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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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371
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2,473
Avg:
4.37
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21.74%
 
 
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Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled in February of 2015 and weighing in at 16.9%. The perfect beer to to review on my 5 year anniversary on BA. Pours completely black with a 3 inch brown head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is very large, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, with vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate starting the party and a smoky bourbon leather finish and just hanging out out on the your palate until you sip again.

Body is a little bit bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, very dry, and a sipper that still drinks way to easy.

This is eventually going to be one of those beers you drive all over town picking up bottles, so darn good.

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Photo of W_Des
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version On tap at Avery. Pours pitch black and the nose contains strong bourbon with some coffee, chocolate and oak to round it out. The body is very bourbon forward with an espresso finish. This is something that could definitely use to age to mellow out the bourbon.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled Batch No. 4 and with a bottled on date of 2/13/2015; into a snifter.
Appearance - black as night, black as coal; thin, mocha head that sticks around as it sits. Lacing is better than with other big barrel aged stouts!
Smell - chocolate and maple syrup, ripe dark fruits, some oak and vanilla with just a hint of booze!
Taste - very in depth flavors; rich and creamy espresso, some oaky booze, and a nice smoke flavor that rounds it out!
Feel - definitely a heavyweight; bold roasted coffee flavors that provide an excellent balance of rich, creamy and bitter! Booze makes its presence known, but considering the 16.9, it is hidden brilliantly!
Overall - worth the hype, so I'm glad I spent the extra $ to get a few bottles!
Note - aged a bottle for 18 months and the rich and sweet flavors have come to the forefront.

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Photo of ccg
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uncle Jacob's Stout 2016

Look: Jet black, of course. Head settles quickly into a layer of of tiny bubbles with some islands but is stable after that, some nice strands of lacing. It looks like a tad more of the carbonation survived the barrel-aging on this stout compared to a lot of others. 4.25

Smell: Bourbon, oak, tons of chocolate, roasted malt. I chilled this bottle all the way to refrigerator temp, which is probably too low, but I wanted to see how it changes as it warms up. Even cold, the smells come through strongly. 4.25

Taste: Similar to the smell -- it's chocolatey with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt caramel and a hint of smoke. There's also an awful lot of heat on the backend from all the alcohol. The 17% ABV is definitely not hidden. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth on the tongue with the carbonation lightening it up a bit on the back. It can't quite handle the high alcohol content, though, leaving a burning sensation in the throat. 4.0

Overall: Excellent BBA stout, but I think it needs to sit and age for a while to mellow out. If you have a bottle, I'd recommend leaving it in the cellar until Fall 2016 at the earliest. 4.25

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Photo of joshclauss
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1, Brewed April 2012, Consumed at the release party at about cellar temp.

As advertised - great body, roundness, and viscosity. The barrel is perfectly balanced with the other elements, and it's clear that this is not just Bourbon Barrel Meph. Obviously added a bunch of sugar to cut the heat, which works now and makes it great to drink fresh, but worries me a tad on the aging.

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Photo of jsboots21
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 bottle poured halfway into the ol' Lakewood Snifter.

Appearance is perfect. This beer is dark as a starless, moonless, flashlightless night. Surprising 1.5 finger head rises from the beer and leaves a dark khaki ring on the glass's edge. Bubbles are fine and consistent throughout.

Aroma is muted at first, then opens dramatically. Lots of roast, almonds, coconut, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and, not surprisingly, booze. I originally rated the aroma lower, then realized that it became wonderful as the beer warmed.

Taste is decadent. At first, bitter roasted coffee overwhelmed the taste buds and made the beer unenjoyable. Then amateur hour ended and I let the beer warm to an appreciable temperature, which resulted in a completely different beer. Unfortunately, the first perceivable note is booze. From there the taste improves to feature unsalted caramel, bitter dark chocolate, mid-shelf bourbon, figs, strong vanilla. There's still booze on the finish, which takes the taste down a notch.

Mouthfeel is totally full-bodied. Alcohol is pervasive and cuts through the body, but there's enough body to last a lifetime. Carbonation is visually present, though minimal on the palate.

In summary, this is a great beer. Delicious, robust, and well-made. Quite the beer that Avery has produced. Even more impressive that Batch 2 is on par with Batch 1!

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Photo of Beaver13
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours dark brown black with a smallish creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malts, grains, dark fruit, bourbon and a little black licorice. A lot going on!

