Uncommon Stout | Bent River Brewing Company

very good
52 Reviews
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 thedapperhacker
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Bistro 101. Very rich coffee taste, was very smooth. Smells like what I would expect from a oatmeal stout. Has an appealing color from the tap. Head was thick and foamy but was not abundant. Has a great mouthfeel. Overall I enjoyed it and would gladly have another pint.

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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 xTrashcat
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an excellent tanish-but-mostly-black color.

S: Mainly smells like the morning brew of coffee, but you can also find hints of the oatmealish aroma as well.

T: Has a 'warm' taste to it. One can taste the sweetness of the oatmeal, almost chocolatey with the robustness of the coffee.

M: Mild-Mid carbonation allows it go down very smoothly.

This beer (and Bent River's Jalapeno brew) were the two beers that got me hooked onto microbrews, from the generic, everyday beers that I was accustomed to. I can't help but to stop into Bent River and have at least one pint of Uncommon every time I happen to find myself in the Moline area.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the website, all superflous capitalization left in tact:

"A Real Eye Opener! Dark Medium Bodied Ale Full of Rich Coffee and Roasted Barley Tones"

Pours a very dark and thick red. Nice brown head, distinct ruby hues even in the low light of the bar.

Smells--whew!--they weren't kidding about this being an eye opener. HUGE coffee starts this one off, dark roast of some sort along with distinct nodes of chocolate and caramel.

Oh thank god it tastes just like it smells. Giant coffee and big bitter roasted malts start things off. It moves into a sweet, creamy coffee near the middle. The coffee cuts off abruptly near the end and I'm left with a long, lingering hop and roasted malt dryness. Wonderfully complex and layered.

One heck of a brew pub stout. I'm a bit of a sucker for a nice, strong coffee stout, so I might be a little biased here, but I'd certainly endorse a trip to Bent River for this beer alone!

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Photo of bnes09
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and hazy. Medium thickness, off-white head on the pour recedes quickly leaving touches of lacing.

Rich and robust aroma of smooth coffee, dark chocolate and corn meal.

Solid malt body of toasted wheat bread, bold medium roast coffee, and smooth dark chocolate. Earthy hop tones in perfect balance with the roasted malt. Oatmeal and grit character smooths out the flavor and provides a nice finish to compliment the lingering coffee bitterness.

Medium bodied with a smooth, rich texture. Finish in slightly dry from the coffee. Well carbonated.

Highly complex, well balanced and drinkable. One of the best oatmeal, coffee stout I have tasted.

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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 BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap from the source, the bent river brewery.

Three finger dark-tan head. The color of a doughboy's puttees.

Jet black with a red hue at the the bottom.

Aroma: coffee, roast malt, charcoal, and a hint of booze.

Taste: Coffee, roast malt, a small, pleasant hop finish.

Overall, I'd buy a six pack! This definitely rivals Speedway Stout.

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Photo of brandtr3
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a treat. While the coffee was dominant in the flavor and aroma, it did not overpower the roasted malt, chocolate or hop presence. I was pleasantly surprised by the balance in flavors that it displayed. I was also amazed that a beer with such outstanding flavor and body could be so drinkable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 9/18/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter glass from a local brewery. Pours black in color with a very small thin tan head. LOTS of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma of fresh black espresso coffee hits you right up front with some roasted malt. The taste is pretty much as would be expected with the smell. Black coffee with a hop finish BUT not overpowering at all. This is a great sipping brew and not a 'chugging' type of beer. Overall, a great "Oatmeal Stout with coffee added" brew.

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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 Josievan
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly black and quite opaque, though a few slivers of light do get through at the bottom of the glass. Smooth tan head never fully dissipates.

Smell: Really smells very much like coffee. Dark malts are apparent as well.

Taste: Rich black coffee dominates over roasted malts. The bitter coffee flavor tastes genuine and is almost to the point of overpowering at first. As the beer warms, it mellows considerably, and I even detect a little oatmeal sweetness. The beer leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is, surprisingly, not that bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good carbonation level.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, despite the intense flavors.

