Vanilla Oatis
Ninkasi Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #149
Ranked #15,332
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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 zoinks6022
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque when held to sunlight. Deep chocolate brown in the glass, like a stout should be. Malty without a whole lot of yeast aroma on the nose, which is OK by me. I drink beer, not bread. Everything about the flavor and feel is subtle, nothing is overpowering. You sense the impact of the vanilla more than you actually taste it. The hoppiness expected of the 50 IBUs isn't prevalent, the malty characteristics you'd expect of a stout are subdued, and the vanilla tones are almost imperceptible. Yet everything works extremely well. This stout is much more than the sum of its parts. Would make an excellent secret Santa gift (receiving, not giving).

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Photo of gandres
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:22 PM
1 Pint 6 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, reddish when viewed against the light medium brown foam that slowly disappears, some lacing
Smell: fragrant,
Taste: bitterness comes out, some sweetness
Feel: lively carbonation, very good follow through /finish, long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 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 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 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 Proto_Man
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BrewTunes
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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 SirFolmarv
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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 OldeGolde
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
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 PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black liquid with a lovely tan head. Good lacing, sheets really, left behind.
Smell is solid stout but there isn't any vanilla at pour, maybe after warming?
Well, at room temperature there are some caramel, vanilla and toasted malt notes.
Taste is malty, toasty, caramel, light coffee, some grain notes.
At room temperature the coffee and toast really take over but they bring the caramel sweetness along so as to avoid bitterness.
Body is a bit light, effervescence is spot on. Aftertaste is mellow & lingering. Good stuff. Better if the vanilla was noticeable at normal serving temperatures.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The pour is nearly jet black (a little leakage around the edges), a light tan head, it looks the part of an oatmeal stout.

Aromas are really heavy on the char and dark chocolate. The taste mirrors the nose, but the vanilla makes a special guest appearance late in the taste, smoothing this out to make it a really nice sipper.

I bought this as part of a mixed 6er, and I wish I'd purchased a couple of more bottles of this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a thin white to off white slightly foamy head As the head dissipated, a nice settling lacing weaves it’s way around the glass. The smell was basically oatis with a light creamy vanilla coming through as it warmed. Nice, I liked it. The taste was pretty much the same as the smell with a sticky sort of creamy vanilla aftertaste that lead to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a mostly sipping quality to it. The carbonation is mainly subdued but that’s okay as I believe the oats part complements the bulk of the body. It rolls nice and creamy over my tongue. Overall, this was a really nice sweet stout.

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Photo of RandyCongdon
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have always been partial to stouts. Usually, I like the Imperial and Dry varieties more than the Oatmeal, but this one completely blew me away.

The look is great. The beer itself is very dark brown to near black. There is an amazing light tan, creamy head that holds at around 1/2" thick. There is an attractive lacing that clings unmovingly to the sides of the glass. Note: if the head or lacing are absent, you are drinking this beer too cold.

Smell- Highly appetizing. You can detect vanilla and coffee in perfect balance. There is a toasty aspect to the aroma. Overall, the smell is sweeter than bitter. You can barely detect the alcohol, which is impressive, given the 7% content.

The taste is as good as the aroma. There is a definite chocolate/coffee taste that complements the vanilla. It has a good balance of appetizing bitterness and of mild to medium sweetness. The alcohol is a bit discernible in the taste, especially toward the bottom of the glass, but it is muted quite well by the coffee and vanilla aspects. The brewmasters knew exactly what they were doing.

The mouthfeel is perfect. I would characterize the body as medium-heavy. There is a very smooth, creamy feel, with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a nice, bitter bite on the tongue at the finish that is very appealing.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I have been recommending it to co-workers and customers at the grocery store where I sell it. The feedback has been positive, as a whole. As with many stouts, this one would pair well with a chocolate based dessert, but I prefer to enjoy it on its own merits. Again, to appreciate all of its nuances fully, let it warm up a bit before enjoying it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.21 (Including Beer Club discount and tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.184/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Undated bottle at 42 degrees served in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Allowed to warm to 45-54 degrees prior to consumption.
Aroma – chocolate, malt. Fades slightly but still present to the bitter (sic) end.
Head large (Maximum5.2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown low density frothy head, shorter than average retention, diminishing to and frothy irregular four to five mm ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – poor. A few drag marks from the receding ring.
Body dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – chocolate, a hint of coffee, no vanilla, roasted malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends with a distinctly bitter malt aftertaste.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.

Prior to opening the bottle, I sniffed some vanilla extract to make sure I knew what I was looking for. I knew and I didn’t find it in the beer, in neither nose nor taste. Perhaps this bottle is old, perhaps not. It does have the stout bitterness and some oaty smoothness.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of TIG_show
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah. It's good. The vanilla flavor and oatmeal flavor is in the name, so if you buy it and don't like it, that's on you. The flavor is good and and the beer is bold. The IBU is solid and it's a very good stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, good viscosity without becoming an imperial stout. Light brown head, 3/4". Aroma of vanilla and mild roast.

