Oatis Oatmeal Stout

Review Date 5/19/2013   By John Staradumsky

Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company doesn’t sell its beers here in Georgia, but thadidn’t stop me from snagging some of their Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout. In fact, I bought two beers from Ninkasi last fall along with a few other west coast beers I can’t get here in Georgia. And I never left my home. How could such a thing happen, you ask? All through the magic of online beer retailers, of course.

To be sure, online beer sales are nothing new, and you could sign up for one of several “beer of the month” clubs all the way back to the nineties. The difference then was that they usually picked the beer for you; today you can make your own selections, and buy when and what you want.

I’m glad that one of my selections was this very tasty oatmeal stout. Oatis is a bit stronger than your average oatmeal stout at 7.2% alcohol by volume. It’s made with chocolate, crystal, roasted barley, and 2-rOw pale malts, and of course oats. Hops are of the Nugget variety. I paid about $7 for my bottle; buying 6 different beers got me free shipping.

Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout pours to a jet black color with a thick creamy head formation and a roasty coffeesih nose. Taking a sip, the beer has the oily smoothness I want in an oatmeal stout but seems much bigger. Roasty espresso, a hint of licorice, dark fruity notes, and cocoa nibs poke through. A thick layer of Brussels Lace forms on the sides of my glass. The finish is chocolaty with a light roasty bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

Were Oatis sold in my neck of the woods, I would certainly buy it on a regular basis. It’s a very good beer indeed, and Ninkasi makes a vanilla version as well. Looks like it’s time to get another order ready to place.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.