Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Rush River Brewing Company

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Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal StoutNevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZAP on 06-28-2009

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46
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
24.06%
 
 
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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of brydeen
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of joefeidt
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of pBRale
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of Alacy
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle poured into a snifter
Dated Feb 2011

A: 1.5 inch tan head, no lacing, lots of sediment (sediment is not the most attractive thing but it is unfiltered so what do you expect)

S: lots of chocolate, toasted malt, hint of alcohol

T: malt and a lot of chocolate, as I drink it more the chocolate mellows and it has a nice malty backbone.

M: really nice creaminess

O: have not had this one in awhile, as I drink it I enjoy it more. At first I only was getting chocolate but now I'm getting a decent malty backbone.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Small Batch Series"
Bottled Week 3 of December 2010

A- Nice half-inch mocha head. Beer is dark brown/black with small sediment on the bottom of the pint glass. Above average head retention and no lacing.

S- Chocolate is really coming through on the smell.

T- Cocoa/chocolate...like the little chocolate chips in cookies, basically. Roasted barley, the norm for stouts. Alcohol presence in nil.

M- Smooth. Well carbonated, almost to a fault...the carbonation bubbles really fill up your mouth.

D/O- A bit one dimensional but still a good beer. Rush River seemed to brew this one with a purpose and pretty much nailed it. Would recommend to a stout fan.

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque ruby red/brown in color, topped with a brownish-tan head. Plenty of suspended yeast here, and as the head falls the lacing is moderate.

Nose is fruity and lightly-nutty, with the overall impression being a mixture of toasted and bready malt and cocoa. Very, very light notes of coconut oil (!) and vegetal, fusel alcohol.

Sweet and ever-so-slightly bittersweet on the first sip. Bittersweet aspect lingers, and though there's little in the way of overt hop presence there a nice lingering bitterness overall, and it's a nice counterpoint to the sweetness. The bitterness becomes a little bit more pronounced as this warms, but it won't strike anyone as even remotely bitter.

Lighter note/presence of alcohol around the mid-palate here, but it is well-compensated for in terms of overall drinkability, flavor (notes of chocolate, etc), and mouthfeel. This one certainly does not come across as 8% initially, but as it warms up a bit the alcohol presence does become slightly more-pronounced. A lighter fruitiness mingles with the broader chocolate and cocoa notes, banana, raspberry, and cherry in particular.

Nevermore is definitely a sipper, and could be worth tracking down when a chocolatey oatmeal stout strikes your fancy. Overall this reminds me favorably of a gussied-up version of Rush River's very own "Lost Arrow" porter, and I'm certainly okay with that! I've quite enjoyed Lost Arrow on several past occasions on tap, and look forward to seeing this one on tap as well. I'll definitely be re-visiting Nevermore in the future : )

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with thick body giving about two fingers of an off-white creamy head that persists for an average time. This is highly black, opaque with barely any visible edges. Some lacing, creamy but low amount of top foam.

T - initially of darker specialty malts and alcohol. Served at near 45F. 0 hop, 0 diacetyl.

F - initial taste does not jump and is a bit flat. The alcohol is apparent in the finish. Stout like with apparent roasted malts that support a base malt. Chocolate comes in the middle and finishes a bit rough.

M - smooth with alcohol warming. Moderately clean with residuals of dark malts.

Decent. Could use aging and a bit more dextrin. The oatmeal is there. I recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of StLThrash
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce glass into New Belgium globe.

A - Dark, brownish-black, with a nice 1 finger tan head that lingered a bit. No significant lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate, some toasted maltiness, not as much as I thought though. Coffee, a hint of alcohol.

T & M - Not as creamy as I had hoped for. Lots of chocolate sweetness, with a hint of coffee and toasted malts. Alcohol well hidden. Very drinkable. A little light and not as robust as I was thinking it would be.

Overall - Decent stout. Nothing spectacular, but this is a worthy effort. I'd definitely get another one.

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Photo of msjacilynn
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick brown head. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Chocolate. Hint of roasty malts.

T: BAM! Chocolate! Malty backbone is definitely present but this beer is overrun by bitter, dark chocolate.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, found the creaminess perfect.

D: The ABV is high but well hidden. Wouldn't suggest running through a 6er in an evening.

I actually am in love with this beer and the way it was done. Might be too heavy handed for some folks but I really enjoyed it! Drank all winter long and makes me excited to do so again next year.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into long stemmed tulip, served around 45 deg. Full tan head quickly dissipates, leaving some coverage for the life of the beer.

S: Mild bitter chocolate, cocoa, hint of roasted malt. Much better as it warms.

T: Bittersweet, mild cocoa, slight earthy hops on the finish. Actually gets worse as it warms, which is very odd for this style. Tells me it is not put together very well.

