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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 565
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 29
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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 snaotheus
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters. This thing has been loitering in my fridge for a while. November 13 2014 is stamped along the bottom edge of the bottle. Maybe it' been loitering longer than I thought.

Pours black with a small tan head and moderate carbonation. Smell is toasty and vanilla. Maybe a touch of coffee.

Taste is vanilla and heavy roasted malt. Almost burnt malt.

Mouthfeel is moderately thin, and a little bit watery. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, blackish-brown coloring, with a low profile, bubbly, tan head. Nose of roasted coffee, subtle vanilla, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Flavors are smooth and bitter coffee forward, followed by cream and vanilla rich and sweet notes. Very balanced, but ultimately the bitter coffee wins out, even into the aftertaste, with a toned down coffee and cream linger. Smooth, creamy, and dry bodied, with a bitter roasted coffee linger throughout the smooth, dry finish.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date info

Pours a solid black body with a tan head. Very little retention. Some lacing

Smell is very faint. Mainly malt. Coffee with some vanilla sweetness

Taste bring out a little more of the vanilla but it's not overpowering.

Nice velvety smooth feel is right on point for an oatmeal stout !

Overall: Pleasantly surprised. I bought this for the oatmeal stout qualities more then the vanilla. I'm more of a traditionalist and am not into "flavored " beer. But the vanilla wasn't too overpowering . It was just there. The taste was surprisingly good . And the feel was very nice. Not sure if I will have this again but I definitely want to try Ninkasi's regular (non vanilla) oatmeal stout .

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is an almost-black dark brown. There is a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is on the mild side but does have a nice hint of vanilla and a little bit of roasted malt. The taste is subtle, but good. There is a nice roasted malt quality, a little bit of vanilla, an earthy hops aspect, and just a little bit of oat. The body is on the lighter side but not terrible for it. There is just a slight tingle on the tongue from carbonation

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Photo of tmentzer
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium head, didn't last too long. Not a lot on the nose, some vanilla but not overpowers. But the taste was very nice, not too sweet, vanilla didn't overpower, nice dry finish. I really expected (for whatever reason?) that this would be overly sweet, and that definitely wasn't the case. Not a long finish, but an imminently drinkable beer. Well done.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark hazy brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Smell was heavy of vanilla and chocolate sauce. The vanilla is even more vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate with a dry bitter roasty chocolate finish. Too heavy handed on the vanilla where it would have been better as an accent. A nice dry bitter chocolate finish cleans off some of the sweetness. Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this. There was far too much vanilla for my taste. I get that they were trying to differentiate from the regular oatis, but the regular Oatis is very good and difficult to improve upon with these unnecessary additions.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with tan colored head. Not overly viscous. Vanilla, roasted malts, oats, and milk chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with vanilla and chocolate.

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Photo of BenGap
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a thick foamy tan colored head with a smooth lacing that quickly slides back into the beer. Notes of vanilla come across first before the malty oatmeal, with a hint of chocolate and roasted pecan. Smooth and creamy feel with no carbonation. Taste starts with vanilla extract and some alcohol notes before quickly giving way to the roasted oatmeal amd nice finish. Overall a decent beer, although I think I prefer the regular Oatis. I had hoped the vanilla would give it some more complexity to an already good beer. In reality it seemed like putting a shot of vanilla in the stout as it didn't seem to really blend and mix in with the overall flavor and smell of the beer.

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice it when I purchased the beer but the bottle wasn't completely full. It was in a bomber and the beer was only up to the base of the neck. Check your bottles because their QA/QC obviously doesn't.

Appearance: Black body with a short lived light khaki head that quickly fades to a ring. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Very metallic aroma, like the smell of pennies or something. As the beer airs out a bit that aroma starts to go away. It's replaced by a bit of chocolate and unfortunately alcohol.

Taste: It has a nice light vanilla flavor with some chocolate. There is a strong roasted flavor with a bit of charcoal. No real oat flavor. The vanilla tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is decent. It has some smoothness to it and is right on the edge of medium to full bodied.

