Vanilla Oatis - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 521
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Sark
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Black Tooth Brewing shaker pint. The glass was gotten for free at burger night at a local pizza place in Sheridan, Wyoming. A moderate pour produces a one inch frothy tan head. The beer is very dark brown, and would take a powerful light to see through.

Nice aroma and flavor- you can smell and taste the vanilla but it's not overbearing by any means ( I love vanilla). Maybe just a whiff of something akin to dark cherries. Lingering bitterness on the tongue, with notes of toffee, pecans, walnuts, and chocolate, in addition to the ever-present vanilla. This is almost like sipping some bittersweet cocoa. Nice full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, as you might expect. The flavors improve as the beer warms. Maybe a little warming from the alcohol.

Another excellent beer from the goddess! I bought this bomber in Livingston, Montana at the Albertson's supermarket, which is the only place I've seen it thus far.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and lots of char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a fairly acrid char flavor that lingers long after each sip and takes away from the drinkability in my opinion.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into a FW tulip. No apparent bottling date

Pours an opaque black with a half inch beige head. Smell has a tad of vanilla but mostly malts/booze. No chocolate apparent. Taste is better, good malty feel with some nice chocolate and vanilla notes. Oatmeal makes its presence felt here to smooth out the feel. good drinkability. mild body, low carbonation.

overall real easy drinking stout right here. I had it with breakfast and it paired very well.

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Photo of cavedave
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Even again more thanks to beertunes who blessed me with this treat of sweet drinking oat stout.

Black and a big light brown head that grudgingly retreats to a thick skim, leaving a solid sheet of lace around the entirety of the tulip.

It is a modest aroma of neutral sweet, light nutty roast, even lighter chocolate, and just hints of floral and almost fruit sweet.

More robust in the flavor department, a nice blast of roast and chocolate usher in really nice mix of flavors, especially some bitter notes of the roast, as well as some nice neutral and burnt sugar sweet. Hops bitter plays well with charry bitter and herbal bitter, sweet hangs in. Finally at room temp vanilla hints get some air time. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is light but full, well done with the oatmeal, creamy and finishes strong and clean. Plenty of carb. in fact a bit too much as it turns out, def, slight carbonic note to this as it goes along that barely detracts from an otherwise excellent beer.

Minor ding for the carbonic note to it, but a masterfully done easy drinking and roasty rocking beer I am glad to finally taste. Another bit of greatness from a criminally underrated brewery.

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour. No way of telling if it's hazy or cloudy because it's so dark. However, you can rule out clear, because it just isn't. The head is a nice shade of light brown or dark khaki, take your pick. Not much retention, but the bubbles never fully dissipate. A slippery lace follows the head.

Smells the part. Dark roasted scents come wafting up from my snifter imparting smoky chocolate, toffee and because of the smoke, a bit of coffee. Char is the word for the day. Hints of the vanilla bean are saved for last.

Tastes like a milk stout with some smoke mixed in. I can't pick up the vanilla, but the bittersweet chocolate, all the roasted grains, the various malts and the Nugget hops are all very much present. There's a sweetness that I can't account for, which is likely the vanilla.

Feels like an oatmeal stout with it's smooth, creamy start. Some bitterness looms midsip in a battle with the sweetness before the sweet departs for a lingering, fairly bitter finish. It's never too bitter, just enough to clean up after the sweetness. Very earthy. Full bodied. Not crisp, but wet in the swallow.

Another good beer from Ninkasi. Smooth drinker here. ABV is well beyond sessionable, but you'd not know it. Goes down easy with a nice flavor and feel.

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Photo of Matthew_Taylor
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, thick coffee color, with a small, thin, light brown head when poured. Surprisingly has little to no smell, but great mouth feel. A very milky texture, one of the better feeling stouts that I have tasted. A Solid stout, but lacks the vanilla taste or aroma that I would expect from a beer that calls out its inclusion. Dark, coffee tasting with notes of chocolate and (very minor) hints of vanilla.

