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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

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

Thick, tan foam topped a black body with ruby edges. Great head retention, solid sheets of lace clung to the glass. Aromas of caramel and chocolate with a hint of citrusy hops and vanilla. Lots of chocolate in the flavour, mostly malty with a mild roast, caramel and vanilla. Moderate bitterness. It had a strange hop flavour too, sort of fruity, but not quite. Medium to full bodied with a bit of creaminess and some astringent dryness. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to naproxen for this one!

Well, this one did pour out a "void" black, jet black. Smallish head but some terrific lacing of the tulip.

Sort of an acrid burnt aroma to this. Burnt coffee, a bit of chocolate, maybe some vanilla....

Very similar to the taste. Burnt coffee, a hint of cocoa, dark roasted malts...little too thin for an RIS, in my opinion..

Decent RIS here....the burnt taste got to be too much after a bit....

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

I sampled a cellar temp 22 oz bottle of this beer. Poured into a snifter the beer pours a dark cola brown color with fizzy tan surface layer that fades quickly to edge layer only.
Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with general malt sweetness pervasive throughout.
First sip reveals a silky textured brew with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is fairly mild but chocolate and roasted malt are present. No hints of any oak and not overly robust. This is mostly a roasty stout without too much "umph". A good easy drinking beer, but I was hoping for so much more.

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

Deep Dark Black beer with a very nice head that dispapeted slowly.

Smelled oak, charcoal, coffee, and fudge.

Tasted like roasted toffee, and french roasted coffee beans. C risp, clean and chocolaty. slightly astringent with some tannins.

Medium bodied, smooth drinking stout. It ended somewhat abruptly in my mouth with almost no aftertaste which seemed odd for the style.

I enjoyed this very drinkable beer. I would gladly have this beer anytime.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and sits in the glass dark, almost black. The pour throws a decent head that dicipates fast. Good lacing.

Smells of burnt malts, sweet malts, and hops.=.ALmost bready.

Tastes of burnt malts, sweet and creamy. Some bitter espresso present. alcoholic.

This is a good RIS. Right along the paths of what a RIS description should be. This is not a great RIS. A little thin and could use more flavors.

If I could session this...would be a great one.

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Photo of blakesell
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap to a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a black /red with a decent half finger of cream/tan head that dies to a murk across the top. Lacing does not cling to the sides of the glass. This doesn't seem too 'emperical' to me.

Smell- Bourbon and dark malts with clove, mustard seed, oak, butter, and noble hops. Bourbon persists with a heavy texture. Hints of garlic and black patent malt with a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste- Creamy with lactose, chocolate, oak, hints of pine, chocolate milk, clove, dark roasty malts, hops are powerful but balanced, slight fig, and light fruits strangely enough, raspberry and blueberry.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium bodied, highly carbonated, and not astringent.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, Boulder is not dissapointing this time.

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Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A black bodied brew sporting crimson around the edges and a fat, ashy tan dome above.
The nose is somewhat introverted, features dabs of chocolate, vanilla, and an earthiness suggesting mushrooms and tobacco. Little roast or hopping is noted.
Cocoa powder materializes first across the tongue. It mixes with stale, mild coffee grounds, and cigarette ash. It's definitely dry, and stays that way, although some caramel sweetness and dough develop afterward. The middle is chocolate, with some earthy tendencies towards that dried, musty tobacco from the nose which seem a byproduct of the oatmeal and yeast. There's also a chalk-like astringency that exists throughout it. Oak brings woody tannins and vanilla. Hopping is negligible. There's a bit of sting in the gullet from the moderate booze quotient, but it is never tasted outright.
The body is a fluffy medium, and not an ounce fatter. Carbonation is tiny-beaded, but overly noticed and everlasting and fails to allow it to settle into something broader. Simply put, there's too much of it, and it thins the beer out.
This isn't an Imperial Stout. And it doesn't actually claim to be one, though "Empirical" certainly alludes to it. It's more akin to a beefed up Irish stout. The oak aging doesn't bring a whole lot to the table, though without it, it'd be instantly marginalized and forgotten. So I'm glad it's there.
All told, it's a functional, dry stout, with blurry oak and a bolstered ABV. It rests squarely between mediocre and alright. And it's not something I'll buy again at nearly $8 a bomber.

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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 jmacdaddy2008
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I may need to give this a second chance but this is my inital review.

Appearance-dark brown almost opaque light tan head-light residue left on side of glass

Aroma-not a strong smell hints of oak w/ a little hop

Taste-drinks almost like a porter-w/ a dry hop finish can taste a little of the oak got a little better when warmed but not much

Overall,I was not impressed w/ this stout not as robust as I like

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Photo of clingman71
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown with a nice big tan head. Has a nice roasty aroma with coffee and chocolate also(but most stouts have these aromas anymore). The flavor begins creamy and malty, but the dry roastiness and coffee/chocolate flavors really start to come through mid taste. The finish is nice and dry. I would have liked to have seen this beer at 9 or 10% as an Imperial Oak-aged Oatmeal Stout, as it is it is a little thin in overall mouthfeel, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a solid black that has a some brown notes shine through the bottom when held to light. Head grew to 2 and a half fingers and was foamy and light tan.

Smell: Light coffee dominated the aroma, followed by a nice milky chocolate note. There is also a thick caramel note that finishes the aroma.

Taste: Light coffee note on first glace, growing into a more balanced flavor. Clean hops balance out the roasted malts in the midpalate, and the flavor finishes with a good balace between malt and clean hop.

