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Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-23-2007

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/17/16:

Extremely dark brown. Opaque, no light through in full glass. As I get to the bottom, only slightly clear and I can see what causes the opacity: some flakes and haze, like tobacco fines. Large, lasting, solid, nearly effervescent, fluffy, rocky head of brownish tan, looks darker looking down through it to the beer’s body. In the bottle, smells like a fresh batch of oatmeal raisin cookies (mix of vanilla, molasses, oats, raisins, breadiness, I suppose), I kid you not. After the pour, some of the same, but also roasty and toasty, molasses and alcohol, with some olive and berry suggestions. Good, complex, but not as strong or distinct as you’d find in a number of stouts and imperial stouts. Sweet throughout with vanilla, toffee, molasses, raisin, and licorice undertones, as well as booze. Hearty, roasty, meaty, smokley suggestions. Leathery and tobacco-like hops, especially in finish, as well as a little pepper. Full-bodied, viscous, oily, smooth, warming (7.2% ABV version). Carbonation starts sloshy but is ultimately creamy. Astringency is fairly low. Well done, Ninkasi! Now if only you came back to my state!

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with less than a finger of off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of molasses, chocolate and maybe raisin. Taste a bit mocha and dark fruit. On the thin side, perhaps a bit under-carbed, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with 2-3 gingers of tan head with good retention and great lacing. The nose and taste are similar featuring roasted malt, milk chocolate with some bittering hops to dry out the finish a bit and no hint of the 7% ABV. Nice silky mouthfeel with good carbonation. A quality oatmeal stout!

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent stout. Black as night with thin creamy beige head. Aroma is molasses and burnt toast, Taste is smooth, Mouthfeel velvety, dark chocolate, espresso. Smooth and drinkable, and delicious.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with a dark tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, raisins, and dark bread. Sweet fruitiness, with molasses, and rum bread.

T: Oatmeal, bread, caramel, and molasses. Not quite as rich as I would have guessed, but still pretty tasty.

M: Medium thick with carbonation that feels a touch high for the style.

O: Overall not a bad beer, but I wanted a little more depth and richness. Still pretty tasty though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a wine glass with a pitch black body and a light mocha tan, creamy cap rising up to just about one finger high. Good head retention with large webs of lace right away after it falls to a medium ring.

S- Dark malty tones with just the slightest appearance by the yeast and a tiny hint of earthy hops. Dark bitter cocoa powder comes to mind first with notes of heavily roast barley, deep caramelized sugars, raisin, bread and toasted nuts.

T- The grains once again dominant with bitter dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted oats, raw pale malt, cereal grains, coffee and medium-dark caramel coming to mind. The yeast and hops are a bit more prominent at this stage with earthy and piney hops hinting with dark fruit and yeast bread.

MF- Silky and rather smooth oat presence in the mouthfeel in a medium-thick overall body. The carbonation is quite high but padded down by a fairly chewy creaminess. Ends with both earthy hop and deep cocoa bitterness.

A truly solid Oatmeal Stout with chocolate and the grains up front that drinks very smoothly for 7%. Towards the end I feel like there is some depth missing in the flavor and aroma and the ferment could have been a tad cleaner but all around fairly good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a sad, dinky khaki-colored collar. Ergo, I can't talk much about texture or retention, but very small specks of lacing stick to the glass at least.

The aroma offers a nice roasted characteristic, along with a touch of nutty coffee. I also get a little bit of oat. I'm disappointed in the mildness of the nose (thanks to the utter lack of head), but what's there is nice.

Opens up with a flavor suggesting...roasted oats? Yeah - roasted oats and caramel. Some more roasted barley trails into the mid-taste, while the back end has a very gentle hop bitterness. While it's quite simple, there's a modicum of enjoyment to be found. I think the biggest detraction, actually, is the light metallic quality lurking around.

Fairly light, with a bit too much fizziness poking through. Oats give it a decent initial fullness, though. Drinkability is excellent - easily the best feature of this brew.

Not bad, not great. It's easy to drink and a total crowd pleaser, if nothing else. Me, I'd gladly drink it in a pinch, but there are quite a few oatmeal stouts I'd choose over this. This is just a bit too simple for me to desire seeking it out.

3/5: More like Okay-tis

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with virtually no head, smells of roasted coffee and leather, taste is more of the same with a slight oatmeal sweetness at the end, balanced out nicely and a well made beer.a very goid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color with an inch of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

After warming a bit I get some dark chocolate and roasted grain.

The taste starts out with dark chocolate. Somewhere in the middle I start picking up a black coffee bitterness that continues into the finish combining nicely with the dark chocolate flavor.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a pretty good example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black color. Beige head settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses, chocolate sauce, dark roast coffee. Starchy oats. Plums. Earthy hops bring subtle hints of pine and bark.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, acidic black coffee. Lots of smokey roast. A bit starchy. Plum-like fruitiness is subtle. Earthy and piney hops barely peek out from behind the roast. Roast builds and goes more acrid and smokey toward the finish.

