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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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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
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 cjgiant
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with deep tan head that rises from depths, covers the surface, then collects at sides, leaving decent lacing. Swirls of carbonation stay on the surface throughout the pour.

S: alcohol essence over roasted chocolate smell, with the barrel woodiness also coming through. The smell has a more tart, fruity nature than if expect.

T/M: starts a little sweet (like BCBS) and a little chocolatey, but transforms into a dark-cherry/chocolate taste, with a bit of tartness that would come with a cherry taste. As the beer warms, this taste difference isn't quite as strong, and does portray a more classic bourbon barrel taste. A slightly resinous bitterness comes in when the beer is cooler, but is more subdued as it warms.

O: a very strong offering. My first few tastes I was thinking it might top my favorite BBS, but it doesn't quite reach that level. It's cost might prohibit me from buying it again, however.

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Photo of BWood
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark as night. Smells of booze and coffee. Smooth stout taste with bourbon all the way through and coffee at the back end with a alcohol warming effect. This is my first time having this and I will definitely buy more. Another great showing from Avery

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Photo of Skellbop
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - black with thin brown
S - chocolate, vanilla/bourbon, bit of roastiness
T - taste follows the nose, bit of heat on the aftertaste, but nice
F - super creamy. Very nice carbonation, nice thickness
O - excellent beer, not too hot even off the bat and I'm interested to see it with some age

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Photo of arizcards
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Tempe Bevmo in mid-April for $12.49. Bottled on Feb 19, 2016.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that is hanging around.

Nose is bourbon forward with chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla.

Taste is heavy chocolate and bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Very complex and melds well. First sips were very hot and now are warming.

Mouthfeel is near perfection, love chewing on my imperial stouts!

Overall a very awesome brewing job by Avery. Definitely a spendy price point but definitely worthy of trying once if you enjoy this style.

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

Tasting again on 7/31/15. This bottle has about a year of age on it. It's fantastic. Like a bourbon soaked piece of molasses candy with a little soy sauce in the finish (umamI), and some lovely raisin notes. I found this way too boozy when fresh but now it's a beautiful beer. Time to seek out more for the basement.

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

#BOTG 80. Honestly its getting fucking hard to do this. The Astros suck nuts and I keep trudging along with the challenge. Oh well, here we go. And, a fucking huge one for tonight. Uncle Jacob, weighing in at 18%. I am a masochist for even doing this, but a new beer must be drunk, and a new beer to me this is.

So, out of the bottle and into the glass this goes. Pours an absolutely pitch black color, thick like raw oil coming up out of the ground. A nice tan head forms around the top, it basically bubbles up out of the dark thick mud. Smell- Charred molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate. This beer bitch slapped me already. Taste- just a super thick velvet of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, charred molasses, and crazy amounts of booze wraps itself around my tongue and sides of my mouth. Jesus. This is an evil dark motherfucker of a beer. A little but of liquorice at the end of the booze, this reminds me of BCS in some ways, but its bigger and has a super thick mouthfeel. Wow. for 18%, and a beer thats basically fresh, the ABV is not too abrasive. It is there as you would expect it to be, but this is more drinkable than I expected. Seek this out, buy several, let them cellar.

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

Had this stout at the bar at Avery's brewery. Also had the pleasure to meet the sales manger, and a couple of the brewers that were working there, that were also from NH & VT just like me. This is a great beer and it tasted even better being right there when it is made and where it is made. The sales manger was really a great guy and gave a mixed beer and juice drink he was having plus a special bottle of Kaiser to take home. The Avery stop was part of a four day, 16 brewery tour that my brother and a couple of other buddies did to Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Great trip....

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

Vintage Feb 4, 2014- I was not impressed with him fresh. Had 4 bottles and only drank one. The cellar holds an interesting array of developing brews, so these 3 were placed in a temperature appropriate setting (50f). Uncle took a one year nap.

