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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 219
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for bringing this bottle to share last Saturday. Reading the label, I assumed this was a stout, although the bottle said nothing along those lines. The bottle Poured a dark amber color with a lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, toasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied with flavors of coffee, toasted malt, light vanilla and a hint of earthiness.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy red-copper with a dense, creamy head.

Aroma is coffee first and foremost. Then a little caramel malt, chocolate, and nut shines through.

Taste is bready caramel malt with orange and dark fruit sweetness. Woody and nutty dryness then takes over. The coffee notes are present throughout, but not overpowering. Finishes with an earthy hop dryness, and a bit of a metallic mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body.

Overall, an interesting ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light orange with ruby highlights, a light tan head.

The smell is very strange, must be the coffee, but has more of a rich spicy character, almost Chai Tea Like.

The flavor is very odd, not bad just hard to describe, very spicy with cinnamon and cacao. The malt is buried behind the strange coffee and spice flavors and there are no real hops to speak of. Almost doesn't even taste like beer at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a very very dry powdering finish

Not sure about this one, very odd, I wouldn't drink it again to quick.

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Photo of Miketwolf21
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely underrated beer in my opinion. Very original, using a mexican lager recipe and modifying it to make it a steam beer. Then through in just the right amount of great coffee. This beer defies normal conventions that coffee beers need to be heavy and black.
Appearance: Amber colored with a full finger of slightly sandy colored head.
Smell: Freshly ground coffee. This is the only beer that I have tried to ever smell like FRESH coffee. Not only that, I can pick up the nuances of what should be in a Nicaraguan dark roasted coffee. Peppery, dark chocolate with just a hint of malts coming through.
Taste: The light bodied nature of the steam beer is perfectly paired with medium bodied coffee taste. This is most definitely a coffee beer. But the flavor is vivid but balanced. Again if you like coffee, get this beer. The best coffee taste in any beer I have had. Normally you get a one or two day old brewed coffee flavor even in highly acclaimed coffee beers. Nope this stuff has been freshly brewed it tastes like.
Mouthfeel: This beer has great carbonation. Really I can't think of anything this beer does not do well.
Overall: Get this beer. Its different from what you would expect. If you like coffee bender, this stuff is better in every way.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Furthermore Oscura was the featured cask at a neighborhood bar. It was served in a 16 oz. class.

S: Oscura had a very strong coffee aroma. Everything else came across as a whisper in the background--a teeny bit of roasted malts and chocolate.

A: The appearance was surprising, given the overwhelming coffee aroma. I would have expected a dark-colored beer. Oscura, however, had a cloudy, copper appearance with a finger width of cream-colored foam. The lacing was nice.

T: The dominant taste was coffee, no surprise there, with a bit of hops and roasted caramel in the background. I was impressed that the brewer was able to produce such a strong coffee flavor. This would indeed be a tasty beer for anyone who really liked a coffee-flavored beer.

MF: Oscura had a slight amount of carbonation with a medium mouth feel.

D: I enjoyed this beer and certainly would order it again. But, if you don't like coffee, this is not the beer for you. I would recommend Oscura as a beer to accompany a dessert.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange. A bit of head but not much. Looks pretty, like a steambeer (though i was expecting a stout or something)
Smells like a steam bock. Tastes... Wow. Peppery and coffee. Tons of flavour on the tongue. Very different then it looks. Well carbonated and fairly drinkable but a bit overly spicy

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-amber with nice carbonation and white head that disapates
S-dont know what to make of it. Coffee, chili and malty all in one
T-see smell. Lots of chili spiciness. Less coffee than I would have thought given the label
M-light and smooth with pleasent chili aftertaste
D-fairly drinkable, but not the best.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over-vigourously poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottom of the bottle implies it was bottled in 12/09, which is disconcerting since it was purchased in late fall 2010.

A: A very translucent burnt dark amber, with a foamy head that provided excellent lacing, though faded quickly (even with the extra vigorous pour).

S: Smell is fairly non-existant. Faint aromas of dark coffee.

T: Tastes of coffee, but a slightly more prominent taste is chocolate. The malt bill is there, but kind of underwhelming.

M: Thinner and slightly more carbonated than I would prefer, but enjoyable overall.

D: This is an extremely sessionable beer with no hint of alcohol taste whatsoever.

I'm going to have to rereview this beer once I'm able to get my hands on some fresher stock. The downside is that the bottling date is on the bottom of the brown bottle printed in black lettering, which means it's impossible to see when the bottle is still full. I remember the beer being much more enjoyable than I'm tasting tonight, even from a couple months ago.

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Photo of sliverX
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown with ruby highlights a nice small thick tan head that hung around well.
Smell is huge coffee not much else.
Taste is burnt coffee crossed with a thin brown ale, not a homerun but decent
Mouthfeel is thin and watery but thats not a bad place for it
If you'd like an easy to drink very coffee forward beer this is for you.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber/red with an inch of foam.

Smell: Mild roasted coffee.

Taste: Mildly brewed coffee taste throughout from start to finish. Some lightly roasted malts and grain, with just a hint of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Watery with a medium-light body and decent carbonation.

Drinkability: High. Iced coffee. Refreshing. Perfect for lunch. It goes down easy.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip with an almost 3 fingered slightly off-white head. A very red beer. Above average head retention and good lacing.

S- Coffee.

T- Coffee up front. Roasted malts. Borderline one-dimensional but WTH this is a very light, refreshing coffee beer.

M- Very smooth and crisp on the end. Right where it should be.

D/O- It's hard for me to think of this as a "California Common" beer as it tastes nothing like the most well known of the style, Anchor Steam. But then again "steam" only refers to how it's made, not what it takes like. Having said all that I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy drinking and while coffee notes were apparent from the get-go, they were not overpowering. hats off to Furthermore.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. extra from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul.
Pretty solid tea amber pour, about a finger of whitish head.

Aroma is heavily loaded with coffee, but there is some malt and caramel in there.

Taste is coffee, some malt, caramel and chocolate. The coffee really carries through from start on through. Finishes with some caramel and dry roast.

Body is on the heavy side of light and goes down pretty easy. Medium level of carbonation keeps it pleasant also.

Need to like coffee for this.

Actually reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Perkulator. Insteresting, a bit different but a large amount of flavor with lower abv.

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Photo of suretolose
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An amber brown with a light cream colored head.
Aroma is coffee and maybe a slight sweetness.
Taste is of coffee and coffee. It tastes like a iced coffee. Maybe a little hops at the end.
It is good if you like coffee, which I do. An good beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brown coffee color almost like iced black tea with a thinnish brownish white head and a small amount of lacing. Smells of coffee and nothing else. Tastes of a lot of freshly ground coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is low.

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Photo of pisomojado8
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee brown with a creamy head. Head dissolves and laces the glass.

Smell of latte and cold-press coffee.

Taste: Coffee! Lightly sweetened, with a dry finish. Paradoxically thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: Par for the course from a steam-style beer.

Good drinkability. An interesting twist to the California Common style. Nice job, Furthermore!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wow this is the lightest coffee beer ever! Pours a deep amber color with... oh no sediment floating around. Being only 6 months old it still must be good. Mild foam that turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Roasty malty coffee is mild with slight grain.

T - Ow wow that's different! Taste is of mild roasted grains with a herbal tone almost tea. Mild caramel sweetness and finishes only slightly bitter.

M - Light to medium body.

D - Well Damn I got an old beer. Still for $1.75 it drinks pretty good but I will have to track down a fresh one for comparison. Decent coffee beer!

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Photo of rka758
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of biglite351
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of soze47
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.