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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.20% 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 DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rlhitchcock
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of notchucknorris
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jennybeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abraham21
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RJLarse
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of ZachT
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knobs303
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Borrego805
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigBry
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Craft Beer Market, more new brews recently available In Alberta.
Opaque black, with a foamy dark tan head. Foam settles to a floating film that never disappears leaving thin rings of lace.
Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas.
Taste is much the same with cocoa, and charred flavors on the finish. I didn't get a whole bunch of vanilla (wish it was a bit stronger).
Lower level of carbonation, smooth with a slightly crisp mouth feel.
Looking forward to trying more from Ninkasi.

Photo of TylerP
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScotNH
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mxchap
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall: Certainly drinkable, but lacking compared to many other oatmeal stouts. Vanilla presence is somewhat muted. [3.5]

Look: Pours a tall light-tan head with good retention. Lacing all the way around. Dark brown in color with some red highlights when held up to light. [5]

Smell: Vanilla (duh) and apples. Marshmallow, little bit of caramel presence (caramelized banana). [3.25]

Taste: Strong ester presence, along with some malty sweetness (and some artificial sweetness as well). Roasty and boozy flavor comes in at the end. [3.5]

Feel: Surpringly dry and hot finish. Seems off for what they were going for. Oats do little to impact the feel. Thin body [2.75]

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

Photo of Lard_City
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oats and vanilla are very subtle. Mostly roasted malt with a light hop bitterness and little sweetness. Very nice but not what I expected from reading the label.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess a plain old oatmeal stout wasn't enough for the palates of Ninkasi. Add while vanilla beans to the process, and bam, Vanilla Oatis. Coming out of a 22 ounce bottle (thanks Tina!), on to the beer:

Vanilla Oatis is ink black colored and topped with a half-inch of head which slowly drops in size to a vanilla colored lace. A few specs of lacing retain around the glass. Speaking of vanilla, I smell vanilla in this beer. Light roasty, astringent notes too. Call the aroma bittersweet, I guess.

This vanilla oatmeal stout doesn't hold back goodness. The beer offers a modest array of notes, from molasses and brown sugar, to over-roasted coffee, to a touch of vanilla with creamy oats. Not only does the beer bring bitterness from the roasted character, but there's a pungent kick of hops towards the end. Vanilla Oatis' best attribute is its silky smooth texture and full body, which makes this beer feel as much as a milkshake.

Can this be used as a meal replacement? Maybe not, but it sure would be fun to use.

Photo of SamN
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Westmalle318
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SteveFagone
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Winston3737
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buzz3d
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of intobenme
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SrFlaco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.