Overall: It's an enjoyable beer. It doesn't maintain the best head and the aroma leaves much to be desired but in the end you get this nice vanilla stout which tastes great. Would I buy it again? It's a toss-up but I'm enjoying the one I have.

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Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Even my friends are all over the board on this one. Normal stout pour, small skin of a head. Vanilla is the first noticeable aroma, and not out of place on a sweet stout. Taste brings in more vanilla flavor, but again it blends well. Finishes sweet , but short. All in all, very well rounded and approachable

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated within about a good minute. Fairly thick sticky lacing stuck in and around nicely.
The smell, well, how else do I say it - its oatis with vanilla injected in it, sweet yet roasty.
The taste was basically the same thing adding the oaty part like Oatis itself. There's a lingering sweet vanilla in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel sat about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs light allowing the oatiness to absorb the vanilla nicely.
Overall, its a spectacular take on their Oatis and I know I would love to have it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The vanilla is obvious. Dark chocolate and roasted malt are almost completely masked by the vanilla.

The vanilla dominates, especially after having a regular Oatis prior to this beer. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness creep into the finish.

Full mouthfeel

This is a sweeter version of Oatis. I think I like the original a smidgen better.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black in the glass. Head settles into only a thin cap. Thin sheets of lacing slide back into the beer and leave behind some broken rings.

S: Big dose of vanilla owns the nose. Caught in the tide of vanilla are malted milk balls, faint roasted malt, a whiff of dark roast coffee beans, subtle plums, and a hint of earthy hops.

T: As in the nose, vanilla is clearly the focal point. As the palate adjusts, smokey and roasty malt flavors come forward. Cola. Black coffee. Malted milk balls. Subtle plum and stone fruit. Earthy hops pull through a bit too. Vanilla wraps itself around the roasted malts and tempers the smoke and char on the finish.

M: medium bodied. Full and creamy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Personally I think the vanilla is a little overdone. It doesn't taste artificial or over the top, but it does hog the limelight and mask some of the great stout flavors. Still a very good beer, but I did prefer the regular Oatis.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark black, big foamy brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Light roasty aroma. Deep roasted malt flavor slightly balanced with chocolate and a little hint of vanilla. Full bodied with light carbonation and a small bite.

Just the slightest hints of vanilla that you really have to work for make this beer fairly worthless. If you advertise vanilla there should be vanilla. In reality, even though it has a good oatmeal stout body but the roasted malts are far too overdone, The aroma is not bad, it's just missing vanilla.

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Photo of RedRylee
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark but surprisingly light tasting. This is one of my favorite bombers. The vanilla is perfectly balanced to even out with the malt and nut tastes. this brew. absolutely rocks. Nice price too :)

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice black, nice whitish brownish head. Big vanilla nose, even bigger vanilla flavor, that's about it! Too much vanilla, would be a great beer to mix with another cheap stout (coffee or chocolate).

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black beer. Nice present vanilla notes but not overwhelming. Roasted malt notes and sweet oat notes are bit muted but still there. Nice smooth body. Get it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured near black with a thick tan head and plenty of lacing. Nose was lighter than expected, but solid black malt and vanilla comes through. Taste is mild but very pleasant. Toasty, some vanilla, and a touch of burnt coffee. Also a pleasant medium finish and mouthfeel. A very likable and drinkable stout, but not one that requires a ton of contemplation.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: 16-oz. pint glass
From: Hooley’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.00 ($1 off with Happy Hour)
Purchased: July 22, 2015
Consumed: July 22, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers dark khaki head, frothy head when I got it. Above average-to-good amount of layered spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled toffee, caramel, nutty, bitter espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and roasty oats. (Smell - 3.75)

First taste was very pleasant, getting vanilla bean, toffee and thick espresso. Also bitter coffee beans, caramel, roasty malts and light dry smokiness. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a really good beer for the style. Thick and roasty. (Overall - 4.00)

3.94 | 88 | B+

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with two finger tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Vanilla, roasted malts, and cocoa powder.

