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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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.

Added by emmasdad on 04-08-2012

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Photo of CruisaC
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a recent BIF, I think, thanks Apaisncsu!

Pours motor oil black and manages a quarter inch mocha head that fades quickly. Not too surprising with the ABV.

Smell is there, pleasant, but not too powerful. Maybe my bottle got a little cold? Subtle bourbon and chocolate try to register with my senses but I don't come away overwhelmed.

Fortunately the taste makes up for this. Loads of dark fruits and dark chocolate wrapped up in a bourbon coating. Really a pleasant tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is, dare I say, chewy? Still some carbonation to move things along. The alcohol seems to greet you up front, announce its intentions early on but there is no noticeable burn, which is dangerous of course.

Really good brew on a cold night in January. Impressed.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours pitch black with a finger of dark tan head. Decent head retention especially considering the abv.

S- superbly aromatic brew! Huge barrel character of vanilla, American oak and high end bourbon blends perfectly with rich dark chocolate, malted milk balls and molasses. Only a hint a booze on the tail end!

T- sweet malted milk balls and dark chocolate flavors envelope the plate with notes of molasses, licorice and sticky dark fruit. Creamy coffee and sugary candy bar comes out in the middle. Rich bourbon, vanilla and American oak hits on the tail end without overpowering the brew. Alcohol warmth lingers on and on with a blend of all the complexity of this amazing beer. Simply an amazing brew!

MF- full sticky silky mouthfeel with heavy body. Soft carbonation.

D- a sipper for sure but you can't wait to go back for each one.

Overall a phenomenal barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Bottled on date of March 27, 2012 so this is almost a year old right now.

Appearance: Near midnight black in color. Actually pours a very slight, less than one finger, medium brown head that holds very well. Keeps a nice, relatively thick lacing that holds well.

Aroma: Huge chocolate fudge, bourbon, molasses and caramel notes are in the forefront. The booze is hidden well behind the really strong sweetness. Some lighter tones of coffee roast, vanilla and coconut. I wouldn't call this well balanced, but the huge sweetness does a great job at hiding the ABV.

Taste: Milk chocolate, fudge brownies, big bourbon and lots of dark fruit tones. The sweetness is definitely over the top. Tons of caramel, molasses and vanilla tones provide a really strong base for the barrel tones. Beneath all the chocolate and bourbon, there is also some coconut from the barrel, some light oak and a roasted coffee bean flavor. Definitely some warming tones from the alcohol, but considering the ABV, the booze is not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and really creamy. Very smooth, coats the mouth very well.

Overall, a really well done take on a big, sweet barrel aged stout. This one definitely doesn't hold back at all. It does feel a bit too sweet at times. A little goes a long way. The dark fruit character and the barrel notes are really well done. Definitely would try this again, but even 12 oz. is a lot.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black with a mocha head. Slight collar. Leggy and sugary with a nice swirl. Looks like a big one.

Smell - Super chocolatey. Bourbon is secondary. Some dark fruits come out too, but it's a bucket of chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate is the dominant flavor. Fudgy sweet chocolate. Barrel is faint again. Molasses and a cherry flavor in the middle which is interesting. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Chewy and boozy. Definite sipper, but I guess that goes without saying for something like this.

Overall - Tasty and very big. All of the hazards of its style and size. Would like to see more barrel influence on it.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 1...12 oz bottle split with steepH2O. Upon first sip, he smiles. This is right in your wheelhouse, I say. This constructed my wheelhouse he replies. How far is Avery? he asks....Ah, Boulder he muses while stroking his beard. Steep is in love. Appreciatons go out to Leschkie for the opportunity. Thank you Kurtis!

Pours an oily evil

Smells of molotov raisin cocktail...just one pissed off beer

The respective wives had their faces turned inside out by a single sip and this while actually drinking bourbon. Hot, hot, heat...just a shit ton of char and bourbon. This I what I wish bourbon tasted like says Steep....though I would drink a fifth a night. Ol' Uncy Jake just wants to eat through the galss and leaves a noticeable film...a partially developed Polaroid.

