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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008)
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Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a brownish color that becomes red with backlighting. Very thin white head quickly dissipates.
S: Definite strong coffee aroma. Nice.
T: Dark coffee ground notes dominate (tastes like the strong stuff you get at the bottom of the pot when some coffee grounds filter through). Perhaps a little cream in the background.
M: Smooth and creamy. Not bitter at all as I was expecting.
D: Very drinkable. An excellent coffee lager...not a stout. If there is a criticism to this brew it is that it's one-dimensional...coffee. If you enjoy coffee, you will enjoy this beer...very true coffee flavor. I am enjoying the experimentation at Furthermore.

mwilbur, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

martyl1000, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

greg4579, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 of Blind Beers Round 3! As suggested, this beer was poured into my HopLeaf pint glass and reviewed live for all to enjoy, I suppose.

Vision
Tons of carbonation on this one. The copper body is clear and able to reveal the numerous amounts of streams rising from the base. A creamy off-white cap rests above the brew. Around the collar are average sized bubbles, but in the middle is this long-lasting retention that reminds me of... benza-clin post-reconstitution. Lacing is prime. Thick ranges of froth after each drink.

Bouquet
Nice astringent quality here. Spicy... Is that cinnamon, clove, allspice all rolling around each other or is it a mistake for Italian seasonings? Some hints of a sweet fruit, possibly apple. It is a nice balance of sweet and spiced without any one aroma destroying the tranquility.

Flavor Profile
Opens up with that spice mixture jumping forward. I get this oregano/Italian seasoning flavor here, maybe rosemary or sage or thyme? It reminds me so much of Saison Du Buff. From the spice eruption there is a gentle sweetness in the middle, the malts playing forward but they fade quick. Final verse of this spicy serenade is the clean finish. It has a few hot spots of sage spice, but nothing unwarranted. It is a quick three stages.

This is very herby if I take a sip every sixty seconds. If I let my sipping technique linger and watch a bit of TV, take a drink after a few minutes and the coffee actually explodes before the herbs, lasts much longer than before, and actually can be called a strong player. Else, outrageously spiced.

Oral Sensations
Thin, watery, and a very clean finish. The spices will over saturate if you aren't careful giving a more antiseptic quality with some chemical burn characteristics if you aren't careful. This is not a beer to drink too fast or too slow. Lingers on the front of my teeth, but no where else. Pops forward with that unusual spice mixture. Cinnamon but not... It is the heat of the spice I am confusing with Cinnamon I bet.

Conclusions
Super easy to drink. Really solid beverage and would probably be amazing with some chicken tacos. It has that clean finish, bright beginning of flavors, and sharp nose. Altogether I'm a fan.

Khazadum, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -21.7%

assman79, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Deep amber, kind of copper body, transparent, with two fingers of tight, medium-beige head that falls to a fingers but retains a nice cap. Nice wash of lacing.

Nice smell of roast coffee beans, some peppery spiciness, & a little note of hop green around the edges.

Taste is -- yeah, yeah, good stuff. Leads with a little snap, then that smooth, roasted, nutty coffee flavors roll in, accompanied by a little malty sweetness & balance out by hops. This is really nice -- I like big coffee beers, but I also like a session-ish beer that can handle the rich, bold flavors of it without the coffee becoming overly bitter or astringent. Really good stuff. After is very pleasantly bitter & bready, again with the coffee flavor showcased very well.

Starts off with a little bite, a little flinty, but then turns velvety smooth & creamy. It's like I can actually feel it transforming in my mouth, very nice. Again, I'm impressed that the coffee presence is assertive enough that it sticks without becoming grating & abrasive. Well done.

Was not expecting a whole lot from this little number, but I've got to say I'm really impressed. Great taste, great feel, & I don't foresee getting too messed up from a few of these. Definitely a winner.

OneDropSoup, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep brown, very little head.
S: Aroma is malty with light hops and faint coffee.
F: Sweet caramel maltiness. Light roasted coffee flavors - much different than the stout espresso flavors.
M: Mouthfeel is about right for the style. The coffee/brown ale combo blends nicely for an interesting, yet highly drinkable beer.

The appearance/aroma really hurt the overall rating, but I thought this was a pretty good beer. Furthermore has yet to disappoint.

GeezLynn, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at brass rail. Knew nothing about it but a beer brewed with coffee is normally worth a try. I was expecting a nice roasty stout so when i popped this one open i was surprised.

Appearance is a hazy golden/amber with little head and no lace. Nothing special here except for the fact that it wasn't the stout i was expecting.

Smell of the coffee is definately there. It slips into tobacco and some roastyness. If i was in a dark room i would swear it was a stout or porter by the smell, maybe a fun trick to play on someone sometime.

Taste is smokey coffee up front that just kind of fades to nothingness. I don't want to say the coffee dominates because it's not overpowering or too in your face, it's just all i get from this one.

Overall this one was not what i expected but it was worth the try. Certainly an interesting brew and the brewer should be complemented for the creativity. Just kind of missed the mark with me a little.

beermanbrian, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Rau71
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Rau71, May 24, 2012
Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

matty, Dec 22, 2010
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 Rimbimhoot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Rimbimhoot, May 29, 2014
Photo of ColdWaffles
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ColdWaffles, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz bottle into 8 oz mini-shaker.

