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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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 HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours almost no head and what little might have come out is a brown color. The beer itself is an opaque black with hints of brown to it. The beer isn't interesting to look at. It basically looks like your typical super powered Russian Imperial Stout.

The beer smell is interesting. The beer certainly has a strong bourbon note to it. The bourbon note is accompanied by the vanilla note from the cask. Other than the notes from the aging, the beer also has a deep and sweet dark chocolate note. The smell is fairly sweet with a roasted note that his heavy but not very strong. There is also a bit of oatmeal.

The beer taste is nothing short of divine. The bourbon and vanilla notes are delicious when combined with the other notes. The other notes include nice dark chocolate with a bit of syrup chocolate flavor as well. The barley and oat flavor also come out a little bit and balances the flavor a little bit.

The mouthfeel is just as divine as the taste. The beer is extremely heavy bodied with very little carbonation but does not feel flat. Rather, the beer is extremely smooth and creamy. The feel is wonderful to the touch and goes down smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worth getting when you can. The beer is well made and the barrel well chosen that this is a fantastic beer. Not only do I recommend that you buy one, but that you get a few to age and share.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Kramerbarthomer
3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-writing this review as I've finally gotten my hands on a full bottle. Initial review was of 2013 vintage at GABF. Current review is of the 2014 vintage.

A - Pitch black, opaque

S - Sweet, mild bourbon on the nose

T - The sweetness just overwhelms me with this brew, it reminds me of Dark Lord and this is what I can't get over. Quite boozy, but so damn sweet and sugary. This really lowers the score on this beer for me...

M - Solid, thick rich.

Overall, I just cannot get over the sweetness of this brew... it punches me in the face and knocks me out. It's not at all a bad beer, but it's not something I would put in my top 250.

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Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BucannonXC5
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: Received it on Oct. 10, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2013
Misc.: Bottled June 27, 2013; Batch No. 2; 16.53% ABV

Thanks to Nick for the chance to try this.

Poured an almost pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of bubbly brown head. Very good amount of uneven thick espresso lacing along the sides. Good retention all the way down.

First smell was bourbon and it was definitely pretty thick. After some more searching I got toffee, caramel, solid European dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, brownies and fudge. Most of that is just noise though. The bourbon is what you really get here and it’s wonderful.

After the first taste, all I could think was magnificent. Just full of deep, dark flavors. Those bourbon flavors were all around the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, chocolate syrup and port wine. The scary part is that the 16.53 percent ABV felt about 6.53 percent.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Alcohol is still hidden all the way down. Such a great drinkable beer.

Just an amazing double stout. It may be the only one I ever try, but I would love to get some more. Wow.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schne9303.

Pours pitch black and thick as hell. .5 finger dark, reddish mocha head dissipates quickly. Stringy lace that sticks around. Thick, oily legs. Devilish!

Nose is mocha coffee, cocoa powder, chocolate, lactose, fudge, and a heavy dose of booze. Nicely aromatic and the alcohol comes across sweet and smooth. Nice.

Opens super sweet. Notes of plum, prunes, and sweet soy sauce. Mocha and chocolate towards the middle with loads of molasses. Booze wallows in towards the middle providing a nice burn. Finishes off with even more molasses, caramel, and mocha sweetness. Aftertaste is chocolate and cocoa powder. Solid but a bit cloyingly sweet.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth with spots of carbonation throughout. Hot going down with a messy finish and a long, lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor nicely.

