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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Rush River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ZAP on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is black with a bit of brown showing and a big white head that skips to the glass edges pretty quickly. Aroma is straightforward, primarily chocolate with some roasted tones and lactose. Simple, but nice. Definitely fits its billing with an obvious chocolate flavor. It’s on the sweet side, with a noticeable alcohol burn. Roasted flavors are really dialed back making the chocolate flavor more apparent. Finishes very sweet with faint, earthy hops. Body is medium-heavy and smooth. Carbonation is on the high side and a bit choppy.

This is a pretty nondescript oatmeal stout as far as I’m concerned. Not really any “off” flavors in particular, but the alcohol content is way too high relative to the amount of flavor and it comes across overly sweet. This brewery seems to be hit or miss for me with their alt and brown as hits and IPAs, stouts, and porter as misses.

More User Reviews:
Photo of plfahey
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black, opaque, and totally impermeable to light. Tall, dense, tan, frothy head with a fine bead, nice lacing, and good retention.

Aroma-Intoxicating chocolatey and slight coffee aroma. Dry, roasted dark malts. Slight vegetal note. Light Vanilla.

Flavor-Bittersweet chocolate up front. Slightly bland at the beginning, but the middle of the palate has a nice rich chocolate flavor (tastes like a chocolate bar). As the flavor fades, there are slight nutty and dry roast notes. Moderately low earthy hop flavor and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Photo of msjacilynn
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick brown head. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Chocolate. Hint of roasty malts.

T: BAM! Chocolate! Malty backbone is definitely present but this beer is overrun by bitter, dark chocolate.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, found the creaminess perfect.

D: The ABV is high but well hidden. Wouldn't suggest running through a 6er in an evening.

I actually am in love with this beer and the way it was done. Might be too heavy handed for some folks but I really enjoyed it! Drank all winter long and makes me excited to do so again next year.

Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with two fingers of tan head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Massive amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Mostly roasted malt aroma. Maybe just a hint of chocolate and smoke. Does not smell like anything special.

Good chocolate flavor up front. Nicely balanced with roasted malt. A hint of smoke. The chocolate and roasted bitterness are balanced. Some alcohol flavor in the finish as well as some warming.

A little overcarbonated and a touch thin. Maybe if the carbonation is toned down a little, the body would feel more substantial.

An enjoyable stout with some chocolate flavor. I appreciated the balanced flavor.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Aaron (laymansbeerfan) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark viscosity into a tulip with about two fingers of mocha head that dissipates at a quick pace leaving good lacing.

Smell – A great bittersweet cocoa character, oats, toasted malts, and coffee.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Lots of cocoa, earthy hops, slight hops, just a little coffee, nuttiness, and some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium to almost lighter bodied, plentiful and active carbonation.

Overall – Actually, this is a pretty good beer. No alcohol warmth or flavor. Extremely quaffable and a great night cap. Curious why this gets such bad reviews. It’s not the best…but certainly not the worst. I’d drink this again for sure.

Photo of pBRale
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Jet black pour, light cocoa head, super creamy and quite foamy. The head settles very slowly and has very good retention, leaving a thick web of lace down the entire glass. Quite Outstanding!

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts warmly greet the nose, followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Smells heavenly.

Taste: The taste is coffee up front followed by dark chocolate and then roasted malts. The oats really lend a beautiful, rich creaminess to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy mouthfeel; medium-low carbonation, and a dry finish. A very drinkable 8% abv beer.

Overall: A beautiful beer with lots of flavor and a rich, creamy texture that makes this a velvety treat to enjoy anytime of the year. Very well done!

Photo of kdwruck
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was actually really excited for this beer. It looked so tasty, I mean, when can you go wrong when some attempts an oatmeal choco stout? Anyways, this beer really kind of lacked taste. It wasnt bad and neither was the smell or color I guess I just had higher expectations. Not a bad beer for someone who is just starting it in the dark beers world. Otherwise if you know beers, grab the founders oatmeal stout. Cheers.

Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick 2 finger tan head which reminds me of a creamy chocolate malt. Lacing, sadly, is very sparce. The body is pitch black (of course).

S- Big huge chocolate, super creamy and malty, almost caramel notes. Great.

T- Starts out very creamy and then transitions into excellent chocolate with with creamy oatmeal notes. The finish is very creamy and long with excellent chocolate malt notes.

M- Carbonation feels a little high to me but overall the big body doesn't suffer.

O- Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout. I'm glad this is local and thus, quite fresh. The 8% certainly doesn't show through. Will drink again.

Photo of exonthebottle
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer was a special at Ed's. poor pour maybe but the beer had no head or lacing not that it mattered much. black
smell okay kinda hoppy but not much else
rather flavorful for a oatmeal stoat some hops and okay creamy oats.
ok mouthfeel not overly impressive but it goes down smooth.
I could drink five of these in session nice and interesting beer to try rather surprise by how few have reviewed this.

Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown-black with a big mocha head.

Smell: Light notes of roasted malt, oats, chocolate cocoa.

Taste: Chocolate, milled oats, roasted barley, coffee, slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light. Too thin.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but quite frankly, it's light and somewhat watery. All the flavors make sense, but I'd like to see more intensity and body in an oatmeal stout.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying to find the only Rush River beer that had eluded me, I finally came across it at two different bars in River Falls.

A - A relatively weak pour by the bartender delivers a dark jet black body that omits no light whatsoever. A light tan head rose a half finger thick and faded to a ring after a couple of minutes. Taking into account the weak pour, I assume the head would look better, but the body looked good regardless.

S - Not the strong nose I was expecting. While I was not in the optimal setting to get a good whiff of this beer, nothing stood out to me. Malts are present, along with cocoa, chocolate and a slight cream aspect.

T - Much like the smell. Chocolate and cocoa are present along with some faintly roasted malts. A nice cream aspect was also present but overall the beer was too subdued for my liking.

M - Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Faint roasted malts enter the mouth initially before a slight amount of carbonation arrives to provide a smooth transition into the chocolate and cream aspect of the beer. Finish is pretty smooth but nothing about this beer jumps out and grabs you.

D - This is a beer I will try again, but it's nowhere near as high on my list as Double Bubble. This beer just seems to subdued for my liking. Crank up the roasted malts, chocolate and cream aspects of this beer and let it come to life a bit more.

Photo of doucmehu
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into long stemmed tulip, served around 45 deg. Full tan head quickly dissipates, leaving some coverage for the life of the beer.

S: Mild bitter chocolate, cocoa, hint of roasted malt. Much better as it warms.

T: Bittersweet, mild cocoa, slight earthy hops on the finish. Actually gets worse as it warms, which is very odd for this style. Tells me it is not put together very well.

M: Average, hint of alcohol, so-so carbonation. Should be creamier for style though

D: Turns very bitter and even a touch sour with sweet food, to a fault. I like Rush River brews, but this one just falls flat, especially as it warms and on the finish.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a solid half inch of foam. The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. It is a very pleasing aroma, but not quite as strong as I would expect from a beer of 8% ABV. The taste is significantly stronger. There is a lot of chocolate for sure, but there is also a strong alcohol presence in the finish that marginalizes the enjoyment of the nice chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture. The carbonation is quite high for a beer of this style also helps take away from the taste. Overall, this isn't a bead beer. It has some very good aspects, but it has some very bad ones too. I really hope that the folks at Rush River reformulate this recipe keeping the good parts and eliminating the bad.

Photo of herman77
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a small light tan head. A bit of lacing, nothing special.

S: Lots of chocolate, coco powder and coffee.

T: They aren't kidding. There is a lot of chocolate in this one. Its not overly sweet though since there is a lot of malt and coffee bitterness. Kind of reminds me of coco puffs in a way.

M: Medium to lighter body. Carbonation is high and its a little thin.

D: Not a typical oatmeal stout by any means, but it has decent drinkability. Worth a try.

Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, and syrupy, with a massive dense frothy tan head that leaves a film of foam along the sides of the glass - way beyond lacing, in fact. There's some sediment I should have known was in there (given that the bottle says "unfiltered").

S: Gentle in the nose for the style. Lots of roasted barley, some caramel malts, a decent amount of oats, a bit of cocoa, and a faint woodiness. Nicely sweet, and very well rounded, but not as powerful as I look for from stouts.

T: What flavor is there is good, but it's kinda light for a stout. Tastes much like it smells, with a similar combination of flavors. Lighter on the dark roast than a lot of stouts, but filled in well by the oats and cocoa. It's quite well balanced, with a good mix of sweetness, mild bitterness, and richness. Very tasty - I just wish the flavor was more powerful.

M: Quite good. Silky smooth, medium-thick and rich, but feels light in the mouth and is gently coating. Pretty close to ideal for a stout, in my opinion.

D: As I made my way through the glass, the flavors started to assert themselves a bit more. But I want more out of this beer. Everything but the mouthfeel is just a bit watered-down. The smell and the taste need a bit more potency, which is unfortunate, because what's there is quite good. That, combined with the fact that the alcohol is barely detectable, makes it pretty easy drinking (just a little too easy drinking for a stout).

Photo of jsprain1
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown, not thoroughly black. Head is one and a half fingers, cocoa brown. Retains mediocrely.
S- Smell is very pleasant. Dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, and a faint sweetness.
T- At first it is a big dark chocolate and smoke flavor. Very pleasing. Finish tails off with some abstract sweetness.
M- Mouthfeel is mediocre for the style. Light at first but it picks up a little chewyness in the finish. Low carb.
O- A good oatmeal stout that with a bit better body could be a great beer.

