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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

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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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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 491
Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a tan head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is dark and roasted malts with some notes of coffee. The taste is dark and roasty that starts out smooth and finishes on the bitter side. One detriment to the beer is the mouthfeel is definately on the thin side for a Russian Imperial Stout. Overall, this is a pretty good RIS, but it is a little subdued compared to some of the best beers within the style. It is recommended nonetheless.

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Photo of tpd975
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black with average head. Little carbonation and just a hint of lacing.

S: This is the best part of the beer. The nose leads you to believe this is going to be a great one. Nice dark roasted coffee mingled with bitter chocolate. A hint of vanilla with a bit of lingering charocal.

T: Starts off with a nice bitter coffee taste. No chocolate really comes thru and the oak goes nearly unnoticed. There is a hint of charcoal but not much else.

M: Rather thin for the style.

D: Not too bad, but the taste makes me wish I had shared this one.

Overall: A rather ho hum beer for the $9 price tag. The aromas are nice but the taste leaves me wanting more. I had high hopes for another oaked stout by Great Divide, but I was left less than impressed. I will stick to Oaked Yeti which they have perfected and comes in at a few dollars less per bomber.

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Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap -> pint

Pours black with some hints of deep brown. A one head sits atop gloriously, though the stay is limited. Some chunky lacing.

Nose: Coffee, mild dark fruit, burnt malt and a tad of hops.

Thick and creamy. Dark chocolate, burnt malts, touch of coffee. Dark fruits dance the palate before a quick bitterness, melds the flavors expertly.

Pretty damn drinkable for an impy. Another quality brew on tap at Mad Mex, cranberry.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Described on the bottle as an "oak aged oatmeal stout". Sounds interesting.

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass.

A - Very nice looking. This beer is completely black. No light gets through, no brown or red tinge when held to the light. A nice thick head forms. The heads color is a lighter than than I expect with a beer that's so dark.

S - Smell has some bitter coffee like aroma over a tiny bit of cocoa. A nice aroma, rather subdued for an oak aged stout.

T - Taste is of roasted malts, with the oak aging smoothing things over a bit. The oak doesn't add as much of a vanilla flavor as I expected that I often see with bourbon barrels, but this beer seems smooth. The bottle advertises an "Earthy" flavor and I see that. The brew finishes bitter, with roasty/burnt notes.

M - This brew had a nice mouthfeel. Feels nice and full in the mouth, and still possesses a prickly carbonation.

D - A nice stout here. The full feel makes you want to take deep sips of this brew. They also crammed a lot of favor into a beer that (for its style) is not too high in alcohol. By no means a session brew by definition, but easy to drink and low on the end of the alcohol spectrum for an imperial stout.

A nice stout overall, worth a try.

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

Pours dark, but dark ruby shows when held to light. Light tan head off a very firm pour. Nose is mild. Flavor is equally mild. This is an RIS? Just lacks the punch, man. I mean it still has a nice edge, but nowhere near the complexity that many others of the style have. Feel is much thinner on the liquid than normal. Carbonation is okay. Verdict is that this is nice and even, but it is just lacking.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous offering from Boulder. I tried this for the first time this week at the outstanding Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY, and it was a treat. A great pour into a 10 oz. glass produced 1 1/2 fingers of rich, dark mocha head atop a nearly black body, just gorgeous. The nose is excellent--plenty of coffee and chocolate, and a hint of caramel. That and plenty of malt coat the tongue, with a different flavor coming to the fore on each taste. There is also a hint of berry that was most welcome. The carbonation was just right, offsetting a slightly syrupy taste. This is very drinkable, and the moderate ABV make this an ideal Imperial Stout for sampling a few.

A delight, and a great find. A must try.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a frothy light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is chocolate malts, oatmeal, roasted coffee and a touch of wood with some initial vegetal and metallic off notes.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some acidic roasted malts. It finishes with charred roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a decent stout. Its simplicity and some off notes prevent it from being better.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter. pours deep onyx with a light brown almost beige head. head retains very well, with good lacing.

S: Great Scott! Aromas of oak, bourbon, licorice, vanilla, and tobacco.

T: Oak and vanilla right off the bat. somewhat chocolaty as well. as it warms it has a slight lingering of bourbon. Great roasted malts.

M: Wonderful! I can feel my taste buds going insane with this one. Too many flavors would be insulting, but this is very complex.

D: This is a wonderful stout, which truly impressed me coming from Boulder, which makes me think of hops. The flavors are very complex but delightful. All I need now is a porterhouse to accompany this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small coffee and malty, yet quite faint. In the taste, sweet maltiness and somewhat malty. A smooth, medium body in the mouthfeel and a coffee sweetness to dry in the aftertaste. Not much in the nose, somewhat lactic and nice coffee presence, good, but not fantastic.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours an oak-tinted maple in color beneath a light coffee-colored, dense foam of a head. Thin and spotted lacing with impressive strength.

