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

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007

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Reviews by mastodonj:
Photo of mastodonj
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes at the Boulder Beer Brewpub on Wilderness,

Good lacing but a small head

Chocolatey raisiny smell which was one of the best features for
a wintry day.

The alcohol content really comes to the front making it seem
a little underaged.

But a nice bitterness and sharpness with a very good mouthfeel
and clean finish.

One of the only reasons to visit the Boulder Beer Brewpub.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always wondered what an obovoid was.Poured into an English pint glass a deep but not opaque black with tight formed 1/2 finger light mocha colored head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled quickly,heavy on the mocha in the nose almost brownie-like dipped in dark roast coffee very appetizing.Not a big mouthfull of a stout its light to medium in the mouthfeel department.Flavors start out with deep bitter chocolate tones along with that dark roast coffee turning into a woody/earthy finish that is quite bitter.The oak gives off just a light woody flavor that compliments the big chocolate and coffee tones of this brew,very nice.

Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights.Thick light brown head with excellent retention.Thick lacing coats the glass.

S_Slightly smoky oak,dark chocolate,coffee,and vanilla.

T_Same as the smell. The oak is not overpowering and goes great with the taste of charred coffee and dark bitter chocolate.The oak gives a slightly smoky earthy taste.

M_Thin but yet creamy and full bodied. Nicely carbonated.

D_Finished the bomber easily and wish I had another one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. It had a thick, off-white head that lasted well. Typical chocolate and coffee/roasted malt sroma. The chocolate was more apparent in the taste. The coffee came in later, was a little bitter, but some vanilla balanced it out. Pretty good beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, roasted coffee and a touch of wood with some initial vegetal and metallic off notes.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some acidic roasted malts. It finishes with charred roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a decent stout. Its simplicity and some off notes prevent it from being better.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice, long lasting creamy mocha head. leaves tons of fine and sticky sheeting. Nice nose of more mocha and silky milk chocolate. Lots more chocolate, smooth, dusty and sweet, medium body and a very silky mouth feel. Nice stuff. More of a strong oatmeal stout, then a RIS if you ask me. Easy drinking, clearly high quality and BA worthy. Best beer I've tried from Boulder. Go get some and enjoy with a peppery steak.

Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of deanwilson
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz bottle at Liqour barn in Florence NJ

A: Very dark, coffee color.

S: Soft, earthy, woodsy smell with strong oak barrel smell. Very good.

T: chocolate, smoke, hint of vanilla, with a hop bitterness at the finish.

M: good, very smooth, the carbonation is just right fot this brew.

D: very drinkable. The 8% alcohol is well blended in the beer. Definitley not overwheming.

Photo of boatshoes
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little gift picked up for me by my father down in the North Market. Was feeling hearty, so I decided to pour it into my antique glass stein and drink the entire bomber.

Appearance- Poured the nice usual shade of opaque black that I like to see in a RIS. A solid two finger tan head rose off of the black body pretty quickly as well. However, it didn't stick around for too long, and died down to a minimal ring around the edges. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell- Not to complex. Lots of roasted malt, a touch of bitter chocolate, a hint of vanilla from the oak. That was really about it, with the roastiness coming through most prominently.

Taste- I didn't really know what to expect going into this beer as I had never heard of it before, but I'd have to say I was rather disappointed in the taste department. Really, this beer tasted like an average porter at best rather than a Russian Imperial Stout. The taste was dominated again by the roasted malt and rough oak with little to no bitter chocolate coming through and little in the way of other flavors. Not complex and got boring fairly quickly when comparing it to the likes of other RIS's I've had, especially those of the oak aged variety.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Disappointed here again, I found the mouthfeel to be particularly thin. Carbonation levels were okay, but it drank thin even if I were considering it to be a porter rather than a RIS. Boring taste and poor mouthfeel didn't make this a good drinker for me.

Overall, I'd pass on this one if I had the opportunity. Boring at best.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, took a long time to get this one entered into the database, originally drank at March Madness 2011. Dark brown pour, almost black, tan head, 1" deep. Aroma was tame, even the oak portion of it, but still had enough gusto to be a pleasant experience, definite oat impact as the beer was better described as smooth than roasty.

