Über Joe
3 Sheeps Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #292
Ranked #1,656
4.32 | pDev: 5.79%
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: On the surface, ÜberJoe lives up to its name sake: it’s a big coffee beer. But as with most things at 3 Sheeps, the story behind the beer is more complex. From the full-flavored roast we developed with Colectivo Coffee, to the vanilla we add post-fermentation, to our partnership with Black Swan Cooperage and their unique “honeycomb” cut maplewood barrel staves that produce a deeper barrel flavor than typical staves — everything in Uber Joe is designed to highlight its massive coffee flavor. It may be more time consuming, sure, and more expensive, but the end result is worth it. It’s a chocolatey, vanilla stout with notes of sweet baked bread, bourbon, maple candy and all of the coffee flavor you can handle.
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Photo of laketang
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown fading to black.
Small mocha ring for a head.
Super nice coffee notes,good tastes of roast
and touch of chocolate.
Some bitterness in a good way.
Medium mouthfeel, clean, save for the coffee.
Great evening sipper maybe with 85% dark chocolate.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
$14.79 (limit 1) 4 pack
Odell snifter

Deep shiny black with a thin ring of beige head

Deep, dark burnt toast aromas with some roasted malt and charred wood. Slight brown sugar.

Flavor brings dark toast again, with some coffee roastiness, followed by maple syrup, more coffee, and a nice creamy hint of vanilla at the end. If you squeeze your tongue inside your mouth after the swallow you get a lot of residual flavors but you have to try as it is not there naturally.

Feel is carbonated and very roasty with a particular dryness and some moderate alcohol heat.

Overall, a capable stave aged coffee stout. Nice notes of vanilla and maple though not overwhelming or out front. Still a good pick up if and when you can find it ever.

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Photo of thebeers
3.59/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy-tinted dark brown with a fat finger of airy, dark-tan head that’s fairly short-lived and leaves soupy lacing.

Peanuts and breakfast-roast coffee stand out in the nose.

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups show first in the taste. They’re coupled with chewy coffee candies from the bulk bin at an old-school supermarket. There’s a hint of cherry-vanilla cordial sweetness and a hint of spicy wood. Touch of alcohol, too. Then a nutty finish.

Full, very creamy feel, but a bit over carbonated to my taste.

This is a perfectly acceptable coffee stout that just doesn’t push the right buttons for me. The body is excellent, but the carbonation detracts. The kiss of sweetness is a nice touch, but the peanut character is a negative for me here. The BBA version masked the qualities I dislike in the base much better.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Bottle.

Cocoa and a light roast. Lots of coffee and then some vanilla sweetness. The maple staves round it out with a touch more sweetness and oak. Chocolate and a bit of chocolate cake batter.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger hazelnut head fades quickly, leaving behind a pitch black body.

S - smoked malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Yum.

T - follows the nose. Lots of chocolate and vanilla, followed by mellow coffee, caramel, a little green pepper. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - tasty sauce.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joe... thanks for the Joe, Joe. Cheers!

Über Joe pours abyss like. It's pitch black in the glass like staring at a black hole. Looking closer, stained walnut highlights shimmer at the surface once the dark brown foam quickly recedes. Nothing but a thin finger nail clipping worth of the foam remains, and barely stretches the circumference. Depending g on how often you clip them, of course.

Straight from fridge temp, this thing bursts with coffee. To me, it seems like a lighter roast but percieves darker due to a heavily toasted grain and chocolate compliment. At the very first sniff, an olive brine like aroma was there, but it quickly vanished for good. As it warms, it's much more chocolatey, even fudgy with the vanilla finally shining through. A hint of almond or just a nuttiness in general applies itself much later on.

The flavor is wonderful. Big on semi sweet chocolate chips and a "spiced" like coffee. The vanilla is present, but on a much more reserved approach. My favorite part is in the flavor between sips as a molasses and nutty presence takes over and stays long afterwards, while finally revealing a woody flavor which I can only assume is from those mentioned staves.

The feel is perfect for this. It forces you to take small sips infrequently, as if enjoying a perfect espresso while reading the paper outside at your favorite café. A thin, lightly carbonated slurp turns into a sticky and coating experience. Somehow it maintains balance, but in doing so, weaves in and out with sweet chocolates and bitter and roasted qualities. The alcohol warmth does show a little, but for 10%, it's hardly worth mentioning.

