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Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | 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 AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Ninkasi on anchorage shelves.

Oatis pours a thick suprisingly impenetrable black with a nice tan head that lingers well.

Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of chocolate and vanilla as well.

The flavor is quite nice. Roasted malt is the first dominant flavor, but the oatmeal quickly rises with that signature slick creaminess, although it is in perfect balance with the roasted malt, rather than overshadowing it as can be common in oatmeal stouts, especially bigger ones like this. The finish has a mild bitterness, but is accented mostly by roasted malt. Nice smooth velvety chocolate in the aftertaste where it lingers alongside the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A little thicker than your average oatmeal stout, but with the abv checking in just below imperial, i think its perfect. The oatmeal makes its presence known but doesn't overpower. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but the slight increase in viscosity does hamper it a tiny bit, and this one will catch up to you quick at 7.5%. That being said, the abv does not factor into the drinkability as far as heat, very smooth.

Overall a very fine oatmeal stout, and one i will surely be purchasing again soon. Nice and drinkable, yet packed with flavor and substance. A very nice beer, and one i would dare say is my favorite so far from Ninkasi. (although the only others ive had are the IPA and DIPA, haha)

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a giant goblet

Looks like a stout -- dark, opaque, just a ring of brownish-beige head that slides slowly back down the side of the glass after a sip. Smell is dark and chocolatey, not overwhelming at all.

Taste is heavy on the chocolate, zero hops, fairly mellow and a little smokey. Pleasant and good, but not awesome.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout. All of this combines for a good, easy to drink stout.

snaotheus, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. No date on the bottle.

Deep, dark and black with no light coming through and a small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is rich and syrupy with chocolate, coffee, molasses, some hop flavor and a touch of maple syrup. There's very little bitterness and a moderate sweetness. The 7.2% alcohol is well hidden. The consistency is syrupy and the carbonation is low. It's almost worthy of a spoon.

This is a nice stout with lots of substance and serious drinkability. It's definitely not just for breakfast.

GJ40, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black hue with a nice small foamy mocha head. Okay retention but no real lace.

S: Wonderful aromas. Tons of rich chocolate malt with notes of real dark chocolate. Oats stand out with hints of vanilla.

T: Very tasty brew. Chocolate from start to finish. Real chocolate, mostly bitter but hints of milkyness as well. Lots of bold roasted malt as well. Hints of vanilla with just a dash of coffee. I reeeeaaally like this beer.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with big bold flavor.

D: Damn drinkable. Really is a drinkable tasty stout.

tpd975, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a smooth opaque black with a thin khaki head that leaves a heavy ring around the glass as well as thick lacing down the glass as this beer is drank. The nose is chocolate and espresso dominated but has some vanilla and some roasted aromas in there as well. The flavor is sweet chocolate, toffee and vanilla that finishes bitter and dry. Its a full bodied beer that is velvety smooth. This stout is an easy drinker and has some nice subtle complexities.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of kdoc8
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and in bottles and there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference. It's definitely a winter-time type of beer, just because it's pretty heavy. Poured out it's thick and black with a satisfying brown head. The smell is fantastic - mainly of coffee, but also some chocolate malts and the oats themselves. Tasty tasty - lots of oaky oatmeal flavor. Not a KBS, but pretty close. It's a heavy beer - unless you haven't eaten for a while you might only want one of these. Good stuff as always from Ninkasi.

kdoc8, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bombe rof this... 7.2% ont he bottle.. not 7.5%..

- Poured into a bomber at a slow angle.. great dark appearance and a little cola brown around the transparent edges... swarms of lacing around... not much head because of the way I pour..

- Wonderful sweet chocolate and grain scent... like a chocolate liquor.. but with a sweet grain and oat.. litte licorice scent.. slight bittering... smells really good!

- Great sweet porter/stout taste.. really smooth, not at all strong.. sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate... little bit of grain and oat..

- slightly oily and chewy.. only but a bit dry like it should be...

- Super drinkable and not too creamy think... slightly warm, but no taste of alcohol at all.... a great sessionable stout.

