Imperial Stout
Nils Oscar

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #792
Ranked #18,606
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Nils Oscar
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed with oarts, roasted barley and "lots of different malts". Hopped with many varieties, among them Magnum and East Kent Goldings.

Could be cellared at least 10 years.

17.3° Plato.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this three years ago and just Had it again, this time in Stockholm. (The re-rate bumps Taste by .25.)
Pours an opaque black with a lush brunette head that, regrettably, goes away. (They always do.)
While I got lots of dark, roast malts to smell, the taste came in richer than expected. (Glad this was my dessert.)
But either the hops or over-toasted malts dried out my tongue a bit more than I like. (But obviously, I still like this Imperial.)
Reviewed in "The 1001" Beers To Taste Before You Die", I recommend that you do that also (taste Oscar's Imperial, that is !)

Jul 07, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with an off white collar.
Aroma of dark chocolate, strong coffee, leather and tobacco. Sweet deeply malty flavor.

Dark chocolate malty flavor. Nutty malts, toffee, coffee liquor and wood. Semi dry and prosperous to the palate. Full bodied, chewy and finishes dry.

Overall, this is a good import stout. The flavors had character and everything worked well together.

Dec 04, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£3.29):
Black with a tanned brown head that is thumb sized initially before settling as a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Dark, roasted malt notes and coffee followed by dark chocolate & fruits with some sweetness coming from them and some sugar. The aroma is verging on that of a foreign export stout.

Dark chocolate and dried fruits to begin, along with some coffee along this isn't as strong as I was expecting. There is some sweetness that follows this with some sugar, vanilla and caramel.

Medium and smooth with a great balance between the sweetness and the roasted bitterness. Carbonation is light-medium carbonation that is just about right. The alcohol is well hidden too.

A good stout that falls somewhere in between a traditional English one and a Russian imperial one yet also hints at a foreign export one in places. Despite the fact it seems all over the place geographically and in style in worked very well and struck the right balance between the flavours.

Sep 09, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

May 09, 2013
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a sizeable head of frothy light brown foam. Colour is jet black. Pretty solid retention and good lacing.

Smell has strong bitter coffee and dark roast malt. Black treacle, straw, dark chocolate. Very roasty to verging on slightly burnt, but really intriguing. Hop bitterness comes across with a bit of earthiness. Some nuttiness, a really nice balance.

Taste has an initial malty caramel sweetness, the strong coffee, with dark fruits. A lot of interaction going on, this is a bit sweet for the style I find. Bitterness is quite mild, some earthy nutty undertones, and a big malty presence to it. Finish is soft, roasty dark malts, some residual sugars. It has a really nice flavour to it, I've had more complex stouts that I prefer though.

Mouthfeel is big and malt, carbonation is quite slight. Drying feel on it, but the sweetness make it really tasty. Alcohol is not aggressive or very noticeable at all, figuring it a bit low for the style. Still has a good body to it, but surprisingly drinkable.

Really tasty stout, and it doesn't seem too big at 7%. Certainly a nice interpretation, I would have preferred a bit more depth and bitterness, but wouldn't turn this down again, one of the more drinkable imperial stouts. Worth trying.

Feb 20, 2013
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from Sweden? Impossible. Nothing but blondes and cheap furniture come out of Sweden.

A: An aggressive pour gives nothing but cola fizz for a head; lacing and retention almost non-existent. Chocolate brown body with a noticeable wateriness to it: unlike most stouts, it looks like coffee rather than chocolate syrup.

S: All syrup: rich chocolate, buttery caramel, vanilla extract. It’s a dessert beer in fine fashion, with a character like some fine chocolate liqueur. Notes of hickory smoke, black licorice, currant, roasted rye, medicinal booze, and oxidized sherry aromas abound.

T: A thin-bodied, mineral-heavy interpretation of the style. Light milk chocolate body smoothes out with roasted malt bitters, like burnt biscuit and caramelized sugar with splashes of honey flavor. Hops are leafy and tea-like in astringency, a little softer than most imperial stouts, though the water has a mineral taste that cuts as sharp as the hops. Has that same sherry taste as in the nose; a little wet cardboard, even, which makes it hard to finish, unfortunately. Aftertaste is lightly acrid, like skunky hops.