Caramel and espresso notes. Touches of hazlenut, light cream, and earthen aromas as well: oats, roasted barley. Faint hints of oak chips over the dulce de leche, semi-sweet background.

Rich, roasted chocolate malts with a deep, earthen espresso profile. A dry, semi-sweet nutty flavor; hazlenut, almond. Notes of licorice and oak with a dry alcohol presence lingering into the aftertaste. Assertive hop bite with a near creamy finish.

Full bodied; rich, roasted yet also dry and a bit creamy in the finish. Complex in mouthfeel, but what you would expect from an Oatmeal Stout laid on oak.

A unique, well-crafted concoction. Drinks as a dry, full Oatmeal Stout with all of the flavor pleasantries you would want when thinking of such a style. Worth picking up a few bottles to enjoy.

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Photo of ccrida
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark black with a large tan head that is thick and slow to recede, leaving heavy lace, with a few nice hunks of foam.

Smell is dusty coco and irish cream, lactose? Also a hint of roasted nuts, and overall rather soft.

Taste is roasty and dry, like a big, rich irish stout. I was really hoping for more oak character, only a hint of wood and no vanilla. In fact, were it not on the label, I'm not sure I would have called it. Finish is dry, bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, not as silky as the best Oatmeal stouts, but still nice, with a very light body.

Drinkability is pretty average...it drinks bigger then it is, but I like the acridness of the roast (and probably oak to). Served in a snifter at cellar temp.

*Note that nowhere on the label does it say "Russian" stout, but instead says "Obovoid Empirical Stout" and "oak aged oatmeal stout."

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Pours an opaque black with a thick off white head. Slight chocolate malt aroma with a hint of oak.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Not a lot of roasted barley more to the chocolate malt side. Fairly sweet up front. Long dry finish with some more chocolate.
Decent beer, but the oak character didn't really seem very evident.

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Photo of GlockAmore
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep, dark brown that’s almost impenetrable. Shows about one finger of creamy tan head after an aggressive pour. The head doesn’t last long and there’s little lacing to speak of. The aroma is of roasted coffee and the flavor delivers a big dose of the same. The lingering burnt coffee flavor spreads across the palate then segues into a nice bitter hop flavor perfectly, leaving a nice dry finish to this bold flavored stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of jim102864
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Larry offered this freebie from a bomber bottle whilest at a recent visit to E. Appearance was chocolate brown with a nice creamy head. Aroma was a bit wanting. Some evidence of oak in there I guess along with coffee and chocolate. Taste was pleasing smooth and chocolatey with oatmeal and a nice balance of hops. Delish. Mouthfeel was also smooth and creamy in the finish. Overall a suprisingly drinkable oatmeal stout and one I will revisit.

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Photo of JAramini
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The bottle calls this an "Empirical Stout" and has some clever copy on the bottle explaining the name and the designation. I'd say that this is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. That's the character I get from it.

It appears black with brown highlights when held to the light and generates a decent head with a reasonably hard pour but the head does not linger and the lacing was minimal.

Imperial Oatmeal is the most descriptive term I can give you for this. It reminds me of the best oatmeal stouts I've had but bigger in flavor. The dark roasty flavors are huge and really linger on the palate. It tastes a bit charred and absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a beer of this stature. I like my imperials to be motor oil. I want a thick, heavy beer. Yet, somehow this doesn't bother me in this beer. I think the flavor is solid enough that I don't mind the fact that it's more medium-bodied.

This beer has a stellar flavor, and the lighter mouthfeel proves to be an asset to this beer, it goes down much more smoothly than a heavy imperial. The dark, roasted character of this really shines and is quite satisfying.

After my first sip I was in love, and I plan to pick up a couple more bombers of this to hang on to. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber for $7.50 at Total Beverage. The color is black but not completely black with a thin-as-paper white head. The first smells are oatmeal, oaky, stouty goodness. Whoa, the taste is crazy..subtle woody vanilla flavors but I am disappointed by the thin mouthfeel. Interesting beer, good for a one-time purchase but its a little expensive, if it was a little thicker it would be perfect.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always wondered what an obovoid was.Poured into an English pint glass a deep but not opaque black with tight formed 1/2 finger light mocha colored head that left a broken sheet of lace as it settled quickly,heavy on the mocha in the nose almost brownie-like dipped in dark roast coffee very appetizing.Not a big mouthfull of a stout its light to medium in the mouthfeel department.Flavors start out with deep bitter chocolate tones along with that dark roast coffee turning into a woody/earthy finish that is quite bitter.The oak gives off just a light woody flavor that compliments the big chocolate and coffee tones of this brew,very nice.

