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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

487 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007)
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Photo of jsh420
1.55/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

date on the bottle MAR2108

pours dark brown 1+ finger off white head - ok retention that left spotted lacing

smells watery!! -- with light sweet milky chocolate

taste is thin - very watery - some cocoa and sour milk - wow this beer is bad - i hate to say it but AB's porter is 10x better then this train wreck

mouthfeel is awful - RIS??? lol i have had adjunct lagers with more body

drinkability - never again - and boulder should stop production on this beer ASAP before it damages their rep.

jsh420, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of MADPolo
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

MADPolo, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.08/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

smells like soured chocolate milk. very light on flavor, tart rotting fruit note- too much fizz and not enough creaminiess for the weight and very dry/abrasive in the finish.. with the "oak" adding a real tannic red wine harsh and unexpected aftertaste. no booze, no oomph, no body. drinkable due to its lack of heft, but not too much else redeeming this confused brew. for starters, it would be 2x better without the oak. and it would probably be about 5x better with hops that made sense.. all they've managed to do here is bring an unbalanced overroasted dry malt flavor and acrid bitterness. for this to be sold in a bomber as part of a 'special release' series is an insult to the beer consumer.. we're dealing with a stout gone wrong here. avoid.

ps: there are mentions of 'coffee' flavors in previous reviews. i don't know what kind of burnt-ass tongue stripping coffee you folks are drinking, but i suggest you find a less heavy-handed roaster from which to procure your beans.

pps: (next day edit after getting mad thinking about the deceptive nature of the beer's name) they go out of their way on the bottle, in very small type, to explain what empirical means.. as some of you might know, it has nothing to do with imperial. they are pimping a blah beer using a word that SOUNDS like imperial, with no abv or other numbery stats on the label. im surprised people arent more pissed about this. preying on the stupidity of extreme beer tickers. shady at best.

goodbyeohio, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of cameraman
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark brown to black color, with a hint of red along the bottom of the glass. A light beige colored head forms on top, about one finger thick. Laces very slowly down the glass. A malt sweetness, at first scent, then it blends to a dried fruit aroma, mostly of raisons and currants. There is also touches og coffee and chocolate making an appearance in there as well. The taste starts out with the malt, it seems rather weak in flavor. Then the dried fruit, raisons mostly come foward, then a mild grassy bitterness ends the taste. The taste seems watered down, which leads us to the mouthfeel. The feel is very watery for an Imperial Stout, there is also a strong foaming sensation from carbonation. This beer started out very promising, with a nice look and solid aroma. Then it crashes and burns from there, which makes this avery undrinkable beer.

cameraman, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

leftoverburrito, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours deep dark brown, opaque, with two fingers of rocky tan head that soon deflates. Some rocky lacing. I noted that while the beer was being poured that it appeared a little thin.

Smell -- Very aromatic. The oak is certainly present, along with milk chocolate, roast malt, charcoal, and a little vanilla.

Taste -- Oak dominates the flavor profile. There is some molasses, dark chocolate and vanilla. Some earthy hops and charcoal in the finish. The lasting aftertaste is all oak.

Mouthfeel -- Quite thin for the style, too much carbonation. Finish is quite dry.

Drinkability -- There was a lot that didn't work for me on this beer. Too thin, too carbonated, and, frankly, too much oak. I typically love beers aged on oak, but the flavor profile was so flat and so singularly oak it was as if I was trying to suck a spilled beer out of someone's deck rails. I finished my glass purely as a matter of principle.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Darkness tulip. The beer pours an opaque black with murky brown edges and a thin off-white head. The head fades quickly to a ring, leaving behind minimal bubbly lacing. The label states this one is an oak aged oatmeal stout, but it's classified as a Russian Imperial here, curious.

The smell is dark chocolate, dark cherries and an oak character first and foremost. There are some sweet light milk chocolate notes and some grainy malts. The alcohol is also ever-present, a bit too much for only 8%. The nose is pretty average, hitting some of the stout requirements, but not doing any of them particularly well.

The taste is much like the smell. The dark chocolate definitely dominates first and foremost, and the oak notes follow it up, but the dark fruits are not present. There are some hints of roasted coffee that weren't present in the nose, which are welcome. The alcohol sweetness kind of overwhelms the rest, no hints of an oatmeal stout in this one.

The beer is well carbonated, but it is too thin and the alcohol is too present, meddling in the flavors. This beer was a bit of a disappointment, mostly because I was expecting some more oatmeal stout characteristics. Not something I would buy again.

rpstevens, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of CelticAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -28%

CelticAleMan, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of clickpush
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out with a dark brown body, looking a little thin. A light tan head recedes quickly to a nice bit of lace and thicker halo. The smell is very roasty, burnt toast and caramel. Also kind of herbal, but not in the hoppy sense. Enters the mouth with a thin body that's a bit weak up front but finishes with average burnt toast crust flavors. This one is pretty thin in both body and flavor. Lacing still remains atop the brew. Metallic flavors develop in the mouth with each additional sip. This one doesn't quite pull off the RIS that it's shooting for - actually it tastes more like a porter to me. Finishes off with some regurgitated honey notes.

This one really needs to be beefed up a bit in the next batch - let's shoot for 10% next time.

clickpush, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Crosling
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with ruby edges. Long lasting, thin, very light tan head. Nose shows some oak chip character (in other words...fake, non-authentic wood, which shows only a touch of vanilla,) some herbal, citrus-like hops and a very light roast character. Flavor is very light in character and also light in body and palate. Flavor shows a light touch of vanilla from the oak chips. Not much malt character to speak of, maybe a touch of dark fruit and chocolate, but it's such a stretch. Overall, this beer leaves a lot to be desired.

Crosling, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of joerodiii
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Minimal head, very dark but not thick black. Slight sour, chocolate, and woodsiness/peatiness in the nose.

Oak dominates the taste. The beer seems a bit lacking as a RIS goes. The roasted malt really does not play well with the oak; the combination gives the beer a smoky flavor that just doesn't seem to work. The balance between the hops and malt, however, is perfect. The beer is just bitter enough with just enough hop flavor. Both are present without being overpowering.

Not much in the way of mouthfeel. It seems a it thin for a RIS, although that might be caused by the astringency. It seems to dry out my tongue.

This is not a very drinkable beer. After a few ozs, I found myself really wishing that I was done. Boulder has definitely made better beers than this.

joerodiii, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of KeefD
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

See through, russet brown, but nearly black in the glass, small white and light lacing. Aroma is oaky, light char and chocolate. Taste has a nice balance between the oak and roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee in there, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, booze comes out with warmth. Meh...

KeefD, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -21.5%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -21.5%

CaptainNomihodai, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of suckaj
3/5  rDev -21.5%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.5%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of RedHaze
3/5  rDev -21.5%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of crewfan16
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

crewfan16, Jun 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jammer42
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Jammer42, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Nobcefus
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Nobcefus, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.