Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of OldeSchool
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a smallish but persistent head. Good lacing.

S - Roasted malt, maybe some caramel, cocoa.

T - More bitter than many stouts I've tried, but not unpleasantly so. Character didn't change much as it warmed; interesting mix of coffee, cocoa and a bit of vanilla.

M - Medium body; smooth and easy to drink.

D - Not a bad stout; I prefer beers that are a bit sweeter, but this one didn't overwhelm me with bitterness. Overall, a good offering that I would partake of again given the opportunity. Would like to try Ninkasi's vanilla version of this brew someday.

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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color blocking light with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of chocolate, licorice and oatmeal.
Intriguing flavor with lots of chocolate, tons of licorice, oatmeal, earth, roasted coffee beans, mild char and big on Brazilian jabuticaba and vanilla. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting licorice and cocoa note.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% is helpless against its body and flavor.
That was surprising flavorful fruity Stout. Complex with an excellent depth in flavors and a unique taste. Recommended.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours pitch black with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides. Smells of oats, chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans, toasted grains, cocoa powder and brown sugar; it smells sweet but not overly sweet and has enough milk stout qualities that it stands out as a deep, rich malty stout nose. Tastes like it smells with coffee, espresso, cocoa nibs, charred wood, vanilla beans, oats, roasted/burnt grains and mild floral hops. Tasted and smelled very good for a stout, it was super easy to drink and damn enjoyable. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with really solid roasted notes, a medium body and an almost watery feel that went down smooth. A really great oatmeal stout, this was smooth and tasty with just enough hop bite to mix well with the malt and oat base and limit the bitterness.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured a deep, blackish brown body with red highlights and a one finger tan head that quickly dissipated to a ring of foam. A pretty good looking stout, though not the best. Scents of rich roasted malt, dark roast coffee with cream, bittersweet chocolate, a light, earthy oatmeal aroma and light dark fruit. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic, enticing, true-to-form oatmeal stout. It is very well done. Flavor begins medium sweet, with notes of bittersweet milk chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee with cream, a slight earthiness from the oats and light roasted malt. This moves into a medium sweet middle with more pronounced roast malt, and the previously mentioned flavors still present. Finish is medium sweet with strong notes of roasted malt balancing, along with sweetened coffee with cream and bittersweet milk chocolate flavors, with very light alcohol flavors discernible. Aftertaste is medium dry with notes of roast malt, cocoa powder and dark coffee, a welcome end to the medium sweet sip. Overall this is a pleasant oatmeal stout flavor profile. It has all the welcome flavors of the style and balances them well. The slight alcohol warmth on the finish is a tad bit unwelcome, but not overly so. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a smooth, slick, creamy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very true to form oatmeal stout that is quite pleasant to drink. Overall this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout. It hits the aroma, flavor and mouthfeel quite well and is very enjoyable to drink. A very nice offering and a good year-round alternative to Velvet Merlin.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ink black body; thin, light tan head (3.5). Mint and vanilla with a subdued dark fruit aroma; chocolate; sweet (3.75). Bittersweet chocolate; vanilla; mild anise; subtle spicy heat (4.0). Medium-heavy body; sugary yet faintly dry finish (3.5).

A rather interesting stout with a strong vanilla overtones. Rich, heavy, and decadent on many levels and very satisfying.

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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 TheMarkE
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a big head of foam and decent lacing. A lot of carbonation hidden in the darkness.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts: Coffee, oatmeal, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and dry. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. Well balanced and very smooth, but a bit bland overall. Nothing to really complain about, it is a good solid stout but there’s nothing to really make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of mac31
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip

Sweet, smooth sipping brew. Sweet malty, chocolaty entry and flavor. Slight hints of cocoa and coffee. For 50 IBU's, the bitterness is very, very mild, pleasant and welcomed. Cooked brown sugar and cooked caramel in the finish. Very slight earthy hoppiness detected. Superior mouth feel, silky smooth. Light carbonation melds well with silky mouth feel. 7.2%, but drinks like a 5% session ale. A must grab if you are entering the stout game.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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