Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev -12.5%
I like this beer, there is just not as much depth in flavor as I would prefer.
There were hints of vanilla, but overall it seemed a bit faded, which was somewhat disappointing. If I am going to decide to get the vanilla Oatis over the regular version I want there to be a noticeable different. The favor was nice, which I was not surprised by, as I like the regular version, but I was not wowed either by the vanilla or by anything deeper coming from this beer. I would drink this beer again, there are just lots of others that I would choose before I got to this one.
08-17-2013 22:19:11 | More by Reappropriated
3.66/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance - Pours near opaque black with a tan, 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of microbubbles on the surface. Very little in the way of lace.
Smell - As the name implies, the aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla and oats.
Taste - Follows the nose; strong chocolate and vanilla upfront, intermingled in a way that it becomes a bit muddled. Hints of oatmeal. Not much else, as the vanilla sweetness rides to the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy finish.
Overall - Sometimes, less is more. Such is the case here with Vanilla Oatis. The standard Oatis is a very, very good oatmeal stout: multi-layerd, with lots of flavor. Adding vanilla melds all those flavors together, making a beer that, at best, hits on two notes. Fair to good beer overall, but I'd take the original version everytime over this variation.
04-27-2013 20:11:56 | More by TheSixthRing
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a small tumbler.
Bistre body with a creamy buff cap. Thick sticky lacing, superior retention.
Aromatics suggest creme brûlée french toast with the dark malts and vanilla working well together. Faintly grainy with some light berry and floral notes as well.
Hints of char suggest roast barley but are offset with a creamy lightly sweet smoothness from the oats. Nice complexity of malts. Medium-low hoppy bitterness with hints of orange and peppercorn. Vanilla is subtle. Touches of Earl Grey. Nice earthy finish.
Medium mouthfeel, creamy yet vaguely tannic. Well carbonated; some heat from the alcohol.
A flavorful, potent breakfast beer - not greatly improved by the vanilla - though it works well with the base beer.
01-25-2014 17:31:42 | More by augustgarage
4.3/5 rDev +12%
Pitch black pour. No way of telling if it's hazy or cloudy because it's so dark. However, you can rule out clear, because it just isn't. The head is a nice shade of light brown or dark khaki, take your pick. Not much retention, but the bubbles never fully dissipate. A slippery lace follows the head.
Smells the part. Dark roasted scents come wafting up from my snifter imparting smoky chocolate, toffee and because of the smoke, a bit of coffee. Char is the word for the day. Hints of the vanilla bean are saved for last.
Tastes like a milk stout with some smoke mixed in. I can't pick up the vanilla, but the bittersweet chocolate, all the roasted grains, the various malts and the Nugget hops are all very much present. There's a sweetness that I can't account for, which is likely the vanilla.
Feels like an oatmeal stout with it's smooth, creamy start. Some bitterness looms midsip in a battle with the sweetness before the sweet departs for a lingering, fairly bitter finish. It's never too bitter, just enough to clean up after the sweetness. Very earthy. Full bodied. Not crisp, but wet in the swallow.
Another good beer from Ninkasi. Smooth drinker here. ABV is well beyond sessionable, but you'd not know it. Goes down easy with a nice flavor and feel.
09-03-2013 02:44:53 | More by RickS95
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.