Ozark Beer Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #51
Ranked #181
4.52 | pDev: 5.75%
Ozark Beer Co.
Arkansas, United States
Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 525 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sent by the very generous @jvgoor3786 in a recent box of goodies. I poured from the 12oz. can into a 12oz. snulip glass.

The pour is slick dark brown like used motor oil. It leaves a small layer of creamy tan foam in it's wake. Smells like bourbon, char, ripe dark fruit and molasses. The taste is very bourbon forward followed by dark roast/coffee, burnt brown sugar, fine tobacco. There's a slight sweetness that offsets the bourbon that is wonderful. The feel is oily smooth with noticeable alcohol warmth.

It's been a spell since I've had a straight up barrel aged stout that wasn't overwhelmed by pastry ingredients. This reminds me of the early Bourbon County and Black Note years. It holds its own and brings a pleasant plethora of sensory delight without being overwhelming. This is the closest I've come to rating a 5 in a long time. World class and something I'd hoard if I had access to it!

Mar 26, 2021
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jdhops from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2020 version. Purchased in August at the brewery. Opened 2/17/21.

L: Black. Really black. Surprisingly thick caramel colored head that only stays around the edge of the glass. Thin ribbons of lacing that go away.

S: Bourbon, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. It's all there, and it's impressive.

T: Sweet up front, bourbon in the middle, tamed by the cherry, chocolate and vanilla. More smooth bourbon at the finish.

F: Medium to heavy body, but not as heavy as it looks. Light carbonation.

O: Rich and complex. A wonderful example of the style.

Feb 18, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage (released in 7/2020); consumed on 2/1/21

Pours an ink-black body capped with around a finger of creamy, pale mocha foam; decent head retention yields a few spotty, paper-thin islands of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a minimal amount of spotty lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with charry roast sporting a boozy cherry essence before a burly bourbon character takes over; burnt vanilla bean offers a slight bittersweetness over the middle, while the back end of the bouquet highlights increasingly defined notes of dark chocolate, Raisinets, and suggestions of cherry liqueur.

Taste brings forth a vivid expression of sweet, bourbon-imbued malts with some savory umami aspects; melted marshmallow, chocolate soft serve ice cream, with toasty malt tones interspersed between; sweet pipe tobacco and baked cacao over the mid-palate feed into darker brownie crust intermingling with persistent roast on the back end for a lingering bourbon barrel presence and touches of raisin past the swallow.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-light body, slick upfront and with minimal carbonation; steadily roasty through the mid-palate and mildly warming into the back end, a deft, boozy heat meshes with subtle grit and distantly chewy textures to close; a surprisingly tame delivery for a barrel-aged stout, though overwhelmingly satisfying given its plush characteristics.

Quietly unique in its extraction of the sweeter malt profile, this beer brings the notion of a cream stout to life with an amplified yet consistently roasty sweetness in tune with a pillowy body and casual warmth; balanced to near-sessionability for a brew of its ABV.

Feb 02, 2021
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 vintage opened on 11/22/2020

Pours a think used motor oil color with minimal coffee crema head. Nose is of barrel and vanilla, roasted malts, milk, minimal umami/soy. Taste of sweet milk, chocolate, vanilla, warm barrel character, finishes with a balanced soy flavor. Feel of 2% milk with mild carb. Overall, what a nice treat, great base beer that is exemplified by the barrel.

Nov 22, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Black as pitch brew. No light passes even at the fringes of my Firestone Teku.
A finger and a half of dense camel hued head with average retention but a unique fingerprint of wide and thin splotchy lacing.

S: Soy sauce but lighter so than all soy brews I’ve encountered. This aroma is offset by burnt sugars, sweet molasses, dark roasted malts and the slightest vanilla and tobacco for a complex and mouthwatering brew. More vanilla as it warms.

T: Follows the aroma mostly, but tends sweeter than I’d hoped for. The sugars mask the complexity found on the nose.
Still quite good. Impossible that a beer rates so high on all parameters but only good on taste.