T: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, and roasted malts.

M: Full bodied but not thick. Slightly creamy.

O: Very nice oatmeal stout. Sometimes vanilla can come off artificial or medicinal, but here it is quite tasty.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger creamy dark tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving decent spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down; a creamy layer stick around on top for quite a while.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate malt, vanilla, charred wood, cocoa powder, campfire ashes, Coco Puffs cereal, burnt coffee grinds and fresh piney hops. The hops come through strong at the end, adding nice balance and cutting through all the roast and char elements. The vanilla is not as strong as I expected considering the name, but it still smelled really good overall.

Tastes sweeter and more bitter with the burnt coffee grinds and fresh piney hops coming through for the bitterness, and then the sweetness combo of chocolate malt, vanilla, charred wood, cocoa powder, roasted grains, Coco Puffs cereal, light grapefruit, dry tea leaf, campfire ashes, chocolate milk, heavy cream and lactose sugar. The 50 IBU certainly shows up as does the roasted notes, earthy tones and char, but the vanilla was not the star as advertised. The vanilla beans must have melted away into the mash and let the hops replace them. The oatmeal, grains and chocolate malts give it a firm body that lets the hop bitterness play a nice role and counter the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, but almost too thin and watery with really solid roasted notes, a medium body that’s on the chewy side, and a bitter finish that’s kind of dry and yet sweet with a lot of chocolate and cocoa notes. It hides the 7% ABV perfectly and goes down extremely easy, the oats/oatmeal hitting the mark to make it a great oatmeal stout.

There is just enough hop/burnt coffee bite to mix well with the malt and oat base and keep the bitterness in the right range as the cocoa and light vanilla peek through to compliment the flavor and add nice accents to all the roasted malts. Although the vanilla component was a let-down, I think this was better than the base Oatis and more flavorful.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body with a mocha head a few fingers high; some lace motes left behind

S: vanilla clearly expresses itself above the dark roasted oat and cocoa aromas

T: vanilla is again at the front, riding atop bittersweet chocolate and hearty oat flavors; some espresso notes drift by in the background

M: smooth and light, modest carbonation, little bit of drying on the finish; nice finish and aftertaste

O: more smoothed out flavors courtesy of vanilla than their regular Oatis - I found it to be an improvement on that stout; vanilla influence will not disappoint.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one always looks good in the glass, dark,full of cascading bubbles and a nice sticky head. The vanilla is heavy in both the smell and the taste, but it doesn't overwhelm the brew. It feels just about perfect. My only complaint is that it is a little light in the body, for what most would consider a dessert beer. Of course, the upside is that you can drink more of them in one sitting, if you want.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Largely pitch black brew, I might concede that this is uber-dark brown. Quick dissipating creamy beige head.

Aroma is a decent balance of dark roast, toffee/sweet, and fruity elements. Nose is more dry and roasted than the palate, which recalls a mixture of dark roast coffee, baker's chocolate, burnt molasses, bran flakes, and sponge toffee with hints of prune and red grapes. Impressive complexity of flavor. The vanilla is subdued and well-integrated with the rest of the package. I like the vanilla Coke comparison.

Body may be on the light side, and the expected smoothness and creamy texture is present yet uneven. No real matter. The flavors manage to carry all the weight. Moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and roasty, a little earthy and astringent. Some mouthfeel issues notwithstanding, this is a tasty stout well worth sampling. Great ester presence and the roasted elements are balanced out nicely by some sweet special effects. Down with disease.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Oatis Vanilla Stout in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black color with a thin tan head.

Smell is a vanilla and coffee aromas.

Tastes a little like a vanilla Coke. Roasted charcoal and coffee flavors with a vanilla flavor along side.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not cloying.

Overall a good stout. The vanilla is not over done.

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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