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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-20-2002

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 186
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 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 number1bum
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a deep brown color, few shades below black, with about a finger and a half of creamy dark tan head. Head recedes to a nice lace.

Smell has a nice mocha aroma with some milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Bit of smoke, as well.

Taste is a bit more bitter than the smell, with a prominent roasted malt and slightly charcoal like flavor. Sort of woody flavor even with a hint of smoke. There is some dark chocolate flavor and bit of coffee, as well. It tastes a little thin overall.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin - not quite as creamy as it could be perhaps.

Pretty drinkable beer that I certainly wouldn't turn down. Not bad.

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

a: This was jet-black as far as I can tell. A violent pour produced a big frothy mocha colored head that quickly faded to lace.

s: Mild dark chocolate aromas, smokey roasted malts, and maybe some sweet milk.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part, with the oatmeal bringing just a little sweetness. The finish brings a nice coffee bitterness.

m: The carbonation was gently foamy and the body was fine.

d: Thanks to tayner for a very good oaty stout. If this was local, I could drink these to replace the one Troeg's took away.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown colour that is basically black. Only very faint hints of light brown are apparent when held to the light. Head pours thick and has a creamy chocolate milk consistency to it. Very minimal amount of residue is left on the glass.

The aroma has a dark rugged, roasted malt blended with sweet chocolate vibe to it. There is a touch of coffee here and there but nothing overbearing. A bit of oats and grainy cereal is present as well.

Flavour continues with the characteristics of the aroma: rugged but sweet from chocolate and roasted malt, but with a fair coffee presence as well. I'd say the coffee is more apparent here than in the aroma, and mostly toward the finish of each sip, which gives off more of the rugged flavour than sweet. There's also a fair amount of bitterness and a hint of smokiness in each sip as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a good amount of creaminess to it. That said, this one is perhaps a touch thin for the style. I'd have liked a heartier body here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Minor mouthfeel gripe aside (and it's far from a fatal flaw, if even a flaw at all, I'd say this one is more than solid across the board. This was my first time venturing into Arizona brews and it was a nice first step. Would like to see and try more from Nimbus. An easy recommendation.

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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 msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. tist-capped bottled, picked up on our Thanksgiving trip to Tucson. Poured to a pint glass; bottle is notched J[uly].

A: Impenetrable darkness with a hint of garnet at the edges. A 1/4" creamy head disappears almost immediately, leaving a remnant of film and a fine ring of cinnamon-sugar-colored, dusty tan. Lace clings temporarily in thin bands, slipping and leaving a few speckles dotting the glass.

S: Sweet, inviting aroma of cocoa powder, light-roasted coffee bean and some toasty cereal grain.

T: Flavorful and more bittersweet than the aroma let on; this leans on a darker coffee base, with bittersweet chocolate and a toasty oatmeal (mildly sweet) in the finish. A hint of souring oxidation is found, but isn't offensive. Nice richness overall.

M: Found this to be a little under-carbonated and borderline thin. The consistency is creamy and smooth, just lighter and slicker than I'd liked for it to be.

D: All in all, a solid oatmeal stout. Nice aroma and flavor; modest ABV, too - I could see having more than one at a sitting. It's one I'd have again from a beer style I do enjoy. Good job, Nimbus.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully flavorful oatmeal stout. Thanks to tayner for this extra in my box.

Pours black as coal nearly impenetrable to light. the slightest ruby tones around the bottom of the chalice. nice tan head with awesome lace. smells of dark malt, charcoal, and coffee bean. The first taste is of burnt oak and malt, followed by coffee bean and a little bitter bite at the end. slight bitter chocolate tones. Mouthfeel is good but a touch thin. Drinkability is good and easy. A great brew, the first of nimbus ive tried. So far im a fan.

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Photo of NDPDuke
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint (all I had available at the time)

Pours dark brown/black with a thin head on the top. Head didn't last long.

Smell is great. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and malt.

Taste is solid. Like the smell, you can taste the coffee, malt, and chocolate.

The mouthfeel is a little too thin for an Oatmeal Stout. Good flavor though.

The drinkability is kinda high because it is kind of thin for an oatmeal stout. To make it a great beer though, good be a little thicker and have stronger flavors.

Overall, a solid beer that is pretty easy to drink!

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Photo of Trueant1
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and leaves a thin dark tan head. Lacing is good.

