Oscura | Furthermore Beer

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A real Light brown in color like decafe coffee.

S- Man this smell more coffee then beer. you can notice some hopnest. but very mellow.

T- Taste of fair trades coffee and alittle hop at the end but no bitterness what's so ever.

M- very wet. very creamy and smooth very enjoyable to the pallet.

D- This beer is for the people that love coffee and just like to have some beer hints in it. Very enjoyable beer. I'm glad I try it on tap first to save my bottle.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that while I'm not overly familiar with this style, I was quite surprised to see Oscura classified as a California Common/Steam Beer. That being said...Pours a semi-translucent reddish-brown with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a swirl of foam and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. Nose is somewhat vegetal and also suggests spent coffee grounds. Taste expresses coffee grounds, some malty sweetness (caramel or toffee), followed by a vegetal quality towards the back and a light bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. This is an interesting beer, but I'm really unclear as to what it is trying to be. At first impression, I'm thinking American Brown, but not getting a clear style impression. Regardless, an interesting beer that's certainly worth a try if the opportunity presents but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip glass. a really dark brown with barely any head at all. at first glance this beer looks thin. not impressive.

smell is rosted malt deliciousness mixed with high quality coffee. smells liked they picked some amazing coffee for this brew.

yep, confirmed this coffee is amazing and goes excellent with just enough roasted malt. great harmony in the flavors. nice taste not much bitter, just malted coffee goodness.

mouthfeel is right for style but i would prefer it to be thicker to accommodate the deep roasty and coffee flavors. not much carbonation.

this is a smooth highly drinkable beer. want more, only bought a single 12oz. bottle.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a giant effervescent bubbly head.

Smell is of coffee grounds and lightly roasted malts.

Tastes just like a light roast coffee mixed with a beer. Good coffee flavors with a pleasant light malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly leaving a great bitter coffee note on the tongue in the finish.

Good drinkability, good beer.

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

Appearance. A tightly formed soapy fizzy head forms on an amber body, but does retain decently well with a solid fingers worth of foam. Spotted lacing dots the glass.

Smell. Bready malts and cracker like yeast make up most of the nose. Malt sweetness. Floral hops also present.

Taste. Roasted malts, some hops and mellow iced coffee on the back end. Winds up being pretty delicious. A little nutty, well balanced. Refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Coats the palate with a nice nutty malt flavor and a lingering coffee note at the end. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Definately the best Ive had from Furthermore brewing. A nice session brown even if it is stylisticly a steam beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear dark copper color with a thin tan head of suds that all but disappears quickly.

Oddly, this smells just like a homebrew that I just made. Coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla extract and caramel malt.

A nice sweet caramel malt with some coffee and just a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Very nice roastiness. The coffee is subtle, but there.

Pretty smooth, a bit less than a medium body. Quite refreshing.

I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The coffee is not overwhelming, but a nice complement to the overall beer. This is a really nice brew. I would say this is definitely the best brew I've had from Furthermore.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish copper amber color that produced a good off-white head with good retention behind it.

(S)- A rich yet spicy roasted coffee profile with a light caramel sweetness behind it.

(T)- A caramel-like malty sweetness with a lightly roasted coffee with a creamy finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A great balance of the coffee addition with the maltiness of the main backbone of the beer.

(D)- An interesting variation on the style with the fair trade coffee addition into the mix. It is rich, but is also crisp and malty with the even balance without the coffee overpowering everything. Unique stuff.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber with hints of brown. bonish colored head, foams for a while, and some lacing there.
S: Roasted nose. coffee is definitely there.
T: Powerful roasted flavor up front. Smacks you right in the face. After the smokey, roasted delight, there is a solid, sweet malt presence, and hints of chocolate. It all balances together in a really nice way.
M: Rich, smokey and really full
D: for the rich taste, it is really solid, not a high ABV makes this a nice go to

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Photo of rfgetz
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish dulled copper color with small cap of off-white head, leaving little lacing. Scent is of fresh medium roasted coffee beans and only a faint touch of grassy hops and carmely malts. Taste is once again a cool, crisp burst of the fresh medium roasted coffee. Very odd having this flavor unclouded by dark roasted malts or chocolate flavors. Very iced-coffee-ish. Pale carmel malts are present and are very light grassy hop touch. Medium bodied, slightly oily. A unique beer... the coffee scent and taste alone makes this, only some faint muddled, earthy charachteristics cloudy it.

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Photo of DIM
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a hazed reddish copper color. It poured with a thick, moderately sticky head.

s: Mild but clean freshly used coffee grounds dominate. There might also be a little something sweet here. I can't find much else, but this is very appealing regardless.

t: Coffee first for sure, but not in a big, robust way. A little sweeter than I expected with some vanilla and something that does suggest steam beer that I can't put my finger on.

m: Gently carbonated with a body that is just a touch on the watery side.

d: I love that coffee is spreading to more and more styles. I never expected to try something like this, but it works very well.

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

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent dry, roasted, coffee scent. It's earthy with little malt character. The taste is good as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with the addition of coffee. It's dry and roasted without the black and chocolate malt taste. What a concept. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn smooth coffee beer. I love the use of coffee without all the black malts.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to morimech!

