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O.V.L. Stout - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 394
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 35.19%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mark on 05-09-2004

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 394
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is another note that has been hanging around for entirely too long without a review being written, and now is the time.

Russian River's OVL Stout has a dark, pitch-black body with a thick, solid brown head. Basically, the look you expect from most dark beers on a nitro pour.

The aroma is muted (my complaint about nitro), but there is definitely coffee and dark malts.

The flavors is straightforward, but pretty good. Coffee is the main flavor, followed roasted flavors, black malt and baker's chocolate. Probably a little bit of toffee also.

Thick, full, creamy, just like a nitro a beer should be.

This is one of the many beers that I wonder what it would taste like out of a normal CO2 tap. Or, even better, out of a cask. I'm just not the biggest fan of nitro setups. With that said, this is still a nice dry stout.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This stout came out of the tap very dark brown in color with some precious ruby highlights. The huge, darkly-tanned head would have stayed the night had I let it.

Smell – The malts were lightly-roasted at the nose. They were mixed with some good coffee notes and a light, chocolate compliment. There were a bit of sweets in here as well that reminded me of brown sugar.

Taste – The good, roasty flavors came out nicely at the tongue. The coffee and baker’s chocolate seemed to be evenly mixed. A light sprinkle of brown sugar finished this one at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This one was very light but not quite light-bodied. It had some noticeable bitterness at the end as well.

Drinkability – You could probably drink this all day and not get drunk. It is a very tasty session ale that begs to be shared.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A stout that is lighter in appearance than many, this takes on more brown than black in its appearance, nice soft head on it, less than 1".
Aroma was like many aspects of this beer, smooth. Roasting notes are very delicate, not huge, not bitter.

Again, taste, smooth, chocolate malt, very sessionable, mild undertaking here. Light mouthfeel, wouldn't say there is any dominant aspect of this beer, other than its easy to please attitude. Its a nice change of pace when you're at the brewery because most of their selections are either heavy on belgian yeast, sour, or very hoppy.

A mild, smooth light cocao experience.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a 4 oz sampler

A - Dark brown with one finger tan head with moderate lacing and good head retention.

S - Earthy, chocolate, roasted barley.

T - Follow smell, pretty sour and a little bitter as well, I was pleasantly surprised. Notes of tobacco, coffee, dark chocolate. Weak start but a nice complex dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty good stout, really liked the earthy flavor

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: dak brow-blackn, essentially opaque but clear. Semi-durable head still leaves very good lacing.

Aroma: dark roasted malts withfaint hops.

Flavor: dark roastd malts with more obvious hops than in the aroma.

Feel: smooth; light body seemed relatively too light for style and even a bit watery; medium-low carbonation.


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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap@Russian River Brewpub. This is a good Guinness clone, only this is much, much better. Soft and dry coffeed texture, lightly Roasted. Decently long finish, could drink a lot of these. Pretty much the perfect session stout, good robust flavour, but not too heavy.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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O.V.L. Stout from Russian River Brewing Company
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