Craft Beer Review #2 – Bent River Brewery

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my second craft beer review. Again, I must warn you that I am a bit of an amateur with regards to the terminology and descriptions needed to fully review a delicious brew, but hey, it’s a start. Today’s article is a review of the Bent River Brewery in Rock Island, Illinois and the flight of delicious craft beers my son and I enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon.

For those of you that may have stumbled across this article in search of a craft beer gift idea, you are in luck, I have that for you too. As always, I will try to make it a point with each craft beer blog post to include an item that would make a great gift for the beer lover on your shopping list. Birthdays, Christmas, House Warming Gift, Father’s Day, whatever the case may be.

It’s Craft Beer or Nothing T-Shirt

Today, we look at CafePress Craft Beer or Nothing Dark T-Shirt. This Men’s Craft Beer T-Shirt is:

  • 100% Preshrunk Cotton
  • Crew Neckline, Men’s Craft Beer T-Shirt
  • Available in Several Different Colors

Quite simply, a craft beer t-shirt is the perfect gift for the beer lover on your shopping list. As a fellow connesiour of all things hoppy and good, this is definitely a t-shirt that I would sport.

Bent River Brewery Review

Bent River Brewery

Anyway, on to our Sunday afternoon adventure! On a day trip to see my step-daughter in Davenport, Iowa, my wife, son and I planned a two hour excursion to visit a local brewery. We had selected Bent River Brewery and navigated our way to their Rock Island, Illinois location using the GPS feature on our smart phones. Bent River has two locations. Their Moline, IL location is a fully-operational brew house with a full restaurant and patio. We will have to visit this next time. We actually landed in the Rock Island, Illinois location. The Rock Island brewery consists of a tasting room and distribution center with a few t-shirts and novelty items sporting the Bent River logo.

The tasting room was simple, open and inviting. The locals inhabiting the bar stools watching the Chicago Bear game seemed to be a pleasant, fun group. The bartender hooked my son and I up with a flight of five beers and threw in an extra glass of their new Belgian IPA for us to try. My wife, who is not as much of a fan of the beers I enjoy, ordered a pint of the Raspberry Wheat beer. The atmosphere was friendly and it was an enjoyable couple of hours watching the Bears and enjoying the Bent River Craft Brews. Well, there was one Minnesota Viking fan there, but we ignored him to the best of our abilities ~~lol~~.

All-in-all, I would highly recommend a visit to the Bent River Brewing company. A friendly atmosphere with a fantastic selection of quality craft brews.

Craft Beer Review

Oatmeal Stout

Like most Oatmeal Stouts, the color of this brew was dark and rich. The Oatmeal Stout is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. Oatmeal Stout has an ABV of 6.5% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 23.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I rated this stout with 3.5 stars. Looking back, I wish I would have described the taste on my Untappd app a bit more so I could include it in this article. However, my simple description of “I dig it. Groovy Taste” along with the rating is enough for me to remember that this was one of my favorite brews of the day.

Undercurrent IPA

Oatmeal Stout - Undercurrent IPA - Jingle Java Stout

Oatmeal Stout – Undercurrent IPA – Jingle Java Stout


Undercurrent IPA is an American IPA with a copper-like color This brew is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. Undercurrent IPA has an ABV of 7.1% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 67.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I rated this IPA with 3.5 stars. Up front, this IPA had a good hoppy taste that I enjoy from my India Pale Ales. However, there was just a bit too much aftertaste on the back end of this drink. All-in-all, I would definitely drink the Undercurrent again.

Jingle Java Stout

Jingle Java Stout is an American Stout with a dark rich holiday flavor. This stout is a dark coffee-like color. Jingle Java is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. This seasonal stout has an ABV of 7.0% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 29.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I rated this Stout with 4 out of 5 stars. My son and I really enjoyed this holiday treat. We found it to have a delicious toffee/caramel coffee taste. This malt beverage would make the perfect dessert after a holiday dinner. Jingle all the way!

Barrel Aged Belgian IPA

Barrel Aged Belgian IPA is an Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Barrel Aged Belgian is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. This belgian ale has an ABV of 9.0% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 60.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I could only muster up 1 star for this brew. This is definitely not my kind of IPA. It tasted like I was taking shots of Southern Comfort.

Uncommon Stout

Uncommon Stout is an oatmeal stout with a dark, coffee-like color. Uncommon Stout is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. This oatmeal stout has an ABV of 6.5% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 29.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I rated the Uncommon Stout with 3.5 stars. For me, 3.5 stars means I like it and I would drink it again. This is not the first time I have had this brew as the local liquor stores here in Pekin, Illinois have this bottled and on the shelf. Uncommon Stout is good and smooth, but I think I still take the original Bent River Oatmeal Stout over this coffee infused sibling.

Raspberry Wheat

Raspberry Wheat is a Fruit Beer. It is lightly hopped with a fruity finish. Raspberry Wheat is a product of Bent River Brewery, a micro brewery in Moline – Rock Island, IL. This fruity beer has an ABV of 4.81% (Alcohol By Volume) and an IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 20.

GRADE: On my UNTAPPD app, I gave this brew 3.5 stars. I’m usually not fond of fruity beers but this concoction had just the right mix of tart and tangy. Raspberry Wheat is a great option for those that are not into the darker stouts or hoppier beers. A great alternative!

So what do you think? Have you tried these brews before? What advice can you give me to learn more about the terminology of craft beers? What brews do you recommend I try next?

Currently, I am using the UNTAPPD app to rate and track beers that I have tasted. If you would like to follow me on this website/app, here is a link: Wally D. on UNTAPPD.

On to the next!
—wallyd

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