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: 668 |  Reviews: 131
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

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TIG_show
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Ctb6582
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of pajfuwen
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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 MikeBogert53
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vanilla Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 668 ratings