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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.

Added by emmasdad on 04-08-2012

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Photo of uvachief
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle at a bar for $25 into a snifter. Dark impenetrable black. Little to no head. Aromas of coffee and bourbon. Maybe dark fruit. Smells boozy. Tastes like it smells. Deliciously. Bourbon, coffee with dark roasted malts. Boozy. Burns going down but pleasant. Huge ABV. You can do maybe 2. Love it but not at bar prices.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

A- Dark black, thick, and sticky with no head. No carbonation noticeable. The thickness of this one really stood out for me.

S- Off the nose, the sweetness was most apparent. Lots of chocolate, mocha, and some caramel. Hints of coffee, vanilla beans, and smooth bourbon and oak as well. Definately some roasted malt and grain and followed by some burnt toast and smoke.

T- Big beer here. Lots of rich sweetness in this brew. The chocolate, coffee, and vanilla is very strong. Bourbon and wood are also very present. Most of the smells also come across in the taste here. Its quite strong as far as the sweetness and bourbon go, but in a very smooth and warm way. Hints of leather. warm brandy, and maple syrup in there too.

M- Very thick, especially when served near room tempature. Pretty complex to pull all the flavors out of the rich creaminess. Very sticky and about as full bodied as possible. No carbonation. As thick as this beer is, it hid the alchol very well and just gave some warmth rolling off the tongue and down the body.

O- Was wanting this for a while and it lived up to its hype in my opinion. This is about as thick and sweet a brew comes, but very tasty. Seems very limited so Im not sure I'll see it again, but I'd definately buy it again if possible.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black and viscous with a quickly fading mocha head with ruby highlights. Bourbon hits the nose first, followed by dark chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Lots of bourbon on the palate along with cocoa and quite a bit of alcohol heat. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding BA stout, but at 17% ABV, it's a bruiser!

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Robust, silky smooth, full-bodied. Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. Definitely Reccomend and know I'm a lucky man for being able to get my hands on this! I'm a burbon kind of guy when I'm not drinking beer, which makes this a must have for me!

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a mini wine glass: opaque black color and not much head due to the small glass.

Smells so good! Chocolate-covered boozy raisins, dark fruit, and caramel.

Taste is similar, but with way more. Again, I get chocolate covered boozy raisins. There's also big dark cherry notes, which adds something kind of unique. Also I get a muskiness to the flavor, a lot like Mephistopheles stout, which adds even more uniqueness to the flavor. Of course, there's also bourbon and coffee notes, along with a pleasant warming booze. The aftertaste leaves this cherry/vanilla cheesecake taste. It's wonderful!

This beer is thick on the tongue, and it's very smooth for what the alcohol by volume is. There's a thinness to it, not in the usual sense of any beer review, that adds to its syrupy-ness.

Great beer. This reminded me of Mephistopheles a lot in the taste with the big raisin and musky notes. It's a wonderful beer and worth the buy.

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Photo of DoshBeerBalla
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scooped a bottle of this from the liquor store I work at. Enjoyed on 7/24/13, bottled on 6/27/13.
A- Straight fossil fuel...poured vigorously into a glass, formed a couple inches of foam which quickly dissipated.

S- Smells of coffee beans, some strong vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel. Some slight notes of sugar and bakers chocolate are also present. Not much heat on the nose from the 16.5% ABV.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Again, no real heat in the mouth, but you can definitely feel it in your chest. Having have tried the Momi Hiwa prior to trying Uncle Jacobs Stout, I find some definite similarities in the masking of the heat of the alcohol, something that I truly love and respect Avery for being able to accomplish time and time again.

M- Super creamy, with a low-medium carbonation present. I'm not too big of a stout person but this one has an awesome texture.

O- An exquisite beer from Avery. Stoked that they make this annually and will definitely be cellaring one or two of these until next year. Highly recommend doing what you can do get your hands on one of these if you haven't tried it!

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a thick, mocha head. I want to try and float a bottle cap on it. I bet it would hold.

S: Huge chocolate notes. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Light roasted notes. Really opens up as it warms.

T: Wow. Big cocoa sweetness, with a bourbon punch. Vanilla and caramel are prevalent. Sweet, hot, boozy, roasty and just delightful. Reminds me a lot of 2012 BCBS. Which is a good thing.

