Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 254
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rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 3.2%
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 JackieTH
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Bottled on date of March 27, 2012 so this is almost a year old right now.

Appearance: Near midnight black in color. Actually pours a very slight, less than one finger, medium brown head that holds very well. Keeps a nice, relatively thick lacing that holds well.

Aroma: Huge chocolate fudge, bourbon, molasses and caramel notes are in the forefront. The booze is hidden well behind the really strong sweetness. Some lighter tones of coffee roast, vanilla and coconut. I wouldn't call this well balanced, but the huge sweetness does a great job at hiding the ABV.

Taste: Milk chocolate, fudge brownies, big bourbon and lots of dark fruit tones. The sweetness is definitely over the top. Tons of caramel, molasses and vanilla tones provide a really strong base for the barrel tones. Beneath all the chocolate and bourbon, there is also some coconut from the barrel, some light oak and a roasted coffee bean flavor. Definitely some warming tones from the alcohol, but considering the ABV, the booze is not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really creamy. Very smooth, coats the mouth very well.

Overall, a really well done take on a big, sweet barrel aged stout. This one definitely doesn't hold back at all. It does feel a bit too sweet at times. A little goes a long way. The dark fruit character and the barrel notes are really well done. Definitely would try this again, but even 12 oz. is a lot. (1,495 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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.. (1,556 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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! (753 characters)

Photo of Viperman1316
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: June 27, 2013

A - Pours like oil, viscous, with a one finger tight head of espresso carbonation.

S - Sweet molasses, oak, dark fruits, vanilla and a good amount of bourbon.

T - Bold dark chocolate and light coffee at first. Develops into a sweeter stout with brown sugar, molasses and vanilla peaking through.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Just a rich body, smooth, velvety and for the abv (16.53%) it's not particularly hot.

O - It errs on the side of a sweeter stout, but it's definitely packed full of goodness. (547 characters)

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BCBS on steroids. Wicked expensive and a little bit of a chore to drink. 12oz. is enough for two people. Go with BCBS or barrel aged DORIS instead. (150 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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! (757 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - A great deep tan head of about one finger in height when poured. Body is extremely dark. Requires less than 4mm to get any light through. No lacing.

S - Sweet vanilla and caramel. There is bourbon on there as well. Only the slightest bitter chocolate on the finish. I think there is some alcohol in there as it burns a little bit, but you can't tell otherwise.

T - Not as sweet as the scent, but great chocolate. Almost like eating a chocolate bar - dark and milk mix. Vanilla comes out and is pretty strong as well. Bourbon is nice and light. Again there is a burn there which is pretty strong and it comes through a bit in the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and great heavy body. Definitely sticks around in your mouth and the alcohol burns as I said before.

O - Wow, what an amazing beer. So full of everything I enjoy. If they cut the ABV a bit I think this would be at the top. (928 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Pours a deep black with a dark mocha colored head that doesn't linger.

Smells of vanilla and rich wood. Slight maple syrup, as well as bourbon caramel.

Taste is very rich and sweet vanilla and caramel upfront. Mellows into a creamy vanilla flavor that lingers a little. Booze warmth on the finish. Amazingly complex and deep beer. Adds a rich chocolate flavor more so than caramel as the beer warms up. I prefer this to the caramel. Nice rich chocolate and vanilla mixing on the palate.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. No other way to say it.

Excellent beer. (561 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out black. It's almost completely opaque except for the edges. Right around the edges it is very dark brown. Nice dark brown colored head that comes up big after a reasonably hard pour. Good lacing, sticks around quite awhile.

Smell is good. STRONG bourbon notes, with plenty of hints of vanilla and oak. Doesn't beat around the bush, not much outside that.

Taste is truly excellent. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The best part about the flavor is it is 100% perfectly balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is spot on. For a beer that's 17.42%, you wouldn't quite expect it from Uncle Jacob. Well balanced, perfectly smooth, and a great carbonation level. Very well balanced with a warming finish. Love this beer, very drinkable a perfect sipper. Avery nailed it when trying to make a good barrel aged stout, this is wonderful. Overall one of the best Barrel Aged Beers I've had, but wouldn't expect less from Avery. (1,060 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was deep black with bubbles crowning the sudes if the glasses.

Smell - Aside from the bourbon, the aroma was not overly distinct.

Taste - on the initial taste, I detect sweet dark fruits, bourbon, milk chocolate, and a molasses stickiness. The taste sticks and coats the tongue. The molasses and coffee coat the tongue and linger.

Mouthfeel - This beer reaches sticky levels of presence.

