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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Ratings: 491 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer. Dark brown color with a contrasting silky tan head.

Aromas of malts, ripe fruits, chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla.

Taste is again bready malts, chocolate and plums.

Nice full body and good carbonation.

A good beer. Well balanced, but I would like to see more oak involved in the flavor profile.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The obovoid poured a lovely blackness with a good two finger foam head and some nice retention. The lacing was aggressive and left its mark.

The aroma was the best of this beer for me. It had some really nice chocolate tones with a some oakness in the nose. The roasted malts really came through. The oatmeal dig give it some decent Guiness like creaminess and the taste was semi alcoholic with oak tosses in their. It left its mark on the top of the mouth but for the most part was too thin in my opinion for a Russian Imperial. Overall a good effort and worth a shot.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton for $6.99...
A hefty pour resulted in a deep, jet-black, ebony hue with a creamy tan and frothy head that exhibited a copious amount of lacing...
Rich RIS aroma bursting with cocoa powder, roasted malts, chocolate, and espresso...
Overall, a very good depiction of the style... Definitely not the best I've ever come across, but all in all, great stuff that was bombarded with class, quality, and flavor...
Taste was a strong, bittersweet rich espresso flavor bursting with roasted malts, burnt chocolate, cappuccino, and dark sugars...
In addition, despite being very rich and thick, the overall flavor wasn't particularly overwhelming or cloying and not too dominating either... If you're looking for a good, solid, relatively inexpensive RIS, this is certainly a good choice...
Creamy, thick, rich, sweet, sugar-laden mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability due to the non-cloying flavors and barely noticeable ABV...
A great offering from Boulder...

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Photo of bruachan
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

this particular RIS looks like no other RIS i have ever seen. actually, nope...it's dark and has a tannish-colored head

smells like roasty, coffeeed sweetness with really only a shadow of a hop aroma. not a particularly large bouquet

not exactly a mouth-bursting experience. a little coffee going on with dry, roasted bitterness. the mouthfeel is no more robust than medium in consistency...really quite a bit like a porter (more drinkable than your average bear, er...impy stout)


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

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color (just a hint of light peaking through) with a two finger, creamy tan head. Retention was good and a solid web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Burnt coffee or espresso hits the nose first. That's followed by a good mix of roasted and chocolate malts. Slightly yeasty. Light hop and dark fruit aromas are notable.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts are flavorful and give it a solid backbone. Burnt coffee flavors emerge and linger all the way through into the aftertaste. Slight plum flavor is present. A bit yeasty toward the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Frankly, it's too thin. Carbonation and abv are fine. It's pretty drinkable, but again too thin for my taste. Overall, it's a decent beer. I had high hopes and am a little disappointed. Still worth a try.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a Double deuce into a Chimay Chalice. Pours a thin inky mocha with a decent sized mocha head that left just a little lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty mild, roasted malts, sweet chocolates, and milk sugar. Taste is roasted malts and what I think is hoppy bitterness at the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is very thin for the style. This is one of the driest beers I think I have ever had. It reminds me of the finish of a glass of wine. All in all its a decent beer, but I don't know if I would go out right now to pick up another bottle but if they brew it again next year I might pick another up.

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

22oz bomber, looked interesting enough at Barriques on PD

appearance: pours into imperial pint glass, dark onyx body with a foamy mocha head and light retention

smell: rather sweet aroma, light vanilla and oak, roasty chocolate, light roast coffee, caramel and milk chocolate

taste: pretty good stout (but not when compared against the RIS style)...creamy body, vanilla extract, oak feel noticeable, mild coffee notes, char, light alcohol level, cola. worth a try

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light char and light bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of edchicma
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate black with an outstanding head and great lacing. Rich malty smell with hop notes that invite you to try. Chocolate-like, smoky malt...not too much of the oak comes through. Mouthfeel is slighly light for the style, possibly because I've had others with a bit more kick. Drinkability is good, easy on the palate with a slight tart finish. Overall a very good offering.

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Photo of BeerFanDan17
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very tasty stout. The stout poured with a nice and frothy, yet thick head. The strength was just right for this style.

Flavors of very rich chocolate and dark roasted malt were evident and encircled the palate. I would recommend this to beer drinkers who favor porters and stouts.

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

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick light tan head.

S - Chocolate and coffee smells. A little sweet.

