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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 454
Gots: 442 | FT: 56
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 MasterSki
2.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in an Eclipse snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, tiny specks of lace. Black body, with glints of brown at the edges.

S - Super sweet and boozy, with nostril-singing alcohol. Some roast, but lots of dark fruits, fudge, toffee, nuts. The booze gets pretty intense as it warms and notes of tar and soy come out.

T - Taste is heavy on dark fruit, soy, some ash, alcohol, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Finish is pretty alcohol heavy, with some vaguely vodka-esque notes.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, some moderate alcohol burn, and a mildly chewy finish. Pretty decent for the style and ABV.

D - It's pretty hard to drink in anything more than 1oz portions. This *might* be good in like 5 years, but it may also be terrible. The sweetness is more off-putting than the alcohol.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #01,. Bottled March 27th, 2012.

Pours ridiculously dark, blacker than night, with a head that even makes tar look white comparatively, although the head disappears fairly quickly, but still pretty nice for a beer this high in abv, very thick legs on the sides of the glass that even seems to want to defy gravity.

Nose just bleeds darkness, pure dark malts everywhere. Some cocoa starts it off, a chocolate covered cookie thing, with super dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of baker's. Then some roast that hints at soy sauce, a thick roasted malt character with faint coffee but barely, and into a bit of black malt character. There are hints of faint earthy hop as well, but those are mostly drowned by the huge malt character. The darkness of the malts even seem to drain a bit of my soul, it's so dark and rich. Also, aromas bring a bit of vanilla, caramel, and fluffy nougat. Also, dark if I didn't mention that.

Tasate is gonna be crazy I bet... and wow, just ridiculously dark again, so much dark and big malts, syrupy with some sweetness and almost sludge like thick malt character. Dark malts bring chocolate again to start, rich thick dark cocoa syrup and more thick and syrupy than real milk chocolate syrupy, with a big bitter darkness. Then into roast again, some roasted malt but not overpowering, leading to faint soy sauce but that seems to have died down in the year of aging. Booze comes through with that, warming, slightly tingly, but fairly clean, and not feeling like 17%. The rich syrupy powdered chocolate thing leads into a biscuity cookie, super dark chocolate biscotti like cookie with faint caramel, nutty, and fluffy nougat. Again very light earthy hops, which aren't really light but get completely drowned out by the huge malt and booze character. Finish layers the mouth and will never go away, and won't let anything else near the tongue as it just coats everything, thick syrupy malts, bit more booze, more dark that is super dark chocolate and cocoa syrup, and light roast lingering for what seems like eternity.

Mouth is super heavy, thick, rich, full of molten lead perhaps, lighter but decent carb, some warming tingly booze.

Overall really nice, drinking well after a year of aging, malts are melded well with great chocolate characters, and subdued roasted soy sauce, and a nice booz echaracter that plays well. Hardly drinkable but tasty and a great beer overall. Can't wait to see how it is after a few more years of aging.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

drabmuh, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very thick black color with a layer of thick, creamy tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The beer is quite sweet, but I expected as much. I'm getting some bourbon and mild oak. Lots of dark fruit and roast along with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: This one is quite smooth considering the lack of age and the abv. Lots of sweet roasted malt with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a strong bourbon component that teams up with the alcohol burn. Just a touch of vanilla and caramel along with some oak. The finish is sweet and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely thick with lots of smooth carbonation and a mostly slick finish.

Overall: This is a really nice high abv beer. Quite smooth given the abv. I'd love to have some of this with some age on it.

oline73, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure when/where I first had this. This review is for a recent tasting at City Tap House, Philly, PA.

Viscous black pour, with a small brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, some minor lacing clinging to the glass for a second or two when swirled. Nice big stouty aroma, dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, barrel notes. The taste was good, but didn't quite live up to the aroma, rich malts, mostly sweet with a background roasty bitterness, bourbon-soaked oak with a dash of vanilla and toasted coconut, notes of dark dried fruits and a hint of smokiness. Body was on the fuller side of medium, robust mouthfeel, and pretty strong with booze, as you might expect for a 14+% beer (not unusual for Avery). Doesn't quite stack up to some of the bigger names in the world of barrel aged stouts, but in and of itself, this is still a very good brew.

