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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 Phigg1102
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color. No head. Bourbon is huge in the aroma right away some burnt coffee and alcohol. Really sweet taste especially after it sits awhile. I usually shy away from the sweetness but this one is ok. Strong coffee flavor with oak somewhere in the middle. Thick, slick mouthfeel.

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

Vintage Feb 4, 2014- I was not impressed with him fresh. Had 4 bottles and only drank one. The cellar holds an interesting array of developing brews, so these 3 were placed in a temperature appropriate setting (50f). Uncle took a one year nap.

I decided to awaken him, so rather than tickle under the chin: I popped the cap and poured a black, sweet smelling syrup into a snifter. The uncle said "[email protected] to Kentucky and any county that might produce bourbon. Colorado sh!ts better beer than you can make. " He presents himself sweeter and more bitter than the county locals.

So what if he is unbalanced? A little crazy is better than dull. His sugar is high, but damn if he will ever use insulin like a weakling... He will die sweet and bitter

He feels ready to stretch his legs after a year rest, so breaks into a bourbon fueled jog. Impossible to sprint with him, it's slow going. Sip after sip at his flask, he wearily reaches the county line.

He comes in a solid second, with the county local loping gracefully past him: honking like a goose and reminding Uncle of his huge cost. A year rest surely helped Uncle a great deal, another year for his 2 brothers dozing in the cellar before they try to do battle on the county. They may try to race on Black Tuesday, but lack the legs and lungs. Rather than compete, they mare retire to the realm of liqueur and leave beer world forever.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled in February of 2015 and weighing in at 16.9%. The perfect beer to to review on my 5 year anniversary on BA. Pours completely black with a 3 inch brown head, that leaves behind patches of lace.

Smell is very large, with bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and smoke.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, with vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate starting the party and a smoky bourbon leather finish and just hanging out out on the your palate until you sip again.

Body is a little bit bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, very dry, and a sipper that still drinks way to easy.

This is eventually going to be one of those beers you drive all over town picking up bottles, so darn good.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours a viscous oily jet black color. Forms a nice finger of extremely dark tan colored head. Medium head potential, medium head retention. Nice solid retention.
S - 5 - Alcoholic dark fruit, huge bourbon notes, roasted malts and roasted coffee beans, medium sweet chocolate and lots of booze.
T - 4.75 - Wow. Take your time with this one. Super sweet malts, tons of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Ends on a lightly bitter coffee finish.
F - 5 - Extremely thick and viscous creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - An amazing and ideal representation of the BA imperial stout style. Highly recommend getting a few and holding em for the right occasion. Very boozy and warming, drink on a cold day!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark black with a thin halo of tan head that settles along the edges without lacing. The nose is deceptively tame with chocolate and caramel bourbon sweetness in the nose, but astringent alcohol begins to slice through as it warms. The taste is an overwhelming mix of malt and alcohol with choking bitterness in the finish. It's full bodied, slightly chewy, but also astringent to the point of being undrinkable. General sentiments are that this beer is over-priced, over-hyped, and over-extracted.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and boozy. Strong bourbon flavor and an almost saccharin-like vanilla sweetness that clings until alcohol burn on the back end. Incredibly smooth and flavorful. Stands up to BCBS

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Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose and flavor of this beer are a whirlwind of big ass bourbon barrel aged stout qualities including coffee chocolate, vanilla bean and baked sweet potatoes. This beer is so big you can actually smell how thick it is. It drinks thick and smooth, and the finish is boozy, semi dry with huge notes of sweet figs and slightly tart dried raisins. Big boozy bourbon on the nose and palate. A bit of heat. As with other high ABV beers from Avery such as Rumpkin and Pumpkyn, the alcohol is extremely subdued. This beer is best served ice cold, and when it is, it is extremely enjoyable. I'm somewhere between 2 and 3 hours on this and loving it. It's a wonder Avery can consistently brew beers so strong that are so drinkable. Although not my favorite BA offering from them, still impressed and believe this is of the highest quality as with their other offerings.

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

Appearance - The beer was deep black with bubbles crowning the sudes if the glasses.

Smell - Aside from the bourbon, the aroma was not overly distinct.

Taste - on the initial taste, I detect sweet dark fruits, bourbon, milk chocolate, and a molasses stickiness. The taste sticks and coats the tongue. The molasses and coffee coat the tongue and linger.

