Uncle Jacob's Stout
Avery Brewing Company

Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #64
Ranked #253
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
Notes: 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!
Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 2,948
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is choclate fudge, oak and bourbon.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses,, roasted malts, tobacco, charred oak and bourbon.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a syrupy finish.

O - This is a big beer. The flavors are rich and boozy. Definetly a slow sipper.

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Photo of CMEG
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible beer. Had it with a wonderful meal of Lamb and pasta. Pours thick as oil, with minimal head. The aroma has hints of chocolate and bourbon. The mouthfeel is rich and weighty. Taste is complex - subtle chocolate, with a dry finish - just like an excellent bourbon, you get the oak aftertaste on the back-end. Just like many of Avery's higher ABV stouts, an amazing taste experience!

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Photo of darktronica
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've enjoyed Uncle Jacob's on draft and in bottles many times over the years, but this is from the February 2015 bottling, weighing in at a hefty 16.9% ABV. Pours with a thin layer of head that nonetheless produces nice lacing. Fudgy on the nose, darkly roasted, but with a strong boozy character befitting the alcohol content, even after several years of rest. Full-bodied and with a silky smooth mouthfeel, the flavor profile is chocolate, spiced, oaked, and with the same yeasty dryness on the finish that is characteristic of all of Avery's high-gravity beers with high apparent attenuation.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a slight copper creamy head. Malt-forward complex beer that improves as it warms: bourbon, vanilla, prunes/anise, other. Nothing is offensive in that everything is finely balanced. I’ve shared many Avery offerings with others; some sadly retired. This is another excellent offering and I would definitely drink again. 14.9% ABV. Yeah, and it’s all there, without being in-your-face. AVERY BREWING.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Motor oil black with minimal head and tiny bubbles that dissipates quick.

S - Cherries, bourbon, sugar, prunes; strong and very sour.

T - Sweet malt, bourbon, and boozy. Slightly sour with a very mild bitter aftertaste.

F - Thick and syrupy; mouth-coating with moderate alcohol burn.

O - Powerful taste and smell; very thick, and definitely needs to be drunk slow.

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Photo of waterski
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/2018. 12 ounce shared with a friend. Poured into a wide mouthed glass that i typically use for tasting. Poured a near black with some brown hues. Not much head at all with just a little lacing around the edge. The nose from the bottle is totally different than what is released in the glass. Hints of oak, bourbon and just a touch medicinal which is not unusual in high abv offerings. The first taste is explosive with flavors of chocolate, nut, vanilla and a lingering molasses. It has some richness that you would get in a port wine with a similar sugar taste. Three small tastes and the a abv is apparent. This is one to sip and savor. It is quite good and worth putting away for aging. Will be interesting to revisit the beer in one year. Give it a try.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/26/18 - 12 ounce bottle bottled 2/7/18 poured into large beer mug. $14.99 purchased at Total Wine & More in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Pitch black pour, tan colored head. Bourbon, fruit, vanilla aroma. Sweet taste of fruit including raisin offset by bourbon, strong but not overpowering. Excellent blend. Silky smooth going down. Overall excellent offering.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For nearly 16% abv this is delightfully smooth. Not very bourbon forward but it's there in the aroma and finish. Although the aroma is tamed compared to other bourbon barrel stouts I've had. The mouth feel is a bit on the thin side but the boozy finish makes up for it. You'd not even think it's 16% if it weren't for the finish.

As far as flavor there is barrel flavor, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, hops, chocolate syrup, and toffee. Has some sticky barrel character and if I had this couple years ago I would've found it to be liquid gold. This is a pricey brew yet it's not the price as to why I wouldn't want this again but rather there are so many better options out there in the bourbon barrel world. However this is a beast of a beer. Only had 6oz as I split a bottle with the wife. Only beer I had in the night and woke up like I drank half a 5th. It's some delicious stuff, definitely lets you know it's strength, but do wish it had a bit more flavor.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't look like a head was going to form while pouring but then one quickly formed at the end. A dense caramel colored head to go a long with a pitch black beer. The looks would've received more points except for the head was a little thin. Still a great looking beer.
Taking a smell into the beer would show you it is a bourbon barrel aged beer if you didn't already know. But also gives you hints of dark fruit like raisins along with sweetness like caramel and vanilla.
The first initial taste I get more of the dark fruit than expected. From the nose I figured this would be a lot more bourbon forward. But the bourbon does a nice job playing with the rest, letting you know he's there, but not overpowering. Then as it goes through it turns into the sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Maybe even some thick molasses.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated. Makes you feel like you're drinking something. It's got a touch of warmness coming from the bourbon but it's definitely balanced with no whiskey burn. It feels like it thickens up as it goes back further and further leaving you having to take more swallows after it's gone to clear your throat.
Overall, this is a very good brew and one that is enjoyable in a 12 oz. setting because of the ABV. A little pricey for the 12 oz. but I don't ever complain about the price of good brew and would be happy to buy another. Thanks Avery!

