Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Oatmeal StoutNimbus Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002

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Reviews by jspruit:
Photo of jspruit
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle as a dark dark black, like oil, with a thick creamy head with good-size bubbles that was about 2 fingers thick. Little lacing as it goes down.
Very strong roasted malt aroma with a bit of coffee and some chocolate too.
Tastes alot like the malty, chocolately, coffeey stout that it smells & looks like. There is some bitterness & sweetness to it too.
Very smooth, a bit thin really. Goes down pretty easy but also has some alcohol hints.
I think that this bottle might have been a bit off as it didn't have the fullness that I would have come to expect of a stout. I would have expected a bit more oatmeal tastes and something more full & thick. I think that I'll give it another shot if I get the opportunity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head on the pour, medium tan/brown in color. Body is black, no light around the edges. Unfortunetly the head reduced down to a skim layer, but grabbed the glasses occassionally.

The good thing about having little head is that as soon as it disappeared the aromas started to come out. Dark toasted malts prevail in the aroma with mild coffee and a touch of char. Dark chocolate plays a nice role as well. A little sweetness finishes it out.

Lots to dark roasted malts again, probably from a load of black patent. Dark chocolate and mild coffee intermingle again. Char comes through after the swallow. Some grassy hopping is there too. It has that biting edge that I attribute to the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and slick. Has a bit too much carbonation that I think washes the flavors out with its overly prickly feel on the tongue. I think this is a major fault with this beer, with less carbonation I think a lot more of the subtleties would come out.

Good drinkability if you are in the mood for a dark toasted stout. It has some dry irish stout qualities to it. Lots of flavor for its managable ABV level, but it is definately filling me up already so I'd be limited on how many of these I could really have.

Photo of magictrokini
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Milky stout. Pours darker brown with a mediocre tan head. Sweet aroma of malts and cocoa, with milk! Taste is like Cocoa Puffs with oats and some coffee. Very thin mouthfeel. I mean, REALLY thin mouthfeel. This is a stout, right? Smooth, but nothing special.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a monkey on the label of course I had to try it.

A- Pours very thick and syrupy with a tan head that quickly disappeared. The beer itself is a creamy solid black color. Lacing disappeared to little spots on the glass.

S- Roasted malt and oats with a coffee smell and a sweet molasses and chocolate nose.

T/M – Smokey coffee, and a sweet chocolate taste to it. Mouth feel is very nice light carbonation no strong bitter aftertaste very clean.

D- I have never been a huge stout drinker, but sine it is winter I am drinking more and more and starting to enjoy them more and more. This is a stout that making me start to enjoy them. I would defentaly have to buy this one again and again.

Photo of chinchill
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Label notching appears to indicate a bottled on date of Feb. 2014.

Pours clear dark brown with a small head that soon reduces to a thin, partial coat.

Aroma: sweet and overly floral with faint traces of dark malts.

Flavor: Contaminated? Not so bad or off style that I am sure it is a bad bottle, but it certainly is a bad stout.

Feel: mildly astringent; medium body.

O: not sure if its bad bottles or poor beer, but I've recently had 3 of these from Nimbus, crossing 2 styles. I won't be finishing this one.

Photo of pwoods
2.05/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks Tayner for this brew.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured in a pint. July(no year) is etched in the side... don't know if its born on or drink by.

A: Poured the deepest black with apparently very little carbonation. When it finally kicks in, it produces about 1 finger of tan, fizzy head that dies to about an 1/8 inch. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of that familiar English stout. Plenty of oats to go around. Grapes or plums also present, adding a nice sugar sweetness. Some sweetness might come from a touch of molasses and theres a definite coffee undertone.

T/M: Yack... maybe this was a drink by date. Body is much thinner than expected, even for an English stout. Tastes very strongly of sour? coffee. Don't get much of grainy malts but rather a fake sugar sweetness.

D: Not sure if this bottle of past it's prime.. but I really don't think so. Idk, maybe I was expecting a Samuel Smith's. Don't think I'll try this one again.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Strong notes of roasted malt, giving off notes of coffee, burnt sugar, freshly baked dark bread and some faint licorice aromas as well as some smoke.