Rifugium, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up a month or so ago at Top Hops in NYC. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice; split with my brother. Bottled 03/27/12.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or so. Looks awesome.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted malts, oak, and burnt malts. Nose is pretty amazing; just a ton of sweet (good) bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Huge fan of this so far.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, burnt malts, toasted malts, bread, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose pretty closely but has a little more alcohol to it in my opinion. You can definitely taste some heat from the bourbon barrels but I like it. Very small step down from the nose.

m - Full bodied stout with low to moderate carbonation; the body is thick and chewy. Very good mouthfeel for a big stout; some heat but does not feel over 17% ABV at all.

o - Overall I loved this one; I was blown away with how great it was. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel for a big stout, and the nose and taste are a fantastic mix of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. It is definitely a hot beer, but if you like bourbon-forward hot beers as long as it still tastes good and mixes well with other flavors than this would be right up your alley. With a little time on it in the cellar this could become even better, but IMO it's great now. Definitely going to be looking to get more bottle of this soon.

mdfb79, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +2%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

beernads, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.5/5  rDev +2%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sky-high expectations for this one given its current ratings and position as #207 on the top 250. 16.53% according to my bottle (bottled June 27th, 2013). 848 cases of this batch were produced. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing straightforward label art and foiled over (with branded foil; I don't often see that) pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $11.99 and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I love that this is just a 12 oz bottle; I'm tired of breweries putting out these massive stouts in giant bottles. "Stout aged in bourbon barrels." Reviewed as an imperial stout.

Served chilled; I don't like good stouts to be too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Opening the bottle yielded a crisp carbonation hiss - a good sign for a beer of such high ABV.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous head of three finger width and rich dark mocha-brown colour. Fantastically creamy. Excellent thickness. What real astounds about the head is its superb retention for the ABV; this one sits for a good 8 minutes at least - that's damned impressive. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is your usual opaque solid black; it's dark but not quite jet black. Due to the opaqueness, no yeast particles are visible. No bubble show here.

Overall, it's a superb appearance and within style conventions. No flaws are obvious. It's certainly special, but I don't know that it's unique.

Sm: Rich bourbon, with notes of real vanilla (not vanillicin or extract, but also not quite wholesome vanilla bean) and woody oak. Not getting much in the way of toasty character, but otherwise the bourbon is nice, and above all it seems well integrated into the base beer. This isn't the barrel aging that decimates the base; it seems to complement the stout at the heart of it.

I also pick up some roasted barley, which is buried beneath sweeter dark malts and chocolate malt. Cocoa powder as well. Chocolate is nicely milky and sweet, lacking any discernable bitterness. Some espresso, but no roasty coffee. Cream/mocha. I also get a very subtle red wine note with accompanying buried fruits, but this note is extremely hard to find. A complex aroma that somehow never betrays its alcohol content; wow. That said, it doesn't have the exquisite richness or added dimensions of better aromas in the style; I definitely want more roast - both in terms of coffee and barley, as well as rich java. I'm also wary of the apparent sweetness. Still, it's an undeniably pleasant, appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or hop profile is detectable.

T: Hm. The open greets the drinker with sweet milk and Belgian chocolates as well as sticky molasses, chocolate malt, and a kiss of raisin. As it opens into the body, more of a creamy second act emerges with notes redolent of chocolate cake or brownie batter as well as a well integrated almost seamless bourbon presence. Oak undertones are present, but while they provide sweet realistic vanilla, I don't get any toasty character or complex woody character. Dessert wine notes are introduced in the third act, which is an unexpected welcome surprise. I do get hints of dark fruit as it warms; perhaps caramelized sugarplum. I don't know how they hid the alcohol so well here, but it drinks like it's maybe 10%. Decadent and rich, but never too sweet. It's definitely a sipper, though.

Quite balanced, but I do want more complexity and subtlety.

Flavour intensity and depth are pretty high - even compared to others in the style. Flavour duration is above average.

No yeast character or hop profile comes through.

