Ninkasi Oatis

Val is an absolutely amazing baker. I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but I can’t resist anything she bakes. She makes oatmeal squares that are stellar and my favorite thing that she makes is Heath bar squares. She makes them every Christmas and they have little chunks of Heath bar on top. Now that I’m sufficiently hungry, let’s get to an oatmeal beer…


ABV: 7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. Oatmeal stouts are characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor and dry finish. Oatis is bigger than the traditional style with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.”

Random: I used to eat oatmeal all the time as kid. My favorite was the packet with the brown sugar and maple syrup flavoring.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of ash and tobacco. It quickly went into dark, roasted malts. I didn’t pick up any oatmeal on the nose. The taste started with the same amount of ash and smoke. It went into strong black coffee. Dark chocolate came through next. At the end of the sip, there was a touch of black licorice. The dominant flavor in this was smoke and ash, though, almost campfire like. The body was thick and the alcohol wasn’t noticeable. It had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash and black coffee. This was $2.00 a bottle ($.17 per ounce). I liked this beer, but the smoke characteristic took away from some of the more nuanced flavors. This was a decent beer, but I think it needed more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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