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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 22
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.25/5  rDev -67.5%

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. (480 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.16/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

O.K., I admit it. I just don't get it. This was a recommended pick up when I visited Wisconsin. Not a fan at all.

Poured with little head & no lacing Reddish Amber in color. Translucent.

Aroma was bitter and of coffee grinds. Not coffee, but rather the used grinds when you empty the filter the next morning.

The taste was exactly the same. Like the times when the coffee grinds get into the coffee and it's overly bitter and chalky. I kept at it and was trying to figure out what everybody liked. For a moment I thought I saw a glimmer, but it faded. This is borderline drain pour stuff.

Mouth feel is chalky and dry.

Drinkability - no.

Sorry. (650 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.18/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brown coffee color almost like iced black tea with a thinnish brownish white head and a small amount of lacing. Smells of coffee and nothing else. Tastes of a lot of freshly ground coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is low. (270 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clover honey like look. Just off-white tight head.

S - mild roasted coffee with an underlying note of lager.

T - mild coffee flavor. No real meet taste. This is more of a coffee flavored drink than a beer.

M - light coating and only a tiny bit of tingle on the back sides of the tongue.

D - not bad but many other brews would come first. (345 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale golden color with off-white head. Not much coffee on the nose, a little green bell pepper though; follows onto the palate. Lingering malt on the finish. (171 characters)

Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Looks like a soda.Aroma is coffee.Taste also is coffee and caramel malts.Strong coffee taste prevents this from being a beer with good drinkabilty.Overall OK but the coffee is a little overpowering.I would recommend to try once. (274 characters)

Photo of blackenmn
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell- Poured an amber color with a brown like hue lurking in it. Kind of murky looking. Had a very minimal head but left great lacing down the glass. Smell was of light caramel and citrus with some roastiness present(most likely the cofee), nothing too pungent.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Citrusy, piney taste up front followed by a bitter coffee flavor with subtle caramel like sweetness. It had a very piney dry finish.

Drinkability-This was a pretty interesting brew. Not really in a good or bad way. I'd have another if offered just wouldn't seek it out. (617 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear light root beer brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, and coffee. There is a slight dusty taste too. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. COFFEE, COFFEE, and more COFFEE, Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Pretty good. (342 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Furthermore. Oscura. Tonight.

Orangish red in the romantic glow of the monitor as I pull it close. Smells like coffee, but subtle, like cofee with beer in it rather than a foam cup of Dunn Bros. That's good.

Holy completely unexpected. I was expecting a tame lager with a bit of coffee shoved in. Not so. This is definitely weird. There's a robust spiciness to this that is elegantly offset by the coffee; advertised as a coffee beer, this is certainly something else. Herbal remedy? Lawrys? Tropical fizzy drink sprinkled with banana? I can't pin down the spices, but they're there.

I couldn't drink more than one of these! The oddness is bracing, refreshing, interesting, but ultimately it's not something I want all that often.

Well. Good beer. Not at all what I was expecting. Big points for originality & confounding expectations. Well worth giving this one a whirl. (879 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown with ruby highlights a nice small thick tan head that hung around well.
Smell is huge coffee not much else.
Taste is burnt coffee crossed with a thin brown ale, not a homerun but decent
Mouthfeel is thin and watery but thats not a bad place for it
If you'd like an easy to drink very coffee forward beer this is for you. (343 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle in trade courtesy of milwaukeeclassic. Thanks!
Pours a surprising color for a coffee beer.
Clear amber with a fluffy lasting yellowish beige head. Smell is fresh roasty coffee beans and some non-roasty caramel malt. Taste is roasty coffee, slightly bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. Some levity to the flavor and body behind the coffee flavor, in the
way of a softer, milder caramel malt. Body is medium with light carbonation giving it a very soft mouthfeel. Definitely an unusual
coffee beer, and not bad. (522 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brewery that has made it's way to PA, good for you guys, good choice.

Oscura has a dark copper look and a loose off white cap that faded into the darkness. Looks like a simple beer and not as dark as I was expecting for being brewed with some fair trade coffee. The smell consists of some sweet malt with a light coffee backing and grain. The taste is the same, exactly. There is a nice amount of coffee in here, but it's rather quite subdued. For being a steam beer, I think the coffee is at the right spot as any more would have been to much. A simple style with a simple amount of coffee. Light to medium bodied with carb hitting the tounge, this one is not dead. Oscura did not wow me, so i wont be going back for it, well maybe if it's on tap I will. (768 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish copper amber color that produced a good off-white head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A rich yet spicy roasted coffee profile with a light caramel sweetness behind it.

(T)- A caramel-like malty sweetness with a lightly roasted coffee with a creamy finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A great balance of the coffee addition with the maltiness of the main backbone of the beer.

(D)- An interesting variation on the style with the fair trade coffee addition into the mix. It is rich, but is also crisp and malty with the even balance without the coffee overpowering everything. Unique stuff. (727 characters)

Photo of sonata2008
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that while I'm not overly familiar with this style, I was quite surprised to see Oscura classified as a California Common/Steam Beer. That being said...Pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl of foam and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. Nose is somewhat vegetal and also suggests spent coffee grounds. Taste expresses coffee grounds, some malty sweetness (caramel or toffee), followed by a vegetal quality towards the back and a light bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. This is an interesting beer, but I'm really unclear as to what it is trying to be. At first impression, I'm thinking American Brown, but not getting a clear style impression. Regardless, an interesting beer that's certainly worth a try if the opportunity presents but not something I would seek out. (918 characters)

Photo of Zadok
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red amber with a very thin head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smells of a hoppy doppelbock.

Light coffee tones on top of a light hop/malt flavor. Can grasp just a touch of warming, alcohol is to low, hmm.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Not a bad beer, was actually a little surprised. All in all seemed like a watered down doppelbock. Overall pretty tasty though. (389 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy red-copper with a dense, creamy head.

Aroma is coffee first and foremost. Then a little caramel malt, chocolate, and nut shines through.

Taste is bready caramel malt with orange and dark fruit sweetness. Woody and nutty dryness then takes over. The coffee notes are present throughout, but not overpowering. Finishes with an earthy hop dryness, and a bit of a metallic mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body.

Overall, an interesting ale. Worth a try. (477 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange. A bit of head but not much. Looks pretty, like a steambeer (though i was expecting a stout or something)
Smells like a steam bock. Tastes... Wow. Peppery and coffee. Tons of flavour on the tongue. Very different then it looks. Well carbonated and fairly drinkable but a bit overly spicy (309 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours almost 2 fingers of tan head. Decent retention that leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear light copper.

Aroma: I get a lot of coffee beans and chocolate. Strong coffee and some malts. Reminds me a little of coffee bender. Other than that, I really can't determine much else.

Taste: A big roasted coffee flavor with some chocolate. Some malts, but mainly strong coffee. This beer tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and a little creamy. Carbonation is high and it has a medium body. Leaves an aftertaste similar to that of cold coffee, but fairly dry.

Overall, I just can't seem to like this beer. I like coffee beers, but this beer is just simply coffee and no beer. I really don't know much about this beer, but I probably won't be drinking it again anytime soon. (853 characters)

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.