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

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-23-2007

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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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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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from LetsPour.com. No bottling information given. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours dark near-black brown with one finger tan head that fades quickly and leaves only faint bubbles of lace.

Smells of sweet coffee, sugared oatmeal and light chocolate. I kept coming back to enjoy it.

A bittersweet milk chocolate flavor hits first. Followed by smoked malts, creamed coffee, dried dark fruit, raw sugarcane and a noticeable dose of grassy hops towards the finish. A tiny bit of alcohol peeks in and out.

Creamy medium thin body with sharp carbonation. Long smooth mildly bitter cocoa aftertaste.

I liked most aspects of this together but on thier own each of them lacked just a certain "something". A case of the whole being better than the sum of its parts for me. Nothing ground breaking but still enjoyable.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled poured into pint glass

A- Dark caramel mocha color while pouring; almost black once sitting in the glass. A rather thin very light brown/orange head forms and doesn't last very long. But the second pour (22oz doesn't fit in my glass) rewards me with a huge thick head with superb lacing. As I sip, the line of foam from each new elevation is visible and the lacing descending from each foam circle reminds me of the Roman Coliseum.

S- Dark roasted malts with a touch of tall grass. Some warm alcohol feeling on the nose. The oats and toasted grains have a tiny floral hint for which I am excited to taste.

T- Oats (over)cooked in dark drip coffee. A tiny bit of citrus that is not present in the aroma. This beer starts with some sugar on the tip of the tongue but it is much less sweet than many heavy stouts - only a tiny bit of caramel shows through and the chocolate malts are bitter dark chocolate. Very dark chocolate. All on burnt toast!

M- Not super carbonated, but more so than the typical of this style. It's somewhat thick but leaves very little syrupy mouth coating; only a bit of an alcohol burn and bitterness linger on the middle of the tongue. The roof of my mouth is happy.

D- Not a beer for downing a whole six-pack. I'd say this is a nice option for a breakfast beer with toast and would also work well as an after-meal drink, maybe split a bomber with a friend.

O- I like it, but I have had better stouts. I wanted a dessert beer this evening and an oat stout seemed like the best option in my small bomber collection in the fridge. So I guess I was hoping for something sweeter, though that is only my bias. This stout has a very complex flavor and is perfect for chocolate lovers or those who like their coffee black.

It is hoppier than most stouts and features black coffee and unsweetened cocoa - these characteristics combine to make this far more bitter than one might expect. Not necessarily a bad trait, just an advanced notice!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured black with a frothy mocha colored head with some big bubbles that left lots of clingy webbed lace

S- Big roasted malt aroma (not coffee like), sweet milk chocolate, mineral notes, and breadiness

T- Lots of burnt and roasted malt character, big herbal and earthy hop character, some sweet breadiness. This is a bitter stout

M- Smooth, creamy, undercurrent of prickly carbonation, finishes dry

O- This is a generously hopped stout, very assertive bitterness from the hops and also bitter charred notes. Easy to drink, this could be Black IPA, but it does not really have the chocolate and roasted coffee notes I really like in a stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Simple label with an eye-catching color scheme. Really like the Ninkasi Seal!!

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a deep dark brown almost black with a sponge-like slightly airy tan foam head that slowly settles into a thick foam coating. Head retention is a crazy 6min 35sec. Very good lacing and fair carbonation.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of roasted oats and malts with the malts a bit dominant. Coffee and dark chocolate are also very prevalent. Slight hints of dark fruit and grain are also detectable. I didn't detect any hop presence in the aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of burnt malt and dark roasted bitter coffee. Slight hits of that dark fruit and dark chocolate form that aroma can be detected but are dominated by the malt and coffee flavor. I again didn't detect any hops in the flavor either.

MouthFeel: On the light side of Medium-bodied that has a creamy finish.

Drinkability: Moderately carbonated and very smooth make this extremely drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very solid stout with good flavor and drinkability. Classified as an Oatmeal Stout at 7.2%.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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