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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 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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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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Photo of angelmonster
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review is of bottle dated 2/4/14

Pours a pitch black body with a 1/5th of an inch chocolate head. Head retention and lacing were average for a 15 percent beer.

Smell is big on alcohol, not so much bourbon, but slightly like rubbing alcohol. Chocolate covered brownie, charred oak, and port wine are also present. No hops, tons of sweetness dominate.

Taste is a mix of port wine, imperial stout, chocolate syrup and straight whisky. Sweet oak counteracts the maltiness of beer, alcohol is definitely there but not too bad for 15 percent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy. Highly carbonated for such a high gravity beer. Wish head stayed around but its not uncommon in this type of beer.

Overall this was a good dessert/sipping drink. Similar to dark lord in terms of sweetness, but with some whisky flavor. Aging helped mellow it some, 12oz was definitely enough, borderline too sweet.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black with beautiful brown head that dissipates without a trace. The smell is heavy chocolate, vanilla, coffee and bourbon -- quite appealing. The taste leans more on the coffee side, but everything from the nose is there. There's quite a bit of heat on it, in a good way, with some bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the complexity that this brew presents. But wow, what an amazing beer. This is my second time having it. The first time was in a less than ideal glass, but drinking it properly gives me a new appreciation for it.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Bottling date. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2nd experience from Avery

A- Beautiful, to say the least. Dark as night without a moonlit sky. Had about a 2 inch tan head from a rough Pour. Dissipates slowly to just a ring. Very nice spotty lacing.

S- vanilla, bourbon, molasses, plum and cherry. Tobacco and a slight burn from the 17% very mellow and sweet.

T- bourbon, molasses, plum, cherry, tobacco, vanilla, oak. Surprisingly smooth and mellow, for 17% warms the body just a tad bit.

M- this mouth feels medium bodied compared to Mephistopheles. Decent carbonation with a sweet tobacco bitter finish. Very nice, Slightly Boozy

O- I definitely enjoyed this more than Mephistopheles. Both are amazing beers, but this one was more balanced and mellow. Both would be amazing with some age. This cost slightly more than Mephistopheles, so at the same percent, it might be its only downfall.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of February 19th, 2016

Appearance - Pours black with a cocoa-colored, finger width head, and with quite a bit of sediment plopping into the beer as the pour finishes from the bottle, leaving a dark chocolate stain atop the head. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Lacing shows in the form of broken sheeting.

Smell - Fudgy aroma with lesser vanilla. Strong bourbon. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Flavor explodes with fudge, lesser coffee, dark berries and oaky character. Vanilla. Some earthy walnut. Faint smoke. The back end is dominated by boozy aspects. Lots of belly warming alcohol. Some bourbon sweetness. Lingering roasted malt finish.

Mpouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn smooth texture considering the 17% ABV. Turns a bit sticky with a dry, warming finish.

Overall - Boy, I'd love to see how this one tames out with 12-18 months on it, because it's a bit hot currently, though still pretty damn tasty. Reminds me a bit of Founders Imperial Stout if it were Barrel Aged. As that's one of my all-time favorite Impy Stouts, I'm saying that's a great thing!

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4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at BestDamnBeerShop out in San Diego. This one's been on my want list for a while now and boy was it worth the price! Take your average barrel-aged stout and double the flavour... thats what we got here. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the strength

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks not as thick as expected, honestly way thin. Smell is booze. Taste is dark borderline bitter chocolate/coffee. Feel is not too viscous but a bite on back end. If you want to rate this, do so early...it'll get ya. Overall I went in to this comping it to BCBS, didn't quite measure up. However it was very good and I'm glad I got to try. Also, I don't advise rating bias due to price, but seeing as I overpaid by almost double what others paid it was not $23 good, it was $10-14 good tho. That was my fault for getting duped, not Avery.

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3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with some reddish tints. Very thin head. Aroma-boozy, some fruity notes, cherry, fig. Taste- boozy. Sweet beer. Some raspberry and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel, medium bodied. Overall, decent barrel aged stout. Pretty bitter.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the 2014 vintage of this beer tonight with friends! Very nice deep rich BA stout! Almost a little too boozy still...should have sat another year but still solid!

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Photo of arizcards
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Tempe Bevmo in mid-April for $12.49. Bottled on Feb 19, 2016.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that is hanging around.

Nose is bourbon forward with chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla.

Taste is heavy chocolate and bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Very complex and melds well. First sips were very hot and now are warming.

Mouthfeel is near perfection, love chewing on my imperial stouts!

Overall a very awesome brewing job by Avery. Definitely a spendy price point but definitely worthy of trying once if you enjoy this style.

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4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.23/5  rDev -3%
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 Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally openned up a bottle of the 2015 batch on my sister's birthday. It essentially taste like straight, molasses-y bourbon. Pretty amazing that it is considered a beer. Definitely, went directly to my head. I would imagine this would be more appropriate for a winter night by the fire than in the beginning of summer.

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