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: 481 | Ratings: 2,944
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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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L-Black poor. Very small head but a bit of carbonation.

S-Maple, vanilla, cocoa nibs and magic. Yes, magic

T-Superb. I've never had a beer so high in abv taste so delicious and how did they hide the alcohol?! You really have to look for it while you're drinking. I'm blown away by this.

F-Silky smooth on the pallette and goes down quick.

O-This beer is DANGEROUS. I can't believe how balanced it is. It must be pure witchcraft. I'll buy as many as I can next time it's out. A little pricey at $15 a 12oz bottle but it's worth it in the end. I've one more bottle and will forget about it for awhile.

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Photo of bret717
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle into a snifter. Pulled from the fridge and sat out about 30 minutes prior to pouring.

Appearance- motor-oil black, 1/2 finger head after vigorous pour, very little lacing, just a few tracks down the glass.

Smell- mostly dark chocolate and alcohol, a little coffee

Taste- starts with dark chocolate, then the alcohol comes in which yields slightly to more dark chocolate and coffee briefly. Finishes with some dark chocolate bitterness and a fairly intense alcohol burn.

Feel- full and creamy, this thing coats the mouth and sticks around for a while.

Overall- This was a very pleasant surprise and definitely worth the cost. A very nice sipper to enjoy over an hour or so.

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Photo of senglish7
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 variety. Pours jet black. Very boozy and vanilla on the nose. Taste is sweeter than I expected, with bourbon on the finish. Still, I thought it was pretty smooth for nearly 15% ABV.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


12 oz Bottle (02/19/16) to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, small tan head.
AROMA: bourbon, brown sugar, blackberry, cocoa.
TASTE: like most barrel aged Avery, this is alcohol forward. After you get past the burn there is coffee, dark fruit, cocoa. Finish us more rum, brandy, and of course bourbon.
FEEL: Medium body, good carbonation for a heavy stout. A Touch of astringency.

Really nice barrel aged stout. On par with Tweak. Could benefit from being smoother. Feels too hot, like a cheap young whiskey, even though bottle is almost a year old.


I guess I was right. 27 month aged bottle (02/19/16) to wine glass (@BYOB). Super smooth and tasty. Now I know to wait longer than a year on these.


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Photo of flaskman
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February of 2016. It was my first experience with 17% ABV stout. It poured black with a generous head. Smelled a little boozy but I guess that is to be expected. The taste was very surprising. I could taste the delicious base of vanilla sweetness with the oaky bourbon molasses tones punching through the 17% ABV. It tasted a little hot but was surprisingly balanced. I really enjoyed it. What a treat.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Feb 19, 2016. Black color but not the thickest looking stout out there. A finger of head forms but quickly settles to a thin cap. Smells more like whisky than beer. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, earth, and alcohol. Flavor features the barrel as well. Very woody to go along with the bourbon. Notes of vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate, earth, and a very warming alcohol sensation in the finish. A bit over carbonated but otherwise solid, big bodied stout. This is a beer that definitely would benefit from a few years in the cellar and allow it to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of TNasty1126
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Avery Modern-style Snifter glass. Bottled On 02/19/16.

Appearance - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head that dissipates rapidly. While the beer settles dark as a black hole a thin halo of deep brown along the beers event horizon becomes apparent. The 17% ABV gives the beer legs that keep any lacing from existing.

Smell/Nose - Bourbon, bitter coffee grounds, Bourbon, Oak and a hint of toasted Marshmallow sweetness. With deeper drags, the alcohol burn can actually be felt traveling through the olfactory system. Oh, and did I mention Bourbon?

Taste - Bourbon is the starring role in the beginning. As the beer warms, a hint of vanilla sweetness and barrel accentuate the beer, finally finishing with a twinge of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a gritty finish on the palate that simulates coffee grounds. This is presumably from the alcohol burn coupled with the coffee bitterness on the finish.

Overall - While this beer appeals to my love of bourbon forward barrel-aged stouts, I would not use balanced as a descriptor of this beer at this time. I would preface my recommendation for this beer stating that Bourbon currently has a monopoly on this beer which only to be rectified with time

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. It doesn't drink like coffee. It chews well and is creamy as cousins Mephistopheles (I'm gonna miss you) and Tweak. Wow!! Just wow. There's no alcohol burn to this one, Batch No.4, bottled Feb. 13, 2015 @ 16.9% ABV. The bad boys in Boulder brew a bold ass bourbon barreled black as hell beer. You are saluted!! for that effort and get an A+. I should go to Boulder someday and drink the water. RESPECT BEER is underrated.
God Bless Uncle Jacob.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First had 12/11/15 at Spinnerstown Hotel. 2015 Vintage. Full bodied, the layers of flavor start with roasted malts, then bourbon, silky oak, and smoke. Finishes with a long lasting bourbon tinge, with the alcohol burn hidden nicely. Perfect for aging and enjoying for years to come.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.17/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Solid matte black with large tan foam head that persists as a blanket throughout. There is also the ominous sign of clear legs aplenty--wine ain't got shit on these.

Smell is nutty chocolate, woody oak, bourbony raisin, and chocolate wafer.

Intense richness of flavor starts off with tangy, nutty Raisinettes, but that is quickly overtaken by hot, oaky bourbon--very hot.

