Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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 flaskman
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February of 2016. It was my first experience with 17% ABV stout. It poured black with a generous head. Smelled a little boozy but I guess that is to be expected. The taste was very surprising. I could taste the delicious base of vanilla sweetness with the oaky bourbon molasses tones punching through the 17% ABV. It tasted a little hot but was surprisingly balanced. I really enjoyed it. What a treat.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 19, 2016. Black color but not the thickest looking stout out there. A finger of head forms but quickly settles to a thin cap. Smells more like whisky than beer. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, earth, and alcohol. Flavor features the barrel as well. Very woody to go along with the bourbon. Notes of vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, earth, and a very warming alcohol sensation in the finish. A bit over carbonated but otherwise solid, big bodied stout. This is a beer that definitely would benefit from a few years in the cellar and allow it to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of TNasty1126
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Avery Modern-style Snifter glass. Bottled On 02/19/16.

Appearance - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly. While the beer settles dark as a black hole a thin halo of deep brown along the beers event horizon becomes apparent. The 17% ABV gives the beer legs that keep any lacing from existing.

Smell/Nose - Bourbon, bitter coffee grounds, Bourbon, Oak and a hint of toasted Marshmallow sweetness. With deeper drags, the alcohol burn can actually be felt traveling through the olfactory system. Oh, and did I mention Bourbon?

Taste - Bourbon is the starring role in the beginning. As the beer warms, a hint of vanilla sweetness and barrel accentuate the beer, finally finishing with a twinge of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a gritty finish on the palate that simulates coffee grounds. This is presumably from the alcohol burn coupled with the coffee bitterness on the finish.

Overall - While this beer appeals to my love of bourbon forward barrel-aged stouts, I would not use balanced as a descriptor of this beer at this time. I would preface my recommendation for this beer stating that Bourbon currently has a monopoly on this beer which only to be rectified with time

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. It doesn't drink like coffee. It chews well and is creamy as cousins Mephistopheles (I'm gonna miss you) and Tweak. Wow!! Just wow. There's no alcohol burn to this one, Batch No.4, bottled Feb. 13, 2015 @ 16.9% ABV. The bad boys in Boulder brew a bold ass bourbon barreled black as hell beer. You are saluted!! for that effort and get an A+. I should go to Boulder someday and drink the water. RESPECT BEER is underrated.
God Bless Uncle Jacob.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First had 12/11/15 at Spinnerstown Hotel. 2015 Vintage. Full bodied, the layers of flavor start with roasted malts, then bourbon, silky oak, and smoke. Finishes with a long lasting bourbon tinge, with the alcohol burn hidden nicely. Perfect for aging and enjoying for years to come.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.17/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Solid matte black with large tan foam head that persists as a blanket throughout. There is also the ominous sign of clear legs aplenty--wine ain't got shit on these.

Smell is nutty chocolate, woody oak, bourbony raisin, and chocolate wafer.

Intense richness of flavor starts off with tangy, nutty Raisinettes, but that is quickly overtaken by hot, oaky bourbon--very hot.

Surprising heft for a high ABV Avery brew, frothy, and semi-dry. It thins out as it sits in the glass though, and it is just so damn hot.

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Photo of smcolw
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light passes along the edges of the glass. Dark brown color. Modest head but there's an initial ring of lace with a couple blankets for lace.

I've been warned by the bartender that initially this beer is all booze and in twenty minutes it will be completely different--more flavorful and complex. The smell initially fits this description.

The flavor is extraordinarily complex. True to prediction, this beer starts with a strong level of alcohol warmth. Soon, the deep semisweet chocolate takes over with a light raspberry tang. Very, very rich--maybe the richest beer I've ever had. Low carbonation exentuates this. The swallow and aftertaste are like a German chocolate cake doused in rum. Deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2016 bottle into a Tank 7 tulip. Pitch black with a dense head of tan bubbles. Big bourbon on the nose along with bittersweet chocolate, expresso, figs, and dark fruit. Smells very warm and inviting, and also a bit boozy. The taste carries huge notes of sweetened dark fruit, gigantic boozy bourbon, and mild bitter chocolate & coffee. This beer, while good, doesn't taste like a stout. It honestly tastes more like a BBA Old Ale or a Barleywine. The feel is dense and oily, and carries a good burn on the finish.

