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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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rka758

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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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matty

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 14:30:06 | More by matty
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:05:29 | More by Khazadum
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:28:15 | More by biglite351
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:27:36 | More by soze47
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 22:07:33 | More by OneDropSoup
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:50:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:00:39 | More by stakem
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billab914

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:07:43 | More by billab914
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 07:53:28 | More by SamuelJackson45
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 23:55:56 | More by Jwale73
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:13:10 | More by pdoran10
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:28:31 | More by pmccallum86
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:52:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:15:22 | More by jera1350
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:16:15 | More by sweemzander
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:04:47 | More by PSUDREW
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 14:30:20 | More by rfgetz
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a hazed reddish copper color. It poured with a thick, moderately sticky head.

s: Mild but clean freshly used coffee grounds dominate. There might also be a little something sweet here. I can't find much else, but this is very appealing regardless.

t: Coffee first for sure, but not in a big, robust way. A little sweeter than I expected with some vanilla and something that does suggest steam beer that I can't put my finger on.

m: Gently carbonated with a body that is just a touch on the watery side.

d: I love that coffee is spreading to more and more styles. I never expected to try something like this, but it works very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 10:43:30 | More by DIM
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 20:43:43 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 16:31:01 | More by jwc215
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:54:52 | More by Wasatch
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:33:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Tiny particles float in the brilliantly clear amber brown color. Much lighter than I expected for a coffee beer. The pour is quiet leaving a surprising two-finger head. Good retention resulted in an eventually clumpy pile and thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee galore. Smells like french roast with a dry and bitter finish. Toasted malts behind lend little towards the aroma. A fairly caramel hint.

T - A crisp hop feel and floral flavor appears for milliseconds before washing away to a lightly toasted caramel malt and bold roasted coffee finish.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation finish. It ends particularly hard with a moderate dry and lightly roasted bitter balance.

D - Interestingly light for a coffee beer, it still packs the real coffee flavor punch to it. Pretty well balanced and medium-bodied giving it a rather easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 16:49:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 02:40:41 | More by MasterSki
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.