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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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88
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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 41
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-23-2007

Ninkasi website:
"7.5% alc/vol. 45 ibus. Always available on draft."

Recent bottles spotted with "7.2% alc/vol." listed
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Ratings: 639 | Reviews: 213
Reviews by bagpiper2005:
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Opaque brown in color with noticeable setiment and a thick 3 fingers of brown, frothy head. When held up to the light appears a very cloudy dark brown.

Smell: Oatmeal sweetness dominates the nose with underlying tones of chocolate malts, expresso, and a little bit of fruity/floral scents.

Taste: A huge wallop of oatmeal sweetness right off the bat. Gives way to a chocolate malty and coffee middle of the palate with undertones of toffee and molasses. The back finishes up with a slightly dry hop bitterness and a little bit of a citrus note. Lots of subtle hints going on, but a very big flavor indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full, yet slightly thin comparatively for this style. Low carbonation and extremely smooth. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Goes down well, but drinks a bit like a meal. Half the bottle was plenty for me.

Final Notes: This beer was pleasing in every way. I would definitely drink this again and I hope to add it to my rotation. A bit pricey and pretty alcoholic, but worth it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty, and refined- with all the kind words that I can say about the beer that begin with "r", why is there no r's in Oatis Oatmeal Stout?

Sturdy and stout (ok we're in sych with the phonic adjectives), the appearance of opaque bark-brown builds a dense and creamy head of tan foam that retains and laces just as a protien-laden Oat infused Stout should. The beer simply looks like a gentlemanly beer.

Malty-rich aromas of dry chocolate, not quite cocoa powder but certainly cocoa-heavy varieties set the tone while accepting a helping hand from roasty flavors of French press coffees, charred woods and the scent of heavy whipping cream. Solid, yet somewhat understated and focused.

Flavors are bolder and still portray the bittersweet chocolate taste, strong and silky coffees- just shy of espresso, and a milky candyish taste that reminds me of Whoppers candies. Moderately bitter from earthy hops and also the roasted grain that reaffirms the coffee tones in finish and aftertaste.

Very richly texture, the protien of oats make a solid stand in the mouthfeel of the ale. Full and creamy to start, a slow procession across the palate reveals an even-keel development toward fleeting malt richness, heightened bitter/dry interplay, and a malty-dry finish of warmth and bitter alcohols.

I love it that the beer doesn't make compromises. It doesn't try to give lighter impressions to gain the consumership of timid beer drinkers. Nor does it propel into imperial status in a showy kinda way. It's a strong Oatmeal Stout- take it or leave it. I take it! Thanks a bunch Steamhead!

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color (almost black) with a small, light brown head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and some coffee notes.

T - It tasted of oats with a nice bitter hop kick. The coffee flavor add a little more bitterness to complement the sweet chocolate taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good oatmeal stout. I really want to try more stuff from Ninkasi.

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a nice bubble show; excellent retention at two inches with a nice coating a lace, to boot

Smell: Roasty tones, with chocolate fudge and hints of caramel, coffee and herbal/piney hops

Taste: The roasted tones and chocolate dominate the front end, with hints of caramel and coffee; by mid-palate, the herbal, slightly piney hops build; nicely balanced with rich flavors, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout; well-balanced and quite enjoyable

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured near jet black except for some ruby highlights when held in the light,a creamy toasted almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with faint smoke and wood,light bitter chocolate shows thru just a little.Roasty and raw on the palate,very dry with faint smoke in the finish,just a very light chocolate sweetness.This is one no holds barred hoppy stout,its big and roasty,I liked it.

Photo of iheartpnwbrew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the finer Oat meal stouts I've had. All flavor nodes well balanced, and an extremely drinkable mix. Bought a bottle of this the very next day to add to my collection. Ninkasi is one of those breweries to keep your eye on. Have some GREAT beers out right now.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

recieved in the noob bif thanks to mizzouguy!

22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. split with friends.

pours out pretty much black with a very nice thick tan/ light mocha colored head slightly darker on the edges. great retention and lots of sticky webby lace. looks great!

dark roasted malt, burnt, cocoa, bits of dark chocolate and dark fruits.

dark burnt roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, a little dark chocolate. finishes with a little creamy oatmeal and pretty substantial bitterness for the style. a nice dark fruity chocolate taste lingers with the bitterness.

mouthfeel is a bit off, too much carbonation which makes it feel a bit thin. maybe not as creamy as most oatmeal stouts.

definatly an enjoyable beer, if this was local to me, i could see drinking this again.

