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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 672
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 44
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% 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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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter. Acquired this one through a trade with BA'er JohnGalt1...cheers buddy!

A - poured about half an inch of tight frothy khaki colored foam which falls to a floating island and ring. the beer is just about pitch black, no light coming through when held up to a lamp.

S - big nose, huge roasted malt, dark milk chocolate, oak, slight bourbon twang, some strong french roast coffee, vanilla...could go on, quite complex and bold.

T - starts off with some toasted oats, burnt toast, milk chocolate, bitter coffee finishes along with some earthy hop bitterness. a bit of caramel here and there, along with a slight smokiness in the second half and vanilla. alcohol is not present at all.

M - a touch thin for an oatmeal stout, the carbonation is on the lighter side but tight, cuts right through the body without problems. not much in the way of alcohol burn. a bit thicker body would help carry flavors a step further, they just kind of quickly fizzle.

D - impressive oatmeal stout, just missing a touch more body to take it to the top...still one of the best that i have had. robust and complex, treating me quite well after a couple hours of snow shoveling.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark rich brown with a nice pillowy light brown head that sticks around awhile leaving nice lace. Smell owns a slightly sweet dark roasted coffee aroma. Taste has the roasted malts, coffee and more bitter than sweet chocolate, could use a little more malt to balance the hop. Mouthfeel is a good hearty solid stout with the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of sweethome
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pitch black with dark tan head.

Nose is of some northwest hops and roast malt. Chocolate hints and a freshly opened can of dark roast coffee beans.

Medium-full mouthfeel, thins as it moves through the palate. A nice chocolate flavor on entry, matched with rich roast malts and hint of coffee. Bittering from hops blends with the coffee flavor to give a coffee flavored bittering.

Chocolate flavors continue to build as I sip. Not overly complex beer - but nuanced and rich in flavor.

A rich stout with full flavors. My first from this brewery and I am impressed.

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Photo of brdc
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one came as an extra, but my disorganized cellar would not allow me to figure out who; thanks anyway.

Large capped bottle, poured into a large snifter that unfortunately met its fate at the end of the glass. Nearly pitch black, very thin, short lasting tan head, no lacing.
The aroma is a bit too heavy on the coffee, and oatmeal, slightly roasted notes, cookie dough all take a back seat.
It is disappointingly thin for an oatmeal stout, and here, coffee takes center stage, and soon, left and right stage, virtually pushing any other contenders out. Unidimensional, and not that pleasant.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark mahogany, opaque, thick layer of tan foam with great head retention

Aroma: roasted grain, unsweetened cocoa, soy sauce, oats, molasses

Flavor: medium malt sweetness surrounded by dark roast and a smooth hop bitterness; burnt sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies; slight acidity; finishes semisweet with a lingering chicory note

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, silky texture, slick on the tongue

Other comments: A really tasty oat soda. Well-balanced and more-ish.

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Photo of UWagner
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black, with a lingering, rich tan head and a fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Faint aromas of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste - Strong roasted coffee and malt and almost no bitterness. Simple flavors but well executed.

Mouthfeel - Moderate but sufficient body. Not nearly as thick and smooth as I've come to expect from this style. Excessive carbonation was rather detrimental.

Drink - Compared to other oatmeal stouts, this may be one of the more drinkable varieties I've tasted, but two or three would be my limit.

Doesn't stand out much from other oatmeal stouts, but it doesn't disappoint either. A solid and drinkable beer that lacks the smoother, thicker mouthfeel found in most other oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from the chewster out of Portland. I've never had anything from Ninkasi nor have I heard of it. Pumped to try this though. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a hearty dirt black with a decent one finger light tan head. Nice cap and thick collar that leave a fair amount of rich thick lacing.
Smell- Super chocolaty and very rich smelling with a small undertone of sweetness. The chocolate is bittersweet and really nice. A pinch of vanilla and plenty of caramel sort of finish this nose off. Not the most complicated nose ever but super nice smelling.
Taste- Very interesting beer between the taste and mouthfeel. The char is sudden and intense but in a good way. The chocolate is dark and decedent with a cocoa nib like rawness. Slightly toasted from the oatmeal with a light bit of raw brown sugar. Not a ton of coffee but the coffee like aspect is definite. The beer definitely isn't sweet though as a small lingering bitterness does hang a bit. The bitterness is lingering but it's something between hoppy and just plain raw char.
Mouthfeel- Fairly aggressive carbonation that really seems to off-set the silky smooth creaminess that the oatmeal adds.
Drinkability- Overall this is a pretty darned tasty brew. I like the nice malty chocolatyness a lot but I really wish the oatmeal lived up to the name. The carbonation is too intense to fully get the oatmeal goodness. All in all though, tasty beer. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of iheartpnwbrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the finer Oat meal stouts I've had. All flavor nodes well balanced, and an extremely drinkable mix. Bought a bottle of this the very next day to add to my collection. Ninkasi is one of those breweries to keep your eye on. Have some GREAT beers out right now.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Blackish with dark tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell - Coffee and roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee flavors, green apple in the background, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, good carbonation.

