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Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
33cl Bottle
West Lakeview

Another (fairly) newly imported Scandinavian brewery. Nils Oscar's Imperial Stout produces a one finger tan head on an aggressive pour that fades rather quickly to a skimming with a thick ring. The head leaves some respectable lacing on its way down. The head formed on top of a coal black body with faint mahogany highlights when directly backlit.

The smell right upfront is a nice deep roastiness. This lays down the foundation for an alcohol spiciness and heavy cream quality. I'm not sure what types of hops were used but I seem to pick up a touch of pine toward the back. This beer smells good but is a little on the faint side. This seems more along the lines of a few foreign stouts I've sampled in the past.

Flavor follows in stride with the aroma. Things start off with a rich roastiness that, although fades, is with you through the remainder. Mid-palate mild coffee with cream take hold and things end with a welcomed sweetness from the lactic quality. Again, the flavor is more reminiscent of foreign stouts sample in the past than most RIS's I've drank.

The mouthfeel is particularly nice. The body has some heft but isn't too big, which fits the smaller stature of this beer. Smooth and slick with a creamy finish.

This is an easily approachable RIS that also keeps it easy drinking. The lower abv, for style, allows you to drink a couple in a sitting.

Another good Imperial Stout from Scandinavia. The flavors present and lower abv still bring to mind a foreign style stout but this is definitely an enjoyable brew. I'm anxious to try others from Nils Oscar.

Reviewed: 1/5/08

Price: $5.69 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 08/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2009
Pours a dark mahogany brown to settle inky black in the glass. Capped by a small foamy tanned head that lasts briefly then leaves a bubbly collar ring and some large spots and specks of lace coating the glass.

Juicy sweet, deep, and dark fruity aroma with a nice amount of dark bittered chocolate. Notes to burnt vanilla, spent coffee, and a bit of char add some nice dryness over its dark sweetness.

Taste is a bit low ended and short in tone with a semi souring deepenss that sinks in right off the bat of soured burnt cream and vanilla. Slipping into a more softer and smoother tone just past midway of bittering dark chocolate, dark cherry, light char, and a burntish roasty sweetness lifting into some earthy coffeeish dryness as it finishes. Nice balancing act in the finish, but would have liked more length to its overall tone in taste and palate impression.

Body is short of a medium body which carries its most activity within its deeper, darker sour/tartness of bittering chocolate and fruits. Feels a bit empty is all and could use alot more thickness, creamyness, and length to its taste and body.

This does get a bit better as it warms but still not enough to grab my full attention. Still for an RIS its done well but just needs a little more thick blooded Swedish breezyness to it.

Served In: Goblet

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