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Uncommon Stout - Bent River Brewing Company

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Uncommon Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2004

This unique stout is our top selling beer. We infuse our Oatmeal Stout with some of the country's best coffee to make this award winning medium bodied ale.

28.8 IBU
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 43
Reviews by Jho3325:
Photo of Jho3325
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter. It has a cola look and smelled like cheap coffee. Smell is overpoweringly coffee. I did not really taste beer in this at all. Rather, it tasted like cold Folgers. It didn't taste like it was brewed with coffee. It tasted like someone poured a little bit of stout into stale coffee. I won't be trying again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Bent River infuses coffee into this brew—are they suggesting that this could be a breakfast beer? Very good use of coffee here, balanced in all aspects and quite easy to knock back. They made the right choice to start bottling this beer. There are not enough coffee beers, let alone great ones like this.

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, healthy lacing

SMELL: Fresh coffee, unsweetened chocolate, mild charcoal, burnt blackberries, toasted bread crust

TASTE: Very smooth, almost silky, creamy, chewy medium body, fresh coffee overtones, dried grass, mild chocolate, hint of alcohol, black currants, moderate hopping, balance bitterness, roasted finish

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Summer Camp 2006. Arrived a nice dark black with brown edges and a nice cap of khaki foam. Albeit this was in a plastic cup...it still managed to look good. Aroma was big roastiness coupled with an awesome fresh brewed coffee bean following. A bit of chocolate and a slight creaminess.

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt upfront that quickly segways into a rush of brewed coffee flavor. I was plesantly suprised by the rich, forward coffee flavor here. Goes down with a hint of chocolate and a lingering roasted coffee bean finish. Overall, a tasty coffee stout and a great beer find at a festival.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a slight creamy aspect. Not overly heavy, but still had enough to make itself known. Even in the oppresively hot sun this was still tasty. I'm hoping to try it again sometime and I could see myself having a few. If you enjoy coffee stouts I'd say give this one a go!

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That’s pretty much a big ol’ coffee beer alll right. Big aroma of roasted coffee, fortunately not too bitter. Clearly the fact that it’s one of BR’s regular brews has meant they’ve kept working on it. The brewmaster told me he’s had some business types slam three or four pints of this the night before a big presentation, then call back to complain that they couldn’t get to sleep at all. So he makes sure everybody knows that this not a "coffee roast malt" beer; this is a beer with lots of coffee in it! And it’s pretty tasty, too.

Photo of zoolou
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appeared very dark, almost black.

Smelled like semi-burnt, weak coffee, and the taste was much the same. I could not fish out any other flavors besides the burnt coffee flavor, and I may as well have been drinking coffee.

I have enjoyed coffee stouts in the past, but this one was a bit too one-dimensional for repeated tastings. Judging from the other higher scores, I may have had a bad pour, but I don't think so.

Photo of bashiba
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown color with a suprising amount of transperancy for a stout. With a nice inch of tan head.

Smell was very nice, hints of bitter chocolate, heavy coffee odors and some nice burnt malts dominating.

Taste was dominated by the coffee. A little bit of bitter dark malts, but mostly coffee flavors coming through.

Mouthfeel was very thin and watery, the one real downfall to this beer.

Drinkability was fine, I just expect a little more substance from a stout.

Photo of Mdwstbrlvr
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Deep, dark brown, 90% opaque, starts with good size light brown forth head, quickly recedes.

S: Awesome. Coffee forward, chocolate, malt, slight bitterness. Reminds of a good dark roast coffee.

T: Good, but somewhat one dimensional. Coffee is prevalent, but the chocolate and any malt is muted to non-existent. Slight hop bitterness at the end. I will say that the taste is really good for a non-imperial stout.

M: Excellent. Carbonation is noticeable but not overdone, creaminess from the oatmeal fills this one out.

O: Excellent non-imperial stout.

Photo of larryarms847
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light brown to black with a quickly dissipating head.

Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malt are most prevalent.

Flavors of the oatmeal and chocolate are perfectly balanced with a roasted malt/nutty back bone.

