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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007

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Photo of gwong
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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

Pours a rich black color with a thick and fluffy light brown mocha head. A cascade of foam fills the bottom to the head in a nice 5 second display at first pour. Smell is chocolate, licorice, and some hops. taste is of oats, and sweetness with some light anise taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and light.

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

Had on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA.

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark as crud, with off-white creamy head.

Aroma is bittersweet, coffee like.

Taste is also sweet. Chocolate and caramel. Smooth. Hop spice grows as you drink, as well as alcohol burn.

A sipper no doubt, but pares great with a burger.

A nice find, and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MABZ for the bottle:

Pours a nice big head with a great lacing. Color is black, but see through when held up to light. Smell is cracker-like toasty flavors with roasty malts and a slight sweetness of chocolate smell. Taste is crisp and lightly roasty, with some of that toasted breadiness. It’s a great high alcohol drinkable stout, but it’s not Russian imperial Stout from America. Maybe it fits the original style, but not the new American style.

Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dense, lustrous obsidian black, light-free even at the margins. A finger of chewy looking tan head sustains for a measure before sinking to khaki textured surface froth. Scoops of lacing spoon the inside of the glass.

The aroma is distinctly charred malt at first, with an edgy burn note that soon steps aside to allow dark coffee and unsweetened chocolate. A smidgeon of oak woodiness and some oatmeal duskiness comes through, as do notes of dark, dried sloe and black molasses. Alcohol hints but doesn't step out.

Upon sipping, the malt is again very roasted, with a burnt bitterness allaying any risk of a runaway sweet-train carrying burnt sugar, molasses, and dark chocolate. Espresso and prune earthiness join the bittersweet redemption, and then an interestingly obvious point of licorice precedes an understated current of alcohol. The malt returns bitterly, but this time with the hominess of oats and lightly smoky oak alongside, and it's afterward that the hops make their first real presence known, crisping up the finish to a very dry, lingering bitterness. It has a couple interesting twists and turns that make it enjoyable and satisfying.

Full bodied, it's thick and slick, with enough stickiness to keep that earthy bitterness on the palate for some time.

I know I mention the bitterness a lot in the review, but it's really not out of balance. In fact, it has a nicely blended character that juts its chin out from time to time. Still, I think a little bit more oatmeal or uncharred grain might round out the overall presentation. The ABV is surprisingly understated considering the bold nature and considerable size, and that helps make the drinkability an asset. Imperial, empirical, whatever, it's a pleasure. That's a lot to say about one of the many big stouts out there.

Photo of cer40
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer out of a 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It looked beautiful in the glass with a generous foamy tan head with great lacing. It truly was as dark as night.

The beer smelled dark, rich, and chocolatey. Tasted nice and roasty with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. The beer felt rich and velvety in my mouth.

This was a very drinkable stout. It very well may be my stout of choice from now on.

Photo of ziggy13
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was truly excited to get my hands on this beer. I heard great things and it didn't disappoint. Has a beautiful 22 oz. bomber.

A - Gorgeous and dark. As black as a starless night. Nice chunky dark beige head with great lacing throughout the experience.

S - Hints of cocoa and chocolate. It's easy to smell that this is actually an oatmeal stout. Also the oak aging was very prevolent in the nose.

T - This one is pretty special. Although I don't believe that it should be called an Imperial, because of the low alcohol and its presence in the beer, it is definitely very tasty. It starts dry, but soon the chocolate and oatmeal notes take over. Finally, the oak-aging hits right near the end. Really a rather complex for a stout. Fantastic!

M - Very heavy and chunky. Goes down just like chocolate fondue.

D - Great drinkability for a stout. I usually only have one, maybe two stouts in a sitting, but I could see my self drinking this one all night. Really a treat and worthwhile for anyone to try!

Photo of Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with a tan colored head.

Smell: Sweetened milk chocolate.

Taste: Follows the smell, very tasty sweet milk chocolate. A nice hint of coffee and some bitterness. Very well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: Lower in alcohol than most imperial stouts and with a taste I really enjoyed, I'd have this anytime.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's the best balanced imperial stout I've had, and has a flavor profile I really enjoyed. It reminded me somewhat of a amped-up Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Recommended!

