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 WhatsNewinBooze
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This years Obovoid I found to be a bit thin compared to past releases, but all in all it is still a great beer. The heady was a little thin but it had great aromas of dark chocolate and raisins. The palate was dominated my the oatmeal and the oak hardly shows through.

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Photo of ZacHart
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a smooth, velvety black with no light whatsoever passing through this one. Tall, dense head that dissipated slowly, lacing nearly everything in its path.

S: Nice aroma dominated by oak and supplemented by vanilla and coffee.

T: Oak flavor pronounced but not overpowering. Slight coffee bitterness on finish.

M: Fantastic, silky mouthfeel that covers the palate and stays with you.

Overall: A straightforward, well executed beer with an outstanding appearance and mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced and suffers only from a slightly unpleasant coffee bitterness on the finish. Despite weighing in a 8% ABV, this is highly drinkable and could stand as a 2-3 serving session beer.

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

22oz bomber to goblet glass.

Excellent, viscous consistency with some vanilla bean, rice sugars and oats. Creamy head and jet black pour, common to the style. Smell is a touch spicy, a touch smoked, but rolls into the taste with some bakers chocolate, cedar and birch bark, and a milky-dry fullness.

Not as strong as some others of the style, but very welcoming. RIS's don't always need to taste like motor oil.

Very flavorful and carries through really well to the finish for an RIS, which is undoubtedly due to the oak barrel aging and strong oat presence. The milky, sinister consistency hides the alcohol quite well.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Crianza, you say? A conqueror?"
A worthy warrior was he, Dark brown of appearance and a tan cap. The lace remained behind in the wake of his path.

And oh, for the aromas that one might expect
Dark roasted grains, much more than a speck
A slight spicy alcohol, and milky oatmeal
Sweet cream and vanilla, and a flowery feel

Initially roasty, perfume in the middle
Vanilla and oak chips, sweet cream in the griddle
A hint of oak sour, and grain-vanil-bean
Goes down quite flavorful, and finishes clean.

The caronation high, the body is lacking
Dry in the finish, I hope you are tracking
Astringent and light with a great deal of flavour
One to quaff quickly, not really to savor.

Such went the silly song of Crianza, and the children clapped their hands and chanted along, though they knew not to what they were really referring.

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

Pours a very dark colour, that, while not completely black, is most certainly on it's way there. One good whiff produces many aromas, most notably caramel and chocolate, but there is most definitely some coffee in there as well. Tastes like a good stout should. the caramelly sweetness is there, but not overpowering, and lets the grain and hops shine as well. A little light for an RIS, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and with the 8% alcohol content, it gets points for being so smooth, easily drinkable, and not too heavy which is an issue i often encounter with RIS.

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

At Grapevine in Fort Mill. Near black pour, fair amount of cream head. Aroma has surprising amount of espresso, some roast malt and dark chocolate. A fair amount of carbonation, enough to make it not quite creamy. The espresso is pretty strong up front. Roast malt and just a hint of oat caramel/barrel and bakers chocolate. No alcohol presence what so ever. Solid medium body, sticks to the glass ok. More coffee, less barrel and imperial here. Pleasant surprise with this one, seek it out on draft if possible.

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Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass an almost opaque black with just a hint of ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped by a thin khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malts, bakers cocoa and espresso. The taste is a nice blend of dry roasted malts, espresso and slight bitter chocolate. The beer is medium bodied with a very nice smooth dryness that makes it very easy to drink. This is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout, one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Adnams Imperial tumbler. Obovoid appears a dark brown color with cola hues around the edges of the glass. The head stands about an inch tall and is a fluffy light tan color. Nose and flavors consist of both milk and dark chocolates, slightly sour, vanilla, mild mocha notes, some caramel but not that sweet. Body is a bit thin and surprisingly light for the style with ample carbonation. No alcohol burn to speak of here. I recall the draft version being much tastier.

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Photo of jsh420
1.59/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

date on the bottle MAR2108

pours dark brown 1+ finger off white head - ok retention that left spotted lacing

smells watery!! -- with light sweet milky chocolate

taste is thin - very watery - some cocoa and sour milk - wow this beer is bad - i hate to say it but AB's porter is 10x better then this train wreck

mouthfeel is awful - RIS??? lol i have had adjunct lagers with more body

drinkability - never again - and boulder should stop production on this beer ASAP before it damages their rep.

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Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Max's the other night.

The beers pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. There is a considerable coffee grounds aroma in this beer, along with hints of black (bitter) chocolate and vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with the beer showing a very nice depth of flavor that I appreciated. Have had this beer on tap previously in Philly, but on cask this beer was exceptional. Mouthfeel was very soft, plush and long, with the low carbonation working very well in this stout. For an 8% impy stout, I'd have to say that the drinkabilty is just excellent. Had no difficulty whatsoever polishing off my pint, and the cask version of this beer (it was also on CO2) seemed to be the hit of the night at Max's. Plan on stopping by Max's again tonight, but will be surprised if this one isn't long gone.

