Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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3.39/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and lots of char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a fairly acrid char flavor that lingers long after each sip and takes away from the drinkability in my opinion.
09-18-2013 03:53:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: Looks much like regular Oatis - pitch black with a nice bubble show that settles to two inches; lacing action not quite as complete, however
Smell: Vanilla tones soften the roasty element of the base beer and turn the chocolate fudge into milk chocolate; the herbal/piney hops are present as they are in the base beer
Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla, up front, with the herbal/piney hops building in the middle; surprisingly carbonic in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; less creamy than the base beer, surprisingly
Overall: I much preferred the regular Oatis to the Vanilla sibling; this one is less balanced and is missing the roasty and chocolate flavors I liked so much in the base beer
Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity
06-15-2014 23:37:10 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
impressive for a number of reasons. i love the dark sleek look, not shiny or flat, but somewhere in between in terms of luster. smallish head, but good retention and white lacing. i smell vanilla, but its still behind the dark earthen barley roast and a touch of carbon ash as well. minimal sweetness in the taste or the feel, which makes this for me. so many of these come across as sugar bombs, and this one is appreciably dry as well as bitter on the finish. vanilla is also only subtle, playing off the body and sweetness of the oats, but contributing only accents. most vanilla beers going right now are so heavy in vanilla that the beer gets lost, not the case with vanilla oatis, which stays dark and bitter and rich, without ever getting sweet or overbearing. well hidden alcohol strength and a long roasted barley finish. fun and well made beer, among the best ive had from ninkasi.
03-24-2014 23:32:08 | More by StonedTrippin
2.3/5 rDev -40.1%
A: Poured a jet black with ok carbonation leaving behind a small tannish cap and some bubbles
S: Light oats, not much vanilla, roasted notes, pretty tame
T: Oats, roasted malt, the flavors for this beer were very mute. Instead, it tasted like a bunch of cheap vanilla extract, light oats and some cocoa all muddied together
M: Some booze, heavy body, not much on flavor or feel, not as hearty as I would expect
04-02-2011 01:04:40 | More by barleywinefiend
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head, among the darkest beers out there.
Smells of patent malt and almonds. Vanilla scent but fortunately they didn't go nuts with the vanilla. Scents of chocolate and mild coffee.
Starts out mildly bitter with a toasted grain and chocolate flavor. Mildly sweet with a good chocolate flavor the vanilla is an accent to this beer and a nice one. Got to thank the brewer for NOT going nuts with vanilla. Vanilla is one of those spices like clove that can REALLY take over. Nice tasty Oatmeal Stout.
Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, basically milkshake thick.
Overall there is nothing really wrong with this one except maybe needing a few extra flavor nuances. VERY recommended.
Near world class!
05-19-2013 23:16:32 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
12-17-2010 13:42:11 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Found this at WinCo of all places. Pours with fairly long lasting dark tan head... the brew is pretty much black except a little light making it through the stem end of my glass.
Plenty of vanilla on the nose... it sorta masks the background cocoa aroma, but the chocolate/roasty notes are definitely just there, just bullied out by the vanilla.
Flavor mirrors the nose almost exactly...
Body seems a little watery, but somehow still retains an unusual smoothness probably from the oats... carbonation is on the light side, but certainly within style guidelines.
Well made beer, but just not to my liking.
05-03-2013 04:41:11 | More by JohnGalt1
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly translucent black, with about an inch of medium brown head that had good retention and moderate lacing.
The vanilla was very noticeable in the nose and the scent was a bit on the sweet side. The vanilla also covered up the expected roasted malt notes instead of complimenting them. The story was much the same on the tongue, with the vanilla dominating, rather than complimenting.
The body was pleasing solid, but there was a lingering sticky-sweetness on the finish. Drinkability was good, but the sweetness detracted from the overall, enjoyment. A very good, solid beer that's certainly worth trying if you see it.
05-21-2011 21:12:54 | More by beertunes
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle given to me on 5.28.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a darker tan head that fades to a small clump in the middle of the glass.
S - Oatmeal, chocolate, coffee. Where's the vanilla?
T - Lots of oatmeal and coffee. Still not much vanilla.
D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.
O - Oatis is decent, more vanilla might have helped this one, but I couldn't find any.
05-29-2013 06:35:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
On draught at The Beer Stein, Vanilla Oatis is cola black with a small off-white head that leaves light lace.
Smell is soft, sweet malt, with a waft of vanilla bark, with hints of birch beer and cream soda, some lactose as it opens. No flaws, just a little tight.
Taste is very nice, a well played addition to the excellent Oatis base beer. The vanilla again comes off earthy, very natural and well integrated into the delicious base stout, with is dangerously smooth, with flutters of chocolate malt and anise. Lots of depth.
Mouthfeel is slick, very soft, the oats really shining through. Medium bodied, it seems lighter in the mouthfeel do to the silkiness.
Drinkability is very good. This is a fantastic vanilla stout. One of my favorite regional stouts is really on another plain with the addition of the vanilla beans. Rarely seen, but always ordered!
03-16-2011 00:12:20 | More by ccrida
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine, one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Sweet aroma dominated by vanilla with light toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, coffee and quite distinct, but well integrated, vanilla. Starts semi-sweet, finishes dry and crisp with bitter coffee and light hops. Medium, creamy body with nice mouth feel. A nicely made oatmeal stout with deft use of vanilla flavoring, nicely balanced. I'll watch for this the next time it arrives.
04-10-2013 03:36:36 | More by LiquidAmber
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.