Mouthfeel - This beer reaches sticky levels of presence.

Overall - I may be overserved, but I love this one.

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Photo of vic21234
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2015 Vintage, bottled 2/13/15.

A- Pours pitch black with a fair amount of khaki colored head which slowly fades to the side. Tons of alcohol legs are noted too.

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee notes on the nose, the bourbon is there but slightly drowned out by the others.

T- Chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon. Not much else to say here.

M- Thick and chewy, drinks hot, leaves a warming feeling after each sip.

Nice BA stout, drinks very hot fresh, would be a great candidate for some age.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle

jet black, with dark tan head. huge aroma of chocolate, coffee, and booze. same flavors in the taste, very bold and rich. thick body. overall an excellent beer, wish it was cheaper.

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

Bought a case from Shangy's in Emmaus Pennsylvania for $240 on March 10, 2015. Gave a bottle to Blane from Shangy's for spending two hours helping me. Finally tried it on March 22, 2015. Outstanding, but the high gravity, along with being just brewed, means it needs time to mellow out. One can tell that this beer will be to die for in a few years of aging.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dated 2/13/2015. Poured and enjoyed on 3/20/2015.
No overpowering aromas but the bourbon is the most detectable, followed by some coffee and a little more chocolate. Very dark brown in color and oh so thick like oil; you can see the viscosity! Even after a somewhat aggressive pour not much in the way of a head with spotty bits of bubbles make up the lacing. Flavor is so smooth and complex. Getting some bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet chocolate, and coffee. So vicious and velvety, coats the palate extremely well and goes down way to easily for 16.9%. There is an evident burn from the alcohol but its to be expected. Probably one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts I’ve enjoyed to date. So awesome; go and treat yourself to one!

2016 Update
Batch 5, bottled 2/19/16 and enjoyed on 3/29/16
Dark, thick, with a khaki head. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood and some dark fruits on the nose and palate. Quite boozy this fresh but unlike last year I have a couple to age. Somewhat sweet with the burn from the alcohol very noticeable. Again, this is still probably one of the better barrel aged stouts out there!

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Photo of brureview
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a dark opaque chocolate brown color in a Brooklyn snifter with no head.

Aroma: I could spend a lot of time just taking in the aroma: deep chocolate, cocoa- very complex.

Taste: deep chocolate and cocoa. Some vanilla- milk chocolate.

Finish: light alcoholic finish which deepens with warming. The oak presence also becomes prominent with warming. The body of the beer is light- which works well with an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, and alcoholic finish.

Overall: a great Bourbon Barrel aged stout. One of the top in the class. This is a different approach than the BBCS- a lighter body and different emphasis on flavor. There is a stronger alc finish in the BBCS, and the oak is stronger. I like the lighter balance in this beer better. Both are superb examples of the style.

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Photo of themind
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome brew! the bourbon character is strong in this 16.9% monster. I have had several bottles of this and would buy again. A top notch BB beer, that has you wanting more. Just be careful, one of these packs a serious walop!

Bottom Line: Awesome!

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal BBA stout. Very reminiscent of bourbon county. I'd love to see this one with a year or two on it. But still drinks wonderfully fresh... I have no clue how that 17% is covered up so perfectly. Well done.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an 8oz glass from the tap. Black in color with a one finger length mocha colored head. Quick sniff shows a bunch a sweet booziness as expected along with chocolate and vanilla. The taste starts with boozy sweetness with a surprisingly spicy bite. The middle sees the booze fade away and dense chocolate and vanilla flavors that are balanced by chewy caramel in the finish. Low carbonation, full bodied, and at 16% abv it isn't close to cloying at all. Overall, this didn't disappoint and its well deserving of a world class score. Right up there with the best bourbon barrel stouts, and certaintly unique from the pack with a spicy alcohol bite and a great caramel/chocolate combo.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinks a little hot but amazingly complex flavor. Pours dark with a nice tan head and smells of bourbon. After some more aging, I think this one is going to be even more amazing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my brother for sharing this, enjoyed cellar temp.

