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Vanilla Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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658 Ratings
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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
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#9,173
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
658
pDev:
9.3%
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22-ounce bottle into pint glass, split 3 ways.

This nearly black stout has an impressively smooth, light brown creamy foam head. Very little light travels through; none in the middle of the glass, but the edges betray a bit of brown and red. Smells of roasted malt, burnt cane sugar, smoky caramel, unmalted oats, and vanilla extract. A bit of fresh earthy hops hits the tip of the tongue, but vanilla beans immediately take over the thick creamy mouthfeel.

Some dark chocolatey malts and some warmth from the higher-than-usual-for-a-stout alcohol content fill in where carbonation is scarce. Yet carbonation would hardly be fitting for such a full-bodied dessert brew. The viscous offering finishes quite smoothly and without leaving behind any syrupy or sticky leftovers. The lingering taste is of white chocolate, surprisingly. Dank-hop and black-malt bitterness keep sweet Vanilla Oatis from entering the realm of shallow, sugary beer.

This one is for after dinner and before bed time. Would probably be great for a beer float if it weren't so great on its own. I'd recommended using something less complex that is not so tasty by itself if you want to float some ice cream.

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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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Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 658 ratings
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