Otis | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sixpoint on 03-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Otis wears a sexy black satin dress. Although its opaqueness is never in question - regardless of the angle which it's observed - it does give out to brown leather edges and a dark hardwood paneling along its bottom. The sandy-brown head isn't exactly mountainous but maintains its firm, luscious figure and sticks like glue.

Lightly smoking and crisply toasting the malts has imprinted a strong nutty character to the aroma. My nose would suggest that acorns, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts were all shortly singed and then kiln roasted under a low temperature for a long period of time. It seems just a single block of bakers chocolate was plumped in there too and melted along the way.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and is perhaps even more nutty. The strongest flavour is that of roast almonds although more subtle notes of grilled pecans, nougat, granola and almond brittle can also be tasted. There is also a light shallot-like note. All this is coated with just a touch of smoke and very hefty ration of cocoa.

There is just enough carbonation to keep the beer quenching but not enough to swamp the refinement of flavours. The roast is perfect - it's as if they took all the roast and full flavours of espresso without much of the dry, bitter lingering. Otis is also perhaps the most filling (not to say bloating!) stout I may have ever had.

If only Sixpoint would make its outside of NYC then stout drinkers around the world would have a new session beer. The nutty chocolate, full roast flavour is dressed in a mouthfeel as silky and satiny as its complexion. A word like 'balance' really takes its meaning from wonderful craftsmanship offerings like the Otis Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Poor Otis, dead & gone, left me here to sing this song. Pretty little girl with the red dress on. Poor Otis, dead & gone."
-The Doors - Runnin Blues

On tap at Craft Ale House.

Appears a murky dark brown with a cascading tan head that quickly leads to a fluffy cap. Plenty of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, citrusy hops, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a chocolate covered toffee flavor coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gritty, chewy, nicely balanced between sweet maltiness, and bitter hops.

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Rembrandt's

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color that appears black and completely opaque in the glass with the faintest of mahogany edges when held to light. Frothy, pillowy two finger light beige head with excellent retention, barely fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and splotches of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma that is kind of bland with hints of cocoa, toast, oatmeal and coffee rinds.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted, dry and sweet flavors. Lots of roasted malt up front with hints of coffee bean, chocolate and a prominent oatmeal character. There's a slight lactic cream presence mid-palate that provides nice balance and there is some more bittersweet dark chocolate toward the dry, roasted finish.

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Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Alley...

A- Very dark brown, pushing black. Nice khaki head, decent lacing.

S- coffee, cocoa, milky sweetness

T- Dark chocolate, coffee, faint milky sweetness, nice hop presence. What really hits me is the "ale" feel of this brew - not an overpowering ingrediant list thats lets the beer part shine through.

M- Rich, slightly dry, a little grainy mouth feel.

D- Drinkable because it doesnt overpower, well crafted beer. Could have been a little more complex and sweeter.

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a beige thick head with good retention.
Aroma of toasted grains and citric hops.
Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate and a good deal of hops. Notes of caramel and pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting residual roastness.
Very smooth body with a mild carbonation.
Very good stout, nice tweak on the hop addition.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC.

Pours black with a one-finger, frothy off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with a good deal of sweetness from the oats. As the beer warms mild dark chocolate aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front sweeten midway through the sip. Hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of coffee also enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a smooth oatmeal stout however I would have preferred to try it on a normal tap rather than the nitrous. That being said, either way it's served it's worth a shot.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a huge pillowy toasted khaki colored head that just didn't want to settle. Beauty.

The aroma is quite hoppy. Nice blend of floral and grassy hops. The mellow oatmeal malt lets the hops showcase themselves.

The flavor is a good mix of roast and hops. There is a light roast and smooth nature to the oatmeal malt. Perhaps a hint of coffee. The hopo profile is quite fresh and grassy also brings a touch of lime.

The feel is light for a stout and it has light carbonation which lead to bit of a lackluster feel. Roast and hop bitterness in the finish.

A nice hoppy stout. The hops dominate over the malt in this one.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/21/2009. Growler from Big Z beverage. Pours a dark brown with a plentiful dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and oatmeal. Flavor of roasted malt with a smooth and milky palate. A pretty good oatmeal stout and definitely very drinkable.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Craft Ale House.

Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, oats, roastiness, and chocolate. Tastes of the same oats, chocoalte, roastiness, coffee, and caramel.

Notes from and tasted on: 04/06/09.

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Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce glass of this recently at on of my local pubs. I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. It was before noon, it was oatmeal stout, so I kinda felt that I had no choice but to have it.

The color is very dark with a slightly red hue. Carbonation was a little low but was also very dark.

Aroma was somewhat weak but nice. Roasty, toasty with some general malt aroma as well.

Flavor was good, not great. Again, a little light.

Overall a very easy to drink beer, just not so interesting.

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Brass Rail Deli on 9/3/09.

A - Dark earthy brown body with a tint of mahogany around the edges and a slim but creamy tan head that reduced to just a sliver but deposited tons of cake-like lacing around the glass.

S - Opens with an abundance of toasted oat character with hints of cocoa and fresh roasted coffee. A subtle waft of alcohol and a touch of licorice also emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Initital flavor blends toasted oats and grainy malts with a semi-sweet chocolate character and a hint of coffee. There is also a bit of tar and smokey notes in the backend, but very faint overall. Finishes with an aggressive earthy, leafy hop bite and a slight metallic tinge.

M - Medium bodied with an oily but thin texture, yet the brew maintains its smoothness overall. Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky side. Finishes with a good deal of bitterness and mild astringency on the palate.

D - Pretty solid oatmeal stout with quite a bit of hop character, especially for the style.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured absolutely pitch black with a massive off-white 'cascade effect' head from the nitro tap. Some light penetration along the sides at the bottom of the glass. Good head retention.
Aroma is a nice blend of malt, bready yeast, flaked oats, sweet chocolate with hints of roasted coffee. The aroma became so much better as the beer warmed up.
The taste upfront is slightly sweet, with hints of bitterness becoming evident in the middle. The finish is a nice balance of sweet and bitter and is almost dry. The bitterness lingers just a little longer than the sweetness in the finish.
Almost full bodied and coats the palate really well. There was just that hint of sharpness on the palate, which I am assuming is due to the nitrogen. Makes me wonder how much more silkier and full bodied it would be if I had a regular version of this stout.
Left a ton of lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Good mouthfeel and is very easy to drink. I can easily see myself have more than a couple of these in a sitting.
Definitely a winner from Sixpoint, and is highly recommended.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Otis from Sixpoint Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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