Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / 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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Reviews:
426
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
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Photo of Hophead717
2/5  rDev -54.2%

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2/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of Abragg3
2/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I very much like this style and very much like most of Avery's limited and barrel aged brews. However, I just don't get this one.

Pours a black viscous syrup with no head and one is anticipating a thick rich and full mouth.

The nose is cooked grain, cooked fruits, cooked cereal, coffee and sweet carmel/maple syrup. Not bad and its inviting. One is still now waiting for that thick, rich, viscous mouthfeel. And, as anticipated, the mouth is, indeed, thick, rich, viscous and very creamy.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile is very unbalanced and awkward. There are hints and tones of all good things: fruit, sweet carmel, bitter coffee, black chocolate, bourbon vanilla and toffee tones. Yet, the flavors just don't come together, they don't blend or marry whatsoever. Each stands out on its own with no finesse. The primary flavor profile turns out to be bitter, sour toffee carmel that just isn't appealing to me in any way. This is almost like a Black Tuesday wanna be that misses all around except for thickness and mouthfeel, and that is overshadowed by the awkward flavors.

I didn't have any interest in a second or third sip. Yet, I kept at it for a half hour to see where this would go and what I may be missing. My conclusion - nothing. An awkward, out of balance and misflavored brew all around in my opinion.

I opened two bottles from different sources to confirm. The foregoing is confirmed for me. I have no need to try again.

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Photo of HopSavant
2.25/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

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2.25/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.32/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and lighter tan in shade. For 17%, the retention is fantastic. With a thick, creamy texture and streaks of lacing that stick to the glass nicely, this is a looker.

This desperately needs to open up before revealing its aromatic nuance. Right after I pour it, it's little more than caramel and booze. After a while, it does reveal nuances of dark fruit, chocolate, and oak - too bad it's too little, too late. This should be bigger and better smelling for something so intense. More bourbon, more vanilla, it frankly needs a little more everything.

I should have just kept my damn mouth shut. It is a big beer - too big for its own britches, in fact. Some opening flavors of caramel, chocolate, and raisin are pretty nice. Bourbon slowly but surely appears after sitting on the tongue, turning into a fiery finishing crescendo. Some hints of coconut and dark fruit also show up. Here's the problem: it's alcoholic and hot, without any of the depth, complexity, or boldness something this big really needs. It's timid in all the wrong ways. I see this was brewed with oats...that explains things slightly. Oats can seemingly make a big beer seem even boozier, and here, it does in spectacular fashion. It burns like a 17% barrel-aged beer perhaps should, but it has the flavor boldness of a regular 7% stout. Not a good combination at all.

This has turned my palate into scorched earth, thanks to how damn boozy it is. 'Course, it's pretty full bodied and silky smooth when it doesn't taste like burning. Make no mistake, it's a sipper. Not a good sipper, but a sipper nonetheless. Carbonation is low.

I have no clue how this is a 97: it's a hideous disappointment of a massive barrel-aged beer. Maybe batch #5 isn't as good as previous years? Or maybe this is just too damn young? This needs two, three, maybe even four (or more) years before it becomes a good bourbon barrel imperial stout regardless. Even taking away the harsh bite, it's not nearly as flavorful or deep as I'd want. I'd give this a second chance due to sheer curiosity of how something so well received could be so crummy to me, but I'll be damned if I spend $14 for a bottle again.

2.32/5: He's like that rude uncle who always carries a Gadsden flag, spewing racial slurs along the way

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2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

Photo of ragnar3
2.74/5  rDev -37.3%
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 Tom-Peters
2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

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2.85/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as pitch with a thin crust on top.

Smells like tar, burnt sugar, cocoa and burning booze. Plenty of bourbon, too. Maybe a bit of vodka.

Tar and burning booze. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon. Full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is harsh and burning in the finish. This has some decent flavors, but it's pretty unpalatable.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in an Eclipse snifter.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, tiny specks of lace. Black body, with glints of brown at the edges.

S - Super sweet and boozy, with nostril-singing alcohol. Some roast, but lots of dark fruits, fudge, toffee, nuts. The booze gets pretty intense as it warms and notes of tar and soy come out.

T - Taste is heavy on dark fruit, soy, some ash, alcohol, dark chocolate, and brown sugar. Finish is pretty alcohol heavy, with some vaguely vodka-esque notes.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, some moderate alcohol burn, and a mildly chewy finish. Pretty decent for the style and ABV.

D - It's pretty hard to drink in anything more than 1oz portions. This *might* be good in like 5 years, but it may also be terrible. The sweetness is more off-putting than the alcohol.

