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

Jack StoutJack Stout

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%

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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Photo of StAnthony


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor brought me a growler of this mighty rich stout last St. Paddy's Day (swell guy). I remember it being exceptionally malty with the dark roasts shining through above all. Big-time chocolate and espresso notes too. Obviously, being from a growler, the best pints were had on day 1--the carbonation added a crisp finish that balanced out the heavy flavors nicely--and the beer still held its own on day two, though it was understandably flatter. I still haven't made my way out to the brew pub to try their other selections, but am looking forward to the day.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2006 22:40:52 | More by StAnthony
Photo of gangstafaceclay


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 00:52:53 | More by gangstafaceclay
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and a light amount of very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee and roasted + chocolate malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts (including chocolate malts) with some lighter notes of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink with the fairly low ABV, lighter body, and light flavors. Enjoyable but it would be a little better with a slightly stronger flavor - though the same types of flavors just a little more pronounced or intense.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 23:50:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 12:32:47 | More by metter98
Photo of bnes09


4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with ruby hues when held to light. Tannish head with descent retention and some lace spots.

Oatmeal aroma along with smoked hickory, charcoal and raisins.

Dark fruits form the foundation with prune and raisin characteristics. Toasty malt. Espresso, tobacco and dark chocolate. Earthy hop bitterness in great balance with the malt. Mildly sweet with plenty of roasted bitterness. Smooth oats descend onto the palate in the finish.

Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated with a grainy texture.

Very good oatmeal stout. Complex, well balanced and highly drinkable..

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 03:33:07 | More by bnes09
Photo of Kegatron


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 15:27:51 | More by Kegatron
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of chocolate and flaked oats.

T - It had a good bit of chocolate and oatmeal flavor. Nice bitterness with a late developing roastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied ale.

O - This is my first Wild Onion brew. I really enjoyed it. Nicely done.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 04:49:31 | More by zeff80
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a large mocha brown head that stays around for a long time.

Smell: robust roasty, and oaty notes with a touch of malt sweetness in the form of chocolates.

Taste: fresh roasty coffee with a low bitterness level and a touch of smoke and milk chocolate. Hint of earthy hops. The finish is slightly sweet mostly of milk chocolates. Decent balance in the flavor profile of this beer throughout; even though its not too complex. Pretty straight forward oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: high end of low bodied beer. moderately carbonated. A bit thin for a stout. a touch of silkiness is imparted from the oats.

Overall: Wild onion did what they said they were going to do with this beer. really solid local beer offering right here. It honestly exceeded by expectations. Nice job wild onion! Make this a beer thicker and more silky; then this beer will have a cult following.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 12:06:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice oatmeal stout. Nice oat tones...does that make any sense really? Mild roasted tones give a nice accent that puts it a step up. Smooth character. Consistent delivery. I like this beer. I think it's well done and evenly balanced.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 03:08:08 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of dlello2


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 00:42:26 | More by dlello2
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Black and opaque with reddish highlights when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan sticky foam stay around for several minutes and leave interesting patterns of lace behind.

S. Good black coffee and roasted aroma is present.

T. Same as the nose, but also includes some dark chocolate and oatmeal sweetness.

M. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 02:27:47 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of DanielBrett


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

A: Poured a very dark brown, with about a half inch of a dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing

S: A sweet coffee aroma, some chocolate, and roasted malts

T: Very Similar to the nose, its a sweet chocolaty taste with a hint of coffee. Well balanced by the mild hops.

M: Not as "full-bodied" as I expected. Smooth, creamy, easy drinkin stout.

O: Decent stout, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list however it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 00:35:03 | More by DanielBrett
Photo of steveh


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed pleasant weekend lunches at the pub that brews and now cans this Stout. Was able to sample some of this at a tasting recently, so I wanted to give it full attention.

$9 sixpack cans.

A -- A less-than-careful pour yields a massive, dense and firm tan head. The beer itself is inky dark, barely showing ruby highlights with a flashlight.

S -- Creamy coffee, some chocolate, and the tell-tale sweetness from oat. Some light caramel and mild roasted malt.

T -- All of the above with some added mild dark fruit character that blends well with the roasted malt. All of the flavors are well balanced and finishes with a light roasty bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a full body.

O -- This is a very nice take on the style from a small brewery -- shows that even the smallest of little guys can shine.

