Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a big fluffy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is toast, oats, coffee, roastiness. The flavor is much the same, with a silky, smooth, moderately body. Very easy drinking for a stout and a good value.
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Nice black color with brown inflections and a brown head. Roast on the nose and an oily medium mouthfeel. Chocolate and roast with oily palate and a little bite on the finish. Tasted at a Ninkasi dinner at Monkís Kettle for their release in SF. Perhaps I should retry this after not being blown away by 3 other Ninkasi beers, this didnít live up to the others. [retasted in May 2012 and bumped up a couple of pkints].
blackbear (9) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout has a black coffee colour deep in amber color at shallow points. Definitely oatmeal notes with toasty completeness. Effervescent like a porter but smooth and rich. Fills the mouth with a toasty liqueur flavor. Good stuff.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally. Aroma is roasty with a coffee note. No noticeable hops. Jet black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin ring of tight bubbles around the top of the glass. Flavor is assertive in the roast with a large bittersweet chocolate note in the finish. Just enough sweetness to round out the roast. Some hop bitterness, but no real hop flavor. Some biscuit notes once it warms up. Thick mouthfeel, very chewy, and a little slick from the oats. A good stout, balanced to the roasty side, but improves as it warms up. Like liquid bittersweet chocolate.
can8ianben (1358) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of spicy pine hops wafting out of a white frothy head. Color is jet black. Flavors of sweet chocolate malt and bitter coffee undertones. Really a nicely balanced brew. Solid.
popery (1496) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, home. The mouthfeel works against this otherwise great beer. Itís just a tad too thin to support the roasty, coffee bean fruitiness of the malt. I think more chocolate flavor would come out if the beer had a creamier feel. Thereís cocoa, roast, raisin-sweet malt and a touch of hops, though less than expected. The beer is somewhat acidic and of moderate sweetness. Itís an excellent value, better than many similar stouts. Thanks for starting distribution here, Ninkasi.
Oscbert (1069) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Rich roasted milky chocolate aroma with coffee and cream.
~Pours black opaque with some red hues and a small thick creamy brown head.
~Flavor of dark chocolate with cream, roasted grains, slight nuttiness with earthy tones. Burnt grain and astringency effects the taste.
~Medium - full body, low- med CO2, very dry with astringency and burnt grain.
~This is the first time that i think I ever gave a 1 for palate. It really effected the brew. The aroma is very nice. I wish this brew was more wet feeling and creamier. The grains may have been roasted too long or the sparge temp was off. Still drinkable and enjoyable, but has potential to become excellent.
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn tasty sweet stout. Very good and all levels. One of the best stouts I have had. Delicious toastyness. This could be a regular for me.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours brown/black. sparkly with carbonation. a little sweet. some oyster taste to it. some smoky notes too. sampled at Cabo Taco Winter Warmer Fest 2010.
poisoneddwarf (1795) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber into English pint glass. Nice, nice aroma of fresh roasted coffee. Awesome looking brew. Pours nearly opaque black with a thick head, which dissipates shortly, leaving a thin head and beautiful lacework. Flavor and palate donít live up to the hype given in the nose and appearance. Flavor is pretty standard for this style. Itís not blowing me away like I was expecting. Itís a little on the thin side. Alcohol is very noticeable. Starts sweet, finishes with a bitterness that lingers for a long time on the back of the tongue. Overall, itís a nice stout, but it just doesnít have that "wow factor" that many beers in this category seem to have.