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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown, nearly black. Weak brownish head dissipates fast.

S - Oats and roast. Somewhat plain, though I really like the roast character that is present

T - Follows the nose to a T. Simple and effective. Roasty and oaty. There is also a hint of coffee bitterness.

M - Medium body and slightly creamy. Smooth as can be with a semi-dry finish.

D - Easy to drink. Enjoyable overall, but not a great beer. A fairly plain stout. Goes down smooth and disappears quickly.

greenmonstah, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

A - No real head, thin bubbles on top of a nice dark black colored beer. Some light comes through the edges.

S - Oatmeal, roasted malts, and specifically black patent malts (a coffee-ish aroma) are the only things in the aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma, although the bitterness fades a little. Coffee, roast, and some slight oatmeal flavors. Not full of flavor like a typical stout, but the flavors that are there are good.

M - Medium bodied, a little watery for the style, but extremely smooth. The oatmeal definitely makes this go down smooth. Finish is creamy and slightly dry.

D - Very drinkable. Goes down smooth and the taste makes me want more. Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but definitely good and would get it again.

GarrettMD, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

A- Black body with a small tan head. Head dissipated into a creamy topping. Left little lace behind.

A- Roasted malts, a sweet coffee and cream aroma.

T- Medium dry with a bitter roasted malt flavor. Hopped a bit higher than I would expect. Finishes with roasted malt and coffee flavor.

M- Full body, very creamy. Almost like a thick cream. Moderate carbonation.

D- This beer is quite tasty. Not sure I could do more than a bomber at a time, but very enjoyable.

gpogo, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

A beautiful and dense black, a wonderfully crumbly, dark tan head sidles up to the glass, asks for a phone number, gets turned down and slinks away to the short side of a bit of foam. Nice lacing rounds out a rather nice pour. Beautiful and full aroams of chocolate malt with a nice roasty-roasto, semi sweet chocolate morsels, a touch of vanilla bean and some espresso. A very "round" aroma profile and made to feel full in your nose, like diving wrong into a pool and getting water up your nose, but in a good way...Flavor is malt-tangy-riffic...Lots of roasty flavors immediately follow the tang attack. Beuatiful body from the oats - like Sofia Vergara - supple and very full bodied. Mouthfeel is perfect for a full stout like this, and the higher-than average carbonation keeps it from getting to "chewy". This isn't wonderously unique or exciting, but if I had to find an American version that hit the nail on the head perfectly, I'd offer this as a suggestion. 7.2% ABV is warming and appealing, and completely masked amidst the robust flavor profile. Great beer really, but not elite nor unique. Maybe unique in that it's so perfectly to style. Super-well-priced too, so this is a very drinkable.

What I like most: The price and wonderful mouthfeel.

What I like least: Lacking uniqueness.

Verdict: Although not trying to dazzle you with tricks, this is one of the most well-done stouts America has to offer as a regular.

SolomonGrundy, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass from Alaskan brewing.

Appearance: A thick brown, creamy head of foam on top of a motor oil-brown base.

Aroma: Chocolaty malts, hints of coffee and cookies.

Flavor: Lots of sweet coffee in this one. Hop bitterness peeks through in the middle providing a great balance to the milky sweetness. Tastes includes a slight toastiness that goes along with the fleeting hops and dominant coffee. Finish is a little cookies and a little spice. Very delicious

MF: Texture is sweet but not the typical full-body that you might expect in an oatmeal stout. I wish it was a little more creamy, but it drinks like a little like a porter. Pretty deceptive in its ABV, and definitely a delicious beer.

ebrauser, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of WorldWideStout
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Very dark brown body with large mocha-colored head that settles down to one finger, leaving decent lacing.

S: Roastiness is in the forefront, with oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate rounding out the scents.

T: Starts off somewhat sweet with chocolate. Towards the middle some hops and oatmeal come in, and the coffee and roastiness finish things off, lingering for a few seconds after the sip is done.

M: Tiny bubbles provide a small but consistent carbonation on the tongue. This does not diminish a pleasant creaminess and fairly full feeling in the mouth.

D: Some sweetness, some bitterness, and an inviting mouthfeel that doesn't drag on you makes this one I could sip all night.

I thought this was quite nice for what it was.

WorldWideStout, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Aromas of dark roasted malt with chocolate presence with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Some hoppiness is detectable as well but not discernible or predominant.

