Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1143) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.04 ($0.17 per ounce).

Appearance: Jet black body, completely opaque. Pours to a two-finger, dark tan, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Deeply roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet overall.

Taste: Coffee-infused stouts tend to be some of my favorite beers, though many of them tend to be behemoth brews. It’s rare you find a “regular” stout with as consistent of a coffee flavor as the big boys, though Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout is a fine exception to that rule. While not as robust as an imperial stout, the coffee flavor maintains its flavor and intensity from beginning to end. Many beers of this type tend to fade after a few sips, so this is a nice change of pace.

The palette is, not surprisingly, coffee-dominated. A dark French roast style is prominent right away, though it’s quickly followed by a pleasant sweetness. This is an oatmeal stout at the core, so the cereal-like taste is difficult to ignore. Coupled with the dark malt it creates for a bittersweet chocolate sensation, though it’s mostly in passing and is not cloying at all. Additional coffee bitterness and roasted flavor on the back end creates for a well-balanced palette.

Drinkability: For a 5.8% ABV beer, Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout has the best of both worlds. There’s the strong, tasty palette of a heavy brew, but with the lighter mouthfeel and easy drinkability of a mid-range strength. The mouthfeel is a little crisp for a stout, but does have a smooth texture. It finishes clean (maybe a little too clean), which makes it a bit of a challenge to not drink as fast as possible. 
Grade: 8/10

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