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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 08-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
151
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of metter98
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—faint traces of brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of roasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of smoothness from the oats are noticeable.
O: This beer is easy to drink, isn't too filling and has some nice flavors. I think it could have stood out a little more if the taste was a little bolder.

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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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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 Kegatron
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Black with a creamy and smooth mocha head that drenches the sides of the glass with thick lacing. Smells of roast, cocoa, a bit of caramel and some green citrus. The roast adds a good bit of the flavor to this. The taste is similar, with a moderately flavorful mix of coffee, green citrus and then a flush of sweetness across the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crispness that flows easily enough but is overall coming off as a bit thin. This actually isn’t too bad and was a big step up for me from some of the other canned offerings that I’ve had from the Onion.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and a light amount of very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee and roasted + chocolate malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts (including chocolate malts) with some lighter notes of freshly roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink with the fairly low ABV, lighter body, and light flavors. Enjoyable but it would be a little better with a slightly stronger flavor - though the same types of flavors just a little more pronounced or intense.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden. Poured chilled from the can into a willybecker.

the color of black w/ thin cap of tan, the lace stickage is decent and the bead is ultra fine. The clarity of the stout is opaque. The aroma is potent and very coffee-like, like sweetened black coffee with a slight earthy accent. The feel is roasty and moderately high in carbonation w/ light bitterness and mild mild which is semi-sweet and the body is medim w/ a slightly dry finish.

Jack stout has a good coffee taste from roasted barley with some charred flavor and slight caramel malt accents. The mild spice in the flavor blends with a lasting char flavor in the the finish. I was pleased overall by this stout-a pretty decent example of the style -a solid stout which has pretty good flavor and better than average drinkability

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Onto Blind beer #4 from TMoney2591. Going with the lone can in the bunch; poured from a 12 oz. can into a my Hopleaf tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color, with one finger of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves no lacing on the glass. This one has to be a stout.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, milk choclate, light alcohol, and light dark fruits. Lots of coffee and roasted notes up front; definitely thinking this is a RIS.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter dark chocolate, alcohol, sweet chocolate, and hops. Coffee and roasted malts dominate again. A little more alcohol than the nose, and would have liked more chocolate, but still pretty good.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A little less carbonation and this would have been even easier to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice (what I'm going to assume is a) stout. Lots of roasted and coffee characteristics make me this this is a RIS.

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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 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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 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 Dicers
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duff27
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- creamy light mocha head on a dark brown beer. Great head retention and lacing.

S- not much smell toit, maybe slightly metallic, which I get a lot in oatmeal stout.

T- good smokey/meaty flavor. Well balanced with hops, not too sweet. Love the flavor.

M- thin on the mouthfeel, carbonation is good though,

D/O- liked it overall, biggest complaint is the mouthfeel. Recommended for oatmeal stout fans. Like what I've had from the Wild Onion so far.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to resi for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste also has considerable malts, coffee, I am not detecting any oats. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality brew.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Jack Stout from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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