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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, is brownish-red with a thin beige head. Aromas are mainly coffee with some grain, but not much else. Tastes include coffee, toasty grain, earthy, spicy. Mouth is creamy, somewhat acidic, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I think this exceptionally created, but pretty one-note with not a lot of complexity. Great use of the coffee, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

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

12 oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Poured into a LunaR brewing pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of head that disappears quickly. A golden orange / brown colored body. No lacing.

S - Smell is of beautiful fresh roasted grinded coffee beans.

T - Taste reminds me of what I would imagine a coffee infused IPA would taste like but I am probably wrong. Again, a wondrous freshly grinded coffee bean characteristic to it along with a hint of hops. This beer has more beautiful coffee elements to it than the most prestigious coffee stouts I've ever tried.

M - Feel is bitter sticky and dry.

Overall a decent interesting unique beer. Never had anything from this brewery and never heard of the style "California common / steam beer" either. Definitely something I will be looking into again though. An intriguing beer, to say the least.

Furthermore Oscura ---4/5.

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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz bottle into 8 oz mini-shaker.

Look- Medium brown with a sticky, dense espresso foam cap. Excellent retention, thick ropes of lace cling to the glass. Not quite clear, but not what I'd call hazy.

Smell- Toasted caramel, unsalted pretzel, light, smoky coffee notes, makes me think of half-green beans (coffee, that is.) Some earthy spice and dark fruit emerge as it warms.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but even more coffee. Milk chocolate, more pretzel, graham cracker, mild but discernible herbal spice towards the finish, rounds out the last of the soft toasty-roast-coffee, which manages to linger for an extremely long time. Aftertaste of molasses-laced cornbread. Low bitterness, not nearly as harsh as most coffee beers. Brings to mind a creamy mocha-spresso. Mild charred fruity something as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Soft, full, extremely creamy - feels like drinking half and half or an extremely well executed cream ale. Low astringency, little of the tannic character often found in similar brews. I could have a few of these.

Overall- Well, I don't know quite what to make of it (the fact that it's a low-ABV experimental-something-something available in a reasonably priced sixer is probably what's throwing me off), but it's unique and I'd definitely seek it out. It's definitely got a unique green-roast-vegetal something going on that I usually associate with roasted-two-days-ago organic coffee. I'd definitely like to know more about the process and whatever the heck they put into this stuff. Recommended.

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

First off, kudos to Furthermore for their uniquely named beers as this one certainly caught my eye in the mix and match section. This is a beer with 100% fair trade coffee, or as the bottom of the bottle reads “A Nicaraguan all-female growers co-op (stop) A lusciously aromatic just coffee roast (stop) Our warm-fermented, cold-lagered cerveza oscura (huh?)” Did you understand all that?

It pours a medium brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is mostly coffee to the degree that if we did a blind smell test, you would never guess this was a beer. Overall it is very inviting for the coffee beer lovers. This just might rival some of the best coffee beers that Wisconsin has to offer.

The taste is smooth yet quite bold. Once again is this beer of coffee? The texture is very much like a beer but the coffee flavoring overpowers the malts and hops. It is quite unique as you usually only see coffee used in stouts and porters instead of an American lager. It leaves behind a mild coffee after taste.

This was a pretty interesting find. It’s not something I am going to want all the time, but it is certainly a well made, good tasting brew. The creativity to put coffee into a lager was a good choice as this turned out to be a pretty damn good coffee beer especially since I’m not a coffee drinker. Keep up the good work Furthermore.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

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