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Photo of Nurhyme21
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If one could drink bourbon flavored cashmere, this would be Uncle Jacobs stout. Boozy but smooth! Great mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee throughout. Definitely a sipper but what a great one. Would definitely seek this one out. Definitely for the grown & sexy crowd! Great beer!

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Photo of craftaholic
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep espresso head laces atop a sea of motor oil. On the nose is bourbon. Pure hot barrel aromas. Flavor wise is so smooth! Has a nice velvet coating on the tongue. Delicious to quaff on Christmas day

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Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like most of Avery's big beers this one is too big. Unlike most of them though, this one works. I found plenty of ashy, roasted char, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, and HUGE bourbon notes; more than enough to justify a massively boozy finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I am grateful that the Bullshead offered a 4 ounce option. Twas plenty.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not easy to find living here in Connecticut but I was lucky enough to procure a bottle at Yankee Wine and Liquors after a recent Treehouse run. This is one great Stout! Expensive but very worth it! My first Avery beer and I WILL be back!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is pitch black with a very thin head that disappeared fairly quickly. The beer has a strong alcohol aroma with chocolate, coffee, and a sweetness of vanilla. The beer tastes almost exactly as it smells, for my personal tastes it is a little too boozy. The 17% really warms you up, has a nice carbonation and a little sticky.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, chocolaty color with foamy, tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and bourbon, hints of vanilla and spice. The flavor is similar, & there is definitely some heat from the higher alcohol content. Very smooth and tasty, an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2016 bottle into a snifter. Beautiful dark color, not much head. The aroma is big, heavy on the bourbon, but with complexity as well. The taste is intense, intense, intense. It's got the bourbon barrel, of course, but there's quite a bit else going on, and I don't have all the words necessary to describe it. I get molasses, maybe tobacco, some charred wood. Some folks mention cocoa, vanilla, or coffee, but I don't really any of that, or at least those flavors are subdued in the complex background. The ABV, despite being 17%, isn't dominant. The flavors are so intense, and the ABV is just a part of the overall awesome effect. Great stuff.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into chalice. let this sit for 10 months knowing that it would be too boozy fresh. Fades to a thin collar and nice spotty lacing. Black silk with a 1.5 cocoa head. Aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa followed by notes of bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Hints of sweet caramel and molasses. Big chocolate and cocoa flavor with some sweet caramel. Bourbon and wood are subdued along with vanilla, caramel and molasses. Velvety and smooth, medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation with a boozy finish. Very, very good as long as it sits for a while.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottled just under a year ago, steep price tag but I do appreciate the small serving size due to high abv.

big aromas of sweet chocolate, sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, booze, leather, burnt malts... nice and pungent on the nose! good god this thing drinks like its about 10% abv .... thick mouthfeel completely hides the booze. notes of chocolate, intense roastyness, charred wood, rich caramel, bourbon, hint of spice. overall the booze on this was well hidden due to rich flavors and a thick feel, although it wasnt overly boozy, the barrel character was definitely present. excellent example of a large stout.

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Photo of ragnar3
2.74/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Maybe had a bad bottle here but this was a booze-bomb. Way over the top alcohol presence, even when sipping over an extended period. Poorly balanced, thin, way too much barrel to be enjoyable.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage served at cellar Temps in a snifter glass

Appearance: great bottle presentation, tons of detail. Poured a dark brown to black with a nice khaki head. That's surprising because of the massive abv. The beer kept a nice ring of foam while drinking.

