Coffee Stout
Nils Oscar

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Stout - American
Ranked #393
Ranked #19,701
3.89 | pDev: 12.6%
Nils Oscar
Very Good
Coffee StoutCoffee Stout
Notes: 2008: Rwanda Gatsinga espresso coffee is added to the finished stout.

2011: Brazilian Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza espresso coffee is added to the finished stout.
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a very dark brown/black colour, with a quick to dissipate off-white head.

Smells of coffee.

Tastes very bittersweet, of sweet and bitter malts, with a bitter strong taste of coffee. Slightly watery mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent beer but would prefer a more wholesome mouthfeel.

Apr 08, 2013
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BrownNut from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No idea how old this is. Served cool.

Black. An aggressive pour yields a one finger light tan creamy head.

Smells like tootsie rolls but with some malty bran breakfast cereal.

The smell carries into the taste. But it is very mild, too mild and diluted. There is almost nothing happening to give it substance and backbone.

I was looking forward to more Scandinavian beers due to success with Nogne O and Mikkeler but this one is not in the same league. Pleasant, just not substantive.

Light-medium body

Jan 11, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

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

Chocolate brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head that leaves the odd trailer.
Coffee dominant on the nose with some earth, smoke, and brown sugar.
Sharp black malt acid, coffee-flavored candy, a touch of sourness, roasty bite and earthy hops - more integrated than these contrasting notes might imply.
Spicy finish and numbing, coffee-tinged linger.
Light to medium, oily, some chew, soft.

Like many European stouts, a bit light and underpowered compared to US (and British) stouts. This comes off a bit tart and edgy without the depth or body I'd expect of an American RIS with coffee added. More like a coffee porter or brown ale; within that, however, round, measured and quite tasty.

Dec 28, 2012
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eriktoyra from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle stored away for one year in the cellar.

A: Pours a black liquid into the glass. The fudge colored head is foamy and about one finger high. Thick curtains on the glass. Nice!

S: It smells of dark roasted coffe, raisins and plum. The coffee smell is rather mild. I can also find some earthy and spicy tones. Maybe some dark chocolate also.

T: Not as much coffee as I expected up front. Dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts and some raisins. The coffee is more dominant at the end. The aftertastes can be described as bitter chocolate with roasted coffee beans.

M: Oily texture, almost like a milk stout. I guess there are quite a lot of wheat malts in this one. Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A nice and potent coffee stout. Well worth a try.

Oct 03, 2012
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.0 A: Black color. Couldn't really muster a head, though this isn't completely flat.

4.0 S: Really earthy, minerally stout, which I happen to be a big fan of. Coffee is the most notable aroma, but just barely. Supple roast, mountain stream water earthiness, mineral. Hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Fairly dry overall, but balanced and quite bold.

4.5 T: Again lots of earthiness in this. Mineral, forest stream, clay. Big coffee, light dark chocolate, a bit of caramel. Again dry, but not distractingly so.

2.0 M: This is closer to flat than my initial impression. Lighter medium body. Just a hint of carbonation. Smooth, but not ideal.

3.5 D: I believe this would be a damn good beer if it had the requisite carbonation. Not a bad one without it.

Oct 03, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black body with a very nice thick, creamy tan head. A nice rich malt aroma, leaning heavily towards a caramel/toffee character with hints of roasted grains peaking through. Excellent roasted grain taste with a smooth, bitter undertone and overarching malt sugar smoothness (lightly chocolate in nature). Great balance overall between malts and hops.

An impressive little coffee stout from the mountains of Europe. Full-flavored, smooth, and easy drinking. Recommended!

Jun 25, 2012
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

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

A: Pours deep brown with red hues, almost black. The small pale brown head sinks quickly into some lacings.

S: Roasted dark malts with some black coffee, but rather mild and smooth. Some dark dried fruits lures in the back. Some dark bitter chocolate as well. Balanced.