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I read one review where this beer was described as "Fudge Brownie Vodka" is the perfect nutshell description. It is pretty difficult to pick up anything outside of the overwhelming booze flavor. The more I sipped looking for more depth, the more buzzed I got and forgot to "think" as I drank. Just too damn much heat and luckily my brother spent the loot to get this one, Way too high of a price tag for this fudge brownie vodka.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

original rating 4.23
updated 8/27/19 for cellared bottle
12oz bottle dated 2/24/17 poured into perception glass. pours pitch black with cocoa powder-colored head. head dissipates into a thing collar around the glass. smells of whiskey-soaked chocolates. it’s simple and so inviting. taste is similar, however, there are some roasty / hoppy flavors that come in to play. still, very delicious, chocolate-forward stout. feel is full bodied, smooth with maybe a tick more carbonation than i’d prefer for the style. it’s not monstrously thick but it’s not thin either. overall, a very solid BA imperial stout. wish i’d have taken more notes on the fresh bottle i consumed. my guess is it was either too hot (which usually isn’t an issue for me) or too hoppy (which i don’t care for in imperial stouts). this was a nice experience though and something i would put akin to a Central Waters 12oz BA stout offering - which is to say damn tasty.

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Photo of Fourlives
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't know how you'd brew a more perfect beer than this. Avery is just doing an awesome job.

Went to the 43 hours of dark at The Birch on Norfolk, VA. and sat outside because it was PACKED. Bringing this up because I couldn't warm it.

Poured into a 10oz glass, nice head with lacing on all sides of the glass.

Couldn't really get a true representation of the aroma because of the outside cold, but what I got was a nice hazelnut, malty aroma, not boozy or overbearing.

Taste? My Lord, it is a touch boozy, roasted malts, dark Swiss chocolate, with a touch of sweet cherry.

The booze hits ya a little after. Overall one of the best beers I've ever had...

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Photo of emyers
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. 2017 vintage.

Black, tan head.

dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and oak in the nose.

Bourbon character comes out much more in the first sip. Still quite a bit of dark chocolate along with dark fruit. Sweet and boozy finish.

Feel is great - viscous yet finishes just dry enough to keep the sweetness in check.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 15.46 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 1.288/oz) at Spec’s, Live Oak, TX.
Batch #6 bottled 24 Feb 17. Stored in my garage at 40 degrees, served at 64 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Very thick chocolate, caramel, and dates. Partway through the glass, the only aroma remaining is alcohol.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular four to six mm rocky ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Essentially none. Two two mm islands.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence.
Flavor – Alcohol followed by chocolate caramel fudge brownie. Ends with more alcohol. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no bourbon, no barrel.
Palate – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Appearance is as expected for a stout so high in ABV (14.9%). The aroma begins deliciously but soon degenerates to alcohol. Do they make Fudge Brownie vodka? If they did, it would probably taste like this. At $ 1.29/oz, this seems overpriced.
Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

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

Bottled on Feb. 19, 2016. 17.1% abv.
Enjoyed on Dec. 30, 2017. 680 days in the bottle.
L. Pretty much black, light tan head reduces to a film in a few minutes.
S. Chocolate malt, milk chocolate, fudge, vanilla, nuttiness almost like peanut butter, marzipan, bourbon, coconut.
T. Rich flavors. Fudge, smooth boozy bourbon, lots of caramel, big vanilla, sweet dried dates, coconut, chocolate which goes from sweet to more bitter on the finish along with oak-y and nutty flavors. Goodness.
F. Rich and velvety smooth, decent carbonation, warming alcohol, a tad chalky on the finish.
O. Man, what can ya say? It's awesome. Treat yourself, you've earned it. Buy a bottle or two, put 'em in the basement and leave 'em alone for 18 months like I did, and you won't be disappointed. Or maybe it's better fresher. I'm gonna have to find out. Cheers ! ! !

