Nils Oscar Imperial Stout - the Nils Oscar Company
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Reviews by dgallina:
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
11.2 ounce brown bottle. No freshness dating, but plenty of information about the beer.
Pours very dark brown with mahogany edges and a slim tan head. Some light lace remains briefly after the pour. The nose features bittersweet chocolate with dark-roasted coffee. Some coarse grain and creamy lactic notes are displayed as well. Gentle alcohol fruitiness appears at the edges. Flavor is somewhat thin on first sip, but develops nicely with additional time and warming. Toasted malts are initially dominant, giving way to lactic coffee notes in the center. Finishes with plenty of burnt toast and faint alcohol. The body is light for the RIS style. Clean and a little more carbonated than usual. A very drinkable stout.
08-27-2008 00:52:23 | More by dgallina
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours very dark brown, nearly black, with a 1 cm tall tan head. Roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, barley, cocoa, and cream. The nose is deceptive as the taste is more bitter than advertised. A solid amount of chocolate and coffee, but the resiny hops come out. Just enough to let you know they are there. Good caramel, vanilla, walnut, and oats in there as well. Very good representative of the style.
12-10-2008 22:24:51 | More by magictrokini
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
thick and heavy 11.2 oz bottle served in a pint glass
somewhat aggressive pour produced only about 1 finger of surprisingly durable head. A nice hint of red-orange tint in the tan head. Very dark and opaque black-brown.
Exceptional aroma with a more pronounced chocolate component than found even in chocolate stouts. No hop presence.
Richly flavored. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, along with a nice level of toasted malt. Hops indirectly evident in the limited sweetness. Finish is mainly toasted malt and chocolate, with just a little hint of coffee-like flavors.
M - very smooth with full body; might prefer this with a little more carbonation.
O - excellent product. Not bold or extreme but refined and carefully crafted.
04-12-2011 22:31:38 | More by chinchill
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Quite a big, full flavoured Imperial stout. Lots of chocolote and roasted malt. Very long bitter coffee finish, and just plain good, probably not the best Imperial you'll ever try, but certainly very tasty and complex.
08-13-2002 21:42:17 | More by rastaman
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
(Served in a snifter)
A- A jet black pour shows some small bubbles stuck to the base of the glass with a thin film of tan foam that sticks to the glass with each sip.
S- There is a slight fruity/berry roasted black malt aroma wit a smooth roasted toffee note in the finish.
T- The fruity slightly berry flavor leads into a big black malt profile with some soft dark raisins and a softer baker's chocolate flavor that finishes with a nice roasted note and a slight tartness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat
D- This beer is smooth but really drinkable for the big roasted black malts that are nicely layered.
12-02-2009 22:25:59 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
It has a nice dark almost black colour. It has some roasted smell and smell from hops and tar. The taste is a little licorice/ coffee taste. The mouthfeel is a little weak for this strong beer though. But it is a beer i will drink on cold winter days, since it has a warming feeling.
09-06-2003 21:15:08 | More by anders36
4.18/5 rDev +8%
Pours a thick black with a good fluffy brown head that leaves nice lace. Nose has chocolate and deep malty notes. Taste follows, alot of chocolate flavors in here, nice milky sweetness as well. Dark malt and some slight fruit. A good bit of alcohol present for the abv. Mouthfeel nice and viscous, bigger than I expected for the abv. Drinkability is quite good and increased by the low abv and milky texture. Overall I am quite pleased and impressed with this brew. will defenitely pick a couple more of these up to put some age on. A very fine impy stout.
08-14-2008 03:30:52 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
If balance is your thing (why not?), then a candidate for the best RIS. Black with little head. A bit of chocolate and medium plus mouthfeel, smooth, lightly roasty and spicey. Minimal on the coffee part. Goes down beautifully. Satisfying aftertaste.
12-16-2007 01:44:06 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter. Body is a deep rich black with chestnut highlights, topped by a good finger of creamy tan head. Rich aroma of roasted dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Palate is primarily dark roasted malt up front, with notes of dark chocolate and coca-cola coming through before the swallow. An assertive hoppy bitterness emerges in the back of the mouth, and lingers through the nice warming finish. Body is a little thin for an imperial stout, although this beer is on the lighter end of the spectrum for the style. The lightness of body does contribute to the beer's high drinkability. A nice offering from a heretofore unknown brewery in my part of the world.
