edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2015
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is chocolate and a hint of coffee. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Works for me. Produces a sensible, diminuitive head; dark brown body with obvious carbonation. The carbonation is quite noticeable in the tasting, too, though it is soft enough to be overlooked until it burns off a bit more. Good chocolate flavors, relatively controlled sweetness, though I didn’t mind that at all (sometimes finding oatmeal stouts a bit off kilter for my tastes). Poured some onto a chocolate brownie and it totally worked for me! Bottle. Drank on St. Valentine’s Day. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 On tap at the GTMW 2011. Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a creamy tan topper. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, grains and mild vanilla. Taste of chocolate, oatmeal, yeast, light sugar, white chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Dry finish that’s a touch artificial.
drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2012
08-16-09. 6-3-6-2-13. On tap at the GTMW. Copper with a thin tan head, doesn’t look much like a stout. Aroma of roasted malt, mild caramel and light sweet malt. Taste of mild chocolate, milk sugar, roasted dark malt and perhaps a hint of coffee. Seemed very thin and had a mild chalky finish.
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!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12oz bottle from mattyb83, thanks Matt! Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a big mix of dark cocoas and sweeter chocolates as well as a moderate roast and light coffee, smooth oats, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of bitterness to the cocoas. Flavor is similar. Lots of smooth oats with plenty of dark cocoas and sweeter chocolates up front before a touch of vanilla comes in. A moderate roast to balance the chocolates as well as a light coffee and touch of toasty grain. Finishes fairly dry with a really nice bittersweet chocolate, a light roast, and a touch of hop bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a soft, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable sweet stout. Lots of chocolates with a nice mix of bittersweet dark cocoas and sweeter, richer chocolates all balanced well with a solid vanilla and a nice mix of roasts, coffee, and a touch of hops. Great beer.
madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle - Pours black with a creamy tan head. Nose is chocolatey and milky with a smooth oatmeal graininess. Lightly sweet. Taste brings the chocolate and medium roasted dark malt, lightly chalky with some milkiness and a long bitter finish. Smooth and silky body with medium heft. Good stuff. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Dark brown pour, but certainly not thick. Tan head. Roasted malt nose with a hint of chocolate. Medium-light mouthfeel. Malty, sweet with a hint of chocolate in the taste. islay (2734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Creamy, dessert-sweet aroma features chocolate (especially chocolate mousse) and lemon scents. Pours a dark brown with a moderate to large amount of thick, taupe head. Produces good lacing. Flavor is tart, tarry, and bitter at first. Coffee beans. Lemon sourness. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. The taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. Milk chocolate or carob emerges upon multiple sips. The taste is that of an artificial chocolate, like a Tootsie Roll. Light bodied and soft in the palate. Rush River Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (that’s how it’s labeled, by the way; no “Nevermore” to be seen on the bottle) is surprisingly interesting, but it is merely interesting and not particularly good. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Dark black pour w/ a whispy head. Weak light lactose and chocolate in the aroma. Nice light chocolate taste lightly bitter coccoa some roasty malts a bit watery for a big beer. Avg pal. Decent, but not memorable. ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2012
July 21, 2012 on tap at All Pints North. Dark brown pour with some head. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and oats/grain in aroma and taste. This changed my view of Rush River for sure.