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 watsonmd
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bottle, 51 degrees, poured into goblet. Dated "enjoy by 2/11/14."

A: Nice, dark, with a tannish head. quickly dissipates, but lacing stays for the duration....

S: coffee, chocolate. smokey oak.

T: Chocolate, coffee, oak, lighter than is looks.

M: nice carbonation, light in the palate, bitter chocolate finish.

O: Not bad, glad I tried one. No room in cellar to add one for later, but may age well, deepening in flavor...

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Photo of tigg924
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 3/4 creamy head, medium carbonation--looks fantastic

Smell: chocolate, smoke, and light oak

Taste: chocolate--mostly dark with a bit of milk chocolate, smoke, and light oak, some earthly bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body for the style, low carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall:Drinks like a smoked porter, not really like a RIS or oatmeal stout. I would have loved to see more oakiness in this one as well. It is there, but you have to search for it. A good beer, but there are a lot of others I would go to sooner in the style.

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Photo of mattfitz
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Busted out my bomber that has been resting for over 2 years in celebration of the Nor'Easter dropping some good snowfall.

Dark rust colored. Tan head, about a finger right off the pour, quickly dissipated to a bit over half cover. Very little lacing.

Blackstrap molasses dominates the nose, with an herbal note I cannot identify.

Flavors of molasses, vanilla and toasted malt with a hint of anise and smoke, with a slight mineral flavor on the finish. Medium body for an imperial stout. Seems to have held up well in the less than ideal conditions in which it was stored (temperature on the higher end of the storage spectrum for part of the year).

It has been two years since I last drank this beer so I can't compare directly that experience, but I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of denver10
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a full, off white head. Aroma is oaky, roasty, a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. Flavor followed suit, solid but far from special. Lots of oak, some roastiness, grains, maybe a hint of some dark chocolate, and a little vanilla cream. A medium body, creamy. Overall, an alright beer but not anything to rush back to.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black and thick from a nitro tap. Thick, creamy head to be expected without much lacing. Aroma is chocolate forward with dark malts coming through. Taste is great - loads of chocolate coming through yet balanced malt flavor. While not "sessionable" this RIS is a bit lighter on ABV than many.

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

Review from tasting:
2 year old bottle.
Poured from a bomber. Dark brown color. Small head and some lacing. Typical stout smell of burnt and smoked malts. Taste is upfront oak barrels. A good amount of coffee. All the components of nose are there. Hop bitterness is just right. Semi dry finish. Well hidden sweetness. Carbonation is moderate. Mouth feel is on medium body side, which is a drawback. A fuller version of this would have been really good brew.

Likable stout. Definitely worth trying. Not exceptional but still a lot of good character.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This enigmatic beauty opens dark and syrupy; there is a gloppy beige head, one emiting a pungent toastiness as the pour proceeds. The head is gummy, the lacing sticky and the body as black as night, The nose is overwhelmed by a potent miasma of malt and plum; the palate is lathered over by a thick semi-sweet malt blanket with threads of cocoa powder in the mix.

There is a fine and consistent balance here. Another worthy craft from the geniuses who gave the world "Hazed and Infused," a reveiw of which can be found within this website. Obvoid? Some kinda shape ... I guess.

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

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark, dark red amber with a thin head and lacing. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Roasted, light smoky malts, chocolate and some coffee. Oak doesn’t show up until the finish where it is kind of left out in the cold by the other flavors. Would have scored higher if better integrated. A well made, creamy, pleasant RIS Worth cellaring a few to see what happens.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, date stamped on bottle of Jan 18 2011. I'd guess that was why it was on sale for $2.99 a bottle! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some oats. Luckily, the taste is stronger. The brew tastes like roasted malt, oats, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also very smooth and easy to drink. I don't think the age has hurt this beer at all. I'd buy this again in the future, even though I know I got this bottle at a great price!

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

Very dark brown, barely any head. I'm not getting much on the nose. As it warmed I got roasted notes, coffee and chocolate. More chocolate and vanilla than roasted notes. Very smooth without any alcohol heat. It has a good mouthfeel, enough carbonation, and not too viscous. If it wasn't noted on the menu, I would have thought that this beer was around 5 or 6 percent abv, based on tastes. A very good beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, a brown color with a short tan head to it.
Its` nose contains aroma of chocolate, oak, roasted malts and a little vanilla. Taking a sip of this imperial stout and I taste espresso, dark chocolate, more of the malts. Mouthfeel is learning towards thin, a bit boozy, but not too much so. A pretty good RIS, but not going to be close to "best" lists for most folks.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a central waters snifter. bomber dated 1-18-2011

a- poured pitch black/brown with more head than i expected. head is light tan and rose up an inch or so, then slowly dissipated.

s- large amount of roasted scent. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak are all there. very nice, fairly complex nose

t- flavors follow the nose, but are extremely subtle comparatively. for some reason i expected a big stout, but was left with a very mild one. coffee, chocolate and oak are there, but barely show up until the finish. extremly mild for what i was expecting

m- for the amount this foamed when i poured it, i expected alot more carbonation to be present as well, but when drinking it, it felt almost flat and lifeless. very thin feeling as well. just a hint of dryness on the finish, but not much else there.

overall, I was expecting a lot more from this beer. for some reason I expected an oak aged stout to be bigger than this. it was extremly drinkable, but in my mind thats not what a oak aged stout is. perhaps my expectations were too high for this, but it still seemed to fall a bit short.

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

Pours a deep, oily sable with a thin but fairly persistent buttery-tan head. Smoky aroma has an overtone of miso and notes of molasses, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate plus hints of caramel and wood - the latter definitely from the oaking. Flavor has a roast coffee core and subtle notes of caramel, chocolate and wood - typical of a good stout, and enjoyable. Just what I, a stoutie, like. Texture has firm body and just a little fizz. Though not an outstanding stout, definitely worthy of checking, especially if you love stouts and porters.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bomber bottle discounted for $4 at my local beer supermarket. Had one, then went back and bought a ton more. Date on neck is Jan 2010, purchased and cellared Nov 2010, drank May 1, 2012. No signs of turning on this one, and is aging well…

Nearly pitch black, thick dark tan head that last a while then fades to a skim, but easily revived.

First blast of chocolate in the aroma as well as the usual roastiness from a stout all blend nicely. But more on the chocolate side.

Taste is a pronounced chocolate sweetness that transforms to a slightly chalky cocoa dryness. Roasted malt follows and fills the back of the throat up through the nose. Hops are subdued, as mouthfeel is soft and welcoming. A yummy beer.

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