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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

11-08-2012 20:54:16 | More by khargro2
Photo of mzwolinski


4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering from Nimbus. Found this one on tap (along with the rest of the Nimbus beers) at No Anchovies pizza by campus.

This beer pours completely back, with a dark tan head which quickly dissipates to a fine-grained thin head.

The aroma is, as one would expect from this style, dominated by oatmeal and roasted malt.

Coffee and sweet malt are the primary flavors, but what really sets this beer apart from other oatmeal stouts is the strong hope flavor and bitterness. More than just well-balanced, the choice of hops here really adds in a positive way to the overall flavor, and does something to moderate the beer's slightly sweet finish. Very enjoyable.

Medium bodied, with a slightly bitter, malty aftertaste. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable example of what you can do with an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2002 13:57:43 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Secret Santa 2005 # 2

We don't need no stinking widget...

Delightful dark brown-to-black pour, all black in the glass, with a thick frothy head of dark tan. Sharp looking lacing dripping down the glass.

Simply one of the best coffee aromas I've every sniffed in a stout. Are we sure there's no coffee in here? Simply a great dark roasty nose, Starbucks should smell this good.

Wonderfully bursting with roasted coffee flavors, with enough oatmeal to it to smooth off the rough edges. A hop wash just before the finish cleans things up a bit without over-running anything.

Mouthfeel is properly smooth but not oily or overly slick. Don't want them too thick in Arizona.

Really struggling not to drain the glass to fast to finish the review.

I'd love this before, during, or after the main course, with dessert, or as a nightcap. Or just by itself on a cold afternoon like today.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 21:50:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 08:52:15 | More by Gusler
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

11-22-2013 22:03:30 | More by ExpendableCrewman
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a large brandy snifter.

Pours a deep, dark black color. No light penetrates, even at the edges. The head is thin but present, when poured gently, with a nice cocoa brown color with small tight bubbles. It dissipates, mostly, rather quickly, but it leaves a nice halo along the outer edge of the glass that lasts through most of the beer, as well as a thin haze of bubbles on the surface.

Putting my nose in the small opening of the snifter and pulling a long inhalation is truly my favorite part of this beer. The predominate smell is a rich warm brown sugar aroma. Behind it is a myiad of other smells...a clean milky-sweet smell, some soft smoke scent, a bit of bakers chocolate, some crisp alcohol...it truly caresses my nose. I smile every time I pour one of these and take a wiff.

The taste follows suit, though it begins to lean more towards the roasted bitterness, with a nice hint of smoke. The bitterness of bakers chocolate is there, and so is the milk-like taste, and the alcohol makes its presence known in your mouth with a warming sweetness. It tastes great. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with enough viscosity to coat your palate. The carbonation gives it a slight sizzle that accentuates the alcohol in the taste.

I think this is my new favorite from Nimbus, at least of their regular releases. I've had it a number of times on tap before this, but never quite took the time to really notice how good it is. I think a bit part of my sudden awareness comes from the glass I'm using...all of the great smells it has simply don't come through with a filled-to-the-rim pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 04:53:55 | More by UberWasser
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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky, earthy aroma has nutty, yeasty and hoppy hints. It pours a beautiful opaque dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Sublime flavor has smoky, roast malt, coffee, nutty, earthy and toffee notes of varying prominence, quite tasty. Texture has good body and fizz - not full-bodied, but still impressive. Heartily recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 22:30:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful black, no light penetrates, nice dense tan head, decent lacing, great head retention

S-chocolate (dark), roasted coffee, whiff of sweetness

T-not as dark as i expected, starts off quite light and creamy then a smack of wonderful slightly bitter roasted malt, and then subsides to the flaky oat earthy sweetness that so few oatmeal stouts actually excel at

M-perfect, slightly syrupy, definitely lingers, a hearty feel for a solid oatmeal stout

D-one of my early favorites, this one doesn't disappoint after all this time, I should make this one more of a habit

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:56:19 | More by culver501
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, oatmeal stout brown with a dark sandy brown head that laces nicely. Chalky, chocolatey malt notes, with sweet milk, and roasted peat. Nice. Lightly roasted bitterness up front, followed by sweet, milk chocolate, oats, and sugared coffee. Bitterish finish. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easily. A very nice oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 21:41:04 | More by alexgash
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:26:18 | More by guinness33
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-06-2013 21:03:53 | More by weerezboy
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these on Labor Day Weekend for $1.39 each.

Beer poured jet black with a fine tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is slightly malty with a hint of coffee. Taste is a fine balance between chocolate malts, oats, and hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and satisfying from the oats but is not as thick as hoped. Drinkability is very good. I will definitely pick this up in the future!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:45:08 | More by arizcards
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice brown/almost black pour with a perfect 2 fingers of foamy tan head and great lacing!
grassy hops up front, coffee, chocolate, toasted grains.
a subtle blend of chocolate, tobacco, coffee, and roasted grains.
medium body on the lighter side, nice amount of carbonation and a creamy finish.

this is a great stout and those who get this year round should feel lucky! luckily, we have river horse's oatmeal stout that's VERY similar to this from what i can remember, but unfortunately it's only a seasonal for us.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 20:51:48 | More by facundoCNB
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4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2006 03:16:32 | More by uabigdaz
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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Solomon420 and bennetj17 for this brew, sent for my BA annv and secret santa. Whata fine bunch of BAs !

