Nils Oscar Imperial Stout - the Nils Oscar Company
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4.31/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours dark brown with an off white collar.
Aroma of dark chocolate, strong coffee, leather and tobacco. Sweet deeply malty flavor.
Dark chocolate malty flavor. Nutty malts, toffee, coffee liquor and wood. Semi dry and prosperous to the palate. Full bodied, chewy and finishes dry.
Overall, this is a good import stout. The flavors had character and everything worked well together.
12-04-2013 01:48:25 | More by Stinkypuss
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£3.29):
Black with a tanned brown head that is thumb sized initially before settling as a thin lacing on the top of the beer.
Dark, roasted malt notes and coffee followed by dark chocolate & fruits with some sweetness coming from them and some sugar. The aroma is verging on that of a foreign export stout.
Dark chocolate and dried fruits to begin, along with some coffee along this isn't as strong as I was expecting. There is some sweetness that follows this with some sugar, vanilla and caramel.
Medium and smooth with a great balance between the sweetness and the roasted bitterness. Carbonation is light-medium carbonation that is just about right. The alcohol is well hidden too.
A good stout that falls somewhere in between a traditional English one and a Russian imperial one yet also hints at a foreign export one in places. Despite the fact it seems all over the place geographically and in style in worked very well and struck the right balance between the flavours.
09-09-2013 13:36:37 | More by flyingpig
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.
Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
05-09-2013 00:44:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured a sizeable head of frothy light brown foam. Colour is jet black. Pretty solid retention and good lacing.
Smell has strong bitter coffee and dark roast malt. Black treacle, straw, dark chocolate. Very roasty to verging on slightly burnt, but really intriguing. Hop bitterness comes across with a bit of earthiness. Some nuttiness, a really nice balance.
Taste has an initial malty caramel sweetness, the strong coffee, with dark fruits. A lot of interaction going on, this is a bit sweet for the style I find. Bitterness is quite mild, some earthy nutty undertones, and a big malty presence to it. Finish is soft, roasty dark malts, some residual sugars. It has a really nice flavour to it, I've had more complex stouts that I prefer though.
Mouthfeel is big and malt, carbonation is quite slight. Drying feel on it, but the sweetness make it really tasty. Alcohol is not aggressive or very noticeable at all, figuring it a bit low for the style. Still has a good body to it, but surprisingly drinkable.
Really tasty stout, and it doesn't seem too big at 7%. Certainly a nice interpretation, I would have preferred a bit more depth and bitterness, but wouldn't turn this down again, one of the more drinkable imperial stouts. Worth trying.
02-20-2013 20:28:54 | More by mick303
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Beer from Sweden? Impossible. Nothing but blondes and cheap furniture come out of Sweden.
A: An aggressive pour gives nothing but cola fizz for a head; lacing and retention almost non-existent. Chocolate brown body with a noticeable wateriness to it: unlike most stouts, it looks like coffee rather than chocolate syrup.
S: All syrup: rich chocolate, buttery caramel, vanilla extract. It’s a dessert beer in fine fashion, with a character like some fine chocolate liqueur. Notes of hickory smoke, black licorice, currant, roasted rye, medicinal booze, and oxidized sherry aromas abound.
T: A thin-bodied, mineral-heavy interpretation of the style. Light milk chocolate body smoothes out with roasted malt bitters, like burnt biscuit and caramelized sugar with splashes of honey flavor. Hops are leafy and tea-like in astringency, a little softer than most imperial stouts, though the water has a mineral taste that cuts as sharp as the hops. Has that same sherry taste as in the nose; a little wet cardboard, even, which makes it hard to finish, unfortunately. Aftertaste is lightly acrid, like skunky hops.
M: Thin and very soft, showing just as much carbonation in the feel as you’d expect from the lack of head. Not lacking, though; it works for this old-world palate.
O: This beer is unique in a lot of ways, sure, but it’s not my style of stout. Enjoyable to a degree, though.
01-06-2013 03:44:34 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Black as night, small tan head leaves fast. Some spotty clingers.
S - Soy sauce, malt.
T - Big malt flavor, soy sauce prevalent. Nice combo. A little chalky.
M - Big, chewy, heavy beer. Balance is ok, not too sweet and not too hoppy.
D - Good to try, but not my favorite.
01-02-2013 00:47:51 | More by srandycarter
Nils Oscar Imperial Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.