M: Medium body. Full and creamy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Really solid, enjoyable oatmeal stout. No more, no less. Easily worth a six pack purchase if you like the style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Viscose dark chocolate pour into a chalice creates a bready, one inch dark walnut colored head. Steady retention with an intricate spiderweb lacing. Lasting coverage.

S: Burnt chocolate and burnt flowery hops. Roasty, moist coffee, earthy charred firewood, with a good amount of awareness that is fairly lasting.

T: Flavor was deep roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, charred woodiness with a sooty campfire earthy minerality. Dark fruit sweetness, dried black cherry skins, creamy oat base, with a finishing of acrid bitterness. Some dry smokiness rounds things out.

M: Full roasty oat body, creamy, bittering, charred earthy warmth on the tongue and cheeks with a tang of alcohol on the finish. Burnt chocolate off the the tongue.

O: Very good chocolate and coffee darkness blended with a full creamy oat base that adds depth, lots of flavor and a nice bittering factor.

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Photo of HennyPNW
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is amazing. Very smooth oatmeal flavor, with a nice, rich dark chocolate tone. Strong beer at a 7 ABV. Not overly heavy, could easily have 3 or 4 of them and not feel too full. Great job as always Ninkasi.

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Photo of muffiewolf
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours almost black. Taste is dark chocolate and smooth oats. One review said it tasted burnt, that couldn't be further from the truth. This stout said 7% on the bottle. There is no hint of alcohol in the flavor. They have done a great job creating an excellent flavor over a high alcohol content. I will be buying this again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance : 100% opaque chocolate brown body, the head is 2 fingers tall and brown in color. It recedes to a small creamy ring shortly after leaving ghostly rings of lace.

Smell : Black licorice, oats, prune/plum, and quite a bit of spice. Some chocolate malts can be nosed beyond that.

Taste : Leaves a lot to be desired. Mostly burnt to a crisp, with a milk note here or there. Ends disturbingly charred.

Feel : Medium bodied, creamy, dry finish.

Overall : Not an impressive stout at all. I'll pass if I ever encounter it again. It kept me from buying any other Ninkasi beers on my trip to Seattle.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is an opaque black. Tan head. Oat sweetness and roasted malt notes with a smattering of dark chocolateakes it a good beer to drink.Body is medium but as smooth as you would expect.

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Photo of Reema
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours an almost black body, with dark brown edges. The smell is of toasted oats, bitter chocolate, light coffee notes, with a slight tinge of alcohol scent. The taste is of toasted oats, coffee, and a slight nuttiness. This is very good. The feel is thick, viscous, extremely creamy feeling. Very pleasant. Overall, this is a very good standard oatmeal stout which I would not hesitate to purchase again.

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Photo of jooler
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is amazing. The taste is pretty bitter. Not too familiar with oatmeal stouts but I expected a sweeter taste. I prefer velvet Merlin for the taste category

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer in a trade as an extra. Had heard of Ninkasi online, but never had tried a beer of theirs before.

This oatmeal stout was very good. Dark brown pour with big-creamy head. Aroma was mostly nutty/oats. Flavor was a lot of roasted nut. The oats were done well. Just the right amount of sweetness. Medium to heavy body with mild carbonation.

Awesome beer for an extra.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good Oatmeal stout as to be expected from this excellent brewery. I am partial to the Vanilla Oatis, but that is mostly because it appeals to be sweet tooth. Still, this is a very good stout and one I keep on hand in my pantry.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-almost black with a fingers worth of tan head

S-coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt and dark coffee with some dark chocolate

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall nice oatmeal stout, more body than others of the same style

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black-brown pour into a pint presented a pitch black ale edged with translucent brown and topped with a fat finger or two of dark foam; motes and scattered lace left behind as the drink went down

S: roasty and oaty aromas aplenty - something akin to char and coffee as well - suggestions of brown sugar sweetness

T: for a brew with no coffee, I got lots of coffee-like flavors nestled into the dark roasted and bittersweet malts; wholesome oat-grain flavors were abundant as well, sweetened but a bit by something similar to blackstrap molasses

M: smooth, as expected, and medium-weight; moderate carbonation and a relatively clean finish with a nice roasted aftertaste, just barely bitter, like old coffee

O: a real nice oatmeal stout, nowadays coming in at 7.0% abv; easy to drink, very mellow; sure to be enjoyed by enthusiasts of the style and type. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of rangerman21
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark, almost black with a great mocha colored head
S- Subtle, hint of coffee. Only weak point of the beer
T- Rich and smooth, malty with and outstanding coffee finish
F- fairly smooth
O- The bottle says it has just enough hops and I'm inclined to agree. Smooth and creamy, a delicious beer without a hint of booze

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: darkest of browns like coffee grounds but admirable head dissipates quickly

S: sweet, roasty, toasty, malty wonder

T: balanced, delicious

M: medium heavy. for this beer, just what I was looking for

O: I would recommend or drink again

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Photo of RenzoD
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than the BA score leads to believe.

Great roasty aroma. Nice brown head. Isn't as black as I prefer but has a nice dark color. Incredibly smooth. Bigger end of a medium body. Tastes pretty dam good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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