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Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008)
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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

pixieskid, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hannaho
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

hannaho, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utterly black with no light allowed through. Head poured a thin finger of creamy tan foam. Decent lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: nice malt aroma with a very smooth, roasty character. The coffee comes through in a big way, but isn't overpowering. I like it.

Taste: huge roasted malt character with quite a bit of coffee in the mix. The coffee is a little bit bitter but overall not bad. Vegetal hops round out the end -- not too surprising in an American stout. Not too shabby.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side but has a decent carbonation. It's too thin to call creamy, but it has a light silkiness which is nice.

Overall: this is a pretty good and quite drinkable coffee beer. I'd definitely have this guy again.

flagmantho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of WertMaker
4/5  rDev +4.7%

WertMaker, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a small brown head.

Aroma features nice espresso and coffee notes, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some dark fruits. Good, but not great strength.

Flavor is espresso & coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla and caramel, fairly sweet, minimal hops, on the finish there is a touch of lactic tartness and some astringency. Very little alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. A little creamy, a little sticky at times.

A nice coffee stout, but I’ll admit I’ve been spoiled lately by copious amounts of Wake-n-Bake and Founders Breakfast Stout. This one is a bit different than those however, using a Sweet Stout as a base, making this a bit unique, as those Sweet Stout characteristics definitely come through.

elgiacomo, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

CoryR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SpillyBeers, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of growlerfills
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

growlerfills, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a black color with a very very thin mocha colored head.

S: A pretty good amount of things in this. Roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, a bit of earth and some faint hints of red berries.

T: Roasted malt and day old coffee upfront. Some hints of dark chocolate, licorice and a hint of smoke and charred malt on the finish. I'm digging the flavors but not the mouthfeel. It's way too thin for my taste.

notchucknorris, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Decent stout body. Minor lacing. Needs a bit of work.

Smell is amazing. Needs nothing mote but s balancing sweetness. That espresso roast and grainess gives you hope.

Doesn't translate. Dry bitter coffee grounds on cardboard. Finishes with dry hop bitter. Oxidized beyond belief. So monochromatic.

Thin. Watery. Lingers when I don't want. So disgusting. Nasty flavors and body.

Khazadum, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of heyta
4/5  rDev +4.7%

heyta, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of czechsaaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mmmm Lots of coffee aroma. You know how some coffee beers smell a little like burnt beans, not this one. Nice chocolate malt too. A little fruity yeast esters.

Deep black and no light gets through even when held up to a bulb. Poured with a half inch tan head that faded quickly to a little whispy brown layer.

Coffee is the dominant flavor. Lots and lots of dark coffee. Underneath it's a little thin for a stout for my taste. Good balanced hop biterness but I don't get a lot of roast malt. Maybe it's hiding behind the coffee. But I like it.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

I like it a lot. I like coffee a lot so it's a natural that I would like this.

czechsaaz, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Mahlik
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Mahlik, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

On tap at Jone's Radiator Served in a pint glass.

Pours a black color and is opaque. Thin beige head.

Smell is a coffee like aroma. Smells like warm over-brewed coffee grounds.

Taste is also predictably coffee. A bit one dimensional. It tastes like weak cheap coffee from when I didn't like coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery.

Drinkable but lacks sweetness and body.

RJLarse, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ChrisPro, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of portlandmonk
5/5  rDev +30.9%

portlandmonk, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Very dark black, slightly brown colour with a small, creamy tan head. Fair head retention.

Mild coffee aroma with some roasty notes. Fairly mild.

A nice, rounded, roasted coffee flavour where nothing is overpowered. Nicely balanced with just enough coffee.

Medium body with creamy carbonation.

Really well balanced. Good flavour that comes out and it is balanced enough that you could drink several.

dgilks, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of corylew
3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

corylew, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
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

barleywinefiend, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Pour: Pretty close to a completely black liquid but with some hints of brown reflection. I managed to get a good sized, dark tan, frothy head.

Nose: Mostly bitter espresso with hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Pretty straight forward like the nose. I detected good amounts of bitter espresso, roasted dark malts, some baker's chocolate and also some hops.

Mouthfeel: A little bit watery IMO but also somewhat creamy at the same time. This is pretty spot on for being a coffee stout.

Overall: Pretty good for a coffee stout but I tend to lean more towards the bigger, bolder Imperial Coffee Stouts such as Yeti, Speedway, etc. I won't hold that against this beer as they are not the same style. I probably wouldn't search this out again as I enjoyed the Imperial version more. Still good for the style.

waltersrj, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thick frothy tan head.

The aroma is a smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate. Very pleasant.

Again more cocoa and espresso.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

Nothing too fancy, but a a solid, well made coffee stout overall.

vkv822, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%

Comes out of the tap a warm, opaque sable just a hair above black with a very fine-bubbled and persistent tan head. Roast coffee aroma has a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor is like a top-of-the-line mocha - quality coffee and chocolate with nutty, smoky and molasses hints. Texture is velvety smooth and nicely fizzy.

Cyberkedi, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Finally an Oakshire beer that responds well to an aggressive pour, This beer gives me a nice big two finger head into my standard pint glass. The head looks like milk chocolate, light brown in color. It's very creamy looking, a little pillowy, it looks better than most Oakshire heads I've had in the past. The head is leaving good lacing and has decent retention, but it will probably be gone before too long here. The body is absolutely pitch black, no hints of any colors anywhere in this beer, for sure up there in terms of some of the darkest beers I've ever had. Overall it looks pretty good, the head is very weird, it looks a little soapy, but it's still hanging in there so I can't complain too much, it's just weird looking. Overall the beer has a good appearance though. On the smell I get coffee, sour hops, and dark malt. All of the aromas are blended together pretty well, none of them are more prominent than the others. The sour smell is a little of a turn off, but I think that's just the hops making their way through to my nose. There might be a tiny bit of chocolate in here as well, not sure. Overall it's a very nice, robust, deep, malty smell. I think this one will taste pretty good! Yeah it's a good beer, nothing outstanding, but a very solid beer. The sourness is a little more prominent than I would like, and I don't know if it's even from the hops, or what. I don't know what else it would be from though. Coffee flavor is prominent, dark malts are there, and also that sour flavor. Not much else going on other than that, the chocolate is there, but only a tiny tiny bit. The flavor overall is good, but just really nothing too amazing, slightly watery, but not too bad in that category. The mouthfeel is really affecting the flavor for me though, in most cases the mouthfeel and the flavor have absolutely nothing to do with each other, but in this beer they for sure do. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and it just has a gross carbonation to it, that carbonation, mixed with the sour taste just really don't work too well for me. It's nothing traditionally terrible, it's just....really a bad combination. The taste alone isn't bad, but when mixed with the mouthfeel, it's just a bad combination. Overall it's not a bad beer by any means, it's a good beer, and it's only a hair away from being a pretty dang good beer. That carbonation is the biggest problem, other than that it's good.

As this beer progressed the carbonation almost disappeared, that became much less of a problem. The flavor improved and the mouthfeel got smoother, but neither of them were all that much better than what they started out at.

MaltsOfGlory, Jun 21, 2011
Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.