T - Just like the smell, it's chocolate and coffee flavors. Smokey taste also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer, great flavor. Nice clean finish.

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

Service Temperature, 50 degree Fahrenheit. Service Glassware, 12 ounce belgian tulip.

Appearance can easily be described as dark & clear. The head profile is medium foam with a off white & a touch of salt and pepper. The lace left behind is more antique lace curtains than anything else.

Wafting this around, I detect a "thinness" if you can believe it, as well as some oak, roasted chocolate, and a little bit of honey.
Taste, is roasted with some biscuit, mild citrus sweetness, some cloying and a lingering alcohol like burn.
Overall mouthfeel is mild to medium.


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Photo of esch
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, very clear. Ruby highlights on all edges of the glass. Soft barely tan head dissipates quickly. Soft swirl brings it back.

S: First and second sniffs were full of DMS. Later, roast, but not enough...hints of cocoa, hop aroma low. Vegetals are still present.

T: Metallic. Sharp hop bitterness quickly fades to maltly vanilla sweetness. Hops dominate the finish, but the oak is noticeable into the aftertaste and quite pleasant.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Quite smooth on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

D: Not bad. If this was priced similarly to Sam Smith's Imperial Stout, I'd have a fridge full of this. As it is, it's about $3 too much a bottle.

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Photo of Drew966
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obovoid Empirical Russian Stout came in a twenty two ounce brown bottle and pours an opaque dark brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces nicely as it fades. Cocoa and coffee notes are present in the aroma. This is a nice smelling beer. The mouthfeel is quite thick as it should be. The taste is a little disappointing after liking the aroma so much. There is quite a bit of oak at the beginning and there is a nice cocoa and coffee like aftertaste, but the beginning just isn't doing it for me. Not bad, but not as good as I hoped. Worth a try.

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

This dark beer shoes some dark ruby red streaking in the body. The head is brown and dense. The lacing quite full. Nice aroma of roasted malts and milk chocolate malt balls and sludgey, bready yeast. The beer is fairly silky and creamy. Medium bodied and ever so slightly alcoholic. Notes of char, burnt bagel and chocolate roast hit the palate first. And they actually hit the palate second and third as well. With some ghostly dark berry presence felt as well. Some tannic character is noted from the oak. This beer also has a real ashen dry, chalky finish to it which doesn't quite fit in appropriately. This was a nice experiment to try, but unfortunately, not one of my favorites.

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

A deep brown beer with a dark tan head and decent lacing.

Light roasted barley aromas with hints of spruce and sugar. Some charred chocolate notes and a whiff of alcohol.

Sweet black grain flavor with a faint sidebar of fruit. Hop flavors work in easily making this a mellow, balanced stout.

On the light side alcohol and body wise for an Imp. but very drinkable with a lush and velvety though light for style, mouth feel.

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with giant tan head and good lace. Deep chocolate charcoal aroma, roasted nuts and tart pomegranite. A nice bodied charcoal brew with some hints of licorice. Good alcohol, almost brandy or whiskey. Some grape and bitter highlights in the back. Good quality, solid feel and flavorful if you like burnt/charcoal domination. Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beauty came out black as night, frothy ass tan head, thick rivulets of lace. Yum. Still bums me out with no good info on the label - BB dating or abv.

Pleanty of coffee and burnt toast in the aroma. So far, so good. Whoa ! This is more coffee stout than Russian stout, but whatdahec. Bit of a funky coffee flavor, lingers about in the finish.

Beer is good, but nothing overwhelming standout-ish about it. A solid stout, nothing Russian about it. 7.5% doesn't cut it for any proper RIS.

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

22oz bottle purchased from oh, I don't know. Somewhere pretty local, in MA at least.

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" brown head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head has great staying power, with good lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark grains. Taste is creamy chocolate upfront, with coffee bitterness coming in the middle, and lasting to the bitter (LOL) end. Mouthfeel comes off as a bit thin, but drinkability is pretty easy for the style. Seems like a starter-type RIS, not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pretty well carbonated as it pours with an almost four-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is opaque and quite black in color, but does show flashes of clear red ruby hues if held up to the light. The aroma is initially a mix of roasted nutty, dark chocolate and burnt berry notes, but then the oak character starts to be noticed. The oak provides a spicy, woody backdrop that adds a bit of sharpness, but it also provides subtle notes of butterscotch and vanillin with accentuate both the berry notes and the chocolate character. The aroma is actually quite nice; it has really struck a solid balance between notes of chocolate, sweet fruit, vanilla laden oak, roast grain and a light spicy oak component. As long as you focus on the aroma in short bursts it is quite complex, though if you linger for too long it becomes dominated by toasted and burnt grain notes.

