Imperial Stout
Nils Oscar

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Nils Oscar
Stout - Russian Imperial
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Nov 22, 2018
Mar 14, 2002
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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3.79 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 22, 2018
4.5 by Christian_Pagh from Denmark on Oct 27, 2017
3.19 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2017
3.9 by Bajengurkan from Sweden on Sep 25, 2017
3.58 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jun 01, 2017
3.92 by Waggman from Sweden on Feb 19, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
4.43 by Bill235 from Ohio on Sep 03, 2015
3.5 by GRG1313 from California on Dec 01, 2014
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 24, 2014
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 22, 2014
4.25 by ericstout from Louisiana on Aug 01, 2014
3.75 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 09, 2014
3.75 by Kaizoku from Sweden on Jun 07, 2014
4 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 26, 2014
3.75 by Schmoog from Scotland on Jan 20, 2014
4 by Doomfag from England on Jan 02, 2014
3.75 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Dec 14, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

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
4 by dvnb from California on Oct 27, 2013
4 by HumanCarBomb from New York on Oct 20, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by flyingpig from Scotland

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
4 by Eric908 from South Dakota on Aug 17, 2013
4.25 by vinylrooster from Ohio on Jul 20, 2013
4 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Jun 25, 2013
3.25 by Kirk from England on Jun 25, 2013
3.75 by campfirebrew from New York on May 18, 2013
3.5 by Slatetank from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by UCLABrewN84 from California

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
3.75 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Mar 24, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mick303 from Canada (ON)

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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3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

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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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by srandycarter from California

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
4.25 by Googs from New York on Oct 24, 2012
4 by mtbdonn from Colorado on Oct 17, 2012
4 by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

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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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by rarbring from Sweden

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
3.75 by Bix from New Jersey on Aug 25, 2012
4 by ajs4bd from Missouri on Aug 20, 2012
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