Uncommon Stout
Bent River Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #200
Ranked #19,032
3.86 | pDev: 15.54%
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Uncommon StoutUncommon Stout
Notes: This unique stout is our top selling beer. We infuse our Oatmeal Stout with some of the country's best coffee to make this award winning medium bodied ale.

28.8 IBU
Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 315 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown, opaque. Not much of a head, a bit of white film around the rim.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, robust "roasty" notes and some earthy hints.

Taste: Very powerful coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Strong sweetness in the mouth followed by more bittersweet after swallowing.

Feel: "Spicy" carbonation, medium body, leaves a warm mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer seems a bit polarizing judging by the reviews here, and I can see why; it's probably not for everyone, but I liked it!

Jun 28, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Dark brown hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Fresh roasted coffee bean nose, with a hint of chocolate syrup.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bold, over-the-top fresh ground coffee bean flavor. A hint of spiciness from the bean underneath, with a touch of chocolate syrup.

This is far from subtle & the oatmeal has been decimated by the coffee, but I like these flavors so much I hardly minded.

Nov 15, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Burlington, IA brewery. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and toffee. Sweet chocolate with some roasted coffee and hints of pine.

Jun 30, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The coffee is strong yet lifeless in this stout. Beautiful beer with a colorful foamy head with a jet black body. The smell is of a pail full of used coffee grounds, much like the taste. This beer is hardly beer, rather what drips out of the used filter has been fermented into something resembling beer, devoid of all stout-like characteristics in flavor.

Mar 19, 2019
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with fluffy brown head.
The aroma is very coffee forward with dark roast notes dominating.
The flavor is very coffee forward but surprisingly the roast isn't over powering like it can be in many low abv coffee stouts. A base stout stays pronounced with chocolate and malty sweetness still coming forward.
The mouthfeel is perfect, it's still refreshing yet still satisfies. I'm shocked how much I'm enjoying this.
Overall I'm shocked I'm enjoying this as much as I am, I normally don't like lower abv stouts much. It's really well done.

Mar 17, 2018
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Millersbrewers from Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have to question whether the 6 pack I purchased was infected. I've only experienced it one other time and with different off flavors, but this was overwhelmingly sour to me, with little flavor rising above the metallic bitterness. If it is not infected it's a terrible example of either an oatmeal stout or a coffee ale, but given the other reviews I feel like this was a lacto-infection or something of the sort. All 6 were drain pours for me unfortunately, highly disappoint as a first experience with this brewery.

Oct 15, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So I had this brew from a small stemmed porter glass...It's appearance is beautiful. Utterly black and opaque with a thick light-brown head. It looks like an espresso. The taste is coffee-like as well....again, espresso, backed by campfire and an undercurrent of grain. It is not a heavy beer....very drinkable and dry. A nice hop bitterness underpins the flavor. This is a medium bodied, approachable and very well made stout.

Jun 18, 2017
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dracula68 from Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The head is very thin and quickly dissipates, far too quickly for the aesthetic visual pleasure of a stout. I like lingering and tracing on the glass and there just isn't any of that here. The bitter finish is an unpleasant slight copper on the tongue and the mouthfeel is more like a black ale. I don't mind black ales as long as I know that's what I'm getting, but I like better in stouts the heavy lingering feel like you've just taken a mouthful of really dark rye Bavarian bread in liquid alcohol form. This beer just simply doesn't deliver.

Jan 28, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark oily black.
Smell is all black coffee.
Taste is a dark roasted coffee, followed by a dark chocolate finish.
I'm not a big stout fan, but this is my favorite of all time.

Jan 15, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of coffee, strong roasted malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong coffee sharpness. Tastes of coffee, strong roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak bodied, simple, and overly sharp.

Dec 23, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Last of the four new brews from the beer club. We don't get this Illinois brewery's products in my state.

a; Opaque black with a half finger thick tan head which disappeared. No lacing.

s: Cold black coffee and dark chocolate.

t; Slightly bitter black coffee and ash. The latter fades later, and slight fruit notes develop, leading to a slightly bitter to sour finish.

m; Medium, good body and moderate carbonation tingle.

o; An OK coffee stout, not quite as pleasant as my favorite low ABV one, Narragansett Autocrat, and not as heavenly as Founders KBS, which coincidentally I had just had at lunch.

Dec 05, 2016
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DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer certainly tries. Looks really nice. Black with a two finger tan head. Nice coffee scent. Huge coffee grounds flavor. What it lacks is any body. I like my stouts to have a bit of texture to them and this is basically black water. The taste is definitely good enough to make it enjoyable though.

Aug 22, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. A wonderful roasted malt base with creamy and robust layers of dark stout goodness. The oat and dark chocolate pair beautifully. Nothing super fancy, just a great stout through and through

Jun 17, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nope....sorry bent river...this is strike two....first was the nasty jalapeño beer. This one poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent was decent....filled with coffee. The taste was watery coffee. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's not good.

Jun 04, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours pitch shiny back but thin. One finger frothy tan head dissipates leaving a rind of foam along the outside of the beer with no lacing.

Smell has a strong aroma of a very acidic coffee, almost like instant coffee or pre ground coffee in a tin. There is also a strong aroma of cinnamon. Was not expecting it, but Im definitely noticing it. Bit of roasted malt coming through on the undertone.

