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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | 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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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-05-2014 20:51:47 | More by Eighty
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Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-01-2014 20:07:58 | More by capnamerica
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gshak

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-29-2014 05:03:51 | More by gshak
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-29-2014 01:27:08 | More by mmilyko
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Frothtastic

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2014 04:48:26 | More by Frothtastic
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-23-2014 04:08:05 | More by sansho
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2014 18:23:04 | More by mctizzz
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rhartogsq

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2014 18:15:51 | More by rhartogsq
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trippytbta

California

3.04/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

05-18-2014 04:07:51 | More by trippytbta
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TwoBeers

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-11-2014 16:23:14 | More by TwoBeers
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Schwegler

Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-10-2014 23:56:35 | More by Schwegler
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dwtyler

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

05-08-2014 04:10:36 | More by dwtyler
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ViragS

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-07-2014 00:48:18 | More by ViragS
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-28-2014 11:13:49 | More by NonicPanic
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HugeBulge

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-28-2014 01:20:15 | More by HugeBulge
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-26-2014 01:59:01 | More by Syracuse12
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

04-26-2014 01:50:58 | More by Darkmagus82
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Juno_Malone

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-21-2014 14:43:38 | More by Juno_Malone
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mpenning13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2014 02:30:20 | More by mpenning13
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-15-2014 23:29:51 | More by bumchilly25
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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wisegreensoul

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-15-2014 03:19:44 | More by wisegreensoul
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SuperbikeShaun

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-13-2014 19:40:24 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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jeff12hoops

California

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

04-12-2014 19:24:57 | More by jeff12hoops
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vma

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-04-2014 18:52:55 | More by vma
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.