Oxbow Brewing Company

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Oxbow Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Ranked #477
Ranked #13,925
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Aug 25, 2022
Jan 30, 2018
Very Good
Notes: European hopped dark farmhouse brewed with oats and midnight wheat.
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Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by InfernoBoss from California

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Two unique qualities here.
1) Looks, this may be the darkest of the 354 saisons I've reviewed on BA. I like unique.
2) Smells, not so surprising... instead of early Autumn light tree fruit (apples), Blacklight gives me dark fruits like plums and dates... albeit a bit slight.

Uniqueness aside, Blacklight shows craft. Tastes are balanced well by sweet malts and appropriate spicing. Pepper from the yeast is not as complex as in the better pales, but suitable for the saison which, after all, is a table ale and is better when it makes food better. (And Blacklight did with an average batch of my ratatouille.)
The oats are quite smooth and the little bubbles help clean the palate for dinner. ( Earlier, a red sauce on pasta.)

While I will keep my second can from Beer Drop for November, I intend to buy more Oxbow before then. This is to compensate for being slight to them; given that some of my early saisons with them had Brett or were otherwise a touch on the too tart side. But, I am figuring Oxbow out and will enjoy them more.

8/16/22 Had again with ratatouille as noted above. Edited above, re-rated a bit upwards and counting @ Untappd.
Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by 10Crumra from Texas

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at the Oxbow Beer Garden on May 27, 2022.

The color is dark brown to black with a light tan head that fades to a rim.

Inviting aroma of dark roasted malt, wheat, bread, biscuit and earth. Slight spice.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

Sweet dark roasted malt flavor with notable wheat biscuity aspects. Mildly tart but more about the malts. Enjoyable.
May 27, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

May 22, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.62 by Dakin from Utah

Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by cabsandking from Ohio

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one finger foamy off white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- roasted barley, char, chocolate, dried hay, cracked pepper, some barnyard yeast aromas

T- light char, coffee and chocolate notes up front, followed by some peppery and earthy yeast that adds notes of dried hay, wheat and lemon. The finish gives some rustic barnyard notes, as well as some char and chocolate.

M-medium body with medium carbonation leads to a bubble mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- drinks like a mix between a saison and an Irish dry stout, good stuff
Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Can from The Beermongers. Canned Feb 2021.

A very dark brown with a brown head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is lovely dark saison. Roast, grain, raw wheat, toast, cocoa, light chicory, a lovely spice note, a blend of grains of paradise and toasted cumin. The palate opens light and crisp with a blend of wheat, a little straw, lots of dark roast character with cocoa, earth, dark honey. This is followed by the spice notes of yeast, fragrant grains of paradise, and a toasted black mustard/cumin combination. Drying, tart, and with a mild grainy acidity that's unique to the dark saison style, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and finishes long and cracker sharp. Great stuff.
Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the hookup.
Dark brown with hints of garnet on the edge and a creamy off white head that persists.
Rich toasty bready caramel with earthy spice to counter.
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11.2 oz. Bottle (051520)
Opened and poured into a large Brasserie D' Achouffe tulip glass on 11/25/19

I have been very impressed by Oxbow this far. And a few of the ingredients are among my favorites: oats and black wheat. Farmouse is also one of my personal favorite style. So let's see...

Opaqueness. Blackness. Lack of "color". Unless you consider black a color. A towering high rise foam of burnt seafoam, pillowy and sticky.

Roasted nuts and chocolate wheat malt is all up in the nose. Undercurrent of sweet black fruits and earthy sour yeast smells pretty great. Bold and inticing.

A light and jazzy mouthfeel has deep roasted wheat and subtle bakers chocolate bursting out of the rather complex malted flavors. Bottle conditioned, lively yeast Belgian Style makes it feel full of life and fun. Sour earthy notes and green grasses are tasted from the big yeast complexity.
Smooth and soft going down as dry earth and charred wheat pops out in the finish with dry feels ending it.
I could use More earthy, sour yeast funk and perhaps a spicy hop thing to enhance the complexity, but overall it's a light feeling, dark tasting wheat beer with Belgian undertones.
Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11.2oz (330ml) bottle - dated (03)06/18/19 - poured into a goblet at 46F.

Pours a deep, dark, woody cola brown colour, no translucency, and forms two fingers of loud, fizzy khaki head that quickpy sizzles put to nothing but a sparkling top. Lots of visible effervescence.

