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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

446 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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harrymel

Washington

1.55/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 15:11:19 | More by harrymel
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 14:51:30 | More by brdc
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BeforeNoon

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:54:45 | More by BeforeNoon
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beertunes

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 02:23:34 | More by beertunes
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katybee

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 00:44:55 | More by katybee
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samie85

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:24:57 | More by samie85
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Bfarr

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:59:53 | More by Bfarr
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:15:24 | More by corby112
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magictacosinus

California

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
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hopsbreath

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:32:14 | More by hopsbreath
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

O: Average

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:24:28 | More by barleywinefiend
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GRG1313

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with burgundy edges and a thin tan head.

Nose of creamy black chocolate and creamy sweet coffee - lightly assertive and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium "half and half" creamy with nice carbonation.

Flavors are a bit simple and one dimensional. Thicker black coffee character with a simple coffee bitter finish.

There is an oat creamy "soft" character to the beer but, while the flavors are not bad, there is a "thin" character - flavors are assertive but taste watered down a bit. Again, not terrible just really tastes a bit like carbonated black coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 22:29:51 | More by GRG1313
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Ghenna

California

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SS tulip glass. black color with a tinge of red around the edges of the glass. Cola colored head, with has retained itself well thus far, with a ring of lacing retained for every drink I take, that lasts for about three minutes before it fades.
Nose of Burned malts and bitter coffee, and a vague sweetness. Flavor is pretty much the same, although the coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue for a bit.
The bubbles are very small, though I'd still describe it as pretty effervescent. The body of the beer is fairly light, considering the alcohol content and dark color.

All told, I'd give the beer a B-. That is to say, the flavor is pleasant, though not pleasant enough to make me want to buy another one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 05:16:59 | More by Ghenna
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Murrhey

Montana

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass

A- Poured a finger width head. Deep dark black coloration and a tan head. Little retention. Sticky, ringed retention.

S- Grainy, chocolate and malty. Rich and dark aroma.

T- Starts sweet with chocolate, middles with the dark malt and chocolate flavor and finishes a tad bitter with a coffee and roast malt flavor.

M- Starts thin, finishes almost syrupy. Fairly inconsistent, but not bad in either respect.

O- Good beer, not a great one. Nice flavor and smell, but not complex with either one. Mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. Looks awfully nice though.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:14:26 | More by Murrhey
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mlaroche for this one.

Pours a dark brown color with a decent tan sized head, fades fast leaving no lacing on the glass, not much of a cap remaining either.

Smell is pretty much all dark roasted malt, fairly one note and lacking any creativity, not picking up any of the hop balance that they mention.

Taste is a showcase for roasted malt with a coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste, actually, that dark burnt bitterness is a bit much for an oatmeal stout and overstays its welcome, carbonation is high, it's also sharp and bubbly which removes most of the creaminess that the oats contribute.

Can't say I'm overly impressed with this offering from Ninkasi, especially if you compare it to the level that Portsmouth has for their Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 00:50:05 | More by deltatauhobbit
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HosP

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scottfrie for this beer. Poured 22oz into snifter.

A- Pours almost black, dark dark brown. Thick, foamy dark brown head. Leaves rather fast though with lace clinging to the edges of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted aromas throughout the nose. Coffee notes at first, followed by some subtle chocolate notes at the end. Kind of earthy, nutty aroma here and there.

T- Roasted malt flavors overpower most other flavors. Some burnt coffee flavors somewhere in the beginning. A little bitterness to it as well. Sweetens a bit with some chocolate flavors toward the end.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit creamy feel.

O- Nothing really that got me to excited. A nice drink, but could have more flavors come through. Glad I got to try, thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:17:15 | More by HosP
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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
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.5.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep, dark brown with a thick, long lasting, dark tan head.

S - Malts, wheat, and chocolate.

T - The chocolate hits you first, then a bitter oatmeal-wheat flavor follows.

D - Very low carbonation.

O - I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 22:49:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Been waiting to try this guy for a while.

A - Very dark brown, with a nice-looking three fingers of mocha-colored head that sticks around for a while before fading to a thin cap. Pretty good retention, and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Overwhelming aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, with lots of roasted malt in the background. Hints of dark chocolate and almost an oakiness, although I think that last is my imagination.

T - Roast, roast, roast. The coffee is definitely present in the flavor and dominates. If I didn't know better I'd think this was the coffee porter that I had a few hours ago. Somewhat one-dimensional, but very good in that one dimension. I can't say that I get oatmeal in this one at all, which is a bit strange to me.

M - Thinner than I'd expect for an oatmeal stout. More porter-like. Sam Smith is my benchmark here, and this falls short.

D - The coffee flavors would keep me from doing more than one; two might be a stretch.

O - Flavors are good enough, and the price is right. Solid buy, but probably no more than one a day.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 19:34:09 | More by djmichaelk
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claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of dark roasted malt with chocolate presence with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Some hoppiness is detectable as well but not discernible or predominant.

Powdery cocoa on the front palate. Nice and slick. Some pleasant earth and oat dust on the tongue. A return to cocoa on the finish with a touch of anise. Mouthfeel is slick, a tad thin, not as full and creamy or smooth as I'd like for the style. Still a tasty beer though. Fairly bitter and too roasty for the style in my opinion; this really craves some mouthfeel/body thickening maltiness which is key for an Oatmeal stout to keep in in balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:59:25 | More by claspada
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:00:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured black with a frothy mocha colored head with some big bubbles that left lots of clingy webbed lace

S- Big roasted malt aroma (not coffee like), sweet milk chocolate, mineral notes, and breadiness

T- Lots of burnt and roasted malt character, big herbal and earthy hop character, some sweet breadiness. This is a bitter stout

M- Smooth, creamy, undercurrent of prickly carbonation, finishes dry

O- This is a generously hopped stout, very assertive bitterness from the hops and also bitter charred notes. Easy to drink, this could be Black IPA, but it does not really have the chocolate and roasted coffee notes I really like in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:45:29 | More by Hoptometrist
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Zorro

California

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
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Halcyondays

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours the darkest brown/black with a nice off-white head, very good retention, some lace.

S: Roasted malts, oats, sugar.

T: Coffee, nice lower cacao dark chocolate play, almost chalky on the back end. Dark flavours and coffee, doesn't get fruity at all.

M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied, just disappears too fast/thin finish.

D: A solid oatmeal stout, doesn't get real sweet. Just the roasted big malt flavours, almost like an Irish Dry. A nice introduction to the newly in CA Ninkasi, let's see what their other beers have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 05:42:19 | More by Halcyondays
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottling information given. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours dark near-black brown with one finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves only faint bubbles of lace.

Smells of sweet coffee, sugared oatmeal and light chocolate. I kept coming back to enjoy it.

A bittersweet milk chocolate flavor hits first. Followed by smoked malts, creamed coffee, dried dark fruit, raw sugarcane and a noticeable dose of grassy hops towards the finish. A tiny bit of alcohol peeks in and out.

Creamy medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Long smooth mildly bitter cocoa aftertaste.

I liked most aspects of this together but on thier own each of them lacked just a certain "something". A case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts for me. Nothing ground breaking but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 06:57:11 | More by ThickNStout
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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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