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

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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
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 everetends


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I got from Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a nice dark, dark brown that might as well be called black. Lives up to its name. Dark and alluring. Two fingers of mocha head that receeds slowly to a top cap that sheets the glass nicely with some really nice lacing. Lacing sticks and is streaky, leaving lives in all directions on the glass. You have my attention, Obovoid. Lead me.

S: Smells like a nice milkshake. Milk chocolate, fluffy cream, vanilla, oatmeal, and toffee. Damn nice. If you really concentrate, you get some booziness and some oak. Touch my lips.

T: Very nice. Oatmeal cookies meet chocolate chips. Latte makes an appearance along with some really nice vanilla accents. Hops are there but are quickly neutralized with oak tastiness. Just a touch of booze on the finish. Not as dynamic as I like, but good all the same.

M: Gauging from the pour you can tell this is not as thick as you would expect from a Impy. Medium bodied and thin as hell. Carbonation is noticable but doesn't take too much away. This is where this beer is out of whack. Overhaul please.

D: This beer is quite drinkable for the style considering the lower ABV. The mouthfeel comes close to blowing goats and almost kills this brew. It is a good attempt and the look, nose and taste of this brew are quite nice. All in all, a good tasting late night, dessert brew. Good enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 06:10:40 | More by everetends
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 20:34:32 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of tonistruth


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown to black in color, excellent retent on a tan fluffy head with soapy lacing

S- woody, oatmeal, chocolate and molasses

T- woody flavors of barrel surround all other flavors, burnt chocolate and rich chocolate, earthy, roasted malts, oatmeal, with hints of alcohol toward finish

M- full yet creamy body thats well carbonated

D- flavorful and easy drinking stout, very enjoyable, good aftertaste complex, worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 07:41:01 | More by tonistruth
Photo of chefnash51


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, but I have seen darker, nothing really against this beer. Tanish head that lasted.

S- Coffee roasted - chocolate.

T- This is wear this beer shines for me. I enjoyed the coffee/chocolate tones, but it had a great vanilla side to it that really made it stand out.

M - Not thin, but I wouldn't venture to say thick.

D - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will probably pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 16:21:12 | More by chefnash51
Photo of aforbes10


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is about 6 months old, I just haven't opened it until now, no reason why not. Pours very dark brown, approaching black but also quite clear. Tall light brown head that falls off quickly. Aroma is slightly metallic, with a definite roasted grain odor and just the slightest hint of hops. Fairly smooth, roasted malt flavor highlighted by a touch of rich dark chocolate. Finish has some grassy hops and a touch of vinous alcohol. Lingering bitter chocolate flavor. Pretty smooth, with a just a bit of a grainy feel. It's a nice stout, that gets more chocolatey as it warms, a nice cold weather drink (I say as I sit here in the middle of an Indiana summer).

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:55:15 | More by aforbes10
Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 11:41:42 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Crosling


2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 15:16:50 | More by Crosling
Photo of shroompod


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

Pours with a rich head , lacing to the bottom of glass.

Smell is burnt malt , slight hop aroma.

Rich chocolate and coffee taste, hops bitterness is minimal.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick , good carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS I'll drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 01:20:16 | More by shroompod
Photo of sevopie


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - I see why they put void in the name. Dark as a black hole. Also, I don't know if it was my pour or what, but I got a *huge* amount of head on this one, more than 3 fingers' worth. And it dissipated slow with excellent lacing.

Smell - Bitter and Chocolaty.

Taste - Very chocolaty, slightly bitter. Almost more carbonation than I would expect from a stout. You can definitely taste the roasted barley in this one too, tastes very much like what they let us taste when I visited the brewery. There's also a flavor on the finish which I can't quite place... I almost want to say ginger.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation takes a bit away from this one, and its lighter on the tongue than I would have expected. Watery is not the word I would use, but that's as close as I can get to what I am thinking.

Drinkability - I like the chocolate flavors in this beer, but unfortunately they aren't well balanced by anything else.

This is a good beer, but I'll pass in the future for others.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 05:35:02 | More by sevopie
Photo of charlzm


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 06/21/08, purchased 03/29/08, refrigerated in between.

Beer is about as black as a beer can get, with deep ruby highlights visible only when held to the sun.

Well-carbonated, as evidenced by the almost Guinness-like downward bubble thing when the beer is poured into the glass. A large tan head reduces quickly to a more manageable one finger layer of fine foam.

The nose is greeted by cocoa and chocolate aromas. The cocoa note is more reminiscent of a powdered mix than anything else.

