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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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:
Ninkasi website:
"7.5% alc/vol. 45 ibus. Always available on draft."

Recent bottles spotted with "7.2% alc/vol." listed

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-23-2007)
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Photo of IronDjinn
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend of mine who brought this back from Seattle. From a brown 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a deep opaque pitch black with a tight tan head with good retention.

Sweet dark malt and some mild roast on the nose, hints of chocolate and mild coffee.

Roasty malt up front in the flavour, assertive zip of espresso in the middle. with sweet rounded grains and some herbal, spicy hops on the finish. Coffee grounds, burnt malt and some spicy hops linger in the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, yet the smooth creamy texture adds some body. Low carbonation.

An enjoyable stout for what it is, however it strays liberally from anything I'd recognize as an Oatmeal Stout. Would have scored it higher than I have if going by the brewery's listed style, but still high marks for what it is regardless. More like an American Oatmeal Stout?

IronDjinn, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black; body allows no transit of light. Head pours two fingers of creamy tan foam with good retention and good lace. Looks great; I love the look of a decent black beer.

Smell: big roasty aroma with hints of coffee. There is also a fair dose of vegetabley hops coming through which is, frankly, not my favorite. Not too bad overall, though.

Taste: charred but smooth. Roasty and coffee flavors are rounded out by a nice but not cloying sweetness; the hops seem much more well rounded than the aroma, providing a pleasant bitterness. Quite a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation yielding a solid creaminess. Enjoyable indeed.

Drinkability: overall, this is a damn solid stout. The hops seem a little rough around the edges, especially in the aroma, but the malt characteristics are basically spot-on for the style. Additionally, this thing drinks like a 5% beer, not like the 7.5% at which it's listed. I'd gladly quaff this again; indeed, I'd love to try it on tap sometime.

flagmantho, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date on the bottle

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a small fizzy brown head that leaves some sticking. Sweet roasted caramel malt nose, slightly smokey with some hints at chocolate and subtle fruity hops. Sweet malts upfront, smooth and balanced with a dry and bitter finish followed by a long smokey, chocolate malt aftertaste. I wish the flavor didnt drop off so quickly at just about mid-palate, add another notch or 2 to the body and heres an absolute winner.

ATPete, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of elgiacomo
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a large three finger creamy brown head, almost looks like nitro at first. Leaves some walls of lacing and holds a really good cap. Purty.

Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some grass & grain, a hint of husky astringency. Good strength.

The aroma is a little meh, but the flavor really packs a nice punch. This is rather sweet overall, a lot of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits such as raisins and plums, a hint of cherries, minimal hop presence, minimal alcohol, finishes with decent sweetness.

Mouthfeel is typical oatmeal stout...super creamy and smooth, lowish carbonation, crazy drinkable.

This is quite a nice Oatmeal Stout. The aroma lacks a bit (but is growing on me as I work through the bottle). Nice appearance, flavor and especially mouthfeel. Has some Sweet Stout characteristics as well. Good stuff!

elgiacomo, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an extra in a trade from JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby!

Appearance: Oatis pours almost pitch black with dark ruby around the outermost edges. About 1.5 fingers of tan head forms, which has pretty decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice roasty smell, with coffee and light chocolate notes. Some light floral hops on the back end.

Taste: A moderate amount of roasted malts, coffee, and sweet milk chocolate notes provided by the oats. Hops provide a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is just below medium bodied with pretty fine carbonation. Reasonably smooth drinking. This beer is quite drinkable. All of the flavors are on par with the style. Nothing off-putting at all.

zhanson88, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from the chewster out of Portland. I've never had anything from Ninkasi nor have I heard of it. Pumped to try this though. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a hearty dirt black with a decent one finger light tan head. Nice cap and thick collar that leave a fair amount of rich thick lacing.
Smell- Super chocolaty and very rich smelling with a small undertone of sweetness. The chocolate is bittersweet and really nice. A pinch of vanilla and plenty of caramel sort of finish this nose off. Not the most complicated nose ever but super nice smelling.
Taste- Very interesting beer between the taste and mouthfeel. The char is sudden and intense but in a good way. The chocolate is dark and decedent with a cocoa nib like rawness. Slightly toasted from the oatmeal with a light bit of raw brown sugar. Not a ton of coffee but the coffee like aspect is definite. The beer definitely isn't sweet though as a small lingering bitterness does hang a bit. The bitterness is lingering but it's something between hoppy and just plain raw char.
Mouthfeel- Fairly aggressive carbonation that really seems to off-set the silky smooth creaminess that the oatmeal adds.
Drinkability- Overall this is a pretty darned tasty brew. I like the nice malty chocolatyness a lot but I really wish the oatmeal lived up to the name. The carbonation is too intense to fully get the oatmeal goodness. All in all though, tasty beer. Thanks Jason!

younger35, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Stillyman11
3.92/5  rDev 0%

Stillyman11, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this. I think this is the end of my Northwest sampler package...

