Name: Oatis Oatmeal Stout
Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Country of Origin:
City & State: Eugene, Oregon
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.20%
First Brewed: 2007
A tall, dark beer that, thanks to a generous hand with the oatmeal, is a smooth operator, too. Black coffee and chocolate caress the gentle, roasted bitterness and subtle sweetness.
In the Glass: It’s black as night. They mentioned coffee in the tasting notes, and now I want a cup of coffee. It’s too late for that, so I will have another beer and watch some TV! I only have a few more episode of Sons of Anarchy left.
The head on this beer is nice, too. It has a nice caramel color to it, and is thick and produces a nice lace. I dig it. I remember liking this beer. Maybe I should look at Untappd before I try it to see if my palate has changed in the last couple of years. Hang on, I am going to do that.
Nose: I haven’t had this yet. Fun!!! I have had the Vanilla Oatis, but not the Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Fun. I always like finding beers I haven’t tried before. I am not going to hit 10,000 by drinking the same beer twice. Anyway, this beer smells great. It has a nice malty aroma, and while this beer will get better as it heats up, smells really good cold. I am getting a hint sweetness from the nose. Cheers!
Flavor: Remember, I am drinking this cold. It. Is. AMAZING! Wow. That is SO good. This is their flagship beer? No way. I am blown away. The flavor is great, and it leaves a nice drying sweetness that hangs on for a long time. I think the mouthfeel is my favorite part, though. Tends to be the case with most oatmeal stouts.
Mouthfeel: People use the word velvet to explain the mouthfeel on oatmeal stouts. If you’ve never had one, that is a great way to explain it. The beer coats your tongue, too, and just leaves a lingering flavor that I don’t want to go away. For a brewery that hasn’t been around that long, and has made quite the name for themselves, this beer stands out among their portfolio. Now I want to try this beer on tap. Wow. That’s delicious!
Aftertaste: The aftertaste lingers, and the sweetness becomes somewhat bitter. Not IPA bitter, not even pale ale bitter… But just a nice lingering finish. I bet this would be a good food beer. Oh, and yeah. I am hungry!
This beer has literally been sitting in the fridge since the day Ninkasi showed up on store shelves here in Arizona. Not sure when that was, but the next time I am at the liquor store, I plan to buy a bottle of Oatis and Vanilla Oatis to try them side by side. Not sure if the Vanilla Oatis will be able to compete with the sheer joy I am getting from Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Cheers to whatever you’re drinking tonight.
Oatis Oatmeal Stout – The bottle says: “A rich, complex oatmeal stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts and the addition of oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability.”