cbfobes (2270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery, pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head, aroma is full of chocolate with sweet malt and a touch of smoke, the flavor is full flavored with chocolate and a smokey finish, not bad.
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was really good, a grand Stout, but trust me, Bent River has another Stout that tops this one!
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Merkin666. Pours a nearly black, ruby brown with a 2 finger, creamy, beige head that fades to a thick skim after a couple of minutes. Aroma is roast, slightly over toasted granola, puffed wheat cereal, caramelized corn syrup (like in caramel corn), light chocolate, toast, and caramel. Flavor is roast, chocolate, burnt sugar, a little char, hints of oatmeal, more puffed wheat cereal (odd, but tasty in this case), caramel and a touch of crusty, yeasty bread here and there. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, becoming a little dry toward the middle and dry to the finish, and a moderate, slightly sharp carbonation. Really good stuff, could use a little extra lasting heft to the body and a slightly less sharp carbonation, but it’s still a really nice stout.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20100608 Tap at brewpub. Pretty standard brewpub oatmeal stout that is okay but very plain. Some pleasantly dry burnt caramel notes. This one could definitely deal with a light sweetness, but overall it’s quite dry.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
Moving on to the more appealing entries on the menu this third taster was actually quite good. Unlike the lighter ales which seemed unfocused and experimental this had a purpose. Knocking down a pint of this would be pleasurable and probably complement most of the entries on the standard brewpub menu well.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep inky black the fluid body had an oily presence. It did not betray a heavy alcoholic base nor should it have for a sessionable sweet stout. Oatmeal, raspberries, and little traces of black coffee.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet and fluid the mouthfeel is a trace watery. Heavily flavored oatmeal filled with fresh raspberries and accompanied by rare sips of black coffee make a solid impression on the palate. This is par for the course for the style. If I were to make a benchmark this would not be far from the mark.
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark red color. Reddish brown. Coffee aroma, dark chocolate and campfire smoke. Very nice. Instant press. Taste is oatmeal, coffee grounds and bakers chocolate. Decent finish. Not bad at all.
MrNemo (11) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Betn River has some of the best beers I have had. I may be partial because I used to live in the Quad Cities and Bent River was THE QC brewery. This a very well balanced, roasty stout with coffee hints. When I am not in the mood for the uncommon, I have the outmeal instead. I had a keg of this beer and the IPA driven down for my wedding in Florida. Definately a huge hit at the reception. BR always puts a lot of effort into the appearance of their beers as well as balance and flavor.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a couple glasses from a growler supplied by Rooftoprogue. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor was dominated by roasted coffee with some chocolate, and fair amount of roasted malts. Finishes with bitter coffee. Mouthfeel was a tad thin. Had a stronger coffee flavor than the java stout.
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Have had on tap many times at Bent River, and this is one of my favorites, and is my fiancee’s absolute favorite. Great coffee and chocolate notes, a creamy mouthfeel, and an all around great beer.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good replacement for the uncommon as they were out of my beloved coffee stout when i visited. solid roasty toasty smooth goodness