Nils Oscar Coffee Stout - the Nils Oscar Company
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Reviews by grittybrews:
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured a roasty black into a pint glass. Around a finger of loose tan head that receded quickly.
Espresso dominates the aroma (surprise!), with hints of sweet chocolate. One of the best smelling beers I've had!
Very smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Exceedingly roasty at first, followed by bitter brewed coffee and a lingering cocoa finish. I'd say it actually comes closer to milk chocolate than dark chocolate.
If this beer were a coffee I'd say it was over-roasted, but in this context I suppose that's the point. After the wonderful aroma, the taste of this one let me down -- maybe a bit one-dimensional.
05-13-2010 04:03:27 | More by grittybrews
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4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
Got this in a trade with ShrLSU - thanks!
Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin layer on top leaving webbed lacing.
Smells of roasted coffee and espresso with a nice amount of roasted malt. As it warms hints of unsweetened chocolate waft out but this is all about the coffee aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell led me to believe but the main taste remains roasted coffee and espresso. The ending is solidly bitter and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste. As with the smell, unsweetened chocolate flavors join in as it warms.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could easily have a few more.
Overall this is a very smooth coffee stout, and with a bit more thickness it could be excellent. Still, even as it is it's well worth a shot.
05-12-2009 21:38:49 | More by glid02
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
Purchased from Belmont Station, 11.2 fl oz..Poured into Douchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.
Dark brown body, maroon hue...airy head tiny head, aggressive pour
Strong coffee aroma, espresso like...bittersweet chocolate, hint of oak
Huge punch of roasted coffee initially...dark chocolate, slight maltiness.
Too thin for my liking, mild carbonation.
The taste is nice and smooth, and the coffee to chocolate balance is nice.
08-24-2009 07:18:49 | More by seanthornton152
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate brown color. There's a little light getting through giving it garnet highlights. The head is mocha brown and reaches roughly a finger deep. It didn't waste any time fleeing the scene and left very little lacing behind.
Smell: The nose has a very heavy coffee/espresso scent kicking it off. It's the predominant aroma and permeates throughout. At the secondary level, there's some chocolate and roasted malts that give it some variety. Overall, it's very malty, though it doesn't have a very sweet aroma. It's not very deep, but does have a nice overall smell.
Taste: The flavor profile tracks the nose almost entirely. It's obviously features a very strong coffee/espresso flavor. I like that aspect of it quite a bit, as a coffee fan. Roasted and chocolate malts complement the coffee flavor nicely. Roasted malts come through stronger in flavor. It's slightly bitter due to what appears to be light hopping. Perhaps somewhat acidic. Alcohol is blended well and is not apparent. It finishes a little dry leaving a nice coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is notably high and doesn't help to smooth it out. Frankly, it needs a bit more body. It's just too thin to really satisfy. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor, but it just lacks that special something to really draw you back for more.
Coffee Stout is a pretty solid release from Nils Oscar. I haven't exactly heard great things about their beer, but this one's better than I expected. You really have to be a coffee lover to appreciate this beer. Coffee plays a very dominant role here. If you don't like coffee, you won't like this beer. I wouldn't characterize it as a "special" beer. It needs a little something extra to get there. Maybe more hop pizzazz would do the trick. It could also use a thicker body. But, it's a good beer as it is. A couple of tweaks would go far.
03-15-2009 03:36:52 | More by prototypic
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a dense black, with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. Retains with a creamy ring around the edges and some thin wisps that swirl around the middle, leaving a solid cascade spotty yet creamy lacing back. The aroma is dark and delicious smelling, with roasted coffee permeating the bouquet, with a bit of a citrus presence to it, that mixes with some big sweet notes of chocolate and caramel to impart an nice and thick underlying tang to the nose.
The taste packs a pervasive crunchy tasting coffee and dark roast combo, which mixes with some moderate hop character, and really blooms out nicely in the back into a dry and slightly astringent bitterness. All of these darker flavors are well balanced by some thick and chewy tasting notes OF chocolate, molassses, and even some light citrus. I would have to say that the sweetness maybe actually be the dominant character in this but it's all so well balanced by the bitterness, it's hard to pinpoint which takes control the most. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied in the mouth, with a creamy texture to the carbonation that lends this a very easy feel on the palate. Really nice drinkibility for a 6% ABV.
