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.”
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.