Notes: I first had this beer shortly after I turned 21. It was one of the first stouts I had (other than Guinness) and helped expand my concept of what beer can be. I thought "coffee in beer, that's crazy!", but ended up enjoying it. I don't care for coffee itself, so I knew there must be something special about it. Close to two years later, it still holds up as an excellent stout. With the coffee and oatmeal flavors, I can't help but compare it to Founders Breakfast Stout, one of my favorite beers. I'd label it Breakfast Stout's baby brother, but that's still high praise!

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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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

truly a beauty, and from a brewery i never heard of before this one, its a real pleasant surprise. dark brown pushing black, shiny but not letting hardly any light in, the head is an inch high, settles but keeps stiff peaks like well beaten eggs. great nose too, coffee and roasted unmalted barley meet right in the middle, with the coffee taking the lead on the taste. i get a little sweetness to this, although i dont think its a milk stout, it just has that sweet body and lingering finish, a fantastic medium to transfer these flavors, early bitter coffee, but more balanced than most of its peers. its still a beer, yet the coffee does something unique to this. fresh brewed coffee all the way though, i love how the carbonation rises up at the end and crisps up a medium bodied finish. soft and delicate in feel, but about as robust as they come in terms of flavor. the use of coffee here is as good as any. while the base beer is great and distinct, i think the use of coffee rivals the best in the business, the very best. my first beer from bent river had my palate wet for many more. love this.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is for coffee lovers. The Uncommon Stout is very similar to the Oatmeal Stout (in fact, it is their Oatmeal Stout infused with coffee). I thought I could detect a coffee flavor in the Oatmeal Stout, and then I tried the Uncommon. The coffee flavoring completely dominates the beer. That isn't bad as long as you like coffee. I personally enjoyed the Oatmeal Stout better, but this is a good beer too. Get Bent!

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growlers of this beer don't last long at my house. The beer is black and pours with a beautiful dark brown head that clings to the glass as you tip it. Smells like a warm cup of java.

The coffee taste *is* very strong and is followed by just a hint of grain on the back, but I like that. I hearken this to a very sweet milk stout, just replace the sweet with coffee.

The body is okay for a stout, but is more like a porter.

This is a great beer to drink when you are eating a sweeter baked items, like muffins or rolls.

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Photo of thalassophile
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Iowa City Hy-Vee, single bottle. Served in a clean pint glass.

Notes of deep chocolate and coffee with a little pine. Really, really, really yummy stout flavor -- one of the best domestic stouts I've ever sampled. Mouthfeel leaves a stouty soul wanting; there should be much thicker body here. Mouthfeel somewhat oily. Still, yummy as hell. The middle of the pint is ripe with deep malt flavors. Would totally drink again, many times.

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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 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 orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Summer Camp 2006. Arrived a nice dark black with brown edges and a nice cap of khaki foam. Albeit this was in a plastic cup...it still managed to look good. Aroma was big roastiness coupled with an awesome fresh brewed coffee bean following. A bit of chocolate and a slight creaminess.

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt upfront that quickly segways into a rush of brewed coffee flavor. I was plesantly suprised by the rich, forward coffee flavor here. Goes down with a hint of chocolate and a lingering roasted coffee bean finish. Overall, a tasty coffee stout and a great beer find at a festival.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a slight creamy aspect. Not overly heavy, but still had enough to make itself known. Even in the oppresively hot sun this was still tasty. I'm hoping to try it again sometime and I could see myself having a few. If you enjoy coffee stouts I'd say give this one a go!

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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 jimmah120
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with no date, poured into a snifter

silky smooth oatmeal stout, black coffee, hop bitter, lil chocolate and all that. dark look, ruby edges, small ring of head. smells of a dirty coffee filter (primo coffee grounds).

"...soggy and wet, throw my pampers all around your neck"

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Photo of BeerFan95
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark brown body with a long lasting frothy tan head. Good lacing. Seemed to have a nice level of viscosity.

S: Initially there was a nice blend of roasted a dark chocolate malts, but there was a hint of smoke and coffee. While the roasted malts seemed to dominate there was enough subtitles from the other notes to make it work.

T: A little more dark chocolate than I expected. Still heavy in the roasted malts, but the chocolate added a delicate sweetness. Mild flavors of coffee and smoke.

M: Although easy to drink and very smooth the beer did have some body to it. A nice dry finish

O: Really enjoyed this beer. A well balanced flavor that complemented the aroma.

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