This was a pleasant surprise for sure from Nils Oscar, especially since I haven't exactly been blown away by their other offerings. Full, roasty, loaded with an even mix of coffee and sweet malts, with a great drinkibility to it. As a coffee lover, this was a pleasant treat.
07-16-2009 19:18:06 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Black color with a brown head. Little lacing.
Distinct espresso smell. At first you only sense the bitterness of the coffee but after a few sniffs you discover a fresh spiciness.
Taste is dominated by a bitter espresso but there is also a presence of hops and citrus fruits.
The best part of the Rwanda Gatsinga coffee stout is in my opinion the mouthfeel which is extremely smooth and leaves a pleasant malty coffee-dominated aftertaste and a smile on your face.
03-02-2009 19:05:25 | More by trafordboy
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for this little gem. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Bottle has a distinctive shape with very little truncation on the shoulders, like many Belgian bottles. Label is orange and brown on a silver background. A picture of a man in profile is upfront and center. Description of both the beer and the brewery on the back.
Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles slowly, eventually leaving behind a ring around the glass, a small island of foam above the nucleation site, and a thin coating every where else. A small of amount of lacing clings to the glass. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. No hints of light, even around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.
Smell: Strong aroma of milk chocolate and creamy sweetness with a slight hint of coffee bitterness.
Taste: Sweet chocolate upfront blends seamlessly into a mild coffee flavor. Some roasted barley bitterness in the finish, but overall very mild.
Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level allows the creaminess of this beer to come through.
Drinkability: A solid, drinkable coffee stout in a beer world that seems dominated by over the top RIS. I could definitely see this one gracing the refrigerator again.
04-26-2009 03:49:35 | More by beveritt
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. This definitely is a coffee stout, I mostly smell coffee but there's also some roasted malt and dark chocolate noticable in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, coffee is strongest in the taste but there's also roasted malt, dark chocolate, and also a little bit of citrusy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit oily with average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and goes down pretty easy. I have to say this is a good beer, I'd definitely pick this up again. It's a good, enjoyable brew.
03-08-2009 00:49:27 | More by bluejacket74
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a medium light dirty brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with a proper amount of roasted malt notes makes this quiet enjoyable. Taste is also a well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. Body is lighter then average with good carbonation. Well done with great drinkability factor and the right amount of coffee; a fuller body would have provided more enjoyment thought.
06-14-2010 13:50:15 | More by Phyl21ca
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a dark brown/black with a 1-finger tan head that dissapates quickly. No lacing.
The scent is strong of roasted coffee, sweet malts, & dark chocolate. The taste is delicious--quality coffee/mochaccino, sweet malts, brown sugar & cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth, not as acidic as expected, but that's a good thing.
This is a very drinkable stout. The coffee is fantastic in that it is so smooth & very much quality. It almost tastes more like coffee than beer.
04-14-2009 02:50:28 | More by theghost3
2.53/5 rDev -34.3%
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Notch on back label but no way to tell what date it means. Was black in color. No visible carb and no lacing. Had an average sized tan head that quickly settled to a collar that eventually disappeared.
The aroma was heavy on the coffee from the Rwanda Gatsinga espresso. Not much else in the nose. Didn't get the chocolate or roasted malts that others mentioned. It needs something else besides the coffee. Taste followed the aroma and was coffee heavy and needing something to balance it. The coffee tasted watered down to me which hurt the mouthfeel.
Normally I love coffee beers but this one is a huge miss for me. And at $6.29 for a 11.2 oz bottle it is a major disappointment. Only positive is that I knocked Sweden off the list. At this price, don't recommend and one and done for me.
08-06-2009 22:28:10 | More by TexIndy
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a pitch black color that produces a think coffee color head that dissipates quickly...Hardly any lacing along the glass but who cares
The nose is comprised of ground coffee and espresso beans that give a waft of vanilla flavoring to it. All malts here
The flavor profile is largely espresso with coffee. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, and the toasted/burnt malt flavoring
The mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Finishes a little dry and bitter...very good
04-13-2009 02:08:25 | More by scottyshades
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Aroma of roasted malt and carmel and toffee, slight coffee. Pours dark brown with a tan head that lingers. A smooth coffee flavor with no harshness or bitter "bite"; chocolate flavor, toffee or toasted sugar, medium mouthfeel. Tastes like an English style base beer. Low hop flavor that balances the malt sweetness. Long finish of roast and coffee.
