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Oscura - Furthermore Beer


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very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008)
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Photo of stakem


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:00:39 | More by stakem
Photo of Khazadum


3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:05:29 | More by Khazadum
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 tempest


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass, it a clear amber with short, white head. Interestingly, I had this shortly after sampling Peak Organics' Espresso Amber. By comparison, the Obscura has more flavor up front, but less aftertaste. It still had a wonderful, medium roast aroma and burnt chocolate flavor. There was a touch of bready malt in the background, but the coffee dominated the flavor. Unlike some coffee beers, this one isn't too over the top. It's fairly drinkable and you can tell that's beer. I'd say it's worth a try to for coffee lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 16:51:13 | More by tempest
Photo of msubulldog25


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of 2010! A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, switching back and forth between the Outback Bowl (Northwestern v. Auburn) and the NHL Winter Classic (Philly v. Boston @ Fenway Park!). I asked for 'obscure' local beers from alctradamus in a recent trade; what do I get but 'Oscura'? Well played, Adam, well played...

Well-designed label: bold red text on a black & white close-up of a French Press filter. Below: "A Nicaraguan All-Female Growers Co-Op (Stop) A Lusciously Aromatic Just Coffee Roast (Stop) Our Warm-Fermented, Cold-Lagered Cerveza Oscura (Huh?)".

A: No indication on the label, but expected 'coffee stout' or similar; what a surprise to have copper-auburn flow from the bottle. Mostly clear with a few carbonation but lots of suspended sediment, unsure if that's 'normal' or due to age. Stubby head, not even 1/2 finger of ivory-ish cream. A few lace specks. Meh.

S: Interesting aroma, robust coffee roast with an acerbic lemon-y backing (maybe the two are related?). Grainy toasting fights though a spiced wheat and a little 'graham cracker' sweetness.

T: Similar 'coffee-ness' as in the aroma, maybe made a bit more complex with zesty spice and an herbal/mint green-ness. Those beans add a firm, almost mineral, bitterness that backs each sip and lasts a while. Dryness even mimics 'black pepper'...curious flavors intertwined, but balance achieved and interest maintained throughout.

M: Fairly brash mouthfeel, crisp and hard-biting. Not much carbonation, but a nice tingle regardless. Medium body, 'fairly refreshing', chalk-dry finish.

D: Quite a curious brew - flavor grew on me after a few sips and some warming. Common/'steam' beers aren't in the normal rotation for me and one with coffee added is certainly a first...recommended for a try if you find one. Wouldn't mind having another - thanks again, Adam!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:10:25 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to morimech!

Pours hazed orangeish amber with hues towards light brown. The off-white head recedes to virtually disappearing as it progresses, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is of caramel, floral notes and roasted (slightly "burnt") coffee.

The taste is of caramel, floral notes and coffee that balance each other and blend well, with caramel maltiness staying ahead through the finish.

It has a malty smoothness with a medium body and medium, even carbonation.

Another interesting brew from Furthermore. Who would have thought of coffee in a Cali. Common/Steam beer? Glad that these folks did! A solid choice for a coffee brew outside of the usual porter or stout style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 16:31:01 | More by jwc215
Photo of jera1350


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear dark copper color with a thin tan head of suds that all but disappears quickly.

Oddly, this smells just like a homebrew that I just made. Coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla extract and caramel malt.

A nice sweet caramel malt with some coffee and just a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Very nice roastiness. The coffee is subtle, but there.

Pretty smooth, a bit less than a medium body. Quite refreshing.

I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The coffee is not overwhelming, but a nice complement to the overall beer. This is a really nice brew. I would say this is definitely the best brew I've had from Furthermore.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:15:22 | More by jera1350
Photo of rka758


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 05:29:03 | More by rka758
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
Photo of woosterbill


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 20:37:08 | More by woosterbill
Photo of GeezLynn


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep brown, very little head.
S: Aroma is malty with light hops and faint coffee.
F: Sweet caramel maltiness. Light roasted coffee flavors - much different than the stout espresso flavors.
M: Mouthfeel is about right for the style. The coffee/brown ale combo blends nicely for an interesting, yet highly drinkable beer.

The appearance/aroma really hurt the overall rating, but I thought this was a pretty good beer. Furthermore has yet to disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:13:49 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Tiny particles float in the brilliantly clear amber brown color. Much lighter than I expected for a coffee beer. The pour is quiet leaving a surprising two-finger head. Good retention resulted in an eventually clumpy pile and thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee galore. Smells like french roast with a dry and bitter finish. Toasted malts behind lend little towards the aroma. A fairly caramel hint.

