Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Rush River Brewing Company

Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal StoutNevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #398
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,617
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 13.49%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
151
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Rush River Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Very Good
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with a medium, rich tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of alcohol and marker phenols with some chocolate to back it up. Hints of dark grape among the phenols too. (3.25)

Flavor: Dark malts with chocolate, but submerged in alcohol. Moderate amount of phenols on the flavor, but less than the nose. Finishes with a alcohol and dark grape soda sweetness. (3.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Sort of has a bite from the alcohol. Not creamy from the oatmeal that I would have expected. Finishes with an alcohol and chocolate sweetness that lingers. (3.25)

Compared to Deschutes' Obsidian Stout: Similar color and appearance. Less chocolate on the aroma and flavor. More dark malts, alcohol, and sweetness and less roasty.

Overall: Not a beer that I was expecting. I was expecting lots of chocolate and creamy oatmeal. Instead I got dark malts, hints of chocolate thrown among a giant alcohol phenolic aroma/flavor that gives it a sort of grape soda flavor with chocolate. Interesting, sort of appealing I guess, but not the chocolate oatmeal stout that I wanted. Not sure, maybe I"m completely wrong, but very different than was expected. Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but a chocolate grape soda isn't necessarily something that makes me come back. (Final Rating: 3.28)

Feb 15, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee. Nice roasted coffee and malt taste with subtle chocolate.

Feb 05, 2020
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bright inky black with bubbles leisurely rising to the surface under a thin tan cap

S: moderate coffee, chocolate and oatmeal smell

T: Oatmeal, chocolate and coffee flavors are fairly even

F: rich velvety texture with a medium full body and medium carbonation

O: well balanced beer with big flavors

Sep 22, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: some smoked notes, chocolate malt oats, crisp easy finish. Mellow, earthy malty nose. Black/brown, mostly opaque, tan head some lace. Medium body.

Jun 10, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark chocolate brown body with a thin, bubbly ring of head.

Aromas of crisp rice, chocolate malt-o-meal, and slight earthy aromas.

The flavor is mostly earthy, with dirt and breathing a musty basement. Very faint suggestions of both coffee and chocolate in equal strength at the finish line. Not a very solid performer.

Feel manages to hold onto a little creaminess as well as a tight carbonation that stings the palate and the belly. Roasty and oily finish.

Overall, not a stout I'll be revisiting again. It's far too dirty, definitely not chocolaty, or oaty. Yes, they may have used cocoa nibs in the boil, but it's far from concentrated enough to make it into the flavor profile.

Sep 01, 2017
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a silky black color with very little carbonation. Rich robust aromas and toasted malts. A much lighter stout on the tongue. Thin in texture, lots of oatmeal grain but more cocoa than chocolate flavors. Finishes very chalky on the taste buds. Quite interesting to say the least.

Apr 17, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, creamy looking one finger offwhite head, above average retention, thin collar, bits of lacing. Smells of cocoa, a little bit of rubber, dark fruit, chocolate, mild roast. The rubber isn't really rubber per se, but it is more of a synthetic aroma if that makes sense. Flavour is milk chocolate, cocoa, touch of roast, grainy sweetness, mild synthetic tasting bitter chocolate milk finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit thin in terms of depth, moderately bitter cocoa finish. A sipper. Overall, a decent stout with a big chocolate character to it, but some of it is synthetic tasting enough that it's not the most natural for me to drink easily.

Mar 03, 2016
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, huge head that stays. Smells pretty good too, coffee, oatmeal, but of chocolate. It's a bit thin and has a tinny taste on there. Look and smell were my favorite things about this beer but it's not bad

Jan 27, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

really dark. no head to speak of.

another malty, dark fruit kind of beer. not really getting the cocoa.

taste is a bit thin here. i was expecting something more - it's just a bit sweet and mild.

feel is a bit creamy and lightly carbonated. pretty tame.

not a bad beer, but doesn't live up to what i'd want from a good, oatmeal stout.

Dec 22, 2015
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours black as night with one finger of creamy mocha colored head. Head retains fairly quickly and leaves behind little lacing.

S: Big aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, oats, caramel, and roasted malts. You also get some notes of roasted coffee, tobacco, and a faint smokiness.

T: Flavors of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and coffee greet you initially. You find flavors of oats, nuts, earthy hops, and some slight smokiness as well. Very pleasant and balanced.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with a moderately high amount of carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy with a nice crisp finish.

O: A great oatmeal stout. It is very easy drinking for what it is and I enjoy this brew on the regular. It's a solid go to when your in the mood for a nice creamy stout.

