Overcast Espresso Stout | Oakshire Brewing

Overcast Espresso StoutOvercast Espresso Stout
BA SCORE
74.7%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 380 ratings
Overcast Espresso StoutOvercast Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States
oakbrew.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,291
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
380
Liked:
284
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
10.39%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 119
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dirt/earth, and some super roasty espresso and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same along with a cocoa flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great stout, one of those enormous dark beers that just satisfies like no other on an unseasonably cold monday afternoon. dark in color, almost black in fact, but showing some dark chocolate tones around the edges under a rather lazy inch of tan foam. the nose is coffee first, mixed in with some chocolate malt, dark chocolate cake or fudge brownie, and a bold ale yeast. love the combination here. the taste is similar, with plenty of robust coffee flavor but very little acidity or mouthfeel weirdness from it. belgian dark chocolate flavor in the finish, some mild birch or maple syrups sweetness, and a dark roasted barley that is large without being especially bitter. i think the mix of flavors and textures is wonderful, velvety smooth but shockingly full flavored, full bodied yet real easy drinking. a nice mix. i think oakshire has impressed during its brief stead in colorado, and i hope they continue to show up periodically with new stuff, as i think everything they do has been excellent. great use of coffee in a drinkable stout. perfect cold weather brew.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color; the modest tan head leaves a few dots of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate and roasty coffee tones dominate, with a hint of oatmeal underneath

Taste: The chocolate and oatmeal flavors arrive first, adding a bit of minty hops adding some bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the roasty coffee elements add a nice balancing touch

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks the creaminess one would expect in this style

Overall: The flavor profile of this beer is nicely constructed; a more creamy mouthfeel would be the icing on the cake

Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours almost pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice dense cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, biscuit, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced stout aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, molasses, vanilla, cream, and light herbal. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, biscuit, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Great balance of flavors, with a nice amount of robustness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is pretty much invisible as expected for 5.8%. Overall this is a damn nice coffee stout. A lot of well balanced flavors; with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I really have no complaints. Really well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout purchased and consumed in Oregon.

Large creamy and durable tan head over an opaque black body.

Aroma of dark roasted grains and wet coffee grinds.
Flavor: mildly bitter with hints of dark chocolate, black coffee, faint dark fruit and a touch of smoke.
Excellent soft mouthful.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone from my brew club, but don't remember who it was, sorry.

Pours a dark creamy small head covering, super dark black colored beer.

Nose fresh espresso and roasted coffee, bit of dark chocolate and bakers, hint of roast, light creamy milk chocolate, caramel.

Taste chalky chocolate powder, chocolate milk, roast, lots of milk stout flavors, caramel and bakers chocolate, then decent espresso and fresh brewed coffee, light bitterness. Finish is creamy and light dry, decent bitterness, more lingering espresso and bakers chocolate.

Mouth is creamy and med to fuller bodied, decent but lighter carb.

Overall nice, creamy chocolate, drinkable, nice roast and coffee without the astringent over roasted briny taste.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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?

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Overcast Espresso Stout from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 74.7% out of 100 with 380 ratings
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