Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: English 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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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite stouts, period. I've had it as much as possible on draught, but this is my first bottle. I will probably never review it on draught as I'm always too busy enjoying it, so this review takes those previous experiences into account score wise, as there is a slightly lower deviation here.
Bomber poured into my Meantime Snifter, Oatis is a dark blackish brown with a dark tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is deep but not overwhelming toffee, some caramel notes, a light roast, faint butterscotch and a dash of hops. It really comes together nicely for me, like some kind of gourmet bread pudding almost, but not nearly as sugary.

Taste is very balanced, a nice caramel malt backbone tempered by the light roast and hops, bittersweet, with a lingering roasty tang. Lots of complexity it seems like, but nothing to overt, which keeps it interesting. When Ninkasi kills it, they really kill it, and this is my favorite of their beers for sure.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy carbonation and medium light body. Really fantastic, although not quite as nice as on draught.

Drinkability is good, this one is super smooth and balanced,with the alcohol DANGEROUSLY hidden. Still, it's always been much more enjoyable on draught then this bottle, which I admit is probably a few months old and has been stored at room temp (at least in the dark!) for about half that.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 02/09/09.

Pours a deep dark black with hints of brown around the edges. The very thin half-finger brown head didn't last very long. Aroma was of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

Taste is similar to the aroma minus the coffee. The chocolate flavors are more prevalent, mostly sweet milk chocolate up front. That is accompanied by vanilla and roasted malt. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and faint earthy hops. Very balanced and subtle flavors.

The feel is very smooth and silky. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Feels very nice, not too heavy and very smooth, maybe just a tad thin. Drinkability? Yes, this has it - the bottle was empty before I knew it. Goes down very smoothly and easily. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This is a very good beer. I'll have to pick up another bottle or two of this. If you see it, buy some and enjoy. I can't wait to try more beers from Ninkasi.

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Photo of ChrisCastillo
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: In dim light it is deep coffee bean brown with a matching fluffy cocoa creamy head.

Smell: Fruity hops, dark chocolate, espresso, some alcohol

Taste: amazing. Silky chocolate and espresso coat the tongue. Sweet and malty caramels begin and middles with dark semi-sweet chocolate, fades dry but balanced with chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel: Full and oaty, very creamy. Delicious

Overall: Not a session oatmeal stout, very strong alcohol at 7.5% Very balanced for a strong stout. smooth non tannic finish for amount of dark grains going into this brew. Best Oatmeal stout ive tried thus far.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no date on the bottle

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a small fizzy brown head that leaves some sticking. Sweet roasted caramel malt nose, slightly smokey with some hints at chocolate and subtle fruity hops. Sweet malts upfront, smooth and balanced with a dry and bitter finish followed by a long smokey, chocolate malt aftertaste. I wish the flavor didnt drop off so quickly at just about mid-palate, add another notch or 2 to the body and heres an absolute winner.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour into a pint glass, with a reasonable cocoa head that fades fairly fast.

I let this beer warm up a while, which I think helped the nose fill out a bit. I almost gave this a half point less, but the roasty oats and barley with chocolate do smell quite good, but lack intensity that I was hoping for.

Good, balanced flavors. Dark, but not burnt roasted malts with a bit of powdered cocoa and hop bittering on the end. Medium-full body is very smooth and creamy, yet finished fairly dry. Not the silkiest oatmeal stout I've had, but you can tell the oats are there.

All in all, a solid, straightforward brew. Balanced, almost subtle flavors should make this beer pair with a wider range of food than many other stouts, in my opinion. My biggest complaint is the price, as reflected in my drinkability score. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout is my benchmark for the style, and I could have bought almost two for the price of one bomber of this.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy ebony in the glass, pouring out without much thickness but certainly looking bad-ass. Head is tan and thin, settling quickly to a thin skim. Only tiny dots of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is very much a chocolate milk type sweetness, i.e. watered-down cocoa/chocolate powder. Traces of a husky nuttiness in back, but generally as subtle and unremarkable an aroma as usually found in oatmeal stouts. This is neither a bad nor good thing, it just is what it is.

Flavor delivers deep dark cocoa--polite and rather subtle. Frothed milk sweetness and nutty background gives some depth. Traces of bitter coffee in the finish, and a continued flash of nutty earthiness.

Velvet smoothness and a thinnish body. A calm, subtle texture, mirroring the flavor itself.

A grower, basically. Give this one time and warming--its charms are not immediately apparent. So many of us, myself included, want knock-you-over-the-head and send-you-under-the-table action from our stouts--you know, those enormous monsters--but this isn't trying to be that at all. It's a refreshing change of pace from my usual stout fixations, and a quality brew by any standard. Sent by the ever-gracious msubulldog25, my Oregon connection. Keep 'em comin', 'dog25!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this @ The Horse Brass w/Davey
First cask conditioned beer I have had.

