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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Rush River Brewing Company

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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal StoutNevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 127
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rush River Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, stout with natural cocoa flavors. Small batch series, unfiltered, unpasteurized." 12 ounce bottle

Fully ebon in appearance, roasted tan head.

Bittersweet nose, roasty-toasty, with cocoa notes below. Getting louder as we go. Very nice.

Taste: Mmmm, good and chocolatey. Starts cocoa and stays cocoa, fading ever gently in the finish. Oatmeal gives it sleek smoothness, very easy on the palate. Very even-tempered, initial sweetness is matched with some bitter, and glides right down.

Alcohol 8 % by vol. Bit of a surprise, there, and it's not easily detected, until...oh, here it comes.

A great beer from Rush River that may change some minds about this under-appreciated brewery.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at a good temperature with a nice, tan, foamy, thick, fine head that settles and a little lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, trace vanilla, coffee, walnuts. Flavor's similar to nose with very good balance betwixt the sweet, tart, and bitter. Body and carboantion are very good for style. Finish is like flavor with vanilla and a little booze coming forward. Deceptively easy drinking beer. Great for chilly willys. And I like it too!

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes:

Nice drinking chocolate oatmeal stout. The cocoa flavor is reminiscent of Young Double Chocolate stout...kind of a dusting of sweet cocoa powder...also has some milk stout lactose notes...body is medium...mildly creamy....enjoyable beer I would drink again

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lowertown Bulldog: Served chilled in a pint glass and quite black and thick with a slim tight and tan cap of foam that lifted slightly to a collar ring and some spotty lace.

Aroma is muted but clean of dusty chocolate muffin mix and tender sweet coffee roastyness.

Nice taster, as it warms it really comes into its own and quite milky creamy smooth and chocolately with nice nuances to cocoa powder, oaty sweetness, and slenderized roasted coffee. Smurfed in vanilla hints and black tea arrive late with a bit of dry hops. Its chocolatey rhythm really lasts long and has a nice palate soaking character.

Good steady chocolatey taste and smoothly thick and mildly carbonated medium body. Firm, smooth, soft, milky, and drinkable.

A solid stout from Rush River. Fans of the Young's Dbl chocolate would like this too.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Common Roots.

Blackish brown color with no head nor any lacing to be had.

Light chocolatey malt smell with a hint of coffee bean.

Chocolate and coffee flavor is what this beer is all about. Very tasty with a light sweetness. Very impressed with the taste.

A bit thin and not really the smooth oatmeal stout feel you would expect for the style. Still mostly smooth.

Drinks well. I could have a couple of these. No detection of the eight percent alcohol at all. The flavor is awesome, but the other areas need a little work on this one.

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Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark malts/malts, fruit and a hint of spring water. The flavor is dark/lightly roasted malts, fruit, mild dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and an acidic/tart/very slight heat in the finish.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of nrbw23
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Head has ok retention, becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Wow there's really nothing here. Picking up super faint bitter chocolate and that's about it. A touch of roasted malts too.

T- Pretty disappointed here taste is one dimensional with really the chocolate being the flavour.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- There is really not a whole lot going on here. I'm finding this one pretty boring. I think I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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).

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Photo of herman77
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an almost solid black pour with a finger of tan head. smells of toasted oats, cocoa, tobacco. tastes very light for an 8% stout - almost like drinking a melted bar of dark chocolate.. slightly bitter towards the end with an earthy tobacco like taste. medium body with a nice creamy feel but a little watery past the palate makes it feel like a light bodied beer. it's kind of weird to say it's a refreshing stout.

this is not a bad stout by any means. i quite like it actually, but it really has nothing that makes it stick out from most other stouts which is why my rating seems a little harsh. it's nice to have a beer with high booze content taste like a session stout! i'm cellaring the other bottle i got of this, we'll see how it is in a few years.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Coffee, earthy aroma.

Taste: Coffee to start, semi-sweet chocolate in the middle, then back to a coffee finish.

Drinkability: I would never guess this was 8%, light feel and easy to drink.

Picked up a single, Rush River is pretty local to the Twin Cities. This was enjoyable, not super strong or over the top, just a solidly made stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar extra from Aaron, thank you sir. 12oz bottle poured into a Snake River pint glass.

A: Pours very dark and opaque brown/black, but with an unimpressive tan head that fizzles quickly away.

S: An oaty cocoa sweetness rises from the glass, along with some sugary chocolate syrup notes, coffee, and nice dark roasted malt character. Sweet, but not overly so. Nice.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel to a lesser extent, very nice nice milk chocolate notes on the tongue with a darker chocolate/light roasted malt aftertaste. Very pleasant.

MF: Creamy body, medium silky smooth mouthfeel with a touch of dryness.

O: A good oatmeal stout with nice, though slightly artificial, chocolate notes. Absolutely no alcohol presence, which is nice. I could probably drink a couple of these.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque ruby red/brown in color, topped with a brownish-tan head. Plenty of suspended yeast here, and as the head falls the lacing is moderate.

Nose is fruity and lightly-nutty, with the overall impression being a mixture of toasted and bready malt and cocoa. Very, very light notes of coconut oil (!) and vegetal, fusel alcohol.

Sweet and ever-so-slightly bittersweet on the first sip. Bittersweet aspect lingers, and though there's little in the way of overt hop presence there a nice lingering bitterness overall, and it's a nice counterpoint to the sweetness. The bitterness becomes a little bit more pronounced as this warms, but it won't strike anyone as even remotely bitter.

Lighter note/presence of alcohol around the mid-palate here, but it is well-compensated for in terms of overall drinkability, flavor (notes of chocolate, etc), and mouthfeel. This one certainly does not come across as 8% initially, but as it warms up a bit the alcohol presence does become slightly more-pronounced. A lighter fruitiness mingles with the broader chocolate and cocoa notes, banana, raspberry, and cherry in particular.

Nevermore is definitely a sipper, and could be worth tracking down when a chocolatey oatmeal stout strikes your fancy. Overall this reminds me favorably of a gussied-up version of Rush River's very own "Lost Arrow" porter, and I'm certainly okay with that! I've quite enjoyed Lost Arrow on several past occasions on tap, and look forward to seeing this one on tap as well. I'll definitely be re-visiting Nevermore in the future : )

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Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Rush River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.