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

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487 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007)
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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 edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate black with an outstanding head and great lacing. Rich malty smell with hop notes that invite you to try. Chocolate-like, smoky malt...not too much of the oak comes through. Mouthfeel is slighly light for the style, possibly because I've had others with a bit more kick. Drinkability is good, easy on the palate with a slight tart finish. Overall a very good offering.

Photo of BeerFanDan17
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very tasty stout. The stout poured with a nice and frothy, yet thick head. The strength was just right for this style.

Flavors of very rich chocolate and dark roasted malt were evident and encircled the palate. I would recommend this to beer drinkers who favor porters and stouts.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick light tan head.

S - Chocolate and coffee smells. A little sweet.

T - Just like the smell, it's chocolate and coffee flavors. Smokey taste also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, great flavor. Nice clean finish.

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

Service Temperature, 50 degree Fahrenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce belgian tulip.

Appearance can easily be described as dark & clear. The head profile is medium foam with a off white & a touch of salt and pepper. The lace left behind is more antique lace curtains than anything else.

Wafting this around, I detect a "thinness" if you can believe it, as well as some oak, roasted chocolate, and a little bit of honey.
Taste, is roasted with some biscuit, mild citrus sweetness, some cloying and a lingering alcohol like burn.
Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.


Photo of esch
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, very clear. Ruby highlights on all edges of the glass. Soft barely tan head dissipates quickly. Soft swirl brings it back.

S: First and second sniffs were full of DMS. Later, roast, but not enough...hints of cocoa, hop aroma low. Vegetals are still present.

T: Metallic. Sharp hop bitterness quickly fades to maltly vanilla sweetness. Hops dominate the finish, but the oak is noticeable into the aftertaste and quite pleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Quite smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

D: Not bad. If this was priced similarly to Sam Smith's Imperial Stout, I'd have a fridge full of this. As it is, it's about $3 too much a bottle.

Photo of Drew966
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obovoid Empirical Russian Stout came in a twenty two ounce brown bottle and pours an opaque dark brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces nicely as it fades. Cocoa and coffee notes are present in the aroma. This is a nice smelling beer. The mouthfeel is quite thick as it should be. The taste is a little disappointing after liking the aroma so much. There is quite a bit of oak at the beginning and there is a nice cocoa and coffee like aftertaste, but the beginning just isn't doing it for me. Not bad, but not as good as I hoped. Worth a try.

Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This dark beer shoes some dark ruby red streaking in the body. The head is brown and dense. The lacing quite full. Nice aroma of roasted malts and milk chocolate malt balls and sludgey, bready yeast. The beer is fairly silky and creamy. Medium bodied and ever so slightly alcoholic. Notes of char, burnt bagel and chocolate roast hit the palate first. And they actually hit the palate second and third as well. With some ghostly dark berry presence felt as well. Some tannic character is noted from the oak. This beer also has a real ashen dry, chalky finish to it which doesn't quite fit in appropriately. This was a nice experiment to try, but unfortunately, not one of my favorites.

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

A deep brown beer with a dark tan head and decent lacing.

Light roasted barley aromas with hints of spruce and sugar. Some charred chocolate notes and a whiff of alcohol.

Sweet black grain flavor with a faint sidebar of fruit. Hop flavors work in easily making this a mellow, balanced stout.

On the light side alcohol and body wise for an Imp. but very drinkable with a lush and velvety though light for style, mouth feel.

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

Pitch black with giant tan head and good lace. Deep chocolate charcoal aroma, roasted nuts and tart pomegranite. A nice bodied charcoal brew with some hints of licorice. Good alcohol, almost brandy or whiskey. Some grape and bitter highlights in the back. Good quality, solid feel and flavorful if you like burnt/charcoal domination. Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beauty came out black as night, frothy ass tan head, thick rivulets of lace. Yum. Still bums me out with no good info on the label - BB dating or abv.

Pleanty of coffee and burnt toast in the aroma. So far, so good. Whoa ! This is more coffee stout than Russian stout, but whatdahec. Bit of a funky coffee flavor, lingers about in the finish.

