Oscura | Furthermore Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States
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Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
221
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

Aroma is of nuts, caramel, toast, and mild smoke. It's the only good point to this beer. Pours deep gold with no head or lacing. Flavor has a faint caramel note in the background. The rest is old, used coffee grounds to the point of being overwhelming. A totally different coffee flavor than can be found in stouts. Light-medium mouthfeel with coffee ground finish. Supposedly it's a California Common style beer, it's nowhere close to the prototype Anchor Steam. Not recommended.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

O.K., I admit it. I just don't get it. This was a recommended pick up when I visited Wisconsin. Not a fan at all.

Poured with little head & no lacing Reddish Amber in color. Translucent.

Aroma was bitter and of coffee grinds. Not coffee, but rather the used grinds when you empty the filter the next morning.

The taste was exactly the same. Like the times when the coffee grinds get into the coffee and it's overly bitter and chalky. I kept at it and was trying to figure out what everybody liked. For a moment I thought I saw a glimmer, but it faded. This is borderline drain pour stuff.

Mouth feel is chalky and dry.

Drinkability - no.

Sorry.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brown coffee color almost like iced black tea with a thinnish brownish white head and a small amount of lacing. Smells of coffee and nothing else. Tastes of a lot of freshly ground coffee. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is low.

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Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light orange with ruby highlights, a light tan head.

The smell is very strange, must be the coffee, but has more of a rich spicy character, almost Chai Tea Like.

The flavor is very odd, not bad just hard to describe, very spicy with cinnamon and cacao. The malt is buried behind the strange coffee and spice flavors and there are no real hops to speak of. Almost doesn't even taste like beer at all.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a very very dry powdering finish

Not sure about this one, very odd, I wouldn't drink it again to quick.

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Photo of biglite351
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clover honey like look. Just off-white tight head.

S - mild roasted coffee with an underlying note of lager.

T - mild coffee flavor. No real meet taste. This is more of a coffee flavored drink than a beer.

M - light coating and only a tiny bit of tingle on the back sides of the tongue.

D - not bad but many other brews would come first.

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Photo of Beerlover
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of MaxOfMetal
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale golden color with off-white head. Not much coffee on the nose, a little green bell pepper though; follows onto the palate. Lingering malt on the finish.

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Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of matty
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Looks like a soda.Aroma is coffee.Taste also is coffee and caramel malts.Strong coffee taste prevents this from being a beer with good drinkabilty.Overall OK but the coffee is a little overpowering.I would recommend to try once.

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Photo of blackenmn
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell- Poured an amber color with a brown like hue lurking in it. Kind of murky looking. Had a very minimal head but left great lacing down the glass. Smell was of light caramel and citrus with some roastiness present(most likely the cofee), nothing too pungent.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Citrusy, piney taste up front followed by a bitter coffee flavor with subtle caramel like sweetness. It had a very piney dry finish.

Drinkability-This was a pretty interesting brew. Not really in a good or bad way. I'd have another if offered just wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber body with a good two fingers of off white head. Head recedes quickly, and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt dominates with some herbal notes. One does note some nice, woody aromas with semi-sweet cocos. I picked up some strange, almost smoked-meat-esque aromas too. Overall, quite mild.

T - The coffee does do its work here in the flavor, adding wood, dry coffee, spice, and lots of roasted dryness to the beer. The malt gets dominated here a bit, but what is there is a mild caramel sweetness with a slight herbal edge. The hops are mild and spicy, but does not need much bittering from the hops to balance.

M - Feels like a marzen style lager, not to full, relative crispness.

D - A bit of a one-note song. Like Perkulator, if you like coffee, this is a fun one. But don't expect classic balance or depth. Just enjoy it for what it is, a coffee-bomb.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over-vigourously poured into a pint glass. Date on the bottom of the bottle implies it was bottled in 12/09, which is disconcerting since it was purchased in late fall 2010.

A: A very translucent burnt dark amber, with a foamy head that provided excellent lacing, though faded quickly (even with the extra vigorous pour).

S: Smell is fairly non-existant. Faint aromas of dark coffee.

T: Tastes of coffee, but a slightly more prominent taste is chocolate. The malt bill is there, but kind of underwhelming.

M: Thinner and slightly more carbonated than I would prefer, but enjoyable overall.

D: This is an extremely sessionable beer with no hint of alcohol taste whatsoever.

I'm going to have to rereview this beer once I'm able to get my hands on some fresher stock. The downside is that the bottling date is on the bottom of the brown bottle printed in black lettering, which means it's impossible to see when the bottle is still full. I remember the beer being much more enjoyable than I'm tasting tonight, even from a couple months ago.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light see through brown color with a small slightly off white head which recedes to nothing and leaves very little lace. The aroma is of bitter coffee, it is not very big though. The taste is of bitter coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end of the beer. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but slightly thin. Overall it was an okay beer, it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear light root beer brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, and coffee. There is a slight dusty taste too. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. COFFEE, COFFEE, and more COFFEE, Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Pretty good.

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Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Furthermore. Oscura. Tonight.

Orangish red in the romantic glow of the monitor as I pull it close. Smells like coffee, but subtle, like cofee with beer in it rather than a foam cup of Dunn Bros. That's good.

Holy completely unexpected. I was expecting a tame lager with a bit of coffee shoved in. Not so. This is definitely weird. There's a robust spiciness to this that is elegantly offset by the coffee; advertised as a coffee beer, this is certainly something else. Herbal remedy? Lawrys? Tropical fizzy drink sprinkled with banana? I can't pin down the spices, but they're there.

I couldn't drink more than one of these! The oddness is bracing, refreshing, interesting, but ultimately it's not something I want all that often.

Well. Good beer. Not at all what I was expecting. Big points for originality & confounding expectations. Well worth giving this one a whirl.

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Photo of sliverX
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich brown with ruby highlights a nice small thick tan head that hung around well.
Smell is huge coffee not much else.
Taste is burnt coffee crossed with a thin brown ale, not a homerun but decent
Mouthfeel is thin and watery but thats not a bad place for it
If you'd like an easy to drink very coffee forward beer this is for you.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
3.83 out of 5 based on 221 ratings.
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