Pours hazed orangeish amber with hues towards light brown. The off-white head recedes to virtually disappearing as it progresses, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is of caramel, floral notes and roasted (slightly "burnt") coffee.

The taste is of caramel, floral notes and coffee that balance each other and blend well, with caramel maltiness staying ahead through the finish.

It has a malty smoothness with a medium body and medium, even carbonation.

Another interesting brew from Furthermore. Who would have thought of coffee in a Cali. Common/Steam beer? Glad that these folks did! A solid choice for a coffee brew outside of the usual porter or stout style.

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

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of coffee, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, coffee, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with a coffee flavor that is clearly the strongest flavor in the beer but doesn't completely dominate. There are background flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, different representation of style, this is one is a little lighter than your average coffee-flavored beer and is a good one to drink for a long time.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Tiny particles float in the brilliantly clear amber brown color. Much lighter than I expected for a coffee beer. The pour is quiet leaving a surprising two-finger head. Good retention resulted in an eventually clumpy pile and thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee galore. Smells like french roast with a dry and bitter finish. Toasted malts behind lend little towards the aroma. A fairly caramel hint.

T - A crisp hop feel and floral flavor appears for milliseconds before washing away to a lightly toasted caramel malt and bold roasted coffee finish.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation finish. It ends particularly hard with a moderate dry and lightly roasted bitter balance.

D - Interestingly light for a coffee beer, it still packs the real coffee flavor punch to it. Pretty well balanced and medium-bodied giving it a rather easy drinkability.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Wisconsin. Served in a Half-Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger and a half of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap with nice solid lacing. Nice transparent mahogany body with some bubbles and suspended solids. Not your typical steam beer for sure.

S - Fairly potent coffee, but also some light lager twang, spicy floral hops, and caramel malts. It's definitely different from the coffee porters & stouts that are so prolific these days, but still quite nice.

T - The taste is fairly similar, with a mixture of roast coffee, apple and berry fruitiness, and light caramel and chocolate malt. Not much of an obvious hop presence - maybe a touch of citrus in the periphery.

M - This is a little too thin and carbonated for my liking. Kind of watery, with a fairly sticky finish. Probably my least favorite thing about this brew.

D - The coffee isn't palate ravaging, and other than the over-carbonation this is quite easy to drink. If I were looking for an alcoholic substitute for iced coffee this would be up my alley.

Quite interesting to see a coffee-infused beer that isn't already malt-heavy (porter/stout/doppelbock, etc.). This experiment is actually reasonable successful. Nice to see brewers playing around with lagers.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rather clear rusty redish brown. Two fingers of light mocha colored head settle slowly, leaving a full lace ring around the rim.

The aroma is pure roast coffee. Light hints of sweet malt surrounded by medium roast coffee. It seems really strange to get this much coffee aroma out of a beer with this light of a color. If you blind folded me and gave me a whiff I would most definitley say this was a stout.

The flavor is very earthy. Coffee grounds mixed with black dirt. Subtle sugar sweetness along with mild hoppiness. It's very unique for sure.

Medium to light body with above average carbonation.

Overall one the most unique beers I've ever tasted. Certainly not my favorite but a worthy well crafted brew.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer thanks to maximum12 from secret santa 09. I thought this was a coffee stout or porter from reading the label, very surprised to see a ruby/amber beer come out of the bottle and into my Portsmouth tulip. There is a soap white two finger frothy head atop the beer that leaves a generous amount of sticky lacing.

The smell is very inviting, a huge hit of fresh coffee, but a light nutty coffee for sure. The coffee is followed up by some graham cracker sweetness, some fresh cut grass sharp wheat characters.

The taste mirrors the smell pretty closely, but the flavors aren't as strong as the scents in this beer. The blend of citrus wheat and coffee seem to battle each other for supremacy, and neither really wins. There is also a slight metallic bite at the end of the flavor that is a little out of place.

The beer is light bodied, crisp and full flavored with a nice dry finish, making for a nice mouthfeel. The strange metallic flavor in the finish kind of lingers and makes the drinkability suffer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of 2010! A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, switching back and forth between the Outback Bowl (Northwestern v. Auburn) and the NHL Winter Classic (Philly v. Boston @ Fenway Park!). I asked for 'obscure' local beers from alctradamus in a recent trade; what do I get but 'Oscura'? Well played, Adam, well played...

Well-designed label: bold red text on a black & white close-up of a French Press filter. Below: "A Nicaraguan All-Female Growers Co-Op (Stop) A Lusciously Aromatic Just Coffee Roast (Stop) Our Warm-Fermented, Cold-Lagered Cerveza Oscura (Huh?)".

A: No indication on the label, but expected 'coffee stout' or similar; what a surprise to have copper-auburn flow from the bottle. Mostly clear with a few carbonation but lots of suspended sediment, unsure if that's 'normal' or due to age. Stubby head, not even 1/2 finger of ivory-ish cream. A few lace specks. Meh.

S: Interesting aroma, robust coffee roast with an acerbic lemon-y backing (maybe the two are related?). Grainy toasting fights though a spiced wheat and a little 'graham cracker' sweetness.

