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

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bighuge on 08-27-2002)
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Photo of mac10thmtn
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

mac10thmtn, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with a voluminous cap of stiff tight head. Random craggy lacing. I hope this isn't infected...

Smell -- Ashtray, roast malt, dark chocolate, mineral water.

Taste -- Lots of mineral character, ashy, roasty almost to the point of being burnt, mild chocolaty malt sweetness. Earthy hops in the finish. Lingering burnt malt acidity and ash.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair fuller. Mild carbonation, though much of the carbonation may have been spent in the four fingers of head that arose from my gentle pour.

Drinkability -- Not a fan. On pretty much every level I have to say that it's less than average. Your mileage may vary, but I'm not interested in coming back to this.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

doucmehu, May 04, 2013
Photo of evanlarkin
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%

Thanks to osubuckeye99 for this one!

Pretty much no head. Half a finger at most, and it goes south pretty quickly. Not quite black, but an opaque dark dark brown, and a dark khaki tan around the edges when held up to the light.

Malty, milky, and mild. There's also a tinge of tinny scent in there too. No bitterness at all. It's has a cold latte feeling to it.

It tastes milky, malty and surprisingly bitter, but not like hops. More like espresso, or baking chocolate. I'm not really getting any oatmeal taste in it though.

Medium body, and feels kind of awkwardly metallic. Unfortunately, the metal flavor of it is the only thing that really sticks around for long. Above average carbonation for a stout.

Reminds me of a stout I made once. It was okay. This one is too. I don't know if I would buy it much unless it were cheap, and I'm not sure if it is since it's from a trade.

evanlarkin, May 13, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

Poured into a pint glass. When I opened this I was incredibly surprised to see that the beer was filled up exactly to the lid. There was absolutely no air at all in the can. Just thought I'd mention this since I bet it doesn't happen often.

2.5 A: Black color. Just about a half finger of frothy light brown head that has less than desirable retention and no lacing.

2.5 S: Lightly roasty with just a hint of chocolate. That's fine, but then came a strange aroma. I can only describe it as industrial in nature and somewhat like the city after it rains on a cool day.

3.0 T: Light roastiness with light chocolate and light coffee. Much a whole lot of flavor, but fortunately the "urban" smell did not manifest in the taste as well.

2.5 M: The can says this is a "full-bodied, luscious stout," which is fine, except that it isn't. Body is somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine. Just a tad bit creamy and smooth enough.

2.5 D: Nothing about this beer is impressive. It's thoroughly mediocre with a strange nose.

DavoleBomb, Jun 12, 2011
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 fatmcb1
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

Brought down from Chicago by a friend. 12 oz can into a snifter.

Deep dark brown that pours into a fizzy, thin head of khaki color. The head goes away rapidly, and leaves zero lacing.

Smell is chocolate and espresso, not much complexity here.

This is a malt bomb with a strong chocolate, and overpoweringly sugary taste. Roasted bitterness is present at the very end.

This is a very light stout, with low carbonation.

Overall, I was not that impressed with this beer. It needs more complex smell and taste. Perhaps some dark fruit or vanilla? I wanted to try a few of the small breweries that are local to Chicago and the surrounding areas. This was one of the few disappointments from that venture.

fatmcb1, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -16.7%

mdillon86, May 28, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3/5  rDev -16.7%

12 oz can.

It pours a thick, dark black with a frothy tan head that is short-lived and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is moderately roasty with hints of caramel, cocoa, smoke, malt, and alcohol. The smell could be heavier though.

The flavor is decent. It has a noticeable roasty flavor along with some basic white sugar. It is noticeably thin though which detracts a lot from it.

crossovert, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of coz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

coz, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mquinn919
3/5  rDev -16.7%

mquinn919, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Nice opaque appearance. Slight chocolate creamy head dwindles to an edging quickly. Very little on the nose. Slight chocolate. Dry roasted nut flavor on the palate. Medium bodied at best. (A little light for a stout). Nice little bitterness and a bit of slight chocolate/coacoa flavor. Not quite as complex and tasty as I like my stouts, but rather pretty average.

Bighuge, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of PitchBlack
3/5  rDev -16.7%

PitchBlack, Jan 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

djrn2, May 05, 2012
Photo of NYR_Rob
3/5  rDev -16.7%

NYR_Rob, May 18, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.7%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Chaz, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of osubuckeye99
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance- Just like expected from a single stout - dark dark almost black. Thin head that disappears quickly. Not as dark motor oil as an imperial.
Smell - Faint roasty smell. Not too aromatic.
Taste - Sort of thin tasting. Some bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, with a kind of watery finish.

Overall, not overly impressed by this beer, but perhaps that is due to the typical stout I drink being an imperial. Perhaps my expectations for each character were a bit too agressive. This is a decent session stout. Worth drinking again, but not going out of my way for. It is local, so I hope they can have success eventually.

osubuckeye99, May 31, 2011
Photo of PSUDREW
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

A: pours a wonderful pitch color. dark tan head, that doesn't last, and little bit of lacing
S: hints of chocolate, licorice, roasty-ness...and an odd bit of metallic?
T: little bit of malty/chocolate flavors, odd ashy/earth overtones. just not real hop or oat presence eaither
M: pretty light. borderline watery
D: better then expected

PSUDREW, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

12 oz can, into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance- Pours near jet black, with a creamy one finger tan head. Good retention. A little lace.

Smell- Not a lot going on, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- Light roasted malts, sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of espresso, as power of suggestion as it is stated on the can. Light, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel- Very thin for a stout, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall- In a word, Simple. The flavor is subtle and there is not to much going on with this one. Maybe an "intro" stout, but honestly nothing more. High drinkability, but nothing special in the flavor department.

JLeege, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of dlello2
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

A - Dark brown/black. Tons of head. Lots of bubbles fighting to top of glass.

S - Very good smell. Hops and chocolate dominate.

T - Not as much as in the smell. Chocolate first, then some hops. A touch of roastiness to round it out.

M - This is what ruins this one for me. Waaay too much carbonation. Very much so distracts from the taste. A medium/light body doesn't help either.

O - I can't look beyond the mouthfeel for this one. Too bad because their is something quite pleasant about the smell of this one.

dlello2, May 04, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured into a snifter. Heavy and thick looking with alot of sediment settling on the bottom of the glass. Coco-cola colored heading with decent head retention that completely disappears after a little bit.

Very sweet aroma, with a touch of mocha. A bit of a funky aroma pulls through that can only make me think of soggy oats.

Taste is more of the same a bit of a mocha touch with a slight coffee bean grind. I can not get the soggy oats out of my mind this does taste a little off. Finishes very dry.

Medium bodied with a little slickness and decent creamy texture.

A little lighter than I like my stouts, this one was not to appealing to me. Not enough uumphhh.

TheFightfan1, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Minneapolis Town Hall 5 0z tasting glass.

A- Very black, moderate carbonation, brown tan ¾ finger head.
S- Very mild coffee aroma, slightly sour cocoa smell, hints of chocolate/vanilla.
T- Slightly sour, coffee taste as well, really smooth, slightly bitter.
M- Small mouth feel, really smooth minimal after taste.
O- Very drinkable, not much too this brew, very light stout, definitely lacking in overall taste and aroma.

Chriscrundwell12, Apr 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

EgadBananas, Nov 10, 2013
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Jack Stout from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.