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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 JackieTH
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber/red with an inch of foam.

Smell: Mild roasted coffee.

Taste: Mildly brewed coffee taste throughout from start to finish. Some lightly roasted malts and grain, with just a hint of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Watery with a medium-light body and decent carbonation.

Drinkability: High. Iced coffee. Refreshing. Perfect for lunch. It goes down easy.

JackieTH, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip with an almost 3 fingered slightly off-white head. A very red beer. Above average head retention and good lacing.

S- Coffee.

T- Coffee up front. Roasted malts. Borderline one-dimensional but WTH this is a very light, refreshing coffee beer.

M- Very smooth and crisp on the end. Right where it should be.

D/O- It's hard for me to think of this as a "California Common" beer as it tastes nothing like the most well known of the style, Anchor Steam. But then again "steam" only refers to how it's made, not what it takes like. Having said all that I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy drinking and while coffee notes were apparent from the get-go, they were not overpowering. hats off to Furthermore.

Duff27, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. extra from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul.
Pretty solid tea amber pour, about a finger of whitish head.

Aroma is heavily loaded with coffee, but there is some malt and caramel in there.

Taste is coffee, some malt, caramel and chocolate. The coffee really carries through from start on through. Finishes with some caramel and dry roast.

Body is on the heavy side of light and goes down pretty easy. Medium level of carbonation keeps it pleasant also.

Need to like coffee for this.

Actually reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Perkulator. Insteresting, a bit different but a large amount of flavor with lower abv.

Bung, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of suretolose
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

suretolose, Jan 26, 2011
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
Photo of pisomojado8
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

pisomojado8, Jan 12, 2011
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 rka758
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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

rka758, Jan 06, 2011
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 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 biglite351
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clover honey like look. Just off-white tight head.

S - mild roasted coffee with an underlying note of lager.

T - mild coffee flavor. No real meet taste. This is more of a coffee flavored drink than a beer.

M - light coating and only a tiny bit of tingle on the back sides of the tongue.

D - not bad but many other brews would come first.

biglite351, Oct 31, 2010
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 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 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 stakem
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured a deep and dark reddish copper color with a thin white head to it. The head settled down to a thin ring around the edges where it left a little lacing.

The coffee is very noticeable in the aroma. It gives it a roasted and bitterness in the nose. There is also a little malt sweetness coming through in it but it's almost hidden behind the coffee.

The taste really shows the coffee flavors to it as well. The coffee bitterness comes through from beginning to end while the malt peeks through at various points. It's a very coffee forward beer for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good if you like coffee. The coffee flavors did seem to dominate the beer a bit, but it was a pretty good coffee flavor at least. Pretty nice beer overall.

billab914, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A real Light brown in color like decafe coffee.

S- Man this smell more coffee then beer. you can notice some hopnest. but very mellow.

T- Taste of fair trades coffee and alittle hop at the end but no bitterness what's so ever.

M- very wet. very creamy and smooth very enjoyable to the pallet.

D- This beer is for the people that love coffee and just like to have some beer hints in it. Very enjoyable beer. I'm glad I try it on tap first to save my bottle.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that while I'm not overly familiar with this style, I was quite surprised to see Oscura classified as a California Common/Steam Beer. That being said...Pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl of foam and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. Nose is somewhat vegetal and also suggests spent coffee grounds. Taste expresses coffee grounds, some malty sweetness (caramel or toffee), followed by a vegetal quality towards the back and a light bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. This is an interesting beer, but I'm really unclear as to what it is trying to be. At first impression, I'm thinking American Brown, but not getting a clear style impression. Regardless, an interesting beer that's certainly worth a try if the opportunity presents but not something I would seek out.

Jwale73, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip glass. a really dark brown with barely any head at all. at first glance this beer looks thin. not impressive.

smell is rosted malt deliciousness mixed with high quality coffee. smells liked they picked some amazing coffee for this brew.

yep, confirmed this coffee is amazing and goes excellent with just enough roasted malt. great harmony in the flavors. nice taste not much bitter, just malted coffee goodness.

mouthfeel is right for style but i would prefer it to be thicker to accommodate the deep roasty and coffee flavors. not much carbonation.

this is a smooth highly drinkable beer. want more, only bought a single 12oz. bottle.

pdoran10, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a giant effervescent bubbly head.

Smell is of coffee grounds and lightly roasted malts.

Tastes just like a light roast coffee mixed with a beer. Good coffee flavors with a pleasant light malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly leaving a great bitter coffee note on the tongue in the finish.

Good drinkability, good beer.

pmccallum86, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear dark copper color with a thin tan head of suds that all but disappears quickly.

Oddly, this smells just like a homebrew that I just made. Coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla extract and caramel malt.

A nice sweet caramel malt with some coffee and just a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Very nice roastiness. The coffee is subtle, but there.

Pretty smooth, a bit less than a medium body. Quite refreshing.

I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The coffee is not overwhelming, but a nice complement to the overall beer. This is a really nice brew. I would say this is definitely the best brew I've had from Furthermore.

jera1350, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish copper amber color that produced a good off-white head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A rich yet spicy roasted coffee profile with a light caramel sweetness behind it.

(T)- A caramel-like malty sweetness with a lightly roasted coffee with a creamy finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A great balance of the coffee addition with the maltiness of the main backbone of the beer.

(D)- An interesting variation on the style with the fair trade coffee addition into the mix. It is rich, but is also crisp and malty with the even balance without the coffee overpowering everything. Unique stuff.

sweemzander, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber with hints of brown. bonish colored head, foams for a while, and some lacing there.
S: Roasted nose. coffee is definitely there.
T: Powerful roasted flavor up front. Smacks you right in the face. After the smokey, roasted delight, there is a solid, sweet malt presence, and hints of chocolate. It all balances together in a really nice way.
M: Rich, smokey and really full
D: for the rich taste, it is really solid, not a high ABV makes this a nice go to

PSUDREW, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish dulled copper color with small cap of off-white head, leaving little lacing. Scent is of fresh medium roasted coffee beans and only a faint touch of grassy hops and carmely malts. Taste is once again a cool, crisp burst of the fresh medium roasted coffee. Very odd having this flavor unclouded by dark roasted malts or chocolate flavors. Very iced-coffee-ish. Pale carmel malts are present and are very light grassy hop touch. Medium bodied, slightly oily. A unique beer... the coffee scent and taste alone makes this, only some faint muddled, earthy charachteristics cloudy it.

rfgetz, Jun 01, 2010
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.