Surprising heft for a high ABV Avery brew, frothy, and semi-dry. It thins out as it sits in the glass though, and it is just so damn hot.

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Photo of smcolw
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light passes along the edges of the glass. Dark brown color. Modest head but there's an initial ring of lace with a couple blankets for lace.

I've been warned by the bartender that initially this beer is all booze and in twenty minutes it will be completely different--more flavorful and complex. The smell initially fits this description.

The flavor is extraordinarily complex. True to prediction, this beer starts with a strong level of alcohol warmth. Soon, the deep semisweet chocolate takes over with a light raspberry tang. Very, very rich--maybe the richest beer I've ever had. Low carbonation exentuates this. The swallow and aftertaste are like a German chocolate cake doused in rum. Deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2016 bottle into a Tank 7 tulip. Pitch black with a dense head of tan bubbles. Big bourbon on the nose along with bittersweet chocolate, expresso, figs, and dark fruit. Smells very warm and inviting, and also a bit boozy. The taste carries huge notes of sweetened dark fruit, gigantic boozy bourbon, and mild bitter chocolate & coffee. This beer, while good, doesn't taste like a stout. It honestly tastes more like a BBA Old Ale or a Barleywine. The feel is dense and oily, and carries a good burn on the finish.

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Photo of Nurhyme21
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If one could drink bourbon flavored cashmere, this would be Uncle Jacobs stout. Boozy but smooth! Great mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee throughout. Definitely a sipper but what a great one. Would definitely seek this one out. Definitely for the grown & sexy crowd! Great beer!

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Photo of craftaholic
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep espresso head laces atop a sea of motor oil. On the nose is bourbon. Pure hot barrel aromas. Flavor wise is so smooth! Has a nice velvet coating on the tongue. Delicious to quaff on Christmas day

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Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like most of Avery's big beers this one is too big. Unlike most of them though, this one works. I found plenty of ashy, roasted char, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, and HUGE bourbon notes; more than enough to justify a massively boozy finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I am grateful that the Bullshead offered a 4 ounce option. Twas plenty.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not easy to find living here in Connecticut but I was lucky enough to procure a bottle at Yankee Wine and Liquors after a recent Treehouse run. This is one great Stout! Expensive but very worth it! My first Avery beer and I WILL be back!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.64/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is pitch black with a very thin head that disappeared fairly quickly. The beer has a strong alcohol aroma with chocolate, coffee, and a sweetness of vanilla. The beer tastes almost exactly as it smells, for my personal tastes it is a little too boozy. The 17% really warms you up, has a nice carbonation and a little sticky.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, chocolaty color with foamy, tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and bourbon, hints of vanilla and spice. The flavor is similar, & there is definitely some heat from the higher alcohol content. Very smooth and tasty, an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 2016 bottle into a snifter. Beautiful dark color, not much head. The aroma is big, heavy on the bourbon, but with complexity as well. The taste is intense, intense, intense. It's got the bourbon barrel, of course, but there's quite a bit else going on, and I don't have all the words necessary to describe it. I get molasses, maybe tobacco, some charred wood. Some folks mention cocoa, vanilla, or coffee, but I don't really any of that, or at least those flavors are subdued in the complex background. The ABV, despite being 17%, isn't dominant. The flavors are so intense, and the ABV is just a part of the overall awesome effect. Great stuff.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into chalice. let this sit for 10 months knowing that it would be too boozy fresh. Fades to a thin collar and nice spotty lacing. Black silk with a 1.5 cocoa head. Aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa followed by notes of bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Hints of sweet caramel and molasses. Big chocolate and cocoa flavor with some sweet caramel. Bourbon and wood are subdued along with vanilla, caramel and molasses. Velvety and smooth, medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation with a boozy finish. Very, very good as long as it sits for a while.

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

bottled just under a year ago, steep price tag but I do appreciate the small serving size due to high abv.

big aromas of sweet chocolate, sticky caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, booze, leather, burnt malts... nice and pungent on the nose! good god this thing drinks like its about 10% abv .... thick mouthfeel completely hides the booze. notes of chocolate, intense roastyness, charred wood, rich caramel, bourbon, hint of spice. overall the booze on this was well hidden due to rich flavors and a thick feel, although it wasnt overly boozy, the barrel character was definitely present. excellent example of a large stout.

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Photo of ragnar3
2.74/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Maybe had a bad bottle here but this was a booze-bomb. Way over the top alcohol presence, even when sipping over an extended period. Poorly balanced, thin, way too much barrel to be enjoyable.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage served at cellar Temps in a snifter glass

Appearance: great bottle presentation, tons of detail. Poured a dark brown to black with a nice khaki head. That's surprising because of the massive abv. The beer kept a nice ring of foam while drinking.

Nose: tons of barrel and booz, coffee, chocolate, bakers cocoa, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow

Taste: follows the nose perfectly. The barrel character is perfectly balanced to the base Stout beer (Mephistopheles). I expected a much more boozy beer. It is oddly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall: this is by far one of the best Barrel Aged Stout I've ever had. The high ABV is over the top but not a huge distraction. BCBS and Parabola may be better but I can still find this beer on the shelf and buy as much ad I want. Availability is awesome.

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