Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey “Bourbon.” He built his distillery in Bourbon County Kentucky in 1790 — 203 years before we began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacob’s wash, we’ve instead created something far more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! It’s in our blood!

Added by emmasdad on 04-08-2012

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#315
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466
Ratings:
2,913
pDev:
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Photo of michiganbeerdrinker
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What is left to say, great brew!

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a stash of Feb 2016 vintage, so picked up a few. I haven’t tried many Avery products; one was meh, most are expensive. This falls into the latter category, but more on that later. Poured cool to a tulip glass. Medium fast pour shows a dark almost black color, with way more carbonation than I expected for a 2.5 year old, high ABV stout. Head was dark brown, super fizzy that burned down to nothing, with no lacing. Nose is burnt molasses. First sips are rather hoppy, maybe a whiskey twang, but not bourbon varietal. Malt is a brisk backbone, porter-ish, or possibly a resemblance to a wee heavy Scottish ale. Very hot alcohol burn, similar to that on the unrelated style 120 minute IPA, not totally unexpected considering the 17+%, but another 2 or 3 years probably before this mellows...a lot of extra time IMO, considering what is has already. As it warms, more prune presence, smokiness, with a similar linger. The stout body is hiding. It’s really reminding me more of a wee heavy than anything as I ponder how to describe it. If that’s the case, a Founders old dirty bastard is tastier and much less expensive. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than expected. As the glass empties, I notice a bunch of floaters, yeast I presume...hope?, but not at all expected for the style. Not even wanting to chance it, I dumped the last few mouthsfull. I expected great things, but this also falls into the meh category. For the $13 per 12oz I spent, I’m very disappointed. My new benchmark for $13 per 12 oz bottles is Pohjala Sajand imperial Baltic porter. That is a delight fresh, boding to be a killer after cellaring. I’m not even a huge porter fan, but the rye adjuncts just kick it up a few notches. I’ll keep 2 more of Uncle cellared in a far away spot, but the third is being donated. My dollars shall never grace Avery’s coffers again.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Aroma consists of vanilla, coffee, bourbon & woody. A very strong taste -- not subtle. Immediately taste the bourbon followed by the vanilla, coffee and burnt wood. Incredible stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnDee
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, stone fruit, raisins, and oak. Taste is complex, like a whiskey, with prominent vanilla and molasses notes. Sweet and boozy, though the alcohol is a bit harsh. Medium bodied.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has been sitting around for a bit...

Jet black with a minimal sheen and a firm froth.

Aroma is strong with molasses, caramel and burnt wood. Dark fruits such as plum and cherry figure in to a lesser extent. There's also a faint earthiness.

Dark, almost raw chocolate and big booze give quick notice this one is not fucking around in the taste department. More dark fruits are joined by notes of molasses, grain and gum. Flirts with excessive sweetness at times, but is reeled in by the booze and some earthiness.

Medium to heavy in body and quite warming for sure.

Damn big and damn good despite a few a slight imbalances.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on February 24th 2017, so it's one year and a half old when I drink it.

Pitch black. No head.

Amazing smell on the bourbon with coconut and vanilla, toffee, molasses, coffee. A bit of booze.

Amazingly drinkable this 14.9% BA imperial stout, shows a perfect balance. Bourbon notes goes well with a certain earthy hoppiness, some nuttiness (hazelnut and walnut), some gun-flint minerality.
The mouthfeel is syrupy but not overly. The carbonation is moderate.

This is an incredible bourbon aged imperial stout. Not cheap but glad I had a chance to try it

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulytasker
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminded me a little of this brewery’s Plank’d offering - great tasting and decadent but just too heavy and boozy. Nice dark brown color with minimal head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Tastes similarly, also with some malt, raisin, plum, caramel and dark cherries. Heavy, thick, syrupy mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Boozy and you can definitely feel the high ABV. Great tasting, just too much to be more than just a slow sipper. I don’t feel it’s worth the super-high price.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dwbow48
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle. Dated Feb 2018. Poured into a tulip glass. Deep rich brown. 1-2 finger tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly into a slight ring and thin clouds. Slight bubble lacing.

Nose: boozy dark fruit. Maybe a little chocolate but the sweet booze dominates.

Taste: lots of alcohol but more chocolate than the nose. Dark fruits, molasses, burnt toast, bitter hops on backend. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: fairly highly carbonated for the style. But rich, thick, feeling with a surpringly clean finish.

Overall: this is definitely good. I would like some sweetness to balance the alcohol and hop/burnt toast bitterness. I would definitely try this. It I’m not sure it will be at the top of my BBA stout list.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 2,913 ratings