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Jack Stout - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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82
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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 08-27-2002)
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Reviews by sweethome:
Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

Pour is jet black with a dark brown head. Nose is of coffee, roast malts, and backing of nuts. Entry is smooth, balanced. Decent roast malt flavors are balanced by a crisp bittering. Creamy feel falls off midmouth and becomes just a bit metallic. I know - cans don't necessarily provide this - but I'm getting it. It provides a long, rich malty finish has hints of coffee and the creaminess from the oats.

Decent, drinkable stout.

sweethome, Dec 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

(Served in a nonic)

A- The jet black body supports a creamy dark tan head that fades to a ring before the first sip. There is a few big bubbles stuck to the base but no other carbonation is visible.

S- The dry clean aroma of roasted espresso has some raw grain huskiness to it and a vegital cooked peas aroma that grows as the beer warms.

T- The water taste is soon overtaken by powdery espresso and finishes with a green hint and light roasted bitterness.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slippery texture in the finish.

D- This beer is a bit too thin and grainy with a few hints of roasted malt but not much other character.

rhoadsrage, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance was black with thin tan head.

Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate

Taste is the same as the nose, black coffee, coco, and roasted malts. Pretty straight forward but pretty good.

Mouthfeel to me was a bit thin..very smooth and not really lacking flavor but a little watery.

Overall I enjoyed this on the most part. It's pretty straight forward but that's not always bad. Very easy to drink.

gangstafaceclay, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured into an Onion pint glass.

A: Great looking stout, rich black body with a tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Very impressive looking beer.

S: The aroma is that of roasted malts. The layering of the malts was a nice addition to the aroma as well. Very good smells as the beer warmed.

T: Creamy head and full body. The notes of caramel and coffee are present. A nice and warming way to start off dinner and a night of drinking.

M: The mouthfeel of this brew was very pleasing, rich and creamy, with a nice lingering taste. Very well balanced with the malts, to not be overly powering with roastedness.

D: Very drinkable, great for the style at 6.4% ABV, a rich taste with not too much of a bit, that allows for many to be consumed without the heavy full feeling of an Imperial Stout.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%

What I thought was my last weekend beer...not so fast my friends....I guess I have room for one more....the Jack Stout from WILD ONION!!! The color was black and opaque...the head was ecru and laced. The aroma was like living above a starbucks in lakview, Illinois (southport & roscoe...for all you north chicagoians). The taste was a nice roasty stout with good espresso tones...slightly acidic as the pallet is not completely clean...similar to a good cup of joe. For anyone that likes stouts....this beer is certainly worth the taste.

WoodBrew, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz can. Black with a creamy and smooth mocha head that drenches the sides of the glass with thick lacing. Smells of roast, cocoa, a bit of caramel and some green citrus. The roast adds a good bit of the flavor to this. The taste is similar, with a moderately flavorful mix of coffee, green citrus and then a flush of sweetness across the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crispness that flows easily enough but is overall coming off as a bit thin. This actually isn’t too bad and was a big step up for me from some of the other canned offerings that I’ve had from the Onion.

Kegatron, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of mac10thmtn
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

mac10thmtn, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks again to resi for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste also has considerable malts, coffee, I am not detecting any oats. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality brew.

tone77, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Be careful, the cans are filled to the top and tend to splatter on opening.

Interesting afrocentric 70's inspired design on this can.

Into a 12 oz. cheater pint, it pours oily black with a reddish cola highlight. Some dark mocha foam, the shade of chocolate milk. The flimsy cap dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind a thin ring and flecks of spotty lace.

Mild aroma of dry roast coffee, roast malt. Dry and husky, not sweet at all.

Moderate roasty flavor, notes of bakers chocolate in the middle, and slightly ashy burnt toast in the finish. Traces of weak coffee and natural raisin flavors. Very light, like a Porter or English Stout. Not much trace of the oatmeal, in flavor or texture. Still it's light and easy drinking, tastes fine. The light body is the one area that could improve, it's a little thin, but it wouldn't deter you from having 2-3 in a sitting. First glass disappeared fast...

emerge077, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -16.7%

mdillon86, May 28, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz can poured into a Sprecher nonic.
6% ABV, no date.