Chris loves this...if Steven Tyler is any guide this is what a Flaming Moe should taste like. Plan on spending some time with Uncle Jake, he simply does not allow short visits.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to mini snifter. I think I paid $16 for the single.
Sampled 11AUG12.

[A] Pours thick and black as night with a thin rim of dark auburn around the rim. The head is meager, dark reddish brown in color and is quick to recede. Lacing is nonexistent, but that was a tall order.

[S] All things considered, the intense ABV is masterfully concealed. Buttery caramel, clean and smooth bourbon, vanilla-y oak, and maybe a hint of black strap molasses.

[T] Follows the nose to a T. My only complaint: the sugary sweetness gets to be a bit much toward the end of the glass.

[M] Velvety smooth, rich and thick as hell. Super sweet throughout with surprisingly very well incorporated alcoholic heat.

[O] I loved this beer and would gladly purchase again, many times over if it weren't for the exorbitant price tag...or maybe just on payday.

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Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very thick black color with a layer of thick, creamy tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The beer is quite sweet, but I expected as much. I'm getting some bourbon and mild oak. Lots of dark fruit and roast along with a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: This one is quite smooth considering the lack of age and the abv. Lots of sweet roasted malt with some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is a strong bourbon component that teams up with the alcohol burn. Just a touch of vanilla and caramel along with some oak. The finish is sweet and a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely thick with lots of smooth carbonation and a mostly slick finish.

Overall: This is a really nice high abv beer. Quite smooth given the abv. I'd love to have some of this with some age on it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle!
Bottled on March 27, 2012. Batch #1.
Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Deep black, dark as night. A thin layer of espresso coloured head formed and quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Massive barrel aromas up front - bourbon, vanilla and oak. The base beer adds a huge chocolate fudge aroma, roast, molasses and dark caramel. Fairly sweet and very decadent nose. The ABV is well hidden.

T - A big hit of alcohol up front that warms the palate before giving way to bourbon and sweet vanilla from the barrels. Charred oak is present as well and mixes with a heavy roast presence as the barrel integrates very well with the base beer. Chocolate fudge, molasses and caramel flavours add to the robust flavour profile. The finish is warming with a a touch of alcohol burn but considering the ABV, it is not overly hot.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

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

Pours black as night with a thin rim of dissipating tan head. Spotty lacing.

The nose is beastly and incredible. Chocolate, caramel, tannin, bourbon and oak are inviting me in so nicely. Smooth and sweet. Lovely.

The flavors are following the nose closely. 17.42%? No way. Dangerously drinkable. Notes of fudge, bakers chocolate, wood, bourbon and some dark fruits. A true dessert beer that tickles the tastebuds. Sweet, buttery, bourbony gloriousness.

The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, coating the palate with sticky and sweet beauty.

Overall, awesomeness. If u get a chance, drink it or be sorry.

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Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single back in July and saved it until Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I was sick on Thanksgiving, so I popped it tonight for MNF. Man, this is an incredible beer.

Nothing too crazy about the look. Typical stout look...pours black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves little to no lacing on my Chimay goblet.

For such a boozy beer, I was impressed that I was not overwhelmed with bourbon/alcohol on the first scent. The nose starts with a good dash of cocoa and chocolate and a bit of licorace. As it warmed, there was a bit of vanilla and toffee along with some dark fruits.

Man, the taste is much better than I expected based on the scent. I get a lot of vanilla, chocolate, roasted toffee, and dark fruits. The flavors are mesh together perfectly. So tasty, gets so much better as it warms. This one is uber thick and chewy with a huge creamy finish to boot. I've never had a big beer taste this smooth before. Perfect.

