Ninkasi Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #76
Ranked #10,281
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Ninkasi website:
"7.5% alc/vol. 45 ibus. Always available on draft."

Recent bottles spotted with "7.2% alc/vol." listed
Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 778 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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pianoguy from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 Oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a solid black body with a fluffy tan head. Decent initial retention but it dissipated after a few minutes, only a few little thin specks of lacing

It's sweet malt forward scent. I'm getting a lot of chocolate notes along with burnt coffee. The overall scent is pretty prominent.

Taste leans more towards the burnt coffee scent that I was getting. A little hop bitterness on the finish. Nice balance !

Velvety smooth feel is spot on for the style. Bravo !

There's a lot to like about this beer. Liked the taste, Really liked the feel. I will put this in the yes column the next time I'm shopping for oatmeal stout.

Sep 24, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown close to black colored body with a slim half finger off-white/tan foamy head, some lacing slides into the body as it goes down. The aroma has some dark roasted malts, light coffee, slightly oaty. The taste has some roasted sweetness, slight chocolate, bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, and ends with a dry finish. Its somewhat easy on the palate. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout, definitely worthy of many more pours and as a breakfast stout.

Jun 09, 2017
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Only 1 finger head. I picked up the intensity mid-pour and it didn't really increase. Receded quickly. Jet-Black color.
Smell: Molasses, coffee, and toffee are very prominent. Hints of chocolate and tobacco. Smells very sweet.
Taste: Powerful hop bitterness punch at first sip. Very dry and very smoky due to the heavily roasted grains. A hint of malt and caramel, but most noticeable are the tobacco, coffee, toffee, molasses, and charred wood. Some fruity hints in there as well (plum, fig, raisin).
Feel: Pretty full bodied. A bit on thinner side of the full spectrum - is pretty dry.
Overall: Pretty good stout. Not my favorite stout for sure. I realize the stouts are to be more on the dry side for the most part, but I would have liked a bit more malt sweetness. A bit too much charred grains in this one. I would drink again, but just not that impressed.

Mar 26, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly brown and black pour, good 1" lighter brown khaki head. Aroma of roast and almost nothing else.

Taste, standard oatmeal stout, roast, oats, chocolate malt. Smooth mouth feel. Slightly bitter, above average amounts of hopping. Cascade it seems. Even in the bomber format, I don't hate this, it is relatively affordable. They make it now in 6 packs, which is an even better deal.

Solid beer.

Dec 30, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, chocolate, oats, and some light coffee notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, yet smooth. Finishes with chocolate and roast.

Sep 14, 2016
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crwrunner from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer had a good amount of carbonation and a good mouthfeel. Maybe a bit to much roasted malt but will have to try some others in this style to compare.

Sep 05, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some oats. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, oats, hints of chocolate, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Aug 29, 2016
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had this waiting in the fridge, I think since father's day
(not hitting the bottle too much these days)
but this one is WELL worth the wait: I am tryly tempted to give this a over all 5!

a - super dark on the pour - darker than cola. just a humble half finger of head, deep khaki in colour. no lacing to speak of.

s nice, deep caramel sweetness

t Hoo Ahh! just an ever so slight touch of bitter, think choco-coffee with a bit of caramel. SMOOTH

m thick and creamy

d near perfect. LOVE this brew. to be savored, never guzzled.

Aug 27, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has dark fruits, mostly figs, brown sugar and sweet malt. Taste is really well balanced. First you get the rich malt, followed by a roasty bitterness. Body is not heavy but feels really smooth. Overall it's a tasty, easy drinking stout with a nice mouthfeel.

Aug 07, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a narrow tan collar around the edge of the glass and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted and chocolate malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit dry, and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has bold flavors of roasted and chocolate malts and has a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 01, 2016
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark brown with no real light penetrating it. Decently sized, creamy-looking head of tan doesn't last long except as a film.
Smell is rich, toasty, hoisin sauce, meaty, slightly smoky. Well balanced.
Taste is smoky, soy, meaty, licorice/anise, richly malted and expertly balanced. Exquisite.
Body is full, effervescence is properly restrained. Smooth and appropriately rich. A great example of the style.

Jun 28, 2016
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TrueOregonian from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- very dark but you can get some light out of it
S- chocolate and vanilla
T- goes down smooth but then you get a harsh after taste. For me if I'm gonna have a stout I like it to be smooth thru and thru. I love these flavors but the harshness is overwhelming to me

Jun 15, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/17/16:

Extremely dark brown. Opaque, no light through in full glass. As I get to the bottom, only slightly clear and I can see what causes the opacity: some flakes and haze, like tobacco fines. Large, lasting, solid, nearly effervescent, fluffy, rocky head of brownish tan, looks darker looking down through it to the beer’s body. In the bottle, smells like a fresh batch of oatmeal raisin cookies (mix of vanilla, molasses, oats, raisins, breadiness, I suppose), I kid you not. After the pour, some of the same, but also roasty and toasty, molasses and alcohol, with some olive and berry suggestions. Good, complex, but not as strong or distinct as you’d find in a number of stouts and imperial stouts. Sweet throughout with vanilla, toffee, molasses, raisin, and licorice undertones, as well as booze. Hearty, roasty, meaty, smokley suggestions. Leathery and tobacco-like hops, especially in finish, as well as a little pepper. Full-bodied, viscous, oily, smooth, warming (7.2% ABV version). Carbonation starts sloshy but is ultimately creamy. Astringency is fairly low. Well done, Ninkasi! Now if only you came back to my state!