The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate malts, roasted grain, dark fruits and some hot bourbon alcohol with a little black licorice and a bitter roast alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, nice stout with a lot going on. A bit sweet and hot on the alcohol for me, but not as hot as remembered (maybe the 2 years aging helped). Becomes a bit harsh and cloying as it warms.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured viscous, motor oil black with a thick, tightly-packed bubbled, khaki head. Awesome retention. One inch head sat for five minutes. Moderate on the lace.
Smell - what you would expect. Chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, caramel, booze, wood
Taste - follows the nose with a bitter chocolate-burnt coffee grounds bitterness lingering. Sweet, but not cloying. Heat's there but not obnoxious.
Feel - big-bodied beer with a very thick, coating presence.
Overall - I've heard folks say overhyped for this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge...

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Nautilus Road brewery. Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Very smooth stout with creamy head. This stout was recommended to me by the bartender just after finishing a heavenly Rumpkin. Great suggestion!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Daniloknezic for trading this beer to me! Thanks Don!

12 oz bottle poured equally into a pair of snifters. 6oz serving.

reviewed from notes taken 9/8/12.

Appearance: dark black beer with a big dark brown head about 2 fingers high. This one just coats everything with a heavy thick foam. Wow this beer looks amazing!

Smell: Chocolatety, bourbony goodness with a touch of oak.

Taste: Very bourbon forward beer. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and more bourbon. As this beer warms you start to get some molasses, tobacco, black licorice, and lite smokiness. The beer finishes with more bourbon that just stays around forever.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer actually drinks really well. The beer is boozey, but it not a bad thing at all. Its a warming almost burning sensation that is very enjoyable. Nothing harsh at all; it plays well with the huge beer theme that Avery's has going on with this beer. Its really carbonated for a barrel aged beer. Kudos to Avery because its well made beer.

Overall: I really dig this beer. Its really great tasting beer with a mouthfeel to match. All the big flavors that i love from a BA stout. Avery's has really got some nice beers these days! Never been that impressed by Avery's, but I should start paying more attention to this brewery!

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled June 27, 2013 - 16.53% alcohol) poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours an inky, oily pitch black color with a thin cap of dark khacki foam that fizzles away quickly leaving a foamy, thick collar...very sparse lacing.

S - Buttery toffee, rich caramel, sweet vanilla, coconut, smooth bourbon, molasses, touch of booze. Surprisingly devoid of roasty aromas. Smells like a candy bar.

T - Big bourbon up front, sweet, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, touch of astringency, roasted malt, tobacco, a bit smoky.

M - Super thick and syrupy. Sticky with sweetness...leaves a sugary coating on the lips after every sip. Variety of sweet flavor character. Medium carbonation - a touch tingly. Warm booziness that is kept under control but is definitely noticeable and part of the overall feel of this beer.

O - A stout that is balanced far towards the sweet, sticky candy-like aspects of the style. Roasted character is minimal and in the background of the flavors. Definitely a sipper...the high alcohol content, warm alcohol burn, and prominent sweetness keep this one a slow goer. A bit out of the ordinary...definitely enjoyable - a dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of strong bourbon notes with oak and vanilla.

T - Great balance of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and a boozy presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full bodied ale with somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a really good bourbon barrel aged stout. Another good limited release brew from Avery.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a case from Shangy's in Emmaus Pennsylvania for $240 on March 10, 2015. Gave a bottle to Blane from Shangy's for spending two hours helping me. Finally tried it on March 22, 2015. Outstanding, but the high gravity, along with being just brewed, means it needs time to mellow out. One can tell that this beer will be to die for in a few years of aging.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled Feb 13 2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big booze fume with a heavy rush of char to go with it. Some woody character and a tad bit of sweetness but it's all stifled by the alcohol and roast.

T- Lots of grainy wood flavor with some bourbon and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Immense char is laid over all of it. There's definitely a lot of booze but not necessarily as much as you would expect from the beer's ABV. Small notes of dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. Once it warms, more vanilla sweetness comes through.

M- Slick and creamy but with a bit of burn in the throat going down. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is one mammoth of a BA stout. This one was aged for a year but it obviously could withstand a few more. Really good, but ya gotta like 'em real boozy/bourbony.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro MA.

Pours a deep brown body, opaque once in the glass with a 1 finger light brown head that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves no lacing.

Aromas of caramel, smokeyness, toffee, and light bourbon, some light chocolate and toasted malt.

Upfront on the tongue is a blast of bourbon and charred, almost smokey malt, chocolate and caramel on the follow through with a very charred, bitter finish that lingers on the tongue for a while. Medium body with a fair amount of booze.

