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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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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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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 mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 16:42:16 | More by mothman
Photo of botham


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sinfter. pours rich amber/copper color with a half finger of eggshell colored head that has little to no retention and light lacings.

aroma is of lightly roasted coffee and a touch of caramelized sugar. not much else in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a bit of bready malts and some caramel malts. the roasted coffee is curiously mellow and restrained, giving the overall brew a much more easy-going quality that is not found in many coffee beers.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly bitter, with a finish of residual breaded malts.

drinkability is good. this is a mellow and easy-drinking coffee beer with just enough richness and character to sustain itself, yet still refreshing enough to hold up for multiple rounds. nicely composed and uniquely flavorful. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 22:29:46 | More by botham
Photo of GeezLynn


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:13:49 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of alcstradamus


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with two fingers of creamy head that wants to camp out for a bit. OK, I guess it wants to camp out forever since I have been waiting here for 15 minutes and haven't noticed a change. Guess I'm going to have to dive in. Smells like freshly ground coffee beans, before they have been brewed. Not much else, but still inviting. The taste is fresh roasted coffee of a cheap variety (think Folgers breakfast blend). Overall, it isn't too bad but could use a bit more body and maybe an additional element since the coffee flavor here is not of a gourmet variety.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 15:21:58 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass, courtesy of Jason (MBABJJ) - yet another interesting beer from that trade. Big thanks!

Pours hazy brownish-copper, with a finger and a half bone-white head. Head has some nice retention, eventually settling down into a decent

Nose is more coffee grounds than straight coffee, a bit vegetal, with light caramel and hints of cocoa rounding everything out.

Taste is the same - light caramel malt introduced first leads into some coffee grounds, again with a hint of decaying organic matter, which moves into where the caramel again emerges at the top of the sensory ladder, with an undertone of light coffee.

Mouthfeel is light and soft (but crisply) carbonated.

Drinkability is interesting. Get rid of the vegetal-old coffee ground note and this is a really nice, well-above-average beer. As is, there are some really good aspects of it, and the one really noticeable flaw, but regardless it's a very unique beer that's pretty tasty as is.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 21:36:09 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of blackearth


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours bright, deep copper color with no head. Aroma is of grain and roast coffee. Medium bodied, this beer tastes of caramel up front and has a long, slow roasted coffee finish. Definitely for fans of iced coffee. Not sure I'd want a second one right away, but would definitely drink one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 02:38:04 | More by blackearth
Photo of Winter


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep copper with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head. Aroma has a nice luscious coffee nose to it along with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium to almost full in body. Roasted fresh coffee flavor upfront. There's a lot of malt behind the coffee flavor to add a nice richness to the beer. Some caramel toward the back. Coffee flavor dries out for a lingering finish.

This was done really well. Nice twist on a coffee beer that isn't a stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 19:34:27 | More by Winter
Photo of Strix


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper-brown, decent head.

Smells exactly like coffee. The slightest hint of general lager beer smell keeps it honest.

Huge coffee element to the taste, smoothed out and blended into a malty lager. Intriguing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel crisp and smooth.

This beer smells more like coffee (and looks less like coffee) than any coffee beer I've ever seen. I guess I'm used to coffee flavors in stouts and such. But it was very creative and quite drinkable. I must sample other Furthermore brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 14:34:51 | More by Strix
Photo of maximum12


3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Furthermore. Oscura. Tonight.

Orangish red in the romantic glow of the monitor as I pull it close. Smells like coffee, but subtle, like cofee with beer in it rather than a foam cup of Dunn Bros. That's good.

Holy completely unexpected. I was expecting a tame lager with a bit of coffee shoved in. Not so. This is definitely weird. There's a robust spiciness to this that is elegantly offset by the coffee; advertised as a coffee beer, this is certainly something else. Herbal remedy? Lawrys? Tropical fizzy drink sprinkled with banana? I can't pin down the spices, but they're there.

I couldn't drink more than one of these! The oddness is bracing, refreshing, interesting, but ultimately it's not something I want all that often.

Well. Good beer. Not at all what I was expecting. Big points for originality & confounding expectations. Well worth giving this one a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 04:29:41 | More by maximum12
Photo of tavernjef


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark orangy casted brown rust, clear with some bubbles flowing within. Small frothy creamed light khaki colored capping of foam sits very well and for good duration. Lacing shelves itself to the glass with lots of small ink blobs.

Aroma is nutty sweet with buttery hints and a well noted crispyness of semi toasty grains and some spent coffee grounds.

Taste is super nice with a great subtle lasting tone of nutty butteryness, toasty cereal grains, and lots of fun and delicately woven notes of bittering chocolate and espresso beans that really make it a fantastic finisher. Everything here is put together very well and balanced in with a remarkable ease and comfort about it.

Feel is about medium with a nice grab of tone and crispened carbonation that helps create the toasty aspects in its character. The finish is long and complexingly awesome with its coffee, chocolate, and nutty notions.

A very nice surprise and treat. Can and will drink lots of this stuff. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 17:41:29 | More by tavernjef
Photo of d0ggnate


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of Damian


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to dirtylou for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, crimson-amber color with a creamy, one-finger, beige head that quickly faded to a thin ring of frothy lace.

