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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.10%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a mocha head. Slight collar. Leggy and sugary with a nice swirl. Looks like a big one.

Smell - Super chocolatey. Bourbon is secondary. Some dark fruits come out too, but it's a bucket of chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Fudgy sweet chocolate. Barrel is faint again. Molasses and a cherry flavor in the middle which is interesting. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Chewy and boozy. Definite sipper, but I guess that goes without saying for something like this.

Overall - Tasty and very big. All of the hazards of its style and size. Would like to see more barrel influence on it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a elongated tulip glass. Bottled Feb 2014, abv listed as 14.83%.

Comes out like pure dark motor oil, black as night, but fills the glass with a lighter black walnut shade. Head needs aggressive pour but gets about a finger of dark mocha coffee brown and even. Hangs for a bit, but manages a good three to four mm pencil ring that never leaves. Light bubbles of faint cocoa brown rise on the side in supper slow motion struggling it looks like to get up.

For such a large beer even after time the nose is very subtle. Mild tobacco and soft oak wood, even a hint of hickory like smoke but it's surprisingly tiny.

Palate hits large but not overpowering. Giant cherry kirsch and thick dark chocolate sweetness. Large red fruits of dark cherry and raspberry just overpowering fruit quality. Warmth brings out some nice licorice notes, which goes nicely with one of the most impressive qualities on this beer. This has to be the thickest tolerable stout I've had to date. Giant oily and massive palate feel without a syrupy feeling and a controlled sweetness. Huge lip coating qualities while drinking.

As big as this is, it's remarkably controlled with impressive qualities. Surprisingly easy drinking with the high abv as well. Pretty darn impressive, wish there was more of a nose on this though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harrington Liquors.
Solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Big roasty molasses with complex dark and dried fruit. Earthy with hints of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Light warming alcohol as this pushes down my gullet. Light sherry like oxidation in the finish. Great sipper, alcohol never gets harsh, but this will sure warm you on a cold night.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle!
Bottled on March 27, 2012. Batch #1.
Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Deep black, dark as night. A thin layer of espresso coloured head formed and quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Massive barrel aromas up front - bourbon, vanilla and oak. The base beer adds a huge chocolate fudge aroma, roast, molasses and dark caramel. Fairly sweet and very decadent nose. The ABV is well hidden.

T - A big hit of alcohol up front that warms the palate before giving way to bourbon and sweet vanilla from the barrels. Charred oak is present as well and mixes with a heavy roast presence as the barrel integrates very well with the base beer. Chocolate fudge, molasses and caramel flavours add to the robust flavour profile. The finish is warming with a a touch of alcohol burn but considering the ABV, it is not overly hot.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inch tall mocha head on a dark brown, borderline black body. Splotchy lacing. Cap and collar stick around throughout.

Big chocolate notes in the nose, along with sweet/boozy barrel notes.

More with the cocoa. The bourbon barrel is noticeable but not over-powering. Lingering aftertaste. Wouldn't guess ~17%abv, maybe closer to the 13%
-14% range.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side. Smooth micro-bubbled carbonation.

Never have I had a beer, barrel aged or otherwise, that has lingered on the tongue for so long after each sip. I'm quite enjoying that aspect. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
ABV: 17.1%
Batch No. 5
Bottled: Feb 19, 2016
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy light tan head, which leaves a nice medium oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, pretty complex. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, oaky/bourbon notes, some very nice sweetness, very complex brew. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best I've have from Avery. This batch might be at this time a little bit sweeter. Definitely A Sipper. Highly Recommeded!

12oz. Bottle
ABV: 14.83%
Batch No. 3
Productions: 713 Cases
Bottled: Feb 4, 2014
Gold Foil/Capped

Close To 2 Years Aged!

Poured into a chalice a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy light tan head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, pretty complex. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, oaky/bourbon notes, some very nice sweetness, very complex brew. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best I've have from Avery. If there are anymore left I will pick them up. Highly Recommeded!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Delicious aroma of dark caramel and toasted malt, bourbon, dark dried fruit, chocolate truffle. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with little char, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, hints of chocolate and coffee, kinda boozy. Heavy bodied, almost syrupy, but with pleasant carbonation. A really nice bourbony imperial stout with complex flavor and perhaps a bit more booziness than expected (common with big Avery beers, I think). But after a few sips, all is forgiven. This seems like a prime candidate for aging and I will do so, if I can ever find more. Man, I love bourbon and beer together.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a beautiful finger of creamy brown foam atop. Very nice.