Apr 22, 2016
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with less than a finger of off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of molasses, chocolate and maybe raisin. Taste a bit mocha and dark fruit. On the thin side, perhaps a bit under-carbed, but very enjoyable.

Apr 19, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with 2-3 gingers of tan head with good retention and great lacing. The nose and taste are similar featuring roasted malt, milk chocolate with some bittering hops to dry out the finish a bit and no hint of the 7% ABV. Nice silky mouthfeel with good carbonation. A quality oatmeal stout!

Apr 01, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

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

Excellent stout. Black as night with thin creamy beige head. Aroma is molasses and burnt toast, Taste is smooth, Mouthfeel velvety, dark chocolate, espresso. Smooth and drinkable, and delicious.

Mar 18, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with a dark tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, raisins, and dark bread. Sweet fruitiness, with molasses, and rum bread.

T: Oatmeal, bread, caramel, and molasses. Not quite as rich as I would have guessed, but still pretty tasty.

M: Medium thick with carbonation that feels a touch high for the style.

O: Overall not a bad beer, but I wanted a little more depth and richness. Still pretty tasty though.

Feb 29, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a wine glass with a pitch black body and a light mocha tan, creamy cap rising up to just about one finger high. Good head retention with large webs of lace right away after it falls to a medium ring.

S- Dark malty tones with just the slightest appearance by the yeast and a tiny hint of earthy hops. Dark bitter cocoa powder comes to mind first with notes of heavily roast barley, deep caramelized sugars, raisin, bread and toasted nuts.

T- The grains once again dominant with bitter dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, toasted oats, raw pale malt, cereal grains, coffee and medium-dark caramel coming to mind. The yeast and hops are a bit more prominent at this stage with earthy and piney hops hinting with dark fruit and yeast bread.

MF- Silky and rather smooth oat presence in the mouthfeel in a medium-thick overall body. The carbonation is quite high but padded down by a fairly chewy creaminess. Ends with both earthy hop and deep cocoa bitterness.

A truly solid Oatmeal Stout with chocolate and the grains up front that drinks very smoothly for 7%. Towards the end I feel like there is some depth missing in the flavor and aroma and the ferment could have been a tad cleaner but all around fairly good.

Feb 18, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a sad, dinky khaki-colored collar. Ergo, I can't talk much about texture or retention, but very small specks of lacing stick to the glass at least.

The aroma offers a nice roasted characteristic, along with a touch of nutty coffee. I also get a little bit of oat. I'm disappointed in the mildness of the nose (thanks to the utter lack of head), but what's there is nice.

Opens up with a flavor suggesting...roasted oats? Yeah - roasted oats and caramel. Some more roasted barley trails into the mid-taste, while the back end has a very gentle hop bitterness. While it's quite simple, there's a modicum of enjoyment to be found. I think the biggest detraction, actually, is the light metallic quality lurking around.

Fairly light, with a bit too much fizziness poking through. Oats give it a decent initial fullness, though. Drinkability is excellent - easily the best feature of this brew.

Not bad, not great. It's easy to drink and a total crowd pleaser, if nothing else. Me, I'd gladly drink it in a pinch, but there are quite a few oatmeal stouts I'd choose over this. This is just a bit too simple for me to desire seeking it out.

3/5: More like Okay-tis

Jan 22, 2016
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manfromanotherplace from New York

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

Pours black with virtually no head, smells of roasted coffee and leather, taste is more of the same with a slight oatmeal sweetness at the end, balanced out nicely and a well made beer.a very goid oatmeal stout.

Nov 15, 2015
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good oatmeal stout. Never let me down. I love the body, weight, and that nice bitter kick. This was my go to stout for years in the nicely affordable category. Don’t see it around much anymore.

Nov 12, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color with an inch of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

After warming a bit I get some dark chocolate and roasted grain.

The taste starts out with dark chocolate. Somewhere in the middle I start picking up a black coffee bitterness that continues into the finish combining nicely with the dark chocolate flavor.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a pretty good example of an oatmeal stout.

Oct 27, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black color. Beige head settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses, chocolate sauce, dark roast coffee. Starchy oats. Plums. Earthy hops bring subtle hints of pine and bark.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, acidic black coffee. Lots of smokey roast. A bit starchy. Plum-like fruitiness is subtle. Earthy and piney hops barely peek out from behind the roast. Roast builds and goes more acrid and smokey toward the finish.

M: Medium body. Full and creamy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Really solid, enjoyable oatmeal stout. No more, no less. Easily worth a six pack purchase if you like the style.

Oct 27, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Viscose dark chocolate pour into a chalice creates a bready, one inch dark walnut colored head. Steady retention with an intricate spiderweb lacing. Lasting coverage.

S: Burnt chocolate and burnt flowery hops. Roasty, moist coffee, earthy charred firewood, with a good amount of awareness that is fairly lasting.

T: Flavor was deep roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, charred woodiness with a sooty campfire earthy minerality. Dark fruit sweetness, dried black cherry skins, creamy oat base, with a finishing of acrid bitterness. Some dry smokiness rounds things out.

M: Full roasty oat body, creamy, bittering, charred earthy warmth on the tongue and cheeks with a tang of alcohol on the finish. Burnt chocolate off the the tongue.

O: Very good chocolate and coffee darkness blended with a full creamy oat base that adds depth, lots of flavor and a nice bittering factor.

Oct 23, 2015
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HennyPNW from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The taste is amazing. Very smooth oatmeal flavor, with a nice, rich dark chocolate tone. Strong beer at a 7 ABV. Not overly heavy, could easily have 3 or 4 of them and not feel too full. Great job as always Ninkasi.

Oct 18, 2015
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