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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of cavedave
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even again more thanks to beertunes who blessed me with this treat of sweet drinking oat stout.

Black and a big light brown head that grudgingly retreats to a thick skim, leaving a solid sheet of lace around the entirety of the tulip.

It is a modest aroma of neutral sweet, light nutty roast, even lighter chocolate, and just hints of floral and almost fruit sweet.

More robust in the flavor department, a nice blast of roast and chocolate usher in really nice mix of flavors, especially some bitter notes of the roast, as well as some nice neutral and burnt sugar sweet. Hops bitter plays well with charry bitter and herbal bitter, sweet hangs in. Finally at room temp vanilla hints get some air time. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is light but full, well done with the oatmeal, creamy and finishes strong and clean. Plenty of carb. in fact a bit too much as it turns out, def, slight carbonic note to this as it goes along that barely detracts from an otherwise excellent beer.

Minor ding for the carbonic note to it, but a masterfully done easy drinking and roasty rocking beer I am glad to finally taste. Another bit of greatness from a criminally underrated brewery.

cavedave, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bostonryan, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +4.2%

fredmugs, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of wolf_switzer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wolf_switzer, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

woemad, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Absolut
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Absolut, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Liondiscs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Liondiscs, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour. No way of telling if it's hazy or cloudy because it's so dark. However, you can rule out clear, because it just isn't. The head is a nice shade of light brown or dark khaki, take your pick. Not much retention, but the bubbles never fully dissipate. A slippery lace follows the head.

Smells the part. Dark roasted scents come wafting up from my snifter imparting smoky chocolate, toffee and because of the smoke, a bit of coffee. Char is the word for the day. Hints of the vanilla bean are saved for last.

Tastes like a milk stout with some smoke mixed in. I can't pick up the vanilla, but the bittersweet chocolate, all the roasted grains, the various malts and the Nugget hops are all very much present. There's a sweetness that I can't account for, which is likely the vanilla.

Feels like an oatmeal stout with it's smooth, creamy start. Some bitterness looms midsip in a battle with the sweetness before the sweet departs for a lingering, fairly bitter finish. It's never too bitter, just enough to clean up after the sweetness. Very earthy. Full bodied. Not crisp, but wet in the swallow.

Another good beer from Ninkasi. Smooth drinker here. ABV is well beyond sessionable, but you'd not know it. Goes down easy with a nice flavor and feel.

RickS95, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of whoneeds8
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

whoneeds8, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Matthew_Taylor
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, thick coffee color, with a small, thin, light brown head when poured. Surprisingly has little to no smell, but great mouth feel. A very milky texture, one of the better feeling stouts that I have tasted. A Solid stout, but lacks the vanilla taste or aroma that I would expect from a beer that calls out its inclusion. Dark, coffee tasting with notes of chocolate and (very minor) hints of vanilla.

Very drinkable, but again, lacks the taste of vanilla you would expect from a beer that you would think it trying to highlight the use of vanilla in the brewing process.

Matthew_Taylor, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +4.2%

pkalix, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of arfenhouse
4/5  rDev +4.2%

arfenhouse, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Fred Meyer.
Had an alright roasted aroma. Some notes of coffee.
Looks fairly typical. Almost no head at all. There is some carbonation there though as it has a sort of sparkling presence.
Taste is pretty good though I don't pick up a ton of vanilla. Just a bit more would have been nice. Lightly sweet roasted taste. Pretty good.
Nicely carbonated. Has a velvetty feel to it that I like.
Pretty good but not outstanding. Has a good feel but lacks on the vanilla. A bit of a head would make it more appealing to the eye too.

Braz, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

moonknight31, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Bookseeb
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown color with a fairly stable head leaving fair lace. Smell of the dark malt, vanilla and a bit of the oatmeal. Taste is in par with the aroma having a nice balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with good carbonation. A very nice stout with a twist.

Bookseeb, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Arborescence
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Arborescence, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer, there is just not as much depth in flavor as I would prefer.

There were hints of vanilla, but overall it seemed a bit faded, which was somewhat disappointing. If I am going to decide to get the vanilla Oatis over the regular version I want there to be a noticeable different. The favor was nice, which I was not surprised by, as I like the regular version, but I was not wowed either by the vanilla or by anything deeper coming from this beer. I would drink this beer again, there are just lots of others that I would choose before I got to this one.

Reappropriated, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbrandes for the bottle.

Appearance: Near black with a super smooth pour. Head is a dark khaki and drops to a small creamy cap in short order. Solid retention with some tiny spots of watery lacing. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malt. Sweet chocolate and a solid punch of bitter and dark cocoa. Milky sweetness hints at something like lactose sugar. Soft undercurrent of vanilla bean. Roasted barley and a solid hit of oats. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness. Grainy with some underlying minerality. Very minimal hopping adds something almost floral. More cocoa as it warms.

Taste: Roasted milky sweetness. Vanilla is very mild until the beer warms. Nice full vanilla flavor in the back as it warms. Roasted sweetness. Some chocolate malt with a nice caramelized malt sweetness. Milky, almost lactose, sweetness. Milk chocolate, dustings of cocoa and dark chocolate. A very slightly burnt edge. Mild hop profile adds a backing floral/citrus element. Some vague dark fruitiness. Loaded with oats and some minerality--must be the water.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a medium body and just below average carbonation. So very creamy. Clean.

Overall: A lateral movement.

Not a marked improvement over the original, but it's solid. The vanilla is nice and subtle, adding just enough to let you know it's there. Still clutch for the style.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Rollzroyce21, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ste5venla, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Coastal_Brew, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tommyguz, Aug 06, 2013
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.