Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
While this beer has a fairly average appearance, it' smell is aluring like a thick dusty leatherbound book.
Taste: roast coffee, chocolate, smooth. First impression was that it tasted somewhat burnt, but this mellowed out as tasting went on.
Mouthfeel: Smooth like an oatmeal stout should be, but the 7 abv makes it a bit too punchy for my taste.
Seriously if they toned down the abv I think it could be a terrific beer. As is, it is roasty and smooth, but simply too alcoholic. From Ninkasi I expected a better rendition of the oatmeal stout.
Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)
04-22-2012 04:13:57 | More by GordonofSeattle
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Rich, roasty, and refined- with all the kind words that I can say about the beer that begin with "r", why is there no r's in Oatis Oatmeal Stout?
Sturdy and stout (ok we're in sych with the phonic adjectives), the appearance of opaque bark-brown builds a dense and creamy head of tan foam that retains and laces just as a protien-laden Oat infused Stout should. The beer simply looks like a gentlemanly beer.
Malty-rich aromas of dry chocolate, not quite cocoa powder but certainly cocoa-heavy varieties set the tone while accepting a helping hand from roasty flavors of French press coffees, charred woods and the scent of heavy whipping cream. Solid, yet somewhat understated and focused.
Flavors are bolder and still portray the bittersweet chocolate taste, strong and silky coffees- just shy of espresso, and a milky candyish taste that reminds me of Whoppers candies. Moderately bitter from earthy hops and also the roasted grain that reaffirms the coffee tones in finish and aftertaste.
Very richly texture, the protien of oats make a solid stand in the mouthfeel of the ale. Full and creamy to start, a slow procession across the palate reveals an even-keel development toward fleeting malt richness, heightened bitter/dry interplay, and a malty-dry finish of warmth and bitter alcohols.
I love it that the beer doesn't make compromises. It doesn't try to give lighter impressions to gain the consumership of timid beer drinkers. Nor does it propel into imperial status in a showy kinda way. It's a strong Oatmeal Stout- take it or leave it. I take it! Thanks a bunch Steamhead!
03-02-2012 07:09:21 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Sampled September 2011
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, tan colored head; the beer leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a dark, almost black color that shows a clear, deeply concentrated, blackened ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of roasted cocoa smooth coffee and ample toasted malt that lies just above a fruitiness that has touches of berries and perhaps even some blackened cherry notes (some of this seems to be brought out by a not quite noticeable alcohol note). The dark malt character has an interesting whole grain spiciness to it and there is also a sort of smooth, oatmeal like graininess that gets wrapped up into the roasted malt character that defines the aroma.
Somewhat light bodied up front, it does pick up a touch of viscous and palate heft towards the end. There is a dark malt sweetness to this beer that is cleaned out in the finish by a dry, roasted, slightly bitter, black malt character. The up front, dark, complex malt sweetness accentuates a fair amount of chocolate flavors, but really tastes of deeply toasted, malt sweetness that is sort of a mix of burnt caramelized malt sugars, perhaps a touch of roasted molasses and some dark brown sugar notes. The roast character reminds me of a malt sweetened, French roast coffee that perhaps has a touch of chocolate in it. The beer is surprisingly light bodied for a beer of 7+% alcohol, though I would say it is quite quaffable, but it is quite drinkable. The beer has a touch more carbonation than is really necessary, luckily a couple quick swirls gets rid of the excess carbonation and helps to smooth things out. The fruit character in the flavor is much more subtle than it is in the aroma, though it does contribute some slight notes of burnt plums.
Definitely a nice beer, I was expecting a beer that was a little bigger at this strength; some extra malt would actually help to balanced out the ample roast character and would help to accentuate the viscous character one expects from an oatmeal stout.
02-15-2012 02:58:52 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around cellar temperature.
Pours dark brown to black with a large three finger creamy brown head, almost looks like nitro at first. Leaves some walls of lacing and holds a really good cap. Purty.
Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some grass & grain, a hint of husky astringency. Good strength.
The aroma is a little meh, but the flavor really packs a nice punch. This is rather sweet overall, a lot of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits such as raisins and plums, a hint of cherries, minimal hop presence, minimal alcohol, finishes with decent sweetness.
Mouthfeel is typical oatmeal stout...super creamy and smooth, lowish carbonation, crazy drinkable.
This is quite a nice Oatmeal Stout. The aroma lacks a bit (but is growing on me as I work through the bottle). Nice appearance, flavor and especially mouthfeel. Has some Sweet Stout characteristics as well. Good stuff!
02-10-2012 02:30:46 | More by elgiacomo
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.