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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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Photo of Red_Zeke
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.8%
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 -3.1%
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 VeganUndead
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of G_Shoe
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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 robebo44
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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