Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey “Bourbon.” He built his distillery in Bourbon County Kentucky in 1790 — 203 years before we began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacob’s wash, we’ve instead created something far more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! It’s in our blood!

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Reviews: 481 | Ratings: 2,944
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled 'FEB 19 2016'. ABV% of 17.1.
Dark brown colored body, with a bottom area of red mahogany when back lit. One finger of tan head, which settles back to a creamy cap. Each sip leaves behind some scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of vanilla infused dark roasted malts, with lots of whiskey vapors, and something close to coconut.
Taste is somewhat sweet, and expresses as whiskey soaked dark roasted malts. There are flavors of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, and a hint of black licorice.
Medium to full mouth feel, very smooth texture. Good carbonation.
This is boozy but not hot, with a blend of flavors that leads to a very positive drinking experience. Certainly a sipper, but this allows for the savoring of the full spectrum of flavors.

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Photo of Roguer
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Good head production, in particular for the style, and nice retention.

As soon as I popped the cap, the strong aroma of chocolate covered banana rose to great me. In the glass as the brew settles, it's no less impressive, with huge boozy notes of bourbon, including coconut and oak, blending with waves of brown sugar, toffee, red grapes, char, nuts, rum-soaked fruit bread, and chocolate. 16 months of age has done little to dull this beer's big bite.

Flavor follows, with a big, boozy bite, and an equally huge malt character. The time spent in the barrel here has had an incredible impact on the brew, while the massive ABV allows the malt base to stand up tall. Loads of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cola, toffee, brown sugar, burnt coffee, red grapes, bananas, in a flavor profile that just goes on and on.

It's not unlike the unholy love child between BCBS and WWS - in the best of ways.

Hot on the palate, but very drinkable, more so than other stouts in this ABV range (2018 version, 15.9%). Thick and full bodied - not quite as thick and chewy as the two contemporaries I mentioned above.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015 bottle.

Dark brown to black beer. Two finger beige-brown head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, cocoa, a hint of sour milk... not good.
Taste: Coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, a lot of alcohol (well it IS 16.9% ABV) cookie, brown sugar and dark bread.
Mouth: Medium body. High sweetness and burning alcohol in my mouth. Very much a sipper like a great whiskey.

I didn't try this fresh so I can't copmare it but it feels "new" maby because the high ABV.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard about this one long before I ever got to try it. Read reviews of it being boozy, but mine was bottle aged only three additional months and it wasn't hot at all. It was a sweet maple marvel, but a touch overrated and highly overpriced.

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Photo of SFC21
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, opened April 2019. This aged beautifully. Some of these high ABV Avery beers are so hot when fresh they are almost undrinkable. But the heat on this has mellowed nicely. Taste is straight bourbon and dark chocolate. Finish features more dark chocolate than bourbon. Absolutely fantastic BBA stout

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the bourbon forwardness of of this beer! Avery doesn’t always hide the ABV as well as other breweries as in my opinion, but in this case I like that part. It’s less sweet than a BCS and that makes it easier to drink for me vs a lower ABV BA stout. It’s a tiny bit thinner than my favorite stouts (Perennial always come to mind for best mouth feel) but still pretty good.

In a blind taste test with several friends and 6 other well known plain BA stouts, this guy took 2nd place unexpectedly and drinking it again 2 years later, I can see why. Don’t pass on this one. I feel like Avery never gets their due nationwide.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Viendo Westworld 1x05-06. Me encanta el sabor a madera con que esta gente impregnan sus birras, aunque si esta es buena su tweak estaba aun mas rica y equilibrada. Aqui el alcohol se nota mas y afecta mas a la cabeza

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Photo of kitch
3.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, Batch #5, bottled on 19th February 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a one finger mocha head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, prunes, plum, raisin, oak, brown sugar and booze, with hints of caramel and banana bread.

Taste: Boozy, sweet-ish, bourbon, oak, some dark fruit, prunes, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Lots of booze and bourbon, with minimal and not enough Imperial Stout, roasted malts and chocolate. Perhaps closer to a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Definitely a sipper, but also could have been a better balanced Imperial Stout. Just not to my taste.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black. No question. Shiny. Shimmering. One finger tan head that leaves a ring.