Taste: Good and malty, with some strong roasted flavors of coffee and smoke. Some brown sugar-like sweetness followed by some strong flavors of freshly baked bread and some pretty strong hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok oatmeal stout. Tasty while you drink it, but completely forgettable once finished. I wouldn’t pass it up if offered, but I’m not going to look for it either.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully flavorful oatmeal stout. Thanks to tayner for this extra in my box.

Pours black as coal nearly impenetrable to light. the slightest ruby tones around the bottom of the chalice. nice tan head with awesome lace. smells of dark malt, charcoal, and coffee bean. The first taste is of burnt oak and malt, followed by coffee bean and a little bitter bite at the end. slight bitter chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is good but a touch thin. Drinkability is good and easy. A great brew, the first of nimbus ive tried. So far im a fan.

Photo of Bcant
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stubby brown 12oz twist off bottle with neat brown paper label featuring Nimbus’ monkey in a Buddha pose. Freshness date indicates month but not year.

Very dark, almost black, but with a nice glossy appearance. The head starts out about ½ inch, quickly shrinks but does not disappear; head is brown and made of tine bubbles. A very attractive beer.

The nose is predominantly of dark chocolate. The bidder sweet flavors of this stout are balanced very well. Coffee and chocolate along with toasty oat flavors are all present. Rather big and very round, the stout feels good in the mouth. A long dry finish gives it a refreshing character found in good dry stouts.

Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable stout with some roasted coffee grinds, drinkable. Dark brown with no head, some coffee grind aroma. Medium mouthfeel. More bitter than sweet. Malt or chocolate flavour quite minimal. Appropriate carbonation.Almost like a nitro tap in a bottle.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Flat cardboard and white toast aroma. Light salted caramels. Faint roast. Spills a deep black-brown, with mahogany fringes and rim of tanned soap. Flavor is a static, wet, plain brown sugar and plum flavor. Old tasting. Bits of ocean flotsam. Finishes in the higher metallic range. Salted. Pretty weak stout base. Body is a nip thin. Soured coffee grains. Does not excel. A bit too still, but more carbonation would have blasted through the empty body of the beer, making it even less desirable.

Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very dark, practically black. Full, creamy, tan-hued head that remains almost until the last sip.

A deep roasted, malty flavor. The bitterness and hop flavor are quite notable, more than I expected. I'm not so great with specific styles, but to me, this is approaching an imperial stout. Maybe. Anyway, I like it. If I ever see their imperial, I'll definitely have to try it to compare.

The deeper I get into the pint, the more I notice the coffee notes. Nice subtlety. Some alcohol is peeking through too. Slightly.

A very worthy and drinkable stout. I would have had another, but I decided to try the porter next. I'll definitely have another in the future.

Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

had this beer at my hidden gem after work one nite.. taste good/ok for an oatmeal stout.. i finished wanting a left hand Milk Stout but was glad i had the chance to try this beer for the location and the time i had to sit and relax with this beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid dark brown with almost to big carbonation. The head is a fluffy 3 fingers, tan and leaves lots of lace.

The smell is roasty toasty with a flowery note.

The taste follows toasty, with chocolate and coffee notes

The mouthfeel is good, nice body but the carbonation is.. Well a lot.

The drinkability is good, a good example to the style. Right on. Prosit MK

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some roasted malt and chocolate, but the aroma is mild thought that isn't a problem with the style. Deep black with thumb thick mocha head. Very bitter and acidic in the fore with ample coffee notes. Middle is a lessened version of the fore taste with a touch of sweetness from the finish which is cream and sugar espresso and chocolate. Tasty and fun to drink.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a smallish mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of the roasted malts with a little oat smoothness. Malts come through with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of molasses. Some earthy hops come in the end and add to some of the roasted bitterness. Oatmeal makes its appearance on the end and adds it typical smoothness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid oatmeal stout.

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chocolate brown as it pours, Dark black with a nice tan head on top in the glass, that is very persistent.

S: Roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The oatmeal comes through as well as a bit of bread, there is a slight earthiness to it. Nice.

T: A slight tartness hits the tongue first, but that is followed by chocolate, and slightly acidic dark roast coffee. The finish has a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium, carbonation is medium low and works for the brew. I wish there was a little more bite to the mouthfeel, a little more chewiness, or creaminess.

O: Overall a pretty good brew. Not a bad stout at all. Enjoyable.

Photo of MrJolly
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewers are selling this one short.

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle received via trade..

