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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 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 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 ryanmextorf
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely phenomenal BBA stout. Very reminiscent of bourbon county. I'd love to see this one with a year or two on it. But still drinks wonderfully fresh... I have no clue how that 17% is covered up so perfectly. Well done.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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 hopfacebrew
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Couldn't resist and cracked a bottle from the cellar, after only a couple weeks, lol. I have heard great things so figured I'd try one. Poured from bottle to a NBB globe the beer pours a deep rich opaque black, thick, 1 finger head with solid retention and some lacing. Looks good. The aroma is rich and complex with roasted malts, oak, chocolate, and an alcohol warmth. The flavor builds from the nose with a rich flavor. Begins with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor up front. The roast enters and blends well providing a nice base layer. Hints of dark fruit, oak, and bourbon as well. Very good. Extremely smooth and hides the high abv very well. Finishes creamy with a lingering chocolate roast on the tongue. Very very good. Full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I can't wait to see how it ages. Highly recommended.

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Photo of spoony
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 355 ml bottle (review is based primarily on a bottle dated June 27, 2013, but I also had a 2012 bottle) into a snifter. Reviewed from notes date November 25, 2013.

A-The short walnut-colored head drops quickly into a collar. The head leaves some oily legs on the glass. The brew is opaque and espresso brown...almost black. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The aroma is an ultra rich mixture of dark and milk chocolate, cream, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. There is a slight twang of boozy heat, but it fits well with the brew and compliments the caramel and vanilla smell. Really inviting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get dark chocolate mousse, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon-y, boozy caramel and brown sugar, and some graham cracker. The alcohol is not completely buried, but for nearly 18%, the heat is moderate.

M-The feel is thick, almost chewy, and dense. Carbonation is below average.

O-This is close to my favorite beer ever and easily my favorite stout (or imperial stout). It is complex, big, decadent, rich, but never harsh or overblown. The beer literally oozes flavor and character. I was particularly surprised by how little the 2012 had changed compared to the 2013; they were nearly identical in flavor and feel, which suggests both that this beer is great fresh and will hold up for a while. I could just sit and sip on this for hours.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. It's as thick and viscous as it looks.. which is ominous. Rich vanilla, blackstrap molasses, semi sweet chocolate, dark cherry, raisins, figs, smooth smooth smooth bourbon. Big bodied, velvety, smooth, rich and creamy. Excellent all the way around. 16.9% ABV? Says who? Oh..yeah.

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Photo of GlassOfHops
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer. Pitch black with a khaki lace-leaving head. Smell is out of this world. Chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits. Taste lives up to the hype of the smell. Perfect mouthfeel. One of the better beers I have ever had.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-midnight black with a nice small brown head
- smell of alcohol with a light chocolate comparable smell to old Rasputin, with a bourbon sweetness
-taste is how i expect a imperial stout to taste, exactly on par, very smokey and warms you with the high abv, with you cant detect at a astounding 16% roasted barley? old Rasputin with some bourbon sweetness to it
-thick creamy smoothness, it coats and the taste lingers but ever so pleasantly
-Overall the best imperial stout i have ever tried hats off to Avery!

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bombardier quality!! AKA: the shit! What a nice barrel aged beer! Awesome job by Avery! I am thrilled to be drinking this beer, but at the same time sad because it was limited to one bottle per customer at my local beer haunt. So very extremely smooth for such a high ABV beer. Toasted notes of chocolate, bourbon, and the smell is awesome...with a nice heat from the alcohol at the finish...very, very, very nice!!!!

Overall: Awesome...period.

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Photo of hardy008
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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 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 dar482
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

(2013 vintage)

The beer comes in a black color with a coffee brown head.

The aroma immediately hits of bourbon soaked cherries, plums, dark figs. It also has strong notes of 2014 Bourbon County with lots of molasses, dark dark chocolate, and vanilla and bourbon on the back.

On the flavor, again follows of 2014 Bourbon County. A burnt caramel and brown sugar note up front , along with a burst sweetness with dark fruit of sweet cherries, figs, berries. Then onto a theme of bourbon heat, vanilla, a touch of coconut. Then onto a roasty bitterness along with espresso.

The balance of heat, sweetness, and roasted along with the heavy barrel character is incredible. A bit thinner and hotter than Bourbon County, but stands up there with complexity.

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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 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 carmike813
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a thick and vicious beer that is very unique. I was expecting a boozy bomb of bourbon but the alcohol is well masked in the thickness of the beer. So very well balanced and creamy in texture. On the nose is dark chocolate bourbon warmth. As stated the pallet is fully absorbed by creamy bitter dark chocolate with a nice warm bourbon balance.

In the high ABV barrel treated big stouts category such as Black Tuesday (and variants), World Wide Stout, Tweak and Brewdog's versions this beer really stands out at the top. I really like the deep motor oil thick stouts, and it didnt disappoint. For a beer that is this complex, i feel that it is a tad underrated.

Seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Rish907
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one fabulous beer. Hides the bourbon and alcohol amazingly.. Caramel, Molasses, dates, sugars, are the highlights. Not too carbonated and dark sweet aroma. A fantastic beer, probably the best imperial stout I've ever tried. More subtle and complex than Black Tuesday, yet near same ABV. This one hides the alcohol so well, plus love the fact that it comes in 12oz bottles, perfect for me for one time (as opposed to the bombers and me having to drink it solo). If you haven't tried you should definitely seek this one out!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible thickness, richness, and strength exudes from Avery's newest Barrel Aged collection. And though over 17% abv., the beer hides its alcohol deceptively well.

The beer pours with a highly viscous and creamy weight. Jet black in color and completely opaque, the beer is heavy headed with a dense mocha froth that piles on top. Extreme persistence in its foam stance, the beer laces remarkably, especially for its high alcohol and barrel character.

Powerful seduction of aromas radiate from the rim of the snifter with a collage make up with rich Belgian chocolate, espresso, light smoke, cake batter, sherry wine, bourbon alcohol, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. The complex scent is highly appetizing and ooh so savory.

Flavors follow with even more strength and complexity than those of the nose. A lust creamy taste of brownies, espresso and black-strap molasses command its robust taste. But then other savory notes of sherry, port, mesquite, and light soy sauce offer a sultry, savory, almost meaty taste that you can really sink your teeth into.

The beer coats the mouth like heavy whipping cream because of its proportions and viscosity. But with the bolder, roastier taste, the stout remains lush, velvety and silky in body. The beer's taste and texture linger infinitely on the palate with strong alcohol warmth and evading any unnecessary burn. Finishing malty-sweet, the palate is rewarded as well as with the most savory of desserts.

This stout weaves together its web of tastes seamlessly and provocatively. Its truly seductive to the taste buds and easily makes you forget about its power- an absolutely devilish stout!

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Photo of alexipa
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black! Barely any head that quickly dissipates to no head.

S: Smells like bourbon. In a good way. Some oak and vanilla thrown in as well.

T: Strong bourbon flavors along with some nice oak and vanilla hits you up front. Some serious sweetness gets through on the back-end. I wasn't thrilled about the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very rich. Feels like a legendary beer, if that makes sense.

O: A fantastic imp stout, and a fantastic barrel aged beer. This is a great follow up to my favorite all time beer, Rumpkin.

Should have bought more!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: black ink with a very small off white head

S: bourbon, tobacco, leather, chocolate

T: Lots of bourbon with toffee, vanilla, leather, and tobacco not too sweet booze is hidden well for being such a high ABV

M: Fuller in the feel with a slick high alcohol feel

O: This beer is dynamite its got a great nose and feel and the taste is amazing. It might be expensive but its something you should treat yourself too. Its robust boozy and velvety!

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Photo of Way2drunk
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So a random trip to 3 Forks restaurant Chicago for a post wedding rehearsal dinner! I ask 4 beer options and I get this little diamond in the ruff! Why does this place have an awesome beer on tap?!! Poured into a huge cognac glass this barrel aged stout smells sweet and finishes delicious! Thank you beer GoDs! I thought a Guinness was my best option in my near beer future!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very thick and motor-oil black with a solid finger of thick and frothy light brown foam.

Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon.

Rich notes of chocolate and roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, and warming bourbon sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, chewy, roasty, and rich.

Overall, truly a top-contended in my opinion. The alcohol is hardly noticeable considering the high ABV, this will definitely creep up on you.

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Photo of Beejay
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 900th Review, on my 33rd Birthday.

2015 Version. 16.9% abv.

A: Pours like mud with a deep brown espresso crema of a head, which dissipates rather quickly into a body of obsidian oil.

S: A rich thick malt aroma that only comes from big beers comes right out. Oak Vanilla and bourbon follow immediately, with a big boozy finish.

T: Holy wow. Rich dark malt amazingly sweet up front with notes of vanilla, and dark bitter chocolate. I'm not picking up a lot of the bourbon, but hopefully it will come out more as this warms up. Oaky in the finish with an incredibly long finish with bitter licorice notes and woody flavors. As it warms the bourbon, oak and vanilla kick it into high gear, making this beer an explosion of complex flavors.

M: Rich thick mouth feel. This is beer in cream form. The carbonation is actually fairly lively for the style, and has a hell of a cling.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer. Rich, luxurious and just crazy tasty.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally openned up a bottle of the 2015 batch on my sister's birthday. It essentially taste like straight, molasses-y bourbon. Pretty amazing that it is considered a beer. Definitely, went directly to my head. I would imagine this would be more appropriate for a winter night by the fire than in the beginning of summer.

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Photo of MRLMedic
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So I figured I'd review this brew as my first. I first had this as the first beer to kick off a weekend full of Phish shows. Beer was poured into a solo cup and drank almost instantly. I enjoyed it so much, I went back to the spot of purchased and bought all of them off the self. I'm reviewing my second time enjoying this brew.

12 oz bottle (Bottled 6/27/13 Batch #2) poured into snifter

Classic dessert beer here. Pours dark black, beautiful 2 finger head, smells amazing.

Initial taste is bourbon, after taste is best described by creamy dark chocolate and some toffee and caramel. Goes down so smooth for a 16.53%.

FULL BODY - Mouth feel is excellent. Well worth the $15.99 i paid per bottle. Really looking forward to having this again next year after it's been in the cellar a while. A+ double stout that I highly recommend.

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