Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, one of a whole new swath of Ninkasi to recently broach the Alberta market.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, albeit with prominent basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar sedimentary rock face lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bready toffee, Cheerios, wet ash, bittersweet cocoa powder, ethereal vegetal vanilla, and burnt-seeming leafy, weedy, and earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate, natural vanilla, oatmeal porridge, a subtle char, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a minor burbling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, with a thin creaminess trying hard to be heard. It finishes on the sweet side, the cocoa, caramel, and waning vanilla easily parrying the barbs of any lingering char or party-crashing alcohol.

A tasty stout, both experience enhancers (oats for body, vanilla for flavour) workin' it overtime. It is a tad strange, the vanilla not being associated with its usual barrel friends, but that's ok with me - what we get here is more of the real deal, for what it's worth. Worthy of checking out, if you like the well-made, adulterated (much love) American stouts.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.