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
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. I bought this one in Wisconsin last summer and kind of forgot about it, so here's hoping the coffee hasn't faded too much after a few months in the cellar.

A: Clear, bright acorn-brown body with a half inch of fine ecru head. Ok retention, nice lace. Attractive.

S: Nothing but coffee; rather woody, herbal notes within the coffee itself. I like it.

T: Coffee up front, coffee in the middle, coffee and fruit sweetness on the end. Dull coffee aftertaste, which isn't the best; overall, though, the beer is impressive in its single-mindedness.

M: Hugely carbonated and rather spiky. Not good.

O: Other than the overly spritzy texture, this was a winner. The base beer kept out of the way of the coffee, and the coffee was entirely pleasant. I can only imagine it would have been even more impressive when fresh. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of coffee flavors.

Cheers!

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Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pavpav12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of morecoldbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AndyH
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to light brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry and roasty coffee. In the taste, dry roasted coffee, a lighter malt and a small note of sweetness in the end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to sweet coffee in the aftertaste. A nice coffee presence and a thinner body, decent, but did not think it was a steam beer at all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light tan colour, with an eighth inch of head. Distinct coffee aroma.A little lace. Average mouthfeel, good drinkability, with good bitterness and secondary malting. Coffee very distinct. Gets bitterer towards the end, but tolerable. Fast dissipitating head.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle decant amount of head. Head is flimsy and disappears quickly. Dark in color. Strong full coffee flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Rich coffee scents that teased my taste buds. I was surprised at home full the flavor was.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Review from notes.

A: A 2 finger, light brown colored cap quickly fades away leaving large sudsy bubbles on the surface. The body is medium amber brown in color and hazy.

S: This malt forward brew is dominated by a cold-pressed coffee aroma. Soily, earthy notes in the background.

T: Long lasting intense coffee flavor. Mild bitterness. Very faint hint of fruity esters make their way to the end of the palate as the coffee flavor begins to taper off.

M: Wonderful and by far the best aspect of the brew. Medium body, slightly minerally texture with the perfect level of carbonation. Lively and fizzy effervesence. Completely complimentary to the flavor profile.

D: Happy to have experienced what a coffee infused lager is like, and a steam beer at that! Relatively drinkable, but only if you enjoy coffee.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with ruby hue. Fair amount of head at first which dies down to leave enough to just barely cover the surface of the beer. The smell is of a regular red ale with notes of roasted coffee on the finish, very roasty. This beer's flavor profile allows the coffee they used to shine through. It is very refreshing and is almost reminiscent of an iced coffee. With a light mouthfeel, this beer is quite quaffable. While this beer isn't extreme, it is definitely tasty, and something you could drink all evening.

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

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish, orange brown with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is coffee, milk chocolate, and minor sweet caramel notes. Wow - coffee for this style.. unexpected but a really pleasant nose on this!

T: Taste starts with milk chocolate and nice light coffee notes, sweet toffee comes through a touch and a light bready, hint of grain. Coffee comes back in and makes a strong presence in the finish. The finish has a very sweet toffee malt that hangs on the palate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first, a bit oily in the middle, and the finish is slightly dry.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of the style but a DAMN fine beer! I really like this beer but is definitely doesn't fit it's style. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat though.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red-amber color. Small tan head. Can see carbonation streaming up the glass. I thought the beer would be darker because it was brewed with coffee, but alas, it is not a stout.

S: Fresh brewed coffee, toasted malts, and caramel.

T: Man this beer is like straight up carbonated coffee without the bitterness. For how light the color is, his beer packs a wallop of coffee flavor. I mean, most coffee brewed beers are light on the coffee while this one hits you like a train. There's some spicy hop notes on the back end. Also notable is some caramel and an almost graham cracker taste. Sort of tastes like a s'more with caramel substituted by caramel. A touch of dark chocolate.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel that gets a lift from the carbonation. Maybe a bit too carbonated and fizzy; reminds me of a can of pop.

This beer is strange, and I recommend trying it to anyone that loves coffee. It's got some flaws, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body with a thin-looking tan head that is made up of large bubbles. The lacing is OK, especially considering the retention isn't impressive.

Lots of coffee in the aroma, with caramel coming in behind that.

The flavor doesn't bring much more than the aroma. Oscura is pretty one-dimensional, but the dimension that it does bring is pretty good. Biscuit and a hint of toasted malt leads off, without very much of the caramel flavor that I thought I noticed in the aroma. After that, everything becomes coffee. Good, dark coffee flavors. No watery tastes, no bitter or acrid flavors.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. I think not being too heavy fits this beer actually.

I'm pretty surprised that this is called a steam beer. Maybe it is a steam beer with coffee added, and I guess that would make sense. Whatever this is, if you're looking for a relatively low-alcohol coffee beer, Oscura is probably a good choice. All the coffee flavors, none of the acrid harshness.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher. Poured into a Jester King snifter.

Oscura shows a bright, copper-amber body with good clarity and head retention to the light khaki foam. The nose is incredible--reminds me of an English Mild with notes of toasted malt and toffee nearly buried beneath layers of earthen coffee. A little vegetal hop presence lingers in the background.

The flavor mimics the aroma with a hearty dose of bitter coffee, light spices, and toasted nuttiness from the malt. Carbonation is vigorous to the point of diluting the body mid-sip, while the back of the tongue is washed with herbal hop bitterness, more coffee, and nutty caramel. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly with a clean finish. All in all, a tasty take on the Cali Common style; something worthy of a homebrew recreation.

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