Nimbus Oatmeal Stout | Nimbus Brewing Company

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Nimbus Oatmeal StoutNimbus Oatmeal Stout

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Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 186
Photo of yeastsipper
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps this beer was not given a fair shake as it was opened after some world class stouts. Needless to say, the Nimbus did not measure up.

Pours was weak and watery (watery being a common theme with this beer). The smell had some dry chocolate, maybe a hint of fruit and molasses, but in all honesty, no real smell of note. Taste was much of the same. Watery, watery, watery. Hints of flavors, but no real actual flavor. Just a really bad example of the style. It was watery and perhaps worst of all, just plain boring. Blah...

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Photo of pwoods
2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks Tayner for this brew.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured in a pint. July(no year) is etched in the side... don't know if its born on or drink by.

A: Poured the deepest black with apparently very little carbonation. When it finally kicks in, it produces about 1 finger of tan, fizzy head that dies to about an 1/8 inch. Decent lacing.

S: Smells of that familiar English stout. Plenty of oats to go around. Grapes or plums also present, adding a nice sugar sweetness. Some sweetness might come from a touch of molasses and theres a definite coffee undertone.

T/M: Yack... maybe this was a drink by date. Body is much thinner than expected, even for an English stout. Tastes very strongly of sour? coffee. Don't get much of grainy malts but rather a fake sugar sweetness.

D: Not sure if this bottle of past it's prime.. but I really don't think so. Idk, maybe I was expecting a Samuel Smith's. Don't think I'll try this one again.

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Photo of chinchill
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Label notching appears to indicate a bottled on date of Feb. 2014.

Pours clear dark brown with a small head that soon reduces to a thin, partial coat.

Aroma: sweet and overly floral with faint traces of dark malts.

Flavor: Contaminated? Not so bad or off style that I am sure it is a bad bottle, but it certainly is a bad stout.

Feel: mildly astringent; medium body.

O: not sure if its bad bottles or poor beer, but I've recently had 3 of these from Nimbus, crossing 2 styles. I won't be finishing this one.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into the new sam adams wonderglass it formed a brown head that falls to a small island. Dark brown around the edges and black in the core.

First pull was very metallic and light bodied. As it settled down the taste came through more clear. Plenty of charred malts that turn the body of this brew extremely dry and chalky. The malt bill takes a backseat towards the finish and a wave of bitterness takes charge bordering on tart and not welcomed. Subtle coffee underbelly.

Notes: Not for me. Lacks a solid body and lacks in depth. A good oatmeal stout to me needs to be easy drinking but not at the expense of character. This is easy drinking but...

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Photo of cbutova
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Black bodied ale poured from a stubby 12oz to a snifter. A massive tan head rises up to several fingers with a thick foamy texture. Great retention and big sheets of lace are common.

S- Hmm, a stylistically normal dark roasted malts and cocoa profile makes up most of the aroma but it ends with a note of slightly tart, dark fruits (out of place) with some raisin hints as well.

T- Some suspicions from the appearance and smell seem confirmed here as a lactic tartness comes out with strange out-of-style fruit notes. The finish is dark roasted grains, cocoa, toasted oats and dark fruits that could be from the yeast.

MF- Superbly foamy and fairly thick body with an extreme amount of carbonation that somehow remains smooth partly because of the oatmeal I would guess. Any agitation causes the beer to puff up uncontrollably. Finishes tart and with a roasty bitterness.

I hesitate to review infected beers and I am quite sure this is not supposed to be moderately tart and lactic. Hopefully someday I can revisit this beer but it probably won't be anytime soon.

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Photo of ccrida
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Nimbus' Oatmeal Stout is cola brown with a tan head leaving nice lace.

Smell is very malty, caramel, but some sourish ash notes.

Taste is disjointed. It's roasted, but again, more ashy, sourish, caramel malt. Something about this one rough.

Mouthfeel is thin, dry, wanting.

Drinkability is lower, this isn't a very good stout. Oatmeal? No, the mouthfeel is weak. So is the whole beer, execution-wise. I'm not impressed!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Received from tayner via Beer Powerball Week 4.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very unassuming. Coca Cola colored with no head, no lacing. Looks like a flat beer. This is the third Nimbus OS I have had so it cant be a bottle issue.

Aroma is coffeeish and slightly stoutish. Nothing impressive or outstanding.

More coffee in the flavor with some chocolate. Good bt of bitterness on the back end due to some hoppiness. Thin on the mouthfeel; way too thin for an oatmeal stout.

