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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Added by BeerBelcher on 08-04-2008

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark orangy casted brown rust, clear with some bubbles flowing within. Small frothy creamed light khaki colored capping of foam sits very well and for good duration. Lacing shelves itself to the glass with lots of small ink blobs.

Aroma is nutty sweet with buttery hints and a well noted crispyness of semi toasty grains and some spent coffee grounds.

Taste is super nice with a great subtle lasting tone of nutty butteryness, toasty cereal grains, and lots of fun and delicately woven notes of bittering chocolate and espresso beans that really make it a fantastic finisher. Everything here is put together very well and balanced in with a remarkable ease and comfort about it.

Feel is about medium with a nice grab of tone and crispened carbonation that helps create the toasty aspects in its character. The finish is long and complexingly awesome with its coffee, chocolate, and nutty notions.

A very nice surprise and treat. Can and will drink lots of this stuff. Yum!

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting extra obtained in a trade with leftmindedrighty.

A: Poured an opaque brown color, similar looking to iced tea. Thin and effervecent head layer faded quickly to nothing but a ring of what it once was.
S: Aromas of a fresh pot of coffee. Light spice notes. Strong nose of roasted coffee beans.
T: The roasted, slightly smoky coffee beans continue. This beer really reminds me of a good cup of coffee over beer.
M: Cool and smooth. Well balanced and unique. Thiner body, but enjoyable.
D: I had no expectations of this beer. This was unique to anything I have tried before and is pretty good. I enjoyed it altogether, but don't know if I would seek it out. The coffee/roast/smoke flavors and aroma were great. If you're a coffee lover, give this one a try.

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to dirtylou for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, crimson-amber color with a creamy, one-finger, beige head that quickly faded to a thin ring of frothy lace.

The aroma was straight coffee. Some powdery notes were initially detectable as well.

Like the aroma, the flavor was dominated by coffee. A bit deeper and more bitter than the aroma (coffee grounds came to mind). Slightly grainy. A moderately strong, spicy hop presence appeared in the center and lasted into the intensely hoppy, piney finish. The dry, sprucey hoppiness lingered long into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite impressive. This 5.3% ABV beer was tasty and refreshing, yet packed with intense flavor.

I enjoy complexity in beer, but not all necessarily require a diverse flavor profile to impress me. This is a coffee beer, pure and simple. It was the first I have sampled that was not a shade of brown or black and the first that was not an ale (according to the label, this is a ale-lager hybrid). Oscura is definitely an interesting concoction and one that I would love to see other brewers trying their hand at.

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Photo of blackie
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: small head over a deep orange-amber colored beer

s: body of medium-toast malts give complex caramelized sugars and dark tree fruits, to my nose the coffee is mild and plays more of an accompanying note to the bock like lager malts, but the light roast aroma runs throughout, flashes of milky sweet tea, lightly hopped, a lot going on here

m: light carbonation on a mid-weight body, a bit flat but it's not a killer

t: caramelized malts and dark fruits, again very much like a bock of sorts, coffee is again light, the beer has obviously lost much of it's original character over time, but I happen to like where it has gone

d: as always, love the quirky furthermore experiments

dirty who?

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A coffee beer without the mask of a hearty stout to hide behind. In typical Furthermore fashion, this is a rather plain base beer with a touch of uniqueness to it. This pours out a deep rusty copper color with great clarity and a well-lacing head. The aroma is an in-your-face coffee punch, but done so delicately. It is tough to get past the coffee to find any attributes in terms of aroma so if you are not a coffee fan, this probably wont turn you on at first whiff. The interesting as it blends a heavy dose of iced coffee and fruit lagerness. The finish is slighly dry and I am left with sense of cocoa. For such a light beer in terms of body, there are heavy flavors and depth. This is a well-done beer and very different from other coffee-infused beers that I have come across. It is a pretty interesting step to go with coffee in such an unroasted beer. That being said, like others in the Furthermore lineup, this would be a great dinner beer, but not one that I see myself reaching for often.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
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 zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber/burgundy color with a tan, very foamy, one-finger head. It left some soapy lacing.

S - It smelled somewhat grass and spicy with a subtle coffee aroma. Strong malty notes increased as it warmed.

T - It tasted earthy and grassy. The coffee flavor was good and not overpowering. A nice roasted malt flavor and spiciness added to the complexity of the beer.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I really like the smooth coffee flavors.

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Photo of joepais
4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Packforever1976 for this one
Bottle pored into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that turned to a thin lace.(wished it stayed a little longer) This of coarse was on top of a clear amber body not what one would expect from a coffee brew.

Aromas of great coffee filled the air and my head. This stuff is awesome in the aroma department just like my morning coffee.

