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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

213 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of guityler83
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark maroon to copper color with moderate haze. bright white head with very low retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet, carmel and toffee notes. plum, raisen and other dark fruit detected also. slightly sour.

T: Sweet and slighty fruity (peaches, bananas) at first, followed by carmel and then the coffee comes through at the end and lingers on the pallet. Each part is very distinct and seperate, the aroma doesn't indicate the taste at all. as the beer warms up the coffe and carmel comes out more.

M: Dry finish, moderate carbination. the coffee adds a slight astringency.

O: This was not what I expected when I cracked it open, but not a bad thing. Very sessionable as a Cali Common should be, but the coffee adds an interesting complexity that puts it into a whole different category. While I enjoyed it, i don't think I could drink more then two in a sitting.

Photo of Illos
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, dense head that isn't overly persistent. Aroma is interesting; sweet malt combines with a fruity coffee note. A very dark amber that has a touch of coffee blackness to it (an interesting shade). Starts off with a DEEP, RICH coffee flavor. A hint of bitterness, then more toasted, roasted coffee. The finish is coffee and a bit of bitterness.

What the hell? I don't really smell or see the coffee, but this FLAVOR! This is fantastic!
This is like a lagered cup of FANTASTIC coffee!

Photo of Wiscivore
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Big walls and leopard spotting of lacing all over the glass.

S- Amazing coffee aroma, sweet malts, light roast.

T- Sweet roasted malts, lots of mild coffee, toast, biscuit.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin feel but nice and creamy still.

O- REally enjoyed this beer. Would have guessed this was a brown ale or dopplebock (reminded me some of Perkulator) but the coffee works well with the steam beer.

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jcparish88
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Joeyuwp
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.. Pours a beautiful coffee brown with a thin slightly tan bubbly head. Smells somewhat earthy and sweet with a bitterness to it, very much like coffee. Somewhat of a cocoa like sweetness to it that goes along well with the coffee nose. Despite how clean the beer looks and the lighter brown color it is very solid in color with very little light penetration. The taste is amazing, very much like cold iced coffee. The graininess from the maize is somewhat noticeable under the initial coffee sweetness and bitterness. Has a slight creamy taste to it as if it where ice coffee with a bit of cream, not sugar however. More bitter and strong tasting in the finish. Has a nice full and tart mouth feel just like regular coffee, Medium carbonation. One of the few beer's I ever new I would definitely buy again right after trying it. Cannot wait to sip a nice cold one of these later on this summer when it starts to get nice and hot outside. A must try if you're both a coffee and craft beer lover, although I can definitely see this might not bee for everyone.

Photo of match1112
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out like ice tea, not what i was expecting. a thin off white head quickly rises and settles, like on a cola. no lacing is noticed and retention is very poor. smell is coffee mainly, but there are also earthy tones and malts. it's weird tasting coffee in something that isnt pitch black, but it works. has a good malt body to cary thru. mouthfeel is thin and watery, not only for coffee but also for a california common. it's nice to try coffee in something thats not a stout but i still wish it had a fuller body.

Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light see through brown color with a small slightly off white head which recedes to nothing and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of bitter coffee, it is not very big though. The taste is of bitter coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end of the beer. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but slightly thin. Overall it was an okay beer, it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. I bought this one in Wisconsin last summer and kind of forgot about it, so here's hoping the coffee hasn't faded too much after a few months in the cellar.

A: Clear, bright acorn-brown body with a half inch of fine ecru head. Ok retention, nice lace. Attractive.

S: Nothing but coffee; rather woody, herbal notes within the coffee itself. I like it.

T: Coffee up front, coffee in the middle, coffee and fruit sweetness on the end. Dull coffee aftertaste, which isn't the best; overall, though, the beer is impressive in its single-mindedness.

M: Hugely carbonated and rather spiky. Not good.

O: Other than the overly spritzy texture, this was a winner. The base beer kept out of the way of the coffee, and the coffee was entirely pleasant. I can only imagine it would have been even more impressive when fresh. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of coffee flavors.

Cheers!

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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