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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company


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very good

446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%

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 rapidcycler


5/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 03:20:27 | More by rapidcycler
Photo of samtrillo


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:14:32 | More by samtrillo
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle received in trade from BeerKangaroo, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown/black with a decent sized bubbly tan head that quickly dissipates to a small cap on top. Aromas of coffee and chocolate with bits of caramel and cereal grains and hints of fruit. The flavor is what I expected from the aroma. Roasted creamed coffee with a touch of chocolate and caramel and a hint of lactose? Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew, but seems a bit lacking in body and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:07:02 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of johnchen1229


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. I wouldn't drink this if the USDA didn't exist.

S: Not much of a smell, which is fine.

T: Oats and alcohol bite, some sweetness. Finishes smooth and creamy.

M: Great, creamy mouthfeel that crawls over your tongue.

O: Good beer, not particularly memorable but a good specimen of its class.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 20:45:57 | More by johnchen1229
Photo of BastardKing24


3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pours yields a one finger tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Smell is sort of subdued, but its clean and there's hints of several components. First is a sweet yeasty smell, some floral notes. Others are fudge, cocoa, coffee, dark fruit like figs and dates.

Taste is great with coffee dominating, and a sweet robust malty quality, perhaps the oats. Chocolate and cocoa is there as well. Very clean taste.

Feel is medium carb and a semi-slick feel. Flavor coats the tongue and then leaves a very dry taste.

Overall I do like this oatmeal stout, as I think its on par with 8 ball stout and some others, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 01:46:29 | More by BastardKing24
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a short brown head, beautiful.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the nose.

T: Sweet oatmeal, bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Very good.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Very good body for a stout.

O: A delicious stout. I'd love to have a bourbon barrel aged version of perhaps an imperial Vanilla Oatis.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:08:18 | More by BierJager89
Photo of anarchia


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a light brown head which quickly dissipates into almost nothing. Aroma is very sweet--milk chocolate, vanilla, even bananas--with a hint of espresso and roasted barley. Velvety smooth in the mouth, thick as it should be, sticks to your tastebuds but goes down easy. Bitter hops & roasted barley followed by a sweet, lingering finish of bananas and chocolate. Taste sticks with you for awhile. Lots of necessary hops to balance out what I'd consider a (delicious) dessert stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:56:44 | More by anarchia
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New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a charcoal almost completely black with s two inch dark tsn head that leaves plenty of lace behind. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and biscuit. Taste is dominated by vanilla and roasty expresso. Body is maybe medium, plenty of carbonation, a touch dry, and goes down plenty easy. This is a very nice porter, with a vanilla twist.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:38:31 | More by SawDog505
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with a slim half finger off-white/tan foamy head, some lacing slides into the body as it goes down

S: dark roasted malts, light coffee, slightly oaty

T: roasted sweetness, slight chocolate, bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable for an Oatmeal Stout, carbonation is fairly smooth and good for the style and for me

O: good Oatmeal Stout, definitely worthy of many more pours and as a breakfast stout

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 17:37:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Black, with a foamy light brown head that dissipates to a thin film and light lacing.

Chocolate malts upfront, with sweet oat notes. Faint bitter finish.

Creamy full body, with a fizzy, foamy carbonation.

A very well done oatmeal stout. Nothing too complex going on in the taste, but what is there is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 08:40:52 | More by vkv822
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge stout or porter guy, really dig dipa's and ales but this brew got me. Pours a dark brown/black with a tan/khaki head. Chocolate and malt notes come to the nose. A nicely balanced stout that tastes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee and with a nice malt backbone. My favorite stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 21:56:13 | More by SedateSix
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing 'Oatis' an Oatmeal Stout @ 7.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark brown almost black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace film along the pint glass after every sip

S-dark roasted malts , hint of a resin hoppiness

T-starts sweet , roasted oats give way to chocolate malt middle , slight bitter sweet coffee finish

MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , ok on the palate ,

Ov-good beer , big beer ABV , nice good beer

sampled alongside Steamworks 'Heroitca' and R&B 'DarkStar' Oatmeal Stouts

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 21:51:47 | More by LampertLand
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown black. Can't see through this one, as I would expect for a rich stout.

Smells very balanced. Nutty roasted notes with chocolate and a touch of brown sugar. Some dark dried fruits coming though with a woody hop note.

Taste is like creamy dark chocolate with some burnt caramel and some very slight woody hop notes. I also get a slight bit of vanilla, but it's mostly a chocolate and toasted nutty note. The thing that detracts is a thin burnt taste.

Mouthfeel is great, just the perfect amount of creamy roundness and a slight bit of zing from the carbonation. Reminds me of something that has a more mineral water base.

