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Uncommon Stout - Bent River Brewing Company

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Uncommon Stout
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very good

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at El Bait Shop. I had a hell of a time determining the name of the beer I drank an hour or so ago. The wooden tap handle said 'Get Bent', which the bartender swore was the name of the beer, but which I've now determined is simply the brewpub's tagline. After reading a few reviews, I'm sure Uncommon Stout is what I had.

Transparent burnt umber infused with a generous shot of black cherry juice. The head was razor thin when the glass was placed in front of me and broke into surface wisps within minutes. Wavy rings of lace decorated the glass in the end.

The nose was dominated by black coffee and roasted malt. My experience has been that most coffee beer is on the simple side since the java obliterates any hint of complexity or subtlety. Such was the case here as well. The fact that I don't care for coffee makes the smell score (and the flavor score for that matter) that much more impressive.

Uncommon Stout might be the most coffee-like beer that I've ever had outside of Peche Mortel. Like the nose, the flavor profile was straightforward. Underneath the ground coffee bean pungency lurked bitter baker's chocolate and black malt. Simply put, if you like black joe, you'll like this beer.

Of the beginning, middle and end of each mouthful, I liked the crisp, drying finish best of all. That was where the flavors softened, deepened and melded into something truly delicious. The final few swallows were also better than the first few; yet another characteristic of a well-brewed ale.

I was hoping I wouldn't find out that the beer is a stout because the mouthfeel was nowhere near stout-like. Porter-like maybe. A little too much early fizz settled down quickly, lending an enjoyable light creaminess to the bottom of the pint.

I find it odd that Bent River doesn't inject the word 'Coffee' or 'Mocha' or 'Java' into the name. The one they settled on is still appropriate, though, since Uncommon Stout is uncommonly good. I now plan to 'Get Bent' whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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

truly a beauty, and from a brewery i never heard of before this one, its a real pleasant surprise. dark brown pushing black, shiny but not letting hardly any light in, the head is an inch high, settles but keeps stiff peaks like well beaten eggs. great nose too, coffee and roasted unmalted barley meet right in the middle, with the coffee taking the lead on the taste. i get a little sweetness to this, although i dont think its a milk stout, it just has that sweet body and lingering finish, a fantastic medium to transfer these flavors, early bitter coffee, but more balanced than most of its peers. its still a beer, yet the coffee does something unique to this. fresh brewed coffee all the way though, i love how the carbonation rises up at the end and crisps up a medium bodied finish. soft and delicate in feel, but about as robust as they come in terms of flavor. the use of coffee here is as good as any. while the base beer is great and distinct, i think the use of coffee rivals the best in the business, the very best. my first beer from bent river had my palate wet for many more. love this.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - oddly overfilled bottle pours a cola-like dark brown topped with a creamy beige head that holds decent retention
S - coffee and roasted barley aroma with some chocolate
T - coffee and roasted barley again here. Chocolate and oatmeal are present as well
M - thinner body than expected, moderate carbonation.
O - pretty pedestrian coffee stout. Good, but nothing extraordinary.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the website, all superflous capitalization left in tact:

"A Real Eye Opener! Dark Medium Bodied Ale Full of Rich Coffee and Roasted Barley Tones"

Pours a very dark and thick red. Nice brown head, distinct ruby hues even in the low light of the bar.

Smells--whew!--they weren't kidding about this being an eye opener. HUGE coffee starts this one off, dark roast of some sort along with distinct nodes of chocolate and caramel.

Oh thank god it tastes just like it smells. Giant coffee and big bitter roasted malts start things off. It moves into a sweet, creamy coffee near the middle. The coffee cuts off abruptly near the end and I'm left with a long, lingering hop and roasted malt dryness. Wonderfully complex and layered.

One heck of a brew pub stout. I'm a bit of a sucker for a nice, strong coffee stout, so I might be a little biased here, but I'd certainly endorse a trip to Bent River for this beer alone!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Uncommon Stout from Bent River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.