Today I have a brilliant beer to present to you all. Ninkasi, Oatis: Oatmeal stout.
I am absolutely pleased with today's selection, in fact I got more than a few
Yes yes, I know the deep freeze looks a little tired( it's about 15 years old still does the trick.) How ever it was the closest spot next to the
beer fridge to take a picture.
I'm very excited with the selections, they are from all over the west coast and I will happily be reviewing them all for you.
Today's beer Ninkasi hails from Eugene, Oregon. The company has been around since 2006 and man they have got a gift I will cherish always. For a
brewery that hasn't been around that long they certainly have some great brew masters.
Dark roasted malt, light hops, and oatmeal. These are the few ingredients they were willing to share with me, and a whole lot of heart.
The beer happens to be named after the sumerian goddess Ninkasi who happens to also be the goddess of fermentation/beer. I love the name, and it's
certainly fitting of such a fine stout.
Absolutely breath taking. This stout was smooth as silk, and it very gracefully danced off the lip of the bottle. Blacker than espresso, with a rich
creamy mocha coloured head. Absolutely fabulous and oh so inviting. I actually managed to chill this beer just right, and I think it was in part to my
eagerness to crack into a new brewery serving my favourite brew.
This beer is absolutely breath taking. The appeal with in the glass is picture perfect, the head was excellent. Lightly bitter and very aromatic.
Toasted malt, a very minor fruity note from the hops, deep coffee, and a light alcohol smell. The alcohol smell is not surprising as this beer comes
in at a hearty 7.2%. It has a hint of sweetness in it's aroma much like a bag of fresh oats does. Very very inviting, and very pleasing.
My first taste had me going back for more. Extremely smooth, coating the mouth lightly. It has a decent bitterness, but it gets you in the mouth
rather than the back of the throat like some dark ales do. I find it very reminess of guiness, but with a slightly more coffee taste. It sits very
hearty in the stomach, I do not think this would be a beer you could drink a ton of, how ever I'm sure given the opportunity I might. Absolutely
heart warming, literally. It warms the body and soul.
I love this beer and would recommend it to anyone whether a well rounded dark beer officianado or a first time adventurer.