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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 72 | 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 Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -24.7%
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 +1%
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 +0.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -13.3%
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%
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 +7.1%
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 -23.2%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early March for $4.49.

Beer pours black with a nice even brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts, cocoa, and hints of hop flower.

Taste is a nice blend of roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and northwest hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but not as smooth as hoped for the style.

Overall i like the flavor of this beer, a little outside the style of a classic oatmeal stout but very tasty nonetheless.

Photo of bradleyp
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Market of Choice for having the beer in stock.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium pint glass.

A: A very nice dark brown. Some khaki-tan foam sits well throughout the glass.

S: Very malty, and a good balance of Oatmeal, chocolate, and possibly some baker's licorice.

T: Oatmeal and some hop flavor hit the tongue right away. Oatmeal is the main flavor that I could taste.

M: Goes down very nice and smooth, just like how I like my Oatmeal Stouts

O: I've had this beer several times before, and I will have it again many more times. It's a good beer to split with someone else, but I think 1-2 of these in an evening would make most people pretty happy.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt like branching out and trying a new brewery.

Pours dark into my pint glass. 1 inch head gives way, and there isn't much lacing to speak of.

Sweet dark roasted malts on the nose. Slight hint of burnt roastiness.

More of the same on the mouth. A bit of roasted malts, then the oats come in and keep everything smooth, with some burnt characters arising at the end.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but almost too smooth. I prefer my stouts to have a little more body.

Overall this is a GREAT beer at an even better price. Ninkasi isn't big around here, so it's super cheap at my local. Don't know how long that will last though. I hope their other beers are just as good.

Photo of echoes
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours black. Even when held to the light it is still basically the same color. Head is kind of a muddy tan but with traces or red. Head is stubbornly persistent and leaves a nice lacing. No carbonation visible, probably due to the color.

S: Roasted bread, oats and coffee. Perhaps it is due to my seemingly poor sense of smell at times, but there may be a thing or two else that I can't make out as well.

T: Where to begin? Roasted hops, coffee, roasted oats, dark chocolate and caramel (kinda sweet). Perhaps it is also the oats, but I think I detect a nutty flavor in there too. Reminds me of Quilter's Irish Death somewhat in its darkness & some of its flavors.

M: Heavy-bodied. Very satisfying. Incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation detectable.

O: I have never tried an Oatmeal Stout before and this is great! I absolutely love this. I WILL be buying this again. Everything about this craft beer is at least 'nice' if not good. Definitely give this a try if you see it.

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured black in color with a thick, creamy, tan head to it. It had some very nice head retention to it and left some decent lacing as well.

The aroma shows off the oats very nicely for the style. I get both bitter, roasty flavors as well as dark chocolaty flavors to it as well. Everything comes together very nicely and feels very smooth and flavorful.

The taste starts out with a lot of the smooth, creamy, oat flavors to it. Midway I start to get some cocoa and dark chocolate kicking in. It gets a little roasty in the finish with some burnt, coffee like flavors to it. The oats are really nice in it and really bring everything together.

The mouthfeel feels on the thicker side with some excellent creaminess for the style. Overall I really liked this beer, I love the style and this one really showcased the oats nicely. The big chocolate and roasty were really nice in it too. Very enjoyable beer overall and a very good beer of the style.

Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JohnGalt1 for this bottle.

This is one of the 7.2% abv bottles, I assume a 2011 bottling.

A nice heady oatmeal stout, one that's a standard offering no-less, I decided to pour this beauty into a pint glass and drink it the way it's most likely served out in Eugene.

Pours black, looks decently thick, and produces a tall walnut colored head. The retention isn't bad, and syrupy legs of lace attempt valiantly to cling to the walls of my glass; few succeed.

Smells pretty darn good. I used to have "oatmeal stout" listed as my favorite style on B.A. but then removed it after trying average after average, after below average oatmeal stout. Oatis is already reminding me why this is one of my favorite styles of beer.

