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

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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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Ratings: 491 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle aged one year

A- Dark brown almost black, big tan head that settles pretty fast, nice highlights

S- Roasted coffee, chocolate goodness

T/M- Much like the nose, semi sweet and toasty, clean yeast notes and a subtle hint of bitterness just before the finish, good full chewy body, alcohol is there but in no way apparent or threatening.

D- Very drinkable ,the alcohol creeps up on you quick though. I recommend this one!

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Photo of waltonc
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Liquor Mart and poured into a cowboy boot.

Appearance: looks like a well carbonated stout to me.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee

Tastes: like a solid, serviceable imperial stout. The usual flavors - roastedness, coffee grounds, etc. Less soy sauce flavor than some imperials I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Not as thick as some imperial stouts. Carbonation is significant. Several minutes after pouring this there is still significant bubble retention around the boot rim.

Drinkability: Pretty good for this style, though doesn't taste good enough that I'd ever want very much at once.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, good head retention.

S - Solid chocolate aroma.

T - Really nice, avoids the heaviness of some imperial stouts, probably due to the oatmeal. I always did love a good oatmeal stout. Chocolate, oak, very malty, but not overwhelmingly so.

F - Near perfect, very creamy and rich.

D - I wasn't too crazy about BBC's Killer Penguin, so I didn't have such high hopes for this, but it acquitted itself very well. A smooth, easy-drinking imperial stout.

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

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late April for 6.99.

Beer poured dark brown with ruby undertones when held to light. Head is tan and is retaining well. Nose is sweet, hints of malts and chocolate. Taste is good,chocolate roasted malts, hints of the oak barrel, and hints of hops. Residual alcohol lingers in the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth from the oatmeal but it is thin for the style. Drinkability is good, alcohol is nicely tucked in the background, and the oaking and oatmeal angle provide a nice variation to the style. This is worthy of a try as this is an enjoyable brew.

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

Pours a four finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Deepest mahogany color. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose. Flavor has hints of malty sweetness but burnt coffee dominates. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just shy of deep space, still pretty dark brown color. Some highlighting in the bottom half. The foam is large bubbled, the color of brown sugar, and super sticky. Looks awesome.

Heavy on the grain in the aroma, more like putting barley in your oven than making bitter chocolate or roasting coffee cherries. Some dark fruits, some very mild citrics. Not terribly complex, but strong enough and pleasant enough to warrant a 4.

Actually pretty damn fruity in the flavor, for the style and appearance anyways. A little wooden, sort of like when you use whole grain for baking and it just doesn't taste quite as good as when you're less healthy.

Turns out there's some oak aging, which I didn't notice before. I guess that explains some of it, but it still to me tastes a little too dry-grain.

Finish is hop-forward and pretty bitter; there's some burnt sugar flavor toward the back end but the grapefruit zest defeats it in longevity. The oak is appreciable once you go looking for it (I think - maybe just power of suggestion).

Mouthfeel is moderately un-chewy for the style, and really for the overall heft, it's over-attenuated. Lots of malt, lots of hops, lots of alcohol, but the mouthfeel is just a little thin, and it leaves that wooden flavor just hanging out over the palate, since there's really not much carbonation either.

Not a bad effort by any means. Unfortunately, for the price and relative scarcity, there are always better options. That is, if I'm at a place where the Obovoid is sold, it's doubtful that I couldn't find a better beer, or a cheaper beer that I like more. I'm glad I tried it though.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a near black color with some mahogany highlights visible in the light. Tan one inch tan head that leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is mostly dominated by coffee. Some dark chocolate is also there along with a faint oak. A bit too mild.

Taste initially starts out with some coffee and chocolate, oak is not really present. Ends up being a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is kind of weak as well. It's fairly full, but something about it still seems a bit watery. Maybe it's the flavor. Funny thing is that the weaker flavors do make it a bit more drinkable.

I was a bit disappointed with this one. I wasn't expecting it to be anything like some of the best RIS, but still. Not particularly worth seeking out but if you can get it for a decent price (mine was too much at $8) then it might be worth it.

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

Deep deep mahogany color-just this side of being black. Fluffy cocoa colored head. Muted roast in the aroma-minor mocha scent. Chocolatey flavor, mellow roastiness. Not overly bitter. Mellow espresso character. Body is a tad thin but very creamy and smooth. Nice enjoyable RIS overall. Not as in your face as most. Quite nice and refreshing, even with being on the sipping side.

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

Black with ruby highlights and a creamy chocolate milkshake head. Chocolate malt nose with a nice fruity bouquet of tropicals, pineapple. The chocolate taste is more bitter cocoa than the milk chocolate nose. Hop fruitiness comes through tart and some lighter pineapple, pine notes does compliment its overall dryness well. Touches of espresso, berry fruit, and charred chalky malts follow. Mouthfeel is descent, thin to medium with a little clinging to the palate. Leaves plenty of dry dark cocoa and dark roasted espresso in the aftertaste.

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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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Photo of everetends
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber I got from Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a snifter.

A: Poured a nice dark, dark brown that might as well be called black. Lives up to its name. Dark and alluring. Two fingers of mocha head that receeds slowly to a top cap that sheets the glass nicely with some really nice lacing. Lacing sticks and is streaky, leaving lives in all directions on the glass. You have my attention, Obovoid. Lead me.