Smell: rich, sweet and very fruity with undertones of chocolate and a little roast. Fruity and complex -- they way I love a good imperial stout.

Taste: dusty, dark fruits up front: plum, cherry, dates, plus the requisite moist tobacco. Then there's a big alcoholic heat with more fruitiness and a pretty strong bitterness to hold it all together. Rich, complex and absolutely giant -- what more do you want?

Mouthfeel: big body with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a wonderful, silky-smooth creaminess. Just fantastic.

Overall: this beer comes together wonderfully. What a treat!

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a FW snifter. 3/27/12

dark black pour, beige head is slight. smell is boozy and has that avery smell...raisiny..you know what I mean. taste is a ton of caramel and no way the ABV is 17.5, wow!! full bodied, low carbonation..

OMG, extremely impressed! love it and deserves the praise.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received numerous bottles of this from trades and bottle shop pickups. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep deep brownish black hue with a nice deep mocha one finger head that fades to leave a very, very thin blanket along the top. VERY impressive for the ABV, very impressive.

S - Surprisingly and shockingly the alcohol is very, very nicely hidden in this. There are some very nice light bourbon and light vanilla and even some coconut. Getting some dark fruits, which I'm not really a fan of.

T - Strong bourbon heat upfront but that is shockingly overtaken by big vanilla and chocolate. ALOT of chocolate. Dark fruits on the finish but its quickly overtaken by some sweetish bourbon and vanilla. Some really, really nice flavours here. Still hot, but that should change over time. Huge chocolate aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is great all things considered. That alcohol needs to cool down a bit with age. Its silky smooth though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer alot. I think it needs some time to develop into that next step. Glad I've got 6 more to let sit for a while, I think this has potential to become something amazing.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2014 bottle. This is pretty much everything it is advertised to be. Big, boozy, and maybe a little sweeter than I anticipated. Big molasses sweetness. I did miss the coffee aroma and taste and would love to get a fresh bottle in the future.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the Howler(32oz), black brew, minimal head of tan foam that leaves the scene quickly. Cost, $25.99

Nose tells me there's a lot of Bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate,pitted fruit, some coffee. Smells uber strong.

Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt envelop my palate. With a bit of nudging, the dark fruit..plums & raisins, come out to play. The coffee I mentioned is very very light, err, perhaps I'm not getting any at all; the other flavours are THAT strong and THAT dominant.

The body is on the high end of medium, carbonation checks in as fairly light but there's no mistaking this brew as flat.

Powerful brewski here and though the taste isn't as "hot" as it could be, once it goes down the hatch, it brings a heck of a lot of warming.

As much as I love this beer, I don't feel the need to get more...

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Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left little lace patches on glass. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, some woodiness along with bits of roasted and coffee malts and possibly dark fruit (swear I'm getting raisins or figs). For a beer with a large ABV percentage, the alcohol is not really present in the aroma nor in the beer itself (kudos to Avery). A rather easy drinking beer considering that it is sticky and heavy, a tongue coater, that is medium bodied and strikes a wonderful harmony between woody smoothness, some vanilla and bourbon sweetness and strength, and some roasted malts along with a smattering of chocolate. In summation, it has a little bit of everything and overall I found this beer to have a dry finish that complements a rather easy-drinking sweet beer. Worth the price (which was a lot).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour by a nice stranger at the Le Roar Grrrz 2015 release.

This one pours a dark, deep black, absolutely staining the sides of the cup. No head or lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, maple, booze, and honey.

This tastes good for like half an oz before becoming a chore. It's too syrupy, too sweet, and too boozy. There's chocolate, maple syrup, honey, and a ton of biting bitter booze. Not a huge fan, to be quite honest.

This is intensely syrupy, and fairly thick bodied, with a basically no carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

This one suffers the similar problem that almost all of the big ABV Avery beers suffer from. Just too much, and not drinkable in the slightest.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders CBS snifter. Jet black color. Smell was heavy roasted malts, mild bourbon, booze. Taste was all malts and booze. Was harsh initially. Wife took a sip and was done. The booze calmed down as it warmed up. Bourbon flavor came out stronger. Chocolate came out as well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, but not like engine oil. Nice one.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

(2013 vintage)

The beer comes in a black color with a coffee brown head.

