drjoeng (458) - - MAY 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7.2%ABV. Oatmeal stout
Nice creamy brown head. Held for a good long time. Invitingly so. Iím not usually moved by whether an ale holds itís head or not, but in this case, the head looked so inviting, I ended up gulping the whole bottle and only got a chance to get a feel for the aroma and the taste on the 2nd go around.
Nose is typical stout with understated flavor notes of toast. The aroma fills the palate quite aggressively with a clean roasted barley body fleshed out by a heart oatmeal heft. The tastebuds ended up processing a lot of the sweet malty flavors which were robust and were not thin and transient as is the case with many plain Irish stouts. The depth of the malty body is explained partly by the addition of oatmeal which extends the starchy reach of the malt. This is where the true genius of Ninkasiís brew starts to reveal itself in the way that hops are use to gently balance and nudge the palate away from being unctuously saturated and towards wanting MORE. I fell like a noob for this and just could not help gulping the first bottle.
Now, Iím still trying to explain the mouthfeel which was substantial without being cloying or syrupy. Just the right amount of gravitas to be an oatmeal stout without being an actual dubbel.
This clearly goes on my favorites list. A very cunningly crafted oatmeal stout. Kudos!
Lizardking3 (192) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good go to stout for me. Available everywhere here. Pours black. Roasty nose. Great mouthfeel and chocolate velvet flavor.
e303 (286) - - MAY 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The nose on this is amazing. Tons of roast and chocolate and coffee even though there is no coffee in the beer. That taste delivers that nose. Super smooth from the oats. Love it.
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Sarlacc83 (1591) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pitch black with a light mocha head.
N: Coffee, oatmeal, earth, peppercorn, light cocoa, vanilla, some molasses, and a hint of soy.
T: Lightly sweet, more bitter.
M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol presence
O: Fine oatmeal stout. Well-rounded and quaffable. However, after having the DDC/HotD, this doesnít hit quite the same notes.
hockey9930 (216) - - APR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with no head. Rich aroma with vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, and oats. Coffee flavor. Lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Smooth and a little creamy palate and medium bodied.
DocLock (8949) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours dark black with tan head. Nose is charred dark malt, cacao, hops. Tasted roasty dark malty, cacao, bitter hops.
Runningonempty (14) - cucamonga, California, USA - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid Oatmeal Stout with dough, cereal, aromas with an initial hit of licorice.
Beautiful black appearance with decent brown foam. Has a lightly bitter medium+ sweetness and medium silky body. Finishes with a little extra biitter not there up front.
TheGB (575) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted barley and oats. Tasty, but not a lot of complexity.
jsquire (3970) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a thin foamy tan head. Some roasted malts and a hint of bitter chocolate. Sweet coffee, chocolate, burnt toast and roasted grain flavors. Nice oatmeal stout mouth feel.
NikkTwist (2235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Opaque dark brown pour with some tan foam. Dark roasted malts. Chocolate nibs. Coffee grounds. Liquorice root. Burnt hazelnuts. Hints of black vinyl and dark fruit. Silky body.