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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | 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 OWSLEY069


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to light brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry and roasty coffee. In the taste, dry roasted coffee, a lighter malt and a small note of sweetness in the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to sweet coffee in the aftertaste. A nice coffee presence and a thinner body, decent, but did not think it was a steam beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 18:58:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light tan colour, with an eighth inch of head. Distinct coffee aroma.A little lace. Average mouthfeel, good drinkability, with good bitterness and secondary malting. Coffee very distinct. Gets bitterer towards the end, but tolerable. Fast dissipitating head.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 23:33:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle decant amount of head. Head is flimsy and disappears quickly. Dark in color. Strong full coffee flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Rich coffee scents that teased my taste buds. I was surprised at home full the flavor was.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 16:38:08 | More by mtnbikerpa


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Review from notes.

A: A 2 finger, light brown colored cap quickly fades away leaving large sudsy bubbles on the surface. The body is medium amber brown in color and hazy.

S: This malt forward brew is dominated by a cold-pressed coffee aroma. Soily, earthy notes in the background.

T: Long lasting intense coffee flavor. Mild bitterness. Very faint hint of fruity esters make their way to the end of the palate as the coffee flavor begins to taper off.

M: Wonderful and by far the best aspect of the brew. Medium body, slightly minerally texture with the perfect level of carbonation. Lively and fizzy effervesence. Completely complimentary to the flavor profile.

D: Happy to have experienced what a coffee infused lager is like, and a steam beer at that! Relatively drinkable, but only if you enjoy coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 10:42:18 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of RedSpecial1


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with ruby hue. Fair amount of head at first which dies down to leave enough to just barely cover the surface of the beer. The smell is of a regular red ale with notes of roasted coffee on the finish, very roasty. This beer's flavor profile allows the coffee they used to shine through. It is very refreshing and is almost reminiscent of an iced coffee. With a light mouthfeel, this beer is quite quaffable. While this beer isn't extreme, it is definitely tasty, and something you could drink all evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 00:13:50 | More by RedSpecial1
Photo of Jayli


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish, orange brown with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is coffee, milk chocolate, and minor sweet caramel notes. Wow - coffee for this style.. unexpected but a really pleasant nose on this!

T: Taste starts with milk chocolate and nice light coffee notes, sweet toffee comes through a touch and a light bready, hint of grain. Coffee comes back in and makes a strong presence in the finish. The finish has a very sweet toffee malt that hangs on the palate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first, a bit oily in the middle, and the finish is slightly dry.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of the style but a DAMN fine beer! I really like this beer but is definitely doesn't fit it's style. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 23:54:31 | More by Jayli
Photo of iDrinknewglarus


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red-amber color. Small tan head. Can see carbonation streaming up the glass. I thought the beer would be darker because it was brewed with coffee, but alas, it is not a stout.

S: Fresh brewed coffee, toasted malts, and caramel.

T: Man this beer is like straight up carbonated coffee without the bitterness. For how light the color is, his beer packs a wallop of coffee flavor. I mean, most coffee brewed beers are light on the coffee while this one hits you like a train. There's some spicy hop notes on the back end. Also notable is some caramel and an almost graham cracker taste. Sort of tastes like a s'more with caramel substituted by caramel. A touch of dark chocolate.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel that gets a lift from the carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated and fizzy; reminds me of a can of pop.

This beer is strange, and I recommend trying it to anyone that loves coffee. It's got some flaws, but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 22:06:21 | More by iDrinknewglarus
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with a thin-looking tan head that is made up of large bubbles. The lacing is OK, especially considering the retention isn't impressive.

Lots of coffee in the aroma, with caramel coming in behind that.

The flavor doesn't bring much more than the aroma. Oscura is pretty one-dimensional, but the dimension that it does bring is pretty good. Biscuit and a hint of toasted malt leads off, without very much of the caramel flavor that I thought I noticed in the aroma. After that, everything becomes coffee. Good, dark coffee flavors. No watery tastes, no bitter or acrid flavors.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. I think not being too heavy fits this beer actually.

I'm pretty surprised that this is called a steam beer. Maybe it is a steam beer with coffee added, and I guess that would make sense. Whatever this is, if you're looking for a relatively low-alcohol coffee beer, Oscura is probably a good choice. All the coffee flavors, none of the acrid harshness.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:42:54 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of wagenvolks


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher. Poured into a Jester King snifter.

Oscura shows a bright, copper-amber body with good clarity and head retention to the light khaki foam. The nose is incredible--reminds me of an English Mild with notes of toasted malt and toffee nearly buried beneath layers of earthen coffee. A little vegetal hop presence lingers in the background.

The flavor mimics the aroma with a hearty dose of bitter coffee, light spices, and toasted nuttiness from the malt. Carbonation is vigorous to the point of diluting the body mid-sip, while the back of the tongue is washed with herbal hop bitterness, more coffee, and nutty caramel. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly with a clean finish. All in all, a tasty take on the Cali Common style; something worthy of a homebrew recreation.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:06:33 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow color with a small off white foam head and not much lacing.

S: A decent amount of roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Nothing overpowering but all equally present.

T: Starts off with a mild roasted coffee flavor. The middle brings some caramel and bready undertones to counter balance the coffee. The back end finishes with a nice sweet malty taste, mostly some roasted coffee, mild chocolate and vanilla.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a creamy sweet malt texture.

O: Not an overly complex beer, but a well put together Steam Beer. Easy to drink with a nice sweet malt character.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 11:33:29 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of emmasdad


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:21:52 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Blakaeris


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:51:01 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:42:47 | More by bashiba
Photo of Miketwolf21


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:12:20 | More by Miketwolf21
Photo of sonata2008


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-16-2011 01:42:28 | More by sonata2008
Photo of Urbancaver


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 20:13:16 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of brew3crew


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 20:07:33 | More by brew3crew
Photo of duffcalifornia


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:29:28 | More by duffcalifornia
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:04:47 | More by sliverX
Photo of JackieTH


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:17:18 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Duff27


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:01:48 | More by Duff27
Photo of Bung


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:29:44 | More by Bung
Photo of suretolose


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:18:56 | More by suretolose
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North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -44%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:29:13 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of pisomojado8


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:28:00 | More by pisomojado8
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.