The aroma immediately hits of bourbon soaked cherries, plums, dark figs. It also has strong notes of 2014 Bourbon County with lots of molasses, dark dark chocolate, and vanilla and bourbon on the back.

On the flavor, again follows of 2014 Bourbon County. A burnt caramel and brown sugar note up front , along with a burst sweetness with dark fruit of sweet cherries, figs, berries. Then onto a theme of bourbon heat, vanilla, a touch of coconut. Then onto a roasty bitterness along with espresso.

The balance of heat, sweetness, and roasted along with the heavy barrel character is incredible. A bit thinner and hotter than Bourbon County, but stands up there with complexity.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know it may be a bit too hot for a 18% ABV Imperial Stout that's barrel aged, but I have been dying for one as of late.

A-Pours a sludgy, viscous ink. Zero light penetration. Head is beautiful. Dark, dark tan than fluffs up quickly but dies down to a thinner shirt atop the beer. You can actually hear the head fizzle and pop away over time. The body leaves legs like wine. Excellent looking.

S-Huge wallop of boozy bourbon. The alcohol is obviously very prevalent here but the oaky bourbon whiskey really makes the alcohol tantalizing. Incredibly rich milk chocolate note. The chocolate is just unbelievably concentrated. Super charred french vanilla coffee. Great nose with humongous girth!

T-Wow, this is impressive. The bourbon really sets in on the back end but the alcohol is more submissive than I was expecting. The coffee flavor literally ceases to leave my palate. The burnt caramel and BRILLIANT chocolate flavors are impeccable. Like a Kahlua mixed cocktail with chocolate covered caramel candy sitting at the bottom of the glass. There are some great extra notes of vanilla extract, leather and tobacco. Also some whiskey-dipped plums.

M-One of the fullest bodies I have ever come across. Carbonation is almost nonexistent and this allows your mouth to truly appreciate how incredibly viscous this beer actually is.

O/D-At $11 a 12 oz. it is a piggy bank breaker, but this beer is pretty phenomenal. Just ridiculously full bodied and rich. Would maybe like a bit more bourbon in the flavor but the other aspects of the beer's taste more than make up for it. I think its worth the price tag.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch No. 4, bottled on Feb 13, 2015 (16.9% ABV). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor is even better, it tastes like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, espresso, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's silky and smooth with moderate carbonation. For a beer this strong it's very easy to drink! I thought this was really good, it's a great example of a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. It's a must try if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of barczar
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a 3/4 inch dark brown head with pretty good retention.

S - Lots of booze, teriyaki, heavy chocolate.

T - Sweet booze, teriyaki, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body. A sweet finish.

O - Very boozy, hidden behind sweet chocolate and teriyaki.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to splurge and lay down $25 for this at Cheeky Monk in Westminster. Frankly, I'm glad I did. Pours out a gigantic abyss (small "a") like darkness, trudgingly sludgly, with a solid 1" of brown head on it. I think I looked at this for a few minutes, just admiring how something so huge could look so nice, but the head quickly disappeared.

Aroma was heavy, bourbon wasn't as present as the massive alcohol. Chocolate malt, roastiness followed behind from there. Taste got a little more complex, alcohol was still massive, but subdued enough to be enjoyable. Thankfully, any component from the Rumpkin barrel wasn't obvious to my palate. I'm not a fan of that. The bourbon made this quite a slow sipper, I think it took about 1.5 hours for me to finish all 12 oz of this beer. A little bit of licorice can be found amidst the dark chocolate malt aspect. Very similar to Black Tuesday, a little bit of vanilla, oak, leather, but not as sweet and drinkable. Tons of two row give this beer a thick body the likes of a Marshall Zhukov. I liked the carbonation on it, just right. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dark fruit aspect or mild bitterness it contributed.

Overall, I wouldn't pay anywhere near $25 again, but I was glad I did, it was my second to last beer of the Denver trip, and who knows, I wasn't going to come across a bottle of this again. I think $10 a pop is a fair price if I was at a bottle shop for this.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.