Nils Oscar Coffee Stout | the Nils Oscar Company

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Nils Oscar Coffee StoutNils Oscar Coffee Stout

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the Nils Oscar Company

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2008: Rwanda Gatsinga espresso coffee is added to the finished stout.

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

Added by Ljunkan on 10-25-2008

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Photo of cptierney
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

This beer pours a very dark brown. Some light makes its way through the liquid. There is approximately one-half inch of surprisingly white foam making the beers head. It quickly recedes to substantive lacing.

There is coffee on this brew's nose, but it is very mild. There are some hints of sweet maltiness coming through, though mostly I'm hyper focused on the minimal coffee smell.

The mouthfeel on this beer is a little too biting for my tastes. I prefer a thicker brew when it comes to a stout. It seems to be just a tad over-carbonated which I'm willing to let go.

The taste of this beer is a bit of a let down. I wish there was more complexity exhibited with the malt/hops/coffee mix. Mostly there are just hits of bitter from coffee and maybe some chocolate malt. Ultimately this one is just a little too one-dimensional for my taste.

This beer is really drinkable. I think this might be its strongest suit as it is light on the palate and easily swillable.

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Photo of erz316
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 floz bottle into old spec pint glass

A - pours a good solid black colour except for at the bottom of the glas where some ruby like highlights get through, even when not held up to the light. this was forseeable as the brew poured more or less thin. the head is a good size, and is medium khaki colour.

S - well, it certainly smells like a coffee stout. near equal parts of roasted coffee, and roasted malts. yeah, that coffee component is quite good and bold, even when it is right out of the fridge and is really cold. its a solid nose, but there could have been a bit more depth than just a balance of coffee and malt.

T - I really like that; good coffee and chocolate components that get smeared throughout the drinking process. the initial is mostly a combination of bittersweet cooking chocolate and coffee grounds. the coffee component could be a bit stronger here, but the chocolate brings in sufficient bitterness. not too much maltiness, mainly a concentration on the eponymous flavour. the finish is a continuation of the coffee and chocolate bitterness and sweetness. the finish itself is also quite brief as it seems to fade out quickly into the aftertaste, because the taste doesnt change very much. I wish the brew had a bigger malt body. the aftertaste is a slight sweetness on the lips and a fair medium dark chocolate bitterness and sweetness. not bad, but the price tag is killer.

MF&D - the feel could be a bit thicker, this is quite watery. the drinkablity suffers because of the monotony of the taste.

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Photo of EliottJW
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours very lightly... that is to say that I'm not entirely excited by its consistency, but the coloring is right with a deep, dark brown. retains it's mocha head quite nicely as well with light lacing as I drink it down.

the nose is extremely mild on this one... while all that I'd like to smell in a coffee stout is present (milk chocolate, roasted, sweet coffee), it's just entirely too mild. sticking my nose all the way in the last is the only way to get any kind of whiff.

on the tongue, it's pure whole cream in a cup off black coffee. that's the only way to describe it... where founders breakfast stout is a black cup of coffee, this beer is a half cup of coffee and a half cup of whole cream. it's good, definitely... surprised me with how creamy it was.

consistency stays right in line with the taste, like a cup of cream filled coffee... it's a medium body, but actually feels as though there's some cream stirred in.

this beer is extremely drinkable... extremely! I could suck back a full 6 pack of this stuff and not even notice... it's kinda dangerous!

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Photo of drpimento
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this bottle a couple of months ago at Sams' in Chicago. Should have kept it in the fridge. Poured with a soap bubble head that quickly subsided; no lace. Color is an opaque brown. Flavor is a wet cardboard dry coffee stout. Flat. Thin. Slight boozy finish. Something went wrong with this one. *sigh*

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost-but-not-quite-opaque mahogany that becomes dusky garnet red when backlit with weak morning sunshine. A huge chunk of pale caramel colored foam was created during a somewhat spirited pour. The crown looks very nice and is beginning to lay down equally attractive sheets of lace.

The aroma is straightforward and appealing. Roasted coffee beans combine with roasted malt in near equal measure. Hops weren't expected and aren't appreciated. NOCS smells like it will be pretty good beer on the buds.

Keeping ABV firmly in mind, Coffee Stout is a good effort. It isn't big and bold and brash, but then it wasn't brewed to be. It's a well-crafted, well-balanced stout that could easily be sessioned... if you feel like plunking down $5.99 per 330 cl bottle. Man, those import taxes must be killer.

