Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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87
very good

494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 07-19-2009

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.
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Ratings: 494 | Reviews: 96
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black, with a foamy one inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smells more chocolatey than like vanilla, interestingly enough, but the vanilla's there, along with burnt sugar and roasted malt.

If you didn't tell me what this was, I might not have been able to pick it out as a vanilla oatmeal stout. I get the vanilla, but no more than a typical stout has anyway. It's much more chocolate and coffee forward, with the slightest smidgen of roasted malt to keep it from getting too sweet. There's seems to be something missing on the back end- kind of bland once the first wave of flavor hits.

This is quite creamy, with a full mouthfeel, and a medium body. There is a lower amount of carbonation. It is quite drinkable.

This is tasty, but I wish the vanilla was more pronounced, and the finish was a bit more complex.

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Couldn't find the vanilla in this one, tasted of burnt toast through out. Sadly disappointing for my 500th post on BA.

Photo of Wasatch
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice thick, dark brown color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, fizzy tan color, a small island and some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice, malty, with some nice vanilla notes, toffee, chocolate. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice vanilla note, with some toffee and chocolate thrown in. Medium body, nice little chewiness, with a slightly bitter/dry finish. Overall a nice brew, glad to see it here in UT.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a deep ebony color with foamy tan head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes with a touch of vanilla.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes with earthy bitterness and vanilla. Roasted notes lead off with espresso, dark chocolate, and some charred notes. Moderate amount of sweetness. Vanilla notes add in the middle along with some smooth, nutty oatmeal. Earthy and roasted bitterness add towards the end before a lingering vanilla note.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty tasty and worth a look.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Black body, a little transparent at the edges. Small off white head that doesn't last.

Smell - A ton of vanilla. Oatmeal. Some chocolate

Taste - Again, a lot of vanilla. Much roastier. Coffee. A bit of dark chocolate. Bitter roastiness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Vanilla keeps it interesting and elevates it.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 03.05.14.

A: Motor oil. Tan head.

S: Roasty malt. There's hint of vanilla.

T: Follows the nose.

M: Extremely smooth as an oatmeal stout should be.

O: This has a nice balance so it doesn't end up being too sweet. The vanilla takes the edge off of the roasty malt. This was a solid oatmeal stout.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Creamy and very light tan three finger head off the pour. Sits with a good thick cap and whip cream like appearance. Body color is a big dark walnut black with even a tinge of red highlights. A nice looking brew for sure.

Subtlety seems to hint on the nose. Mild coffee and cream like milky tones, a bit of sweet lactose maybe to round out. Very mild vanilla but an even softer coffee and cake like aroma permeates. Good solid milk chocolate adds to the mix. The creamy action hits nicely with the promise of something larger to come.

Palate delivers wonderfully. Creamy textured roast and chocolate with a silky body. Rich nice chocolate and light roast aromas wash over the mid palate. Very mild hop tinge of pine and fruit just so tiny but give a little play in the mid palate, finishing with a rich cream character no doubt from the oats. Vanilla character is a bit lost somewhat, but perhaps it is adding to the experience.

A real solid oatmeal stout for sure, missing some of the vanilla flavor it hints at, and a bit of hop unexpectedness, but as an oatmeal stout it sure delivers.

Photo of velosuds
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Moderate pour from bomber into pint shaker glass produced a 2+ finger, mocha brown head. Aroma was very good, probably the best attribute, consisting of chocolate malt and vanilla beans. First impression upon putting to lips was an astringent harshness. First thought this was due to over carbonation, but the final pour was a bit thin and flat. Taste, by itself, was good and improved as it warmed. But, overall not well enough balanced, especially in the lacking mouth feel, to be top of its class.

Photo of Brackh
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured nice black and thick with little to no head. Smells good. Having a hard time putting a finger on the different smells. Smooth drinking. Hint of vanilla, malt. A bit of oat too. Good beer. Has a little bit of an alcohol in the aftertaste. Overall ok. Not the best or worst oatmeal stout I have ever had.

Wife's Review: "I like it. It reminds me of the vanilla iced coffee at Starbucks."

Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The body is the darkest brown. The head is light brown, fluffy, and slick.
S - Vanilla, dark roasted malts, and faint oatmeal. The bitter aroma stands out.
T - Faded roasted malts, faint vanilla, some oatmeal. Backed up with some hops.
M - Rich and almost dense. Medium body, medium carbonation. I would like it to be thicker.
O - Decent

This is a good old regular oatmeal stout. This is good, but I would have to be hard pressed to have this again.

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pretty typical here for a stout, black, with a nice little mocha colored head that goes quickly, solid appearance

S: Very simple here, vanilla, chocolate, and oats, but it smells really good!

T: WOAH! This is excessively hopped with bittering hops! Besides the bitterness, the taste follows the smell exactly. If this beer wasn’t so bitter it would have an immense amount of potential to be very good.

M: Very light, leaves your mouth dry, very uncharacteristic like of a stout

O: Needs less bittering hops, the bitterness makes it harsh and almost undrinkable.

Photo of avwrite
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Dark appearance. Thick and smooth when poured in the glass.

