Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

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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 McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, smells like bourbon (surprise!), tastes like bourbon (very hot, though also very sweet), but it isn't as viscous as I was hoping. Wanted to like it more than I did: had a hard time drinking the whole thing, and, in general, Uncle Jacob's Bourbon Liqueur isn't good enough to warrant the $13.99 price tag.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours dark black with an average head. The aroma leads with dark chocolate, followed by licorice, baking cocoa, cappuccino, and brown sugar. The flavor is again dominated by dark chocolate, with brown sugar, caramel, roast fruit, fig, and cappuccino. The motuhfeel is rich and full with low carbonation. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic beer - so incredibly balanced, it just begs you to drink more of its high ABV goodness.

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Photo of phishgator
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Black with small tan head and mild carbonation. The alcohol coats the glass much like a straight liquor. There are fusel alcohols up front and a bit of bitterness that hits you in the back end. The body is there throughout the glass. You get bourbon upfront as well. Definitely a sipper from start to finish. Raisins come to mind have way through this one. True to Avery it's a big gravity beer that will get smiling fast.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best barrel aged stout I have ever tasted.

First it pours black with very little head. The smell is super complex, we are talking wood, roast, minimal booze and other scents I can not properly describe but are outstanding. The taste is out of this world. Wonderfully blended, no heat or alchohal blast, crazy flavors going around the mouth and throat. Feels thicker than it looks.

Overall the best so far for me. Nothing is like it so far.

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Photo of kool-aid
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the brewery. This one could be dangerous! It may be the highest ABV I've had in a beer. Honestly it seems a bit excessive but the flavor is all there. It's a shame that bottles weren't available for sale because I'd really like to have another without having had several other samples first.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Uncle Jacob's pours a black codor with a small tan head. Big boozy aroma with hints of oak. Taste is huge oak flavors hints of bourbon, lots of creamy oats and black licorice. Great body creamy feel. Overall big creamy silky smooth boozy beer, perfectly crafted. Amazing.

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Photo of LAp
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My expectations going into this were mixed. I've heard great things about the beer, but many of the other Avery offerings I've tried have been underwhelming.
12oz bottle poured into an OEC tasting glass. Pours, as anticipated, a thick, viscous black with minimal head. The nose is light on the bourbon, faintly boozy, and rife with notes of chocolate and coffee. On the palate, unexpectedly subdued bourbon let's an outstanding base stout come through. The interplay of chocolate, bourbon, and cocoa (that lattermost note owing to a good reigning in of the sweetness of the beer) works tremendously. The mouthfeel is spot on.
The beer lived up to the hype. Not one I'd spend $14 for a bottle of again any time soon, but an outstanding beer nonetheless.

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

Dark brown color with a film of brown foam. Aroma is boozy with intense whiskey notes and caramel malt. Taste starts sweet and sugary, follows with some bitterness, mostly roasty. Medium plus body, low carbonation, quite smooth on the palate but the alcohol is quite present.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml 2016 bottle poured into tulip, cheers Beersnake1 for the want

A black as night with only a thumbnails width of cola for an edge, large dark foam fizzes out in no time making some noise and no lace as expected but some wide legs on this one

S molasses, fudge, sweet bourbon, some spice I can't place cinnamon maybe? vanilla chocolate syrup, faint smoke and charred wood, nutty, some booze but nowhere near what it should be, sugar coated dried dark fruit, maybe some burnt marshmallow? plenty going on in this monster

t much like the nose, slightly more burnt, some coffee comes out, boozy but under control, maybe a hint of soy but it doesn't hurt the cause

M thick and oily, has some heat but hits your head and chest more then my throat, slick inside but sticky on the lips, chocolate covered coffee beans linger for ages

O massive, complex, yet drinkable, yes the booze is there but its well managed, only a year on it but I'm guessing this ones already calmed down a fair bit

I've been after this one for a while and really wish I had a second bottle to age for a decade but that being said its drinking remarkably well at a year...

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods glen mills, half pint in a small snifter
Jet black motor oil with tan head
Nose is sweet smoky bourbon with some mild chocolate
Wow. This nails the style but the alcohol is so well hidden.
This is where an already amazing beer elevates more. How can 14.9 have a creamy finish?
Love this. I have a few bottles tucked away for future consumption , but this only makes me want to grab a few more. It's on shelves by me, get some by you!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts, smoky, vinous and mild chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, vinous, smokey, chocolate/dark bread and a slightly sweet/acidic//warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Avery does not disappoint. This brewery is not only consistent with their products but they are also innovators in the beer world. Pulled it out of the basement closet. A thick jet black pour. The smell was chocolate ,bourbon , vanilla,some roasted/burnt malts and sugar. Amazing how the alcohol is so smooth and hardly noticed in regards to the "alcohol burn". A well balanced product to say the least. It is almost "magic" in regards to how the flavors change as the beer warms. Job well done Avery. This is why I keep coming back !

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is up to the Avery standard with a great dark appearance with a small tan head that desipates quickly. Very pleasant bourbon aroma. It had a strong alcohol taste when I first tried it but after a year of aging, the alcohol taste has diminished considerably without losing and of the bourbon taste.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 smcolw
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light passes along the edges of the glass. Dark brown color. Modest head but there's an initial ring of lace with a couple blankets for lace.

I've been warned by the bartender that initially this beer is all booze and in twenty minutes it will be completely different--more flavorful and complex. The smell initially fits this description.

The flavor is extraordinarily complex. True to prediction, this beer starts with a strong level of alcohol warmth. Soon, the deep semisweet chocolate takes over with a light raspberry tang. Very, very rich--maybe the richest beer I've ever had. Low carbonation exentuates this. The swallow and aftertaste are like a German chocolate cake doused in rum. Deceptively easy to drink.

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