Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Reviews by sonata2008:
Photo of sonata2008
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Furthermore Oscura was the featured cask at a neighborhood bar. It was served in a 16 oz. class.

S: Oscura had a very strong coffee aroma. Everything else came across as a whisper in the background--a teeny bit of roasted malts and chocolate.

A: The appearance was surprising, given the overwhelming coffee aroma. I would have expected a dark-colored beer. Oscura, however, had a cloudy, copper appearance with a finger width of cream-colored foam. The lacing was nice.

T: The dominant taste was coffee, no surprise there, with a bit of hops and roasted caramel in the background. I was impressed that the brewer was able to produce such a strong coffee flavor. This would indeed be a tasty beer for anyone who really liked a coffee-flavored beer.

MF: Oscura had a slight amount of carbonation with a medium mouth feel.

D: I enjoyed this beer and certainly would order it again. But, if you don't like coffee, this is not the beer for you. I would recommend Oscura as a beer to accompany a dessert.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours bright, deep copper color with no head. Aroma is of grain and roast coffee. Medium bodied, this beer tastes of caramel up front and has a long, slow roasted coffee finish. Definitely for fans of iced coffee. Not sure I'd want a second one right away, but would definitely drink one again in the future.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep cola brown with good clarity as well. A small white head forms and then quickly falls to bubbles above the brew. Aromas start out with mellow roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The coffee moves in and is quite vibrant with a bit of a chocolate undertone. A bit sweet as well. This does smell like iced coffee!

First sip brings a crisp, mildly roasted malt upfront with a touch of toffee and caramel. Earthy, brewed coffee rolls in with a solid creaminess as well. Flows down with a bit of chocolate and a mellow bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Coffee flavor lingers on. Damn good dark lager here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. On the lighter side but I find that really enjoyable as most coffee brews tend to be heavy stouts. This one is quite refreshing, while still packing a big coffee punch. Overall, a solid new brew from Furthermore and one I could see drinking a good number of on a hot summer day. Wish I had easier access to this one. Coffee beer lovers -- find this!

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting hybrid ale/lager ice brewed coffee California Common style Mexican brown lager. I don't know what Oscura but the word obscure comes to mind while describing this beer. I read about it on the website was intrigued so here's the beer does it work out?

Appears a dee amber/brown completely see through, light tan khaki hued head, fors a thin head that leaves behind speckled scattered lacing.

Aroma is faint with a nutty coffee edge, creamy vanilla sweetness as well. An air of herbal hops slips in with the coffee, let's check out the first sip.

This tastes like a complex ice brewed coffee, which I've only had a handful of times. There's earthy, nut driven coffee notes. A touch of brown sugar/caramel with bitter coffee roasts/herbal hops this is a nice tsting session beer, especially if you like coffee. It's not a slap you around coffee brew but it's flavorful and refreshing within this context.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is soft, almost as a silky creamy glide to it across my palate.

Drinkability is sessionable I'd like grab their sampler case, I really really liked the Knot Stock as well interesting brews Aran Madden used to brew here in the Burgh with the Foundry and Church Brew Works, I'm glad he found a happy new home to brew at.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown body the color of iced tea, with a thin film of grayish-beige foam. There was a slow carbonation of a few tiny bubbles working toward the surface.

S- This beer has a big smell of cold coffee grounds of medium roast. There aren't really any other aromas even when the beer warms but the coffee is pleasant to sniff.

T- This beer has a big coffee ground flavor with a softer espresso bean quality which is nice and a very faint malt hint in the background. There is a biscuit note that comes through in the last few sips of the beer. Then the finish of the beer is right back to all coffee bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

D- This beer is coffee [stop] That is all [stop] There is no depth or other flavors to balance it, and the coffee flavor was mostly coffee grounds not coffee bean of fresh coffee. The more I sipped this beer the more the drinkability score when down. I give them high marks for creativity but there just isn't enough follow through.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over-vigourously poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottom of the bottle implies it was bottled in 12/09, which is disconcerting since it was purchased in late fall 2010.

A: A very translucent burnt dark amber, with a foamy head that provided excellent lacing, though faded quickly (even with the extra vigorous pour).