Photo of udubdawg
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice thick dark tan head. Lacing was quite good over the first half of the glass. Very inviting.

Nice aromas. Not quite as over the top and everpresent as I'd prefer, but there's nothing to dislike here. Barrel character is pretty light but noticeable in the background. Plenty of chocolate. A bit of heavily roasted and some charred malt.

Body is smooth and silky and there is a nice restrained sweetness among all the chocolate. Very little hint of the ABV here. Balancing bitterness, and was that a hint of sweet berry/fruitiness I just got? Hmm.
I like this tasty beer. I like it a lot. I just think it falls short of the strength and complexity of flavors of Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, my personal favorite of the strong oatmeal variety.

Noticing some reviewers who seem expected more just due to the "russian imperial stout" label. Personally I'd rather see it in the this in the oatmeal stout category regardless of strength.

Highly drinkable. Wish it was about a buck cheaper a bottle, but as Dragonstooth isn't sold locally, this will have to do.

Photo of deapokid
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My roommate was nice enough to split his 22oz. of this tonight and I was pleasantly surprised.

This offering from Boulder, CO is a tasty "empirical" stout with a nice root beer color and cascades of carbonated bubbles.

It has a potent (possibly overwhelming) nut aroma and a taste that is reminiscent of a mocha latte or spiked hot chocolate.

With a tingly aftertaste and nice candied finish, this imperial would make a great dessert beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malt and charred grains, with hints of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and, of course, the oak.

Taste: The flavor of roasted malts and burnt grains yield little sweetness. Some hints of acidic black coffee and chocolate. The oaken aspect seems raw and unrefined, like chomping down on a pencil. Herbal hops with a light bitterness. Dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An okay oaky.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very black, with cocoa-tan head...nice lookin'...

Rich and roasty nose, loads of espresso & cream, bittersweet, with caramel & chocolate hints, too...

Creamy, chocolatey flavor, yum...Cadbury's chocolate easter egg, that's it! That's where the name comes from...LoL!
Milk chocolate. Delish! Fullish bodied, moderate length finish, and altogether pleasing....sweetish taste, but good texture, fine and easy drinking....and loads of smooth, reassuring oatmeal. A big, burly oatmeal stout. And at an abv reaching up towards an RIS. Love it, personally.
This one's right up my alley. Good stuff.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a mahogany tinged black with 1 finger of tan head. Excellent lacing & head retention

S: Roasted malt, coffee & cocoa

T: Iron, roasted malt, dryness & coffee up front. As this warms I get a touch of lactic sourness, coffee grounds, & a little more iron. Finishes dry & with much roastyness & a bit of Baker's chocolate, plus a whiff of boozeyness

MF: Oily with medium body & too much carbonation, tamps down a bit 2/3rd of the way through the bottle.

Drinks alright, not a great RIS by any means, worth a try. This beer scored higher on aesthetics than the actual goods for me

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I really didn't care for this at first...it was sulfury in smell, and didn't taste great. But as I finished it, for some reason I thought it terrific.

The body of this beer is an opaque black with a sticky lace-intensive head. Aroma was sweet, but had a lot of sulfur that smelled like a multivitamin. There was a chocolate flavor mixed with over-roasted coffee. Mouthfeel wasn't bad, but was a bit rough. Took me a little while to warm up to this beer, but in the end, it was quite good.

I would recommend this beer. This is the best Boulder Beer I've tried.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

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 tpd975
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black with average head. Little carbonation and just a hint of lacing.

S: This is the best part of the beer. The nose leads you to believe this is going to be a great one. Nice dark roasted coffee mingled with bitter chocolate. A hint of vanilla with a bit of lingering charocal.

T: Starts off with a nice bitter coffee taste. No chocolate really comes thru and the oak goes nearly unnoticed. There is a hint of charcoal but not much else.

M: Rather thin for the style.

D: Not too bad, but the taste makes me wish I had shared this one.

Overall: A rather ho hum beer for the $9 price tag. The aromas are nice but the taste leaves me wanting more. I had high hopes for another oaked stout by Great Divide, but I was left less than impressed. I will stick to Oaked Yeti which they have perfected and comes in at a few dollars less per bomber.

Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap -> pint

Pours black with some hints of deep brown. A one head sits atop gloriously, though the stay is limited. Some chunky lacing.

Nose: Coffee, mild dark fruit, burnt malt and a tad of hops.

Thick and creamy. Dark chocolate, burnt malts, touch of coffee. Dark fruits dance the palate before a quick bitterness, melds the flavors expertly.

Pretty damn drinkable for an impy. Another quality brew on tap at Mad Mex, cranberry.

Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Described on the bottle as an "oak aged oatmeal stout". Sounds interesting.

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very nice looking. This beer is completely black. No light gets through, no brown or red tinge when held to the light. A nice thick head forms. The heads color is a lighter than than I expect with a beer that's so dark.

S - Smell has some bitter coffee like aroma over a tiny bit of cocoa. A nice aroma, rather subdued for an oak aged stout.

T - Taste is of roasted malts, with the oak aging smoothing things over a bit. The oak doesn't add as much of a vanilla flavor as I expected that I often see with bourbon barrels, but this beer seems smooth. The bottle advertises an "Earthy" flavor and I see that. The brew finishes bitter, with roasty/burnt notes.

M - This brew had a nice mouthfeel. Feels nice and full in the mouth, and still possesses a prickly carbonation.

D - A nice stout here. The full feel makes you want to take deep sips of this brew. They also crammed a lot of favor into a beer that (for its style) is not too high in alcohol. By no means a session brew by definition, but easy to drink and low on the end of the alcohol spectrum for an imperial stout.

A nice stout overall, worth a try.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, but dark ruby shows when held to light. Light tan head off a very firm pour. Nose is mild. Flavor is equally mild. This is an RIS? Just lacks the punch, man. I mean it still has a nice edge, but nowhere near the complexity that many others of the style have. Feel is much thinner on the liquid than normal. Carbonation is okay. Verdict is that this is nice and even, but it is just lacking.

Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous offering from Boulder. I tried this for the first time this week at the outstanding Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY, and it was a treat. A great pour into a 10 oz. glass produced 1 1/2 fingers of rich, dark mocha head atop a nearly black body, just gorgeous. The nose is excellent--plenty of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of caramel. That and plenty of malt coat the tongue, with a different flavor coming to the fore on each taste. There is also a hint of berry that was most welcome. The carbonation was just right, offsetting a slightly syrupy taste. This is very drinkable, and the moderate ABV make this an ideal Imperial Stout for sampling a few.

A delight, and a great find. A must try.

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 paulthebeerguru
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter. pours deep onyx with a light brown almost beige head. head retains very well, with good lacing.

S: Great Scott! Aromas of oak, bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and tobacco.

T: Oak and vanilla right off the bat. somewhat chocolaty as well. as it warms it has a slight lingering of bourbon. Great roasted malts.

M: Wonderful! I can feel my taste buds going insane with this one. Too many flavors would be insulting, but this is very complex.

D: This is a wonderful stout, which truly impressed me coming from Boulder, which makes me think of hops. The flavors are very complex but delightful. All I need now is a porterhouse to accompany this one.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small coffee and malty, yet quite faint. In the taste, sweet maltiness and somewhat malty. A smooth, medium body in the mouthfeel and a coffee sweetness to dry in the aftertaste. Not much in the nose, somewhat lactic and nice coffee presence, good, but not fantastic.

Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours an oak-tinted maple in color beneath a light coffee-colored, dense foam of a head. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Caramel and espresso notes. Touches of hazlenut, light cream, and earthen aromas as well: oats, roasted barley. Faint hints of oak chips over the dulce de leche, semi-sweet background.

Rich, roasted chocolate malts with a deep, earthen espresso profile. A dry, semi-sweet nutty flavor; hazlenut, almond. Notes of licorice and oak with a dry alcohol presence lingering into the aftertaste. Assertive hop bite with a near creamy finish.

Full bodied; rich, roasted yet also dry and a bit creamy in the finish. Complex in mouthfeel, but what you would expect from an Oatmeal Stout laid on oak.

A unique, well-crafted concoction. Drinks as a dry, full Oatmeal Stout with all of the flavor pleasantries you would want when thinking of such a style. Worth picking up a few bottles to enjoy.

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