T: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and heavily roasted malts, a bit burnt makes this beer quite complex. Some bitter hops and some dark dried fruits as well.

M: Aftertaste is on the shorter side but lovely bitter. Body is full and very smooth/creamy while carbonation is held back.

O: Nice, balanced and complex, but still very modest.

Dec 09, 2011
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seeswo from Ohio

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

Enjoyed out of the bottle in my hotel room that has no cups, somehow and I left my tulip in the car. Ahh well. The bottle design looks nice. Coffee, cocoa and roast come off the nose as I give it an in-bottle swirl. Smells good. The taste is really unlike any coffee stout I've had. Really smooth, easy drinking, lower key coffee flavor. The coffee has a bit of sweet fruitiness to it with basically no bitterness. The beer is not really sweet though, nor altogether all that roasty. It's pretty much mild, but tasty coffee flavor with a completely clean finish. Mouthfeel is a touch thinner than I want in a stout, but it has good carbonation. I am enjoying this beer. While not exceptional, it is easy to put down and has an interesting and different coffee flavor.

Apr 14, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really thinking that I would enjoy this more. The color and the appearance looked very inviting the nose was very bitter smelling. The head wasn't around for very long. The taste of this beer was pretty much just straight black coffee. I wasn't able to get any type of Malts, Hops or anything else from it. I just found that this beer was kind of un-balanced.

Apr 01, 2011
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Cresant from Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this 11.2 oz. brown bottle in a Chouffe tulip. No date. The body was a solid brown with a light tan head. The foam faded to nothing rather quickly.

The smell was chocolate malts. Molasses and a slight ashiness.

The taste was of dark chocolate bitterness and coffee. Smooth.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Easy to drink.

Jan 21, 2011
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biglite351 from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a lot of red around the edge.for a coffee stout, the head is also off white, which is odd for a coffee stout. A lot of lacing.

S - mild cup of coffee, but also something like a mild fruit. Something like a breakfast of coffers and fruit bowl, but it is on the table a few feet away.

T - odd mix of coffee and fruit. Odd, but not bad.

M - kind of stocky, like pop. No tingles to speak of.

D - taste is not bad while different, so maybe one.

Aug 31, 2010
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crossovert from Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, I believe it is my first Swedish beer.

It pours a nice dark brown with a frothy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is kind of weird, yes there is coffee, but it is primarily caramel and an odd funkiness. It's sorta like permanent marker.

The taste is better, if a bit thin, mostly caramel notes but with a tinge of roasted coffee.


Aug 17, 2010
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Khazadum from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I went on a float trip at the beginning of August 2010 I stopped into a local Binny's to grab the necessities. While there, I couldn't stop myself from buying this tiny little 11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Poured into a brandy snifter and reviewed live for your enjoyment.

A normal pour into my glass generated about a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipated to a sparsely cloudy arrangement. The color was not brown, but not white... sorta dingy undershirt color at best. The lacing can be found when held up to the light, but the bubbles quickly disappear from view.

The main body is stereotypical of a stout... black, but not oil slick. Dark as night, but not the void of wilderness. Even though its nearly impossible to view the center of this brew, I can tell it is barely carbonated and holding no surprises.

The bouquet reminds me of many stouts. It isn't breaking any rules here. Burnt grains, roasted malts, and the barest of hints of coffees. Is it espresso in there? Am I imagining it? There is definitely something sweet that reminds me of vanilla that comes through when I cap this for a moment.

Flavor Profile
The first sip reveals heavy burnt grains that rough you up around the edges. It lashes around for more than a few moments, but the finish is anything but clean. What remains is unmistakably coffee in nature. I'm hit with the feeling and intensity of that very first latte I ever had at the Bucks. Its a flavor that I'm proud to say is delicious and unique. There is a chocolate identity that melds itself with the coffee, but only acts as the no-name sidekick here.

