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Uncle Jacob's Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 437
Gots: 429 | FT: 53
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-13-2013 14:45:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7%

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. First off, if you are wanting to drink a few beers and not get drunk, this beer is not for you. This thing is a beast and lets you know it straight out of the gate with huge notes of alcohol upon first inspection. It is a little more subdued as the sip sits on the palate by becoming more roasty with a hint of dark fruit. A really well done brew, but drinker beware about the alcohol. It will truly put you in your place if you aren’t careful.

09-04-2012 11:46:55 | More by thagr81us
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-25-2013 21:48:38 | More by Cynic-ale
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-10-2012 16:30:55 | More by vfgccp
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-27-2012 07:57:00 | More by bsuedekum
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-08-2014 12:02:59 | More by atrocity
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

10-27-2013 04:18:18 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Duff27


4.26/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

12-17-2013 03:02:41 | More by Duff27
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4.1/5  rDev -7%

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.

08-10-2012 15:22:24 | More by Gobzilla
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2013 09:00:01 | More by popery
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

10-27-2013 07:03:50 | More by KevinGordon
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-27-2013 22:17:13 | More by sweemzander
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

04-21-2014 02:33:08 | More by Lare453
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-13-2014 13:59:35 | More by tectactoe
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

07-15-2013 01:30:21 | More by pathman
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-24-2013 02:43:00 | More by IPAchris
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

I guess I'll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didn't believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so I'm not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.

update 2013 batch 8/8/13

Much more enjoyable this year, it has heat but it doesn't seem as powerful this year. Really good chocolate flavor

Update 2014 batch 2/23/14

Even better than last year's. I think it's an interesting coincidence that as the ABV has dropped each year it gets better. Good stuff.

05-12-2012 14:13:02 | More by ArrogantB
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

06-04-2012 02:13:21 | More by rudzud
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-11-2013 22:45:27 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

1803rd Review on BA
Bottle to Avery Snifter

2014 Release

App- This right out of the gate was one of the more dense and black stouts I have seen. A lush pour with a creamy look behind it with a dark brown head that was a bit ringed. The edges were dark brown and the inside was a lighter tan.

Smell- This had a lot going on in the nose. A big chocolate bomb with a good amount of oak, vanilla and some oats with a big amount of whispy booze.

Taste- A very sweet drinking stout. A big amount of molasses and bourbon with some sweeter vanilla on the first sip. To me this was a bigger and sweeter version of Mephistopheles. This was a bit one dimensional to me and over the top with booze vs. layered.

Mouth- A good medium body. A bit thin for the ABV and size of this beer. A fairly creamy almost thin medium carbonation. A good amount of sweet dark fruits remain on the finish.

Drink- Good beer, wanted and expected more of this one. As I mentioned. A bit one dimensional with more bourbon and molasses vs a backing flavor.

07-17-2014 15:49:49 | More by FosterJM
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle, the last bottle of a distant trade. Bottle dated March 2012. Split with my wife, since it's 4:26 AM or something & I should really be sleeping.

The pours is black, dense, & looks a bit peeved, to be honest. Minimal carbonation. Beer reaches out & grabs my nose hairs, which I need to trim/pull, big, rich, bourbon, vanilla, deep malts. Chocolate, sugar. Yum.

Uncle Jacob's Stout is like a thick spike of alcohol into the forebrain. Or brain stem. I always get them confused. Huge malts meld with a chocolatey sweetness, huge, heavy. Bourbon isn't subtle even at two years, contributes vanilla, drying wood. Plague of bourbon, caramel peeks out as it warms. Finish is pure drunkenass. Nearly as thick as the Three Rivers Farm maple syrup that I love so much, this would go great with waffles. I could drink this until...what was the question?

Not quite as impressive as I recall from our first casual encounter, but a very good beer.

03-15-2014 04:36:39 | More by maximum12
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3.43/5  rDev -22.2%

Appearance: inky black, dark brown fing head, dissipates to a frothy ring.

Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, buttery, caramel, charred wood.

Taste: buttery, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze. Burns the throat.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, full bodied.

Overall: nice flavors and aromas, but its hot. I split the bottle, don't think I could have put away the whole thing.

09-15-2013 01:13:11 | More by EgadBananas
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-22-2014 02:32:28 | More by ZEB89
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-01-2012 22:35:53 | More by eawolff99
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Batch 2

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and lots of coconut and vanilla, with oak and coffee and molasses and alcohol.
T: It tasted like sugary sweet molasses and chocolate and vanilla, with some coconut and oak and coffee. It had a sticky sweet aftertaste with significant alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Excellent huge body.
D: This was a huge brew, with a complex scent and taste. A little sugary for me, but still delicious. The body was great, but the finish was super hot, so it must be sipped. A few years or more would likely do this beast some good. Nice fresh, but pretty crazy.

10-20-2013 02:28:58 | More by Pencible
Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.