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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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 491
Photo of jsh420
1.59/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

date on the bottle MAR2108

pours dark brown 1+ finger off white head - ok retention that left spotted lacing

smells watery!! -- with light sweet milky chocolate

taste is thin - very watery - some cocoa and sour milk - wow this beer is bad - i hate to say it but AB's porter is 10x better then this train wreck

mouthfeel is awful - RIS??? lol i have had adjunct lagers with more body

drinkability - never again - and boulder should stop production on this beer ASAP before it damages their rep.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

smells like soured chocolate milk. very light on flavor, tart rotting fruit note- too much fizz and not enough creaminiess for the weight and very dry/abrasive in the finish.. with the "oak" adding a real tannic red wine harsh and unexpected aftertaste. no booze, no oomph, no body. drinkable due to its lack of heft, but not too much else redeeming this confused brew. for starters, it would be 2x better without the oak. and it would probably be about 5x better with hops that made sense.. all they've managed to do here is bring an unbalanced overroasted dry malt flavor and acrid bitterness. for this to be sold in a bomber as part of a 'special release' series is an insult to the beer consumer.. we're dealing with a stout gone wrong here. avoid.

ps: there are mentions of 'coffee' flavors in previous reviews. i don't know what kind of burnt-ass tongue stripping coffee you folks are drinking, but i suggest you find a less heavy-handed roaster from which to procure your beans.

pps: (next day edit after getting mad thinking about the deceptive nature of the beer's name) they go out of their way on the bottle, in very small type, to explain what empirical means.. as some of you might know, it has nothing to do with imperial. they are pimping a blah beer using a word that SOUNDS like imperial, with no abv or other numbery stats on the label. im surprised people arent more pissed about this. preying on the stupidity of extreme beer tickers. shady at best.

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Photo of cameraman
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark brown to black color, with a hint of red along the bottom of the glass. A light beige colored head forms on top, about one finger thick. Laces very slowly down the glass. A malt sweetness, at first scent, then it blends to a dried fruit aroma, mostly of raisons and currants. There is also touches og coffee and chocolate making an appearance in there as well. The taste starts out with the malt, it seems rather weak in flavor. Then the dried fruit, raisons mostly come foward, then a mild grassy bitterness ends the taste. The taste seems watered down, which leads us to the mouthfeel. The feel is very watery for an Imperial Stout, there is also a strong foaming sensation from carbonation. This beer started out very promising, with a nice look and solid aroma. Then it crashes and burns from there, which makes this avery undrinkable beer.

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Photo of rpstevens
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Darkness tulip. The beer pours an opaque black with murky brown edges and a thin off-white head. The head fades quickly to a ring, leaving behind minimal bubbly lacing. The label states this one is an oak aged oatmeal stout, but it's classified as a Russian Imperial here, curious.

The smell is dark chocolate, dark cherries and an oak character first and foremost. There are some sweet light milk chocolate notes and some grainy malts. The alcohol is also ever-present, a bit too much for only 8%. The nose is pretty average, hitting some of the stout requirements, but not doing any of them particularly well.

The taste is much like the smell. The dark chocolate definitely dominates first and foremost, and the oak notes follow it up, but the dark fruits are not present. There are some hints of roasted coffee that weren't present in the nose, which are welcome. The alcohol sweetness kind of overwhelms the rest, no hints of an oatmeal stout in this one.

The beer is well carbonated, but it is too thin and the alcohol is too present, meddling in the flavors. This beer was a bit of a disappointment, mostly because I was expecting some more oatmeal stout characteristics. Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours deep dark brown, opaque, with two fingers of rocky tan head that soon deflates. Some rocky lacing. I noted that while the beer was being poured that it appeared a little thin.

Smell -- Very aromatic. The oak is certainly present, along with milk chocolate, roast malt, charcoal, and a little vanilla.

Taste -- Oak dominates the flavor profile. There is some molasses, dark chocolate and vanilla. Some earthy hops and charcoal in the finish. The lasting aftertaste is all oak.

Mouthfeel -- Quite thin for the style, too much carbonation. Finish is quite dry.

Drinkability -- There was a lot that didn't work for me on this beer. Too thin, too carbonated, and, frankly, too much oak. I typically love beers aged on oak, but the flavor profile was so flat and so singularly oak it was as if I was trying to suck a spilled beer out of someone's deck rails. I finished my glass purely as a matter of principle.

