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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 663
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.14%
Wants: 43
Gots: 100 | 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 mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown, practically black with a short, but thick brown head that maintained form for a good bit. Sporadic lacing forms on the glass.

S: A decent aroma, not really oaty as one might expect. Some chocolate, faint roasted malt and a little bit of piney hops.

T: Lots of chocolate on the flavor profile with a little bit of roast and faint pine, which starts to disappear a bit as it warms The oats come through as I let the beer sit a bit. Has a rather bitter finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little on the thin side with medium carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout, I think i will stick to the hoppier Ninkasi beers though. (651 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically a black hole in a bottle. Completely pitch black, somewhat thick and I think light is actually sucked into it. The head is originally a dark brown, but evolves into a light brown, creamy mess. Nice lacing left behind.

Lots of roasty things. Caramel malts. A bit of coffee. You can almost smell the sweet AND the bitter.

Both the roasted barley and caramel malt really shine giving contrasting bitterness and sweetness at different times. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee or anything else sometimes associated with stouts, but a good taster regardless.

Very creamy and smooth. Highish ABV that doesn't make much of a nose, so it'll sneak up on you. Complex in that the malt gives you some sweetness early before the roasted barley and hops hit you with some bittering balance in the finish. All the while the oats keep everything smooth.

A slightly different oatmeal stout that I'm used to in that it favors the bitter more than the sweet. This gives it layers and complexity and makes it pretty yummy. Overall, an easy drinker, despite the hoppy bitter finish and moderate alcohol, which you can taste. (1,127 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Ninkasi Oatis Stout in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a bubbly and creamy beige head.

Smell is a roast charcoal aroma, with a hint of coffee.

Taste is a sweet coffee flavor, hints of dark chocolate, with a bitter ash aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and cloying, with a creamy bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very good stout. I would have this again. (431 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown with a steady two-inch head which eventually fades to a thin film; lacing isn't great

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, some toasted, slightly burnt malts; lots of oats; this smells pretty good though perhaps a bit too grainy

T: The oats dominate up front with chocolate, dark fruits, molasses coming up behind; but something isn't quite right-- a touch sour and a touch unbalanced

F: A bit thin for a bigger stout like this

O: It's an okay, oatmeal stout but it just doesn't quite come together (535 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a thick muddy dark black with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention, receding slowly down to a medium cap with excellent thick sheets of spotty lacing.

The aroma was sweet and roasty up front with some burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and a doughy leathery yeasty and had notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth oat presence.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad roasty sweet with hints of molasses and chocolate early on, becoming bitter sweet with a mild creamy oat presence and a nice dose off coffee towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a good long while following the swallow, with a bold bitter roastiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a smooth, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was tremendously tasty and possessed an awesome body along with a fantastic drinkability, which all together did a great job of concealing the somewhat high ABV...

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottling information given. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours dark near-black brown with one finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves only faint bubbles of lace.

Smells of sweet coffee, sugared oatmeal and light chocolate. I kept coming back to enjoy it.

A bittersweet milk chocolate flavor hits first. Followed by smoked malts, creamed coffee, dried dark fruit, raw sugarcane and a noticeable dose of grassy hops towards the finish. A tiny bit of alcohol peeks in and out.

Creamy medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Long smooth mildly bitter cocoa aftertaste.

I liked most aspects of this together but on thier own each of them lacked just a certain "something". A case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts for me. Nothing ground breaking but still enjoyable. (833 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled poured into pint glass

A- Dark caramel mocha color while pouring; almost black once sitting in the glass. A rather thin very light brown/orange head forms and doesn't last very long. But the second pour (22oz doesn't fit in my glass) rewards me with a huge thick head with superb lacing. As I sip, the line of foam from each new elevation is visible and the lacing descending from each foam circle reminds me of the Roman Coliseum.

S- Dark roasted malts with a touch of tall grass. Some warm alcohol feeling on the nose. The oats and toasted grains have a tiny floral hint for which I am excited to taste.

T- Oats (over)cooked in dark drip coffee. A tiny bit of citrus that is not present in the aroma. This beer starts with some sugar on the tip of the tongue but it is much less sweet than many heavy stouts - only a tiny bit of caramel shows through and the chocolate malts are bitter dark chocolate. Very dark chocolate. All on burnt toast!

M- Not super carbonated, but more so than the typical of this style. It's somewhat thick but leaves very little syrupy mouth coating; only a bit of an alcohol burn and bitterness linger on the middle of the tongue. The roof of my mouth is happy.

D- Not a beer for downing a whole six-pack. I'd say this is a nice option for a breakfast beer with toast and would also work well as an after-meal drink, maybe split a bomber with a friend.