01-17-2010 16:35:17 | More by KYbrewgal
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
This beer pours very lightly... that is to say that I'm not entirely excited by its consistency, but the coloring is right with a deep, dark brown. retains it's mocha head quite nicely as well with light lacing as I drink it down.
the nose is extremely mild on this one... while all that I'd like to smell in a coffee stout is present (milk chocolate, roasted, sweet coffee), it's just entirely too mild. sticking my nose all the way in the last is the only way to get any kind of whiff.
on the tongue, it's pure whole cream in a cup off black coffee. that's the only way to describe it... where founders breakfast stout is a black cup of coffee, this beer is a half cup of coffee and a half cup of whole cream. it's good, definitely... surprised me with how creamy it was.
consistency stays right in line with the taste, like a cup of cream filled coffee... it's a medium body, but actually feels as though there's some cream stirred in.
this beer is extremely drinkable... extremely! I could suck back a full 6 pack of this stuff and not even notice... it's kinda dangerous!
09-17-2009 21:07:34 | More by EliottJW
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
In to a Corsendonk tulip.
Pours a solid opaque black with a 3 finger tan head with decent retention. Fades down to a thin cap covering the entire beer and leaves a very nice lacing.
Smells of fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste is very bitter chocolate and some coffee but not as strong as say Kona Pipeline porter. Coffee flavor comes out a bit more as the beer warms up.
Mouthfeel is medium-thin but on par with the style from my experience. Mild carbonation and a long finish.
Pretty good and easy to drink, much thanks to cvfish for this one.
03-13-2009 23:16:59 | More by mullenite
2.95/5 rDev -23.4%
Served this 11.2 oz. brown bottle in a Chouffe tulip. No date. The body was a solid brown with a light tan head. The foam faded to nothing rather quickly.
The smell was chocolate malts. Molasses and a slight ashiness.
The taste was of dark chocolate bitterness and coffee. Smooth.
The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Easy to drink.
01-21-2011 04:02:44 | More by Cresant
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a perfect pint.
2.0 A: Black color. Couldn't really muster a head, though this isn't completely flat.
4.0 S: Really earthy, minerally stout, which I happen to be a big fan of. Coffee is the most notable aroma, but just barely. Supple roast, mountain stream water earthiness, mineral. Hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Fairly dry overall, but balanced and quite bold.
4.5 T: Again lots of earthiness in this. Mineral, forest stream, clay. Big coffee, light dark chocolate, a bit of caramel. Again dry, but not distractingly so.
2.0 M: This is closer to flat than my initial impression. Lighter medium body. Just a hint of carbonation. Smooth, but not ideal.
3.5 D: I believe this would be a damn good beer if it had the requisite carbonation. Not a bad one without it.
10-03-2012 02:13:56 | More by DavoleBomb
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
Ah, great pleasure to be one of the first ones to try this beer. Had it on tap at Bishop's Arms - Karlstad.
Looks really nice! Deep black color with hints of red when put against the light. Would have liked to have it in a nicer glass though. Bishop's Arms 25 cl house glass isn't very satisfying.
Smells amazing! Lots of spicy/earthy high quality coffee in the nose. Some hints of dark chocolate too I think, but that might be the coffee.
Taste is brilliant too, a great deal of spicy coffee together with some nice hoppiness and maltiness. Really filling mouthfeel to, great!
10-26-2008 12:20:03 | More by Bananaman
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet.
A: Pours a dark, cola-black with some faint lightening at the edges. One-finger, khaki-colored head recedes quickly to a thick, bubbly ring that leaves some pretty lace behind.
S: Rich aroma of dark roast coffee, with hints of milk chocolate, fudge, dark chocolate, and some citrus-y hops lurking in the background, for effect.
T: Tangy and bitter espresso roast coffee with a dusting of cocoa, plus fudge, milk chocolate, blackened malt, and some lemon-y hops. Cherry and toast in the finish.
M: Slightly on the thin side, sort of like a porter. Chocolate and coffee run the gamut from bitter to sweet to dry to roasty.
D: This beer went so fast! I think the slightly thin mouthfeel contributes greatly to what makes this so damn drinkable. Very refreshing coffee stout treat that isn't a 13% booze bomb.
05-08-2009 00:30:52 | More by GbVDave
Nils Oscar Coffee Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
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