Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice work of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and cocoa. A slight soy sauce aroma comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with the slight soy sauce flavor and a mild alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.
09-19-2012 04:46:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +1%
"Sitting on the dock of the bay
drinking oatmeal stout all day
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
Quaker State black with meager dark copper highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. The tight-bubbled crown of cappuccino colored foam appears to be melting in slow motion, becoming even more creamy as it does so. No more than several small tatters can be seen in the circumferential sheet of beautiful lace.
The nose is excellent too. Roasted malt and sweet chocolate lead the way, with coffee beans trailing the pack. I would have guessed 'milk stout', although there isn't any real lactic tartness. In spite of a claimed 45 IBUs, the beer doesn't smell overly hoppy.
Like all Ninkasi Brewing Company beer, Oatis is delicious. If I was in a quibbling mood, I'd ask for more malt. After all, this is a 7.2% (by my label) stout. Flavor delivery is fantastic, though, and things are opening up even more as the beer gains a few degress.
Bittersweet chocolate is still in front, but now coffee-with-cream and a surprising amount of vanilla bean have joined the fray. It's becoming increasingly obvious that there are more hops in here than the aroma let on. Even though they're somewhat citric, I wouldn't be surprised if something English was used. East Kent Goldings perhaps. The sweet-bitter balance might be Oatis's best feature.
Sorry, but a borderline double stout (by ABV) needs to be more full than this. It *almost* gets there in the end, but *almost* doesn't count in the cutthroat world of craft beer reviewing. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the soft, sparse carbonation.
Ninkasi comes through yet again. Oatis is good beer that is a barley boost away from being great beer. I could definitely waste some time sitting on the dock of the bay if I had a few bombers of this tasty oatmeal stout to keep me company.
03-10-2009 14:45:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.04/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance: Pours pitch black with a nice bubble show; excellent retention at two inches with a nice coating a lace, to boot
Smell: Roasty tones, with chocolate fudge and hints of caramel, coffee and herbal/piney hops
Taste: The roasted tones and chocolate dominate the front end, with hints of caramel and coffee; by mid-palate, the herbal, slightly piney hops build; nicely balanced with rich flavors, in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation
Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout; well-balanced and quite enjoyable
Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity
06-15-2014 22:54:07 | More by brentk56
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
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
12-24-2010 22:29:51 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured near jet black except for some ruby highlights when held in the light,a creamy toasted almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with faint smoke and wood,light bitter chocolate shows thru just a little.Roasty and raw on the palate,very dry with faint smoke in the finish,just a very light chocolate sweetness.This is one no holds barred hoppy stout,its big and roasty,I liked it.
12-24-2010 13:03:14 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color (almost black) with a small, light brown head that left some lace.
S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and some coffee notes.
T - It tasted of oats with a nice bitter hop kick. The coffee flavor add a little more bitterness to complement the sweet chocolate taste.
M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a really good oatmeal stout. I really want to try more stuff from Ninkasi.
12-16-2008 13:31:51 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
A pretty decent oatmeal stout. Touches on some nice character, though it skirts the borders of being a "good" example of the style. The flavor character seems to be less rounded than I would like. Seems to follow suit on the other beers I have tried from this brewery, though this one clings to style parameters a bit better than the others. Well, a lot better.
08-05-2012 22:22:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours the darkest brown/black with a nice off-white head, very good retention, some lace.
S: Roasted malts, oats, sugar.
T: Coffee, nice lower cacao dark chocolate play, almost chalky on the back end. Dark flavours and coffee, doesn't get fruity at all.
M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied, just disappears too fast/thin finish.
D: A solid oatmeal stout, doesn't get real sweet. Just the roasted big malt flavours, almost like an Irish Dry. A nice introduction to the newly in CA Ninkasi, let's see what their other beers have to offer.
03-18-2010 05:42:19 | More by Halcyondays
3/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
05-24-2011 20:15:24 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
7.2% ABV listed on my bottle. I see. I wonder if anything has changed.
Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown with a fine and chunky head of tan foam. Lacing is exceptional; almost solid in places, but leaving tiny intricate and complex patters down the glass. Body is pleasantly thick, but looks, oh I don't know, as though it's missing about .3 percentage points of ABV. Very nice looking brew.
Nose is very roasty, with sweet and slightly sweaty dark grain characters throughout. Good chocolate and a genuine hot oatmeal character to it, slightly more organic and natural than your average stout. There's something a bit raw about it, but it's genuinely very pleasant.
Taste is very smooth and drinkable, with a pleasant dark grain character, that hints at tobacco and dark orange chocolate. Pleasant lightness to it as well for th most part, only falling into bitter roasted territory on the finish, which just reminds you of what you're drinking. Quite tasty. Mouthfeel is light, but with a pleasant frothed milk consistency.
A very tasty oatmeal stout. Indeed, it's probably one of the best examples I've tasted. Lovely flavours, pleasant texture, great drinkability. A great drop of beer. Ninkasi have done it again.
11-02-2010 01:23:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.