Mouthfeel is smooth, stopping short of silky.

Restrained, sweet, roasted dark malts appear first on the palate. Some oak components, a little dark chocolate and some vanilla. The main flavor, unfortunately, is that powdered cocoa mix. The beer finishes up with a lingering coffee-type bitterness.

The cocoa ruined the taste experience for me to the point of not finishing my glass. There were plenty more beers to drink that day and I didn't want to linger on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 15:21:34 | More by charlzm
Photo of jettjon


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz capped bomber with no freshness date, into the cervoise. Pitch brown color with no light penetrating. Dark mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of mocha-colored head fades at a moderate rate leaving a thick, clumpy cap and good sheet like lacing. Nose of toffee and dark chocolate counterpoised against sweet malt. Slight boozy alcohol. Taste... ah... wtf? Thin, similar to chocolate skim milk, surprisingly neutral and light. Faint hints of chocolate and latte. Mild, dry finish. Mouth is smooth, semiviscous, with light carbonation. None of the rich milkiness one would expect. Drinkability is good simply because it's so smooth and light. Not sure that drinkability within * style * is exemplary, however.

Overall: I guess this brew could be considered a "crossover" to the RIS style. Dark yet suprising light-bodied. Drinkable yet unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 00:20:01 | More by jettjon
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Obovoid Empirical Stout is not 'as dark as deep space', as the label claims. It's mahogany with a wide band of reddish gold along the bottom edge. The golden ecru colored cap is the appearance's best feature. The foam consists of thousand of sticky bubbles piled atop one another... that end up coating the glass with thick sheets of tattered lace.

The nose is more reminiscent of roasted barley than the secondary aromas that result from it (namely, chocolate and coffee). It's both straightforward and powerful, a good combination. It reads 'ale aged with oak' on the bottom corner of the label, but there is no evidence of it yet.

OOAOS is a solid American stout that does not have much in common with the RIS style. To be fair, the brewery doesn't use the word Russian, nor do they use the word Imperial. My guess is that by calling it Obovoid Empirical, they were looking for an interesting name in an attempt to give the beer shelf appeal. It worked with me.

The flavor profile is as much big porter as stout. Again, roasted malt rules the roost, with a tangy fruitiness in place of the usual big stout flavors; cocoa nibs excepted. Hops have their say and oak is now appreciated. The beer has a caramelized sugar flavor that is subtle. It's doubtful that Obovoid spend much time in contact with wood.

The mouthfeel isn't stout enough. It's fine in every other respect, but beer like this one needs to have some chewiness to be considered good. A little stick-to-it-iveness on the finish would be welcome too. The laid back carbonation is right where it should be.

It's surprising that this is Boulder's first regularly released stout. They've done a pretty good job with it, though I would have preferred something more meaty. It's worth a single bomber purchase and I'll consider picking up another if I run across it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 15:31:17 | More by BuckeyeNation


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three and a half fingers of caverness like pepper tan bubbles shot to the top of the glass than fade slowly with scattered lace left behind. Body is a thick, jet black letting through no light. Nose has smokey malt tones along with some peppery bread notes and dark toasty spices. Enters the mouth smokey to alost burnt initially. It does mellow out a bit and greatly resemble a oatmeal stout with even a bit of creamyness. A short soured feel develops twords the end of the palate and kind of bleeds into the finishing mouthfeel. I must say that for a Imperial stout this kind of falls a little short. It is rather drinkable but more in an oatmeal stout kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:49:41 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of BeerSox


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Opaque black with a thin head that slowly settles to a thin rim. Light roasted grains with a little bit of molasses. Some chocolate is in there as well. The roasted malts are back again in the flavor with only a touch of hop bitterness. The chocolate flavors are repeated. Medium bodied (a little light for the style) with decent carbonation. The finish is the lingering dark malts.

This beer seemed a little bit on the thin side of the style. It's almost like a bitter Irish Dry Stout. I think the alcohol forgot to show up as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:53:22 | More by BeerSox
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful roasted malt scent along with nice bisquity aroma. It's dry with some patent malt earthiness. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of black and roasted malts. It's not thick like most RIS, nor is it bold in the alcohol content. What it is, is a really enjoyable stout period. Sure, it's 8%, but it drinks like it's 5. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. If it's supposed to be a RIS, I'm disappointed. Otherwise, this is a fine stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 01:32:33 | More by WesWes
Photo of thequeen711


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew claims to be oak aged, however, I did not detect any "oakiness"! Found the malt, and the chocolate...nice tan head that laced til the end. In this brew, I did not detect the nose...maybe my nose had an issue! Still any brew that claims "stout" is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 02:07:58 | More by thequeen711
Photo of DrJay


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

Thick, tan foam topped a black body with ruby edges. Great head retention, solid sheets of lace clung to the glass. Aromas of caramel and chocolate with a hint of citrusy hops and vanilla. Lots of chocolate in the flavour, mostly malty with a mild roast, caramel and vanilla. Moderate bitterness. It had a strange hop flavour too, sort of fruity, but not quite. Medium to full bodied with a bit of creaminess and some astringent dryness. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 00:21:36 | More by DrJay
Photo of Tilley4


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to naproxen for this one!