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy, tan head - retains a wispy cap, produces some wispy lacing

Smell: Roasted malts and oats - an above-average amount of oats in here, kind of smells like a sack of oats - moderately roasted malts, a little burnt, some chocolate - a light, malty and oat-y sweetness - good overall, but lacks the depth of some others of this style

Taste: Nice balance - roasted malts, some acidic chocolate, some cocoa - lots of oat flavor, like a bowl of oatmeal - a touch of coffee, and some grainy sweetness - mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and creamy (thanks, oats), nicely carbonated

Overall: A good oatmeal stout

Maybe I've just eaten too many oats lately, or maybe this just has a lot of oats in the grain bill. Did I mention there are a lot of oats in this? It's definitely good, but not epic.

angrybabboon, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 7.2% alc
Nice looking stout black with mahogany tinges around the outer edges with a lovelly dark tan small bubbled head.
Good aromas of roasted oats and malts, slight dark chocolate aroma and hearty alcohol.
Taste is mainlly the bitter sweet toasted/roasted malts, the oats add nice smoothness and a little body, finish is pretty fast for style.
Ithink the mouthfeel let this one down, it is prety thin for style, not exactly watery but not what i expect.
Overall a drinkable OS, good but really could have been a great one if the mouthfeel had been thicker.

Reidrover, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a tan head, really good lacing.

smell is of sour malt, cocoa, roastiness, some coffee, slight licorice in the back.

taste is smooth, of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, a touch of sour malt, ends slightly dry and a little bitter.

froghop, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, toast, herbal, oats, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, oats, toast, toffee, herbal, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Low amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, oats, herbal, and light dark fruit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with malt sweetness; and quite robust with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Very nice balanced roasted and robust flavors; and very easy to drink. Maybe a touch too fruity, but still very enjoyable.

superspak, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/ black with brown head that retains nicely. Opaque appearance and decent lacing. Nose features delectable roasted barley and oats as well vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey with heavy oat quality that also leaves a bready aftertaste. Nice all around stout flavor with great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. Overall, nicely balance oatmeal stout that is more than worth a try.

homebrew311, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of bs870621345
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Toby, Johngalt1 for this as an extra. No freshness date I can tell.

Pours a dark brown/black color with an inch of tan head into my Duvel Green tulip. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is light, grassy hops, an oat sweetness, toffee, roast, and coffee. Not very pungent and was not served cold.

Taste is a wave of sweetness that is like a cool coffee with a hint of roast in the middle. Finishes sweet but clears shortly after with the earthy/grassy hop character.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, extremely smooth.

Overall, its really good. I would say that splitting the bomber is best as this could become cloying in the near future.

bs870621345, May 30, 2011
Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Ninkasi Oatis Stout in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a bubbly and creamy beige head.

Smell is a roast charcoal aroma, with a hint of coffee.

Taste is a sweet coffee flavor, hints of dark chocolate, with a bitter ash aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and cloying, with a creamy bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very good stout. I would have this again.

RJLarse, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No date (received Winter '12)
Unmarked tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. There are some reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of tan had. Really tight bubbled head. Sticks around.

S: Roast coffee. Dark malt. Dark fruit. Typical stout.

T: Its very cold so I don't get much on the tip of the tongue. Some bitterness, coffee and dark chocolate. Mid palate, totally different story. Good flavor. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. A touch of dark roast coffee hints. Creaminess, from the oats. Lot oatmeal stout. Close is somewhat dry with the roast, but it's not overly dry.

M: Medium leading to full (obviously, stout)

O: B+

inlimbo77, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a thick muddy dark black with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention, receding slowly down to a medium cap with excellent thick sheets of spotty lacing.

The aroma was sweet and roasty up front with some burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and a doughy leathery yeasty and had notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth oat presence.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad roasty sweet with hints of molasses and chocolate early on, becoming bitter sweet with a mild creamy oat presence and a nice dose off coffee towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a good long while following the swallow, with a bold bitter roastiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a smooth, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was tremendously tasty and possessed an awesome body along with a fantastic drinkability, which all together did a great job of concealing the somewhat high ABV...


KajII, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a smooth opaque black with a thin khaki head that leaves a heavy ring around the glass as well as thick lacing down the glass as this beer is drank. The nose is chocolate and espresso dominated but has some vanilla and some roasted aromas in there as well. The flavor is sweet chocolate, toffee and vanilla that finishes bitter and dry. Its a full bodied beer that is velvety smooth. This stout is an easy drinker and has some nice subtle complexities.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi brewing co
Oatis oatmeal stout

Appearance- dark with a nice malt choc head. Awesome retention. 5

Smell- barley and ash. Chocolate 4

Taste- salted dark chocolate with a smokey mesquite finish. Nice one 4

Mouf- thinner than I like for an oatmeal stout 2.5

D-mmm 4

1759Girl, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes - sampled on 12-15-10.

Oatis, 22oz Bomber, wine glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown but not black, dark red/brown on the edges. Tan head, not too strong, retreats fairly quickly. Lacing is fairly good.

Smell is instantly chocolate, followed by cherries. Bitter hops and dark malts. Balanced.

