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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 20
Gots: 58 | 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:
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 Lard_City
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Westmalle318
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SteveFagone
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buzz3d
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of intobenme
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SrFlaco
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light roast, has that great oatmeal bite, but there's just nothing that stands out.

Photo of arvidkoval
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 hockeypuck
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeter
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAF
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of johlac66
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMBSH
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maltlikker
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atom714
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of jaswilson2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early November for $5.49. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose is roasted malts with hints of cocoa and vanilla.

Taste is heavy on the roasted malts with a touch of cocoa and a kiss of vanilla. It is nicely balanced by a decent hopping. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer, nicely enhanced by a slight touch of vanilla. Too much vanilla in a beer is not a good thing for my palate. Definitely one I would have again.

Photo of 2013beer101
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.