Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Oatis, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene Oregon

My first love in beer was the stout. Although my tastes now lean more toward the hopped-up ales, I am still quite picky about my stouts. Our next comes from the Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon. I only recently found out about this brewery since moving to Portland, but I've been impressed by their IPA offerings. Their Oatis is the oatmeal stout...

It pours opaque with a big dark head.

The aroma is sweet malt with both chocolate and vanilla tones.

It is oatmeal stright off, but then is balanced back by the hops in the body. It finishes clean. The Oatis has a full body and is rich, but doesn't get sticky at all. It doesn't leave a thick residue, either. It is roasty and quite creamy. Very easy to drink for a dark beer.

The aftertaste is roasty malt. It lingers for a bit before finishing clean for a stout.

I keep my musings in a notebook and then refer back to my notes when I make the blog post. I tried this beer in late December and quite liked it. A lot. I wrote 5 stars next to it in my book.

It is 7.5% iwth 45 IBUs

I'm not sure what the distribution is like beyond Oregon, but here Ninkasi is available all over...
Drink up...Enjoy!


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