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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 38
Gots: 49 | 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 billab914
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured black in color with a thick, creamy, tan head to it. It had some very nice head retention to it and left some decent lacing as well.

The aroma shows off the oats very nicely for the style. I get both bitter, roasty flavors as well as dark chocolaty flavors to it as well. Everything comes together very nicely and feels very smooth and flavorful.

The taste starts out with a lot of the smooth, creamy, oat flavors to it. Midway I start to get some cocoa and dark chocolate kicking in. It gets a little roasty in the finish with some burnt, coffee like flavors to it. The oats are really nice in it and really bring everything together.

The mouthfeel feels on the thicker side with some excellent creaminess for the style. Overall I really liked this beer, I love the style and this one really showcased the oats nicely. The big chocolate and roasty were really nice in it too. Very enjoyable beer overall and a very good beer of the style.

billab914, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this bottle.

This is one of the 7.2% abv bottles, I assume a 2011 bottling.

A nice heady oatmeal stout, one that's a standard offering no-less, I decided to pour this beauty into a pint glass and drink it the way it's most likely served out in Eugene.

Pours black, looks decently thick, and produces a tall walnut colored head. The retention isn't bad, and syrupy legs of lace attempt valiantly to cling to the walls of my glass; few succeed.

Smells pretty darn good. I used to have "oatmeal stout" listed as my favorite style on B.A. but then removed it after trying average after average, after below average oatmeal stout. Oatis is already reminding me why this is one of my favorite styles of beer.

A rich sweetness wafts my way as I poured the beer. Digging deeper into the head I began to pick out dark bread crust, peanut shells, chocolate, and a bit of char. I can't really fault this beer on the aroma; I am certainly impressed and wanting more.

The taste is a step below the aroma. It starts off sweet, then leads into bitter bakers chocolate and with a lot of heavy-handed roasted barley. Some coffee comes in at the end. Bitter finish, there must be a decent amount of hops in this to break through all of the powerful malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is also a little off for an oatmeal stout. High carbonation and a lack of creamy soft oats on the palate make this an exceptional stout, but an average oatmeal stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I really was looking for a softer mouthfeel, but otherwise I am splitting hairs here. I wish this was available in my neck of the woods.

Hmm... time to pick up some BORIS now to make me feel better.

Spider889, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big two finger head, the majority of the bubbles are big, some are smaller underneath, we'll see how long it hangs around for. The head is light brown in color, it looks like milk chocolate, and the body is completely pitch black, no visibility through this at all, maybe some hues of brown when held up to the light. The head has faded a little bit, but the bubbles and overall look see to be more creamy now. Overall it looks ok. Not too much of a complex smell on the nose, you get that big malt note up front, smells like chocolate and roasted malts, then you get maybe a little bit of oats, not much else though. You can actually smell the alcohol, which is a little off putting. First thing I notice when I drink this beer is the mouthfeel, it' pretty awesome, nice and thick. The second thing I notice is the smoothness of this, it just glides down the throat, all the flavors mixing in nicely, frankly I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would. As far as flavors go, they are just all mixed in so well, so they are hard to pick out and identify, but I would say the first thing I notice is the nice big malt flavor, then the roastyness and chocolate flavor, polished off with the slightest hop bite. There is a nice crispness too, which I usually am not a fan of in my stouts, but it works in this beer for some reason. For as many flavors I'm getting, and as for how much flavor it has I'm surprised that it is this smooth and this easy drinking, but it just goes down like nothing. Overall I'm much more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be, good beer, well done, tasty, and easy drinking!

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of nuggetsofnectar
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 of many purchases from Healthy Spirits in Frisco....

App: Deep cola black...heavy poor mustered up a 1" head that quickly dissipiated and left nice lacing...dark tan in color

Aroma: Nice dark malt...oatmea....milk chocolate..nothing to over the top though

Taste: Sweet malts up front...vanilla tanins....followed by slight notions of fudge and java in the back....pretty nice but again nothing too complex

Mouthfeel: a bit underwhelming..not chewy enough for me

Overall: A nice treat ...good for a try..

nuggetsofnectar, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of katybee
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"This could be a dark lager" another reviewer writes, but its true. I was a little disappointed in this one, considering Ninkasi's other brews.

