Vanilla Oatis | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Vanilla OatisVanilla Oatis

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the best beer I have ever tried, and as such, I am listing it as my "whale" (and,therefore, giving it a 5/5). 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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of mvforegonian
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Source: Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon. First tried this brew as part of a taster flight but quickly ordered a pint.
A: The appearance was slightly lighter than other oatmeal stouts I've tried but still dark brown and inviting.

S: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla! The vanilla aroma was not gross overpowering or fake. The hints of caramel and roasted malts made me excited to take a swig!

Taste: Delicious. The vanilla was less present in taste than aroma but was apparent at the finish. The hops and malts were not lost and the flavor developed all the way from start to finish.

M: Smooth and creamy as an Oatmeal Stout should be.

Overall: Try it!

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4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at the Ninkasi tasting room. I was quite surpised from this beer. I am a huge fan of Oatis, and I am now a bigger fan of the Vanilla Oatis. Poured via tap into a pint glass by a sexy female bartender. Light creamy head with sweet vanilla aroma. The beer, not the bartender. I hope this comes out in bottles soon. I wasn't able to take the brewery tour due to construction.

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4.92/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of WalterHeisenberg
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into giant beer mug
A: black dark body mocha colored head big and foaming. Dies down in minutes but still apparent with minimal lacing. Leaves a ring Looks enticing
S:dark roasted malty bitter chocolate cherry coffee vanilla. Yea!
T: dark roasted malty slightly hoppy vanilla alcohol up front then chocolate cherry malty bitter then coffee malt vanilla down .Very balanced flavor. Vanilla was slight but more pronounced as it warms.biter hop coffee after taste. Yum
M: smooth rich velvet creamy
O: A pleasure to drink. Looks smells taste very quality. Just a tiny hint of the 7.2% i would drink this regularly. Funny i like my IPAs bitter but my stouts sweet. Good price too.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark but surprisingly light tasting. This is one of my favorite bombers. The vanilla is perfectly balanced to even out with the malt and nut tastes. this brew. absolutely rocks. Nice price too :)

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice Dark appearance. Thick and smooth when poured in the glass.

S - Hoppy smell, but can definitely sense the caramelly vanilla flavor advertised.

T - Delicious.

M - Very nice going down. A little bitter, but very nice sensations.

O - One of my favorite beers ever.

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4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

On tap Roof of Wholefoods Brooklyn. I am tasting the vanilla right away with this one. After that is a very good sweetish stout. Has some body, nice and chewy, so not a porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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