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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 40
Gots: 80 | 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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Ratings: 632 | Reviews: 212
Photo of ms11781
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirdrinknp. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. 7.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a deep brown color. It looks black in the glass with dark brown hues at the edges but is definitely not quite black. The head is almost non-existent. A very thin ring of tannish foam develops around the edge of the glass.

The nose has a good dose of some roasted malt character. Some light chocolate notes are present along with a touch of coffee.

The taste follows along with the nose. The roasty notes lay a nice base for the chocolate and coffee to play off of. There is a pleasant smoky, almost charred character that lingers at the end of each sip.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it actually works here. The body is not quite medium with light, but lively carbonation.

Overall, a decent, enjoyable take on the style. A bit thin but it really doesn't detract from the beer as much as it normally does for a stout. Not the best but certainly not the worst example.

Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass

A- Poured a finger width head. Deep dark black coloration and a tan head. Little retention. Sticky, ringed retention.

S- Grainy, chocolate and malty. Rich and dark aroma.

T- Starts sweet with chocolate, middles with the dark malt and chocolate flavor and finishes a tad bitter with a coffee and roast malt flavor.

M- Starts thin, finishes almost syrupy. Fairly inconsistent, but not bad in either respect.

O- Good beer, not a great one. Nice flavor and smell, but not complex with either one. Mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. Looks awfully nice though.

Photo of boralyl
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown and mostly opaque. It produces an inch of tan head that has nice legs and leaves some sticky lacing.

S - Brown sugar and roasted malts make up the aroma.

M - Medium in body with light-medium carbonation. It's got a nice creamy feel.

T - Light brown sugar up front followed by a nice roasted malt presence. A little bit of chocolate shows up near the finish.

This is my 2nd beer from Ninkasi and it's another good beer. I look forward to trying more of their lineup.

Photo of BeforeNoon
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tumbler

A: opaque with thin head

S: low aroma, dried, sour fruit

T: slight orange, toasted malt, astringent

M: low carbonation, thin

O: This is a very thin beer, not the overall experience I expect from a stout. Aroma and taste leave nothing exceptional. Not bad for under $4, wouldn't try again.

Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in the glass, with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has aromas of milk chocolate, dark fruits, a touch of booze, and a hint of hops in the background. All the smells are a bit muted but the ones coming through a nice.

T: The taste is a bit muted as well but I can pick out flavors of vanilla, bakers chocolate, and a dark fruit like flavor on the finish. It's possible the dark fruit flavor is a result of the hops.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium. About what you'd expect from an Oatmeal Stout.

O: Not the best in it's class but it's tasty and the feel is spot on. The hops seem to balance this one out so it's not too sweet and not too bitter.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to crystal tulip.

Poured a pretty dark black with an amber hue. A 1/4 inch dark brown sugar color head sat for about a min before fading to a creamy tan color ring around the glass.

I smell some maltiness, brown sugar, caramel, bitter chocolate.

There is some maple brown sugar flavors. Softening that sweetness is some roasted oats. A little bitterness on the back end, bitter chocolate or mild hops. Pleasant either way.

The finish lingers a little, that bitterness is still there as does the chocolate note.

Not my personal favorite stout, but I have to say at $3.99 a 22oz. Bottle, pretty good deal.

Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for providing this bottle. Poured into a tulip.

Dark chocolate brown. One finger of dense, crackly bubbles the color of milk chocolate fizzles away in a few seconds. Sticky webs of horizontal lace remain on the glass.

Chocolatey nose. Lots of cocoa nibs, smoky pork, smooth oats and hints of earthy hops.

The same stuff can be found in the flavor, though it’s more subdued. More earthy hops, less smoky pork and sweetish oats. Crumbled chocolate lingers long into the finish.

Mouthfeel is glorious. A bit thinner than the usual oatmeal stout, but the body is like butter, super-silky and whipped. Clean, without a hint of alcohol. Well-done.

The mouthfeel is a standout, but the flavor’s a little too subtle. Smooth and drinkable, but not big enough for me.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to…heck I forgot who sent this extra but cheers!

Appearance – An almost black color when poured into a tulip. Over a finger of quickly dissipating mocha head is obtained while pouring the beer.

Smell – Heavy roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, hints of coffee.

Taste – As the aroma let on, the prominent flavor is roasted malts. There is a hint of hop profile here but very little overall. The bittersweet chocolate asserts itself midway through and melds into a espresso flavor.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A solid stout. One that went down quickly without me realizing. Glad I was able to try this.

Photo of BeerTwins
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We liked this stout but were not overly impressed. Poured very black with a thin beige head. Not much aroma evident. Taste was very good. Malty, bready and smooth. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Not the best stout out there but we definately wouldn't mind having another.

Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with a dense brown cap. Good head retention with thick, chunky, sheets of bubbles coating the glass. Chocolatey, roasty aroma, bittersweet and milk chocolate, malted milk. Strong grassy bitterness and roast up front, less sweet than the aroma would suggest, semisweet chocolate, light fruitiness. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, smooth. Pretty good, but the flavour didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma.

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black colour with a creamy but shortlasted tan head. Fair head retention. Some lacing. Good.

Rich, earthy roasted aroma. Slightly fruity and earthy.

Nice, creamy roasted flavour with some hints of chocolate and some sweetness. Good.

Nice, medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Quite creamy.

A really nice balanced oatmeal stout. Big flavour and very nice.

Photo of isualum12
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a growler @brewforia her in Boise Idaho. Love the place

I had this beer a long time ago but just never reviewed it or remembered it.

appearance- classic black with brown/tan head. not as thick as I would have guessed on the head but not bad.

smell- lots of coffee with some bourbon. Perhaps some burnt malt that roles on.

taste- coffee and bourbon for sure. The bourbon is not strong enough to over power but actually smooths the beer out.

mouthfeel is smooth but thick. You almost chew through this one but I still would say it is smooth on the backend.

Overall this was a nice beer. It was better the first day out of the growler then the second but most beers are this way for good reason.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'd think an oatmeal stout would be sludgy but who'd have thought it to be so black? This beer is dark as coffee, with no more clarity, despite a bit of ruby highlighting to the light (blink and you'll miss it). What the trim around its surface lacks in size it makes up for in colour; a reddish, rusty-looking foam appears from swirling and partially sticks to the glass.

This oatmeal stout actually smells like the breakfast of champions - more so that of a thoroughbred than that of a human. Despite the coffee-ish notes, the malts that went into this beer's mash are actually still perceptible and their graininess is surprisingly undecorated, despite the roasty and smoky overtones. Get me a spoon, I'm ready to dig in!

'Yum' is the first thing out of my mouth. Indeed a thick and hearty meal, this is replete with graininess as well as dark chocolate, treacle and morning coffee notes. There is a trace of lactose-like sweetness but more so this drinks like the world's finest chocolate maltshake. (If you can imagine a liquid version of the Mars candy Maltesers, you got it).

For an oatmeal stout, Oatis has more character than my palate knows what to do with. Severely roasted malts - like singed to the point you need dental records to identify them - are complimented by notes of black coffee, purple grape and a tootsie-roll-like toffee flavour. Indeed, this would be the most popular adult trick-or-treat giveaway no doubt.

A little bit of berry sweetness survives all the roast coffee astringency and barbeque-like smokiness. Again, the thickness of a healthy oatmeal breakfast is felt and, despite the relatively modest 7 and some odd percent alcohol, the belly fills up fast - much to the dismay of the palate. Mind you, something acidic cuts through distractingly as well.

Ninkasi can evidently do dark beers as well as they can hop bombs - who'd have thunk it? This oatmeal stout is as thick, sludgy, and flavourful as any I've had from the good ol' U.S of A. and I'm sure that's something the brewery would have known before ever even releasing it commercially. These guys know what they're doing and they don't mess around.

Photo of slaphappysnark
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes tulip. Dark brown, not quite opaque, with a thin, light head. Light roasty smell, with a similar but stronger roasty flavor, almost coffee-y aftertaste. Nice level of carbonation, although a little thin, overall a tasty oatmeal stout.

Photo of robbrandes
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber.

pours nearly black; big, billowing tan head, nice lacing all over the place. nose is excellent - coffee, roasted barley, a bit of smoke and earthiness.
great across the tongue - big, full profile. excellent balance of the sweet front with a crisp, dry finish. well accentuated with the fluffy carbonation.

oatis is a reliably good (bordering on great) oatmeal stout.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with just a hint of a light tan head. Smoky aroma has quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses tones plus hints of licorice and toffee. Mouth-filling flavor has a firm smoky overtone and molasses, quality coffee, chocolate, licorice and toffee flavors - delicious! Smooth yet lively texture leaves a smoky and fizzy finish. Recommended!

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served cold in tapered pint glass. Beer pours an opaque black with a reddish tint and a medium reddish brown head. Light smell of coffee along with a healthy dose of roasty barley.

Thick mouthfeel, but also fairly fizzy which takes the weight off the creaminess. A hoppy edge finishes it off. In between it's full-on oatmeal stout, bitter chocolate. Nearly an imperial stout, not because there's any alcohol burn, but simply because there's so much there.

Is there such a thing as dry graining? The nose is all grain here, with no beta acid detectable, and a relatively high portion of alpha for the style.

