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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:52:35 | More by mikesgroove
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber with hints of brown. bonish colored head, foams for a while, and some lacing there.
S: Roasted nose. coffee is definitely there.
T: Powerful roasted flavor up front. Smacks you right in the face. After the smokey, roasted delight, there is a solid, sweet malt presence, and hints of chocolate. It all balances together in a really nice way.
M: Rich, smokey and really full
D: for the rich taste, it is really solid, not a high ABV makes this a nice go to

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:04:47 | More by PSUDREW
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A warm fermented, cold lagered, amber coffee beer? This is gonna be weird, but leave it to Furthermore to brew atypical stuff.

Pours a dark amber color with a very small head and light lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass. Kind of disappointed this isn't darker for a supposed coffee beer. Aroma is roasty and toasty. Roasted coffee peeks through but nothing overwhelming. Flavor is pure roasted coffee bean. There's a bit of peppery and spicy hop flavor in the background, but it's mostly coffee and pale malt in the flavor department. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and just enough carbonation. An interesting beer, to say the least. It was ok but not overly enjoyable. I've had much better coffee beers than this.

By the way, is Oscura a particular style of brew? I've noticed other breweries with the same name/style. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 20:52:29 | More by KeefD
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with Mistofminn, Thanks Brad!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Brown color with a short-lived beige head.
Iced hazelnut coffee aroma.
The taste is similar to drinking an iced hazelnut coffee on the first few sips, once I got over that I enjoyed some roasted malt flavors and a light bittering towards the finish.
Light/Medium bodied with a smooth feel, refreshing.
It went down easy enough but I couldn't see drinking more than 2 of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 23:43:33 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-10-2013 05:55:47 | More by danthehopslamman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 23:33:59 | More by Sammy
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-22-2014 02:08:52 | More by let8it8grow
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-19-2012 04:09:47 | More by Kunstman
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SierraJosh

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-12-2014 03:55:12 | More by SierraJosh
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NatsnSkinsDC

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-08-2013 22:03:36 | More by NatsnSkinsDC
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jcparish88

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-25-2012 01:37:03 | More by jcparish88
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Brandon_R

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-24-2014 19:45:08 | More by Brandon_R
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-14-2014 13:22:20 | More by Knoxrb12
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-21-2013 20:10:00 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-21-2013 19:59:32 | More by Texasfan549
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WiscoTerr

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-11-2014 11:29:53 | More by WiscoTerr
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Illos

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-21-2013 03:54:00 | More by Illos
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jimmygord

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-22-2014 01:55:17 | More by jimmygord
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-28-2013 01:49:56 | More by XmnwildX12
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light (like, you know, real coffee, instead of beer, haha) brown with hints of lighter ruby, but, dirty ruby. The two-finger slightly off-white tan head fades fairly quickly, but does leave some nice patches of lacing. The color's a little dull, though.

Aroma: One-cream, one-sugar over a medium roast, other lightly roasted bready notes, faint citrus (probably acidic notes from the coffee). A really nice and inviting aroma.

Taste: A nice, pleasant, mild roast of coffee, lightly sugared and creamed - almost a little too light, perhaps. It's a really good, authentic, nice coffee flavor, and though there's a slight bready, chocolately, and spicy notes, this one's mainly just coffee-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too thick, fluffy, medium-bubbled, with a mild level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This one's pretty good - the coffee's about as authentic as you get - but there's not too much backing up that's noticeable. Some faint malts, roasted and darker and then some, but nothing that really comes through in any noticeable way. This one's definitely all about the coffee, and while the coffee's good, it'd be nice to see a little more here backing it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:37:13 | More by CrellMoset
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 02:38:04 | More by blackearth
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have consumed several of these of the summer months and oddly enough just in the bottle, so when I poured this beer it was a bit of a surprise...

A: This beer pours a medium copper color, not at all what I was expecting. The head was initially 1.5 cm and fades to a nice layer of silky foam with a small concentration revolving in the middle of that. The lacing is there but rather effervescent. For a steam beer it seems somewhat impressive.

S: The smell reminds me of a long-term care facility which is good and well a bit of a negative thing. The beer's initial nose is of coarse coffee grounds, the more I whiffed the less the coffee seemed to dominate and a slight citrus/grain came through.

T: The beer doesn't taste as good as it smells, the coffee adds to the beer nicely but a strange style to add it to at the same time. Up front comes the sweetness from whatever malts are being used, midway comes the ever ever ever so slightess of fruitiness, and the finish is bitter coffee with a slight metallic twang.

M: Light and a little too sharp on the tongue.

D: This is a strange beer, but I can attest to drinking it chilled on a summer day and enjoying it. Drinking it is pretty effortless, but maybe I am too much of a coffee lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 09:55:18 | More by MPLS
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 11:33:29 | More by IronCitySteve
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with two fingers of creamy head that wants to camp out for a bit. OK, I guess it wants to camp out forever since I have been waiting here for 15 minutes and haven't noticed a change. Guess I'm going to have to dive in. Smells like freshly ground coffee beans, before they have been brewed. Not much else, but still inviting. The taste is fresh roasted coffee of a cheap variety (think Folgers breakfast blend). Overall, it isn't too bad but could use a bit more body and maybe an additional element since the coffee flavor here is not of a gourmet variety.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 15:21:58 | More by alcstradamus
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rather clear rusty redish brown. Two fingers of light mocha colored head settle slowly, leaving a full lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is pure roast coffee. Light hints of sweet malt surrounded by medium roast coffee. It seems really strange to get this much coffee aroma out of a beer with this light of a color. If you blind folded me and gave me a whiff I would most definitley say this was a stout.

The flavor is very earthy. Coffee grounds mixed with black dirt. Subtle sugar sweetness along with mild hoppiness. It's very unique for sure.

Medium to light body with above average carbonation.

Overall one the most unique beers I've ever tasted. Certainly not my favorite but a worthy well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:00:58 | More by beerwolf77
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.