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 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 ffejherb
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 10/7/09.

A - Hard pour revealed a murky medium brown/burnt sienna body with one-finger bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and thin ring of retention, depositing spotty lace around the glass.

S - Prominent coffee aroma with lots of fresh roasted malt and a hint of sweet caramel. Subtle citrusy and piney hop notes also emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Again, there is a huge coffee presence that carries over from the aroma into the flavor. The bitterness of the coffee is paired with a slight brown sugar and caramel sweetness. There's quite a bit of nuttiness as well. However, the coffee presence dominates the flavor. Finishes with a good bit of earthy, leafy and herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery overall. Bitterness actually lingers on the back of the tongue for a while.

D - I felt like this should be a stout. I'm definitely not used to a lighter coffee beer. While it lacked a bit of body, Oscura definitely makes up for it in the aroma and flavor departments.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light brown with amber undertones. Nice white head lasts at one inch. Good carbonation.

S: Nice coffee start with a dark chocolate and roasted aroma. No hops but who cares.
T: Heavy on the coffee but not too bad. Great chocolate undertones with a slight nuttiness and earthy component. The coffee adds a nice acidity. Finishes w a slight burnt roasty flavor.

M: light bodied. Would expect a bit more body with the flavor profile, but good overall.

D: A nice coffee beer. California common, I think not. If u are in the mood for a coffee forward beer, this is a goood choice.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with Mistofminn, Thanks Brad!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Brown color with a short-lived beige head.
Iced hazelnut coffee aroma.
The taste is similar to drinking an iced hazelnut coffee on the first few sips, once I got over that I enjoyed some roasted malt flavors and a light bittering towards the finish.
Light/Medium bodied with a smooth feel, refreshing.
It went down easy enough but I couldn't see drinking more than 2 of these in a sitting.

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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 Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer, poured chilled into my DFH signature glass.

A - A lightly hazed dark crimson, very good clarity considering the coffee and 2 fingers of light cream -again nice considering the oils of the beans. Streams of lace collect and hold well.

S - The beer is redolent of cold brewed coffee which is pleasant w/ a malty caramel note and light chalky nose

M - A mild malt texture w/ moderate effervescent feel. A nice spice note is felt w/ slightly creamy feel and mild sweet finish

T - The taste is mild w/ coffee at first w/ more nutty coffee mixed w/ an earthy toast taste and light hop flavor. There is a subtle fruit element similar to apple w/ a yeast taste in the finish

D - This is a fine Cali Common. I once brewed a Steam beer based on an Anchor clone recipe w/ cold brewed Panamanian coffee, but this is more seemless in flavor, which is good. The base beer isn't overwhelmend by the beans-well done!

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Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch head and some good sticky lacing the smell is roasted coffee but not overpowering i smell malt and some hops some toffee its good! the taste is roasted coffee first then some sweet malts and toffee with some hops..IMO ... this is a coffee lager and a good one to start with if you want to sample coffee brews of all styles..i like this one its smooth and drinkable again a good place to start.. ill buy it again and ill recommended it for 1st time coffee infused samplers and others who just like coffee brews this one one is definably lighter then the stouts and ports in the coffee style

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Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a wonderful amber hue with a tall creamy off white head. Excellent retention with chunks of lace.

S: Tons of fresh bold roasted coffee, like Dunkin Donuts in the morning. Light lactic quality, but coffee dominates.

T: Wonderful fresh coffee flavor. Tons of fresh roasted coffee. Wonderful coffee bitterness without the acid you usually pick up in many of these beers. Lots of sweet caramel lays beneath. I get a bit of cream as well.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation, smooth, and tasty.

D: Crazy Good. I love coffee beers to to be honest this one is as drinkable as they come. The best non stout coffee beer for sure!

Big Thanks to Beerisheaven for this one.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Glad to see this brewery entering the PA market. Upon pouring into my shaker glass, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not another coffee infused porter/stout. Appears the color of iced tea with about two fingers of quickly fading off white foam. Nose and flavor are dominated by notes of medium roasted coffee and rich toasted cereal grains, followed by earthy hops, slightly spicy, hints of citrus, a pleasing bitterness to compliment the sweetness of the caramelized malt. Crisp, bitter, and approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. A great addition to the PA beer scene.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. A California common with coffee added.

A: The beer is a brown amber color, highlighted by orange brightness. The ale retains its translucence. A finger and a half of foamy creme-colored head is lacing around the mouth.

S: Spent coffee grounds drive the nose, a dark roast that isn't overpowering. While not overpowering, it is the depth and breadth of the nose.

T: The beer has a crisp flavor that is equal parts coffee, hops and clean grains. Coffee retains is cold toddy flavor, bitter and bold. Hops are citrusy, a touch of lemon to accompany the coffee. Caramel malts are sweet, a good pairing for the coffee. Hops are the final aspect, mildly bitter even through the coffee. The coffee is a standout, taking hold early and never letting go.

M: Coffee, lots of sweetly bitter coffee. The only drawback is that the coffee covers up any traces of steam beer.

D: Very quaffable, under 6%. I love coffee, beer and coffee in beer. A solid ale, the best I've had from Furthermore.

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Photo of Deuane
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Old Fashioned, Madison, WI.

A-Bright, clear, amber/copper, with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap. Head left behind decent lace.

S-Quality, dark roasted coffee and well...maybe a touch of herbal hops but.... To be honest this one is ALL about the coffee.

T-Hold on, I got this one--COFFEE! Big, bold and roasty dark coffee simply overwhelms the palate. With a bit of searching one does discover a supportive sweet caramel/biscuit malt component and a touch of herbal hops.

M-Medium bodied and quite sharp/crisp but it's also smooth. LONG lingering coffee flavours with only a touch of bitterness.