Mf: Velvety and silky smooth. Soft, luscious, and creamy as hell. Wet. Unrefreshing, but nourishing and comforting. Complements the flavour profile quite well; there's a mastery at play here that obscures any alcohol burn until the light kiss of heat right on the finish. It does warm the stomach, though. Lightly syrupy. Thick from the molasses. A biteen chewy. Never vinous or dry - even though there's a raisin note in the flavour profile. Lush. Slight overcarbonation. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the monstrous ABV, but still nevertheless a sipper. It's certainly a rather impressive offering from Avery, but it's far from perfect and there are better beers in the style out there. I'd like to age a few of these to see if the bourbon and oak seep in a bit more over time. I'll easily finish this bottle alone, and I'd definitely want another, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to get it. I'm by no means disappointed, but it's not a mind-blowing beer. Just a damn solid high-ABV offering. I can see why it's in the top 250. Recommended.

The well-hidden ABV is a highlight characteristic. Their ability to conceal it this well confounds and humbles me.

Lowish B+

kojevergas, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -9.3%

oriolesfan4, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

drewone, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

yourefragile, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.

Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesn't totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. I'm surprised with the high ABV that it doesn't smell like a complete booze bomb.

Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, I'm surprised that it's not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but it's not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.

corby112, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, oil toned opaque ivory. A small tan head slowly fades into a gentle head and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Crikey...this is rich and boozy off the get-go.
Taste is of the aromas with a raisin juice and molasses and date sugar. Rockabye sweet baby James...this is like a mix of the Beast and Mephistopholes. Lots of booze and prune juice resounding.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, and boozy.

weeare138, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Avery tulip pint glass. A very rough pour down the middle of the glass yields a thick black solution with less than a finger of brown head atop. The cap fades and holds to a thin film atop supported by some rising bubbles of carbonation. Faintly around the edge of the glass can you see a bit of brown clarity. When swirled, some fingers of fine lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has some rich malt sweetness reminiscent of cocoa blended with just a hint of leather, tobacco and soy. More smells bring out a focus on alcohol esters with raisins and plums being quite evident. The barrel presence is really felt here with vanilla, coconut and caramel. Collectively, the aromatics here point to this being a sweet brew but there are hints of alcohol that burn the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken.

The taste is somewhat sweet as expected with a rich maltiness tasting of something along the lines of creme brulee. Toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel are felt from the barrel aging with a touch of oxidation that comes off mildy like cardboard that fades towards the backend. Alcohol flavors mix with the malt to create a sense of raisins or prunes mid-palate mixing with leather, tobacco and a hint of bitter coffee.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is rich and complex but becomes quite numbing across the tongue in a hurry. While colder than ideal, there is quite a bit of enjoyable character to take in. However, as it warms up it really becomes a bugger to put down (like some other big series Avery brews.) There is quite a bit of oxidation evident in this already and while all signs point to aging this, I dont know how I would feel with more oxidative quality present. I liked this and would drink it again but probably opt-in for only a couple of ounces.

stakem, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -9.3%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep black color with good carbonation, nice brown cap and medium amount of lacing

S: Licorice, leather, wood, bourbon, booze, and chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla are present. The nose is extremely big and complex.

T: Upfront is big chocolate and heat with coffee and roasted malt. Midway vanilla, leather, wood, dark fruits licorice really pickup as does the sweetness. The finish is a bit syrupy, sticky, sweet with more relentless heat.

M: Cloyingly sweet with heat but the body was not to thin and right on the money as was carbonation

O: Drinkability is down, cellar ability is up. I did not finish my bottle but I will say it had much more body than BT or CR. Worth the price.

barleywinefiend, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -9.3%

duceswild, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: lots of bourbon whiskey flavors with sweet vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, and a lot of malts. Some oak too.

Taste: same as nose but more whiskey with some heat. Also shows some roast and more oak.

Mf: fairly hot. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Ends with some booze.

O: good beer but a little young. Other than that it was solid.

mothman, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers I've been wanting to try for a while, but hadn't had an opportunity. Shared with my buddy Dave.

The beer is near black with a quarter inch of silky beige collar. The aroma brings dark chocolates, roast, huge malt profile, bourbon, oak. Some vanilla and barrel notes, but more chocolate and bourbon. A delicious beer! So smooth. I honestly hadn't looked at the abv. I thought it was around 12-13%. 17.42% abv?!? Are you serious. Apparently, it's serious, because I felt pretty awesome after I finished my 6 oz. Outstanding beer and well deserving of the high ratings.

Huhzubendah, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.