Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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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 angelmonster
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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 -0.5%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -15.4%
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 -16.1%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -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 +8.9%
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 -10.1%
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 -2.1%
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 THSdrummer
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 -4.1%
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 +4.6%
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 -31.2%
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 -14.7%
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 +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 +2.3%
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 -12.2%
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 -0.9%
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 +0.7%
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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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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