Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 505
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 25
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 505
Photo of velosuds
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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. (501 characters)

Photo of Brackh
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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." (393 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (782 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (2,272 characters)

Photo of jeff12hoops
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (832 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of LA_Hue24
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (577 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Cervezaconcalor
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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. :-) (555 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of travolta
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy mocha brown head.

S: Creamy vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and maybe a touch of espresso in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, then some vanilla, then a bit of lemon and strawberry, a touch of orange, then coffee then vanilla again, but stronger. Vanilla and espresso are stronger as it warms up, coffee taste is a bit more bitter, like a dark french roast.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: It fell somewhat short of what I was hoping for, but it's a great stout. The flavor of vanilla seems forgotten, at least to me. It's so common to see it imitated in sweets as a base flavor, but real vanilla imparts a delicious flavor, that I feel goes perfectly with chocolatey stouts, and that's pretty much what you get here. (789 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased in Pocatello, Id on the way back from Jackson. No bottling date to be seen. Poured into my standard beer goblet after half an hour out of the fridge.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a dark tan head that settled quickly. No problems. Nice lacing.

Smell: Vanilla and some roasty notes with chocolate. The overall effect is that of a yummy chocolate bar.

Taste: The vanilla is strong in the taste. I love vanilla, one of my favorite flavors, but this is almost too much for me. The vanilla hides almost everything else. I could have used a bit of ash or char to butt up against the vanilla. This is semisweet and the alcohol is well hidden at 7.2 ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Too much vanilla, this one needs a competing flavor. Something to go up against the vanilla. I was hoping for more. (845 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with tan head that falls to lacing fast, but sticks around.

Smell is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, coffee.

Taste is more of the smell with predominant roasted barely and vanilla on the front, with coffee, toffee, hops, chocolate on the backend.

mouthfeel is very nice with the oats added, it gives a thick kick to it, as well as the base malt which equals out at 7.2% alc. a very well done stout, ive had the normal oatis and this vanilla gives it just a bit more dimension and compliments the flavors nicely. (564 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, rich black color with a nice one finger coffee brown head. The nose has some faint chocolate and roasty notes. The body is exactly the right consistency for an oatmeal stout, which runs a little thinner than others. Not quite as creamy as other stouts. You get the coffee, chocolate notes from the roast and I did notice the vanilla. It isn't sweet or overpowering, but I'd be disappointed without the vanilla. Well made, tasty stout. (448 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The vanilla does show up but enough in my liking as to not take away from the chocolate notes of the beer. Add oatmeal to the mix and this is very drinkable and quite smooth in the aftertaste. Ninkasi has become one of my fave brewers from Oregon available in BC. This stout hits the marks in all areas. (303 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (686 characters)

Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.