Dec 08, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark malts/malts, fruit and a hint of spring water. The flavor is dark/lightly roasted malts, fruit, mild dark fruit, a hint of chocolate and an acidic/tart/very slight heat in the finish.

Jul 07, 2015
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kdwruck from Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was actually really excited for this beer. It looked so tasty, I mean, when can you go wrong when some attempts an oatmeal choco stout? Anyways, this beer really kind of lacked taste. It wasnt bad and neither was the smell or color I guess I just had higher expectations. Not a bad beer for someone who is just starting it in the dark beers world. Otherwise if you know beers, grab the founders oatmeal stout. Cheers.

May 24, 2014
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GoldHorde from Minnesota

2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To be blunt, I ALWAYS expect a stout to be able to go stride for stride with a cigar - not necessarily a maduro - but at least a full flavored brown wrapper. THAT SAID, I do not review beers while having a cigar.

A: Opaque dark brown. thin head, thin lacing

S: Faint caramel

T: Faint flavors of caramel malt, with a sweet malt afterbite. No chocolate.

M: Lightweight body

O: The appearance and smell alone told me this beer would be on the LITE end of the stout style. Blindfolded I would not have guessed a stout - I might have guessed a porter but it is was to the light side of that style. It lacked the complexity gamut of the stout style and I would find this beer more acceptable as a porter. Without the blindfold - I might have even guessed it to be a black lager served cold enough. I generally test beers within their style temperatures. Ales, Stouts and Porters in the 55F and the pilsners and lagers in the 40F range. I think this is my first Rush River Brewing review - I would certainly like to try another offering of theirs in another style as some brewers are finessed in specific styles - much like chefs or bakers.

Good luck pleasing me next time Rush River Brewers!

Apr 24, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an almost solid black pour with a finger of tan head. smells of toasted oats, cocoa, tobacco. tastes very light for an 8% stout - almost like drinking a melted bar of dark chocolate.. slightly bitter towards the end with an earthy tobacco like taste. medium body with a nice creamy feel but a little watery past the palate makes it feel like a light bodied beer. it's kind of weird to say it's a refreshing stout.

this is not a bad stout by any means. i quite like it actually, but it really has nothing that makes it stick out from most other stouts which is why my rating seems a little harsh. it's nice to have a beer with high booze content taste like a session stout! i'm cellaring the other bottle i got of this, we'll see how it is in a few years.

Jun 08, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown, not thoroughly black. Head is one and a half fingers, cocoa brown. Retains mediocrely.
S- Smell is very pleasant. Dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, and a faint sweetness.
T- At first it is a big dark chocolate and smoke flavor. Very pleasing. Finish tails off with some abstract sweetness.
M- Mouthfeel is mediocre for the style. Light at first but it picks up a little chewyness in the finish. Low carb.
O- A good oatmeal stout that with a bit better body could be a great beer.

Mar 29, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. An initially tall three finger sand colored head fizzles down to a loose layer of fluff in about a minute but leaves behind gorgeous layers of lacing on top of the opaque black brew.

S. Baking chocolate, tobacco, roasted black coffee.

T. Flavor is also centered around the chocolate flavor, with minimal hopping present. All the bitterness that does happen originates from the roasted malt itself. Finish does have a very brief flash of ester to it, but I kind of like it.

M. Crisp yet smooth, well carbonated medium bodied beer. Delicious.

Mar 04, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at a good temperature with a nice, tan, foamy, thick, fine head that settles and a little lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, trace vanilla, coffee, walnuts. Flavor's similar to nose with very good balance betwixt the sweet, tart, and bitter. Body and carboantion are very good for style. Finish is like flavor with vanilla and a little booze coming forward. Deceptively easy drinking beer. Great for chilly willys. And I like it too!

Feb 29, 2012
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Aaron (laymansbeerfan) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark viscosity into a tulip with about two fingers of mocha head that dissipates at a quick pace leaving good lacing.

Smell – A great bittersweet cocoa character, oats, toasted malts, and coffee.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Lots of cocoa, earthy hops, slight hops, just a little coffee, nuttiness, and some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium to almost lighter bodied, plentiful and active carbonation.

Overall – Actually, this is a pretty good beer. No alcohol warmth or flavor. Extremely quaffable and a great night cap. Curious why this gets such bad reviews. It’s not the best…but certainly not the worst. I’d drink this again for sure.