F: Highest mouthfeel rating I’ve given to a beer lacking the weight and sticky viscosity of the best BCBS years. This one is thinner but also an amazing balance of syrup, sticky, oily, and creamy. It is lighter weight perfection. You must experience.

O: I didn’t set out for a verbose review, but while so many BA Stouts fall short of my local Fremont’s, this one came outta nowhere with its complexity and simultaneous subtlety! A stellar brew on the nose especially, which deserves to be tried by stout-lovers the world over!

Jun 24, 2020
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kemoarps from Washington

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immediately upon popping open the tab on this one I can tell I'm in for something rich and delicious. A dark liquid pours forth, Nearly jet black with a tight but creamy soft looking rich brown espresso head that lingers and lingers. Beautiful sticky lacing as well. This is gorgeous.

Nose is again big. Creamy and slightly nutty with a seeming wood influence to the dark coffee and light spice notes. I'm getting a decent amount of creaminess as well as nuttiness, so could this be a stout with hazelnut or perhaps lactose? Smells more like nutty creamy (erm...) than lactose creamy, at least to start.

Oily and dry and a nice high point of carbonation that helps usher the whole thing along. What it ushers in is cocoa/bakers chocolate and some further light cream. I'm leaning milk stout here, with a nod in the dark toasty side of things. Me likes. Almost kind of a coconut husk kind of thing with the nuttiness I was noting on the nose.

Apr 05, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can purchased poured into a nonic.
Aggressively poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Look- Black as midnight. Sizable rich mocha colored head with great retention, tons of thick lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, bourbon and oak, roasted nuts (praline candies in particular), licorice, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of vanilla. Light spice notes.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, bourbon and barrel, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, licorice, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of cherry and coconut.

Feel- Medium/heavy bodied with an incredibly smooth, pillowy creamy texture. Light bitter finish, soft carbonation on the tongue.

O- This BA IS takes the GD Yeti version and ruins it for me. Insanely good.

Mar 31, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In person trade from jvgoor3786 and poured into an Odell snifter.

Deep thick inky black pour with a tall creamy bubbly head of beige. Very pretty.

Aroma of thick, sappy bourbon barrel, deep chocolate, big molasses, heavy caramel, and suggestions of syruped figs. Wow.

Flavor is just massive. Tons of candied pecan, figs, bourbon, maple, milk chocolate, vanilla and chocolate wafers, candy shell, caramel roll, and molasses. All wrapped up in a bourbon blanket.

Feel is thick, sticky, hot, and burning.

Overall, a nearly perfect barrel aged stout. Incredible stuff. It's like a more wafer-like version of BCBS.

Mar 20, 2020
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark mahogany with a reddish tint. Slight reddish amber head
S: Oak, Vanilla, dark fruits
T: Fudge, vanilla, lots of bourbon. Dark fruits on the finish
F: Super thick. Coats and lingers
O: This is a great beer. Easy sipper. It definitely needs to warm up for all the flavors to come forward.

Mar 15, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from Buckeyeboy. First Arkansas tick! Pours out black, tiny islands of tightly beaded bubbles. Oily and slick. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow, coffee. Taste mirrors the aroma, creamy and thick. Alcohol noticeable at the back. Smooth, tasty.

Nov 02, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz can labeled 2019 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 10.3% ABV. The beer pours dense oily black with strong mocha head on hard pour. The head recedes to a half inch cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is immediately noticeable after the pour with elements of chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. The taste is semisweet caramel and roasted malt with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon all popping through mid palate before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. No sign of the ABV in the taste or aroma. Very balanced and not cloying, yet luxuriously rich. Overall, outstanding. Thank you @russpowell!

Sep 08, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the darkest pour in the world, but sits opaque black in the glass, with a super dense, mocha head. Smells like a freshly emptied bourbon barrel, which means a lot of the actual “beer” smell is overpowered. However, the flavors are much more balanced, and it’s scarily drinkable for over 10%. Like drinking a mountain of baker’s chocolate brownie batter. Bittersweet, vanilla, roasted coffee. Smooth as silk. Great stuff.

