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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Photo of hylton44
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this is very robust, very good-tasting beer, I actually didn't feel like it totally delivered on the promise of its name ("Oscura") or the "coffee" claim, at least to the degree that I was expecting.

In contrast to the other reviews I see here, I didn't think this beer carried much more of a coffee note than many smokey porters I've had. The drink itself is a rich brown, but not nearly as dark or opaque as I was thinking it would be. Smokey does sum up the taste quite well. Like black licorice left in a smokehouse, going down just a little bitter with a loooong finish.

I liked it quite a bit but - though I'm not sure the "herbed/spiced beer" category is necessarily what the Oscura folks were going for, whatever it was, it just seemed to me that they missed it a bit.

Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean brown color with a very small off white head.

Scent of strong coffee, faint chocolate and dry bready malts. A bit potent, but solid nonetheless.

Taste of bitter coffee, some chocolate, lightly roasted malts and a hint of citrus. A tasty beer with a nice coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

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

Pours murky brown. Oddest color on a coffee beer I've seen. Nose is a lot of coffee. A lot. Vibrant espresso grinds kinda fragrance. Flavor carries the same, but it's a real big punch in the mouth. And the lingering aftertaste is so intense and coffee-forward. Intense. Not much going on here besides coffee. Feel is fine. So is drinkability. This is a coffee beer. Plain and simple.

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

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer, poured chilled into my DFH signature glass.

A - A lightly hazed dark crimson, very good clarity considering the coffee and 2 fingers of light cream -again nice considering the oils of the beans. Streams of lace collect and hold well.

S - The beer is redolent of cold brewed coffee which is pleasant w/ a malty caramel note and light chalky nose

M - A mild malt texture w/ moderate effervescent feel. A nice spice note is felt w/ slightly creamy feel and mild sweet finish

T - The taste is mild w/ coffee at first w/ more nutty coffee mixed w/ an earthy toast taste and light hop flavor. There is a subtle fruit element similar to apple w/ a yeast taste in the finish

D - This is a fine Cali Common. I once brewed a Steam beer based on an Anchor clone recipe w/ cold brewed Panamanian coffee, but this is more seemless in flavor, which is good. The base beer isn't overwhelmend by the beans-well done!

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 wyckydsceptre
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is good, a nice brown color with a decent amount of head and lacing. Smell and taste are pretty similar. Lots of coffee flavored malt, some spice, and a bit of yeastiness. Mouthfeel is good, nice medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is also good.

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wow this is the lightest coffee beer ever! Pours a deep amber color with... oh no sediment floating around. Being only 6 months old it still must be good. Mild foam that turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Roasty malty coffee is mild with slight grain.

T - Ow wow that's different! Taste is of mild roasted grains with a herbal tone almost tea. Mild caramel sweetness and finishes only slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body.

D - Well Damn I got an old beer. Still for $1.75 it drinks pretty good but I will have to track down a fresh one for comparison. Decent coffee beer!

Photo of eyemustard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of morecoldbeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent dry, roasted, coffee scent. It's earthy with little malt character. The taste is good as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with the addition of coffee. It's dry and roasted without the black and chocolate malt taste. What a concept. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn smooth coffee beer. I love the use of coffee without all the black malts.

Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 mkennedy119
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.