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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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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 491
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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Photo of scubasteve04
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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Photo of paulthebeerguru
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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Photo of Oakenator
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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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Photo of atsprings
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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Photo of CampusCrew
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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Photo of cdkrenz
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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Photo of mjryan
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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Photo of gwong
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
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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Photo of JAramini
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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Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03/14/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2006 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black in color with a larger 2 inch medium sized bubbled head. Leaves some nice patchwork of lace behind.

Smell- Nice heavily roasted chocolate malt nose. Some light hoppy scents as well. Minor woodsy notes included in the mix.

Taste- Huge bittersweet chocolate flavor. Hops are here and there are a nice amount of them giving a nice bitter additional flavor. Malt isn't as heavily roasted as in the nose. Really hard to pick up much of a barrel-oaky taste to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, definite bitter aftertatse as well as chocolate.

Drinkability- Really good example of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of flavor for a lower abv imperial.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Inky dark brew with a rocky tan head.

Oaky vanilla immediately apparent in the nose, malty and chocolatey.

Smooth, delicious with an excellent smooth balance on the palate. The barrel age brings a lovely woodiness to the party. Great stuff!

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with giant tan head and good lace. Deep chocolate charcoal aroma, roasted nuts and tart pomegranite. A nice bodied charcoal brew with some hints of licorice. Good alcohol, almost brandy or whiskey. Some grape and bitter highlights in the back. Good quality, solid feel and flavorful if you like burnt/charcoal domination. Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of magnj
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Deep brown, impenetrable by light save a faint glimmer of hope at the perfect angle directly in front of the light. Tan 1 finger head from a hard pour faded pretty quick to a thin film. lots of lacing from when the head was still around, I can see the notches where I took sips.

s - Well rounded, not offensive. The Oak come through pretty strong but in a good way. Dark fruits, alcohol not really present nor are any hops.

t - Again, well rounded. Oak comes through, a little smokey. Dark fruits at the end. Coats the mouth and lingers but manages to stay clean. Very tasty. The alcohol does not come through much at all.

m/d - Feels maybe a little thin though it's not thin on taste. A little higher than average carbonation but isn't bothersome. Very drinkable, so tasty but dangerous at 8%.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, with a tan colored head.

Smell: Sweetened milk chocolate.

Taste: Follows the smell, very tasty sweet milk chocolate. A nice hint of coffee and some bitterness. Very well balanced between sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: Lower in alcohol than most imperial stouts and with a taste I really enjoyed, I'd have this anytime.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's the best balanced imperial stout I've had, and has a flavor profile I really enjoyed. It reminded me somewhat of a amped-up Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Recommended!

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Photo of ftsgibson
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown, pretty much black, color with a good inch and a half head.

S: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, and of course oak hints.

T: Not overpowering on the oak taste. with taste of chocolate and coffee.

M: Nicely carbonated with a light feeling.

D: This is a tasty oak-aged stout that has found a good balance and I would have another.

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Photo of deanwilson
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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 Freshie
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA.

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark as crud, with off-white creamy head.

Aroma is bittersweet, coffee like.

Taste is also sweet. Chocolate and caramel. Smooth. Hop spice grows as you drink, as well as alcohol burn.

A sipper no doubt, but pares great with a burger.

A nice find, and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why this is categorized as a RIS, so I'm rating it as an Oatmeal Stout.

Pours with a thick, foamy tan head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing.

Aromas are very sweet and inviting. Molasses, oak, and dark chocolate are all there.

Creamy on the palate, with the oaky / vanilla-like qualities shining thru. Roasted oats and malts, with a nice level of bitter-sweetness. Decent citric hop pull in the finish. Finish is smooth.

Drinkability is quite good.

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