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Nils Oscar Rökporter - the Nils Oscar Company

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89
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 04-08-2009

Hopped with Fuggles and Amarillo.

14.8° Plato.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.6/5  rDev -10%

Nice smoky porter that does what it should without impressing excessively. But it tastes well, nevertheless.

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow:
Black with a pinky sized, foamy head that is a light brown colour and holds reasonably well before eventually settling as a thin lacing.

Smoked wood with dark, rich malts to begin with. There is a strong smell from the beer that also includes hints of chocolate and coffee as well as a hint of bacon in the background.

Dark malts and a rich chocolate flavour that is backed up by some roasted malts and hints of coffee. There is some smoked flavours as well and then more milk chocolate.

Light than I was expecting from the smell but not really thin bodied. It is rich and creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry, mild bitter yet quite meaty finish.

Miles better than the last couple from the style that I have tried, definitely a smoked beer but luckily it doesn't stink of ham or worse and can be drank with ease. The balance is good in this one and bar the hints of bacon right at the end of the aroma.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Kicked myself a little for not grabbing this a few months ago. But props for my friend from Colorado for dropping one off for me on his trip through the midwest.

Perfect porter appearance, very low carbonation it appears, very small gritty khaki bubbles that linger around the edges is small threads. Dark and beautiful beauty of a porter with near ruby edges in the deep.

Smells wonderful. Dry coffee and very noticeable smokiness which really boosts the dry dark chocolate and coffee. A bit of a bitter scent. Like bitter charcoal smell. Very woody. A bit of sweetness, a touch of honey. This makes me smile. I can tell by the smoke scent this is going to be great.

Tastes awesome, a lot like it smells. A great robust smokiness, lots of smooth delicate coffee with an assertive dryness. There is a wonderful full on dark, DARK, chocolate character going on. A perfect woodiness. There is also a hint of caramel in the malt, which leads into the only down part of the beer. The more you drink the more you begin to realize there is this sort of sticky Baltic porter character happening with the alcohol. It's had to explain but if you have ever had Zywiec Porter, you know. It's that sweetness and the booze pair. It's not enough in this beer to make it hard to get through. But it is noticeable to a small degree which is a bit annoying but not luckily out of place per say.

There is a good piney hop bitterness to this to really accentuate the smoke and coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Very drinkable. Very dry, but I love dryness and this is the right amount through and through. There is a tackiness to it on the end though. The carbonation is also surprisingly low but I am on the fence on whether this is fine or if this could be better. It is sitting on the teetering point though. If it were any lower it would be bad. But it does help the drinkability.

Overall... Amazing. This is a really great beer with only a few pondering wonders. But it is good that the wonders and questions are pretty minor and I guess a little nit picky. This is a beer I will definitely be buying again. Great quality. Comparable to Schlenkerla and just as fine and wonderful. I keep at least one Schlenkerla in my stash at anytime, this would be another great smoke beer to do the exact same with and hopefully I will have the chance again in the future to do just that.

Photo of mick303
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black colour with a nice head of tan-coffee head, which recedes but leaves quite a good lacing.

Smell has a sticky barbecue smokiness. Lemon citrus oiliness, warming roasty hearty malts, coffee, really interesting, it retains a herbal freshness over the smoky malts. Apple, butter, maybe a bit of dark chocolate. Amazing.

T- a slightly creamy smokiness, soft with some malty and chocolate sweetness, dry cocoa, leather, with a mild smoke lingering on. A mild bitterness, earthy with a bit of clove spice. Finish is drying smoke, crisp malt. Delicious. I'm quite impressed by the balance here, smoke is quite muted and allows the malt and hops to come through.

M - really smooth, creamy carbonation, mild malty coating body, crisp smoky finish. Really tasty and easy to drink. it is on the mild side, but quite nice.

Really tasty. I like what they were going for here. The smell and subtely smoky taste profile hold a really respectable complexity. And the smoked malt is incorporated so as to give a permeating character but not overly dominate the beer, making it still a tasty quaffable porter. Balance is great, one of the better smoked beers I've tried, this is worth the effort, really well-executed.

Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells of dark malt, chocolate, and some mild smokiness. The beer doesn't have as much smokiness as I would want in a smoked beer, but the flavors are of dark malt and chocolate as well as smoke. Unfortunately, this bottle yields an "old beer" flavor, so I can't get a full impression of what might have been a smokier beer. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the beer is still pretty drinkable despite being old. This is a good beer.

