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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 Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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 rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber. Thin cream colored head. Lacing is pretty sporadic. Smells like coffee. Like used coffee gounds. Pretty thick. Not much else to the aroma. Decent tasting coffee beer, but I much prefer the stout/porter based coffee beers. This tastes more like just coffee than a blend of coffee/beer. I just get a lot of bitter coffee ground flavor, which is o.k., but I like a little bit more beer character in my coffee beers. Decent enough, but let's just say I'm glad I only got a single of this one.

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Photo of guityler83
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark maroon to copper color with moderate haze. bright white head with very low retention and no lacing.

S: Sweet, carmel and toffee notes. plum, raisen and other dark fruit detected also. slightly sour.

T: Sweet and slighty fruity (peaches, bananas) at first, followed by carmel and then the coffee comes through at the end and lingers on the pallet. Each part is very distinct and seperate, the aroma doesn't indicate the taste at all. as the beer warms up the coffe and carmel comes out more.

M: Dry finish, moderate carbination. the coffee adds a slight astringency.

O: This was not what I expected when I cracked it open, but not a bad thing. Very sessionable as a Cali Common should be, but the coffee adds an interesting complexity that puts it into a whole different category. While I enjoyed it, i don't think I could drink more then two in a sitting.

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

Pours a clear amber brown with a decent sized off white head. Aroma is very sweet with toffee, caramel, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavor comes through a lot stronger in the flavor though not overpowering. Some toasted almonds as well are detected. Finishes short and coffee bitter. Medium bodied, creamy texture.

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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 barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, is brownish-red with a thin beige head. Aromas are mainly coffee with some grain, but not much else. Tastes include coffee, toasty grain, earthy, spicy. Mouth is creamy, somewhat acidic, with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I think this exceptionally created, but pretty one-note with not a lot of complexity. Great use of the coffee, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for bringing this bottle to share last Saturday. Reading the label, I assumed this was a stout, although the bottle said nothing along those lines. The bottle Poured a dark amber color with a lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, toasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied with flavors of coffee, toasted malt, light vanilla and a hint of earthiness.

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Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee brown ale from furthermore... had this a couple times before, i like it. i actually have made a homebrew pretty similiar to this a couple times

A- foggy dark brown with a tan head on top. head fell quickly. thin lace.

S- strong coffee scents. brown malt underneath. crystal notes, light hops, but i really feel like the bitterness of the coffee is used as a hop balancer.

T- starts off with a malt and coffee mix. then slowly fades down to a malty finish. tasty strong on the coffee, hops are muted. if you like coffee this is your thing.

M- pretty light, solid carbonation. smooth

D- pretty solid drinker.

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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 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 beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 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 MPLS
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 KeefD
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 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 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 CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 PSUDREW
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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 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 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.

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.

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.

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