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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009)
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

09-14-2013 23:05:14 | More by CEDAMA
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NSD-NerdGirl

Oregon

5/5  rDev +30.2%

02-01-2014 03:56:27 | More by NSD-NerdGirl
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mvforegonian

Oregon

4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 19:17:32 | More by mvforegonian
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bradleyp

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 08:41:52 | More by bradleyp
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WalterHeisenberg

New Mexico

4.8/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 05:19:01 | More by WalterHeisenberg
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kmahe

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

04-04-2013 07:21:52 | More by kmahe
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California

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

10-13-2013 04:34:26 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

11-16-2013 05:31:13 | More by Sir_Goatman
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avwrite

California

4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 18:13:52 | More by avwrite
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IDYVM

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-20-2013 18:46:34 | More by IDYVM
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-11-2013 14:59:26 | More by ste5venla
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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111213forlife

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-24-2013 05:35:15 | More by 111213forlife
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wisegreensoul

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-28-2014 11:13:49 | More by NonicPanic
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hickmancase

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-19-2013 05:11:35 | More by hickmancase
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-27-2013 05:49:14 | More by BDTyre
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dseanv

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-27-2014 11:28:26 | More by dseanv
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TasteEmAll

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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shaunofthedead

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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forestkcary

Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 19:37:28 | More by forestkcary
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 13:42:11 | More by John_M
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BierJager89

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 20:46:31 | More by BierJager89
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RickS95

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:44:53 | More by RickS95
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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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