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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 CraigP83
3.72/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to tulip. Dark mahogany liquid capped with a finger of khaki head. The aroma is a bit boozy and bourbony, which worries me. I've been out put off with all these BA ales that are bourbon forward, my stomach can take only so much . A few sips and that fear is put to bed. There's no bourbon sting, but lots of luscious cocoa, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, and smooth,not burning, bourbon. I liked this one just as much, if not a little more, than KBS.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A very big aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T: Tasted of a good amount of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, a whole lot of bourbon, and a hint of coffee in the finish. With an ABV% this high it's hard to ignore the boozy quality in the flavor, but that doesn't dampen the other ingredients at all. Complex and forceful.

F: An OK amount of carbonation with a creamy, but definitely boozy finish. Full-bodied.

O: Another beer that's not for the faint of heart. Uncle Jacob's Stout is extremely well made and drinkable.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay I had to try it -- a 17.1% barrel-aged stout. At $12 a bottle I knew I was in for a something different and not something I'd be drinking every weekend.

Bottle dated 2/20/16, so it's a little young even though it's already been aged half a year. Pours quite black in a tulip glass, with light barely coming through at the edges. It has a slight and light tan head that isn't even really there (I did pour rather carefully). The aroma is chocolate, and malty and booze in there. Nice.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruit and caramel, leans towards molasses. And oh boy, plenty of the booze sting. The bourbon flavor is quite distinct, and fills out nicely with roastiness and some dark fruit hints, but the alcohol is our featured player. Sip, don't drink. The bite has a hoppy bitterness to it as well, maybe that's the booze heat. Barrel wood is in there, generally a big and chewy mouthful.

Not unpleasant but damn the booze is sharp and almost scuttles the whole thing. It's like a chocolate roasty strong mixed drink, which I'm sure is the intention. As it warms the fruit comes up more (cherries) and the cocoa lingers more in the aftertaste. Everything I like in a stout, but I can't say it's as enjoyable as I'd normally like.

It's different. Age would probably mellow this. I appreciate it. But I met my match. I'll stay at 10% for my imperial stouts, thank you.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is black. As dark as any beer I've had. One finger of soapy khaki head recedes to a thin collar with light patches of oily lace. Poured it fresh from the fridge so the aroma is a bit muted at first. As it warms, there are notes of dark fudge and vanilla accented by tobacco, leather, and plenty of bourbon.

The taste is dark semisweet chocolate, molasses, burnt caramel, and again, plenty of bourbon. Body is thick and chewy with enough creaminess to maintain a silky feel and coat the palate well. Would I call it smooth? No. But that's ok with me. I enjoy the occasional huge fire breathing beast. However, I feel like the flavors suffered from the intense alcohol heat. It masks some of the chocolatey goodness that seems to be lurking beneath the surface.

Overall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Although I believe I'd enjoy just about anything with this rocket fuel coursing through my veins. It's an intense stong sipper, and it excels in that regard. I felt like it didn't quite live up to its potential, but I won't pass it up if I see it again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 5, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, some roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, boozy.

T- Bourbon, some charred oak, roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some dark fruit/sweet booziness.

M- A little hot, but smooth enough for 17% ABV, full body.

O- A big tasty stout. Alcohol is noticeable and a little hot, not over the the top for 17.1% ABV. Would like to see how this ages.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - black with thin brown
S - chocolate, vanilla/bourbon, bit of roastiness
T - taste follows the nose, bit of heat on the aftertaste, but nice
F - super creamy. Very nice carbonation, nice thickness
O - excellent beer, not too hot even off the bat and I'm interested to see it with some age

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Photo of Kraj30
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

to me for a year round beer and easy to get its fantastic. the 17.1 isnt hot to me and i love the barrel nose and taste.. its a little thin even for a BBA but still awesome beer!

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Photo of Omnium
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Snifter Glass

A - Pitch black with a nice dense two finger tan head, medium lacing, very creamy looking head.
S - Huge bourbon, oak, char, chocolate, tons of roasted malt, burnt caramel and toffee, the bourbon aroma is killer, definitely smells of alcohol.
T - Lots of molasses, chocolate, light hints of dark fruit, light coffee, burnt caramel, rich malt, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, the booze is light for what you'd expect of its abv level.
M - So velvety and rich, creamy, silky, but definitely some heat and warmth from the alcohol content, not overly sweet either, very balanced.
O - This is a fantastic BBA Stout, my biggest problem with it is the price point. $14 for a 12oz bottle? Yikes! I know its intense, but I'd take less ABV for an $8 or even $10 version. Flavors are here, great feel, just cant bring myself to buy it again.