Calling what happens at the start of each mouthful a 'jolt of joe' is probably overstating the case. Flavors of cold coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit combine seamlessly. Sweet (favored early) and bitter (favored late) are pretty much equivalent as well. This beer really has no weaknesses.

The mouthfeel score could just as easily have been one notch lower. It does just enough to be considered good, mostly by not losing too much heft and volume as the backstretch of each mouthful approaches. Gentle carbonation is a positive.

If you're in the mood for an incredibly delicious, world-class coffee stout, swim across the Strait of Kattegatt from Denmark to Sweden and pick up a bottle (or a case) of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast. Nils Oscar's version is solid, but the price tag means that a second bottle isn't in the cards.

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Photo of juhl31
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

-it is a really dark brown

-smells like leather to me. not very cool

-not too much coffee taste. might have been better in my mouth had i not just had the smoked porter 1st

-feels like coffee. that coffee mouth tongue thing

-not great for me. there is so much better coffee stuff out there

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Photo of seanthornton152
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Belmont Station, 11.2 fl oz..Poured into Douchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Dark brown body, maroon hue...airy head tiny head, aggressive pour

Strong coffee aroma, espresso like...bittersweet chocolate, hint of oak

Huge punch of roasted coffee initially...dark chocolate, slight maltiness.

Too thin for my liking, mild carbonation.

The taste is nice and smooth, and the coffee to chocolate balance is nice.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. At first a one finger tan head forms that recedes to a ring. Very light lace is left behind.
S: A huge roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee dominate. Very dry. Very rich and inviting.
T: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate again. Again, very rich. Dry wood. A great beer.
M/D: A rich, creamy, and full body that is perfectly carbonated for the style. Very dry. Easy and smooth to drink. A stout I can quaff several off.

A great coffee stout. One I highly recommend. At only 6% I can enjoy several in a sitting. Unlike many other huge impy stouts that are one and done.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Notch on back label but no way to tell what date it means. Was black in color. No visible carb and no lacing. Had an average sized tan head that quickly settled to a collar that eventually disappeared.

The aroma was heavy on the coffee from the Rwanda Gatsinga espresso. Not much else in the nose. Didn't get the chocolate or roasted malts that others mentioned. It needs something else besides the coffee. Taste followed the aroma and was coffee heavy and needing something to balance it. The coffee tasted watered down to me which hurt the mouthfeel.

Normally I love coffee beers but this one is a huge miss for me. And at $6.29 for a 11.2 oz bottle it is a major disappointment. Only positive is that I knocked Sweden off the list. At this price, don't recommend and one and done for me.


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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dense black, with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. Retains with a creamy ring around the edges and some thin wisps that swirl around the middle, leaving a solid cascade spotty yet creamy lacing back. The aroma is dark and delicious smelling, with roasted coffee permeating the bouquet, with a bit of a citrus presence to it, that mixes with some big sweet notes of chocolate and caramel to impart an nice and thick underlying tang to the nose.

The taste packs a pervasive crunchy tasting coffee and dark roast combo, which mixes with some moderate hop character, and really blooms out nicely in the back into a dry and slightly astringent bitterness. All of these darker flavors are well balanced by some thick and chewy tasting notes OF chocolate, molassses, and even some light citrus. I would have to say that the sweetness maybe actually be the dominant character in this but it's all so well balanced by the bitterness, it's hard to pinpoint which takes control the most. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied in the mouth, with a creamy texture to the carbonation that lends this a very easy feel on the palate. Really nice drinkibility for a 6% ABV.

This was a pleasant surprise for sure from Nils Oscar, especially since I haven't exactly been blown away by their other offerings. Full, roasty, loaded with an even mix of coffee and sweet malts, with a great drinkibility to it. As a coffee lover, this was a pleasant treat.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark sable-brown, almost opaque, with a thick and fairly persistent pale tan head. Aroma is rich and smoky with a strong overtone of fine roast coffee and hints of toffee and chocolate. Flavor fills the mouth with fine coffee that has a firm tone of unsweetened chocolate and hints of toffee and caramel with a good smoky overtone. Flavor is thick, smooth as glass, and just a little fizzy. Satisfying.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a foreseeable black body with a full finger of beige froth.