Taste is mostly chocolate. There is a fruit-sweetness to it as well. Light tasting, finish is sweet-bitter. There were no discernable coffee flavors or smells, to me.

Feels smooth and creamy, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout.

Drinkable but not highly so. It is a good beer but not an extremely complex beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big two finger head, the majority of the bubbles are big, some are smaller underneath, we'll see how long it hangs around for. The head is light brown in color, it looks like milk chocolate, and the body is completely pitch black, no visibility through this at all, maybe some hues of brown when held up to the light. The head has faded a little bit, but the bubbles and overall look see to be more creamy now. Overall it looks ok. Not too much of a complex smell on the nose, you get that big malt note up front, smells like chocolate and roasted malts, then you get maybe a little bit of oats, not much else though. You can actually smell the alcohol, which is a little off putting. First thing I notice when I drink this beer is the mouthfeel, it' pretty awesome, nice and thick. The second thing I notice is the smoothness of this, it just glides down the throat, all the flavors mixing in nicely, frankly I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would. As far as flavors go, they are just all mixed in so well, so they are hard to pick out and identify, but I would say the first thing I notice is the nice big malt flavor, then the roastyness and chocolate flavor, polished off with the slightest hop bite. There is a nice crispness too, which I usually am not a fan of in my stouts, but it works in this beer for some reason. For as many flavors I'm getting, and as for how much flavor it has I'm surprised that it is this smooth and this easy drinking, but it just goes down like nothing. Overall I'm much more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be, good beer, well done, tasty, and easy drinking!

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

262nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A nice dark brown with a one finger head. Had minimal lacing and the head faded quickly leaving just a trace of a ring of bubbles.

Smell- Some soft malts with a touch of a cereal quality and a little bit of some milky chocolate flavor.

Taste- It's a good mix of soft chocolate with the oat and malt flavors. Was not as up-front and assertive as I would have liked but more of a soft creamy feel.

Mouth- Soft all around. The body was a bit thin and the carbonation was a bit on the softer side to give a pretty pleasant drink.

Drink- Pretty good but was expecting a bit more. Very drinkable and had a nice blend of flavors that were palatable and tasty.

FosterJM, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--Seasonal Release 2008. 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Stout--Oatmeal--Thick pour. Thin mild lace espresso head .Clear opaque black color. Rich loose sediment. Mellow chocolate espresso floral hop rich front. Mildly crusty oatmeal creamy rich roasted chocolate espresso no fruit dry body. Smooth balanced hop spice EtOH hint end. Sampled 12/19/2008. $4.99 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--Seasonal Release--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Oatmeal. Thick ruby brown pour. Opaque black color. Lacy espresso medium head. No sediment. Sweet cocoa coffee mild roasted fruit hop front. Creamy mellow sweet crusty mild roasted cocoa rich black bread oatmeal smooth mild fruit Stout body. Smooth mild hop fruit hint tangy end. Sampled 9/6/2010. 2 @ $4.00 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich lacy tight 1/2" espresso head. Rich chocolate mild floral hop roasted front. Medium thick pour. Opaque black color. Mellow sweet silky smooth chocolate oatmeal unbitter espresso fruit hint malty body. Creamy burnt hop spice dry crusty cocoa end. Smooth! & Tasty . Sampled 3/9/2011 & 3/15/2011. Purchased for $4.00 at PCC--Greenlake, Seattle on 9/15/2010.

philbertk, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of felipe2toes
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Head quickly dissolves though, leaving a thin crust with little lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal.

Tastes malty upfront with a bitter coffee finish. Initially, not much in the way of chocolate on the palate. But after warming up a bit, more milk chocolate/cocoa and nutty flavors are apparent.

Good medium-bodied mouthfeel and easy drinking. Nice and smooth and creamy.

felipe2toes, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of neorunner
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6 - http://flic.kr/p/92vV1L
Thanks to Flexabull for this beer in Round 3 of the Blind BIF.

22 oz bottle poured into a New Holland pint glass as directed. Color is a brown black with dark tan head that graciously coats the sides of the glass when tilted. Aroma is immediate coffee, cocoa, chocolate, thick heavy dairy similar to clotted cream.

Back to this review as the forums were down for maintenance. I let the beer warm up a bit as well. Flavor is puzzling me a bit, definitely a stout but the mouthfeel wants me to edge towards a breakfast stout. The standard breakfast stout style, not the massive abv one Founder's puts out. Speaking of alcohol I'd put this mid range, about 6ish. Aroma matches flavor closely, chocolate and possibly a touch of flaked oat or oatmeal.

Well I couldn't wait any longer and went for the reveal. Answer is Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout. I like it, good drinkability. I've had a few Ninkasi's, I loved Maiden the Shade (sweet artwork as well) and this is another solid offering from them.

neorunner, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown. Medium brown head and lacing. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt, coffee. Roasted malt up front, with light hint of coffee and a slightly hopped finish. Medium bodied for an oatmeal stout. Not remarkable, but solid and tasty. Worth a revisit. Great price point.

LiquidAmber, Aug 08, 2012
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.