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Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 17
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.