Ninkasi 'Vanilla Oatis' Oatmeal Stout

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Ninkasi Brewing 'Vanilla Oatis' Oatmeal Stout. 7% abv. 50 IBU. Black in color. Thick creamy dense head. Outstanding retention. Excellent lace. Nose of roasted malt, dark chocolate. Front taste of roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, vanilla on the back end. Aftertaste of vanilla, toffee, bitter hops, some dark fruit. Full body. Mouthfeel is warm, creamy, smooth, slightly astringent.

This is an excellent beer. The roasted malt is complemented well by the ample vanilla taste and the oatmeal is used well to build a big yet silky smooth body. Well recommended.

From the brewery:

"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 conditioning – the same process we use to dry hop a beer. 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."

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