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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 145
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep amber to light brown, ¼” lacy off white foam collar.
S: Fresh grain, coffee, pale malt aromas – not a lot of hops.
T: Grainy malt flavors with some light coffee and roast barley a little chocolate, some light roasted malt, along with the coffee – more dry than sweet, not a lot of hops.
F: Very creamy texture just shy of a medium body, medium carbonation.
O: The coffee comes across a little different in a lighter beer – it is not competing with the roast malt flavors so it is a little less like espresso.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

Aroma is of nuts, caramel, toast, and mild smoke. It's the only good point to this beer. Pours deep gold with no head or lacing. Flavor has a faint caramel note in the background. The rest is old, used coffee grounds to the point of being overwhelming. A totally different coffee flavor than can be found in stouts. Light-medium mouthfeel with coffee ground finish. Supposedly it's a California Common style beer, it's nowhere close to the prototype Anchor Steam. Not recommended.

Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, is brownish-red with a thin beige head. Aromas are mainly coffee with some grain, but not much else. Tastes include coffee, toasty grain, earthy, spicy. Mouth is creamy, somewhat acidic, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I think this exceptionally created, but pretty one-note with not a lot of complexity. Great use of the coffee, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Poured into a LunaR brewing pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of head that disappears quickly. A golden orange / brown colored body. No lacing.

S - Smell is of beautiful fresh roasted grinded coffee beans.

T - Taste reminds me of what I would imagine a coffee infused IPA would taste like but I am probably wrong. Again, a wondrous freshly grinded coffee bean characteristic to it along with a hint of hops. This beer has more beautiful coffee elements to it than the most prestigious coffee stouts I've ever tried.

M - Feel is bitter sticky and dry.

Overall a decent interesting unique beer. Never had anything from this brewery and never heard of the style "California common / steam beer" either. Definitely something I will be looking into again though. An intriguing beer, to say the least.

Furthermore Oscura ---4/5.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz bottle into 8 oz mini-shaker.

Look- Medium brown with a sticky, dense espresso foam cap. Excellent retention, thick ropes of lace cling to the glass. Not quite clear, but not what I'd call hazy.

Smell- Toasted caramel, unsalted pretzel, light, smoky coffee notes, makes me think of half-green beans (coffee, that is.) Some earthy spice and dark fruit emerge as it warms.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but even more coffee. Milk chocolate, more pretzel, graham cracker, mild but discernible herbal spice towards the finish, rounds out the last of the soft toasty-roast-coffee, which manages to linger for an extremely long time. Aftertaste of molasses-laced cornbread. Low bitterness, not nearly as harsh as most coffee beers. Brings to mind a creamy mocha-spresso. Mild charred fruity something as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Soft, full, extremely creamy - feels like drinking half and half or an extremely well executed cream ale. Low astringency, little of the tannic character often found in similar brews. I could have a few of these.

Overall- Well, I don't know quite what to make of it (the fact that it's a low-ABV experimental-something-something available in a reasonably priced sixer is probably what's throwing me off), but it's unique and I'd definitely seek it out. It's definitely got a unique green-roast-vegetal something going on that I usually associate with roasted-two-days-ago organic coffee. I'd definitely like to know more about the process and whatever the heck they put into this stuff. Recommended.

Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, kudos to Furthermore for their uniquely named beers as this one certainly caught my eye in the mix and match section. This is a beer with 100% fair trade coffee, or as the bottom of the bottle reads “A Nicaraguan all-female growers co-op (stop) A lusciously aromatic just coffee roast (stop) Our warm-fermented, cold-lagered cerveza oscura (huh?)” Did you understand all that?

It pours a medium brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is mostly coffee to the degree that if we did a blind smell test, you would never guess this was a beer. Overall it is very inviting for the coffee beer lovers. This just might rival some of the best coffee beers that Wisconsin has to offer.

The taste is smooth yet quite bold. Once again is this beer of coffee? The texture is very much like a beer but the coffee flavoring overpowers the malts and hops. It is quite unique as you usually only see coffee used in stouts and porters instead of an American lager. It leaves behind a mild coffee after taste.

This was a pretty interesting find. It’s not something I am going to want all the time, but it is certainly a well made, good tasting brew. The creativity to put coffee into a lager was a good choice as this turned out to be a pretty damn good coffee beer especially since I’m not a coffee drinker. Keep up the good work Furthermore.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Photo of guityler83
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark maroon to copper color with moderate haze. bright white head with very low retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet, carmel and toffee notes. plum, raisen and other dark fruit detected also. slightly sour.

