Tasting Notes: Vanilla Oatis - Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla - Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene Oregon
Oregon. The promised land of the craft beer lover. Ninkasi is a name I’d heard put out good brews, so I gave this interesting sounding beer a try.
I expected it to be something similar to a winter style ale, such that Tree Brewing or Granville Island puts out seasonally, but really this was a different beast all together.
Its’ colour and head reminded me of cola, that dark brown syrupy goodness. But really, this was a delightfully mellow stout. It wasn’t too sweet, but didn’t have the burnt bitterness you sometimes get with darker beers. It was just real nice and mellow. The vanilla component wasn’t too overpowering either, and was more of an aromatic experience. After taking a sip of beer, when you breathed in through your nose you got a good waft of vanilla bean. I’d recommend this beer to the person in your life that always says “I don’t like dark beers”. This one will change their mind.