M: Thin and very soft, showing just as much carbonation in the feel as you’d expect from the lack of head. Not lacking, though; it works for this old-world palate.

O: This beer is unique in a lot of ways, sure, but it’s not my style of stout. Enjoyable to a degree, though.

Jan 06, 2013
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srandycarter from California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as night, small tan head leaves fast. Some spotty clingers.

S - Soy sauce, malt.

T - Big malt flavor, soy sauce prevalent. Nice combo. A little chalky.

M - Big, chewy, heavy beer. Balance is ok, not too sweet and not too hoppy.

D - Good to try, but not my favorite.

Jan 02, 2013
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Black color. Half a finger of frothy tan head. Retention is poor and just a tiny ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Like the coffee stout, this is wildly earthy. Mineral, mountain stream water, clay, general woodziness. Supple roast, subtle coffee, plenty of dark chocolate, a touch of caramel. Fairly dry, but not too dry. Really nice nose on this.

4.0 T: Pretty much like the nose, but it doesn't impress me as much. The flavors are less bold than the nose suggest. Still, it's quite tasty. Mineral, mountain water, outdoors. Moderate roast, subtle coffee and chocolate, and a touch of caramel. Again mainly dry with just a touch of balancing sweetness.

3.5 M: Medium body. A little undercarbonated, not as much as the coffee stout though. Light creaminess and super smooth.

4.0 D: Very tasty, earthy beer. I might get a couple more of these. Solid all around.

Oct 04, 2012
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rarbring from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown/black, a tan head that settles quickly leaving little lacing and some curtains.

Burned tones, dark coffee.

Starting with dark bread, burned crust, sweet dark dried fruits, some bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Medium low carbonation, soft, slightly sticky, a small bitterness.

A decent imperial stout, lacks some sturdiness though.

Sep 22, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & carob, figs

T: Follows the nose, some faint coffee notes as well up front. Leafy hoppyness as this warms, much dryness, hints of cherry & more carob as this warms. Finishes fruitty, a touch woody, & dry

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, thins out once warm

An alright RIS, nothing special here. First beer from these guys, not too impressed

Jul 16, 2012
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a very black color with a small brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, caramel and almonds.
Taste: Creamy chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malts. Middle-dry after taste. Very creamy taste and soft for the style.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very creamy texture, medium carbonation.
Overall: Not a typical Imperial Stout, much more soft and smooth, but very nice

Jul 21, 2011
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dirtylou from New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, akkurat stockholm

2007 vintage

from notes

appearance: served in a goblet, dark oily body, light chocolate cap - decent retention

smell: light sweet chocolate notes, molasses, caramel, light roasted malts

taste: hardly an imperial by international standards - smooth chocolate, light roasted malts, no alcohol, caramel cream, touch of dry coffee. enjoyed this, but wasnt quite what i was expecting from a 2007 imperial stout - no real flare

mouthfeel: very smooth, silky

overall: good

Jun 08, 2011
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notchucknorris from California

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty much black with a very thin mocha colored head. Not much lacing and not great retention.

S: For me, this is the best part of the beer. Pretty big smell with a lot of roasted malt, fruitcake/gingerbread, molasses, a little smokiness and a bit of barley.

T: Roasted malts with a smoky flavor to them, a touch of grain, dark chocolate and a slight bit of hops towards the finish. For me, the mouthfeel kind of kills this one. It's still a good beer, but it may just need some time to mature.

Jun 01, 2011
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Offa from California

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, small rich light brown head slowly shrinks to a foamy ring.

Aroma is rich molasses, ginger bread, roasty barley, hints of caramelized grain, coffee candy.

Taste is excellent, like the aroma, plus winey prunes up front, dry roasty/toasty bread more in the finish, some hints of spice and anise. It has a lot of flavour, some complexity, and is balanced, if faintly on the sweet side. It is relatively light and drinkable for the style without sacrificing character.

