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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 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 Hojaminbag


3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obovoid has a dark brown body with a tan head. As soon as the pint hits the bar in front of me, I can see by the waterfall effect that this beer is on a nitro-tap.

The aroma is a bit muted. Roasted malt rules the aroma, with only hints of coffee and chocolate in the background.

I don't pick out any oak or woody flavors in Obovoid. Maybe it is me, maybe the flavors are wear, or maybe the nitro-tap has succeeded in washing out some of the flavor, which is possible. What I do notice is the dominance of roasted malt, with hints of coffee and even weaker chocolate. A brief burst of hops rounds things out.

My guess is that this beer was thrown on nitro because it was lacing in the body department. For whatever reason it ended up here, the addition of nitrogen gives Obovoid the expected full, creamy, mouthfeel.

I'll probably give Obovoid a try out of a bottle at some point just to compare to the nitro version. To be honest, however, I am not really in a hurry to do so. The fact that this beer hides its alcohol fairly well is a positibe though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2011 21:55:34 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of thain709


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer had a deep and dark black body...the head was brown in color and stood about one finger...it fell rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing

S - I picked up dark chocolate notes along with some roasted malts...the oak is apparent in the nose but it is subtle

T - The flavor starts off with a nice roasted flavor from the malts...there is a touch of vanilla before a quick blast of oak hits your palate...the oats round out the middle of the beer and set you up for a nice finish of bitter dark chocolate

M - Medium bodied...smooth and silky from the nitro...coats the palate nicely

D - I don't see this being an RIS when it says it's an oatmeal stout right in its name...the beer was decent for me...the flavors worked together and made that aspect good...but I feel it feel short everywhere else and it's probably something I wouldn't get again...but it's worth the try

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2011 11:53:12 | More by thain709
Photo of TheLVBeerGuy


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black as night, 3 finger dark cream head

S- rich chocolate malt, oatmeal, cream

T-Rich chocolate nose with a lot of oatmeal and sweet suger coming down the middle...finishes hoppy

M-chewy and creamy, nice little nitro bubble from the head

D- great on the cold colorado day...tasty

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-28-2010 01:18:07 | More by TheLVBeerGuy
Photo of ffejherb


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at T. Brendan O'Reilly's Pub in Harrisburg, PA on 11/25/10.

A - Like gazing into a black star, this sucker is black with deep ruby hues around the bottom edges and a finger's width of creamy tan froth on top that retained very well and produced thick, cake-like lacing.

S - Aroma is somewhat subdued and suggests mere hints of oak, chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. The nose does not suggest an oak-aged RIS, in my opinion.

T - Obovoid tastes like what I'd expect a chocolate-dipped bowl of oatmeal would taste like, only eaten with a wooden spoon. Finishes with a hint of oaky astringency with a mild leafy, earthy hop bite and coffee bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture resulting in a pleasant mouthfeel. Finishes with a mix of astringency and bitterness on the palate.

D - Very drinkable for an oak-aged RIS at 8%. Nice on nitro for sure. I will definitely revisit this one again (probably next week at O'Reilly's)!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-03-2010 17:23:34 | More by ffejherb
Photo of cpetrone84


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Mex was serving this on nitro tap in North Hills

A-pours two fingers of a full, light khaki colored head that lingers for quite some time (from the nitro), deep black in color, not quite jet black but almost there. as the head finally dissipates a nice lacing is left on the glass.

S-decent nose of roasted malt, some chocolate and a touch of coffee

T-light roasted malt, some light bitter sweet chocolate set in first, this is followed by a taste of vanilla cream to create a very taste beer. the flavors are not huge but they are delicious.

M-insanely smooth and no carbonation, a medium body that has a wonderfully creamy texture

D-so good, so smooth, I haven't had a lot of nitro taps but it works very well with this beer and i am enjoying it thoroughly!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-14-2009 21:09:03 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Jayli


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro at The Publick House 11/11/09

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of thick creamy, frothy light brown head. Nice head retention that leaves thick creamy lacing.

S: Nose is of rich chocolate and espresso, just a hint of oatmeal.

T: Taste starts with milk chocolate sweetness with a touch of toffee, there are a few hints of vanilla and oatmeal in the middle with roasted malts, the finish has a nice subtle hint of coffee. As the beer warms, pick up a few smoked notes in the finish.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, creamy and silky on the tongue.

D: This is a great beer to sit with for a night. One of the silkiest beers I've come across, tastes are nicely blended and complimentary. Wouldn't have pegged it for an RIS but damn drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-12-2009 02:55:02 | More by Jayli
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 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
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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
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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.