M: Thick and viscous. Almost syrupy. Warming. A pleasure to drink.

O: This beer really took me by surprise. I was expecting good, but it is spectacular. I love big, boozy, flavor packed stouts and this one stands up with the best of them. To some it may be too strong or too boozy. That's fine, leave it on the shelf... more for me.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – Pours an absolutely pitch black color with a moderate tan head and pretty good lacing. Left a nice syrupy film on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Powerful malt, oak, and some bourbon. The bourbon isn’t overpowering, which is nice. A little vanilla, chocolate, and bacon as well.

Taste – Vanilla, malt, and bourbon dominate the taste. It’s very nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated, with a mild alcohol bite. Holy cow - I didn’t know this was 14. 83%abv! A really mild bite for such a strong a beer. Leaves a slightly bitter bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very, very easy drinking, especially for 14.83%abv. This is an amazing stout.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home.

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Photo of DerekM17
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - black as a moonless night
Smell - heavy alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, roasted aromas.
Taste - This is one VERY big beer - sip too early after opening and the alcohol is overwhelming. Given a moment to breathe it hits great roasted notes that are well rounded by the caramel and vanilla flavors from the barrel. A hint of toasted almond flavor makes this a truly exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel - luscious but not too thick - flows almost too easily and coats the tongue without being cloying.
Overall - patience will be a virtue with this beer. Drinks very well now (as long as it's given ample time to breathe) but given a year or more develops into something truly spectacular. Probably my favorite bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome!

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Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color in a Brooklyn snifter with no head.

Aroma: I could spend a lot of time just taking in the aroma: deep chocolate, cocoa- very complex.

Taste: deep chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla- milk chocolate.

Finish: light alcoholic finish which deepens with warming. The oak presence also becomes prominent with warming. The body of the beer is light- which works well with an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, and alcoholic finish.

Overall: a great Bourbon Barrel aged stout. One of the top in the class. This is a different approach than the BBCS- a lighter body and different emphasis on flavor. There is a stronger alc finish in the BBCS, and the oak is stronger. I like the lighter balance in this beer better. Both are superb examples of the style.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to tulip. Dark mahogany liquid capped with a finger of khaki head. The aroma is a bit boozy and bourbony, which worries me. I've been out put off with all these BA ales that are bourbon forward, my stomach can take only so much . A few sips and that fear is put to bed. There's no bourbon sting, but lots of luscious cocoa, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, and smooth,not burning, bourbon. I liked this one just as much, if not a little more, than KBS.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Batch No 4 seems like I have had this cellared a while

Black hole dark with a bit of head that dissipates leaving mocha lacing

Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, bit of wood and alcohol No surprises but a magical blend of why I enjoy BA stout

Tastes of all the good things mentioned above alcohol is pronounced on the back of the mouth but that's the deal you make when you open a 16.9

Feel is is alive in mouth but smooth and substantial

A really EXCEPTIONAL BEER about perfect for a winter night

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle Aged 1 year) Dark chocolate pour with a 2 finger mocha colored head with great lacing. Smells sweet, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon from the barrel. A whole lot going on, for sure. Taste is intense and wonderful. Everything in the aroma is here, with a hefty dose of smoke and warmth from the massive ABV. This is a sipper for sure, which works well as the flavors grow in complexity as it warms. Mouthfeel is amazing. Burns like medicine, yet it's smooth, creamy and not syrupy at all. This is one of the few "special edition" brews that has lived up to that title for me, as this is pretty special.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/20/14
Location: Foodtown Express (Yonkers)
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Black to brown in color with a large viscous ring. Light brown carbonation which dissipates quickly. The beer has legs as you sip it clings as it collapses.
Aromatics: The beer is clearly fueled with bourbon as it envelopes the majority of the aroma. There is a big alcohol aroma, a light vanilla and light toffee all coming from the barrel. The next odor is the fruit which is dark mostly prunes and some black cherries.
Flavor: So many flavors in this beer it's really quite a beauty. The front of my tongue is just hammered with sweet sugars. Then the big dark prunes and cherries. Coffee flavors are clearly found with bitter chocolates. The alcohol is there adding to every flavor.
Mouthfeel: The body is very heavy with very viscous oils. The beer has an almost burdensome chew to it as the sugars and body just stick to my tongue, checks, roof, tonsils.
Notes:

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my absolute favorite beers in the world, and among the best adjunct free stouts in the world, in my estimation. This review is skewed towards the 2015 variety, which I had many many times on draft over the year.