Sorry to say it, but this was a let down. Below average. Drinks easily enough due to its completely ordinary profile.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a scant, yellow-beige head.

Smell: Light, stark notes of roasted grains, chocolate, fruit, and oats. All of it very, very light. All of it very, very forgettable.

Taste: A faint sweetness overlaying a roasted barley scaffolding, a few meager hints of chocolate, and a dull, low fruitiness. Lightly earthy, faintly bitter English hops. Dry, kind of flavorless finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A mild, mild-tasting beer that's just plain boring. I wasn't asking for much, I wasn't, but, come on, Nimbus, give me something to work with.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle received via trade..

Pours with a decent viscosity, not too thick and not too thin. Even with a vigorous pour very little foam arises. What little bit does appear instantly recedes back into the blackness. Hints of roasted coffee emerge on the nose, but not much else. Taste is similar, although it tastes like watered down coffee. Very thin, not very interesting, and leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this the beer goes down pretty easily, and thus drinkability is up as well, but for less than ideal reasons. Honestly I'm kind of disappointed with this one.

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Photo of mongodestroy
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours near pitch black with a tan head that dies down rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing. Drinking this the first time I was distracted by a strong astringent smell that also lingered in an aftertaste. The second one I had (the next day) had a more mild astringent taste which i attributed to an overdone smoke flavor. The typical chocolate and coffee profiles are found in this stout. I would have expected a little more head retention from an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Flat cardboard and white toast aroma. Light salted caramels. Faint roast. Spills a deep black-brown, with mahogany fringes and rim of tanned soap. Flavor is a static, wet, plain brown sugar and plum flavor. Old tasting. Bits of ocean flotsam. Finishes in the higher metallic range. Salted. Pretty weak stout base. Body is a nip thin. Soured coffee grains. Does not excel. A bit too still, but more carbonation would have blasted through the empty body of the beer, making it even less desirable.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Plaza as part of a build-a-6-pack since I haven't had it in a while.

L - Pours pitch black, brownish caramel head that disappears quickly

S - Roasted coffee, burnt cocoa, an inexplicable fruity soda scent

T - Strong coffee, malt, toffee and cocoa up front. Artificial grape follows. Bitter but a slight toasty malt to finish.

F - High carbonation for a "stout", very thin and watery. Not quite a stout but perhaps an Arizona stout.

O - I like other brews from Nimbus, but this one seems a bit confused. Not sure what oatmeal contributes to the stout style. It's very fizzy, almost soda-like, with a strange aftertaste. It's drinkable, but not my go-to in the Nimbus family.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew from tayner, Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle, date notched July, served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a thin layer of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - lightly roasted coffee aroma.

T - light roasty flavor, thin oatmeal taste.

F - medium bodied with a thin, almost watery feel.

D - it's ok, I'd like to try a fresher one.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black body. Medium-light caramel head with decent retention.

Smell - Fresh yet acidic. Almost exactly like capers or green olives. I vaguely remember something about olive smell being related to infected beer. Well, here goes...

Taste - Very acidic. A bit of a bitter aftertaste. Less than a Guinness. Relatively light for a stout. Not bad. I guess it's not infected. Must just be part of the character.

Mouthfeel - Good smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Not watery like some other more popular stouts.

Drinkability - More interesting than other stouts (such as Guiness) but the olive character (while not bad) is not exactly appealing. I'd call it an off taste that reduces drinkability, unless this was being paired.

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Photo of bareju
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark, dark red with thin head.

Smell is mostly yeast with some roasty notes.

Carbonation is very high for a stout, combined with a syrupy feel.

Taste is brightly acidic, with some roasted and yeast notes. Tastes like poor homebrew.

Overall: pretty bad, even for the amazing discounted price I bought it for. I may sit on this one for a year or so and see if it mellows.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/29/2007 (Tap @ Old Chicago, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a dark blackish colored body, with a smallish tannish colored head. Has a slight coffee aroma, more chocolately, but not overly strong. Has a crisp watery palate. Some chocolate and coffee taste.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with ruby highlights. Moderate coffee head falls fairly fast. No lace. Aroma is sweet with a roasted bitterness. Taste is fairly simple, sweetness overlaid with a roasted character. Not particularly chocolate or coffee, just roasted. Finish is bitter and long lasting, something a little off that I can't quite figure out. Mouthfeel is starts thin as it's cold but gets nice when it warms. Smooth and silky.

