Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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1.55/5 rDev -60.4%
A: dark brown on black with a sheet of light mocha foam. Spotty lace.
S: Smells like a bag of buttered popcorn (before it gets popped). This is a complete failure to the nose for a stout. That being said, it's almost fetish like with it's tones.
T: Still buttery, with some roasted malts, burnt caramel, a weird manure tone.
M: medium on full bodied with lower carb, semi dry finish. Pretty decent here.
O: This beer is not a good example of an oatmeal stout. could be the bottle, but I won't know unless somebody else gives me some of their bottle, because this is shite.
12-09-2011 15:11:19 | More by harrymel
2.58/5 rDev -34%
22 oz bomber poured into a tumbler
A: opaque with thin head
S: low aroma, dried, sour fruit
T: slight orange, toasted malt, astringent
M: low carbonation, thin
O: This is a very thin beer, not the overall experience I expect from a stout. Aroma and taste leave nothing exceptional. Not bad for under $4, wouldn't try again.
11-04-2011 03:54:45 | More by BeforeNoon
2.58/5 rDev -34%
This one came as an extra, but my disorganized cellar would not allow me to figure out who; thanks anyway.
Large capped bottle, poured into a large snifter that unfortunately met its fate at the end of the glass. Nearly pitch black, very thin, short lasting tan head, no lacing.
The aroma is a bit too heavy on the coffee, and oatmeal, slightly roasted notes, cookie dough all take a back seat.
It is disappointingly thin for an oatmeal stout, and here, coffee takes center stage, and soon, left and right stage, virtually pushing any other contenders out. Unidimensional, and not that pleasant.
01-11-2010 14:51:30 | More by brdc
2.8/5 rDev -28.4%
Served on tap at the World Famous Up&Up Tavern, Bellingham, WA. Poured with the expected black color, but unexpectedly with no head.
The anticipated roasted and toasted aromas were present but very subdued. The flavors were as expected, but slightly subdued also. The body was very thin for a stout. Very drinkable for the style, which is not a good thing.
Oatmeal stouts should be thick and strong, not easy drinking. For an easy drinking stout, try the Dry Irish versions. Worth trying if you see it, not worth seeking out.
04-12-2009 02:23:34 | More by beertunes
2.8/5 rDev -28.4%
"This could be a dark lager" another reviewer writes, but its true. I was a little disappointed in this one, considering Ninkasi's other brews.
Appearance was a nice translucent dark brown--not opaque, and quickly disipating thin head.
Not much smell at all, if so bitter hoppy, not malty.
Dry bitter hops predominate throughout. I'm glad it's not the citrus type. However I was expecting more malts and possibly breadyness from the oats and maybe a little sweet. But no, just dry bitter hops and perhaps roasted malts--but no coffee or chocolate flavors or carmelization. This could be Bud or similar lager if you closed your eyes.
Mouthfeel was also light; no perceptible creaminess due to oats that I could detect.
Yes drinkable. But not memorable. Best thing about this beer was the dryness of the hops, and lack of any soy-like maltiness, however it really lacks what you're seeking in a "stout", I think.
03-24-2011 00:44:55 | More by katybee
2.88/5 rDev -26.3%
Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11/11.
A-Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark brown sugar head... looks promising.
S-Sweet chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and a bit of earthiness to it.
T-Almost sour, roasted notes off the bat with a bit of dark chocolate and earthy bitterness.
M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a pretty smooth, lush feel.
D-The roasted character in this one is way too much for me; I much prefer the sweeter examples of oatmeal stouts.
06-24-2011 03:24:57 | More by samie85
2.95/5 rDev -24.6%
Black and a big brown foamy head with okay retention. Chocolate and a meaty oatmeal aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt (nearly burnt) with a bitter finish and linger. Sweeter chocolate starts to even it out a bit as it approaches room temperature. Thin feel with slightly foamy/creamy aroma.
Pretty hoppy for an oatmeal stout leads to the linger being way too long. Malts really do taste burnt at first and the bitterness really takes over. Although I may have been spoiled by some very good oatmeal stouts lately, the chacteristic mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout isn't quite there, possibly thrown off by the hops. In the end, it was a bit of a chore to finish.
01-23-2011 23:59:53 | More by Bfarr
3/5 rDev -23.3%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thin half finger mocha colored head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter hops and sweeter notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee to go along with the steog oatmeal presence. Pretty roasty but not burnt smelling with subtle earthy hop character.
Thin bodied and sweeter than expected with a prominent chocolate flavor that compliments the dark roasted notes. Lots of oatmeal as well as some coffee bean, toast, caramel, toffee and nut. Very hoppy for the style with dry bitterness and earthy pine notes that overpower the malt character a bit too much for my liking. Dry finish.
05-24-2011 20:15:24 | More by corby112
3.03/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
01-25-2013 08:00:45 | More by magictacosinus
3.05/5 rDev -22%
Picking up some groceries today I do what everybody else on this site does and took a swing by the beer cooler to see if there was anything new. There sat the first bottle of Oatis I've seen this year. On sale for $3.50 a bomber? Yes please!
At home I cooked up a batch of chicken catsu and poured this in a snifter. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate brown that has a voluminous strawberry blonde accented cappuccino type head. It dissipates very slowly leaving a moderately thick cap that stays in place for the duration of the drink. Minimal spotty lacing shows up.
The smell is fairly muted. Light cafe notes with a dusting of fresh citrus hops are barely discernible.
The taste is predominantly cold drip coffee. A little orange zest is barely noticeable but works to balance the chalkiness of the brew.
Mouthfeel is a little light but still manages to be slightly sticky. Not bad.
Drinkability is pretty good. It's a smooth typical oatmeal stout that drinks fast and is nicely refreshing. Recommended as a good cheap stout to pair with food.
09-03-2010 04:32:14 | More by hopsbreath
3.1/5 rDev -20.7%
A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap, bubbles and some lacing
S: Hints of roasted malt, cocoa and light oats
T: Immediate roasted malt, with bitter cocoa and a little bit oats. I was looking for more oats and less roasted malt.
M: Medium to big body, not really creamy,as a matter of fact a bit overcarbonated for the style, lacking on oats flavor
01-21-2012 01:24:28 | More by barleywinefiend
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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