Uncle Jacob’s Stout by Avery Brewing

Uncle Jacob's Stout by Avery Brewing Company

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Tasting: January 10, 2015
Style: Stout (Bourbon-Barrel Aged)
Beer #: 685

Uncle Jacob’s Stout by Avery Brewing

Avery’s website says that the “Uncle Jacob” of Uncle Jacob’s Stout is Jacob Spears, a sixth Great Grand Uncle. However, the website doesn’t identify the particular descendant – I’ll have to assume that it is brewery founder and president, Adam Avery. According to the Colorado brewer’s website, Avery’s Uncle Jacob was a distiller and is purported to be to the first to label his whiskey as the familiar “bourbon” in his Kentucky distillery some 200 years ago. I guess booze is in the blood. I know it would be a tall order but imagine if Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s distillery had a lineage that held together for a couple hundred years so they were able to link the family by way of barrel and stout. Who knows. With all the brewers adding spirits to their repertoire – maybe there is something there.

This stout has been on my radar for quite some time. Despite the fact that we get Avery here in New Jersey, I had nearly given up hope that we would see any of Avery’s barrel-aged series. As luck would have it, I traded for two bottles of Uncle Jacob’s Stout and within a month, Rumpkin (91 points) appeared locally. A couple weeks later, and voila – Tweak (96 points). I anticipate Uncle Jacob’s Stout to be released sometime in February (as it was in 2014) so we’ll see next month if my trade is diminished by my impatience.

One common thread in Avery’s barrel-aged series is massive boozy beer and Uncle Jacob’s is no exception checking in at a whopping 14.83% alcohol by volume (that’s more than wine). This particular bottle is from the 2014 release and I’m not expecting that eleven months has done much to tame the beast. Frankly, considering the negative wind chill temperatures outside this evening – I’m ready for some boozy heat.

Uncle Jacob’s Stout Certainly does delivery the booziness but it swirls at equal level to a nice viscous base. Carbonation needed a few swirls in my cognac glass to get it to calm down and the alcohol ethers wisp away a tad. Letting it warm a bit, the flavors punch through with a complex combination of chocolate, prunes, vanilla, berries and some distinct molasses influence. I’ve seen this compared to Bourbon County Brand Stout and I can see the similarities. I’ll say this one is a bit more refined (at least as refined as a beast can be). Uncle Jacob’s Stout is an absolute classic and gets 96 points from me. I’ll be waiting for February.

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