This right here is one hell of a coffee (and more) stout. I'm not sure if "Maplewood Stave Aged" just means aged on reclaimed maple wood or not, but if so, this is the way to do it. Tons of flavor without a spirit influence. Wonderful brew.

Thanks again Joe!

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours hazy brownish black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, earthy hops, oak, and roasted malt. The taste follows with coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, maple, oak, earthy hops, cocoa, and caramel. Great flavor balance. Light bitterness and sweetness. The feel is great too; somehow rich yet light like a milk stout. Overall, this was a very well-made, balanced, and tasty stout. Would recommend for non-stout drinkers to get into the style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$10.49 4-pack
Village Dell & Wine - Rice Lake, WI

Uber Joe is about as dark as they come. Straight up black. No hints of light. The head even takes on that darkness crowning the beer with a brown foam. The foam is rather fizzy and dies off much quicker than I would like. A handful of active, streaming carbonation runs up the glass and bolsters light foam here and there. It's a good looking beer but the quick dying head is regrettable.

The nose is stout...get it? Hehe. There is actually a surprising amount of fully ripe dark berries off the bat, blackberries mostly and the vanilla fudge adds a dessert like quality to that berryness. Coffee is even handed and well integrated bringing with it a touch of berry as well. The cocoa nibs bring a touch of earthiness while the malt itself is roasted generously. There's a deep roastyness falling just shy of char but bringing a whisper of smoke. The nose shows some good complexity.

The flavor profile is also very complex but it has direction as opposed to being messy or overdone. The coffee is fairly bold off the bat but softens rather quickly. That segues into vanilla fudge in the middle with a whisper of dark berries and that ample roast just begins entering the fray. The backend is a solid, mildly bitter roast and moderate coffee. The swallow brings back a smattering of the berries. This is a good beer with a lot of motion,

They got the feel right on this beer. The body is a couple ticks beyond moderate in weight with a plush but slick feel off the bat. The active carbonation picks it up and gets it moving which makes for a lighter feel. Coffee can oftentimes thin a beer out too much, that is not the case here. The finish is nicely dry, drying even further with each second passing and a solid roasty bitterness lingers after each drink. Zero alcohol presence is found. Danger.

Uber Joe is a damn fine beer from 3 Sheeps. The coffee is a part of the beer instead of the whole. There is a lot going on but it's all well done and complimentary. This may sound like a pastry stout of sorts but it's actually a dry, roasty, delicious beverage. Well done.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasure to sip, breathe in and enjoy. Layers of richness with the coffee, bourbon, and chocolate, followed by a wave of sweet maltiness and bready hops, then finished with a cool and viscous maple, vanilla, cinnamon and glazed caramel finish. Coffee is present all through but strongest at the beginning. Thick at first but then brightens with the cloying sweetness. Fantastic richness throughout.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pouring cola brown and filling to coffee black, this is topped with a large airy tan head that collapses quickly to a slick oil surface.

Wet bready aromas give way to chocolate mocha and nut with a bourbon maple syrup and a heavy roast.

Taste is bourbon maple that's spicy but not too hot with a strong roast, nuts, and a deep dark mocha.

Smooth, slick but with a little heat, the medium-thin body has a tingly carbonation with a semi-dry powdery finish.

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Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich black with a thin layer of dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
Taste is rich chocolate and coffee with some vanilla.
Full body and moderate carbonation
Overall a pretty good stout with lots of chocolate and coffee

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Photo of DVMin98
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2018 vintage. This was an interesting one. The coffee was big and the vanilla was there. Also, got some of the maple. But was puzzling for me was the vegetal taste I got, especially when cold. Seemed to lessen as it warmed. A bit off-putting to begin with, then settled down.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/2/18; drank 5/6/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a decent tan head; decent lace.

Burnt black coffee, hay, raspberry, cream & charred wood notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream, charred wood & dark chocolate flavors up front; mild raspberry & medium roast coffee notes on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Bold flavors but not exactly complimentary; it's not the worst imperial stout out there but it's not great.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to "scream" for this bottle!

A - Black pour with thin tan lacing, no carbonation, nice legs and viscosity on the sides of the glass.

