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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bpreo (1662) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
Finally, Ninkasi is beginning to expand their dark beer line. It is a very tasty beer, but the Vanilla is a bit too forced, unnatural tasting. It needed to be less evident. Oh well, maybe the second batch will be better.


4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-26-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with just a hint of light shining through the glass and with a small tan colored head floating atop the surface. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet vanilla smell mixed with some nice big milk chocolate aromas. Along with these are some light caramel smells and some undertones of a roasted malt smell, as well as some more oatmeal like aromas. The slightest hint of a coffee smell is there as well, giving the beer an overall very chocolate vanilla oatmeal cookie like smell. Taste – The vanilla is huge right from the start and is mixed with a nice milk chocolate and a smooth oatmeal flavor. Along with these flavors are a lighter roast taste with the roast flavors getting slightly more potent as the flavor advances forward. Along with the increase in the roast so too comes some lightly bitter coffee flavors as well as some light caramel and dark chocolate tastes. The smooth oat flavor at the start begins to fade some from the taste, with the bitter coffee and some light earthy and herbal hoppy tastes bringing a little bit of “roughness” to the taste. While it brings a roughness, the more bitter flavors balance out some of the massive vanilla that is present in the taste nicely and overall creates a rather nicely roasted and moderately sweet and bitter dark flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to a little bit on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A bit thicker body and lower carbonation level may have been a nicer for the oat and darker flavors of the brew, accentuating these slightly better, but even so the higher carbonation level was actually nicer for the sweeter flavors of the brew, making for a rather decent feel overall. Overall – A rather tasty brew. If only it had a bit more smooth oatmeal flavor at the end of the taste and a slightly modified body, then it would be one fantastic vanilla oatmeal stout. Even so it, is rather nice and one to try if you get the opportunity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (680) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
This dark black beer has a thick head. It has an inviting vanilla and coffee aroma. It is creamy and has vanilla flavors and some bite. Great balanced flavors play off of one another very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3183) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Bouteille partagée. Bière brune avec une mousse beige. Un nez de chocolat et vanille. Une bouche sucrée ronde avec des notes de chocolat et une finale très ronde aux relents de vanille.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3229) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Très foncée avec une mousse brune qui n’est pas du tout tenace. Au nez, douce vanille, caramel et chocolat. Sur les papilles, des saveurs du même acabit qui montrent aussi un effet rôti et une façon torréfiée. En bouche, je découvre un bon corps crémeux qui ne montre pas beaucoup de bulles. En finale, c’est une amertume noire peu intense qui s’accroche derrière les touches vanillées. Bon sweet stout. Facile à boire.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle: Deep brown & black body with a semi-chunky mocha head, lasting. Baker’s chocolate aroma with sweet vanilla extract, sucrose, plum, sugar coated raisins. Flavor of sharp chocolate, a little astringent maybe. Heavy vanilla flavor with lots of sweetness. Touch of anise & some deep plum & raisins notes surrounded by a hint of roast & creamy oats. Thin mouth feel, a little prickly. A good vanilla stout but it lacks a little in authenticity & body. Still enjoyable to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4898) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla extract, and a hint of metal. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small tan head that eventually fades to a thin film. A nice sheet of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, light caramel, and roasted malt. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, roasted coffee, and a hint of burnt notes. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (289) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Really good. Great chocolate, coffee and molasses with vanilla. Very drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"It took til the end to figure out, but I’m going to give this a very slight nod over the regular Oatis (one of my favorite oatmeal stouts). The vanilla is just done so well. Obvious without being too much. The base beers still shines a little. Super smooth and tasty."

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
katrinaez (67) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Deep flavor. Strong. Stays on your lips. Well worth it. Had in Vegas since the East Coast doesn’t have it.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cernjoh (136) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Aroma is lite vanilla and alcohol. Appearance is like old engine oil with no head. Taste is roasted coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate is a tad thin with a need for additional carbonation. Overall pretty good. Cheers!


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