This is a big beer. Thick, viscous and pitch black. Mocha head recedes quickly from the bottle, but lingers on tap. Smell is boozy, but as it warms you get the caramel, chocolate, and toffee flavors brought out from the huge malt bill. Barrel presence isn't overwhelming, but adds a touch of sharpness and acid. Taste is tremendously complex. I ran out of flavors to pick out from this beer. Complex and beautiful. Mouthfeel lives up to the high ABV. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jacob

A- dark brown to black. thick creamy brown head with great retention and lacing
S- sweet bourbon, honey, toffee, caramel
T- strong bourbon, charcoal, charred wood, bakers chocolate
M- thick and creamy as it hits you mouth, then harsh alcohol bites your tongue. Low carbonation.
O- very hot at first but as the beer warms the alcohol settles and it opens up nicely. It molds into semi sweet chocolate bourbon liqueur. Well done.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled Fed 2013

A- pours a opaque black color with a small creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a thick ring around the edge, leaving no lacing behind

S- strong and rich aromas of nutty chocolate fudge, espresso, charred malt, chocolate cake batter, bourbon alcohol, caramelized brown sugar & a hint of vanilla

T- there's a big whipping cream sweetness that hits the palate initially, notes of dark chocolate follow and mimic flavors of chocolate cake batter. More sweet notes of molasses and burnt brown sugar kick in, followed by rich espresso, sherry & smoked wood. The bourbon flavors carry through to the finish, adding some caramel and vanilla flavors. Some alcohol on the linger with more rich dark chocolate

M- heavy viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick and oily mouthfeel that coats the mouth and lasts long after the finish

O- this drinks remarkably easy for nearly 17% ABV. There's a sweetness to it that seems to balance out any harsh alcohol notes, and compliments the bourbon and chocolate nearly perfectly

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out black. It's almost completely opaque except for the edges. Right around the edges it is very dark brown. Nice dark brown colored head that comes up big after a reasonably hard pour. Good lacing, sticks around quite awhile.

Smell is good. STRONG bourbon notes, with plenty of hints of vanilla and oak. Doesn't beat around the bush, not much outside that.

Taste is truly excellent. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The best part about the flavor is it is 100% perfectly balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is spot on. For a beer that's 17.42%, you wouldn't quite expect it from Uncle Jacob. Well balanced, perfectly smooth, and a great carbonation level. Very well balanced with a warming finish. Love this beer, very drinkable a perfect sipper. Avery nailed it when trying to make a good barrel aged stout, this is wonderful. Overall one of the best Barrel Aged Beers I've had, but wouldn't expect less from Avery.

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Photo of filipdavis
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottled February 13, 2015. 16.9%

Dark brown beauty of a pour with tan ring for a head.

Let sit for a bit to settle and warm up from the fridge. Definitely brings out the aroma and taste. Good bourbon smell and taste which I like in a stout. Taste the alcohol but not overwhelming.

Mouth feel of a full texture and coats the tongue with the rich favors.

Overall great beer to wind down and relax for a long winters nap! Nice job Avery.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle, dated 2/19/16, batch #5, 17.1% ABV. Pours mostly black with a larger sized dark khaki head; some lacing. Smells mostly of bourbon, sweet and roasted malt, vanilla, and cocoa with some light earthy hops and coffee; good intensity and balance. The taste follows almost exactly with bourbon, malt, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and hops; again with good intensity/balance. Some moderate sweetness and bitterness with subtle dryness in the finish. Average body and above average carbonation. Overall, this is a very well done BA IS; it has great depth, intensity, and balance. Definitely a world-class brew.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1
Pours pitch black with a very small dark brown ring of bubbles. Very sweet on the nose, huge chocolate notes with a little bit of smoke. Taste is all chocolate upfront with sweet sugary toffee and a little bit of char that leads into an amazing warming bourbon aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. Mouth is on the thicker side with just enough carbonation to carry it. Overall I was very impressed with this brew and can't wait to see how it does in the cellar.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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