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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009)
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Ratings: 322 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

wisegreensoul, Apr 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours well, with a deep, jet black color. I could definitely taste the harmonious blend of vanilla and oatmeal that elevated your typical stout flavor to a new level. I picked up more vanilla than oatmeal, though neither was overpowering. Overall, the taste was incredibly smooth, as was the aftertaste, which dropped off appropriately gradually. This beer is incredibly drinkable and didn't taste alcoholic to me at all, despite the 7.2% ABV. I would have enjoyed this beer more if it had leaned a bit more overpowering, either in raw flavor or in heaviness, but as it stands, it felt smooth, light, and balanced. My only real complaint is that the carbonation was weak, which contributed to an average mouthfeel in an otherwise very nice beer. Would definitely drink again, and would probably have more than one at once!

jeff12hoops, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

vma, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BMart, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerHunter76, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beerme5, Mar 25, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 24, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vanilla stout, kinda scary after my first encounter with a vanilla beer was something from the Shock Top line of beers. Since then I have had some really good ones and the Vanilla -phobia is gone. This beer is not the best on I have has but I really enjoyed it. It is a very subtle vanilla in every sense. It is barely noticeable in the nose and also on the taste. More of the roast malt character comes out in the beer with notes of coffee and chocolate. The oatis part of this beer gives it a great mouth feel that complements the sweetness of the beer. This is the perfect beer for someone who doesn't want some beer with their vanilla.

i4ourgot, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

FitnessForBeer, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

HoppyBastard2, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of 22oz bomber into Stone IRS snifter

A: pours dark brown it sits black with a small beige head. Looks thin and light lacing clings to the glass

S: Sweet buiscuit and cacoa. Not much vanilla in the nose mostly oats n malt with slight coffee

T: vanilla is almost absent. Oatmeal n coffee with hints of cacao n vanilla. Good breakfast beer

M: lightly carbonated very thin wish it had more going on kinda bland

O: its a good beer didnt have any expectations this is my first oatmeal stout. I dont think I would buy it again although $5 for 7%abv is hard to pass up

LA_Hue24, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.