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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of goatgoat
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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 allforbetterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of aristeros
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade from smellsofstout. Thanks Tomas.

A: Pours a nice bright coal black hue with a nice tall foamy mocha head. Okay retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Aroma rather simple, but good. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, with a touch of smoke.

T: Roasty goodness up front, backed by gas station coffee. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and a touch of hops in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, can't really pick up the carbonation that was apparant upon the pour.

D: Not earth shattering but good. Glad to review an Arizona beer besides Cave Creek Chili beer. Thanks Tomas for the huge box of beer!

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. This stout appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger of creamy ecru colored foam. The head quickly ebbs, leaving no lace. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of molasses. This medium bodied stout is a tad chewy from the addition of oatmeal and is adequately carbonated for the style. Worth a try if you are an oatmeal stout fan.

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

Very dark almost black color with a very tight head about one inch that slowly faded as the beer did. Smelled faintly of roasted malt and toasted oats. Tasted like a dark stout with hints of roasted toasted oats, fairly consistent with the aroma. Body is pretty good and not too heavy. It was a tasty beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An agrgressive pour yielded a dark brown head that bubbled up and stuck around for a while. Light lacing left along the sides of the glass. The body is a dark chestnut brown and lets little light in along the edges.

Roasted malt, nuts, fresh rolled oats, dark cherries, and a slight metallic note.

Taste mimics the the nose with the oats carrying the load over the palate. Dark cherries come through along with the nuts and roasted malt. A slight metallic flavor is present as well.

Medium bodied, not very full and robust like most oatmeal stouts. However, given the climate in Tucson, this is acceptable.

For the climate, this is perfect. However, it does lack some fullness in the flavor profile that prevent it from taking the next step. Considering the climate, this is very drinkable.

Photo of nanobrew
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer twice.

A - Pours a dark, nearly black beer. Carbonation was nearly no existent, along with no head.

S - Really hard to find, with out really giving the glass a swirl. Smells like roasted coffee and prunes, very pleasant, only if it were more prominent.

T - First notes that hit were the roasted coffee bitterness and slightly fruity. As the beer warmed up, it seemed to get sweeter, more toffie like, with the prune flavor coming out more. very tasty.

M - For an oatmeal stout I thought it was a little then, coupled with the really low carbonantion, there was nothing special about this.

D - Not one I will be craving, but definitely a beer I could have one or two of.

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 seanbhudson
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Small amount of lacing.
Not a lot of aroma. Earthy hops, alcohol, molasses and coffee.
Relatively light flavor. Roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate and slight earthy hops.
Light to medium body with a watery texture. Soft carbonation.
Very easy to drink but so is water.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/29/2007 (Tap @ Old Chicago, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a dark blackish colored body, with a smallish tannish colored head. Has a slight coffee aroma, more chocolately, but not overly strong. Has a crisp watery palate. Some chocolate and coffee taste.

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a faint tan head.

Nice baked chocolate flavor, dark malts, and some pine like hops.

Taste has a pretty coffee forward flavor. Some smooth oats, a crisp finish, and some pine and mineral like hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little thin and watery for the style though.

Drinkability is good. Nice flavorful easy drinking stout. Quite sessionable.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour elicits some large bubbles that settle into a thin brown foam. Dark brown color. Spotty lacing.

The nose is metallic, roasted, nutty, with a little dark fruit. More power required here, or a little less on the metallic.

The first thing I note unfortunately is a sour taste. Quite bitter, with a lot of roasted malt. Baker's chocolate is prominent, but leads to that metallic taste.

Bready, chewy mouthfeel. Fairly dry finish, but the acrid bitterness lives on in the finish. I would call the mouthfeel the coup here: not much as far as nose and flavor, but it sure has a nice heft.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew from tayner, Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle, date notched July, served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a thin layer of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - lightly roasted coffee aroma.

T - light roasty flavor, thin oatmeal taste.

F - medium bodied with a thin, almost watery feel.

D - it's ok, I'd like to try a fresher one.

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.

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 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 SaCkErZ9
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received from tayner via Beer Powerball Week 4.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very unassuming. Coca Cola colored with no head, no lacing. Looks like a flat beer. This is the third Nimbus OS I have had so it cant be a bottle issue.

Aroma is coffeeish and slightly stoutish. Nothing impressive or outstanding.

More coffee in the flavor with some chocolate. Good bt of bitterness on the back end due to some hoppiness. Thin on the mouthfeel; way too thin for an oatmeal stout.

Sorry to say it, but this was a let down. Below average. Drinks easily enough due to its completely ordinary profile.

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 number1bum
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a deep brown color, few shades below black, with about a finger and a half of creamy dark tan head. Head recedes to a nice lace.

Smell has a nice mocha aroma with some milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Bit of smoke, as well.

Taste is a bit more bitter than the smell, with a prominent roasted malt and slightly charcoal like flavor. Sort of woody flavor even with a hint of smoke. There is some dark chocolate flavor and bit of coffee, as well. It tastes a little thin overall.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin - not quite as creamy as it could be perhaps.

Pretty drinkable beer that I certainly wouldn't turn down. Not bad.

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

a: This was jet-black as far as I can tell. A violent pour produced a big frothy mocha colored head that quickly faded to lace.

s: Mild dark chocolate aromas, smokey roasted malts, and maybe some sweet milk.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, with the oatmeal bringing just a little sweetness. The finish brings a nice coffee bitterness.

m: The carbonation was gently foamy and the body was fine.

d: Thanks to tayner for a very good oaty stout. If this was local, I could drink these to replace the one Troeg's took away.

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 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.

Nimbus Oatmeal Stout from Nimbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.