Photo of rapidcycler
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my god! this is the best beer I ever tasted. Chocolate and coffee notes give way to ab absolutely heavy mouthfeel. Very little bitterness. This is what I drink every day, I accept no substitute. I always pour it a little fast so the tan head is nice and thick. There is nothing light and watery about this beer!

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black opaque, thick fluffy dark tan head, nice retention.
Smell: Slight chocolate and coffee, with some dark roasty malt aromas and just a tinge of sweet caramel.
Taste: Coffee up front, with some dark roast malty flavors and a bit of chocolate in the background.
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for a stout, but not bad. Pretty creamy from the oats, but very smooth and drinkable.
Overall: Not a bad stout, the oatmeal mellows it somewhat, but it's pretty tasty.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a deep, blackish brown body with red highlights and a one finger tan head that quickly dissipated to a ring of foam. A pretty good looking stout, though not the best. Scents of rich roasted malt, dark roast coffee with cream, bittersweet chocolate, a light, earthy oatmeal aroma and light dark fruit. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic, enticing, true-to-form oatmeal stout. It is very well done. Flavor begins medium sweet, with notes of bittersweet milk chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee with cream, a slight earthiness from the oats and light roasted malt. This moves into a medium sweet middle with more pronounced roast malt, and the previously mentioned flavors still present. Finish is medium sweet with strong notes of roasted malt balancing, along with sweetened coffee with cream and bittersweet milk chocolate flavors, with very light alcohol flavors discernible. Aftertaste is medium dry with notes of roast malt, cocoa powder and dark coffee, a welcome end to the medium sweet sip. Overall this is a pleasant oatmeal stout flavor profile. It has all the welcome flavors of the style and balances them well. The slight alcohol warmth on the finish is a tad bit unwelcome, but not overly so. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a smooth, slick, creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to form oatmeal stout that is quite pleasant to drink. Overall this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout. It hits the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel quite well and is very enjoyable to drink. A very nice offering and a good year-round alternative to Velvet Merlin.

Photo of DoubleSkunk
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first words that come to mind upon taking a sniff and a sip of Oatis are "milk chocolate truffle" and "malt-tastic", respectively. But this delightful beer's not all sweetness--they made sure to add a little hoppy bite to balance everything out. Aesthetically, Oatis is a dream--It looks and feels like cold carbonated molasses. Rock on, Ninkasi, rock on.

Photo of apaltrineri
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, bordering on engine oil. Foamy tan 2-finger head, little lacing.

Smell - A malty, heady oatmeal stout which warms you up just by the smell! Notes of rust, soy sauce (?), yeast.

Taste - This is a strong beer, even for a stout (7% ABV) and the alcohol comes through just a little too much. Hearty tasting stout with traces of iron. Notes of burnt chocolate and ash, winter once again.

Mouthfeel - The highlight of this tasting... chewy, oily, truly a unique feel for every sip. The heavy taste is betrayed by this complex feel.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but one to try again on a cool eve. Stout fans should definitely give it a shot.

Photo of samtrillo
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Perfect Dark. Poured with some creamy looking head.

S - Good Oatmeal stout freshness.

T - Some sweetness at the start followed by bitterness and dark oatmeal.

M - A bit too much bite and carbonation for me but maybe I've been drinking too many aged stouts to be a good judge.

O - A quality choice in the Oatmeal Stout world. Good flavor.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, practically black with a short, but thick brown head that maintained form for a good bit. Sporadic lacing forms on the glass.

S: A decent aroma, not really oaty as one might expect. Some chocolate, faint roasted malt and a little bit of piney hops.

T: Lots of chocolate on the flavor profile with a little bit of roast and faint pine, which starts to disappear a bit as it warms The oats come through as I let the beer sit a bit. Has a rather bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little on the thin side with medium carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout, I think i will stick to the hoppier Ninkasi beers though.

Photo of Spelaeus
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm wondering if I got a bad batch given other reviews. Not horrible, but definitely a lack of fermentation control. Very apparent isoamyl acetate (banana) flavor. Light body. Pretty standard oatmeal stout otherwise. Slightly roasty. Tastes like a smaller beer than it is, pretty sessionable given the abv. Overall, reminds me a lot of some of the kit-based oatmeal stouts I've had from beginner homebrewers. Drinkable but not terribly exciting, and a few glaring flaws.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is a light tan color, a little over a finger thick and shows great retention. Lacing is strong and clings all over the glass.

