Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
4.02 | pDev: 8.71%
Jun 26, 2020
Aug 24, 2015
Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to corpulent for bringing this when we went golfing December 5, 2016.

Pours black, 1/3" beige head. Aroma of chocolate milk and coffee.

Sweet chocolate keeps it up in the taste profile. Coffee seems a distant second in the race for most prominent taste. Really diminishes the roasted malt, which I guess is what a milk stout is supposed to do to some appreciable degree. Its smooth but I'm not getting vanilla. Its mostly sweet chocolate on this one. Carbonation is good on it.

The cool thing about Ninkasi is they make good beer at a great price. I think if I were to improve on this one, I would try and maybe cut the lactose in half and see if more of the roasted barley and coffee comes out. Found it to be a little too dominated by the sweet chocolate throughout the entire experience, warming it up didn't really cause it to change in that regard.
Jun 26, 2020
Rated: 1.75 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Initial review 12/28/15.
Undated bomber at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, roasted malt and coffee
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to four mm frothy ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – arcs and complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of coffee and roasted malt, starting slightly sweet and becoming slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, bordering on creamy, lively carbonation
Overall, a decent porter but kind of thin for a stout.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4 Reviewed 12/28/15

Accidental second review 4/19/18.
$ 5.93 (Including tax)/capped bomber ($ 0.269/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Undated bottle but cap says “N10 Anniversary”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. Holding to light permits some penetration at the rim, brown.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.4 cm, controlled center pour), tan, dense, good retention slowly diminishing to a three to four mm ring and a complete layer with rocks.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide complete rings of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Chocolate.
Flavor – 4 – Chocolate dominates and is slightly sweet but is not overpowering. A ghost of coffee flits into the aftertaste along with just a touch of bitterness. No distinct maltiness or hoppiness are present. There is no flavor of alcohol, diacetyl, or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 - According to the website, this brew is “Archived”. Also, according to the website, this is their 11th year in business, so this bottle would be from 2017. But the website copyright date is 2016 so the bottle is possibly from 2016. Hell, this might even be from the same run I rated in 2015. DATE THE BOTTLES!
The palate is exactly as expected (i.e. average) for a milk/sweet stout. Whatever the age of this bottle and its storage condition (It was a shelf beer when I bought it), it is still quite tasty although the coffee is just a dream of past glory. It also looks and smells good. Next trip to Elkton I’ll buy a couple more bottles – cheap at twice the price!
Apr 19, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Oct 01, 2017
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of chocolate, coffee, milk, malt, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate (could have used more), some coffee notes, light vanilla, a hint of licorice, a little lactose, and a little of the milky quality. Kind of an odd flavor that favors certain ingredients over others (i.e., the malt over the chocolate). Still, a likable flavor.

F: A decent shot of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't exactly what I'd call a perfect stout, but it is drinkable. Worth a look.
Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 18, 2017
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Apperance: Pours a translucent coffee color with the bubble show forming a two finger head; decent retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and coffee; smells a bit over-roasted

Taste: Chocolate forward, with the coffee overtaking quickly; very roasty and bitter, after the swallow and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Tastes like the dregs of coffee; burnt and ashy
Jul 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The appearance was black colored with a bar pour’s kind of barely a head. Rating adjusted accordingly. The smell had a sweet milk chocolate over top of a light dark chocolate. Some vanilla runs in for the balance. The taste had a damp sweetness of the previously mentioned flavors running into light anise/black licorice. The aftertaste and finish are the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation finishes nicely. Overall, this is a nice milk/sweet stout that I would have again.
Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, nice little touch of coffee, vanilla, some roastyness. The taste is really nice, malty, nice little roastyness, chocolate/toffee, little coffee note, vanilla. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a really nice brew.
Apr 18, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by JuiceMan818 from California

Feb 24, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 10/20/16.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a small head and some spotty lacing. Smells of cocoa, malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream. The taste starts evenly between the coffee and cocoa, then malt, chocolate, some vanilla, the lactose is less noticeable than the nose. A good amount of coffee bitterness, especially on the finish. Smooth, a little creamy, an appropriate level of carbonation, a good, medium body.

Very enjoyable to drink. A good amount of coffee. but not as coffee forward as implied. The lighter body was an interesting twist. Worth a purchase.
Feb 12, 2017
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Reviewed by AndrewMichael from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle, at a bottle share. L: black w/ white foamy head. S: Coffee and rich malts. T: Great milk stout with cold brewed coffee added, representing the Portland area well. F: Medium to heavier bodied. O: Would definitely get this special release again.
Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Now what's wrong with THIS? A perfect blend of roasted coffee bitterness working in utter harmony with creamy lactose in a milk stout that finishes incredibly smooth and clean.
I can't say enough about coffee use here and the balance with the milk sugar. Darker chocolate roastiness is in there, as well as some milky earth, if that's even a thing.
Sweet just right. Coffee just right.
I'm only sorry I ignored this one on store shelves until now.
Feb 03, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 158 ratings