Jul 21, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 version poured from a 12 oz. can at home. Thanks for the trade Jon! Bourbon and chocolate. Like a bourbon soaked brownie. Exceeded my expectations.

Jun 05, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and coffee just beyond. It has a sweet onset, and then fades slightly towards bitter. Bourbon adds a kiss of heat on the back of the nose, but is far from over powering. Flavor profile is deep and expressive, hitting notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, toffee, and bourbon. Roasty, toasty, caramely malts add a firm foundation for the sugary notes. Dark and expressive. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, creamy texture that carries just a touch of grittiness. Overall, dark and expressive, and yet far from overly complex or mind numbing.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can. 2019 version.

May 27, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good afternoon, NBS! Some yard work and additional gardening done this morning and now moving onto this one courtesy of

I’ve been shirtless in my backyard for most of the day. Neighbors haven’t complained of blindness yet, so I’m gonna keep this going as long as I can.

This beer is a “want” after seeing it reviewed around these parts. It’s a new state tick and a new brewery for me.

Look: As we approach the low 80’s with a cool breeze, this beer pulled from my 38 degree fridge is sweating. Almost as much as me. The beer should quickly reach my ideal temperature for the style. The frothy, two finger, espresso foam colored head settles down to a finger, leaving thick globs of lacing. As I work my way through the beer the head disappears leaving a thick ring of foam around the edge of my glass and some streaks of foam on the glass. The liquid is absent of color, opaque and devoid of visible carbonation. An appropriate looking stout.

Nose: This beer had a distinctive smooth creaminess on the nose. It’s not the biggest BBA Stout nose I’ve experienced, but it is unique and delightful. Soft oak, vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate. A hint of meaty roast and some fresh pumpkin aroma, followed by a cinnamon spicyness. Zero indication of the ABV.

Taste: Coffee with cream, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, chocolate covered raisins. Soft and sweet bourbon notes. This beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: This beer nails the mouthfeel for me. It’s so smooth and creamy. Low carbonation and a full feel that perfectly complements and elevates the flavor profile of a bourbon barrel aged stout done right. A hint of dry toast and bitter oak on the finish. Sticky, residual sweetness on my lips.

Overall: This stout does not have the biggest nose, although it is very nice. The flavor is amazingly smooth and creamy, and the mouthfeel puts this beer over the top for me. The flavor is defined by caramel, toffee and fudge notes for me, and it’s delectable. As stated on the can, this is “honest beer” ad a result off “hard work.” Both of these qualities are obvious. This drink is an example of beer done right, at an ABV that suits the style without being excessive for the sake of excess alone. Hands down one of the best and most drinkable BBA stouts I’ve ever had.

Thank you so much, Bill!

May 19, 2019
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micada from New York

4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uhm, yum. Bourbon up front, bourbon in the nose, with a sweet, not cloying, aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full. Not warming, don’t taste the alcohol, but wow does it smack you in the head! I might revise my rating later when I’m not so smashed!

Apr 18, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Given to me by @jvgoor3786, and damn, am I glad for that! This is a real great beer. To quote Monty Python, black as the ace of spades, he was, with slightly brownish/purple thinning edges. Had half a fingertip of quickly dissipating head that left a minimal amount of lacing. Smell is a balanced mixture of bourbon barrel, chocolate, and malt. Well, maybe the barrel is more prevalent than the other two. On taste, however, it’s a lot more balanced between the three, with a little bit of vanilla and a bit of a fruity red wine note in there for good measure. Everything comes together-it’s sweet, roasty, and has a tangy, woodsy burn from the barrel. Feel is maybe where this outstanding beer is most outstanding. It’s big and bold from the barrel, but there’s some subtle silky smoothness from the malt and sweet adjuncts. Mouth watering and a healthy alcohol presence. The only thing I can say about it being ranked in the top 250 beers is that 172 may be too low. Thanks tons for sending me this one, Jason, and thanks to Ozark Beer Company for an awesome beer.

