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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer arrived just poured, with insane waves of bubbles pulsating down the glass. Showing the color of a black cola, it held a one finger cream colored head of bubbles so tiny they all meshed together into a single flowing unit. The head never left, not even by the end of the tasting. Lacing was left in thick sheets only when we started to drink it. No sediment was noted, and carbonation was average. The aroma was mild, with steely metallics of fresh coffee bean, and a thickly roasted set of chocolate and caramel malts. Booze and plum came with warmth, but it was otherwise a light and basic nose. Our first impression was “holy creaminess!!”. As the flavoring opened up we began with mild malts and an even roastiness. There was light sugar sweetness with lactic milkiness to cut with some bitterness. The middle peaked with stony bitterness, coffee, dirt, and mineral. The finish was equally as mild, with more soft and sweet creaminess to cut the bittering from the malts. The aftertaste breathed of roasted, bitter malts, a thick char, and more of those lactics. The body was full but with a lighter feel, and was almost watery at times. Carbonation was lighter but each sip was as soft as air, with amazing cream, froth, and slurp due to the head standing ever present. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was simple.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look, with those pulsating, vibrant waves of bubbles, and the outrageous head. In the nose and flavoring we felt these to be more of a standard American stout, rather than the typical Russian Imperial or oatmeal. Everything was unfortunately mild, and we wished that the flavors in particular were better pronounced with more booziness and syrupy stickiness.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-hued black, with a huge quickly-dissipating head of tan carbonation. Wondrous lace.

Nose is wood-oak and whiskey-like, I get some hints of vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol.

Flavor is rich -- hints of dark fruit, charred malts, and a hint of wood in the finish, though not as overwhelming as that may imply.

Overall, a well-done Russian imperial stout, with a unique oak-aged character. Recommended!

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-finger, light tan head that stays for a while, really dark, good carbonation, some nice lacing

S: Roasted/chocolate malts, earthy, bit of caramel

T: Oaky malts and oats, bittersweet chocolate, taste doesn't quite live up to appearance and smell in my opinion

M: Smooth, almost rich, too thin, a bit dry, carbonation is there

O: Good/decent, something to try, still room for improvement

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster, PA. Notes taken when served.

Served in a 12 oz “fat” Snifter. An acceptable glass.

Pours a typically thin head for an Imp Stout, lively though and easily revived, good lace.
Black opaque color. You cannot see through it.

The aroma first hits you with a distinct roasted malt smell, then the oak/wood kicks ass and takes over with some yeast in the background. Wow, very distinct wood!

Full crisp entry on the palate of roasted malt and then, Bam! Aggressive, mouth drying wood, followed by typical bitterness for the style. As the ale warms some rich chocolately malt comes forward, but never enough to even compete with the wood. At best a medium mouth feel, with a surprisingly light body for this type of ale. Good fine carbonation.

Long finish of wood dominated, rich, roasted malt.

Very impressive wood aged ale. One of the most distinctly wood conditioned ales I have had, and I am a huge fan of the style. That being said the wood is almost too much for what else this ale has to offer, as it could use more richness and body to balance out.
Still a very delicious and drinkable Imperial Stout. Of course the rather tame 8% ABV is never noticeable.
Highly Recommended!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Insane that I got a 16oz pour in a pint glass, but I'm not complaining.

Almost black. Light tan head with an nitrous tap quality, solidly lacing the glass. Incredible.

Oaky nose with lovely dark fruit fleshy undertones. Some vanilla and roast withdrawal a tinge of maple. The alcohol seems pretty well masked.

Hugely oaked out. Nice grape skin fruit gives it a tannin quality. Chewy oatmeal malt middle. Slightly Belgian in the yeast profile. Reminds me a bit of an oak aged strong dark ale or, maybe, quad. Boozy, velvety, and hot. Sweet finish dissolves the almost harsh oakiness. The vanilla is riding out the end, as well, along with brandy notes.

Not easily drinkable. This might have a headache attached to it. Great full body and subtle carbonation with a fine bubble, feels like it came out of a nitrogen tap. A good rating for mouthfeel is still due despite the alcohol intensity.

Well, I guess I'd like to have an aged one next.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes at the Boulder Beer Brewpub on Wilderness,

Good lacing but a small head

Chocolatey raisiny smell which was one of the best features for
a wintry day.

The alcohol content really comes to the front making it seem
a little underaged.

But a nice bitterness and sharpness with a very good mouthfeel
and clean finish.