Overall, just an average stout in my opinion. The only thing that makes this "imperial" is the alcohol content, which is pretty well hidden.

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

Pours a deep dark brown that is essentially black in colour with a thinnish tan head that settles into a decent lace.

The aroma is big and malty with chocolate and a hint of coffee leading the way. While it is bold, it's a bit faint at times but still nice overall.

The flavour takes the aroma and beefs it up greatly. Malt still dominates, with chocolate leading the way. It's more of a creamy milk chocolate flavour here. Coffee comes through here and there as a nice complimentary flavour and helps to cut through the sweetness of the chocolate with a bit of bitterness. There are general roasted notes as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and plenty creamy, just right for me.

This is a nice new(ish) beer from Boulder and a great addition to the Looking Glass Series. I'd say it's an easier drinking Russian Imperial Stout that many others as there's a creamy smoothness that you don't often find in the style, as the chocolate leads the way and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely. This one's a winner and certainly worth your time to find and try.

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

Yaaaammmmyyy... Luscious beer. They can keep the name though. Pours with a very creamy tan head and plenty o lace. Creamy svelte body, just a bit of tang at the end. Bitter chocolate and coffee beans, can almost feel the crunch. Short finish. Good stuff Maynard.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This RIS appears not quite opaque, rather a very deep brown hue with some thin, woody/ruby highlights. The frothy, rocky beige head holds its shape well and leaves some nice walls of sticky lace.

The aroma is moderately roasty with noticeable coffee and semi-sweet cocoa. Some leafy hops, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Well pronounced but not pungent.

Roasty but somewhat bland in my opinion. Lots of cream and moderate hopped bitterness. The flavor fades toward more milk chocolate and faint coffee. The finish is rather weak actually. A bit of creaminess and faint hops. Other than that there is little lingering roastiness.

Creamy in texture with moderate to low and very soft carbonation. The finish is velvety and smooth. Not very thick but pleasant and appetizing. A solid but basically average rendition of the style.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, whcih allows some ruby highlights at the botom edge of the glass. Topped by a light tan richly frothed three finger head. Nice dripping lacing.

Aroma is heavy on deep roasted coffee, with a little chocolate around the edges.

Taste begins with coffee, less burnt than the aroma, followed by a good dollop of chocolate. Nice undercurrent from the oatmeal. Just a hint of oak vanilla. Earthy hop signature at the back of the throat.

Nicely smooth mouthfeel, rich but not oily slick.

Very good drinkability, especially considering the abv.

A solidly enjoyable "Imperial Oatmeal Stout", perhaps unfairly criticized if measured against Russian Imperial Stouts. Give it a try without considering any labels.

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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 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 Avryle
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown-black, no light getting through. Vigorous pour leaves a large mocha-colored head leaving nice lacing throughout the session

S- Dark chocolate off the bat along with roasted malts. Roasted espresso beans, caramel & vanilla.

T- Roasted malts & chocolate dominate the initial taste. Similar to the nose, there's coffee, vanilla & caramel notes in the body with a pretty strong oak finish.

M- This is where it lost it for me. I like thick, creamy RIS's and this one is sorely lacking in the body- almost porter-like.

D- Quite good. Wouldn't mind sitting on a couple of these to see how they do down the line.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber. Into my tulip.

A: Jet black with only the faintest hint of brown when held up to sunlight One finger of mocha head. Tons of lacing.

S: Sweet like sugar cane. Caramel. Smells like an imperial porter.

T: Tons of roasted malt. The bitterness is in the finish. In the middle for a second you can taste the effects of barrel aging. Really well done.

M: A little on the thin side but still a med body. Good carbonation for the style.

D: Fairly drinkable. Not really wanting more than the 11oz but I definitely enjoyed it.

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

Pours jet black, letting no light through, with a two-finger, pillowy mocha colored head that fades slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Nose of oatmeal and chocolate malts up front. Aromas of dark roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate are followed by a hint of dark fruits (plums maybe) and some earthy, wet woods smells.

Taste is very much like the nose: oatmeal and dark chocolate up front, followed by some oaky vanilla notes, and ending with some more dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a roasted, almost acrid, espresso finish.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I had hoped for. I was expecting a creamier, fuller body, although it did manage to coat the mouth a little bit, but not really the feel of an RIS.

Very drinkable, though, and a beer that I would definitely revisit.

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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 Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased in Buffalo, opened to use some to deglaze a pan for some sauce I was making and figured I'd drink the rest.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, but pretty opaque, thick light tan head forms, great retention, never seems to quit, and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, lots of bitter chocolate, licorice, very fruity, nice roastiness, almost a grapefruity hoppiness to it as well, a little bit watery, but some decent aroma. Taste is quite nice, big milk chocolate right off the bat, some roast, light flavour, licorice, dark fruits, some bread, bit of caramel, nice roasty chocolate bitterness in the finish, kind of a sugary finish, sweet and nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with silky low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer look quite black in the tulip with clear brown and burgundy highlights when held to the light. The head is a thin creamy tan.

Smells of roasty black coffee and a little sour. I'm also getting a Charleston Chew, vanilla taffy and sweet cream here. There's some bourbon off in the distance.

Tastes of dark roasted black coffee and then some more coffee. A little bit of sunflower seeds? Weird. There's a tamarind sweetness here too that helps add a little balance with only a touch of boozy bourbon off in the distance late in the finish.

This one's dry; lip smacking dry. It's dense with a little frothy carbonation that gets in the way of things.

Tasty and unique, but odd. For the style, I'd never peg this for an RIS. "Coffee porter" seems more appropriate.

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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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