Uncommon Stout | Bent River Brewing Company

very good
289 Ratings
Uncommon StoutUncommon Stout

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-06-2004

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Photo of dracula68
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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Photo of DrMullet
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

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Photo of krustykrab4450
1.33/5  rDev -64.7%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
1.45/5  rDev -61.5%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep brown having a garnet hue at the edges when held to the light, producing 2+ fingers of tan, shortlived, foamy head that leaves a stringy wash of thin lace. Aroma is led by rich dark coffee followed closely by deeply roasted malt & nuts in a background that hints of woody vanilla, chocolate, molasses & a faint touch of dark fruit. Taste is less robust than the nose: coffee & roast, dark malts, hints of char, dark unsweetened cocoa & cola. The lightly dry finish exhibits char, unsweetened cocoa & low cola like sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, bitter chocolate, roast & a more exaggerated burnt note than in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation, creamy but not as chewy as expected from the oats, with a light prickly bite beginning at midsip and lasting through the finish.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Bent River infuses coffee into this brew—are they suggesting that this could be a breakfast beer? Very good use of coffee here, balanced in all aspects and quite easy to knock back. They made the right choice to start bottling this beer. There are not enough coffee beers, let alone great ones like this.

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Nearly pitch black, healthy lacing

SMELL: Fresh coffee, unsweetened chocolate, mild charcoal, burnt blackberries, toasted bread crust

TASTE: Very smooth, almost silky, creamy, chewy medium body, fresh coffee overtones, dried grass, mild chocolate, hint of alcohol, black currants, moderate hopping, balance bitterness, roasted finish

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Photo of Mdwstbrlvr
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A: Deep, dark brown, 90% opaque, starts with good size light brown forth head, quickly recedes.

S: Awesome. Coffee forward, chocolate, malt, slight bitterness. Reminds of a good dark roast coffee.

T: Good, but somewhat one dimensional. Coffee is prevalent, but the chocolate and any malt is muted to non-existent. Slight hop bitterness at the end. I will say that the taste is really good for a non-imperial stout.

M: Excellent. Carbonation is noticeable but not overdone, creaminess from the oatmeal fills this one out.

O: Excellent non-imperial stout.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L (4) - This beer is a very dark deep brownish black color. Not a lot of head to speak of, but looks good.
S (4) - Nice burnt/roasty smell. Not much hop presence, not that there should be
T (4.25) - There's definitely the burnt/roasty taste as well. But it is a stout, after all. A bit of coffee, but not too much. Not a lot of bitterness, just a hair. Nice all around flavor.
F (3.5) - About the right level of carb. I'd like a bit more creaminess though. It should be a little smoother
O (4) - I had had this beer in the fridge for a while, and finally got around to drinking it. It was a solid beer, very respectable. Didn't blow me away in any category, but good all around.

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look: Black with khaki head

Smell: deep coffee roast

Taste: hint of cocoa syrup and coffee

Feel: solid

Overall: decent

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Photo of jpro
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a mug. Wow - the coffee aroma is huge. Taste is a bit too much coffee, actually. This is almost like drinking coffee. Maybe more oatmeal and roasted malt would help round out this beer. I feel like I should mix this with another stout...

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Photo of beechrturbo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Very good! Best coffee beer that I'm aware of in the Midwest region. Just as good by the 6 pack bottle as it is by the jug from the brewery. Coffee connoisseurs this is the coffee beer for you!

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Photo of kplooki
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown. Finger width of head.

S: Heavy notes of coffee with a little oatmeal stout picked up.

T: A lot of coffee. Barely any booze taste. If I didnt know any better I am drinking a chilled coffee with a hint of oatmeal.

M: Medium carbonation and very light as far as stouts go

O: Very good beer. I dont delve much into stouts, especially coffee stouts, but I must say this is the absolute best coffee stout I have had to date. I have heard their Java Stout is better, but I will reserve judgement until I try it at a later date.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light brown to black with a quickly dissipating head.

Smells of oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malt are most prevalent.

Flavors of the oatmeal and chocolate are perfectly balanced with a roasted malt/nutty back bone.

Mouthfeel is where this one lost a couple of points, it was a bit thin for my taste in stouts.

Overall an excellent oatmeal stout and it's always great to support local!

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