Feb 11, 2012
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GeezLynn from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is black with a bit of brown showing and a big white head that skips to the glass edges pretty quickly. Aroma is straightforward, primarily chocolate with some roasted tones and lactose. Simple, but nice. Definitely fits its billing with an obvious chocolate flavor. It’s on the sweet side, with a noticeable alcohol burn. Roasted flavors are really dialed back making the chocolate flavor more apparent. Finishes very sweet with faint, earthy hops. Body is medium-heavy and smooth. Carbonation is on the high side and a bit choppy.

This is a pretty nondescript oatmeal stout as far as I’m concerned. Not really any “off” flavors in particular, but the alcohol content is way too high relative to the amount of flavor and it comes across overly sweet. This brewery seems to be hit or miss for me with their alt and brown as hits and IPAs, stouts, and porter as misses.

Feb 10, 2012
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Greggy from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick 2 finger tan head which reminds me of a creamy chocolate malt. Lacing, sadly, is very sparce. The body is pitch black (of course).

S- Big huge chocolate, super creamy and malty, almost caramel notes. Great.

T- Starts out very creamy and then transitions into excellent chocolate with with creamy oatmeal notes. The finish is very creamy and long with excellent chocolate malt notes.

M- Carbonation feels a little high to me but overall the big body doesn't suffer.

O- Overall, an excellent oatmeal stout. I'm glad this is local and thus, quite fresh. The 8% certainly doesn't show through. Will drink again.

Jan 27, 2012
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar extra from Aaron, thank you sir. 12oz bottle poured into a Snake River pint glass.

A: Pours very dark and opaque brown/black, but with an unimpressive tan head that fizzles quickly away.

S: An oaty cocoa sweetness rises from the glass, along with some sugary chocolate syrup notes, coffee, and nice dark roasted malt character. Sweet, but not overly so. Nice.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel to a lesser extent, very nice nice milk chocolate notes on the tongue with a darker chocolate/light roasted malt aftertaste. Very pleasant.

MF: Creamy body, medium silky smooth mouthfeel with a touch of dryness.

O: A good oatmeal stout with nice, though slightly artificial, chocolate notes. Absolutely no alcohol presence, which is nice. I could probably drink a couple of these.

Jan 10, 2012
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brydeen from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. A razor thin mocha colored head, that dissipates as quick as it arrived.

S: Loads of chocolate in the nose, both dark and bittersweet. A slight roasty backbone, but mainly sweet.

T: Chocolate dominates the pallet. Very little roast in the flavor, with a slightly bitter and grainy finsih. Not a lot of oat characteristic.

M: Thick and syrupy, with very little carbonation present.

O: Not bad, but the viscosity combined with the sweetness is a little much. The 8% is well hidden, but tastes a little too much like chocolate syrup for me. Don't think you could have more than 1 in any sitting

Jan 06, 2012
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joefeidt from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with quick dissipation of lace.

Smell is subtle, I'm not getting much there.

Taste is a big bang of chocolate chips and oatmeal. Some wonderful vanilla notes too. Yummy.

Mouthfeel lingers for about 10 seconds as it coats my tongue.

Overall this is one very tasty beer from Rush River finally available in a bottle. (You could sometimes find this on tap if you were lucky.) A tasty beer to help us get through the winter. Thank you, Rush River!

Dec 22, 2011
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pBRale from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Jet black pour, light cocoa head, super creamy and quite foamy. The head settles very slowly and has very good retention, leaving a thick web of lace down the entire glass. Quite Outstanding!

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts warmly greet the nose, followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Smells heavenly.

Taste: The taste is coffee up front followed by dark chocolate and then roasted malts. The oats really lend a beautiful, rich creaminess to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy mouthfeel; medium-low carbonation, and a dry finish. A very drinkable 8% abv beer.

Overall: A beautiful beer with lots of flavor and a rich, creamy texture that makes this a velvety treat to enjoy anytime of the year. Very well done!

Sep 23, 2011
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birchstick from Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade with KeefD

A - pours black as night with a one finger taupe head that dissipates but leaves a nice lacing around the rim

S - smells of milk chocolate and cocoa with a touch of vanilla

T - the taste is similar to the to nose. Starts off with a nice milk chocolaty flavor that remains throughout the lifecycle of this beer. There is a touch of vanilla and cocoa powder thrown into the mix as well, however them milk chocolate is most dominant. The chocolate flavors are really rich and delicious, however I wish this was a bit more complex.

M - medium, silky body goes down nicely and is a little dry on the finish

D - this is a really nice chocolate oatmeal stout. Again, I wish this had a tad bit more complexity, otherwise no complaints. Recommended!

Sep 04, 2011
Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Rush River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 151 ratings