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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 StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

one of the most oaky examples of this style I have encountered. thin and inky black in color, this beer doesn't have a ton of head, but what it does have is an incredible nose. it smells incredibly oak forward, almost more so than that dark roasted barley or alcohol I smell musty oak, deciduous and pungent. it carries over to the flavor too, but instead of complimenting the stout itself, it sort of takes over. the thinness of body also exacerbates this issue, which gives me a watery feel but a very intense woody flavor, an odd sensation on my palate. bitter in the finish with just a touch of toasted coconut island style flare in there, but there just isn't the depth here of some of the worlds best Russian imperials. I like the intensity of the oak, but it limits drinkability, especially when this warms up. o good beer overall though, and one of boulder beers best offerings really.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black with a thin tan head.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose with hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: Like the smell, flavors of roasted malts dominate the taste. There are some notes of oak and chocolate, but the oak flavors aren't very strong.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate. There is also some dryness.
D: It drinks surprisingly easily considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this for about a month. It's about time to break in. The label is right, the beer is about as black as deep space. A firm tan head forms atop the viscous pour and then settles to a froathy trace. Aromas are full of chocolates, roastedness, and coffee; but no real esters or evident oak character. Flavors closely mirror those in the nose, but bring on a soft sweetness like only oats can. A barrel-aged roundness helps to smoothen the beer, but the hop intensity is still potent and, along with the black malts, become a bit overbearing. Boozey alcohols gain intensity as the beer warms. Still light on esters, but moderate on malts. Age will help the beer, but it's a bit rough still.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with ruby highlights; I didn't get much head despite a fairly hard pour; what remains after a minute or two is a rocky film which leaves some fairly nice lacing, nonetheless

Smell: The roasty charred oak aroma dominates, with coffee and dark chocolate notes providing some balance

Taste: Open roasty, with the charred oaky flavors dominating up front, with some bitter hops making there presence felt by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavors mellow out and balance the roast, but the finish tilts back to the up-front flavors

Mouthfeel: Meidum body with moderate carbonation; a little light for the style

Drinkability: This is a bottle from last year's batch and the time has mellowed it out nicely; a solid, if not great, effort

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer store is selling bombers of this for 99 cents!!! I grabbed only 4 of them but there were many cases left.

For that price, this beer is almost unbeatable. It's a very tasty oatmeal stout that hides the alcohol well. Is nice and creamy and full bodied with a nice sweetness touch to it. Even has a nice biscuity aroma and leaves tons of lacing. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, only because I saw it by the entrance for this price. I figured any bomber from a microbrewery can't be too bad. Now if it was $7 like I see other people saying, I would have never tried it but.... being how it is, it's a great imperial oatmeal stout.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a caramel-colored, thick, foamy, three-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled nutty and of roasted malt. It also was heavy on the caramel aroma. Some dark chocolate notes, too.

T - It had a smooth chocolate taste mixed with caramel roasted malt. It had a little bitterness from some hops.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good RIS.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body with amber-brown highlights around the edges. The head settles relatively slowly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Notes of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel and a hint of licorice overlap with spicy hops and a little bit of pine character.

T - Caramel and cola notes up front with a hint of smoky licorice. Some toasted oak notes and vanilla come out in the middle and a bit of coffee begins to creep into the flavor profile. The beer finishes up with more mocha and nutty roasted malt along with some vanilla and smoke. All of the dark flavors concentrate in the aftertaste with an emphasis on smoke, licorice, and coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Fairly complex with a level of drinkability that is unusually high for a beer of this strength and style. The oak aging has definitely brought something worthwhile to the table with notes of vanilla and toasted wood, but also a more subtle quality that seems to add a little bit to the preexisting malt profile as well. I would be very interested to try the bourbon barrel aged version of this beer as I can see how that would work nicely with what is already going on here.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light 1 finger dark head that fades quickly over pitch black but slightly thinner beer.

Nose has some dark malts with light sugar and syrupy aromas. A bit of roast and coffee, slight bakers chocolate, a little water, touch of smoke and little oak.

