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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

577 Ratings
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a thick muddy dark black with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention, receding slowly down to a medium cap with excellent thick sheets of spotty lacing.

The aroma was sweet and roasty up front with some burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and a doughy leathery yeasty and had notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth oat presence.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad roasty sweet with hints of molasses and chocolate early on, becoming bitter sweet with a mild creamy oat presence and a nice dose off coffee towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a good long while following the swallow, with a bold bitter roastiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a smooth, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was tremendously tasty and possessed an awesome body along with a fantastic drinkability, which all together did a great job of concealing the somewhat high ABV...


Photo of ThickNStout
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of sam_bliss
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled poured into pint glass

A- Dark caramel mocha color while pouring; almost black once sitting in the glass. A rather thin very light brown/orange head forms and doesn't last very long. But the second pour (22oz doesn't fit in my glass) rewards me with a huge thick head with superb lacing. As I sip, the line of foam from each new elevation is visible and the lacing descending from each foam circle reminds me of the Roman Coliseum.

S- Dark roasted malts with a touch of tall grass. Some warm alcohol feeling on the nose. The oats and toasted grains have a tiny floral hint for which I am excited to taste.

T- Oats (over)cooked in dark drip coffee. A tiny bit of citrus that is not present in the aroma. This beer starts with some sugar on the tip of the tongue but it is much less sweet than many heavy stouts - only a tiny bit of caramel shows through and the chocolate malts are bitter dark chocolate. Very dark chocolate. All on burnt toast!

M- Not super carbonated, but more so than the typical of this style. It's somewhat thick but leaves very little syrupy mouth coating; only a bit of an alcohol burn and bitterness linger on the middle of the tongue. The roof of my mouth is happy.

D- Not a beer for downing a whole six-pack. I'd say this is a nice option for a breakfast beer with toast and would also work well as an after-meal drink, maybe split a bomber with a friend.

O- I like it, but I have had better stouts. I wanted a dessert beer this evening and an oat stout seemed like the best option in my small bomber collection in the fridge. So I guess I was hoping for something sweeter, though that is only my bias. This stout has a very complex flavor and is perfect for chocolate lovers or those who like their coffee black.

It is hoppier than most stouts and features black coffee and unsweetened cocoa - these characteristics combine to make this far more bitter than one might expect. Not necessarily a bad trait, just an advanced notice!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.