Aroma of dark molasses, cooked dark currants and plums. Lots of char.
The taste is roasted, almost burnt malts. Espresso. Molasses. Dark currants. Plums. Again with the barrel. A huge hit from the alcohol. Almost raw. Then the soy sauce.
Heavy body. Sluggish.

A lot goes into this beer. There is a lot of aroma and flavor. Big deal. It's still a mess. More flavors don't mean it's a better beer.

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Photo of Holderness
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3 years ago (Batch 5)

L -- Pours obsidian black in the glass with a surprisingly robust light brown head for the ABV. Ring of retention around the edge of the glass and some alcohol legs lacing
S -- Bourbon, oak, booze, fig, prune, maple, bittersweet chocolate, sherry, cognac, dark roast coffee, char. Booze is very perceivable
T -- Hot boozy bourbon, cognac, bittersweet chocolate, slight umami, deep oakiness, espresso
F -- Phew! There's no denying this is 17.1% ABV. Huge, oily mouthfeel, minimal silky carb
O -- These high ABV Avery stouts are a bit heavy handed for my tastes. At this ABV the booze is really hot and present, masking some of the other aromas and flavors going on here. Decent novelty brew, though


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Photo of matcris
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Very dark brown, finger of tan head, minor lacing and legs.
AROMA: Sweet, bourbon, dark dried fruit, molasses, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate.
TASTE: Again, plenty of bourbon, woody, molasses, dried figs and raisins, mild chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts.
FEEL: Average carbonation, sticky, full bodied.
OA: Not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would be more chocolate and maybe java notes. But, very tasty, indeed.

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Photo of EMH73
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin beige head that left several rings on lacing. Smell is very bourbon forward with additional notes of roasted malts and vanilla. Taste is also very bourbon forward, oak, vanilla, bing cherries, raisins, roasted malts and coffee. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 batch poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown color with a thin tan head. Lots of whiskey on the nose that dominated. Some chocolate notes as well. The taste was similar. I found this one to be a bit too much barrel. The underlying stout was there with smooth chocolate notes. I liked the body. Full but not too sweet.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short dark tan head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bourbon and dark fruits along with faint bits of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength—it taste more like a 10% abv beer than something that is 14.9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 020618 Batch # 7 15.9 % ABV Brown sugar, raisin and subtle cherry cordial. Alcohol warms, but well masqued in the taste. Medium mouthfeel works with this recipe.

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Photo of micada
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a stash of Feb 2016 vintage, so picked up a few. I haven’t tried many Avery products; one was meh, most are expensive. This falls into the latter category, but more on that later. Poured cool to a tulip glass. Medium fast pour shows a dark almost black color, with way more carbonation than I expected for a 2.5 year old, high ABV stout. Head was dark brown, super fizzy that burned down to nothing, with no lacing. Nose is burnt molasses. First sips are rather hoppy, maybe a whiskey twang, but not bourbon varietal. Malt is a brisk backbone, porter-ish, or possibly a resemblance to a wee heavy Scottish ale. Very hot alcohol burn, similar to that on the unrelated style 120 minute IPA, not totally unexpected considering the 17+%, but another 2 or 3 years probably before this mellows...a lot of extra time IMO, considering what is has already. As it warms, more prune presence, smokiness, with a similar linger. The stout body is hiding. It’s really reminding me more of a wee heavy than anything as I ponder how to describe it. If that’s the case, a Founders old dirty bastard is tastier and much less expensive. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than expected. As the glass empties, I notice a bunch of floaters, yeast I presume...hope?, but not at all expected for the style. Not even wanting to chance it, I dumped the last few mouthsfull. I expected great things, but this also falls into the meh category. For the $13 per 12oz I spent, I’m very disappointed. My new benchmark for $13 per 12 oz bottles is Pohjala Sajand imperial Baltic porter. That is a delight fresh, boding to be a killer after cellaring. I’m not even a huge porter fan, but the rye adjuncts just kick it up a few notches. I’ll keep 2 more of Uncle cellared in a far away spot, but the third is being donated. My dollars shall never grace Avery’s coffers again.

