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Otis - Sixpoint Brewery

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sixpoint on 03-19-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Rattle 'N' Hum. Average mouthfeel, black with some decent head.Decent choice for cask . Balanced stout, a bit on sweet side but flavourful. Malting makes it a drinkable stout. Nitro would make it more creamy and maybe pump up the rating some.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color (only traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a finger and a half high creamy beige head that has excellent retention properties; it slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is well balanced and has flavors of coffee beans, toasted oats and roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and is quite sessionable for the style because it isn't very heavy.

metter98, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/28/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, oats, milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and vanilla.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by creamy flavors of oats, milk chocolate and vanilla. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good flavorful stout to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap @ the Devil's Den (Philadelphia, PA) on 5/1/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger of rich mocha head. This stays thick and foamy from the nitro-pour, leaving heavy froth all down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate roast, flaked oats, and some green citric tones. I'm getting some nice smoky textures coming out of those roasted notes. Nice full feel in the nose here.

The sweetness of the taste is very smooth in the mouth, with chocolate, caramel, and oatmeal all showing themselves. This is well balanced by a pervasive roasty nature and some spicy hops in the back of the profile. There's a good bit of dry roast and bitterness that drives the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel. There is just a touch of sharpness to the carbonation but this drinks absolutely great here on nitro.

There's nothing to complain about here. This is just a solid Oatmeal Stout with plenty of flavor and a super silky feel that helped along a good bit by the nitro. I could have easily downed a couple of these. Very sessionable overall.

Kegatron, May 06, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown. Tan head. Oddest color I've seen in a long time for a beer. Nose is sweet malts. Flavor is kind of funky. Earthy and slightly metallic edge. Malty flavors and a pretty thick aftertaste. Feel is decent. Thick on the liquid and a good enough level of carbonation. I am going to drop the drinkability though on this one. Sure it's pretty good, but the funk edge on this one is almost too far out. Not my favorite from Sixpoint.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on Nitro tap at T Brendan O'Reilly's in Harrisburg. Served in a tulip pint.

A - The color has a moderate cascade from deep brown at the base of the glass to medium brown topped with a thick 1 inch band of nitro whipped light beige. The clarity is opaque and the head holds moderately well

S - The smell is a mix of deep roasted and caramel malts. The nose has a light sweet aroma similar to toffee with a mild char element.

M - the feel is good, but I feel the Nitro strips it of some of its body drying it slightly, but that isn't to say it lacks sweetness it has roasted character and mild spice and bitterness while the feel is dry as it finished

T - the flavor is good with mild caramel and sweetened coffee flavors and the slight piney bitterness from the hops lets the stout avoid being too sweet. The malt has a mild bitterness from the dark roasted grain and includes a light char effect in the flavor with toffee and dark toasted bread comes to mind

D - I was satisfied with this, but it is not my first choice in oatmeal stouts. I found the bitterness to be slightly high in hops and malt putting it slightly out of balance. The nitro treatment doesn't help IMO but I would order it again if on C02 to compare

Slatetank, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -20.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/17/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cream, oats, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Very nice and sweet, but not overly sweet. I like it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bready malts, oats, vanilla, cream, and light toasted malts. Some more chocolate than the nose and a little bit sweeter, I'm a fan.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Insanely smooth body and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good oatmeal stout. I know they are supposed to be different, but I think this is a ton better than their Diesel stout; I hope they can this one as well. Reminds me of a good sweet stout, as it has a lot of sweet chocolate and vanilla to it. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored that slowly fell to a thick surface foam. Some nice lacing developed.

Smell: roasted malts and some chocolate tones are mild but pleasant.

Taste: roasted malt with some softer chocolate, coffee, and oats. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and light dry late. There is some softer creaminess to this beer too. Aftertaste is relatively short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout and a few of these can be had in a single session. Nice balanced flavors makes this an enjoyable version.

Gavage, May 14, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Rembrandt's

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color that appears black and completely opaque in the glass with the faintest of mahogany edges when held to light. Frothy, pillowy two finger light beige head with excellent retention, barely fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and splotches of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma that is kind of bland with hints of cocoa, toast, oatmeal and coffee rinds.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted, dry and sweet flavors. Lots of roasted malt up front with hints of coffee bean, chocolate and a prominent oatmeal character. There's a slight lactic cream presence mid-palate that provides nice balance and there is some more bittersweet dark chocolate toward the dry, roasted finish.

corby112, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Poor Otis, dead & gone, left me here to sing this song. Pretty little girl with the red dress on. Poor Otis, dead & gone."
-The Doors - Runnin Blues

On tap at Craft Ale House.

Appears a murky dark brown with a cascading tan head that quickly leads to a fluffy cap. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, citrusy hops, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a chocolate covered toffee flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gritty, chewy, nicely balanced between sweet maltiness, and bitter hops.

weeare138, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours an extremely dark brown to black with a thick light beige head that reduces by about 50% but the remainder is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Very light aroma with just some subtle hints of roasted malts.

