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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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86
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 22
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 KeefD
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Body is medium with a nice lively carbonation.

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

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear light root beer brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, and coffee. There is a slight dusty taste too. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. COFFEE, COFFEE, and more COFFEE, Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Pretty good.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Zadok
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of orcasteve
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Photo of goethean
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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).

Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is good, a nice brown color with a decent amount of head and lacing. Smell and taste are pretty similar. Lots of coffee flavored malt, some spice, and a bit of yeastiness. Mouthfeel is good, nice medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is also good.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

M- pretty light, solid carbonation. smooth

D- pretty solid drinker.

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of esch
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.