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Nils Oscar Rökporter - the Nils Oscar Company

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89
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
the Nils Oscar Company visit their website
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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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 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 DougE
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured dark black with a head that dissipated rather quick. smelled of extinguished campfires and burnt coffee (in a good way) and a hint of chocolate.
Taste smoky with tons of coffee and chocolate...I loved it!
I will definitely buy more bottles of this.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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 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 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 WilliamD
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark mahogany- almost black, with a very thin, fizzy head head that dissipated rapidly.
Smell is very enticing. Smokey, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, with a bit of coffee as well.
Taste is delicious. Smokey malts and cocoa. Hint of vanilla, coffee, and a bit of sausage as well. Wow, this is good.
Mouthfeel is very good- good level of carbonation makes it crisp and tingly. Nice bitter bite as well.
Quite drinkable. It's very tasty and the alcohol content isn't too high, so it goes down nicely.
This one was a real pleasure to consume. Delicious.

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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared ever so generously by Tony @ Local Option. Thanks man!

Into a fluted tulip glass, this poured jet black, with a glint of ruby in the meniscus when held to the light. The nose was all smoke, fairly clean and dry. Flavors of carob, bittersweet chocolate, pipe tobacco. Bitter, earthy char. Smoke was prevalent, yet not overwhelming. It was like having campfire smoke on your clothes after a camping weekend. Long aftertaste of roasty char that seemed to linger forever. Before long I needed another sip, as it reminded me what I was missing. Split a bottle with Botham, but could have finished 1-2 easily.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, with a nice lingering smoky finish. Also, I think the smoke is stronger in the taste than it is compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and it has moderate carbonation. This brew is very easy to drink, it's pretty smooth and quite enjoyable. I think this is a good overall beer, I'll definitely buy this again the next time I see it.

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

An almost black beer with hints of deep ruby. A small head and little lace.

The smell is full of woody smoke but well balanced with deep coffee aromas and dark chocolate. A distant sweetness from dried dates and figs.

The taste is more dominated by the coffee/chocolate but also smoked sausage and charcoal. A nice bitter but not dominant aftertaste.

The carbonation is surprisingly active, with many small bubbles.

A really good beer for a dark and cold night.

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

Pours out a warm, opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head that does not hang around very long. Aroma is rich, sweet and smoky with a definite undertone of fine roast coffee. Flavor is rich and smooth, smoky with a coffee undertone and a strong hint of unsweetened chocolate, just slightly sweet. Texture is thick, smooth and quite fizzy, leaving a smoky and unsweet chocolate finish.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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 Gmann
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color with some cola like highlights at the edges. The light brown head is fairly small and quicked lived, settles into a light ring. The aroma is of roasted and smoked malt with some meaty and tin notes. Perhaps a touch of milk chocolate. The smoke hits right off the bat in the flavor profile. Its not overly strong but its the most predominate flavor. The smoke bring some char and meaty flavors as well. The malt seems that of a traditional porter. Nice roasted malt flavor but not too thick or too roasty. Some dark fruit notes as well. By the looks of this beer I thought it was going to be a heavy, dare I say stout, porter but its not. The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, drinks quite crisp and easy. Finishes with a roasty bitterness. I enjoy a nice smokey beer and this didn't disappoint. I think the smoke was in proper balance with the malt. A must try for those who like smokey brews.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by pghlee - much obliged!

Pours a dark brown with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted and smoked malts. The smoked malts are not as meaty as some (Schlenkerla) but rather closer to burnt wood. As it warms hints of dark chocolate join in.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Roasted malts kick things off and are soon overtaken by smoked flavors. As with the smell it's more similar to burnt wood than anything. Roasted cocoa bean flavors are also present, but in small amounts.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid smoked porter that's well worth a shot.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Google translate confirms it: Rök means "smoke". How very creative, Nils Oscar... It pours a nearly opaque black-brown topped by over a finger of glowing ecru foam. The nose comprises everything you'd want in a smoked porter: smoked ham, charcoal, roasted malts, ashy molasses, and a rather sweet brown sugar. The taste follows closely, though the charcoal and roasted malts are given starring roles compared to the other cast-mates. A decent bit o' spruce finds its way in as well, but not enough to challenge the supremacy of the smokey elements. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a roastily chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty smoked porter, one to definitely seek out.

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 kjkinsey
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of juhl31
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks doug!

-really dark chocolate color with a cappuccino head that goes away pretty quick

-theres some choco in there and a bit of fruit. not as much smoke as i would have thought

-chocolate. smokiness, but not overdone. it kind of reminds me of a good black lager

-some carb burn, but fine

-very solid. i am not huge on smokey beers, but this is pretty good for me. it is not overwhelming. for a smoked, it is one of my favorites

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 jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A dark brown pour with a light tan head. The head rises about two fingers, its pretty watery, good retention and decent lacing...The aroma is pretty light for a smoked beer, a nice change of pace, light smoke to start a little salty pork on the back with a hint of coffee...The taste is really nice, its smokey and porky but only medium in strength, a coffee finish. Light feel but super super drinkable.

This is the best Nils Oscar I've had, a super easy and yummy to drink smoke. Nothing to trade for our go nuts searching for, but if you are in Sweden and see it, get it.

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