I decided to awaken him, so rather than tickle under the chin: I popped the cap and poured a black, sweet smelling syrup into a snifter. The uncle said "[email protected] to Kentucky and any county that might produce bourbon. Colorado sh!ts better beer than you can make. " He presents himself sweeter and more bitter than the county locals.

So what if he is unbalanced? A little crazy is better than dull. His sugar is high, but damn if he will ever use insulin like a weakling... He will die sweet and bitter

He feels ready to stretch his legs after a year rest, so breaks into a bourbon fueled jog. Impossible to sprint with him, it's slow going. Sip after sip at his flask, he wearily reaches the county line.

He comes in a solid second, with the county local loping gracefully past him: honking like a goose and reminding Uncle of his huge cost. A year rest surely helped Uncle a great deal, another year for his 2 brothers dozing in the cellar before they try to do battle on the county. They may try to race on Black Tuesday, but lack the legs and lungs. Rather than compete, they mare retire to the realm of liqueur and leave beer world forever.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: into a tulip glass, pitch black thick beer coughed up a slim collar of dark tan foam that left a few motes behind

S: bourbon and chocolate syrup; fragrant earthy hops

T: mmm - rich dark malt chocolate, sweet and slightly bitter; nice hop profile over the malts - almost rye-like notes; grains peek through the deep syrup, vanilla, touches of anise/fennel

M: silky, smooth, creamy, heavy, dense; surprisingly clean finish topped off with drier whiskey notes

O: sometimes I wonder what I need to find in an Imperial stout to really blow me away these days, but this was a real treat of a beer - great combination of the rich stout flavors, herbal hops, and bourbon whiskey. Was sweet but not too heavy-handed about it, truly great balance of flavors and feel; with its high abv, a real decadent way to end the day.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Pours a deep black with a dark mocha colored head that doesn't linger.

Smells of vanilla and rich wood. Slight maple syrup, as well as bourbon caramel.

Taste is very rich and sweet vanilla and caramel upfront. Mellows into a creamy vanilla flavor that lingers a little. Booze warmth on the finish. Amazingly complex and deep beer. Adds a rich chocolate flavor more so than caramel as the beer warms up. I prefer this to the caramel. Nice rich chocolate and vanilla mixing on the palate.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. No other way to say it.

Excellent beer.

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

It had a delicious taste! Honestly, I couldn't handle the other half of the beer. It was very strong. It felt like every sip I took was a shot haha..BUT it was very delicious and I appreciated it for what it was.

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Photo of t420o
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout 2013

Batch 2

A- pour yields a 1 finger mocha head on top of a viscous looking black body. Head recedes quick and leaves moderate lacing. 3.75

S- dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and molasses, wood, cocoa. Smells excellent 4.25

T- wow, this is phenomenal. A big, full bodied and rich beer. Chocolate, roasted malts, earthy, woody, nice alcohol warmth, light vanilla. 4.75

M- carbonation is on the lighter side. Full bodied 4.5

O- great BBA stout. Up there with the best of them, though not quite as complex. Good drinkability in spite of the abv. 4.5

A+

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Photo of sataylor888
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just about everything I am looking for in a BBA imperial stout. Smooth, balanced, chocolatey, slight coffee and raisin notes, bourbon and vanilla, caramel on both the smell and taste. Pitch black with a very light, almost no, head and syrupy. It lingers amazingly. My only gripe is the sweetness. It is the sweetest BA stout I have ever had and while great, I prefer the spiceiness from the bourbon over the sweetness.

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

Picked up a few bottles of this at Avery last night. One of the best Avery beers I've had. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of a near perfectly balanced blend of bourbon, vanilla, quite a bit of cocoa, and thankfully no coffee. At 17% ABV, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. However, there is some alcoholic heat on this one, but still quite smooth. By way of comparison, I prefer this to Black Tuesday. Not as excessively sweet. Overall, an excellent beer. I can't see this beer benefitting with age. Thanks Avery for not forcing me to buy this in a bomber.

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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 harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 27MAR12

Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. It's funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I don't buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.

