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!

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 2,943
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -6.3%
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
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.8%
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -16.5%
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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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.66/5  rDev -17.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +2%
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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Photo of jwhancher
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of ccg
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours lighter than I expected, but smells every bit as strong as one would imagine; the nose is pure bourbon. The texture, like the appearance, isn't as thick as I thought. Like the smell, the taste is very strong.

I'm not sure if I can really call this a disappointment- this beer does everything you'd expect from a ultra high ABV barrel aged stout. But given how much I love Tweak, this beer is a bit of a letdown. It's very good, but in comparison to the other extreme beers I've had from Avery, very good isn't up to their standards.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Don't pick up much of the bourbon in the aroma, but it really comes through in a balanced aesthetic way in the flavor. Everything works here. Not just a strong stout, but an imperial, and you know it. Yet, it's sooo smooth and almost easy drinking. Hope I can find more locally.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a medium-sized creme colored head. Head retention is modest, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is heavy with notes of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. The flavor profile is heavy on the side of roasted malts, oak, bourbon, with additional notes of caramel and toffee. Very pleasing, and yet dark. The bourbon doesn't burn, but it does border on the line of "much" for those just trying out this style. Yeast notes populate the flavor profile as well. Mouth feel medium bodied, with fine grainy notes. Overall, it's a very good bourbon aged stout. It is incredibly complex, and yet balanced. The complexity make this beer a long term beer to sip on, which correlates well with the high ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appear : Reddish black with not much head. - 4/5
Aroma : A little bit of soy sauce, vanilla, bourbon, oak, malt, chocolate, roasted. - 7/10
Mouthfeel : Compared to the high alcohol, very drinkable. Full body and low carbonation but doesn't overwhelm my tongue. - 5/5
Flavor : Very smooth, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hints of black fruits. Not much booze. - 9/10
Overall : If it was like 8~9% and tasted like this, I wouldn't rate this high. But it's 17% imperial stouts and amazingly smooth and drinkable with almost no booze. Very pleasant alcohol warmth and bourbon-y taste. Great. - 16/20

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~3 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, medium tan colored head, creamy thick. Lots of sticky alcohol legs, coats glass. Streaks of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Rich roasted malts. Creamy, fudgy chocolates, lots of vanilla and caramel, burnt toffee. Tons of dry, spicy oak, dry astringency. Sweet bourbon, pungnant and strong. Fusel alcohol notes present.

Taste- Sweet fudgy chocolates, tons of sweet bourbon, creamy vanilla, toasted caramel and toffee. Rich roast, drying oak astringency, spicy wood. Some fusel notes on the finish.

Feel- Medium body, syrupy consistency and coats the mouth with thickness. Lower carbonation.

Overall- The barrel character is to the max, so much bourbon,vanilla, and dry oak. It makes you feel like it was emptied from a fresh bourbon barrel minutes ago. Definetly a sweet beer, loads of chocolate with only moderate roast. A treat to try and a really fun extreme beer.

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Photo of khmel
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque oil-black with a dense and creamy dark-tan head. Pours at 3 fingers but quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is glorious: espresso, vanilla bean, extra dark chocolate, and burnt malt. Aside from the hint of characteristic bourbon-y vanilla, not a strong bourbon presence. The mouth is similar to the nose, but with added complexity. Lots of sweet molasses in front, raisins and smoked fruits in the middle, with more bitter notes of espresso and a hint of hops near the end. The mouthfeel is smooth but not creamy, nor is the body as heavy as one might expect. Medium with a slight dryness and alcohol warmth at the end. A fantastic imperial stout. Not strongly bourbon-y (at all!) for being bourbon barrel aged (compared to parabola, boulevard's variation or many others). I personally appreciate this as too many BBA stouts drown out the stout with bourbon. The high ABV really doesn't come through in the flavor (only in the effect if you're not careful). This is a wonderful imperial stout and I'll consider myself lucky if I get to have it again.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
3/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average at best. no where near a KBS or other BA stouts. definitely not worth the $13+ per bottle price tag. Im glad I got to try it once, but I have no desire to trade or buy it again

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Photo of CraigP83
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, quickly fading head, brownish lining when held to the light. Smell is burnt sugar and booze. Taste is rubbing alcohol mixed into a stout. Novelty beer, won't buy again

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