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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Ratings: 644 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of ghostxyz3
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of constantine_272
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark hazy brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Smell was heavy of vanilla and chocolate sauce. The vanilla is even more vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate with a dry bitter roasty chocolate finish. Too heavy handed on the vanilla where it would have been better as an accent. A nice dry bitter chocolate finish cleans off some of the sweetness. Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this. There was far too much vanilla for my taste. I get that they were trying to differentiate from the regular oatis, but the regular Oatis is very good and difficult to improve upon with these unnecessary additions.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amvrana
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with tan colored head. Not overly viscous. Vanilla, roasted malts, oats, and milk chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with vanilla and chocolate.

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Photo of BenGap
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a thick foamy tan colored head with a smooth lacing that quickly slides back into the beer. Notes of vanilla come across first before the malty oatmeal, with a hint of chocolate and roasted pecan. Smooth and creamy feel with no carbonation. Taste starts with vanilla extract and some alcohol notes before quickly giving way to the roasted oatmeal amd nice finish. Overall a decent beer, although I think I prefer the regular Oatis. I had hoped the vanilla would give it some more complexity to an already good beer. In reality it seemed like putting a shot of vanilla in the stout as it didn't seem to really blend and mix in with the overall flavor and smell of the beer.

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice it when I purchased the beer but the bottle wasn't completely full. It was in a bomber and the beer was only up to the base of the neck. Check your bottles because their QA/QC obviously doesn't.

Appearance: Black body with a short lived light khaki head that quickly fades to a ring. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Very metallic aroma, like the smell of pennies or something. As the beer airs out a bit that aroma starts to go away. It's replaced by a bit of chocolate and unfortunately alcohol.

Taste: It has a nice light vanilla flavor with some chocolate. There is a strong roasted flavor with a bit of charcoal. No real oat flavor. The vanilla tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is decent. It has some smoothness to it and is right on the edge of medium to full bodied.

Overall: It's an enjoyable beer. It doesn't maintain the best head and the aroma leaves much to be desired but in the end you get this nice vanilla stout which tastes great. Would I buy it again? It's a toss-up but I'm enjoying the one I have.

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

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of stevoj
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Even my friends are all over the board on this one. Normal stout pour, small skin of a head. Vanilla is the first noticeable aroma, and not out of place on a sweet stout. Taste brings in more vanilla flavor, but again it blends well. Finishes sweet , but short. All in all, very well rounded and approachable

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Photo of pod
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of charrel
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisofspades
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of 22Blue
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated within about a good minute. Fairly thick sticky lacing stuck in and around nicely.
The smell, well, how else do I say it - its oatis with vanilla injected in it, sweet yet roasty.
The taste was basically the same thing adding the oaty part like Oatis itself. There's a lingering sweet vanilla in the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel sat about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs light allowing the oatiness to absorb the vanilla nicely.
Overall, its a spectacular take on their Oatis and I know I would love to have it again.

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

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The vanilla is obvious. Dark chocolate and roasted malt are almost completely masked by the vanilla.

The vanilla dominates, especially after having a regular Oatis prior to this beer. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness creep into the finish.

Full mouthfeel

This is a sweeter version of Oatis. I think I like the original a smidgen better.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black in the glass. Head settles into only a thin cap. Thin sheets of lacing slide back into the beer and leave behind some broken rings.

S: Big dose of vanilla owns the nose. Caught in the tide of vanilla are malted milk balls, faint roasted malt, a whiff of dark roast coffee beans, subtle plums, and a hint of earthy hops.

T: As in the nose, vanilla is clearly the focal point. As the palate adjusts, smokey and roasty malt flavors come forward. Cola. Black coffee. Malted milk balls. Subtle plum and stone fruit. Earthy hops pull through a bit too. Vanilla wraps itself around the roasted malts and tempers the smoke and char on the finish.

M: medium bodied. Full and creamy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Personally I think the vanilla is a little overdone. It doesn't taste artificial or over the top, but it does hog the limelight and mask some of the great stout flavors. Still a very good beer, but I did prefer the regular Oatis.

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Photo of Briken
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark black, big foamy brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Light roasty aroma. Deep roasted malt flavor slightly balanced with chocolate and a little hint of vanilla. Full bodied with light carbonation and a small bite.

Just the slightest hints of vanilla that you really have to work for make this beer fairly worthless. If you advertise vanilla there should be vanilla. In reality, even though it has a good oatmeal stout body but the roasted malts are far too overdone, The aroma is not bad, it's just missing vanilla.

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Photo of DrBier
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DamienI
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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