Sunday, April 7, 2013
Oakshire Brewing Overcast Espresso Stout
Time for a nice hearty brew - it is just a bit overcast this afternoon out here on the Left Coast, but when I picked this craft brew up on a trip to the Pacific Northwest we had many days of overcast skies, a few rainstorms and a couple of bright sunny days too. Will never forget going up to the top of the Space Needle on one of those sunny days - no wind and the temps in the upper sixties - just wonderful.
Quoting from the label "Rich, Roasty, Enlightening. And that's just the cold brewed espresso we used to create this delicious Oatmeal Stout. So, grab a friend, Breakfast or Dinner, crack a bottle and enjoy."
I have to say that the espresso is the defining flavor in this stout, with some chocolate and malt flavors mixed in as well. This is one heck of a smooth operator and very drinkable. Low alcohol and IBU (5.8% and 37 respectively) help, but there are no off notes in this stout. It is very hard to find an Oatmeal Stout that doesn't have some sort of sharp note, whether it be the alcohol, the roast of the malt or the hops. The brewmaster at Oakshire has hit all the right notes on this one! Yum Yum Yum.
The Oakshire site - Grey Skies are a regular part of life in Western Oregon
Beer Advocate - 87 (really? - I'm sensing an East Coast bias in the grading here.....)
Rate Beer - 97 (now, that's more like it - hey it rates pretty high on Untapped too....)