To start with the summary – just a fine Oaty – what? don’t believe me? Well, I hope you get the chance for it someday.
Nice blackish brew, topped by the state of the art tan head. Tons o’ malt,coffee and oats in there. Well, not tons, but a good supply of flavor. But the rich and robust malty/oaty/coffee quaff is topnotch

If I had the chance for this out west, I’d be first in line. Wish it had a lil’ ring of goodies on the bottle bottom.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:38:35 | More by Vancer
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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Oatmeal Stout when poured was so dark brown, that, it was on the verge of being black. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. There was also a hint of simi-sweet chocolate. The taste was of deeply roasted malts, hops and a hint of dark chocolate. While drinking this stout, it had a bitter/tart dryness in the finish. Not a bad finish, just an interesting one, along with the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:47:32 | More by BeerManDan
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2004 00:51:43 | More by HighCarbDiet
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bennetj17 for this brew. You Arizonans got a good thing there with Nimbus, was very pleased with the local treats thrown in by a great trader.

This one is black. Had to leave my dark living room for a quick inspection in better lighting, but still didnt let any light through the black stout. A generous 2 finger head the colour of espresso crema formed on the pour, and thick and generous lacings graced the glass once the head subsided in this decently but not overly carbonated stout.

Treacle, espresso, creamy oats and a touch of earthy, bitter hops.

The guys at Nimbus got this one right. Starts with a hint of treacle and spice, perhaps nutmeg, and then the espresso flavours make a graceful appearance before the oats. Finishes with a touch of mild an earthy hop spice.

A nice medium bodied stout. Nicely balanced, burnt malts give a nice espresso character to this stout, and it bitterness is pleasantly balanced by sweeter treacly malts, some creamy oats that add a velvety feel, and mild and spicy hops. Wish there was just a little more oat presence.

A very drinkable classic oatmeal stout. Good session fare, especially for a stout, and would also make a great introduction to the style. Also comes at a great price. If only it was available locally, i could see this being something i kept on hand.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 22:54:41 | More by demcorhip
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 12oz. bottle into a snifter.
June notched date on side of label, assume best before date.

Pours very deep, dark black in color, with a nice half inch fluffy, thick, mocha colored head. Decent head retention, leaving some spotty lacing. Excellent aromas! Reminds me a lot of Founder's Breakfast stout. Very heavy coffee smells jump out at you, followed by dark roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. a very enjoyable brew, nice taste, very well balanced. Notes of coffee, chocolate flavors with a little lactose feel and taste to it. Full bodied and velvety smooth. Fills you up, but not uncomfortable. Good drinkablity, I could put down a couple of theese in one sitting.
My first offering from Nimbus and a definite winner. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 17:38:26 | More by BigDaddyWil
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for two of these!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute black with a thin half finger khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal with a tiny bit of spottiness on the sides. Smell is of molasses, toasted oat, and french roast coffee. For some reason I detect some alcohol in the nose too, and for a 5.5% abv I'm not liking it a whole lot. Taste is a smokey espresso flavor with a tiny hint of caramel sweetness. Some toffee flavors emerge on the tongue with a woody taste as well. Aftertaste is a dry vanilla flavor with some oak as well. One of the smokier Oatmeal's I've had for sure. Mouthfeel is light creamy body with a subtle but enjoyable carbonation. I really enjoy how this one feels. After the initial appearance and smell, I fell in love with this beer. My first beer from Nimbus and I look forward to trying more. Good, solid Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 23:52:04 | More by BeerTruth
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Solomon420.

This beer is dark. There is no light getting through. There is a tan head that quickly tapered off. This beer is thick as well. The smell is very malty. The taste backs this up. There is virtually no hop presence. The mouthfeel is very smooth. No bitterness. The drinkability is good. This beer is heavy and filling. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 21:11:45 | More by Enola
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler that traveled a long way to reach me (thanks, Gueuzedude).

This stout poured an opaque brown-black color with sudsy, creamy, light brown foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was nice and included aromas of oatmeal, roasted barley, and a hint of coffee together with a touch of sweetness. The taste was foremost dark roasted malt with some burnt overtones and a taste of oats. There was an underlying sweetness with a touch of licorice and a trace of coffee. The hops were hidden by the maltiness, but there was some hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium full body and low carbonation feel. The lingering aftertaste was full or dark roasted flavor and was dry. This was a nice oatmeal stout which held up well in the growler, but someday I would like to have it fresh from a tap for comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 21:01:14 | More by UncleJimbo
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-07-2012 07:19:23 | More by JohnLynch
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:46:35 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-04-2013 16:43:53 | More by Keith_R
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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout from Nimbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.