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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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87
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008)
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d0ggnate

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting extra obtained in a trade with leftmindedrighty.

A: Poured an opaque brown color, similar looking to iced tea. Thin and effervecent head layer faded quickly to nothing but a ring of what it once was.
S: Aromas of a fresh pot of coffee. Light spice notes. Strong nose of roasted coffee beans.
T: The roasted, slightly smoky coffee beans continue. This beer really reminds me of a good cup of coffee over beer.
M: Cool and smooth. Well balanced and unique. Thiner body, but enjoyable.
D: I had no expectations of this beer. This was unique to anything I have tried before and is pretty good. I enjoyed it altogether, but don't know if I would seek it out. The coffee/roast/smoke flavors and aroma were great. If you're a coffee lover, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 03:51:00 | More by d0ggnate
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.. Pours a beautiful coffee brown with a thin slightly tan bubbly head. Smells somewhat earthy and sweet with a bitterness to it, very much like coffee. Somewhat of a cocoa like sweetness to it that goes along well with the coffee nose. Despite how clean the beer looks and the lighter brown color it is very solid in color with very little light penetration. The taste is amazing, very much like cold iced coffee. The graininess from the maize is somewhat noticeable under the initial coffee sweetness and bitterness. Has a slight creamy taste to it as if it where ice coffee with a bit of cream, not sugar however. More bitter and strong tasting in the finish. Has a nice full and tart mouth feel just like regular coffee, Medium carbonation. One of the few beer's I ever new I would definitely buy again right after trying it. Cannot wait to sip a nice cold one of these later on this summer when it starts to get nice and hot outside. A must try if you're both a coffee and craft beer lover, although I can definitely see this might not bee for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:25:14 | More by Zachtheporter
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hylton44

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 03:04:59 | More by hylton44
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with ruby hue. Fair amount of head at first which dies down to leave enough to just barely cover the surface of the beer. The smell is of a regular red ale with notes of roasted coffee on the finish, very roasty. This beer's flavor profile allows the coffee they used to shine through. It is very refreshing and is almost reminiscent of an iced coffee. With a light mouthfeel, this beer is quite quaffable. While this beer isn't extreme, it is definitely tasty, and something you could drink all evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:13:50 | More by RedSpecial1
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know how to rate this against an "American Brown Ale" so I'm rating it against what I would consider the "Coffee/Beer hybrids" out there.

First off, this has the best coffee smell I've had in a beer to date. It smells like coffee, dark roasted coffee. It pours amber, red, not black - and this is a huuuge selling point for me because I'm sick of coffee beers that pour black: The reasoning is that coffee is a dark/malty/biscuity taste and when you pair that with a dark/roasted beer you almost always wind up with just "burnt coffee".

This is not burnt, it is smooth, dark, roasted coffee.

This - is - a - fantastic - coffee - beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:05:12 | More by cadenwhitaker
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goethean

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee dominates the aroma, along with malt.

Nice full malty flavor. Medium bodied. The coffee has an herbal effect here, offsetting the sweet malt. A drinkable session beer. The aftertaste is a weird --- but not bad --- combo of coffee and earthy hops. The only minor negative is that the light sweetness of the beer doesn't blend as well with the coffee as much as a smaller-bodied or darker beer might. For example, I would have chose a brown coffee ale rather than an amber pseudo-lager (Steam beer/California Common-style).

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:53:08 | More by goethean
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iDrinknewglarus

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red-amber color. Small tan head. Can see carbonation streaming up the glass. I thought the beer would be darker because it was brewed with coffee, but alas, it is not a stout.

S: Fresh brewed coffee, toasted malts, and caramel.

T: Man this beer is like straight up carbonated coffee without the bitterness. For how light the color is, his beer packs a wallop of coffee flavor. I mean, most coffee brewed beers are light on the coffee while this one hits you like a train. There's some spicy hop notes on the back end. Also notable is some caramel and an almost graham cracker taste. Sort of tastes like a s'more with caramel substituted by caramel. A touch of dark chocolate.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel that gets a lift from the carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated and fizzy; reminds me of a can of pop.

This beer is strange, and I recommend trying it to anyone that loves coffee. It's got some flaws, but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 22:06:21 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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sonata2008

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-16-2011 01:42:28 | More by sonata2008
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blackenmn

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:45:14 | More by blackenmn
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storksonm

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is on the top of the list for coffee infused beers. Very nice head bout an inch thick that never went flat nice rich hops light, the coffee in this beer is just overall delicious. Not acidic like alot of coffee beers taste like. It didn't last long it was too easy to drink and went down nice and smooth. Ill easily be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 20:29:17 | More by storksonm
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EliteDigger

