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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

Nimbus Oatmeal StoutNimbus Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%

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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Photo of notchucknorris


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color with a huge light brown head. Eventually settles down to about half a finger of foam and leaves some streaks of lace down the glass.

S: Pretty light aroma. Some mild oats, banana, cocoa, and some light roasted coffee.

T: Light roasted malt with a touch of coffee throughout. Nothing really beyond that that I get. Mouthfeel doesn't really show much effect of the oats. A decent oatmeal stout, but there's really not a whole lot to this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:51:26 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 11/2012. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, floral, mint, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of roasted notes with a prominent amount of hops. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, toast, caramel, light coffee, floral, mint, and herbal earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, light coffee, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Well balance with nice flavor robustness and complexity; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:21:03 | More by superspak
Photo of elgiacomo


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled October 2012. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves impressive sheets and drippy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of coffee, touch of grassy hops. Good, but not great strength.

Nice flavor of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, some caramel, dark bread, bit of hops, mild to moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice creamy Oatmeal Stout feel, moderate carbonation.

Very nice Oatmeal Stout. Everything one would want in the style, smooth, creamy, chocolaty. Good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:38:53 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:57:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Minks

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-Chocolatey brown, slim coffee with cream head, moderate fizz. Lovely to look at.

-Initial flavors of classic stout malt, bitterness, and alcohol, gradually turning into a more bready semi sweetness with a bit of an acid bite.

-Mouthfeel is too thin. Needs more velvet. This beer's carbonation is a bit distracting from the flavor as well

-Flavor could be more potent, especially for a stout. Main complaint is that the finish is quite weak and the flavor shiftings are a bit flaccid. Needs to grow a pair before it joins the ranks of the real stouts

-Goes down smooth for a stout, good for early morning beer drinking when you're too tired to handle a burlier beer. An excellent substitue/addition to any breakfast or pre-work pre-gaming!

-Overall, an okay stout for a reasonable price. Good for those beer drinkers who are not used to or don't like stouty stouts. In other words, it's a gateway stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:57:49 | More by Minks
Photo of Beejay


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:43:29 | More by Beejay
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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
Photo of ocelot2500


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:56:14 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of ccrida


2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Nimbus' Oatmeal Stout is cola brown with a tan head leaving nice lace.

Smell is very malty, caramel, but some sourish ash notes.

Taste is disjointed. It's roasted, but again, more ashy, sourish, caramel malt. Something about this one rough.

Mouthfeel is thin, dry, wanting.

Drinkability is lower, this isn't a very good stout. Oatmeal? No, the mouthfeel is weak. So is the whole beer, execution-wise. I'm not impressed!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 08:45:59 | More by ccrida
Photo of HosP


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened up a 12oz into a pint glass the other night.

A- Poured black. Bits of light around the edges. Thin dark tan head, quickly down to nothing.

S- Nose full of coffee notes and roasted malts. Not to complex in the nose.

T- Like the nose, coffee notes up front. Taste a little burnt in the middle. Blend into some roasted malts, get a little chocolate taste in the background.

M- Medium to fuller body. Low carbonation. Thick in the mouth and a little dry.

O- Average oatmeal stout. Flavors had a burnt taste lingering to them. Not to complex either. Still an ok drink, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:38:16 | More by HosP
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a scant, yellow-beige head.

Smell: Light, stark notes of roasted grains, chocolate, fruit, and oats. All of it very, very light. All of it very, very forgettable.

Taste: A faint sweetness overlaying a roasted barley scaffolding, a few meager hints of chocolate, and a dull, low fruitiness. Lightly earthy, faintly bitter English hops. Dry, kind of flavorless finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A mild, mild-tasting beer that's just plain boring. I wasn't asking for much, I wasn't, but, come on, Nimbus, give me something to work with.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 16:42:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black body. Medium-light caramel head with decent retention.

Smell - Fresh yet acidic. Almost exactly like capers or green olives. I vaguely remember something about olive smell being related to infected beer. Well, here goes...

Taste - Very acidic. A bit of a bitter aftertaste. Less than a Guinness. Relatively light for a stout. Not bad. I guess it's not infected. Must just be part of the character.

Mouthfeel - Good smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Not watery like some other more popular stouts.