M: Average, hint of alcohol, so-so carbonation. Should be creamier for style though

D: Turns very bitter and even a touch sour with sweet food, to a fault. I like Rush River brews, but this one just falls flat, especially as it warms and on the finish.

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Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown in color. An aggressive pour yielded a gigantic fluffy tan head. Excellent veil of lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt and bitter black bakers chocolate.

T & M - A roasted malt backbone carries that same dark chocolate I smelled in the aroma. Full bodied, and it finishes with some bitterness in the aftertaste. It could use a touch more creaminess for my liking. The 8% ABV is actually pretty well hidden.

D - This is actually a very good beer from an underappreciated brewery. I would certainly recommend it, as it's a good representation of the style. Many thanks to my BA friend "veachster" for the generous offering.

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Photo of plfahey
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black, opaque, and totally impermeable to light. Tall, dense, tan, frothy head with a fine bead, nice lacing, and good retention.

Aroma-Intoxicating chocolatey and slight coffee aroma. Dry, roasted dark malts. Slight vegetal note. Light Vanilla.

Flavor-Bittersweet chocolate up front. Slightly bland at the beginning, but the middle of the palate has a nice rich chocolate flavor (tastes like a chocolate bar). As the flavor fades, there are slight nutty and dry roast notes. Moderately low earthy hop flavor and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown-black with a big mocha head.

Smell: Light notes of roasted malt, oats, chocolate cocoa.

Taste: Chocolate, milled oats, roasted barley, coffee, slightly sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light. Too thin.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, but quite frankly, it's light and somewhat watery. All the flavors make sense, but I'd like to see more intensity and body in an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, and syrupy, with a massive dense frothy tan head that leaves a film of foam along the sides of the glass - way beyond lacing, in fact. There's some sediment I should have known was in there (given that the bottle says "unfiltered").

S: Gentle in the nose for the style. Lots of roasted barley, some caramel malts, a decent amount of oats, a bit of cocoa, and a faint woodiness. Nicely sweet, and very well rounded, but not as powerful as I look for from stouts.

T: What flavor is there is good, but it's kinda light for a stout. Tastes much like it smells, with a similar combination of flavors. Lighter on the dark roast than a lot of stouts, but filled in well by the oats and cocoa. It's quite well balanced, with a good mix of sweetness, mild bitterness, and richness. Very tasty - I just wish the flavor was more powerful.

M: Quite good. Silky smooth, medium-thick and rich, but feels light in the mouth and is gently coating. Pretty close to ideal for a stout, in my opinion.

D: As I made my way through the glass, the flavors started to assert themselves a bit more. But I want more out of this beer. Everything but the mouthfeel is just a bit watered-down. The smell and the taste need a bit more potency, which is unfortunate, because what's there is quite good. That, combined with the fact that the alcohol is barely detectable, makes it pretty easy drinking (just a little too easy drinking for a stout).

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Photo of camp0474
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with tan semi frothy head. Decent retention.

S: Roasted malts with faint bitter chocolate cocoa and coffee.

T: Lighter roasted malts, faint coffee and faint cocoa initially. Maybe some faint oatmeal sweetness. Then the cocoa dominates, like dry unsweetened cocoa powder. Ends chocolately but bitter.

M: Medium to high carbonation (maybe a bit too much) and lighter body. Pretty thin even for an oatmeal stout. Missing the smooth hearty body of a standard oatmeal stout.

D: Cocoa adds a unique character but I feel it takes away possibility of other good complexities. Overall not bad and fairly simple.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- pours like a coke without the fizz. Settles into the darkest of browns with a very small tan cap that recedes very quickly.

S- smells just like what is on the label. Bitter chocolate with a hint of oats or even granola. Some suggestions of coffee as well.

T- light watered down chocolate. Chocolate gives away to some tartness. Not very oaty not even an oaty feel. Every sip reminds me of flavored stout water

M- a very light bodied stout with a fizzy feel. Not my idea for a good stout.

D- pretty good for a stout but the fizziness is off putting. Also I wouldn't want to drink more than one due to the average taste

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Photo of herman77
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a small light tan head. A bit of lacing, nothing special.

S: Lots of chocolate, coco powder and coffee.

T: They aren't kidding. There is a lot of chocolate in this one. Its not overly sweet though since there is a lot of malt and coffee bitterness. Kind of reminds me of coco puffs in a way.

M: Medium to lighter body. Carbonation is high and its a little thin.

D: Not a typical oatmeal stout by any means, but it has decent drinkability. Worth a try.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Common Roots.

Blackish brown color with no head nor any lacing to be had.

Light chocolatey malt smell with a hint of coffee bean.

Chocolate and coffee flavor is what this beer is all about. Very tasty with a light sweetness. Very impressed with the taste.

A bit thin and not really the smooth oatmeal stout feel you would expect for the style. Still mostly smooth.

Drinks well. I could have a couple of these. No detection of the eight percent alcohol at all. The flavor is awesome, but the other areas need a little work on this one.

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