Smell: Aroma of robust, roasted grains, baker's chocolate, meager dried fruit hints, all interwoven with modest cold extraction coffee accents.

Taste: Roasty, dark maltiness coupled with a guzzle of cold, black coffee and smoothed out with a subtle sweetness. A few chunks of unsweetened chocolate. Eventually, a slight charry quality enters the picture. Touch of dark fruitiness. Moderate amount of roasty bitterness midway. Tiny blip of acidity. Then, it's a return to the general coffee flavor until you reach the drying, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Above average! A generally likable coffee stout, it's not nearly as bold or overwhelming as some, but it still hits the spot.

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Photo of glid02
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with ShrLSU - thanks!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin layer on top leaving webbed lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and espresso with a nice amount of roasted malt. As it warms hints of unsweetened chocolate waft out but this is all about the coffee aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell led me to believe but the main taste remains roasted coffee and espresso. The ending is solidly bitter and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste. As with the smell, unsweetened chocolate flavors join in as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a very smooth coffee stout, and with a bit more thickness it could be excellent. Still, even as it is it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet.

A: Pours a dark, cola-black with some faint lightening at the edges. One-finger, khaki-colored head recedes quickly to a thick, bubbly ring that leaves some pretty lace behind.

S: Rich aroma of dark roast coffee, with hints of milk chocolate, fudge, dark chocolate, and some citrus-y hops lurking in the background, for effect.

T: Tangy and bitter espresso roast coffee with a dusting of cocoa, plus fudge, milk chocolate, blackened malt, and some lemon-y hops. Cherry and toast in the finish.

M: Slightly on the thin side, sort of like a porter. Chocolate and coffee run the gamut from bitter to sweet to dry to roasty.

D: This beer went so fast! I think the slightly thin mouthfeel contributes greatly to what makes this so damn drinkable. Very refreshing coffee stout treat that isn't a 13% booze bomb.

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Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for this little gem. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Bottle has a distinctive shape with very little truncation on the shoulders, like many Belgian bottles. Label is orange and brown on a silver background. A picture of a man in profile is upfront and center. Description of both the beer and the brewery on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of tan head. This settles slowly, eventually leaving behind a ring around the glass, a small island of foam above the nucleation site, and a thin coating every where else. A small of amount of lacing clings to the glass. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. No hints of light, even around the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of milk chocolate and creamy sweetness with a slight hint of coffee bitterness.

Taste: Sweet chocolate upfront blends seamlessly into a mild coffee flavor. Some roasted barley bitterness in the finish, but overall very mild.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level allows the creaminess of this beer to come through.

Drinkability: A solid, drinkable coffee stout in a beer world that seems dominated by over the top RIS. I could definitely see this one gracing the refrigerator again.

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Photo of theghost3
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a 1-finger tan head that dissapates quickly. No lacing.

The scent is strong of roasted coffee, sweet malts, & dark chocolate. The taste is delicious--quality coffee/mochaccino, sweet malts, brown sugar & cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth, not as acidic as expected, but that's a good thing.

This is a very drinkable stout. The coffee is fantastic in that it is so smooth & very much quality. It almost tastes more like coffee than beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color that produces a think coffee color head that dissipates quickly...Hardly any lacing along the glass but who cares

The nose is comprised of ground coffee and espresso beans that give a waft of vanilla flavoring to it. All malts here

The flavor profile is largely espresso with coffee. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, and the toasted/burnt malt flavoring

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Finishes a little dry and bitter...very good

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz. bottle into a snifter. Label indicates "Scandinavian Craft Brewers Guild" on the back.

A- Deep dark brown, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with 1/2 a finger of light brown head, which fades rapidly, leaving only a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

S- Roasted, earthy, slightly acidic coffee, with an slight underlying sweetness.

T- Strong coffee and bitter chocolate. Nice malty flavor coming in under the coffee notes, and providing a bit of sweetness and balance. This is really working for me.

M- Moderate fine bubble carbonation is fairly refreshing on the tongue. Medium feel, very slightly creamy, and fairly smooth. Not what I'm usually looking for in a stout, but in this instance, does not detract substantially.

D- Excellent. This stout was surprisingly refreshing. As a coffee fiend, the taste was one I could swill all day long. Moderately low ABV.