Poured a deep dark black with a good size tan head that faded fairly fast, great lacing the side of my pint glass was covered. Smells of chocolate, oats, maybe a hint of coffee in there. Tasted great, chocolate, oats, nutty flavor, coffee. This is a thick and creamy beer. First I have had from Ninkasi and I hope I can get a hold of this again.

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Photo of davey
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this before on cask @ the horsebrass. This review is from a 22oz bottle bought about a week ago from by the bottle. I'm really happy to find this seasonal release.
Poured into a pint glass. Drank at a little below room temp @ about 55-60F. Pours nicely with a quarter inch light brown head, but doesn't last long.
Smells of roasted malts with a hint of coffe. No detection of alcohol at all.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Taste of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and toasted malts. Leaves a delicious nutty aftertaste.
Overall this is a quality oatmeal stout. Definitely a good beer to keep around at all times, especially on a lazy sunday.

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Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a tan head, really good lacing.

smell is of sour malt, cocoa, roastiness, some coffee, slight licorice in the back.

taste is smooth, of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, vanilla, a touch of sour malt, ends slightly dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ink-black pour, with a spiced rum colored head and kisses of lace. A good slab of film is hugging around my tried and true tumbler

S: dark toasty grains and malts, dark chocolate, sweetened oats and barley. Seems to have a waft of bitterness about it

T: Things start out with a calm bitterness pulling in deep roasted malt flavors, hints of burnt coffee, dusty cocoa powder, and a slightly sweet fresh-creamed oat flavor. What is even more intriguing is the mellow crushed vanilla bean flavor rousing my taste buds
Overall the flavors are dark with a perfect mild sweetness and bitterness in the follow up. It is hard to put this one down! Super well rounded and with some very nice flavorful dimensions

M: very quiet soft feel, creamy and almost fluffy at times on the tongue with just a touch of carbonation. Hard to beat and feels like a good stout should, maybe a touch on the light side considering the ABV

D: Get and try it! One of the best examples of a oatmeal stout I have had in a while. A valiant and bold brew. Do I dare say that a little more malt backbone would help things out a little, maybe I am just being picky? Good stuff

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from a generous BA. Pours a dark black with a very small brown head, no retention and some lacing. Smells like coffee and oatmeal, some sweet malt. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, cocoa beans, brown sugar, and oatmeal. Alcohol is hidden within the rich and complex flavors. Full bodied and carbonation is low. I'm happy to see another bottle offering from Ninkasi and this one is well done.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up at Belmont Station over the weekend.. shared with Brenda... Mine was poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" head has the color of a fresh espresso.. good lacing.. and cap.. the brew is black.. no doubt.

Nose is expected roasty and coffee.. cocoa.. smells very fresh (not something I normally associate with stouts.. but this one is different).. vibrant and complex for a stout.

The flavor is pretty standard for an Oatmeal Stout.. but there is a nice punch of extra everything.. again.. chocolate essence .. coffee.. and lite roasted grains.. there is a "sweetness" that ties everything nicely together.. bigger than average body for the style.. but it just feels "Americanized" and not really to far out of style.. feels slick.. and medium carbonation adds to the enjoyment. Edit.. the hops play in the back for sure.. but as it warms there is some evidence of citric hops.. but for the most part.. This is just a nice well rounded Oat Stout.

Oatis really comes around as it warms... everything meshes very well .. it makes it feel like a larger stout, but without any alcohol notes...


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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oatis poured a dark brown with a similar brown foam head that was 1-2 fingers. It left some tight bubble lacing and looked delicious.

The aroma was great of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The taste was really smooth and full of malty goodness. It had a tiny hop presence on the finish which rounded it out nicely. In the mouth it was creamy and lathering over the palate. Having an oatmeal stout like this one makes me remember why it is one of my top 5 favorite styles. This was an excellent brew and I will definitely be buying this one again.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After loving this brew on tap, I'm stoked to have it in bottles. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

pours a rich dark brown that glows orange amber around the edges. Dark, almost motor-oil like in color. A one-finger mocha head of tiny bubbles slowly fades to a thin collar, leaving just a hint of lacing down the glass.

aroma is fairly strong with toasted barley hitting first, followed by some other toasty notes, a bit of soured burnt coffee, and some cocoa powder. As it warms, the roasted malt comes through strong, and hints of dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee come through.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Carbonation is fairly moderate, adding to the creaminess. A touch on the thin side, but the smoothness made up for it. Clean on the tongue with just a hint of hop bitterness to remind you it's from the PNW.

