Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"7.5% alc/vol. 45 ibus. Always available on draft."

Recent bottles spotted with "7.2% alc/vol." listed

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Photo of rapidcycler
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my god! this is the best beer I ever tasted. Chocolate and coffee notes give way to ab absolutely heavy mouthfeel. Very little bitterness. This is what I drink every day, I accept no substitute. I always pour it a little fast so the tan head is nice and thick. There is nothing light and watery about this beer!

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with just a hint of a light tan head. Smoky aroma has quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses tones plus hints of licorice and toffee. Mouth-filling flavor has a firm smoky overtone and molasses, quality coffee, chocolate, licorice and toffee flavors - delicious! Smooth yet lively texture leaves a smoky and fizzy finish. Recommended!

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Photo of cubancigar2000
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle

smell - what can I say, wonderfil, dont get any better. Lots of chcolate, toasted oats, Yumm

Taste - Porters to me need to be thick, strong in coffee and toasted grains and have a nice tan head. This one is on point

Ninkasi has more top shelf beers than any other brewer. This one is one of my favorites

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Photo of Reema
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint

Pours an almost black body, with dark brown edges. The smell is of toasted oats, bitter chocolate, light coffee notes, with a slight tinge of alcohol scent. The taste is of toasted oats, coffee, and a slight nuttiness. This is very good. The feel is thick, viscous, extremely creamy feeling. Very pleasant. Overall, this is a very good standard oatmeal stout which I would not hesitate to purchase again.

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Photo of muffiewolf
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours almost black. Taste is dark chocolate and smooth oats. One review said it tasted burnt, that couldn't be further from the truth. This stout said 7% on the bottle. There is no hint of alcohol in the flavor. They have done a great job creating an excellent flavor over a high alcohol content. I will be buying this again.

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Photo of HennyPNW
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes out to RJ (Grabbin2nd) for bringing this to the SLO BevMo! Thanks a ton dude!

Split among Wisemen Nick, Zach, and Jorge. Poured into three standard pint glasses.

Appearance: Poured out thick and black, yielding a gorgeous, slow-forming, brown, foamy, head. That head just crawled up from the depths! Retains as a sticky, foamy, crown and drags a lot of lacing. Body is totally opaque. This looks fantastic!

Smell: H U U U G E oats! Awesome! A good deal of dark chocolate and toffee as well. Oats steal the show though. I love it!

Taste: Oats, dark chocolate, caramel, black coffee, leafy hops and even a touch of citrus. Big roastiness, big oatiness. Finishes with bitter dark malts. Very flavorful. My favorite part about this beer (thus far) is that they don't shy away from the oats AT ALL. Oats all over in this one!

Mouthfeel: Robust in flavor and pretty robust in body too. Lots of dark roastiness in this one. Cool and malty with moderate prickly carbonation. Roasty flavors hang around long after the sip.

Drinkability: Loved it! This is the quintessential oat stout. Bold, flavorful, full, and addictive. Can't wait to try this again!

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Photo of ChrisCastillo
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: In dim light it is deep coffee bean brown with a matching fluffy cocoa creamy head.

Smell: Fruity hops, dark chocolate, espresso, some alcohol

Taste: amazing. Silky chocolate and espresso coat the tongue. Sweet and malty caramels begin and middles with dark semi-sweet chocolate, fades dry but balanced with chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel: Full and oaty, very creamy. Delicious

Overall: Not a session oatmeal stout, very strong alcohol at 7.5% Very balanced for a strong stout. smooth non tannic finish for amount of dark grains going into this brew. Best Oatmeal stout ive tried thus far.

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Photo of Bartian
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at local grocery in Portland. Oatis pours like a cup of joe from a coffee press - black, thick and really rich. The head had a nice color of dark creme and the beer initially exhibited significant carbonation throughout.

The smell brought thoughts of a dark, rich chocolate bar and earthy coffee roast - a true delight!

The mouthfeel was typical of many stouts - however, I couldn't help but think what I might rate this from a nitro tap - they would have to drag me away I'll bet!