It ticks me off that I did not buy a few more of these back when I had the chance over the summer. I'd love to try another in a year or so. This one is easily one of my top 20 beers.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/21/12 notes. Picked this up a month or so ago at Top Hops in NYC. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice; split with my brother. Bottled 03/27/12.

a - Pours a jet black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or so. Looks awesome.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted malts, oak, and burnt malts. Nose is pretty amazing; just a ton of sweet (good) bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Huge fan of this so far.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, burnt malts, toasted malts, bread, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose pretty closely but has a little more alcohol to it in my opinion. You can definitely taste some heat from the bourbon barrels but I like it. Very small step down from the nose.

m - Full bodied stout with low to moderate carbonation; the body is thick and chewy. Very good mouthfeel for a big stout; some heat but does not feel over 17% ABV at all.

o - Overall I loved this one; I was blown away with how great it was. It looks great and has a great mouthfeel for a big stout, and the nose and taste are a fantastic mix of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. It is definitely a hot beer, but if you like bourbon-forward hot beers as long as it still tastes good and mixes well with other flavors than this would be right up your alley. With a little time on it in the cellar this could become even better, but IMO it's great now. Definitely going to be looking to get more bottle of this soon.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Avery tulip pint glass. A very rough pour down the middle of the glass yields a thick black solution with less than a finger of brown head atop. The cap fades and holds to a thin film atop supported by some rising bubbles of carbonation. Faintly around the edge of the glass can you see a bit of brown clarity. When swirled, some fingers of fine lace stick to the glass.

The aroma has some rich malt sweetness reminiscent of cocoa blended with just a hint of leather, tobacco and soy. More smells bring out a focus on alcohol esters with raisins and plums being quite evident. The barrel presence is really felt here with vanilla, coconut and caramel. Collectively, the aromatics here point to this being a sweet brew but there are hints of alcohol that burn the nose when too deep of a whiff is taken.

The taste is somewhat sweet as expected with a rich maltiness tasting of something along the lines of creme brulee. Toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel are felt from the barrel aging with a touch of oxidation that comes off mildy like cardboard that fades towards the backend. Alcohol flavors mix with the malt to create a sense of raisins or prunes mid-palate mixing with leather, tobacco and a hint of bitter coffee.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is rich and complex but becomes quite numbing across the tongue in a hurry. While colder than ideal, there is quite a bit of enjoyable character to take in. However, as it warms up it really becomes a bugger to put down (like some other big series Avery brews.) There is quite a bit of oxidation evident in this already and while all signs point to aging this, I dont know how I would feel with more oxidative quality present. I liked this and would drink it again but probably opt-in for only a couple of ounces.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to splurge and lay down $25 for this at Cheeky Monk in Westminster. Frankly, I'm glad I did. Pours out a gigantic abyss (small "a") like darkness, trudgingly sludgly, with a solid 1" of brown head on it. I think I looked at this for a few minutes, just admiring how something so huge could look so nice, but the head quickly disappeared.

Aroma was heavy, bourbon wasn't as present as the massive alcohol. Chocolate malt, roastiness followed behind from there. Taste got a little more complex, alcohol was still massive, but subdued enough to be enjoyable. Thankfully, any component from the Rumpkin barrel wasn't obvious to my palate. I'm not a fan of that. The bourbon made this quite a slow sipper, I think it took about 1.5 hours for me to finish all 12 oz of this beer. A little bit of licorice can be found amidst the dark chocolate malt aspect. Very similar to Black Tuesday, a little bit of vanilla, oak, leather, but not as sweet and drinkable. Tons of two row give this beer a thick body the likes of a Marshall Zhukov. I liked the carbonation on it, just right. I wasn't the biggest fan of the dark fruit aspect or mild bitterness it contributed.

Overall, I wouldn't pay anywhere near $25 again, but I was glad I did, it was my second to last beer of the Denver trip, and who knows, I wasn't going to come across a bottle of this again. I think $10 a pop is a fair price if I was at a bottle shop for this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a massive thick looking black beer. The head came and went, not leaving any retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with molasses, there is a hint of smoke and wood. The taste of the beer is a little salty, it's sweet too there is a bit of smoke in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick enough to compare it to motor oil, there is a light amount of carbonation to it. Overall it's a hell of a stout. Worth trying if you can afford the price tag.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a motor oil brown with a 3/4 inch dark brown head with pretty good retention.