Photo of Yzerman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise! More like a very well-ballanced porter than a rauch bier.
Lots of chocolate and sweet liquirice. Fresh and fruity. Light body. Perfect winter porter. The ideal porter would have been a couple of percent stronger and even richer and with a longer finish. But this beer is only 6%. I could drink it all night! And I have...

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint mug.

Pours a dark brown colour with a tan head.

Smells of nicely smoked malts.

Tastes of dark malts with a hint of burnt flavour, nice taste of smoked malts.

Overall a really nice dark and smokey beer, could drink it all day.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black, with a finger of light brown coloured head. Leaves a bit of lace and svelt retention.

The aroma isn't extreme with the smoke, but it's nice, with some meatiness, chocolate, licorice and toffee.

Taste is a bit more meaty and smoky, tinges of dark chocolate, coffee, and high roast.

The feel has a nice nearly full and creamy body, nice carbonation, clean and smooth.

Strikes a nice balance with the sweetness and meaty character, overall quite a nice smoked porter.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle into a goblet

A: Pours dark, dark brown, really a shade away from black with a finger a mixture of dense and large bubble light cream head. The head recedes rather quickly, but some head still remains after it fully recedes.

S: As soon as I open the bottle I get a ton of milk chocolate. As I put my nose up to the beer, I get dark fruits and roasted malts with a large amount of peat. There is a fair amount of chocolate, as well, a balance of dark and milk. Almost like a chocolate scotch without the booze.

T: After the intense aroma, the flavor is rather disappointing. Milk and dark chocolate are still there, but to a much lesser extent. The peat kind of takes over everything - a good flavor, but really the only significant flavor I get with nothing to balance it out. Just a hint of hoppy bitterness in the background.

M: By far the worst part about this beer - this beer is extremely thin. It's almost as though I'm drinking carbonated water. Carbonation is good, at least.

O: The aroma of dark fruits, milk and dark chocolate, and peat was very inviting. Unfortunately, it's the only good thing about this beer. I'm not impressed. I could smell this all day, though.

Photo of wineman77
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours dark brown with a 3 finger root beer like head. Medium lacing

S-Smoke, lots of it. Smoked meats, caramel, stewed fruits

T & M-Medium bodied with lots of roasted malt flavors. The smoke is present but much more subtle than in the nose. Finishes with a lingering coffee ground taste.

Photo of pixieskid
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid porter but certainly not as smokey as I would have prefered.

Nice mouthfeel, milky and frothy, solid notes of chocolate, roasted malt, grains, and a lingering smokiness.

Finishes with a clean biterness, touch of caramel, and hints of oak.
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Overall; solid porter, minimal smokiness...

Photo of cobrarax
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Liquid is black. The foam is slightly brown, dense and long-lived. Beautiful lacing.

S: Huge amounts of roasted malt and coffee. A fine touch of camp fire. Scents of cocoa. Full-bodied, and some smoked sausage in the end. Also some burned vanilla. Pure luxury!

T: A somewhat sweet taste with hints of cocoa and coffee. Lots of roasted malts. Tasty camp fire and smoked meat. Subtle sourness. Fine, well balanced citrus fruit bitterness. Just enough bitterness to balance it all.

M: The liquid is light with quite good carbonation. A little bit itchy, though.

O: Jolly good beer, great porter!

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown glass bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. I think I had it at Akkurat but I don't remember. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of wonderful cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Rauchbier-y. Roast, smoke, and bacon. Extraordinary. Cream doesn't come through but I feel it's there. Aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Bacon, smoke, the usual rauchbier hops, and roasted cream (if we can agree this exists). Complex enough and relatively well built. An ever-so-short watery note may be present. Mainly roast, smoke, and cream, but not to the extent of Schenkerla.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the style and flavour. Quite nice, but perhaps a bit too wet.

Dr: Quite nice, slightly high ABV, and good quality. I could easily down quite a bit.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Bought at Sergios World Beers.
About black pour, brown just around the edges. Thin layer of off white head.

Aroma, some roast malt, smoked peat, lighter dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste, really well blended roast/smoked malt, dark chocolate and cocoa. Coffee and smoke finish.

Smack dab in the middle body wise. Near creamy, no alcohol. A great drink as long as you're ready for it.
I wish the cost was just a little lower.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours an brown-black color with a small brown head.
Smell: Smoked malts, smoked wood, chocolate and a nice creamy fruitness (dark fruits).
Taste: Smoked malts, dark fruits and bitter coffee. Sweet creamy chocolate as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice smoked porter, with absolutely perfect balance!

Photo of JayS2629
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a medium tan head that faded slow and left spotty, sea foam lace. The smell was of medium smoke, some chocolate notes, and a hint of weak coffee. Some earthy and grassy hops in the back.