The color is black as night with thin medium tan head with good lace and retention and opaque clarity. Smell begins with dark malt with dark brown sugar with moderately full roast in the aroma and light sweet cocoa quality and mild alcohol odor and dark fruity ester. The feel is relatively big with smooth and sweet quality with medium carbonation with a mild roasted texture and semi-high alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste has a slightly prune-like and date quality with dark sugar richness with chocolate covered raisin and slight woody flavor. The bourbon barrel brings light toast and vanilla accent with somewhat nutty flavor mixed with mild alcohol in the back. The finish is semi-dry with mildly sweet aspect of residual sugar and dark malt in the taste. Overall I think this is intense and very tasty with lots of barrel character and an awesome base stout flavor with smooth body. I would say it is a highly drinkable American Strong Stout for 16.9%, one of the best in the style.

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Photo of sataylor888
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just about everything I am looking for in a BBA imperial stout. Smooth, balanced, chocolatey, slight coffee and raisin notes, bourbon and vanilla, caramel on both the smell and taste. Pitch black with a very light, almost no, head and syrupy. It lingers amazingly. My only gripe is the sweetness. It is the sweetest BA stout I have ever had and while great, I prefer the spiceiness from the bourbon over the sweetness.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very thick, dark, sweet tasting beer which is what I expect from an imperial stout this high in alcohol. Bourbon flavor wasn't the strongest or smoothest I have ever tasted but it was pretty good. I haven't had any of Avery's regular beers but all of their higher end, high abv brews have been very, very good.

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

Wow, this is big. Brown-black in the glass like a high-end leather sofa. The nose has a toffee sweetness, like a Barleywine. The flavor is raisins, toffee, dates and a bit of barrel. This is nice, but very hot and a touch too sweet. Seems like it would drink well after a year in the cellar.

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Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Sludgy, dark brown brew; a gentle pour yields no head - too viscous and stodgy.

S: Boozy bouquet with notes of unsweetened cocoa, raisin, cherry, oak and grainy sweetbread.

T: Strong notes of molasses and carob at the front of the palate. Lots of oaky booze which highlight suggestions anise, reminding me of a liqueur. The subtle nuances of ripe fruit and a touch of bittering hops help round the flavor profile and add rich complexity. Long, sweet finish, with hints of chocolate and licorice clinging to the palate between sips.

M: A chewy complexion is an understatement. You could walk on this. I'm not kidding - with the granulated sugar that seems to be floating about, I think you could make a valiant attempt.

At a beer dinner in San Diego awhile back, I had the pleasure of drinking this with Adam Avery (at the now-closed Linkery, in case anyone is reading). I hadn't had it before, and he was geeking out as I tried it, knowing how good it is. It's a true sipper, but it seems like you can parse a different nuance in every sip.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours almost no head and what little might have come out is a brown color. The beer itself is an opaque black with hints of brown to it. The beer isn't interesting to look at. It basically looks like your typical super powered Russian Imperial Stout.

The beer smell is interesting. The beer certainly has a strong bourbon note to it. The bourbon note is accompanied by the vanilla note from the cask. Other than the notes from the aging, the beer also has a deep and sweet dark chocolate note. The smell is fairly sweet with a roasted note that his heavy but not very strong. There is also a bit of oatmeal.

The beer taste is nothing short of divine. The bourbon and vanilla notes are delicious when combined with the other notes. The other notes include nice dark chocolate with a bit of syrup chocolate flavor as well. The barley and oat flavor also come out a little bit and balances the flavor a little bit.

The mouthfeel is just as divine as the taste. The beer is extremely heavy bodied with very little carbonation but does not feel flat. Rather, the beer is extremely smooth and creamy. The feel is wonderful to the touch and goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting when you can. The beer is well made and the barrel well chosen that this is a fantastic beer. Not only do I recommend that you buy one, but that you get a few to age and share.

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Photo of Greasy
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on Feb 13, 2015.

A: Black. Not hardly light evading black hole dark, but very dark indeed. Caramel colored head that stuck around much longer than expected for a 16.9% monster.

S: Boozy, as expected. Bourbon follows, vanilla, roasted malts.

T: A little harsh; alcohol is definitely there, but the flavor is what really stands out. Classic BA imperial stout. Big roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, perfectly sweet.

M: Tongue coating, prickly yet smooth. Full bodied.

O: Enjoyable for sure. Probably needs some time to let the flavors mature a bit. Alcohol presence can be a bit much at times but the excellent taste makes up for this. It is pricey, but worth buying one for now and one for later.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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