Taste brings dark malts with plenty of chocolate, bakers chocolate, light creamy, roast and coffee with hint of smoke. A bit of vanilla and oak. Some slight sugar and toffee. Slight bitterness with hint of earthy hops. Starts mildly sweet and dries a bit on the finish.

Mouth is slightly heavier body with lower but decent carbonation.

Drinkability is ok with a slight sticky and syrupy finish and light bitterness and not much booze.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Color is a dark, dark caramel brown, call it black. Decent head retention with some thin splattered lace rings. Not to bad.

Aroma: Big roasted malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, and very little oak at the end, but it adds a nice touch.

Taste: This is a sweeter oatmeal stout to me. I think it has to do the oak aging. Also notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Kind of sweet as I mentioned, but it's alright.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. The roasted malts are very well developed here. I am pretty impressed, as it isn't too smokey. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry roasted flavor in the mouth.

Overall, this beer was a lot better than I was expecting. I liked to oak addition to the oatmeal styled stout. My bomber is going surprisingly quick.

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Photo of superspak
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, chocolate, oak, roasted malt, oats, earth, caramel, toast, and some chemical alcohol-like aromas. Unimpressive aromas; the phenols are pretty bad, and throws off the balance. Age is probably a factor here, and it also feels a bit stale. Taste is pretty good: chocolate, roasted malt, oats, caramel, toast, earth, light dark fruit, light oak, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of roasted malt, chocolate, toast, oak, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance, with fairly robust flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an ok oatmeal stout. The age was definitely not friendly to this one, and I remember enjoying this more the last time I had it(which was likely much fresher).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and some dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. It's exactly what you look for in an RIS but it seems a bit subdued overall. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not as smooth as most in the style, medium body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, not the best RIS out there but worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted malt and charred grains, with hints of unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and, of course, the oak.

Taste: The flavor of roasted malts and burnt grains yield little sweetness. Some hints of acidic black coffee and chocolate. The oaken aspect seems raw and unrefined, like chomping down on a pencil. Herbal hops with a light bitterness. Dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An okay oaky.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obovoid Empirical Stout is not 'as dark as deep space', as the label claims. It's mahogany with a wide band of reddish gold along the bottom edge. The golden ecru colored cap is the appearance's best feature. The foam consists of thousand of sticky bubbles piled atop one another... that end up coating the glass with thick sheets of tattered lace.

The nose is more reminiscent of roasted barley than the secondary aromas that result from it (namely, chocolate and coffee). It's both straightforward and powerful, a good combination. It reads 'ale aged with oak' on the bottom corner of the label, but there is no evidence of it yet.

OOAOS is a solid American stout that does not have much in common with the RIS style. To be fair, the brewery doesn't use the word Russian, nor do they use the word Imperial. My guess is that by calling it Obovoid Empirical, they were looking for an interesting name in an attempt to give the beer shelf appeal. It worked with me.

The flavor profile is as much big porter as stout. Again, roasted malt rules the roost, with a tangy fruitiness in place of the usual big stout flavors; cocoa nibs excepted. Hops have their say and oak is now appreciated. The beer has a caramelized sugar flavor that is subtle. It's doubtful that Obovoid spend much time in contact with wood.

The mouthfeel isn't stout enough. It's fine in every other respect, but beer like this one needs to have some chewiness to be considered good. A little stick-to-it-iveness on the finish would be welcome too. The laid back carbonation is right where it should be.

It's surprising that this is Boulder's first regularly released stout. They've done a pretty good job with it, though I would have preferred something more meaty. It's worth a single bomber purchase and I'll consider picking up another if I run across it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this after the birthday tasting at my house -poured chilled from the 12oz into a 1/2 pint.

Black opaque like night with a 2 finger cap of sandstone, beading is like layers of bb's. The lace clings in a sheet. The smell is woody, odors of oak up front with nice cinnamon-like scent and dose of cocoa with some stone fruit -plum and dark cherry. The feel has moderate carbonation and subtle spice with mild tannic elements from the wood and textures of malt with slight sweetness but the stout has a very dry finish.

