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Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance : 100% opaque chocolate brown body, the head is 2 fingers tall and brown in color. It recedes to a small creamy ring shortly after leaving ghostly rings of lace.

Smell : Black licorice, oats, prune/plum, and quite a bit of spice. Some chocolate malts can be nosed beyond that.

Taste : Leaves a lot to be desired. Mostly burnt to a crisp, with a milk note here or there. Ends disturbingly charred.

Feel : Medium bodied, creamy, dry finish.

Overall : Not an impressive stout at all. I'll pass if I ever encounter it again. It kept me from buying any other Ninkasi beers on my trip to Seattle.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is an opaque black. Tan head. Oat sweetness and roasted malt notes with a smattering of dark chocolateakes it a good beer to drink.Body is medium but as smooth as you would expect.

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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 jooler
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is amazing. The taste is pretty bitter. Not too familiar with oatmeal stouts but I expected a sweeter taste. I prefer velvet Merlin for the taste category

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer in a trade as an extra. Had heard of Ninkasi online, but never had tried a beer of theirs before.

This oatmeal stout was very good. Dark brown pour with big-creamy head. Aroma was mostly nutty/oats. Flavor was a lot of roasted nut. The oats were done well. Just the right amount of sweetness. Medium to heavy body with mild carbonation.

Awesome beer for an extra.

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

A-almost black with a fingers worth of tan head

S-coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt and dark coffee with some dark chocolate

M-medium body, light to moderate carbonation

Overall nice oatmeal stout, more body than others of the same style

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: black-brown pour into a pint presented a pitch black ale edged with translucent brown and topped with a fat finger or two of dark foam; motes and scattered lace left behind as the drink went down

S: roasty and oaty aromas aplenty - something akin to char and coffee as well - suggestions of brown sugar sweetness

T: for a brew with no coffee, I got lots of coffee-like flavors nestled into the dark roasted and bittersweet malts; wholesome oat-grain flavors were abundant as well, sweetened but a bit by something similar to blackstrap molasses

M: smooth, as expected, and medium-weight; moderate carbonation and a relatively clean finish with a nice roasted aftertaste, just barely bitter, like old coffee

O: a real nice oatmeal stout, nowadays coming in at 7.0% abv; easy to drink, very mellow; sure to be enjoyed by enthusiasts of the style and type. Recommended drinking.

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Photo of rangerman21
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark, almost black with a great mocha colored head
S- Subtle, hint of coffee. Only weak point of the beer
T- Rich and smooth, malty with and outstanding coffee finish
F- fairly smooth
O- The bottle says it has just enough hops and I'm inclined to agree. Smooth and creamy, a delicious beer without a hint of booze

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: darkest of browns like coffee grounds but admirable head dissipates quickly

S: sweet, roasty, toasty, malty wonder

T: balanced, delicious

M: medium heavy. for this beer, just what I was looking for

O: I would recommend or drink again

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Photo of RenzoD
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than the BA score leads to believe.

Great roasty aroma. Nice brown head. Isn't as black as I prefer but has a nice dark color. Incredibly smooth. Bigger end of a medium body. Tastes pretty dam good.

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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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Photo of patre_tim
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, can’t see through it. Almost black, a finger of rusty brown foamy head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, Kailua, liquor, malted milk like Malteesers, tar, black licorice.

T: Sweet base with a porter like, tar and burnt toast tasting quality. Not really smooth like some in this style. Bitter finish. Some fruity notes.

M: Medium thick oily body, with medium low carbonation. Coats the tongue.

O: Some inconsistencies, not really smooth. Takes you on a journey, but its more like a dark cold road than pleasant meadows. It grows on you though, and is nice in the end. Bought and drank in Chiang Mai, Feb 24th, 2015.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the 2 or 3 best grocery-store 6-pack beers in my area. It is smooth, robust, and filling...it feels more like food and less like liver poison. The BA score here is deceptively low in my opinion, although the verbal descriptions I see here are quite accurate.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black opaque, thick fluffy dark tan head, nice retention.
Smell: Slight chocolate and coffee, with some dark roasty malt aromas and just a tinge of sweet caramel.
Taste: Coffee up front, with some dark roast malty flavors and a bit of chocolate in the background.
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for a stout, but not bad. Pretty creamy from the oats, but very smooth and drinkable.
Overall: Not a bad stout, the oatmeal mellows it somewhat, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good and dark. Sweet roasted malt nose. Rich roasty flavor with a light sweetness followed up by some hop bitter that might be a bit more than I like in my oat stouts. Feels medium in body. This is one of the better oatmeal stouts you can get in a 6 pack in my area.

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Photo of spoony
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (dated December 17, 2014) into a snifter.

A-The beer is dark, dark, dark; pretty much black with about a finger of dense, tan head on top. The retention is decent at more than two minutes before the head drops to a collar and film. No lacing left behind and the beer looks still in the glass.

S-The aroma is heavy on the oats. There is some solid, dark chocolate and heavily roasted roasted malt flavors going on too with just a bit of char and smokiness. A deep whiff discloses a little sweetness and just a bit of hoppy, orange bitterness. Maybe some cream in there.

T-The taste is also heavy on the oatmeal. In addition, I get dark, bitter chocolate, a touch of cream, some char, and a strange bit of sweet, almost tropical alcohol. Hops are very mild, but there is a little bitter, hoppy twang on the long finish.

M-The body is medium to above average in heft with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation.

O-This is a pretty good take on an oatmeal stout. It may not be the most complex or intriguing beer in the world, but the oats are well done (if a bit heavy handed) and the beer drinks like you think an oatmeal stout would drink. Its a filling, tasty example of the style and a good first exposure to Ninkasi for me.

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Photo of Spelaeus
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm wondering if I got a bad batch given other reviews. Not horrible, but definitely a lack of fermentation control. Very apparent isoamyl acetate (banana) flavor. Light body. Pretty standard oatmeal stout otherwise. Slightly roasty. Tastes like a smaller beer than it is, pretty sessionable given the abv. Overall, reminds me a lot of some of the kit-based oatmeal stouts I've had from beginner homebrewers. Drinkable but not terribly exciting, and a few glaring flaws.

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Photo of kojevergas
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-

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.


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Photo of Wasatch
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice dark brown color, with a light tan creamy/fizzy head, which left not much sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty with some nice chocolate, toffee, slight coffee note, and some vanilla. The taste is very nice sweet, malty, with some dark stuff thrown in, nice little vanilla note. Medium body, with a slight dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well also. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout, would buy again, nice to see Ninkasi in UT.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.
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