBA beers aspire to.

Taste: Just like the nose, with big extra notes of molasses and hot booze. Starts oaky with thick pastry flavors, then gets quickly balanced by a boozy flood of savory molasses, brown sugar, raisin, balancingly-bitter roasted malt, elegant vinous feel and flavors enveloped by caramel and coffeecake. The whole affair is sort of propelled along by this coffee ice cream/caramel flavor... it's either the main reiterated and reinterpreted theme of the symphony, or maybe it's the insistent beat or constant rhythm section that mainly characterizes the piece.

Regardless of metaphors, it's delicious. Endlessly complex but never offputting, never out of balance. This is a truly great, world class stout. It's a gift to the beer drinking world that Avery keeps making this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Hot but not 17% ABV hot. Creamy but not particularly noteworthy.

Overall: If we anatomize this into categories: world class look, world class but not top 10 aroma, world class and truly competitive for top 10 flavor, very good but not world class mouthfeel. If we just ask "How good was this beer?" the answer is: really fucking good. If we get to be subjective, I'd say it's my kind of beer. I didn't have its first incarnation, but that they're putting out a beer like this annually makes me like Avery (who I already like quite a bit) all the more.

This has been a rather annoyingly effusive and florid review, but what can I say? You don't get to drink a beer this good every day. Nowadays, there's no shortage of $10 12oz bottles containing adventurous beers with or without exotic ingredients aged in good spirit barrels... but beers like Uncle Jacob's are still something special. After Samael's et al I had high expectations anyway, and honestly they were exceeded. My only complaint is that the god damn thing is too easy to drink and it makes me drink it too fast.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. All in all this is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not quite the level of BCBS, but this has very similar qualities. The 16+% is hidden very well.

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Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and viscous with a a spattering of dark mocha head that settles at a slight film, lacing decently.

molasses and booze dominate the nose. a good amount of woodiness in there as well. a bit of teriyaki sauce and sweetness that comes from the attempt to make such a mammoth beer. almost balanced, but I'm worried that this will be a sweet, boozy mess.

well, its definitely boozy, and its definitely sweet with a good amount of licorice coming through as well, but I wouldn't quite call it a mess. a good amount of vanilla, coconut, and wood come from the barrels to balance the malty sweetness. flavorful sipper, but not the amount of complexity as would make this reach the premier level of the style.

thick, creamy, and full-bodied with subdued carbonation that works well for the style/flavor profile.

not as impressive as I had hoped. not as complex as it is "big" but it's tasty nonetheless. I'd sip on it again.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Malt and Vine (Redmond, WA), poured into a snifter

A: Half finger mocha foam, opague black

S: Huge huge smell. You can smell this beer from 3-4 feet away from the snifter. Huge bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight smoke, brown sugar, some dark fruits

T: Wow... huge huge bourbon, oak, vanila, chocolate, molasses... this is some crazy shit. Boozy for sure, but the sweetness masks it fairly well. Edit: alright, so I let the last quarter of the bottle warm up to room temp and had it again. Everything else is the same, but I can taste artificial cherry flavour.

M: Syrupy, thick, good amount of carbonation.

O: This is perhaps the biggest beer I have ever had. Very well crafted for such a big beer. Full of flavor, smell. And thank you Avery for bottling this into a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled Batch No. 4 and with a bottled on date of 2/13/2015; into a snifter.
Appearance - black as night, black as coal; thin, mocha head that sticks around as it sits. Lacing is better than with other big barrel aged stouts!
Smell - chocolate and maple syrup, ripe dark fruits, some oak and vanilla with just a hint of booze!
Taste - very in depth flavors; rich and creamy espresso, some oaky booze, and a nice smoke flavor that rounds it out!
Feel - definitely a heavyweight; bold roasted coffee flavors that provide an excellent balance of rich, creamy and bitter! Booze makes its presence known, but considering the 16.9, it is hidden brilliantly!
Overall - worth the hype, so I'm glad I spent the extra $ to get a few bottles!

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Photo of JackieTH
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. It's as thick and viscous as it looks.. which is ominous. Rich vanilla, blackstrap molasses, semi sweet chocolate, dark cherry, raisins, figs, smooth smooth smooth bourbon. Big bodied, velvety, smooth, rich and creamy. Excellent all the way around. 16.9% ABV? Says who? Oh..yeah.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.