The taste was very good; not quite robust enough to be exceptional, but very enjoyable with a frightengly high degree of drinkability.

Overall, a very good Oatmeal Stout that was perfect on a dark and windy day here in the Land of Hops!

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a surprise! Bought a bottle at Whole Foods in Tigard.

Superb appearance. The head is even a little darker, the body black and rich. Lots of oaty nutty goodness on the nose and palate. Long, smooth finish. Pretty much knocked Sam Smiths oatmeal stout off as my favorite.


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Photo of PorterLambic
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of jeffmoline
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Amazing beer. Smooth and heavy at the same. I'm not sure if I like it better in the bottle or a icy cold glass. I guess a few more cases will tell. Cheers

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts, period. I've had it as much as possible on draught, but this is my first bottle. I will probably never review it on draught as I'm always too busy enjoying it, so this review takes those previous experiences into account score wise, as there is a slightly lower deviation here.
Bomber poured into my Meantime Snifter, Oatis is a dark blackish brown with a dark tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is deep but not overwhelming toffee, some caramel notes, a light roast, faint butterscotch and a dash of hops. It really comes together nicely for me, like some kind of gourmet bread pudding almost, but not nearly as sugary.

Taste is very balanced, a nice caramel malt backbone tempered by the light roast and hops, bittersweet, with a lingering roasty tang. Lots of complexity it seems like, but nothing to overt, which keeps it interesting. When Ninkasi kills it, they really kill it, and this is my favorite of their beers for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy carbonation and medium light body. Really fantastic, although not quite as nice as on draught.

Drinkability is good, this one is super smooth and balanced,with the alcohol DANGEROUSLY hidden. Still, it's always been much more enjoyable on draught then this bottle, which I admit is probably a few months old and has been stored at room temp (at least in the dark!) for about half that.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a WOW beer. By definition, a WOW beer has serious WOW factor. And that's what Oatis has. It has a lot of WOW.

It has a phenomenal smell of roast barley. The smell hits you like a three-ring circus, taking you to the very threshold of your sensory capacities. Notes of cocoa tumble like acrobats and smack with exhilaration. The barley has a rich sense of immediacy - like it just came from the roasting ovens. This affects both the aroma and taste, which has an oaty smoothness with exotic cacao and mint spice.

I happened to have a flashlight with me - it's practically a requirement in navigating the Starlight Lounge - and shining it into Oatis I unearthed a distant glow of ruby in the depths of its predominantly black body.
Oatis's main shortcoming was its lack of froth, which is a manageable deficit for a beer that otherwise tasted and smelled as fresh as this. An eclipsed head of sandy brown did form, but it was skeletal for an oatmeal stout.

Everything else was full-on, bold, uncompromised, and entrancing.

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Photo of jdanyeur
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer multiple times and it is a go to stout for me. It pours a nice, dark body with reddish tones. The head is khaki with a little lacing. The flavor is what draws me to it. It is a little on the sweeter side for a stout but not too sweet to be a porter. The smell is very nice, full of malts, a little bit of chocolate and coffee. The nice thing also is the hop characteristics. I enjoy a bit of a hoppy stout every now and then and this has a great balance to it. I'm not a huge fan of Ninkasi, but this beer is very delicious and as stated before is a great go to if there isn't anything new to try.

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Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown on the verge of blackness...a pleasant tannish layer of head the quickly recedes leaving a laced evidence of its earlier presence

s - robust, roasted malts...darker chocolate..touch sweet...
*my wife said it smelled like pot, like many of the beers I drink....which I thought was kind a funny...

t - Yummy! Filling of roasted dark malts, chocolate-coco, with a hint of bitterness blended in...

m - as it warms, it becomes somewhat creamier.. a nice, medium-to-heavy bodied stout..

o - I think, my favorite offering from Ninkasi thus far! Perfect winter drinking beer.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - decent retention, dark brown, some sticky lacing, shallow head

smell - cocoa nibs, malt, coffee, marshmallow

taste - medium roasted malts and coffee, cocoa and marshmallow flavors, mirrors nose well, bitter chocolate finish

mouthfeel - slightly dry finish, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation

drinkability - very flavorful, dessert-like, excellent oatmeal stout, could easily be a go to brew

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good Oatmeal stout as to be expected from this excellent brewery. I am partial to the Vanilla Oatis, but that is mostly because it appeals to be sweet tooth. Still, this is a very good stout and one I keep on hand in my pantry.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/09/09.