Appearance was a nice translucent dark brown--not opaque, and quickly disipating thin head.

Not much smell at all, if so bitter hoppy, not malty.

Dry bitter hops predominate throughout. I'm glad it's not the citrus type. However I was expecting more malts and possibly breadyness from the oats and maybe a little sweet. But no, just dry bitter hops and perhaps roasted malts--but no coffee or chocolate flavors or carmelization. This could be Bud or similar lager if you closed your eyes.

Mouthfeel was also light; no perceptible creaminess due to oats that I could detect.

Yes drinkable. But not memorable. Best thing about this beer was the dryness of the hops, and lack of any soy-like maltiness, however it really lacks what you're seeking in a "stout", I think.

katybee, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a nice head and a bit of lacing

Nose is just super boring, a bit of black beer smells with some coffee and malts, but really subtle, just not exciting at all - could be a black lager, none of that delicious oatmeal character

Taste is solid, a beautiful off-sweet very drinkable malt backbone a little bit of espresso and dried fruits mixed with a bitter light bodied cocoa finish mmmm

feel is as it should be

overall, this is a good oatmeal stout - would definitely get this again

benclimbs, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--Seasonal Release 2008. 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV--45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Stout--Oatmeal--Thick pour. Thin mild lace espresso head .Clear opaque black color. Rich loose sediment. Mellow chocolate espresso floral hop rich front. Mildly crusty oatmeal creamy rich roasted chocolate espresso no fruit dry body. Smooth balanced hop spice EtOH hint end. Sampled 12/19/2008. $4.99 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--Seasonal Release--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Stout--Oatmeal. Thick ruby brown pour. Opaque black color. Lacy espresso medium head. No sediment. Sweet cocoa coffee mild roasted fruit hop front. Creamy mellow sweet crusty mild roasted cocoa rich black bread oatmeal smooth mild fruit Stout body. Smooth mild hop fruit hint tangy end. Sampled 9/6/2010. 2 @ $4.00 Each.

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Oatis Oatmeal Stout--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 45 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich lacy tight 1/2" espresso head. Rich chocolate mild floral hop roasted front. Medium thick pour. Opaque black color. Mellow sweet silky smooth chocolate oatmeal unbitter espresso fruit hint malty body. Creamy burnt hop spice dry crusty cocoa end. Smooth! & Tasty . Sampled 3/9/2011 & 3/15/2011. Purchased for $4.00 at PCC--Greenlake, Seattle on 9/15/2010.

philbertk, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an extra in a trade from JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby!

Appearance: Oatis pours almost pitch black with dark ruby around the outermost edges. About 1.5 fingers of tan head forms, which has pretty decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very nice roasty smell, with coffee and light chocolate notes. Some light floral hops on the back end.

Taste: A moderate amount of roasted malts, coffee, and sweet milk chocolate notes provided by the oats. Hops provide a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is just below medium bodied with pretty fine carbonation. Reasonably smooth drinking. This beer is quite drinkable. All of the flavors are on par with the style. Nothing off-putting at all.

zhanson88, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

262nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A nice dark brown with a one finger head. Had minimal lacing and the head faded quickly leaving just a trace of a ring of bubbles.

Smell- Some soft malts with a touch of a cereal quality and a little bit of some milky chocolate flavor.

Taste- It's a good mix of soft chocolate with the oat and malt flavors. Was not as up-front and assertive as I would have liked but more of a soft creamy feel.

Mouth- Soft all around. The body was a bit thin and the carbonation was a bit on the softer side to give a pretty pleasant drink.

Drink- Pretty good but was expecting a bit more. Very drinkable and had a nice blend of flavors that were palatable and tasty.