S: Smell is fairly non-existant. Faint aromas of dark coffee.

T: Tastes of coffee, but a slightly more prominent taste is chocolate. The malt bill is there, but kind of underwhelming.

M: Thinner and slightly more carbonated than I would prefer, but enjoyable overall.

D: This is an extremely sessionable beer with no hint of alcohol taste whatsoever.

I'm going to have to rereview this beer once I'm able to get my hands on some fresher stock. The downside is that the bottling date is on the bottom of the brown bottle printed in black lettering, which means it's impossible to see when the bottle is still full. I remember the beer being much more enjoyable than I'm tasting tonight, even from a couple months ago.

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So what we have here is a Mexican-styled Dark lager warm-fermented in the California Common tradition, with added coffee beans from a fair trade, all-female Co-Op in Nicaragua, and roasted at Just Coffee in Madison.

Oh, just another one of those....

It pours to a lightly hazed amber-brown-bronze color with a modest but sticky pale beige head.
Roasted beans dominate the nose, and are backed with a slight (peanut skin) nuttiness and vague citric twinge in the back.
Thoroughly roasted coffee bean across the mouth, but neither burnt tasting or acrid. A bit smoky, a tinge sweetish, almost fruity, and mostly nutty. The roast works well here, as the lightness of the beer needs a lively but mild bean. There are traces of peanut butter and a vague grapey vinousness, with some pear-ish fermentation-derived fruitiness . A creamed corn sweetness acts as a place holder in the midsection and is in harmony with the coffee aspects. Hops add a good deal of backend herbal bitterness, again in sync with the roasted bitterness of the foresections of Oscura, but there is no clear hop identity flavorwise.
Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation upfront, and fading out over the duration.
It's quite tasty and almost impossible to rate. It's hard to consider a coffee beer as a sessioner, but this more or less pulls it off. And I drink a shitload of coffee, so that's no issue with me, and I probably love it more for that fact. But simply put, there is a lot of coffee here as a ratio to the other flavors (it's very good coffee, but still), and that adds to the flavor quotient and probably subtracts from real drinkablity. Though, it's really not that hard to drink in quantity...so maybe just negate that last paragraph. Fact is, I enjoy this a lot and I have no fucking clue what else to say.
Kudos to Furthermore for this wild card. I'm liking them more and more with each new release.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dirtylou
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, somewhere in madison

Furthermore kicks major ass - the most underrated brewery around. Any time a new beer is released, i get a little excited to see what new ridiculous liquid they have put in a bottle

The coffee in this sucker was roasted locally by Just Coffee, which is 100% fair trade and delivered around town by bicycle. Check out their shop on East Wilson Street in Madison. This place is awesome and their coffee is the best around. anyways...

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber lager body, creamy beige head with a strong lace left behind. Make no mistake about it, this is not your traditional coffee beer (ie: no porter or stout)

smell: a punch of freshly roasted iced coffee....there is definately a lager buried underneath this with hints of grain and herbal hops hiding beneath the beans

taste: The thing i like about futhermore is their innovation. Knot Stock is a flat out sensational APA dosed with peppercorns. Fallen apple is the only creamy apple cider beer that works, make weight is everything and nothing all at once and fatty boomblatty is the belgian pale no other wisconsin brewery has been able to bottle consistently. Oscura is just another chip off the block. A mexican dark lager drowned in locall roasted coffee beans - talk about a fresh idea! The immediate flavor profile is that of brilliant iced coffee. The beans arent bitter or overly roasty and actually come through extremely smooth. The lager base makes itself known in the finish with a sweet grainy finish and a mild hop presence. It's just really nice to see coffee in a beer and not combined with bourbon barrels, obscene alcohol, and dark roasty flavors. Well fucking done. There are imperfections in the flavor profile (especially the lager base) but it just seems like the abstractness of the idea overcomes that, thus a 5

mouthfeel: lighter but still creamy - perfect for a fall afternoon (or morning)

drinkability: high

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

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass, it a clear amber with short, white head. Interestingly, I had this shortly after sampling Peak Organics' Espresso Amber. By comparison, the Obscura has more flavor up front, but less aftertaste. It still had a wonderful, medium roast aroma and burnt chocolate flavor. There was a touch of bready malt in the background, but the coffee dominated the flavor. Unlike some coffee beers, this one isn't too over the top. It's fairly drinkable and you can tell that's beer. I'd say it's worth a try to for coffee lovers.