Alcohol unfortunately was a little more than I would have liked to have had put down. What was 8% was every bit there in the mouthfeel, despite the oak and oatmeal, although to be fair, its not the first time oak has seemingly brought out the alcohol (fusel?) more than covered it up. Sweetness tempered.

A decent beer, kind of standard for boulder beer company. At $7 a bomber, probably not something I'd have any more often than once every couple of years. Which isn't to say its bad, but there's lots of stouts out there.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby mahogany brown almost black to the untrained eye, creamy tan head forms thick lacing coats the sides of the glass. This beer has legs it is thick enough to really coat the glass. Aromatics bring out dark chocolate malts with alcoholic notes, a bit of dark impy stout notes like soy sauce and anise and of course some dark over ripened fruit notes. A touch of toffee caramel with a hidden pine/herbal hop assualt in the background. Flavor was harsh dark chocolate and sweet prunes collide with an almost salty soy sauce anise mix that kept making me question why I kept drinking this beer. A bit of hidden oak charred quality but nothing like the typical oak experience, pine/herbal bitterness adds to the rough qualities of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied even carbonation needs to be a bit brighter this one sits heavy on the palate and stomach, alcohol burns making it more and more cloying. Drinkability maybe a small pour to experience and re evaluate it but I don't plan on buying this bruiser again.

Photo of SPRichard
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fluffy tan head that leaves beautiful lacing all over the glass...dark black in color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light

oak....roasted malts....slight hint of cherries in the nose

excellent balance of roasted malt along with semi bitter chocolate...the oak aging added a nice flavor as well

smooth creaminess...light body...medium carbonation

very easy drinking....the oak aging is just right and not too overpowering and adds a nice roasty flavor...not a heavy RIS and the ABV is well hidden

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla, in that order. As it warms a small amount of the aroma can be attributed to the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich dark chocolate flavors up front are backed by mild roasted malts. Midway through the sip light vanilla flavors make their way in before giving way to dark chocolate bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation, though I would've liked a tad more smoothness considering the oatmeal used.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber of this solo.

Overall this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout and is probably the best beer that I've had from Boulder. Worth a shot.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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,

Photo of ImpairedPirate
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle poured into a glass Feb 2011.

A - No light shines through. The bottle reads, "as dark as deep space". That's about right.

S - Roasty chocolate and malts. This has more of an earthy nose when compared to others in the same group.

T - Like it smells. There is some complexity to it, but it doesn't lose focus. I can't really distinguish any oak-aged-ness, but I'm sure it's there... EDIT: If you like the oak notes of this beer, you absolutely without a doubt must sample Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout (or the Espresso version of the same) by Great Divide Brewery.

M - Well-rounded, smooth finish.

D - This is very drinkable. I wish it had a higher ABV.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulder- Obovoid

Thanks to Stewdawg(Joshua) for this 1!

A- deep cola brown/ black with a soft foamy head. Solid head retention and lacing.
S- Chocolate squares melted in light roast coffee.
T- Sweet, very creamy light coffee with a good dollop of chocolate. Slight biscuity toffee malt and vanilla flavors come out in the end.
M- very smooth and creamy. dessert like with a mild dry finish.

Overall- Quite good! This 1 really impressed me! A solid RIS for the cold weather ahead!
(Thanks Joshua!)

Photo of asabreed
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly opaque body with little light coming through, translating into some dark amber tints at some spots. Frothy, mocha-colored head, dissipating fairly quickly but leaving a few nice rings of lacing around the glass initially.

Smell: Notes of mild charred oak, blackened malts, dark bitter chocolate and chocolate cream or mousse, with slight hints of fruit via raspberries and strawberries. Good, but there's something a bit too subdued here, when there's so much potential.

Taste: Nice initial creaminess with hints of chocolate, mild coffee, honey, vanilla, roasted oak notes, smoke, and darker malt flavors. More of a roasted finish with hints of citrus bitterness creeping through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with a good creaminess and a little less than chewy.

Drinkability: A solid brew for this weather, and a lot going on here, especially as it continues to warm. This may be one to take on room temperature or nearly room temperature, which is something I need to learn when it comes to wood-aged beers. The price tag at around $7 seems a little steep I think, but I enjoyed the bottle and would like to try more in the Looking Glass series as I can hopefully continue to get my hands on them.