Drink - Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Overall good stout, wasn't picking up on oatmeal, but a delicious stout none the less.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a surprise! Bought a bottle at Whole Foods in Tigard.

Superb appearance. The head is even a little darker, the body black and rich. Lots of oaty nutty goodness on the nose and palate. Long, smooth finish. Pretty much knocked Sam Smiths oatmeal stout off as my favorite.


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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Ninkasi on anchorage shelves.

Oatis pours a thick suprisingly impenetrable black with a nice tan head that lingers well.

Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of chocolate and vanilla as well.

The flavor is quite nice. Roasted malt is the first dominant flavor, but the oatmeal quickly rises with that signature slick creaminess, although it is in perfect balance with the roasted malt, rather than overshadowing it as can be common in oatmeal stouts, especially bigger ones like this. The finish has a mild bitterness, but is accented mostly by roasted malt. Nice smooth velvety chocolate in the aftertaste where it lingers alongside the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A little thicker than your average oatmeal stout, but with the abv checking in just below imperial, i think its perfect. The oatmeal makes its presence known but doesn't overpower. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but the slight increase in viscosity does hamper it a tiny bit, and this one will catch up to you quick at 7.5%. That being said, the abv does not factor into the drinkability as far as heat, very smooth.

Overall a very fine oatmeal stout, and one i will surely be purchasing again soon. Nice and drinkable, yet packed with flavor and substance. A very nice beer, and one i would dare say is my favorite so far from Ninkasi. (although the only others ive had are the IPA and DIPA, haha)

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a giant goblet

Looks like a stout -- dark, opaque, just a ring of brownish-beige head that slides slowly back down the side of the glass after a sip. Smell is dark and chocolatey, not overwhelming at all.

Taste is heavy on the chocolate, zero hops, fairly mellow and a little smokey. Pleasant and good, but not awesome.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout. All of this combines for a good, easy to drink stout.

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Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

Deep, dark and black with no light coming through and a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is rich and syrupy with chocolate, coffee, molasses, some hop flavor and a touch of maple syrup. There's very little bitterness and a moderate sweetness. The 7.2% alcohol is well hidden. The consistency is syrupy and the carbonation is low. It's almost worthy of a spoon.

This is a nice stout with lots of substance and serious drinkability. It's definitely not just for breakfast.

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black hue with a nice small foamy mocha head. Okay retention but no real lace.

S: Wonderful aromas. Tons of rich chocolate malt with notes of real dark chocolate. Oats stand out with hints of vanilla.

T: Very tasty brew. Chocolate from start to finish. Real chocolate, mostly bitter but hints of milkyness as well. Lots of bold roasted malt as well. Hints of vanilla with just a dash of coffee. I reeeeaaally like this beer.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with big bold flavor.

D: Damn drinkable. Really is a drinkable tasty stout.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a smooth opaque black with a thin khaki head that leaves a heavy ring around the glass as well as thick lacing down the glass as this beer is drank. The nose is chocolate and espresso dominated but has some vanilla and some roasted aromas in there as well. The flavor is sweet chocolate, toffee and vanilla that finishes bitter and dry. Its a full bodied beer that is velvety smooth. This stout is an easy drinker and has some nice subtle complexities.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and in bottles and there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference. It's definitely a winter-time type of beer, just because it's pretty heavy. Poured out it's thick and black with a satisfying brown head. The smell is fantastic - mainly of coffee, but also some chocolate malts and the oats themselves. Tasty tasty - lots of oaky oatmeal flavor. Not a KBS, but pretty close. It's a heavy beer - unless you haven't eaten for a while you might only want one of these. Good stuff as always from Ninkasi.

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Photo of Docer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bombe rof this... 7.2% ont he bottle.. not 7.5%..

- Poured into a bomber at a slow angle.. great dark appearance and a little cola brown around the transparent edges... swarms of lacing around... not much head because of the way I pour..

- Wonderful sweet chocolate and grain scent... like a chocolate liquor.. but with a sweet grain and oat.. litte licorice scent.. slight bittering... smells really good!

- Great sweet porter/stout taste.. really smooth, not at all strong.. sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate... little bit of grain and oat..

- slightly oily and chewy.. only but a bit dry like it should be...

