Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal StoutObovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2007

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Ratings: 492 |  Reviews: 331
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, best by Jan 18, 2011.

Pours dark brown/black with a two finger light tan foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a tough of oak and vanilla, the oak really comes out as it warms. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor features a lot of chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal, coffee, caramel, vanilla, a bit of hop bitterness, a touch of alcohol but very well integrated. Fairly sweet, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, velvety and smooth, medium carbonation.

Nice one Boulder! Love me an Oatmeal Stout and this is a good one!

PS, I really don't think this belongs in the RIS category. Either an American Stout or even perhaps a Foreign/Extra Stout, and rating as such...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always wondered what an obovoid was.Poured into an English pint glass a deep but not opaque black with tight formed 1/2 finger light mocha colored head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled quickly,heavy on the mocha in the nose almost brownie-like dipped in dark roast coffee very appetizing.Not a big mouthfull of a stout its light to medium in the mouthfeel department.Flavors start out with deep bitter chocolate tones along with that dark roast coffee turning into a woody/earthy finish that is quite bitter.The oak gives off just a light woody flavor that compliments the big chocolate and coffee tones of this brew,very nice.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights.Thick light brown head with excellent retention.Thick lacing coats the glass.

S_Slightly smoky oak,dark chocolate,coffee,and vanilla.

T_Same as the smell. The oak is not overpowering and goes great with the taste of charred coffee and dark bitter chocolate.The oak gives a slightly smoky earthy taste.

M_Thin but yet creamy and full bodied. Nicely carbonated.

D_Finished the bomber easily and wish I had another one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. It had a thick, off-white head that lasted well. Typical chocolate and coffee/roasted malt sroma. The chocolate was more apparent in the taste. The coffee came in later, was a little bitter, but some vanilla balanced it out. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, roasted coffee and a touch of wood with some initial vegetal and metallic off notes.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some acidic roasted malts. It finishes with charred roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a decent stout. Its simplicity and some off notes prevent it from being better.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice, long lasting creamy mocha head. leaves tons of fine and sticky sheeting. Nice nose of more mocha and silky milk chocolate. Lots more chocolate, smooth, dusty and sweet, medium body and a very silky mouth feel. Nice stuff. More of a strong oatmeal stout, then a RIS if you ask me. Easy drinking, clearly high quality and BA worthy. Best beer I've tried from Boulder. Go get some and enjoy with a peppery steak.

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 3/4 creamy head, medium carbonation--looks fantastic

Smell: chocolate, smoke, and light oak

Taste: chocolate--mostly dark with a bit of milk chocolate, smoke, and light oak, some earthly bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body for the style, low carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall:Drinks like a smoked porter, not really like a RIS or oatmeal stout. I would have loved to see more oakiness in this one as well. It is there, but you have to search for it. A good beer, but there are a lot of others I would go to sooner in the style.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deanwilson
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz bottle at Liqour barn in Florence NJ

A: Very dark, coffee color.

S: Soft, earthy, woodsy smell with strong oak barrel smell. Very good.

T: chocolate, smoke, hint of vanilla, with a hop bitterness at the finish.

M: good, very smooth, the carbonation is just right fot this brew.

D: very drinkable. The 8% alcohol is well blended in the beer. Definitley not overwheming.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little gift picked up for me by my father down in the North Market. Was feeling hearty, so I decided to pour it into my antique glass stein and drink the entire bomber.

Appearance- Poured the nice usual shade of opaque black that I like to see in a RIS. A solid two finger tan head rose off of the black body pretty quickly as well. However, it didn't stick around for too long, and died down to a minimal ring around the edges. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell- Not to complex. Lots of roasted malt, a touch of bitter chocolate, a hint of vanilla from the oak. That was really about it, with the roastiness coming through most prominently.

Taste- I didn't really know what to expect going into this beer as I had never heard of it before, but I'd have to say I was rather disappointed in the taste department. Really, this beer tasted like an average porter at best rather than a Russian Imperial Stout. The taste was dominated again by the roasted malt and rough oak with little to no bitter chocolate coming through and little in the way of other flavors. Not complex and got boring fairly quickly when comparing it to the likes of other RIS's I've had, especially those of the oak aged variety.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Disappointed here again, I found the mouthfeel to be particularly thin. Carbonation levels were okay, but it drank thin even if I were considering it to be a porter rather than a RIS. Boring taste and poor mouthfeel didn't make this a good drinker for me.

Overall, I'd pass on this one if I had the opportunity. Boring at best.

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Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, took a long time to get this one entered into the database, originally drank at March Madness 2011. Dark brown pour, almost black, tan head, 1" deep. Aroma was tame, even the oak portion of it, but still had enough gusto to be a pleasant experience, definite oat impact as the beer was better described as smooth than roasty.

Alcohol unfortunately was a little more than I would have liked to have had put down. What was 8% was every bit there in the mouthfeel, despite the oak and oatmeal, although to be fair, its not the first time oak has seemingly brought out the alcohol (fusel?) more than covered it up. Sweetness tempered.

