Nils Oscar Rökporter - the Nils Oscar Company
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-01-2013 21:54:28 | More by flyingpig
4.86/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
06-20-2013 03:55:19 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-13-2013 21:23:25 | More by mick303
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-30-2013 01:17:17 | More by acevenom
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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...
02-01-2013 17:19:59 | More by Yzerman
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-13-2013 18:50:55 | More by CwrwAmByth
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-05-2013 22:18:44 | More by EgadBananas
2.88/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
02-09-2012 03:26:08 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-14-2012 20:44:28 | More by wineman77
Nils Oscar Rökporter from the Nils Oscar Company
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.