O.V.L. Stout
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #212
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,430
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:
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 461 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by inlimbo77:
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3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6oz half pint pour
Enjoyed at Santa Rosa, CA brew pub on 9/5/12

A: This pours out darker than the porter for sure. It's a fairly dark brown almost black color. I see some reddish hues at bottom of the glass. There is a light tan head. It's very frothy.

S: On the nose, I get light roast coffee. Some chocolate. Nothing too crazy aggressive.

T: As for the taste, much like the nose it's a very mild stout. I get some of that light roast coffee bitterness on the tip of the tongue. That meshes in nicely with the chocolate flavors. It's rarer thin, like others have mentioned Guiness like. Didn't see ABV, but has to be lower side.

M: It's medium body

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +3%
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 warrendietrich2001
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

O.V.L. Stout from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 461 ratings