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Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a nice two finger head that slowly falls to a thick surface coating. Thick lacing paints the inside of the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, caramel, hints of coffee, and some soft alcohol tones overall are mild and you really need to stick the nose in the glass to pick it up.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, mild coffee tones, and some molasses are balanced with some nice bitterness and alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: this was a bit thinner in body than expected. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger on the tongue. Smooth throughout.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this since it is not very heavy. Alcohol is not overwhelming and the flavor profile is very nice. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to axilla for sharing this...
Appears a dark brown with crimson edges and a light tan head that slowly fades out. Streaky rings are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, java, roasty malt, brown sugar, and vanilla.
Taste is that of the aromas with some caramel, and toffee flavors pulling up the rear with a tart/bitter bite.
Mouthfeel is smooth, roasty, and bitter of oak.

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

Poured jet black, completely opaque with a 1/4 inch head. Head was off-white. Beer looked very fizzy. Some lacing.

Smelled of toffee and chocolate. Hints of toasted malts and coffee. Really nice aroma to this beer.

Taste matches the smell. I was really impressed with how the smells in this beer completely translated to the flavor. Some slight bitterness on the back palate. Also, a slight nutty flavor, like hazelnuts, came through as the beer warmed.

The beer is surprisingly carbonated. I think a little too carbonated. Mouthfeel is very light for a russian imperial stout. Still this is a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce brown bottle. Poured a deep black with brown highlights when held up to the light. Two fingers of creamy, dense, coffee brown head rose from the glass. Excellent head retention that left a thick lace coating on the glass. Smell was of flaked oats, chocolate, burnt coffee, and thick roasted/toasted malt aromas. Just a tiny bit of oak is present in the nose. The taste is a bit on the sweet side. A nice charred wood/oak barrel flavor really stands out in the taste but is not obnoxious. The wood flavors were backed up by the oats, chocolate and coffee flavors. Some toffee and butterscotch flavors were also noted as well as a subtle fruit note. Minimal carbonation with no really noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and creamy. Great drinkability.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really dark brown in hue, if not black in the middle, with ruby edges; russet bubbles compose the head. At the apex the head was only one finger tall. Head retention was mediocre; a small, soapy cap was all that remained after a few moments. Subsequent lacing was spotty but fairly widespread. Overall, the appearance is respectable but unremarkable.

The nose shows a good amount of roasted malt; hints of coffee beans, charred wood, chocolate, vanilla, and even a tickle of oak. The alcohol is hidden. No hops. Do I smell oats? Anyway. As such, the nose smells more like a Russian Imperial Stout and not an American Double Stout. I can’t say there is much complexity in the nose but the malt profile is quite pleasant. It isn’t as aggressive as, say, Yeti or Dark Lord… honestly, it probably isn’t fair to compare. The aromas are a tad retrained but, IMO, this smells like a well-made *true* RIS. Based on the nose I would have never guessed this was an “ale aged with oak.” All in all, the bouquet is solid and definitely inviting.

Dry, roasted maltiness with plenty of coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate flavors with char arriving in the middle before an “oatmeal stout” quality arrives. Hopping levels do nothing more than balance this beer, no aggressive bitterness here. This Stout is not tricked out, which I like. I am happy the palate isn’t dominated by American hops. The oak aging (which I assume was nothing more than oak chips) is quite minimal. Oak-Aged Yeti this is not. Smoky finish. I can’t help but compare this beer but I shouldn’t. Obovoid is plenty tasty. I have had better beers that are similar but, still, this is a fun beer to drink. Long aftertaste that offers a flash of sweetness, kind of milky (in a non-lactose way) before some chocolate notes arrive and a kiss of charred wood. Honestly, the strong quality of this beer is the tongue-coating aftertaste.

Not much fuller than medium and it feels quite small for the style. The mouthfeel is my only outright complaint about this beer, I wish it was fuller. Low carbonation makes the beer sluggish and watery. Low carbonation and a full body would be perfect.

I found this beer to be very easy and enjoyable to drink. Solely based on taste, this might be the best bottled beer I have ever had from Boulder (please note, Mojo on-tap is magical and quite average in bottles). There are no flavor “flaws” or missing elements. Sure the oak aging seems minimal but oak aging is like a side dish to a great steak. If the meat is really good would you miss your green beans? I am quite happy that Obovoid is available in Nebraska. It is a quality Russian Oatmeal Stout (if such a style existed, it doesn’t, and it shouldn’t). Recommended.

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