A - Gorgeous cascading resulted in a dense three-finger tan head and a pitch black brew. Dense lace resembles a mountain range silhouette.

S - Rich roasted malt aroma abounding with heavy nuances; dark chocolate, cold coffee, mocha, and notes of molasses. Oats add softness to the acrid bitter aroma. Full and foreboding.

T - Bold roast reminds of coffee while mocha notes resemble dustiness. Chocolate comes through with oats in the backdrop but it still remains acridly bitter and average.

M - Smooth though the initial gulp, it finishes very dry and bitter from the roasted malts. The medium body is surprisingly lighter than I had anticipated.

O - Good overall, this stout is just a pinch thin for my taste, especially for an Oatmeal Stout., but has good roasted qualities to it, while bitter, remains balanced. A good canned stout.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of redjameskidd
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

Very impressed by this little 12 oz can. I wasn't expecting anything from it, and hadn't had anything from the brewpub before. Grabbed a can because I love stouts and saw it as a new release in Champaign, IL.

It fits right into the sweet spot of stouts that I love. It tastes more like a great dry stout than an oatmeal stout--a little lighter on the body than you might expect for the oatmeal style.

The flavor is extremely roasty--I love that kind of beer. Delicious, in my eyes. Comparable to a beer like the North Coast Old #38. Maybe even better. A perfect session beer, although the alcohol might be a little too high to do half a dozen. Still, I'd be tempted to try.

Regardless, I think of this as more of a dry stout, and it surprisingly vaults up to being one of the best I've ever had. I've got to make a note to try some of this brewery's other stuff.

redjameskidd, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

EgadBananas, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

enelson, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

I got a six-pack of these for Christmas, so not sure of the price or value. 12oz. aluminum cans with no freshness date listed. Alcohol content is a mystery as the can says it's 6%, Beer Advocate has it as 6.5%, and the website lists it at 6.2%, so take your pick.

The beer pours out a dark brown color, but head size will depend upon how hard you pour. Poured straight down the middle, about 3/4 of the glass will be filled with a foamy tan head. For my second glass I poured slowly into a tilted glass and still got 2 fingers worth of head with good lacing.

The beer smells like toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, but it's not that strong.

The taste is delicious (but be careful not to over chill it). Brewed with 5 different malts, it has the flavor or roasted malt sweetened with oats and chocolate, with some coffee flavor also prominent. Hop bitterness is mild, but enough to add some balance. I liked it.

The label calls this is a full bodied beer, but it's only medium bodied at best. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation.

Very easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol.

matjack85, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

OregonGrown7, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—faint traces of brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of roasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of smoothness from the oats are noticeable.
O: This beer is easy to drink, isn't too filling and has some nice flavors. I think it could have stood out a little more if the taste was a little bolder.

metter98, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

As I have this thing about beers being to light, I have adopted the following premise: "Any Beer You Can See Through Is To Light". The beer pours a deep dark brown to black, monumental frothy chocolate head that settles quickly, Glutinous lace that clings to the glass in sheets. Nose roasted and toasted grains, coffee like, semi-sweet. Start sweet, the middle is full, creamy, and thick and the finish is somewhat dry, delicate touch of hops, and modestly carbonated.

Gusler, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of Fusebuddy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Fusebuddy, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +11.1%

CWhite, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a mocha head of about two fingers that drops to a thin wisp of foam after a few minutes. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of roasted grain, cocoa. faint chocolate milk aroma.

Flavors of light roasted flavor, oats, again with the faint chocolate milk flavor. Finish is very short, with a light roast lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Smooth.

Overall, a very light stout, light on the roasted character. Good oat presence. But, overall, kinda lacking in overall character, very subtle across the board.

JamnesCameron, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MidwestBA, May 15, 2014
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Jack Stout from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.