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Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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4.36
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Photo of THSmusicman
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: as dark as a stout should be. The head is a beautiful dark brown color that sticks around for most of the beer.

Smell: Smells like straight up bourbon. Chocolate, coffee, caramel and a ton of oak appear also.

Taste: The barrels certainly run the show here. Lots of oak and bourbon. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the back end. Super sweet.

Feel: Super thick for a barrel aged beer. I was supposed to get a 5 ounce pour of this but got 10 ounces and I wouldn't want to drink any more than that in a sitting.

Overall: This ones a huge booze and sugar bomb. Would like to find a bottle to age for a few years to see how it mellows out. Definitely a solid brew from Avery and one of their finest stouts for sure.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours dark brown black with a smallish creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malts, grains, dark fruit, bourbon and a little black licorice. A lot going on!

The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate malts, roasted grain, dark fruits and some hot bourbon alcohol with a little black licorice and a bitter roast alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, nice stout with a lot going on. A bit sweet and hot on the alcohol for me, but not as hot as remembered (maybe the 2 years aging helped). Becomes a bit harsh and cloying as it warms.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle Aged 1 year) Dark chocolate pour with a 2 finger mocha colored head with great lacing. Smells sweet, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and bourbon from the barrel. A whole lot going on, for sure. Taste is intense and wonderful. Everything in the aroma is here, with a hefty dose of smoke and warmth from the massive ABV. This is a sipper for sure, which works well as the flavors grow in complexity as it warms. Mouthfeel is amazing. Burns like medicine, yet it's smooth, creamy and not syrupy at all. This is one of the few "special edition" brews that has lived up to that title for me, as this is pretty special.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aged this 1 year. The aroma is amazing. Wish I could bath in soap that smells this way. The look is that of motor oil and the head is light but dark. First sip is a hard punch to the taste buds. Then you chew the flavors for the next 3 minutes. This is certainly a beer to sip at over an hour or two. If I find any of these, I will buy several for more aging.

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Photo of Slack
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 13 2015 bottle...opened a year + later

Deep brown in color with a razor thin amount of head and no visible lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruit, bourbon, booze, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Taste is overwhelmingly bourbon, oak char, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, mild chocolate, and booze.

Mouthful is medium to heavy, silky and creamy, with a low carbonation. Finishing is a bit cloying and super warm.

Overall this is a true sipper. Extremely boozy and warm even after a year on it. Fruits abound on the nose and palate only to be counterbalanced by the bourbon. Enjoyable and a bit overwhelmingly at times but worth seeking out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled Feb 13 2015.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Big booze fume with a heavy rush of char to go with it. Some woody character and a tad bit of sweetness but it's all stifled by the alcohol and roast.

T- Lots of grainy wood flavor with some bourbon and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Immense char is laid over all of it. There's definitely a lot of booze but not necessarily as much as you would expect from the beer's ABV. Small notes of dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. Once it warms, more vanilla sweetness comes through.

M- Slick and creamy but with a bit of burn in the throat going down. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is one mammoth of a BA stout. This one was aged for a year but it obviously could withstand a few more. Really good, but ya gotta like 'em real boozy/bourbony.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding stout. I've never had a bad beer from Avery. They are all well made and have a very unique taste profile. Lucky I can get this here in Wyoming

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with small tan head.
Smells strong bourbon, some roast, and that's really all I get it seems one dimensional.
Taste is a little sweet and follows with bourbon. I really am not getting a ton of anything other than the barrel character it really overpowers the base beer. Luckily I love bourbon so I'm still enjoying this one.
Mouthfeel is a little thin with a nice slight burn on the finish.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Really nice tan head with pitch black body
S: Wood and bourbon, vanilla
T: Pretty hot still, bourbon, some roasted malts, some sugar sweetness
F: Smooth body, goes down great, slight burn
O: Solid offering from Avery, I'd drink it again too for the ABV powa!