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Photo of DerekM17
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - black as a moonless night
Smell - heavy alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, roasted aromas.
Taste - This is one VERY big beer - sip too early after opening and the alcohol is overwhelming. Given a moment to breathe it hits great roasted notes that are well rounded by the caramel and vanilla flavors from the barrel. A hint of toasted almond flavor makes this a truly exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel - luscious but not too thick - flows almost too easily and coats the tongue without being cloying.
Overall - patience will be a virtue with this beer. Drinks very well now (as long as it's given ample time to breathe) but given a year or more develops into something truly spectacular. Probably my favorite bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Eli2814
3.24/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks like a cup of cold brew coffee basically, especially if poured into a pint glass.
Booze and bourbon dominate the nose, with esters of graham cracker or something similar at the tail end.
Roasty initial taste, but heat swiftly comes after. It tastes like the most sippable bourbon you've ever had in your life, not very "beery"
This beer wasn't very gentle in terms of mouthfeel. You get heat really quick, and no matter how long you drink it, it's hard to get used to. Sorta numbs your tounge after awhile.
Overall, pretty good. I think the base beer was probably really great, but I think in this case, the barrel aging process took away from what could've been a stellar beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - Bottled Feb 19, 2016:

Pours very dark brown to black with a thin light brown head that soon becomes a ring. Vanishing trailing lace.

The smell is of bourbon (vanilla/oak), mollasses, dark dried fruit, hint of chocolate.

The taste is of immediate heat. Through the heat/burn is bourbon and some dark fruit. Alcohol shows intensely and raw. Some molasses and dark fruit peek through and does some chocolate as it progresses. Sweetness balanced by drying alcohol.

It is full-bodied. A bit slick from solvent alcohol.

A slow, slow sipper. I expected alcohol to show because of high abv, but this is raw.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relatively still and pitch black as you'd expect. Smell is strong bourbon and flavor follows suit. It's all a bit overpowering and not very well balanced. It's boozy and I'm normally not bothered by such things. It is kind of like a really unrefined BCBS.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro MA.

Pours a deep brown body, opaque once in the glass with a 1 finger light brown head that reduces to a ring of foam and leaves no lacing.

Aromas of caramel, smokeyness, toffee, and light bourbon, some light chocolate and toasted malt.

Upfront on the tongue is a blast of bourbon and charred, almost smokey malt, chocolate and caramel on the follow through with a very charred, bitter finish that lingers on the tongue for a while. Medium body with a fair amount of booze.

Solid.. One of the most roasty stouts I've had.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2.19.16 bottle date, poured into an Avery Brewing snifter glass.

The beer pours a thick, jet black color, inky and viscous with a thick, caramel colored head, firm bubbles that has good retention and leaves some nice spotted lace behind. The aroma is intense, huge bourbon and oak profile, char, roast, bittersweet dark chocolate, loads of stone fruits with a touch of fusel alcohol and sweet sugar. The flavors echo the nose, loads of barrel character, bourbon, toffee, charred oak, mild roast, loads of stone fruits, a touch of vinous acidity there as well, fusel alcohol, rich grains, a touch of vanilla character, but goodness this is a big beer. The mouthfeel is nice, minimal carbonation and a gentle touch, could be a bit chewier but it coats well, has nice legs and finishes very warmly.

Verdict: A monster beer from Avery, but very drinkable for what it is, probably the most drinkable barrel aged stout that's bigger than Bourbon County or something similar in that 15% ABV range. There is a nice balance and good complexity, but boy, this is a big beer. If huge barrel character and big boozy stouts are your thing, look no further.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

****bottle 2-13-2015 and aged 13 months***

L: pours thick and black with a half finger of brown head that fades fast
S: a strong alcohol scent. Very faint dark roast and chocolate notes
T: I get the alcohol right away, then the faint roasted nots.
F: very thick and coating. The alcohol tingles my mouth and i the warming feel as it goes down
O: very disappointed, too hot for me. Lacks flavor.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 2.19.16

L - Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head, and creamy. Gorgeous

S - Bourbon and heavy booze. Roasted malts, chocolate,

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, fairly sweet but well balanced. And of course a huge booze flavor. Bourbon mixes in perfect. Fantastic

F - Full bodied and creamy. Perfect

O - An amazing imperial stout, and the booze flavor is strong but surprisingly not overwhelming.

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


The booze is REAL. Feel the heat. Love the heat. Now pick up the phone and make unfortunate decisions that this beer inspires! Do it!

Pours black as your soul. Smells of barrel and booze. Tastes like chocolate, vanilla, barrel, and booze. Tons of booze. And I love it.

I split this beer with my lady. When she isn't looking I'm going to take back the other half and smash it. Then pass out. Night night.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like motor oil with a very thin head
Smell is a hint of bourbon with a lot of ethanol
Taste is a little malt with some Oak notes
Feel the front is really smooth but the finish leaves something to be desired
Overall not a beer I'd get again, but it is fun to knock shit off our want lists

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.32/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and lighter tan in shade. For 17%, the retention is fantastic. With a thick, creamy texture and streaks of lacing that stick to the glass nicely, this is a looker.

