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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ninkasi Brewing 'Vanilla Oatis' @ 7.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a dark brown with some ruby red highlights on the glass edge , with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace film along the pint glass

S-vanilla , especially on the second pour

T-sweet start middle & finish

MF-light mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-vanilla as a feature in this oatmeal stout makes it almost a milk/sweet stout , bit of a miss for me , one and done

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:23:34 | More by LampertLand
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smooth mahogany with a coffee colored head. Thick lacing and nice creamy consistency on the head. Smells like the regular Oatis, oatmeal stout. Tastes surprisingly bitter but finishes with the same Oatis flavors, malted oats, honey, and a bit of sweet coffee. I was, however, disappointed in the lack of vanilla flavor within this beer. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but the finish leaves very little taste of any kind of vanilla. Overall, i'm pretty disappointed in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:58:31 | More by Jellopants356
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Murrhey

Montana

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

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger mocha head with decent retention. Dark chocolate color, no light peeks through. Thick lacing cascades down. Fine looking brew.

S- Chocolate malts, oatmeal, vanilla beans, toffee. Kind of warm and sweet with a thick body behind it.

T- Chocolate and vanilla with a roasty aftertaste. Sweet but finishes bitter.

M- Dry and tight. Interesting feel.

O- It's an alright brew. I think I prefer the straight Oatis.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:00:59 | More by Murrhey
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-23-2013 02:29:16 | More by Beerswag
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DeekNayvuz

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-22-2013 19:15:45 | More by DeekNayvuz
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2013 14:12:45 | More by zestd
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Drock325

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2013 02:15:13 | More by Drock325
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:16:32 | More by Zorro
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Spikester

Oregon

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has been awhile since I have enjoyed the standard Oatis so my tastes may have changed over time.
Pours dark brown with a modest one finger head. Could easily be increased with a more aggressive pour. Head leaves after about 5 minutes but lacing is quite impressive.
Smell is the normal beer plus vanilla. Plenty of vanilla.
Taste in the same, plenty of chocolate, coffee, some molasses, and a medium hop bitterness that never overcomes the sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is very good for the style and carbonation is average. Finish is medium dry.
Overall I prefer the regular Oatis but I believe this would be a promising crossover beer for newer stout drinkers. One of the main ingredients in chocolates is vanilla. Also hard to believe this is 7.2% abv from the taste. Well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:28:06 | More by Spikester
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JOrtt

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-18-2013 00:27:26 | More by JOrtt
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-17-2013 05:03:00 | More by chossboss
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-14-2013 02:57:26 | More by Chris-MOC9
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vkv822

Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz : Teku

Pours black, with a thick, foamy light-brown head.

Vanilla upfront, blends very well into oats, followed by mild roasted and cocoa malt.

Fairly close to the nose. The flavors run together just a tad bit more, though they can still be picked out.

Medium-thin bodied, with mild foamy carbonation, though still creamy. The flavors lead me to expect a more full, rich body. For the style though, it is fine.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the vanilla use, but it was well done became the focal point, complimented by the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 06:18:47 | More by vkv822
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-13-2013 03:07:55 | More by powdersoldier
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Lazaro

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-13-2013 00:19:38 | More by Lazaro
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sharpski

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-11-2013 20:09:20 | More by sharpski
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2013 05:48:57 | More by CoryR
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split with the wife, my portion into a HotD tulip...

A: Dark brown/red pour yields a very dark body with some light piercing the edges of the glass...bigger tan head recedes at a medium pace and some lace sticks around.

S: Solid aroma, definitely more sweet than roasty or bitter...plenty of vanilla, especially as this thing hits room temp...it is vanilla bean, not vanilla extract...buried notes of cocoa, oats, dark barley, and suggestions of brown sugar.

T: Not artificial tasting, huge plus and a must for a vanilla beer...lots of vanilla bean, with underlying roasted malt, oats, and some chocolate...coffee on the finish too but nothing to write home about...cream and sugar...touch of burnt/char on the aftertaste.

MF: Solid texture as the base-oatmeal stout still comes through, though the vanilla somehow seems to have thinned this beer a bit...alcohol is invisible...lower carbonation than I was expecting but just fine for the style...body is medium and creamy.

O: Pleasant, a good sipper, and a nice one to share...at room temp, 14-15oz was almost too much sweetness (for me). Vanilla is a tough thing to integrate well into a beer...even just a little too much and I'm not drinking more than a few ounces. Overall this is a pretty well done beer in my opinion, one I would recommend for stout lovers and vanilla lovers. 12oz bottles would be nice.

For $3.29 (or whatever it was) this is a hit and not a miss.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 15:24:35 | More by Scotchboy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:41:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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sam_bliss

Washington

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22-ounce bottle into pint glass, split 3 ways.

This nearly black stout has an impressively smooth, light brown creamy foam head. Very little light travels through; none in the middle of the glass, but the edges betray a bit of brown and red. Smells of roasted malt, burnt cane sugar, smoky caramel, unmalted oats, and vanilla extract. A bit of fresh earthy hops hits the tip of the tongue, but vanilla beans immediately take over the thick creamy mouthfeel.

Some dark chocolatey malts and some warmth from the higher-than-usual-for-a-stout alcohol content fill in where carbonation is scarce. Yet carbonation would hardly be fitting for such a full-bodied dessert brew. The viscous offering finishes quite smoothly and without leaving behind any syrupy or sticky leftovers. The lingering taste is of white chocolate, surprisingly. Dank-hop and black-malt bitterness keep sweet Vanilla Oatis from entering the realm of shallow, sugary beer.

This one is for after dinner and before bed time. Would probably be great for a beer float if it weren't so great on its own. I'd recommended using something less complex that is not so tasty by itself if you want to float some ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 05:52:03 | More by sam_bliss
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1424IpA

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-01-2013 04:01:20 | More by 1424IpA
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BESTIALEX

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2013 05:18:29 | More by BESTIALEX
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TheSixthRing

California

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near opaque black with a tan, 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of microbubbles on the surface. Very little in the way of lace.

Smell - As the name implies, the aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla and oats.

Taste - Follows the nose; strong chocolate and vanilla upfront, intermingled in a way that it becomes a bit muddled. Hints of oatmeal. Not much else, as the vanilla sweetness rides to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy finish.

Overall - Sometimes, less is more. Such is the case here with Vanilla Oatis. The standard Oatis is a very, very good oatmeal stout: multi-layerd, with lots of flavor. Adding vanilla melds all those flavors together, making a beer that, at best, hits on two notes. Fair to good beer overall, but I'd take the original version everytime over this variation.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 20:11:56 | More by TheSixthRing
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep blackish-brown colour with some nice tan head. The smell is big on creamy chocolate notes. The taste is quite rich with the vanilla showing up as a sort of burnt marshmallow flavour. There's a bit of smoke in there as well as some chocolate and coffee notes. The vanilla component is complementary without domination. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:55:36 | More by CookstLiquor
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-25-2013 13:41:30 | More by ShanePB
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.