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

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 490
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 331 | Hads: 490
Photo of Noxious26
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber poured in a dimpled mug. Brought this back from our family trip to Orlando last week. Purchased at Knightly Liquors.

Absolutely obsidian black. If you hold it to a light you get a little cola brown around the edges. Light brown head is a solid 3/4" on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Gobs of lacing left here and there sporadically.

Aroma is mostly darkly roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and charcoal.

Pretty smooth offering for the abv level. First few sips give you no trace of the alcohol levels. Becomes more apparent as it warms. Rich and smooth, you can really see where the oatmeal has rounded out the edges. Big burly malts dominate the palate with a burnt background and hints of chocolate. Aftertaste is subdued and relaxed, but long lasting tones of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for an oatmeal stout (or RIS as stated in the style here). Carbonation levels are just right though.

Dangerously drinkable. This beer is 8% but drinks like a 4%'er. This will knock you on your backside if you don't pay attention.

Very nice offering. I'm a sucker for oatmeal stouts and I'm really glad I grabbed this one. Well done Boulder Beer!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a creamy tan foam head with excellent retention. There is a decent amount of lacing.

S: Some mild amounts of oak, vanilla, bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Not overly potent.

T: The taste was much better than the smell. Starts out a tad sweet, with a nice amount of oak and vanilla. The middle and back end brings about some of the bourbon flavors.

M: Leaves a bourbon flavor and vanilla flavor on the palate. A nice medium body beer.

O: This is a pleasant tasting RIS. Not overly 'hot' which makes this extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown/black in color, with ruby highlights. Big, thick head of tan foam.
Aroma-Chocolate and coffee notes, dark roasted malt.
Taste-Dark roasted malt, earthy oak spiciness, chocolate, coffee. Creamy mouthfeel a little put off by oakey spiciness. Dry, almost peppery finish.
Overall, a bit on the thin side for an RIS, but pretty tasty and interesting.

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Photo of Nesued
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown/black in color. A lively cream/tan head formed on the pour with good retension to a one-finger head.

Smell - Chocolate malt aroma is the first thing that comes to mind when I take a deep breath on this beer. Some coffee presence. Pretty much that's all I can get from this. I catch some woody character, but it's not in your face.

Taste - Opens with a sweet malty front end that gives way to a coffee/chocolate middle and a mild hop-induced finish. The oak contribution seems a bit mild. Perhaps more time "in country" would have imparted a larger contribution.

Mouthfeel - The oatmeal does give some nice body and a fullness to this beer. Good carbonation and a nice smooth feel on the palate.

Overall - An ok beer. Glad I tried it. Personally, I saw more in common with a porter than an RIS, but perhaps that's just me.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an inky black with a soapy tan head that quickly reduces to a few loitering bubbles.

Has a malty alcohol smell, overlaid with vanilla, with hints of coffee and chocolate. There's also an underlying sour fruit smell, which I am guessing is a product of the cask aging. Mostly, though, it is heavy on the vanilla extract smell.

Malty and yeasty, this is like a big chocolate-infused butter roll. The strong alcohol smell does not carry over into the taste. Rather, it is smoother, and thinner, than I'd expect from it's smell. Also, the vanilla in the smell does present in the taste, replaced instead with a cafe au lait taste. There's a minor sour bitter that finished this one off.

Medium to full bodied, the cask aging really smooths this beer out.

Fairly drinkable once you get a few sips in. Still, not one of my favorite oak-aged RIS.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured form 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger light tan colored head. Decent lacing. Good retention. Color is black.

S. Has a bit of musty smell. Some faint roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not a real strong or impressive Imperial Stout smell. Some bitter coffee lies beneath.

T. Taste is pretty smooth. Some coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Finishes with a bit of sweetness. I don't know if I would really call this an Imperial stout other than the abv. If it was in the regular stout class I would say its pretty damn good. As is its a little underwhelming. I do like the chocolate flavors that come out.

M. Medium bodied. Not full enough for an Imperial Stout. Medium/low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Overall not quite big enough to hang with even the smallest of the big boys. Not a bad beer by any means. Very drinkable, and one that I would not have any issues picking up again.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Inky dark brew with a rocky tan head.

Oaky vanilla immediately apparent in the nose, malty and chocolatey.