Pours with a decent viscosity, not too thick and not too thin. Even with a vigorous pour very little foam arises. What little bit does appear instantly recedes back into the blackness. Hints of roasted coffee emerge on the nose, but not much else. Taste is similar, although it tastes like watered down coffee. Very thin, not very interesting, and leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this the beer goes down pretty easily, and thus drinkability is up as well, but for less than ideal reasons. Honestly I'm kind of disappointed with this one.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown colour that is basically black. Only very faint hints of light brown are apparent when held to the light. Head pours thick and has a creamy chocolate milk consistency to it. Very minimal amount of residue is left on the glass.

The aroma has a dark rugged, roasted malt blended with sweet chocolate vibe to it. There is a touch of coffee here and there but nothing overbearing. A bit of oats and grainy cereal is present as well.

Flavour continues with the characteristics of the aroma: rugged but sweet from chocolate and roasted malt, but with a fair coffee presence as well. I'd say the coffee is more apparent here than in the aroma, and mostly toward the finish of each sip, which gives off more of the rugged flavour than sweet. There's also a fair amount of bitterness and a hint of smokiness in each sip as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good amount of creaminess to it. That said, this one is perhaps a touch thin for the style. I'd have liked a heartier body here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Minor mouthfeel gripe aside (and it's far from a fatal flaw, if even a flaw at all, I'd say this one is more than solid across the board. This was my first time venturing into Arizona brews and it was a nice first step. Would like to see and try more from Nimbus. An easy recommendation.

Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was compliments of my sister who came out from Tucson to visit.

Poured a very dark opaque brown-black with an inch of tan foam that laced initially but did not stick. Head receded fairly quickly as compared with other stouts.
The nose was filled with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, rich coffee, and sort of an earthy/soil quality.
Upon tasting it the sweetness of the oatmeal is up front mixed with the rich roasty malts, the coffee and dark chocolate flavors show up in the middle, and the back end finishes out with more of the dark malt flavor.
Mouth seems a bit thin, carbonation was acceptable, but yeah the lack of thick chewiness or a flavor that lingers was a bit off.
It's a very drinkable beer.

I think this is a quality oatmeal stout. It's not an award winner, but definitely recommended for at least a try.

Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, as I love “Stouts”, since my first sip of a Guinness at St. James Gate some 25 years ago. Ebony color on the pour, creamy dark chocolate head that is modest in size, the lace a nice glutinous cover upon the glass. Starbucks coffee, bittersweet chocolate, fresh toasted grain, and quite pleasing to the schnozzle is this nose, start is sweet and thickly malt, with the top full and creamy. Finish has a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, the acidity moderate, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, and a “Terrific” representative to the style, and a sure fire favorite for this stout lover.

Photo of uabigdaz
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark color, almost completely black. Head is brown, dark khaki. Leaves a good lacing, and head retention is nice. Tastes very smooth and light although it is a heavy beer. Little texture, little carbonation. Taste hints of coffee which balances well. Overall this is a very mild beer which is very good if you want to drink something with flavor. I wouldn't suggest this as a session beer, but there's nothing (besides the superior taste) that would keep it from being one.

Photo of yeastsipper
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps this beer was not given a fair shake as it was opened after some world class stouts. Needless to say, the Nimbus did not measure up.

Pours was weak and watery (watery being a common theme with this beer). The smell had some dry chocolate, maybe a hint of fruit and molasses, but in all honesty, no real smell of note. Taste was much of the same. Watery, watery, watery. Hints of flavors, but no real actual flavor. Just a really bad example of the style. It was watery and perhaps worst of all, just plain boring. Blah...

Photo of CHickman
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black color with a big 2 finger light brown foamy head that faded slowly and left very cool looking spider web foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells like a penny or sheet metal, roasted malts, cocoa powder and muted fruit; not a stout aroma in the classic sense and pretty weak nose overall that had some roasty notes but mostly sweetness.

Tastes of roasted malts, cocoa powder, fruit, coffee grinds, a penny, toasted oats, chocolate milk, syrup and pumpernickel bread. No hop contribution and the oatmeal essence is lost in the bland muted flavor; the roasted malt and coffee accents save this from being a complete waste and make is salvageable.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery with very mild carbonation, a medium body that has a little chewy feel to it and a slightly bitter aftertaste that leaves some nice roasted notes.

Overall it was alright, but with so many great stouts out there I highly doubt that I’d have it again.

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