Docer, May 16, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the World Famous Up&Up Tavern, Bellingham, WA. Poured with the expected black color, but unexpectedly with no head.

The anticipated roasted and toasted aromas were present but very subdued. The flavors were as expected, but slightly subdued also. The body was very thin for a stout. Very drinkable for the style, which is not a good thing.

Oatmeal stouts should be thick and strong, not easy drinking. For an easy drinking stout, try the Dry Irish versions. Worth trying if you see it, not worth seeking out.

beertunes, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi OATIS

Chilled bomber into a glass. An extra courtesy of msubulldog25. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black with slight brown and reddish tint when held to a lamp. Completely opaque. Has no head whatsoever, only a slight collar around the glass. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy coffee, oats/grains.

T: Similar to the nose. Dominated by a roasted malt taste, with bitterness provided by dark chocolate and coffee components. A grainy oat flavor throughout, giving it a bittersweet and roasted taste overall.

M: Medium to full-bodied, with low carbonation as is appropriate for the style. I felt it could have been heavier.

D: A very straightforward oatmeal stout. I liked it but wasn't blown away by it.

Arbitrator, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Sitting on the dock of the bay
drinking oatmeal stout all day
I'm just sitting on the dock of the bay
wasting time"

--Oatis Redding

Quaker State black with meager dark copper highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. The tight-bubbled crown of cappuccino colored foam appears to be melting in slow motion, becoming even more creamy as it does so. No more than several small tatters can be seen in the circumferential sheet of beautiful lace.

The nose is excellent too. Roasted malt and sweet chocolate lead the way, with coffee beans trailing the pack. I would have guessed 'milk stout', although there isn't any real lactic tartness. In spite of a claimed 45 IBUs, the beer doesn't smell overly hoppy.

Like all Ninkasi Brewing Company beer, Oatis is delicious. If I was in a quibbling mood, I'd ask for more malt. After all, this is a 7.2% (by my label) stout. Flavor delivery is fantastic, though, and things are opening up even more as the beer gains a few degress.

Bittersweet chocolate is still in front, but now coffee-with-cream and a surprising amount of vanilla bean have joined the fray. It's becoming increasingly obvious that there are more hops in here than the aroma let on. Even though they're somewhat citric, I wouldn't be surprised if something English was used. East Kent Goldings perhaps. The sweet-bitter balance might be Oatis's best feature.

Sorry, but a borderline double stout (by ABV) needs to be more full than this. It *almost* gets there in the end, but *almost* doesn't count in the cutthroat world of craft beer reviewing. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the soft, sparse carbonation.

Ninkasi comes through yet again. Oatis is good beer that is a barley boost away from being great beer. I could definitely waste some time sitting on the dock of the bay if I had a few bombers of this tasty oatmeal stout to keep me company.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of dukew456
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours an opaque black with a nice head that shrinks down to a film fairly quickly. Nice looking stout, I wish the head was a little stronger, but hell, that could be my fault.

This smells incredible. The chocolatey roasted malt character dominates and is very pleasant and is followed up by a near-spiciness.

Great oatmeal stout taste. Roasted barley with its chocolatey goodness dominates, and the finish is very dry. The silkiness lended by the oats is spot-on.

Ninkasi is one of my favorite breweries that I've had the pleasure to discover after moving to Oregon. I've had Oatis on several occassions, and wish I had taken notes on the Vanilla Oatis that I had a while back...

dukew456, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Bartian
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at local grocery in Portland. Oatis pours like a cup of joe from a coffee press - black, thick and really rich. The head had a nice color of dark creme and the beer initially exhibited significant carbonation throughout.

The smell brought thoughts of a dark, rich chocolate bar and earthy coffee roast - a true delight!

The mouthfeel was typical of many stouts - however, I couldn't help but think what I might rate this from a nitro tap - they would have to drag me away I'll bet!

The taste was very good; not quite robust enough to be exceptional, but very enjoyable with a frightengly high degree of drinkability.

Overall, a very good Oatmeal Stout that was perfect on a dark and windy day here in the Land of Hops!