Overall - I may be overserved, but I love this one. (469 characters)

Photo of bobhits
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (901 characters)

Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome! (248 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist and cracked a bottle from the cellar, after only a couple weeks, lol. I have heard great things so figured I'd try one. Poured from bottle to a NBB globe the beer pours a deep rich opaque black, thick, 1 finger head with solid retention and some lacing. Looks good. The aroma is rich and complex with roasted malts, oak, chocolate, and an alcohol warmth. The flavor builds from the nose with a rich flavor. Begins with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front. The roast enters and blends well providing a nice base layer. Hints of dark fruit, oak, and bourbon as well. Very good. Extremely smooth and hides the high abv very well. Finishes creamy with a lingering chocolate roast on the tongue. Very very good. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I can't wait to see how it ages. Highly recommended. (851 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tacosandbeer for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 1-finger bubbly brown head that recedes pretty quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing. Expected for a high-ABV imperial stout. A surprising amount of carbonation bubbles are seen coming to the top after the head recedes.

S - Very complex aroma with big roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa notes along with dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is definitely apparent.

T - Starts off sweet with plum and vanilla notes and gradually builds into a woody, smoky, and dry bourbon flavor. Finishes with a bitter roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa taste. Very, very tasty.

F - Full-bodied with not much carbonation, a velvety and hot mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and very dry finish. Roasted bitterness hangs around for a nice amount of time. Very strong but pleasant mouth, throat, and sinus-warming sensation from the high ABV.

O - When I first heard the term “bourbon barrel-aged beer,” this is exactly what I was picturing. I’ve had others that were very tasty but just didn’t have the bourbon flavor or feel I was looking for. This certainly does AND it has all the notes of a good stout. Although the ABV is really high at almost 18%, it is hidden extremely well and is not harsh at all. In fact, I think the higher ABV really adds to the bourbon feel. This was a great beer, and I’m very grateful to tacosandbeer for the opportunity to try it. (1,487 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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). (1,846 characters)

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks be to Blindpiggie for this one... The new 2013 release of Uncle Jacob's is a stout that transcends the taste buds, and takes them on a journey to the beer drinkers equivalent of Valhalla. It possesses the caramel qualities of a BCBS and Parabola, while also hinting at the chocolate dreaminess of Odells' Lugene. As Avery is prone to do (Mome), the high ABV is balanced out with an elegant sweetness that can really only be matched by the artisans at Goose Island.The barrel is incorporated in a way that is, well, completely sublime. My strongest recommendation on this one...it is the perfect Bourbon-Barrel aged stout.
Edit june 2014...The last release of Uncle Jacob's was extremely underwhelming. It lacked the complexity of past vintages, and was just ok. (768 characters)

Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Sludgy, dark brown brew; a gentle pour yields no head - too viscous and stodgy.

S: Boozy bouquet with notes of unsweetened cocoa, raisin, cherry, oak and grainy sweetbread.

T: Strong notes of molasses and carob at the front of the palate. Lots of oaky booze which highlight suggestions anise, reminding me of a liqueur. The subtle nuances of ripe fruit and a touch of bittering hops help round the flavor profile and add rich complexity. Long, sweet finish, with hints of chocolate and licorice clinging to the palate between sips.

M: A chewy complexion is an understatement. You could walk on this. I'm not kidding - with the granulated sugar that seems to be floating about, I think you could make a valiant attempt.

At a beer dinner in San Diego awhile back, I had the pleasure of drinking this with Adam Avery (at the now-closed Linkery, in case anyone is reading). I hadn't had it before, and he was geeking out as I tried it, know how good it is. It's a true sipper, but it seems like you can parse a different nuance in every sip. (1,094 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (710 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home. (205 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a bit of cocoa and chocolate and that's about it. As it warms I pick up molasses and vanilla along with some dark fruits.

T: The taste is much better than the nose lead on. I get tons of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, and dark fruits. The flavors are really big in this one and they get bigger as it warms.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a huge creamy finish.

O: This one definitely gets better as it warms. Really big flavors and the aromas are decent as well. I will be putting a few of these away to see how they age. (711 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours out just about pitch black, with 1" of dark khaki head. Pretty good head retention but below average lacing. Viscous looking. Overall, a nice looking stout.

Smell: Light roast and char, milk chocolate, vanilla, hints of dark fruits and oak. Smells of residual sugars, a bit sweet but otherwise very complex. Good.

Taste: Light char, big vanilla and milk chocolate presence, a bit of oak and barrel notes. Fairly healthy alcohol bite on the finish, but does not end messily.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Very full bodied stout, with just about the perfect level of fine carbonation. Residual sweet finish, and the alcohol burn hints at the 16%+ ABV. Overall, a very complex stout. While it was on the sweeter side and I probably would not want to drink 12oz in more than one sitting, I enjoyed it immensely. (832 characters)

Photo of Greasy
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on Feb 13, 2015.

A: Black. Not hardly light evading black hole dark, but very dark indeed. Caramel colored head that stuck around much longer than expected for a 16.9% monster.

S: Boozy, as expected. Bourbon follows, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: A little harsh; alcohol is definitely there, but the flavor is what really stands out. Classic BA imperial stout. Big roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, perfectly sweet.

M: Tongue coating, prickly yet smooth. Full bodied.

O: Enjoyable for sure. Probably needs some time to let the flavors mature a bit. Alcohol presence can be a bit much at times but the excellent taste makes up for this. It is pricey, but worth buying one for now and one for later. (715 characters)

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.