Oscura | Furthermore Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States
furthermorebeer.com

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%
 
 
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23
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10
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Photo of jimmygord
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-An aggressive pour yields a deep copper color with two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind thick lacing.

S-Smells of deep roasted coffee and light caramel notes.

T-Roasted, yet not overpowering, coffee notes with some fruity esters and light caramel.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dryness from the coffee in the finish.

D-I thought the coffee would overwhelm this beer, but this is actually a pretty well balanced beer. I'd like to have this one again.

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Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep copper with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head. Aroma has a nice luscious coffee nose to it along with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium to almost full in body. Roasted fresh coffee flavor upfront. There's a lot of malt behind the coffee flavor to add a nice richness to the beer. Some caramel toward the back. Coffee flavor dries out for a lingering finish.

This was done really well. Nice twist on a coffee beer that isn't a stout.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Strix
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper-brown, decent head.

Smells exactly like coffee. The slightest hint of general lager beer smell keeps it honest.

Huge coffee element to the taste, smoothed out and blended into a malty lager. Intriguing and well balanced.

Mouthfeel crisp and smooth.

This beer smells more like coffee (and looks less like coffee) than any coffee beer I've ever seen. I guess I'm used to coffee flavors in stouts and such. But it was very creative and quite drinkable. I must sample other Furthermore brews.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with two fingers of creamy head that wants to camp out for a bit. OK, I guess it wants to camp out forever since I have been waiting here for 15 minutes and haven't noticed a change. Guess I'm going to have to dive in. Smells like freshly ground coffee beans, before they have been brewed. Not much else, but still inviting. The taste is fresh roasted coffee of a cheap variety (think Folgers breakfast blend). Overall, it isn't too bad but could use a bit more body and maybe an additional element since the coffee flavor here is not of a gourmet variety.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint, pours a clear amber with a nice off-white starting head, then nothing but the thinnest of films, no lacing. The aroma is spicy, full of aromatic roasted coffee. One dimensional, but still nice. Tastes kind of like a beery coffee, the latter being quite strong, but some standard caramels and grains and a bit of a herbal quality to it. Has decent body, plenty of play, in all very interesting and fun to drink.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-amber with nice carbonation and white head that disapates
S-dont know what to make of it. Coffee, chili and malty all in one
T-see smell. Lots of chili spiciness. Less coffee than I would have thought given the label
M-light and smooth with pleasent chili aftertaste
D-fairly drinkable, but not the best.

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Photo of mkennedy119
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orangish yellow color with a small off white foam head and not much lacing.

S: A decent amount of roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Nothing overpowering but all equally present.

T: Starts off with a mild roasted coffee flavor. The middle brings some caramel and bready undertones to counter balance the coffee. The back end finishes with a nice sweet malty taste, mostly some roasted coffee, mild chocolate and vanilla.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a creamy sweet malt texture.

O: Not an overly complex beer, but a well put together Steam Beer. Easy to drink with a nice sweet malt character.

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Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of soze47
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased in late June (3 and 1/2 months old). I had sampled this beer on a few occasions before I decided to review it. It has always been one of the most unique of my favorite beers.

Appearance: Clear, crisp and bubbly body. A shining Bronze/Amber in color. Pillowy golden-white head or two fingers. The head clings to the glass as it resides.

Aroma: Toasty coffee. Malt sweetness is there. It almost smells like a creamy cup of light roast coffee. Almost coffee candy.

Taste: Very creamy. Nice coffee flavor up front with full toasty and sweet toffee/caramel flavors. There is a nice bitterness here that brings the sweetness down from being too cloying. This has a thick mouth feel, but a high carbonation that keeps it from being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and light enough to go down easy. This robust tasting beer's flavor makes this seem much thicker than actuality.

Drinkability: Very gulpable and not overwhelming in the least. It's moderately low ABV is great if you want to have a few of these on a cool evening.

Overall: I really like this unique take on the style. It is the only coffee fueled steam beer I've ever had. I loved the combo of the traditional steam beer malt bill with the coffee. It created a fascinating profile and one I wish I could get regularly in Boston.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chilled 12 oz bottle into 8 oz mini-shaker.

Look- Medium brown with a sticky, dense espresso foam cap. Excellent retention, thick ropes of lace cling to the glass. Not quite clear, but not what I'd call hazy.

Smell- Toasted caramel, unsalted pretzel, light, smoky coffee notes, makes me think of half-green beans (coffee, that is.) Some earthy spice and dark fruit emerge as it warms.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but even more coffee. Milk chocolate, more pretzel, graham cracker, mild but discernible herbal spice towards the finish, rounds out the last of the soft toasty-roast-coffee, which manages to linger for an extremely long time. Aftertaste of molasses-laced cornbread. Low bitterness, not nearly as harsh as most coffee beers. Brings to mind a creamy mocha-spresso. Mild charred fruity something as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Soft, full, extremely creamy - feels like drinking half and half or an extremely well executed cream ale. Low astringency, little of the tannic character often found in similar brews. I could have a few of these.