Overall, A highly well balanced stout. The only thing wrong might be the thin and burnt tastes, and also nothing makes it stand out. It's a good example of a stout, one that I would love to have again. It just doesn't do anything exceptional or exceptionally different. Definitely try this one though, it could turn out to be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 06:08:49 | More by lsummers
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 05:09:34 | More by DoubleSkunk
Photo of Sark


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Appearance- pours thick, big luscious tan head, dark black with only the very edges emitting brown when held to the light

Smell- chocolate and roasted coffee and malts, hops are mellow

Taste- mild sweetness on the first sip, kinda like nougat, leads to a dark chocolate bitter midway, not much hop character in terms of bite, sweet down the back of the tongue with a little boozey finish

Mouthfeel- full-bodied, smooth, thick n'chewy, and a bit of bite on the finish

Overall- Quality stout that stuck to the oatmeal roots, smooth and chewy

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:24:44 | More by Sark
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 07:08:22 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light proofed black colored beer with a small light brown colored head that doesn't last.

Smells sweet with a chocolate and toasted grain aroma. Little bit of caramel and smoke in the aroma. Mild nut aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet and nutty with patent malt and smoke taste. Bitterness is moderate. Good flavor but not complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:51:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of Daktyls


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep dark color with a minimal mocha head that dissipate fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Light notes of oatmeal and maltiness is present on the forefront with notes of mocha and chocolate coupled with some coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and light malts dominate the flavor profile with toasted oatmeal and barley with malt notes.

M: This beer is on the thicker side with a minimal amount of carbonation that suits the style and flavors well. The taste lingers nicely on the tongue for a while before slowly fading away.

O: Overall, a great beer, quite delicious to enjoy in the winter, does a great job of warming the body in the middle of a New England winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:25:01 | More by Daktyls
Photo of magictacosinus


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date, but I do believe I've had this bottle for over a month now.

The color very darkened, which ranges from black to deep brown depending how close it is to the light. Not much of a head on this thing, although a ring remains atop not matter how long it sits in the glass. Bubbles abounded back and forth at first at the bottom and at the top, strangely enough, yet not too many were visible afterwards. Can't see too much carbonation otherwise. A valiant, albeit sloppy oatmeal stout in presentation.

The aroma hits a little bit closer to home - strongly sugared chocolate notes combined with a little bit of zest, roasted malts, and a sliver of oats underneath it all. The yeasty notes seem to come in and out here, and the sweetness caused by the alcohol considerably rises over time. However, there is sadly a slight burntness that goes with all of these flavors as it warms up, for better for worse. However, it doesn't smell too bad overall. I do wish it had more of the yeast/oat combo going on here that I love in this style, nevertheless.

Definitely not the same experience in the flavor, though. There's hardly any sweetness, or oat flavors for that matter going on here. At the front of the tongue, there's a bit of thickness and slightly roasted goodness that starts out, but it is quickly replaced by a combination of excessive carbonation, baker's chocolate, and burnt espresso grounds that go to an astringent, alcoholic finish. The difference between flavor and aroma here is day and night. While not terrible, it doesn't help that the body is a bit too thinned, and gives the impression of the same texture as watery coffee.

Doesn't really hold up as an imperial stout here, yet strangely, even with all of the coffee characteristics and lightened body, it doesn't quite remind me of a porter or a brown ale as well. This is most definitely a hybrid, and sadly, all of the flavors and thin body don't meld well together to me. The burnt notes definitely become distracting after some time. I tried a bottle from the same six pack as this over a month ago and it seems it doesn't seem to improve very substantially in the bottle, despite the higher ABV. I expected better from Ninkasi. Hopefully they can tweak this recipe or throw out a new one that I'll enjoy in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 08:00:45 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of cubancigar2000


4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle

smell - what can I say, wonderfil, dont get any better. Lots of chcolate, toasted oats, Yumm

Taste - Porters to me need to be thick, strong in coffee and toasted grains and have a nice tan head. This one is on point

Ninkasi has more top shelf beers than any other brewer. This one is one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 19:00:31 | More by cubancigar2000
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep, dark, almost black. Massively dark with some nice deep reds and browns when held to direct light. Head is a light tan and starts off big and creamy. Drops to a small cap with some specks of lacing. Nice solid pour with a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malts. Lots of roasted malts. A nice oat compliment as well. Loads of chocolate, but not aggressive. Some cocoa and lighter, sweeter chocolate malts. A touch of dark chocolate and old coffee, but just a touch. Huge hit of oats. Some vague grassy notes in the back. Solid.

Taste: Cocoa-dusted oats. Seriously. Cocoa, lots of it and a big old helping of oaty goodness. Deeply roasted. Vaguely burnt with touches of char. Some caramel sweetness. Dark chocolate, nibs, some sweeter milk chocolate notes. So much oat. So much cocoa. Mild hit of coffee. Grainy and a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel: Borders on full but never quite makes it. So very smooth and creamy. Magical oatmeal.

Overall: A great companion for your morning breakfast.

This tastes like delicious food. Cocoa oatmeal is the wave of the future. This isn't the best oatmeal stout out there, but it's definitely the most like food. Bonus points for food.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:02:51 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:48:03 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of RickS95


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:50:59 | More by RickS95
Photo of RJLarse


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:21:33 | More by RJLarse
Photo of dbossman


3.6/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:33:35 | More by dbossman
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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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