Photo of Alacy
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle poured into a snifter
Dated Feb 2011

A: 1.5 inch tan head, no lacing, lots of sediment (sediment is not the most attractive thing but it is unfiltered so what do you expect)

S: lots of chocolate, toasted malt, hint of alcohol

T: malt and a lot of chocolate, as I drink it more the chocolate mellows and it has a nice malty backbone.

M: really nice creaminess

O: have not had this one in awhile, as I drink it I enjoy it more. At first I only was getting chocolate but now I'm getting a decent malty backbone.

Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Changed character with deep dish sausage pizza but before that it was a decent chocolate oatmeal stout.

Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Small Batch Series"
Bottled Week 3 of December 2010

A- Nice half-inch mocha head. Beer is dark brown/black with small sediment on the bottom of the pint glass. Above average head retention and no lacing.

S- Chocolate is really coming through on the smell.

T- Cocoa/chocolate...like the little chocolate chips in cookies, basically. Roasted barley, the norm for stouts. Alcohol presence in nil.

M- Smooth. Well carbonated, almost to a fault...the carbonation bubbles really fill up your mouth.

D/O- A bit one dimensional but still a good beer. Rush River seemed to brew this one with a purpose and pretty much nailed it. Would recommend to a stout fan.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. An initially tall three finger sand colored head fizzles down to a loose layer of fluff in about a minute but leaves behind gorgeous layers of lacing on top of the opaque black brew.

S. Baking chocolate, tobacco, roasted black coffee.

T. Flavor is also centered around the chocolate flavor, with minimal hopping present. All the bitterness that does happen originates from the roasted malt itself. Finish does have a very brief flash of ester to it, but I kind of like it.

M. Crisp yet smooth, well carbonated medium bodied beer. Delicious.

Photo of joefeidt
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with quick dissipation of lace.

Smell is subtle, I'm not getting much there.

Taste is a big bang of chocolate chips and oatmeal. Some wonderful vanilla notes too. Yummy.

Mouthfeel lingers for about 10 seconds as it coats my tongue.

Overall this is one very tasty beer from Rush River finally available in a bottle. (You could sometimes find this on tap if you were lucky.) A tasty beer to help us get through the winter. Thank you, Rush River!

Photo of brydeen
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. A razor thin mocha colored head, that dissipates as quick as it arrived.

S: Loads of chocolate in the nose, both dark and bittersweet. A slight roasty backbone, but mainly sweet.

T: Chocolate dominates the pallet. Very little roast in the flavor, with a slightly bitter and grainy finsih. Not a lot of oat characteristic.

M: Thick and syrupy, with very little carbonation present.

O: Not bad, but the viscosity combined with the sweetness is a little much. The 8% is well hidden, but tastes a little too much like chocolate syrup for me. Don't think you could have more than 1 in any sitting

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with no light shining through. Head is thin, and there are clumpy yeast chunks floating around the glass. Head retention is good, but lacing is minimal.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee notes, with almost no hop character. It smells too sweet, as if fermentation was not quite complete.

T: Much better. Roasty malt with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Hops lend a slight kiss of dry character on the back end.

Notes: This full-bodied stout was a slacker in some categories, but other aspects made up for it. Flavor is intense, but not over the top. Rich in flavor, but a beer that can be sipped on it's own or enjoyed with a dessert. As the first bottled release of this brew, it's a solid effort. I have a feeling that future releases will be much better. This is an up and coming brewery, and I have my faith in them.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade with KeefD

A - pours black as night with a one finger taupe head that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing around the rim

S - smells of milk chocolate and cocoa with a touch of vanilla

T - the taste is similar to the to nose. Starts off with a nice milk chocolaty flavor that remains throughout the lifecycle of this beer. There is a touch of vanilla and cocoa powder thrown into the mix as well, however them milk chocolate is most dominant. The chocolate flavors are really rich and delicious, however I wish this was a bit more complex.

M - medium, silky body goes down nicely and is a little dry on the finish

D - this is a really nice chocolate oatmeal stout. Again, I wish this had a tad bit more complexity, otherwise no complaints. Recommended!

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with thick body giving about two fingers of an off-white creamy head that persists for an average time. This is highly black, opaque with barely any visible edges. Some lacing, creamy but low amount of top foam.

T - initially of darker specialty malts and alcohol. Served at near 45F. 0 hop, 0 diacetyl.

F - initial taste does not jump and is a bit flat. The alcohol is apparent in the finish. Stout like with apparent roasted malts that support a base malt. Chocolate comes in the middle and finishes a bit rough.

M - smooth with alcohol warming. Moderately clean with residuals of dark malts.

Decent. Could use aging and a bit more dextrin. The oatmeal is there. I recommend it if you can find it.

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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Rush River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.