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

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mark on 05-09-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
430
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
34.66%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
30
For Trade:
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Reviews by jeffjeff1:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Russian River Brewery during the release of Pliny the Younger. It was part of the sampler.

Appearance- black color, nice tan head

Smell- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

Taste- roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. Usually everything they have is awesome.

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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

Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bike2work
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
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.

O: OK

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

[email protected] 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%

Photo of Reappropriated
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of joe_sf
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%

Photo of mdaschaf
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%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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