Overcast Espresso Stout - Oakshire Brewing

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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 denver10
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours blackwith a bubbly mocha head. Aroma is not nearly as aggressive as I hoped. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I was hoping this would be bolder and not quite as balanced as it turns out to be. Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and some sweetness from the sugars that come from the oats. A touch more of that espresso shows itself in the flavor, roasted barley, chocolate, and some sugars from the oats. A touch of some char flirts with things throughout, providing a kiss of some bitterness. A creamy, kinda thinner medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice beer. At $5.49 a bomber well worth my money. Something I would definitely buy again. (654 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Albertsons. Pours out black / brown with small silky head. Coffee is first element in the aroma, some burnt toast as well. Coffee than takes over the flavor. Medium weight body, slick and creamy. (209 characters)

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

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Opaque black with ruby highlights, mocha colored forms with small bubbles and sticks around for a good little while, a little lace is left behind.

S: Dominated by espresso coffee, roasted character, some astringent earthiness, some milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate, hint of chicory.

T: Coffee dominates with chocolate arriving on the aftertaste, hints of spices, chicory, light oaty fruitiness, ghostly charcoal. Blends well, but its a bit watery.

MF: Lighter medium mouthfeel, pretty wet and a bt creamy, finishes with some dryness which is nice.

O: Coffee dominates, with roast, chocolate, and hints of dark fruitiness behind. Very little hop character, and while I liked this beer as a showcase for espresso, there are also better coffee beers out there IMO. Still an easy drinker, and recommended. (872 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 Hoptometrist
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a mason jar mug at the Cornbread Cafe in Eugene

A- Poured a very dark brown (looks black, you can see some brown hues on the edge of the glass though), big frothy and dark mocha head that left lots of chunky and droppy lace

S- Huge chocolate covered espresso bean aroma. Big, bold, dark roasted coffee aroma and nice chocolate sweetness. Amazing aroma, very aromatic

T- Big chocolate covered espresso bean flavor. The coffee flavor is strong, bold, and dark (just how I like my coffee). Some really nice sweet chocolate notes in addition to the big roasty coffee notes. Mineral presence in the taste and some sweet caramel notes. Pretty assertive coffee bitterness too.

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, finishes semi-dry, a little lighter stout mouthfeel

O- What an amazing coffee forward stout. Definitely lloking forward to having this readily available to me here. (905 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 tylerstravis
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Man I really liked this... Fantastic coffee, roasted malt and slight chocolate flavor... Until about 3 seconds after I swallowed. Terrible, I mean terrible, aftertaste! Ruined everything great it initially, one of the worst stout aftertastes I have experienced. Almost a rotten moldy flavor. Sad, I really wanted to like this one and stock up on a good cheap coffee stout. (377 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a thick jet black with a huge (3-4 finger) tan foamy head that lasted throughout, reducing to a large cap with excellent sheets of foamy lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted cereal malt and a strong leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, dark roast coffee, vanilla and a hint of oats.

The taste was lightly sweet, a tad bitter and very malty with a healthy dose of dark chocolate and molasses from the start, progressing with a strong bitter dark roasted coffee taste and a silky oat feel towards the end. The flavor lasted a good long while following the swallow, with a bold espresso taste fading very slowly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was exceptionally full in body with a dry, oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was one solid tasting Stout with a great balance of flavors, which ultimately created a smooth and tasty brew with a superb drinkability…

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (833 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black as night and pours as thick as any brew I've encountered. The head is huge at three plus inches and foamy.

S - Very mild aroma of coffee.

T - Espresso and chocolate with a bitter lining.

M - The feel is extremely coarse. Doesn't go down very smooth, but... it goes down.

~ This is a great idea if you're drinking it for breakfast. Any other time of day I think this bomber may be a bit too much. (410 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a two-inch head that has a light cocoa hue; lacing is good

S: Definite espresso, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts; some chocolate, milky flavors; a touch bitter and sour

T: Flavors really come together better than I expected; lots of roasted coffee beans; bitterness is balanced with sweet chocolates

F: Incredibly creamy; thick, viscous, awesome

O: This is a delicious creamy espresso-forward beer (419 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 Khazadum
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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. (380 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 scratch69
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a half a fingers worth a quickly disappearing, tan head. Small amount of thin runny lace.

Smell- Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste- Burnt coffee with notes of chocolate, caramel, and a bit of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel- On the lighter end of medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall- Decent and pretty easy to drink, but I've had better coffee stouts. I won't be searching for this one anytime soon. (493 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 djeucalyptus
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on tap at Kelly's Olympian, PDX

A: black with dusty brown colors around the edges. A hazy foam on top, off-white cream in color. Thin watery ring of lace at the rim with lace fingers pointing down after a few sips

S: hint of chocolate with roasted coffee and malts. Hard to gather all flavors as coffee beans are most prominent

T: this one has a strong coffee profile overall, flavors are roasted and a touch of vanilla sweet. Sort of lacks in overall complexity as grains seem restrained and almost vanish. Soft cocoa cream and a slight astringency in the finish with stale hops

M: carbonated for a stout and caught me by surprise. Fizzy bite to this takes away quite a bit in the mouthfeel and overall vibe. I would consider this body mild, bubbly, and sharp

D: flavors in some regards come and go, coffee and more coffee. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee in my beers, but this one lacks overall elements to make it the least bit enjoyable. Body is not chunky enough for me and results in a slightly average experience (1,026 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 constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Great foam. Silky, sticky and very thick thick. Thin bubbles. Deep black.

S: Chocolate and coffee. Dark mahogany. Leather. A bit sweetness on the nose and a touch of alcohol.

T: Awesome. Enough bitter to even out the heavy fatty flavor. Only slightly sweet. Heavy oat. Molasses. Espresso beans come through strong.

M. Dry finish. Thick but still silky. Slight metal mineral finish.

O: Very good. I like how it is surprisingly refreshing for an oatmeal coffee stout. Finishes mostly clean. (495 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (665 characters)

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

Thanks to cdkrenz...CK, you da man!

A - This brew poured dark black in color with an impressive two finger foamy head. Good head retention but not a lot of lacing despite the head.

S - Roasted malt and coffee, followed by hints of some dark bitter chocolate.

T & M - Very nice robust flavors that I would expect from an American Stout...Roasted malts play nicely with the dark roast coffee, and the hint of bitter chocolate I smelled in the nose pops up in minute quantities. Medium bodied and moderately creamy, finishes with a bit of roasted malt aftertaste.

D - Lowish on the ABV, highish on flavor. A nicely drinkable little stout...I have to thank my buddy CK for this tasty offering. (693 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 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)

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