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Nils Oscar Rökporter - the Nils Oscar Company

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89
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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 64
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 14
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 coreyfmcdonald
2.97/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted meats, but overall just smokey (some cigarette smoke, some firewood smokiness). One of the smoked beers that has more smokiness as opposed to meatiness. Flavor is woodsy-smokey with light smoked meats in the background. Some bitter chocolate notes too. This is more of a "smoky" smoked beer as opposed to a "smoky meats" smoked beer, which is not really my preference, but otherwise I can't really fault the beer. (493 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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 - (298 characters)

Photo of wineman77
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jonah's bottle. Smokey aroma. Dark with a bubbly amberish head. Sourish in finish. Altogether fun smoked, middle of the road rating however, must have if you like smokey beers.Light peat.Average mouthfeel. One of the best from the brewery's offerings. Decent drinkability. (272 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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... (294 characters)

Photo of schuim
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black beer with a brown foam that disapears quickly.

The aroma is of cacoa and dark malt with a light smoke aroma (I expected more smoke!).

The taste is very mild, but still complex. little liquerice and sweetness combined with the dark malt flavour.
In the aftertaste the chocolate combines with the fatty smoke taste.

A nice drinkable beer that is a got starter for people who want to learn to appreciate smoke beers. (422 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Had to pour rather aggressively to generate a 2 cm beige head. The head dissipates rather quickly anyway and leaves small lacings.

S: Smoky aromas dominate - mostly charred wood and coal, but some notes of smoked meat as well. Decent smell of roasted malts, faint vanilla, dark chocolate and spices beneath the smoke.

T: Nothing extravagant, but fairly good. Lots of burnt and smoky flavors - again mostly charred wood and coal. The notes of smoked meat is present as well, but not as prominent as in the smell. Semi-sweet porter flavors underneath, roasted malts, vanilla, faint chocolate, chocolate syrup and some notes of dark fruits. A touch of saltiness, like soy sauce. In the finish there is a faint smoke acidity, coffee, spices and hints of minerals.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy with restrained carbonation. Quite smooth actually.

D: Quite a good beer. The smoky character isn't that overwhelming so it's rather easy to drink. Nothing is really spectacular about it, but nothing seems out of place either - a well crafted brew. Recommended. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Brandt
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured out a dark reddish-black color with a thick tan head, two fingers

the aroma is smoky, although not as strong as i had hoped for, and gives up hints of molasses as well

the flavors in this beer are soft smoke and a sourish kind of twinge that seems to come from the smoke as well as notes of coffee.

this beer finishes out fairly light in body for a darker beer with a tangy smoke character that holds on to the tongue after the beer has gone. nice to see people making smoked beers, this one could use a little more of the smoke however to run with the rest of 'em i think. (593 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Yzerman
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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... (347 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at the Brick Store Pub. Pours brown/black with short loosely knit head that fades to a thin ring. Lightly smokey aroma, but not bacony. Tilts more toward the ash side. Taste is about the same. Ashy smoke flavors married with a dry porter flavor of roasted grains that are kept fairly restrained. Smooth and beefy mouthfeel. I like this beer, and it would be great with a cheese plate, but it doesn't rise to the level of excellence that the Schlenkerla beers do. (473 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Back in the game here with this review..

A- Pours a nice fluffy tan/brown head that has decent retention. The body is crystal clear, brown, with ruby highlights showing against the light. After about 45 seconds, the head recedes about a quarter inch. Small veins of lace make themselves known around the glass as I further empty the vessel.

S- Wow.. First off a huge dose of chocolate, cream, some fruity notes, reminiscent of Belgian quads with their yeasty dark fruit notes. And the smoke.. oh my! It's not quite campfire but there definitely is that, meat covered in creamy chocolate vibe going on. Yet, even better, this is smores that have been spread all of a chunk of smoky meat. The more I dive in to the glass, the more smores sums up the chocolate aspect.

T- Oh beer, you have sort of let me down here. You are good, but given the smell, you fall short. Starting off, it's a touch thin, with almost a quick time with nothing going on. After the lull, a bit of smoke, and chocolate come through with a very tart twang (think London porter) riding along until the finish which finally is drying.

M- This beer really lacks any major carbonation. There is only a small presence deep in the mouthfeel. This, along with the somewhat 2 dimensional taste, makes this suffer.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer, all in all. After the nose, I really wanted to love this but the taste didn't quite live up. I forget what i paid for this but I know it was at least $5-6 for the one bottle. For about $4 I can get a stone smoked porter that destroys this, plus i get more! Would I visit this beer again, if it was free, I would for the smell alone. (1,655 characters)

Photo of EliottJW
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Doug picked this one up at Perry's in Livermore and I'm glad he did... as you'll read. I'm not a fan of smoked beers, but this one did it for me.

poured a deep brown with almost a reddish hue around the edges. A decent, tan head gave way to a very solid lace... it's an attractive beer, though a bit watery looking.

smelled quite nice actually. not as much smoke as I had expected... there was just as much coffee and baker's chocolate as there was a woody smoke tinge.

tasted of sweet and burnt coffee... imagine burning your coffee and then loading it up with sugar. not overly sweet malty, but just enough to balance the smoke.

the mouth was this beers worst aspect... not bad necessarily, just a lot lighter than I would have liked. It's got a good creaminess to it, but just feels a bit diluted.

overall, a very drinkable beer... the most drinkable smoked porter that I've come across at least. (904 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark almost black with a hint of red at least at the bottom of the glass. The compact light brown head is medium large and sinks into small lacings.

S: Smoked malt up front, almost a bit vanilla. Smoked ham and dark bitter chocolate. Faint espresso.

T: More ham and dark dried chocolate compared to the smell. Heavier coffee-tone. The smoke from the malt is a bit fainter in the taste. Rather rich vanilla.

M: Aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds nice balanced bitterness. Body is full, almost syrupy and carbonation is moderate.

D: Nils Oscar don't make bad beers - this one is really nice. Try it you like it! (642 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (597 characters)

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Nils Oscar Rökporter from the Nils Oscar Company
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