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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Phobicsquirrel, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ninkasi's Vanilla Oatis, an oatmeal stout brewed with whole vanilla beans. 7.2% ABV.

Appearance: Solid black with a thin tan head. Slight root beer coloring along top outer rim, once head fades.

Smell: Dark roasted oats. Light coffee. I'm not getting any vanilla on the nose. We'll see if that changes as it warms up...

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really smooth texture. Soft and creamy. ...There's a weird acidity present. It's hard to pin down, but I'm definitely salivating! The lighter roasted coffee is present on the palate, as well. Slight oatmeal taste. I'm not getting any vanilla? I wonder if I got a bad bottle...

Poured into a pint glass, from a 22 oz. bottle.

TruePerception, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Dawkins, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Sark
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber

Appearance- good finger and a half of caramel colored head, deep black that doesn't let any light though

Smell- chocolate and caramels with just a touch of the advertised vanilla bitterness, malt forward with little hop

Taste- much brighter than the smell, toffees and sweetness up front are soon overshadowed by a huge vanilla burst that goes to the finish with a slightly unpleasant astringent aftertaste

Mouthfeel- full bodied, the finish is a bit dry

Overall- I thought this was going to be a very solid brew up to the taste. They tried too hard with the vanilla and could have tried balancing with a bit of more lasting sweetness. Nonetheless, an enjoyable stout.

Sark, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tastymug, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jera1350, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Black Tooth Brewing shaker pint. The glass was gotten for free at burger night at a local pizza place in Sheridan, Wyoming. A moderate pour produces a one inch frothy tan head. The beer is very dark brown, and would take a powerful light to see through.

Nice aroma and flavor- you can smell and taste the vanilla but it's not overbearing by any means ( I love vanilla). Maybe just a whiff of something akin to dark cherries. Lingering bitterness on the tongue, with notes of toffee, pecans, walnuts, and chocolate, in addition to the ever-present vanilla. This is almost like sipping some bittersweet cocoa. Nice full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, as you might expect. The flavors improve as the beer warms. Maybe a little warming from the alcohol.

Another excellent beer from the goddess! I bought this bomber in Livingston, Montana at the Albertson's supermarket, which is the only place I've seen it thus far.

archyquaffer, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RangnaR, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

111213forlife, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

vesisxptlk, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TrojanRB, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BAsbill, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

tubeman, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BigJYoungblood, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a FW tulip. No apparent bottling date

Pours an opaque black with a half inch beige head. Smell has a tad of vanilla but mostly malts/booze. No chocolate apparent. Taste is better, good malty feel with some nice chocolate and vanilla notes. Oatmeal makes its presence felt here to smooth out the feel. good drinkability. mild body, low carbonation.

overall real easy drinking stout right here. I had it with breakfast and it paired very well.

Axnjxn, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Sep 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

CEDAMA, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Wedcat, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tbone1384, Sep 13, 2013
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.