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Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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Overcast Espresso StoutOvercast Espresso Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008

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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by corylew:
Photo of corylew
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Block 15 in a cute little coffee mug. Nice touch.

Smells strong of coffee, and I'm not talking like they took Folgers and cold brewed it then dumped the slurry in the tank. These guys actually grind their own espresso and put it in the batch. (For reference, look up Issaqua Cafe Frog.) The small malt backbone that gently shines through matches well with the roast of the coffee, causing a blend between the coffee bean and barley flavors.

Tastes like a solid stout and an accent of coffee. The coffee really comes through stronger in the nose.

Mouthfeel is where it's at. This stuff packs a ton of flavor without a heavy body. This part is what I love about this beer. I finished the mug without feeling fulll and immediately wanted another.

Overall, this beer is definitely a favorite of mine, and a big favorite of the locals. For a reason.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A very impressive tiny-bubbled tan head forms--yeah, we know how to pour a beer. The head retention is certainly good enough to mention. Black color ... would we expect anything else from an Espresso Stout? Chocolate, molasses, dark berry, espresso and faintly smoky aroma. Smoothness skitters across the wet medium body. Espresso up front, with a mild roasted bitterness, which soon joins with the roasted grain to make more of a mocha impression on the palate. Within that mocha is more of a dark chocolate flavor, raisin/dark berry combo and some charcoal. Hops lean back and stay back with only a smidgen of flavor to be found. Roasted dry finish.

On the dry spectrum of Coffee Stouts, which really lets the espresso come through. A good drink for a coffee beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours dark brown black with a medium fizzy creamy brown head that goes to a thin layer and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet and roasty chocolate malts with some acidic coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with lots of roast coffee and a slightly ashy finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I like the sweet chocolate and roast coffee.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the most recent Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and coffee and is very strong. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of coffee and chocolate as well as some strong roasted malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice coffee stout.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color with firm beige head that sits about 1.33" in a very still manner while I watch the 1st half of the Marquette-Notre Dame game. DJO is ballin'. Aroma isn't really espresso, its more like old diner coffee. Now, this bottle is definitely not 'fresh' it is almost a year old. Some coffee beers hold up, some do not.

Flavorwise, the coffee is a little better than the aroma, nothing spectacular though. I needed a coffee beer with a 10AM tip this morning, so I grabbed this since I never meant to wait this long to try it in the first place. Nothing spectacular, its a dark, yet mild roast flavor, doesn't trigger visions of the lighter espresso flavor I'm used to. Hit those free throws Vander Blue. Chocolate malt, but not really an added chocolate flavor going on. Mildly bitter, body is average, like the carbonation.

A decent option at a decent price, it was good enough to make me pick up another bottle next time im in WA/OR and next time, I'll drink it fresh and see what happens.

Photo of Magpie14
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on tap at Kelly's Olympian, PDX

A: black with dusty brown colors around the edges. A hazy foam on top, off-white cream in color. Thin watery ring of lace at the rim with lace fingers pointing down after a few sips

S: hint of chocolate with roasted coffee and malts. Hard to gather all flavors as coffee beans are most prominent

T: this one has a strong coffee profile overall, flavors are roasted and a touch of vanilla sweet. Sort of lacks in overall complexity as grains seem restrained and almost vanish. Soft cocoa cream and a slight astringency in the finish with stale hops

M: carbonated for a stout and caught me by surprise. Fizzy bite to this takes away quite a bit in the mouthfeel and overall vibe. I would consider this body mild, bubbly, and sharp

D: flavors in some regards come and go, coffee and more coffee. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee in my beers, but this one lacks overall elements to make it the least bit enjoyable. Body is not chunky enough for me and results in a slightly average experience

Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured from bottle, light tan head about one finger thick dissipates fast. Beer is dark dark brown and lets no light through.
S- Not a ton going on. Some roasted malts, a little chocolate, and ground coffee. Coffee picks up as it warms.
T- Big coffee bitterness at first fades into chocolate malts. Coffee is the dominant flavor for sure, with roasted malt flavors coming out more as it warms up. Very little sweetness, a bit of piney hops after it hits its ideal temp.
M- Medium mouthfeel, oatmeal gives it a silky texture that coats but isnt sticky. Carbonation could be a tad less. Very nice for an American stout.
D- I enjoy stouts and usually find coffee stouts to be a bit overpowering after a while, but this one is much more drinkable. The coffee flavors blend in well with malts and really adds to the beer. This one is best at cellar temp.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour barely yields a .5 finger fine, dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is opaque black and dense. Lacing is attractive. Spotty in parts and stringy in others with nice legs and good stick.

S: Nose is rather subtle. Roasted malt, big, bold espresso beans, a hint of dark chocolate, and liquorice. Really had to bury my nose in the brew to get anything though.