Smooth, delicious with an excellent smooth balance on the palate. The barrel age brings a lovely woodiness to the party. Great stuff!

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle poured into a glass Feb 2011.

A - No light shines through. The bottle reads, "as dark as deep space". That's about right.

S - Roasty chocolate and malts. This has more of an earthy nose when compared to others in the same group.

T - Like it smells. There is some complexity to it, but it doesn't lose focus. I can't really distinguish any oak-aged-ness, but I'm sure it's there... EDIT: If you like the oak notes of this beer, you absolutely without a doubt must sample Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout (or the Espresso version of the same) by Great Divide Brewery.

M - Well-rounded, smooth finish.

D - This is very drinkable. I wish it had a higher ABV.

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Photo of Brooks44
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. From the bottle poured a jet black pint with a very light tan head of about a finger and a half.

S. Smell was faint in the nose but picked up the oak first and foremost, and also picked up notes of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and no hop presence in the nose to me.

T. Taste was quite good, i actually like this stout quite alot, the taste follows the nose with the oak the fore runner, the roasted malts give the beer a complexity of chocolate and coffee, the oats give it a sweet almost creamy body and taste to the whole brew with not what i would call a hop presence but enough that its never overly sweet at all. Nicely balanced and well rounded beer with alot of flavors coming at you.

D. Really enjoyed this stout i would recommend it to someone especially to try atleast once, a good offering from boulder that in my opinion hasnt let me down before, hazed and infused from them i would also reccomend... my fav beer from boulder

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-26-11

Pours completely black and opaque, with a filmy tan head and a thick coating of lacing. The smallest bit of light barely filters through the edges.

Smell is sweet and malty, aromas of coffee and smoke dominate. The oak comes next, adding a woody, earthy quality. The oak dominates after it warms.

Taste is all oak, covering all other flavors for the first few sips. Eventually, the oak gives way to flavors of molasses and smoke. Still very sweet, but the oak character helps.

Mouthfeel is good, slick and thick to help the malty flavors, and right for the style.

Drinkability is good, although the sweetness does build after awhile.

Overall, a good beer that's worth trying, and maybe even a better candidate for aging.

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Photo of quine
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice lacing. Head is a light brown, edging on white.

S: Smells quite strongly of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Tastes like coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, with a definite hint of oakiness in there as well. Well balanced flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated, more than I would have expected. Feels a little thin for the style.

D: Very drinkable beer. Alcohol is barely there, and the balance of flavors makes this a really drinkable beer.

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Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bodega, review from notes.

This was a black as night beer with a dark mocha head, even in the crappy 'dega 10 ouncer in which there's never any damn head... damnit. But yeah, this one somehow had some minimal head, which equates to about four fingers in the normal tulip/snifter with a reasonable pour.

Ohh, and this one left an excellent lace blanket.

The smell was slightly smoky with bitter espresso notes and roasted barley.

The taste was deeply seeded in smoky flavors. Slightly acidic, with some dry smoke twanginess. Sweet milk chocolate, coffee, and very light oak make up the rest of the body here.

Creamy with mild carbonation, medium bodied, just about right for the style.

Definitely a solid stout. Not quite sure why the beer is called an oatmeal stout but listed as a RIS though. Some over-anxious ticker I presume. Damn tickers. Wait... damn... me? Oh, and once more for good measure - damn the glasses at Bodega.


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Photo of haazer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Philly Winter Beerfest. Served once again in that classy plastic goblet.

A- This beer had the best head at the entire festival. It made about a fingers worth of thickness in the tiny serving goblet, that lasted for several minutes. The head was the color of milk that had cocoa puffs served in it. The brew itself was black, with no light getting in what so ever.

S- Smells of coffee, with rich chocolate and espresso notes. Dark roasted malts highlight all the aromas as they linger in the background.

T- Chocolate flavor mixed with burnt toast. Along with burnt dark malts. Has a dairy feel to it, kinda milky. I could see this pairing well with cheese.

M- Medium bodied, creamy brew. Also this is not drying or astringent as some stouts can be from the abv, or the dried out burnt malts. This does not do that. Pleasant.

D- Great stout, one to savor. I enjoyed this one and thought it was one of the better beers at the festival.

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 ouncer on tap.

A- opaquish black, consonsiderable lacing and head at first that dissipated rather quickly.