Bartian, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a low tan head that sinks fast, an opaque black beer.

Smell- Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate

Taste- Bitter coffee and dark roasted barley, dry finish with a bit of light sour bitterness that continues on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and light bodied for a stout.

Drinkability- Light and dry, especially for a 7.5 ABV. If oatmeal stout is your brew, you could do this brew all night, but you'd probably get as roasted as the barley.

olmatty, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts, period. I've had it as much as possible on draught, but this is my first bottle. I will probably never review it on draught as I'm always too busy enjoying it, so this review takes those previous experiences into account score wise, as there is a slightly lower deviation here.
Bomber poured into my Meantime Snifter, Oatis is a dark blackish brown with a dark tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is deep but not overwhelming toffee, some caramel notes, a light roast, faint butterscotch and a dash of hops. It really comes together nicely for me, like some kind of gourmet bread pudding almost, but not nearly as sugary.

Taste is very balanced, a nice caramel malt backbone tempered by the light roast and hops, bittersweet, with a lingering roasty tang. Lots of complexity it seems like, but nothing to overt, which keeps it interesting. When Ninkasi kills it, they really kill it, and this is my favorite of their beers for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy carbonation and medium light body. Really fantastic, although not quite as nice as on draught.

Drinkability is good, this one is super smooth and balanced,with the alcohol DANGEROUSLY hidden. Still, it's always been much more enjoyable on draught then this bottle, which I admit is probably a few months old and has been stored at room temp (at least in the dark!) for about half that.

ccrida, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/09/09.

Pours a deep dark black with hints of brown around the edges. The very thin half-finger brown head didn't last very long. Aroma was of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is similar to the aroma minus the coffee. The chocolate flavors are more prevalent, mostly sweet milk chocolate up front. That is accompanied by vanilla and roasted malt. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and faint earthy hops. Very balanced and subtle flavors.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Feels very nice, not too heavy and very smooth, maybe just a tad thin. Drinkability? Yes, this has it - the bottle was empty before I knew it. Goes down very smoothly and easily. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This is a very good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle or two of this. If you see it, buy some and enjoy. I can't wait to try more beers from Ninkasi.

bkilpatr, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of ChrisCastillo
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: In dim light it is deep coffee bean brown with a matching fluffy cocoa creamy head.

Smell: Fruity hops, dark chocolate, espresso, some alcohol

Taste: amazing. Silky chocolate and espresso coat the tongue. Sweet and malty caramels begin and middles with dark semi-sweet chocolate, fades dry but balanced with chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel: Full and oaty, very creamy. Delicious

Overall: Not a session oatmeal stout, very strong alcohol at 7.5% Very balanced for a strong stout. smooth non tannic finish for amount of dark grains going into this brew. Best Oatmeal stout ive tried thus far.

ChrisCastillo, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date on the bottle

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a small fizzy brown head that leaves some sticking. Sweet roasted caramel malt nose, slightly smokey with some hints at chocolate and subtle fruity hops. Sweet malts upfront, smooth and balanced with a dry and bitter finish followed by a long smokey, chocolate malt aftertaste. I wish the flavor didnt drop off so quickly at just about mid-palate, add another notch or 2 to the body and heres an absolute winner.

ATPete, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour into a pint glass, with a reasonable cocoa head that fades fairly fast.

I let this beer warm up a while, which I think helped the nose fill out a bit. I almost gave this a half point less, but the roasty oats and barley with chocolate do smell quite good, but lack intensity that I was hoping for.

Good, balanced flavors. Dark, but not burnt roasted malts with a bit of powdered cocoa and hop bittering on the end. Medium-full body is very smooth and creamy, yet finished fairly dry. Not the silkiest oatmeal stout I've had, but you can tell the oats are there.