The aroma was straight coffee. Some powdery notes were initially detectable as well.

Like the aroma, the flavor was dominated by coffee. A bit deeper and more bitter than the aroma (coffee grounds came to mind). Slightly grainy. A moderately strong, spicy hop presence appeared in the center and lasted into the intensely hoppy, piney finish. The dry, sprucey hoppiness lingered long into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite impressive. This 5.3% ABV beer was tasty and refreshing, yet packed with intense flavor.

I enjoy complexity in beer, but not all necessarily require a diverse flavor profile to impress me. This is a coffee beer, pure and simple. It was the first I have sampled that was not a shade of brown or black and the first that was not an ale (according to the label, this is a ale-lager hybrid). Oscura is definitely an interesting concoction and one that I would love to see other brewers trying their hand at.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 22:10:48 | More by Damian
Photo of blackie


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: small head over a deep orange-amber colored beer

s: body of medium-toast malts give complex caramelized sugars and dark tree fruits, to my nose the coffee is mild and plays more of an accompanying note to the bock like lager malts, but the light roast aroma runs throughout, flashes of milky sweet tea, lightly hopped, a lot going on here

m: light carbonation on a mid-weight body, a bit flat but it's not a killer

t: caramelized malts and dark fruits, again very much like a bock of sorts, coffee is again light, the beer has obviously lost much of it's original character over time, but I happen to like where it has gone

d: as always, love the quirky furthermore experiments

dirty who?

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:07:45 | More by blackie
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint, pours a clear amber with a nice off-white starting head, then nothing but the thinnest of films, no lacing. The aroma is spicy, full of aromatic roasted coffee. One dimensional, but still nice. Tastes kind of like a beery coffee, the latter being quite strong, but some standard caramels and grains and a bit of a herbal quality to it. Has decent body, plenty of play, in all very interesting and fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 00:53:19 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:30:37 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber body with a good two fingers of off white head. Head recedes quickly, and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt dominates with some herbal notes. One does note some nice, woody aromas with semi-sweet cocos. I picked up some strange, almost smoked-meat-esque aromas too. Overall, quite mild.

T - The coffee does do its work here in the flavor, adding wood, dry coffee, spice, and lots of roasted dryness to the beer. The malt gets dominated here a bit, but what is there is a mild caramel sweetness with a slight herbal edge. The hops are mild and spicy, but does not need much bittering from the hops to balance.

M - Feels like a marzen style lager, not to full, relative crispness.

D - A bit of a one-note song. Like Perkulator, if you like coffee, this is a fun one. But don't expect classic balance or depth. Just enjoy it for what it is, a coffee-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 00:21:15 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of zeff80


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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 01:59:28 | More by zeff80
Photo of joepais


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Packforever1976 for this one
Bottle pored into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that turned to a thin lace.(wished it stayed a little longer) This of coarse was on top of a clear amber body not what one would expect from a coffee brew.

Aromas of great coffee filled the air and my head. This stuff is awesome in the aroma department just like my morning coffee.

The taste was a welcome change from all the coffee stouts I have been experiencing. The coffee flavor abounded but it was not as heavy in the mouthfeel. This brew was more like what a cup of Joe feels like in your mouth. There is enough sweetness from the malts to keep the bitterness down and keep the flavor enjoyable

A great brew I will gladly seek this one out again. It is easy to drink and much lighter than the coffee stouts so It would be great with a Sunday brunch If you are into coffee brew this one is a must try

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 04:27:32 | More by joepais
Photo of KeefD


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A warm fermented, cold lagered, amber coffee beer? This is gonna be weird, but leave it to Furthermore to brew atypical stuff.

Pours a dark amber color with a very small head and light lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass. Kind of disappointed this isn't darker for a supposed coffee beer. Aroma is roasty and toasty. Roasted coffee peeks through but nothing overwhelming. Flavor is pure roasted coffee bean. There's a bit of peppery and spicy hop flavor in the background, but it's mostly coffee and pale malt in the flavor department. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and just enough carbonation. An interesting beer, to say the least. It was ok but not overly enjoyable. I've had much better coffee beers than this.

By the way, is Oscura a particular style of brew? I've noticed other breweries with the same name/style. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 20:52:29 | More by KeefD
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, nice carbonation, good head.

Smell: Light coffee smell.

Taste: Not as much coffee as expected, but it is definitely there. Woody, roasted coffee flavor on top of a grainy base.

Drinkability: Could probably have a few in a sitting.

I thought this would have a lot more coffee flavor to it, but was still pretty good. Much lighter in body than other coffee beers I've had. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:41:35 | More by Mdog
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:00:37 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of brewcrew76


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown, looks similar to tea, with a thin beige head.

S- Smells like coffee grounds dumped out of the filter.

T - Coffee grounds with some bitterness. Pretty one dimensional.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer if you like coffee just somewhat boring and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:04:58 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 04:35:31 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of tempest


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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 16:51:13 | More by tempest
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 21:22:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.