Beer is good, but nothing overwhelming standout-ish about it. A solid stout, nothing Russian about it. 7.5% doesn't cut it for any proper RIS.

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

22oz bottle purchased from oh, I don't know. Somewhere pretty local, in MA at least.

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" brown head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head has great staying power, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark grains. Taste is creamy chocolate upfront, with coffee bitterness coming in the middle, and lasting to the bitter (LOL) end. Mouthfeel comes off as a bit thin, but drinkability is pretty easy for the style. Seems like a starter-type RIS, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pretty well carbonated as it pours with an almost four-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is opaque and quite black in color, but does show flashes of clear red ruby hues if held up to the light. The aroma is initially a mix of roasted nutty, dark chocolate and burnt berry notes, but then the oak character starts to be noticed. The oak provides a spicy, woody backdrop that adds a bit of sharpness, but it also provides subtle notes of butterscotch and vanillin with accentuate both the berry notes and the chocolate character. The aroma is actually quite nice; it has really struck a solid balance between notes of chocolate, sweet fruit, vanilla laden oak, roast grain and a light spicy oak component. As long as you focus on the aroma in short bursts it is quite complex, though if you linger for too long it becomes dominated by toasted and burnt grain notes.

Quite light for something that alludes to an Imperial Stout on its label, but well within what I expected from a beer of this strength. This has a light sweetness up front that accentuates notes of chocolate, some light vanilla flavors. The beer finishes with a hint of butterscotch, some vanillin derived flavors and a woody kick of oak spice that all mix with a dry, toasted grain / burnt malt character that, along with the hop character, provides a lingering bitterness to this brew. The sharp, roast derived acidity and prickly carbonation keep this beer from being creamy like one would expect from an oatmeal stout, but it does have hints of that character at times. The finish also has a bit of a chalky, dark grain husk character to it at times. Running throughout the flavor profile is a soft mix of vanilla and berry notes that can be pretty interesting at times.

I like that this is quite easy drinking, the oak character is not overly dominant for this "lighter" beer, though it can be a little harsh in the finish at times. This would be much better balanced to my taste if the roast grain had been dialed back just a bit; the oak might be ok at this level then as it could be balanced by creamier oak influence and slightly sweeter malt character. As is, the beer is a little too thin to stand up to both the ample roast grain character and the oak at the same time; it is still tasty and drinkable and the aroma is really quite nice, but it can be a bit too harsh at times. I wonder if a year of age could round this out a bit more.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obovoid pours a dark, thich brown with a frothy mocha colored head.

Oak and damp earth mixed with chocolate and just a touch smoke provide a delicate and inviting aroma.

The flavor starts off with a brief, malty sweetness that quickly fades into mix of toasted oak and dark chocolate with some earthy hops dancing around the edges. The swallow leaves a lingering taste of bitter chocolate and a woody dryness. This stout is medium bodied and very smooth, the alcohol is completely hidden and unnoticed.

Overall, a smooth, quick drinking stout. I like how the oak from the barrel aging is mellow and subdued, I'm not sure if the oatmeal contributes to this or not, but it is a good introduction to wood aged beer.

Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark but able to get some ruby flashes on the edges. Thin head but great lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee notes dominate.

T: Vanilla cream, espresso, chocolate, and piney/earthy hops add to the bitterness.

M: Medium to full body, creamy texture that reminds me of a float.

D: One or two of these after dinner would be good but enough.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color--not black. Light does shine through this beer. Excellent rocky beige head that has some staying power.

Black patent malt, burnt toast, and some grass make up the major smells. Slight alcohol, clove-like spice, and cinnamon make up the secondary aromas.

Chalky, bittersweet chocolate flavors. Lots of burnt tastes like charbroiled meat or blackened toast. Surprisingly thin body with a slightly high level of carbonation. No hop in the aftertaste, just black patent malt bitterness.

This is an interesting stout. Full flavored but not necessarily flavorful--it relies on the malt base extensively.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that the makers say that it's an oak-aged Oatmeal Stout not a RIS.

