Jack Stout | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Jack StoutJack Stout

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Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 08-27-2002

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed pleasant weekend lunches at the pub that brews and now cans this Stout. Was able to sample some of this at a tasting recently, so I wanted to give it full attention.

$9 sixpack cans.

A -- A less-than-careful pour yields a massive, dense and firm tan head. The beer itself is inky dark, barely showing ruby highlights with a flashlight.

S -- Creamy coffee, some chocolate, and the tell-tale sweetness from oat. Some light caramel and mild roasted malt.

T -- All of the above with some added mild dark fruit character that blends well with the roasted malt. All of the flavors are well balanced and finishes with a light roasty bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a full body.

O -- This is a very nice take on the style from a small brewery -- shows that even the smallest of little guys can shine.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled earlier this evening on 4/18/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce snifter glass.

Brew pours really close to a pitch black in color with the thick foamy 1-finger beige head that lasted a good bit. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped, almost ring-like. The aroma is of dark roasted malts and dark fruits, maybe black cherries? Much more going on with the taste as there is a hint of chocolate, coffee and even cola. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Very tasty and very smooth. Goes down easy. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed by this little 12 oz can. I wasn't expecting anything from it, and hadn't had anything from the brewpub before. Grabbed a can because I love stouts and saw it as a new release in Champaign, IL.

It fits right into the sweet spot of stouts that I love. It tastes more like a great dry stout than an oatmeal stout--a little lighter on the body than you might expect for the oatmeal style.

The flavor is extremely roasty--I love that kind of beer. Delicious, in my eyes. Comparable to a beer like the North Coast Old #38. Maybe even better. A perfect session beer, although the alcohol might be a little too high to do half a dozen. Still, I'd be tempted to try.

Regardless, I think of this as more of a dry stout, and it surprisingly vaults up to being one of the best I've ever had. I've got to make a note to try some of this brewery's other stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Just missed the nitro-tap. Oh well. It pours a meek obsidian topped by finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and the lightest possible touch of peat smoke. As I told the man next to me at the bar, this smells really damn good! The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, cocoa, light molasses, and a hint of blackened pretzel. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Even without the nitro, this thing was very smooth and easy-drinking, making for one highly enjoyable quaff.

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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor brought me a growler of this mighty rich stout last St. Paddy's Day (swell guy). I remember it being exceptionally malty with the dark roasts shining through above all. Big-time chocolate and espresso notes too. Obviously, being from a growler, the best pints were had on day 1--the carbonation added a crisp finish that balanced out the heavy flavors nicely--and the beer still held its own on day two, though it was understandably flatter. I still haven't made my way out to the brew pub to try their other selections, but am looking forward to the day.

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4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, big roasty coffee and a nice chocolate note. In the taste, dry, dark coffee and a dry roasted malt. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small, dry roasted malty aftertaste. Nice coffee roast in a nice stout.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with ruby hues when held to light. Tannish head with descent retention and some lace spots.

Oatmeal aroma along with smoked hickory, charcoal and raisins.

Dark fruits form the foundation with prune and raisin characteristics. Toasty malt. Espresso, tobacco and dark chocolate. Earthy hop bitterness in great balance with the malt. Mildly sweet with plenty of roasted bitterness. Smooth oats descend onto the palate in the finish.

Medium to full bodied. Well carbonated with a grainy texture.

Very good oatmeal stout. Complex, well balanced and highly drinkable..

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Photo of PhineasGage
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, dark black. Medium head w/ great retention. Looks thick and heavy.

S - Pretty calm. Some dark malt, little chocolate. Hint of caramel.

T - Malty, slightly sweet chocolate. No pronounced bitterness. Hints toward coffee.

M - Smooth. Not as heavy as I expected.

D - Very easy drinking beer. Gonna be handing it out to friends.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass. Gotta love a canned stout!

A: pours jet black, opaque, frothy white head upon pour, decent retention and thick lacing

S: big time roasted malts up front, notes of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Hints of caramel sweetness throughout.

T: like the nose, there is a huge presence of roasted malts on the palate, bitter notes of cocoa give way to a touch of sweetness a long with a dash of piney hops

MF: thick body, velvety texture, smooth

D: this is a nice robust stout. Lots of flavor and decent balance. At 7.99 a sixer, this is a steal.

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4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Onion pint glass.

A: Great looking stout, rich black body with a tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Very impressive looking beer.

S: The aroma is that of roasted malts. The layering of the malts was a nice addition to the aroma as well. Very good smells as the beer warmed.

T: Creamy head and full body. The notes of caramel and coffee are present. A nice and warming way to start off dinner and a night of drinking.

M: The mouthfeel of this brew was very pleasing, rich and creamy, with a nice lingering taste. Very well balanced with the malts, to not be overly powering with roastedness.

D: Very drinkable, great for the style at 6.4% ABV, a rich taste with not too much of a bit, that allows for many to be consumed without the heavy full feeling of an Imperial Stout.

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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was another local trade, tone77 via resi, to me and it rekindled some great memories. I visited the Onion in 2005, thanks to AutumnalDave, who picked me up at a local Metra station following my visit to the Dick Tracy Museum in Woodstock (since closed) for a tour of three local brewpubs, including the Onion. Good times, bro, good times. The CANQuest (TM) fosters on!

From the CAN: "This full-bodied, luscious stout is brewed with five different roasted malts, giving it a rich mouthfeel and nuances of chocolate and espresso. 6% Alc. by Vol."; "Come visit our pub and restaurant, located 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. We brew a variety of year-round ales and lagers, along with an ever-changing lineup of seasonal beers available only on tap under the massive Douglas Fir timbers." Editor's note: I have been there and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled to the brim with beer! I love this phenomenon and CAN't remember seeing this in macro CANs and bottles never give you any extra. It is just one more attraction that CANs have for me. The Glug was Holy Motor Oil, Batman! city, producing a tick finger of deep mocha-tan colored head with good retention. Color was a deep dark-brown, black in appearance, allowing zero light penetration. Nose was very roasty, initially dark chocolate, but I also got the coffee mentioned earlier. Oh my! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy. It was big with smoky, dark chocolaty flavors on the tongue, like drinking a Jamocha shake. Finish was very smoky initially, then giving way to the dark chocolate for a bit, then lingering with smoke. Man, I really dig this. I am not sure that I would want a stout for a day at the beach, but for Hula in the Coola Day in February, this would definitely rate some space. Goood.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I thought was my last weekend beer...not so fast my friends....I guess I have room for one more....the Jack Stout from WILD ONION!!! The color was black and opaque...the head was ecru and laced. The aroma was like living above a starbucks in lakview, Illinois (southport & roscoe...for all you north chicagoians). The taste was a nice roasty stout with good espresso tones...slightly acidic as the pallet is not completely clean...similar to a good cup of joe. For anyone that likes stouts....this beer is certainly worth the taste.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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