All in all, a solid, straightforward brew. Balanced, almost subtle flavors should make this beer pair with a wider range of food than many other stouts, in my opinion. My biggest complaint is the price, as reflected in my drinkability score. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is my benchmark for the style, and I could have bought almost two for the price of one bomber of this.

josiahschlender, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy ebony in the glass, pouring out without much thickness but certainly looking bad-ass. Head is tan and thin, settling quickly to a thin skim. Only tiny dots of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is very much a chocolate milk type sweetness, i.e. watered-down cocoa/chocolate powder. Traces of a husky nuttiness in back, but generally as subtle and unremarkable an aroma as usually found in oatmeal stouts. This is neither a bad nor good thing, it just is what it is.

Flavor delivers deep dark cocoa--polite and rather subtle. Frothed milk sweetness and nutty background gives some depth. Traces of bitter coffee in the finish, and a continued flash of nutty earthiness.

Velvet smoothness and a thinnish body. A calm, subtle texture, mirroring the flavor itself.

A grower, basically. Give this one time and warming--its charms are not immediately apparent. So many of us, myself included, want knock-you-over-the-head and send-you-under-the-table action from our stouts--you know, those enormous monsters--but this isn't trying to be that at all. It's a refreshing change of pace from my usual stout fixations, and a quality brew by any standard. Sent by the ever-gracious msubulldog25, my Oregon connection. Keep 'em comin', 'dog25!

Metalmonk, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color (almost black) with a small, light brown head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and some coffee notes.

T - It tasted of oats with a nice bitter hop kick. The coffee flavor add a little more bitterness to complement the sweet chocolate taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good oatmeal stout. I really want to try more stuff from Ninkasi.

zeff80, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of mugglesandhops
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this @ The Horse Brass w/Davey
First cask conditioned beer I have had.

Poured a deep dark black with a good size tan head that faded fairly fast, great lacing the side of my pint glass was covered. Smells of chocolate, oats, maybe a hint of coffee in there. Tasted great, chocolate, oats, nutty flavor, coffee. This is a thick and creamy beer. First I have had from Ninkasi and I hope I can get a hold of this again.

mugglesandhops, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of davey
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this before on cask @ the horsebrass. This review is from a 22oz bottle bought about a week ago from by the bottle. I'm really happy to find this seasonal release.
Poured into a pint glass. Drank at a little below room temp @ about 55-60F. Pours nicely with a quarter inch light brown head, but doesn't last long.
Smells of roasted malts with a hint of coffe. No detection of alcohol at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Taste of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and toasted malts. Leaves a delicious nutty aftertaste.
Overall this is a quality oatmeal stout. Definitely a good beer to keep around at all times, especially on a lazy sunday.

davey, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a tan head, really good lacing.

smell is of sour malt, cocoa, roastiness, some coffee, slight licorice in the back.

taste is smooth, of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, a touch of sour malt, ends slightly dry and a little bitter.

froghop, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ink-black pour, with a spiced rum colored head and kisses of lace. A good slab of film is hugging around my tried and true tumbler

S: dark toasty grains and malts, dark chocolate, sweetened oats and barley. Seems to have a waft of bitterness about it

T: Things start out with a calm bitterness pulling in deep roasted malt flavors, hints of burnt coffee, dusty cocoa powder, and a slightly sweet fresh-creamed oat flavor. What is even more intriguing is the mellow crushed vanilla bean flavor rousing my taste buds
Overall the flavors are dark with a perfect mild sweetness and bitterness in the follow up. It is hard to put this one down! Super well rounded and with some very nice flavorful dimensions

M: very quiet soft feel, creamy and almost fluffy at times on the tongue with just a touch of carbonation. Hard to beat and feels like a good stout should, maybe a touch on the light side considering the ABV

D: Get and try it! One of the best examples of a oatmeal stout I have had in a while. A valiant and bold brew. Do I dare say that a little more malt backbone would help things out a little, maybe I am just being picky? Good stuff

Magpie14, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from a generous BA. Pours a dark black with a very small brown head, no retention and some lacing. Smells like coffee and oatmeal, some sweet malt. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, cocoa beans, brown sugar, and oatmeal. Alcohol is hidden within the rich and complex flavors. Full bodied and carbonation is low. I'm happy to see another bottle offering from Ninkasi and this one is well done.

HopHead84, Nov 23, 2008
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.