T: The flavor is much more intense than the smell with lots of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and some oats. Not as sweet as I generally expect from an oatmeal stout but I was pleased by that and really enjoyed the taste of this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery/thin.

O: Good but not great, a little too thin of a stout for my preferences. Very easy to drink and quite sessionable but needs a fuller body.

dbrauneis, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed a pint of this tasty brew at the Blind Tiger Ale House. Pours black without any light shining through. Dark tan head, puffy with good retention. Leaves well developed lacing. This one sports a roasty malt nose. Notes of coffee and toasted grains. Mouthfeel is a bit hollow in the center, not quite the velvet the brewers were going for. Still a nice take on the style, subtle and balanced, worth a try to support this new Brooklyn NY, brewery.

Billolick, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel. Served in a tulip glass, this beer appeared pitch black with a very short head. I really thought this was a great, albeit aggressive, take on the style. The flavor and aroma are full of big chocolate flavors up front with roasted barley around the edge. The malts are followed by a powerful citrus hops kick that provides a great bitter contrast to the cocoa notes. This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

tempest, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head which lasts a little while then leaves some nice islands and some sticky lacing. the nose is slightly malty with some caramel undertones. The taste is malty and bitter with a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad oatmeal stout, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on nitro tap at Meridian pint into a shaker pint glass.

A nice light cream coffee head almost like like cocoa, nitro bubbled tight. Sits on a dark walnut classic body with some very impressive circular lacing.

Nose is a mild roast coffee, very small chocolate, kind of muted. Creamy sense and pleasant though however but very small.

Taste is a good sense of what comes from the nose. Muted creamy roast and textured malts with some mild chocolate. Somewhat juicy and creamy texture which is interesting but with weak coffee pot finish and a noticeable but mild hop finish.

Overall it is interesting but needs more of a malt backbone I think. Not sure about how I feel about the hop angle in this, I am not sure I feel it fits or melds well. Don't see myself gravitating towards it or really desiring it.

smakawhat, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Review from notes.

A: Otis is a hazy brown color, almost chocolate in color, with a small tan head with very little retention and minimal lacing.

S: Not a ton going on in the aroma, but there is some roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and a little cream.

T; Similar to the aroma with some roasted malt, creamy chocolate, a little bit of oat, and a hint of coffee.

M: On the thinner side with a bitter finish.

O: Not bad, but another beer from Sixpoint that I would probably pass on the next time around.

mdaschaf, May 18, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Otis wears a sexy black satin dress. Although its opaqueness is never in question - regardless of the angle which it's observed - it does give out to brown leather edges and a dark hardwood paneling along its bottom. The sandy-brown head isn't exactly mountainous but maintains its firm, luscious figure and sticks like glue.

Lightly smoking and crisply toasting the malts has imprinted a strong nutty character to the aroma. My nose would suggest that acorns, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts were all shortly singed and then kiln roasted under a low temperature for a long period of time. It seems just a single block of bakers chocolate was plumped in there too and melted along the way.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and is perhaps even more nutty. The strongest flavour is that of roast almonds although more subtle notes of grilled pecans, nougat, granola and almond brittle can also be tasted. There is also a light shallot-like note. All this is coated with just a touch of smoke and very hefty ration of cocoa.

There is just enough carbonation to keep the beer quenching but not enough to swamp the refinement of flavours. The roast is perfect - it's as if they took all the roast and full flavours of espresso without much of the dry, bitter lingering. Otis is also perhaps the most filling (not to say bloating!) stout I may have ever had.

If only Sixpoint would make its outside of NYC then stout drinkers around the world would have a new session beer. The nutty chocolate, full roast flavour is dressed in a mouthfeel as silky and satiny as its complexion. A word like 'balance' really takes its meaning from wonderful craftsmanship offerings like the Otis Oatmeal Stout.

biegaman, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a good burnt grain with a hint of coffee and smoke.

The taste consisted of a full burnt grain with roasted coffee and charcoal. Some soft malts detected as well. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy. Excellent creaminess thanks to the cask pour.

Overall a very good oatmeal stout. Extremely smooth and drinkable.

plaid75, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC.

Pours black with a one-finger, frothy off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with a good deal of sweetness from the oats. As the beer warms mild dark chocolate aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front sweeten midway through the sip. Hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of coffee also enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a smooth oatmeal stout however I would have preferred to try it on a normal tap rather than the nitrous. That being said, either way it's served it's worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional looking stout; jet black, with a smooth and fluffy two-finger tan head that has tremendous retention. Lacing is also excellent; this almost looks like it’s on nitro. Aroma is good but somewhat mild; lightly roasty, with hints of chocolate and coffee.

A delicious tasting beer overall; some semi-sweet chocolate mixes with coffee and roasty malt; good oatmeal presence; moderately sweet with the faintest kiss of hops mostly noticed in the somewhat bitter finish. Very well rounded flavor and mouthfeel, which is silky smooth, medium-bodied, and medium-to-low on the carbonation side. Again, there is almost a nitro feel to this beer even from a regular tap. One of my favorite Sixpoint offerings to be sure, very impressive.

tobelerone, May 22, 2012
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Otis from Sixpoint Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.