Solid.. One of the most roasty stouts I've had.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated MAR 27 2012, poured into Hoppin Frog snifter.

Mocha-brown, thin rim crowns a black, opaque elixir, thin wisps of lacing.

Heavy dark chocolate intertwined with a lovely bourbon aroma , slight vanilla and caramel backing.

Chocolate syrup, bourbon, vanilla.

Silky, syrup, nicely carbonated, smooth.

A nice sipper. Would like to taste with some age on it.

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Photo of cvm4
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: June 27, 2013

A - Pours like oil, viscous, with a one finger tight head of espresso carbonation.

S - Sweet molasses, oak, dark fruits, vanilla and a good amount of bourbon.

T - Bold dark chocolate and light coffee at first. Develops into a sweeter stout with brown sugar, molasses and vanilla peaking through.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Just a rich body, smooth, velvety and for the abv (16.53%) it's not particularly hot.

O - It errs on the side of a sweeter stout, but it's definitely packed full of goodness.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. Nice khaki colored head of about 1.5 fingers. Nice lacing left behind once the head dissipates.

Strong aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and alcohol vapor. Chocolate, smoke and more booze.

Big flavors starting with bourbon. Roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of espresso and vanilla. Some alcohol spice/burn but nothing like is suggested by the aroma. Oak notes and a bit of something herbal at the end.

Rich thick body with a bit of creaminess. Oily and dense on the tongue. Flavors linger along with an alcoholic burn.

This is a quality barrel age stout though it pales compared to some of the elite BA stouts such as BCBS. Biggest problem is the intense alcoholic nose. Taste is less intense on the booze but still could be dropped 1 notch.

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, oil toned opaque ivory. A small tan head slowly fades into a gentle head and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Crikey...this is rich and boozy off the get-go.
Taste is of the aromas with a raisin juice and molasses and date sugar. Rockabye sweet baby James...this is like a mix of the Beast and Mephistopholes. Lots of booze and prune juice resounding.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, and boozy.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a 3/4 inch dark brown head with pretty good retention.

S - Lots of booze, teriyaki, heavy chocolate.

T - Sweet booze, teriyaki, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body. A sweet finish.

O - Very boozy, hidden behind sweet chocolate and teriyaki.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Inch tall mocha head on a dark brown, borderline black body. Splotchy lacing. Cap and collar stick around throughout.

Big chocolate notes in the nose, along with sweet/boozy barrel notes.

More with the cocoa. The bourbon barrel is noticeable but not over-powering. Lingering aftertaste. Wouldn't guess ~17%abv, maybe closer to the 13%
-14% range.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side. Smooth micro-bubbled carbonation.

Never have I had a beer, barrel aged or otherwise, that has lingered on the tongue for so long after each sip. I'm quite enjoying that aspect. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with small tan head.
Smells strong bourbon, some roast, and that's really all I get it seems one dimensional.
Taste is a little sweet and follows with bourbon. I really am not getting a ton of anything other than the barrel character it really overpowers the base beer. Luckily I love bourbon so I'm still enjoying this one.
Mouthfeel is a little thin with a nice slight burn on the finish.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, cocoa color with tan cream colored head. Weak retention as expected for the strength. Boozy, bourbon, roasted oat, dark chocolate, charcoal aroma. Intimidating yet inviting at the same time. Alcohol makes a strong presence on the palate. Mostly sweet roasted almonds and chocolate flavor paired against smooth, rich, molasses like bourbon character. Full, dense, sticky body. Good carbonation for the strength. Well executed barrel aged stout. Would have been better with a slightly lower alcohol content.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with nice rocky tan head with very nice carbonation, food lacing, and a head that sticks around.

Smells big and chewy with what seems to be a monster of a malt bill. Lots of molasses upfront with caramel, vanilla, oak, smooth bourbon, dark chocolate, & some solvent alcohol notes.

Taste has plenty of hot alcohols upfront but gives way to chewy dark malts like dark chocolate, cocoa, light vanilla, espresso, some burnt ash, and light oak bourbon.

Very chewy and extremely full bodied. No hops to recognize but as big as this beer is it's not a complete chewy mess. Upfront sweetness gives way to bourbon notes, then finished with residual oak, vanilla, and molasses finish. Very complex and interesting beer.

Overall, this beer is a complex, huge malt bomb with plenty going on. The wood & bourbon are certainly complimentary flavors not the primary show drivers. I can't imagine the malt bill or fermentation regimen for this beer. At such high alcohol, I would assume they used multiple yeast strains fro get the job finished. Well done, Avery!

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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