S: Smells like a nice milkshake. Milk chocolate, fluffy cream, vanilla, oatmeal, and toffee. Damn nice. If you really concentrate, you get some booziness and some oak. Touch my lips.

T: Very nice. Oatmeal cookies meet chocolate chips. Latte makes an appearance along with some really nice vanilla accents. Hops are there but are quickly neutralized with oak tastiness. Just a touch of booze on the finish. Not as dynamic as I like, but good all the same.

M: Gauging from the pour you can tell this is not as thick as you would expect from a Impy. Medium bodied and thin as hell. Carbonation is noticable but doesn't take too much away. This is where this beer is out of whack. Overhaul please.

D: This beer is quite drinkable for the style considering the lower ABV. The mouthfeel comes close to blowing goats and almost kills this brew. It is a good attempt and the look, nose and taste of this brew are quite nice. All in all, a good tasting late night, dessert brew. Good enough.

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

A- deep brown to black in color, excellent retent on a tan fluffy head with soapy lacing

S- woody, oatmeal, chocolate and molasses

T- woody flavors of barrel surround all other flavors, burnt chocolate and rich chocolate, earthy, roasted malts, oatmeal, with hints of alcohol toward finish

M- full yet creamy body thats well carbonated

D- flavorful and easy drinking stout, very enjoyable, good aftertaste complex, worth a try

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Photo of chefnash51
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, but I have seen darker, nothing really against this beer. Tanish head that lasted.

S- Coffee roasted - chocolate.

T- This is wear this beer shines for me. I enjoyed the coffee/chocolate tones, but it had a great vanilla side to it that really made it stand out.

M - Not thin, but I wouldn't venture to say thick.

D - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will probably pick it up again.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is about 6 months old, I just haven't opened it until now, no reason why not. Pours very dark brown, approaching black but also quite clear. Tall light brown head that falls off quickly. Aroma is slightly metallic, with a definite roasted grain odor and just the slightest hint of hops. Fairly smooth, roasted malt flavor highlighted by a touch of rich dark chocolate. Finish has some grassy hops and a touch of vinous alcohol. Lingering bitter chocolate flavor. Pretty smooth, with a just a bit of a grainy feel. It's a nice stout, that gets more chocolatey as it warms, a nice cold weather drink (I say as I sit here in the middle of an Indiana summer).

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. It had a thick, off-white head that lasted well. Typical chocolate and coffee/roasted malt sroma. The chocolate was more apparent in the taste. The coffee came in later, was a little bitter, but some vanilla balanced it out. Pretty good beer.

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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 Raymond69
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich head , lacing to the bottom of glass.

Smell is burnt malt , slight hop aroma.

Rich chocolate and coffee taste, hops bitterness is minimal.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick , good carbonation.

Overall a very nice RIS I'll drink more of.

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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 charlzm
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 06/21/08, purchased 03/29/08, refrigerated in between.

Beer is about as black as a beer can get, with deep ruby highlights visible only when held to the sun.

Well-carbonated, as evidenced by the almost Guinness-like downward bubble thing when the beer is poured into the glass. A large tan head reduces quickly to a more manageable one finger layer of fine foam.

The nose is greeted by cocoa and chocolate aromas. The cocoa note is more reminiscent of a powdered mix than anything else.

Mouthfeel is smooth, stopping short of silky.

Restrained, sweet, roasted dark malts appear first on the palate. Some oak components, a little dark chocolate and some vanilla. The main flavor, unfortunately, is that powdered cocoa mix. The beer finishes up with a lingering coffee-type bitterness.

The cocoa ruined the taste experience for me to the point of not finishing my glass. There were plenty more beers to drink that day and I didn't want to linger on this one.

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

From a 22 oz capped bomber with no freshness date, into the cervoise. Pitch brown color with no light penetrating. Dark mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of mocha-colored head fades at a moderate rate leaving a thick, clumpy cap and good sheet like lacing. Nose of toffee and dark chocolate counterpoised against sweet malt. Slight boozy alcohol. Taste... ah... wtf? Thin, similar to chocolate skim milk, surprisingly neutral and light. Faint hints of chocolate and latte. Mild, dry finish. Mouth is smooth, semiviscous, with light carbonation. None of the rich milkiness one would expect. Drinkability is good simply because it's so smooth and light. Not sure that drinkability within * style * is exemplary, however.

Overall: I guess this brew could be considered a "crossover" to the RIS style. Dark yet suprising light-bodied. Drinkable yet unremarkable.

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

Three and a half fingers of caverness like pepper tan bubbles shot to the top of the glass than fade slowly with scattered lace left behind. Body is a thick, jet black letting through no light. Nose has smokey malt tones along with some peppery bread notes and dark toasty spices. Enters the mouth smokey to alost burnt initially. It does mellow out a bit and greatly resemble a oatmeal stout with even a bit of creamyness. A short soured feel develops twords the end of the palate and kind of bleeds into the finishing mouthfeel. I must say that for a Imperial stout this kind of falls a little short. It is rather drinkable but more in an oatmeal stout kind of way.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful roasted malt scent along with nice bisquity aroma. It's dry with some patent malt earthiness. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of black and roasted malts. It's not thick like most RIS, nor is it bold in the alcohol content. What it is, is a really enjoyable stout period. Sure, it's 8%, but it drinks like it's 5. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. If it's supposed to be a RIS, I'm disappointed. Otherwise, this is a fine stout.

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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 491 ratings
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