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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oakshire Brewing - Overcast Espresso Stout

Have you recently asked yourself this question?
What stout do I want to try tonight?
Or just, what stout do I want to drink tonight?
Well – look no further, for tonight you should try the Overcast Espresso Stout by Oakshire Brewing from Eugene, Oregon. 

As the name indicates, it’s a perfect rainy day, cold weather beer, sure to warm your heart (and stomach!). This is a fine example of a well made stout, with its signature aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Of course, that extra note of coffee and espresso is certainly prevalent in its aroma.

The taste is milder than the deep aroma would have you believe. Some at Rate Beer have even complained that it is “too thin” for a stout. Fair enough…but I say it would be a perfect beer to have your friend who isn’t too sure about beer try out (I think my 22 oz. bottle only cost me around $3, so you really can't go wrong with trying it out!). It has a medium body and a light mouthful.

From my picture below, you can see it is dark as night, another signature quality of a stout beer.

My friend, Orin, will only drink beers that you can't see through - considering that is a 100 watt light bulb in the background, I think it would be safe to say this beer isn't getting any light through it!
A great cheese pairing for stout was Sini Fulvi Rustico Red Pepper cheese from Italy (that was a mouthful of words, huh?). The cheese has red pepper integrated into it, making for lovely pockets of spice that is calmed by the Oakshire stout’s flavor. I wouldn’t place this as a knock out of the park pairing, but for two bold flavors they marry nicely together, and would probably place themselves as acquaintances in their social media circles. Not BFF, but certainly happy to run into each other at the bar from time to time – maybe even have dinner together once in a awhile. 

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