O.V.L. Stout
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #213
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,719
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.42%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
461
From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  36
SCORE
83
Good
Notes:
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StoutSnob40 from California, Dec 28, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: decent creamy tan head on an opaque black body; beautiful thick foam left sticking to the side of the glass

s: smoky malts with coffee malts; dark chocolate

t: terra firma; roast coffee; milk; light acidic sourness; light graininess; dark chocolate

m: very smooth and creamy; could be cask

d: a great stout w/ some strong roasty flavors

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at the brewpub. Deep, dark brown with a beige head. Light creamy cocoa aroma. The flavor is dry and roasty, with some acidic dark malt, and a bitter, dry, and lightly acidic finish. Light and flat mouthfeel. On the bitter/acidic side of the style, which makes it interesting, but also still not that great.

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dannyfayy from Pennsylvania, Jun 09, 2014
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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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Hojaminbag from Colorado, Oct 15, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You may think hops when you think Russian River but that's not the case here. This is a pretty traditional Irish stout led by roasted barley and malt subtleties. And it's really creamy with the nitro carbonation. This is a nice, smooth and drinkable beer.

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GJ40 from North Carolina, Sep 12, 2011
O.V.L. Stout from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 461 ratings