Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 41
Gots: 61 | 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 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.

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

A: Pours a very dark, opaque brown, with a fair amount of thick dark tan head. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Thick sweet malts, brown sugar, some earthiness. Quite nice.

T: Very full flavor, sweet malts leading to some almost espresso-y notes towards the finish.

M: Medium body to start, but finishes full with some chewiness. Medium to high prickly carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

Very solid overall. It's not really incredibly exceptional in any particular way, but it's executed well in every area.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.2% ABV listed on my bottle. I see. I wonder if anything has changed.

Pours a very pleasant deep black-brown with a fine and chunky head of tan foam. Lacing is exceptional; almost solid in places, but leaving tiny intricate and complex patters down the glass. Body is pleasantly thick, but looks, oh I don't know, as though it's missing about .3 percentage points of ABV. Very nice looking brew.

Nose is very roasty, with sweet and slightly sweaty dark grain characters throughout. Good chocolate and a genuine hot oatmeal character to it, slightly more organic and natural than your average stout. There's something a bit raw about it, but it's genuinely very pleasant.

Taste is very smooth and drinkable, with a pleasant dark grain character, that hints at tobacco and dark orange chocolate. Pleasant lightness to it as well for th most part, only falling into bitter roasted territory on the finish, which just reminds you of what you're drinking. Quite tasty. Mouthfeel is light, but with a pleasant frothed milk consistency.

A very tasty oatmeal stout. Indeed, it's probably one of the best examples I've tasted. Lovely flavours, pleasant texture, great drinkability. A great drop of beer. Ninkasi have done it again.

Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - decent retention, dark brown, some sticky lacing, shallow head

smell - cocoa nibs, malt, coffee, marshmallow

taste - medium roasted malts and coffee, cocoa and marshmallow flavors, mirrors nose well, bitter chocolate finish

mouthfeel - slightly dry finish, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

drinkability - very flavorful, dessert-like, excellent oatmeal stout, could easily be a go to brew

Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi brewing co
Oatis oatmeal stout

Appearance- dark with a nice malt choc head. Awesome retention. 5

Smell- barley and ash. Chocolate 4

Taste- salted dark chocolate with a smokey mesquite finish. Nice one 4

Mouf- thinner than I like for an oatmeal stout 2.5

D-mmm 4

Photo of 100floods
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich black with a nice tan/mocha head. Medium roast and dark chocolate aroma. Very pleasant. Medium-thin texture. The roasted malts are definitely present in the taste. It almost can't wait to attack your pallet. Dry finish. This is one of the few stouts that I cant get some of that hop flavor, I usually can't taste it. Actually, after a few more sips they hops become more apparent. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced. The coalesce to great one great taste. The hops do not over power, but back up the dark malt for a complimentary boost With what I am tasting the texture is right on (although I am in favor of fuller body stouts). Any thicker and it would probably be too sweet. The over all experience ain't too bad. Definitely better than Anderson Valley's. This may not be the best, but definitely good to have around.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque seal brown body with a half finger of custardy camel foam. Average retention, nice sandy lacing, no legs.

Pleasing roast malt fragrance is complex and suggests coffee, biscuits, rye crackers, and cocoa powder among other subtleties.

Dark roast malt, chocolate malt, and toasted grain on the palate. Moderately bitter hop notes contribute a pleasing contrast with some light citrus and spice flavors. Faintly bitter coffee, hazlenuts, brown butter (not diacetyl though), and ash in the slightly dry finish. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, though maybe a bit thin for the style. Lightly astringent.

More like a porter than a stout in some ways - but a nice flavor profile. Rather sessionable despite the ABV. Would love to try the vanilla version of this...

Photo of djmichaelk
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Been waiting to try this guy for a while.

A - Very dark brown, with a nice-looking three fingers of mocha-colored head that sticks around for a while before fading to a thin cap. Pretty good retention, and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Overwhelming aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, with lots of roasted malt in the background. Hints of dark chocolate and almost an oakiness, although I think that last is my imagination.

T - Roast, roast, roast. The coffee is definitely present in the flavor and dominates. If I didn't know better I'd think this was the coffee porter that I had a few hours ago. Somewhat one-dimensional, but very good in that one dimension. I can't say that I get oatmeal in this one at all, which is a bit strange to me.

M - Thinner than I'd expect for an oatmeal stout. More porter-like. Sam Smith is my benchmark here, and this falls short.

D - The coffee flavors would keep me from doing more than one; two might be a stretch.

O - Flavors are good enough, and the price is right. Solid buy, but probably no more than one a day.

Photo of velosuds
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time this year and since I have never had, I decided to give it a try. Stout is always a good choice on a rainy early autumn day. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased from local grocer for $3.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a voluminous three-finger, cappuccino tan head with good retention and lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very nice, promising aroma.

T-Unfortunately the expected taste from the aroma is not delivered. There is dark bittersweet chocolate and some coffee, by not nearly enough creamy rich malt flavor. I suspect it is because the hops are overbearing. Taste was disappointing.

M-Smooth, but both a tad light and thin. I can't discern the presence of oatmeal in the mouthfeel.

D-This is decent oatmeal stout, but not quite on par with what I have come to expect from Ninkasi. Good value at $3.99 a bomber compared to other breweries.

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

Pours a flat black color with a nice off white head.

Nose is of dark chocolate, espresso, toasted oats, and sweet cream.

Taste is clean and very smooth. Dark roasted malt flavors, bakers chocolate, espresso, and smooth oat notes. Finish has light mineral hops that cut the sweet malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and full.

