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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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88
very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 39
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-12-2013

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Ratings: 508 | Reviews: 86
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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, mocha & a wee bit of vanilla

T: Follows the nose & some roastyness up front. Coffee asserts itself as this warms, along more pronounced vanilla & some lactose twang as well & charred grain mixing with chicory. Finishes with a mocha/lactose twang that makes think I should save some of these beer for cookies or breakfast, coffee beans assert at the very end of the pint

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, dry

This a nice iteration of the style, that hits most of the marks. Depending on my mood it would be a toss up if I drank this or the regular version, which I enjoy profusely. What I'm really hoping to see: Imperial Buffalo Sweat!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tallboy can poured into duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan head that drops quickly to a very thin cap leaving behind some spotty lace.

Smell: honestly smells exactly like buffalo sweat with a bit stronger of a vanilla note. So its got a little bit of roasty and nutty malts. Lactose sugar notes. Milk chocolates and vanilla.

Taste: This one tastes exactly like the nose. A little bit roasty and nutty. Lactose sugars and milk chocolates. A moderately sweet and lingering vanilla flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. creamy and coating mouthfeel. Slightly silky.

Overall: Yeah they did exactly what they set out to do. Its buffalo sweat with more vanilla flavor. I think I like buffalo sweat and vanilla bean buffalo sweat equally. I am not sure that the addition of the vanilla beans really made buffalo sweat any better.

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Great vanilla aroma. Nice chocolate notes.

T - It tasted of vanilla, chocolate with some sweet toffee. Just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout.

O - This is a very good beer. Love the addition of vanilla beans!

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, sweet molasses, roasted malt and milk chocolate.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Like the standard Buffalo Sweat, there aren't much hops, but the sharp vanilla taste helps improve the finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth body that is fairly light. Seems much creamier than the standard Buffalo Sweat, and as a result, the thinness is less apparent or doesn't bother me.

Overall: A definite improvement over the base beer. Now how about a Double version?

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

Smelled the vanilla in this one, which can be hard to pick out of a stout. The flavor was nice, very close to a peanut butter to me. Better than the regular version imo.

Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-poured from a can into a pint glass this beer explodes into a creamy light tan head. Black with ruby highlights when held up to light
S-rich roasted malt with notes of chocolate and a hint of vanilla beans
T-more roasted flavored than sweet this beer still finishes a bit sweet but definitely not over the top. Subtle flavors from the vanilla beans accent this sweet stout nicely.
M-like a good milk stout this baby is damn creamy. The moderate carbonation carries the flavors very nicely
O-just like tallgrass buffalo sweat this is a very creamy and richly flavored milk stout. Well done

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark as night and impenetrable to light. A good half inch head of khaki colored foam rests on top. Aroma of oatmeal with a hint of vanilla. There's a bit of a coffee note present. The body seems a bit thin for what I'm looking at. The taste is initially dark malt and oats and then it quickly fades. Perhaps it needs a bit more body or bittering hops to get to the next level.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 06/09/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby. About one finger of tan head that quickly fades into thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, malt driven aroma with a big dose of vanilla. Dark roasted malts with good hints of sweet chocolate, coffee bean, oats, and a big scent of vanilla beans. Also hints of sweet toasted caramel, toffee, milk, cream, nuts, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Some brown sugar adding to the sweetness. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A very solid sweet stout aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a sweet and roasty milk stout taste with a big shot of vanilla. Dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, coffee bean, big vanilla bean, oats, and toast. Along with that are notes of milk, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, biscuit, and grains. Some sweet burnt brown sugar. Some earthy hops provide a little dryness towards the finish. The creamy chocolate and vanilla stand out the most. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Somewhat slick.

Overall: A very good milk/sweet stout. The vanilla beans add a nice shot of flavor.

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super big light brown head slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich roasted grain malts aroma with a hint of the vanilla beans coming through.

There is more of the vanilla bean coming through in the taste then was present in the aroma which adds nicely to the rich dark roasted malts.

Big dry aftertaste with a lot of flavor sticking around on this full bodied beer.

