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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,371 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 485
Gots: 457 | FT: 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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Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cbutova
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...

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of crobinso
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Daniloknezic for trading this beer to me! Thanks Don!

12 oz bottle poured equally into a pair of snifters. 6oz serving.

reviewed from notes taken 9/8/12.

Appearance: dark black beer with a big dark brown head about 2 fingers high. This one just coats everything with a heavy thick foam. Wow this beer looks amazing!

Smell: Chocolatety, bourbony goodness with a touch of oak.

Taste: Very bourbon forward beer. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and more bourbon. As this beer warms you start to get some molasses, tobacco, black licorice, and lite smokiness. The beer finishes with more bourbon that just stays around forever.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer actually drinks really well. The beer is boozey, but it not a bad thing at all. Its a warming almost burning sensation that is very enjoyable. Nothing harsh at all; it plays well with the huge beer theme that Avery's has going on with this beer. Its really carbonated for a barrel aged beer. Kudos to Avery because its well made beer.

Overall: I really dig this beer. Its really great tasting beer with a mouthfeel to match. All the big flavors that i love from a BA stout. Avery's has really got some nice beers these days! Never been that impressed by Avery's, but I should start paying more attention to this brewery!

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lupercmda
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of 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.

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours big black in color without a head. Nose has sweet hot dog bun, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolates. Taste is dark chocolates, sweet molasses, vanilla, burnt oak. Nice complexity. Mouth is thin and a little watery. This. Ould use some time as it is still hot. Recommended, but also recommended a couple years down the road.

Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dope
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.

Photo of srandycarter
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.

Photo of harrymel
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of homebrew311
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!

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of barczar
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.

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.