A rich sweetness wafts my way as I poured the beer. Digging deeper into the head I began to pick out dark bread crust, peanut shells, chocolate, and a bit of char. I can't really fault this beer on the aroma; I am certainly impressed and wanting more.

The taste is a step below the aroma. It starts off sweet, then leads into bitter bakers chocolate and with a lot of heavy-handed roasted barley. Some coffee comes in at the end. Bitter finish, there must be a decent amount of hops in this to break through all of the powerful malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is also a little off for an oatmeal stout. High carbonation and a lack of creamy soft oats on the palate make this an exceptional stout, but an average oatmeal stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I really was looking for a softer mouthfeel, but otherwise I am splitting hairs here. I wish this was available in my neck of the woods.

Hmm... time to pick up some BORIS now to make me feel better.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big two finger head, the majority of the bubbles are big, some are smaller underneath, we'll see how long it hangs around for. The head is light brown in color, it looks like milk chocolate, and the body is completely pitch black, no visibility through this at all, maybe some hues of brown when held up to the light. The head has faded a little bit, but the bubbles and overall look see to be more creamy now. Overall it looks ok. Not too much of a complex smell on the nose, you get that big malt note up front, smells like chocolate and roasted malts, then you get maybe a little bit of oats, not much else though. You can actually smell the alcohol, which is a little off putting. First thing I notice when I drink this beer is the mouthfeel, it' pretty awesome, nice and thick. The second thing I notice is the smoothness of this, it just glides down the throat, all the flavors mixing in nicely, frankly I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would. As far as flavors go, they are just all mixed in so well, so they are hard to pick out and identify, but I would say the first thing I notice is the nice big malt flavor, then the roastyness and chocolate flavor, polished off with the slightest hop bite. There is a nice crispness too, which I usually am not a fan of in my stouts, but it works in this beer for some reason. For as many flavors I'm getting, and as for how much flavor it has I'm surprised that it is this smooth and this easy drinking, but it just goes down like nothing. Overall I'm much more impressed with this beer than I thought I would be, good beer, well done, tasty, and easy drinking!

Photo of nuggetsofnectar
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 of many purchases from Healthy Spirits in Frisco....

App: Deep cola black...heavy poor mustered up a 1" head that quickly dissipiated and left nice lacing...dark tan in color

Aroma: Nice dark malt...oatmea....milk chocolate..nothing to over the top though

Taste: Sweet malts up front...vanilla tanins....followed by slight notions of fudge and java in the back....pretty nice but again nothing too complex

Mouthfeel: a bit underwhelming..not chewy enough for me

Overall: A nice treat ...good for a try..

Photo of katybee
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"This could be a dark lager" another reviewer writes, but its true. I was a little disappointed in this one, considering Ninkasi's other brews.

Appearance was a nice translucent dark brown--not opaque, and quickly disipating thin head.

Not much smell at all, if so bitter hoppy, not malty.

Dry bitter hops predominate throughout. I'm glad it's not the citrus type. However I was expecting more malts and possibly breadyness from the oats and maybe a little sweet. But no, just dry bitter hops and perhaps roasted malts--but no coffee or chocolate flavors or carmelization. This could be Bud or similar lager if you closed your eyes.

Mouthfeel was also light; no perceptible creaminess due to oats that I could detect.

Yes drinkable. But not memorable. Best thing about this beer was the dryness of the hops, and lack of any soy-like maltiness, however it really lacks what you're seeking in a "stout", I think.

Photo of benclimbs
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a nice head and a bit of lacing

Nose is just super boring, a bit of black beer smells with some coffee and malts, but really subtle, just not exciting at all - could be a black lager, none of that delicious oatmeal character

Taste is solid, a beautiful off-sweet very drinkable malt backbone a little bit of espresso and dried fruits mixed with a bitter light bodied cocoa finish mmmm

feel is as it should be

overall, this is a good oatmeal stout - would definitely get this again

Photo of philbertk
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.