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Photo of gibgink
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4 poured 1/11/16. Pours black with small head that disappeared quickly. Can smell the bourbon, but also a woody sweetness. Very full bodied with a caramel/toffee taste backed by bourbon. The high alcohol percentage makes its presence known on the way down. Awesome beer!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders CBS snifter. Jet black color. Smell was heavy roasted malts, mild bourbon, booze. Taste was all malts and booze. Was harsh initially. Wife took a sip and was done. The booze calmed down as it warmed up. Bourbon flavor came out stronger. Chocolate came out as well. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, but not like engine oil. Nice one.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surprised how well balanced this one is for its higher alcohol content. Was expecting much more heat so I was pleased that I didn't have to choke this one down. Bourbon flavors dominate but not obnoxiously so. Wish I had more.

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Photo of Donco
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding this in my cellar for about 9 months. Poured into my trusty Stone tulip glass.

Dark as night.
Strong smell of bourbon, dark fruits and a bit of coffee. Very much like BCBS.
Taste follows smell. Warming comes with that 17%! Lovely mixture of bourbon, dark fruits and coffee.
Sticky and coating mouthfeel.

This is best described as a cross between BCBS and World Wide Stout. A real slow-sipper for a cold night at home. Great stuff!

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Batch No 4 seems like I have had this cellared a while

Black hole dark with a bit of head that dissipates leaving mocha lacing

Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, bit of wood and alcohol No surprises but a magical blend of why I enjoy BA stout

Tastes of all the good things mentioned above alcohol is pronounced on the back of the mouth but that's the deal you make when you open a 16.9

Feel is is alive in mouth but smooth and substantial

A really EXCEPTIONAL BEER about perfect for a winter night

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Photo of Boccu
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours dark and rich. Deep roast aroma. Deep coffee roast flavor that fades to a subtle bourbon finish. Extremely complex. Very well made and highly recommend.
On tap5/16. Excellent on tap. Deeper flavored and aroma. If you find on tap. Get it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super dark black sludge like pour, biggest beer this side of black tuesday or double black. Aroma was boozy, what do you expect, lots of barrel.

Taste was a very nice sipper. Chocolate and bourbon for days. There is plenty of heat. Some leather and oak. Could do without so much of the bitterness and heat ultimately.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled March 2012.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet, Uncle Jacobs is about as black as a stout can be. No light shines through. Head is basically nonexistent.

Aroma is full of roasted malts and cocoa. A little boozy but not bad for as strong (17%) as it is.

Flavor is amazing and full of subtle nuances. It's has sweet milk chocolate and a hint of rum up front. The sweetness tempers the bitterness from the dark malts and hops leading to a pleasant balance. Raisins and plums add some fruit character.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied and creamy smooth with minimal carbonation. Alcohol is very well concealed and only starts to show after a few sips.

Overall outstanding stout and not just impressive for it high abv. Balanced, nuanced, and full of depth. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pahn
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip and a snifter since I didn't want to wait for the enormous head to go down in the main glass. Takes over an hour to drink a beer like this anyway.

Appearance: Pours not quite black with a huge frothy dark tan head that refuses to dissipate. As much lacing as huge alcohol legs. Great.

Smell: Just beautiful. Full, boozy, roasted malt and dark fruit. The kind of badass imperial stout the best American breweries used to make, turned up several notches and barrel aged. The oak notes don't so much stand out as highlight all the other huge malt bomb notes. Caramel, raisin, red grapes, rum cake, almond croissants (with marzipan, no bullshit plain croissants with almond shavings on them), telltale (good) oxidation notes like in 10 year old J.W. Lees... I could go on. Not pristinely any of these things, but strongly suggesting all of them and more. This is what big BBA beers aspire to.