Taste is mildly sweet, standard amount of vanilla. The roastiness is kind of covered up by the vanilla sweetness, hides alcohol well. Carbonation soft making for a smooth beer on top of the use of oats. Usual chocolate malt impressions.

One of those rare bombers that is affordable. Would bang again at $4 a pop.

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Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a dark, thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking beer.

S: A decent aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a little bit of oats, some light chocolate notes, a lot of vanilla (not too much, though), roasted malt, a bit of hops, a hint of molasses, an earthy quality, and a hint of coffee. A solid enough flavor, but not forward enough with certain ingredients (chocolate, especially). Still, an interesting taste.

F: A Well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has its flaws, it's still a worthwhile brew. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. Had this on International Stout Day. Very dark color, nice carbonation, and medium body. Great roasted malt aroma, rich flavors, and subtle vanilla.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a traditional speigelau stout glass. Dark rich color, like a freshly brewed espresso. Slightly frothy milky mocha head with lacing and carbonation bubbles forming at the top of the glass. Initial aromas on the nose of sweet caramel, definite notes of vanilla bean and malt sweet. The roasted cocoa/malt character joins nicely with the sweetness of the vanilla and the balanced bitterness of the hops that linger in the background. Vanilla everywhere but in a good way. The heavy load of dark roasted malts and oats provides a great mouthfeel, but is not as creamy as I would have thought. With the slight carbonation I think it works well. A very stout-y beer with roasts toasty sweet and flavorful character that I think anyone who enjoys a sweeter dark stout time and again would really enjoy sampling this beer. Its complex, layered, and very much vanilla forward.

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Photo of ccg
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a good-looking stout with dense, foamy head. There's a little bit of lacing when first poured, but not a whole lot after that.
It smells like a good oatmeal stout. I'd be lying if I said the vanilla jumped out at me. The grains were dominant on the nose.
The vanilla is more noticeable in the flavor, and it's balanced well against the grains in the stout.
It has the usual soft, creamy feel of an oatmeal stout, but it's a bit on the thinner side.
Overall, it's a nice, easy-drinking oatmeal stout, but I wish the vanilla component had been a little more interesting.

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Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A two finger light tan head head that is creamy foamy and rocky. The color of beer is dark brown and is opaque. The head has good retention and left a lot of lacing on the glass.

N: Vanilla, oats, coffee, milk chocolate, toasty and roasty malts, yeast, earthy, and some wood.

T: Vanilla, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate, roast and toasty malt notes, yeast, earthy, and some wood.

M: creamy little carbonation, and medium full body.

O: The beer looks great beautiful head, and sexy lacing. The nose is slightly muted compared to the taste. The mouthfeel is good. The beer is well made and a very nice sipper.

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Photo of hman43
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours black with a brown head. There is plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has aromas of oats, vanilla, and chocolate.

Taste: There are oat, chocolate, and vanilla flavors with hints of coffee.

Feel: It has a very creamy texture that has a medium feel and finishes moderately bitter.

Overall: It is a creamy texture stout with plenty of oats, vanilla, and chocolate that combines well together.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmers Fishers Bakers (in DC), poured as black and nearly opaque with a lasting one-finger khaki head. Vanilla clearly apparent in the aroma, taste follows with chocolate roasted malty sweetness. Body is creamy and moderately full with only moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth and very satisfying!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid all around. Good vanilla on the nose and taste, but the mouthfeel was pretty thin for an oatmeal stout. Minimal lacing and not much complexity.

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Photo of cmurkar
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Little retention with some lacing. Very good looking for a stout. Smell is nice, composed of a strong rush of vanilla and roasted malt, with hints of coffee. Taste is slightly sweet and heavy vanilla forward, with a dark malt and coffee presence. Dry finish. Conflicted on the feel. Creamy as most oatmeal stouts with mellow carbonation. Lingering bubbly feeling on the tongue. Very drinkable stout overall. Pleased with the way the vanilla worked with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Dark colored like a stout should be, but very little head and no lacing... aesthetically pleasing up front, but lost it's nice appearance as i drank.

Smell - Dark malt, cocoa, and a STRONG amount of vanilla. The vanilla does not overwhelmed but adds a nice depth and sweetness to the traditional stout aroma.

Taste - Very nice stoat, with the base being a combination of cocoa, coffee, and dark malts... none of those tastes are overwhelming and blend together wonderfully. If this was just a stout it would be quite good, but the addition of the strong vanilla flavor (only mildly sweet; does not turn this into a sugar bomb) makes it a great oatmeal stout. Great balance.

Feel - I'm running out of ways to describe the feel of a stout, but the oatmeal causes this to be slightly more "scratchy" as it goes down (only mildly) and also mellows the cocoa.

Overall - Great stout that is only enhanced by the oatmeal's texture and taste. The taste of the vanilla really elevates this from a "good" oatmeal stout to a "great" oatmeal stout.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great American stout. Almost black. Moderate tan head. The vanilla is subtle and not so much to qualify this as a novelty beer. Complex with lots of coffee and chocolate undertones. Well balanced with enough hops to give character but not so much as to be overwhelming. Very drinkable.

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