May 14, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thick and heavy 11.2 oz bottle served in a pint glass

somewhat aggressive pour produced only about 1 finger of surprisingly durable head. A nice hint of red-orange tint in the tan head. Very dark and opaque black-brown.

Exceptional aroma with a more pronounced chocolate component than found even in chocolate stouts. No hop presence.

Richly flavored. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, along with a nice level of toasted malt. Hops indirectly evident in the limited sweetness. Finish is mainly toasted malt and chocolate, with just a little hint of coffee-like flavors.

M - very smooth with full body; might prefer this with a little more carbonation.

O - excellent product. Not bold or extreme but refined and carefully crafted.

Apr 12, 2011
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BieresDesMoines from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium tight well retained head that leaves some lace. The aroma is bitter chocolate, molasses, plenty of dark malt and earthiness. As it warms some vanilla shows up. This is a nicely aromatic beer with an appetizing and luxurious bouquet. The flavor follows with plenty of roasty and earthy malt notes. The beer is pretty bitter all around with notes of cocoa and earthy English hops. There is a mild tart twang in the finish. The beer has a thick and rich mouth feel and it generally seems like a bigger beer than the 7% on the bottle lets on, not in a boozy way at all though. This kind of has all the flavor of a big rich Imperial Stout without a lot of the booze.

Mar 23, 2011
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Beejay from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark black with deep brown when held to the light. Nice dark tan head. Big bubbles.

S: Very sweet with molasses and strong caramel notes. Slight earthy hops with a touch of resin. Some roasty notes as well, but the sweetness is pretty overpowering.

T: Roasty, still some good sweetness in it, but not as much as the aroma would lead you to believe. A bit of dark chocolate in the finish. There is almost a touch of something fruity in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit of a miss for me on this one. It feels really thin for the style. The smell leads you to believe this is going to be thick and syrupy, and the actual mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. Carbonation is a touch high.

D: Good tasting overall, but the mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. Still, not bad by any means.

Mar 13, 2011
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle of the 2008 vintage pours a very dark brown color with a small, large bubbled tan head. Retention is ok and an 'L' shaped collar forms around the edges upon settling.

Nose is deep, dark and fruity. Reminds me of a Duck-Rabbit Rabid Duck on the smell. Complex and rich, not a whole lot of roast but a fair amount of sweet malt comes through.

Taste is mellow and rich, lowly carbonated with a fruity kick. Very smooth as the chocolate kicks in and the alcohol is very tame after spending a couple years in the cellar. A little thin on the body and lacks a certain depth, but overall this is a pleasant surprise. The more I drink, the more I like. Tasty - and think I would buy this again if I saw it, even with the $5 price tag. For an Imperial stout, it is about as drinkable as it gets.

Jan 27, 2011
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LinusBohman from Sweden

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip on tap.

A: Very dark brown but with some light coming trhough. Hardly any head and with a thick oily body.

S: Dark chocolate, soy and sweet dark toffee. A hint of a freshness leaning towards a sour touch, very subtle though.

T: First and foremost dark chocalate. There is also a hint of coffee. In the back there is a soft bitterness. The aftertaste is somewhat of a roasted bitterness.

M: Not very carbonated and with a thick oily body. The word robust describes it quite well.
Surprisingly for this type of beer it feels a bit refreshing to drink. Probably because the serving temperature were quite low allthough I heated it with my hands.

D: Really nice. Not the best imperial stout I´ve had but this is good quality. A perfect beer for those dark and cold nights in autumn and winter. I will most certainly drink this one again.

Oct 11, 2010
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Xul from California

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with some deep ruby highlights around the edges, capped by one finger of frothy, pale beige head. Retention is rather poor as it quickly settles down to a thin layer of foam, although it does leave moderate lacing down the glass.

S: A generous helping of semisweet chocolate up front, followed by some light roasted coffee notes and some smokey character. Molasses and dark fruits, predominantly cherries, follow in the background.

