Uncommon Stout | Bent River Brewing Company

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
bentriverbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,779
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
307
pDev:
15.53%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
79
Trade:
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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Rdc67
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Boodks
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scotorum
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BENT RIVER UNCOMMON STOUT 12/5/16

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 Sparky44
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moodyxc9
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mxsluis
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TrojanRB
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
1.66/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerJ
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dabear85
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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 -38.2%
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 -65%
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 +9.7%
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 hilgart1
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KenProCo
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fubudu187
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaypaul522
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Uncommon Stout from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 307 ratings