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

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 PeterIngemi
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Into a duvel glass.

A: pours put black with a two finger mocha head after an aggressive pour.... Little to no lacing, the head dissapates quickly

S: alcohol heat jumps right out at me, along with a slightly strange earthy oak note.... The burbon is also prevelant in the nose along with roasty chocolate and sweet dark fruit. I feel like the burbon contributes light notes of caramel and vanilla along with alcohol heat. I'm not a huge fan of the nose here, smells too dark fruity for my taste...

T: the chocolate seems to take it a step up from the nose... Mingling notes of burbon soaked oak, there is a sweet bite on the end but it is nicley rounded out by the alcohol heat on the finish.... And overall, considering the abv, this brew really isn't as sweet as I expected... In a good way. Notes of espresso and caramel are in there as well, this beer has a nice complexity to it.

M: heavy and viscous.... With a dry/sweet finish full of alcohol heat. Very little carbonation here. A bit creamy too.

O: a very nice, very big beer, deffinatly glad I tried this one. Not overly sweet or dark fruity, heavy on the booze, and some very nice complexity.... I could see this beer aging very well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harrington Liquors.
Solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Big roasty molasses with complex dark and dried fruit. Earthy with hints of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Light warming alcohol as this pushes down my gullet. Light sherry like oxidation in the finish. Great sipper, alcohol never gets harsh, but this will sure warm you on a cold night.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle, the last bottle of a distant trade. Bottle dated March 2012. Split with my wife, since it's 4:26 AM or something & I should really be sleeping.

The pours is black, dense, & looks a bit peeved, to be honest. Minimal carbonation. Beer reaches out & grabs my nose hairs, which I need to trim/pull, big, rich, bourbon, vanilla, deep malts. Chocolate, sugar. Yum.

Uncle Jacob's Stout is like a thick spike of alcohol into the forebrain. Or brain stem. I always get them confused. Huge malts meld with a chocolatey sweetness, huge, heavy. Bourbon isn't subtle even at two years, contributes vanilla, drying wood. Plague of bourbon, caramel peeks out as it warms. Finish is pure drunkenass. Nearly as thick as the Three Rivers Farm maple syrup that I love so much, this would go great with waffles. I could drink this until...what was the question?

Not quite as impressive as I recall from our first casual encounter, but a very good beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didn't believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so I'm not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.

update 2013 batch 8/8/13

Much more enjoyable this year, it has heat but it doesn't seem as powerful this year. Really good chocolate flavor

Update 2014 batch 2/23/14

Even better than last year's. I think it's an interesting coincidence that as the ABV has dropped each year it gets better. Good stuff.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like motor oil with a very thin head
Smell is a hint of bourbon with a lot of ethanol
Taste is a little malt with some Oak notes
Feel the front is really smooth but the finish leaves something to be desired
Overall not a beer I'd get again, but it is fun to knock shit off our want lists

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Photo of jwc215
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Bottled Feb 19, 2016:

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin light brown head that soon becomes a ring. Vanishing trailing lace.

The smell is of bourbon (vanilla/oak), mollasses, dark dried fruit, hint of chocolate.

The taste is of immediate heat. Through the heat/burn is bourbon and some dark fruit. Alcohol shows intensely and raw. Some molasses and dark fruit peek through and does some chocolate as it progresses. Sweetness balanced by drying alcohol.

It is full-bodied. A bit slick from solvent alcohol.

A slow, slow sipper. I expected alcohol to show because of high abv, but this is raw.

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Photo of bolognasuave
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda an off smell at first, definitely needs to breathe a bit after a pour. However for the price, there are much better BA stouts out there for much cheaper.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2.19.16 bottle date, poured into an Avery Brewing snifter glass.

The beer pours a thick, jet black color, inky and viscous with a thick, caramel colored head, firm bubbles that has good retention and leaves some nice spotted lace behind. The aroma is intense, huge bourbon and oak profile, char, roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, loads of stone fruits with a touch of fusel alcohol and sweet sugar. The flavors echo the nose, loads of barrel character, bourbon, toffee, charred oak, mild roast, loads of stone fruits, a touch of vinous acidity there as well, fusel alcohol, rich grains, a touch of vanilla character, but goodness this is a big beer. The mouthfeel is nice, minimal carbonation and a gentle touch, could be a bit chewier but it coats well, has nice legs and finishes very warmly.

Verdict: A monster beer from Avery, but very drinkable for what it is, probably the most drinkable barrel aged stout that's bigger than Bourbon County or something similar in that 15% ABV range. There is a nice balance and good complexity, but boy, this is a big beer. If huge barrel character and big boozy stouts are your thing, look no further.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.

Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesn't totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. I'm surprised with the high ABV that it doesn't smell like a complete booze bomb.

Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, I'm surprised that it's not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but it's not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8. 12oz 2012 vintage bottle poured into Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Gentle pour into glass to help it fit leads to a dark inky black with a half finger of mocha head. Lacing is thin.

S: Molasses, roasted malt, oak, a bit of maple? Coffee and bourbon ascend on the nose as the beer warms.

T: The heat! Obviously this beer is boozy as all get out, but the alcohol burns at first touch. Underneath the heat lies some deliciousness though. Sweet and syrupy, molasses tasting, licorice, burnt caramel, and some bourbon. Bit of coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and sludgy - this is like drinking motor oil. Carb is reasonable.