T: Taste is very subdued up front with some light chocolate notes, but it kicks in fairly strong on the mid-palate with roasted dark malts and coffee. Dark fruits make an appearance before giving way to a slightly chalky, mocha flavored finish.

M: Very thin for an imperial stout, even if the ABV is only 7%.

D: Easy drinking and obviously not too heavy. Taste is good but this definitely isn't an elite imperial stout.

Aug 20, 2010
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a faint tan head over an opaque cola-brown body. Minimal lacing.

Thick molasses, cinnamon, and milk chocolate in the aroma.

For being just 7%, this one "tastes thicker" although the mouthfeel is relatively light (for the style). Plenty of milk chocolate comes through in the flavor, with some black strap molasses in the back. Touch of salt, too, as it warmed. Decent roasted malt bitterness keeps it from being cloyingly sweet.

Drinkability is pretty nice - I could certainly enjoy a couple of these in an evening.

Jun 24, 2010
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DaveHS from California

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish/black, with a thin,milk chocolate colored head. Almost no lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and
roasted malts. The mouthfeel and body are thinner than most imperial stouts, withbmoderate carbonation. This is more like a
traditional English-made Russian Imperial than the huge American ones we've all gotten used to. Chocolate and coffee
notes are dominant in the flavor profile, with little touches of toffee and grain. Light roasted malts linger in the back palate. Nothing special.

May 23, 2010
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium but "light" looking light brown head with decent retention. Black with medium carbonation evident, some of which decorates the top once the cap has settled. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and a ring. Film eventually disappears leaving a thin ring and no lacing down the sides. Average for the style.

SMELL: Roasted malt, almost burnt charcoal malts, and bitter raw coffee in the nose. Quite bold. Slight notes of chocolate in there as well. Enticing.

TASTE: Roasted malts right off the bat, moving into a roasted caramel flavored middle with some dark fruits and sweet plumbs perhaps. Finishes with some bitter coffee notes and hints of chocolate. Stronger and longer lasting aftertaste of caramel sweetness, bitter hops and coffee notes. Tells a great story. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium body and somewhat light on the palate. Very creamy smooth, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Good feel for sure. A bit heavier on the palate and it'd be great.

OVERALL: Very good beer to say the least. The average appearance held it back in the ratings a bit, but the rest of the experience was top notch. Very complex, especially for the ABV. This is my first Swedish beer I think, and it was definitely a great start. Surprised this one isn't more well-known. One I'll be picking up again when I get down into the city. Recommended.

Apr 05, 2010
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jminsc76 from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish head atop a black, impenetrable body. Did not take much note of the lacing or the staying power of the head (giggity!), but I marked the visuals with a "3" and that implies average.

Aromas of molasses, espresso, and little bit of raspberry. At first there was a slight plastic-y smell to the nose, but it has since subsided. Fairly pleasant.

Flavors of coffee, cocoa, molasses, and bitterness near the end (almost hop bitterness without the pine cone). Not too much depth though, and it drinks more like an espresso that happens to have alcohol in it than a full-fledged RIS.

A slightly juicy mouthfeel, medium-bodied.

Overall, an enjoyable stout but lacks the refinement that other RISs offer; the elements (i.e., flavors and aromas) are there, but it doesn't come together like it should, or could.

Mar 11, 2010
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 mL bottle - brewed to 17.3 Plato with "many varieties of hops and malt" according to their website and the label touts their usage of homegrown and malted barley. It pours quite black, crystal-clear, with ruby edges and a cap of tan froth that drops to a thin collar rather quickly, then eventually to nothing. Smells of chocolate malt, coffee, fruity dark berries (blackberry, cherry?) and light hops. On the palate, there are layers of charred malts, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and sweet, light crystal malts, along with slowly-emerging floral hops and some mild yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is prickly then creamy in the same sip, drying, but lighter than I would expect for the style. This is a nice beer that is quite drinkable and very approachable. But, because it is so mild for an imperial stout, this is a lamb compared to some of the American monsters, and hence this pleasant Swedish ale is easy to overlook.

Mar 08, 2010
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