Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009

A delicious oatmeal stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability, and whole vanilla beans for a rich complexity. To achieve this higher level of decadence, we added in whole vanilla beans to the final stage of fermentation - the same process we use to dry hop a beer.
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Photo of mvforegonian
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Source: Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon. First tried this brew as part of a taster flight but quickly ordered a pint.
A: The appearance was slightly lighter than other oatmeal stouts I've tried but still dark brown and inviting.

S: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! The vanilla aroma was not gross overpowering or fake. The hints of caramel and roasted malts made me excited to take a swig!

Taste: Delicious. The vanilla was less present in taste than aroma but was apparent at the finish. The hops and malts were not lost and the flavor developed all the way from start to finish.

M: Smooth and creamy as an Oatmeal Stout should be.

Overall: Try it!

Photo of bradleyp
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at the Ninkasi tasting room. I was quite surpised from this beer. I am a huge fan of Oatis, and I am now a bigger fan of the Vanilla Oatis. Poured via tap into a pint glass by a sexy female bartender. Light creamy head with sweet vanilla aroma. The beer, not the bartender. I hope this comes out in bottles soon. I wasn't able to take the brewery tour due to construction.

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into giant beer mug
A: black dark body mocha colored head big and foaming. Dies down in minutes but still apparent with minimal lacing. Leaves a ring Looks enticing
S:dark roasted malty bitter chocolate cherry coffee vanilla. Yea!
T: dark roasted malty slightly hoppy vanilla alcohol up front then chocolate cherry malty bitter then coffee malt vanilla down .Very balanced flavor. Vanilla was slight but more pronounced as it warms.biter hop coffee after taste. Yum
M: smooth rich velvet creamy
O: A pleasure to drink. Looks smells taste very quality. Just a tiny hint of the 7.2% i would drink this regularly. Funny i like my IPAs bitter but my stouts sweet. Good price too.

Photo of avwrite
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Dark appearance. Thick and smooth when poured in the glass.

S - Hoppy smell, but can definitely sense the caramelly vanilla flavor advertised.

T - Delicious.

M - Very nice going down. A little bitter, but very nice sensations.

O - One of my favorite beers ever.

Photo of nychas
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

On tap Roof of Wholefoods Brooklyn. I am tasting the vanilla right away with this one. After that is a very good sweetish stout. Has some body, nice and chewy, so not a porter.

Photo of Mehinaman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this stout. You can the Vanilla, but it's not overpowering at all, but rather subtle. Definitely one of my favorite, go to Oatmeal Stouts

Photo of forestkcary
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer,more of a winter warmer (in my opionion). Really kind of a hazelnut taste not for light beer lovers for sure a stout. Great compliment to the original oatis. It lacks bitterness but haze a really strong aftertaste in a good way. Would not drink o
A hot day but like I said a great winter warmer.

Photo of arvidkoval
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark. Fantastic looking beer. Light roasted malt smell, overpowered by a nice sweetness. Roasty, sweet flavor with a vanilla finish. Silky, creamy, thick, decadent texture. This is a bad ass oat stout.

Photo of BierJager89
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy mocha brown head.

S: Creamy vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and maybe a touch of espresso in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, then some vanilla, then a bit of lemon and strawberry, a touch of orange, then coffee then vanilla again, but stronger. Vanilla and espresso are stronger as it warms up, coffee taste is a bit more bitter, like a dark french roast.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: It fell somewhat short of what I was hoping for, but it's a great stout. The flavor of vanilla seems forgotten, at least to me. It's so common to see it imitated in sweets as a base flavor, but real vanilla imparts a delicious flavor, that I feel goes perfectly with chocolatey stouts, and that's pretty much what you get here.

Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery this past weekend.

The beer pour a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is very attractive, showing considerable vanilla, licorise, dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, and I have to say I think the vanilla imparts a nice, added element to this beer. Also, the vanilla version doesn't seem to be quite as "hopped up," and so has more of a soft, smooth, velvety finish. Drinkabilty is good, and once again I think the vanilla helps to soften the licorise somewhat, which I always find to be a bit much in the regular Oatis.

All things considered, this is a very solid beer, one that I prefer considerably to the regular Oatis. Wish Ninkasi would make this available all the time.

Photo of BastardKing24
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with tan head that falls to lacing fast, but sticks around.

Smell is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, coffee.

Taste is more of the smell with predominant roasted barely and vanilla on the front, with coffee, toffee, hops, chocolate on the backend.

mouthfeel is very nice with the oats added, it gives a thick kick to it, as well as the base malt which equals out at 7.2% alc. a very well done stout, ive had the normal oatis and this vanilla gives it just a bit more dimension and compliments the flavors nicely.

Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a treat at the PIB... was really looking forward to this... wish the would just make a vanilla Imperial Oatis to bottle....

- Dark chocolate and caramel color with caramel head.. lacing all around... little specs of vanilla were present in the head, and the guy doing the pours noticed it too in the overflow pitcher and was shocked at the amount of real vanilla specs.. like the beans in ice cream..

- Wonderful sweet vanilla smell, clean, and crisp.. bit of bittering hop, nut, and chocolate... sweet oatmeal!

- Smooth vanilla without being too sweet... chocolate malt, bittering hop, and overall very balanced and delicious....

- Sweet watering goodness, I want more now!

