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Nils Oscar Coffee Stout - the Nils Oscar Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
the Nils Oscar Company visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2008: Rwanda Gatsinga espresso coffee is added to the finished stout.

2011: Brazilian Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza espresso coffee is added to the finished stout.

(Beer added by: Ljunkan on 10-25-2008)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost-but-not-quite-opaque mahogany that becomes dusky garnet red when backlit with weak morning sunshine. A huge chunk of pale caramel colored foam was created during a somewhat spirited pour. The crown looks very nice and is beginning to lay down equally attractive sheets of lace.

The aroma is straightforward and appealing. Roasted coffee beans combine with roasted malt in near equal measure. Hops weren't expected and aren't appreciated. NOCS smells like it will be pretty good beer on the buds.

Keeping ABV firmly in mind, Coffee Stout is a good effort. It isn't big and bold and brash, but then it wasn't brewed to be. It's a well-crafted, well-balanced stout that could easily be sessioned... if you feel like plunking down $5.99 per 330 cl bottle. Man, those import taxes must be killer.

Calling what happens at the start of each mouthful a 'jolt of joe' is probably overstating the case. Flavors of cold coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit combine seamlessly. Sweet (favored early) and bitter (favored late) are pretty much equivalent as well. This beer really has no weaknesses.

The mouthfeel score could just as easily have been one notch lower. It does just enough to be considered good, mostly by not losing too much heft and volume as the backstretch of each mouthful approaches. Gentle carbonation is a positive.

If you're in the mood for an incredibly delicious, world-class coffee stout, swim across the Strait of Kattegatt from Denmark to Sweden and pick up a bottle (or a case) of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. Nils Oscar's version is solid, but the price tag means that a second bottle isn't in the cards.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really thinking that I would enjoy this more. The color and the appearance looked very inviting the nose was very bitter smelling. The head wasn't around for very long. The taste of this beer was pretty much just straight black coffee. I wasn't able to get any type of Malts, Hops or anything else from it. I just found that this beer was kind of un-balanced.

Knapp85, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a foreseeable black body with a full finger of beige froth.

Smell: Aroma of robust, roasted grains, baker's chocolate, meager dried fruit hints, all interwoven with modest cold extraction coffee accents.

Taste: Roasty, dark maltiness coupled with a guzzle of cold, black coffee and smoothed out with a subtle sweetness. A few chunks of unsweetened chocolate. Eventually, a slight charry quality enters the picture. Touch of dark fruitiness. Moderate amount of roasty bitterness midway. Tiny blip of acidity. Then, it's a return to the general coffee flavor until you reach the drying, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Above average! A generally likable coffee stout, it's not nearly as bold or overwhelming as some, but it still hits the spot.

ChainGangGuy, May 31, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nils Oscar Rwanda Gatsinga Coffee Stout, brewed and bottled by Nils Oscar Bryggeri, Nykoping, Sweden. Stout brewed with fair trade coffee. 11.2 oz.

Deep black color, rich, roasted espresso-like ring of foam, small and soon-gone.

Aroma: cocoa hits first, rich and luxurious, sweet, so sweet that I never notice the coffee. Figs, date, chocolate-covered carob. Molasses, maple, motor oil. Deep and ridiculously rich. Wow. Nice.

Tasting: smoothness takes on complexity. Roasted malts over all, fairly clean flavor, not giving off the complexity felt in the aroma. Excellent balance, beautiful, lush malt, tasty, with a light finish. Rolls easily off the palate. Does it's bit and exits.

I could ask for more, more, more, but there's nothing wrong with just giving you enough.

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Roasted coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is roasted to almost burnt coffee. Nice stout. Pricey at $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

glid02, May 12, 2009
Photo of bark
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is pinch black; the three finger head is warm pale brown. It sinks slowly to a finger thick head with a massive crater. Very little lacing occurs.

