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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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86
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a deep reddish amber with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light. Iget some notes of earthy malt & caramel malt with a light dash of roasted coffee.

The taste is more assertive. Lots of roasted coffee(grounds) with a light caramel malt sweetness but the overall effect for me is coffee bitterness.

Medium bordering on full mouthfeel here, very silky, carbonation is light, and it finishes mostly with coffee but there's some earthy tones there as well. Head retention is great and there's a ring of lacing after every sip. Nice!

Bottom line: A tasty brew with the word coffee on the label..and by golly, the coffee tastes very nice indeed. A keeper.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:03:29 | More by Bitterbill
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JDV

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle in trade courtesy of milwaukeeclassic. Thanks!
Pours a surprising color for a coffee beer.
Clear amber with a fluffy lasting yellowish beige head. Smell is fresh roasty coffee beans and some non-roasty caramel malt. Taste is roasty coffee, slightly bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. Some levity to the flavor and body behind the coffee flavor, in the
way of a softer, milder caramel malt. Body is medium with light carbonation giving it a very soft mouthfeel. Definitely an unusual
coffee beer, and not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:22:45 | More by JDV
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light (like, you know, real coffee, instead of beer, haha) brown with hints of lighter ruby, but, dirty ruby. The two-finger slightly off-white tan head fades fairly quickly, but does leave some nice patches of lacing. The color's a little dull, though.

Aroma: One-cream, one-sugar over a medium roast, other lightly roasted bready notes, faint citrus (probably acidic notes from the coffee). A really nice and inviting aroma.

Taste: A nice, pleasant, mild roast of coffee, lightly sugared and creamed - almost a little too light, perhaps. It's a really good, authentic, nice coffee flavor, and though there's a slight bready, chocolately, and spicy notes, this one's mainly just coffee-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too thick, fluffy, medium-bubbled, with a mild level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This one's pretty good - the coffee's about as authentic as you get - but there's not too much backing up that's noticeable. Some faint malts, roasted and darker and then some, but nothing that really comes through in any noticeable way. This one's definitely all about the coffee, and while the coffee's good, it'd be nice to see a little more here backing it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 02:37:13 | More by CrellMoset
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joe1510

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

The concept of this beer is interesting, a Mexican styled Vienna lager with fair trade coffee that's warm fermented and cold lagered. A two finger light beige head sits atop the amber body with caramel highlights. Tiny particles suspend throughout the body and the head eventually falls to a skimming with a thick collar of foam that leaves some nice patchy lacing down the glass.

The nose has a semi-sweet Munich malt character with a nice touch of earthiness. There's a drizzling of caramel and toffee laying down the base for this beer. The coffee comes in nicely and just barely outshines the maltiness. Mild bitterness and freshly ground gourmet coffee make this beer both interesting and unique.

The flavor brings exactly what the aroma suggested. That same sweet Munich malt graininess and earthiness lead the way in the malt department while caramel is drizzled and the toffee sprinkled in for good measure. The coffee rules this brew but the malt makes a strong stand. The coffee adds a touch of bitterness on the swallow and the malt brings a quick flash of sweetness. This is by far the most refreshing coffee beer I've ever had. This is more in the form of iced coffee as opposed to the thick rich coffee in so many other infused beers.

The carbonation is mellow and soft which allows the lighter body to work through rather slowly. The carbonation is right where it should be and the lighter body keeps this beer flowing without a problem.

The drinkability of this beer is outstanding! Drinking this beer on a warm summer day is hard to beat. I can and have easily put away one after the other.

The unique ideas of this beer really come together nicely. The softer coffee infused with this Vienna lager combine for a delicious beer. I won't hesitate in picking this beer up again; if you get the chance to try it it's definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 21:03:59 | More by joe1510
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:39:09 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

O.K., I admit it. I just don't get it. This was a recommended pick up when I visited Wisconsin. Not a fan at all.

Poured with little head & no lacing Reddish Amber in color. Translucent.

