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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

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Reviews:
147
Ratings:
221
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
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24
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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to morimech!

Pours hazed orangeish amber with hues towards light brown. The off-white head recedes to virtually disappearing as it progresses, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is of caramel, floral notes and roasted (slightly "burnt") coffee.

The taste is of caramel, floral notes and coffee that balance each other and blend well, with caramel maltiness staying ahead through the finish.

It has a malty smoothness with a medium body and medium, even carbonation.

Another interesting brew from Furthermore. Who would have thought of coffee in a Cali. Common/Steam beer? Glad that these folks did! A solid choice for a coffee brew outside of the usual porter or stout style.

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

Bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to BA Jdiddy and the August edition of the Friday the 13th BIF for the chance to try this brew. A couple of "first times" for me with this offering: never had a steam beer with a coffee addition and I never had a furthermore brew.

Poured into a pint glass this berw appears a clear amber color with less than half a finger of fizzy yellowish tan head that dissolves almost immediately. In no time at all there is nothing but a thin line of bubbles around the inside perimeter of the glass. Even swirling the brew does not create any more indications of a head.

Upfront this brew smells primarily of coffee and even a little bit of chocolatey notes come into the aroma as well. However, as it opens up, it gives way to a more musty grainy scent that mingles with the other characteristics. Overall fairly sweet and grainy smelling.

The taste of this beer has the previously mentioned character of must coupled with coffee and some caramelized sugars. Some hoppy, lightly herbal but moderate bitterness balances out the grainy sweetness. For around 5% abv, the alcohol is fairly noticeable. As it warms, the toasty malt becomes increasingly sweet but the hops are always there with a countering bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The lack of carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit but overall it was pretty decent.The coffee addition in this brew is really strange for the style, but it worked out.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of 2010! A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass, switching back and forth between the Outback Bowl (Northwestern v. Auburn) and the NHL Winter Classic (Philly v. Boston @ Fenway Park!). I asked for 'obscure' local beers from alctradamus in a recent trade; what do I get but 'Oscura'? Well played, Adam, well played...

Well-designed label: bold red text on a black & white close-up of a French Press filter. Below: "A Nicaraguan All-Female Growers Co-Op (Stop) A Lusciously Aromatic Just Coffee Roast (Stop) Our Warm-Fermented, Cold-Lagered Cerveza Oscura (Huh?)".

A: No indication on the label, but expected 'coffee stout' or similar; what a surprise to have copper-auburn flow from the bottle. Mostly clear with a few carbonation but lots of suspended sediment, unsure if that's 'normal' or due to age. Stubby head, not even 1/2 finger of ivory-ish cream. A few lace specks. Meh.

S: Interesting aroma, robust coffee roast with an acerbic lemon-y backing (maybe the two are related?). Grainy toasting fights though a spiced wheat and a little 'graham cracker' sweetness.

T: Similar 'coffee-ness' as in the aroma, maybe made a bit more complex with zesty spice and an herbal/mint green-ness. Those beans add a firm, almost mineral, bitterness that backs each sip and lasts a while. Dryness even mimics 'black pepper'...curious flavors intertwined, but balance achieved and interest maintained throughout.

M: Fairly brash mouthfeel, crisp and hard-biting. Not much carbonation, but a nice tingle regardless. Medium body, 'fairly refreshing', chalk-dry finish.

D: Quite a curious brew - flavor grew on me after a few sips and some warming. Common/'steam' beers aren't in the normal rotation for me and one with coffee added is certainly a first...recommended for a try if you find one. Wouldn't mind having another - thanks again, Adam!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells exactly like my morning coffee, brewed with fair trade coffee so I think this qualifies as me being a good person. Didn't expect it to be a light brownish amber after smelling it. The head was the faintest brown and faded quick. Aroma was outstanding and full of coffee and dry cocoa. Very malty smell and a slight sweetness. Taste fell short for me, the lager taste shows up out of nowhere. A bit surprising and offputting, don't get me wrong...it is a tasty brew, just unexpected. Mouthfeel is standard lager, thin and crisp. Very drinkable and very tasty, could sit around and watch football with some of this.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured a deep and dark reddish copper color with a thin white head to it. The head settled down to a thin ring around the edges where it left a little lacing.

The coffee is very noticeable in the aroma. It gives it a roasted and bitterness in the nose. There is also a little malt sweetness coming through in it but it's almost hidden behind the coffee.

The taste really shows the coffee flavors to it as well. The coffee bitterness comes through from beginning to end while the malt peeks through at various points. It's a very coffee forward beer for sure.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good if you like coffee. The coffee flavors did seem to dominate the beer a bit, but it was a pretty good coffee flavor at least. Pretty nice beer overall.

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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 suretolose
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. An amber brown with a light cream colored head.
Aroma is coffee and maybe a slight sweetness.
Taste is of coffee and coffee. It tastes like a iced coffee. Maybe a little hops at the end.
It is good if you like coffee, which I do. An good beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra recently from an incredibly kind trader. I am the biggest fan of all the coffee beers I can find, and this one was a whole different animal indeed. Twelve ounce bottle served cold and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 09/28/2008,

The pour was not at all what I was expecting. A somewhat transparent adn deep reddish hued light brown came gurgling out of the bottle. Not at all the coffee stouts and porters one normally associates with. Up next the head came up only slightly, maybe a half an inch and then settle down quickly into a paper thin layer and some small side glass lacing, with no real head to speak of.

The aroma was deep with roasted coffee grinds, and I mean thick. Some light hints at almost a hard water like aroma mixed in, fresh greenery and am overall burnt smell, this had to be added after the fact, it just wreaked, have you ever made coffee and had the filter flip over so that it was like a really watery looking liquid, this would be it, though the aroma was wonderfully pleasing.

