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Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of geryeb624
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of Elendinn. Thanks man!

A- Beautiful black color with 3+ fingers of tan head. Produces a neat Guinness-style cascading effect, and the head hangs around for a while with good lacing. Really impressive looking.

S- Deep. bitter coffee aroma with a little chocolate and a little roasted malt.

T- Exceptional. Huge coffee flavor with nice roasty chocolate characters and a nice bitter note. Incredible.

M- Very nice. Creamy and smooth.

D- Pretty high. Low ABV and smooth flavors make this an easy drinker.

Wow, I was blown away. I had no real expectations, as I'd never even heard of the brewery, but this is an incredible coffee stout for everyday drinking. Highly recommended. (698 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured black with a beige head, modest retention, and good lacing. HUGE roasted coffee bean nose, with some bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder hints as well. Copious amounts of flavor in the taste, with roasted malt and coffee dominating, and then mixing with some chocolate midpalate, and finishing on a pronounced dry coffee note. Smooth and on the thicker side, with very little carbonation. This is a great example of a coffee stout. (469 characters)

Photo of velosuds
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of cbros
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours your requisite black stout color. There was a pretty tan two finger head, unfortunately it quickly went away and all that was left was some small cling to the glass. Overall a classically looking stout.

S- I am picking up heavy espresso which is obviously not suprising given the beer's name. I also picked roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee undertones. I nice smelling beer that balances all the various notes quite nicely.

T- The espresso that I smelled so strongly comes out very quickly in the taste however it mellows out rather quickly and finishes with a mellow malty taste.

This is the second Oakshire beer that I have had the chance to try and all I was say is that I wish this brewery were closer to me or vice versa. This is a solid beer and definately one that I would continue to purchase if given the opportunity. (898 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark black liquid that is quite thick. the head is tan, thick and creamy with good retention and a thick lace.

S-pretty straight forward, huge roasted espresso, slightly burnt coffee, a nice underlying note of vanilla with a touch of dark chocolate in the back.

T-the taste is big espresso, slightly burnt coffee, roasted malts. a light malt sweetness in the back with a touch of oatmeal.

M-medium to full body and a very smooth feel on the palate. low carbonation and slightly crisp in the back.

D-very big flavor and low on alcohol content. nice tastes and straight forward espresso. easy drinking, not heavy and still very tasty. (646 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours thick and dark, no head, some very light lacing

smell - malts, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee

taste - coffee and malts up front, some bitterness in the finish

mouthfeel - light to medium body

drinkability - very drinkable, balanced flavor (257 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cpetrone84 for sharing this one!

A- Presents with a dark brown-nearly black body that is very hesitant to let the light shine through. Pours with a massive 2-3 finger tan head which slowly fades to a nice thick collar.

S-The nose is HUGE and the overall impression that I am getting is strong, dark coffee with big dark roasted malt coming through the most. There is just the slightest hint of vanilla in the background that keeps things nicely in check.

T-Deep, dark, heavy roasted malt is the main character upfront-this is the main and dominating character. It fades just enough to let a hint of vanilla come through for the finish but that "BIG BLACK COFFEE" character is dominant the whole way through.

M-Medium tingly carbonation with a heavy, somewhat sticky body.

D-This brew has HUGE flavor for a non-imperial stout. Its a big beer all around. Its nice to see a small beer packed with tons of big beer flavor-but it does seem kinda one dimensional at times. If coffee beers are your thing-then this beer is definitely for you-if not-stay away. (1,067 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber sent by genghis22 thanks again so much for everything...poured into a tulip..

a-pitch black..large frothy three finger head...stayed for a while and left some nice lacing behind as well...the head was really nice

s-lots of big espresso in your face and roast...there is some sweet malt in there to let you know its a beer...if not for that you would think it was a chilled coffee drink

t-another beer that tastes like it smells..lots of big espresso and bitterness up front...the sweet malt lends itself to the middle as well as some bitter hops that sneak in and out quickly...finishes on a dry bitter coffee note

m-thin even for the abv...a little bit more body would have gone a long way on this but it is not too detracting..the carbonation is good and flavors stay for a while..

d-not hard to drink at all ...easy to put away..perhaps too easy...

cheers to james for sending me another great brew... (917 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to sirdrinknp for another PNW gem.

It pours a very opaque darkest brown/almost black. A dark beige head makes an appearance, then settles to islands and persistent ring. Man, a lot of thick resiny goodness on the side of the glass! Nice.

Medium aroma of the expected coffee, drk roast for sure, bitter chocolate, luscious roasty/almost burnt notes, and some bready sweet in the background keeping it together. Coffee the main aroma here, and it makes this irresistible.

First- I like very strong coffee, and stout with a blast of it. Talk about "tastes like it smells"-- the flavors of the bouquet burst like a firework on the tongue. The bitter of both coffee and chocolate unleash on the tongue immediately, joined by a bit of delicious roasty malt/burnt caramel sweet that tries to hold into a finish that is deepest coffee complexity and bitter herbal hop. The sweet in it comes and goes as the beer warms, but it is such a small player here, yet so good at it. This beer rocks. I could see the blatant excess of dankest coffee, and dark roasted malt notes without much sweet, making this beer unattractive to some. Me? More, please.

I love it when a plan comes together! It is just creamy enough in the mouth to make this fantastic. It is full of resin, full bodied, yet it doesn't overwhelm the palate, and even well towards the end of the bottle, and room temp., the finish stays dry, and clean. Drinks light.