- One must invent a devise to hold the mouth open for full time pour of Vanilla Oatis into my mouth... huge fan!

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy and very light tan three finger head off the pour. Sits with a good thick cap and whip cream like appearance. Body color is a big dark walnut black with even a tinge of red highlights. A nice looking brew for sure.

Subtlety seems to hint on the nose. Mild coffee and cream like milky tones, a bit of sweet lactose maybe to round out. Very mild vanilla but an even softer coffee and cake like aroma permeates. Good solid milk chocolate adds to the mix. The creamy action hits nicely with the promise of something larger to come.

Palate delivers wonderfully. Creamy textured roast and chocolate with a silky body. Rich nice chocolate and light roast aromas wash over the mid palate. Very mild hop tinge of pine and fruit just so tiny but give a little play in the mid palate, finishing with a rich cream character no doubt from the oats. Vanilla character is a bit lost somewhat, but perhaps it is adding to the experience.

A real solid oatmeal stout for sure, missing some of the vanilla flavor it hints at, and a bit of hop unexpectedness, but as an oatmeal stout it sure delivers.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 03.05.14.

A: Motor oil. Tan head.

S: Roasty malt. There's hint of vanilla.

T: Follows the nose.

M: Extremely smooth as an oatmeal stout should be.

O: This has a nice balance so it doesn't end up being too sweet. The vanilla takes the edge off of the roasty malt. This was a solid oatmeal stout.

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big sized Delirium tulip glass.

A - I poured this beer straight down into the tulip glass and it is black with a nice two finger head formed.

S - Pleasant sweetness from the vanilla and oatmeal. I get some coffee too but not pronounced as well as a bit of molasses.

T - Out of the fridge you get some more sweetness from the vanilla but as it warms up oatmeal, coffee and some roasted notes come out.

M - Medium body. Has almost a little fizzy feel to it which goes away as it settles.

O - Damn good beer. I'll have another please. :-)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap - Clean, filtered black. Fluffy, dense, khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves great lacing.

Ar - Vanilla, raisin. Subtle bitter chocolate.

T - Similar to the nose. Raisin is subdued, bitter chocolate takes its place.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Smooth and a touch dry.

Photo of SteveFagone
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, malty, smooth pours with a nice even head. Vanilla come through immediately finishes chocolatey.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black in colour, light brown finger of head, no lighter edges, sporadic lace. Aroma is rich with vanilla bean, coffee, roast, sugar, light flowery hops. Again, taste is big on the vanilla beans, rich, sweet, roasty, coffee, toffee. Creamy feel, medium body.

Beautiful use of vanilla right here. It's sultry and smooth, sweet and savory.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Beer Stein, Vanilla Oatis is cola black with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is soft, sweet malt, with a waft of vanilla bark, with hints of birch beer and cream soda, some lactose as it opens. No flaws, just a little tight.

Taste is very nice, a well played addition to the excellent Oatis base beer. The vanilla again comes off earthy, very natural and well integrated into the delicious base stout, with is dangerously smooth, with flutters of chocolate malt and anise. Lots of depth.

Mouthfeel is slick, very soft, the oats really shining through. Medium bodied, it seems lighter in the mouthfeel do to the silkiness.

Drinkability is very good. This is a fantastic vanilla stout. One of my favorite regional stouts is really on another plain with the addition of the vanilla beans. Rarely seen, but always ordered!

Photo of grover37
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really liked this, though the vanilla was a bit artificial (ala Breck Vanilla Porter). Mouthfeel was super creamy.

Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesomeness. Perfectly balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Black Tooth Brewing shaker pint. The glass was gotten for free at burger night at a local pizza place in Sheridan, Wyoming. A moderate pour produces a one inch frothy tan head. The beer is very dark brown, and would take a powerful light to see through.

Nice aroma and flavor- you can smell and taste the vanilla but it's not overbearing by any means ( I love vanilla). Maybe just a whiff of something akin to dark cherries. Lingering bitterness on the tongue, with notes of toffee, pecans, walnuts, and chocolate, in addition to the ever-present vanilla. This is almost like sipping some bittersweet cocoa. Nice full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, as you might expect. The flavors improve as the beer warms. Maybe a little warming from the alcohol.

Another excellent beer from the goddess! I bought this bomber in Livingston, Montana at the Albertson's supermarket, which is the only place I've seen it thus far.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head, among the darkest beers out there.

Smells of patent malt and almonds. Vanilla scent but fortunately they didn't go nuts with the vanilla. Scents of chocolate and mild coffee.

Starts out mildly bitter with a toasted grain and chocolate flavor. Mildly sweet with a good chocolate flavor the vanilla is an accent to this beer and a nice one. Got to thank the brewer for NOT going nuts with vanilla. Vanilla is one of those spices like clove that can REALLY take over. Nice tasty Oatmeal Stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, basically milkshake thick.

Overall there is nothing really wrong with this one except maybe needing a few extra flavor nuances. VERY recommended.

Near world class!

Photo of srhoadsy
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a pint.

Pours black with sable highlights. Quarter inch of dark tan head with light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coffee and chocolate.

A nice mix of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla with a hint of smoke and dried fruit.

Medium bodied with a sweet, creamy finish, mild carbonation and aftertaste.

Overall an excellent example of a sweet stout, will definitely get again.

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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