Coffee Beer Week: Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

Coffee Beer WeekOakshire Brewing Company out of Eugene, Oregon, is a young brewery making a big splash; their Overcast Espresso Stout won the silver medal in the “Coffee Flavored Beer” category at last year’s Great American Beer Festival and has been getting ¬†high marks all around.

Overcast is an Oatmeal Stout brewed to 5.8% alcohol by volume, and the coffee comes from Wandering Goat Coffee in Eugene. The secret to their coffee usage is in cold-brewing it—a 13 to 16 hour steep extracts the coffee flavors you want in a beer, without extracting the acids and tannic qualities that a regular hot infusion brew produces.

And it pays off in this beer, with intense coffee flavors without any of the extra acidity of a “hot brew.”

Oakshire Overcast Espresso StoutAppearance: Black and opaque with muddy-brown head of foam, fell to a skiff on top.

Smell: Full of coffee—like opening a bag of just-roasted beans. A bit of black patent malt in there too; nice and rich.

Taste: Coffee through and through; creamy with a bit of acid astringency. A charred wood note—not smoky, just burnt—that softens as it warms. The coffee really dries it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, but lighter than what I expect for an Oatmeal Stout; the coffee cuts into the creamy texture and finishes it dry.

Overall: Heavy on the coffee but pretty good—not too harsh. Anyone who loves coffee will love this.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B+. On RateBeer, it scores 3.7 out of 5 and is in their 98th overall percentile.