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Old Fashioned (Madison, WI) on 8/8/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, with thin covering of brite-white foam. Swirling elicits a good flareup and some decent patchy lace. The aroma is deep smelling with zippy espresso, and a nice roasty edge. Sticky malts sit underneath the coffee character, as does some floral hops. Man, this is all about the coffee though!

Coffee is just as assertive in the taste, being roasty and pervasive, and REALLY coming out in a zippy flush in the back. Sweet caramel and bread is present but definitely plays second fiddle here. Extra roast and hops ride along with the java, faintly lingering into the finish with the espresso flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation. Good representation of a Lager body here, being crisp yet smooth.

This was definitely a weird one. I honestly liked all of the individual components of this beer. Well done coffee character. Good backing flavors. A crisp, smooth, and easydrinking body. The problem is, I don't like my coffee beers feeling like a Lager and I don't like my Lagers having coffee in them. Thus the drinkibility takes a hit. I drank this with my meal and it just didn't work at all for me. Probably should have saved it for a nightcap. Otherwise, this is definitley one to check out if your a coffee-head.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber body with a good two fingers of off white head. Head recedes quickly, and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt dominates with some herbal notes. One does note some nice, woody aromas with semi-sweet cocos. I picked up some strange, almost smoked-meat-esque aromas too. Overall, quite mild.

T - The coffee does do its work here in the flavor, adding wood, dry coffee, spice, and lots of roasted dryness to the beer. The malt gets dominated here a bit, but what is there is a mild caramel sweetness with a slight herbal edge. The hops are mild and spicy, but does not need much bittering from the hops to balance.

M - Feels like a marzen style lager, not to full, relative crispness.

D - A bit of a one-note song. Like Perkulator, if you like coffee, this is a fun one. But don't expect classic balance or depth. Just enjoy it for what it is, a coffee-bomb.

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light orange with ruby highlights, a light tan head.

The smell is very strange, must be the coffee, but has more of a rich spicy character, almost Chai Tea Like.

The flavor is very odd, not bad just hard to describe, very spicy with cinnamon and cacao. The malt is buried behind the strange coffee and spice flavors and there are no real hops to speak of. Almost doesn't even taste like beer at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a very very dry powdering finish

Not sure about this one, very odd, I wouldn't drink it again to quick.

Photo of morimech
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took an aggresive pour to yield one fingers worth of head that quickly settled to a skin of bubbles. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a dark copper color.

Has a fresh coffee aroma. Quite amazing actually.

The flavor also features this nice fresh coffee flavor. The coffee dominates everything. Very one dimensional but the one thing it does, it does very well.

Medium body with a semi-creamy texture. Carbonation is low, just enough to lighten up the body.

This beer captures the essence of coffee like no other, including big stouts. A coffee lovers beer. I would prefer drinking this to coffee.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A real Light brown in color like decafe coffee.

S- Man this smell more coffee then beer. you can notice some hopnest. but very mellow.

T- Taste of fair trades coffee and alittle hop at the end but no bitterness what's so ever.

M- very wet. very creamy and smooth very enjoyable to the pallet.

D- This beer is for the people that love coffee and just like to have some beer hints in it. Very enjoyable beer. I'm glad I try it on tap first to save my bottle.


Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. extra from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul.
Pretty solid tea amber pour, about a finger of whitish head.

Aroma is heavily loaded with coffee, but there is some malt and caramel in there.

Taste is coffee, some malt, caramel and chocolate. The coffee really carries through from start on through. Finishes with some caramel and dry roast.

Body is on the heavy side of light and goes down pretty easy. Medium level of carbonation keeps it pleasant also.

Need to like coffee for this.

Actually reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Perkulator. Insteresting, a bit different but a large amount of flavor with lower abv.

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

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. A California common with coffee added.

A: The beer is a brown amber color, highlighted by orange brightness. The ale retains its translucence. A finger and a half of foamy creme-colored head is lacing around the mouth.