S - Big cocoa and vanilla which creates a soft coconut sensation on the nose.

T - Big chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla with some slight booziness.

M - Big viscous body with slight thinness on the back end.

O - First beer from this brewery and digging it.

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Photo of scream
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery this past Saturday-simply outstanding, great mouthfeel, taste, just everything worked. That being said the bottled version I had tonight fell slightly short, still wonderful but the draft was better.

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Photo of rooster72
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was good, but vanilla overwhelmed all else. Prefer a bit more lasting head and lacing than this beer offered. Drank from a snifter at about 50-55 deg, but because of the sweetness, chilled in freezer for 5 minutes and did improve the drinking pleasure. Would have preferred a bit more coffee & cocao overtones, but will try again. This is a beer that you would have just one of a day.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle sealed with 3 Sheeps logo pressure cap.
bottled on 04/04/2017.
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Black bodied beer. Almost 3 fingers of khaki colored head. Head fades down to a ring around the beer glass.

Smell: This smells extremely rich and sweet. Soo much vanilla and milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. It also has a milk stout aroma about it; perhaps this is an imperial milk stout? No mention of this beer being a milk stout via the labeling, but I swear that I am smell lactose sugars in this beer.

Taste: This is definitely a dessert stout. This is flat out a vanilla bomb. The cocoa nibs are not bitter at all and give this fantastic milk chocolate flavor. A hint of earthy breakfast blend coffee that is well integrated, but this beer is certainly not a coffee bomb. The vanilla and cocoa nib combo is what is being showcased in this beer. Nice maple noted in this beer as well. I was skeptical that maplewood staves could give a authentic maple flavor to this stout, but I stand corrected. I just figured that it would be a marketing buzz word to improve sales. Well...There is plenty of maple flavor in the stout which can easily convince even the most novice of a palate that maple is in-fact present in this stout. Finish is sweet and sticky with lots of vanilla and milk chocolates then a hint of light roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer. Low yet adequate carbonation. Not a hint of booze. This beer drinks like its 6% stout, but its actually 10%. Bravo on drinkability here. The thickness of the beer actually work well with the rich flavor of the beer.

Overall: I have been wanting to try this beer for quite some time now. How convenient that today, I stumbled upon it in 4 pack format for 2017! God bless Wisconsin and their brewers! Though I would have gladly paid the over-inflated price point of a large format bottle just to try this beer once, Uber Joe is now in 4 pack format. So now I have 3 more 12 oz bottles to enjoy! Thank you 3 Sheeps Brewing. You are doing things proper by changing special release beers to 4 pack format from bombers! This brewery is gaining my respect quickly. Uber Joe is a seriously fantastic beer!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, of the 2017 release. I've had the older bomber before in the past, but for whatever reason I have yet to review this beer. Weird.

Pours a dark brown body, opaque and nearly black, one finger thick white head, fair retention, no lacing. Smell is a bit simplistic- mostly roasty coffee bean and a touch of sweet maple and molasses. Touch of milk chocolate. Touch of bitter dark chocolate. Flavour is really quite nice though; it starts with sweet maple, which remains strong while roasty coffee bean, cocoa, earth, touch of oak, with a slight milk chocolate and vanilla finish rounded out by a bitter earthiness. That's an interesting beer, alright. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, hefty earthy and coffee bean bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee up front but the other adjuncts came through as it warmed. These smells and tastes were dominated by mostly maple but the chocolate and vanilla came through on the back end. A tad hot. Maybe a few months would let this mellow out.

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Photo of Thomas_B
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured at 2017:

Look: blackish in color, light brown head, typical of the style.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate notes.

Taste: Wow. You get the coffee, with chocolate and vanilla notes. You can certainly taste the maple stave in the beer as well, the beer having a subtle maple aftertaste. Everything blends together wonderfully, and provides a fantastic flavor unlike any beer I've had.

Feel: Quite smooth, not highly carbonated. Full-bodied, but not overpowering either.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and I highly recommend giving it a try if you can. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Ferretferret
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Among the most spectacular beers I've tasted. A complex medley of vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel make this a sublime experience. Features that very smooth ethanol I associate with the finest of beers, bourbons, cognacs, et cetera. A world class experience I feel certain is destined for beer greatness.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The beer poured a murky black color with an off white head.

