KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. 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...
Danyel (1126) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with deep tan head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, a little roast. Taste is smooth, full bodied, touch of bitterness on the finish, high carbonation. Overall, good.
drjay44 (2768) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, poorly retained beige head, with slight lacing, oveer a clear brownish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate notes, herbal hops, balance to the malts....taste is slightly sweet, with hints of toffee/caramel, strong roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate notes, finishing with a lingering, roasted coffee, herbal hop bitterness......mouth feel, medium body, creamy carbonation, slight alcohol warmth. This is listed as a Sweet Stout by the rating system, but the brewery calls it an Oatmeal Stout. It is minimally sweet, with strong roasted malt character, and mouth feel is very consistent with an Oatmeal Stout. It is a good Oatmeal. BJCP 8/3/14/5/7
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Shamrock in Pueblo. Pour is deep brown with a big brown head and great lacing. Roasty, oaty, light vanilla, somewhat earthy, coffee, and cocoa in the aroma. Taste is roasty, some grass, lighty espresso, vanilla, and hoppy with a light bitter bite on the backend. Medium body with high carbonation. Decent stuff.
davidm (1977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
taste is quite sweet, but it has lingering bitterness. Caramel and toffee are noticeable.
GreatDane1632 (659) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated based on notes taken 25 Mar 2012 -- My first Ninkasi beer! A good stout that is heavy on the chocolate malts.
Cantabrian (886) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very silky. Aroma is olives in brine, and flavour is brunt toast, oat malts and,... not much more. Pretty much uni-dimensional. Not my favourite.
78samh (181) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Strong toasty and smokey aroma. Taste is sweet roasted malts with hints of coffee, cocoa, smoke and toast. Robust and flavorful stout. Not bad.
ajnepple (2695) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, light bitterness, molasses, light licorice and a touch of dark fruits. Good.
Hanan (81) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
As advertised. High end stout. Beautiful. Ninkasi's gonna blow up. So good!!!
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KennyB (2) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome offering by Ninkasi. Very balanced stout. I recommend it to someone looking for a stout that isn’t bitter.