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

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Jack StoutJack Stout

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 150
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with a voluminous cap of stiff tight head. Random craggy lacing. I hope this isn't infected...

Smell -- Ashtray, roast malt, dark chocolate, mineral water.

Taste -- Lots of mineral character, ashy, roasty almost to the point of being burnt, mild chocolaty malt sweetness. Earthy hops in the finish. Lingering burnt malt acidity and ash.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair fuller. Mild carbonation, though much of the carbonation may have been spent in the four fingers of head that arose from my gentle pour.

Drinkability -- Not a fan. On pretty much every level I have to say that it's less than average. Your mileage may vary, but I'm not interested in coming back to this.

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to osubuckeye99 for this one!

Pretty much no head. Half a finger at most, and it goes south pretty quickly. Not quite black, but an opaque dark dark brown, and a dark khaki tan around the edges when held up to the light.

Malty, milky, and mild. There's also a tinge of tinny scent in there too. No bitterness at all. It's has a cold latte feeling to it.

It tastes milky, malty and surprisingly bitter, but not like hops. More like espresso, or baking chocolate. I'm not really getting any oatmeal taste in it though.

Medium body, and feels kind of awkwardly metallic. Unfortunately, the metal flavor of it is the only thing that really sticks around for long. Above average carbonation for a stout.

Reminds me of a stout I made once. It was okay. This one is too. I don't know if I would buy it much unless it were cheap, and I'm not sure if it is since it's from a trade.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. When I opened this I was incredibly surprised to see that the beer was filled up exactly to the lid. There was absolutely no air at all in the can. Just thought I'd mention this since I bet it doesn't happen often.

2.5 A: Black color. Just about a half finger of frothy light brown head that has less than desirable retention and no lacing.

2.5 S: Lightly roasty with just a hint of chocolate. That's fine, but then came a strange aroma. I can only describe it as industrial in nature and somewhat like the city after it rains on a cool day.

3.0 T: Light roastiness with light chocolate and light coffee. Much a whole lot of flavor, but fortunately the "urban" smell did not manifest in the taste as well.

2.5 M: The can says this is a "full-bodied, luscious stout," which is fine, except that it isn't. Body is somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is fine. Just a tad bit creamy and smooth enough.

2.5 D: Nothing about this beer is impressive. It's thoroughly mediocre with a strange nose.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Pours a dark brown color with a short lived white head. The aroma is full of roasted malts and just a hint of coffee. The taste is more bitter, with some leafy hop flavor over charred malt. A hint of alcohol and a bit astringent. Has just a slight off note. Fairly full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a decently drinkable, sub par stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- The jet black body supports a creamy dark tan head that fades to a ring before the first sip. There is a few big bubbles stuck to the base but no other carbonation is visible.

S- The dry clean aroma of roasted espresso has some raw grain huskiness to it and a vegital cooked peas aroma that grows as the beer warms.

T- The water taste is soon overtaken by powdery espresso and finishes with a green hint and light roasted bitterness.

M- The light mouthfeel has a slippery texture in the finish.

D- This beer is a bit too thin and grainy with a few hints of roasted malt but not much other character.

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Photo of fatmcb1
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought down from Chicago by a friend. 12 oz can into a snifter.

Deep dark brown that pours into a fizzy, thin head of khaki color. The head goes away rapidly, and leaves zero lacing.

Smell is chocolate and espresso, not much complexity here.

This is a malt bomb with a strong chocolate, and overpoweringly sugary taste. Roasted bitterness is present at the very end.

This is a very light stout, with low carbonation.

Overall, I was not that impressed with this beer. It needs more complex smell and taste. Perhaps some dark fruit or vanilla? I wanted to try a few of the small breweries that are local to Chicago and the surrounding areas. This was one of the few disappointments from that venture.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice opaque appearance. Slight chocolate creamy head dwindles to an edging quickly. Very little on the nose. Slight chocolate. Dry roasted nut flavor on the palate. Medium bodied at best. (A little light for a stout). Nice little bitterness and a bit of slight chocolate/coacoa flavor. Not quite as complex and tasty as I like my stouts, but rather pretty average.

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Photo of osubuckeye99
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Just like expected from a single stout - dark dark almost black. Thin head that disappears quickly. Not as dark motor oil as an imperial.
Smell - Faint roasty smell. Not too aromatic.
Taste - Sort of thin tasting. Some bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, with a kind of watery finish.