T: Opens extremely heavy on the coffee. Coffee bean bitterness with a slight touch of tart. Roasted malts add their touch of bitterness, smoke, and ash. As I let this one warm in my mouth, chocolate comes up ever so slightly towards the end. Coffee takes back over at the finish, which is accented with bitterness. Aftertaste is roasted malt and slight coffee sourness.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Oily and slick in the mouth but sufficient carbonation keeps it from being heavy and viscous. Tingly and slightly grainy going down. Finish is accented and aftertaste lingers.

D: I'm not a huge coffee drinker so I'm not inclined to revisit this one. That being said though, I can see what is trying to be accomplished here and for those fans of big, roasty, coffee and coffee beers, this is a must try.

Photo of dirtylou
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nitro-tap @ noble fir

appearance: imperial pint - perfect nitro-tap appearance - solid ebony body, 1/2" thick brown nitro cream

smell: fair amount of dark roast, notes of espresso and cream, a touch of leafy hops

taste: subdued flavors, but everything was well balanced - burnt espresso, medium roast, bakers chocolate, cream, some leafy hops

mouthfeel: rich and creamy body - likely a result of the nitro-tap serving, but nonetheless, lovely.

overall: this one went down easy

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Henry's 12th St. Basically, this is a big, tasty espresso stout where the beans stand up and are support by a background of cocoa and roasted barley. No coffee lover should pass this beer up. It's a great example of how to integrate espresso and beer in one heck of a tasty brew.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a two-inch head that has a light cocoa hue; lacing is good

S: Definite espresso, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts; some chocolate, milky flavors; a touch bitter and sour

T: Flavors really come together better than I expected; lots of roasted coffee beans; bitterness is balanced with sweet chocolates

F: Incredibly creamy; thick, viscous, awesome

O: This is a delicious creamy espresso-forward beer

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Khaki head. Off balanced collar and good surface wisps.

Smell - Dark roast comes on stronger than coffee. Little bit of vanilla.

Taste - Roasty malts, coffee. Some milk chocolate. Missing a bit of depth, but a decent coffee flavor either way. Roasty malt bitterness, but not a coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A regular stout, so I shouldn't complain about body, but it's thin. Drinkable I guess.

Overall - Not bad. Clean beer and a nice coffee flavor, but not a lot else going on.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Wackyfoot for these bottles of Oakshire goodness.

Pours a straight up dense black, with 2+ big fingers of dark mocha colored head. Frothy 1/2 finger of retention bows up into a massive cascade of lacing, which a thick covering of foam and brown oils. The zippiness of the espresso in the aroma is eyeopening, with smokey dark roast giving this a crunchy texture in the nostrils. Chocolate and toffee notes give this a thick backing tang, which helps drop the coffee and roast up and gives some heft in the nose. Smooth oatmeal character helps smooth and blend the different flavors together nicely.

Citric espresso character dominates the taste with each sip, with the roastiness of the coffee giving off a light smokey astringency. Roasted malts gives this a dark burnt edge, but sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and flaky oats help pull back some of the harsher bitter notes of this. Finishes dry, dark, and toasty, with some hints of lingering oily espresso. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of creaminess to it and the oatmeal giving this an extremely smooth and easy feel. This maybe lacks a bit of the fullness that I would have expected considering the bulk of the flavors involved but the relative thinner feel of this does fall in line with some other lower ABV Oatmeal Stouts that I've had.

Nothing wrong here. Just a really nicely made Oatmeal Espresso Stout. Assertive, yet balanced coffee flavors, with the oatmeal adding a smoothness and overall good drinkibility to this. That's 2 for 2 on Oakshire's bottled offerings. I'm looking forward to more of their stuff in the future.

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Received from Beer Kangaroo. Sampled on February 15, 2014.

The pour is dark brown to near black and looks excellent. Soft tan head lingers for awhile.

It is an espresso stout and that is most obvious with the aroma with dark smoky malts and coffee grinds. Low hops.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste is a nice dose of coffee but there does not seem to be much in the way of caffeine. It is also rather milky and slightly bitter at the end. This is a stout worth having if you get the chance.

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown/black with almost a finger of creamy light tan head.

Smell. Dark coffee, roasty grains, some chocolate milk. Smells great.

Taste. Dark roasted coffee, roasty malts, caramel and a bit of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, light crabonation.

Overall. Plenty of coffee, drinks pretty easy. Great with brunch.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rb

Picked this up a couple of nights ago at Brewforia in Meridian... Paid about $6... Shared tonight with Inflatablechair... Sam and I both thought that it was done very well.

