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

Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal StoutObovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout
491 Ratings
Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal StoutObovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous offering from Boulder. I tried this for the first time this week at the outstanding Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY, and it was a treat. A great pour into a 10 oz. glass produced 1 1/2 fingers of rich, dark mocha head atop a nearly black body, just gorgeous. The nose is excellent--plenty of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of caramel. That and plenty of malt coat the tongue, with a different flavor coming to the fore on each taste. There is also a hint of berry that was most welcome. The carbonation was just right, offsetting a slightly syrupy taste. This is very drinkable, and the moderate ABV make this an ideal Imperial Stout for sampling a few.

A delight, and a great find. A must try.

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Photo of ziggy13
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was truly excited to get my hands on this beer. I heard great things and it didn't disappoint. Has a beautiful 22 oz. bomber.

A - Gorgeous and dark. As black as a starless night. Nice chunky dark beige head with great lacing throughout the experience.

S - Hints of cocoa and chocolate. It's easy to smell that this is actually an oatmeal stout. Also the oak aging was very prevolent in the nose.

T - This one is pretty special. Although I don't believe that it should be called an Imperial, because of the low alcohol and its presence in the beer, it is definitely very tasty. It starts dry, but soon the chocolate and oatmeal notes take over. Finally, the oak-aging hits right near the end. Really a rather complex for a stout. Fantastic!

M - Very heavy and chunky. Goes down just like chocolate fondue.

D - Great drinkability for a stout. I usually only have one, maybe two stouts in a sitting, but I could see my self drinking this one all night. Really a treat and worthwhile for anyone to try!

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4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yielded a thick, foamy, and long lived head on top of a 99% opaque black liquid. I took a picture and sent it to a buddy because it looked so pretty next to the empty bottle.

S: First thing I smelled was dark chocolate, which I love. Otherwise it was very clean and roasty, not much hop presence.

T: First taste was probably just above 40 degrees F, and was very rich and chocolaty, but not overpoweringly so. There was definitely some bitterness, but it wasn't overly clear whether it was from the mild hop flavor or the dark chocolate, which I think speaks to the great balance of this RIS.

F: Gave it a 4.0 because while it was certainly a nice feel, it didn't blow me away like a KBS or similar.

D: Filling, but it tastes so good. If I had another bomber, it would be open right now.

I have been very impressed overall with Boulder Beer, and this one is definitely in my top three from them. It'll be on my shelf in larger quantities in the future for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter. pours deep onyx with a light brown almost beige head. head retains very well, with good lacing.

S: Great Scott! Aromas of oak, bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and tobacco.

T: Oak and vanilla right off the bat. somewhat chocolaty as well. as it warms it has a slight lingering of bourbon. Great roasted malts.

M: Wonderful! I can feel my taste buds going insane with this one. Too many flavors would be insulting, but this is very complex.

D: This is a wonderful stout, which truly impressed me coming from Boulder, which makes me think of hops. The flavors are very complex but delightful. All I need now is a porterhouse to accompany this one.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black and thick from a nitro tap. Thick, creamy head to be expected without much lacing. Aroma is chocolate forward with dark malts coming through. Taste is great - loads of chocolate coming through yet balanced malt flavor. While not "sessionable" this RIS is a bit lighter on ABV than many.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a tulip glass.

A - jet black color with a good sized dark tan head of foamy bubbles that took a long time to settle to a ring, leaving some good sticky bits of lacing behind.

S - black licorice and roasted malt aromas with a hint of chocolate.

T - very good tasting stout, rich malty flavors, woody, earthy, bittersweet chocolate finish.

M - full bodied brew with mild carbonation.

D - very easy drinking stout and the 7.5% abv is reasonable enough to be able to have a few glasses of this delicious stout in an evening.

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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass an almost opaque black with just a hint of ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped by a thin khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malts, bakers cocoa and espresso. The taste is a nice blend of dry roasted malts, espresso and slight bitter chocolate. The beer is medium bodied with a very nice smooth dryness that makes it very easy to drink. This is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout, one I'd certainly have again.

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4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: silkly smooth stout, not a malt bomb, great flavor from barrel aging. touch a vanilla, nothing dominant

mouthfeel: low body for imperial stout, medium

drinkability: under rated beer. Just because it was not an extreme imperial. It had fantastic flavor.

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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Tons of medium brown, big bubbly head on top of black body.

S - Long roast grains with evidence of chocolate and anise.

T - Chocolate, coffee and anise all well rounded and very good.

M - The feel is a bit hard with carbonation being evident which is a bit uncomfortable for a stout.

~ This is a good stout. I love that it comes in a bomber, more bang for the buck! I most definitely recommend this brew to my fellow stout lovers.

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly black colour with a big off white head. Retention is ok as is the lace. Aroma is off mild chocolate, coffee and sweet malts. Flavour is very rich, starting with a noticeable chocolate flavour with a touch of fruit. Then transitions to coffee and pleasant hop bitterness. The roast character is very smooth with no astringency. There is a touch of sweetness there as well. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium low. This is a very smooth bodied and easily drinkable oatmeal stout. This site has it listed a Russian Imperial Stout, but I dont think it fits that style. Really its just a great, complex, beefed up oat stout. Highly recommended.

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4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, pitch black with a nice thick head that leaves behind plenty of lacing with each sip taken.

S: Strong chocolate aroma as well as a scent of roasted malts.

T: Great-tasting bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth on the tongue with the thickness expected in a stout.

D: Very much so.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The bottle calls this an "Empirical Stout" and has some clever copy on the bottle explaining the name and the designation. I'd say that this is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. That's the character I get from it.

It appears black with brown highlights when held to the light and generates a decent head with a reasonably hard pour but the head does not linger and the lacing was minimal.

Imperial Oatmeal is the most descriptive term I can give you for this. It reminds me of the best oatmeal stouts I've had but bigger in flavor. The dark roasty flavors are huge and really linger on the palate. It tastes a bit charred and absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer of this stature. I like my imperials to be motor oil. I want a thick, heavy beer. Yet, somehow this doesn't bother me in this beer. I think the flavor is solid enough that I don't mind the fact that it's more medium-bodied.

This beer has a stellar flavor, and the lighter mouthfeel proves to be an asset to this beer, it goes down much more smoothly than a heavy imperial. The dark, roasted character of this really shines and is quite satisfying.

After my first sip I was in love, and I plan to pick up a couple more bombers of this to hang on to. Definitely worth a try.

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