Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
765
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
141
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0
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with burgundy edges and a thin tan head.

Nose of creamy black chocolate and creamy sweet coffee - lightly assertive and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium "half and half" creamy with nice carbonation.

Flavors are a bit simple and one dimensional. Thicker black coffee character with a simple coffee bitter finish.

There is an oat creamy "soft" character to the beer but, while the flavors are not bad, there is a "thin" character - flavors are assertive but taste watered down a bit. Again, not terrible just really tastes a bit like carbonated black coffee.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice work of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, and cocoa. A slight soy sauce aroma comes out as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with the slight soy sauce flavor and a mild alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty, and refined- with all the kind words that I can say about the beer that begin with "r", why is there no r's in Oatis Oatmeal Stout?

Sturdy and stout (ok we're in sych with the phonic adjectives), the appearance of opaque bark-brown builds a dense and creamy head of tan foam that retains and laces just as a protien-laden Oat infused Stout should. The beer simply looks like a gentlemanly beer.

Malty-rich aromas of dry chocolate, not quite cocoa powder but certainly cocoa-heavy varieties set the tone while accepting a helping hand from roasty flavors of French press coffees, charred woods and the scent of heavy whipping cream. Solid, yet somewhat understated and focused.

Flavors are bolder and still portray the bittersweet chocolate taste, strong and silky coffees- just shy of espresso, and a milky candyish taste that reminds me of Whoppers candies. Moderately bitter from earthy hops and also the roasted grain that reaffirms the coffee tones in finish and aftertaste.

Very richly texture, the protien of oats make a solid stand in the mouthfeel of the ale. Full and creamy to start, a slow procession across the palate reveals an even-keel development toward fleeting malt richness, heightened bitter/dry interplay, and a malty-dry finish of warmth and bitter alcohols.

I love it that the beer doesn't make compromises. It doesn't try to give lighter impressions to gain the consumership of timid beer drinkers. Nor does it propel into imperial status in a showy kinda way. It's a strong Oatmeal Stout- take it or leave it. I take it! Thanks a bunch Steamhead!

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3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Truncated impressions below:

A: 1 finger wide head retains for 5 minutes.

Opaque solid black body.

Looks good overall, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Oats are definitely dominant, lending it a palpable starchiness. Has your usual dark and chocolate malts as well. Cream.

T: Great balance, with heavy oats filling out the body nicely. Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the crowd-pleasing body. A note of cream.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic oatmeal stout fashion, with an apt medium body and moderate thickness. Nicely creamy. Well-carbonated, if slightly overdone. Good overall presence on the palate.

Ov: A drinkable crowd-pleaser from Ninkasi, this oatmeal stout overcommits to the oats whilst forgetting to bolster the flavour profile with more intricacy; I could use some milk chocolate, roasty coffee, vanilla...just something to make it stand out. Still, it's a solid go-to and won't disappoint.

High B-

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5/17/15: second impressions. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint and allowed to warm over the course of consumptions.

A: Boasts a sizable khaki colour head with nice foaminess and froth. Body is an opaque back. Pretty standard for an oatmeal stout, and obviously well-carbonated. Head lasts around 6-8 minutes.

Sm: Solid. Dark malts, oats, chocolate malts, some nuttiness, cream, cocoa, and a coffee-like acidity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

Has no off-notes, booze, overt hop notes, or overt yeast.

T: Oats, chocolate malt, a fleeting hint of nuts (maybe hazelnut?), and almost coffee-like or milk sugar-like notes. Balance is nice, but could be better.

Mf: Has a vague coffee-like acidity. Smooth and wet. Not as creamy as would be ideal. Chewy and medium-bodied. Apt thickness and heft on the palate.

O: Not a gestalt beer, but there's harmony between texture and taste. It's a well-executed oatmeal stout overall, and I like it. But with superior offerings widely available at better prices (e.g. Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's), why bother with this again? Nice work from Ninkasi, but it could be improved.

B-

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a nice bubble show; excellent retention at two inches with a nice coating a lace, to boot

Smell: Roasty tones, with chocolate fudge and hints of caramel, coffee and herbal/piney hops

Taste: The roasted tones and chocolate dominate the front end, with hints of caramel and coffee; by mid-palate, the herbal, slightly piney hops build; nicely balanced with rich flavors, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a really nice oatmeal stout; well-balanced and quite enjoyable

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color (almost black) with a small, light brown head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, toffee and some coffee notes.

T - It tasted of oats with a nice bitter hop kick. The coffee flavor add a little more bitterness to complement the sweet chocolate taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good oatmeal stout. I really want to try more stuff from Ninkasi.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense mocha head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, coffee, toast, herbal, oats, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, oats, toast, toffee, herbal, nuttiness, and light dark fruits. Low amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, oats, herbal, and light dark fruit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with malt sweetness; and quite robust with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Very nice balanced roasted and robust flavors; and very easy to drink. Maybe a touch too fruity, but still very enjoyable.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured near jet black except for some ruby highlights when held in the light,a creamy toasted almond colored head atop.Heavy roast in the nose along with faint smoke and wood,light bitter chocolate shows thru just a little.Roasty and raw on the palate,very dry with faint smoke in the finish,just a very light chocolate sweetness.This is one no holds barred hoppy stout,its big and roasty,I liked it.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Khyber.

Basic stout appearance, dark brown-black, translucent around the edges, with a thin off-white head. Roasty aroma. Not much else to say there. In the taste, dark roasty malts, cacao, underlying milky sweetness, hints of anise. Body was a bit on the weak side for a stout, especially an oatmeal stout. This might make for a good nitro beer, but as is, it didn't do too much for me.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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