Quite light for something that alludes to an Imperial Stout on its label, but well within what I expected from a beer of this strength. This has a light sweetness up front that accentuates notes of chocolate, some light vanilla flavors. The beer finishes with a hint of butterscotch, some vanillin derived flavors and a woody kick of oak spice that all mix with a dry, toasted grain / burnt malt character that, along with the hop character, provides a lingering bitterness to this brew. The sharp, roast derived acidity and prickly carbonation keep this beer from being creamy like one would expect from an oatmeal stout, but it does have hints of that character at times. The finish also has a bit of a chalky, dark grain husk character to it at times. Running throughout the flavor profile is a soft mix of vanilla and berry notes that can be pretty interesting at times.

I like that this is quite easy drinking, the oak character is not overly dominant for this "lighter" beer, though it can be a little harsh in the finish at times. This would be much better balanced to my taste if the roast grain had been dialed back just a bit; the oak might be ok at this level then as it could be balanced by creamier oak influence and slightly sweeter malt character. As is, the beer is a little too thin to stand up to both the ample roast grain character and the oak at the same time; it is still tasty and drinkable and the aroma is really quite nice, but it can be a bit too harsh at times. I wonder if a year of age could round this out a bit more.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Obovoid pours a dark, thich brown with a frothy mocha colored head.

Oak and damp earth mixed with chocolate and just a touch smoke provide a delicate and inviting aroma.

The flavor starts off with a brief, malty sweetness that quickly fades into mix of toasted oak and dark chocolate with some earthy hops dancing around the edges. The swallow leaves a lingering taste of bitter chocolate and a woody dryness. This stout is medium bodied and very smooth, the alcohol is completely hidden and unnoticed.

Overall, a smooth, quick drinking stout. I like how the oak from the barrel aging is mellow and subdued, I'm not sure if the oatmeal contributes to this or not, but it is a good introduction to wood aged beer.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark but able to get some ruby flashes on the edges. Thin head but great lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee notes dominate.

T: Vanilla cream, espresso, chocolate, and piney/earthy hops add to the bitterness.

M: Medium to full body, creamy texture that reminds me of a float.

D: One or two of these after dinner would be good but enough.

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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 jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting that the makers say that it's an oak-aged Oatmeal Stout not a RIS.

Pours a clear dark mahogany color, that is barely translucent, with a big foamy tan head that fades fairly quickly to solid patterns of Belgian lacing. Its got a rich toasted oat and dark chocolate aroma. I'm searching for a vanilla-cherry thing from the treatment, but i think its being masked by the malts and presenting more as the 'creamy' smell (if that makes sense). Medium bodied and adequately carbonated the mouth feel is creamy and finishes with a wonderful dark chocolate after taste. The malty flavors are semi sweet and full without being over-roasted. The oak treatment is subtle and I'm assuming that it is contributing more to the texture sensation here too. An easy drinker. Vote for Pedro!!

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

Very nice looking stout. Damn near black with a great fluffy tan head that poofs out of my snifter and holds a lengthy retention leaving sticky lace.

Loaded dark fruit aromas. Black grapes, black cherry, chocolate, hints of oak, with a very sweet smell that seems to take away slightly from the aroma. A citrusy hop is also noticeable in the nose.

Nothing really jumps out and grabs you with this stout. Oak is ver laid back only noticeable on the finish. Thin mouth is hardly creamy and lacks overall complexity. A roasty, coffee flavor with hints of vanilla, and some dark fruits. Was really looking forward too this beer but it did't meet the match. A little newer oak or longer aging to take on the flavors could have greatly helped this beer, however I'm not sure the beer itself could have held up to it.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice almost opaque black and a thin off white head.
Smell is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and just a note of coffee.
Taste is pretty bitter, there must be a lot of hops in this one. Dry finish, somewhat bitter, coffee in the finish too. Chocolate appears to be mostly in the smell, not the taste. Dark and roasty with very little sweetness.
Feels a little thin and watery.
Guess it's OK, the price is right but there's many better stouts out there.

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Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.82 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
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