Smells of malted milk, spicy hops, dark coffie and chocolate.

A good balance of hops and sweet malts. Good coffie and chocolate tastes. Alcohol comes through alongside the hops in the aftertaste.

This beer offers a classic oatmeal stout flavors and smells. However, it is way to thin and watery. Could use improvent to make it world class.

Enjoyable stout!

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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 ncvbc
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a tan head that is gone quickly, leaving nothing but a ring for the remainder of the glass. Smell is roasty and sweet. Taste has a lot more flavor than I assumed based on the 5% this one holds. Deep roasted coffee is definitely the main ingredient here. An oatmeal/vanilla sweetness along with a subtle milk chocolate. Earthy hops round this out and make this a nicely balanced brew. Mouthfeel has basically no carbonation and lightens up the body a little. Pretty good drinkability. A couple would be good but not much more. I think this is a nice one but maybe a little one-dimensional. I really do like the taste and think it's pretty unique but I could only handle so much.

Thanks goes to tayner for this as an extra in a trade...always liked the label!

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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 monkeybeer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a monkey on the label of course I had to try it.

A- Pours very thick and syrupy with a tan head that quickly disappeared. The beer itself is a creamy solid black color. Lacing disappeared to little spots on the glass.

S- Roasted malt and oats with a coffee smell and a sweet molasses and chocolate nose.

T/M – Smokey coffee, and a sweet chocolate taste to it. Mouth feel is very nice light carbonation no strong bitter aftertaste very clean.

D- I have never been a huge stout drinker, but sine it is winter I am drinking more and more and starting to enjoy them more and more. This is a stout that making me start to enjoy them. I would defentaly have to buy this one again and again.

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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 BeerTruth
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirhc for two of these!

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute black with a thin half finger khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a layer of almost nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal with a tiny bit of spottiness on the sides. Smell is of molasses, toasted oat, and french roast coffee. For some reason I detect some alcohol in the nose too, and for a 5.5% abv I'm not liking it a whole lot. Taste is a smokey espresso flavor with a tiny hint of caramel sweetness. Some toffee flavors emerge on the tongue with a woody taste as well. Aftertaste is a dry vanilla flavor with some oak as well. One of the smokier Oatmeal's I've had for sure. Mouthfeel is light creamy body with a subtle but enjoyable carbonation. I really enjoy how this one feels. After the initial appearance and smell, I fell in love with this beer. My first beer from Nimbus and I look forward to trying more. Good, solid Oatmeal Stout.

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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 yemenmocha
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with tan brown head that doesn't retain well.

Nose is on weaker side for an Oatmeal stout IMO. However, from what is there it is nice - Whoppers candy, nougat, chocolate, caramel icing on birthday cake.

Palate is a nice chalky roasty chocolate flavor, with plent of roastiness to boot. Caramel again too.

Finish is long and caramel sweet.

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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 BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Oatmeal Stout when poured was so dark brown, that, it was on the verge of being black. The smell of roasted malts and hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. There was also a hint of simi-sweet chocolate. The taste was of deeply roasted malts, hops and a hint of dark chocolate. While drinking this stout, it had a bitter/tart dryness in the finish. Not a bad finish, just an interesting one, along with the aroma and flavor.

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

A: This is a good dark beer with only the smallest amount of ruby colored light getting through at the sides. Initially there was a thick mocha colored head, but over a one minute period, it fell leaving only a rim around the edge.

S: There is a ton of chocolate in the aroma. Behind the wall of chocolate there is some roasted malt in there also. No detectable hop aroma as is expected.

T: The taste is missing something, but I can't figure out exactly what. There is a bit of astringency and a weird thin feeling in there. There is good chocolate flavor mid-taste and in the after taste, but is much lighter initially. Decent roasted flavor as well.

M: I found this beer to be a bit light bodied for me. It starts off with a fuller body, but fades through the drink.

D: This is a decent example of an oatmeal stout, but the thinness brings it down a bit.

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

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Big oatmeal and a bit of coffee in there too. Dry grass hops manage to make their way through also.
T-Big coffee malts. Oatmeal is there but takes a back seat in the flavors. Leaves a big coffee aftertaste also. A very slight hint of citrus hops too. Light bitterness on the tip of the tongue.
M- Smooth and silky feel to it. Medium body with low carbonation.
D- Way to strong in the coffee flavor for me. I prefer a bigger oatmeal flavor in a oatmeal stout.

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