Mar 23, 2019
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timmy2b from New York

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy chocolate in the nose. Lighter in the taste with a fair amount of boozyness. That taste is not overtaken by the alcohol, but has a slight boozy feel on the tongue. The chocolate was subtle but tasty. Heavy but wonderful for the 12 ounce size can!

Mar 14, 2019
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can. Very dark brown-black color with a good bit of lacing foam upon pour which stuck around as you drank. Deep dark and boozy aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasty and malty. Softer, medium-thick mouthfeel. Reminds good bit of BA Ten Fidy.

Dec 18, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Opaque dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. Aroma was chocolate with roasted grain and coffee. Taste was chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Excellent beer.

Nov 23, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - 1/2 finger dense mocha head atop a motor oil body.

S - bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee, a hint of nuttiness, just a whiff of booze.

T - tons of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Some barrel booze, wood, char, roast, molasses. Finishes with some smokiness. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - wonderful flavors. If the body was a little heftier this would be a world beater.

Nov 11, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2018 vintage.

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice oily black hue with a thick mocha head that fades to leave a creamy blanket and light legs.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, super dark roast, nice fudgy chocolate but the barrel isn't super pretend.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with rather sweeter malts. Roasted malts and charred oak, almost briney. The finish is super unpleasant, like campfire minus the smoke with a little soy sauce.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden but the finish is rubbish.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer. It's decent enough but the finish is super unpleasant.

Serving Type: can

Oct 29, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud
Pours (with a vigorous pour) a large thick frothy creamy 1 fingered darker colored black beer, decent legs, but not a ton of lacing

Nose is super fudge dark chocolate roast, heavy heavy super dark roasted malts, dark fudge and sweet, a touch of dark fruits like a raisin, bit creamy nougaty, very light barrel and vanilla

Taste thick fudgey sweet candy, candy caramel nougat fudge and a little dark chocolate, cookie dough wafer, a touch of vanilla barrel like, little bitter roast, vanilla chocolate creamy ice cream, roasty bitter briny char thing that just destroys the finish, starts OK but ends really bleh, soy sauce like thing?

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light fizzy carb, a touch of booze

Overall this was almost undrinkable, the finish was just soooooo bad

Oct 29, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 can. Thanks Russ.
This was poured into a mini snifter.
The appearance was a fabulous looking dark thick black color. Slight film of a little eggshell white foamy head. Just a little bit of wispy concave lace.
The aroma captured a superb blend of roasty coffee bean, dark chocolate bittersweet character, sweet bourbon smooth woodiness with it's spice, some luscious dark fruits and a light sticky chocolate cake-like quality. Some
The flavor balances all of those prior mentioned aromas together in a semi-sweet fashion noting a sturdy bitterness and a prickling spice yet oh so good leveling to the aftertaste sweetly with a mellowing smooth roast.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. No boozy heat as I thought would occur as many bourbon barrel-ed impy stouts tend to have, however, I don't see any dates other than the year so I'm not worried about it to be honest. Smooth semi-sticky finish with light cocoa powder-like slightly dry with bourbon finish.
Overall, to be able to obtain this beer from a stellar dude tells me wow - if I died tomorrow, I would be okay with that. If not, I may wake up with diabetes.

Oct 14, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours like motor oil. Thick pouring, pitch black. 1 finger tan head, and the retention is amazing. There's some lacing on the glass.
The nose really started hitting as soon as I cracked the can. I got hints of the barrel used to age this beer. Up close I get a deep, rich barrel aroma. Boozy smelling. Caramel, some vanilla.
Taste - Very rich flavored. The flavor has vanilla in it, some caramel. Strong notes from the barrel.
This is one very thick beer. Very rich feeling. Very boozy, but it's not a harsh alcohol at all.
Wow! I've heard about this beer before, and I see why it's so talked up - it is outstanding. This beer rivals all the other big names, and is just one solid beer.

Oct 08, 2018
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