O- I like it, but I have had better stouts. I wanted a dessert beer this evening and an oat stout seemed like the best option in my small bomber collection in the fridge. So I guess I was hoping for something sweeter, though that is only my bias. This stout has a very complex flavor and is perfect for chocolate lovers or those who like their coffee black.

It is hoppier than most stouts and features black coffee and unsweetened cocoa - these characteristics combine to make this far more bitter than one might expect. Not necessarily a bad trait, just an advanced notice! (1,980 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured black with a frothy mocha colored head with some big bubbles that left lots of clingy webbed lace

S- Big roasted malt aroma (not coffee like), sweet milk chocolate, mineral notes, and breadiness

T- Lots of burnt and roasted malt character, big herbal and earthy hop character, some sweet breadiness. This is a bitter stout

M- Smooth, creamy, undercurrent of prickly carbonation, finishes dry

O- This is a generously hopped stout, very assertive bitterness from the hops and also bitter charred notes. Easy to drink, this could be Black IPA, but it does not really have the chocolate and roasted coffee notes I really like in a stout. (690 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Simple label with an eye-catching color scheme. Really like the Ninkasi Seal!!

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a deep dark brown almost black with a sponge-like slightly airy tan foam head that slowly settles into a thick foam coating. Head retention is a crazy 6min 35sec. Very good lacing and fair carbonation.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of roasted oats and malts with the malts a bit dominant. Coffee and dark chocolate are also very prevalent. Slight hints of dark fruit and grain are also detectable. I didn't detect any hop presence in the aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of burnt malt and dark roasted bitter coffee. Slight hits of that dark fruit and dark chocolate form that aroma can be detected but are dominated by the malt and coffee flavor. I again didn't detect any hops in the flavor either.

MouthFeel: On the light side of Medium-bodied that has a creamy finish.

Drinkability: Moderately carbonated and very smooth make this extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very solid stout with good flavor and drinkability. Classified as an Oatmeal Stout at 7.2%. (1,126 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice work of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and cocoa. A slight soy sauce aroma comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with the slight soy sauce flavor and a mild alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion. (613 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a super creamy light brown head. Smells of freshly ground espresso. Taste begins with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, transistioning to some light caramel, and some juicy stone fruit in the finish. A leafy raw hop flavor at the very end with some matching bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, nice low carbonation. Overall an excellent Oatmeal stout, I would love to have this again. (402 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/ black with brown head that retains nicely. Opaque appearance and decent lacing. Nose features delectable roasted barley and oats as well vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey with heavy oat quality that also leaves a bready aftertaste. Nice all around stout flavor with great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. Overall, nicely balance oatmeal stout that is more than worth a try. (414 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No date (received Winter '12)
Unmarked tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. There are some reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of tan had. Really tight bubbled head. Sticks around.

S: Roast coffee. Dark malt. Dark fruit. Typical stout.

T: Its very cold so I don't get much on the tip of the tongue. Some bitterness, coffee and dark chocolate. Mid palate, totally different story. Good flavor. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. A touch of dark roast coffee hints. Creaminess, from the oats. Lot oatmeal stout. Close is somewhat dry with the roast, but it's not overly dry.

M: Medium leading to full (obviously, stout)

O: B+ (657 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown. Medium brown head and lacing. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt, coffee. Roasted malt up front, with light hint of coffee and a slightly hopped finish. Medium bodied for an oatmeal stout. Not remarkable, but solid and tasty. Worth a revisit. Great price point. (343 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent oatmeal stout. Touches on some nice character, though it skirts the borders of being a "good" example of the style. The flavor character seems to be less rounded than I would like. Seems to follow suit on the other beers I have tried from this brewery, though this one clings to style parameters a bit better than the others. Well, a lot better. (361 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a head roughly the colour of latte foam. Beautiful.

The nose is primarily roasty burnt malts with a bit of espresso, some musty oats.

The taste follows the nose, roasty and warm. Smoothe oats, and a little bit of hop bittering to balance it out. A very well executed and nicely balanced oatmeal stout. I am a very big fan of this one. (365 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, toast, herbal, oats, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, oats, toast, toffee, herbal, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Low amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, oats, herbal, and light dark fruit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with malt sweetness; and quite robust with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Very nice balanced roasted and robust flavors; and very easy to drink. Maybe a touch too fruity, but still very enjoyable. (1,138 characters)

Photo of IPAguy2009
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber of this for about 3 bucks. Had it before and enjoyed it.

A- black with a good tan brown head, cannot see through this stout, as it should be.

S- smell is rather warm boozey dark chocolate. Definitely some oats in there as well. Toasted nutty smell also.

