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 weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 13 2015 and enjoy feb 19, 2017. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, in 3 installments. Pours jet black, fairly thick, with a thin brown head that falls quickly. Exactly what you expect from 16.9%. Smell is huge with notes of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, and a touch booze. Awesome nose! Taste is spot on! Huge, but not overwhelming flavors of marshmallows, caramel, burnt malt, sugar, and a huge kick of vanilla and bourbon flavor. VERY full in body with just a slight alcohol burn in the throat, but the age covers the boozieness fairly well. Overall, absolutely amazing beer that is almost more of an experience. This is my third time having it, all were 2015 bottles, one after 6 months, 1year, and now 2, and the age just keeps all those flavors together so beautifully, and honestly, with age, not too harsh at all for 16.9%. Perfect, for me.

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated Feb. 13, 2015 and drank on Feb. 17, 2017

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Photo of ElGallo
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruC4
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Black poor. Very small head but a bit of carbonation.

S-Maple, vanilla, cocoa nibs and magic. Yes, magic

T-Superb. I've never had a beer so high in abv taste so delicious and how did they hide the alcohol?! You really have to look for it while you're drinking. I'm blown away by this.

F-Silky smooth on the pallette and goes down quick.

O-This beer is DANGEROUS. I can't believe how balanced it is. It must be pure witchcraft. I'll buy as many as I can next time it's out. A little pricey at $15 a 12oz bottle but it's worth it in the end. I've one more bottle and will forget about it for awhile.

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Photo of bret717
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle into a snifter. Pulled from the fridge and sat out about 30 minutes prior to pouring.

Appearance- motor-oil black, 1/2 finger head after vigorous pour, very little lacing, just a few tracks down the glass.

Smell- mostly dark chocolate and alcohol, a little coffee

Taste- starts with dark chocolate, then the alcohol comes in which yields slightly to more dark chocolate and coffee briefly. Finishes with some dark chocolate bitterness and a fairly intense alcohol burn.

Feel- full and creamy, this thing coats the mouth and sticks around for a while.

Overall- This was a very pleasant surprise and definitely worth the cost. A very nice sipper to enjoy over an hour or so.

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Photo of senglish7
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 variety. Pours jet black. Very boozy and vanilla on the nose. Taste is sweeter than I expected, with bourbon on the finish. Still, I thought it was pretty smooth for nearly 15% ABV.

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Photo of UGA45211
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WantonFaun
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A booze bomb. Not ideal as the last beer of the night during a rather long tasting. That said, Tweak is even heavier. Huge beer though.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


12 oz Bottle (02/19/16) to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, small tan head.
AROMA: bourbon, brown sugar, blackberry, cocoa.
TASTE: like most barrel aged Avery, this is alcohol forward. After you get past the burn there is coffee, dark fruit, cocoa. Finish us more rum, brandy, and of course bourbon.
FEEL: Medium body, good carbonation for a heavy stout. A Touch of astringency.

Really nice barrel aged stout. On par with Tweak. Could benefit from being smoother. Feels too hot, like a cheap young whiskey, even though bottle is almost a year old.


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Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madelf66
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flaskman
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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 mrtomatohead49
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -14%
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 ptucci
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Burbon Bomb. Could feel the heat.

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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TNasty1126
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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 dohedan
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +8.7%
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 TRex_likes_beer
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,695 ratings.
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