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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 125   ABV: 4.15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally brewed for our brewery that once was located at Lake Sonoma Winery. This nitrogenated dry stout is low in alcohol but big in flavor. Its smooth roasted coffee like aromas and flavor are clean and drinkable.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3524) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Color was dark brown with a light brown head. Not only was their some lacing, but a complete coating of the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, cocoa, and roasted malt. Flavor was very nice for the style. Cocoa, caramel, roasted malt and sweet malt. Some earthiness. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5288) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. The body was black with a large tan colored head. The aroma was strong coffee with mocha and peanuts. There was also a little bit of caramel. The taste was strong coffee with some dark chocolate. Bits of hay. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 on tap at RR. nice light, drinkable, session stout due to the low alcohol and nitro. Typical roasty, coffee-like flavors. I would like to see a stronger version for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - DEC 7, 2008
Traditional yet slightly better than normal stouts. The malt was strong with coffee and walnut notes. Nothing amazing, especially after having a goblet of Consecration, but a better than average stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Draft @ Russian River. Pours a dark chocolate-brown color; light brown head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing that sticks. Lots of toasted malts, milk chocolate, and light smoked meat presence in the aroma; nicely dry. Medium mouthfeel: milk chocolate, roast, and lightly acidic coffee upfront; just a touch watery on the perimeter; otherwise, a generous dry stout with a touch of smoked meats. Medium finish: chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee; nicely dry with a touch of smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6473) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2008
Tap @ RR. Dark color, creamy dark brown head. Soft coffee aroma. Creamy taste, chocolat, coffee, bit mocha. Bit dry.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
On tap @ RR. Pours a black color with a creamy, tan head. Big, roasted coffee aroma. Nutty beginning, burnt toast and malts. Creamy body, bitter, dry finish. I’m a sucker for a good stout...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Sampler at the RR Brewpub (Santa Rosa, CA). Surprisingly good. Deep dark ruby over midnight hue with a sizable cocoa head that stuck around pretty far into the tasting. Aromas are a smooth and creamy sweetness with dark malt notes and cocoa wafting in prominently as well. Taste is dark malts, coffee, and touches of dark chocolate. Exceptional lacing. A little light in body, watery, but finishes quite nicely and smooth. Yum. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Pours completely black with a nitrogen rich caramel colored head. Aroma: Creamy chocolate, caramel, and roasted espresso, and malty deliciousness. Flavor: You know the way people rave about Guinness? They way they say it’s rich, creamy, full bodied, while still having a great flavor. Well I never thought that about guinness, but OVL is all that and more. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter hops, creamy smooth caramel, and a nice mellow coffee finish. The palate is full while still being thin enough to drink with comfort. Perfect balance of flavors and insanely enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (436) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
On tap at the RR brewpub. Pours pitch black with a dark beige head. Nose- dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste- very dry and roasty with wood and smoky undertones. The nitro is not overbearing in adding creaminess. This dry stout is true to its name and is thinner in body than expected. A real brewing feat. Low in carbonation and slides down nicely.


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