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
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
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