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Nils Oscar Coffee Stout - the Nils Oscar Company

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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

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:18:06 | More by Kegatron
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:42:08 | More by Cyberkedi
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 05:17:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 21:38:49 | More by glid02
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 00:30:52 | More by GbVDave
Photo of beveritt


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 03:49:35 | More by beveritt
Photo of theghost3


4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:50:28 | More by theghost3
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 02:08:25 | More by scottyshades
Photo of DoctorDog


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz. bottle into a snifter. Label indicates "Scandinavian Craft Brewers Guild" on the back.

A- Deep dark brown, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with 1/2 a finger of light brown head, which fades rapidly, leaving only a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

S- Roasted, earthy, slightly acidic coffee, with an slight underlying sweetness.

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice malty flavor coming in under the coffee notes, and providing a bit of sweetness and balance. This is really working for me.

M- Moderate fine bubble carbonation is fairly refreshing on the tongue. Medium feel, very slightly creamy, and fairly smooth. Not what I'm usually looking for in a stout, but in this instance, does not detract substantially.

D- Excellent. This stout was surprisingly refreshing. As a coffee fiend, the taste was one I could swill all day long. Moderately low ABV.

Future outlook: If you don't like black coffee, don't try this beer. If (like me) you do, then by all means give it a try if you can. It doesn't feel "like a stout," but it's still a great coffee beer. Unfortunately for myself, this beer is made in Sweden, is fairly pricey, and I don't anticipate regular access to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 04:38:16 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex roasted coffee and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy coffee bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:09:30 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Crosling


3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pros: Has some complexity to it. Fully flavored from start to finish. Unique expression of malt. I really think Nils can work magic with malt.

Cons: Thinly bodied. Not a great appearance. Sparse aroma. Only slightly above average for the style. Kinda disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 14:20:13 | More by Crosling
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks to Chris (cvfish) for this awesome extra!

Pours darkest brown, black towards the top of the glass and just barely opaque at the narrowest point. Nice creamy one-finger khaki head that last for a long while. Gorgeous lacing.

Nose is nice - dark roasted, fresh ground coffee and some underlying roasted malt. Hints of smooth baker's chocolate. There's an earthy, almost vegetal quality to it that really lends a freshness to the aroma. Really nice.

Taste is fresh ground coffee, with an underlying malt body that's sweet, full, and rich with notes of cocoa and roasty malt. Superbly balanced, with very little acidity at all. Refined, and the different aspects in the taste are blended together with perfect cohesion. Finish is long, rich and roasty.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, with a beautiful creaminess from the head. Fantastic.

Rather shocking that this is a 6% beer - the body, the nose, the mouthfeel, everything about this leads you to believe you're drinking a much bigger beer. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 01:03:05 | More by JohnQVegas
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:36:52 | More by prototypic
Photo of mullenite


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 23:16:59 | More by mullenite
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 00:49:27 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of trafordboy


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 19:05:25 | More by trafordboy
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:01:26 | More by maximum12
Photo of cvfish


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a black color with brown highlights around the edge, produced a tan fluffy head that good retention and laced on the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced were everything you could ask of a Coffee Stout, strong roasted malts and freshly ground coffee bean aroma

T - This beer is defiantly strong on the coffee side, but the roasted malts and bitter chocolate are still present. The coffee is really fresh tasting

M - The mouth of this beer was not spot on for me, it had a medium body, but was still very smooth and creamy, and it had a light amount of carbonation

D - This was a great Stout, special thanks to Dan Stein for bringing this one in and recommending it, it was a fantastic Stout that did not disappoint me

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 22:26:14 | More by cvfish
Photo of meatyard


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

A Is a very dark chocolate brown with a short tan head falling to a covering.
S Is certainly coffee, a strong coffee smell.
T Is more coffee, a liitle overly toasted coffee and at the end some roasted malt and a little dark chocolate.
M Is medium with light carbonation.
D Lowish ABV and good taste might point to excellent drinkability which it has but... it's just not the type of beer I'd want to drink more than one of at a time.

I wouldn't mind having one on a somewhat regular basis. Like other Nils Oscar beers I've had, they are a bit pricy.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:19:44 | More by meatyard
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 20:02:54 | More by hopdog
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:55:10 | More by bark
Photo of baggio


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: Black as coal with a nice beige lace.

S: Malts, Roasted coffebeans, Dark chocolate, Licorice.

T: Espresso, Hard bread (swedish style), Grain, Chocolate.

M: Quite thin with a nice touch of espresso and grain and a decent bitterness. Medium carbonation.

A very good coffestout from Nils Oscar. I'll definitely come back to this beer again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:37:11 | More by baggio
Photo of Ch1mpy


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Temporarily available at the Systembolaget stores from November 2008.

Black colour 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 19:34:06 | More by Ch1mpy
Photo of Bananaman


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 12:20:03 | More by Bananaman
Photo of Ljunkan


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bishops Arms, Karlstad.

Deep brown, almost black color with a fingersized brown head.

Smells of espresso coffee, slightly of dark chocolate & roasted malt. Very nice actually... you can definitely think it's coffee you're smelling.

Taste is even better! Very nice coffee taste, with notes of bitter chocolate & liquorice. Ends bitter with some citrus.

Nice and filling mouthfeel, creamy, smooth and bitter. Overall, very nice... the best beer I've had from Nils Oscar!

A drinkable beer, even though it's nothing you need to have a pint of. A halfpint is enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 14:09:56 | More by Ljunkan
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Nils Oscar Coffee Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.