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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
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 flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black; body allows no transit of light. Head pours two fingers of creamy tan foam with good retention and good lace. Looks great; I love the look of a decent black beer.

Smell: big roasty aroma with hints of coffee. There is also a fair dose of vegetabley hops coming through which is, frankly, not my favorite. Not too bad overall, though.

Taste: charred but smooth. Roasty and coffee flavors are rounded out by a nice but not cloying sweetness; the hops seem much more well rounded than the aroma, providing a pleasant bitterness. Quite a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation yielding a solid creaminess. Enjoyable indeed.

Drinkability: overall, this is a damn solid stout. The hops seem a little rough around the edges, especially in the aroma, but the malt characteristics are basically spot-on for the style. Additionally, this thing drinks like a 5% beer, not like the 7.5% at which it's listed. I'd gladly quaff this again; indeed, I'd love to try it on tap sometime.

flagmantho, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into chalice

A: Dark caramel head on molases colored body, foam doesn,t hold
S: Toasted hickory and marshmallow root
T: Roasted dark malts, hickory, with a very persistant but non intrusive bitterness, which is more like espresso Turkish style with cardomon rather than hops. Some toast.
M: Holds up as a fairly heavy bodied beer.
D: Yes for sure, but not every day.

carpezytha, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picking up some groceries today I do what everybody else on this site does and took a swing by the beer cooler to see if there was anything new. There sat the first bottle of Oatis I've seen this year. On sale for $3.50 a bomber? Yes please!

At home I cooked up a batch of chicken catsu and poured this in a snifter. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate brown that has a voluminous strawberry blonde accented cappuccino type head. It dissipates very slowly leaving a moderately thick cap that stays in place for the duration of the drink. Minimal spotty lacing shows up.

The smell is fairly muted. Light cafe notes with a dusting of fresh citrus hops are barely discernible.

The taste is predominantly cold drip coffee. A little orange zest is barely noticeable but works to balance the chalkiness of the brew.

Mouthfeel is a little light but still manages to be slightly sticky. Not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a smooth typical oatmeal stout that drinks fast and is nicely refreshing. Recommended as a good cheap stout to pair with food.

hopsbreath, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very good, if heavy, oatmeal stout.

Essentially black, it has a thin, lasting tan top slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is strong with strong, roasty malt and very prominent caramelised and singed prune, fruit, some chocolate-coffee hints.

The taste is similar, with very strong, sweet roastiness of heavily toasted brown bread and caramelised barley, singed-caramelised prunes, a definite oatmeal character lightly noticeable. It has strong sweetness throughout, but also a strong burnt-woody bitterness that just barely takes over at the finish. However, it lacks depth and complexity and alcoholic strength is rather noticeable. This, combined with the heaviness of the traits noted above, brings down the drinkability.

Offa, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchases December 2009, consumed August 2010:

A - Thin layer of beige creamy head. Dark used motor oil brown not too much lacing, and a few tiny specks of yeast.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, caramel. Mild fusil oil burn of shoe polish. Pleasant smell of heavily buttered wheat toast

T Aftertaste is medicine aniseed and but the aftertaste dominates teh experience. The initial flavors are wheat and chocolate malt. Very roasted almost to the point of smokey, but lacks oomph in the flavor department.

M - Not as thick as I'd like   A bit watery. Hoping for a rich chewy beer. Fusil smells present but not felt.

D - Smells and color great but sadly a bit overly bitter and under-flavored.

jeranbrews, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick brown/black into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding coffee-colored head. Strong toasty aroma of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Lots of oats up front followed by coffee and a lingering milk chocolate finish with hints of hoppy bitterness. Very tasty and easy drinking -- the lightness achieved is impressive given the style and relatively high ABV.

grittybrews, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark syrup brown with a thin tan head and a little lacing on the glass.

S: definitely has oatmeal roasted malt aromas with chocolate presence with hints of molasses and brown sugar.

T: this oatmeal stout actually has oatmeal flavors with chocolate accents roasty malts on the backbone and hints of molasses.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a nice sweet roasty finish.

D: this beer actually lives up to its name with great oatmeal flavors and nice chocolate presence that really goes down nice and creamy. Hopefully I can get more of this stuff.

Gobzilla, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Bella's Baker City OR purchased by buddy's wife for Friday bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation, one finger brown head medium dissipation with significant lacing. Nose is a pretty big chocolate hit with good grassy hop presence. Taste features chocolate up front, pretty sweet but not much coffee notes, very smooth. Full mouthfeel, above average effervescence, not sticky despite sweetness. Dangerously drinkable. Not sure I pick up the oats, but this is one very smooth beer.

jdense, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my work a while ago.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head, nice lacing

Smell- oatmeal, very nice, coffee, chocolate

Taste- oatmeal, coffee

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- really good stout, perfect for an overcast day which was when I was drinking it. Very nice

jeffjeff1, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SS tulip glass. black color with a tinge of red around the edges of the glass. Cola colored head, with has retained itself well thus far, with a ring of lacing retained for every drink I take, that lasts for about three minutes before it fades.
Nose of Burned malts and bitter coffee, and a vague sweetness. Flavor is pretty much the same, although the coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue for a bit.
The bubbles are very small, though I'd still describe it as pretty effervescent. The body of the beer is fairly light, considering the alcohol content and dark color.

All told, I'd give the beer a B-. That is to say, the flavor is pleasant, though not pleasant enough to make me want to buy another one.

Ghenna, May 09, 2010
Photo of blackc5
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 50F.

A - Deep brown/black with a fairly creamy, one-finger mocha foam that dissipates rapidly. Moderate lacing.

S - Definitely oats and lots of dark roasted malts. Slight coffee. Some caramel sweetness. Not much in the way of chocolate.

T - An average stout, this once checks all the boxes but doesn't really stand out. Mainly roasted malt on this, ever so slight sweetness, and a mildly bitter finish. No real oats here either. Taste improved as it warmed further from the 50F served at.

M - Was expecting more here for sure, given the oatmeal. Not nearly as creamy as hoped for, actually surprisingly thin and watery. Hmm...

D - A 22oz'er went down easy enought. No alcohol presence. A good beer, but not great, and not one to rush back to for me. Good value, but needs more oat presence.

blackc5, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 .

colts9016, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Blissfullbrew
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Blissfullbrew, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Brewsmith
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Brewsmith, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

popery, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of cbros
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cbros, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hoppymcgee, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Stigs, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Bookseeb, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

sweethome, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of brdc
2.58/5  rDev -34%
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.

brdc, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

GreenCard, Jan 11, 2010
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.