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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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good oatmeal stout with tons of chocolate and roasted malts along with some lighter sweetened coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and very enjoyable.

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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 Grant_Satterthwaite
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown almost black with a tan head that quickly faded to minimal lacing. Smells mildly of alcohol, roasted malts, oats, and unsweetened chocolate. Tastes pretty basic for a stout, chocolate and oats. Thin mouth feel, similar (but better) than the Bell's Porter. Thinner feel than what I hope for/expect from a stout. Overall, it's solid 4/5 you know, it's nothing fantastic but it's definitely worth picking up if you haven't tried it.

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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 Jeffreysan
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Strong notes of roasted malt, giving off notes of coffee, burnt sugar, freshly baked dark bread and some faint licorice aromas as well as some smoke.

Taste: Good and malty, with some strong roasted flavors of coffee and smoke. Some brown sugar-like sweetness followed by some strong flavors of freshly baked bread and some pretty strong hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok oatmeal stout. Tasty while you drink it, but completely forgettable once finished. I wouldn’t pass it up if offered, but I’m not going to look for it either.

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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 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 StoutBrotha602
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

had this beer at my hidden gem after work one nite.. taste good/ok for an oatmeal stout.. i finished wanting a left hand Milk Stout but was glad i had the chance to try this beer for the location and the time i had to sit and relax with this beer.

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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 notchucknorris
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color with a huge light brown head. Eventually settles down to about half a finger of foam and leaves some streaks of lace down the glass.

S: Pretty light aroma. Some mild oats, banana, cocoa, and some light roasted coffee.

T: Light roasted malt with a touch of coffee throughout. Nothing really beyond that that I get. Mouthfeel doesn't really show much effect of the oats. A decent oatmeal stout, but there's really not a whole lot to this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes dated 5/30/13. Had the beer at the brewery, not the bistro...

Deep black color, thin tan head.

Classic roasted/charred grain aroma; hints of molasses.

Toasty, lightly burnt bread. Mellow sweetness & bitterness combo.

Medium-light; clean & dry.

Pleasurable if unremarkable. Didn't get the oatmeal smoothness so much; seemed more like a dry stout.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Nimbus Brewery.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a than head that leaves no trail down the slide of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Roasted malts with a strong coffee background.

T: Slightly astringent flavor with sweet roasted malts and coffee backbone.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Decent stout – a little too astringent for me.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 11/2012. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, floral, mint, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance and complexity of roasted notes with a prominent amount of hops. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, toast, caramel, light coffee, floral, mint, and herbal earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, light coffee, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Well balance with nice flavor robustness and complexity; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled October 2012. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves impressive sheets and drippy rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of coffee, touch of grassy hops. Good, but not great strength.

Nice flavor of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, some caramel, dark bread, bit of hops, mild to moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice creamy Oatmeal Stout feel, moderate carbonation.

Very nice Oatmeal Stout. Everything one would want in the style, smooth, creamy, chocolaty. Good one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting for the style.

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Photo of Minks
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-Chocolatey brown, slim coffee with cream head, moderate fizz. Lovely to look at.

-Initial flavors of classic stout malt, bitterness, and alcohol, gradually turning into a more bready semi sweetness with a bit of an acid bite.

-Mouthfeel is too thin. Needs more velvet. This beer's carbonation is a bit distracting from the flavor as well

-Flavor could be more potent, especially for a stout. Main complaint is that the finish is quite weak and the flavor shiftings are a bit flaccid. Needs to grow a pair before it joins the ranks of the real stouts

-Goes down smooth for a stout, good for early morning beer drinking when you're too tired to handle a burlier beer. An excellent substitue/addition to any breakfast or pre-work pre-gaming!

-Overall, an okay stout for a reasonable price. Good for those beer drinkers who are not used to or don't like stouty stouts. In other words, it's a gateway stout.

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Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chocolate brown as it pours, Dark black with a nice tan head on top in the glass, that is very persistent.

S: Roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The oatmeal comes through as well as a bit of bread, there is a slight earthiness to it. Nice.

T: A slight tartness hits the tongue first, but that is followed by chocolate, and slightly acidic dark roast coffee. The finish has a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium, carbonation is medium low and works for the brew. I wish there was a little more bite to the mouthfeel, a little more chewiness, or creaminess.

O: Overall a pretty good brew. Not a bad stout at all. Enjoyable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice brown/almost black pour with a perfect 2 fingers of foamy tan head and great lacing!
grassy hops up front, coffee, chocolate, toasted grains.
a subtle blend of chocolate, tobacco, coffee, and roasted grains.
medium body on the lighter side, nice amount of carbonation and a creamy finish.

this is a great stout and those who get this year round should feel lucky! luckily, we have river horse's oatmeal stout that's VERY similar to this from what i can remember, but unfortunately it's only a seasonal for us.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky, earthy aroma has nutty, yeasty and hoppy hints. It pours a beautiful opaque dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and persistent tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Sublime flavor has smoky, roast malt, coffee, nutty, earthy and toffee notes of varying prominence, quite tasty. Texture has good body and fizz - not full-bodied, but still impressive. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a smallish mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of the roasted malts with a little oat smoothness. Malts come through with chocolate, coffee, and a bit of molasses. Some earthy hops come in the end and add to some of the roasted bitterness. Oatmeal makes its appearance on the end and adds it typical smoothness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid oatmeal stout.

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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 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 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 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 mmciz
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't even know Nimbus made an oatmeal stout until I saw this bottle at BevMo -- it doesn't seem to be a rarity, though. Guess I just never bothered to look for an oatmeal stout from any Arizona brewer other than Beaver Street in Flagstaff. Because, really, unless you're up in the high country where there's cold and snow who wants a stout in AZ during 11 months out of the year?

It's in the 40s tonight, though, so let's give it a whirl...

A: Carmel-colored head about an 18 of an inch thick. The bubbles are a little shiny and there's actually a bit of lacing.

S: Pretty yeast-y for an oatmeal stout. I also get some black licorice.

T: There's a lot of oat-y-ness which is, of course, what we're looking for here, but not a lot of complexity beyond that. The Goldings hops are noticeable, too, especially on the finish and in the aftertaste -- it's British varietal but this beer it definitely tastes like a West Coast offering. Other reviewers suggest drinking it at room temperature and mine has only been out of the fridge for 10 minutes or so -- I'll try it again closer to room temperature to see if I get the chocolate taste others enjoy so much... That's a nice luxury since this is a cheap (and apparently readily available) local brew.

M: Thick and satisfying, to style but on the high end of the style.

D: It goes down smooth though the aftertaste would grate on me after more than a few.

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