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Nimbus Oatmeal StoutNimbus Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Nimbus Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 185
Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable stout with some roasted coffee grinds, drinkable. Dark brown with no head, some coffee grind aroma. Medium mouthfeel. More bitter than sweet. Malt or chocolate flavour quite minimal. Appropriate carbonation.Almost like a nitro tap in a bottle.

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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a rocky beige head that scatters lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate above all else, with a hint of oatiness

Taste: Opens with a slightly sour black bread sensation that becomes more complex as it sits on the tongue, adding chocolate and roasty coffee flavors as well as a vague English stone fruit quality by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oaty elements build but the slightly sour undertones persist with the roasty coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, creamy for sure, with soft carbonation

Drinkability: A decent oatmeal stout, and the slight sourness adds interesting complexity, but I'm glad I sampled it now as it might detract soon; I suspect the beer might be a little dated as the label has a notch between June and July and it is now December

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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 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 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 GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/20/06- Received from BA member as part of a fantasy baseball league prize.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a date strip on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color. Smaller 1/4 inch head and slight traces of lace streaks.

Smell- Deep and dark chocolate malt with a caramel coca cola like scent. Light burnt coffee grounds come out as well.

Taste- Very very dark, but not quite burnt. Fairly smoky malt base. Super dark chocolate with extreme roasted coffee beans. I slight touch of hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thinner almost watery feel. Light carbonation with a mild creaminess.

Drinkability- If you like dark stouts, this one is for you. Probably worth a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle from Town and Country, on to the beer:

Pours a very thick black, but it develops almost no head. This beer resembles more of a dry stout than a full-flavored oatmeal stout. It's not what I set myself for, but it does the job. The overall score suffers because I think it's merely solid for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks bennetj17

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, small creamy tan head, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of slightly roasted sweet malts, some hops, and slight chocolate/coffee. The taste is very nice sweet malty, with some under tone chocolate/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice true to style oatmeal stout.

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

A pitch black brew that has a tan to brown head atop of it. Smells of roast malt, and it tastes quite smooth with a mellow roast malt finish. A very silky smooth body to this beer. Lots of malt flavors and a bit of acidity in the finish, a good solid beer. There are no super strong flavors (a good thing) and it is very well balanced.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a jet black, with some brown highlights when held up to the light. Good head, leaves a ring of lace, and cap for most of the glass, though the head retention is slightly below average.

S: Coffee predominately, light coffee, capuccino, some dark chocolate as well, kind of a simple smell, but very robust and fragrant.

T: Big sweet coffee notes to open up, kind of like coffee and cream, some milk chocolate and dark chocolate there as well. Roasted malts play a part, and a hint of burnt sugar and molasses. Sweet, but much drier than an average oatmeal stout, leaning towards Irish dry stout.

M: Dry and creamy, slightly sweet, and smooth. Good amount of carbonation, not too much or too little, just right.

D: Good, a good stout, I enjoyed it while watching the movie Stagecoach on TCM, Nimbus had made some good brews, will have to try more of them, didn't have a problem drinking this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a respectable tan head that fades to acap and laces moderately. The smell is surprisingly robust and complex, especially given the relatively low abv. Coffee, roasted grains, a touch of vanilla, and oloroso sherry are all present. The taste is significantly lighter, but echoes of the aromas are present. There is also a slight grainy sourness, thin chocolate, and a little roastiness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly creamy, and on the lighter side. Goes down easily, but could be a tad more robust to sustain interest.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

An agrgressive pour yielded a dark brown head that bubbled up and stuck around for a while. Light lacing left along the sides of the glass. The body is a dark chestnut brown and lets little light in along the edges.

Roasted malt, nuts, fresh rolled oats, dark cherries, and a slight metallic note.

Taste mimics the the nose with the oats carrying the load over the palate. Dark cherries come through along with the nuts and roasted malt. A slight metallic flavor is present as well.

Medium bodied, not very full and robust like most oatmeal stouts. However, given the climate in Tucson, this is acceptable.

For the climate, this is perfect. However, it does lack some fullness in the flavor profile that prevent it from taking the next step. Considering the climate, this is very drinkable.

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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 Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say, as I love “Stouts”, since my first sip of a Guinness at St. James Gate some 25 years ago. Ebony color on the pour, creamy dark chocolate head that is modest in size, the lace a nice glutinous cover upon the glass. Starbucks coffee, bittersweet chocolate, fresh toasted grain, and quite pleasing to the schnozzle is this nose, start is sweet and thickly malt, with the top full and creamy. Finish has a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, the acidity moderate, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, and a “Terrific” representative to the style, and a sure fire favorite for this stout lover.

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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 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 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 tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade from smellsofstout. Thanks Tomas.

A: Pours a nice bright coal black hue with a nice tall foamy mocha head. Okay retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Aroma rather simple, but good. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, with a touch of smoke.

T: Roasty goodness up front, backed by gas station coffee. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and a touch of hops in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, can't really pick up the carbonation that was apparant upon the pour.

D: Not earth shattering but good. Glad to review an Arizona beer besides Cave Creek Chili beer. Thanks Tomas for the huge box of beer!

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of these on Labor Day Weekend for $1.39 each.

Beer poured jet black with a fine tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is slightly malty with a hint of coffee. Taste is a fine balance between chocolate malts, oats, and hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth and satisfying from the oats but is not as thick as hoped. Drinkability is very good. I will definitely pick this up in the future!

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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 alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, oatmeal stout brown with a dark sandy brown head that laces nicely. Chalky, chocolatey malt notes, with sweet milk, and roasted peat. Nice. Lightly roasted bitterness up front, followed by sweet, milk chocolate, oats, and sugared coffee. Bitterish finish. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel that goes down easily. A very nice oatmeal stout.

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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 UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler that traveled a long way to reach me (thanks, Gueuzedude).

This stout poured an opaque brown-black color with sudsy, creamy, light brown foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was nice and included aromas of oatmeal, roasted barley, and a hint of coffee together with a touch of sweetness. The taste was foremost dark roasted malt with some burnt overtones and a taste of oats. There was an underlying sweetness with a touch of licorice and a trace of coffee. The hops were hidden by the maltiness, but there was some hoppiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium full body and low carbonation feel. The lingering aftertaste was full or dark roasted flavor and was dry. This was a nice oatmeal stout which held up well in the growler, but someday I would like to have it fresh from a tap for comparison.

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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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