Drinkability is also great, this is a very pleasant and easy to drink oatmeal stout, well done Ninkasi.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black; body allows no transit of light. Head pours two fingers of creamy tan foam with good retention and good lace. Looks great; I love the look of a decent black beer.

Smell: big roasty aroma with hints of coffee. There is also a fair dose of vegetabley hops coming through which is, frankly, not my favorite. Not too bad overall, though.

Taste: charred but smooth. Roasty and coffee flavors are rounded out by a nice but not cloying sweetness; the hops seem much more well rounded than the aroma, providing a pleasant bitterness. Quite a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation yielding a solid creaminess. Enjoyable indeed.

Drinkability: overall, this is a damn solid stout. The hops seem a little rough around the edges, especially in the aroma, but the malt characteristics are basically spot-on for the style. Additionally, this thing drinks like a 5% beer, not like the 7.5% at which it's listed. I'd gladly quaff this again; indeed, I'd love to try it on tap sometime.

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

Served on tap into chalice

A: Dark caramel head on molases colored body, foam doesn,t hold
S: Toasted hickory and marshmallow root
T: Roasted dark malts, hickory, with a very persistant but non intrusive bitterness, which is more like espresso Turkish style with cardomon rather than hops. Some toast.
M: Holds up as a fairly heavy bodied beer.
D: Yes for sure, but not every day.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picking up some groceries today I do what everybody else on this site does and took a swing by the beer cooler to see if there was anything new. There sat the first bottle of Oatis I've seen this year. On sale for $3.50 a bomber? Yes please!

At home I cooked up a batch of chicken catsu and poured this in a snifter. The beer itself is a very dark chocolate brown that has a voluminous strawberry blonde accented cappuccino type head. It dissipates very slowly leaving a moderately thick cap that stays in place for the duration of the drink. Minimal spotty lacing shows up.

The smell is fairly muted. Light cafe notes with a dusting of fresh citrus hops are barely discernible.

The taste is predominantly cold drip coffee. A little orange zest is barely noticeable but works to balance the chalkiness of the brew.

Mouthfeel is a little light but still manages to be slightly sticky. Not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a smooth typical oatmeal stout that drinks fast and is nicely refreshing. Recommended as a good cheap stout to pair with food.

Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very good, if heavy, oatmeal stout.

Essentially black, it has a thin, lasting tan top slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is strong with strong, roasty malt and very prominent caramelised and singed prune, fruit, some chocolate-coffee hints.

The taste is similar, with very strong, sweet roastiness of heavily toasted brown bread and caramelised barley, singed-caramelised prunes, a definite oatmeal character lightly noticeable. It has strong sweetness throughout, but also a strong burnt-woody bitterness that just barely takes over at the finish. However, it lacks depth and complexity and alcoholic strength is rather noticeable. This, combined with the heaviness of the traits noted above, brings down the drinkability.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchases December 2009, consumed August 2010:

A - Thin layer of beige creamy head. Dark used motor oil brown not too much lacing, and a few tiny specks of yeast.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, caramel. Mild fusil oil burn of shoe polish. Pleasant smell of heavily buttered wheat toast

T Aftertaste is medicine aniseed and but the aftertaste dominates teh experience. The initial flavors are wheat and chocolate malt. Very roasted almost to the point of smokey, but lacks oomph in the flavor department.

M - Not as thick as I'd like   A bit watery. Hoping for a rich chewy beer. Fusil smells present but not felt.

D - Smells and color great but sadly a bit overly bitter and under-flavored.

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

Poured a thick brown/black into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding coffee-colored head. Strong toasty aroma of chocolate, coffee, and oats. Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Lots of oats up front followed by coffee and a lingering milk chocolate finish with hints of hoppy bitterness. Very tasty and easy drinking -- the lightness achieved is impressive given the style and relatively high ABV.

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

A: poured a dark syrup brown with a thin tan head and a little lacing on the glass.

S: definitely has oatmeal roasted malt aromas with chocolate presence with hints of molasses and brown sugar.

T: this oatmeal stout actually has oatmeal flavors with chocolate accents roasty malts on the backbone and hints of molasses.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a nice sweet roasty finish.

D: this beer actually lives up to its name with great oatmeal flavors and nice chocolate presence that really goes down nice and creamy. Hopefully I can get more of this stuff.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Bella's Baker City OR purchased by buddy's wife for Friday bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation, one finger brown head medium dissipation with significant lacing. Nose is a pretty big chocolate hit with good grassy hop presence. Taste features chocolate up front, pretty sweet but not much coffee notes, very smooth. Full mouthfeel, above average effervescence, not sticky despite sweetness. Dangerously drinkable. Not sure I pick up the oats, but this is one very smooth beer.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my work a while ago.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head, nice lacing

Smell- oatmeal, very nice, coffee, chocolate

Taste- oatmeal, coffee

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- really good stout, perfect for an overcast day which was when I was drinking it. Very nice

Photo of Ghenna
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SS tulip glass. black color with a tinge of red around the edges of the glass. Cola colored head, with has retained itself well thus far, with a ring of lacing retained for every drink I take, that lasts for about three minutes before it fades.
Nose of Burned malts and bitter coffee, and a vague sweetness. Flavor is pretty much the same, although the coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue for a bit.
The bubbles are very small, though I'd still describe it as pretty effervescent. The body of the beer is fairly light, considering the alcohol content and dark color.

All told, I'd give the beer a B-. That is to say, the flavor is pleasant, though not pleasant enough to make me want to buy another one.

Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.