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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:
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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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Cresant

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:02:44 | More by Cresant
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a lot of red around the edge.for a coffee stout, the head is also off white, which is odd for a coffee stout. A lot of lacing.

S - mild cup of coffee, but also something like a mild fruit. Something like a breakfast of coffers and fruit bowl, but it is on the table a few feet away.

T - odd mix of coffee and fruit. Odd, but not bad.

M - kind of stocky, like pop. No tingles to speak of.

D - taste is not bad while different, so maybe one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:02:40 | More by biglite351
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crossovert

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, I believe it is my first Swedish beer.

It pours a nice dark brown with a frothy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is kind of weird, yes there is coffee, but it is primarily caramel and an odd funkiness. It's sorta like permanent marker.

The taste is better, if a bit thin, mostly caramel notes but with a tinge of roasted coffee.

Meh.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:36:40 | More by crossovert
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I went on a float trip at the beginning of August 2010 I stopped into a local Binny's to grab the necessities. While there, I couldn't stop myself from buying this tiny little 11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Poured into a brandy snifter and reviewed live for your enjoyment.

Vision
A normal pour into my glass generated about a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipated to a sparsely cloudy arrangement. The color was not brown, but not white... sorta dingy undershirt color at best. The lacing can be found when held up to the light, but the bubbles quickly disappear from view.

The main body is stereotypical of a stout... black, but not oil slick. Dark as night, but not the void of wilderness. Even though its nearly impossible to view the center of this brew, I can tell it is barely carbonated and holding no surprises.

Bouquet
The bouquet reminds me of many stouts. It isn't breaking any rules here. Burnt grains, roasted malts, and the barest of hints of coffees. Is it espresso in there? Am I imagining it? There is definitely something sweet that reminds me of vanilla that comes through when I cap this for a moment.

Flavor Profile
The first sip reveals heavy burnt grains that rough you up around the edges. It lashes around for more than a few moments, but the finish is anything but clean. What remains is unmistakably coffee in nature. I'm hit with the feeling and intensity of that very first latte I ever had at the Bucks. Its a flavor that I'm proud to say is delicious and unique. There is a chocolate identity that melds itself with the coffee, but only acts as the no-name sidekick here.

I expected the flavors to be different depending on my sipping style and sampling technique. However, I am sadly mistaken. Subsequent sips follow the same general flow and textures.

Oral Sensations
There is a strong tingly sensation that I correlate to fizzy sodapop, but there is a lack of carbonation for that to be it. For a stout its body is lacking. I put it somewhere between watery and medium. The gravity of it leaves me wanting it to stick around, linger, develop, and play. It does none of these things and causes itself to lose out on points in my book.

Conclusions
This beer is easy to drink. It goes down like no other. The crisp, tingly sensation is actually enjoyable. Due to its low alcohol content and watery nature I find this to be a 'pound-able' brew. I could drink three of these easily in an evening. Maybe this beer is like a coffee sodapop, really.

The only sad note is that the coffee is an afterthought. It really isn't the star. In fact, it feels like someone made a stout and wanted to gimmick it up with espresso added in afterward. That's not a coffee stout, that's a stout with coffee in it. I could be just placing my values on the brewer, but I guess that is a liberty I take while reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 03:11:45 | More by Khazadum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:40:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 13:50:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on an overnight trip to Loveland, CO, and drank it by the hotel pool. The pour nets a huge, fluffy light brown head resting atop the dark brown liquid. Aromas of freshly ground espresso, dark chocolate and brown sugar. On the palate, more espresso, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A pleasant surprise, as I wasn't really expecting all that much from this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:49:01 | More by emmasdad
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grittybrews

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 04:03:27 | More by grittybrews
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dqrull

Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Approx 1 year old bottle.

Pours a black liquid with very light almost unnoticeable red tinges at the edges. A big, thick creamy head crowning it, leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

A filling smells, with rich fruity coffee along with strong note s of bitter high%-cocoa chocolate. Some fruits from the malt adds to the richness along with a hint of almonds.

Taste is also rich, I would go as far as to say that it is extremely rich for the modest ABV. Again the really rich fruitiness comes along with a great sensation of well-roasted (not burnt) coffee, the coffee-taste lingers along with a huge prescense of dark chocolate, but not as bitter as was hinted at in the nose, it actually is more reminiscent of really dark milk chocolate. While the chocolate and coffee entertains each other in a masterful dance the fruits provide a formidable background, with raisins and prunes initially, transforming into dark berries, blackberries and blueberries towards the ends, not very prominent, but still very enjoyable and fitting. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a slight tartness that is what makes me think of ripe dark berries.

Mouthfeel is luxurious with a very smooth liquid and a light carbonation of small bubbles.

I've had this beer several times before, but this was my last bottle that I had saved for the longest, almost a year, and to me it is very evident that the beer has benefitted greatly from it. From memory I think the beers coffee-profile has backed up a bit to leave room for the mature notes of dark fruits and a more pronounced chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:51:56 | More by dqrull
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brian for the bottle via Coffee BIF. Nice label design.

A very aggressive straight pour yields a short tan foam atop a dark brown brew in my tulip with a little light coming in at the sides. Some lace throughout the glass.

