Nimbus Oatmeal Stout | Nimbus Brewing Company

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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

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

I tried this beer on a recent trip to the Nimbus brewery. When my buddies and I were leaving, I got a growler to take home.

A - Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Head has thin lacing and moderate retention.

S - Smells of coffee, smoked malt, oats, and oak.

T - Coffee and smoked malt notes hit right away, followed by oatmeal and sweet cream in the finish. Overall character is more creamy than smoky.

M - Moderately thick mouthfeel, but not so thick you could chew it. Appropriate for the style.

D - Fairly drinkable for such a dark, thick beer. Not really a session beer, but a good choice for a "creamy" stout style.

Verdict: A solid example of an oatmeal stout and yet another reason to visit Nimbus if you're in Southern AZ.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to preface this review by stating that this is my first ever stout. Ever. Carry on.

This beer was pitch black. While I was pouring it, I was slightly intimidated by the initial chocolatey brown color, but soon fell into a quiet fear as it ebbed black with the last drop. I couldn't see into the liquid like I could all of my other lighter beers; when I looked into the glass, all I could see was my shocked reflection staring starkly back at me. It was that black. My frightening first impression was quickly comforted by the sandy head of foam that grew to just over a finger thick. I suppose I didn't really expect a snow white head, but the light brown bubbles made me feel safer about my decision to delve into the world of stouts despite my painful lack of information. Also, for anyone who cares, the lacing was spotty and minimal.

Before I did any amount of research on stouts or this particular brew, I sniffed and came away repulsed. My first thought, I kid you not, was "soy sauce?!". Even now, as I sit with my nose in the bottle trying to get around the sour, salty-sweetness of Chinese condiments, I cannot seem to break away from my inaugural impression. So, I smell soy sauce. Other than that, and by combining all of the other robust fragrances which I'm sure are probably creating the illusion of soy sauce, it still wasn't my cup of tea. Or glass of beer, as the case may be.

Among the myriad of scents I pulled from the beer I was rapidly beginning to wish I didn't have to drink: smoky oats and malt, baker's dark chocolate, lots of roasted coffee grounds, hint of vanilla, a little bit of burnt molasses and maybe some bitter cocoa powder. It was like a baking experiment gone awfully, horribly awry.

Let me just say with complete honesty here, that despite my following complaints, the first few sips were super bitter, but once I got over the roast coffee and burnt molasses, I was able to appreciate the texture more which made it much more enjoyable. Like I mentioned, the beginning of each sip was pretty bitter, followed by a rich wave of coffee grounds, burnt oats, thick malts, and spicy hops (Kent Golding).

The mouthfeel was a medium-light with soft carbonation, creating a smooth body that was both dry and creamy on my tongue. It did peak on sour right after I swallowed, but everything mellowed out in the end to allow more hops to shine through.

This stout is a great example of how oatmeal stouts should be made, even according to seasoned tasters, so I'm glad I was able to learn to appreciate the type of brew with the Nimbus micro. Being that it is so aromatic and robust, it would be best paired with a hearty smoked steak and a chocolate dessert, both of which will help to bring out each of the individual flavors. In the very end, this is a beer I can most certainly appreciate, but one I most likely won't be drinking unless I have both a nice slab of smoked rib-eye and a fudge brownie with walnuts.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - very dark brown, no light visible through this one. Very little head.

Smell - smells like a fairly rich stout. Subtle caramel or chocolate hints. Not catching a smoked or molasses aroma.

Taste - fairly hoppy and bitter. Roasted coffee/expresso bean flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice? Thinner texture thanks to the oats. Definitely a lingering aftertaste, which is bitter, and stays up in the top of the palate.

Mouthfeel - not as thick as a stout could be, thanks to the oats thinning it out. More on the watery side between watery and creamy, but good balance.

Drinkability - Not bad complexity, but a little too hoppy for my taste. Good beer in general, and if you like bitter stouts, this one would be fun to have hanging out in the fridge.

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Photo of culver501
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful black, no light penetrates, nice dense tan head, decent lacing, great head retention

S-chocolate (dark), roasted coffee, whiff of sweetness

T-not as dark as i expected, starts off quite light and creamy then a smack of wonderful slightly bitter roasted malt, and then subsides to the flaky oat earthy sweetness that so few oatmeal stouts actually excel at

M-perfect, slightly syrupy, definitely lingers, a hearty feel for a solid oatmeal stout

D-one of my early favorites, this one doesn't disappoint after all this time, I should make this one more of a habit

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Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one traveling around the Grand Canyon. A solid if generally unremarkable oatmeal stout that got significantly better as it warmed up (best was around room temperature). Coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt dominated the nose and taste. Overall, worth a look, especially if you like the style.

