O.V.L. Stout
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #213
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,723
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 mattycasey:
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

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

Jun 03, 2015
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tswater from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Dec 14, 2012
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Rainier from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Mar 26, 2013
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hoegaardenhero from California

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

Jul 15, 2008
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MtOrion from Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

May 28, 2014
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pisano from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Mar 07, 2014
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Nunya from Ohio

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

Apr 23, 2014
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tbeq00 from California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nov 15, 2011
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Oct 26, 2014
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powdersoldier from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 28, 2015
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TychoNDC from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Dec 22, 2013
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monitorpop from Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Jan 10, 2012
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Azrael

3/5  rDev -17.8%

Feb 08, 2013
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ibison4 from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 13, 2013
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jkball01 from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Sep 02, 2013
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bulletrain76 from California

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.

Nov 10, 2009
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MastaShonuf from California

3.25/5  rDev -11%

Aug 11, 2013
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grover37 from District of Columbia

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

Jan 09, 2016
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OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 24, 2013
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spointon from Illinois

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

Jul 03, 2015
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dannyfayy from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jun 09, 2014
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

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.

Oct 15, 2011
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

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

May 24, 2015
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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