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Brew Review: 3 Feet Deep

30 May

Brew: 3 Feet Deep

Brewed by: Furthermore Brewing (Spring Green, WI)

Style: Irish Dry Stout (5.5% ABV)

 

My first review of a Furthermore brew, I have seen these all the time in the store so I finally decided to pick on up and sample it at home to see if it had any staying power. Being from Wisconsin and the fact that they are professional alcoholics over there made me think that if anybody was going to brew a good beer it could probably be a brewery from that almost-state. I was also excited to see a brewery come out with an Irish Dry Stout as most breweries at trying to come up with imperial stouts or big huge robust beers to try and put themselves on the map and they were taking a step back and examining an older style and taking a ‘craft’ approach to it.

Three feet deep poured out a dark thick black. Like a dark chocolate drink or a nice cup of cocoa that you mom fixes you after a long day out on the lake skating. There was also a thin white (minty?) white cap of foam that couldn’t have been more appreciated that laced the glass nicely.

It smelled of rich coffee and roasted grains. A little smoky which was an unexpected but nice touch to the aroma. There was not much by way of hops or fruit but I figured those would come later on in the taste as this was a ‘dry’ stout. The aroma rounded off with a spicy chocolate smell that just touched my nose and left me wanting to dive right into this brew.

The roasted smoke came through in the taste of the brew which was a little surprising. I was expecting more chocolate and a somewhat hollow taste from this traditional Irish stout. The body was creamy and somewhat light. The hints of chocolate did come through a bit at the end along with some coffee tastes but the brew was somewhat light on taste. Not as full and rich as I wanted, maybe I have been spoiled by all the imperial stouts and big malty brews that I have been trying recently but this one fell short of what I was wanting.

It was definitely dry as the hop profile kept it smooth and somewhat crisp on the end. The lack of a bigger body and somewhat bland taste kept this brew from being a great one but it was a good one overall. I would say that this would be a good brew for a cool autumn evening outside with some friends.

 

Final Grade: B-

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Brew Review: Oscura

11 Oct

Brew: Oscura

Brewed by: Furthermore Brewing (Spring Green, WI)

Style: Steam brewed lager (5.3% ABV)

 

I could not figure out for the life of my what type of beer this was as I as drinking it, only fueled by later research did I find that this was a ‘steam’ beer, so a lager fermented at higher temperatures than normal for a lager beer. That would have put the whole experience in a different light if I had known what I was getting into. I did like however trying to figure out what was going on in my mouth in my head at the same time, although that got too hard eventually and I just settled on enjoying the brew and worrying about what kind it was later on.

This beer poured out a murky brown reddish color. Sort of muddy, not super appealing and with not knowing the exact style I didn’t really know what to expect after that. There was a small white head as well, that was sort of unexpected because I knew there were coffee beans in there and I would have figured they would have made the head a little darker.

The smell was full of coffee, but not really rich thick coffee, but sort of hollow and leaving you feeling like there was less there than there should have been. There were also some lager smells, some bread and yeasts mixed in there. The coffee and lager led to a overall sweet smell to the beer.

The taste was like drinking an iced coffee (well what I would imagine an iced coffee would taste like as I don’t think I have ever had the pleasure of having one). The flavor is mostly coffee with some sweet malts and a little chocolate from the roasted grains. The steam beer technique leads to a smoother feel to the beer which is nice.

Overall the beer would be really good if you like coffee. Me, I am not a huge fan so this one really didn’t get me going. A good description of what goes into the brew is listed on the website, I think that sort of puts in perspective what you are drinking if you have one of these. A very good idea for the beer, one that will be enjoyed by coffee drinkers

 

Final Grade: B