The flavor, not so much, with a way too light feel and a lack luster carbonation profile, it just felt to me as though it was lacking osmething. The deep rich aroma of coffee that was so prevelent earlier, has been made awash and really now is a haunting memory that comes up in the finish. The body is thin, and the profile rather one side, as it has hints of a lager, bready grains and musty malts, mixed in with a spent coffee like taste. Little to know carbonation in here at all.

Overall I am really unsure what this one is supposed to be. It is carbonated, the buzz I am feeling is a testament to that, and the aroma was very, very nice. But the flavor just left me hanging. It needed that extra push to really come forward and show off. Nver the less. It was still very solid and a very nice little beer, just not sure what it actually was.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.. Pours a beautiful coffee brown with a thin slightly tan bubbly head. Smells somewhat earthy and sweet with a bitterness to it, very much like coffee. Somewhat of a cocoa like sweetness to it that goes along well with the coffee nose. Despite how clean the beer looks and the lighter brown color it is very solid in color with very little light penetration. The taste is amazing, very much like cold iced coffee. The graininess from the maize is somewhat noticeable under the initial coffee sweetness and bitterness. Has a slight creamy taste to it as if it where ice coffee with a bit of cream, not sugar however. More bitter and strong tasting in the finish. Has a nice full and tart mouth feel just like regular coffee, Medium carbonation. One of the few beer's I ever new I would definitely buy again right after trying it. Cannot wait to sip a nice cold one of these later on this summer when it starts to get nice and hot outside. A must try if you're both a coffee and craft beer lover, although I can definitely see this might not bee for everyone.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 rka758
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip
Trade extra

A: Poured a deep copper red with a nice head. Head resulted in a nice foam rim with okay lacing.
S: A deep roast and a bit herbal
T: Coffee and then something I can't pinpoint...almost lager like.
M: A nice beer. Well carbonated.
D: goes down easy. I'm not so familiar with this category, but I like this beer

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Tiny particles float in the brilliantly clear amber brown color. Much lighter than I expected for a coffee beer. The pour is quiet leaving a surprising two-finger head. Good retention resulted in an eventually clumpy pile and thick lace on the glass.

S - Coffee galore. Smells like french roast with a dry and bitter finish. Toasted malts behind lend little towards the aroma. A fairly caramel hint.

T - A crisp hop feel and floral flavor appears for milliseconds before washing away to a lightly toasted caramel malt and bold roasted coffee finish.

M - Very creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation finish. It ends particularly hard with a moderate dry and lightly roasted bitter balance.

D - Interestingly light for a coffee beer, it still packs the real coffee flavor punch to it. Pretty well balanced and medium-bodied giving it a rather easy drinkability.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial aroma is like coffee grounds, maybe even post brewed. Hard to capture anything else.
Attractive looking beer. Nice amber of red/orange. Pretty darn clear. Nice off-white one inch head of some density.
Nice mix of coffee flavors with an amber lager of no hop character. I like the touch of sweetness from the malt and the slightly grainy flavor. Mildly dry with minimal bitterness. The coffee is strong/dominant, but not overwhelmingly so. It balances towards the coffee, but there enough other flavors.
Finely carbonated and decently soft in so doing. Moderate feel and even some smoothness, yet carries itself in a light way. I like the feel.
This is really quite drinkable. Definitely an aftertaste of coffee.

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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 jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear dark copper color with a thin tan head of suds that all but disappears quickly.

Oddly, this smells just like a homebrew that I just made. Coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla extract and caramel malt.

A nice sweet caramel malt with some coffee and just a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Very nice roastiness. The coffee is subtle, but there.

Pretty smooth, a bit less than a medium body. Quite refreshing.

I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The coffee is not overwhelming, but a nice complement to the overall beer. This is a really nice brew. I would say this is definitely the best brew I've had from Furthermore.

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

12 oz. extra from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul.
Pretty solid tea amber pour, about a finger of whitish head.

Aroma is heavily loaded with coffee, but there is some malt and caramel in there.

Taste is coffee, some malt, caramel and chocolate. The coffee really carries through from start on through. Finishes with some caramel and dry roast.

Body is on the heavy side of light and goes down pretty easy. Medium level of carbonation keeps it pleasant also.

Need to like coffee for this.

Actually reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Perkulator. Insteresting, a bit different but a large amount of flavor with lower abv.

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

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, coffee, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with a coffee flavor that is clearly the strongest flavor in the beer but doesn't completely dominate. There are background flavors of fruit and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, different representation of style, this is one is a little lighter than your average coffee-flavored beer and is a good one to drink for a long time.

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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 Derek
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Floral & soapy, with a little grain.

T: Nut bread, caramel, floral, light cocoa & coffee, good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body.

D: A good drinker.

California common?

Thanks Jer & Karen.

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

Appearance. A tightly formed soapy fizzy head forms on an amber body, but does retain decently well with a solid fingers worth of foam. Spotted lacing dots the glass.

Smell. Bready malts and cracker like yeast make up most of the nose. Malt sweetness. Floral hops also present.

Taste. Roasted malts, some hops and mellow iced coffee on the back end. Winds up being pretty delicious. A little nutty, well balanced. Refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Coats the palate with a nice nutty malt flavor and a lingering coffee note at the end. Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Definately the best Ive had from Furthermore brewing. A nice session brown even if it is stylisticly a steam beer.

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Photo of pisomojado8
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coffee brown with a creamy head. Head dissolves and laces the glass.

Smell of latte and cold-press coffee.

Taste: Coffee! Lightly sweetened, with a dry finish. Paradoxically thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: Par for the course from a steam-style beer.

Good drinkability. An interesting twist to the California Common style. Nice job, Furthermore!

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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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Oscura from Furthermore Beer
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