Photo of samie85
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11/11.

A-Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark brown sugar head... looks promising.

S-Sweet chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and a bit of earthiness to it.

T-Almost sour, roasted notes off the bat with a bit of dark chocolate and earthy bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a pretty smooth, lush feel.

D-The roasted character in this one is way too much for me; I much prefer the sweeter examples of oatmeal stouts.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown, near black, that reminds me of well used motor oil. A foamy, medium-brown head quickly settles on top with a solid three fingers of height. Head does nto have the best retention, but still leaves a solid finger fo foam on top.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front with a light backing of fresh coffee beans. Not a whole lot else going on here outside of a faint sweetness that comes through as the beer warms a bit. A bot one dimensional but certainly well withink a proper oatmeal stout aroma.

T - Big taste of roasted malts with just a light hint of sweetness. A bit of bitter coffee comes in on the back and livens up the beer a bit. As the beer warms the roast malt taste takes on a touch of acrid burnt malt but I feel it plays prety well with the already present bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with an excellent creamy feel. Bitterness lingers after the drink.

O - An oatmeal stout, nothing spectacular but certainly above average. A solid brew by Ninkasi who has yet to truly dissapoint me.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend of mine who brought this back from Seattle. From a brown 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a deep opaque pitch black with a tight tan head with good retention.

Sweet dark malt and some mild roast on the nose, hints of chocolate and mild coffee.

Roasty malt up front in the flavour, assertive zip of espresso in the middle. with sweet rounded grains and some herbal, spicy hops on the finish. Coffee grounds, burnt malt and some spicy hops linger in the aftertaste.

Medium-full mouthfeel, yet the smooth creamy texture adds some body. Low carbonation.

An enjoyable stout for what it is, however it strays liberally from anything I'd recognize as an Oatmeal Stout. Would have scored it higher than I have if going by the brewery's listed style, but still high marks for what it is regardless. More like an American Oatmeal Stout?

Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Oatmeal Stout. On sale $3.99. 22oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium Snifter.

A: Super dark. Decent 1 finger head. Mocha color. Not great lacing. Head dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer.

S: Roasted malts. Slight burnt aroma to the malts. Oats for sure. Good mocha aroma. Very light hops.

T: Sweet, deeply (almost burnt) roasted, malts up front. Light bitterness at the end. Wonderful chocolate coffee aftertaste that lingers for a second or two, then just makes you want to take another drink. Is there really 7.2% alcohol in here?

M: Not as thick as I was expecting. Maybe a tad to much carbonation.

O: Seems like a real good beer to me. Head and lacing could've been better and so could have the mouthfeel. Smell and taste were great. Will definitely purchase again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.5.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Deep, dark brown with a thick, long lasting, dark tan head.

S - Malts, wheat, and chocolate.

T - The chocolate hits you first, then a bitter oatmeal-wheat flavor follows.

D - Very low carbonation.

O - I enjoyed it.

Photo of bs870621345
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Toby, Johngalt1 for this as an extra. No freshness date I can tell.

Pours a dark brown/black color with an inch of tan head into my Duvel Green tulip. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell is light, grassy hops, an oat sweetness, toffee, roast, and coffee. Not very pungent and was not served cold.

Taste is a wave of sweetness that is like a cool coffee with a hint of roast in the middle. Finishes sweet but clears shortly after with the earthy/grassy hop character.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, extremely smooth.

Overall, its really good. I would say that splitting the bomber is best as this could become cloying in the near future.

Photo of BucBasil
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large mug.

A: The beer is a pure, opaque brown that lets through barely any light. Head was 2.5 fingers, frothy and pure tan. Nice looking beer.

S: Big roasty and cocoa aroma coming off this. Mocha in there. Molasses and brown sugar and chocolate muffin. So much malt you can smell it from several feet away. Looking forward to this one.

T: Big malt profile again, with a depth and smoothness that was really good to see. Roasty and sweet. Coffee with cream, chocolate muffin. Some slight coffee bitterness going down but with some chocolate also.

M: Seriously smooth. Awesome feel here - this is how a stout should be.

Overall a top notch beer. Just about ideal for the style.

Photo of corby112
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thin half finger mocha colored head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter hops and sweeter notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee to go along with the steog oatmeal presence. Pretty roasty but not burnt smelling with subtle earthy hop character.

Thin bodied and sweeter than expected with a prominent chocolate flavor that compliments the dark roasted notes. Lots of oatmeal as well as some coffee bean, toast, caramel, toffee and nut. Very hoppy for the style with dry bitterness and earthy pine notes that overpower the malt character a bit too much for my liking. Dry finish.

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