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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle from Town and Country, on to the beer:

Pours a very thick black, but it develops almost no head. This beer resembles more of a dry stout than a full-flavored oatmeal stout. It's not what I set myself for, but it does the job. The overall score suffers because I think it's merely solid for an oatmeal stout.

DoubleJ, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with tan brown head that doesn't retain well.

Nose is on weaker side for an Oatmeal stout IMO. However, from what is there it is nice - Whoppers candy, nougat, chocolate, caramel icing on birthday cake.

Palate is a nice chalky roasty chocolate flavor, with plent of roastiness to boot. Caramel again too.

Finish is long and caramel sweet.

yemenmocha, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a jet black, with some brown highlights when held up to the light. Good head, leaves a ring of lace, and cap for most of the glass, though the head retention is slightly below average.

S: Coffee predominately, light coffee, capuccino, some dark chocolate as well, kind of a simple smell, but very robust and fragrant.

T: Big sweet coffee notes to open up, kind of like coffee and cream, some milk chocolate and dark chocolate there as well. Roasted malts play a part, and a hint of burnt sugar and molasses. Sweet, but much drier than an average oatmeal stout, leaning towards Irish dry stout.

M: Dry and creamy, slightly sweet, and smooth. Good amount of carbonation, not too much or too little, just right.

D: Good, a good stout, I enjoyed it while watching the movie Stagecoach on TCM, Nimbus had made some good brews, will have to try more of them, didn't have a problem drinking this one.

Halcyondays, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a respectable tan head that fades to acap and laces moderately. The smell is surprisingly robust and complex, especially given the relatively low abv. Coffee, roasted grains, a touch of vanilla, and oloroso sherry are all present. The taste is significantly lighter, but echoes of the aromas are present. There is also a slight grainy sourness, thin chocolate, and a little roastiness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly creamy, and on the lighter side. Goes down easily, but could be a tad more robust to sustain interest.

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of BeerManDan
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

BeerManDan, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Clear brown at the edges, otherwise opaque, even when held against light. Medium sized, creamy brown head.

Aromas of flowers, chocolate and oatmeal greet the nose.

Taste is more towards bitter, but pretty well balanced, overall. Coffee and roast notes most prevalent. Just a bit grassy, lingers into aftertaste.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite dry.

OK, but nothing spectacular.

, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a good dark beer with only the smallest amount of ruby colored light getting through at the sides. Initially there was a thick mocha colored head, but over a one minute period, it fell leaving only a rim around the edge.

S: There is a ton of chocolate in the aroma. Behind the wall of chocolate there is some roasted malt in there also. No detectable hop aroma as is expected.

T: The taste is missing something, but I can't figure out exactly what. There is a bit of astringency and a weird thin feeling in there. There is good chocolate flavor mid-taste and in the after taste, but is much lighter initially. Decent roasted flavor as well.

M: I found this beer to be a bit light bodied for me. It starts off with a fuller body, but fades through the drink.

D: This is a decent example of an oatmeal stout, but the thinness brings it down a bit.

drseamus, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into the new sam adams wonderglass it formed a brown head that falls to a small island. Dark brown around the edges and black in the core.

First pull was very metallic and light bodied. As it settled down the taste came through more clear. Plenty of charred malts that turn the body of this brew extremely dry and chalky. The malt bill takes a backseat towards the finish and a wave of bitterness takes charge bordering on tart and not welcomed. Subtle coffee underbelly.

Notes: Not for me. Lacks a solid body and lacks in depth. A good oatmeal stout to me needs to be easy drinking but not at the expense of character. This is easy drinking but...

DogFood11, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Big oatmeal and a bit of coffee in there too. Dry grass hops manage to make their way through also.
T-Big coffee malts. Oatmeal is there but takes a back seat in the flavors. Leaves a big coffee aftertaste also. A very slight hint of citrus hops too. Light bitterness on the tip of the tongue.
M- Smooth and silky feel to it. Medium body with low carbonation.
D- Way to strong in the coffee flavor for me. I prefer a bigger oatmeal flavor in a oatmeal stout.