S - Lots of booze, teriyaki, heavy chocolate.

T - Sweet booze, teriyaki, sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body. A sweet finish.

O - Very boozy, hidden behind sweet chocolate and teriyaki.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion comes out black. It's almost completely opaque except for the edges. Right around the edges it is very dark brown. Nice dark brown colored head that comes up big after a reasonably hard pour. Good lacing, sticks around quite awhile.

Smell is good. STRONG bourbon notes, with plenty of hints of vanilla and oak. Doesn't beat around the bush, not much outside that.

Taste is truly excellent. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight semi-sweet chocolate, and plenty of roasted malts. The best part about the flavor is it is 100% perfectly balanced the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is spot on. For a beer that's 17.42%, you wouldn't quite expect it from Uncle Jacob. Well balanced, perfectly smooth, and a great carbonation level. Very well balanced with a warming finish. Love this beer, very drinkable a perfect sipper. Avery nailed it when trying to make a good barrel aged stout, this is wonderful. Overall one of the best Barrel Aged Beers I've had, but wouldn't expect less from Avery.

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Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, 2012

Pours obsidian black with brown head, 1finger height, lingers to leave nice lacing. Smells of dark molasses, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and slight oak. Taste- amazing. Bitter chocolate covered espresso bean, graham cracker, bourbon vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick, silky, slight pricks of carbonation plays with alcohol heat that has tamed, sweetness is backed by bitter, thick balanced by heat and carbonation. Very well balanced beer, I can feel a warming in my chest from the smooth bourbon burn. This just gets silkier and more decadent as it warms.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schne9303.

Pours pitch black and thick as hell. .5 finger dark, reddish mocha head dissipates quickly. Stringy lace that sticks around. Thick, oily legs. Devilish!

Nose is mocha coffee, cocoa powder, chocolate, lactose, fudge, and a heavy dose of booze. Nicely aromatic and the alcohol comes across sweet and smooth. Nice.

Opens super sweet. Notes of plum, prunes, and sweet soy sauce. Mocha and chocolate towards the middle with loads of molasses. Booze wallows in towards the middle providing a nice burn. Finishes off with even more molasses, caramel, and mocha sweetness. Aftertaste is chocolate and cocoa powder. Solid but a bit cloyingly sweet.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth with spots of carbonation throughout. Hot going down with a messy finish and a long, lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor nicely.

A very nice offering overall but this one is a touch over the top for me at some points. A bit too sweet and real boozy going down. A real big brew that I wouldn't hesitate enjoying 2-3 ounces of again, but a whole bottle is way too much here.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Daniloknezic for trading this beer to me! Thanks Don!

12 oz bottle poured equally into a pair of snifters. 6oz serving.

reviewed from notes taken 9/8/12.

Appearance: dark black beer with a big dark brown head about 2 fingers high. This one just coats everything with a heavy thick foam. Wow this beer looks amazing!

Smell: Chocolatety, bourbony goodness with a touch of oak.

Taste: Very bourbon forward beer. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and more bourbon. As this beer warms you start to get some molasses, tobacco, black licorice, and lite smokiness. The beer finishes with more bourbon that just stays around forever.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer actually drinks really well. The beer is boozey, but it not a bad thing at all. Its a warming almost burning sensation that is very enjoyable. Nothing harsh at all; it plays well with the huge beer theme that Avery's has going on with this beer. Its really carbonated for a barrel aged beer. Kudos to Avery because its well made beer.

Overall: I really dig this beer. Its really great tasting beer with a mouthfeel to match. All the big flavors that i love from a BA stout. Avery's has really got some nice beers these days! Never been that impressed by Avery's, but I should start paying more attention to this brewery!