T: Sweet and slighty fruity (peaches, bananas) at first, followed by carmel and then the coffee comes through at the end and lingers on the pallet. Each part is very distinct and seperate, the aroma doesn't indicate the taste at all. as the beer warms up the coffe and carmel comes out more.

M: Dry finish, moderate carbination. the coffee adds a slight astringency.

O: This was not what I expected when I cracked it open, but not a bad thing. Very sessionable as a Cali Common should be, but the coffee adds an interesting complexity that puts it into a whole different category. While I enjoyed it, i don't think I could drink more then two in a sitting.

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, dense head that isn't overly persistent. Aroma is interesting; sweet malt combines with a fruity coffee note. A very dark amber that has a touch of coffee blackness to it (an interesting shade). Starts off with a DEEP, RICH coffee flavor. A hint of bitterness, then more toasted, roasted coffee. The finish is coffee and a bit of bitterness.

What the hell? I don't really smell or see the coffee, but this FLAVOR! This is fantastic!
This is like a lagered cup of FANTASTIC coffee!

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing all over the glass.

S- Amazing coffee aroma, sweet malts, light roast.

T- Sweet roasted malts, lots of mild coffee, toast, biscuit.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin feel but nice and creamy still.

O- REally enjoyed this beer. Would have guessed this was a brown ale or dopplebock (reminded me some of Perkulator) but the coffee works well with the steam beer.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.. Pours a beautiful coffee brown with a thin slightly tan bubbly head. Smells somewhat earthy and sweet with a bitterness to it, very much like coffee. Somewhat of a cocoa like sweetness to it that goes along well with the coffee nose. Despite how clean the beer looks and the lighter brown color it is very solid in color with very little light penetration. The taste is amazing, very much like cold iced coffee. The graininess from the maize is somewhat noticeable under the initial coffee sweetness and bitterness. Has a slight creamy taste to it as if it where ice coffee with a bit of cream, not sugar however. More bitter and strong tasting in the finish. Has a nice full and tart mouth feel just like regular coffee, Medium carbonation. One of the few beer's I ever new I would definitely buy again right after trying it. Cannot wait to sip a nice cold one of these later on this summer when it starts to get nice and hot outside. A must try if you're both a coffee and craft beer lover, although I can definitely see this might not bee for everyone.

Photo of match1112
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out like ice tea, not what i was expecting. a thin off white head quickly rises and settles, like on a cola. no lacing is noticed and retention is very poor. smell is coffee mainly, but there are also earthy tones and malts. it's weird tasting coffee in something that isnt pitch black, but it works. has a good malt body to cary thru. mouthfeel is thin and watery, not only for coffee but also for a california common. it's nice to try coffee in something thats not a stout but i still wish it had a fuller body.

Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light see through brown color with a small slightly off white head which recedes to nothing and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of bitter coffee, it is not very big though. The taste is of bitter coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end of the beer. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but slightly thin. Overall it was an okay beer, it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. I bought this one in Wisconsin last summer and kind of forgot about it, so here's hoping the coffee hasn't faded too much after a few months in the cellar.

A: Clear, bright acorn-brown body with a half inch of fine ecru head. Ok retention, nice lace. Attractive.

S: Nothing but coffee; rather woody, herbal notes within the coffee itself. I like it.

T: Coffee up front, coffee in the middle, coffee and fruit sweetness on the end. Dull coffee aftertaste, which isn't the best; overall, though, the beer is impressive in its single-mindedness.

M: Hugely carbonated and rather spiky. Not good.

O: Other than the overly spritzy texture, this was a winner. The base beer kept out of the way of the coffee, and the coffee was entirely pleasant. I can only imagine it would have been even more impressive when fresh. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of coffee flavors.

Cheers!

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-An aggressive pour yields a deep copper color with two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind thick lacing.

S-Smells of deep roasted coffee and light caramel notes.

T-Roasted, yet not overpowering, coffee notes with some fruity esters and light caramel.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dryness from the coffee in the finish.

D-I thought the coffee would overwhelm this beer, but this is actually a pretty well balanced beer. I'd like to have this one again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to light brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry and roasty coffee. In the taste, dry roasted coffee, a lighter malt and a small note of sweetness in the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to sweet coffee in the aftertaste. A nice coffee presence and a thinner body, decent, but did not think it was a steam beer at all.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light tan colour, with an eighth inch of head. Distinct coffee aroma.A little lace. Average mouthfeel, good drinkability, with good bitterness and secondary malting. Coffee very distinct. Gets bitterer towards the end, but tolerable. Fast dissipitating head.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle decant amount of head. Head is flimsy and disappears quickly. Dark in color. Strong full coffee flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Rich coffee scents that teased my taste buds. I was surprised at home full the flavor was.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Review from notes.