Overall, not overly impressed by this beer, but perhaps that is due to the typical stout I drink being an imperial. Perhaps my expectations for each character were a bit too agressive. This is a decent session stout. Worth drinking again, but not going out of my way for. It is local, so I hope they can have success eventually.

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Photo of crossovert
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can.

It pours a thick, dark black with a frothy tan head that is short-lived and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is moderately roasty with hints of caramel, cocoa, smoke, malt, and alcohol. The smell could be heavier though.

The flavor is decent. It has a noticeable roasty flavor along with some basic white sugar. It is noticeably thin though which detracts a lot from it.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a wonderful pitch color. dark tan head, that doesn't last, and little bit of lacing
S: hints of chocolate, licorice, roasty-ness...and an odd bit of metallic?
T: little bit of malty/chocolate flavors, odd ashy/earth overtones. just not real hop or oat presence eaither
M: pretty light. borderline watery
D: better then expected

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Photo of JLeege
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, into a SA perfect pint.

Appearance- Pours near jet black, with a creamy one finger tan head. Good retention. A little lace.

Smell- Not a lot going on, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- Light roasted malts, sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of espresso, as power of suggestion as it is stated on the can. Light, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel- Very thin for a stout, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall- In a word, Simple. The flavor is subtle and there is not to much going on with this one. Maybe an "intro" stout, but honestly nothing more. High drinkability, but nothing special in the flavor department.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Heavy and thick looking with alot of sediment settling on the bottom of the glass. Coco-cola colored heading with decent head retention that completely disappears after a little bit.

Very sweet aroma, with a touch of mocha. A bit of a funky aroma pulls through that can only make me think of soggy oats.

Taste is more of the same a bit of a mocha touch with a slight coffee bean grind. I can not get the soggy oats out of my mind this does taste a little off. Finishes very dry.

Medium bodied with a little slickness and decent creamy texture.

A little lighter than I like my stouts, this one was not to appealing to me. Not enough uumphhh.

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Photo of dlello2
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/black. Tons of head. Lots of bubbles fighting to top of glass.

S - Very good smell. Hops and chocolate dominate.

T - Not as much as in the smell. Chocolate first, then some hops. A touch of roastiness to round it out.

M - This is what ruins this one for me. Waaay too much carbonation. Very much so distracts from the taste. A medium/light body doesn't help either.

O - I can't look beyond the mouthfeel for this one. Too bad because their is something quite pleasant about the smell of this one.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Minneapolis Town Hall 5 0z tasting glass.

A- Very black, moderate carbonation, brown tan ¾ finger head.
S- Very mild coffee aroma, slightly sour cocoa smell, hints of chocolate/vanilla.
T- Slightly sour, coffee taste as well, really smooth, slightly bitter.
M- Small mouth feel, really smooth minimal after taste.
O- Very drinkable, not much too this brew, very light stout, definitely lacking in overall taste and aroma.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date present. A new one to me from Wild Onion, acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - It pours a dark cola color, appears just a few shades away from opaque black in the glass, with some hues of cola showing near the surface. One finger of khaki-cream head that falls to a ring quickly. Minor spotty lacing. Looks okay.

S - The aroma doesn't really hit the traditional stout profile. Not particularly roasty, more of a burnt / charred malt aroma, with some lingering notes of mustiness and band-aid aroma in the background.

T - Again, doesn't really hit the mark. Smokey, leathery, charred, burnt, & watery. No thick heavy notes of roasty coffee or chocolate. No vanilla or cream suggestions. I can definitely discern what tastes like liquid smoke in there. It grows on me as I sip it, but this is not the stout I was looking for.

M - The mouthfeel is thin, weak, & watery. Definitely not suited to style. Mild bitter burnt malt lingers. Slightly minerally?

Overall, I'll give it the 3.5 for the effort, but I've been having more misses with Wild Onion than I've been having hits.

Wild Onion Jack Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, with no date.

pours black, with creamy tan head, that fades to nothing fairly quickly. roasty aroma - bitter cocoa and coffee. taste is similar, but also a bit acidic. but pleasant. medium body, subdued carbonation.

overall - an average stout. not as sweet as expected for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet

A - pours a dark brown, light chocolate head with good retention, dissipates to almost no head

S - chocolate dominates the nose, with coffee, roasted malt

T - rosted malt predominantly, with some bitterness from hops at the end. less flavor than the aroma had led me to believe

M - thinner than expected, not a significant amount of alcohol

D - fair amount of drinkablilty, I would not turn this down if offered to me again, but nothing I would likely seek out specifically

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours very dark brown with two fingers of tan foam.

