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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal StoutObovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout

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480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

one of the most oaky examples of this style I have encountered. thin and inky black in color, this beer doesn't have a ton of head, but what it does have is an incredible nose. it smells incredibly oak forward, almost more so than that dark roasted barley or alcohol I smell musty oak, deciduous and pungent. it carries over to the flavor too, but instead of complimenting the stout itself, it sort of takes over. the thinness of body also exacerbates this issue, which gives me a watery feel but a very intense woody flavor, an odd sensation on my palate. bitter in the finish with just a touch of toasted coconut island style flare in there, but there just isn't the depth here of some of the worlds best Russian imperials. I like the intensity of the oak, but it limits drinkability, especially when this warms up. o good beer overall though, and one of boulder beers best offerings really.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 17:08:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass with a thin lightly tanned head. Lots if lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate. Raison comes through as well. Molasses and other sweetness are there too.

T: Roasty malts dominate the flavor. Dark fruits come through fairly strong. Oak backing is in there lending some wood tones. Sweetness isn't too strong but rounds out the roastiness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation. Feels quite smooth and velvety. Booze doesn't have much bite.

Overall a pretty tasty RIS, the oak aging adds a great flavor and smooths out the mouthfeel. Pick this one up when you have the chance,

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 20:09:42 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours pitch black with a one-finger dark tan creamy head, great retention, thick lace all the way down

S- light toasted oak character, chocolate malt, sweet dark fruit with just a whiff of vanilla

T- sweet dark fruits, light oak character gives a bit of vanilla flavor, dark chocolate malt. Finishes with a powdery candy-like sweetness, reminiscent of the stick from 'Fun Dip.' There's a bit if dryness in the finish with a bit more oak on the end

M- light-medium body, low carbonation, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, a bit thin for the style

O- nice mix of dark fruit and chocolate flavors with just a bit of oak nuttiness

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:29:54 | More by Treyliff
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - near black with a solid finger of mocha colored head, decent retention fantastic lacing.

S - lots of sweet dark fruits (cherry and raisin), oaty, sweet caramel, slight roasted coffee.

T - mildly bitter chocolate, sweet dark fruits, oatmeal, transitions into a slight bitter/easy burn. Sweet mouth watering aftertaste

M - decently carbonated, light bodied but still rather smooth. Very drinkable

O - pretty good, great drinkability however the dark fruits are a little too dominant and there seems to be a bit of an artificial sugary flavor for sure

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:50:45 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger light tan head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The nose is pretty sweet smelling with lots of sweet oatmeal and caramel. Mixed with these are aromas of dark roasted malt and a moderate amount of a coffee smell. Small amounts of vanilla work their way to the nose which when mixed with the rest creates an sweet oaty and roasty smell overall.

Taste –The taste begins with a dark roasted malt, a chocolate, and very oaty flavor mixed with a bit of caramel and vanilla sweetness upfront. As the flavor moves forward a chocolate flavor gets stronger and some notes of an oaky nature come to the tongue while the sweeter flavors of caramel begin losing ground. A coffee flavor develops more toward the middle of the taste growing rather strong more toward the end. With the sweeter flavors fading and the coffee having a more burnt characteristic, a moderately bitter and roasted flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly lower side for a imperial of 8 % with a carbonation that is a little high for the style. Not the most complimenting for the flavors of the beer as it downplayed the nice roasty and oaty flavor of the brew.

Overall – A pretty decent brew but not the greatest imperial out there. It begins very nice with lots of oaty and roasted flavors, but then gets a little too bitter more toward the end with the feel never really quite fitting the style. Worth a try, but not the best.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 00:31:29 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft at Sam's in Durham, NC.

Pours a black color with a small dark brown head. Has the look of a typical RIS.

Smell - mild roasted malts, not much else.

Taste is fairly mild chocolate and oak. roasted malts. Tastes like an oatmeal stout. nothing at all like a RIS.

Feel - fairly thick, not overly so. I had no problem finishing a pint.

Overall a decent oatmeal stout. Not sure why this is classified as a RIS because it isn't one. The ABV is also wrong, it's only 6.8%. Not sure if the bottle version is different than the draft version? Or they may have changed it and stopped bottling it entirely, as their website says this is a draft only beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 23:43:44 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a thick, brown head that has good retention

S - simple roasted malts, maybe some oak

T - roasted malts, chocolate, woody, creamy, some alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice beer. I don't get as much oak as I would like, but it's there. The general stout seems like it would be great even without the oak-aging. This was a nice beer to sip on while I was cooking dinner for some friends. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 18:48:55 | More by tdm168
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark chocolate in color. Oatmeal flake colored head with good lacing of random patches.

Aroma: Less oak barrel, but more lactose sweetness. Roasted malts, vanilla.

Taste: Immediately I get a bitterness and somewhat of a bitter chocolate note. An almost wine-like sharpness gives way to a sweeter body, hints of vanilla. Faint oats and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Nice weight to it, semi-dry.