Nose: tons of barrel and booz, coffee, chocolate, bakers cocoa, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow

Taste: follows the nose perfectly. The barrel character is perfectly balanced to the base Stout beer (Mephistopheles). I expected a much more boozy beer. It is oddly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall: this is by far one of the best Barrel Aged Stout I've ever had. The high ABV is over the top but not a huge distraction. BCBS and Parabola may be better but I can still find this beer on the shelf and buy as much ad I want. Availability is awesome.

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Photo of BarrelyLegal
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours black, light khaki head with some variation in bubbles, some bubble clusters. As head slowly disapates, leaves a layer of champagne-sized bubble leggings. 4

S - Smells great, caramelly with some booze. Honestly smells like a Bourbon County Stout. 4.5

T - syrupy, boozy and sweet, but very pleasant.    I want to talk about the taste of the roast malt, but I can't pick up any. No coffee, no chocolate, just sweet and boozy but somehow makes that delicious. 5

M - Thick, like a girl with a fat ass. Sticky, but relatively clean mouthful and surprisingly little burn for a beer that clocks in at 17.1% 5

O - I'll be damned if this isn't the finest example of a bourbon  barrel aged stout. It's awesome and there's no indication of it being 17%+. It doesn't taste anywhere near that hot. It's now up there with Bourbon County and West Sixth's snakecake in my top 3 Bourbon barrel aged beers. 5

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a solid flow of carbonation in the body feeding a creamy, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of bourbon heat and spice, rich vanilla, rich milk chocolate, and subtle coffee. Very strong and balance nose. Flavors are rich milk chocolate forward, with a solid dose of bourbon spice and booze warmth. Vanilla creme and robust coffee highlights, as well as notes of charred wood, molasses, and caramel. Very dynamic, layered palate, but with a creamy smooth overtone that makes it dangerously drinkable. Smooth, rich, creamy, and chewy body, with a milk chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. Smooth, creamy finish, with a lot of heat building up as you drink. This is a beast, but it is damn tasty. Like a cordial or truffle infused with booze. Delicious.

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

Dark black with modest brown head that dissipates after a few minutes. Nose and taste are coffee, bourbon, and sweet molasses. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 19, 2016.

L: Pours out a dark cola brown that looks pitch black in the glass. Topped by a creamy, tan head that lingers shockingly long, and leaves splotchy beige lacing.

S: Rich, sweet, and boozy. Sweet desserty chocolate; melted fudge, hot cocoa, decadent chocolate cake, toasted nuts like almonds and pecans; lots of bourbon barrel character, bourbon, toasted oak, toasted coconut, and tons of vanilla. Hints of figs, prunes, and raisins. Quite of bit of warmth and bourbon heat.

T: Very sweet upfront. Dark chocolate, toasted almonds and pecans, more coffee-like roast than in the aroma, mocha-like, then you're hit with tons of bourbon character, vanilla extract, toasted coconut, burnt toast and caramel, burnt sugar. There's a huge warming of booze on the mid-palate. It finishes more bitter than expected, lots of dark-roast coffee, bitter cocoa, oak tannins, and then a lingering dark chocolate and bourbon aftertaste, with a warmth that lingers on long in the belly.

F: Mouth is medium, not super full, but very oily and velvety.

O: This is one hell of a big beer. Drinks like more a stout-like bourbon than a bourbon-like stout. A slow sipper for cold winter nights.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2016 edition was just a little too hot for me recently. I am going to age the others I have and see how they mellow. Overall it's just what you should expect, a barrel bomb with lots of heat up front and a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4600th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/19/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Insane appearance. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, prune, date, licorice, tobacco, soy sauce, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, prune, date, licorice, tobacco, soy sauce, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying or astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spice, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy/silky/slick, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden; warming finish with and some light booziness lingering. Overall this is an insane barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. Enormous amounts of barrel character, but plenty of malt to back it up; without being too dry or boozy on the barrel notes. An insanely amazing offering.

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