The taste was a welcome change from all the coffee stouts I have been experiencing. The coffee flavor abounded but it was not as heavy in the mouthfeel. This brew was more like what a cup of Joe feels like in your mouth. There is enough sweetness from the malts to keep the bitterness down and keep the flavor enjoyable

A great brew I will gladly seek this one out again. It is easy to drink and much lighter than the coffee stouts so It would be great with a Sunday brunch If you are into coffee brew this one is a must try

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

A warm fermented, cold lagered, amber coffee beer? This is gonna be weird, but leave it to Furthermore to brew atypical stuff.

Pours a dark amber color with a very small head and light lacing. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass. Kind of disappointed this isn't darker for a supposed coffee beer. Aroma is roasty and toasty. Roasted coffee peeks through but nothing overwhelming. Flavor is pure roasted coffee bean. There's a bit of peppery and spicy hop flavor in the background, but it's mostly coffee and pale malt in the flavor department. Nice, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and just enough carbonation. An interesting beer, to say the least. It was ok but not overly enjoyable. I've had much better coffee beers than this.

By the way, is Oscura a particular style of brew? I've noticed other breweries with the same name/style. Interesting.

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

Appearance: Amber, nice carbonation, good head.

Smell: Light coffee smell.

Taste: Not as much coffee as expected, but it is definitely there. Woody, roasted coffee flavor on top of a grainy base.

Drinkability: Could probably have a few in a sitting.

I thought this would have a lot more coffee flavor to it, but was still pretty good. Much lighter in body than other coffee beers I've had. Worth a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown. Oddest color on a coffee beer I've seen. Nose is a lot of coffee. A lot. Vibrant espresso grinds kinda fragrance. Flavor carries the same, but it's a real big punch in the mouth. And the lingering aftertaste is so intense and coffee-forward. Intense. Not much going on here besides coffee. Feel is fine. So is drinkability. This is a coffee beer. Plain and simple.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown, looks similar to tea, with a thin beige head.

S- Smells like coffee grounds dumped out of the filter.

T - Coffee grounds with some bitterness. Pretty one dimensional.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer if you like coffee just somewhat boring and one dimensional.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a cloud and a small head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of hops, surprisingly, with a tinge of dark roasted grain and a hint of espresso.

Flavor is hops up front with a nice dark roasted grain. Coffee flavor is subdued and seems weaker than the aroma. Like with the cracked pepper ale, they did this one right and didn't over do it. Hops are there in abundance and represented well. This is a very intriguing beer.

Body is medium with a nice lively carbonation.

This is a nice ale with a hint of coffee flavor, nice.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis. Served in a pint glass, it a clear amber with short, white head. Interestingly, I had this shortly after sampling Peak Organics' Espresso Amber. By comparison, the Obscura has more flavor up front, but less aftertaste. It still had a wonderful, medium roast aroma and burnt chocolate flavor. There was a touch of bready malt in the background, but the coffee dominated the flavor. Unlike some coffee beers, this one isn't too over the top. It's fairly drinkable and you can tell that's beer. I'd say it's worth a try to for coffee lovers.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, light chestnut brown body with a very, very thin head.

Smell: Slightly nutty, roasty nose with a definite scent of spent coffee beans and a minor, light note of caramel.

Taste: Slight dark caramel flavor with a middling sweetness. Small handful of toasted nuts. Big, fresh-tasting coffee flavor. A coffee flavor of conscience, no bargain basement beans or clearance aisle grinds here. Not much in the way of hops or apparent bitterness present. Drying, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: It's different for sure. While coffee stouts are downright commonplace these days, I'm hard-pressed to name even one other coffee lager. A coffee-based brew for warmer days. Definitely worth trying a bottle.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a deep reddish amber with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very light. Iget some notes of earthy malt & caramel malt with a light dash of roasted coffee.

The taste is more assertive. Lots of roasted coffee(grounds) with a light caramel malt sweetness but the overall effect for me is coffee bitterness.

Medium bordering on full mouthfeel here, very silky, carbonation is light, and it finishes mostly with coffee but there's some earthy tones there as well. Head retention is great and there's a ring of lacing after every sip. Nice!

Bottom line: A tasty brew with the word coffee on the label..and by golly, the coffee tastes very nice indeed. A keeper.

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Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle in trade courtesy of milwaukeeclassic. Thanks!
Pours a surprising color for a coffee beer.
Clear amber with a fluffy lasting yellowish beige head. Smell is fresh roasty coffee beans and some non-roasty caramel malt. Taste is roasty coffee, slightly bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. Some levity to the flavor and body behind the coffee flavor, in the
way of a softer, milder caramel malt. Body is medium with light carbonation giving it a very soft mouthfeel. Definitely an unusual
coffee beer, and not bad.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light (like, you know, real coffee, instead of beer, haha) brown with hints of lighter ruby, but, dirty ruby. The two-finger slightly off-white tan head fades fairly quickly, but does leave some nice patches of lacing. The color's a little dull, though.