Drinkability - More interesting than other stouts (such as Guiness) but the olive character (while not bad) is not exactly appealing. I'd call it an off taste that reduces drinkability, unless this was being paired.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:10:03 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of mmciz


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't even know Nimbus made an oatmeal stout until I saw this bottle at BevMo -- it doesn't seem to be a rarity, though. Guess I just never bothered to look for an oatmeal stout from any Arizona brewer other than Beaver Street in Flagstaff. Because, really, unless you're up in the high country where there's cold and snow who wants a stout in AZ during 11 months out of the year?

It's in the 40s tonight, though, so let's give it a whirl...

A: Carmel-colored head about an 18 of an inch thick. The bubbles are a little shiny and there's actually a bit of lacing.

S: Pretty yeast-y for an oatmeal stout. I also get some black licorice.

T: There's a lot of oat-y-ness which is, of course, what we're looking for here, but not a lot of complexity beyond that. The Goldings hops are noticeable, too, especially on the finish and in the aftertaste -- it's British varietal but this beer it definitely tastes like a West Coast offering. Other reviewers suggest drinking it at room temperature and mine has only been out of the fridge for 10 minutes or so -- I'll try it again closer to room temperature to see if I get the chocolate taste others enjoy so much... That's a nice luxury since this is a cheap (and apparently readily available) local brew.

M: Thick and satisfying, to style but on the high end of the style.

D: It goes down smooth though the aftertaste would grate on me after more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 05:09:00 | More by mmciz
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Poured into pint glass. Pours very dark almost completely black with a 1 finger brown and gray head. Aroma is equally malty and roasty. Flavor is rich and smooth with plenty of malty backbone to balance all the usual dark roasty notes. Medium creamy body. Hop character is hidden but this beer isnt really sweet. It is balanced enough. Very drinkable and hits all the right notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 22:10:57 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Retsinis


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these at a Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ while there over the new year's holiday. Review from notes.

Served chilled from a 12 oz. bottle, into a brandy tulip glass.

Appearance, pour is a very deep, dark brown, nearly black, but when held to the light, there are brown highlights that penetrate through. About an inch of head that rose, then faded and to just a lacing ring.

Smell is of a bit subdued for the style for me, but I pick up on the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee with cream.

Taste follows the aroma's. Opens with sweet cream coffee, then roasted malt, cappuccino, molasses, and a tinge of dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with good carbonation for the style.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout, though not as rich as I like. Easy to drink a few on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 19:40:12 | More by Retsinis
Photo of Lucklys


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to preface this review by stating that this is my first ever stout. Ever. Carry on.

This beer was pitch black. While I was pouring it, I was slightly intimidated by the initial chocolatey brown color, but soon fell into a quiet fear as it ebbed black with the last drop. I couldn't see into the liquid like I could all of my other lighter beers; when I looked into the glass, all I could see was my shocked reflection staring starkly back at me. It was that black. My frightening first impression was quickly comforted by the sandy head of foam that grew to just over a finger thick. I suppose I didn't really expect a snow white head, but the light brown bubbles made me feel safer about my decision to delve into the world of stouts despite my painful lack of information. Also, for anyone who cares, the lacing was spotty and minimal.

Before I did any amount of research on stouts or this particular brew, I sniffed and came away repulsed. My first thought, I kid you not, was "soy sauce?!". Even now, as I sit with my nose in the bottle trying to get around the sour, salty-sweetness of Chinese condiments, I cannot seem to break away from my inaugural impression. So, I smell soy sauce. Other than that, and by combining all of the other robust fragrances which I'm sure are probably creating the illusion of soy sauce, it still wasn't my cup of tea. Or glass of beer, as the case may be.

Among the myriad of scents I pulled from the beer I was rapidly beginning to wish I didn't have to drink: smoky oats and malt, baker's dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee grounds, hint of vanilla, a little bit of burnt molasses and maybe some bitter cocoa powder. It was like a baking experiment gone awfully, horribly awry.

Let me just say with complete honesty here, that despite my following complaints, the first few sips were super bitter, but once I got over the roast coffee and burnt molasses, I was able to appreciate the texture more which made it much more enjoyable. Like I mentioned, the beginning of each sip was pretty bitter, followed by a rich wave of coffee grounds, burnt oats, thick malts, and spicy hops (Kent Golding).