A worthy addition to all the stouts I have tried.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a full finger of caramel-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer. As the beer was drunk, the lacing turn into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with nice aromas of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar and a hit of freshly ground coffee beans. Unfortunately, despite the fact that the beer is supposed to be brewed with vanilla beans, I don’t get much in the way of vanilla. That’s disappointing.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Lots of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness, dark chocolate, dark molasses, and a hint of coffee. And like the aroma, I don’t get much in the way of vanilla flavor. There is some vanilla, but not enough to my liking and certainly not enough to warrant saying that this is a vanilla bean variant of another, excellent sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a slight chewiness. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 5.0%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: I’m conflicted on this beer. The base Buffalo Sweat Stout is fantastic, and this beer has all of the fantastic, base Buffalo Sweat Stout flavors, however, because this is billed a vanilla bean variant, brewed with vanilla beans, and because there is very little vanilla in both aroma and taste, this beer comes in more than a little disappointing. It needs more vanilla.

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark beer, clear around the edges, with a decent tan head with good retention.

Lots of vanilla on the nose, enveloping a very roasty stout base.

Tallgrass knocks it out of the park in the flavor department: waves and waves of vanilla, without ever seeming to be overmuch. Nice roasty backbone, carrying a slightly burnt toast flavor to the barley and a touch of chocolate.

Easy drinking; not particularly thick, which is unsurprising for such a low ABV stout.

Regular Buffalo Sweat is a very good stout, and the vanilla bean variety does not disappoint. I wish I had regular access to this; delicious!

Photo of dbossman
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin cocoa brown head; good lacing

S: Rich roasted malts: coffee and vanilla with some dark chocolate; so rich and roasty and awesome smelling

T: A bit disappointing in the flavors--especially considering the aromas; rich and roasty with coffee an chocolate and, of course, the vanilla beans, but it also becomes a bit cloying--especially as you near the end of the pint

F: Medium body and creamy; good overall mouth feel

O: This is a nice stout; so rich and roasty and the vanilla plays well of the roastiness; I just wish the flavors came together a bit better with something to balance the sweet finish of that vanilla

Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a massive head that had good retention before settling to a very thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nothing surprising in the aroma. Regular Buffalo Sweat with a moderate amount of vanilla addition. The vanilla really seems to compliment the base beer. Has a vanilla malt shake quality.

More than subtle vanilla flavor. It is a dominant and a little overwhelming. Getting just a moderate amount of the base stout. The vanilla does not compliment the flavor as it did the aroma.

Solid body for a lower ABV stout. Smooth, even texture that compliments the flavors.

Another solid beer from Tallgrass. The vanilla might be a little much for some, it was pushing the threshold with me, but delivers what it claims.

Photo of DaneBramage
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black from a 16-oz can into a tall glass. Tan head.

S: Definite coffee aroma

T: Sweet roast malt with hints of molasses, coffee, mocha and (slight) vanilla.

M: Very smooth, much moreso than other stouts or porters I've had recently.

O: Had a tallboy of this in a wine shop after a nice plate of chicken vesuvio at the Italian restaurant next door, and it really hit the spot. A fine stout that I hadn't had before but will definitely try again.

Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is rich, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of malts, somewhat sweet and very flavorful. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of gabe89
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a major disappointment

Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Vanilla dominates here with notes of roasted malts and sweet, creamy milk chocolate.

T: Thankfully the vanilla is a bit more subdued here. Roasted malts are at the forefront with milk chocolate flavors. Vanilla comes through and blends well rather than tasting artificial before a slightly charred finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer thankfully avoids being watery like many low abv stouts.

O: A solid beer overall. Most low abv stouts are bland and watery, but this one is enjoyable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
5% ABV, 1.057 O.G., 20 IBUs, Drink By 08/03/13

A - Dark coffee brown in color, this stout looks nearly black but pours with a good mahogany clarity. A tall tan head slowly settles leaving gnarled fingers of lace around the glass.

S - Roasted malt encourages a flourishing aroma of cocoa and coffee, very similar to the original Buffalo Sweat, but the added vanilla beans really take the aroma to the next level. Dark fruits like raisin and plum emerge with spicy undertones of cinnamon and clove, leveling off with the vanilla bean itself.

T - The addition of vanilla beans into this beer really changes the aroma but doesn't do much to it's flavor profile. Nuances of the bean emerge through it's cocoa, oatmeal, and roasted malt profile as it warms up significantly but with all the delicious roasted qualities going on it's hard to pick out vanilla, specifically.

M - This beer's oatmeal and lactose combine for a smooth and supple medium body that's wonderfully balanced by the roasted malt characteristics which provide a nice lingering bitterness along the finish. The vanilla beans continue to add tannins and an almost meaty umami feel to the beer.