A very nice offering overall but this one is a touch over the top for me at some points. A bit too sweet and real boozy going down. A real big brew that I wouldn't hesitate enjoying 2-3 ounces of again, but a whole bottle is way too much here.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ticked from at Ratman's in order to tick before ratman. We drank four bottles at the release and enjoyed them immensely. Had no intention. Of ticking again, but wanted to get this one in before ratman. Blame the goddamn phone for the typos. Happy easter.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark black with a thin halo of tan head that settles along the edges without lacing. The nose is deceptively tame with chocolate and caramel bourbon sweetness in the nose, but astringent alcohol begins to slice through as it warms. The taste is an overwhelming mix of malt and alcohol with choking bitterness in the finish. It's full bodied, slightly chewy, but also astringent to the point of being undrinkable. General sentiments are that this beer is over-priced, over-hyped, and over-extracted.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma gives off notes of chocolate, espresso, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and bourbon. Flavor is huge just as I hoped. A little too warm, but the fact that it’s chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. This is a rich and satisfying stout!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015-12-04
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 wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Quite the hefty beer, Uncle Jacob's pours with a near-unrivaled viscosity. Body is that of deep-brown pitch with a slim, yet stubborn head of taupe foam. Its nose brings forth big notes of cocoa nibs, vanilla, leather, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Bourbon is a bit subdued, as is the aroma itself, but the overall bouquet is still very much enticing.

The taste is expectantly sweet, but not without balance. Huge notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and dark berry fruits offset the intensity of the residual sugars and make for an entirely complex, yet enjoyable flavor profile. The alcohol is extraordinarily well-hidden within the creamy, chewy body. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and heavy on the tongue, but velvety smooth and decadent--think along the lines of a melted fudge-sicle. All in all, an excellent beer. Shows that Avery has both the drive to craft an 'Extreme' beer in this day & age, and yet the restraint and artistry to make it absolutely delicious.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of February 19th, 2016

Appearance - Pours black with a cocoa-colored, finger width head, and with quite a bit of sediment plopping into the beer as the pour finishes from the bottle, leaving a dark chocolate stain atop the head. Good retention, eventually settling to a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Lacing shows in the form of broken sheeting.

Smell - Fudgy aroma with lesser vanilla. Strong bourbon. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Flavor explodes with fudge, lesser coffee, dark berries and oaky character. Vanilla. Some earthy walnut. Faint smoke. The back end is dominated by boozy aspects. Lots of belly warming alcohol. Some bourbon sweetness. Lingering roasted malt finish.

Mpouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Pretty damn smooth texture considering the 17% ABV. Turns a bit sticky with a dry, warming finish.

Overall - Boy, I'd love to see how this one tames out with 12-18 months on it, because it's a bit hot currently, though still pretty damn tasty. Reminds me a bit of Founders Imperial Stout if it were Barrel Aged. As that's one of my all-time favorite Impy Stouts, I'm saying that's a great thing!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled February 2015.

So much going on here. Much more booze in the nose than in the flavor. Sweet up front with caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate and faint coffee. I can't believe this is 16.9% ABV. World class.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 2/4/2014
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

S: wow! this smells amazing! i get a fair amount of bourbon, and oak upfront, but not in an overpowering way. roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee. simply incredible.

A: great appearance. pours jet black like motor oil, good head for such a high alcohol beer. deep tan.

T: this is delicious! soft bourbon, oak, vanilla followed up dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. no taste of the alcohol. dark chocolate lingers on the palate after each sip

M: thick and creamy! just like a barrel aged stout should be.

O: this is incredible! this is now one of my favorite beers! its a shame its $15 for 12 oz. the price is the only flaw!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle dated 2/19/16. Very nice aroma and very nice taste. But it was incredible boozy! I did not realize that they had jacked-up it so high! Nevertheless it was a good beer, but one needs a bit of caution with this one! :)

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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 Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as sin with no penetration to light. A fingernail of mahogany colored head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and loads of dark,sweet malt. I taste a massive amount of bourbon,molasses,plum,black licorice. The mouth is very sticky and chewy.

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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 ryan1788a5
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Midnight black. The brown head settles shortly after the pour, but can be re-invigorated with some swirling of the glass. Sparse and spotty lacing.

S: The barrel leads off on the nose. Plenty of charred oak, caramel, and bourbon. Hints of dried figs. Burnt coffee and burnt sugar. Bakers chocolate and some sweeter fudgey notes. Stiff alcohol.

