Vanilla Oatis

Vanilla Oatis Ninkasi Stout Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A divine blend of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes swirl together to create a smooth Oatmeal Stout with a crisp finish. The true signature of this beer comes from the addition of whole vanilla beans to the final stage of conditioning—the same process we use to dry hop a beer. Slightly sweet with a rich complexity, Vanilla Oatis is decadent and delicious.

Tasting Notes
Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout is characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor, and a rich vanilla complexity imparted by whole vanilla beans. It is bigger than a traditional stout with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.

Food Pairings
Desserts, Chocolate, Berries, Brûlées, Tortes, Gelato

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
50°
Hops: 
Nugget
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Chocolate, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Oats
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The combination of dark roasted malt and the sweet, Ibarra chocolate flavor and aroma make this Oatmeal Stout similar to a chocolate covered coffee bean. The style calls for both coffee-like and chocolate-like roast aromas and this version hits both notes quite well. In the glass, this beer is an opaque black with a lovely creamy head. A presence of vanilla comes though more thoroughly in the flavor which helps add a deep, rich creaminess with an almost hazelnut complexity. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but the balance of the flavors and the beer’s structure are what make this example of Oatmeal Stout so breathtaking and satisfying.