One of the only reasons to visit the Boulder Beer Brewpub.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of brown head, solid black body. Laces a treat, strong surface retention.

Malty nose with some cocoa.

Superb balance-- surprisingly dry for an imperial stout. Strong cocoa presence on the front, leafy hops on the finish. Slightly bitter, barky malt in the middle.

Mostly smooth but some scattered prickliness on my tongue.

A good imperial stout if a bit dry. Not over-hopped, but slightly bitter. With regard to the description, I get no oak and only little oatmeal.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Belmont station and due to me forgetting about it it was aged just over 1 year

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Lots of oatmeal and oak on the nose with just a touch of coffee

Taste: Very muted oatmeal upfront with some roasted malt behind that. Touch of oak mid palate with some real nice coffee notes on the back end

Mouthfeel: Maybe a touch on the thin side and mild carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable yet a touch on the boring side. I would like to get a fresh bottle and re-exam this guy because I feel time may have hurt it a bit.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color off the bottle, but once in the glass it was absolutely pitch black with no penetration of light.
Almost a two year old bottle, with the date of bottling on the neck of the bottle.
Nice head, over two fingers worth, which dissipates very slowly. The surface of the head is off-white, whereas the rest of the head is khaki to dark tan in color.
Aroma is sweet, full of oats with definite notes of dark coffee and some chocolate malt balls.
Taste upfront is sweet, coats the palate very nicely. The wood character is evident in the back-end as the beer warms up. Not to mention there is also hints of chocolate notes, hints of bitterness in the finish along with the oakiness. Smooth, silky and perfect on the palate. Leaves behind a nice lace along the insides of the glass all the way down.
The alcohol is also well-hidden, there is no way to tell it is a high ABV beer. Drinkability is very good, although I would have liked this stout to be more full-bodied. Otherwise, a very good and solid stout. Always nice to see how age only helps develop a big dark beer to an even better level.
Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brown pour that rests in the glass dark and black. Hardly any head rises up, perhaps the beer was too cold or my pour was bad as other report a nice tan head on this.

S: Just a ton of oak, wood, and chocolate. Very big, imposing smell. Very sweet, not unlike licorice.

T: The oakiness from the smell is not as prominent on the taste, it mostly resides on the backend. Chocolate, roastiness, very dry finish. Not as sweet as I was expecting it to be.

MF: Medium to heavy body with lower than average carbonation.

O: Tasty, but I don't think it was all that great. Bottle says oatmeal stout, so I sort of wonder why this is under the RIS category, might have rated it higher if it wasn't. Just too many good RIS out there for this to have a high rating in this category.

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Photo of cbak999
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass; deep, dark black with a tan head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate dominate, with subtle notes of oak. Other less noticeable aromas come from vanilla and nut. What I like about the beer comes from the oatmeal, and it's the silky, smooth sensation as you get as you consume. There's a good balance of all the flavors and the alcohol, as this 8% beer does not come off as boozy at all. The beer gets better as it warms up, and by the end of the glass, it was much better than at the first sip. I really enjoyed this beer, and it's likely that I will have it again down the road.

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

pours black with a 2in head with good foam and good lace

smell is initially roasted malt and a hint of vanilla with some light oak notes

taste is robust roasted malt some coffee flavor, no hops noted, light oak finish

medium body could be thicker for the style

Overall an ok beer... i was expecting more but its still a good one to try.

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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 Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with DLucky many moons ago. Thanks!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown, transparent, pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with great retention. Black body and lover levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a film clinging to the sides. A wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some decent lacing down the glass. Nice looking head, but too thin and transparent.

SMELL: Bigger nose. Roasted malts, milk chocolate and oatmeal notes for sure. Perhaps a touch of oak in there, but mostly roasted and chocolaty aromas on the nose.

TASTE: Flavorful. Roasted and smoky beginning with touches of caramel sweetness through the middle. Finishes with some nice mild chocolate and oak at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of bitter chocolate and oats with a nice roasted undertone. Very nice actually.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very light on the palate, but also very creamy and smooth as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Too light for top marks, but the creamy palate is really pleasant.

OVERALL: This is a good, solid beer. Really enjoyed this one; perhaps more than the score indicates. A thicker pour and heavier body would definitely help the cause, but this is still a tasty and enjoyable imperial stout. Thanks again DLucky. Recommended.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black brown and is completely opaque once any amount has built up in the glass. Head seems to be a bit frothy, even after settling some. Tons of lacing though, all the way from where the head began.