There is nice toasty taste w/ mild fruit tinges which are dry w/ subtle sweetness and the stout comes off as pretty dry w/ the sweetness subdued w/some of the feel coming into the taste as a spiced flavor with slight peppery quality and gentle toasted malt elements shining through slightly with dry and toasty the dominant flavor w/ subtle caramel, I mean it is not bone dry but lacks some of the sweetness you may expect from the style. The beer finishes woody and peppery. I think this is a good beer, overall satisfying stout with some wood elements that are enjoyable. A nice beer, but not a great one. I would possibly get this based on its taste, but it lacks a little in feel and aroma for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a mahogany tinged black with 1 finger of tan head. Excellent lacing & head retention

S: Roasted malt, coffee & cocoa

T: Iron, roasted malt, dryness & coffee up front. As this warms I get a touch of lactic sourness, coffee grounds, & a little more iron. Finishes dry & with much roastyness & a bit of Baker's chocolate, plus a whiff of boozeyness

MF: Oily with medium body & too much carbonation, tamps down a bit 2/3rd of the way through the bottle.

Drinks alright, not a great RIS by any means, worth a try. This beer scored higher on aesthetics than the actual goods for me

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color--not black. Light does shine through this beer. Excellent rocky beige head that has some staying power.

Black patent malt, burnt toast, and some grass make up the major smells. Slight alcohol, clove-like spice, and cinnamon make up the secondary aromas.

Chalky, bittersweet chocolate flavors. Lots of burnt tastes like charbroiled meat or blackened toast. Surprisingly thin body with a slightly high level of carbonation. No hop in the aftertaste, just black patent malt bitterness.

This is an interesting stout. Full flavored but not necessarily flavorful--it relies on the malt base extensively.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a deep boggy black with layers of whispy tan bubbles serving as a head, which doesn't lace much at all. The smell holds traces of chocolate, roasted marshmallows, toffee, and a bit of booziness. The taste sticks more to the basics, like dark malts and bitter chocolate, and adds some oatmeal to the proceedings. Honestly, I don't get too much of the oak in here, but maybe it will come out more as it warms. The body is nearing heavy and chewy and trickles dryly, siltily across the tongue. Overall, I'd say this is an OK stout, but not very highly drinkable.

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one and a half fingers of tan head that lasts for three to four minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, caramel malts, oak, and light dark fruits. Pretty enjoyable. Not a ton of oak, but it's certainly there.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, nuts, oak, and caramel malts. A step down from the nose. While good, the oak is very light, much less than the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Thick and chewy mouthfeel.

d - A decent oatmeal stout though it only had hints of oak. None the less it was enjoyable and something I would have again.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, but dark ruby shows when held to light. Light tan head off a very firm pour. Nose is mild. Flavor is equally mild. This is an RIS? Just lacks the punch, man. I mean it still has a nice edge, but nowhere near the complexity that many others of the style have. Feel is much thinner on the liquid than normal. Carbonation is okay. Verdict is that this is nice and even, but it is just lacking.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter:

Pours black with a thin off-white head that becomes a bubbly patch, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of chocolate/dark maltiness. A hint of dark fruits with earthy and oaky notes.

The taste is of sweet chocolate with a hint of cofffee. Oaky flavor comes through in the lightly roasted, sweetish finish.

It hits medium-bodied, with a bit of a watery texture. Very smooth.

Not the end-all of imperial stouts, but a nice one - smooth, sweet, drinkable with a nice oak touch.

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a thick, brown head that has good retention

S - simple roasted malts, maybe some oak

T - roasted malts, chocolate, woody, creamy, some alcohol

M - medium bodied, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice beer. I don't get as much oak as I would like, but it's there. The general stout seems like it would be great even without the oak-aging. This was a nice beer to sip on while I was cooking dinner for some friends. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very black, with cocoa-tan head...nice lookin'...

Rich and roasty nose, loads of espresso & cream, bittersweet, with caramel & chocolate hints, too...

Creamy, chocolatey flavor, yum...Cadbury's chocolate easter egg, that's it! That's where the name comes from...LoL!
Milk chocolate. Delish! Fullish bodied, moderate length finish, and altogether pleasing....sweetish taste, but good texture, fine and easy drinking....and loads of smooth, reassuring oatmeal. A big, burly oatmeal stout. And at an abv reaching up towards an RIS. Love it, personally.
This one's right up my alley. Good stuff.

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