Aroma was bitter and of coffee grinds. Not coffee, but rather the used grinds when you empty the filter the next morning.

The taste was exactly the same. Like the times when the coffee grinds get into the coffee and it's overly bitter and chalky. I kept at it and was trying to figure out what everybody liked. For a moment I thought I saw a glimmer, but it faded. This is borderline drain pour stuff.

Mouth feel is chalky and dry.

Drinkability - no.

Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:43:20 | More by Reagan1984
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown body the color of iced tea, with a thin film of grayish-beige foam. There was a slow carbonation of a few tiny bubbles working toward the surface.

S- This beer has a big smell of cold coffee grounds of medium roast. There aren't really any other aromas even when the beer warms but the coffee is pleasant to sniff.

T- This beer has a big coffee ground flavor with a softer espresso bean quality which is nice and a very faint malt hint in the background. There is a biscuit note that comes through in the last few sips of the beer. Then the finish of the beer is right back to all coffee bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

D- This beer is coffee [stop] That is all [stop] There is no depth or other flavors to balance it, and the coffee flavor was mostly coffee grounds not coffee bean of fresh coffee. The more I sipped this beer the more the drinkability score when down. I give them high marks for creativity but there just isn't enough follow through.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:14:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 04:18:55 | More by mwilbur
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks a ton, Joe! Into my Guinness pint glass. I'd never heard of this beer before but every Furthermore beer I've had so far has been at least intriguing - and then some.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a dense beige head that recedes to a disk quite soon. Clarity is exceptional

S: Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans with a spicy, peppery (red chili pepper, paprika) kick in the back. Swirling this a bunch releases a hint of sweetness in the back. Interesting!

T: Taste is roasted ground coffee through and through and for that reason, it's brilliant in how well it's executed. Behind the coffee is a hint of honey-like sweetness that appears right before the finish that's (you guessed it) coffee. Make no mistake, though, there's enough of a body and enough sweetness behind it all to prevent this from tasting like ground coffee beans - they just don't hop out to the forefront. Very very compelling!

M: Medium to light in body, great bitter-coffee finish (spectacular, IMHO) and the carbonation is low enough to prevent it from interfering with the coffee

D: This is simply too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 22:45:38 | More by DefenCorps
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Zadok

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red amber with a very thin head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smells of a hoppy doppelbock.

Light coffee tones on top of a light hop/malt flavor. Can grasp just a touch of warming, alcohol is to low, hmm.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Not a bad beer, was actually a little surprised. All in all seemed like a watered down doppelbock. Overall pretty tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 22:37:25 | More by Zadok
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber. Thin cream colored head. Lacing is pretty sporadic. Smells like coffee. Like used coffee gounds. Pretty thick. Not much else to the aroma. Decent tasting coffee beer, but I much prefer the stout/porter based coffee beers. This tastes more like just coffee than a blend of coffee/beer. I just get a lot of bitter coffee ground flavor, which is o.k., but I like a little bit more beer character in my coffee beers. Decent enough, but let's just say I'm glad I only got a single of this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:58:16 | More by Bighuge
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this was a plesant suprise, this was the lightest color coffiee beer that i have run acros so i dident have much hope for this one. to my suprise the coffiee flavor is exceptional in this one and is in purfict ballance with a robust amber lager, i couldent put this one down, it was bitter, slght bits of carmal and sour notes and had me beging for more. i need to get more of these for sure

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 12:52:16 | More by orcasteve
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goethean

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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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supercolter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 23:23:25 | More by supercolter
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra recently from an incredibly kind trader. I am the biggest fan of all the coffee beers I can find, and this one was a whole different animal indeed. Twelve ounce bottle served cold and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 09/28/2008,

The pour was not at all what I was expecting. A somewhat transparent adn deep reddish hued light brown came gurgling out of the bottle. Not at all the coffee stouts and porters one normally associates with. Up next the head came up only slightly, maybe a half an inch and then settle down quickly into a paper thin layer and some small side glass lacing, with no real head to speak of.

