Oscura - Furthermore Beer
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3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-09-2011 23:33:59 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-29-2008 02:52:35 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, light chestnut brown body with a very, very thin head.
Smell: Slightly nutty, roasty nose with a definite scent of spent coffee beans and a minor, light note of caramel.
Taste: Slight dark caramel flavor with a middling sweetness. Small handful of toasted nuts. Big, fresh-tasting coffee flavor. A coffee flavor of conscience, no bargain basement beans or clearance aisle grinds here. Not much in the way of hops or apparent bitterness present. Drying, bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: It's different for sure. While coffee stouts are downright commonplace these days, I'm hard-pressed to name even one other coffee lager. A coffee-based brew for warmer days. Definitely worth trying a bottle.
11-19-2008 21:22:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Poured an amber/burgundy color with a tan, very foamy, one-finger head. It left some soapy lacing.
S - It smelled somewhat grass and spicy with a subtle coffee aroma. Strong malty notes increased as it warmed.
T - It tasted earthy and grassy. The coffee flavor was good and not overpowering. A nice roasted malt flavor and spiciness added to the complexity of the beer.
M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good brew. I really like the smooth coffee flavors.
12-22-2008 01:59:28 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-13-2008 22:00:37 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, coffee, some fruit and some hops.
T: The taste starts out very creamy with a coffee flavor that is clearly the strongest flavor in the beer but doesn't completely dominate. There are background flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, different representation of style, this is one is a little lighter than your average coffee-flavored beer and is a good one to drink for a long time.
02-11-2010 03:33:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
09-27-2010 03:50:21 | More by WVbeergeek
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-14-2009 17:57:26 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Picked this up on a recent trip to Wisconsin. Served in a Half-Acre pint glass.
A - Pours with a finger and a half of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap with nice solid lacing. Nice transparent mahogany body with some bubbles and suspended solids. Not your typical steam beer for sure.
S - Fairly potent coffee, but also some light lager twang, spicy floral hops, and caramel malts. It's definitely different from the coffee porters & stouts that are so prolific these days, but still quite nice.
T - The taste is fairly similar, with a mixture of roast coffee, apple and berry fruitiness, and light caramel and chocolate malt. Not much of an obvious hop presence - maybe a touch of citrus in the periphery.
M - This is a little too thin and carbonated for my liking. Kind of watery, with a fairly sticky finish. Probably my least favorite thing about this brew.
D - The coffee isn't palate ravaging, and other than the over-carbonation this is quite easy to drink. If I were looking for an alcoholic substitute for iced coffee this would be up my alley.
Quite interesting to see a coffee-infused beer that isn't already malt-heavy (porter/stout/doppelbock, etc.). This experiment is actually reasonable successful. Nice to see brewers playing around with lagers.
01-27-2010 02:40:41 | More by MasterSki
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
09-21-2009 16:33:05 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
03-20-2010 20:43:43 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to morimech!
Pours hazed orangeish amber with hues towards light brown. The off-white head recedes to virtually disappearing as it progresses, leaving minimal lacing.
The smell is of caramel, floral notes and roasted (slightly "burnt") coffee.
The taste is of caramel, floral notes and coffee that balance each other and blend well, with caramel maltiness staying ahead through the finish.
It has a malty smoothness with a medium body and medium, even carbonation.
Another interesting brew from Furthermore. Who would have thought of coffee in a Cali. Common/Steam beer? Glad that these folks did! A solid choice for a coffee brew outside of the usual porter or stout style.
02-24-2010 16:31:01 | More by jwc215
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-26-2008 16:51:13 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev 0%
Bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to BA Jdiddy and the August edition of the Friday the 13th BIF for the chance to try this brew. A couple of "first times" for me with this offering: never had a steam beer with a coffee addition and I never had a furthermore brew.
Poured into a pint glass this berw appears a clear amber color with less than half a finger of fizzy yellowish tan head that dissolves almost immediately. In no time at all there is nothing but a thin line of bubbles around the inside perimeter of the glass. Even swirling the brew does not create any more indications of a head.
Upfront this brew smells primarily of coffee and even a little bit of chocolatey notes come into the aroma as well. However, as it opens up, it gives way to a more musty grainy scent that mingles with the other characteristics. Overall fairly sweet and grainy smelling.
The taste of this beer has the previously mentioned character of must coupled with coffee and some caramelized sugars. Some hoppy, lightly herbal but moderate bitterness balances out the grainy sweetness. For around 5% abv, the alcohol is fairly noticeable. As it warms, the toasty malt becomes increasingly sweet but the hops are always there with a countering bitterness.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The lack of carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit but overall it was pretty decent.The coffee addition in this brew is really strange for the style, but it worked out.
09-24-2010 22:00:39 | More by stakem
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-22-2009 01:42:59 | More by akorsak
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
(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.
10-29-2008 01:14:28 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-31-2009 16:42:16 | More by mothman
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
11-22-2009 18:17:12 | More by BARFLYB
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
02-18-2010 01:54:52 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance. A tightly formed soapy fizzy head forms on an amber body, but does retain decently well with a solid fingers worth of foam. Spotted lacing dots the glass.
Smell. Bready malts and cracker like yeast make up most of the nose. Malt sweetness. Floral hops also present.
Taste. Roasted malts, some hops and mellow iced coffee on the back end. Winds up being pretty delicious. A little nutty, well balanced. Refreshing and tasty.
Mouthfeel: Coats the palate with a nice nutty malt flavor and a lingering coffee note at the end. Medium bodied, well carbonated.
Drinkability: Definately the best Ive had from Furthermore brewing. A nice session brown even if it is stylisticly a steam beer.
08-08-2010 02:52:46 | More by Stinkypuss
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Clear amber. Thin cream colored head. Lacing is pretty sporadic. Smells like coffee. Like used coffee gounds. Pretty thick. Not much else to the aroma. Decent tasting coffee beer, but I much prefer the stout/porter based coffee beers. This tastes more like just coffee than a blend of coffee/beer. I just get a lot of bitter coffee ground flavor, which is o.k., but I like a little bit more beer character in my coffee beers. Decent enough, but let's just say I'm glad I only got a single of this one.
10-11-2008 03:58:16 | More by Bighuge
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