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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 138
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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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Coffee, earthy aroma.

Taste: Coffee to start, semi-sweet chocolate in the middle, then back to a coffee finish.

Drinkability: I would never guess this was 8%, light feel and easy to drink.

Picked up a single, Rush River is pretty local to the Twin Cities. This was enjoyable, not super strong or over the top, just a solidly made stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with no light shining through. Head is thin, and there are clumpy yeast chunks floating around the glass. Head retention is good, but lacing is minimal.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee notes, with almost no hop character. It smells too sweet, as if fermentation was not quite complete.

T: Much better. Roasty malt with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Hops lend a slight kiss of dry character on the back end.

Notes: This full-bodied stout was a slacker in some categories, but other aspects made up for it. Flavor is intense, but not over the top. Rich in flavor, but a beer that can be sipped on it's own or enjoyed with a dessert. As the first bottled release of this brew, it's a solid effort. I have a feeling that future releases will be much better. This is an up and coming brewery, and I have my faith in them.

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Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with two fingers of tan head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Massive amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Mostly roasted malt aroma. Maybe just a hint of chocolate and smoke. Does not smell like anything special.

Good chocolate flavor up front. Nicely balanced with roasted malt. A hint of smoke. The chocolate and roasted bitterness are balanced. Some alcohol flavor in the finish as well as some warming.

A little overcarbonated and a touch thin. Maybe if the carbonation is toned down a little, the body would feel more substantial.

An enjoyable stout with some chocolate flavor. I appreciated the balanced flavor.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black color with a nice brown head. Head has ok retention, becomes a layer of bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Wow there's really nothing here. Picking up super faint bitter chocolate and that's about it. A touch of roasted malts too.

T- Pretty disappointed here taste is one dimensional with really the chocolate being the flavour.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- There is really not a whole lot going on here. I'm finding this one pretty boring. I think I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a black color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a solid half inch of foam. The aroma is of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. It is a very pleasing aroma, but not quite as strong as I would expect from a beer of 8% ABV. The taste is significantly stronger. There is a lot of chocolate for sure, but there is also a strong alcohol presence in the finish that marginalizes the enjoyment of the nice chocolate tones. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture. The carbonation is quite high for a beer of this style also helps take away from the taste. Overall, this isn't a bead beer. It has some very good aspects, but it has some very bad ones too. I really hope that the folks at Rush River reformulate this recipe keeping the good parts and eliminating the bad.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Rush River Nevermore Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, stout with natural cocoa flavors. Small batch series, unfiltered, unpasteurized." 12 ounce bottle

Fully ebon in appearance, roasted tan head.

Bittersweet nose, roasty-toasty, with cocoa notes below. Getting louder as we go. Very nice.

Taste: Mmmm, good and chocolatey. Starts cocoa and stays cocoa, fading ever gently in the finish. Oatmeal gives it sleek smoothness, very easy on the palate. Very even-tempered, initial sweetness is matched with some bitter, and glides right down.

Alcohol 8 % by vol. Bit of a surprise, there, and it's not easily detected, until...oh, here it comes.

A great beer from Rush River that may change some minds about this under-appreciated brewery.

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Photo of nwu008
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance - Looks a little thin for an imperial stout, and has a thin head.

Smell - Rich smooth chocolate smell, very appealing.

Taste - First tastes are rich smooth chocolate, however that rich flavor is countered by a rather thin stout taste. The thin taste of stout diminishes the good chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is too thing for the style.

Drinkability. The thin mouthfeel makes this more drinkable. The 8% alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of exonthebottle
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer was a special at Ed's. poor pour maybe but the beer had no head or lacing not that it mattered much. black
smell okay kinda hoppy but not much else
rather flavorful for a oatmeal stoat some hops and okay creamy oats.
ok mouthfeel not overly impressive but it goes down smooth.
I could drink five of these in session nice and interesting beer to try rather surprise by how few have reviewed this.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lowertown Bulldog: Served chilled in a pint glass and quite black and thick with a slim tight and tan cap of foam that lifted slightly to a collar ring and some spotty lace.

Aroma is muted but clean of dusty chocolate muffin mix and tender sweet coffee roastyness.

Nice taster, as it warms it really comes into its own and quite milky creamy smooth and chocolately with nice nuances to cocoa powder, oaty sweetness, and slenderized roasted coffee. Smurfed in vanilla hints and black tea arrive late with a bit of dry hops. Its chocolatey rhythm really lasts long and has a nice palate soaking character.

Good steady chocolatey taste and smoothly thick and mildly carbonated medium body. Firm, smooth, soft, milky, and drinkable.

A solid stout from Rush River. Fans of the Young's Dbl chocolate would like this too.

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

After trying to find the only Rush River beer that had eluded me, I finally came across it at two different bars in River Falls.

A - A relatively weak pour by the bartender delivers a dark jet black body that omits no light whatsoever. A light tan head rose a half finger thick and faded to a ring after a couple of minutes. Taking into account the weak pour, I assume the head would look better, but the body looked good regardless.

S - Not the strong nose I was expecting. While I was not in the optimal setting to get a good whiff of this beer, nothing stood out to me. Malts are present, along with cocoa, chocolate and a slight cream aspect.

T - Much like the smell. Chocolate and cocoa are present along with some faintly roasted malts. A nice cream aspect was also present but overall the beer was too subdued for my liking.

M - Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Faint roasted malts enter the mouth initially before a slight amount of carbonation arrives to provide a smooth transition into the chocolate and cream aspect of the beer. Finish is pretty smooth but nothing about this beer jumps out and grabs you.

D - This is a beer I will try again, but it's nowhere near as high on my list as Double Bubble. This beer just seems to subdued for my liking. Crank up the roasted malts, chocolate and cream aspects of this beer and let it come to life a bit more.

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