T: Similar 'coffee-ness' as in the aroma, maybe made a bit more complex with zesty spice and an herbal/mint green-ness. Those beans add a firm, almost mineral, bitterness that backs each sip and lasts a while. Dryness even mimics 'black pepper'...curious flavors intertwined, but balance achieved and interest maintained throughout.

M: Fairly brash mouthfeel, crisp and hard-biting. Not much carbonation, but a nice tingle regardless. Medium body, 'fairly refreshing', chalk-dry finish.

D: Quite a curious brew - flavor grew on me after a few sips and some warming. Common/'steam' beers aren't in the normal rotation for me and one with coffee added is certainly a first...recommended for a try if you find one. Wouldn't mind having another - thanks again, Adam!

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

I have consumed several of these of the summer months and oddly enough just in the bottle, so when I poured this beer it was a bit of a surprise...

A: This beer pours a medium copper color, not at all what I was expecting. The head was initially 1.5 cm and fades to a nice layer of silky foam with a small concentration revolving in the middle of that. The lacing is there but rather effervescent. For a steam beer it seems somewhat impressive.

S: The smell reminds me of a long-term care facility which is good and well a bit of a negative thing. The beer's initial nose is of coarse coffee grounds, the more I whiffed the less the coffee seemed to dominate and a slight citrus/grain came through.

T: The beer doesn't taste as good as it smells, the coffee adds to the beer nicely but a strange style to add it to at the same time. Up front comes the sweetness from whatever malts are being used, midway comes the ever ever ever so slightess of fruitiness, and the finish is bitter coffee with a slight metallic twang.

M: Light and a little too sharp on the tongue.

D: This is a strange beer, but I can attest to drinking it chilled on a summer day and enjoying it. Drinking it is pretty effortless, but maybe I am too much of a coffee lover.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brewery that has made it's way to PA, good for you guys, good choice.

Oscura has a dark copper look and a loose off white cap that faded into the darkness. Looks like a simple beer and not as dark as I was expecting for being brewed with some fair trade coffee. The smell consists of some sweet malt with a light coffee backing and grain. The taste is the same, exactly. There is a nice amount of coffee in here, but it's rather quite subdued. For being a steam beer, I think the coffee is at the right spot as any more would have been to much. A simple style with a simple amount of coffee. Light to medium bodied with carb hitting the tounge, this one is not dead. Oscura did not wow me, so i wont be going back for it, well maybe if it's on tap I will.

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

A: Chestnut with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Floral & soapy, with a little grain.

T: Nut bread, caramel, floral, light cocoa & coffee, good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: A good drinker.

California common?

Thanks Jer & Karen.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells exactly like my morning coffee, brewed with fair trade coffee so I think this qualifies as me being a good person. Didn't expect it to be a light brownish amber after smelling it. The head was the faintest brown and faded quick. Aroma was outstanding and full of coffee and dry cocoa. Very malty smell and a slight sweetness. Taste fell short for me, the lager taste shows up out of nowhere. A bit surprising and offputting, don't get me wrong...it is a tasty brew, just unexpected. Mouthfeel is standard lager, thin and crisp. Very drinkable and very tasty, could sit around and watch football with some of this.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear reddish brown body that has a finger thick head. The head is off white and frothy in appearance. Carbonation racing to the head is visible throughout this beer. Good head retention, minutes after the beer still has a nice lace.

S - The beer is rather intoxicating in smell. Strong blast of roasted coffee notes hit your nose initially. A deeper whiff brings along some creamy caramel and toffee notes. Very good smelling beer.

T - Strong coffee notes as expected. In addition to that there is a nice blast of creamy caramel and toffee that follows the coffee.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth the beer has some strong coffee notes which are not as bitter or dry as I was expecting. The carbonation does a nice job of cleansing the palate for the caramel, cream and toffee. However, the finish of this beer is a bit dry and bitter which prevents this from being any higher.

D - An interesting beer that would need to be chosen during cold months of the year without a doubt. I can't imagine having a coffee type brew in the summer, but during the winter it is solid. I would however, avoid having more than one or two of these regardless of the year.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice clear red color. It's somewhere between copper, and a dark amber, nice looking. A little 1.5cm head forms on top, but the bubbles are so loose that it sort of fades quickly. Still looks pretty nice, but the head is a little boring. The smell is interesting. Very clean and crisp, but a very nice caramelly sweetness. I like the smell, but there isn't exactly enough in there. The one other thing that I can find is a bit of toastiness, which seems odd considering the color, I wouldn't expect to find this much burnt, toasty smell in there. The taste is where it gets interesting I think. You get a very nice grainy sweetness, that is filled up and balanced with the roastiness. It's really nice. You also get a nice slight herbal bitterness balanced with sweetness. The yeast prfile is very clean, which brings out the roasted flavors. Part of this flavor almost seems to skip over that moderate nutty, slightly toasty malt flavor I'd expect for the color. I find this really enjoyable and tasty. The body is a little thin, the carbonation rushes in but isn't too exiting. The drinkability is pretty good though. Enjoyable, not too heavy or overdone, but the roastiness is still quite interesting.

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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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