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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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87
very good

440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 23
Gots: 73 | 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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Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 86
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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Chucknail
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of neruda11
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sasdragon
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Two40addict
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moose90
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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]

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.