Smell - Oats are definite on the nose, backed by moderate roasted malt aromas of chocolate and lesser so of coffee. Traces of bitterness at the tail end of the aroma.

Taste - Starts out with creamy sweetness and hints of fluffed chocolate. Mid-taste things take a turn for the bitter. Moderate notes of dark baker's chocolate emerge, then turns for a roasted coffee finish. Coffee bitterness level builds rather quickly if sips are quick in succession.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall - This is a very good oatmeal stout, especially after it's warmed a bit and is drank with a fair pace. Drinking it with leisure is not recommended, as the true nature of the bitterness is hidden when sips come several minutes between, but even then it's a very solid brew. This is definitely an oatmeal stout I will be returning to in the near future.

Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter. Acquired this one through a trade with BA'er JohnGalt1...cheers buddy!

A - poured about half an inch of tight frothy khaki colored foam which falls to a floating island and ring. the beer is just about pitch black, no light coming through when held up to a lamp.

S - big nose, huge roasted malt, dark milk chocolate, oak, slight bourbon twang, some strong french roast coffee, vanilla...could go on, quite complex and bold.

T - starts off with some toasted oats, burnt toast, milk chocolate, bitter coffee finishes along with some earthy hop bitterness. a bit of caramel here and there, along with a slight smokiness in the second half and vanilla. alcohol is not present at all.

M - a touch thin for an oatmeal stout, the carbonation is on the lighter side but tight, cuts right through the body without problems. not much in the way of alcohol burn. a bit thicker body would help carry flavors a step further, they just kind of quickly fizzle.

D - impressive oatmeal stout, just missing a touch more body to take it to the top...still one of the best that i have had. robust and complex, treating me quite well after a couple hours of snow shoveling.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy ebony in the glass, pouring out without much thickness but certainly looking bad-ass. Head is tan and thin, settling quickly to a thin skim. Only tiny dots of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is very much a chocolate milk type sweetness, i.e. watered-down cocoa/chocolate powder. Traces of a husky nuttiness in back, but generally as subtle and unremarkable an aroma as usually found in oatmeal stouts. This is neither a bad nor good thing, it just is what it is.

Flavor delivers deep dark cocoa--polite and rather subtle. Frothed milk sweetness and nutty background gives some depth. Traces of bitter coffee in the finish, and a continued flash of nutty earthiness.

Velvet smoothness and a thinnish body. A calm, subtle texture, mirroring the flavor itself.

A grower, basically. Give this one time and warming--its charms are not immediately apparent. So many of us, myself included, want knock-you-over-the-head and send-you-under-the-table action from our stouts--you know, those enormous monsters--but this isn't trying to be that at all. It's a refreshing change of pace from my usual stout fixations, and a quality brew by any standard. Sent by the ever-gracious msubulldog25, my Oregon connection. Keep 'em comin', 'dog25!

Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ink-black pour, with a spiced rum colored head and kisses of lace. A good slab of film is hugging around my tried and true tumbler

S: dark toasty grains and malts, dark chocolate, sweetened oats and barley. Seems to have a waft of bitterness about it

T: Things start out with a calm bitterness pulling in deep roasted malt flavors, hints of burnt coffee, dusty cocoa powder, and a slightly sweet fresh-creamed oat flavor. What is even more intriguing is the mellow crushed vanilla bean flavor rousing my taste buds
Overall the flavors are dark with a perfect mild sweetness and bitterness in the follow up. It is hard to put this one down! Super well rounded and with some very nice flavorful dimensions

M: very quiet soft feel, creamy and almost fluffy at times on the tongue with just a touch of carbonation. Hard to beat and feels like a good stout should, maybe a touch on the light side considering the ABV

D: Get and try it! One of the best examples of a oatmeal stout I have had in a while. A valiant and bold brew. Do I dare say that a little more malt backbone would help things out a little, maybe I am just being picky? Good stuff

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Ninkasi on anchorage shelves.

Oatis pours a thick suprisingly impenetrable black with a nice tan head that lingers well.

Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of chocolate and vanilla as well.