Overall: Not as smokey and/or woody as I expected. Not bad, once.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:58:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of watsonmd


4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bottle, 51 degrees, poured into goblet. Dated "enjoy by 2/11/14."

A: Nice, dark, with a tannish head. quickly dissipates, but lacing stays for the duration....

S: coffee, chocolate. smokey oak.

T: Chocolate, coffee, oak, lighter than is looks.

M: nice carbonation, light in the palate, bitter chocolate finish.

O: Not bad, glad I tried one. No room in cellar to add one for later, but may age well, deepening in flavor...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:31:45 | More by watsonmd
Photo of tigg924


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 3/4 creamy head, medium carbonation--looks fantastic

Smell: chocolate, smoke, and light oak

Taste: chocolate--mostly dark with a bit of milk chocolate, smoke, and light oak, some earthly bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body for the style, low carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall:Drinks like a smoked porter, not really like a RIS or oatmeal stout. I would have loved to see more oakiness in this one as well. It is there, but you have to search for it. A good beer, but there are a lot of others I would go to sooner in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 15:03:45 | More by tigg924
Photo of mattfitz


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Busted out my bomber that has been resting for over 2 years in celebration of the Nor'Easter dropping some good snowfall.

Dark rust colored. Tan head, about a finger right off the pour, quickly dissipated to a bit over half cover. Very little lacing.

Blackstrap molasses dominates the nose, with an herbal note I cannot identify.

Flavors of molasses, vanilla and toasted malt with a hint of anise and smoke, with a slight mineral flavor on the finish. Medium body for an imperial stout. Seems to have held up well in the less than ideal conditions in which it was stored (temperature on the higher end of the storage spectrum for part of the year).

It has been two years since I last drank this beer so I can't compare directly that experience, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:57:41 | More by mattfitz
Photo of denver10


3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a full, off white head. Aroma is oaky, roasty, a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. Flavor followed suit, solid but far from special. Lots of oak, some roastiness, grains, maybe a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. A medium body, creamy. Overall, an alright beer but not anything to rush back to.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-24-2013 01:03:22 | More by denver10
Photo of Oakenator


4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black and thick from a nitro tap. Thick, creamy head to be expected without much lacing. Aroma is chocolate forward with dark malts coming through. Taste is great - loads of chocolate coming through yet balanced malt flavor. While not "sessionable" this RIS is a bit lighter on ABV than many.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-21-2013 02:00:15 | More by Oakenator
Photo of AmitC


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from tasting:
2 year old bottle.
Poured from a bomber. Dark brown color. Small head and some lacing. Typical stout smell of burnt and smoked malts. Taste is upfront oak barrels. A good amount of coffee. All the components of nose are there. Hop bitterness is just right. Semi dry finish. Well hidden sweetness. Carbonation is moderate. Mouth feel is on medium body side, which is a drawback. A fuller version of this would have been really good brew.

Likable stout. Definitely worth trying. Not exceptional but still a lot of good character.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:40:02 | More by AmitC
Photo of jjboesen


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This enigmatic beauty opens dark and syrupy; there is a gloppy beige head, one emiting a pungent toastiness as the pour proceeds. The head is gummy, the lacing sticky and the body as black as night, The nose is overwhelmed by a potent miasma of malt and plum; the palate is lathered over by a thick semi-sweet malt blanket with threads of cocoa powder in the mix.

There is a fine and consistent balance here. Another worthy craft from the geniuses who gave the world "Hazed and Infused," a reveiw of which can be found within this website. Obvoid? Some kinda shape ... I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:14:59 | More by jjboesen
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark, dark red amber with a thin head and lacing. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Roasted, light smoky malts, chocolate and some coffee. Oak doesn’t show up until the finish where it is kind of left out in the cold by the other flavors. Would have scored higher if better integrated. A well made, creamy, pleasant RIS Worth cellaring a few to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:16:36 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of bluejacket74


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, date stamped on bottle of Jan 18 2011. I'd guess that was why it was on sale for $2.99 a bottle! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some oats. Luckily, the taste is stronger. The brew tastes like roasted malt, oats, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also very smooth and easy to drink. I don't think the age has hurt this beer at all. I'd buy this again in the future, even though I know I got this bottle at a great price!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 22:36:11 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of superspak


3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, chocolate, oak, roasted malt, oats, earth, caramel, toast, and some chemical alcohol-like aromas. Unimpressive aromas; the phenols are pretty bad, and throws off the balance. Age is probably a factor here, and it also feels a bit stale. Taste is pretty good: chocolate, roasted malt, oats, caramel, toast, earth, light dark fruit, light oak, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of roasted malt, chocolate, toast, oak, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance, with fairly robust flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an ok oatmeal stout. The age was definitely not friendly to this one, and I remember enjoying this more the last time I had it(which was likely much fresher).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:40:21 | More by superspak
Photo of omokoro