Mouthfeel is where this one lost a couple of points, it was a bit thin for my taste in stouts.

Overall an excellent oatmeal stout and it's always great to support local!

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Lady for the "South of 80" event. Served in a narrow fluted tulip, review from notes.

Black body fades into a dark burnt sienna brown around the edges, topped with a thin wispy skim of tan foam across the surface.

Mellow roast malt and coffee notes, rich but subtle.

Flavor is big on coffee, mellow and roasty malts, and is smooth and light bodied. Light lingering bitterness from the coffee i'd guess. Wholesome and satisfying, equal parts roast malt and bitter coffee, hints of dark chocolate, smooth and integrated feel. Seemingly simple, yet well crafted and enjoyable. Definitely something to see out, a solid coffee stout from Bent River.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L (4) - This beer is a very dark deep brownish black color. Not a lot of head to speak of, but looks good.
S (4) - Nice burnt/roasty smell. Not much hop presence, not that there should be
T (4.25) - There's definitely the burnt/roasty taste as well. But it is a stout, after all. A bit of coffee, but not too much. Not a lot of bitterness, just a hair. Nice all around flavor.
F (3.5) - About the right level of carb. I'd like a bit more creaminess though. It should be a little smoother
O (4) - I had had this beer in the fridge for a while, and finally got around to drinking it. It was a solid beer, very respectable. Didn't blow me away in any category, but good all around.

Photo of crichardson90
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives just miles away from the source. Bent River Brewery. Best oatmeal coffee stout imo. Can't get enough. Love it

Photo of nightcrawler
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growlers of this beer don't last long at my house. The beer is black and pours with a beautiful dark brown head that clings to the glass as you tip it. Smells like a warm cup of java.

The coffee taste *is* very strong and is followed by just a hint of grain on the back, but I like that. I hearken this to a very sweet milk stout, just replace the sweet with coffee.

The body is okay for a stout, but is more like a porter.

This is a great beer to drink when you are eating a sweeter baked items, like muffins or rolls.

Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look: Black with khaki head

Smell: deep coffee roast

Taste: hint of cocoa syrup and coffee

Feel: solid

Overall: decent

Photo of Iancbr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

The flavour is on point. If you drank it without a label you could label it. Lovely.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is black but not quite opaque. A finger of head dissipated quickly to leave a skim and ring around the edge.

Smell: I got a whiff of roasted malts as soon as I popped the cap. The coffee scent is prominent. I am unsure, though, if it is espresso-like or akin to something a little less intense. Regardless, the roasted intensity seems tamed by chocolate and oatmeal. There are also scents of molasses, cappuccino, brown sugar, and perhaps some dark fruit or berries. Overall, it provides a very nice aroma.

Taste: It has a nice, full mouthfeel, but the flavor is muted. In that sense it does remind me of a cup of coffee, and the flavor seems more aligned with an oatmeal stout. The roasted barley is prominent but weak. It is also balanced by plum, a little molasses, black licorice, and dark chocolate. In fact, the overall flavor seems more akin to dark chocolate than anything else.

Drinkability: I was a little leery of buying this because I had never seen Bent River beer bottled and was concerned there would be packaging issues. However, this is decent enough out of the bottle to make me want to have a draft.

Photo of Justin_Bull
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Good beer definitely get that iced coffee taste with it. Wouldn't complain if it was a little thicker. Good nose chocolate and coffee

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is for coffee lovers. The Uncommon Stout is very similar to the Oatmeal Stout (in fact, it is their Oatmeal Stout infused with coffee). I thought I could detect a coffee flavor in the Oatmeal Stout, and then I tried the Uncommon. The coffee flavoring completely dominates the beer. That isn't bad as long as you like coffee. I personally enjoyed the Oatmeal Stout better, but this is a good beer too. Get Bent!

Photo of WestHam973
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

just don't like the coffee flavor of this at all

Photo of KFBR392
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a traditional stout look. Medium bodied thickness on the pour. Above average lacing on the glass while drinking.

Smell: has the aroma of a tall cup of black coffee. Tons of coffee grounds. Some oatmeal and molasses try to poke through but the coffee is dominant. Lacks complexity with but does the coffee aroma well.

