Brown Ale | Nils Oscar

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Nils Oscar

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Fuggles, Amarillo.

Introduced in September 2010.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 9
Photo of mountsnow1010
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep red to brown color with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a reasonably heavy lacing
S - notes of earthiness and slight mustiness, with hints of a tea/coffee odor. a very slight hop bite to the odor, but nothing really pungent. a sweetness is present as well
T - Earthy beginnings - definitely a fungus-y/mushroom-y tinge to it (in a good way) - I could see this pairing well with an earthy meal in a medium-heavy sauce of some sort for example. Finishes fairly dry with a roasted flavor. Not very much sweetness with this whatsoever. Bit of bitterness. Tea-like flavor and astringency present as well.
MF - Quite light - goes down very smoothly. Dryness after swallowing.
D- A very "sessionable" beer - could easily drink several of these and would enjoy that.

I can see why this is getting such low scores - it isn't a particularly daring or bold beer. However, I would argue that the English Brown Ale style isn't a particularly bold genre - low ABV is critical and I would expect the beer to have a slightly lighter body. However, I would like the beer to have a bit more depth to the flavor - even if that means upping the intensity a bit. However, I would say that this is a solid B/B+ especially when taking style into account.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is brown, deep red. The small off-white head is creamy and compact, dissipates slowly and leaves decent lacings.

S: Rich light roasted caramell malt, some sweetness, but still dry. Lots of floral hops (at least some American, but mainly English, possibly Fuggles). Lot of fruits. Butter notes. Nutty.

T: Roasted malt, lots of caramell. Sweet and dry at the same time, very nice. Bitterhops. Some American notes in the floral notes. Only faint butter notes, surprisingly. Some coffee.

M: Aftertaste is long and dry/bitter. Body is medium to full and carbonation is full.

D: This is actually a very complex brown ale. The body is heavier and the complexity is wider than others I've had before. A must try.

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Photo of bark
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is deep brown. The liquid is clear. The two finger airy head is brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is sweet with some lightly roasted nutty notes and caramel. Dry somewhat hoppy notes of hay and apricots. Some dusty notes in the background.

The taste is dry with some dried fruity and citric notes. Lightly roasted flavours and sweet tea-like hints. The body is weak. The aftertaste got a dry, almost sour, growing bitterness with notes of coffee and nuts.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small.

I once thought that all English brown ales were more or less dusty. This one isn't, but it is way to dry and light in the body.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/ deep red liquid, light brown head, slightly creamy.

S: Little sweetness and a lot of hops (american) for a brown ale. Hops is Amarillo and Fuggles which is noted for its fruity character.

T: Not as much hops as the smell. More roasted malt with some notes of coffee. Some toffee is also combined with watery feeling. Aftertaste is bitter in the back of the mouth.

O: Little disappointed as Nils Oscars usually deliver top notch beers. Could be because of the ABV.

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Photo of dqrull
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown liquid with red glimpses. A firm creamy mocca head that lasts quite a while, leaving some striped lacing on the glass.

I immeadiately get the 'house flavour' of nils oscar, a slight metallic smoky note.. Some dried fruits, peaches maybe along with grazzy and slightly zesty hops, smells competent and well balanced.

The smokye metal is more noticeable in the taste, with the metallic flavour taking over a bit much... A slightly roasted malt, with tastes of hard rye bread, rice crackers and a bit fudge together with a very faint hit of grassy and bitter hops, but they dont quite overpower the metallic taste as I might have wanted it to do...

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, with small, soft bubbles, almost a bit undercarbonated.

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Photo of rarbring
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and deep ruby red, with a tan head that recedes fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet and nutty, but also some earthy aromas.

The taste is less sweet, but has lots of bread and crust nuances, burnt ones. Then we have some fruitiness, like unsweetened spicy apple tart, followed by rather much bitter notes. The latter gets a bit offensive.

Medium to high carbonation which sharpens the feeling somewhat, the dryness is a bit coarse.

This beer should for me have been a bit sweeter and softer.

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Brown Ale from Nils Oscar
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 9 ratings