S- heavy of chocolate malt. Oak barrel aging is somewhat present from the nose.

T- a typical yet good tasting stout. Some complexities in the malt, very tasty, slightly sweet, presence of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

M- not too thick or syrupy, slight bitterness from te choice of hops.

D- pretty drinkable stout for an 8%er. Might be a sweet food
Item or a steak.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with ruby highlights. Two fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly. Great lacing.

N: Bakers chocolate, oak, cookie dough and caramel.

T: Water, some roasted barley, caramel and maybe citrus upfront followed by some toffee that finishes with some bitter espresso and a hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied but kind of watery.

D: Very session-able but lacking flavor.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a tan head a finger high and a black body.

S: Some vanilla and roasted malt notes, as well as milk chocolate. Maybe some fruits as well.

T: The beer starts out roasty and slightly chocolatey. The oak is present. There is a slight bitterness and astringency. Not really that interesting.

M: Full body and very creamy. nice.

D: Pretty drinkable, but has a slight astringent quality that hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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

Not sure why this is categorized as a RIS, so I'm rating it as an Oatmeal Stout.

Pours with a thick, foamy tan head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing.

Aromas are very sweet and inviting. Molasses, oak, and dark chocolate are all there.

Creamy on the palate, with the oaky / vanilla-like qualities shining thru. Roasted oats and malts, with a nice level of bitter-sweetness. Decent citric hop pull in the finish. Finish is smooth.

Drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

good lookin out for this tick bobbizzle

A: poured a very dark brown in color with maroonish brown highlights and had a very thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: coffee, caramel, and roastiness are apparent on the first whiff with some oaky, malty sweetnes, hints of toffee, and vanilla.

T: The taste sweet chocolate flavor upfront with mild coffee, oaky, roastiness, caramel accents but some variuos grains coming through and had a touch of underlying vanilla.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight astringent, creamy, finish.

D: it was drinking better than your average RIS with a good body and decent taste.

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Photo of Troegman
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Spinnerstown.
Great dark color, almost black with a nice long lasting off white head.
Picked up some chocolate and a bit of vanilla late in the nose as well as a slightly nutty aroma. Like a proper oatmeal stout.
Tasted of chocolate, a little vanilla, some nutty oak and even some coffee flavor was detected. But all in a very subtle smooth way.
It's on the lighter side of the stout spectrum which makes it, with a 6.8% ABV a more sessionable stout if so desired.
Really nice brew and I will gladly order again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: silkly smooth stout, not a malt bomb, great flavor from barrel aging. touch a vanilla, nothing dominant

mouthfeel: low body for imperial stout, medium

drinkability: under rated beer. Just because it was not an extreme imperial. It had fantastic flavor.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an 8% abv stout that is very flavorful.

It's a little thin, but I am a big fan.

At the Boulder Event at Pony Bar on 1/18/2011, I put the Nitro version of the Oak Aged Oatmeal Stout against the regular Obovoid.

On Nitro, this beer has almost no carbonation and drinks very easily, but ultimately, the non-oaked, regular version reigned supreme.

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Photo of tchenery
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark in color with a nice off-white head on top that laces the glass.

Beer has a nice chocolate smell much like dark chocolate. Has a subtle viney smell probably from the oak aging. It's not overly effervescent though.

It tastes like a malt milkshake with a slight fruit twinge to it, almost like raspberries - it might just be me though. It tastes like bitter dark chocolate but is very smooth as well.

Very smooth, yet full mouthfeel, very enjoyable.

Completely drinkable especially for an 8% beer. The ABV is extremely hidden.

Well done.

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Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass at the Charlotte Flying Saucer. 2010 vintage. Pours a dark mahogany brown, almost black with a full 2 finger tan head. Moderate lacing with some retention. The aroma is very inviting with roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, earthy oak and some dark fruit. Taste is of dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. The subtle oak notes add to the great balance this beer achieves. Finish is a nice bitter chocolate with some alcohol warming making this a superb seasonal companion. Mouthfeel is not as chewy as a typical oatmeal stout, but still thick, slightly oily and viscous. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. This may be billed as a Russian Imperial Stout but it is actually just a very fine Oak Aged Oatmeal Stout. Very smooth and easy to drink for 8% ABV. I would definitely have a few more while sitting by the fire and watching it snow.

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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.