The aroma was deep with roasted coffee grinds, and I mean thick. Some light hints at almost a hard water like aroma mixed in, fresh greenery and am overall burnt smell, this had to be added after the fact, it just wreaked, have you ever made coffee and had the filter flip over so that it was like a really watery looking liquid, this would be it, though the aroma was wonderfully pleasing.

The flavor, not so much, with a way too light feel and a lack luster carbonation profile, it just felt to me as though it was lacking osmething. The deep rich aroma of coffee that was so prevelent earlier, has been made awash and really now is a haunting memory that comes up in the finish. The body is thin, and the profile rather one side, as it has hints of a lager, bready grains and musty malts, mixed in with a spent coffee like taste. Little to know carbonation in here at all.

Overall I am really unsure what this one is supposed to be. It is carbonated, the buzz I am feeling is a testament to that, and the aroma was very, very nice. But the flavor just left me hanging. It needed that extra push to really come forward and show off. Nver the less. It was still very solid and a very nice little beer, just not sure what it actually was.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:52:35 | More by mikesgroove
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:33:29 | More by Atron67
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial aroma is like coffee grounds, maybe even post brewed. Hard to capture anything else.
Attractive looking beer. Nice amber of red/orange. Pretty darn clear. Nice off-white one inch head of some density.
Nice mix of coffee flavors with an amber lager of no hop character. I like the touch of sweetness from the malt and the slightly grainy flavor. Mildly dry with minimal bitterness. The coffee is strong/dominant, but not overwhelmingly so. It balances towards the coffee, but there enough other flavors.
Finely carbonated and decently soft in so doing. Moderate feel and even some smoothness, yet carries itself in a light way. I like the feel.
This is really quite drinkable. Definitely an aftertaste of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:22:15 | More by garymuchow
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esch

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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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hylton44

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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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morimech

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took an aggresive pour to yield one fingers worth of head that quickly settled to a skin of bubbles. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a dark copper color.

Has a fresh coffee aroma. Quite amazing actually.

The flavor also features this nice fresh coffee flavor. The coffee dominates everything. Very one dimensional but the one thing it does, it does very well.

Medium body with a semi-creamy texture. Carbonation is low, just enough to lighten up the body.

This beer captures the essence of coffee like no other, including big stouts. A coffee lovers beer. I would prefer drinking this to coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 15:51:41 | More by morimech
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber-brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of bitter coffee grounds, with hints of caramel, and lots of piney hops. The taste has a little less coffee than the aroma, but it is still very much there. There is more hops, and a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is one of the oddest beers I have yet tasted, and I like it. It would be perfect if I were in the mood for a coffee beer, but not something as heavy as most coffee stouts are. I will certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 19:36:59 | More by KarlHungus
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Grinder

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep cola brown with good clarity as well. A small white head forms and then quickly falls to bubbles above the brew. Aromas start out with mellow roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The coffee moves in and is quite vibrant with a bit of a chocolate undertone. A bit sweet as well. This does smell like iced coffee!

First sip brings a crisp, mildly roasted malt upfront with a touch of toffee and caramel. Earthy, brewed coffee rolls in with a solid creaminess as well. Flows down with a bit of chocolate and a mellow bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Coffee flavor lingers on. Damn good dark lager here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. On the lighter side but I find that really enjoyable as most coffee brews tend to be heavy stouts. This one is quite refreshing, while still packing a big coffee punch. Overall, a solid new brew from Furthermore and one I could see drinking a good number of on a hot summer day. Wish I had easier access to this one. Coffee beer lovers -- find this!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 20:54:48 | More by orbitalr0x
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a decent sized off white head. Aroma is very sweet with toffee, caramel, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavor comes through a lot stronger in the flavor though not overpowering. Some toasted almonds as well are detected. Finishes short and coffee bitter. Medium bodied, creamy texture.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 13:31:34 | More by kmeves
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.