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Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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Overcast Espresso StoutOvercast Espresso Stout

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very good

108 Reviews

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 337
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of Mahlik
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of corylew
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of waltersrj
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mvforegonian
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried it at Oakshire Brewing! Poured from tap into a pint glass. According to the brewmaster there is one shot of espresso per pint. Aroma was full of coffee and malty subtleties. The pour and appearance was dark and lent to the richness to come. This brew is creamy, sweet, and has a wonderful hop middle that is not to be messed with. This brew is a perfect marriage of coffee and beer aka Oregon greatness!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible. It pours out a deep black color with brown edges and a gnarly brown thick head. The aroma is heavily of chocolate and darkly roasted, thick coffee...awesome! The taste follows the aroma. This beer has so much flavor for only being 5.8%abv! It has a medium body and very rich flavors. I have yet to have a bad beer from this brewery...every beer they make is awesome and this is no exception! Well done!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of katybee
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm. This beer seemed to go through several different 'moods' after it poured, warmed up, and went flat. Have to say, this is the first beer I would have added more hops to, and was better with the carbonation.

Lovely opaque dark brown appearance, but the very minimal creamy head quickly disipated. It did however stick around as a lacey rim.

Smell definitely of malt, although light.

But the taste was definitely malty also. I love malt, and usually wish for fewer hops pungence. But this lacked balance and leaned toward almost malt vinegar-ish. Perhaps this is the 'dry' style, like Guiness. I found it lacked any espresso character, and no hops spiceyness to balance the predominant roasted malt, with no sweetness, or fruity esthers or breadiness... just malt. Like a flat barleywine, barely there. And when it warmed up it was like thin malt vinegar without the acidity...

Mouthfeel was nothing without the soon disipated carbonation to add any tingle. Too thin for me; not creamy at all, and went flat quickly.

Maybe my bottle was skunked. Maybe the added coffee thinned it too much. I just found too much barley malts and not enough balance. Live and learn!

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Photo of befamous7
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you are in the market for an Espresso/Coffee Stout I strongly suggest this beer. The smell doesn't give off a strong coffee/espresso aroma, if anything I get a little bit of hops. The taste is great, good espresso taste which goes down very smooth. I am getting a nice creamy head and average lacing.

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Photo of amandebates
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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)

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Photo of billab914
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Airyk12
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler at a tasting.

Poured a thick black color with a small bubbly tan head.
Strong espresso, with hints of chocolate and dark cherries in the nose.
Tastes like drinking a mocha, but with overwhelming roasted and coffee flavors. Hints of hoppiness and chocolate.
Smooth, with a heavy stout mouthfeel.
I could drink one of these, but not many more. The standout coffee flavor may appeal to coffee freaks, but other than that, it is not much of a session.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank this one by myself on New Year's...not that I was BY myself, I just, well, I mean, you know what I mean...never mind!

Poured out, the Overcast Espresso Stout has basically no head; only a few dark red/brown bubbles swim around the rim of the liquid. I even tried a more aggressive pour to get some foam, but nothing. Very high viscosity, and probably low malt (?). The body is pitch-black as far as I can tell. This is not an appetizing beer at all. Looks like old motor oil to me.

The smell, on the other had is quite incredible. The aroma is espresso and nothing else. Most coffee beers still smell like roasted malt, but not this one: it smells like a cup of coffee. It's pretty amazing that Oakshire pulled off making a "coffee beer" that truly smells like, um, COFFEE. Amazing.

Taste is espresso, straight up. Well into my first glass I still thought I was drinking coffee not beer. I didn't taste any sweetness from the oatmeal. There is a little hoppiness that tries to push through but it's overpowered by the coffee. I don't know about the balance of this. Definitely not my cup of tea...or coffee. When cold, I would say this beer is BAD. As it warms it becomes more beery and malty sweet and is definitely a "stout" with its dryness, but it is still mainly coffee at every point.

The feel is smooth and slightly carbonated. Nothing special at all.

As others have said, drink this for breakfast or on a hot summer day--assuming you really enjoy 22 ounces of cold black coffee! I seriously think you could add cream and sugar to this stuff. With this beer, it's coffee to the max. No balance whatsoever.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of katelovesbeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass (shared with coastiefish)

Appearance: Quite dark, rich brown color, and poured 'thick' but not too thick. Very thin off-white head (I wish there was more of it).

Smell: The roastiness comes first, followed by very obvious [and sweet] coffee notes. In fact, the coffee smells more like a mocha, with the sweet and chocolately undertones which suits the roasty malt far more than I expected.

Taste: First comes sharp bitter brought on by espresso [not so much hops] at the front of the tongue. Then a big roast flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt come next. The beer achieves a good balance of legit stout with the right espresso flavor notes. I can't seem to get over the sweetness of both the smell and taste- it works surprisingly well!

Mouthfeel: slick, medium-heavy weight. Think the weight of an oatmeal stout with the sweetness of malt and chocolate adding a little slick.

Drinkability: Great, if you love coffee. The bitterness from the espresso as opposed to hops is a fun and different spin. The stoutness of the beer makes it a sturdy drink. Not sure if I could drink more than one pint because of its unique taste- however I am surely enjoying this one pint!

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Photo of coastiefish
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 OZ'R poured into pint glass (happily shared with katelovesbeer)

A- Rich opaque dark brown, inviting creamy foamy one finger head that dwindles.

S- Molasses, espresso beans

T- Hints of soapy in the finish.

M- Nice smooth silky body with a little weight to it. Full. Pleasurably slick.

D- Very quaffable!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a CCB tulip glass a dark brown color with a slight tan head that quickly forms a tan collar around the glass. Aroma is that of leather, coffee, hazelnut, and dark chocolate. The nuttiness is stronger in the aroma more than anything. Nice lace left on the glass as I swirl it around. Medium mouthfeel. Espresso indeed! Dark bitter roast coffee dominate the flavor profile in this one. Some leather type notes as well. Bitterness lingers on. Well, it pretty much is what it says it is, strong coffee style stout. Might use a little more malt to balance it out as the bitterness from the roast is pretty strong.

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Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.