Drinkability is really high on this one, and when the bottle was empty, I was disappointed. The abv doesn't seem all that apparent to me, and the flavors were impressive. I feel that the mouthfeel suffers a bit out of the bottle, as can be expected, however one of the highlights of Oatis on tap is the impressiveness of the mouthfeel, which doesn't quite come across as well out of a bomber. Still an impressive brew with some incredible flavors. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle. Pours Dark brown near black. Modest head and no lacings.
Aroma is roasted malts, some cocoa.
Taste is mocha with a mildly bitter finish. The cocoa and coffee are very well balanced. The oats give the beer good body and make it very smooth. Drinkability is good if you don't mind the 7.2% abv. Very nice seasonal.

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

22oz bomber, 7.2% alc
Nice looking stout black with mahogany tinges around the outer edges with a lovelly dark tan small bubbled head.
Good aromas of roasted oats and malts, slight dark chocolate aroma and hearty alcohol.
Taste is mainlly the bitter sweet toasted/roasted malts, the oats add nice smoothness and a little body, finish is pretty fast for style.
Ithink the mouthfeel let this one down, it is prety thin for style, not exactly watery but not what i expect.
Overall a drinkable OS, good but really could have been a great one if the mouthfeel had been thicker.

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Photo of apaltrineri
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, bordering on engine oil. Foamy tan 2-finger head, little lacing.

Smell - A malty, heady oatmeal stout which warms you up just by the smell! Notes of rust, soy sauce (?), yeast.

Taste - This is a strong beer, even for a stout (7% ABV) and the alcohol comes through just a little too much. Hearty tasting stout with traces of iron. Notes of burnt chocolate and ash, winter once again.

Mouthfeel - The highlight of this tasting... chewy, oily, truly a unique feel for every sip. The heavy taste is betrayed by this complex feel.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but one to try again on a cool eve. Stout fans should definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a WOW beer. By definition, a WOW beer has serious WOW factor. And that's what Oatis has. It has a lot of WOW.

It has a phenomenal smell of roast barley. The smell hits you like a three-ring circus, taking you to the very threshold of your sensory capacities. Notes of cocoa tumble like acrobats and smack with exhilaration. The barley has a rich sense of immediacy - like it just came from the roasting ovens. This affects both the aroma and taste, which has an oaty smoothness with exotic cacao and mint spice.

I happened to have a flashlight with me - it's practically a requirement in navigating the Starlight Lounge - and shining it into Oatis I unearthed a distant glow of ruby in the depths of its predominantly black body.
Oatis's main shortcoming was its lack of froth, which is a manageable deficit for a beer that otherwise tasted and smelled as fresh as this. An eclipsed head of sandy brown did form, but it was skeletal for an oatmeal stout.

Everything else was full-on, bold, uncompromised, and entrancing.

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Photo of Sorgasm
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a keg for a new years party.

appearance - dark as night with a rich chocolate head, the way a stout should be!

smell - roasty, with a little chocolate and maybe even smoke.

taste - yum! thick sweet roasty flavor with a hint of those cascade hops that jamie loves (and we do too!).

mouthfeel - nice and rich. not to the point of chewing, but to a level you would expect of an oatmeal stout

drinkability - well, the keg was gone by the end of the night. what more can i say?

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A shapely pint glass-pour of this new brew from Ninkasi, from Green Dragon in Portland, OR. Served at lunch (a delicious Croque Madame sandwich with frites on the side).

A: That lovely tapered glass presents this one well; dark ebony with a smattering of creamy light tan head. Settles in a rim-hugging ring, surrounding a scattered and wispy film atop. Amber hints at the edges, spotty bits of lace cling to the glass.

S: Sweet and lightly toasty and grainy 'oatmeal' aroma. Maybe a little smoky, certainly enticing.

T: Oh, very flavorful! Lots of toasted malt - melding a sweet, cereal-like graininess with a citrus/fruity hop profile. A little dose of lactic souring and a finish that's bitter and burnt. A very satisfying journey through a series of flavors, running from sweet to sour to bitter.

M: Medium mouthfeel, nothing too heavy but definitely with substance. A creamy consistency going down, not harsh or terribly carbonated. Borderline fullness until it begins to dry; then finishes clean on the tongue, with fair traces of lingering sugars and even some fruits. Lasting mouthfeel has a slightly bitter residue that glues to the tongue.

D: One of the best Oatmeal Stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting; I'll be happy if this is available year-round. Excellent balance and pairing with lunch, and certainly one I'd have again. I hope that it's brewed often.

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Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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