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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

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#6,403
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
767
pDev:
10.46%
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 244
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kerry4porters
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a head roughly the colour of latte foam. Beautiful.

The nose is primarily roasty burnt malts with a bit of espresso, some musty oats.

The taste follows the nose, roasty and warm. Smoothe oats, and a little bit of hop bittering to balance it out. A very well executed and nicely balanced oatmeal stout. I am a very big fan of this one.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a thick muddy dark black with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that had great retention, receding slowly down to a medium cap with excellent thick sheets of spotty lacing.

The aroma was sweet and roasty up front with some burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and a doughy leathery yeasty and had notes of molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a nice smooth oat presence.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad roasty sweet with hints of molasses and chocolate early on, becoming bitter sweet with a mild creamy oat presence and a nice dose off coffee towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a good long while following the swallow, with a bold bitter roastiness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a smooth, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this brew was tremendously tasty and possessed an awesome body along with a fantastic drinkability, which all together did a great job of concealing the somewhat high ABV...

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Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Timtac
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictacosinus
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date, but I do believe I've had this bottle for over a month now.

The color very darkened, which ranges from black to deep brown depending how close it is to the light. Not much of a head on this thing, although a ring remains atop not matter how long it sits in the glass. Bubbles abounded back and forth at first at the bottom and at the top, strangely enough, yet not too many were visible afterwards. Can't see too much carbonation otherwise. A valiant, albeit sloppy oatmeal stout in presentation.

The aroma hits a little bit closer to home - strongly sugared chocolate notes combined with a little bit of zest, roasted malts, and a sliver of oats underneath it all. The yeasty notes seem to come in and out here, and the sweetness caused by the alcohol considerably rises over time. However, there is sadly a slight burntness that goes with all of these flavors as it warms up, for better for worse. However, it doesn't smell too bad overall. I do wish it had more of the yeast/oat combo going on here that I love in this style, nevertheless.

Definitely not the same experience in the flavor, though. There's hardly any sweetness, or oat flavors for that matter going on here. At the front of the tongue, there's a bit of thickness and slightly roasted goodness that starts out, but it is quickly replaced by a combination of excessive carbonation, baker's chocolate, and burnt espresso grounds that go to an astringent, alcoholic finish. The difference between flavor and aroma here is day and night. While not terrible, it doesn't help that the body is a bit too thinned, and gives the impression of the same texture as watery coffee.

Doesn't really hold up as an imperial stout here, yet strangely, even with all of the coffee characteristics and lightened body, it doesn't quite remind me of a porter or a brown ale as well. This is most definitely a hybrid, and sadly, all of the flavors and thin body don't meld well together to me. The burnt notes definitely become distracting after some time. I tried a bottle from the same six pack as this over a month ago and it seems it doesn't seem to improve very substantially in the bottle, despite the higher ABV. I expected better from Ninkasi. Hopefully they can tweak this recipe or throw out a new one that I'll enjoy in the future.

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Photo of tjcamm
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep dark mahogany, opaque, thick layer of tan foam with great head retention

Aroma: roasted grain, unsweetened cocoa, soy sauce, oats, molasses

Flavor: medium malt sweetness surrounded by dark roast and a smooth hop bitterness; burnt sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies; slight acidity; finishes semisweet with a lingering chicory note

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, silky texture, slick on the tongue

Other comments: A really tasty oat soda. Well-balanced and more-ish.

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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter. Acquired this one through a trade with BA'er JohnGalt1...cheers buddy!

A - poured about half an inch of tight frothy khaki colored foam which falls to a floating island and ring. the beer is just about pitch black, no light coming through when held up to a lamp.

S - big nose, huge roasted malt, dark milk chocolate, oak, slight bourbon twang, some strong french roast coffee, vanilla...could go on, quite complex and bold.

T - starts off with some toasted oats, burnt toast, milk chocolate, bitter coffee finishes along with some earthy hop bitterness. a bit of caramel here and there, along with a slight smokiness in the second half and vanilla. alcohol is not present at all.

M - a touch thin for an oatmeal stout, the carbonation is on the lighter side but tight, cuts right through the body without problems. not much in the way of alcohol burn. a bit thicker body would help carry flavors a step further, they just kind of quickly fizzle.

D - impressive oatmeal stout, just missing a touch more body to take it to the top...still one of the best that i have had. robust and complex, treating me quite well after a couple hours of snow shoveling.

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Photo of silentjay
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a viscous dark brown thats just short of black with a smallish mocha head that retains and laces well.

dark roasted malts and oats brings lots of coffee, bakers chocolate, and brown sugar with some bittering hops present.

very nice charred flavor of burnt dark roast coffee, dark cacao, some vanilla and molasses. a good amount of slightly citric bitter hops balance the sweetness nicely.

good carbonation level with a body that should be a bit heavier.

drinks pretty well. alcohol is almost non existent. balance is well done, but a heavier body would accentuate the maltiness better.

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Photo of teraflx
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a large three finger creamy brown head, almost looks like nitro at first. Leaves some walls of lacing and holds a really good cap. Purty.

Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some grass & grain, a hint of husky astringency. Good strength.

The aroma is a little meh, but the flavor really packs a nice punch. This is rather sweet overall, a lot of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits such as raisins and plums, a hint of cherries, minimal hop presence, minimal alcohol, finishes with decent sweetness.

Mouthfeel is typical oatmeal stout...super creamy and smooth, lowish carbonation, crazy drinkable.

This is quite a nice Oatmeal Stout. The aroma lacks a bit (but is growing on me as I work through the bottle). Nice appearance, flavor and especially mouthfeel. Has some Sweet Stout characteristics as well. Good stuff!

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Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared below 45 degrees since November 2010 (1 Year).

A - Extremely brown, I suppose I would call it black. It's topped by a medium brown head that starts out around an inch but drops to an eighth of an inch before slowing its retreat.

S - Chocolate, dark coffee and a bit of a woody character in the scent too.

T - It offers a nice burnt malt flavor that's very nice. No real hop presence to discuss, and the chocolate that was evident in the aroma is covered firmly by the burnt malt.

M - Medium to thick body without allot of carbonation. The texture is smooth, silky and soft. This could be a byproduct of both the oatmeal and the cellaring. In the end it leaves a nice stickiness on my lips. Well done.

~ This is a good beer and one I would certainly recommend to my friends. It's not necessarily something I would seek out again if I make it back to the Pacific Northwest but if it presented itself I would take advantage.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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