Beer of the Week: Ninkasi Oatis

Billed as an oatmeal stout, this offering from Ninkasi Brewing is more like a dark lager than an oatmeal stout. Which is not to say that it is a bad beer by any means, just not quite what I was expecting.

It pours a translucent dark brown with a rapidly dissipating, thin head. There are hardly any aromas with this beer. Some soft malts, with a little hoppyness, but none of the dark roasted and sweet chocolate aromas that were expected. On the tongue it starts to behave more like a stout. Some sweet chocolate malt and subtle coffee flavors, rounded out by dry hop bitterness and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with low carbonation. All in all, a pretty good beer which I would recommend. It doesn’t quite compare to some of the better oatmeal stouts out there, but is successful in it’s own way. Cheers!

Rating: ★★★☆☆