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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 24
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice clear red color. It's somewhere between copper, and a dark amber, nice looking. A little 1.5cm head forms on top, but the bubbles are so loose that it sort of fades quickly. Still looks pretty nice, but the head is a little boring. The smell is interesting. Very clean and crisp, but a very nice caramelly sweetness. I like the smell, but there isn't exactly enough in there. The one other thing that I can find is a bit of toastiness, which seems odd considering the color, I wouldn't expect to find this much burnt, toasty smell in there. The taste is where it gets interesting I think. You get a very nice grainy sweetness, that is filled up and balanced with the roastiness. It's really nice. You also get a nice slight herbal bitterness balanced with sweetness. The yeast prfile is very clean, which brings out the roasted flavors. Part of this flavor almost seems to skip over that moderate nutty, slightly toasty malt flavor I'd expect for the color. I find this really enjoyable and tasty. The body is a little thin, the carbonation rushes in but isn't too exiting. The drinkability is pretty good though. Enjoyable, not too heavy or overdone, but the roastiness is still quite interesting.

taylorhamrick, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a deep reddish amber with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light. Iget some notes of earthy malt & caramel malt with a light dash of roasted coffee.

The taste is more assertive. Lots of roasted coffee(grounds) with a light caramel malt sweetness but the overall effect for me is coffee bitterness.

Medium bordering on full mouthfeel here, very silky, carbonation is light, and it finishes mostly with coffee but there's some earthy tones there as well. Head retention is great and there's a ring of lacing after every sip. Nice!

Bottom line: A tasty brew with the word coffee on the label..and by golly, the coffee tastes very nice indeed. A keeper.

Bitterbill, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of wyckydsceptre
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wyckydsceptre, May 10, 2013
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +4.4%

enelson, Jul 13, 2013
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.

mfnmbvp, May 14, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Canada_Dan, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MrTinnedPEach, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

supercolter, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +4.4%

stortore, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

DrDemento456, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of eyemustard
4/5  rDev +4.4%

eyemustard, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

smartassboiler, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of morecoldbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

morecoldbeer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BeStoutMyHeart, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Wisconsin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear reddish brown body that has a finger thick head. The head is off white and frothy in appearance. Carbonation racing to the head is visible throughout this beer. Good head retention, minutes after the beer still has a nice lace.

S - The beer is rather intoxicating in smell. Strong blast of roasted coffee notes hit your nose initially. A deeper whiff brings along some creamy caramel and toffee notes. Very good smelling beer.

T - Strong coffee notes as expected. In addition to that there is a nice blast of creamy caramel and toffee that follows the coffee.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth the beer has some strong coffee notes which are not as bitter or dry as I was expecting. The carbonation does a nice job of cleansing the palate for the caramel, cream and toffee. However, the finish of this beer is a bit dry and bitter which prevents this from being any higher.

D - An interesting beer that would need to be chosen during cold months of the year without a doubt. I can't imagine having a coffee type brew in the summer, but during the winter it is solid. I would however, avoid having more than one or two of these regardless of the year.

Wisconsin, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mychalg9, May 27, 2014
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.

mtnbikerpa, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

WesWes, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BeerHunter76, Jul 23, 2013
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

Lemke10, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mkennedy119, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of coffee, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Wasatch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.