Very drinkable, but again, lacks the taste of vanilla you would expect from a beer that you would think it trying to highlight the use of vanilla in the brewing process.

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Photo of Braz
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Fred Meyer.
Had an alright roasted aroma. Some notes of coffee.
Looks fairly typical. Almost no head at all. There is some carbonation there though as it has a sort of sparkling presence.
Taste is pretty good though I don't pick up a ton of vanilla. Just a bit more would have been nice. Lightly sweet roasted taste. Pretty good.
Nicely carbonated. Has a velvetty feel to it that I like.
Pretty good but not outstanding. Has a good feel but lacks on the vanilla. A bit of a head would make it more appealing to the eye too.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark brown color with a fairly stable head leaving fair lace. Smell of the dark malt, vanilla and a bit of the oatmeal. Taste is in par with the aroma having a nice balance with the hops. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with good carbonation. A very nice stout with a twist.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer, there is just not as much depth in flavor as I would prefer.

There were hints of vanilla, but overall it seemed a bit faded, which was somewhat disappointing. If I am going to decide to get the vanilla Oatis over the regular version I want there to be a noticeable different. The favor was nice, which I was not surprised by, as I like the regular version, but I was not wowed either by the vanilla or by anything deeper coming from this beer. I would drink this beer again, there are just lots of others that I would choose before I got to this one.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbrandes for the bottle.

Appearance: Near black with a super smooth pour. Head is a dark khaki and drops to a small creamy cap in short order. Solid retention with some tiny spots of watery lacing. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Roasted malt. Sweet chocolate and a solid punch of bitter and dark cocoa. Milky sweetness hints at something like lactose sugar. Soft undercurrent of vanilla bean. Roasted barley and a solid hit of oats. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness. Grainy with some underlying minerality. Very minimal hopping adds something almost floral. More cocoa as it warms.

Taste: Roasted milky sweetness. Vanilla is very mild until the beer warms. Nice full vanilla flavor in the back as it warms. Roasted sweetness. Some chocolate malt with a nice caramelized malt sweetness. Milky, almost lactose, sweetness. Milk chocolate, dustings of cocoa and dark chocolate. A very slightly burnt edge. Mild hop profile adds a backing floral/citrus element. Some vague dark fruitiness. Loaded with oats and some minerality--must be the water.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a medium body and just below average carbonation. So very creamy. Clean.

Overall: A lateral movement.

Not a marked improvement over the original, but it's solid. The vanilla is nice and subtle, adding just enough to let you know it's there. Still clutch for the style.

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Photo of forestkcary
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer,more of a winter warmer (in my opionion). Really kind of a hazelnut taste not for light beer lovers for sure a stout. Great compliment to the original oatis. It lacks bitterness but haze a really strong aftertaste in a good way. Would not drink o
A hot day but like I said a great winter warmer.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very voluminous, rises fast with toasted brown head, large soapy bubbles ontop with dense bubbles below crust. Brew is a bit on the thin side and pitch black.

Toasted vanilla goodness. Mildly hazelnutty.

Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dry, bitter, slightly harsh, but settles nicely. Creamy, milky, medium body, heavy carbonation.

Recommended for $5/22oz. But not for much more than facevalue. It's worthy and drinks nicely.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with a big fluffy mocha colored head with big bubbles

S- Big cereal graininess and bready notes, mineral water, and some very light floral notes. Not very stout like in the aroma. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but it comes across as more floral.

T- Sweet milk chocolate, natural vanilla flavor, some cereal graininess, breadiness, and molasses

M- Very creamy and smooth, dry, substantial medium body

O- Great mouthfeel and pretty big vanilla notes, but natural tasting and not too overwhelming. I think I prefer this to the original Oatis just a little bit.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a pint.

Pours black with sable highlights. Quarter inch of dark tan head with light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of coffee and chocolate.