A decent beer, kind of standard for boulder beer company. At $7 a bomber, probably not something I'd have any more often than once every couple of years. Which isn't to say its bad, but there's lots of stouts out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby mahogany brown almost black to the untrained eye, creamy tan head forms thick lacing coats the sides of the glass. This beer has legs it is thick enough to really coat the glass. Aromatics bring out dark chocolate malts with alcoholic notes, a bit of dark impy stout notes like soy sauce and anise and of course some dark over ripened fruit notes. A touch of toffee caramel with a hidden pine/herbal hop assualt in the background. Flavor was harsh dark chocolate and sweet prunes collide with an almost salty soy sauce anise mix that kept making me question why I kept drinking this beer. A bit of hidden oak charred quality but nothing like the typical oak experience, pine/herbal bitterness adds to the rough qualities of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied even carbonation needs to be a bit brighter this one sits heavy on the palate and stomach, alcohol burns making it more and more cloying. Drinkability maybe a small pour to experience and re evaluate it but I don't plan on buying this bruiser again.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fluffy tan head that leaves beautiful lacing all over the glass...dark black in color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light

oak....roasted malts....slight hint of cherries in the nose

excellent balance of roasted malt along with semi bitter chocolate...the oak aging added a nice flavor as well

smooth creaminess...light body...medium carbonation

very easy drinking....the oak aging is just right and not too overpowering and adds a nice roasty flavor...not a heavy RIS and the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla, in that order. As it warms a small amount of the aroma can be attributed to the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich dark chocolate flavors up front are backed by mild roasted malts. Midway through the sip light vanilla flavors make their way in before giving way to dark chocolate bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation, though I would've liked a tad more smoothness considering the oatmeal used.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber of this solo.

Overall this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout and is probably the best beer that I've had from Boulder. Worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass with a thin lightly tanned head. Lots if lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate. Raison comes through as well. Molasses and other sweetness are there too.

T: Roasty malts dominate the flavor. Dark fruits come through fairly strong. Oak backing is in there lending some wood tones. Sweetness isn't too strong but rounds out the roastiness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with somewhat low carbonation. Feels quite smooth and velvety. Booze doesn't have much bite.

Overall a pretty tasty RIS, the oak aging adds a great flavor and smooths out the mouthfeel. Pick this one up when you have the chance,

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle poured into a glass Feb 2011.

A - No light shines through. The bottle reads, "as dark as deep space". That's about right.

S - Roasty chocolate and malts. This has more of an earthy nose when compared to others in the same group.

T - Like it smells. There is some complexity to it, but it doesn't lose focus. I can't really distinguish any oak-aged-ness, but I'm sure it's there... EDIT: If you like the oak notes of this beer, you absolutely without a doubt must sample Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout (or the Espresso version of the same) by Great Divide Brewery.

M - Well-rounded, smooth finish.

D - This is very drinkable. I wish it had a higher ABV.

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Photo of patricksbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulder- Obovoid

Thanks to Stewdawg(Joshua) for this 1!

A- deep cola brown/ black with a soft foamy head. Solid head retention and lacing.
S- Chocolate squares melted in light roast coffee.
T- Sweet, very creamy light coffee with a good dollop of chocolate. Slight biscuity toffee malt and vanilla flavors come out in the end.
M- very smooth and creamy. dessert like with a mild dry finish.

Overall- Quite good! This 1 really impressed me! A solid RIS for the cold weather ahead!
(Thanks Joshua!)

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Photo of asabreed
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly opaque body with little light coming through, translating into some dark amber tints at some spots. Frothy, mocha-colored head, dissipating fairly quickly but leaving a few nice rings of lacing around the glass initially.

Smell: Notes of mild charred oak, blackened malts, dark bitter chocolate and chocolate cream or mousse, with slight hints of fruit via raspberries and strawberries. Good, but there's something a bit too subdued here, when there's so much potential.

Taste: Nice initial creaminess with hints of chocolate, mild coffee, honey, vanilla, roasted oak notes, smoke, and darker malt flavors. More of a roasted finish with hints of citrus bitterness creeping through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with a good creaminess and a little less than chewy.

Drinkability: A solid brew for this weather, and a lot going on here, especially as it continues to warm. This may be one to take on room temperature or nearly room temperature, which is something I need to learn when it comes to wood-aged beers. The price tag at around $7 seems a little steep I think, but I enjoyed the bottle and would like to try more in the Looking Glass series as I can hopefully continue to get my hands on them.

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Photo of Stigs
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter

A - barely a thin layer of khaki foam. pitch black pour.

S - strong smells of stale coffe, sweet chocolate, and roasted nuts. minor notes consisting of alcohol, dark fruits (plums), very faint grassy hops, and oak.

T - roasted malts hit first followed quickly in succession by sweet dark fruits...sweetness never really goes away but is joined momentarily by chocolate, subtle oak/wood, and a bit of hop bitterness.

M - medium body, a bit over-carbonated...but made up for by a nice slickness. chalky and not pleasant at all.

D - cant say i was disappointed with this as i wasnt expecting much (for an oak-aged oatmeal stout). sweetness wears a bit. ill drink it but won't seek it out again.

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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 492 ratings