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Oscura - Furthermore Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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JDV

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

This bottle in trade courtesy of milwaukeeclassic. Thanks!
Pours a surprising color for a coffee beer.
Clear amber with a fluffy lasting yellowish beige head. Smell is fresh roasty coffee beans and some non-roasty caramel malt. Taste is roasty coffee, slightly bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. Some levity to the flavor and body behind the coffee flavor, in the
way of a softer, milder caramel malt. Body is medium with light carbonation giving it a very soft mouthfeel. Definitely an unusual
coffee beer, and not bad.

11-16-2008 19:22:45 | More by JDV
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish copper amber color that produced a good off-white head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A rich yet spicy roasted coffee profile with a light caramel sweetness behind it.

(T)- A caramel-like malty sweetness with a lightly roasted coffee with a creamy finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A great balance of the coffee addition with the maltiness of the main backbone of the beer.

(D)- An interesting variation on the style with the fair trade coffee addition into the mix. It is rich, but is also crisp and malty with the even balance without the coffee overpowering everything. Unique stuff.

07-03-2010 02:16:15 | More by sweemzander
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sonata2008

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-16-2011 01:42:28 | More by sonata2008
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-14-2011 19:28:48 | More by bpfrush
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AndyH

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-19-2011 23:46:40 | More by AndyH
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-21-2014 22:43:08 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-24-2011 21:31:56 | More by pavpav12
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ralerwen

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-28-2014 02:36:36 | More by ralerwen
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Grebdioz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-28-2011 08:38:38 | More by Grebdioz
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-08-2012 00:07:04 | More by eawolff99
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

I have to say that while I'm not overly familiar with this style, I was quite surprised to see Oscura classified as a California Common/Steam Beer. That being said...Pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl of foam and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. Nose is somewhat vegetal and also suggests spent coffee grounds. Taste expresses coffee grounds, some malty sweetness (caramel or toffee), followed by a vegetal quality towards the back and a light bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. This is an interesting beer, but I'm really unclear as to what it is trying to be. At first impression, I'm thinking American Brown, but not getting a clear style impression. Regardless, an interesting beer that's certainly worth a try if the opportunity presents but not something I would seek out.

09-01-2010 23:55:56 | More by Jwale73
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Zadok

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured a dark red amber with a very thin head that disappeared rather quickly.

Smells of a hoppy doppelbock.

Light coffee tones on top of a light hop/malt flavor. Can grasp just a touch of warming, alcohol is to low, hmm.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Not a bad beer, was actually a little surprised. All in all seemed like a watered down doppelbock. Overall pretty tasty though.

10-11-2008 22:37:25 | More by Zadok
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours almost 2 fingers of tan head. Decent retention that leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear light copper.

Aroma: I get a lot of coffee beans and chocolate. Strong coffee and some malts. Reminds me a little of coffee bender. Other than that, I really can't determine much else.

Taste: A big roasted coffee flavor with some chocolate. Some malts, but mainly strong coffee. This beer tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and a little creamy. Carbonation is high and it has a medium body. Leaves an aftertaste similar to that of cold coffee, but fairly dry.

Overall, I just can't seem to like this beer. I like coffee beers, but this beer is just simply coffee and no beer. I really don't know much about this beer, but I probably won't be drinking it again anytime soon.

07-31-2009 16:42:16 | More by mothman
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vande

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-05-2012 03:03:22 | More by vande
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

04-04-2011 23:51:01 | More by Blakaeris
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-23-2014 16:33:54 | More by skaboom420
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-11-2013 18:50:21 | More by sbricker
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-29-2014 00:48:45 | More by Rimbimhoot
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown body the color of iced tea, with a thin film of grayish-beige foam. There was a slow carbonation of a few tiny bubbles working toward the surface.

S- This beer has a big smell of cold coffee grounds of medium roast. There aren't really any other aromas even when the beer warms but the coffee is pleasant to sniff.

T- This beer has a big coffee ground flavor with a softer espresso bean quality which is nice and a very faint malt hint in the background. There is a biscuit note that comes through in the last few sips of the beer. Then the finish of the beer is right back to all coffee bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

D- This beer is coffee [stop] That is all [stop] There is no depth or other flavors to balance it, and the coffee flavor was mostly coffee grounds not coffee bean of fresh coffee. The more I sipped this beer the more the drinkability score when down. I give them high marks for creativity but there just isn't enough follow through.

10-29-2008 01:14:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

10-01-2011 10:42:18 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Picked this one up at brass rail. Knew nothing about it but a beer brewed with coffee is normally worth a try. I was expecting a nice roasty stout so when i popped this one open i was surprised.

Appearance is a hazy golden/amber with little head and no lace. Nothing special here except for the fact that it wasn't the stout i was expecting.

Smell of the coffee is definately there. It slips into tobacco and some roastyness. If i was in a dark room i would swear it was a stout or porter by the smell, maybe a fun trick to play on someone sometime.

Taste is smokey coffee up front that just kind of fades to nothingness. I don't want to say the coffee dominates because it's not overpowering or too in your face, it's just all i get from this one.

Overall this one was not what i expected but it was worth the try. Certainly an interesting brew and the brewer should be complemented for the creativity. Just kind of missed the mark with me a little.

10-17-2009 23:57:01 | More by beermanbrian
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: Amber, nice carbonation, good head.

Smell: Light coffee smell.

Taste: Not as much coffee as expected, but it is definitely there. Woody, roasted coffee flavor on top of a grainy base.

Drinkability: Could probably have a few in a sitting.

I thought this would have a lot more coffee flavor to it, but was still pretty good. Much lighter in body than other coffee beers I've had. Worth a try.

12-14-2008 22:41:35 | More by Mdog
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

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

02-18-2011 20:13:16 | More by Urbancaver
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Reddish brown, looks similar to tea, with a thin beige head.

S- Smells like coffee grounds dumped out of the filter.

T - Coffee grounds with some bitterness. Pretty one dimensional.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer if you like coffee just somewhat boring and one dimensional.

12-07-2008 01:04:58 | More by brewcrew76
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Clear amber. Thin cream colored head. Lacing is pretty sporadic. Smells like coffee. Like used coffee gounds. Pretty thick. Not much else to the aroma. Decent tasting coffee beer, but I much prefer the stout/porter based coffee beers. This tastes more like just coffee than a blend of coffee/beer. I just get a lot of bitter coffee ground flavor, which is o.k., but I like a little bit more beer character in my coffee beers. Decent enough, but let's just say I'm glad I only got a single of this one.

10-11-2008 03:58:16 | More by Bighuge
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.