T- dark smokey chocolate with oatmeal notes. Finishes with slight bitterness and a sunflower seed taste. What a good sipper!

M- thick! With light carbonation.

O- every once in awhile I need to have a stout, and this is my fav stout out there. Quite good. (531 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this. I think this is the end of my Northwest sampler package...

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy, tan head - retains a wispy cap, produces some wispy lacing

Smell: Roasted malts and oats - an above-average amount of oats in here, kind of smells like a sack of oats - moderately roasted malts, a little burnt, some chocolate - a light, malty and oat-y sweetness - good overall, but lacks the depth of some others of this style

Taste: Nice balance - roasted malts, some acidic chocolate, some cocoa - lots of oat flavor, like a bowl of oatmeal - a touch of coffee, and some grainy sweetness - mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and creamy (thanks, oats), nicely carbonated

Overall: A good oatmeal stout

Maybe I've just eaten too many oats lately, or maybe this just has a lot of oats in the grain bill. Did I mention there are a lot of oats in this? It's definitely good, but not epic. (944 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black with a big fluffy tan head that takes a long while to fade and leaves some lacing behind.

S: Buttery malts, oats, coffee, a hint of a nutty aroma.

T/M: Delicious and creamy, with lots of sweet malts layered. Caramel, coffee, oats, some subdued roasty flavors. Really smooth and great. The caramel comes out more as it warms but never gets overwhelming or cloying the way caramel malts in beers sometimes do. Amazingly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A great oatmeal stout with loads of flavor and complexity. (523 characters)

Photo of stooge
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark brown, not opaque, 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly, excellent lacing

S -chocolate, butter, caramel

T- bittersweet chocolate, toffee, with a nice roasted coffee flavor on the back end

F- surprisingly thin with lots of carbonation and nice finish

O- not as thick as I expected but nice complex flavor with a pleasant finish.

Serving type: bomber bottle poured into imperial pint glass (409 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After this won best in show at the Garden City Brewfest, I've been itching to try it. I was judging but this one wasn't on our table.

This pours black with a frothy sand-colored head. On the nose there are toasted oats and roasted malt, maybe a bit of bitter chocolate. It's a simple nose but a good one. In the mouth the toasted oats are clearly in the lead, but there is chocolate, pine, and charred malt here too. It isn't as velvety as the best examples in the style but the body is medium full and nice. The finish is long but a bit too fixated on the bitterness to me.

Overall, this is a fine example of the style, with perhaps just a little bit too much bitterness for my tastes. With a few tweaks this could be up there with HBI for me, and that's high praise. (770 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate and coffee, slight sweetness

T-dark roasted coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, slight bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth not rich feel

O-a good oatmeal stout with a good array of flavors (287 characters)

Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

While this beer has a fairly average appearance, it' smell is aluring like a thick dusty leatherbound book.

Taste: roast coffee, chocolate, smooth. First impression was that it tasted somewhat burnt, but this mellowed out as tasting went on.

Mouthfeel: Smooth like an oatmeal stout should be, but the 7 abv makes it a bit too punchy for my taste.

Seriously if they toned down the abv I think it could be a terrific beer. As is, it is roasty and smooth, but simply too alcoholic. From Ninkasi I expected a better rendition of the oatmeal stout.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions) (807 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty, and refined- with all the kind words that I can say about the beer that begin with "r", why is there no r's in Oatis Oatmeal Stout?

Sturdy and stout (ok we're in sych with the phonic adjectives), the appearance of opaque bark-brown builds a dense and creamy head of tan foam that retains and laces just as a protien-laden Oat infused Stout should. The beer simply looks like a gentlemanly beer.

Malty-rich aromas of dry chocolate, not quite cocoa powder but certainly cocoa-heavy varieties set the tone while accepting a helping hand from roasty flavors of French press coffees, charred woods and the scent of heavy whipping cream. Solid, yet somewhat understated and focused.

Flavors are bolder and still portray the bittersweet chocolate taste, strong and silky coffees- just shy of espresso, and a milky candyish taste that reminds me of Whoppers candies. Moderately bitter from earthy hops and also the roasted grain that reaffirms the coffee tones in finish and aftertaste.

Very richly texture, the protien of oats make a solid stand in the mouthfeel of the ale. Full and creamy to start, a slow procession across the palate reveals an even-keel development toward fleeting malt richness, heightened bitter/dry interplay, and a malty-dry finish of warmth and bitter alcohols.

I love it that the beer doesn't make compromises. It doesn't try to give lighter impressions to gain the consumership of timid beer drinkers. Nor does it propel into imperial status in a showy kinda way. It's a strong Oatmeal Stout- take it or leave it. I take it! Thanks a bunch Steamhead! (1,590 characters)

Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.