I expected the flavors to be different depending on my sipping style and sampling technique. However, I am sadly mistaken. Subsequent sips follow the same general flow and textures.

Oral Sensations
There is a strong tingly sensation that I correlate to fizzy sodapop, but there is a lack of carbonation for that to be it. For a stout its body is lacking. I put it somewhere between watery and medium. The gravity of it leaves me wanting it to stick around, linger, develop, and play. It does none of these things and causes itself to lose out on points in my book.

This beer is easy to drink. It goes down like no other. The crisp, tingly sensation is actually enjoyable. Due to its low alcohol content and watery nature I find this to be a 'pound-able' brew. I could drink three of these easily in an evening. Maybe this beer is like a coffee sodapop, really.

The only sad note is that the coffee is an afterthought. It really isn't the star. In fact, it feels like someone made a stout and wanted to gimmick it up with espresso added in afterward. That's not a coffee stout, that's a stout with coffee in it. I could be just placing my values on the brewer, but I guess that is a liberty I take while reviewing.

Aug 08, 2010
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nils Oscar Rwanda Gatsinga Coffee Stout, brewed and bottled by Nils Oscar Bryggeri, Nykoping, Sweden. Stout brewed with fair trade coffee. 11.2 oz.

Deep black color, rich, roasted espresso-like ring of foam, small and soon-gone.

Aroma: cocoa hits first, rich and luxurious, sweet, so sweet that I never notice the coffee. Figs, date, chocolate-covered carob. Molasses, maple, motor oil. Deep and ridiculously rich. Wow. Nice.

Tasting: smoothness takes on complexity. Roasted malts over all, fairly clean flavor, not giving off the complexity felt in the aroma. Excellent balance, beautiful, lush malt, tasty, with a light finish. Rolls easily off the palate. Does it's bit and exits.

I could ask for more, more, more, but there's nothing wrong with just giving you enough.

Jul 09, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a medium light dirty brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with a proper amount of roasted malt notes makes this quiet enjoyable. Taste is also a well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. Body is lighter then average with good carbonation. Well done with great drinkability factor and the right amount of coffee; a fuller body would have provided more enjoyment thought.

Jun 14, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up on an overnight trip to Loveland, CO, and drank it by the hotel pool. The pour nets a huge, fluffy light brown head resting atop the dark brown liquid. Aromas of freshly ground espresso, dark chocolate and brown sugar. On the palate, more espresso, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. A pleasant surprise, as I wasn't really expecting all that much from this one.

Jun 06, 2010
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grittybrews from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a roasty black into a pint glass. Around a finger of loose tan head that receded quickly.

Espresso dominates the aroma (surprise!), with hints of sweet chocolate. One of the best smelling beers I've had!

Very smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Exceedingly roasty at first, followed by bitter brewed coffee and a lingering cocoa finish. I'd say it actually comes closer to milk chocolate than dark chocolate.

If this beer were a coffee I'd say it was over-roasted, but in this context I suppose that's the point. After the wonderful aroma, the taste of this one let me down -- maybe a bit one-dimensional.

May 13, 2010
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dqrull from Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Approx 1 year old bottle.

Pours a black liquid with very light almost unnoticeable red tinges at the edges. A big, thick creamy head crowning it, leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

A filling smells, with rich fruity coffee along with strong note s of bitter high%-cocoa chocolate. Some fruits from the malt adds to the richness along with a hint of almonds.

Taste is also rich, I would go as far as to say that it is extremely rich for the modest ABV. Again the really rich fruitiness comes along with a great sensation of well-roasted (not burnt) coffee, the coffee-taste lingers along with a huge prescense of dark chocolate, but not as bitter as was hinted at in the nose, it actually is more reminiscent of really dark milk chocolate. While the chocolate and coffee entertains each other in a masterful dance the fruits provide a formidable background, with raisins and prunes initially, transforming into dark berries, blackberries and blueberries towards the ends, not very prominent, but still very enjoyable and fitting. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a slight tartness that is what makes me think of ripe dark berries.