Photo of Stigs
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter

A - barely a thin layer of khaki foam. pitch black pour.

S - strong smells of stale coffe, sweet chocolate, and roasted nuts. minor notes consisting of alcohol, dark fruits (plums), very faint grassy hops, and oak.

T - roasted malts hit first followed quickly in succession by sweet dark fruits...sweetness never really goes away but is joined momentarily by chocolate, subtle oak/wood, and a bit of hop bitterness.

M - medium body, a bit over-carbonated...but made up for by a nice slickness. chalky and not pleasant at all.

D - cant say i was disappointed with this as i wasnt expecting much (for an oak-aged oatmeal stout). sweetness wears a bit. ill drink it but won't seek it out again.

Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A black bodied brew sporting crimson around the edges and a fat, ashy tan dome above.
The nose is somewhat introverted, features dabs of chocolate, vanilla, and an earthiness suggesting mushrooms and tobacco. Little roast or hopping is noted.
Cocoa powder materializes first across the tongue. It mixes with stale, mild coffee grounds, and cigarette ash. It's definitely dry, and stays that way, although some caramel sweetness and dough develop afterward. The middle is chocolate, with some earthy tendencies towards that dried, musty tobacco from the nose which seem a byproduct of the oatmeal and yeast. There's also a chalk-like astringency that exists throughout it. Oak brings woody tannins and vanilla. Hopping is negligible. There's a bit of sting in the gullet from the moderate booze quotient, but it is never tasted outright.
The body is a fluffy medium, and not an ounce fatter. Carbonation is tiny-beaded, but overly noticed and everlasting and fails to allow it to settle into something broader. Simply put, there's too much of it, and it thins the beer out.
This isn't an Imperial Stout. And it doesn't actually claim to be one, though "Empirical" certainly alludes to it. It's more akin to a beefed up Irish stout. The oak aging doesn't bring a whole lot to the table, though without it, it'd be instantly marginalized and forgotten. So I'm glad it's there.
All told, it's a functional, dry stout, with blurry oak and a bolstered ABV. It rests squarely between mediocre and alright. And it's not something I'll buy again at nearly $8 a bomber.

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of brown head, solid black body. Laces a treat, strong surface retention.

Malty nose with some cocoa.

Superb balance-- surprisingly dry for an imperial stout. Strong cocoa presence on the front, leafy hops on the finish. Slightly bitter, barky malt in the middle.

Mostly smooth but some scattered prickliness on my tongue.

A good imperial stout if a bit dry. Not over-hopped, but slightly bitter. With regard to the description, I get no oak and only little oatmeal.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, looked interesting enough at Barriques on PD

appearance: pours into imperial pint glass, dark onyx body with a foamy mocha head and light retention

smell: rather sweet aroma, light vanilla and oak, roasty chocolate, light roast coffee, caramel and milk chocolate

taste: pretty good stout (but not when compared against the RIS style)...creamy body, vanilla extract, oak feel noticeable, mild coffee notes, char, light alcohol level, cola. worth a try

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light char and light bitterness

drinkability: good

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is dark and roasted malts with some notes of coffee. The taste is dark and roasty that starts out smooth and finishes on the bitter side. One detriment to the beer is the mouthfeel is definately on the thin side for a Russian Imperial Stout. Overall, this is a pretty good RIS, but it is a little subdued compared to some of the best beers within the style. It is recommended nonetheless.

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, between dark brown and black. Head is disappointing. Kind of an offtan, but it's so small and lasts such a little time you're likely to miss it.

Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate fill the nose. A nice smokey flavor is always present.

The bittersweet chocolate is prevalent and it's yummy. Aside from the dark malts, the only other taste is a bit of alcohol. As it warms, the woody oak flavor comes through.

Being an oatmeal stout, it's creamy like you'd expect. However, the creamy smoothness is soon overtaken by bitterness from the chocolate and heat from the alcohol late in the finish.

This is a good beer. Despite the alcohol making a presence in the nose and on the palate, it's pretty gentle for an Imperial. Easy to drink.

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