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Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and viscous with a a spattering of dark mocha head that settles at a slight film, lacing decently.

molasses and booze dominate the nose. a good amount of woodiness in there as well. a bit of teriyaki sauce and sweetness that comes from the attempt to make such a mammoth beer. almost balanced, but I'm worried that this will be a sweet, boozy mess.

well, its definitely boozy, and its definitely sweet with a good amount of licorice coming through as well, but I wouldn't quite call it a mess. a good amount of vanilla, coconut, and wood come from the barrels to balance the malty sweetness. flavorful sipper, but not the amount of complexity as would make this reach the premier level of the style.

thick, creamy, and full-bodied with subdued carbonation that works well for the style/flavor profile.

not as impressive as I had hoped. not as complex as it is "big" but it's tasty nonetheless. I'd sip on it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. First off, if you are wanting to drink a few beers and not get drunk, this beer is not for you. This thing is a beast and lets you know it straight out of the gate with huge notes of alcohol upon first inspection. It is a little more subdued as the sip sits on the palate by becoming more roasty with a hint of dark fruit. A really well done brew, but drinker beware about the alcohol. It will truly put you in your place if you aren’t careful.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.

Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesn't totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. I'm surprised with the high ABV that it doesn't smell like a complete booze bomb.

Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, I'm surprised that it's not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but it's not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled on March 27th 2012

Thanks to Redbeeron for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges and just a sliver of dark mocha colored head.  Head dissipates away fairly quickly to leave only a thin outer ring.  Leaves effectively no lacing but lots of alcohol legs can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass.  

S: Big bourbon notes, dark fruit, and booze, with milder notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt and a medical, slightly astrigent, character.  

T: Very sweet, balanced by bourbon booziness and a big roast component on the finish.  Lots of dark fruit characters with overripe plums and chocolate covered cherries.  There is a candied sugar sweetness to it, but the bourbon notes, booze and roasted characters are strong enough to balance out the huge sweetness to prevent it from becoming cloying.  Very tasty beer here.  Excellent.

M/D: Silky smooth, appropriately low carbonation, could be a touch thicker and chewier.  A little hot going down at times, particularly early on, but thats to be expected with the absurd ABV, and the heat settles quite nicely as it warms.     Actually, its a pretty great job of keeping the ABV in check, and considering how big this beer is, the drinkability is surprisingly good.  

O: Generally, I tend to shy away from Avery as I find most of their beers to be pretty overrated, however, an almost 18% BA IS intrigued me.   And boy am I glad I tried this one.  Its well balanced, very tasty, and does an incredible job keeping in line the huge ABV.  Definitely a must try for fans of big beers.  Well done!  

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, oil toned opaque ivory. A small tan head slowly fades into a gentle head and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa. Crikey...this is rich and boozy off the get-go.
Taste is of the aromas with a raisin juice and molasses and date sugar. Rockabye sweet baby James...this is like a mix of the Beast and Mephistopholes. Lots of booze and prune juice resounding.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, and boozy.

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Photo of Morey
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours black with about one finger of brown head, which settled quickly to a thin and spotty layer. Plenty of alcohol legs on the sides on my glass as I tilt my snifter back and forth. There's some head retention after each sip, but it falls back into the beer in a hurry.

Aroma: Dark Fruits (figs, dates, & raisins) , Chocolate Covered Cherries, Bourbon, Licorice, Caramel, and faint Butterscotch.

Taste: ....follows the nose. I'm getting figs and dates up front. I'm also getting a nice dark chocolate sweetness towards the middle, as well as some caramel. Thankfully, there's also a roasted quality near the back-end helping to balance things out. There's some heat from the alcohol and more dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a slick feel. Low level of carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: WOW! Alcohol is really well hidden for a whopping 17.42%! Don't get me wrong, it warms you, and you can feel a buzz coming on after your 2nd sip, but this beer is ready to drink now. Reminds me a lot of Mephistopheles with a nice Bourbon character added. Great stuff! I need more.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,627 ratings.
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