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

A: Pours pitch black with a medium sized dense brown head. Leaves a solid wall of lacing as it slowly fades away.

S: I can smell the bourbon from across the room after I pour it. Strong toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. There is roasted malt hiding behind it with some char and chocolate mainly.

T: Up front is stinging bourbon with again, toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Light vanilla is present throughout the beer. Smooths out surprisingly quickly after the initial bourbon hit. Big chocolate and caramel in the middle. Fades into a vanilla oakiness with hints of chocolate and a little char. Vanilla lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Thick, heavy, and syrupy. Surprisingly smooth.

O: My first impression is that this reminds me a lot of Black Tuesday. This has a bit stronger bourbon hit up front, but with less molasses than BT. This is a delicious exercise in extreme barrel aged stouts.

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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 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 goosewhisperer
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-deep black with no chance for light to get through this beer. Poured out with a one finger head, that faded away after a few minutes. Some lacing along the sides of the NBB globe it was poured into.

s-big malts, wood, booze, and chocolate. The alcohol is really big here now, but it does not hide too much of the good nose on this beer.

t-hits with huge coffee and chocolate up front. There is some alcohol here, but there is not pronounced burn at all. There are a lot of dark fruit notes too, some dark cherry something else that I cannot place a finger on. The beer is on the sweet side, and matches up with the wood. You can tell that this was barrel aged and the whisky comes out as it warms. The beer is smooth, but packs a lot into each sip. There a few tannic notes as the beer warms. Age should take that right out.

m-on point. This is not a watery thin beer at all. There is a medium to full mouth feel depending on the temperture of the beer. The sweet hangs on to the tongue after the beer is down.

o-this beer has huge cellering potential. I cannot wait until next year, and years after to keep trying this beer. There is so much in this beer that is just waiting to come out. The alcohol mellowing out will help these to come forward. This is a sipping beer, best shared with friends over something dark and chocolate like. Great job Avery, keep hitting these out of the park!

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

A- Pitch black body, foamy tan head that stays around for a unexpectedly long time.

S- Huge sweet bourbon, caramel, sweet sugary syrup, hints of oak, roasted malts.

T- Big bourbon sweetness, very sugary, big caramel notes, just enough wood presence, some chocolate. Absolutely huge flavor.

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bourbon sweetness left behind in the mouth.

O- Just a huge, robust, thick bourbon stout that dominates the taste buds. Reminds me of BCBS with the huge flavor.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap this pours with unbelievable viscosity! Thick, rich and incredibly dark this stout is like a syrup capped with an equally thick brown head.

The aroma has immense character with rich and creamy qualities. Molasses, caramel, deep chocolate, coconut, vanilla, oak bourbon, slight toffee, marshmallow and tinges of Graham cracker malt all make appearances in the nose.

The flavors are thick and full with a full complement of oak and creamy chocolate. Light bourbon, vanilla, coconut and caramel follow at mid palate. This finishes with a tangy dark fruit, prune and raisin, with just a little alcohol.

The feel is super thick, very creamy but there is a quarter point lose on the tangy alcohol finish that hangs on to the tongue.

I had huge expectation and Damn I'm impressed. This really was fantastic.

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Photo of Slack
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, the sun did not even come through, creamy mocha colored head, got a lot of lacing, not very carbonated, looks pretty thick and oily.

A: Lots of bourbon for only six months of aging, there's a sweet toffee, caramel aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose, this just has a lot of aroma in it, a little overwhelming.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel sweetness, coffee bitterness, finishes with a lot of alcohol, almost does feel like a shot of bourbon, like the aroma, this has lots of flavor.

M: Thick, creamy, oil like, dry finish with alcohol burn.

O: This is a big beer, lots of aroma, flavor, big mouthfeel, but its very hot. I remember having this beer last year and thought it was a little messy but I think Uncle Jacob's would be a great beer to cellar as the alcohol is a little too much. Definitely going to pick up some more bottles to cellar and see what its like in 1-2 years, but this is a world class stout despite the intense heat.

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