11-12-2007 08:14:27 | More by ElGordo
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
on-tap, akkurat stockholm
appearance: served in a goblet, dark oily body, light chocolate cap - decent retention
smell: light sweet chocolate notes, molasses, caramel, light roasted malts
taste: hardly an imperial by international standards - smooth chocolate, light roasted malts, no alcohol, caramel cream, touch of dry coffee. enjoyed this, but wasnt quite what i was expecting from a 2007 imperial stout - no real flare
mouthfeel: very smooth, silky
06-08-2011 03:38:06 | More by dirtylou
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Coffee & carob, figs
T: Follows the nose, some faint coffee notes as well up front. Leafy hoppyness as this warms, much dryness, hints of cherry & more carob as this warms. Finishes fruitty, a touch woody, & dry
MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, thins out once warm
An alright RIS, nothing special here. First beer from these guys, not too impressed
07-16-2012 02:23:54 | More by russpowell
3.83/5 rDev -1%
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a black/very dark brown with some garnet highlights are the bottom and a finger of mocha tan head. There is a thin retention around the edges and some small wisps in the center, that leave a nice spackling of lace that doesn't really stick around for long. The aroma is cocoa powder, burnt graininess, fresh citrus, light hoppiness, and just a touch of heat.
The taste is a mellow chocolate sweetness, dark malts, a little tang from citrus and dark fruits, and then ends some some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is definitley on the ligther side but still achieves a creamy, slick feel. Just a twinge of the 7% can be felt in the body.
This RIS is definitley in the lighter range of the style but still retains a well balanced darker taste profile and easy drinkibility, which seems pretty typical of other sessionable Euro Stouts. I for one appreciated the change of pace that this type of beer provides.
03-06-2008 17:42:54 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours black with zero head, none at all. A few tiny bubbles around the glass. Almost no lacing is left on the glass surface during consumption. Looks like black coffee.
The aroma consists of chocolate, dark fruit like prunes and figs, and coffee. The flavor is grainy with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Maybe just a wisp of alcohol on the finish. The body is a bit thin for a RIS. Carbonation is very low. Nothing remarkable about the texture.
An approachable RIS with the low ABV. Great aroma and flavorful but a few aspects came up lacking.
10-26-2008 18:17:13 | More by morimech
4.18/5 rDev +8%
Murky dark brown pour with some dark cream head. Some roast coffee and malt aromas. Smooth with a small amount of carbonation. Roasty, mocha, a little sweet malt, coffee. Clean finishing. Med/full bodied. The lower abv definetely makes this a non-standard Imperial. It's less edgy, but very drinkable and very good. This might even be a little under rated.
12-15-2008 03:30:18 | More by Bung
3.25/5 rDev -16%
A 330 mL bottle.
A: This is a stout ale, pitch black with no secondary colors visible. Dark as night, the ale sits with a small head in my glass, no lacing or signs of carbonation, save for a small pool in the center of the snifter.
S: A thick malty nose leads things off with nuttiness and burnt toast. The bread is strong, a liquid dinner (or dessert).
T: The body is surprisingly thin for such a strong nose. Dark malts, indeed, dominate the landscape with a bit of a whimper. The body is much more of a plain ol' stout, no double, no imperial. Dark malts and a mild hop sensation are all that this one brings to the table, althoug some coffee lingers behind the thin malts.
M: A stout, one that offers up some roasted malts and some coffee but nothing too strong.
D: I'll finish the bottle but this one lacks the oomph that I'd like from a stout.
08-22-2009 23:44:30 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Most of a bottle was poured for me into a snifter-shaped glass. In the well-lit Stockholm restaurant, the apearance was chocolate brown with flashes of ruby. Very little, beige-ish head formed or lingered. (Oddly, I got more when I topped up the glass with the remaining third.) Not much bouquet was trapped in the glass, but the taste seemed dead-on the English, imperial stout style: chocolate malt more sweet than roasty, some dark fruit, restrained hopping. The ABV as labeled was appropriately high, but the alcohol didn't present itself that prominently in the mouthfeel. The chocolate malt was strong enough to pair well with a chocolate dessert. Skol!
