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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 144
Photo of esch
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of hylton44
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of morimech
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Grinder
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of kmeves
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Semi-dark, glowing amber, lightly hazed, with thin foam atop. Carbonation is not too lively. The smell is dominant with roasted coffee notes. It's like smelling a fresh cup of coffee but its cold. Very nice but not much of any other character coming through.

The coffee roast comes through nicely in the flavor but is also balanced by subtle tangy fruit. The finish has a decent-sized bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly light, with fine, sharp bubbles.

The overall drinkablility is quite nice. I wish I had some more of this beer to share because it was quite interesting. Well done... thanks to asmokingoat for sending me this bottle...

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this single from Steve's Liquor in Madison 08/01/08.
Poured into a Stone IRS stem, because I was envisioning a coffee stout. Needless to say, I was surprised to see a chestnut brown pour with a nice beige head. Aroma of rich coffee beans. Taste? Try a crisp, nicely hopped lager with tons of coffee flavor. So strange, that I kinda like this. Could I drink a 6 pack of this? Probably not, but glad I grabbed a single.

Photo of dirtylou
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, somewhere in madison

Furthermore kicks major ass - the most underrated brewery around. Any time a new beer is released, i get a little excited to see what new ridiculous liquid they have put in a bottle

The coffee in this sucker was roasted locally by Just Coffee, which is 100% fair trade and delivered around town by bicycle. Check out their shop on East Wilson Street in Madison. This place is awesome and their coffee is the best around. anyways...

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber lager body, creamy beige head with a strong lace left behind. Make no mistake about it, this is not your traditional coffee beer (ie: no porter or stout)

smell: a punch of freshly roasted iced coffee....there is definately a lager buried underneath this with hints of grain and herbal hops hiding beneath the beans

taste: The thing i like about futhermore is their innovation. Knot Stock is a flat out sensational APA dosed with peppercorns. Fallen apple is the only creamy apple cider beer that works, make weight is everything and nothing all at once and fatty boomblatty is the belgian pale no other wisconsin brewery has been able to bottle consistently. Oscura is just another chip off the block. A mexican dark lager drowned in locall roasted coffee beans - talk about a fresh idea! The immediate flavor profile is that of brilliant iced coffee. The beans arent bitter or overly roasty and actually come through extremely smooth. The lager base makes itself known in the finish with a sweet grainy finish and a mild hop presence. It's just really nice to see coffee in a beer and not combined with bourbon barrels, obscene alcohol, and dark roasty flavors. Well fucking done. There are imperfections in the flavor profile (especially the lager base) but it just seems like the abstractness of the idea overcomes that, thus a 5

mouthfeel: lighter but still creamy - perfect for a fall afternoon (or morning)

drinkability: high

Photo of EliteDigger
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this while wandering through Jenny St. Market looking for interesting beers. Hadn't heard anything about this one and I like coffee beers so I thought I'd give it a shot. Guess I found my interesting beer!
A-Pours a very nice looking transparent medium brown/dark amber color with a nice 1" pale cream, nearly white, foam head.
S-Mmmmm, a very nice coffee smell with hints of chocolate. Sweet roasted grains/malt hide in the background.
T-One of the most interesting brews I've had in awhile. Coffee is the main focus, but it's in no way overpowering. And this seems to be different than most coffee beers in that it's not a extremely roasty coffee. I'm finding it hard to describe, but I like it. There's a pleasant sweetness midway through my sip with chocolate and caramel lingering throughout the taste and it finishes with a mild coffee and hops? bitterness. Very nice!
M-Excellent mouthfeel. This is not a thick chewy stout, but rather a lighter feeling but very pleasant thickness. Creamy and smooth going down.
D-Extremely drinkable! This one fits in nice anywhere from a hot summer day to a cool fall football game afternoon. Alcohol is low enough to allow you to easily have several if you so desire.
I haven't been a big fan of Furthermore's beers for some reason. Not sure what it is, but it doesn't matter. This one is a home-run winner in my book. Unique, tasty and extremely drinkable. I'll be buying much more of this!

Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So what we have here is a Mexican-styled Dark lager warm-fermented in the California Common tradition, with added coffee beans from a fair trade, all-female Co-Op in Nicaragua, and roasted at Just Coffee in Madison.

Oh, just another one of those....

It pours to a lightly hazed amber-brown-bronze color with a modest but sticky pale beige head.
Roasted beans dominate the nose, and are backed with a slight (peanut skin) nuttiness and vague citric twinge in the back.
Thoroughly roasted coffee bean across the mouth, but neither burnt tasting or acrid. A bit smoky, a tinge sweetish, almost fruity, and mostly nutty. The roast works well here, as the lightness of the beer needs a lively but mild bean. There are traces of peanut butter and a vague grapey vinousness, with some pear-ish fermentation-derived fruitiness . A creamed corn sweetness acts as a place holder in the midsection and is in harmony with the coffee aspects. Hops add a good deal of backend herbal bitterness, again in sync with the roasted bitterness of the foresections of Oscura, but there is no clear hop identity flavorwise.
Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation upfront, and fading out over the duration.
It's quite tasty and almost impossible to rate. It's hard to consider a coffee beer as a sessioner, but this more or less pulls it off. And I drink a shitload of coffee, so that's no issue with me, and I probably love it more for that fact. But simply put, there is a lot of coffee here as a ratio to the other flavors (it's very good coffee, but still), and that adds to the flavor quotient and probably subtracts from real drinkablity. Though, it's really not that hard to drink in quantity...so maybe just negate that last paragraph. Fact is, I enjoy this a lot and I have no fucking clue what else to say.
Kudos to Furthermore for this wild card. I'm liking them more and more with each new release.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yes - the commercial description nails this - it is like a summer-y coffee beer, in this case based on a dark Mexican-style lager. And I thought it to be perfect for a warm summer day (in my case, walking around in the sun at the WI State Fair). It is roasty and chocolate-y, with a touch of Belgian Dubbel like fruitiness. Mouthfeel was quite refreshing and appropriate for a beer that is both supposed to be refreshing and extremely flavorful. It isn't sticky and thick - it is light and a bit thinner than a coffee stout might be. I was really impressed with this beer; I thought it was summer beer and the most impressive summer seasonal I've had in recent memory.

I had a really had time classifying this beer using the BA styles listed - as a dark lager with coffee added and then heavily hopped, it is a style-bender. I think that is a testimony to the uniqueness of this beer.

I would highly recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the Benno's beer tent at the WI State Fair.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.