Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 318
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Grocery Outlet in Tanasbourne.

Pouring black with dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head that's creamy and leaves some nice lacing. The nose is mostly a freshly pulled espresso, roasty, creamy, mildly chocolatey, and faintly hoppy (earthy). It smells nice but simple. The base stout appears to be obscured by the coffee.

The palate opens with a nice espresso flavor. Fresh, clean, mildly fruity and moderately roasty, it is expressed in a way I like. The base stout, however, isn't up to the challenge. Mildly roasty, not chocolatey enough and rather thin, the base stout really is disappointing. Drying, roasty, faintly watery and with a nice lingering coffee flavor on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body. Carbonated a little too highly for my liking, the carbonic acid clashes with the excellently expressed coffee acidity. The hoppy bitterness on the finish is a nice touch. Decent stuff, it could use just a touch of sweetness and body to go with the rather excellent coffee flavor. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black. Head is a rather thick, brown mass of heavy foam. The head retains quite well. Good lacing.

S-Black coffee and lots of roast. That's about it for the nose in my book. Impressive intensity.

T-Espresso for sure. Some bitter dark chocolate as well. Very roasty and just a bit of char. I'm not all too enamored witht eh coffee/espresso here for some reason. Maybe it's the secondary flavors that I don't love as much.

M-Has plenty of body for a beer of its alcoholic stature. Moderate bitterness. No alcohol. Flavor dies off quickly, however.

O-This definitely gets the job done. It lacks any real charisma, unfortunately. It's a tasty Stout that delivers plenty of java flavor and not much more. (711 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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can that I think I paid $1.59. Dark black, tan head, looks decent. Doesn't smell like much other than some burnt coffee and grounds. Flavor is more burnt coffee, not very much stout, not very appetizing. i wouldn't say this tasted bad but I wouldn't reach for another. I had no problem finishing the beer though. (317 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 StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Punch Bowl Social, Portland

Violet-tinged brown with beige film.
Roast, chocolate truffle, coffee nose.
Cocoa powder, acidic black bite, a whack of coffee and a branchy end.
Frappuccino finish and stale coffee linger.
Light to medium, slight cling.

Plenty of coffee, both stale and fresh. A bit thin. Does as advertised, but nothing more. (352 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (339 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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (824 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 notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (411 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. The head is a two finger mocha shade featuring a nice texture and perhaps even nicer retention. Looks good in a glass, that's for sure (especially the Samuel Smith pint glass, which almost seems tailor made for stouts).

S: Wowee, this one is very forward in its mocha, chocolate, and roasted barley qualities. Oats are faintly notable, as well. I'm pretty impressed, actually.

T/M: Dry, dry, dry. This opens dry/bitter, finishes dry/bitter, with seemingly no room for sweetness anywhere. There's a slight ping of chocolate to start before coffee, roasted barley, and oatmeal all take over. I notice a dimension of piny hops on the back end, too that never overpower everything else. I reckon it's a bit more airy-feeling than I like; I'd kill for a silkier texture, or maybe it's just lower carbonation I'd kill for. The latter quality is the only thing that bugs me here - it allows it to come off as being too dry and even a bit rough at times.

O: One has to love how drinkable this is. The lack of creamy softness is easy to overlook for this reason. I wouldn't trade for it; but I would buy it again if I ever caught it in a store. (1,220 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In lieu of having coffee with breakfast, I had an 'Espresso Stout' instead. Served in a pint glass at Concordia Ale House ($4.25).

A: Ridiculously BLACK, only a thin head of khaki cream. Splotches in the thin film, a random collection of pits and craters. Lace hangs in loosely-knit cobwebs.

S: Aroma is strangely NON-coffee: a sweet-ish pastry, like dark banana bread crust (???). Hints of vanilla and a nutty coffee bean do grow, still it's not the robust coffee-scented aroma I'd hoped for.

T: There's that coffee roast, rich and vaguely chocolate-y. Has notes of roasted nuts and a mild caramel. Not terribly bitter; in fact, a little sweeter and more fudge-like than expected.

M: A little carbonation prickle, relatively smooth. Coffee bittering builds and lingers a little. Medium body, about average for the style.

D: Unknown ABV but seems in the 6%+/- range. As such it's drinkable enough, worth having again. (922 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 homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours obsidian and opaque into my CBS snifter, deep brown head form and retains about a cm nicely. Heavy lacing is left behind. Incredibly dark for a non imperial stout. The nose starts with bold roasted coffee paired with a dry roasted barley quality. Notes of dark chocolate come in as well as a tinge of hops to round things out. Taste lacks malty sweetness and stays on the dry roasted malty side of things. Very dry on the finish and not a whole lot of depth to the flavor. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonation with somewhat light body. Lots of espresso here as well as roasted malts, but there is not enough sweetness to balance out these flavors. The results is somewhat ashy and overly dry. (697 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, no discernible date, poured into 20oz glass

A – Pours a dark ruby hued brown. Head looks almost like a cappuccino, light and fluffy and creamy with a coffee color. Lacing left behind is consistent and clingy, very nice.

S – Initially muted, but notes of coffee, bitter espresso, and dark unsweetened chocolate notes are present as well, not sweet.

T – Quite bitter, wonderful notes of fresh and strong espresso, light notes of bitter dark chocolate and cacao as well.

M – Astringent and dry, not a sweet stout, finish is crisp and clean, great notes of beautifully roasted coffee and chocolate.

O – Fantastic coffee beer. I only drink my coffee dark roasted and black, this hits all the right notes, no sweetness, just great notes of bitter coffee and chocolates, just great. Though I can see how some might be put off if they are expecting something sweeter. (889 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served a pilsner glass, on nitro at Malt & Vine.

Nitro stouts are beautiful. Black, velvety, creamy lush head. This is all of that. Smell is strong coffee and lots of roasted malt.

Taste is what I wish Guinness tasted like. Nice coffee bitterness, rich malt and nice roastiness, but packaged in a nice, balanced way that doesn't overpower at all.

Mouthfeel is nitro stout. Creamy, silky, pleasant. Overall, very good. (420 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

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 (506 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (311 characters)

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

a - a nice solid black pour, with a subtle, but dirty layer of foam resting quitely atop

s - coffee right away..nice roasted malts, hidden chocolate note...

t - as it warms up, so increases the flavor that's for sure.... lot of coffee on top of this beer.. bits of grain..

m - smooth, soft and somewhat velvety

o - pretty good cappucinno stout... (351 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice pitch black with a 2" cola colored head. Big collar of lacing rings the glass.

S- nice mix of roasted malts and coffee with a hint of vanilla.

T- big roasted malts followed by coffee and finishes with some pine hoppiness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy and slick feel for a regular stout.

O- nice stout with good amount of coffee and just enough hop bitterness to balance this beer out nicely. (478 characters)

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