Black River Stout | Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse

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Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by TXHops:
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3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Texas Big Buck Black River Stout(Grapevine)

A fine sweet stout. I put this one up there with Rogue Shakespeare Stout, though this one’s not nearly so earthy...

The pour is as close to pitch black as beer gets. A bright light reveals just the slightest touch of deep reddish-brown at the furthest edges of the glass. A tan head, with just-slightly-larger-than-perfect bubbles emerges from the growler, fizzes a bit, and then recedes to the edges of the glass, where it remains for the remainder of the drinking experience. The aroma is wonderfully complex--sweet, datey, figgy dark malts, a hint of alcohol, a touch of coffee liqueur and some burnt toast. As is the case with most good beers--the flavor follows the suit established by the aroma. First, there's the sweet, datey/figgy flavor of the dark malts, then there's the requisite stout astringency--highly kilned barley lending an intense, though brief burnt flavor, followed by just a touch of the metallic flavor that I always taste when roasted barley is used judiciously--vaguely like tasting blood or biting aluminum foil. Those obvious flavors are blanketed by this beer's real beauty: the sweet, cookie-like flavors of pale malt linger just beyond the more prominent stout flavors, mixing beautifully with the wonderfully-balanced hop bitterness and roasted flavors to create the sensation of layered complexity. The long-lingering finish leaves my mouth with memories of fruits not tasted while the beer was being tasted--another crowning achievement in fine brewing. I'm left with a vague sense of dried apricots, though that flavor was never there in the first place. The hops keep the beer from being at all cloying, which might be a problem otherwise.

Excellent stout!

May 2003 re-review. This beer just isn't as good as I was giving it credit for. It still tastes the same as when I first reviewed it, it's just that I was overlooking some pretty serious flaws while allowing myself to be enamored with the "covering" properties of roasted malts. The beer's a little too "green" and worty to be scored really high. The sweet fruitiness, the complexity and all the other benefits I mentioned above are there, but the flaws are too and I overlooked those before. The "premature" flavors remind me of beer not conditioned long enough and result in a lingering, rooty sourness in the long aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but not on par with Shakespeare Stout like I'd originally claimed...

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Photo of RBorsato
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Big Buck Brewery in Grapevine, TX on 06/08/06.

Black in color with a low light brown head. Roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate tones in both aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced but may have been a bit on the sweet side which was surprising considering the IBU levels. Medium bodied although not as creamy as I would have liked.

A fairly solid stout .. oatmeal, sweet, or otherwise...

Per Chalkboard at the Brewpub:
15.0 OG
30 IBU
5.5% ABV

Per BBB website: "Oatmeal stout. Seven different grains. 5.8% ABV. Gold Medal Winner." GABF ?

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Photo of unit555
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer in spite of a few flaws. The color was perfect ... pitch black with a nice head. Unfortunately the head didn't last which kept me from giving it a perfect appearance score.

Not much scent but the taste was really nice. Plenty of chocolate and roast malt that persisted long after it had been swallowed. Very drinkable brew. I will get this again next time I make a visit to Dallas.

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Photo of dauss
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

30 IBU and 6.3% ABV.

Appearance: Very black, small tan head with good retention. There wasn't much lacing though.

Smell: malty roasted smell with chocolate. I expected more roast in the smell though.

Taste: Loads of roast in the taste. Harsh, astringent and acrid. Thick creamy mouthfeel, but the body is thin. Light hop flavor in the background, mild bitterness with a dry, astringent and roasty finish. After a few moments after your last sip, a very pleasant lightly coffee and chocolate taste just stays on the palate.

Notes: It's decent. This beer also lacks balance. Definitely needs to cut back on the heavily roasted malts. Body could use work, the sweetness of an oatmeal stout wasn't there either. Third disappointment from the brewery.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with a thick, lasting purple head. Heavy cola and roasted malt in the aroma.

First taste is of overwhelming, sharp dark malt. Strong tones of iced coffee on the palate, almost like a mocha drink but without the milky sweetness. Traces of chocolate lost in there somewhere.

Overall, possibly just slightly sweeter than it should be but a wonderful alternative to the dry stouts. This is Big Buck's gold-medal winner, as per their menu.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout was very black with an average tan head that fizzled quickly. The aroma was not impressive, but to be fair there were several smokers at the table next to me. The taste was not as sweet as a Young's Double Chocolate and more hoppy. The taste was by far the best aspect of this beer. The mouthfeel was so average, I cannot now remember it and I had this beer only an hour ago. This is a good session beer. I would recommend it if you are stopping by but don't drive out of your way to get one.

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Black River Stout from Uncle Buck's Brewery & Steakhouse
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 6 ratings