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Photo of dafla67
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Aroma consists of vanilla, coffee, bourbon & woody. A very strong taste -- not subtle. Immediately taste the bourbon followed by the vanilla, coffee and burnt wood. Incredible stout.

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Photo of JohnDee
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, stone fruit, raisins, and oak. Taste is complex, like a whiskey, with prominent vanilla and molasses notes. Sweet and boozy, though the alcohol is a bit harsh. Medium bodied.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has been sitting around for a bit...

Jet black with a minimal sheen and a firm froth.

Aroma is strong with molasses, caramel and burnt wood. Dark fruits such as plum and cherry figure in to a lesser extent. There's also a faint earthiness.

Dark, almost raw chocolate and big booze give quick notice this one is not fucking around in the taste department. More dark fruits are joined by notes of molasses, grain and gum. Flirts with excessive sweetness at times, but is reeled in by the booze and some earthiness.

Medium to heavy in body and quite warming for sure.

Damn big and damn good despite a few a slight imbalances.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on February 24th 2017, so it's one year and a half old when I drink it.

Pitch black. No head.

Amazing smell on the bourbon with coconut and vanilla, toffee, molasses, coffee. A bit of booze.

Amazingly drinkable this 14.9% BA imperial stout, shows a perfect balance. Bourbon notes goes well with a certain earthy hoppiness, some nuttiness (hazelnut and walnut), some gun-flint minerality.
The mouthfeel is syrupy but not overly. The carbonation is moderate.

This is an incredible bourbon aged imperial stout. Not cheap but glad I had a chance to try it

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Photo of beersampler6
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminded me a little of this brewery’s Plank’d offering - great tasting and decadent but just too heavy and boozy. Nice dark brown color with minimal head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Tastes similarly, also with some malt, raisin, plum, caramel and dark cherries. Heavy, thick, syrupy mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Boozy and you can definitely feel the high ABV. Great tasting, just too much to be more than just a slow sipper. I don’t feel it’s worth the super-high price.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle. Dated Feb 2018. Poured into a tulip glass. Deep rich brown. 1-2 finger tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly into a slight ring and thin clouds. Slight bubble lacing.

Nose: boozy dark fruit. Maybe a little chocolate but the sweet booze dominates.

Taste: lots of alcohol but more chocolate than the nose. Dark fruits, molasses, burnt toast, bitter hops on backend. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: fairly highly carbonated for the style. But rich, thick, feeling with a surpringly clean finish.

Overall: this is definitely good. I would like some sweetness to balance the alcohol and hop/burnt toast bitterness. I would definitely try this. It I’m not sure it will be at the top of my BBA stout list.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours jet black with a big frothy khaki head. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of dark chocolate, licorice, bark, molasses, and bourbon. It tastes of dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, molasses, bark, and bourbon heat. The feel is full and boozy. A good ba stout from Avery.

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottled 2/19/2016 batch #5 17.1% abv

Nice and lively 2 finger tan-brown head with medium tight bubbles and larger soapy bubbles, settles to a consistent quarter finger of head. Chocolate fudge, charred oak, bourbon singe, vanilla. Taste is nice and roasty followed by chocolate malt, fudge, charred oak, vanilla, and a sizeable bourbon warmth and burn. Mouthfeel is medium-high carbonation out the gate which accents the good deal of bitterness from the roasted malts. This is quickly taken over by the mid-late blanketing bourbon alcohol character. Not as chewy as I expected but all the flavors are present and come through every sip. Tasted best poured into the snifter 10-15 mins out of the fridge. I’m glad I tried this one

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick heavy above average body with an oily feel and light carbonation. Aroma was bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate, and coffee.
Taste was bourbon,roasted malt,black coffee,and dark chocolate.
This is not bourbon dominate,all the flavors were present and not totally masked by each other. This was a top notch beer

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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