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Photo of keith40
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Harwich dated Feb 19 2016. Black color and coffee nose. Very strong flavors of mainly coffee, caramel and chocolate come through along with a barrel/boozy component. Smooth and warm going down . This was our first beer of this type and we are glad we tried it. However, we are not big fans of booze. The price point of 1 dollar per oz makes this beer a one and done.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty damn smooth for 17.1% but lacking in flavor/taste. Smells of buttery / bourbon - great start but harsh finish- especially as it warms. Plenty better bourbon barrel aged beers out there.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Way expensive, but oh, my! Our first barrel aged and it sure warms you up! Only had a five oz pour. 34 proof? Yeah, don't drink a full point if you are driving!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Feb-19-2016

Pours a thick, old motor oil sludge
with a couple fingers of brown foamy head settles to a skiff. Ok retention; little lacing. (4)

Immediate coffee/nutty roast aroma on opening the bottle. Oily walnut, black coffee, baker's chocolate, leather, cinnamon. (4.5)

A soft, smooth, rich, layer cake of malt roast flavors that opens up into barrel character and an aggressive alcohol warmth.  (4.5)

Full body with light carbonation and very boozy finish. (4.25)

A beast of a stout.
A big, heavy, hoochy, oily malt bomb of a stout. It pours pretty nice and is an onslaught of the senses from then on out. The nose and flavor are basically a showcase of all possible malt/woody alcohol notes. The alcohol comes through pretty strong  it is big enough to make me shudder and to keep it from being super drinkable, to my tastes at least. Anyway, this beer is an experience. If it was a little smoother and a touch less warm I feel like the feel and overall would be a itch higher for me.
Either way, very nice on a cold night. (4.25)

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had Uncle Jacob's Stout. It is named after Jacob Spears the father of Bourbon. I think it is a really great bourbon barrel aged stout but perhaps a bit too sweet.

Look: jet-black with a one-inch mocca head.

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon

Taste: There's roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, as well as a syrup and caramel flavor with vanilla, quite sweet, very sweet, maybe figs too. It is a bit boozy but that is expected and good in this case.

Feel: full bodied, a bit boozy

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Back in the day when I first tried this, it was the first “heavy hitter” I had ever had. Definitely a much stronger than most which comes out in both the smells and taste. But I personally like that once in a while, and this one is still pleasant despite it’s strength. You can definitely taste a bit of whiskey and maybe some tobacco. A lot of roasty and chocolate, along with toffee is what I am getting personally. It’s very high rated on here and deservingly so. Highly recommend for those who are fans of a good strong imperial stout.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing El Catador teku glass.

A: Very dark brown, and more or less opaque. Has a thin tan head and low levels of visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Then toasted caramel, toffee, and very mild char with notes of tobacco. Really nice, and the aroma certainly doesn't suggest the monster ABV listed on the label.

T: Chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts. Vanilla and oak tannins. Sticky toffee and Heath bar, with bigger tobacco and dried leather aspects than suggested by the nose. A sweet sticky finish with Skol and toasted vanilla wafer cookies. The finish is nearly balanced between the sweetness and roasted bitterness - I'm assuming there’s some hops as well, but they’re not prominent.

M: A nice thick body without a ton of residual sugars - not quite Cigar City or Cycle’s style, but close. Low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is obvious and warming – but incredibly well-hidden for the 16.9% on the bottle. I probably would have pegged it at no more than 75% of that.

O: F*ck…this is good. Complex flavors, and they absolutely nailed the barrel and bourbon presence that’s good to me (i.e., balanced with the beer). This is seriously dangerous, and hides the alcohol very well. I could easily (try to) drink this all night.

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Photo of artdob
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours midnight black. Brown tan head subsides to a light coating that floats on top of the beer. Nose is vibrant - plums, prunes, figs, dark high cacao chocolate, fudge. Taste is massive thick chocolate, notes of stewed fruits. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and syrupy. The finish continues the same notes and then resolves into just the slightest bittermess, like a good puece of chocolate. This is a warmer for a cool evening, to be sipped slownd savored. ABV is massive at 14.9%. Stunning.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on feb.19, 2016 poured into teku glass

Dark brown liquid capped by two finger taupe foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of bourbon, dark fruits, raisins

Rich, boozy, bourbon taste, dark fruits

Fizzy mouthfeel, feel the alcohol

Good beer

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