Russian River OVL Stout
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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 125   ABV: 4.15%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Opaque black with a thick, creamy, medium-tan head. Heavy toasted grain aroma with some lactic characteristics along with coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Full dark roasted malt flavor with good hoppiness that follows through into the finish. Has a surprisingly light body with great mouthfeel from the nitrogen draught--easygoing with a nice grain profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1364) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Coffee, coffee, coffee. I felt that this was all about the java. Slightly toasty, but mostly tasted of coffee. No head on the small sampler glass, glossy jet black in color, somewhat thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. A straightforward but well-done stout. Lots of roasted malt in the nose and up front in the flavor. A dry, smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 9, 2008
Drank it on tap at the brewery. Quite disappointed, maybe its not their style. Pours pitch black, but light bodied. More like a porter, ashy and smoky and some molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3534) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
I was at the brewery today and realized I had one of these on my last pass through a couple months ago. They gave me a taste to refresh my memory. Very black with light tan head. Nose of chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Medium mouthfeel but very smooth. Flavor is roasted malts. Dry finish. Good and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a black color with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, caramel, and plum. Flavor is roast, chocolate, caramel, and a light roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Tap @ Russian River (I love the sound of that). Poured black with a nice nitro cascade and creamy tan head. Light roasty malt aroma with a coffee notes. The flavor was of roasted malt with a coffee finish. Light creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
1/3/08 with BikesandBeer, 9th Brewery of the trip, 2nd of the Day. Finally got to come here. Pours black with a creamy light brown half finger head. Nose is sweet, with light malt notes. Tasteis sweet with a chocolate malt flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
On tap at Russian River - Darker brown color with a tan head. Aroma is dry, smoky, and malty with a light bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is dominated by dry bittersweet/dark chocolate and some coffee. Smooth on the tongue but somewhat average. This ones not bad, but the nitro pour does it no favors. OK stuff that could be a bit more robust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Dark black to chocolate-brown color with a ridiculously creamy cappuccino-type head. Honestly one of the most visually appealing beers I’ve ever seen. Aroma is like slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies along with some burnt toast, dark roasted malts, and a bit of coffee. Flavors lived up to the hype created by the aroma: burnt toast, cookie/biscuit maltiness, dark roasted/burnt malts, a bit of molasses, chocolate, and some coffee. Palate is smooth, silky, slightly viscous, but with an extremely clean and crisp dry finish. Maybe a small amount of a residual sweetness/stickiness. Amazing stuff, I could drink endless amounts of this.

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