Friday, June 20, 2014

Avery Brewing Uncle Jacob's Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Avery Brewing Uncle Jacob's Stout - Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels (bottled 02-04-14 - 713 Production Cases). I picked up a few of these at The Willow’s Market (here). If you haven’t yet been to Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA you really should.  With well over 1,000 craft beers you’d be hard pressed to find a better selection.

From the Avery Brewing website: “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!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours very dark brown, nearly black with a thin light brown head and spots of lacing left on the glass.
Aroma: Caramel, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, chocolate and a touch of toffee.
Taste: Caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, coffee and roasted malts.
Overall: Thick, creamy and sweet Avery Brewing Uncle Jacob's Stout is fantastic! At 14.83% ABV it isn’t overly boozy.  I’m glad I bought a few of these.  I highly recommend this beer!


Mark Harvey

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