Taste is ... Look, I don't like to bash any beers, but this is the worst tasting stout I've ever had and its made worse by the fact that I was totally not expecting it given the rather pleasant aroma. Its incredibly watery and the coffee definitely tastes like Folgers coffee - very bitter, acidic, and old. Think of old coffee grounds - they're somehow bland in spite of all the acidity. Beyond the coffee, there is a very bland malt background. The malt doesn't taste roasted, it tastes green. Then there is this off-putting sour berry like flavor that devolves into a metallic aftertaste. Its so sour it made me pucker a few times. I don't think there is anything wrong with this bottle - I think its just a poorly made stout.

Feel has mild carbonation with a very thin feel. More porter like that stout like, but given the low ABV it isn't awful.

I am so glad I bought this as a single. Now I'm nervous to try the barrel aged version of this stout ... might be the only time having the bourbon overpower the stout did good things for the base beer.

Jun 01, 2016
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krustykrab4450 from Illinois

1.33/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was honestly one of the foulest beers I've tasted in my life. It tasted like the grain bill was 90% acidulated malt. A tiny bit of coffee flavor on the back end, but it did not make up for the mouth puckering awful taste. I can't remember the last time I dumped a beer, but after 3 sips this one went straight down the drain.

May 22, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer #900, I was gonna do a Watermelon-Rita but no way I was gonna waste that on a milestone.

This beer hits the ground running with a tarry black crude oil pour, only deepening as it fills the snifter. The head forms light brown to hot chocolate color, and sticks around at about a finger. Opacity, as to be expected, is 100%.

Aromas of roast barley, cured meats, dark coffee, and skim milk. Simple, not crowded, and right on key.

Flavors include medium and dark roast coffee - partially burnt, dark malts, salami, and kisses of chocolate here and there.

Mouthfeel is an explosion of carbonation. Like drinking a 7up. Thankfully this really helps to keep this stout going down the pipes. A semi-dry finish balances things out a bit. Nice coffee roastiness breathing out as it fades on the palate.

Uncommon Stout is not the original beast it claims to be; however it is an awesome stout with superior drinkability and a totally awesome carbonation that is needed in coffee stouts for them to be more enjoyable. Ill be back for this one and it's possible this is my favorite coffee-based stout now. Very sessionable.Best when enjoyed ice cold.

May 08, 2016
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jaypaul522 from Iowa

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black, with some head that took awhile to dissipate. Smell that comes through is malt and coffee. The taste is very pleasant, and clean. The aftertaste is the coffee taste - very pleasant.

Mar 26, 2016
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Kazahkstan from Iowa

1.45/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Poured a solid dark black into pint glass. The smell was immediately offputting- it smelled like cold Maxwell House. At first sip I imagined somebody had mixed a cheap watery stout with day-old cold coffee and served it to me, masquerading as a beer. It sat in my stomach about as well as cold coffee and beer would, too. Overall one of the worst misses on a brew I have had.

Mar 14, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body, fizzy tan head that leaves only a ring. Tons of coffee on the nose, roasted malt in the background. The palate continues with big notes of moderately acidic coffee (the real stuff, I feel a caffeine buzz coming on), roasty smokey malt and chocolate. The feel is disappointing, light bodied almost to the point of being watery. Carbonation, however, is delicate and fine.
A good coffee beer, not stout. It was right on track until the watery body- but that just makes it more dangerously drinkable.

Oct 21, 2015
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Elsuperjefe from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black pour w thin tan head. Nose is dark roast and malt. Taste is rich and 100% coffee. Light to medium body. Low carbonation and low abv. Perfect with an after dinner treat.

Sep 05, 2015
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martinfletwood from Iowa

4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Uncommon Stout is one of the first "real" beers I came across, and fell in love with it. Bent River does an amazing job at every beer they put out, and this is there best one. If you like coffee stouts, you must try this one, it's what made me continually look for any coffee stout on the market, and I've tried many since and would recommend this over all of them. DO IT!

Aug 18, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger head of a tan colored foam. The head fades moderately quickly to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a roasty smell mixed with a good showing of a coffee aroma. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a caramel and vanilla sweetness as well as a little bit of a crème and an oatmeal like aroma. Overall the aroma, while not a powerhouse, is rather pleasant and inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of sweet and roast with the sweet being predominantly of a caramel and toffee flavor but having a little bit of chocolate mixed within. From the start there is a light coffee flavor which grows in intensity as the taste moves on. There is also a good showing of an oatmeal flavor up front which actually dwindles as the taste moves on. While the oatmeal falls, flavors of a vanilla sweetness and some more grainy tastes take its place. With all the transitions that occur on the tongue toward the end, one is left with a rather sweet and smooth roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little thicker for a stout of only 5.4 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the dark, sweet, and coffee flavors of the brew the feel is rather well done as it makes for a robust feel for all the rich roasty and dark flavors.

Overall – A rather decent oatmeal coffee stout that isn’t overly potent in alcohol. This will make for a rather nice sipping brew in the cooler weather I am sure.

Jul 30, 2015
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sendbeer from Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Good start. Smells like chocolate, cola, and a little coffee.

I think this is oxidized, tasting wet cardboard and an off sour note as well.

I hope this bottle has just gone bad. The aroma tells me that this is not a terrible beer. I'd give it another try.

Jun 06, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really potent coffee flavor with more than its fair share of roasting. A bit on the syrupy side, which adds to the sipping-only vibe that it gives off.

May 26, 2015
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