O - While I really enjoy the quality and flavor of Buffalo Sweat, the vanilla bean version doesn't add enough beyond the aroma for me to get jazzed up over. The interwoven aspects of spice and fruit to the aroma are exceptional but the incredible subtlety of flavor evolution leaves something to be desired. Certainly not a bad beer by any means, it just doesn't advance Buffalo Sweat in any significant way.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black body except for some lighter edges. Medium brown frothy head of 2 fingers. Retention was meager. Laces nice. Aroma of vanilla beans is very evident. Wafts of chocolate and coffee roast are on the backside. Tastes like the aroma really..vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Straight and to the point. As with the regular Buffalo Sweat, it's on the thinner side. Creamy, but thin.

Adds a nice dynamic. The coffe gets muted a bit, but th vanilla is good.

Photo of yamar68
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near pitch black with a swelling pillow of light brown head that produces a good deal of lacing.

I'm impressed by how strong the vanilla addition translates on the nose... like a Buffalo Sweat float with vanilla bean ice cream. Milk chocolate, cream, brown sugar... I'm loving this so far.

Smooth chocolate flavors, vanilla bean and lots of it... mild brownie, some cocoa powder, pretty straight forward stuff but I like it.

'tis good!

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can with drink by date of 04/13/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. I haven't tried the original Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat, but I'm sure this will do just fine. Expectations are moderately high, since I have enjoyed what I've had from Tallgrass so far.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass with three fingers of creamy fluffy light chocolate colored head. Nice fat sheets of lace. Looks amazing.

S - Ahh yes. Beautiful silky vanilla beans, cocoa, dark bitter coffee bean roast, and a hint of coiny metallics.

T - Mmmm. Delicious. Dark bold bitter coffee bean roast, dark chocolate / cocoa, slight nuttiness, and wonderful authentic vanilla bean flavor.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with lots of big bold dark coffee / chocolate bitterness hanging onto the palate. Awesome.

Overall, another great beer from Tallgrass. These guys continue to impress me. This beer is pretty much everything I had hoped it would be; very impressive. Very robust, with lots of flavor for such a low abv. Highly recommended, I can't wait to try the original.

Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat ---4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass but a clear brown when pouring. Not much carbonation. One finger off white head that dissipates instantly.

S-Too sweet vanilla flavor. Some chocolate as well but mainly overly sweet (artificial?) vanilla.

T-Very sweet poorly balanced vanilla. Some chocolate and a tad bit of malt.

M-Light, watery, not much carbonation.

O- The vanilla kills this beer. It was poorly done, overly sweat and destroys any balance.

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this over at Pauls house last night. I took over a pork tenderloin, he supplied the beer. Side poured from the can with medium vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Just as would be expected with a stout. Jet black, no light penetration. Thin mocha colored head on top, leaves little lacing and dissolves relatively rapidly. I like the white can, I like canned beer period.

Smell - A whole bunch of sweetness involved, milky, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of coffee.

Taste - Just as would be expected. Tastes like Buffalo Sweat, flavored with vanilla, which is an excellent thing. The chocolate, coffee, and mocha notes are first, followed by the vanilla. Pretty amazing, well balanaced.

Mouthfeel - Thick, rich, smooth, goes down real easy. Like drinking alcoholic chocolate milk.

Overall - Condor recommended and approved. For a small brewery located in essence in Nowheresville, Kansas, Tallgrass really has some solid offerings, anchored by the Buffalo Sweat line. I also enjoy the 8-Bit Pale Ale. The have carved a niche out for themselves, I hope to see them do well and expand their product lines before too long.

Photo of jmccullough108
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a snifter, drink by 03/29/14 on the can.

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that quickly dissipated to about a half-finger of tan head. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass. In the light it's pitch black.

Smell: This is where this beer really excels.. Roasted chocolate, lots of caramel, vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Slight upfront bitterness immediately followed by vanilla sweetness. Slight caramel aftertaste. Wish this beer had a bit more of a malty backbone to add some roasty flavors.

Overall: Not bad. Like previously stated the smell of this beer lead me to anticipate a roasty, complex stout, but I just ended up getting a ton of vanilla sweetness. Not a bad thing, just didn't think the aroma matched exactly to the taste.

If you are on the fence about getting it, I would, its not bad by any means. Cheers!

Photo of lurpy1
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The base Buffalo Sweat is in my opinion a greatly overlooked beer. High hopes for this one. Looks great, smells something like a boozy Nilla wafer. Tastes...like the inside of a can. The metal fades somewhat as it warms, but what rises up in its place is somewhat bitter. The vanilla gets lost in the shuffle. The beer has a lot going for it but comes up short where it matters most: Taste. Merely an OK beer, worth having at a reasonable price.

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.