S: Some weak coffee and cocoa. That oaty twang is slightly apparent, but everything is pretty muted.

T: Same here. Weak cocoa and coffee. The oatmeal flavour is present, but clashes instead of aids the other flavours.

D: Easy drinking, but a little bland and not particularily well balanced.

Overall: Its just an "OK" beer. This isn't a terribly tough style, and I would much rather pick up a sixer from Trader Joe's for cheaper. Big 'meh'.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty nice stout black and medium bodied with a 1/4 inch of mocha colored head that quickly turns to a sticky lace ring. Smells of sight oats, mild roasty coffee, and some bittersweet chocolates. Taste and body is very nice roast is minimal but oat really balances out the chocolate and hoppy finish. Overall a tasty beverage but not really worth paying 3 dollars for another can.

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Photo of ahq514
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter.

Pours black with a wonderful 2 finger, mocha colored head. Seems to have light carbonation. Decent lacing.

Aroma is of oats, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Maybe a few earthy hops, but the aroma in general is slightly subdued.

Flavor matches the aroma profile pretty well. Oats, chocolate, coffee, and some light caramel. Not much hop presence. Roast sticks on the palate for awhile.

Pretty light bodied for a stout, making it medium bodied. Light carbonation and creamy. Makes for a drinkable stout.

Overall an average oatmeal stout. Just overall subdued flavors, nothing really negative to say about it, just not much to it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no canned on date, poured into a snifter

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a small khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- roasted malt aroma up front with some dark fruity notes of prune & fig, a bit of whipping cream sweetness

T- chocolaty roasted malt with some dark fruit notes that follow the nose, highlights of prune, a hint of coffee before finishing sweet with notes of whipped cream

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a sweet flat finish

O- a straight forward stout, was hoping for a better mouthfeel, given that it's an oatmeal stout

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%


(3.35) A: Dark brazilian cherry exit with a walnut colored frumpy head of 1/2 inch. Short retention rate. Average regards.

(3.45) S: Fresh wet roast, dark fruit, black cherries & lightly sweet plums. Soft scent, a bit of sweet vanilla creamer.

(3.55) T: Flavor of roasty fresh coffee and chocolate. Sweetness of dark fruit, plums, sugar roast and cola. Hints of vanilla bean, munich toastiness, with a creamy roastiness.

(3.50) M: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, good tingle of carbonation around the tongues edges, bitter and earthy feel.

(3.50) O: decent, easy drinkability, good for the general stout masses. Wont knock you over with boldness, smooth and a bit ligher drinking like a porter.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours thick and dark. About 1/2 inch head that loose and fades fast. Judging but the surface foam it looks to be well carbonated.
Smells of roasted malts.
Malty tasting with deep roasted malts, some coffee essense in there too. Bitter.
Flavor is good but tastes a little weak and watery to me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jack Stout pours out of the can as a rich looking black liquid with a decent size head that's a nice brown color. The aromas are roasted quite well. There isn't any hops aroma at here. This stouts taste has a lot of roasted malt up front and has a chocolaty toasted marshmallow dryness on the back end. The mouthfeel is a little thin but It's still a good drinkable stout.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Be careful, the cans are filled to the top and tend to splatter on opening.

Interesting afrocentric 70's inspired design on this can.

Into a 12 oz. cheater pint, it pours oily black with a reddish cola highlight. Some dark mocha foam, the shade of chocolate milk. The flimsy cap dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind a thin ring and flecks of spotty lace.

Mild aroma of dry roast coffee, roast malt. Dry and husky, not sweet at all.

Moderate roasty flavor, notes of bakers chocolate in the middle, and slightly ashy burnt toast in the finish. Traces of weak coffee and natural raisin flavors. Very light, like a Porter or English Stout. Not much trace of the oatmeal, in flavor or texture. Still it's light and easy drinking, tastes fine. The light body is the one area that could improve, it's a little thin, but it wouldn't deter you from having 2-3 in a sitting. First glass disappeared fast...

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Jack Stout from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.
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