Pours a deep dark black with hints of brown around the edges. The very thin half-finger brown head didn't last very long. Aroma was of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is similar to the aroma minus the coffee. The chocolate flavors are more prevalent, mostly sweet milk chocolate up front. That is accompanied by vanilla and roasted malt. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and faint earthy hops. Very balanced and subtle flavors.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Feels very nice, not too heavy and very smooth, maybe just a tad thin. Drinkability? Yes, this has it - the bottle was empty before I knew it. Goes down very smoothly and easily. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This is a very good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle or two of this. If you see it, buy some and enjoy. I can't wait to try more beers from Ninkasi.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Blackish with dark tan head, good retention and lacing.

Smell - Coffee and roasted malts.

Taste - Coffee flavors, green apple in the background, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, good carbonation.

Drink - Easy and enjoyable to drink.

Overall good stout, wasn't picking up on oatmeal, but a delicious stout none the less.

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Photo of Sorgasm
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a keg for a new years party.

appearance - dark as night with a rich chocolate head, the way a stout should be!

smell - roasty, with a little chocolate and maybe even smoke.

taste - yum! thick sweet roasty flavor with a hint of those cascade hops that jamie loves (and we do too!).

mouthfeel - nice and rich. not to the point of chewing, but to a level you would expect of an oatmeal stout

drinkability - well, the keg was gone by the end of the night. what more can i say?

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oatis poured a dark brown with a similar brown foam head that was 1-2 fingers. It left some tight bubble lacing and looked delicious.

The aroma was great of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The taste was really smooth and full of malty goodness. It had a tiny hop presence on the finish which rounded it out nicely. In the mouth it was creamy and lathering over the palate. Having an oatmeal stout like this one makes me remember why it is one of my top 5 favorite styles. This was an excellent brew and I will definitely be buying this one again.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see Ninkasi on anchorage shelves.

Oatis pours a thick suprisingly impenetrable black with a nice tan head that lingers well.

Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of chocolate and vanilla as well.

The flavor is quite nice. Roasted malt is the first dominant flavor, but the oatmeal quickly rises with that signature slick creaminess, although it is in perfect balance with the roasted malt, rather than overshadowing it as can be common in oatmeal stouts, especially bigger ones like this. The finish has a mild bitterness, but is accented mostly by roasted malt. Nice smooth velvety chocolate in the aftertaste where it lingers alongside the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is damn close to perfect. A little thicker than your average oatmeal stout, but with the abv checking in just below imperial, i think its perfect. The oatmeal makes its presence known but doesn't overpower. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but the slight increase in viscosity does hamper it a tiny bit, and this one will catch up to you quick at 7.5%. That being said, the abv does not factor into the drinkability as far as heat, very smooth.

Overall a very fine oatmeal stout, and one i will surely be purchasing again soon. Nice and drinkable, yet packed with flavor and substance. A very nice beer, and one i would dare say is my favorite so far from Ninkasi. (although the only others ive had are the IPA and DIPA, haha)

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt like branching out and trying a new brewery.

Pours dark into my pint glass. 1 inch head gives way, and there isn't much lacing to speak of.

Sweet dark roasted malts on the nose. Slight hint of burnt roastiness.

More of the same on the mouth. A bit of roasted malts, then the oats come in and keep everything smooth, with some burnt characters arising at the end.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but almost too smooth. I prefer my stouts to have a little more body.

Overall this is a GREAT beer at an even better price. Ninkasi isn't big around here, so it's super cheap at my local. Don't know how long that will last though. I hope their other beers are just as good.

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