Powdery cocoa on the front palate. Nice and slick. Some pleasant earth and oat dust on the tongue. A return to cocoa on the finish with a touch of anise. Mouthfeel is slick, a tad thin, not as full and creamy or smooth as I'd like for the style. Still a tasty beer though. Fairly bitter and too roasty for the style in my opinion; this really craves some mouthfeel/body thickening maltiness which is key for an Oatmeal stout to keep in in balance.

claspada, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

a viscous dark brown thats just short of black with a smallish mocha head that retains and laces well.

dark roasted malts and oats brings lots of coffee, bakers chocolate, and brown sugar with some bittering hops present.

very nice charred flavor of burnt dark roast coffee, dark cacao, some vanilla and molasses. a good amount of slightly citric bitter hops balance the sweetness nicely.

good carbonation level with a body that should be a bit heavier.

drinks pretty well. alcohol is almost non existent. balance is well done, but a heavier body would accentuate the maltiness better.

silentjay, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

From notes - sampled on 12-15-10.

Oatis, 22oz Bomber, wine glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown but not black, dark red/brown on the edges. Tan head, not too strong, retreats fairly quickly. Lacing is fairly good.

Smell is instantly chocolate, followed by cherries. Bitter hops and dark malts. Balanced.

Taste is mostly chocolate. There is a fruit-sweetness to it as well. Light tasting, finish is sweet-bitter. There were no discernable coffee flavors or smells, to me.

Feels smooth and creamy, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout.

Drinkable but not highly so. It is a good beer but not an extremely complex beer.

Scotchboy, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of felipe2toes
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Head quickly dissolves though, leaving a thin crust with little lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal.

Tastes malty upfront with a bitter coffee finish. Initially, not much in the way of chocolate on the palate. But after warming up a bit, more milk chocolate/cocoa and nutty flavors are apparent.

Good medium-bodied mouthfeel and easy drinking. Nice and smooth and creamy.

felipe2toes, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of neorunner
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Blind Beer #6 - http://flic.kr/p/92vV1L
Thanks to Flexabull for this beer in Round 3 of the Blind BIF.

22 oz bottle poured into a New Holland pint glass as directed. Color is a brown black with dark tan head that graciously coats the sides of the glass when tilted. Aroma is immediate coffee, cocoa, chocolate, thick heavy dairy similar to clotted cream.

Back to this review as the forums were down for maintenance. I let the beer warm up a bit as well. Flavor is puzzling me a bit, definitely a stout but the mouthfeel wants me to edge towards a breakfast stout. The standard breakfast stout style, not the massive abv one Founder's puts out. Speaking of alcohol I'd put this mid range, about 6ish. Aroma matches flavor closely, chocolate and possibly a touch of flaked oat or oatmeal.

Well I couldn't wait any longer and went for the reveal. Answer is Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout. I like it, good drinkability. I've had a few Ninkasi's, I loved Maiden the Shade (sweet artwork as well) and this is another solid offering from them.

neorunner, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of BeerManDan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

This Oatmeal Stout, when poured was thick and the color was very dark brown. The smell of roasted malts and cocoa had a pleasant aroma. Now, the flavor was a little more complex. I could taste dark roasted malts, cocoa, smoked coffee beans, that finish with a semi-sweet/tart and bitter feel on the palate. Very pleasant Oatmeal Stout, not overlly bitter like alot of Stouts.

BeerManDan, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Pours a pitch black color, very good sized head with great lacing down the glass
S: Smells of chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla scent
T: Dark chocolate, big unexpected bitterness at the end
M: Mouthfeel was great, medium bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel
D: Mouthfeel was the best thing about this beer. Goes down very easily for being fairly high ABV. This is a great oatmeal stout.

loren01, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Poured out of a bomber into a tulip glass. Black as night with a nice inch and a half of tan, big bubbled head.

S - Roasted malt and dark chocolate.

T - Burnt malt dominates. The hops grab the tongue with just enough bitterness at the end.

M - Light to medium body, light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. This is a good stout, solid taste and easy drinking. The only (slight) letdown is the body. A little creaminess or softness is what I expect in an oatmeal stout and it was not there.

Fatehunter, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown, with a fair amount of thick dark tan head. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Thick sweet malts, brown sugar, some earthiness. Quite nice.

T: Very full flavor, sweet malts leading to some almost espresso-y notes towards the finish.

