Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev -1%
Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dirt/earth, and some super roasty espresso and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same along with a cocoa flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
08-28-2012 01:04:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-29-2010 23:43:47 | More by Thorpe429
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Espresso black with nary a highlight to be seen on this Overcast January morning. The two finger crown is an attractive chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam that is both bubbly and sticky. A ridiculous amount of cheese grater-like lace is now decorating the pint glass. What a looker!
The nose delivers exactly what it should deliver for the style. Along with plenty of power, the combination of roasted malt and coffee is pretty close to perfect. I've given Oakshire beer seven scores so far and all have been 4.5.
The string has been broken. Overcast Espresso Stout is good, but it isn't 4.5 good and it isn't as good as Watershed IPA. On the other hand, it's nothing that more malt wouldn't fix. This offering needs to be bigger and richer, even when taking ABV into account.
As in the nose, the proportions of roasty stout and 'cold brewed espresso' are just right, with neither overpowering the other. Some have described OES as a sweet stout, but it isn't. Sweet, that is. The hops provide 37 IBUs worth of bitterness and very little flavor. This brew is crying out for more malty guts and would probably be killer if it had them.
The mouthfeel is the only (slight) letdown. It manages an above average score because it isn't that far out of line for the ABV. The lack of sensory substance hurts depth, complexity and flavor linger.
Oakshire Espresso Stout is easy drinking craft beer that should please a lot of java junkies in the Pacific Northwest. That said, why not crank up the barley, boost the ABV to 7.5% and go for greatness?
01-02-2010 13:54:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Appearance: Pours a pitch black color; the modest tan head leaves a few dots of lace behind
Smell: Chocolate and roasty coffee tones dominate, with a hint of oatmeal underneath
Taste: The chocolate and oatmeal flavors arrive first, adding a bit of minty hops adding some bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty coffee elements add a nice balancing touch
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks the creaminess one would expect in this style
Overall: The flavor profile of this beer is nicely constructed; a more creamy mouthfeel would be the icing on the cake
Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity
12-24-2011 19:37:03 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle shared by Shane. Thanks!
A: The pour is almost black in color with a rather small tan head.
S: Definitely a coffee beer. Lots of intense coffee and a bit of coffee grounds. There is some toffee and dark chocolate aroma, and certainly some roasted malts.
T: Big espresso and coffee flavor. Coffee grounds are definitely there too. Dark chocolate and roasted malts give a little bit of bitterness. The sweetness is somewhat restrained, but there is a nice bit of toffee.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Pretty good coffee beer. Not overwhelming or knock your socks off good, but solid.
04-21-2011 17:40:05 | More by womencantsail
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-15-2009 21:50:28 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to someone from my brew club, but don't remember who it was, sorry.
Pours a dark creamy small head covering, super dark black colored beer.
Nose fresh espresso and roasted coffee, bit of dark chocolate and bakers, hint of roast, light creamy milk chocolate, caramel.
Taste chalky chocolate powder, chocolate milk, roast, lots of milk stout flavors, caramel and bakers chocolate, then decent espresso and fresh brewed coffee, light bitterness. Finish is creamy and light dry, decent bitterness, more lingering espresso and bakers chocolate.
Mouth is creamy and med to fuller bodied, decent but lighter carb.
Overall nice, creamy chocolate, drinkable, nice roast and coffee without the astringent over roasted briny taste.
07-16-2012 13:20:18 | More by jlindros
3.89/5 rDev +1.8%
a great stout, one of those enormous dark beers that just satisfies like no other on an unseasonably cold monday afternoon. dark in color, almost black in fact, but showing some dark chocolate tones around the edges under a rather lazy inch of tan foam. the nose is coffee first, mixed in with some chocolate malt, dark chocolate cake or fudge brownie, and a bold ale yeast. love the combination here. the taste is similar, with plenty of robust coffee flavor but very little acidity or mouthfeel weirdness from it. belgian dark chocolate flavor in the finish, some mild birch or maple syrups sweetness, and a dark roasted barley that is large without being especially bitter. i think the mix of flavors and textures is wonderful, velvety smooth but shockingly full flavored, full bodied yet real easy drinking. a nice mix. i think oakshire has impressed during its brief stead in colorado, and i hope they continue to show up periodically with new stuff, as i think everything they do has been excellent. great use of coffee in a drinkable stout. perfect cold weather brew.
05-12-2014 21:55:24 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
06-06-2011 00:34:02 | More by Mora2000
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours pitch black almost completely opaque with only the slightest mahogany edges when held up to a light source. Frothy 2 finger chocolate tan head with decent retention that slowly fades into a lasting ring and cap leaving rings of chunky lacing throughout.
Deep rich and roasty beautiful aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel malt, coffee beans, lactic creaminess, toffee burnt toast and subtle hops. Just sniffing this beer makes me salivate uncontrollably.
Very roasty almost too much so up front with a sily creamy chocolate malt body with lactic cream noites and bitter dry hop finish. Hints of chocolate, caramel, HUGE coffe presence, toffee, cream burnt toast and intense hops.
This beer looks and smells amazing but is not very well balanced with way too intense of a roasty coffee flavor that overpowers the silky choclate malt notes lying underneath.
08-25-2009 04:19:23 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-22-2010 07:16:02 | More by tempest
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Poured black with good carbonation and a nice tan cap and bubbles
S: Cocoa and coffee. No doubt.
T: Coffee and cocoa, roasted malts, maybe some black malt. Pretty good
M: Medium to big body, becomes effervescent and astringent like many coffee beers do
O: Pretty good and for a single stout it boasts a lot of flavor
08-07-2011 22:31:07 | More by barleywinefiend
4/5 rDev +4.7%
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours almost pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice dense cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, biscuit, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced stout aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, molasses, vanilla, cream, and light herbal. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, biscuit, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Great balance of flavors, with a nice amount of robustness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is pretty much invisible as expected for 5.8%. Overall this is a damn nice coffee stout. A lot of well balanced flavors; with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I really have no complaints. Really well done.
05-14-2012 01:36:00 | More by superspak
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
02-04-2012 18:46:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaped glass. It poured black in color with a full inch plus of frothy tan head to it. Decent head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.
The aroma is strong with roasty, bitter, coffee. A bit of chocolate is there as well. The coffee is definitely the main focus though, and it's a pretty nice coffee flavor overall.
The taste also shows the coffee flavor throughout the beer. It's very roasty with a little burntness to it as well. It has a pretty bold, coffee ground like bitterness to it as well. Just a bit of chocolate comes through in the finish. Again it's all about the espresso, but it's a good flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and perhaps a little thin for an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed the espresso flavors. The flavors were kind of one dimensional in that the espresso overpowered everything, but that seems like the intent. Thankfully the espresso was very nice and was pretty easy to drink this evening.
02-20-2011 00:19:21 | More by billab914
Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.