You Can Go Home Oatis…

Otis was the town drunk on the Andy Griffith Show.  He used to come into the jail voluntarily to sleep off his drink from the night before.  It wasn’t like he was a threat or anything because he was always on foot, but his wife would bitch at him unmercifully if he came home in that condition.  So the Sheriff just let him come and go as he pleased  to make use of the cell space in the sleepy little town of Mayberry and to keep him in good stead with his significant other.  In the mornings when Barney would get in he would say “OK Otis you can go home now.”

I recently had an Oatis that I told to go home, all the way back to Eugene, Oregon…

Ninkasi Brewing is a new brewery that was established in 2006 in Eugene, Oregon.  Their Oatis is an Imperial Stout that uses both Oats and Oatmeal in the brewing process.  This is part of my quest to find the best oatmeal stout in the nation, and I’m sorry to say that I will need to continue my search.  The Ninkasi Oatis poured a coal black with a frothy tan head.  Man I was hoping this was going to be great.  Imagine my disappointment, the looks far exceed the flavor.  But lets start at the nose.  It is very mild, with a kind of earthy nutty aroma that I had to breathe deep into the glass to find.

Its flavor?  Well I think my Wife said it best when she said it tasted like Michelob!  Fricken Michelob!  You know I was so impressed with the pour that I actually held the glass up to the light and nothing came through, it was like a black hole, so imagine the level of my disappointment when it tasted like some sort of mild lager from my youth.  To be true it had a bit of oaty bitterness that regular Michelob doesn’t have, but I’d bet it is almost identical to Michelob Dark or Bock.

Part of my disappointment was that both beer guys I had talked to about this brew said Ninkasi made great beer, they said they hadn’t had anything from them that they were disappointed in.  Well I’m assuming they had never drank Oatis, or my opinion of them is beginning to flag somewhat.  To be fair, I will ask them in the future if they have actually drank the brew or not, and they did say that they had never had anything from this brewery that was bad, so perhaps they were just generalizing.  Sorry, no real tasting notes here, I think Michelob says it all!


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5 Comments on “You Can Go Home Oatis…”

  1. January 8, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    Wow! Talk about a complete shock. Michelob is what it tasted like? That’s just mind-blowing that an oatmeal stout sould taste like that. Perhaps you got a reeeeeely off bottle? Did you have another to compare it with?

    • Don
      January 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

      Scott I did not have another to compare it with, and it did not have any of the other tell tale flavors that would indicate it was otherwise off. Plus I kept it in a covered box so it was not exposed to any light. I think it is just not good. Too bad. I have heard a lot of good things about their other brews and looking on their web site it looks like they have some interesting stuff, so I will give them another try, but not their Oatmeal Stout!

  2. January 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Too bad. I hate when craft brewers make sub-par beer. I’d love to hear some more about these guys…hoping for better results next time.

    • Don
      January 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

      Like I said Mike, I have haerd a lot of good things about them too. This fueled my disappointment. I even let it warm up (that turned out to be a mistake) to see if its flavor or mouthfeel would improve and it didn’t It was like drinking warm Michelob. I will try some of their other brews. They looked good on their web site from a visual perspective at least. I’ll let you know what I find. They are pretty easy for me to get out here.


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