Very nice stuff...

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Photo of boatshoes
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice little gift picked up for me by my father down in the North Market. Was feeling hearty, so I decided to pour it into my antique glass stein and drink the entire bomber.

Appearance- Poured the nice usual shade of opaque black that I like to see in a RIS. A solid two finger tan head rose off of the black body pretty quickly as well. However, it didn't stick around for too long, and died down to a minimal ring around the edges. Not much in the way of lacing either.

Smell- Not to complex. Lots of roasted malt, a touch of bitter chocolate, a hint of vanilla from the oak. That was really about it, with the roastiness coming through most prominently.

Taste- I didn't really know what to expect going into this beer as I had never heard of it before, but I'd have to say I was rather disappointed in the taste department. Really, this beer tasted like an average porter at best rather than a Russian Imperial Stout. The taste was dominated again by the roasted malt and rough oak with little to no bitter chocolate coming through and little in the way of other flavors. Not complex and got boring fairly quickly when comparing it to the likes of other RIS's I've had, especially those of the oak aged variety.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Disappointed here again, I found the mouthfeel to be particularly thin. Carbonation levels were okay, but it drank thin even if I were considering it to be a porter rather than a RIS. Boring taste and poor mouthfeel didn't make this a good drinker for me.

Overall, I'd pass on this one if I had the opportunity. Boring at best.

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

A - poured from a bomber into a chilled goblet. Dark brown topped with a thin layer of creamy foam that quickly thinned to the edges of the glass.

S - rich, complex, and bitter. Unsweetened cocoa, coffee, toasty grains, vanilla. Has the right depth for a RIS without the feeling that the malts were burnt to hell. Put another way, the oak aging definitely gives more aroma than your average oatmeal stout.

T - consistent with smell though not nearly as strong. Alcohol almost completely hidden...but so is some of the richness I smelled unfortunately. Not "watery" as some put it but doesn't pack a huge punch either. Works for me. Well balanced between vanilla/oaky sweetness and the bitter chocolate that starts & finishes the taste.

M - very little carbonation. Which is fine in this style. Smooth and full bodied. Was hoping for more rich / creamy / oatmeal-y feel though.

D - fairly easy to drink. All the flavors are kept in line (barrel-aged beers sometimes get out of whack) and the 8% ABV goes down smoothly.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this bottle Thanksgiving of 2007, and never really got around to drinking it, until tonight. Why? I don't know, but I do remember it was right around the time I was new to BA and got excited about things like brand new RISs

A: In my snifter, this beer pours a rather deep shade of brown on which a thin cappuccino colored head sits, dissipating to a thin disk rather quick. Reviving the head laces plenty of lace, this looks pretty

S: Plenty of unsweetened chocolate, raisins and oatmeal. In fact, quite like a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie. That this beer was aged on oak is rather apparent with some vanilla and tannins noticeable. Mildly roasty, not much sweetness is present

T: Opens with some unsweetened chocolate, some coffee, mild oxidation (the good kind) and some oatmeal before a very disappointing, watery mid-palate that just fizzes out into a dull finish with mild chocolate and mild bitterness. Mildly drying with some tannins coming through.

M: Way thinner than I'd like in an RIS, this is not bad for a regular stout. A touch carbonated more than it needs to be. Good finish, though

D: It's a good stout, but a rather disappointing RIS.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Color is a dark, dark caramel brown, call it black. Decent head retention with some thin splattered lace rings. Not to bad.

Aroma: Big roasted malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, and very little oak at the end, but it adds a nice touch.

Taste: This is a sweeter oatmeal stout to me. I think it has to do the oak aging. Also notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Kind of sweet as I mentioned, but it's alright.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. The roasted malts are very well developed here. I am pretty impressed, as it isn't too smokey. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry roasted flavor in the mouth.

Overall, this beer was a lot better than I was expecting. I liked to oak addition to the oatmeal styled stout. My bomber is going surprisingly quick.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black; opaque. Poured a 2 finger brown head that settled to a thick skim (aggressive pour). Lots of sticky lacing in patches.

S: Toasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of nuts and coffee.

T: Very consistent with smell with toasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate. Earthy wood and vanilla. Finishes with an even bitterness

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Rich, smooth and creamy.

D: Very flavorful, yet nice balance between malt and hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. Disquises teh alcohol well.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick black color, thin head, little lacing
s: roasted malts and mild sweetness, minor coffee hints
t: roasty malts, milder sweetness of chocolate with vanilla, finishes with slight coffee bitterness, alcohol well hidden
m: nice balance of carbonation and smoothness, medium to heavy body
d: well-controlled brew that doesn't surprise in good or bad way, just a solid brew

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Photo of nasty15108
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured black with a slight mahogany hue around the edges. Thick head of tan foam with tons of sticky lacing scattered around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with some underlying smokiness. Pretty well balanced.