BlindPig, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

alexgash, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/20/06- Received from BA member as part of a fantasy baseball league prize.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a date strip on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color. Smaller 1/4 inch head and slight traces of lace streaks.

Smell- Deep and dark chocolate malt with a caramel coca cola like scent. Light burnt coffee grounds come out as well.

Taste- Very very dark, but not quite burnt. Fairly smoky malt base. Super dark chocolate with extreme roasted coffee beans. I slight touch of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thinner almost watery feel. Light carbonation with a mild creaminess.

Drinkability- If you like dark stouts, this one is for you. Probably worth a try.

GClarkage, Mar 10, 2007
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 1/3" tan head. Down to a cap quickly and leaves a thin, wispy lace trail. Black stout.

S - Rich malt with notes of strong coffee, smoke, and chocolate.

T - Mellow roasted malts. A touch of sweetness. Chocolate. Roasty, earthy finish. Faint hops in the finish as well.

M - Smooth, velvety standout mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Some sweetness in the flavor, but actually finishes relatively dry for an oatmeal stout.

D - Very drinkable, good stuff.

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

blitz134, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

Vancer, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bennetj17

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of slightly roasted sweet malts, some hops, and slight chocolate/coffee. The taste is very nice sweet malty, with some under tone chocolate/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice true to style oatmeal stout.

Wasatch, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

arizcards, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark, dark brown in color where no light is getting through. 1/4" tan head, decent retent, settles to ring, tan lacing.

S- roasted and burnt malts, sweet cream, and coffee aromas.

T- lots of burnt malt flavors in there, some roasted coffe flavor in the finish and aftertaste, slight alcohol prescence, sweetness from oats throughout lingering in the background

M- high carbonation, smooth with some creaminess at thr finish, bit sticky as well

D- yummy, but more of a stout than an oatmeal stout, high bitterness, but drinkable, though i think it missed the style. also, the carbonation was too high. I wouldn't turn this away though.

tonistruth, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark chocolate into my tulip, leaving a nice 1” cocoa head that holds for quite some time. The dark roasted malt is flowing out of this glass with hints of bittersweet bakers chocolate.

This brew tastes as good as it smells, deep coffee and chocolate flavors dancing around in my mouth with a little bit of carbonation. I keep going back for sip after sip.

This was pretty darn good. I could drink a few of these for certain. Would even buy it if available.

gpcollen1, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

demcorhip, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours jet black, light will not pass through this beer, creamy brown head that did not retain too well, but laced pretty well

S- smells of roasted malt, coffee smell is pretty noticable with just a little bit of chcolate mixed in as well

T- definite taste of coffee, almost esspresso like, rich sweet dark taste, I really cant say I taste oatmeal, but for me thats a plus because i think oatmeal is digusting

M- nice and thick, lightly carbonated, flavor lingers in mouth for a while, nice and clean finish

D- very drinkable for a stout, goes down pleasantly, I enjoyed this one very much and would definitely buy and drink again

gonzo138, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for giving me the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jet black with a superb one finger frothy as can be chocolate covered head. Very excellent retention on this one. Nice looking lace.
S: Sweet chocolate aromas mixed with hints of roasted coffee. Ever so slight hop notes with a deep breath.
T/M: Roasted coffee flavors with a dark fruit background. Oatmeal flavors peak in and out with a bit more towards the back. Dry finish that's more bitter than I first thought. Roasted coffee and chocolate tastes are more dominant as this beer warms--carbonation calms down a bit too. Gets a bit more thick as it warms also. Best to let sit for 15 minutes before cracking.
D: Good offering. Glad I got to try it.

bjohnson, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

BigDaddyWil, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Enola, Aug 16, 2006
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.

Jredner, Jun 30, 2006
Nimbus Oatmeal Stout from Nimbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.