Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 43
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% 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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Photo of harrymel
1.59/5  rDev -59.3%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of BeforeNoon
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of brdc
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Spelaeus
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of katybee
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
2.97/5  rDev -24%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.01/5  rDev -23%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (2,357 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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 (394 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Khyber.

Basic stout appearance, dark brown-black, translucent around the edges, with a thin off-white head. Roasty aroma. Not much else to say there. In the taste, dark roasty malts, cacao, underlying milky sweetness, hints of anise. Body was a bit on the weak side for a stout, especially an oatmeal stout. This might make for a good nitro beer, but as is, it didn't do too much for me. (402 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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! (764 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Truncated impressions below:

A: 1 finger wide head retains for 5 minutes.

Opaque solid black body.

Looks good overall, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Oats are definitely dominant, lending it a palpable starchiness. Has your usual dark and chocolate malts as well. Cream.

T: Great balance, with heavy oats filling out the body nicely. Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the crowd-pleasing body. A note of cream.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic oatmeal stout fashion, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness. Nicely creamy. Well-carbonated, if slightly overdone. Good overall presence on the palate.

Ov: A drinkable crowd-pleaser from Ninkasi, this oatmeal stout overcommits to the oats whilst forgetting to bolster the flavour profile with more intricacy; I could use some milk chocolate, roasty coffee, vanilla...just something to make it stand out. Still, it's a solid go-to and won't disappoint.

High B-

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5/17/15: second impressions. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint and allowed to warm over the course of consumptions.

A: Boasts a sizable khaki colour head with nice foaminess and froth. Body is an opaque back. Pretty standard for an oatmeal stout, and obviously well-carbonated. Head lasts around 6-8 minutes.

Sm: Solid. Dark malts, oats, chocolate malts, some nuttiness, cream, cocoa, and a coffee-like acidity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Has no off-notes, booze, overt hop notes, or overt yeast.

T: Oats, chocolate malt, a fleeting hint of nuts (maybe hazelnut?), and almost coffee-like or milk sugar-like notes. Balance is nice, but could be better.

Mf: Has a vague coffee-like acidity. Smooth and wet. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Chewy and medium-bodied. Apt thickness and heft on the palate.

O: Not a gestalt beer, but there's harmony between texture and taste. It's a well-executed oatmeal stout overall, and I like it. But with superior offerings widely available at better prices (e.g. Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's), why bother with this again? Nice work from Ninkasi, but it could be improved.

B- (2,077 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of claspada
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. (614 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -10%
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. (392 characters)

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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