T - A crisp hop feel and floral flavor appears for milliseconds before washing away to a lightly toasted caramel malt and bold roasted coffee finish.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation finish. It ends particularly hard with a moderate dry and lightly roasted bitter balance.

D - Interestingly light for a coffee beer, it still packs the real coffee flavor punch to it. Pretty well balanced and medium-bodied giving it a rather easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 16:49:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 iDrinknewglarus


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 samie85


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-An aggressive pour yields a deep copper color with two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind thick lacing.

S-Smells of deep roasted coffee and light caramel notes.

T-Roasted, yet not overpowering, coffee notes with some fruity esters and light caramel.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dryness from the coffee in the finish.

D-I thought the coffee would overwhelm this beer, but this is actually a pretty well balanced beer. I'd like to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:52:24 | More by samie85
Photo of Zachtheporter


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:25:14 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of RustyDiamond


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this single from Steve's Liquor in Madison 08/01/08.
Poured into a Stone IRS stem, because I was envisioning a coffee stout. Needless to say, I was surprised to see a chestnut brown pour with a nice beige head. Aroma of rich coffee beans. Taste? Try a crisp, nicely hopped lager with tons of coffee flavor. So strange, that I kinda like this. Could I drink a 6 pack of this? Probably not, but glad I grabbed a single.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 18:59:45 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of garymuchow


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial aroma is like coffee grounds, maybe even post brewed. Hard to capture anything else.
Attractive looking beer. Nice amber of red/orange. Pretty darn clear. Nice off-white one inch head of some density.
Nice mix of coffee flavors with an amber lager of no hop character. I like the touch of sweetness from the malt and the slightly grainy flavor. Mildly dry with minimal bitterness. The coffee is strong/dominant, but not overwhelmingly so. It balances towards the coffee, but there enough other flavors.
Finely carbonated and decently soft in so doing. Moderate feel and even some smoothness, yet carries itself in a light way. I like the feel.
This is really quite drinkable. Definitely an aftertaste of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:22:15 | More by garymuchow
Photo of goethean


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee dominates the aroma, along with malt.

Nice full malty flavor. Medium bodied. The coffee has an herbal effect here, offsetting the sweet malt. A drinkable session beer. The aftertaste is a weird --- but not bad --- combo of coffee and earthy hops. The only minor negative is that the light sweetness of the beer doesn't blend as well with the coffee as much as a smaller-bodied or darker beer might. For example, I would have chose a brown coffee ale rather than an amber pseudo-lager (Steam beer/California Common-style).

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:53:08 | More by goethean
Photo of gatornation


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head and some good sticky lacing the smell is roasted coffee but not overpowering i smell malt and some hops some toffee its good! the taste is roasted coffee first then some sweet malts and toffee with some hops..IMO ... this is a coffee lager and a good one to start with if you want to sample coffee brews of all styles..i like this one its smooth and drinkable again a good place to start.. ill buy it again and ill recommended it for 1st time coffee infused samplers and others who just like coffee brews this one one is definably lighter then the stouts and ports in the coffee style

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:38:24 | More by gatornation
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Floral & soapy, with a little grain.

T: Nut bread, caramel, floral, light cocoa & coffee, good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: A good drinker.

California common?

Thanks Jer & Karen.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:52:15 | More by Derek
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, coffee, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with a coffee flavor that is clearly the strongest flavor in the beer but doesn't completely dominate. There are background flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, different representation of style, this is one is a little lighter than your average coffee-flavored beer and is a good one to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:33:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. A tightly formed soapy fizzy head forms on an amber body, but does retain decently well with a solid fingers worth of foam. Spotted lacing dots the glass.

Smell. Bready malts and cracker like yeast make up most of the nose. Malt sweetness. Floral hops also present.

Taste. Roasted malts, some hops and mellow iced coffee on the back end. Winds up being pretty delicious. A little nutty, well balanced. Refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Coats the palate with a nice nutty malt flavor and a lingering coffee note at the end. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Definately the best Ive had from Furthermore brewing. A nice session brown even if it is stylisticly a steam beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:52:46 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of pisomojado8


3.9/5  rDev +1%
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
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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
Oscura from Furthermore Beer
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