Mouthfeel is luxurious with a very smooth liquid and a light carbonation of small bubbles.

I've had this beer several times before, but this was my last bottle that I had saved for the longest, almost a year, and to me it is very evident that the beer has benefitted greatly from it. From memory I think the beers coffee-profile has backed up a bit to leave room for the mature notes of dark fruits and a more pronounced chocolate.

Feb 27, 2010
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Ineedabeerhere from Massachusetts

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

Thanks to Brian for the bottle via Coffee BIF. Nice label design.

A very aggressive straight pour yields a short tan foam atop a dark brown brew in my tulip with a little light coming in at the sides. Some lace throughout the glass.

Aroma is composed of freshly roasted beans and dark chocolate in somewhat equal proportions. Pretty nice actually, like a 70% cocoa dark chocolate, but the coffee isnt quite pungent and vibrant enough for me. Some dark fruit is evident in the aroma, as well as in the taste. Not really as coffee-centric as I like my coffee beers - this had nice coffee flavor but it just felt kind of dull in a sense. I was enjoying the chocolate flavors in the taste more than the coffee-ness. Low carbonation is fine, but the mouthfeel was kind of lifeless, not quite substantial enough. A decent beer, but I don't think that I would seek it out again. Especially at its apparent price point.

Feb 26, 2010
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

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

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Roasted coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is roasted to almost burnt coffee. Nice stout. Pricey at $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Feb 21, 2010
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

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

Presentation: Nice slimline 11.2oz European brown pop top, nice label. No date that I can find.

Appearance: Nice dark walnut brown beer with a medium light tan creamy head with decent retention and a bit of lace

Smell: Really nice, simple fresh aromas: lots of dark, earthy grains, mild coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: Really nice English-style stout: dark, roasty, some obvious earthy undertones, etc. There's definitely a moderate kick of coffee on the finish as well; it's not real strong, but it contributes a slight astringency on the finish. Not quite as coffee-forward as I was expecting, but tasty!

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of light

Drinkability: Medium-High

Conclusion: Nice, simple, tasty coffee stout!

Feb 13, 2010
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rarbring from Sweden

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

This beer is very dark brown, almost black, a beige rather small head with some lacing.

Dark burnt bread, coffee and very dark chocolate in the smell. A sweetness of raisins are there as well.

The coffee and chocolate is also very present in the taste, some bitter notes complement a dried fruit sweetness.

A mild carbonation and creamy fluid.

A beer perfect for creamy desserts, or by its own ...

Jan 29, 2010
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Dotcubed from Arkansas

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out looking syrupy. Sediment free bottle.

Hard to get foam on this one with a moderate aggressive pour.

Good smell, coffee. Not really fresh roasted.
More of a malt-coffee smell.

Taste hasn't let me down. Good bitter coffee.
Moderately dark chocolate. Dry, chalky.

Bit watery for stout.

Tasty. Consume with dessert.

Jan 29, 2010
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KYbrewgal from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of roasted malt and carmel and toffee, slight coffee. Pours dark brown with a tan head that lingers. A smooth coffee flavor with no harshness or bitter "bite"; chocolate flavor, toffee or toasted sugar, medium mouthfeel. Tastes like an English style base beer. Low hop flavor that balances the malt sweetness. Long finish of roast and coffee.

Jan 17, 2010
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bort11 from Missouri

4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Dark hazel head is a little thin, with a few specks on the glass. Color is a dense black/brown with spots of mahogany highlights around the edges.

Smell and taste is not just coffee, it's really, really good quality coffee. Nothing burnt, but perfectly dark roasted. Thin hint of baker's chocolate in the nose. Taste finishes with dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a mild cream texture. Smooth, but leaves a fine grit of espresso grounds. Excellent beer to finish the night.

Big thanks to ShrLSU and the Coffee BIF for this one.

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