S - Hoppy smell, but can definitely sense the caramelly vanilla flavor advertised.

T - Delicious.

M - Very nice going down. A little bitter, but very nice sensations.

O - One of my favorite beers ever.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap - Clean, filtered black. Fluffy, dense, khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves great lacing.

Ar - Vanilla, raisin. Subtle bitter chocolate.

T - Similar to the nose. Raisin is subdued, bitter chocolate takes its place.

M - Creamy, medium bodied. Smooth and a touch dry.

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of trippytbta
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into Tulip glass

Beer pours dark brown almost black, 2 finger camel colored head.

Aroma of sweet vanilla and gritty oats, dark roast malt.

Tastes like a bitter dark french roast coffee. The vanilla is not what I had hoped for. Very 1 dimensional. This is where the beer falls short.

Mouth feel is creamy, can’t narrow down the carbonation too well (not the best judge) but not the best proportion for the brew.

Over all with the name of the beer I expected more. This is a beer you buy hoping for something different. Not a bad brew, but not what I expected.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with just a hint of light shining through the glass and with a small tan colored head floating atop the surface. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet vanilla smell mixed with some nice big milk chocolate aromas. Along with these are some light caramel smells and some undertones of a roasted malt smell, as well as some more oatmeal like aromas. The slightest hint of a coffee smell is there as well, giving the beer an overall very chocolate vanilla oatmeal cookie like smell.

Taste – The vanilla is huge right from the start and is mixed with a nice milk chocolate and a smooth oatmeal flavor. Along with these flavors are a lighter roast taste with the roast flavors getting slightly more potent as the flavor advances forward. Along with the increase in the roast so too comes some lightly bitter coffee flavors as well as some light caramel and dark chocolate tastes. The smooth oat flavor at the start begins to fade some from the taste, with the bitter coffee and some light earthy and herbal hoppy tastes bringing a little bit of “roughness” to the taste. While it brings a roughness, the more bitter flavors balance out some of the massive vanilla that is present in the taste nicely and overall creates a rather nicely roasted and moderately sweet and bitter dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to a little bit on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A bit thicker body and lower carbonation level may have been a nicer for the oat and darker flavors of the brew, accentuating these slightly better, but even so the higher carbonation level was actually nicer for the sweeter flavors of the brew, making for a rather decent feel overall.

Overall – A rather tasty brew. If only it had a bit more smooth oatmeal flavor at the end of the taste and a slightly modified body, then it would be one fantastic vanilla oatmeal stout. Even so it, is rather nice and one to try if you get the opportunity.

Photo of jeff12hoops
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of LA_Hue24
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of GeezLynn
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a little light shining through. Goopy light tan head with moderate retention.
S: Intial smell is very sweet and heavy on vanilla. A little roasted and black malt peeks through followed by some oatmeal mustiness.
T: as in the aroma, starts off sweet, with lots of vanilla. Flavor turns bitter with some coffee and a little Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Finish is short, roasted and on the dry side. Very nice vanilla flavor.
M: Medium-bodied for the style with heavy carbonation. I prefer a beer this big with oatmeal to be a bit smoother.

Would love to have access to this out here in MN. $4 for 22 oz of this stuff beats most anything comparable in this market.

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big sized Delirium tulip glass.

A - I poured this beer straight down into the tulip glass and it is black with a nice two finger head formed.

S - Pleasant sweetness from the vanilla and oatmeal. I get some coffee too but not pronounced as well as a bit of molasses.

T - Out of the fridge you get some more sweetness from the vanilla but as it warms up oatmeal, coffee and some roasted notes come out.

M - Medium body. Has almost a little fizzy feel to it which goes away as it settles.

O - Damn good beer. I'll have another please. :-)

Photo of ADZA
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's been sitting in the fridge for a while eyeing me off so tonight's it's her turn and pours a dark as night black hue with the creamiest two finger coffee laced head and some nice lacing,the smell is bourbon,booze,sweet dark malts and dried fruits,the mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but feels light on in body just medium bodied which is a big let down and has tastes of strong vanilla first up followed by some sweet caramel,milky chocolate and finished with a fruity hoppiness which really levels out the sweetness in a good way but overall for me I'm glad I've tried it but it's abit all over the place and not something I'd seek out again cheers.

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a small tumbler.

Bistre body with a creamy buff cap. Thick sticky lacing, superior retention.

Aromatics suggest creme brûlée french toast with the dark malts and vanilla working well together. Faintly grainy with some light berry and floral notes as well.

Hints of char suggest roast barley but are offset with a creamy lightly sweet smoothness from the oats. Nice complexity of malts. Medium-low hoppy bitterness with hints of orange and peppercorn. Vanilla is subtle. Touches of Earl Grey. Nice earthy finish.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy yet vaguely tannic. Well carbonated; some heat from the alcohol.

A flavorful, potent breakfast beer - not greatly improved by the vanilla - though it works well with the base beer.

Photo of travolta
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight black, cappuccino head. Some lacing with good enough retention.

Nose: Roasted coffee, slight vanilla bean, mostly toasted oats. Not much going on.

Taste: Creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Tastes like oat crackers with some very light vanilla butter on top. There is not much vanilla in here.

Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.