Smells of oak, roastiness, tobacco, and a hint of clove.

I definitely enjoy the flavors in this more than the smell. You can taste the oatmeal, earthy burnt tobacco, and a definite bitter dark chocolate finish. My wife said it faintly reminds her of a clove cigarette.

When I poured it I have to admit I thought it looked thin but it coats the mouth very nicely and hides the alcohol well.

Overall this is a nice try and a steal for what I got it for.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, between dark brown and black. Head is disappointing. Kind of an offtan, but it's so small and lasts such a little time you're likely to miss it.

Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate fill the nose. A nice smokey flavor is always present.

The bittersweet chocolate is prevalent and it's yummy. Aside from the dark malts, the only other taste is a bit of alcohol. As it warms, the woody oak flavor comes through.

Being an oatmeal stout, it's creamy like you'd expect. However, the creamy smoothness is soon overtaken by bitterness from the chocolate and heat from the alcohol late in the finish.

This is a good beer. Despite the alcohol making a presence in the nose and on the palate, it's pretty gentle for an Imperial. Easy to drink.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black body, medium tan head, leaving nice lace. Aroma is ripe with oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasty notes, slight dark fruits. More oak and wood in the taste, also with the vanilla and chocolate. Nicely rich, nice roasty character, and a slight bittersweet note on the finish. Nearly full bodied, creamy, not hugely coating, but nice feel nonetheless. Solid, well done oaked stout. I'd easily drink this on the regular.

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

A- pours a black opaque color with a khaki head nice lacing on glass

S- is oak and wood with a with spice and citrus hops and vanilla bean and chocolate

T- was vanilla bean with a woody oak taste and coffee ,a touch of bittersweet chocolate,some alcohol heat

M- was smooth but not like an oatmeal stout it was more bitter with wood and alcohol heat

O for an oatmeal stout this was powerful with oak and coffee and chocolate..some dark fruits.one a season is enough for me

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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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pat and Sarah for this Christmas gift. It's been in my fridge since then.

A: The stout is black, very imperial looking. An off-white head bubbled up significantly, over two fingers that have laced extensively.

S: The nose is just as imperial as the apperance, dark and murky. Chocolate, anise, coffee, oatmeal, and tannins all peak through. Vanilla is a key contributor from the oak aspect.

T: More oatmeal than imperial, the stout has a very smooth, sweet taste with chocolate, alcohol, and lactose in ample supply. The oatmeal aspect supplies that smoothness. Oaken vanilla is fast on its tail. As the two pass, rich imperial tannic flavors come through, a strong body. A smokey finish lends to the rustic feel. An admirable nightcap.

M: The mouthfeel is nicely roasted, dark with the proper accoutrements. I like the Imperial focus of the ale.

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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 LtCracker20
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, almost black body with red hues around the edges. 1-finger khaki head with OK retention and good lace.

S- Chocolate and vanilla up front. Sweet dark fuits (plums, raisens), and a little of the ABV comes through.

T- Burnt chocolate flavor, vanilla, slight espresso with more dark chocolate. Little of the dark fruit flavor.

MF- Full bodied and creamy, but could've used just a little more on the body.

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Photo of codsmith
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet back with a nice single finger of off-white foamy head. Foam stays around throughout the beer and laces the glass nicely

S: Has a nice sweetness from the oak and a nice roasted and chocolate backbone. There is also a nice raisin smell coming off

T: It starts off with a nice amount of roasted and chocolate malt flavor, but finishes with a strange bitterness that kills the sweet flavor on the fore-front of the beer.

M: A bit over carbonated for the style and makes it sit a bit heavier than it should

O: Well-crafted beer. Seems a little heavy or full in the body from the over-carbonation. Bitterness at the end kills the smooth chocolate favor that is at the beginning of the beer.

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Photo of beerman207
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this marked down half price at one of my favorite beer stores. Time to give it a shot!

A: Dark dark brown color wityh a nice tan head that goes away quick leaving a nice skim coat on the top of the glass

S: Nose is chocolate malt, a bit of smoke, some oats, and maybe some dark fruit.

T: Wow. This one has a nice flavor - taste comes through first with the dark malts and fruit backing alongside. As it sits in the glass a while, the chocolate really dominates as the flavor. I can pick up a bit of smokiness in there as well. Some oak in there

M: Perfect carbonation for an oatmeal stout. Not very thick but I don't expect a thick beer for this style

O: Great offering considering I only paid $3.99 for a bomber of it. Definately worth a shot if you can get a chance to try it.

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