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this while wandering through Jenny St. Market looking for interesting beers. Hadn't heard anything about this one and I like coffee beers so I thought I'd give it a shot. Guess I found my interesting beer!
A-Pours a very nice looking transparent medium brown/dark amber color with a nice 1" pale cream, nearly white, foam head.
S-Mmmmm, a very nice coffee smell with hints of chocolate. Sweet roasted grains/malt hide in the background.
T-One of the most interesting brews I've had in awhile. Coffee is the main focus, but it's in no way overpowering. And this seems to be different than most coffee beers in that it's not a extremely roasty coffee. I'm finding it hard to describe, but I like it. There's a pleasant sweetness midway through my sip with chocolate and caramel lingering throughout the taste and it finishes with a mild coffee and hops? bitterness. Very nice!
M-Excellent mouthfeel. This is not a thick chewy stout, but rather a lighter feeling but very pleasant thickness. Creamy and smooth going down.
D-Extremely drinkable! This one fits in nice anywhere from a hot summer day to a cool fall football game afternoon. Alcohol is low enough to allow you to easily have several if you so desire.
I haven't been a big fan of Furthermore's beers for some reason. Not sure what it is, but it doesn't matter. This one is a home-run winner in my book. Unique, tasty and extremely drinkable. I'll be buying much more of this!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 00:11:27 | More by EliteDigger
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rka758

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip
Trade extra

A: Poured a deep copper red with a nice head. Head resulted in a nice foam rim with okay lacing.
S: A deep roast and a bit herbal
T: Coffee and then something I can't pinpoint...almost lager like.
M: A nice beer. Well carbonated.
D: goes down easy. I'm not so familiar with this category, but I like this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:29:03 | More by rka758
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duffcalifornia

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:29:28 | More by duffcalifornia
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suretolose

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An amber brown with a light cream colored head.
Aroma is coffee and maybe a slight sweetness.
Taste is of coffee and coffee. It tastes like a iced coffee. Maybe a little hops at the end.
It is good if you like coffee, which I do. An good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:18:56 | More by suretolose
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Miketwolf21

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely underrated beer in my opinion. Very original, using a mexican lager recipe and modifying it to make it a steam beer. Then through in just the right amount of great coffee. This beer defies normal conventions that coffee beers need to be heavy and black.
Appearance: Amber colored with a full finger of slightly sandy colored head.
Smell: Freshly ground coffee. This is the only beer that I have tried to ever smell like FRESH coffee. Not only that, I can pick up the nuances of what should be in a Nicaraguan dark roasted coffee. Peppery, dark chocolate with just a hint of malts coming through.
Taste: The light bodied nature of the steam beer is perfectly paired with medium bodied coffee taste. This is most definitely a coffee beer. But the flavor is vivid but balanced. Again if you like coffee, get this beer. The best coffee taste in any beer I have had. Normally you get a one or two day old brewed coffee flavor even in highly acclaimed coffee beers. Nope this stuff has been freshly brewed it tastes like.
Mouthfeel: This beer has great carbonation. Really I can't think of anything this beer does not do well.
Overall: Get this beer. Its different from what you would expect. If you like coffee bender, this stuff is better in every way.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:12:20 | More by Miketwolf21
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esch

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep copper in color. Brilliant clarity. Pours with not much head. A small ring of tiny white bubbles leave a nice ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Coffee's the first thing you'll notice and while prominent, it's still pretty subtle. I find myself searching for the roasty, chocolate notes you usually in the stouts that most often make the base for coffee beers. Medium malt sweetness, no noticeable hop aroma. No esters. A very clean aroma.

T: Strong coffee flavor. Refreshingly smooth, no trace of roastiness. Malt sweetness comes mid-palate to remind you that this isn't a cup of iced java. Despite the lack of hop flavor, this finishes far toward the bitter side...

M: Mouthfeel is a bit higher for this style than normal but it pairs with the flavor quite well. Carbonation is low. Low creaminess. Bitterness stays with you, leaving the corners of your mouth tingling.

D: Very well constructed beer. The coffee flavor ends up canceling out any of the subtlety of the base beer so that's a bit of a bummer. Quite appealing otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 01:46:24 | More by esch
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pisomojado8

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee brown with a creamy head. Head dissolves and laces the glass.

Smell of latte and cold-press coffee.

Taste: Coffee! Lightly sweetened, with a dry finish. Paradoxically thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: Par for the course from a steam-style beer.

Good drinkability. An interesting twist to the California Common style. Nice job, Furthermore!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:28:00 | More by pisomojado8
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Grinder

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a wonderful beer. It pours a rich head to the point where you must stop pouring lest it over flows the pint glass.

It's a darker beer then a brown but not BLACK like I was (for some reason) expecting. Maybe a dark copper??

The aroma is rich but not as strong as I thought it might be. coffee mixed with malt (surprise) and add a little chocolate??

The mouthfeel is like petting a cat. soft, velvety rich. it MAKES you notice and anticapate the taste. really, the mouthfeel is so nice you feel before tasting. It's not chewy but actually medium bodied.

Flavor is is not as complex as I was thinking but when is there is really nice. Roasted coffee with a little chocolate.

But what surprised me was once the beer leaves your mouth there is a WONDERFUL after taste. This is where the beer comes alive, once it leaves your mouth and it leaves you wanting more.

this beer must be drunken warm.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 13:54:25 | More by Grinder
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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
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