06-22-2008 20:59:41 | More by ManforallSaisons
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
An aggressive pour generated a finger of tan foam, otherwise, it pours pretty dark and lifeless. Color was a deep reddish auburn in the light as it poured. Some webby lacing results over time.
Sweet, mild roast aroma, bland grain, fairly mild overall.
Taste of toasted almond, cola, chocolate syrup, and a good dose of yeast, however no sediment was in the bottle. :ow level of bitterness that is barely there. Earthy roast lingers in the aftertaste, true to style.
Pretty light mouthfeel, it feels like a slightly bigger Porter, instead of a stout of any kind. No heft to the mouthfeel, or big charred malt in the flavor profile. Sort of average, I was expecting more. Probably won't revisit this one.
11-26-2007 01:00:06 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a small 1/4 inch brown head that went away pretty quickly. Lacing is decent. It smells like dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some charred/burnt malt and smoke in the taste, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with average carbonation but it's also very thin for the style. But with that being said, the drinkability is good as it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's a pretty tasty beer, but I like my stouts to be more robust than this one. But I'd still buy it again in the future as I did enjoy drinking it, I think it's a good overall beer and it's definitely worth a try.
03-01-2009 00:11:59 | More by bluejacket74
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Aroma has sharp salty soy notes, esspresso, dark chocolate, roasted notes and delicious fudge brownie kind of smell. Dark brown to black body with a quickly diminishing wispy mocha head. Very sharp and bitter in the fore, but it is a burnt bitter not a hoppy bitter. Lots of dark chocolate flavors that are both sweet and bitter. Its pretty thin on the palate, but the incredible intensity of flavor moderates that a little. Feels like a porter int he mouth, but there are no mistaking the soy, coffee, chocolate and immensely bitter burnt flavors of an IS.
05-21-2006 06:01:24 | More by Jredner
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color color stout with a medium foamy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet black chocolate with notes of dry roasted malt. Taste is a nice combination between some back chocolate with lightly sweet dry coffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done but creamier body would have improve enjoyment of this beer.
02-08-2009 03:58:13 | More by Phyl21ca
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a solid black with a thin, cafe au lait head. Moderate lacing.
The smell is strongly dark chocolate with some dark fruits and roasted malts. The taste is mainly chocolate with subtle fruit flavors, some average-tasting coffee & toasty malts. Mouthfeel is smooth but not as thick as I like in an RIS.
Overall, this is a good beer that's perfect for a chocolate lover but don't expect real complex smells and flavors from this one.
04-29-2009 03:36:36 | More by theghost3
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
A: Very dark black with deep brown when held to the light. Nice dark tan head. Big bubbles.
S: Very sweet with molasses and strong caramel notes. Slight earthy hops with a touch of resin. Some roasty notes as well, but the sweetness is pretty overpowering.
T: Roasty, still some good sweetness in it, but not as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. A bit of dark chocolate in the finish. There is almost a touch of something fruity in the finish.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit of a miss for me on this one. It feels really thin for the style. The smell leads you to believe this is going to be thick and syrupy, and the actual mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. Carbonation is a touch high.
D: Good tasting overall, but the mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. Still, not bad by any means.
03-13-2011 04:00:40 | More by Beejay
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
An Imperaial at 7% seems a little weak. You see a little light through the blackness but as it settles into the glass yielding no light. Head is an inch and a half of dark tan head that fades in a couple of minutes leaving a quarter inch of lace. Nose is of big syrupy chocolate and cherry cough syrup and rubbing alchol. Enters the mouth a little scattered with some tart dark fruit, bitter bakers chocolate and cold black coffee. Malt is slightly toasty on the back of the tongue. Bitter feel hangs on the tongue dry and long. Mouthfeel is that same soft dryness with bitter laced in. This is solid but falls a little short for the style though.
08-13-2008 01:14:31 | More by SPLITGRIN
Nils Oscar Imperial Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.