This desperately needs to open up before revealing its aromatic nuance. Right after I pour it, it's little more than caramel and booze. After a while, it does reveal nuances of dark fruit, chocolate, and oak - too bad it's too little, too late. This should be bigger and better smelling for something so intense. More bourbon, more vanilla, it frankly needs a little more everything.

I should have just kept my damn mouth shut. It is a big beer - too big for its own britches, in fact. Some opening flavors of caramel, chocolate, and raisin are pretty nice. Bourbon slowly but surely appears after sitting on the tongue, turning into a fiery finishing crescendo. Some hints of coconut and dark fruit also show up. Here's the problem: it's alcoholic and hot, without any of the depth, complexity, or boldness something this big really needs. It's timid in all the wrong ways. I see this was brewed with oats...that explains things slightly. Oats can seemingly make a big beer seem even boozier, and here, it does in spectacular fashion. It burns like a 17% barrel-aged beer perhaps should, but it has the flavor boldness of a regular 7% stout. Not a good combination at all.

This has turned my palate into scorched earth, thanks to how damn boozy it is. 'Course, it's pretty full bodied and silky smooth when it doesn't taste like burning. Make no mistake, it's a sipper. Not a good sipper, but a sipper nonetheless. Carbonation is low.

I have no clue how this is a 97: it's a hideous disappointment of a massive barrel-aged beer. Maybe batch #5 isn't as good as previous years? Or maybe this is just too damn young? This needs two, three, maybe even four (or more) years before it becomes a good bourbon barrel imperial stout regardless. Even taking away the harsh bite, it's not nearly as flavorful or deep as I'd want. I'd give this a second chance due to sheer curiosity of how something so well received could be so crummy to me, but I'll be damned if I spend $14 for a bottle again.

2.32/5: He's like that rude uncle who always carries a Gadsden flag, spewing racial slurs along the way

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: You just can't beat the look of a great stout. Cloudy, lighter black/dark brown color with a beautiful thick khaki head with copious lacing. Surprising amount of head retention.

Smell: Roast, dark chocolate, coffee, definite bourbon, a bit of almond. A lot of bold flavors and not a lot of subtlety but at 17+% I don't think subtlety was their intention.

Taste: A blast of bourbon and booze followed by lingering semi-bitter roast and light roast coconut/nuts and bittering hop flavor. Definitely less sweet than the other high ABV stouts by Avery, but that seems to largely because of the amount of roast and hops. As the beer warms, more dark fruit and chocolate pops.

Feel: The heavy end of medium bodied (6/10 or 7/10 ), viscous, slick. Low carb.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Dark brown, slight tan head, lots of lacing.

S- Lots of booze with some dark fruit.

T- Very hot. Booze was overpowering at times. It eventually mellowed out, but I'm not sure if that was the beer or my senses. At that point, I got bourbon and molasses with hints of vanilla, roasted malt and dark fruit.

F- Heavy feel, some dark chocolate and plenty of booze lingers.

0- I feel like I should have aged this a bit. It was interesting once it calmed down, but it's a bit too boozy right now.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in very dark brown. Lots of alcohol legs and some nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is boozy dark fruits. Think of dried figs or prunes soaked in bourbon. It carries a nice roast to it as well to keep it from being overly bourbon forward.

Surprisingly, not a lot of bourbon character up front. It starts with more roast, dark fruit, ethanol qualities. But then the back end kicks in and the bourbon comes in big. HUGE taste on the backend after it goes down. Very complex. Very rich. Very Boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium plus; almost sticky.

Overall, really nice. Just wish it spent more time in barrels. Too much roast.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - not pouring this one into a glass because I've decided to be contrarian. Bottle is nice, gives you a nice idea of what the beer will be like.
S - dark malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, molasses, toffee, caramel, some oak
T - man, alcohol berrrrrrnnnnnn, like Bernie Sanders has gotten a hold of my hard earned wallet. Dark malts, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, but vanilla oak and bourbon are background notes for sure.
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol ever present. Aftertaste is dark malts, dark chocolate, alcohol.
O - I'm sensing a trend here. Uncle Jacob's Stout = too much booze. Tweak = too much booze. If I can do the side by side between the two I will, I think Tweak will come off as a much better beer just because it's lower abv.

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

Bottle dated 2/19/16 poured into a DFH snifter L: blacker than black with a finger of head on an aggressive pour S: sour cherries, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, very complex T: sweet sugary vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, alcohol, again very complex F: thick, heavy syrup, mouth coating O: just a very enjoyable experience. I bought two of these, and found this one to be a little hot but incredibly satisfying. I'm curious to find out what age will do to my other bottle. The only negative was the price. This was over a dollar an ounce, where as 2015 Bourbon County Brand Stout was far cheaper and just as, if not more, enjoyable.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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