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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 72
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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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

rfgetz, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

WAbeerfiend, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jason_nwx, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

aubzachsyd, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

spointon, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

FinchSCF, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gnaztee, Sep 08, 2014
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2.55/5  rDev -33.6%

AlexandraMarie, Sep 08, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -20.8%

Jacksteinberg, Sep 08, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Waffleb051, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mbeerdino21, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of velosuds
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

velosuds, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hilgart1, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Khitam, Sep 01, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

foody1975, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

crob3888, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

freshflesh, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beardo, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

khargro2, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

snakeayes11, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

aoampm, Aug 22, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +28.1%

Czupryk, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerbuddy21, Aug 20, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1%

Justin-m, Aug 17, 2014
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.