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Nimbus Oatmeal Stout - Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Oatmeal StoutNimbus Oatmeal Stout

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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 alexgash


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
Photo of GClarkage


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:56:05 | More by GClarkage


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2007 03:39:56 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of blitz134


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 04:23:44 | More by blitz134
Photo of Vancer


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
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:55:06 | More by Wasatch
Photo of arizcards


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
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 05:43:48 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of tonistruth


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:20:21 | More by tonistruth
Photo of gpcollen1


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 13:37:31 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of demcorhip

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
Photo of gonzo138


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 21:35:56 | More by gonzo138
Photo of bjohnson


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 00:57:49 | More by bjohnson
Photo of BigDaddyWil


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
Photo of Enola

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
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 00:30:30 | More by Jredner
Photo of uabigdaz


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
Photo of UberWasser


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
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty cool label of a psuedo-monkey-Buddah label sporting a Feb notch. *Funny! My label was peeling off from the left side just like the BA pic here*

Impresive pour consisting of an obligatory buh-lack light vacuum topped with a dark tan headcap settling to a thin but coating layer, laying a wake of spotty dense lace. Call me crazy, but this just apppears to look good.

Spot on Oatmeal stout roasty and toasty aroma goodness with a grain backing. Lots of interesting cocoa and dark fruit aromatic comingle.

First swigs: Bitter cigarette butt and tobacco meets a wall of solid toasted malt. This is not a slouch in the stout deptartment. Maybe if I have to boo-hoo, this is a tad bitter baker's chocolate, that translated to me as a coppery metallic, but if your preference is swaying towards that, then this is your Nirvana. Tons of buscuit and bread.

Frothy gusher soft feel with a dry lingering bitter astringent background. Medium bodied.

Last swigs: Dry clean bitter buscuit roasty 'n toasty. Too often oatmeal stouts fall short of deliverin' the quality. This one is fairly generous. My last round of Nimbus beers that were quite generously sent in a trade withfellow Tucson, BA G.D. Maybe, the hops were a touch short of my grassy preference, but solid, overall. Enjoyable!

Beer is good. Happy black stout beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 10:37:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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
Photo of bennetj17


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a large mug. Very black in color, mediocre head that is very tan/brown. They filled it to the brim so not sure how much head would show if it were in a different type of glass. Not very overpowering smell, with toasted coffee aroma. Flavor is somewhat chocolatey and coffee-like, with hints of berries and a mild hoppiness to round it out. Its is very dry, and has a decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is great, nice carbonation, somewhat thick, but very smooth from the oats. Its filling, but very tasty. One of my favorite offerings from Nimbus...

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2006 05:45:48 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Bcant


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 02:31:58 | More by Bcant
Photo of HighCarbDiet


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
Photo of UncleJimbo


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
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black brew that has a tan to brown head atop of it. Smells of roast malt, and it tastes quite smooth with a mellow roast malt finish. A very silky smooth body to this beer. Lots of malt flavors and a bit of acidity in the finish, a good solid beer. There are no super strong flavors (a good thing) and it is very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2003 15:51:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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