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, barely any head. I'm not getting much on the nose. As it warmed I got roasted notes, coffee and chocolate. More chocolate and vanilla than roasted notes. Very smooth without any alcohol heat. It has a good mouthfeel, enough carbonation, and not too viscous. If it wasn't noted on the menu, I would have thought that this beer was around 5 or 6 percent abv, based on tastes. A very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 00:52:28 | More by omokoro
Photo of mltobin


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, a brown color with a short tan head to it.
Its` nose contains aroma of chocolate, oak, roasted malts and a little vanilla. Taking a sip of this imperial stout and I taste espresso, dark chocolate, more of the malts. Mouthfeel is learning towards thin, a bit boozy, but not too much so. A pretty good RIS, but not going to be close to "best" lists for most folks.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 01:19:48 | More by mltobin
Photo of crewfan16


3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a central waters snifter. bomber dated 1-18-2011

a- poured pitch black/brown with more head than i expected. head is light tan and rose up an inch or so, then slowly dissipated.

s- large amount of roasted scent. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak are all there. very nice, fairly complex nose

t- flavors follow the nose, but are extremely subtle comparatively. for some reason i expected a big stout, but was left with a very mild one. coffee, chocolate and oak are there, but barely show up until the finish. extremly mild for what i was expecting

m- for the amount this foamed when i poured it, i expected alot more carbonation to be present as well, but when drinking it, it felt almost flat and lifeless. very thin feeling as well. just a hint of dryness on the finish, but not much else there.

overall, I was expecting a lot more from this beer. for some reason I expected an oak aged stout to be bigger than this. it was extremly drinkable, but in my mind thats not what a oak aged stout is. perhaps my expectations were too high for this, but it still seemed to fall a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:57:01 | More by crewfan16
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, oily sable with a thin but fairly persistent buttery-tan head. Smoky aroma has an overtone of miso and notes of molasses, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate plus hints of caramel and wood - the latter definitely from the oaking. Flavor has a roast coffee core and subtle notes of caramel, chocolate and wood - typical of a good stout, and enjoyable. Just what I, a stoutie, like. Texture has firm body and just a little fizz. Though not an outstanding stout, definitely worthy of checking, especially if you love stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:13:41 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of nebula1999


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bomber bottle discounted for $4 at my local beer supermarket. Had one, then went back and bought a ton more. Date on neck is Jan 2010, purchased and cellared Nov 2010, drank May 1, 2012. No signs of turning on this one, and is aging well…

Nearly pitch black, thick dark tan head that last a while then fades to a skim, but easily revived.

First blast of chocolate in the aroma as well as the usual roastiness from a stout all blend nicely. But more on the chocolate side.

Taste is a pronounced chocolate sweetness that transforms to a slightly chalky cocoa dryness. Roasted malt follows and fills the back of the throat up through the nose. Hops are subdued, as mouthfeel is soft and welcoming. A yummy beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:11:42 | More by nebula1999
Photo of TheBrewo


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer arrived just poured, with insane waves of bubbles pulsating down the glass. Showing the color of a black cola, it held a one finger cream colored head of bubbles so tiny they all meshed together into a single flowing unit. The head never left, not even by the end of the tasting. Lacing was left in thick sheets only when we started to drink it. No sediment was noted, and carbonation was average. The aroma was mild, with steely metallics of fresh coffee bean, and a thickly roasted set of chocolate and caramel malts. Booze and plum came with warmth, but it was otherwise a light and basic nose. Our first impression was “holy creaminess!!”. As the flavoring opened up we began with mild malts and an even roastiness. There was light sugar sweetness with lactic milkiness to cut with some bitterness. The middle peaked with stony bitterness, coffee, dirt, and mineral. The finish was equally as mild, with more soft and sweet creaminess to cut the bittering from the malts. The aftertaste breathed of roasted, bitter malts, a thick char, and more of those lactics. The body was full but with a lighter feel, and was almost watery at times. Carbonation was lighter but each sip was as soft as air, with amazing cream, froth, and slurp due to the head standing ever present. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was simple.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look, with those pulsating, vibrant waves of bubbles, and the outrageous head. In the nose and flavoring we felt these to be more of a standard American stout, rather than the typical Russian Imperial or oatmeal. Everything was unfortunately mild, and we wished that the flavors in particular were better pronounced with more booziness and syrupy stickiness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 14:15:30 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of secondtooth


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-hued black, with a huge quickly-dissipating head of tan carbonation. Wondrous lace.

Nose is wood-oak and whiskey-like, I get some hints of vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol.

Flavor is rich -- hints of dark fruit, charred malts, and a hint of wood in the finish, though not as overwhelming as that may imply.

Overall, a well-done Russian imperial stout, with a unique oak-aged character. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 06:37:39 | More by secondtooth
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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.