Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout
Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 479 | Ratings: 2,940
Photo of Benish
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma was deep in bitter sweet chocolate and chocolate liquor. Notes of vanilla throughout and the booze feels heavy at the nose - it leaves hard alcohol at the finish. The taste is overpowering with bittersweet chocolate. Very sweet and then it transforms to the flavors of bourbon and black licorice with some heat at the finish. The flavors are almost overwhelmingly concentrated. Mouthfeel a little more thinner than expected. Overall it is a great brew, fun to drink. Very concentrated and boozy, a once a while offering I'd drink again. Since this one was 14.9%, it leaves me wondering what the heavier ones are like.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout, 14.9% ABV. Pours thick and black with thin finger of tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste follows, lots of bourbon sweetness, some chocolate, not much bitterness. If you don't like bourbon, stay away, it's in your face, beard, etc! Excellent mouthfeel. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black. Very complex with lost of oakiness and roasted malts. Get lots chocolate as we'll as roasted malts and caramel in the palate. ABV in this really warms you up but is a great sipping brew.

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Photo of stortore
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Batch #4, bottled 2/13/15, had 1/21/17. 16.9% ABV.

Pours dark, near black. Opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing, a ring of foam follows down the glass. The smell is roasted malts, bourbon, molasses, chocolate- more like fudge, prunes, raisins, dates, licorice, light bread. The taste pretty much follows the nose- roasted malts, prunes, fudge, cocoa, bourbon, caramel, figs, raisins, licorice, molasses, some oak. Not much alcohol, but you do get some warming. Ridiculously smooth and alcohol free for the ABV, a little creamy, full bodied, well carbonated.

Wow. Complex, balanced, layers of flavor and aroma, amazingly drinkable. Well worth a purchase any time it comes around. An example of why Avery is one of the very best at barrel aging.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin concave lacing after a one finger off white head dissipated within about a minute. The smell had a sweet bourbon with nice roasty notes and a smooth sticky chocolate with an underlying gently smokey oakiness. The taste was sweet and roasty smooth leading into a big super smooth roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with sticky notes strolling over my tongue. Carbonation was felt nicely. Overall, I say this was a wonderful bourbon barrel stout that I would definitely have it again.

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

2014 edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate with some cereal grains, oak and whiskey with some caramel and vanilla.
T: Taste is big roasty malts with chocolate and coffee with some oak, alcohol, caramel and vanilla. Some cereal notes at times as well. Some molasses like sweetness at times too. Swallow is oak, some oxidation, caramel and vanilla sweetness with some lingering roasted malt and smoke.
M: This beer is big and silky smooth on the palate with soft carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV
O: Overall this is a great beer with a lot of bold and big flavors. This is everything you want in a barrel aged stout with some great complexity as well. Definitely one to sip and savor and the ABV makes it a great candidate for sharing.

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Photo of rypkr
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The taste is nothing to wrote home about but the body is like thick, heavy, and hot in a manner that I'm very much enjoying. Much like drinking scotch or bourbon neat this is a slow, casual sipper.

However for a $14 12oz beer it's comical to think I'd EVER entertain buying this again. One and done high abv, former top 250 novelty to tick.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours black with a 1/4" tan head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is coffee, chocolate and dark fruit.
T - Flavor is a lot of chocolate, coffee, a little dark fruit and bourbon.
M - Super creamy mouth feel with low carbonation. You definitely feel the alcohol warmth in this beer.
O - Outstanding sipping beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a dark, essentially opaque, brown-black body topped by a decent beige head that has very good retention.

Feel: full body with medium carbonation. Boozy and warm but smooth.

Aroma: boozy, sweet and nutty, with dark baked bread and fruitcake.

Flavor: strong. Boozy, but quite tame for ~17% ABV. Hints of roasted nuts, coffee (aftertaste), dark toast, coffee, vanilla, and dark dried fruits. Moderately sweet fading to mildly bitter.

Overall: a rich and delicious whale of a beer.

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Photo of strohme2
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Wasatch, BIF#5. 2017 bottle. Poured into tulip. Deep brown, almost black with a mocha colored head. It recedes quickly leaving a small ring around the glass. Chocolate, bourbon, raisins and soy sauce on the nose. Wow. Chocolate malts, bourbon, wood, raisins, dark fruits, dark cocoa. Some heat but it's to be expected on this big of a beer. Chewy mouthfeel. Its a huge beer.

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Photo of Trapist007
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz 2016 No. 5 bottle poured into a tulip glass at 50deg.

Appearance - Pours black, with a thin dark foam head, light lacing and carbonation. Disappears quickly.

Smell - Sweet bourbon, light oaky smoke/charred wood, dark expresso roast, dark stone fruit, and dark chocolate.

Taste - Very much like it smelled. The bourbon & oak came first, quickly mingling with the dark stone fruit, finishing with the dark chocolate and dark expresso with that expresso bitterness on the very end.

Mouth - Warm all the way down. This did smooth out as the beer warmed to room temperature. This beer is not as chewy as one might anticipate from a stout. Moderate in that regard.

Overall - This is a big beer that has good complexity. I would recommend sitting on for two years from bottling date. The warmth should smooth out a lot by then. I would also drink it a closer to room temperature. This is a cool night, chilling by the fire beer. I can easily recommend this beer.

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Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, smells like bourbon (surprise!), tastes like bourbon (very hot, though also very sweet), but it isn't as viscous as I was hoping. Wanted to like it more than I did: had a hard time drinking the whole thing, and, in general, Uncle Jacob's Bourbon Liqueur isn't good enough to warrant the $13.99 price tag.

