Furthermore Three Feet Deep

I don’t have that much experience with Furthermore beers. They’re not distributed to New Jersey and the last one that I had was reviewed in 2011. Let’s see how this one fared.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our rendition of a Dry Irish Stout, circa 1890. Deep roasted malt is what makes a stout a stout, and years ago the fire of the kiln would have added its distinct smoky flavor during the roasting process. Three Feet Deep rekindles that lost flavor with a small addition of peat smoked malt. At 14.4° Plato, this is not a heavy beer, but you wouldn’t know it as the round and earthy quality of peat fills your senses. Our stout is a return to County Cork and the warmth of the Irish hearth.”

Random: I’m really enjoying “Game of Thrones.” I wish I started watching when it came out. It would make a lot more sense watching it now.

This brew poured with a really thick, tan head that almost resembled a nitro head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black colored body. There wasn’t any carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was really strong. I got bacon, smoke and dark chocolate roasted malts. There was some light coffee note as well. The taste was even more strong. The first part of the sip hit with lots of peat. Quickly after, smoke and bacon came through. There was some dark chocolate as well, but there wasn’t a lot of bitterness. The peat really took center stage on this. The body was on the thicker side, yet still velvety with higher than expected carbonation. The finish was long with earthy peat. I really liked this beer. The peat was reminiscent of a good scotch. Although this is yet another brew that isn’t distributed in New Jersey, it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you like peat.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Furthermore Oscura

It’s insanely hot here in New Jersey. I hate the heat. There is no part of the heat that I enjoy. I can’t wait until it’s 100 degrees tomorrow. I still managed to get myself in the gym, although I skipped cardio today since I think I managed to burn a crazy amount of calories by sweating…So, onto the beer. This is another brew that I picked up in Pennsylvania. I’ve never heard of the brewery, but the label looked cool and I’m always a sucker for trying new brews.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: California Common/Steam Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our coffee beer is more ‘iced coffee’ than ‘double-mocha-mud,’ more ‘summer quencher’ than ‘winter warmer.’ I start with a brown Mexican lager to compliment the coffee of choice, ‘Nicaragua’ (beans from the La Fem Grower’s Co-operative, roasted by Just Coffee of Madison.) I include flaked maize both for added creaminess and to appease the sun gods. Extra-warm fermentation lets the yeast create more interesting flavors (the California-common effect, or ‘Vapor Beer,’ if you speak Beer-Spanglish.) Hop bitterness is increased to offset the sweet flavor of un-brewed coffee. Whole beans are soaked in the beer during cold maturation – the alcohol extracts and retains aromatics that would otherwise be lost to hot water. You want numbers? Well, numbers you shall have: 15 degrees Plato; 37 IBU’s; 5.3% ABV.”

Random: I (mistakenly) assumed that this beer would be a stout. The label makes no mention of the style, but whenever I see coffee on a label, I assume it must be a stout. Insert some comment about not judging a book by its cover, or a beer by its label.

This brew poured a dark chestnut-brown with a one finger white head. The head dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. Instead, the head stayed at about an eight of an inch on top of the body. There was lots of visible carbonation on the brew. This definitely did not look like how I expected it to look. The nose presented with some roasted malts and a hint of coffee. I also got a hint of caramel nuttiness as well. This brew almost reminded more of a brown ale. The taste presented with a lot of coffee, hazelnuts and a hint of caramel. This is not like any other steam beer that I’ve ever had. The body was light and some other interesting notes of bread and sweet malt come at the end, along with a long finish. This was definitely a creamy beer, despite the fact it was a thinner beer with a decent amount of carbonation. I really don’t know what to make of this beer. I definitely would not think that this was a steam beer. But, definitely an interesting beer that had a lot of great coffee flavors. I would have this again, especially because it was so unique.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0