It is the first snow of the season (yes, it is mid September and the first snow will fly). One to three inches (2.54 to 7.62 cm for you across-the-ponders) at my house, but just a bare dusting down in town. In honor of this momentous occasion (cold weather, busting out the firewood, etc…) I have broken into my stash and pulled out my last bottle of the 2013 Uncle Jacobs. I don’t normally play favorites, but this one has to make my top five all time.
Uncle Jacob’s Stout - Avery Brewing Company
This one pours out oil can black with a very thin tan head that evaporated almost instantly leaving very little, if any lacing. It has notes of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruit, oak, molasses, and caramel. It has a medium mouth feel with low carbonation and a silky sweet finish with slightly astringent alcohol and oak touches. I hate to say it but I love this bad boy, and the year of aging only made it better. This one is a very heavy hammer, in your face, stout.
If you are looking for a barrel aged stout you would have to go a long way to find a better example of the category. Be aware it has a high ABV and can sneak up and beat the crud right out of you.
American Double - Imperial Stout | 14.83% ABV