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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I have this thing about beers being to light, I have adopted the following premise: "Any Beer You Can See Through Is To Light". The beer pours a deep dark brown to black, monumental frothy chocolate head that settles quickly, Glutinous lace that clings to the glass in sheets. Nose roasted and toasted grains, coffee like, semi-sweet. Start sweet, the middle is full, creamy, and thick and the finish is somewhat dry, delicate touch of hops, and modestly carbonated.

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