Pours an expected black with a brown head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is almost all about the coffee.... cold brewed obviously with just enough sweetness to really make things jell.

The flavor is pretty damn good... tons of espresso.. hints of lite caramel and some round maltiness that moves all the different components together ... surprising flavor for a lower ABV brew...

Medium body and is sorta creamy and the small bubble carbonation is just near perfect.. This brew got much better with warmth... don't drink straight out of the fridge and allow it to blossom.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

Loving what Oakshire is doing and very happy that Boise has access.... please keep us in your loop. :-)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from a growler from the source, this one pours a murky jet black with a dark burnt brown two-finger head that has reasonable retention and leaves mild lacing.

aroma is intense brewed coffee. hints of cocoa, a bit of green hop but the nose is almost all coffee in this one. Seems more intense than the bottled version. maybe just fresher? I love my coffee, so it's working for me.

Taste is smooth, rich dark malt with some definite coffee overtones. dark mocha bitterness up front, receding to some bright coffee and toasted malt in the middle, with a pleasantly hoppy and cocoay bitter finish. I want the hops and malt to be a bit stronger to tame the coffee...

body is moderate, verging on thin at times. fine carbonation. Wish i was a bit thicker and a bit more carb to help corral the coffee flavors.

All in all, one of my favorite coffee stouts out there. Not quite the top, but definitely up there and worth seeking out if coffee brews are up your alley.

Photo of amandebates
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick dark black with a light brown head that laces slightly on the glass.
S: Smells like what it's called: espresso. Great, fresh roasted coffee smell.
T: Rich roasted malt sweetness, some chocolate and toasty coffee with a nice balance of bitterness.
M: Appropriately thick for the style and not too sticky. Good level of carbonation.
D: It's easy to finish the 24oz, but not much more...

(review based on notes from tasting on Feb 1, 2011)

Photo of Mahlik
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomer poured into an Irish pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours an opaque black with a small tan head. Head retention was poor. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts and espresso beans. Obviously a coffee aroma exists along with some chocolate notes.

T - Taste follows the nose. Roasted malts, espresso and coffee. A chocolatey aftertaste. Nothing complex but solid.

M - This beer is a little thin IMO. It does have a somewhat creamy feel but could use a bit more. A little less carbonation would help as well.

O - A good espresso stout. Not fantastic but good. I would enjoy another one if I came across it but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. The mouthfeel was this beer's biggest letdown for me.

Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Henry's 12th Street in Portland.

Shows an excellent dark color with an oatmeal hue head that fades quickly to a decent lace. The aromas are prominent with mostly coffee and espresso like notes. The taste is all nutty, coffee, and smoke, good but not very complex. The palate is medium bodied with good grip; finishes pretty balanced and smooth. Overall a great, albeit one dimensional stout. Tastes like an alcoholic iced espresso.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Slight sour berry scent. Smoky and strong coffee with the wine scent you get from lighter roasted Latin American coffees.

Starts out complex, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Mildly sweet with a strong coffee flavor. Smokey after taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very good coffee beer.

Photo of velosuds
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased on sale for $3.79 from local natural foods store.

A-Pours an almost black hue with a one + finger, creamy tan head that lingers into an ample, sticky lace. The second pour after it warmed produced a full two finger head.

S-Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and cold brewed espresso coffee. Yum. It looks good, it smells good...

T-Taste isn't robust enough. The coffee dominates and would be great if it were balanced by more rich creamy malt.

M-Too light and thin, almost watery. No where near adequate for the style. Too bad, since this beer began with such great promise in the appearance and nose.

D-This is not a bad beer, but when my favorite Obsidian Stout is available in six packs for $8.99 (often much less on sale) there really is no place in my fridge for this beer that is usually about $5 a bomber.

Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking beer..dark,darkest brown with a lovelly tight ,bubbly tan head. Very coffee accented nose..coffee and burnt oat . Again the fl;avour is dominated by the dark french roast style coffee ..followed by some dark raisin fruit and cream..weird. Thinish palate actually more like a porter palate. But overall a good beer.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz can. Pours a blackish dark brown color with a half inch of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is roasty with some nice chocolate and coffee. Hint of vanilla. Slightly earthy. The taste is chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts. Some charcoal and earth. Finishes with the espresso. Lots of carbonation with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Not much alcohol warmth. Overall, good amount of coffee flavor but a bit on the lighter side for a stout.

App- 3.75 a- 3.75 t- 4 m-3.5 o-3.75 = 3.84

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a mice dark brown really coming close to being black and nearly opaque. Small mocha head. Nose brings a bit of roasted malt along with some really strong espresso notes. Great coffee character. The taste tones the coffee down a bit, but it's still quite pleasurable. Good feel with nice carbonation. A very fine coffee beer.

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Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.