Well, this one did pour out a "void" black, jet black. Smallish head but some terrific lacing of the tulip.

Sort of an acrid burnt aroma to this. Burnt coffee, a bit of chocolate, maybe some vanilla....

Very similar to the taste. Burnt coffee, a hint of cocoa, dark roasted malts...little too thin for an RIS, in my opinion..

Decent RIS here....the burnt taste got to be too much after a bit....

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 12:49:45 | More by Tilley4
Photo of sulldaddy


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

I sampled a cellar temp 22 oz bottle of this beer. Poured into a snifter the beer pours a dark cola brown color with fizzy tan surface layer that fades quickly to edge layer only.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with general malt sweetness pervasive throughout.
First sip reveals a silky textured brew with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is fairly mild but chocolate and roasted malt are present. No hints of any oak and not overly robust. This is mostly a roasty stout without too much "umph". A good easy drinking beer, but I was hoping for so much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 21:51:14 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of deanhead


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

Deep Dark Black beer with a very nice head that dispapeted slowly.

Smelled oak, charcoal, coffee, and fudge.

Tasted like roasted toffee, and french roasted coffee beans. C risp, clean and chocolaty. slightly astringent with some tannins.

Medium bodied, smooth drinking stout. It ended somewhat abruptly in my mouth with almost no aftertaste which seemed odd for the style.

I enjoyed this very drinkable beer. I would gladly have this beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 19:31:40 | More by deanhead
Photo of Trueant1


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

Pours a dark brown and sits in the glass dark, almost black. The pour throws a decent head that dicipates fast. Good lacing.

Smells of burnt malts, sweet malts, and hops.=.ALmost bready.

Tastes of burnt malts, sweet and creamy. Some bitter espresso present. alcoholic.

This is a good RIS. Right along the paths of what a RIS description should be. This is not a great RIS. A little thin and could use more flavors.

If I could session this...would be a great one.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 00:52:07 | More by Trueant1
Photo of blakesell


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap to a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a black /red with a decent half finger of cream/tan head that dies to a murk across the top. Lacing does not cling to the sides of the glass. This doesn't seem too 'emperical' to me.

Smell- Bourbon and dark malts with clove, mustard seed, oak, butter, and noble hops. Bourbon persists with a heavy texture. Hints of garlic and black patent malt with a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste- Creamy with lactose, chocolate, oak, hints of pine, chocolate milk, clove, dark roasty malts, hops are powerful but balanced, slight fig, and light fruits strangely enough, raspberry and blueberry.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium bodied, highly carbonated, and not astringent.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, Boulder is not dissapointing this time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 19:19:17 | More by blakesell
Photo of cokes


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 08:29:03 | More by cokes
Photo of edskirk3


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label indicates that this beer has been oak-aged. Twenty-two ounces, serving in a pint.

Pours opaque black with mocha-hued foam 1 finger in thickness. Some lacing.

Very bready aroma. Dark bread, slightly stale. Bitter coffee. Some oak.

First hit with roasted malts, slightly astringent. It is like bitter chocolate and also very bready. After a few sips the roasted malts taste like they are burnt. There's a distant fruity note that is partially obscured by all the roasted bitterness. Not very smooth.

I find this stout to be lacking somewhat in body.

So, I'm slightly disappointed. If I didn't see "aged in oak" on the label, I never would have thought so. I have no idea of the freshness of this bottle so I might have to find a fresher sample. Until then, when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout, I have a few better options.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 02:20:46 | More by edskirk3
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may need to give this a second chance but this is my inital review.

Appearance-dark brown almost opaque light tan head-light residue left on side of glass

Aroma-not a strong smell hints of oak w/ a little hop

Taste-drinks almost like a porter-w/ a dry hop finish can taste a little of the oak got a little better when warmed but not much

Overall,I was not impressed w/ this stout not as robust as I like

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 23:39:52 | More by jmacdaddy2008
Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.