Pours a clear dark mahogany color, that is barely translucent, with a big foamy tan head that fades fairly quickly to solid patterns of Belgian lacing. Its got a rich toasted oat and dark chocolate aroma. I'm searching for a vanilla-cherry thing from the treatment, but i think its being masked by the malts and presenting more as the 'creamy' smell (if that makes sense). Medium bodied and adequately carbonated the mouth feel is creamy and finishes with a wonderful dark chocolate after taste. The malty flavors are semi sweet and full without being over-roasted. The oak treatment is subtle and I'm assuming that it is contributing more to the texture sensation here too. An easy drinker. Vote for Pedro!!

Photo of mcallister
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking stout. Damn near black with a great fluffy tan head that poofs out of my snifter and holds a lengthy retention leaving sticky lace.

Loaded dark fruit aromas. Black grapes, black cherry, chocolate, hints of oak, with a very sweet smell that seems to take away slightly from the aroma. A citrusy hop is also noticeable in the nose.

Nothing really jumps out and grabs you with this stout. Oak is ver laid back only noticeable on the finish. Thin mouth is hardly creamy and lacks overall complexity. A roasty, coffee flavor with hints of vanilla, and some dark fruits. Was really looking forward too this beer but it did't meet the match. A little newer oak or longer aging to take on the flavors could have greatly helped this beer, however I'm not sure the beer itself could have held up to it.

Photo of kirok1999
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice almost opaque black and a thin off white head.
Smell is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and just a note of coffee.
Taste is pretty bitter, there must be a lot of hops in this one. Dry finish, somewhat bitter, coffee in the finish too. Chocolate appears to be mostly in the smell, not the taste. Dark and roasty with very little sweetness.
Feels a little thin and watery.
Guess it's OK, the price is right but there's many better stouts out there.

Photo of tayner
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

poured aggressively into my glass i got a huge head that left 3 fingers of lacing on the glass as it dissipated and a 1/2 inch head stayed for the remainder of the glass. pitch black, off-white to tan head.

smells of smoke, roasted earthy oak flavor, malts, and bitter chocolate.

Taste is full of roasted, nearly burnt malt, oak wood, a touch of vanilla, and bitter chocolate. no hop profile i can pick out.

The mouthfeel was the only drawback for me. for an RIS i expected a fuller, thicker, chewier feeling, but i guess it is give and take with a 7.5% abv. I think in this case i will take the lower abv so i can drink more than one in a night.

This is one of the easier to drink RIS i have had in awhile due to the low abv... glad i have a few more of these hangin around to drink. I think this paired with a nice juicy steak when grillin would be perfect!

Photo of klewis
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with an off-white and big bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: A hint of cocoa with a soggy Quaker oatmeal aroma. A bit mediocre for an RIS.

T: Earthy with quite a lot of vanilla and woody flavors from the oak. Perhaps a bit too much. Also a burnt coffee taste with a mild astringency.

M: A bit thin and watery for an RIS, but I guess the below average ABV is probably responsible for that. Super smooth and silky with light carbonation. Some more body and this would be great.

D: Easyily drinkable, but this one is merely decent. Worth a try.

Photo of joekfsu
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours nearly opaque black with a 2+ cm rolling head that is tan and bubbly. Aroma is of smoke, roasted malts and bitter chocolate (chocolate dominates when it warms up a bit). Flavors are the same. Aftertaste is dominated by the smoke and bitter chocolate, with both flavors lingering for a while. Nearly no lacing, very light carbonation, medium body, hidden alcohol. Drinkable more for the smokiness than anything else, low etoh for the style.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a tulip glass.

A - jet black color with a good sized dark tan head of foamy bubbles that took a long time to settle to a ring, leaving some good sticky bits of lacing behind.

S - black licorice and roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate.

T - very good tasting stout, rich malty flavors, woody, earthy, bittersweet chocolate finish.

M - full bodied brew with mild carbonation.

D - very easy drinking stout and the 7.5% abv is reasonable enough to be able to have a few glasses of this delicious stout in an evening.

Photo of gwong
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, pitch black with a nice thick head that leaves behind plenty of lacing with each sip taken.

S: Strong chocolate aroma as well as a scent of roasted malts.

T: Great-tasting bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth on the tongue with the thickness expected in a stout.

D: Very much so.

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