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 22:16:32 | More by steveh
Photo of DrDemento456


3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty nice stout black and medium bodied with a 1/4 inch of mocha colored head that quickly turns to a sticky lace ring. Smells of sight oats, mild roasty coffee, and some bittersweet chocolates. Taste and body is very nice roast is minimal but oat really balances out the chocolate and hoppy finish. Overall a tasty beverage but not really worth paying 3 dollars for another can.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 01:01:58 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours very dark brown with two fingers of tan foam.

S: Some weak coffee and cocoa. That oaty twang is slightly apparent, but everything is pretty muted.

T: Same here. Weak cocoa and coffee. The oatmeal flavour is present, but clashes instead of aids the other flavours.

D: Easy drinking, but a little bland and not particularily well balanced.

Overall: Its just an "OK" beer. This isn't a terribly tough style, and I would much rather pick up a sixer from Trader Joe's for cheaper. Big 'meh'.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 00:34:19 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of matjack85


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2012 11:30:18 | More by matjack85
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2012 02:19:30 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Onion Brewing Co., Jack Stout. "This full-bodied luscious stout is brewed with five different roasted malts, giving it a rich mouthfeel and nuances of chocolate and espresso. 6% ALC/Vol." Brewed and canned by the Wild Onion Brewing Co., 22221 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, IL. , 12 FL Oz., 355 ml.

Why does "Jack Stout " have a feminine mascot on the can? Or is this a dude with barley malt dreadlocks?And big hoop, come-do-me earrings. I like it, but either the name changes or I have to adjust to this alternative life-style.

Deep, dark blackness, thick, rich, large cocoa-toned head, nice and brown. Looking good.

Aroma: little sweet, little bitter, here's the roast, and along comes some molasses, some chocolate, and a whiff of smoke. Coffee tones, too, of course. Right on aromatics for a stout.

Tasting: fuillish mouthfeel, full bodied, a bit coarse and well-done. Bitterness and roasty-ness runs high, and drinking-ness, or shall I say, Consumability is doing fine. Chocolate and coffee remain a big factor. An easy-drinking, sessionable stout.

Yeah, I'm drinking it, I tried it, I wrote about it, and once it's gone, I will probably forget it and never miss it. As a regular ol' stout, ain't nothing' wrong with it.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 06:46:28 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ahq514


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter.

Pours black with a wonderful 2 finger, mocha colored head. Seems to have light carbonation. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of oats, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Maybe a few earthy hops, but the aroma in general is slightly subdued.

Flavor matches the aroma profile pretty well. Oats, chocolate, coffee, and some light caramel. Not much hop presence. Roast sticks on the palate for awhile.

Pretty light bodied for a stout, making it medium bodied. Light carbonation and creamy. Makes for a drinkable stout.

Overall an average oatmeal stout. Just overall subdued flavors, nothing really negative to say about it, just not much to it.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 05:22:01 | More by ahq514
Photo of sweethome


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 01:09:29 | More by sweethome
Photo of ChugginOil


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap while checking out the Onion Pub for a potential reception venue.

Pours black with hazelnut edging. Theres a ton of soft pillowy head that is tan in color. Mass tan lacing.

The nose is pretty subtle but has notes of roasted malt and a bit of cocoa.

The taste is roasted malt but is subtle as well. The malt provides light espresso notes. A hint of chocolate is noticed behind the roast-like flavors.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but finishes pretty thin. Nice carbonation from nitro-tap.

Overall, pretty solid oatmeal stout that has a few problems in the body but the solid flavors make up for it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2011 19:54:40 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of ncketchum


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet

A - pours a dark brown, light chocolate head with good retention, dissipates to almost no head

S - chocolate dominates the nose, with coffee, roasted malt

T - rosted malt predominantly, with some bitterness from hops at the end. less flavor than the aroma had led me to believe

M - thinner than expected, not a significant amount of alcohol

D - fair amount of drinkablilty, I would not turn this down if offered to me again, but nothing I would likely seek out specifically

Serving type: can

11-15-2011 03:23:37 | More by ncketchum
Photo of jmdrpi


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, with no date.

pours black, with creamy tan head, that fades to nothing fairly quickly. roasty aroma - bitter cocoa and coffee. taste is similar, but also a bit acidic. but pleasant. medium body, subdued carbonation.

overall - an average stout. not as sweet as expected for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 04:28:09 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 17:55:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 00:56:57 | More by WoodBrew
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Jack Stout from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
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