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

Black in color with a one finger brown head that recedes to a thin ring o' foam.

The aroma is a sweet, roasty chocolate, toasted pumpernickle, cream, and a little tin.

The taste starts with a little cream to the palate and heavily roasted bread crust and oats. The middle has a nice coffee and chocolate mix. Mouthfeel is a little creamy upfront, and waters down a little towards the finish.

Overall easy drinker but the palate is a little thin and the smell is somewhat tinny.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: onyx body, 1 finger oatmeal/tan head, lacing absent

S: big expresso/roasted coffee aroma, mild nuts, dash of bitter chocolate, licorice.

T: mild licorice/hint of chocolate, roasted big expresso bitter finish

M: med/light body, dry finish

O: Onion Pub has delivered an interesting Oatmeal Stout that doesn't really taste like Oatmeal. It has plenty of potential. The body could be heavier for the intense flavor and perhaps rename it a coffee or brewhouse stout?


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

Black/dark brown, very opaque. Head is the color of milk after you finish your Coco Puffs (or Coco Roos if you go cheap cereal like me). Anyways, head is large, fluffy and of moderate subsistence. Looks good to me.

Dutch chocolate and some mellow, vanilla-ish notes.

Creamy chocolate, baker's chocolate, cafe au lait and minerals make up the taste for me. Also, a small hint of astringency from roasted barley, but in a more supportive role than than in others, where all you can taste is burnt toast. Flavor, for an oat stout, is a little small for my taste.

Mouthfeel is actually kinda thin for this style. Not watery, but thin.

This is actually a very drinkable beer, but drinks more like a dry stout. While the mouthfeel is thin, the abv% is hidden nicely. I look forward to other offerings from this new, local establishment.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for handing this beer to me so that I didn't have to make the effort to get beer from a local brewery of which I'm very weary.

The initial pour starts off promising there is nice black body to this beer with a lighter tan foam on the surface. There is truly nothing wrong with this beer yet. The smell leaves much to be desired. The only thing on the nose is almost a sour lacto smell. The taste would indicate there is no lacto involved, but I sure as heck smell something similar. The taste is actually not that bad. There is a rather moderate almost Guinness like quality to it. It's actually rather light but has a distinct roast with some toasted oatmeal. The mouthfeel is really watery for my liking, but on the brightside its got the right amount of carbonation to go with it so it drinks easy and goes down smooth. Overall this is a decent oatmeal stout, it's not my favorite for the style by a long shot, but, in all honesty, It's on the short list for drinkable options at The Onion Pub.

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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 JamnesCameron
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Holland pint glass.

Pours a jet black with a mocha head of about two fingers that drops to a thin wisp of foam after a few minutes. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of roasted grain, cocoa. faint chocolate milk aroma.

Flavors of light roasted flavor, oats, again with the faint chocolate milk flavor. Finish is very short, with a light roast lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Smooth.

Overall, a very light stout, light on the roasted character. Good oat presence. But, overall, kinda lacking in overall character, very subtle across the board.

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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 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 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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