T - Nice malt flavor with hints of dark fruit. Finishes dry with a slightly metallic bitterness.

MF&D - I would have like this stout to be a little thicker, but the low almost non-existent carbonation kept it very drinkable. Not bad.

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

fluffy tan head that leaves beautiful lacing all over the glass...dark black in color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light

oak....roasted malts....slight hint of cherries in the nose

excellent balance of roasted malt along with semi bitter chocolate...the oak aging added a nice flavor as well

smooth creaminess...light body...medium carbonation

very easy drinking....the oak aging is just right and not too overpowering and adds a nice roasty flavor...not a heavy RIS and the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of wingman14
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with red tints when held up to the light, and a small dark tan head that fades somewhat quickly, but leaves lacing. The smell is amazing, very strong and aromatic, sweet, chocolate, and malty. This is one of the more aromatic stouts I have ever smelled. The taste follows suit, starts somewhat sweet and malty, then moves into a nice chocolate flavor. The aged oak flavor is subtle, but adds a nice depth to the flavor. The aftertaste has a hint of burnt flavor that lingers for awhile. The mouthfeel is smooth, nice carbonation, and balance in flavor. This one is an easy drinker, can't really tell that it is higher ABV. A nice stout, with great flavor, a nice beer from Boulder Brewing.

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Photo of Naugled
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in flute

a: nice bubbly ran head with a silky surface, nearly opaque body

s: sweet sticky molassas, and roasted malt, and buttery

t: root beer flavor, and roasted malt, very nice for a sweeter stout

m: medium thick with nice carbonation

d: very nice for a big beer.

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

Pours near black with thin off white contrasting head. Nose is candyish with nougat-chocolate like aromas. Palate is somewhat chalky, malty & milk chocolately sweet. Hops bring it back in balance, but I still see a focus on the nougat chocolate sweetness. If this is an RIS, it is very light for one. Maybe it's the oats that mellowed it out and tamed the beast.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to stewdawg for this bottle.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass a nearly opaque black with black grape highlights. Not much of a head, about one half finger in size. No lacing and the head fades into obscurity, eventually becoming a small layer of film.

Aroma is chocolate, sweet alcohol, vanilla, oak, and a touch of licorice.

Oak hits the toungue immediately. A sweet roastiness follows, with chocolate and more licorice on its heels. This one is almost like black jellybeans mixed with a chocolate one and an oak one. A little sweet. A sort of sweet battery acid is present as well. Somewhat fruity overall.

Oddly enough, finishes crisp, clean and dry. Thin mouthfeel. Perhaps the thinnest body and cleanest finish on an RIS I have ever experienced. Not that that is bad, but not a quality I look for in the style. Drinks well enough. Cant say I would look for this one. Price would be the determining factor.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla, in that order. As it warms a small amount of the aroma can be attributed to the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rich dark chocolate flavors up front are backed by mild roasted malts. Midway through the sip light vanilla flavors make their way in before giving way to dark chocolate bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation, though I would've liked a tad more smoothness considering the oatmeal used.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber of this solo.

Overall this is a tasty Oatmeal Stout and is probably the best beer that I've had from Boulder. Worth a shot.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark black color with a creamy very bubbly mocha colored three finger head. The head never really goes away and leaves and stays around the edges. Little layers of foam and bubles are scattered on top. Looks tasty.

I get smells of oak, vanilla, roasted malts, dark black coffee, cherries.

Upfront taste of sweetness, roasted malts, follows with a slightly semi-sweet bitterness, some oak and hints of vanilla come through in the end. Leaves a sweet sticky bitter taste in the mouth after your done.

Full thick bodied with more then your average carbonation for being a RIS. Creamy stickiness is left behind.

Its not something I would choose to drink again due to its thickness and carbonation. Needed some more oak and vanilla to come through for me. Overall decent stout but not one of the top ones I have drank so far.

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter and shared with my good friend, Jeremy. It pours a deep brown that appears black and opaque when held to the light, except at the edges. A tan 1 inch head briefly exists but quickly reduces to lacing around the edges.

The smell includes a nice level of roasted malts. The oak and oatmeal notes are definitely noticeable. A more bakers chocolate component blends nicely together.

The taste is similar to the aroma. There are very nice dark chocolate and coffee notes that blend well with the oakiness and oatmeal components. Minimal hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was quite good to me. It is a reasonably medium bodied stout but not overwhelming in thickness. A sweetness that starts on the tongue recedes and leaves a nice bitter dry palate. A reasonable level of carbonation and fairly smooth.

Overall, this was a very reasonable stout. It was not up with the best due to the lack of body and the flavors were good as was the aroma, just not sturdy enough. Overall, worth drinking and I would have it again although the search will continue for others that are better.

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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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