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Photo of HosP
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened up a 12oz into a pint glass the other night.

A- Poured black. Bits of light around the edges. Thin dark tan head, quickly down to nothing.

S- Nose full of coffee notes and roasted malts. Not to complex in the nose.

T- Like the nose, coffee notes up front. Taste a little burnt in the middle. Blend into some roasted malts, get a little chocolate taste in the background.

M- Medium to fuller body. Low carbonation. Thick in the mouth and a little dry.

O- Average oatmeal stout. Flavors had a burnt taste lingering to them. Not to complex either. Still an ok drink, just not my favorite.

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Photo of
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle.

Clear brown at the edges, otherwise opaque, even when held against light. Medium sized, creamy brown head.

Aromas of flowers, chocolate and oatmeal greet the nose.

Taste is more towards bitter, but pretty well balanced, overall. Coffee and roast notes most prevalent. Just a bit grassy, lingers into aftertaste.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Quite dry.

OK, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Milky stout. Pours darker brown with a mediocre tan head. Sweet aroma of malts and cocoa, with milk! Taste is like Cocoa Puffs with oats and some coffee. Very thin mouthfeel. I mean, REALLY thin mouthfeel. This is a stout, right? Smooth, but nothing special.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark almost black color with a very tight head about one inch that slowly faded as the beer did. Smelled faintly of roasted malt and toasted oats. Tasted like a dark stout with hints of roasted toasted oats, fairly consistent with the aroma. Body is pretty good and not too heavy. It was a tasty beer.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these at a Whole Foods in Chandler, AZ while there over the new year's holiday. Review from notes.

Served chilled from a 12 oz. bottle, into a brandy tulip glass.

Appearance, pour is a very deep, dark brown, nearly black, but when held to the light, there are brown highlights that penetrate through. About an inch of head that rose, then faded and to just a lacing ring.

Smell is of a bit subdued for the style for me, but I pick up on the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee with cream.

Taste follows the aroma's. Opens with sweet cream coffee, then roasted malt, cappuccino, molasses, and a tinge of dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with good carbonation for the style.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout, though not as rich as I like. Easy to drink a few on a cold night.

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Photo of aristeros
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a sixer. Poured into a pint glass. Might as well try the Arizona beers while I'm here, right? Pours a dark, mahogany brown with about a finger of off-white head. Some lacing.

Appearance is above 3.5, but below 4. Want to give it a 3.7 but it won't let me.

Simple nose, with roasted malts, light espresso, and baker's chocolate. A slightly acidic smell that I can't place but I've noticed in some stouts before that reminds me of strong coffee.

Roasted malt flavors. Coffee flavor predominates. Hops are there, but hidden on the back end. The oatmeal helps the texture along, though it's thinner and less 'chewy' than it should be. The carbonation is good for the style.

I will have another--five more in my fridge now, after all--but although there's nothing exactly wrong with it, there's also nothing that really stands out here and puts it on par with, say, Sam Smith's oatmeal offering.

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Photo of CHickman
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black color with a big 2 finger light brown foamy head that faded slowly and left very cool looking spider web foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells like a penny or sheet metal, roasted malts, cocoa powder and muted fruit; not a stout aroma in the classic sense and pretty weak nose overall that had some roasty notes but mostly sweetness.

Tastes of roasted malts, cocoa powder, fruit, coffee grinds, a penny, toasted oats, chocolate milk, syrup and pumpernickel bread. No hop contribution and the oatmeal essence is lost in the bland muted flavor; the roasted malt and coffee accents save this from being a complete waste and make is salvageable.

Mouthfeel is thin and almost watery with very mild carbonation, a medium body that has a little chewy feel to it and a slightly bitter aftertaste that leaves some nice roasted notes.

Overall it was alright, but with so many great stouts out there I highly doubt that I’d have it again.

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Photo of nanobrew
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer twice.

A - Pours a dark, nearly black beer. Carbonation was nearly no existent, along with no head.

S - Really hard to find, with out really giving the glass a swirl. Smells like roasted coffee and prunes, very pleasant, only if it were more prominent.

T - First notes that hit were the roasted coffee bitterness and slightly fruity. As the beer warmed up, it seemed to get sweeter, more toffie like, with the prune flavor coming out more. very tasty.

M - For an oatmeal stout I thought it was a little then, coupled with the really low carbonantion, there was nothing special about this.

D - Not one I will be craving, but definitely a beer I could have one or two of.

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