Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #94
Ranked #13,655
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: 50 IBU
Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 786 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky black body. Smell is light- dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, hints of coffee and leather. Taste is more of that dark chocolate, roasted malt sweetness, more bitter cocoa, and a strong piney hop backbone. More hints of leather throughout too. Moderate to high carbonation. Overall, really good, better than I remember. I guess Ninkasi does well with malts too. Quite bitter, which is a good change up from all the desert stouts I’ve been having.

Oct 14, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This hefy 7.0 stout pours licorice black with a pudding mud head that lasts about a minute. Mini carbonation well visible. The nose is certainly boozy and bitter, with lightly roasted equal parts coffee and chcolate. Minor floral notes- surprising but not bad. Much more chcolate on the palate. Incredibly creamy: the classic flaked oat milky feel. Hops are moderate and slightly spicy. The experience takes place primarily at the front of the mouth and has a booyz burn throughout.

All in all, what Oatis lacks in smell and taste, it makes up for in look and feel, but it would be more redeeming the other way around. An example of an oatmeal stout, but many do better. There is not enough jumping out of the glass to desire another, although it is more quaffable than other oatmeals.

Jul 07, 2021
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass. The color is expectedly pitch black with a mild caramel head. Nice oaty and malted barley head on this stout, granola and nuts, molasses, not much smoke or roast on the nose. Taste wise the roast comes through, similar to a granola breakfast if you roasted it on the grill with some maple syrup thrown in there, and some burnt (bitter) chocolate too. The body is pleasantly full, with a slightly wet finish.

This is a good oatmeal stout, and it is readily avaliable, which at least in my area is often not the case for such beers. Great!

Feb 01, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black with a dense tan head that billows up some and settles to a lid, leaving behind great lacing
Aroma: Roast, chocolate, wafts of coffee being brewed, and rich bready notes
Taste: Silky chocolate and roastiness flood onto the tongue with notes of coffee lingering just in the backdrop. Chocolate malt and roast come back into the forefront and hold well until a light brewed coffee note leads to a smooth finish
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth – almost velvety, soft, very full, medium-high carbonation, and a smooth, silky, and soft finish
Overall: Delicious. After years if digging the original release years ago, I was glad these folks decided to un-retire it as it as a tasty and well-made oatmeal stout that I thoroughly enjoy and have in the fridge many times during the colder months. Recommended

Nov 16, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Murky brown, with modest khaki head
S-Subtle roasty malts
T-Muddled flavors, bittersweet coffee and some grains and alcohol
M-The best part of the beer. The oats provide a Medium/full and smooth body. Below average carbonation
O-Not the best oatmeal stout, but worth the price

Aug 16, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i cant believe i have never reviews this classic until now, i have definitely had a variant or two, but somehow maybe never this original classic. its a staple in their lineup for a reason, a really killer example of the style, impressively good even, smooth to drink, i can taste and feel the oats, lots of dark malt character without it needing to ever get sweet for balance, which i love, and it just has this frothy creamy almost soapy sudsy texture that is flush and full but then still manages to finish relatively clean for what it is, really nice overall quality on this. i dont need anything more than this in a drinking stout, no adjuncts or flavors, no barrels or huge alcohol contents, no lactose, none of it is needed when the beer is this good. the oats have a nice middle palate cereal character, there is some obvious dark chocolate nuance in the center as well, a hint of pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, and molasses to finish, but there is good bitterness here to help it finish. each sip offers a new wrinkle, but this isnt overly complex to the point of being distracting. i love the aftertaste, it warms up well, and this is high class overall. i know these guys put so much energy into, and are more known for, their hoppy stuff, but this is fabulous, their pils is awesome too, and sometime its the hoppy ones that impress me the least in their lineup. this is money! an everyday stout to be sure!

Jun 10, 2020
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pianoguy from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +5.3%
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 Utah

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -10.9%
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 +1.8%
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 -8.9%
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 -8.9%
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 +23.9%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +14.8%
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 -5.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +0.8%
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 (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +4.3%
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 -7.6%
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 -4.1%
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 -23.7%
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
Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 786 ratings