T: Rich dark chocolate and fudge. Heavy mocha flavor. Wave of rich, chewy dark caramel. Lots of barrel char mid-palate. Charred oak. Bourbon. Stiff alcohol punch. Big estery profile of brandy and red fruits. Bakers chocolate and some alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Thick body. Big and chewy. Unctuous but velvety smooth. Light oak astringency. Big warming alcohol presence. Low supporting carbonation.

O: Whoa Nelly, we've got a big one! Yet another enormous beer from Avery. A bold sipper that drinks like a fine cordial or cognac. I can picture this really being something with age. Though it drinks fine fresh, it does have a boozy and estery punch that will probably mellow with time, letting those wonderful chocolatey malt flavors pull through more. This was a real treat on a cold winter night.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours motor oil black with a small dark tan / burnt orange head.

S-The aroma has caramel, roast, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, booze, coconut, and oak.

T-The flavor starts with dark caramel, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, heavy roast, earthiness and alcohol.

M-The mouthfeel has medium body with mild flowing carbonation.The finish show some char, sweetness, tart apple and anise.

O-Really nice imperial stout. Different from others.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from BeerShip.com. Batch 4, bottled 2/13/15. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours pitch black with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan foam. The head is slow in receding to a thin veneer and modest halo of retention. Surprisingly despite the high alcohol there are even a few healthy clumps of lace.

Bold, inviting aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted grains, mild smoke and burnt caramel. The occasional heavy dose of alcohol is a touch distracting but can't subdue the appeal.

The flavors are a tad warm with alcohol but utterly delicious. Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, charred oak, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, smoke and faint dark fruit skins all wrapped up in a big boozey blanket. I can't deny the heat but the tastes layer together so well that the alchohol just makes it a sipper.

The body is rich, heavy, viscous and full with softly subtle but present carbonation. The syrupy brew coats the tongue for a lingering finish of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast and boozey heat.

Avery impresses me all over again with their knack for delivering huge world class stouts. Uncle Jacob's Stout is a bold, rich bruiser that delivers on every level. It may be hot but that heat just served to slow me down and take my time enjoying the bottle. I have no regrets purchasing multiples because this seems to be a beer that can handle some serious long cellaring. If you like big barrel aged stouts (and aren't turned off by booze burn) this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled June 27, 2013 - 16.53% alcohol) poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours an inky, oily pitch black color with a thin cap of dark khacki foam that fizzles away quickly leaving a foamy, thick collar...very sparse lacing.

S - Buttery toffee, rich caramel, sweet vanilla, coconut, smooth bourbon, molasses, touch of booze. Surprisingly devoid of roasty aromas. Smells like a candy bar.

T - Big bourbon up front, sweet, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, touch of astringency, roasted malt, tobacco, a bit smoky.

M - Super thick and syrupy. Sticky with sweetness...leaves a sugary coating on the lips after every sip. Variety of sweet flavor character. Medium carbonation - a touch tingly. Warm booziness that is kept under control but is definitely noticeable and part of the overall feel of this beer.

O - A stout that is balanced far towards the sweet, sticky candy-like aspects of the style. Roasted character is minimal and in the background of the flavors. Definitely a sipper...the high alcohol content, warm alcohol burn, and prominent sweetness keep this one a slow goer. A bit out of the ordinary...definitely enjoyable - a dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 1...12 oz bottle split with steepH2O. Upon first sip, he smiles. This is right in your wheelhouse, I say. This constructed my wheelhouse he replies. How far is Avery? he asks....Ah, Boulder he muses while stroking his beard. Steep is in love. Appreciatons go out to Leschkie for the opportunity. Thank you Kurtis!

Pours an oily evil

Smells of molotov raisin cocktail...just one pissed off beer

The respective wives had their faces turned inside out by a single sip and this while actually drinking bourbon. Hot, hot, heat...just a shit ton of char and bourbon. This I what I wish bourbon tasted like says Steep....though I would drink a fifth a night. Ol' Uncy Jake just wants to eat through the galss and leaves a noticeable film...a partially developed Polaroid.

Chris loves this...if Steven Tyler is any guide this is what a Flaming Moe should taste like. Plan on spending some time with Uncle Jake, he simply does not allow short visits.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 2,542 ratings.
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