The mouthfeel was a medium-light with soft carbonation, creating a smooth body that was both dry and creamy on my tongue. It did peak on sour right after I swallowed, but everything mellowed out in the end to allow more hops to shine through.

This stout is a great example of how oatmeal stouts should be made, even according to seasoned tasters, so I'm glad I was able to learn to appreciate the type of brew with the Nimbus micro. Being that it is so aromatic and robust, it would be best paired with a hearty smoked steak and a chocolate dessert, both of which will help to bring out each of the individual flavors. In the very end, this is a beer I can most certainly appreciate, but one I most likely won't be drinking unless I have both a nice slab of smoked rib-eye and a fudge brownie with walnuts.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 20:34:44 | More by Lucklys
Photo of Nerudamann


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - very dark brown, no light visible through this one. Very little head.

Smell - smells like a fairly rich stout. Subtle caramel or chocolate hints. Not catching a smoked or molasses aroma.

Taste - fairly hoppy and bitter. Roasted coffee/expresso bean flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice? Thinner texture thanks to the oats. Definitely a lingering aftertaste, which is bitter, and stays up in the top of the palate.

Mouthfeel - not as thick as a stout could be, thanks to the oats thinning it out. More on the watery side between watery and creamy, but good balance.

Drinkability - Not bad complexity, but a little too hoppy for my taste. Good beer in general, and if you like bitter stouts, this one would be fun to have hanging out in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:57:21 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of culver501


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one traveling around the Grand Canyon. A solid if generally unremarkable oatmeal stout that got significantly better as it warmed up (best was around room temperature). Coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt dominated the nose and taste. Overall, worth a look, especially if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 20:46:06 | More by soupyman10
Photo of goatgoat


3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with ruby highlights. Moderate coffee head falls fairly fast. No lace. Aroma is sweet with a roasted bitterness. Taste is fairly simple, sweetness overlaid with a roasted character. Not particularly chocolate or coffee, just roasted. Finish is bitter and long lasting, something a little off that I can't quite figure out. Mouthfeel is starts thin as it's cold but gets nice when it warms. Smooth and silky.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 19:22:56 | More by goatgoat
Photo of Sixofsigmas


3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 23:41:54 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, freshness date clearly marked on bottle (reviewed bottle well within freshness bracket)

A: Nearly completely opaque near-black brown colored beer with dark ruby showing at the edges when held up to a bright light. One finger of brown head that lasts and laces fairly well.

S: Burnt malts, strong chocolate, and coffee.

T: Rich but subtle darkly roasted malts dominate the initial taste, followed by some coffee notes and finally dark chocolate and less roasted malts at the end. Aftertaste is chocolaty. The characteristic oatmeal sweetness does show up near the end of the flavor arch, and thus this beer earns good marks for taste from me.

M: Smooth and well bodied, but not amazing. It is what an oatmeal stout should be, but not what it could be.

D: Good drinkability, but not outstanding.

Overall: A very good bottled oatmeal stout, but could be better with more oats in the nose and on the palate. Could be paired nicely with toasted rye bread and melted sharp cheddar over potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 07:13:41 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of aristeros


3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Might as well try the Arizona beers while I'm here, right? Pours a dark, mahogany brown with about a finger of off-white head. Some lacing.

Appearance is above 3.5, but below 4. Want to give it a 3.7 but it won't let me.

Simple nose, with roasted malts, light espresso, and baker's chocolate. A slightly acidic smell that I can't place but I've noticed in some stouts before that reminds me of strong coffee.

Roasted malt flavors. Coffee flavor predominates. Hops are there, but hidden on the back end. The oatmeal helps the texture along, though it's thinner and less 'chewy' than it should be. The carbonation is good for the style.

I will have another--five more in my fridge now, after all--but although there's nothing exactly wrong with it, there's also nothing that really stands out here and puts it on par with, say, Sam Smith's oatmeal offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:21:40 | More by aristeros
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of roasted malt with a touch of coffee

T - Follows the nose for the most part roasted malts that give off a coffee flavor

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all one of the better beers that I've had from Nimbus and one that I could drink pretty regularly if it was available to me worth a try sometime

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 20:29:08 | More by armock
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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout from Nimbus Brewing Company
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