Look- Medium brown with a sticky, dense espresso foam cap. Excellent retention, thick ropes of lace cling to the glass. Not quite clear, but not what I'd call hazy.

Smell- Toasted caramel, unsalted pretzel, light, smoky coffee notes, makes me think of half-green beans (coffee, that is.) Some earthy spice and dark fruit emerge as it warms.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but even more coffee. Milk chocolate, more pretzel, graham cracker, mild but discernible herbal spice towards the finish, rounds out the last of the soft toasty-roast-coffee, which manages to linger for an extremely long time. Aftertaste of molasses-laced cornbread. Low bitterness, not nearly as harsh as most coffee beers. Brings to mind a creamy mocha-spresso. Mild charred fruity something as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Soft, full, extremely creamy - feels like drinking half and half or an extremely well executed cream ale. Low astringency, little of the tannic character often found in similar brews. I could have a few of these.

Overall- Well, I don't know quite what to make of it (the fact that it's a low-ABV experimental-something-something available in a reasonably priced sixer is probably what's throwing me off), but it's unique and I'd definitely seek it out. It's definitely got a unique green-roast-vegetal something going on that I usually associate with roasted-two-days-ago organic coffee. I'd definitely like to know more about the process and whatever the heck they put into this stuff. Recommended.

Lawl3ss, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a cloud and a small head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of hops, surprisingly, with a tinge of dark roasted grain and a hint of espresso.

Flavor is hops up front with a nice dark roasted grain. Coffee flavor is subdued and seems weaker than the aroma. Like with the cracked pepper ale, they did this one right and didn't over do it. Hops are there in abundance and represented well. This is a very intriguing beer.

Body is medium with a nice lively carbonation.

This is a nice ale with a hint of coffee flavor, nice.

wheatyweiss, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee brown ale from furthermore... had this a couple times before, i like it. i actually have made a homebrew pretty similiar to this a couple times

A- foggy dark brown with a tan head on top. head fell quickly. thin lace.

S- strong coffee scents. brown malt underneath. crystal notes, light hops, but i really feel like the bitterness of the coffee is used as a hop balancer.

T- starts off with a malt and coffee mix. then slowly fades down to a malty finish. tasty strong on the coffee, hops are muted. if you like coffee this is your thing.

M- pretty light, solid carbonation. smooth

D- pretty solid drinker.

Atron67, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A coffee beer without the mask of a hearty stout to hide behind. In typical Furthermore fashion, this is a rather plain base beer with a touch of uniqueness to it. This pours out a deep rusty copper color with great clarity and a well-lacing head. The aroma is an in-your-face coffee punch, but done so delicately. It is tough to get past the coffee to find any attributes in terms of aroma so if you are not a coffee fan, this probably wont turn you on at first whiff. The interesting as it blends a heavy dose of iced coffee and fruit lagerness. The finish is slighly dry and I am left with sense of cocoa. For such a light beer in terms of body, there are heavy flavors and depth. This is a well-done beer and very different from other coffee-infused beers that I have come across. It is a pretty interesting step to go with coffee in such an unroasted beer. That being said, like others in the Furthermore lineup, this would be a great dinner beer, but not one that I see myself reaching for often.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer thanks to maximum12 from secret santa 09. I thought this was a coffee stout or porter from reading the label, very surprised to see a ruby/amber beer come out of the bottle and into my Portsmouth tulip. There is a soap white two finger frothy head atop the beer that leaves a generous amount of sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting, a huge hit of fresh coffee, but a light nutty coffee for sure. The coffee is followed up by some graham cracker sweetness, some fresh cut grass sharp wheat characters.

The taste mirrors the smell pretty closely, but the flavors aren't as strong as the scents in this beer. The blend of citrus wheat and coffee seem to battle each other for supremacy, and neither really wins. There is also a slight metallic bite at the end of the flavor that is a little out of place.

The beer is light bodied, crisp and full flavored with a nice dry finish, making for a nice mouthfeel. The strange metallic flavor in the finish kind of lingers and makes the drinkability suffer.

rpstevens, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of pavpav12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pavpav12, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of soze47
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased in late June (3 and 1/2 months old). I had sampled this beer on a few occasions before I decided to review it. It has always been one of the most unique of my favorite beers.

Appearance: Clear, crisp and bubbly body. A shining Bronze/Amber in color. Pillowy golden-white head or two fingers. The head clings to the glass as it resides.

Aroma: Toasty coffee. Malt sweetness is there. It almost smells like a creamy cup of light roast coffee. Almost coffee candy.

Taste: Very creamy. Nice coffee flavor up front with full toasty and sweet toffee/caramel flavors. There is a nice bitterness here that brings the sweetness down from being too cloying. This has a thick mouth feel, but a high carbonation that keeps it from being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and light enough to go down easy. This robust tasting beer's flavor makes this seem much thicker than actuality.

Drinkability: Very gulpable and not overwhelming in the least. It's moderately low ABV is great if you want to have a few of these on a cool evening.

Overall: I really like this unique take on the style. It is the only coffee fueled steam beer I've ever had. I loved the combo of the traditional steam beer malt bill with the coffee. It created a fascinating profile and one I wish I could get regularly in Boston.

soze47, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jimmygord
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jimmygord, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 20, 2011
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.