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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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +18.6%
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 +18.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of StAnthony
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +15.3%
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 +14.2%
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +12.8%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty nice oatmeal stout. Nice oat tones...does that make any sense really? Mild roasted tones give a nice accent that puts it a step up. Smooth character. Consistent delivery. I like this beer. I think it's well done and evenly balanced.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a 2 finger mocha colored head

smell: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

taste: chocolate and coffee,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body, smooth

overall: was shocked how good this brew was. So glad I stumbled upon this beer at a local beverage shop.

the CPJ

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was black with thin tan head.

Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate

Taste is the same as the nose, black coffee, coco, and roasted malts. Pretty straight forward but pretty good.

Mouthfeel to me was a bit thin..very smooth and not really lacking flavor but a little watery.

Overall I enjoyed this on the most part. It's pretty straight forward but that's not always bad. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz CAN into a pint glass watching TV, the norm. Hopefully this bodes better than their pale ale.

Poured into the pint, Jack is a big deep black color that pours like used motor oil, it's thick looking and I was not expecting this at 6%. A small amount of dark tan foam that fades to nothing, no stick.

Smell is roasted malt backed by some sweet vanilla and a faint amount of oats, with warming a bunch of oat, nice comeback.

Not entirely sweet, not entirely oaty, nor chocolate ridden. Roasted malt up front, a fair amount of vanilla and oat, very small chocolate taste, which is a nice change of pace. Hops are barely holding on at this point.

Feel is medium and about right for the strength of the beer. Carb is light and barely felt. The body is silky and goes down the hatch. I drank it quick and that's what counts.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap while checking out the Onion Pub for a potential reception venue.

Pours black with hazelnut edging. Theres a ton of soft pillowy head that is tan in color. Mass tan lacing.

The nose is pretty subtle but has notes of roasted malt and a bit of cocoa.

The taste is roasted malt but is subtle as well. The malt provides light espresso notes. A hint of chocolate is noticed behind the roast-like flavors.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but finishes pretty thin. Nice carbonation from nitro-tap.

Overall, pretty solid oatmeal stout that has a few problems in the body but the solid flavors make up for it.

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Photo of DanielBrett
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

A: Poured a very dark brown, with about a half inch of a dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very little lacing

S: A sweet coffee aroma, some chocolate, and roasted malts

T: Very Similar to the nose, its a sweet chocolaty taste with a hint of coffee. Well balanced by the mild hops.

M: Not as "full-bodied" as I expected. Smooth, creamy, easy drinkin stout.

O: Decent stout, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list however it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of matjack85
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a six-pack of these for Christmas, so not sure of the price or value. 12oz. aluminum cans with no freshness date listed. Alcohol content is a mystery as the can says it's 6%, Beer Advocate has it as 6.5%, and the website lists it at 6.2%, so take your pick.

The beer pours out a dark brown color, but head size will depend upon how hard you pour. Poured straight down the middle, about 3/4 of the glass will be filled with a foamy tan head. For my second glass I poured slowly into a tilted glass and still got 2 fingers worth of head with good lacing.

The beer smells like toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, but it's not that strong.

The taste is delicious (but be careful not to over chill it). Brewed with 5 different malts, it has the flavor or roasted malt sweetened with oats and chocolate, with some coffee flavor also prominent. Hop bitterness is mild, but enough to add some balance. I liked it.

The label calls this is a full bodied beer, but it's only medium bodied at best. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation.

Very easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Black and opaque with reddish highlights when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan sticky foam stay around for several minutes and leave interesting patterns of lace behind.

S. Good black coffee and roasted aroma is present.

T. Same as the nose, but also includes some dark chocolate and oatmeal sweetness.

M. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a large mocha brown head that stays around for a long time.

Smell: robust roasty, and oaty notes with a touch of malt sweetness in the form of chocolates.

Taste: fresh roasty coffee with a low bitterness level and a touch of smoke and milk chocolate. Hint of earthy hops. The finish is slightly sweet mostly of milk chocolates. Decent balance in the flavor profile of this beer throughout; even though its not too complex. Pretty straight forward oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: high end of low bodied beer. moderately carbonated. A bit thin for a stout. a touch of silkiness is imparted from the oats.

Overall: Wild onion did what they said they were going to do with this beer. really solid local beer offering right here. It honestly exceeded by expectations. Nice job wild onion! Make this a beer thicker and more silky; then this beer will have a cult following.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with notes of chocolate and flaked oats.

T - It had a good bit of chocolate and oatmeal flavor. Nice bitterness with a late developing roastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. Medium bodied ale.

O - This is my first Wild Onion brew. I really enjoyed it. Nicely done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Onion Brewing Co., Jack Stout. "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/Vol." Brewed and canned by the Wild Onion Brewing Co., 22221 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, IL. , 12 FL Oz., 355 ml.

Why does "Jack Stout " have a feminine mascot on the can? Or is this a dude with barley malt dreadlocks?And big hoop, come-do-me earrings. I like it, but either the name changes or I have to adjust to this alternative life-style.

Deep, dark blackness, thick, rich, large cocoa-toned head, nice and brown. Looking good.

Aroma: little sweet, little bitter, here's the roast, and along comes some molasses, some chocolate, and a whiff of smoke. Coffee tones, too, of course. Right on aromatics for a stout.

Tasting: fuillish mouthfeel, full bodied, a bit coarse and well-done. Bitterness and roasty-ness runs high, and drinking-ness, or shall I say, Consumability is doing fine. Chocolate and coffee remain a big factor. An easy-drinking, sessionable stout.

Yeah, I'm drinking it, I tried it, I wrote about it, and once it's gone, I will probably forget it and never miss it. As a regular ol' stout, ain't nothing' wrong with it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sprecher nonic.
6% ABV, no date.

A - Gorgeous cascading resulted in a dense three-finger tan head and a pitch black brew. Dense lace resembles a mountain range silhouette.

S - Rich roasted malt aroma abounding with heavy nuances; dark chocolate, cold coffee, mocha, and notes of molasses. Oats add softness to the acrid bitter aroma. Full and foreboding.

T - Bold roast reminds of coffee while mocha notes resemble dustiness. Chocolate comes through with oats in the backdrop but it still remains acridly bitter and average.

M - Smooth though the initial gulp, it finishes very dry and bitter from the roasted malts. The medium body is surprisingly lighter than I had anticipated.

O - Good overall, this stout is just a pinch thin for my taste, especially for an Oatmeal Stout., but has good roasted qualities to it, while bitter, remains balanced. A good canned stout.

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Photo of jera1350
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black in color with a creamy, but short light brown colored head. Leaves very little lacing.

Chocolatey with a bit of an oatmeal sweetness.

A nice bit of oatmeal sweetness with chocolate up front. The coffee and roasted malt comes in towards the back end. Quite roasty aftertaste.

Lightly silky feel, medium bodied and appropriate carbonation level for the style.

Quite a nice oatmeal stout that drinks easily. I could do a couple of these. Another quality beer from a can.

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