A: A 2 finger, light brown colored cap quickly fades away leaving large sudsy bubbles on the surface. The body is medium amber brown in color and hazy.

S: This malt forward brew is dominated by a cold-pressed coffee aroma. Soily, earthy notes in the background.

T: Long lasting intense coffee flavor. Mild bitterness. Very faint hint of fruity esters make their way to the end of the palate as the coffee flavor begins to taper off.

M: Wonderful and by far the best aspect of the brew. Medium body, slightly minerally texture with the perfect level of carbonation. Lively and fizzy effervesence. Completely complimentary to the flavor profile.

D: Happy to have experienced what a coffee infused lager is like, and a steam beer at that! Relatively drinkable, but only if you enjoy coffee.

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with ruby hue. Fair amount of head at first which dies down to leave enough to just barely cover the surface of the beer. The smell is of a regular red ale with notes of roasted coffee on the finish, very roasty. This beer's flavor profile allows the coffee they used to shine through. It is very refreshing and is almost reminiscent of an iced coffee. With a light mouthfeel, this beer is quite quaffable. While this beer isn't extreme, it is definitely tasty, and something you could drink all evening.

Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish, orange brown with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is coffee, milk chocolate, and minor sweet caramel notes. Wow - coffee for this style.. unexpected but a really pleasant nose on this!

T: Taste starts with milk chocolate and nice light coffee notes, sweet toffee comes through a touch and a light bready, hint of grain. Coffee comes back in and makes a strong presence in the finish. The finish has a very sweet toffee malt that hangs on the palate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first, a bit oily in the middle, and the finish is slightly dry.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of the style but a DAMN fine beer! I really like this beer but is definitely doesn't fit it's style. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat though.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red-amber color. Small tan head. Can see carbonation streaming up the glass. I thought the beer would be darker because it was brewed with coffee, but alas, it is not a stout.

S: Fresh brewed coffee, toasted malts, and caramel.

T: Man this beer is like straight up carbonated coffee without the bitterness. For how light the color is, his beer packs a wallop of coffee flavor. I mean, most coffee brewed beers are light on the coffee while this one hits you like a train. There's some spicy hop notes on the back end. Also notable is some caramel and an almost graham cracker taste. Sort of tastes like a s'more with caramel substituted by caramel. A touch of dark chocolate.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel that gets a lift from the carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated and fizzy; reminds me of a can of pop.

This beer is strange, and I recommend trying it to anyone that loves coffee. It's got some flaws, but overall a good beer.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with a thin-looking tan head that is made up of large bubbles. The lacing is OK, especially considering the retention isn't impressive.

Lots of coffee in the aroma, with caramel coming in behind that.

The flavor doesn't bring much more than the aroma. Oscura is pretty one-dimensional, but the dimension that it does bring is pretty good. Biscuit and a hint of toasted malt leads off, without very much of the caramel flavor that I thought I noticed in the aroma. After that, everything becomes coffee. Good, dark coffee flavors. No watery tastes, no bitter or acrid flavors.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. I think not being too heavy fits this beer actually.

I'm pretty surprised that this is called a steam beer. Maybe it is a steam beer with coffee added, and I guess that would make sense. Whatever this is, if you're looking for a relatively low-alcohol coffee beer, Oscura is probably a good choice. All the coffee flavors, none of the acrid harshness.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher. Poured into a Jester King snifter.

Oscura shows a bright, copper-amber body with good clarity and head retention to the light khaki foam. The nose is incredible--reminds me of an English Mild with notes of toasted malt and toffee nearly buried beneath layers of earthen coffee. A little vegetal hop presence lingers in the background.

The flavor mimics the aroma with a hearty dose of bitter coffee, light spices, and toasted nuttiness from the malt. Carbonation is vigorous to the point of diluting the body mid-sip, while the back of the tongue is washed with herbal hop bitterness, more coffee, and nutty caramel. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly with a clean finish. All in all, a tasty take on the Cali Common style; something worthy of a homebrew recreation.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow color with a small off white foam head and not much lacing.

S: A decent amount of roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Nothing overpowering but all equally present.

T: Starts off with a mild roasted coffee flavor. The middle brings some caramel and bready undertones to counter balance the coffee. The back end finishes with a nice sweet malty taste, mostly some roasted coffee, mild chocolate and vanilla.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a creamy sweet malt texture.

O: Not an overly complex beer, but a well put together Steam Beer. Easy to drink with a nice sweet malt character.

Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for bringing this bottle to share last Saturday. Reading the label, I assumed this was a stout, although the bottle said nothing along those lines. The bottle Poured a dark amber color with a lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, toasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied with flavors of coffee, toasted malt, light vanilla and a hint of earthiness.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.