Taste: more complexity here then in the aroma. Lighter coffee accents on the front. Toffee and caramel hit on the body. Some of the darker coffee grounds hit toward the back end of this brew. A chalky dryness is left on the palette.

Mouthfeel: heavy, with a lot of dryness. The coffee grounds are felt very much.

Overall: a very good Illinois beer. Fans of heavy stouts will definitely like this one.

Photo of thalassophile
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Iowa City Hy-Vee, single bottle. Served in a clean pint glass.

Notes of deep chocolate and coffee with a little pine. Really, really, really yummy stout flavor -- one of the best domestic stouts I've ever sampled. Mouthfeel leaves a stouty soul wanting; there should be much thicker body here. Mouthfeel somewhat oily. Still, yummy as hell. The middle of the pint is ripe with deep malt flavors. Would totally drink again, many times.

Photo of xTrashcat
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an excellent tanish-but-mostly-black color.

S: Mainly smells like the morning brew of coffee, but you can also find hints of the oatmealish aroma as well.

T: Has a 'warm' taste to it. One can taste the sweetness of the oatmeal, almost chocolatey with the robustness of the coffee.

M: Mild-Mid carbonation allows it go down very smoothly.

This beer (and Bent River's Jalapeno brew) were the two beers that got me hooked onto microbrews, from the generic, everyday beers that I was accustomed to. I can't help but to stop into Bent River and have at least one pint of Uncommon every time I happen to find myself in the Moline area.

Photo of jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with no date, poured into a snifter

silky smooth oatmeal stout, black coffee, hop bitter, lil chocolate and all that. dark look, ruby edges, small ring of head. smells of a dirty coffee filter (primo coffee grounds).

"...soggy and wet, throw my pampers all around your neck"

Photo of TheSSG
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soapy head that leaves fleeting laces. MASSIVELY aromatic notes of dark chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, with notes of roasted malt and acidity behind it. Black. Starts with a deep, toasted malt flavor, a touch of acidity, then a flash of coffee as it moves into a low bitterness, and finishes with coffee lingering across roasted malt.

If only it tasted as good as it smelled!
My god, this is one of the best smelling coffee stouts on earth; it smells like a fantastic cup of dark chocolate with coffee. The flavor is a much, much subdued version of this. BUT, don't get me wrong, this tastes good. It's a bit on the thin end of stouts, but nothing too far out of whack. Quite solid.

Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times, sometimes I have been fairly impressed, other times disappointed. But it seems like Bent River is becoming more consistent. We'll see. Luck for them, I'm reviewing a sample that impressed me earlier today.

Appearance matters little to me, so it looked like a stout. ... OK it Had some mocha head that stayed for a bit before fading. Wee nip of lacing.

Smells mainly of coffee. There is some malty sweetness underneath, but it's mostly coffee and other roasty notes.. It is not nuanced or complex, but what is there is fairly balanced.

Like the nose, the taste is dominated by coffee. But it works, if you like coffee (and for this particular batch). There is some malty backbone balancing, some roasted barley character, and a wee nip of roasty/hoppy bitterness. And it was all well balanced and got better as it warmed. It reminded me of when I thought this was a really good beer.

Well carbonated, thinnish medium body, smooth, easy drinking with a clean finish.

As stated, this is a coffee beer. Very coffee, not just a little. So if you don't like coffee, don't drink it. My advice is try it if you can, because if you can, you are probably in the Quad Cities and your options are limited. And some batches seem to hit the spot. And, as an annual visitor, the brewery seems to be getting a grip on the Quality Control and achieving more consistency with their flagship beers, of which this is one.

Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap from the source, the bent river brewery.

Three finger dark-tan head. The color of a doughboy's puttees.

Jet black with a red hue at the the bottom.

Aroma: coffee, roast malt, charcoal, and a hint of booze.

Taste: Coffee, roast malt, a small, pleasant hop finish.

Overall, I'd buy a six pack! This definitely rivals Speedway Stout.

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Uncommon Stout from Bent River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.