Smell - The beer has a fantastic chocolate nose that goes beyond a chocolatey beer.

Taste - At the front is dark chocolate. Notes of raisins, coffee, coconut, and mapley sweetness appear it amazes me how much maple comes through from only staves and how the rest works together.

Mouthfeel - The sweetness is balanced, keeping the beer from being cloying. It is smooth and almost silky.

Overall - This is a really good beer. Seek it.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Unsure of the bottling date, but there were plenty of bottles, so I assume somewhat fresh. I'm guessing this was cracked at around 50 degrees.

Look: Pours a dark brown to black with bubbly khaki head rising to the top of the glass. Carbonation is ample.

Smell: wow. The cocoa coffee and maple pop out, with the cocoa nibs and coffee bringing the most. There's definitely a maple woodiness to the aroma, but I'm picking up minimal vanilla. I'd swear there's a pepper in there, but it may be the coffee roast and the maple stave.

Taste: cacao and the coffee burst with the most flavor, following the nose, followed by the vanilla sweetness and some minimal maple notes. I am really loving this, and the adjuncts dominate the flavor

Feel: While the color and flavor may fool you into thinking this is an imperial stout, it's considered a black ale I believe. With that said, the body could be thicker, and this is medium to medium thin. There's a slight bitterness in the finish.

Overall: For ten dollars a bomber, I feel this is an incredible value but. The aroma is unlike anything I've really experienced, and Uber Joe tastes great as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is a pretty incredible brew, so stoked to have it on tap. never heard much about these guys, but this is pretty advanced stuff. an imperial wheated stout with coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and aged on maple staves. the beer is quite dark but short of black, and quite viscous but short of syrupy, there is some head on it, creamy tan, and nice lacing too. it smells sweet from the vanilla and incredibly earthy and complex from the coffee. roast and smoke, soil and minerals, sweet and fruity, the coffee has a lot going on in the taste, almost no acidity though. the vanilla is robust too, while the cocoa seems to provide more bitterness than flavor here, but works well with the coffee. the influence of the maple wood is less immediately obvious, there is a unified mellowed out property to this, but its not so woody like oak often can be, and there might be a little sweetness from it, but it seems more a conditioning agent than a flavor agent. big espresso notes all through the finish, and a great creaminess in the feel. the booze is very well covered up, it drinks heavy but not hot. this is the first beer i have had from these guys and its not only inventive but its delicious. the wheat in the mash really gives this some needed structure, and the maple wood is a nice accent. wondering now if they are all this great...

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Photo of woemad
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

24oz bottle courtesy of the awe-inspiring generosity of @Ri0. An ‘Imperial Black Wheat Coffee Ale” that has been “infused with cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla and maple wood staves,” this seems like a pretty epic way of closing out the box he sent me for NBS BIF #3.

Poured into a Hofbrauhaus weizen glass, this was a virtually black shade of darkness, with a good-sized and long lasting tan head. When held up to light, the beer takes on a slightly more brown look.

As advertised, there’s coffee in the nose. I can pick up aromas of vanilla and a cocoa-ish sweetness as well.

Whoa! This should have been saved until after dinner, as it drinks like a liquid dessert, and a rich one at that! Imagine a beer that tastes like a chocolate espresso cheesecake that’s been pureed in a blender. The roasty, bitter coffee flavors are perfectly balanced with the sweet cocoa and the woodsy notes from the maple. As it warms, the booziness of the 10% abv makes itself known in the background, and steps up a bit at the finish. One thing that I don’t get is much wheat beer flavor, probably due to that aspect being lost in the shuffle of everything else going on.

Fairly full bodied, with a smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel.

I’ve never had a “beer milkshake”, but I think that sort of thing would be redundant with this beer. The coffee and sweeter, “desserty” aspects play off each other well, though the sweeter ones ultimately win. If there’s one flaw, it’s that a beer this strong and this rich is a bit of a commitment in a 24oz bottle. Probably not for everyone, but if this sounds like your cup of tea buy one, trade for one, or steal one – just consider whether or not you can drink the whole thing yourself or might be better off sharing it with a friend!

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Über Joe from 3 Sheeps Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 100 ratings