- Super drinkable and not too creamy think... slightly warm, but no taste of alcohol at all.... a great sessionable stout.

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Photo of beertunes
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the World Famous Up&Up Tavern, Bellingham, WA. Poured with the expected black color, but unexpectedly with no head.

The anticipated roasted and toasted aromas were present but very subdued. The flavors were as expected, but slightly subdued also. The body was very thin for a stout. Very drinkable for the style, which is not a good thing.

Oatmeal stouts should be thick and strong, not easy drinking. For an easy drinking stout, try the Dry Irish versions. Worth trying if you see it, not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi OATIS

Chilled bomber into a glass. An extra courtesy of msubulldog25. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black with slight brown and reddish tint when held to a lamp. Completely opaque. Has no head whatsoever, only a slight collar around the glass. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy coffee, oats/grains.

T: Similar to the nose. Dominated by a roasted malt taste, with bitterness provided by dark chocolate and coffee components. A grainy oat flavor throughout, giving it a bittersweet and roasted taste overall.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with low carbonation as is appropriate for the style. I felt it could have been heavier.

D: A very straightforward oatmeal stout. I liked it but wasn't blown away by it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Sitting on the dock of the bay
drinking oatmeal stout all day
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
wasting time"

--Oatis Redding

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.

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Photo of dukew456
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours an opaque black with a nice head that shrinks down to a film fairly quickly. Nice looking stout, I wish the head was a little stronger, but hell, that could be my fault.

This smells incredible. The chocolatey roasted malt character dominates and is very pleasant and is followed up by a near-spiciness.

Great oatmeal stout taste. Roasted barley with its chocolatey goodness dominates, and the finish is very dry. The silkiness lended by the oats is spot-on.

Ninkasi is one of my favorite breweries that I've had the pleasure to discover after moving to Oregon. I've had Oatis on several occassions, and wish I had taken notes on the Vanilla Oatis that I had a while back...

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Photo of Bartian
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at local grocery in Portland. Oatis pours like a cup of joe from a coffee press - black, thick and really rich. The head had a nice color of dark creme and the beer initially exhibited significant carbonation throughout.

The smell brought thoughts of a dark, rich chocolate bar and earthy coffee roast - a true delight!

The mouthfeel was typical of many stouts - however, I couldn't help but think what I might rate this from a nitro tap - they would have to drag me away I'll bet!

The taste was very good; not quite robust enough to be exceptional, but very enjoyable with a frightengly high degree of drinkability.

Overall, a very good Oatmeal Stout that was perfect on a dark and windy day here in the Land of Hops!

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Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a low tan head that sinks fast, an opaque black beer.

Smell- Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Taste- Bitter coffee and dark roasted barley, dry finish with a bit of light sour bitterness that continues on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and light bodied for a stout.

Drinkability- Light and dry, especially for a 7.5 ABV. If oatmeal stout is your brew, you could do this brew all night, but you'd probably get as roasted as the barley.

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts, period. I've had it as much as possible on draught, but this is my first bottle. I will probably never review it on draught as I'm always too busy enjoying it, so this review takes those previous experiences into account score wise, as there is a slightly lower deviation here.
Bomber poured into my Meantime Snifter, Oatis is a dark blackish brown with a dark tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is deep but not overwhelming toffee, some caramel notes, a light roast, faint butterscotch and a dash of hops. It really comes together nicely for me, like some kind of gourmet bread pudding almost, but not nearly as sugary.

Taste is very balanced, a nice caramel malt backbone tempered by the light roast and hops, bittersweet, with a lingering roasty tang. Lots of complexity it seems like, but nothing to overt, which keeps it interesting. When Ninkasi kills it, they really kill it, and this is my favorite of their beers for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy carbonation and medium light body. Really fantastic, although not quite as nice as on draught.

Drinkability is good, this one is super smooth and balanced,with the alcohol DANGEROUSLY hidden. Still, it's always been much more enjoyable on draught then this bottle, which I admit is probably a few months old and has been stored at room temp (at least in the dark!) for about half that.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/09/09.

Pours a deep dark black with hints of brown around the edges. The very thin half-finger brown head didn't last very long. Aroma was of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is similar to the aroma minus the coffee. The chocolate flavors are more prevalent, mostly sweet milk chocolate up front. That is accompanied by vanilla and roasted malt. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and faint earthy hops. Very balanced and subtle flavors.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Feels very nice, not too heavy and very smooth, maybe just a tad thin. Drinkability? Yes, this has it - the bottle was empty before I knew it. Goes down very smoothly and easily. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This is a very good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle or two of this. If you see it, buy some and enjoy. I can't wait to try more beers from Ninkasi.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.