Aroma: One-cream, one-sugar over a medium roast, other lightly roasted bready notes, faint citrus (probably acidic notes from the coffee). A really nice and inviting aroma.

Taste: A nice, pleasant, mild roast of coffee, lightly sugared and creamed - almost a little too light, perhaps. It's a really good, authentic, nice coffee flavor, and though there's a slight bready, chocolately, and spicy notes, this one's mainly just coffee-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not too thick, fluffy, medium-bubbled, with a mild level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This one's pretty good - the coffee's about as authentic as you get - but there's not too much backing up that's noticeable. Some faint malts, roasted and darker and then some, but nothing that really comes through in any noticeable way. This one's definitely all about the coffee, and while the coffee's good, it'd be nice to see a little more here backing it up.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

The concept of this beer is interesting, a Mexican styled Vienna lager with fair trade coffee that's warm fermented and cold lagered. A two finger light beige head sits atop the amber body with caramel highlights. Tiny particles suspend throughout the body and the head eventually falls to a skimming with a thick collar of foam that leaves some nice patchy lacing down the glass.

The nose has a semi-sweet Munich malt character with a nice touch of earthiness. There's a drizzling of caramel and toffee laying down the base for this beer. The coffee comes in nicely and just barely outshines the maltiness. Mild bitterness and freshly ground gourmet coffee make this beer both interesting and unique.

The flavor brings exactly what the aroma suggested. That same sweet Munich malt graininess and earthiness lead the way in the malt department while caramel is drizzled and the toffee sprinkled in for good measure. The coffee rules this brew but the malt makes a strong stand. The coffee adds a touch of bitterness on the swallow and the malt brings a quick flash of sweetness. This is by far the most refreshing coffee beer I've ever had. This is more in the form of iced coffee as opposed to the thick rich coffee in so many other infused beers.

The carbonation is mellow and soft which allows the lighter body to work through rather slowly. The carbonation is right where it should be and the lighter body keeps this beer flowing without a problem.

The drinkability of this beer is outstanding! Drinking this beer on a warm summer day is hard to beat. I can and have easily put away one after the other.

The unique ideas of this beer really come together nicely. The softer coffee infused with this Vienna lager combine for a delicious beer. I won't hesitate in picking this beer up again; if you get the chance to try it it's definitely worth it.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Reagan1984
2.16/5  rDev -43.5%
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.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear reddish-brown body the color of iced tea, with a thin film of grayish-beige foam. There was a slow carbonation of a few tiny bubbles working toward the surface.

S- This beer has a big smell of cold coffee grounds of medium roast. There aren't really any other aromas even when the beer warms but the coffee is pleasant to sniff.

T- This beer has a big coffee ground flavor with a softer espresso bean quality which is nice and a very faint malt hint in the background. There is a biscuit note that comes through in the last few sips of the beer. Then the finish of the beer is right back to all coffee bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish. No alcohol heat was noticed.

D- This beer is coffee [stop] That is all [stop] There is no depth or other flavors to balance it, and the coffee flavor was mostly coffee grounds not coffee bean of fresh coffee. The more I sipped this beer the more the drinkability score when down. I give them high marks for creativity but there just isn't enough follow through.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a brownish color that becomes red with backlighting. Very thin white head quickly dissipates.
S: Definite strong coffee aroma. Nice.
T: Dark coffee ground notes dominate (tastes like the strong stuff you get at the bottom of the pot when some coffee grounds filter through). Perhaps a little cream in the background.
M: Smooth and creamy. Not bitter at all as I was expecting.
D: Very drinkable. An excellent coffee lager...not a stout. If there is a criticism to this brew it is that it's one-dimensional...coffee. If you enjoy coffee, you will enjoy this beer...very true coffee flavor. I am enjoying the experimentation at Furthermore.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks a ton, Joe! Into my Guinness pint glass. I'd never heard of this beer before but every Furthermore beer I've had so far has been at least intriguing - and then some.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a dense beige head that recedes to a disk quite soon. Clarity is exceptional

S: Smells of freshly roasted coffee beans with a spicy, peppery (red chili pepper, paprika) kick in the back. Swirling this a bunch releases a hint of sweetness in the back. Interesting!

T: Taste is roasted ground coffee through and through and for that reason, it's brilliant in how well it's executed. Behind the coffee is a hint of honey-like sweetness that appears right before the finish that's (you guessed it) coffee. Make no mistake, though, there's enough of a body and enough sweetness behind it all to prevent this from tasting like ground coffee beans - they just don't hop out to the forefront. Very very compelling!

M: Medium to light in body, great bitter-coffee finish (spectacular, IMHO) and the carbonation is low enough to prevent it from interfering with the coffee

D: This is simply too easy to drink.

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