Taste: Just like the nose, with big extra notes of molasses and hot booze. Starts oaky with thick pastry flavors, then gets quickly balanced by a boozy flood of savory molasses, brown sugar, raisin, balancingly-bitter roasted malt, elegant vinous feel and flavors enveloped by caramel and coffeecake. The whole affair is sort of propelled along by this coffee ice cream/caramel flavor... it's either the main reiterated and reinterpreted theme of the symphony, or maybe it's the insistent beat or constant rhythm section that mainly characterizes the piece.

Regardless of metaphors, it's delicious. Endlessly complex but never offputting, never out of balance. This is a truly great, world class stout. It's a gift to the beer drinking world that Avery keeps making this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Hot but not 17% ABV hot. Creamy but not particularly noteworthy.

Overall: If we anatomize this into categories: world class look, world class but not top 10 aroma, world class and truly competitive for top 10 flavor, very good but not world class mouthfeel. If we just ask "How good was this beer?" the answer is: really fucking good. If we get to be subjective, I'd say it's my kind of beer. I didn't have its first incarnation, but that they're putting out a beer like this annually makes me like Avery (who I already like quite a bit) all the more.

This has been a rather annoyingly effusive and florid review, but what can I say? You don't get to drink a beer this good every day. Nowadays, there's no shortage of $10 12oz bottles containing adventurous beers with or without exotic ingredients aged in good spirit barrels... but beers like Uncle Jacob's are still something special. After Samael's et al I had high expectations anyway, and honestly they were exceeded. My only complaint is that the god damn thing is too easy to drink and it makes me drink it too fast.

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Photo of Tiburon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of molasses and prune taste on this. Really reminds me of 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine, which is one of my all time favorites. Very smooth, not boozy at all until it warms up after 20 minutes or so.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Did a side-by-side of 2014 & 2015 bottles. '14 was substantially more decadent and warm. A much smoother brew. '15 had more of a boozy bite.

Thoroughly enjoyed both!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the brewery in a 5 oz snifter glass
WOW!
pours brownish black with a thin tan head almost looked a little oily in the snifter
smell strong boozy bourbon sweet vanilla a little like a port or a sherry dessert wine complex and heady for sure
taste bourbon first and foremost some caramel sweet and vanilla accents as well very strong!
feel warming somewhat viscous but a little thin as well
great beer overall
too strong for me to drink on the regular but a special treat for sre

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Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, khaki-colored head. Nose expresses dark malts, chocolate, ethanol and sugar. Taste is consistent with nose; however, there's also a suggestion of burnt, caramelized raw sugar and a faint soy sauce presence. Mouthfeel is medium in body, even in carbonation and hot in overall expression. All and all, a great beer; however, too much time in the cellar will turn this beer into a soy sauce bomb in my opinion.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015-12-04
12oz bottle split between a pair of sampler snifters. Label says batch number 4, bottled February 13, 2015.

Pours black with a surprisingly hearty brown head. Lots of carbonation. Rarely do I see such a strong beer (let alone an imperial stout) with such a nice head. Smell is booze, licorice, chocolate, and maybe coffee. Smells nice.

Taste is rich, sweet chocolate, butterscotch, maybe raisins or plums, BOOZE. Sweetness. There is something indescribable about this, but it's very interesting and quite tasty. I had a BCS on tap earlier today, and I like this more. It's not as candy sweet. Although, I'm glad I'm only having half this beer. It's just too much.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall, this is a very interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harrington Liquors.
Solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that shows great retention. Big roasty molasses with complex dark and dried fruit. Earthy with hints of vanilla and sweet bourbon. Light warming alcohol as this pushes down my gullet. Light sherry like oxidation in the finish. Great sipper, alcohol never gets harsh, but this will sure warm you on a cold night.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will let the other geniuses rate this stuff by all of the nose and taste criteria. The bottom line is that this is great shit! Better than Bourbon County by far! If you haven't found it yet, you are missing one of the finest stouts known to man! No way can you taste 16.9% ABV in this beer. Sells retail for about 13 bucks and you can find it in bars for about $18.00. Pull the trigger my friends, it is well worth it! You get the nicest little buzz on only one 12 oz bottle.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.
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