M: Medium body to start, but finishes full with some chewiness. Medium to high prickly carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Very solid overall. It's not really incredibly exceptional in any particular way, but it's executed well in every area.

seand, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

appearance - decent retention, dark brown, some sticky lacing, shallow head

smell - cocoa nibs, malt, coffee, marshmallow

taste - medium roasted malts and coffee, cocoa and marshmallow flavors, mirrors nose well, bitter chocolate finish

mouthfeel - slightly dry finish, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

drinkability - very flavorful, dessert-like, excellent oatmeal stout, could easily be a go to brew

djbreezy, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Ninkasi brewing co
Oatis oatmeal stout

Appearance- dark with a nice malt choc head. Awesome retention. 5

Smell- barley and ash. Chocolate 4

Taste- salted dark chocolate with a smokey mesquite finish. Nice one 4

Mouf- thinner than I like for an oatmeal stout 2.5

D-mmm 4

1759Girl, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of 100floods
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a rich black with a nice tan/mocha head. Medium roast and dark chocolate aroma. Very pleasant. Medium-thin texture. The roasted malts are definitely present in the taste. It almost can't wait to attack your pallet. Dry finish. This is one of the few stouts that I cant get some of that hop flavor, I usually can't taste it. Actually, after a few more sips they hops become more apparent. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced. The coalesce to great one great taste. The hops do not over power, but back up the dark malt for a complimentary boost With what I am tasting the texture is right on (although I am in favor of fuller body stouts). Any thicker and it would probably be too sweet. The over all experience ain't too bad. Definitely better than Anderson Valley's. This may not be the best, but definitely good to have around.

100floods, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque seal brown body with a half finger of custardy camel foam. Average retention, nice sandy lacing, no legs.

Pleasing roast malt fragrance is complex and suggests coffee, biscuits, rye crackers, and cocoa powder among other subtleties.

Dark roast malt, chocolate malt, and toasted grain on the palate. Moderately bitter hop notes contribute a pleasing contrast with some light citrus and spice flavors. Faintly bitter coffee, hazlenuts, brown butter (not diacetyl though), and ash in the slightly dry finish. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, though maybe a bit thin for the style. Lightly astringent.

More like a porter than a stout in some ways - but a nice flavor profile. Rather sessionable despite the ABV. Would love to try the vanilla version of this...

augustgarage, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Been waiting to try this guy for a while.

A - Very dark brown, with a nice-looking three fingers of mocha-colored head that sticks around for a while before fading to a thin cap. Pretty good retention, and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Overwhelming aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, with lots of roasted malt in the background. Hints of dark chocolate and almost an oakiness, although I think that last is my imagination.

T - Roast, roast, roast. The coffee is definitely present in the flavor and dominates. If I didn't know better I'd think this was the coffee porter that I had a few hours ago. Somewhat one-dimensional, but very good in that one dimension. I can't say that I get oatmeal in this one at all, which is a bit strange to me.

M - Thinner than I'd expect for an oatmeal stout. More porter-like. Sam Smith is my benchmark here, and this falls short.

D - The coffee flavors would keep me from doing more than one; two might be a stretch.

O - Flavors are good enough, and the price is right. Solid buy, but probably no more than one a day.

djmichaelk, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Saw this for the first time this year and since I have never had, I decided to give it a try. Stout is always a good choice on a rainy early autumn day. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased from local grocer for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a voluminous three-finger, cappuccino tan head with good retention and lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very nice, promising aroma.

T-Unfortunately the expected taste from the aroma is not delivered. There is dark bittersweet chocolate and some coffee, by not nearly enough creamy rich malt flavor. I suspect it is because the hops are overbearing. Taste was disappointing.

M-Smooth, but both a tad light and thin. I can't discern the presence of oatmeal in the mouthfeel.

D-This is decent oatmeal stout, but not quite on par with what I have come to expect from Ninkasi. Good value at $3.99 a bomber compared to other breweries.

velosuds, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a flat black color with a nice off white head.

Nose is of dark chocolate, espresso, toasted oats, and sweet cream.

Taste is clean and very smooth. Dark roasted malt flavors, bakers chocolate, espresso, and smooth oat notes. Finish has light mineral hops that cut the sweet malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and full.

Drinkability is also great, this is a very pleasant and easy to drink oatmeal stout, well done Ninkasi.

flexabull, Oct 05, 2010
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.