Nose: Very interesting, and directly on point with what one would expect from a "dark farmhouse ale". Roasted malts bringing aromas of cola, bakers chocolate, coffee, and molasses, as well as lots of nutmeg - Farmhouse ale grains, with a fair amount of rustic wheat - some Belgian-esque yeast notes - fruity - with just a hint of green banana and clove, which really sets the stage for the whole saison tone, with a unique roasted spin. Just the faintest hint of grass and floral notes, indicating that they didn't try to make this a hoppy beer, which is,much appreciated.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with its gentle roasty character - nutty and round - with notes of caramel, brown sugar, glazed pecan, chocolate, and a dusting of coffee. Immediately after the roast, you get this thin vein of rustic farmy wheat, along with the delicate Belgian yeast, delivering the woody, grainy, farmy saison character, flowing alongside the dry roast. This rustic farmhouse flavour outshines the roastiness during the midpoint, before the roast comes back in and takes the spotlight. The roast itself is very much akin to a dry Irish-style stout roast. Dry, petite, and delicate. The finish goes back and forth, emphasizing both elements of the beer, before eventually ending with a slightly roastier note, and finally, just a whisper of some resinous, piney and lemony hops.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is quite light in body. Not watery, as the amount of flavour prevents that, but ever-so-slightly thin, and quite crisp. In the middle, there is definitely a bit of roundness - almost softness - from the roasted malts, but it remains fully dry and crisp through and through. Effervescence is lively and brisk, furthering that crisp delivery.

Overall: It's a unique beer, there's no denying that. Dark farmhouse ales are not entirely common, so it's nice to see a renowned farmhouse ale brewery take a shot at one. In my opinion, they definitely succeeded. It's interesting. It's almost as if it's a blend of a classic saison and a dry Irish stout. That's how it translates on the palate - and while it may seem slightly divided, and not entirely cohesive, it is nevertheless enjoyable, and has very little if any glaring flaws. Certainly worth trying.
Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
If you're like me, you've always loved and appreciated dark saisons. You may even have a small, humble homebrew venture with a friend by which you brewed an unnecessarily-strong tribute to dark saisons under the name NOLDS (which, of course, stands for No One Likes Dark Saisons) some years back. I mean, it'd be weird if you met this criteria, but it definitely tells you a little about where I'm coming from with this review. Dark saisons haven't been a thing for like 6-7 years now, so seeing Oxbow pop up with an affordable one was like a double-shocker to me. Oxbow stuff is typically extremely expensive, and this is a style I long for new examples of, to boot... 2019 is weird, man. Really weird.

Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights... very much unfiltered and not-giving-a-damn, opacity-wise anyway. The head is a rich khaki color, and it builds up spectacularly with each small pour. My initial pour near-overflowed with suds, and I had to sip it away to keep it from getting all over my counter, so I'm going to assume this is well-carbonated. Good looking stuff.

The nose is nutty and slightly tobacco-forward with some earthen, leathery undertones that match the slight roasty malt impression I'm picking up. Sterling presentation of Noble-type European hops along with a definite farmhouse yeast note. I pick up a slight vegetal note with ashen grains and herbal/grassy undertones. Some yeast-driven funk here and there as well. I pick up some light apricot and plum when I really focus on getting past the dark grains, but those elements are essentially drowned by roast. This is, however, very much exactly what I expect and want.

Lots of dark fruit right upfront... mostly pit fruit (more of the aforementioned plum and apricot), with some dark grape notes. Transitions to a roasty malt in the mid-palate with some earthy tobacco and leather combined with coriander-like citrusy spice as it finishes full-bodied and satisfying. Rustic and slightly-funky, yet overall presenting as clean, Blacklight shines a radiant yet deeply-hued glow on a style long thought dead.
Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very dark chocolate brown color with a 4F head in a Mikasa Tulip.

Dark malt aroma.

The MF was a bit light, I was looking for slightly more viscosity.

Dark roasted malt dominates the taste.

Is this a Saison? It’s closer to a black ale or a hybrid. This beer is brewed well, but the style description may be incorrect. It doesn’t taste like any Saison I have tasted.
Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
From a tap at The Sovereign (Georgetown, DC), pours as opaque dark brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is slightly malty. Taste is malt-forward with a distinct wheat flavor. Mouth feel was disappointing; with oat-like smoothness, but (really off-putting) wateriness.
Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2018
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at Portland taproom. Interesting dark farmhouse (my first). Syd says brown ale, I say roasty minimally sour saison.
Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by hockeypuck from Maine

Jun 19, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by NHbeerfishing from New Hampshire

Mar 04, 2018
Blacklight from Oxbow Brewing Company
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