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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 38
Gots: 41 | 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 colts9016


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown half finger head that has some retention. The color of the beer is opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque also. there are a couple of carbonation bubbles on the bottom the glass. The little head does live some lacing.

Nose: A very rich dark roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, oats, and some wood note. There are also some floral, citrus, solvent, and some phenols.

Taste: A intense dark roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, oats, wood, and phenols. There are also notes of citrus, floral and solvent. There is a burnt character at the end.

Overall: The mouth feel is creamy, rich, robust, and deep. The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium full. This is a wonderful brew. Lots of flavor, character, and very easy to drink .

04-01-2010 01:42:18 | More by colts9016
Photo of Halcyondays


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
Photo of Blissfullbrew


4.3/5  rDev +10%

Glass -Snifter

Pours a thick brown head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a bubbly lilly pad on top and rim. Deep toasted, chocolate and coffee malts are present. Sharp coffee note at first which staggers into a roasted malt after taste mixed with a bitter and astringent flavor. This is a well rounded beer that does not fill you up. I could drink many many of these here beers, too bad I only have the one.

03-12-2010 04:46:28 | More by Blissfullbrew
Photo of Brewsmith


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is roasty with a coffee note. No noticeable hops. Jet black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin ring of tight bubbles around the top of the glass. Flavor is assertive in the roast with a large bittersweet chocolate note in the finish. Just enough sweetness to round out the roast. Some hop bitterness, but no real hop flavor. Some biscuit notes once it warms up. Thick mouthfeel, very chewy, and a little slick from the oats. A good stout, balanced to the roasty side, but improves as it warms up. Like liquid bittersweet chocolate.

03-10-2010 06:30:43 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.58/5  rDev +17.1%

A big thanks goes out to RJ (Grabbin2nd) for bringing this to the SLO BevMo! Thanks a ton dude!

Split among Wisemen Nick, Zach, and Jorge. Poured into three standard pint glasses.

Appearance: Poured out thick and black, yielding a gorgeous, slow-forming, brown, foamy, head. That head just crawled up from the depths! Retains as a sticky, foamy, crown and drags a lot of lacing. Body is totally opaque. This looks fantastic!

Smell: H U U U G E oats! Awesome! A good deal of dark chocolate and toffee as well. Oats steal the show though. I love it!

Taste: Oats, dark chocolate, caramel, black coffee, leafy hops and even a touch of citrus. Big roastiness, big oatiness. Finishes with bitter dark malts. Very flavorful. My favorite part about this beer (thus far) is that they don't shy away from the oats AT ALL. Oats all over in this one!

Mouthfeel: Robust in flavor and pretty robust in body too. Lots of dark roastiness in this one. Cool and malty with moderate prickly carbonation. Roasty flavors hang around long after the sip.

Drinkability: Loved it! This is the quintessential oat stout. Bold, flavorful, full, and addictive. Can't wait to try this again!

03-05-2010 04:54:52 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of popery


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle, home. The mouthfeel works against this otherwise great beer. It's just a tad too thin to support the roasty, coffee bean fruitiness of the malt. I think more chocolate flavor would come out if the beer had a creamier feel. There's cocoa, roast, raisin-sweet malt and a touch of hops, though less than expected. The beer is somewhat acidic and of moderate sweetness. It's an excellent value, better than many similar stouts. Thanks for starting distribution here, Ninkasi.

03-02-2010 08:16:15 | More by popery
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a jet black color with a pretty looking khaki one finger head. There is minimal carbonation activity after the pour. I am picking up smell notes of the oatmeal backed with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste of the beer goes hand in hand with the smell characteristics of the beer. It finishes very smooth which makes it very easy to drink. Overall a nice tasting beer with a good look and smell. I recieved this beer from madhombrewer as an unexpected thank you package. A nice beer that I am glad I have tried but I would like to see what else is out in the Portland scene when it comes to stouts.

02-27-2010 01:17:04 | More by cbros
Photo of hoppymcgee


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Poured from a bomber into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Deep, dark brown with wavy, wispy beige-colored carbonation.

S: Caramel malts, oats, coffee, chocolate, and some nuttiness.

T: Toasted oats, granola, and mild-brewed coffee at the front and finishes with just the right amount of roastiness and bitterness.

M: Smooth, creamy, and the proper amount of carbonation to not make this stout too thick.

D: The best feature of this beer. Medium-bodied and easy to take down the bomber by yourself within an hour. What makes this beer is it's not too rich like a lot of stouts are.

Overall, an all-around solid beer. I'll have to seek out some other stuff from Ninkasi.

02-26-2010 02:00:43 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of Stigs


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

02-11-2010 03:48:39 | More by Stigs
Photo of Bookseeb


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-28-2010 02:28:46 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of sweethome


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

01-21-2010 03:19:57 | More by sweethome
Photo of brdc


2.58/5  rDev -34%

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.

01-11-2010 14:51:30 | More by brdc
Photo of GreenCard


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

01-11-2010 01:45:58 | More by GreenCard
Photo of UWagner


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-10-2010 02:18:23 | More by UWagner
Photo of younger35


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

01-07-2010 22:24:13 | More by younger35
Photo of iheartpnwbrew


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-06-2010 05:25:05 | More by iheartpnwbrew
Photo of yuriruley


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-18-2009 09:36:28 | More by yuriruley
Photo of cbarrett4


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

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.


11-07-2009 06:09:09 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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)

11-05-2009 02:38:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-31-2009 21:12:07 | More by snaotheus
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-07-2009 01:50:50 | More by GJ40
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-13-2009 17:51:39 | More by tpd975
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-16-2009 05:24:31 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of kdoc8


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

06-29-2009 06:47:11 | More by kdoc8
Photo of Docer


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-16-2009 00:31:35 | More by Docer
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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