FosterJM, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mlaroche for this one.

Pours a dark brown color with a decent tan sized head, fades fast leaving no lacing on the glass, not much of a cap remaining either.

Smell is pretty much all dark roasted malt, fairly one note and lacking any creativity, not picking up any of the hop balance that they mention.

Taste is a showcase for roasted malt with a coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste, actually, that dark burnt bitterness is a bit much for an oatmeal stout and overstays its welcome, carbonation is high, it's also sharp and bubbly which removes most of the creaminess that the oats contribute.

Can't say I'm overly impressed with this offering from Ninkasi, especially if you compare it to the level that Portsmouth has for their Oatmeal Stout.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Opaque brown in color with noticeable setiment and a thick 3 fingers of brown, frothy head. When held up to the light appears a very cloudy dark brown.

Smell: Oatmeal sweetness dominates the nose with underlying tones of chocolate malts, expresso, and a little bit of fruity/floral scents.

Taste: A huge wallop of oatmeal sweetness right off the bat. Gives way to a chocolate malty and coffee middle of the palate with undertones of toffee and molasses. The back finishes up with a slightly dry hop bitterness and a little bit of a citrus note. Lots of subtle hints going on, but a very big flavor indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full, yet slightly thin comparatively for this style. Low carbonation and extremely smooth. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: A nice sipping beer. Goes down well, but drinks a bit like a meal. Half the bottle was plenty for me.

Final Notes: This beer was pleasing in every way. I would definitely drink this again and I hope to add it to my rotation. A bit pricey and pretty alcoholic, but worth it.

bagpiper2005, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of julian
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, near black in color with little to no light passing through. Nice 1/2 finger layer of foamy tan head. Lacing is a sporadic webbing that leaves the party as quick as it can.

S: Huge roasty aroma, burnt oats, very mild chocolate. Mostly roasted, toasty aromas.

T: Huge roast flavor up front, a little bit of mellowness from the oats as it warms in your mouth followed by a slight boozy character. Finishes with a mild toastyness, allowing the balance of malt and hops to really come through. Hints of brown sugar and/or molasses.

M: medium carbonation/viscosity. Great mouthfeel.

D: Great beer, well balanced. Nothing to complain about here.

julian, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave (SleepyDave) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a .25 finger coarse, mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is non-existant. I like the color on this one but everything else is pretty subpar.

S: Nose isn't the most aromatic but pretty spot on. Roasted malt, toffee, liquorice, and chocolate. Smells almost like an English style stout. Nice, sweet, and enticing but very subtle.

T: Opens roasted malt sourness, coffee beans, chocolate, cocoa powder, and some toffee. Sweet, with that signature slight tartness that the oatmeal brings towards the middle. Liquorice at the end with some smokiness and cocoa powder. Finishes chocolate with a roasted malt grainy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and oily in the mouth with some bubbles here and there. Slightly prickly going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This one's very easy drinking but nothing really stands out here. An overall middle-of-the-road offering. Worth a try but nothing much to say about it besides that.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with medium tan head that diminishes fast. Awesome chocolate and toasted malt aromas coming from this beer. I also get coffee and biscuits. Taste is a nice amount of bitterness and huge oatmeal flavor. The oatmeal goes great with the coffee and chocolate flavors. I also get slight vanilla and caramel flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for an oatmeal stout. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Drinkability is very high.

DovaliHops, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black and a big brown foamy head with okay retention. Chocolate and a meaty oatmeal aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt (nearly burnt) with a bitter finish and linger. Sweeter chocolate starts to even it out a bit as it approaches room temperature. Thin feel with slightly foamy/creamy aroma.

Pretty hoppy for an oatmeal stout leads to the linger being way too long. Malts really do taste burnt at first and the bitterness really takes over. Although I may have been spoiled by some very good oatmeal stouts lately, the chacteristic mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout isn't quite there, possibly thrown off by the hops. In the end, it was a bit of a chore to finish.

Bfarr, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.