Uncle Jacob's Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / 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!

Added by emmasdad on 04-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,702
Reviews:
426
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Photo of largadeer
2.86/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as pitch with a thin crust on top.

Smells like tar, burnt sugar, cocoa and burning booze. Plenty of bourbon, too. Maybe a bit of vodka.

Tar and burning booze. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon. Full, syrupy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is harsh and burning in the finish. This has some decent flavors, but it's pretty unpalatable.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4600th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/19/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Insane appearance. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, prune, date, licorice, tobacco, soy sauce, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, prune, date, licorice, tobacco, soy sauce, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge brownie, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying or astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spice, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy/silky/slick, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden; warming finish with and some light booziness lingering. Overall this is an insane barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV. Enormous amounts of barrel character, but plenty of malt to back it up; without being too dry or boozy on the barrel notes. An insanely amazing offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: lots of bourbon whiskey flavors with sweet vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, and a lot of malts. Some oak too.

Taste: same as nose but more whiskey with some heat. Also shows some roast and more oak.

Mf: fairly hot. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Ends with some booze.

O: good beer but a little young. Other than that it was solid.

Edit: June 2015 consumed batch 4. Still too hot. Very viscous and rough.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Pours with a dark, essentially opaque, brown-black body topped by a decent beige head that has very good retention.

Feel: full body with medium carbonation. Boozy and warm but smooth.

Aroma: boozy, sweet and nutty, with dark baked bread and fruitcake.

Flavor: strong. Boozy, but quite tame for ~17% ABV. Hints of roasted nuts, coffee (aftertaste), dark toast, coffee, vanilla, and dark dried fruits. Moderately sweet fading to mildly bitter.

Overall: a rich and delicious whale of a beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #01,. Bottled March 27th, 2012.

Pours ridiculously dark, blacker than night, with a head that even makes tar look white comparatively, although the head disappears fairly quickly, but still pretty nice for a beer this high in abv, very thick legs on the sides of the glass that even seems to want to defy gravity.

Nose just bleeds darkness, pure dark malts everywhere. Some cocoa starts it off, a chocolate covered cookie thing, with super dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of baker's. Then some roast that hints at soy sauce, a thick roasted malt character with faint coffee but barely, and into a bit of black malt character. There are hints of faint earthy hop as well, but those are mostly drowned by the huge malt character. The darkness of the malts even seem to drain a bit of my soul, it's so dark and rich. Also, aromas bring a bit of vanilla, caramel, and fluffy nougat. Also, dark if I didn't mention that.

Tasate is gonna be crazy I bet... and wow, just ridiculously dark again, so much dark and big malts, syrupy with some sweetness and almost sludge like thick malt character. Dark malts bring chocolate again to start, rich thick dark cocoa syrup and more thick and syrupy than real milk chocolate syrupy, with a big bitter darkness. Then into roast again, some roasted malt but not overpowering, leading to faint soy sauce but that seems to have died down in the year of aging. Booze comes through with that, warming, slightly tingly, but fairly clean, and not feeling like 17%. The rich syrupy powdered chocolate thing leads into a biscuity cookie, super dark chocolate biscotti like cookie with faint caramel, nutty, and fluffy nougat. Again very light earthy hops, which aren't really light but get completely drowned out by the huge malt and booze character. Finish layers the mouth and will never go away, and won't let anything else near the tongue as it just coats everything, thick syrupy malts, bit more booze, more dark that is super dark chocolate and cocoa syrup, and light roast lingering for what seems like eternity.

Mouth is super heavy, thick, rich, full of molten lead perhaps, lighter but decent carb, some warming tingly booze.

Overall really nice, drinking well after a year of aging, malts are melded well with great chocolate characters, and subdued roasted soy sauce, and a nice booz echaracter that plays well. Hardly drinkable but tasty and a great beer overall. Can't wait to see how it is after a few more years of aging.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure when/where I first had this. This review is for a recent tasting at City Tap House, Philly, PA.

Viscous black pour, with a small brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, some minor lacing clinging to the glass for a second or two when swirled. Nice big stouty aroma, dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, barrel notes. The taste was good, but didn't quite live up to the aroma, rich malts, mostly sweet with a background roasty bitterness, bourbon-soaked oak with a dash of vanilla and toasted coconut, notes of dark dried fruits and a hint of smokiness. Body was on the fuller side of medium, robust mouthfeel, and pretty strong with booze, as you might expect for a 14+% beer (not unusual for Avery). Doesn't quite stack up to some of the bigger names in the world of barrel aged stouts, but in and of itself, this is still a very good brew.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a film of brown foam. Aroma is boozy with intense whiskey notes and caramel malt. Taste starts sweet and sugary, follows with some bitterness, mostly roasty. Medium plus body, low carbonation, quite smooth on the palate but the alcohol is quite present.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge...

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of smcolw
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,702 ratings.
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