The taste followed the nose with a good dose of smoke, campfire and crackling hickory. Cocoa, and chocolate malts dominate, with molasis and earthy hops. Simple and enjoyable.

Smooth, a little thin, but goes down easy.

An awesome smoke porter I would definitely buy again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a 1 inch reddish-khaki head that fades to a thin film. Nice thick chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked malt, campfire, and bitter cocoa powder. Taste is of smoked malt and campfire up front with a cocoa powder finish. A very nice smoky taste from the beechwood. This beer has a lower carbonation level with a slightly thin body. Overall, this is a good smoked beer from Sweden and my first from Nils Oscar. I would definitely get this one again.

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep garnet tinged brown with a thin toasted almond colored head that was gone in a flash.A nice mix of bitter chocolate,molasses,and hard wood smoke,sweet and smoky.The palate is highly roasted and earthy with a little molasses-like sweetness,the smoke is light and comes thru in a lingering finish.An easy drinker,the flavors are not in your face but keep you interested in drinking more.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is deceptively large but that goes along with this beer's deceptive aroma.

A - dark caramel with brown and red hints, very little off white head

S - slightly smoky molasses with a scent that implies amuch stronger beer; some malt, toastiness, deep alcohol, peat almost whiskey aromas

T - molasses, slight rum soaked raisins, bitter chocolate, some espresso, bitter finish

M - definitely not as heavy as the aroma would indicate

D - one of these is just fine but it's a great beer

A really nice smoked beer without going overboard

Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Schlenkerla glass.

A: Black, nearly opaque body, a deep scarlet around the edges, beneath a creamy, sticky mocha head. Stout-like.

S: Medium smokiness, compared to Schlenkerla. Some malty notes and a port-like wine scent stick out as well. Towards the end, some char and chocolate. Reminds me of a darker, sweeter Spezial.

T: A pretty true porter taste--coffee, chocolate, toasty malt--accented with a fine, but not at all strong, smokiness. The smoke is apparent throughout, and binds the whole taste together, from smooth creaminess to rich, roasted finish.

M: Very smooth, with a refined, low carbonation that pairs well with the mouth-coating body.

D: Highly drinkable. A better quaff than Stone Smoked Porter, and not much pricier, I'd gladly hit this again when I don't want a smoky punch in the face, but do want a good sipping, thinking beer.

Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black, very faint red hue when held to the light. Decent tan, frothy formed up and quickly faded to minimal covering. Decent lacing.
Smells of milk chocolate, caramel, smoked meat, and a touch of tobacco.
Tastes slightly sweet at first, caramel and chocolate. Then comes the layer of smoke, char and a touch roasted malt. A bit of sweetened dark, ripe fruit mingles around with the malt character, then fades. Interesting smoky character manages to linger around on the tongue, while a touch of hop bitterness leaves its mark on the tastebuds after the sip is gone.
Full bodied brew with a rich, refreshing and satisfying character to it. Smooth mouthfeel, slightly creamy with minimal carbonation.
Overall, it's an easy drinker. A bit sweet at times, though the smokiness seems to counter that quite well. Nice and balanced, a worthy brew for sure.

Photo of biglite351
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - good bit of red around the edges. Tall tight near white head.

S - medium roasted malts. Good amount of smoke through the middle, but overpowering.

T - Quite smokey up fro.t with malts and dried fruits in the finish.

M - very solid coating with just a touch of tingle on sides of tongue.

D -

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a medium light tan head. Solid retention, average lace.

S: Wood smoke, roasted malt.

T: Dark malt, some light molasses flavour, with a tasty background smoke flavour.

M: Light to medium-bodied, fairly smooth, some biting carbonation.

D: Nice porter right here. Not as good as Alaskan Smoked Porter, but it's satisfying and you get your money's worth.

Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with big tan head. Small rings of laing. Lots of smoke in the aroma, almost similar to bacon. Small small amounts of roasted malt and chocoalte. Smoke really present in the aftertaste as well. Medium bodied carbonation. A good introduction to Swedish beers.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with some brown highlights. Billowing ruddy brown head settles into a nice foam collar.

S: Aroma is primarily chocolate malt, with oats with a little lactose. A light smokeyness emerges as things warm up.

T: Chocolate flavor is surprisingly pronounced and complimented by a slight sweetness. Roasted malt isn't that heavy, but is rich while the smoke flavor is subtle. Finish is long and ends a bit dry.

M: Soft and smooth, with light carbonation.

A very well-rounded and drinkable porter. I could happily enjoy three or four of these in a sitting.

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Nils Oscar Rökporter from the Nils Oscar Company
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.