Aroma is composed of freshly roasted beans and dark chocolate in somewhat equal proportions. Pretty nice actually, like a 70% cocoa dark chocolate, but the coffee isnt quite pungent and vibrant enough for me. Some dark fruit is evident in the aroma, as well as in the taste. Not really as coffee-centric as I like my coffee beers - this had nice coffee flavor but it just felt kind of dull in a sense. I was enjoying the chocolate flavors in the taste more than the coffee-ness. Low carbonation is fine, but the mouthfeel was kind of lifeless, not quite substantial enough. A decent beer, but I don't think that I would seek it out again. Especially at its apparent price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 22:28:57 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 23:19:34 | More by jdhilt
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Nice slimline 11.2oz European brown pop top, nice label. No date that I can find.

Appearance: Nice dark walnut brown beer with a medium light tan creamy head with decent retention and a bit of lace

Smell: Really nice, simple fresh aromas: lots of dark, earthy grains, mild coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Really nice English-style stout: dark, roasty, some obvious earthy undertones, etc. There's definitely a moderate kick of coffee on the finish as well; it's not real strong, but it contributes a slight astringency on the finish. Not quite as coffee-forward as I was expecting, but tasty!

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of light

Drinkability: Medium-High

Conclusion: Nice, simple, tasty coffee stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:08:28 | More by BedetheVenerable
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rarbring

Sweden

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark brown, almost black, a beige rather small head with some lacing.

Dark burnt bread, coffee and very dark chocolate in the smell. A sweetness of raisins are there as well.

The coffee and chocolate is also very present in the taste, some bitter notes complement a dried fruit sweetness.

A mild carbonation and creamy fluid.

A beer perfect for creamy desserts, or by its own ...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:41:06 | More by rarbring
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out looking syrupy. Sediment free bottle.

Hard to get foam on this one with a moderate aggressive pour.

Good smell, coffee. Not really fresh roasted.
More of a malt-coffee smell.

Taste hasn't let me down. Good bitter coffee.
Moderately dark chocolate. Dry, chalky.

Bit watery for stout.

Tasty. Consume with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:20:31 | More by Dotcubed
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KYbrewgal

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 16:35:17 | More by KYbrewgal
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bort11

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Dark hazel head is a little thin, with a few specks on the glass. Color is a dense black/brown with spots of mahogany highlights around the edges.

Smell and taste is not just coffee, it's really, really good quality coffee. Nothing burnt, but perfectly dark roasted. Thin hint of baker's chocolate in the nose. Taste finishes with dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a mild cream texture. Smooth, but leaves a fine grit of espresso grounds. Excellent beer to finish the night.

Big thanks to ShrLSU and the Coffee BIF for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:14:49 | More by bort11
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cptierney

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This beer pours a very dark brown. Some light makes its way through the liquid. There is approximately one-half inch of surprisingly white foam making the beers head. It quickly recedes to substantive lacing.

There is coffee on this brew's nose, but it is very mild. There are some hints of sweet maltiness coming through, though mostly I'm hyper focused on the minimal coffee smell.

The mouthfeel on this beer is a little too biting for my tastes. I prefer a thicker brew when it comes to a stout. It seems to be just a tad over-carbonated which I'm willing to let go.

The taste of this beer is a bit of a let down. I wish there was more complexity exhibited with the malt/hops/coffee mix. Mostly there are just hits of bitter from coffee and maybe some chocolate malt. Ultimately this one is just a little too one-dimensional for my taste.

This beer is really drinkable. I think this might be its strongest suit as it is light on the palate and easily swillable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:52:44 | More by cptierney
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erz316

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 floz bottle into old spec pint glass

A - pours a good solid black colour except for at the bottom of the glas where some ruby like highlights get through, even when not held up to the light. this was forseeable as the brew poured more or less thin. the head is a good size, and is medium khaki colour.

S - well, it certainly smells like a coffee stout. near equal parts of roasted coffee, and roasted malts. yeah, that coffee component is quite good and bold, even when it is right out of the fridge and is really cold. its a solid nose, but there could have been a bit more depth than just a balance of coffee and malt.

T - I really like that; good coffee and chocolate components that get smeared throughout the drinking process. the initial is mostly a combination of bittersweet cooking chocolate and coffee grounds. the coffee component could be a bit stronger here, but the chocolate brings in sufficient bitterness. not too much maltiness, mainly a concentration on the eponymous flavour. the finish is a continuation of the coffee and chocolate bitterness and sweetness. the finish itself is also quite brief as it seems to fade out quickly into the aftertaste, because the taste doesnt change very much. I wish the brew had a bigger malt body. the aftertaste is a slight sweetness on the lips and a fair medium dark chocolate bitterness and sweetness. not bad, but the price tag is killer.

MF&D - the feel could be a bit thicker, this is quite watery. the drinkablity suffers because of the monotony of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 22:40:18 | More by erz316
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EliottJW

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 21:07:34 | More by EliottJW
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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*

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:55:16 | More by drpimento
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 12:03:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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juhl31

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-it is a really dark brown

-smells like leather to me. not very cool

-not too much coffee taste. might have been better in my mouth had i not just had the smoked porter 1st

-feels like coffee. that coffee mouth tongue thing

-not great for me. there is so much better coffee stuff out there

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 19:31:40 | More by juhl31
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seanthornton152

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 07:18:49 | More by seanthornton152
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 00:58:43 | More by champ103
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TexIndy

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 22:28:10 | More by TexIndy
Nils Oscar Coffee Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.