Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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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
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
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
Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.