The smell is dry and sour-bitter. Dry and elegant notes of strong coffee, lots of heavily roasted malt. Did I find notes of rye? Hints of crackers and dark chocolate.

The taste is fresh and a little bitter. Then, a perfect taste of somewhat citric espresso coffee emerges. Sweet creamy notes of cocoa, newly grinded coffee, some beef stock and a flowery touch. Full bodied. The aftertaste brings a mild warming flavour of alcohol, fine notes of coffee and Brie cheese, lemon peels and balancing mild background bitterness. The finish adds some more beef stock.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is creamy, very creamy for a 6% beer.

I have tried this beer from keg, and I must say that the coffee flavours were even more present than the bottled version.

bark, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep brown with red hues, almost black. The small pale brown head sinks quickly into some lacings.

S: Roasted dark malts with some black coffee, but rather mild and smooth. Some dark dried fruits lures in the back. Some dark bitter chocolate as well. Balanced.

T: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and heavily roasted malts, a bit burnt makes this beer quite complex. Some bitter hops and some dark dried fruits as well.

M: Aftertaste is on the shorter side but lovely bitter. Body is full and very smooth/creamy while carbonation is held back.

O: Nice, balanced and complex, but still very modest.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark sable-brown, almost opaque, with a thick and fairly persistent pale tan head. Aroma is rich and smoky with a strong overtone of fine roast coffee and hints of toffee and chocolate. Flavor fills the mouth with fine coffee that has a firm tone of unsweetened chocolate and hints of toffee and caramel with a good smoky overtone. Flavor is thick, smooth as glass, and just a little fizzy. Satisfying.

Cyberkedi, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. At first a one finger tan head forms that recedes to a ring. Very light lace is left behind.
S: A huge roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee dominate. Very dry. Very rich and inviting.
T: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate again. Again, very rich. Dry wood. A great beer.
M/D: A rich, creamy, and full body that is perfectly carbonated for the style. Very dry. Easy and smooth to drink. A stout I can quaff several off.

A great coffee stout. One I highly recommend. At only 6% I can enjoy several in a sitting. Unlike many other huge impy stouts that are one and done.

champ103, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of drpimento
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this bottle a couple of months ago at Sams' in Chicago. Should have kept it in the fridge. Poured with a soap bubble head that quickly subsided; no lace. Color is an opaque brown. Flavor is a wet cardboard dry coffee stout. Flat. Thin. Slight boozy finish. Something went wrong with this one. *sigh*

drpimento, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerisheaven for throwing this in on an extra in our latest in a long line of earth-shakingly excellent trades. I just saw the first bottles of Nils Oscar around here recently, so I'm hoping it's one more good brewery.

Smells very nice. Too many coffee beers, IMHO, are too much like a thicker version of coffee, without any subtlety, this one I have higher hopes for.

Hopes dashed! The coffee is omnipresent. There's a touch of malty sweetness & faint chocolate underneath the coffee onslaught, but I have to search for them.

Man, the smell was so good, but this is just another unsubtle coffee beer. Am I the only one that likes my coffee beers to actually taste a bit like beer? Decent enough, but I don't think I'll need another.

maximum12, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle shared thanks to axilla.

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grinds, roasty, and dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. I want coffee in my coffee beer, and this one had it.

hopdog, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

prototypic, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head that leaves the odd trailer.
Coffee dominant on the nose with some earth, smoke, and brown sugar.
Sharp black malt acid, coffee-flavored candy, a touch of sourness, roasty bite and earthy hops - more integrated than these contrasting notes might imply.
Spicy finish and numbing, coffee-tinged linger.
Light to medium, oily, some chew, soft.

Like many European stouts, a bit light and underpowered compared to US (and British) stouts. This comes off a bit tart and edgy without the depth or body I'd expect of an American RIS with coffee added. More like a coffee porter or brown ale; within that, however, round, measured and quite tasty.

StJamesGate, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GbVDave, May 08, 2009
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Nils Oscar Coffee Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.