D-Wow...wasn't sure what to expect with this one but it wasn't this. I have liked other Furthermore beers that I have had so I was hoping for something "decent". When I saw--Mexican Amber with coffee I was like huh? But then, the aroma and the flavour--WOW! I am a certified coffee nut and well this beer simply rocked my world. It was like having the best of both worlds at once---coffee and beer! The equivalent of carbonated, alcoholic, iced (well chilled) coffee!

I am sure having this FRESH on tap help a lot--I would bet the bottled version is not as good. I will have to try that experiment as I know this beer is available in PA now.

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Photo of meatyard
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a mostly clear, brown/amber with a 2-finger whitish head that falls to a cover without lacing. Considerable carbonation shows through.
The smell is a considerable amount of coffee.
The taste is a powerful dose of coffee with some sweetness that must be from the malt. There is a light bitternees which may just be from the coffee. It's hard to tell whether this is a beer with coffee or coffee with beer, very odd but not altogether bad.
Mouthfeel is medium light with a small but decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability isn't what I would characterize as all that good. I liked it well enough but two in a row would be a hard go.

For coffee beer lovers or is that beer coffee lovers.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean brown color with a very small off white head.

Scent of strong coffee, faint chocolate and dry bready malts. A bit potent, but solid nonetheless.

Taste of bitter coffee, some chocolate, lightly roasted malts and a hint of citrus. A tasty beer with a nice coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

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Photo of storksonm
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is on the top of the list for coffee infused beers. Very nice head bout an inch thick that never went flat nice rich hops light, the coffee in this beer is just overall delicious. Not acidic like alot of coffee beers taste like. It didn't last long it was too easy to drink and went down nice and smooth. Ill easily be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Old Fashioned (Madison, WI) on 8/8/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber, with thin covering of brite-white foam. Swirling elicits a good flareup and some decent patchy lace. The aroma is deep smelling with zippy espresso, and a nice roasty edge. Sticky malts sit underneath the coffee character, as does some floral hops. Man, this is all about the coffee though!

Coffee is just as assertive in the taste, being roasty and pervasive, and REALLY coming out in a zippy flush in the back. Sweet caramel and bread is present but definitely plays second fiddle here. Extra roast and hops ride along with the java, faintly lingering into the finish with the espresso flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation. Good representation of a Lager body here, being crisp yet smooth.

This was definitely a weird one. I honestly liked all of the individual components of this beer. Well done coffee character. Good backing flavors. A crisp, smooth, and easydrinking body. The problem is, I don't like my coffee beers feeling like a Lager and I don't like my Lagers having coffee in them. Thus the drinkibility takes a hit. I drank this with my meal and it just didn't work at all for me. Probably should have saved it for a nightcap. Otherwise, this is definitley one to check out if your a coffee-head.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know how to rate this against an "American Brown Ale" so I'm rating it against what I would consider the "Coffee/Beer hybrids" out there.

First off, this has the best coffee smell I've had in a beer to date. It smells like coffee, dark roasted coffee. It pours amber, red, not black - and this is a huuuge selling point for me because I'm sick of coffee beers that pour black: The reasoning is that coffee is a dark/malty/biscuity taste and when you pair that with a dark/roasted beer you almost always wind up with just "burnt coffee".

This is not burnt, it is smooth, dark, roasted coffee.

This - is - a - fantastic - coffee - beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Pours almost 2 fingers of tan head. Decent retention that leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear light copper.

Aroma: I get a lot of coffee beans and chocolate. Strong coffee and some malts. Reminds me a little of coffee bender. Other than that, I really can't determine much else.

Taste: A big roasted coffee flavor with some chocolate. Some malts, but mainly strong coffee. This beer tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and a little creamy. Carbonation is high and it has a medium body. Leaves an aftertaste similar to that of cold coffee, but fairly dry.

Overall, I just can't seem to like this beer. I like coffee beers, but this beer is just simply coffee and no beer. I really don't know much about this beer, but I probably won't be drinking it again anytime soon.

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sinfter. pours rich amber/copper color with a half finger of eggshell colored head that has little to no retention and light lacings.

aroma is of lightly roasted coffee and a touch of caramelized sugar. not much else in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a bit of bready malts and some caramel malts. the roasted coffee is curiously mellow and restrained, giving the overall brew a much more easy-going quality that is not found in many coffee beers.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly bitter, with a finish of residual breaded malts.

drinkability is good. this is a mellow and easy-drinking coffee beer with just enough richness and character to sustain itself, yet still refreshing enough to hold up for multiple rounds. nicely composed and uniquely flavorful. cheers!

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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 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 JohnQVegas
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass, courtesy of Jason (MBABJJ) - yet another interesting beer from that trade. Big thanks!

Pours hazy brownish-copper, with a finger and a half bone-white head. Head has some nice retention, eventually settling down into a decent

Nose is more coffee grounds than straight coffee, a bit vegetal, with light caramel and hints of cocoa rounding everything out.

Taste is the same - light caramel malt introduced first leads into some coffee grounds, again with a hint of decaying organic matter, which moves into where the caramel again emerges at the top of the sensory ladder, with an undertone of light coffee.

Mouthfeel is light and soft (but crisply) carbonated.

Drinkability is interesting. Get rid of the vegetal-old coffee ground note and this is a really nice, well-above-average beer. As is, there are some really good aspects of it, and the one really noticeable flaw, but regardless it's a very unique beer that's pretty tasty as is.

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Photo of blackearth
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours bright, deep copper color with no head. Aroma is of grain and roast coffee. Medium bodied, this beer tastes of caramel up front and has a long, slow roasted coffee finish. Definitely for fans of iced coffee. Not sure I'd want a second one right away, but would definitely drink one again in the future.

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