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Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours dark black with an average head. The aroma leads with dark chocolate, followed by licorice, baking cocoa, cappuccino, and brown sugar. The flavor is again dominated by dark chocolate, with brown sugar, caramel, roast fruit, fig, and cappuccino. The motuhfeel is rich and full with low carbonation. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic beer - so incredibly balanced, it just begs you to drink more of its high ABV goodness.

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Photo of phishgator
3.91/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Black with small tan head and mild carbonation. The alcohol coats the glass much like a straight liquor. There are fusel alcohols up front and a bit of bitterness that hits you in the back end. The body is there throughout the glass. You get bourbon upfront as well. Definitely a sipper from start to finish. Raisins come to mind have way through this one. True to Avery it's a big gravity beer that will get smiling fast.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best barrel aged stout I have ever tasted.

First it pours black with very little head. The smell is super complex, we are talking wood, roast, minimal booze and other scents I can not properly describe but are outstanding. The taste is out of this world. Wonderfully blended, no heat or alchohal blast, crazy flavors going around the mouth and throat. Feels thicker than it looks.

Overall the best so far for me. Nothing is like it so far.

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Photo of kool-aid
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the brewery. This one could be dangerous! It may be the highest ABV I've had in a beer. Honestly it seems a bit excessive but the flavor is all there. It's a shame that bottles weren't available for sale because I'd really like to have another without having had several other samples first.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Uncle Jacob's pours a black codor with a small tan head. Big boozy aroma with hints of oak. Taste is huge oak flavors hints of bourbon, lots of creamy oats and black licorice. Great body creamy feel. Overall big creamy silky smooth boozy beer, perfectly crafted. Amazing.

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Photo of LAp
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My expectations going into this were mixed. I've heard great things about the beer, but many of the other Avery offerings I've tried have been underwhelming.
12oz bottle poured into an OEC tasting glass. Pours, as anticipated, a thick, viscous black with minimal head. The nose is light on the bourbon, faintly boozy, and rife with notes of chocolate and coffee. On the palate, unexpectedly subdued bourbon let's an outstanding base stout come through. The interplay of chocolate, bourbon, and cocoa (that lattermost note owing to a good reigning in of the sweetness of the beer) works tremendously. The mouthfeel is spot on.
The beer lived up to the hype. Not one I'd spend $14 for a bottle of again any time soon, but an outstanding beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a film of brown foam. Aroma is boozy with intense whiskey notes and caramel malt. Taste starts sweet and sugary, follows with some bitterness, mostly roasty. Medium plus body, low carbonation, quite smooth on the palate but the alcohol is quite present.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml 2016 bottle poured into tulip, cheers Beersnake1 for the want

A black as night with only a thumbnails width of cola for an edge, large dark foam fizzes out in no time making some noise and no lace as expected but some wide legs on this one

S molasses, fudge, sweet bourbon, some spice I can't place cinnamon maybe? vanilla chocolate syrup, faint smoke and charred wood, nutty, some booze but nowhere near what it should be, sugar coated dried dark fruit, maybe some burnt marshmallow? plenty going on in this monster

t much like the nose, slightly more burnt, some coffee comes out, boozy but under control, maybe a hint of soy but it doesn't hurt the cause

M thick and oily, has some heat but hits your head and chest more then my throat, slick inside but sticky on the lips, chocolate covered coffee beans linger for ages

O massive, complex, yet drinkable, yes the booze is there but its well managed, only a year on it but I'm guessing this ones already calmed down a fair bit

I've been after this one for a while and really wish I had a second bottle to age for a decade but that being said its drinking remarkably well at a year...

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods glen mills, half pint in a small snifter
Jet black motor oil with tan head
Nose is sweet smoky bourbon with some mild chocolate
Wow. This nails the style but the alcohol is so well hidden.
This is where an already amazing beer elevates more. How can 14.9 have a creamy finish?
Love this. I have a few bottles tucked away for future consumption , but this only makes me want to grab a few more. It's on shelves by me, get some by you!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dark malts, smoky, vinous and mild chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, vinous, smokey, chocolate/dark bread and a slightly sweet/acidic//warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, Avery does not disappoint. This brewery is not only consistent with their products but they are also innovators in the beer world. Pulled it out of the basement closet. A thick jet black pour. The smell was chocolate ,bourbon , vanilla,some roasted/burnt malts and sugar. Amazing how the alcohol is so smooth and hardly noticed in regards to the "alcohol burn". A well balanced product to say the least. It is almost "magic" in regards to how the flavors change as the beer warms. Job well done Avery. This is why I keep coming back !

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Photo of Radcpa
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is up to the Avery standard with a great dark appearance with a small tan head that desipates quickly. Very pleasant bourbon aroma. It had a strong alcohol taste when I first tried it but after a year of aging, the alcohol taste has diminished considerably without losing and of the bourbon taste. Second try with aging for one year and it is even better than the first try. Warm rich flavor.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 13 2015 and enjoy feb 19, 2017. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, in 3 installments. Pours jet black, fairly thick, with a thin brown head that falls quickly. Exactly what you expect from 16.9%. Smell is huge with notes of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, and a touch booze. Awesome nose! Taste is spot on! Huge, but not overwhelming flavors of marshmallows, caramel, burnt malt, sugar, and a huge kick of vanilla and bourbon flavor. VERY full in body with just a slight alcohol burn in the throat, but the age covers the boozieness fairly well. Overall, absolutely amazing beer that is almost more of an experience. This is my third time having it, all were 2015 bottles, one after 6 months, 1year, and now 2, and the age just keeps all those flavors together so beautifully, and honestly, with age, not too harsh at all for 16.9%. Perfect, for me.

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