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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 Dolphinsmarlins1
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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%
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 +7.8%
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 +10.8%
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 -4.1%
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 +9.4%
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 +11.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +3.4%
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
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 -4.6%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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 -8.5%
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 +14.4%
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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Photo of Czarkazm
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4. Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick, creamy mocha colored head. Opaque in the glass with no chance of light coming through and the head stuck around for a while - surprising for a 16.9%er. The aroma wasn't reminiscent of a big imperial stout, however, more like an overly sweet barleywine; very similar to their Samael's Ale. Big caramel, burnt brown sugar, leather, candied dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, booze, with a hint of roast. The taste presented more stout-like qualities, but not much. Caramelized sugars dominate, incorporating a cloying sweetness to the beer. Brown sugar, fudge, sweet roast, licorice, molasses, some dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, hazelnut creamer, and a warming booziness. I had high hopes but was a little underwhelmed by this one. It sounded good on paper but I feel that in the attempt of making a big 17% BA imperial stout, the ridiculous amount of sugars needed to do so took away from the complexities of the base beer. This bottle needs to be enjoyed poured over a fat stack of pancakes, not drank from a glass.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, cocoa color with tan cream colored head. Weak retention as expected for the strength. Boozy, bourbon, roasted oat, dark chocolate, charcoal aroma. Intimidating yet inviting at the same time. Alcohol makes a strong presence on the palate. Mostly sweet roasted almonds and chocolate flavor paired against smooth, rich, molasses like bourbon character. Full, dense, sticky body. Good carbonation for the strength. Well executed barrel aged stout. Would have been better with a slightly lower alcohol content.

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Photo of doucmehu
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So much heat, and so syrupy it's hard to fully enjoy but flavors are deliciously intense. Needs some serious mellow time in the cellar. Kind of reminds me of Black Tuesday.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect but it still brings a good balance. There is not much sign of the high ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, extremely strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured viscous, motor oil black with a thick, tightly-packed bubbled, khaki head. Awesome retention. One inch head sat for five minutes. Moderate on the lace.
Smell - what you would expect. Chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, caramel, booze, wood
Taste - follows the nose with a bitter chocolate-burnt coffee grounds bitterness lingering. Sweet, but not cloying. Heat's there but not obnoxious.
Feel - big-bodied beer with a very thick, coating presence.
Overall - I've heard folks say overhyped for this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
ABV: 17.1%
Batch No. 5
Bottled: Feb 19, 2016
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy light tan head, which leaves a nice medium oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, pretty complex. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, oaky/bourbon notes, some very nice sweetness, very complex brew. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best I've have from Avery. This batch might be at this time a little bit sweeter. Definitely A Sipper. Highly Recommeded!

12oz. Bottle
ABV: 14.83%
Batch No. 3
Productions: 713 Cases
Bottled: Feb 4, 2014
Gold Foil/Capped

Close To 2 Years Aged!

Poured into a chalice a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice creamy light tan head, which leaves a nice small island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, pretty complex. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, oaky/bourbon notes, some very nice sweetness, very complex brew. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, one of the best I've have from Avery. If there are anymore left I will pick them up. Highly Recommeded!

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

darn. thats good. poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. black and oily. light brn head. nice lacing. vanilla nose. pretty boozy at first, but then the booziness fades as you get farther along. tastes of chocolate and coffee. overall, really good. kind of expensive, but if the tides were right, i might buy it again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark black with a creamy looking 2 finger tan head. with good retention and lacing. This surprises me for a 16.9 % abv beer. The aroma has dark chocolate, dates, figs, Bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. Very nice.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Sweet flavor. There is no bitterness to balance the sweetness, but that doesn't matter, because the sweetness isn't overpowering, like it can be in some beers.

full bodied, and creamy, with soft carbonation. Has a chocolate aftertaste. Makes for a great dessert beer. Just an incredibly great beer.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Nautilus Road brewery. Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Very smooth stout with creamy head. This stout was recommended to me by the bartender just after finishing a heavenly Rumpkin. Great suggestion!

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To preface: I picked up an iteration of this beer bottled February 13, 2015 and am drinking it mid-October 2015 (about 8 months after bottling). Poured into a snifter glass. Look: This beer looks how you would hope a stout would look. Dark, with a khaki head. Slight hint of purple. Awesome. Beautiful lacing. Smell: Bakers chocolate. I noticed that half of the people in this thread are noticing a coffee smell/taste. I am not picking up on that, possibly due to the lack of freshness of my particular bottle? Smells sweet and creamy, and like some sort of dark fruit. Figgy. A little boozy, as everyone else has mentioned. Smells fantastic. Taste: Similar to smell. Smooth. A little thick, but just the right amount. Not too fizzy. Feel: Creamy. Very creamy and delicious. Warms the insides. Overall: Awesome beer. 10/10 would drink again. I did splurge on this bottle though. I don't know if I would spend this much on a 12 oz bottle again, but it was (and currently still is) an amazing beer. Good stuff, Avery.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2014 bottle. This is pretty much everything it is advertised to be. Big, boozy, and maybe a little sweeter than I anticipated. Big molasses sweetness. I did miss the coffee aroma and taste and would love to get a fresh bottle in the future.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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