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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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88
very good

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 42
Gots: 66 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is a light tan color, a little over a finger thick and shows great retention. Lacing is strong and clings all over the glass.

Smell - Oats are definite on the nose, backed by moderate roasted malt aromas of chocolate and lesser so of coffee. Traces of bitterness at the tail end of the aroma.

Taste - Starts out with creamy sweetness and hints of fluffed chocolate. Mid-taste things take a turn for the bitter. Moderate notes of dark baker's chocolate emerge, then turns for a roasted coffee finish. Coffee bitterness level builds rather quickly if sips are quick in succession.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall - This is a very good oatmeal stout, especially after it's warmed a bit and is drank with a fair pace. Drinking it with leisure is not recommended, as the true nature of the bitterness is hidden when sips come several minutes between, but even then it's a very solid brew. This is definitely an oatmeal stout I will be returning to in the near future.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep dark color with a minimal mocha head that dissipate fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Light notes of oatmeal and maltiness is present on the forefront with notes of mocha and chocolate coupled with some coffee.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and light malts dominate the flavor profile with toasted oatmeal and barley with malt notes.

M: This beer is on the thicker side with a minimal amount of carbonation that suits the style and flavors well. The taste lingers nicely on the tongue for a while before slowly fading away.

O: Overall, a great beer, quite delicious to enjoy in the winter, does a great job of warming the body in the middle of a New England winter.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of cubancigar2000
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle

smell - what can I say, wonderfil, dont get any better. Lots of chcolate, toasted oats, Yumm

Taste - Porters to me need to be thick, strong in coffee and toasted grains and have a nice tan head. This one is on point

Ninkasi has more top shelf beers than any other brewer. This one is one of my favorites

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep, dark, almost black. Massively dark with some nice deep reds and browns when held to direct light. Head is a light tan and starts off big and creamy. Drops to a small cap with some specks of lacing. Nice solid pour with a moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malts. Lots of roasted malts. A nice oat compliment as well. Loads of chocolate, but not aggressive. Some cocoa and lighter, sweeter chocolate malts. A touch of dark chocolate and old coffee, but just a touch. Huge hit of oats. Some vague grassy notes in the back. Solid.

Taste: Cocoa-dusted oats. Seriously. Cocoa, lots of it and a big old helping of oaty goodness. Deeply roasted. Vaguely burnt with touches of char. Some caramel sweetness. Dark chocolate, nibs, some sweeter milk chocolate notes. So much oat. So much cocoa. Mild hit of coffee. Grainy and a bit grassy.

Mouthfeel: Borders on full but never quite makes it. So very smooth and creamy. Magical oatmeal.

Overall: A great companion for your morning breakfast.

This tastes like delicious food. Cocoa oatmeal is the wave of the future. This isn't the best oatmeal stout out there, but it's definitely the most like food. Bonus points for food.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, practically black with a short, but thick brown head that maintained form for a good bit. Sporadic lacing forms on the glass.

S: A decent aroma, not really oaty as one might expect. Some chocolate, faint roasted malt and a little bit of piney hops.

T: Lots of chocolate on the flavor profile with a little bit of roast and faint pine, which starts to disappear a bit as it warms The oats come through as I let the beer sit a bit. Has a rather bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little on the thin side with medium carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout, I think i will stick to the hoppier Ninkasi beers though.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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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.

Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.