D: Low. ABV is through the roof and the body is thick, so we're dealing with an extreme sipper here.

O: If you can cut through the heat, there is a fantastic beer here. If I had another I'd lay it down for a year or two and would expect something phenomenal.

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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 IKR
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with fairly small dark brown head, which dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Raisins, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a faint coffee/roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, caramel, along with the coffee/roast malts appearing in the finish. The beer starts off incredibly sweet, with the roast/ coffee notes coming in towards the end which try to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. I get a mild bitter aspirin note at the very end.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied with a fairly low-level of carbonation appropriate for the high ABV beer it is.

Overall: Good beer who's sweetness is a bit much at the moment but I think will die down with time. The taste profile is well layered, and if the heat and sweetness die down it'll be a real treat.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very thick black color with a layer of thick, creamy tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The beer is quite sweet, but I expected as much. I'm getting some bourbon and mild oak. Lots of dark fruit and roast along with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: This one is quite smooth considering the lack of age and the abv. Lots of sweet roasted malt with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a strong bourbon component that teams up with the alcohol burn. Just a touch of vanilla and caramel along with some oak. The finish is sweet and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely thick with lots of smooth carbonation and a mostly slick finish.

Overall: This is a really nice high abv beer. Quite smooth given the abv. I'd love to have some of this with some age on it.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BCBS on steroids. Wicked expensive and a little bit of a chore to drink. 12oz. is enough for two people. Go with BCBS or barrel aged DORIS instead.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very thick, dark, sweet tasting beer which is what I expect from an imperial stout this high in alcohol. Bourbon flavor wasn't the strongest or smoothest I have ever tasted but it was pretty good. I haven't had any of Avery's regular beers but all of their higher end, high abv brews have been very, very good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but it still brings a good balance. There is not much sign of the high ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, extremely strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So much heat, and so syrupy it's hard to fully enjoy but flavors are deliciously intense. Needs some serious mellow time in the cellar. Kind of reminds me of Black Tuesday.

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Photo of draheim
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz (bottled 3/27/2012) into a snifter. Pours an oily obsidian black w/ a thin mocha head that settles quickly, not so much lace as legs on the glass.

Aroma is deep and boozy. laden with bourbon, molasses, prunes, smoke, and more bourbon.

Taste is syrupy sweet, dark and roasty, bitter, boozy. Sugary dried dark fruits, molasses, chewy caramel, some vanilla, charred oak. A hint of cabernet.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, thick and chewy. Strong alcohol heat.

Overall, as expected, this is an over-the-top imperial stout. A little too sweet and syrupy for my taste, but it's a unique experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to splurge and lay down $25 for this at Cheeky Monk in Westminster. Frankly, I'm glad I did. Pours out a gigantic abyss (small "a") like darkness, trudgingly sludgly, with a solid 1" of brown head on it. I think I looked at this for a few minutes, just admiring how something so huge could look so nice, but the head quickly disappeared.

Aroma was heavy, bourbon wasn't as present as the massive alcohol. Chocolate malt, roastiness followed behind from there. Taste got a little more complex, alcohol was still massive, but subdued enough to be enjoyable. Thankfully, any component from the Rumpkin barrel wasn't obvious to my palate. I'm not a fan of that. The bourbon made this quite a slow sipper, I think it took about 1.5 hours for me to finish all 12 oz of this beer. A little bit of licorice can be found amidst the dark chocolate malt aspect. Very similar to Black Tuesday, a little bit of vanilla, oak, leather, but not as sweet and drinkable. Tons of two row give this beer a thick body the likes of a Marshall Zhukov. I liked the carbonation on it, just right. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dark fruit aspect or mild bitterness it contributed.

Overall, I wouldn't pay anywhere near $25 again, but I was glad I did, it was my second to last beer of the Denver trip, and who knows, I wasn't going to come across a bottle of this again. I think $10 a pop is a fair price if I was at a bottle shop for this.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Super bourbony aroma with some vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Very, very sweet with lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The sweetness is very pronounced, and despite the alcohol content and barrel aging, not as boozy as I thought.

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

A- pitch black with a rusty brown head that disipates quickly.

S- prune, milk chocolate, bourbon, wood, coconut

T- chocolate covered raisins, milk chocolate, coconut, subtle bourbon and on the finish, malted milk ball will bourbon. Very creamy, sweet and smooth.

M- subtle carbonation, big body... Obviously

D- darn good. Finishing off a big meal with this. A very nice imperial stout. My unfounded opinion would be to drink fresh as the sweetness would, in theory, only increase with age.

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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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. First off, if you are wanting to drink a few beers and not get drunk, this beer is not for you. This thing is a beast and lets you know it straight out of the gate with huge notes of alcohol upon first inspection. It is a little more subdued as the sip sits on the palate by becoming more roasty with a hint of dark fruit. A really well done brew, but drinker beware about the alcohol. It will truly put you in your place if you aren’t careful.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 3 - Bottled on February 4, 2014

Pours a dark brown to black color with at least a finger of tan head that enjoyed some lengthy retention. The nose has notes of bourbon. The body is full-bodied, sticky and creamy. The flavor profile leads off with a modest sweetness that is reminiscent of molasses. This initial blast is followed by wholesome roasted bitterness. The alcohol is a bit hot on this offering; this is definitely the type of beer that would be suitable for aging.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

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