Future outlook: If you don't like black coffee, don't try this beer. If (like me) you do, then by all means give it a try if you can. It doesn't feel "like a stout," but it's still a great coffee beer. Unfortunately for myself, this beer is made in Sweden, is fairly pricey, and I don't anticipate regular access to it.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Root Cellar.

Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex roasted coffee and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy coffee bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good brew.

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Photo of Crosling
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pros: Has some complexity to it. Fully flavored from start to finish. Unique expression of malt. I really think Nils can work magic with malt.

Cons: Thinly bodied. Not a great appearance. Sparse aroma. Only slightly above average for the style. Kinda disappointing.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks to Chris (cvfish) for this awesome extra!

Pours darkest brown, black towards the top of the glass and just barely opaque at the narrowest point. Nice creamy one-finger khaki head that last for a long while. Gorgeous lacing.

Nose is nice - dark roasted, fresh ground coffee and some underlying roasted malt. Hints of smooth baker's chocolate. There's an earthy, almost vegetal quality to it that really lends a freshness to the aroma. Really nice.

Taste is fresh ground coffee, with an underlying malt body that's sweet, full, and rich with notes of cocoa and roasty malt. Superbly balanced, with very little acidity at all. Refined, and the different aspects in the taste are blended together with perfect cohesion. Finish is long, rich and roasty.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, with a beautiful creaminess from the head. Fantastic.

Rather shocking that this is a 6% beer - the body, the nose, the mouthfeel, everything about this leads you to believe you're drinking a much bigger beer. Fantastic.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a dark chocolate brown color. There's a little light getting through giving it garnet highlights. The head is mocha brown and reaches roughly a finger deep. It didn't waste any time fleeing the scene and left very little lacing behind.

Smell: The nose has a very heavy coffee/espresso scent kicking it off. It's the predominant aroma and permeates throughout. At the secondary level, there's some chocolate and roasted malts that give it some variety. Overall, it's very malty, though it doesn't have a very sweet aroma. It's not very deep, but does have a nice overall smell.

Taste: The flavor profile tracks the nose almost entirely. It's obviously features a very strong coffee/espresso flavor. I like that aspect of it quite a bit, as a coffee fan. Roasted and chocolate malts complement the coffee flavor nicely. Roasted malts come through stronger in flavor. It's slightly bitter due to what appears to be light hopping. Perhaps somewhat acidic. Alcohol is blended well and is not apparent. It finishes a little dry leaving a nice coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is notably high and doesn't help to smooth it out. Frankly, it needs a bit more body. It's just too thin to really satisfy. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor, but it just lacks that special something to really draw you back for more.

Coffee Stout is a pretty solid release from Nils Oscar. I haven't exactly heard great things about their beer, but this one's better than I expected. You really have to be a coffee lover to appreciate this beer. Coffee plays a very dominant role here. If you don't like coffee, you won't like this beer. I wouldn't characterize it as a "special" beer. It needs a little something extra to get there. Maybe more hop pizzazz would do the trick. It could also use a thicker body. But, it's a good beer as it is. A couple of tweaks would go far.

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Photo of mullenite
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In to a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a solid opaque black with a 3 finger tan head with decent retention. Fades down to a thin cap covering the entire beer and leaves a very nice lacing.

Smells of fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is very bitter chocolate and some coffee but not as strong as say Kona Pipeline porter. Coffee flavor comes out a bit more as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin but on par with the style from my experience. Mild carbonation and a long finish.

Pretty good and easy to drink, much thanks to cvfish for this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. This definitely is a coffee stout, I mostly smell coffee but there's also some roasted malt and dark chocolate noticable in the aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, coffee is strongest in the taste but there's also roasted malt, dark chocolate, and also a little bit of citrusy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit oily with average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and goes down pretty easy. I have to say this is a good beer, I'd definitely pick this up again. It's a good, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of trafordboy
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a brown head. Little lacing.

Distinct espresso smell. At first you only sense the bitterness of the coffee but after a few sniffs you discover a fresh spiciness.

Taste is dominated by a bitter espresso but there is also a presence of hops and citrus fruits.

The best part of the Rwanda Gatsinga coffee stout is in my opinion the mouthfeel which is extremely smooth and leaves a pleasant malty coffee-dominated aftertaste and a smile on your face.

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Nils Oscar Coffee Stout from the Nils Oscar Company
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