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3/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of MichaelCoyne
3/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average at best. no where near a KBS or other BA stouts. definitely not worth the $13+ per bottle price tag. Im glad I got to try it once, but I have no desire to trade or buy it again

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Photo of Desp59
3.02/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good and smooth. Still trying to get into stouts.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Doodler in a surprise box a while back. Very generous man. Much appreciated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Batch 2
27 June 2013
848 cases produced

Apparently the brewer's 6th great uncle Jacob was the first to call his whisky "bourbon."

APPEARANCE: A nice black pour yields a one finger, slightly thinner, foamy tan head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades very quickly to a ring only. Ring remains all the way leaving no lacing down the grass. Black beer, but mediocre head.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, with vanilla, light grapes or red wine as well. Interesting and different. Touches of milk chocolate as well. A bit of port.

TASTE: Quite boozy. Bourbon, oak and port wine up front. Some spicy alcohol through the middle into a big and lingering finish of bourbon, red wine, alcohol, vanilla notes and some dark chocolate too. Quite boozy with lots of alcohol and port flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body, thinner, with higher levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down okay and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some decent heat lingers. Spicy alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay, but it's a bit too boozy for my liking. Body is a bit thinner than I'd like for the style as well. Lots of wine and alcohol at the expense of the stout qualities. Would actually like to to try the base stout on its own. Thanks again for the treats Doodler!

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3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 Vintage

L - Pitch black with ruby red on the edges. A finger of tan head.

S - Lots of charred oak. Hot bourbon and roasted malts. Alcohol sting is noticeable - when inhaled, the aroma burns the eyes. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate too.

T - Bourbon is sweet and a little cloying. I pride myself on not picking up any alcohol in high gravity beers when others claim they are too "hot", but I'm sorry, but this is is just overpowering with the alcohol taste. Not even in a good, smooth bourbon or spirit flavor, this just stings from beginning to end as if you're drinking gonorrhea (I exaggerate for effect, but still, this is just pure alcohol). Aside from that is some of the aforementioned chocolate, but is more like Hershey's syrup, which is nice. Like the aroma, there's a lot of oak and char.

F - It is thick and luscious like it should be. Alcohol presence and burn is significantly more noticeable than other BA stouts. Some cloying bourbon and alcohol.

O - Cloying bourbon and a pure alcohol feel has prevented this from being great. I imagine whatever base Imperial Stout used might be a good beer, but the barrel-aging has just infected this beer with too much pure alcohol smell and taste. Other characteristics such as roasted malts and chocolate are faded in the background. It's a 16.53% beer and it tastes as such.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.17/5  rDev -27.5%
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 AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled February 2014. 14.83%.

A: Quite dark, as expected. Coffee-colored lacing.

S: Harsh and strong. Not entirely pleasant.

T: Molasses. Burnt brown sugar. Big booze. Hint of dark fruit that grows as it warms. Oddly metallic aftertaste really lets me down on a bum note. It gets better with time.

M: Kinda thin and harsh.

O: I hate to say it, but this was not that impressive. Maybe it's because we also had Black Note tonight, but it's harsh and abrasive and over-sweet; redeemingly, it's also got some berries.

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3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled March 2012, one bottle out of 694 cases,

A- Pours out a thick, oily black with a quickly disappearing black head.

S - Smells more like a bock than a bourbon stout for some reason. Very sweet malts, some chocolate, vanilla and faint dark ripe fruits.

T - Tastes extremely sweet, to the point where the malts aren't rounding anything out with any usual roasty bitterness. Again, this beer tastes like a double bock and not at all like a stout, let alone a bourbon stout. I can pick up some very faint vanilla, toffee, and quite a bit of raisin.

M Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied as it should be.

O - Overall not at all what I expected from a bourbon imperial stout. Way way too sweet and not roasty, or even remotely hoppy for what I would expect from the style.Admittedly my only reference point is Goose Island Bourbon County, and this is far from it. Taste just like a double bock with NO bourbon at all. Quite disappointing when I wanted a bourbon stout comparable to Goose Island's. Jeez, I hope that every other bourbon stout doesn't pale quite as badly in comparison.

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Photo of Eli2814
3.24/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like a cup of cold brew coffee basically, especially if poured into a pint glass.
Booze and bourbon dominate the nose, with esters of graham cracker or something similar at the tail end.
Roasty initial taste, but heat swiftly comes after. It tastes like the most sippable bourbon you've ever had in your life, not very "beery"
This beer wasn't very gentle in terms of mouthfeel. You get heat really quick, and no matter how long you drink it, it's hard to get used to. Sorta numbs your tounge after awhile.
Overall, pretty good. I think the base beer was probably really great, but I think in this case, the barrel aging process took away from what could've been a stellar beer.

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