S: Spent coffee grounds drive the nose, a dark roast that isn't overpowering. While not overpowering, it is the depth and breadth of the nose.

T: The beer has a crisp flavor that is equal parts coffee, hops and clean grains. Coffee retains is cold toddy flavor, bitter and bold. Hops are citrusy, a touch of lemon to accompany the coffee. Caramel malts are sweet, a good pairing for the coffee. Hops are the final aspect, mildly bitter even through the coffee. The coffee is a standout, taking hold early and never letting go.

M: Coffee, lots of sweetly bitter coffee. The only drawback is that the coffee covers up any traces of steam beer.

D: Very quaffable, under 6%. I love coffee, beer and coffee in beer. A solid ale, the best I've had from Furthermore.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Tiny particles float in the brilliantly clear amber brown color. Much lighter than I expected for a coffee beer. The pour is quiet leaving a surprising two-finger head. Good retention resulted in an eventually clumpy pile and thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee galore. Smells like french roast with a dry and bitter finish. Toasted malts behind lend little towards the aroma. A fairly caramel hint.

T - A crisp hop feel and floral flavor appears for milliseconds before washing away to a lightly toasted caramel malt and bold roasted coffee finish.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation finish. It ends particularly hard with a moderate dry and lightly roasted bitter balance.

D - Interestingly light for a coffee beer, it still packs the real coffee flavor punch to it. Pretty well balanced and medium-bodied giving it a rather easy drinkability.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.25/5  rDev -67.3%

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.

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra recently from an incredibly kind trader. I am the biggest fan of all the coffee beers I can find, and this one was a whole different animal indeed. Twelve ounce bottle served cold and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 09/28/2008,

The pour was not at all what I was expecting. A somewhat transparent adn deep reddish hued light brown came gurgling out of the bottle. Not at all the coffee stouts and porters one normally associates with. Up next the head came up only slightly, maybe a half an inch and then settle down quickly into a paper thin layer and some small side glass lacing, with no real head to speak of.

The aroma was deep with roasted coffee grinds, and I mean thick. Some light hints at almost a hard water like aroma mixed in, fresh greenery and am overall burnt smell, this had to be added after the fact, it just wreaked, have you ever made coffee and had the filter flip over so that it was like a really watery looking liquid, this would be it, though the aroma was wonderfully pleasing.

The flavor, not so much, with a way too light feel and a lack luster carbonation profile, it just felt to me as though it was lacking osmething. The deep rich aroma of coffee that was so prevelent earlier, has been made awash and really now is a haunting memory that comes up in the finish. The body is thin, and the profile rather one side, as it has hints of a lager, bready grains and musty malts, mixed in with a spent coffee like taste. Little to know carbonation in here at all.

Overall I am really unsure what this one is supposed to be. It is carbonated, the buzz I am feeling is a testament to that, and the aroma was very, very nice. But the flavor just left me hanging. It needed that extra push to really come forward and show off. Nver the less. It was still very solid and a very nice little beer, just not sure what it actually was.

Photo of blackie
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: small head over a deep orange-amber colored beer

s: body of medium-toast malts give complex caramelized sugars and dark tree fruits, to my nose the coffee is mild and plays more of an accompanying note to the bock like lager malts, but the light roast aroma runs throughout, flashes of milky sweet tea, lightly hopped, a lot going on here

m: light carbonation on a mid-weight body, a bit flat but it's not a killer

t: caramelized malts and dark fruits, again very much like a bock of sorts, coffee is again light, the beer has obviously lost much of it's original character over time, but I happen to like where it has gone

d: as always, love the quirky furthermore experiments

dirty who?

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mwilbur
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a brownish color that becomes red with backlighting. Very thin white head quickly dissipates.
S: Definite strong coffee aroma. Nice.
T: Dark coffee ground notes dominate (tastes like the strong stuff you get at the bottom of the pot when some coffee grounds filter through). Perhaps a little cream in the background.
M: Smooth and creamy. Not bitter at all as I was expecting.
D: Very drinkable. An excellent coffee lager...not a stout. If there is a criticism to this brew it is that it's one-dimensional...coffee. If you enjoy coffee, you will enjoy this beer...very true coffee flavor. I am enjoying the experimentation at Furthermore.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.