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Photo of Crosling
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with ruby edges. Long lasting, thin, very light tan head. Nose shows some oak chip character (in other words...fake, non-authentic wood, which shows only a touch of vanilla,) some herbal, citrus-like hops and a very light roast character. Flavor is very light in character and also light in body and palate. Flavor shows a light touch of vanilla from the oak chips. Not much malt character to speak of, maybe a touch of dark fruit and chocolate, but it's such a stretch. Overall, this beer leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of clickpush
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out with a dark brown body, looking a little thin. A light tan head recedes quickly to a nice bit of lace and thicker halo. The smell is very roasty, burnt toast and caramel. Also kind of herbal, but not in the hoppy sense. Enters the mouth with a thin body that's a bit weak up front but finishes with average burnt toast crust flavors. This one is pretty thin in both body and flavor. Lacing still remains atop the brew. Metallic flavors develop in the mouth with each additional sip. This one doesn't quite pull off the RIS that it's shooting for - actually it tastes more like a porter to me. Finishes off with some regurgitated honey notes.

This one really needs to be beefed up a bit in the next batch - let's shoot for 10% next time.

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Photo of joerodiii
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Minimal head, very dark but not thick black. Slight sour, chocolate, and woodsiness/peatiness in the nose.

Oak dominates the taste. The beer seems a bit lacking as a RIS goes. The roasted malt really does not play well with the oak; the combination gives the beer a smoky flavor that just doesn't seem to work. The balance between the hops and malt, however, is perfect. The beer is just bitter enough with just enough hop flavor. Both are present without being overpowering.

Not much in the way of mouthfeel. It seems a it thin for a RIS, although that might be caused by the astringency. It seems to dry out my tongue.

This is not a very drinkable beer. After a few ozs, I found myself really wishing that I was done. Boulder has definitely made better beers than this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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 KeefD
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

See through, russet brown, but nearly black in the glass, small white and light lacing. Aroma is oaky, light char and chocolate. Taste has a nice balance between the oak and roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee in there, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin, booze comes out with warmth. Meh...

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Adnams Imperial tumbler. Obovoid appears a dark brown color with cola hues around the edges of the glass. The head stands about an inch tall and is a fluffy light tan color. Nose and flavors consist of both milk and dark chocolates, slightly sour, vanilla, mild mocha notes, some caramel but not that sweet. Body is a bit thin and surprisingly light for the style with ample carbonation. No alcohol burn to speak of here. I recall the draft version being much tastier.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew claims to be oak aged, however, I did not detect any "oakiness"! Found the malt, and the chocolate...nice tan head that laced til the end. In this brew, I did not detect the nose...maybe my nose had an issue! Still any brew that claims "stout" is worth a try.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a central waters snifter. bomber dated 1-18-2011

a- poured pitch black/brown with more head than i expected. head is light tan and rose up an inch or so, then slowly dissipated.

s- large amount of roasted scent. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak are all there. very nice, fairly complex nose

t- flavors follow the nose, but are extremely subtle comparatively. for some reason i expected a big stout, but was left with a very mild one. coffee, chocolate and oak are there, but barely show up until the finish. extremly mild for what i was expecting

m- for the amount this foamed when i poured it, i expected alot more carbonation to be present as well, but when drinking it, it felt almost flat and lifeless. very thin feeling as well. just a hint of dryness on the finish, but not much else there.

overall, I was expecting a lot more from this beer. for some reason I expected an oak aged stout to be bigger than this. it was extremly drinkable, but in my mind thats not what a oak aged stout is. perhaps my expectations were too high for this, but it still seemed to fall a bit short.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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 edskirk3
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label indicates that this beer has been oak-aged. Twenty-two ounces, serving in a pint.

Pours opaque black with mocha-hued foam 1 finger in thickness. Some lacing.

Very bready aroma. Dark bread, slightly stale. Bitter coffee. Some oak.

First hit with roasted malts, slightly astringent. It is like bitter chocolate and also very bready. After a few sips the roasted malts taste like they are burnt. There's a distant fruity note that is partially obscured by all the roasted bitterness. Not very smooth.

I find this stout to be lacking somewhat in body.

So, I'm slightly disappointed. If I didn't see "aged in oak" on the label, I never would have thought so. I have no idea of the freshness of this bottle so I might have to find a fresher sample. Until then, when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout, I have a few better options.

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Photo of Nesued
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown/black in color. A lively cream/tan head formed on the pour with good retension to a one-finger head.

Smell - Chocolate malt aroma is the first thing that comes to mind when I take a deep breath on this beer. Some coffee presence. Pretty much that's all I can get from this. I catch some woody character, but it's not in your face.

Taste - Opens with a sweet malty front end that gives way to a coffee/chocolate middle and a mild hop-induced finish. The oak contribution seems a bit mild. Perhaps more time "in country" would have imparted a larger contribution.