Overall- Well, I don't know quite what to make of it (the fact that it's a low-ABV experimental-something-something available in a reasonably priced sixer is probably what's throwing me off), but it's unique and I'd definitely seek it out. It's definitely got a unique green-roast-vegetal something going on that I usually associate with roasted-two-days-ago organic coffee. I'd definitely like to know more about the process and whatever the heck they put into this stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep brown, very little head.
S: Aroma is malty with light hops and faint coffee.
F: Sweet caramel maltiness. Light roasted coffee flavors - much different than the stout espresso flavors.
M: Mouthfeel is about right for the style. The coffee/brown ale combo blends nicely for an interesting, yet highly drinkable beer.

The appearance/aroma really hurt the overall rating, but I thought this was a pretty good beer. Furthermore has yet to disappoint.

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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 Khazadum
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #1 of Blind Beers Round 3! As suggested, this beer was poured into my HopLeaf pint glass and reviewed live for all to enjoy, I suppose.

Vision
Tons of carbonation on this one. The copper body is clear and able to reveal the numerous amounts of streams rising from the base. A creamy off-white cap rests above the brew. Around the collar are average sized bubbles, but in the middle is this long-lasting retention that reminds me of... benza-clin post-reconstitution. Lacing is prime. Thick ranges of froth after each drink.

Bouquet
Nice astringent quality here. Spicy... Is that cinnamon, clove, allspice all rolling around each other or is it a mistake for Italian seasonings? Some hints of a sweet fruit, possibly apple. It is a nice balance of sweet and spiced without any one aroma destroying the tranquility.

Flavor Profile
Opens up with that spice mixture jumping forward. I get this oregano/Italian seasoning flavor here, maybe rosemary or sage or thyme? It reminds me so much of Saison Du Buff. From the spice eruption there is a gentle sweetness in the middle, the malts playing forward but they fade quick. Final verse of this spicy serenade is the clean finish. It has a few hot spots of sage spice, but nothing unwarranted. It is a quick three stages.

This is very herby if I take a sip every sixty seconds. If I let my sipping technique linger and watch a bit of TV, take a drink after a few minutes and the coffee actually explodes before the herbs, lasts much longer than before, and actually can be called a strong player. Else, outrageously spiced.

Oral Sensations
Thin, watery, and a very clean finish. The spices will over saturate if you aren't careful giving a more antiseptic quality with some chemical burn characteristics if you aren't careful. This is not a beer to drink too fast or too slow. Lingers on the front of my teeth, but no where else. Pops forward with that unusual spice mixture. Cinnamon but not... It is the heat of the spice I am confusing with Cinnamon I bet.

Conclusions
Super easy to drink. Really solid beverage and would probably be amazing with some chicken tacos. It has that clean finish, bright beginning of flavors, and sharp nose. Altogether I'm a fan.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Deep amber, kind of copper body, transparent, with two fingers of tight, medium-beige head that falls to a fingers but retains a nice cap. Nice wash of lacing.

Nice smell of roast coffee beans, some peppery spiciness, & a little note of hop green around the edges.

Taste is -- yeah, yeah, good stuff. Leads with a little snap, then that smooth, roasted, nutty coffee flavors roll in, accompanied by a little malty sweetness & balance out by hops. This is really nice -- I like big coffee beers, but I also like a session-ish beer that can handle the rich, bold flavors of it without the coffee becoming overly bitter or astringent. Really good stuff. After is very pleasantly bitter & bready, again with the coffee flavor showcased very well.

Starts off with a little bite, a little flinty, but then turns velvety smooth & creamy. It's like I can actually feel it transforming in my mouth, very nice. Again, I'm impressed that the coffee presence is assertive enough that it sticks without becoming grating & abrasive. Well done.

Was not expecting a whole lot from this little number, but I've got to say I'm really impressed. Great taste, great feel, & I don't foresee getting too messed up from a few of these. Definitely a winner.

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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 Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of EricTKole
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermanbrian
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at brass rail. Knew nothing about it but a beer brewed with coffee is normally worth a try. I was expecting a nice roasty stout so when i popped this one open i was surprised.

Appearance is a hazy golden/amber with little head and no lace. Nothing special here except for the fact that it wasn't the stout i was expecting.

Smell of the coffee is definately there. It slips into tobacco and some roastyness. If i was in a dark room i would swear it was a stout or porter by the smell, maybe a fun trick to play on someone sometime.

Taste is smokey coffee up front that just kind of fades to nothingness. I don't want to say the coffee dominates because it's not overpowering or too in your face, it's just all i get from this one.

Overall this one was not what i expected but it was worth the try. Certainly an interesting brew and the brewer should be complemented for the creativity. Just kind of missed the mark with me a little.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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