A nice mix of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla with a hint of smoke and dried fruit.

Medium bodied with a sweet, creamy finish, mild carbonation and aftertaste.

Overall an excellent example of a sweet stout, will definitely get again.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a big rocky tan colored head.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts, some coffee notes, light vanilla, and cocoa.

Taste is quite vanilla forward. Sweet and creamy with some cocoa notes. Finish is crisp and slightly bitter, with some mineral and pine hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, with very nice body.

Leans to the sweet side a bit too much for my liking, but this is still a pretty tasty beer. If you like sweeter stouts, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given to me on 5.28.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a darker tan head that fades to a small clump in the middle of the glass.

S - Oatmeal, chocolate, coffee. Where's the vanilla?

T - Lots of oatmeal and coffee. Still not much vanilla.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Oatis is decent, more vanilla might have helped this one, but I couldn't find any.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ninkasi Brewing 'Vanilla Oatis' @ 7.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a dark brown with some ruby red highlights on the glass edge , with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace film along the pint glass

S-vanilla , especially on the second pour

T-sweet start middle & finish

MF-light mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-vanilla as a feature in this oatmeal stout makes it almost a milk/sweet stout , bit of a miss for me , one and done

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a smooth mahogany with a coffee colored head. Thick lacing and nice creamy consistency on the head. Smells like the regular Oatis, oatmeal stout. Tastes surprisingly bitter but finishes with the same Oatis flavors, malted oats, honey, and a bit of sweet coffee. I was, however, disappointed in the lack of vanilla flavor within this beer. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but the finish leaves very little taste of any kind of vanilla. Overall, i'm pretty disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger mocha head with decent retention. Dark chocolate color, no light peeks through. Thick lacing cascades down. Fine looking brew.

S- Chocolate malts, oatmeal, vanilla beans, toffee. Kind of warm and sweet with a thick body behind it.

T- Chocolate and vanilla with a roasty aftertaste. Sweet but finishes bitter.

M- Dry and tight. Interesting feel.

O- It's an alright brew. I think I prefer the straight Oatis.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head, among the darkest beers out there.

Smells of patent malt and almonds. Vanilla scent but fortunately they didn't go nuts with the vanilla. Scents of chocolate and mild coffee.

Starts out mildly bitter with a toasted grain and chocolate flavor. Mildly sweet with a good chocolate flavor the vanilla is an accent to this beer and a nice one. Got to thank the brewer for NOT going nuts with vanilla. Vanilla is one of those spices like clove that can REALLY take over. Nice tasty Oatmeal Stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, basically milkshake thick.

Overall there is nothing really wrong with this one except maybe needing a few extra flavor nuances. VERY recommended.

Near world class!

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Photo of Spikester
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has been awhile since I have enjoyed the standard Oatis so my tastes may have changed over time.
Pours dark brown with a modest one finger head. Could easily be increased with a more aggressive pour. Head leaves after about 5 minutes but lacing is quite impressive.
Smell is the normal beer plus vanilla. Plenty of vanilla.
Taste in the same, plenty of chocolate, coffee, some molasses, and a medium hop bitterness that never overcomes the sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is very good for the style and carbonation is average. Finish is medium dry.
Overall I prefer the regular Oatis but I believe this would be a promising crossover beer for newer stout drinkers. One of the main ingredients in chocolates is vanilla. Also hard to believe this is 7.2% abv from the taste. Well hidden.

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Photo of vkv822
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz : Teku

Pours black, with a thick, foamy light-brown head.

Vanilla upfront, blends very well into oats, followed by mild roasted and cocoa malt.

Fairly close to the nose. The flavors run together just a tad bit more, though they can still be picked out.

Medium-thin bodied, with mild foamy carbonation, though still creamy. The flavors lead me to expect a more full, rich body. For the style though, it is fine.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the vanilla use, but it was well done became the focal point, complimented by the base beer.

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.