The flavor is quite nice. Roasted malt is the first dominant flavor, but the oatmeal quickly rises with that signature slick creaminess, although it is in perfect balance with the roasted malt, rather than overshadowing it as can be common in oatmeal stouts, especially bigger ones like this. The finish has a mild bitterness, but is accented mostly by roasted malt. Nice smooth velvety chocolate in the aftertaste where it lingers alongside the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A little thicker than your average oatmeal stout, but with the abv checking in just below imperial, i think its perfect. The oatmeal makes its presence known but doesn't overpower. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but the slight increase in viscosity does hamper it a tiny bit, and this one will catch up to you quick at 7.5%. That being said, the abv does not factor into the drinkability as far as heat, very smooth.

Overall a very fine oatmeal stout, and one i will surely be purchasing again soon. Nice and drinkable, yet packed with flavor and substance. A very nice beer, and one i would dare say is my favorite so far from Ninkasi. (although the only others ive had are the IPA and DIPA, haha)

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque seal brown body with a half finger of custardy camel foam. Average retention, nice sandy lacing, no legs.

Pleasing roast malt fragrance is complex and suggests coffee, biscuits, rye crackers, and cocoa powder among other subtleties.

Dark roast malt, chocolate malt, and toasted grain on the palate. Moderately bitter hop notes contribute a pleasing contrast with some light citrus and spice flavors. Faintly bitter coffee, hazlenuts, brown butter (not diacetyl though), and ash in the slightly dry finish. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, though maybe a bit thin for the style. Lightly astringent.

More like a porter than a stout in some ways - but a nice flavor profile. Rather sessionable despite the ABV. Would love to try the vanilla version of this...

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served cold in tapered pint glass. Beer pours an opaque black with a reddish tint and a medium reddish brown head. Light smell of coffee along with a healthy dose of roasty barley.

Thick mouthfeel, but also fairly fizzy which takes the weight off the creaminess. A hoppy edge finishes it off. In between it's full-on oatmeal stout, bitter chocolate. Nearly an imperial stout, not because there's any alcohol burn, but simply because there's so much there.

Is there such a thing as dry graining? The nose is all grain here, with no beta acid detectable, and a relatively high portion of alpha for the style.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave (SleepyDave) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a .25 finger coarse, mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is non-existant. I like the color on this one but everything else is pretty subpar.

S: Nose isn't the most aromatic but pretty spot on. Roasted malt, toffee, liquorice, and chocolate. Smells almost like an English style stout. Nice, sweet, and enticing but very subtle.

T: Opens roasted malt sourness, coffee beans, chocolate, cocoa powder, and some toffee. Sweet, with that signature slight tartness that the oatmeal brings towards the middle. Liquorice at the end with some smokiness and cocoa powder. Finishes chocolate with a roasted malt grainy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and oily in the mouth with some bubbles here and there. Slightly prickly going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This one's very easy drinking but nothing really stands out here. An overall middle-of-the-road offering. Worth a try but nothing much to say about it besides that.

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically a black hole in a bottle. Completely pitch black, somewhat thick and I think light is actually sucked into it. The head is originally a dark brown, but evolves into a light brown, creamy mess. Nice lacing left behind.

Lots of roasty things. Caramel malts. A bit of coffee. You can almost smell the sweet AND the bitter.

Both the roasted barley and caramel malt really shine giving contrasting bitterness and sweetness at different times. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee or anything else sometimes associated with stouts, but a good taster regardless.

Very creamy and smooth. Highish ABV that doesn't make much of a nose, so it'll sneak up on you. Complex in that the malt gives you some sweetness early before the roasted barley and hops hit you with some bittering balance in the finish. All the while the oats keep everything smooth.

A slightly different oatmeal stout that I'm used to in that it favors the bitter more than the sweet. This gives it layers and complexity and makes it pretty yummy. Overall, an easy drinker, despite the hoppy bitter finish and moderate alcohol, which you can taste.

Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown with a steady two-inch head which eventually fades to a thin film; lacing isn't great

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, some toasted, slightly burnt malts; lots of oats; this smells pretty good though perhaps a bit too grainy

T: The oats dominate up front with chocolate, dark fruits, molasses coming up behind; but something isn't quite right-- a touch sour and a touch unbalanced

F: A bit thin for a bigger stout like this

O: It's an okay, oatmeal stout but it just doesn't quite come together

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.