Mouthfeel - The oatmeal does give some nice body and a fullness to this beer. Good carbonation and a nice smooth feel on the palate.

Overall - An ok beer. Glad I tried it. Personally, I saw more in common with a porter than an RIS, but perhaps that's just me.

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Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a dark brown color with a sticky tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. The head faded and clung to the edge of the glass but left some very nice lacing.

The aroma has a pretty bold oak, vanilla and wood characteristic to it. It has some smooth oats with a hint of chocolate to it as well. Pretty smooth and clean aroma overall, but pretty light on the stout flavors.

The taste shows a lot of the oak and wood flavors with a hint of vanilla. Some oats, cocoa and bitter-sweet chocolate come through as well. Pretty smooth flavor overall but it could have used more roasty and bitter stout flavors to compete with the oaky flavors. Very light in beer flavors for the style.

The mouthfeel seems very light for an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is moderate to above average for the style. Drinkability is decent, it had some nice oak flavors to it overall. It could have showed more of a traditional oatmeal stout flavor and thickness in my opinion though. Drinkable beer overall but not even close to one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small coffee and malty, yet quite faint. In the taste, sweet maltiness and somewhat malty. A smooth, medium body in the mouthfeel and a coffee sweetness to dry in the aftertaste. Not much in the nose, somewhat lactic and nice coffee presence, good, but not fantastic.

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Photo of denver10
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a full, off white head. Aroma is oaky, roasty, a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. Flavor followed suit, solid but far from special. Lots of oak, some roastiness, grains, maybe a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. A medium body, creamy. Overall, an alright beer but not anything to rush back to.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, $5.99 at New Beer Wholesale Distribution, Inc, on Christie St in NYC.

A: Very dark brown, only a faint ruby glimmer visible against a bright light. 1 finger head settles slowly to a thick beige layer.

S: Bitter smoky molassas.

T: Bitter chocolate, smoke, coffee. Lots of porter character.

M: Slick and smooth but not thick.

Overall: lackluster, nothing special.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Opaque black with a thin head that slowly settles to a thin rim. Light roasted grains with a little bit of molasses. Some chocolate is in there as well. The roasted malts are back again in the flavor with only a touch of hop bitterness. The chocolate flavors are repeated. Medium bodied (a little light for the style) with decent carbonation. The finish is the lingering dark malts.

This beer seemed a little bit on the thin side of the style. It's almost like a bitter Irish Dry Stout. I think the alcohol forgot to show up as well.

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Photo of BasementDweller
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber. Pours black with a loose tan head. Aroma is of cold black coffee with a very subtle sour off-note. Flavor comes on with a head full of smoke, toasted wood, coffee, and a strage fruity ester. Bitter hop finish with a hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the light side for a beer whose name implies "Imperial Stout". Altogether it's a beer that looks like a stout, feels like a stout, but smells and tastes like an experiment with stout.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer 9/2 but the date on the bottle was 4/28, so it might be a little past its prime.

The color was a deep black with no ruby color.

A nice brown head formed that soon turned into a ring around the glass that lasted for the duration of the beer.

The aroma was of roasted coffee but did not have much depth.

The beer was fairly full bodied with a little bit of an oily mouth feel.

The beer was pleasant to drink and finished with a burnt coffee taste.

Overall the beer was okay but not outstanding. It was good enough to drink one of but it lacked much depth.

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Photo of sevopie
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - I see why they put void in the name. Dark as a black hole. Also, I don't know if it was my pour or what, but I got a *huge* amount of head on this one, more than 3 fingers' worth. And it dissipated slow with excellent lacing.

Smell - Bitter and Chocolaty.

Taste - Very chocolaty, slightly bitter. Almost more carbonation than I would expect from a stout. You can definitely taste the roasted barley in this one too, tastes very much like what they let us taste when I visited the brewery. There's also a flavor on the finish which I can't quite place... I almost want to say ginger.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation takes a bit away from this one, and its lighter on the tongue than I would have expected. Watery is not the word I would use, but that's as close as I can get to what I am thinking.

Drinkability - I like the chocolate flavors in this beer, but unfortunately they aren't well balanced by anything else.

This is a good beer, but I'll pass in the future for others.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got as a trade from ivnloud

A- cola colored body with a rather large beige head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- oats, slight roasted malt, touch of wood, and a hint of booze

T- rather bland unfortunately. rather close to how it smells. it does have a nice bitter and dry aftertaste. the oak taste shows up when the glass warms a little.

M- thin and watery for this style.

D- im glad i got the chance to try this, but it was pretty unimpressive overall. i could probably finish the entire 22oz bottle by myself, but i certainly wouldnt want to crack another.

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