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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 Sixofsigmas
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was compliments of my sister who came out from Tucson to visit.

Poured a very dark opaque brown-black with an inch of tan foam that laced initially but did not stick. Head receded fairly quickly as compared with other stouts.
The nose was filled with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, rich coffee, and sort of an earthy/soil quality.
Upon tasting it the sweetness of the oatmeal is up front mixed with the rich roasty malts, the coffee and dark chocolate flavors show up in the middle, and the back end finishes out with more of the dark malt flavor.
Mouth seems a bit thin, carbonation was acceptable, but yeah the lack of thick chewiness or a flavor that lingers was a bit off.
It's a very drinkable beer.

I think this is a quality oatmeal stout. It's not an award winner, but definitely recommended for at least a try.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, freshness date clearly marked on bottle (reviewed bottle well within freshness bracket)

A: Nearly completely opaque near-black brown colored beer with dark ruby showing at the edges when held up to a bright light. One finger of brown head that lasts and laces fairly well.

S: Burnt malts, strong chocolate, and coffee.

T: Rich but subtle darkly roasted malts dominate the initial taste, followed by some coffee notes and finally dark chocolate and less roasted malts at the end. Aftertaste is chocolaty. The characteristic oatmeal sweetness does show up near the end of the flavor arch, and thus this beer earns good marks for taste from me.

M: Smooth and well bodied, but not amazing. It is what an oatmeal stout should be, but not what it could be.

D: Good drinkability, but not outstanding.

Overall: A very good bottled oatmeal stout, but could be better with more oats in the nose and on the palate. Could be paired nicely with toasted rye bread and melted sharp cheddar over potatoes.

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

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this one my way.

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of roasted malt with a touch of coffee

T - Follows the nose for the most part roasted malts that give off a coffee flavor

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer at all one of the better beers that I've had from Nimbus and one that I could drink pretty regularly if it was available to me worth a try sometime

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my standard shaker glass. This stout appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger of creamy ecru colored foam. The head quickly ebbs, leaving no lace. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of molasses. This medium bodied stout is a tad chewy from the addition of oatmeal and is adequately carbonated for the style. Worth a try if you are an oatmeal stout fan.

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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 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 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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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 seanbhudson
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Small amount of lacing.
Not a lot of aroma. Earthy hops, alcohol, molasses and coffee.
Relatively light flavor. Roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate and slight earthy hops.
Light to medium body with a watery texture. Soft carbonation.
Very easy to drink but so is water.

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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 flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a faint tan head.

Nice baked chocolate flavor, dark malts, and some pine like hops.

Taste has a pretty coffee forward flavor. Some smooth oats, a crisp finish, and some pine and mineral like hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little thin and watery for the style though.

Drinkability is good. Nice flavorful easy drinking stout. Quite sessionable.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour elicits some large bubbles that settle into a thin brown foam. Dark brown color. Spotty lacing.

The nose is metallic, roasted, nutty, with a little dark fruit. More power required here, or a little less on the metallic.

The first thing I note unfortunately is a sour taste. Quite bitter, with a lot of roasted malt. Baker's chocolate is prominent, but leads to that metallic taste.

Bready, chewy mouthfeel. Fairly dry finish, but the acrid bitterness lives on in the finish. I would call the mouthfeel the coup here: not much as far as nose and flavor, but it sure has a nice heft.

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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 jspruit
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle as a dark dark black, like oil, with a thick creamy head with good-size bubbles that was about 2 fingers thick. Little lacing as it goes down.
Very strong roasted malt aroma with a bit of coffee and some chocolate too.
Tastes alot like the malty, chocolately, coffeey stout that it smells & looks like. There is some bitterness & sweetness to it too.
Very smooth, a bit thin really. Goes down pretty easy but also has some alcohol hints.
I think that this bottle might have been a bit off as it didn't have the fullness that I would have come to expect of a stout. I would have expected a bit more oatmeal tastes and something more full & thick. I think that I'll give it another shot if I get the opportunity.

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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 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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