Drinkability is of the "danger, you should be sipping this, why are you gulping?" variety. This is da kine for darkest roast coffee stout lovers.

Impression: I may be moving to Oregon soon, somewhere between Bend and Eugene. (1,660 characters)

Photo of sophisticated
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yay! A gift from my Oregonian little sister.

Appearance was a standard stout. Black with thin brown head. Not great retention, a bit of lacing.

Smell was strongly coffee!! And bitter cocoa, roasted barley. But mostly coffee.

Taste was extremely strong in coffee flavors. Slightly burnt coffee (thinking Starbucks style espresso), very roasty, dark cocoa, oatmeal, rich. I like coffee so I like this.

MF: Medium to thick, slightly creamy, a bit chewey

Drinkability: Overall, very good. This was the most straight-forward coffee flavored stouts I've had. Tasty, enjoyable, and reasonable ABV % makes this easy to enjoy. Could be a bit more balanced in flavor, but the point is "espresso stout" and it certainly accomplishes that. I'd recommend. (749 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in PDX. 22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 5.8% and 37 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours black with a massive sandy head that quickly fills up the majority of the glass. At first I feared this was infected with how quickly it foamed up. After a few minutes I am able to get some more liquid in the glass but the head still is at least three and a half fingers high. Not surprisingly the head leaves a lot of lace. After a good amount of time it finally rests at a one finger layer.

S-Lots of roast malt and coffee jump out. Lovers of coffee beers will enjoy the aroma. The oats used are noticeable. Don't really pick up on any sweet notes.

T-Like the nose, plenty of roast malt and coffee flavors abound in every sip. Unlike a lot of coffee beers, there is no acidity. There is some nice sweet chocolate flavor that hits in the middle. Every so often I get some piney hop flavor. It has a nice roast aftertaste and is not overly dry.

M-Medium bodied and a touch more watery than I would have guessed after pouring it into the glass. The oatmeal and massive head give it a nice smoothness.

D-It is a really well done stout. It is low enough in the abv department to session all night.

I enjoyed this beer quite a lot. A good coffee stout that I woulod purchase again if it was avaialble in CA. (1,353 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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? (1,550 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 11/24/2009 and poured into a snifter. Extra received in a trade with writerljberg, thanks Luke. The beer pours black with a small creamy head that lingers for a fair amount of time and leaves some scattered lacing when it finally recedes.

The nose is dominant espresso with notes of dark chocolate and a little toffee. The malt has a strong roasted profile with an earthy quality. The flavor opens with strong coffee notes and roasted malt. Astringency is light and there's a moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and full. (551 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Pours just about black with 2 fingers capped with 2 fingers of unevenly constructed foam (frothy hills and valleys). Good retention with a decent amount of clumpy lacing.

Ah, now this is what a coffee stout should smell and taste like. The coffee is a complementary element, enhancing the rich roasted and chocolate malt flavors instead of overpowering them. Nice interplay between the the coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. The sweet chocolate and creamy mouthfeel blunt the coffee and burnt malts a bit, allowing a bit of hop flavor to come through.

Overall impression: excellent stout, probably my favorite coffee beer I've tried so far. (669 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

The pour is gorgeous with a thick tan head growing gradually on top of a completely opaque black. No light penetrating this one as the head sticks to the sides begrudgingly on the way down.

The aroma is massively roasted, with a nearly-burnt espresso aroma dominating throughout. There is some evidence of dark malts, oatmeal and some bakers chocolate as well.

The taste is also extremely roasty but with a little less coffee and more dark chocolate malts and roasted black malts. There is a smooth oatmeal presence balancing the bitterness of the roasted malts in the finish.

The mouthfeel is interesting in that it's extremely dry and roasted but also extremely smooth with good carbonation and on the fuller side of things.

This is a very good espresso stout with a thick creamy mouthfeel and good coffee presence in the nose. Good beer for coffee lovers who don't mind the big burnt malt character. (940 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,666 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (871 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

Pours deep and dark with a large reverse cascading tan head of about two inches, this one nearly overflowed on me after a bit of a vigorous pour after I thought it wasn't producing head, but no, it's just a little slow to rise. Good retention throughout and some nice lacing as well.

Aroma was quite appealing as well with quite a bit of chocolate notes but of course the espresso is supposed to be the forerunner. It is, though it's not quite as strong as some coffee-centric beers. Pleasing none the less.

The taste followed suit with some sweet chocolate notes rounded out with a smooth oatmeal touch with the espresso coming in the back. Roasty, but not intensely so.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy going down. Quite drinkable, though I do think it would be better in 12 oz. form or with someone to split the bomber with, unfortunately I didn't have that option this night.

Overall a nice stout with a noticable but not overpowering coffee presence. (1,006 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A conceptually well targeted ale whose coffee and stout elements intertwine in a synergistic whole. The beer is black with composed lace, authoritative coffee flavor, and a long powdered cocoa decay. Everything's bold and memorably fun.

Supposedly, a full shot of organic espresso is brewed into each pint of stout making this an odd choice as one of just four ales Oakshire offers year round. But Overcast succeeds admirably. Anyone looking for an espresso stout should look here. (484 characters)

Photo of chezztone
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, sweet, thick, coffeeish and chocolatey. For some reason the other reviewers didn't seem to take to this beer but we think it's a fine coffee stout. Well worth seeking out although probably only available in Oregon. We had it at the Atlantis Lounge at Mississippi Pizza--(highly recommended), the Dublin Pub and a coffeehouse in the EcoTrust building in the Pearl. (374 characters)

Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.