Vanilla Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Docer on 07-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,050
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
669
pDev:
9.3%
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Photo of Brewsmcnasty
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michael79
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This pours with a beautiful caramel colored head that starts about three fingers thick and slowly settles down into a very puffy froth....it remains a solid 1.5 fingers and develops dimples on top. The brew itself is a dense dark brown, almost black color and has little to no clarity, which also makes seeing what the carbonation is like a mute point. The lacing is actually modest at best, as really, most of the thick foam stays with the liquid and only a small fraction clings to the side of my glass....it leaves an oily brownish presence instead. Overall I like the looks of this one!

S- There is an overall sweetness about it, and I do detect soft subtle hints of fresh vanilla bean. Of course, there are notes of both dark and milk chocolate, mocha, hazelnuts and almonds, toasty chocolate and/or black malt dryness and/or bitterness on the finish, and a lingering dry oat flake quality.

T- Ahhh....this tastes like a stout should! Right away I need to note that this is a dry stout and the bitterness really hits the top and back of the palate....bitter chocolate, cocoa, espresso and heavily toasted/burnt malts all have a place in this area. Once the first couple of sips have been had, softer notes of cream, vanilla, nuts, cooked molasses and caramel malts show up, helping to round things out. The finish has notable hop bitterness that is fresh and somewhat palate cleansing. A very nice tasting Stout!

M/O- The carbonation is creamy and tight, allowing the medium-full bodied texture to wrap its way around the palate. For a 7% alcohol beer, it is well hidden and rather drinkable.....I would have no problems enjoying more than one pint of this in a sitting. I think this would be a suitable stout to enjoy with any sort of chocolate based dessert, and could very well work too with a saucy/savory meat dish as a main.....it does fine on its own, as I am having at the moment. A nice find and I will purchase again....I recommend this for anyone who wants to have a reasonably good traditional type stout with just a moderate sweetness.

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Photo of RB3
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Illdoone
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hawaiipa
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red_Zeke
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Proto_Man
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Nice color. Tastes even better at room temp. Vanilla is not overpowering. Good value for a six pack. One of my favorite beers from Ninkasi.

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Photo of DrBass
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewTunes
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass.

Look- Very, very dark. Almost black. Tan foamy head that settled quickly. Mild lacing.

Smell- Hints of chocolate and coffee, no discernible vanilla scent. Strong malts. Smells like it looks -- dark and rich. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste- Tastes like it smells. Strong coffee/chocolate taste up front followed by surprising but pleasant bitterness and then a warm malty finish. Vanilla taste is more mild than expected, but does add slight sweetness. Very balanced.

Feel- Smooth, warm and inviting. Slight bitterness keeps you on your toes. Overall fairly thick and heavy feeling.

Overall- Tasty, warm, smooth and balanced. Not a bad oatmeal stout at all. Nothing too special but definitely more rewarding and consistent than many other stouts found at the grocery store. A good, solid beer that doesn't get old.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stratusjeans
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shortbox81
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SirFolmarv
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious and oaty. A very nice prominent sugary oatmeal on the nose and a strong roasted oat on the tongue. A beautiful dark bronze that retains a layer of froth on top throughout.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldeGolde
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Vanilla had me concerned that it would be a bit too sweet, but fortunately they knew how to keep it malty and light. Not sweet at all. Nice balance of oats and malt, with some bitterness cloaked in the dark at the back of the tongue. Vanilla mostly on the nose and at the finish. Nothing to write home about. They were practically giving away bombers of this stuff at the local beer store, so I don't regret the purchase, but wouldn't buy it again if it were at full price. Can see myself housing discounted bombers of this, but that's about it. CHEERS!

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 669 ratings