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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 42
Gots: 66 | 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:
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 philbertk
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of julian
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of ebrauser
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of felipe2toes
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of neorunner
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of loren01
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.