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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 550
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 48
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out REALLY dark brown/black with really healthy head that was REALLY light brown/whitish that had really good retention. Smell is of dark fruit and some sweetness and a tiny bit of vanilla. Taste is pretty mellow as far as a stout but quite tastey. Definitely taste all the things from the nose but quite a bit more vanilla really makes it tasty. Mouthfeel is pretty thin as one would expect from a low ABV stout - right on for the style. Really a good beer. It's hard to not like something with vanilla.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as a trade extra. Wow! Thanks man! This is totally solid!

Appearance: Not as dark as some stouts there is a little transparency in this stout but considering the abv. I don't think that is a major issue.

Aroma: Nice vanilla caramel and roasted malts. This smells like a whopper! Its has a very nice aroma.

Taste: Very clean and appealing, this is a sessionable stout. I love the vanilla notes and like the aroma its like drinking a whopper but not overly sweet. This is a very nice beer. I totally enjoyed this one and I hope my number reflect that.

Overall: Seek this one out if you want something that is sweet and enjoyable but definitely not cloying. Very cool beer. Thanks so much for sending this one as an extra!

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Photo of TCMike
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Produced a 2+ finger tan, dense head. Left some lacing. Beer color is a non-translucent, dark brown.

The aroma is of Roasted malts, Dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla, and coffee.

The taste is similar, but more of the vanilla, and chocolate come through. No noticeable hop bitterness. Medium mouth-feel. It might be slightly over carbonated....it was medium, but am used to lower in a stout.

Very good, and easy drinking. Love this one!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 4/3/14. Comes in 16 ounce CANS only and is in a 4-pack for $8.99 (Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa) which I bought last night. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a bitch black in color, and is darker than their oatmeal Stout. A thin beige head is seen with some spotty lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, oatmeal with a hint of vanilla and coffee. The taste is about the same and is like a vanilla latte even. Very smooth with great flavor and creaminess. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Here is another great brew from this company.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown in color, with lots of red hues peaking through the edges of the body. Fairly sizable, 2.5 to 3 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Sweet and just a little bit of roast is the best way to describe this beer's scent. Tons of vanilla flavor in the sweetness, as well as a hint of chocolate. Overall, the scent is creamy and sweet, and when all of the flavors combine, it smells a little like a cappuccino.

T- Starts off with just the tiniest bit of dark roasted malt flavor before turning straight into vanilla sweetness. Vanilla flavor dominates the middle half of the drink before giving way to the dark roasted malt flavors towards the end. Slight burnt flavor ends the drink with a touch of bitterness that lingers after the drink.

M- Creamy, light on the tongue, and easy drinking best describes this beer. Body is strong enough to hold the sweet and darker flavors without killing the palate with its weight or alcohol content.

Overall, this should be the standard for sweet stouts. Primarily sweet, yet with some dark flavors thrown in there, all without being an imperial makes this a beer I want to drink several of in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Smells like vanilla dark roasted malts and slight chocolate notes. Taste is chocolate notes and vanilla dark malts and low bitter values. Very nice. Mouthfeel is perfect light carbonation great medium body. Overall solid offering. Worth getting again. Would make a staple.

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Photo of whynot44
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark opaque brown, basically black, with some ruby highlights against the light and a substantial foamy tan head that retreats slowly and leaves plenty of nice lacing.

The aroma is malty, with hints of fruit, chocolate and vanilla.

The taste is similar - malty, raisins or plums, definite vanilla with chocolate and a hint of coffee, definitely sweet which actually goes well with the vanilla and fruit flavors. This makes it a bit of a dessert brew and it actually went well with pumpkin pie.

Light/medium body, very creamy and smooth, very drinkable.

Overall a very nice brew although I still prefer the original Buffalo Sweat, this was enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice darker brown hue with a good creamy one finger light mocha head that fades to leave a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice roasted malts, fair amount of vanilla and the sweetness that brings, light chocolate and creamy. Soft caramel, as someone else said this smells a little like a cappuccino.

T - Taste is nice roasted malt followed by LOADS of vanilla. Crazy amount of vanilla that just dominates the mid flavour before going back to darker roasted malts and a touch of chocolate/coffee on the finish with a very very light bitter end. Can't get over how much vanilla is in this beer. Just what I was hoping for from this beer.

M - Mouthfeel may be the weakest part of the beer. Creamy, light carbonation, little thin. Very easy drinking though.

O- Overall, I would definitely drink this one again. Love the amount of vanilla in this bad boy. Quite tasty, just how I figured it would be.

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Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid brown bodied with a thin layer of light chocolate milk colored foam that leaves some fair lacing.

Although the nose is a little light, the resulting aroma is that of a vanilla milkshake with some graham cracker mixed in.

Moderately sweet and chocolatey with the vanilla coming in at the back and into the finish. The aftertaste results in faint vanilla, roasted dark malt and coffee on the palate. Great flavor.

Lighter than medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. The low amount of carbonation hints at a cask/nitro feel.

So much flavor for a 5% beer. I just might drink the whole four pack. Truly a terrific milk stout offering here. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

You wanna end a drought with a solid beer, you wouldn't be alone to choose a variant of the fantastic Buffalo Sweat. This one looks just like its progenitor, a garnet-tinged brown topped by a finger of slate foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild cocoa, sweet coffee beans, a stiff vein of vanilla bean, and a touch of heavy cream. The taste brings in more of the same, with the vanilla doing what it's supposed to do and serving as an extra topping, rather than o'erpowering the base. The coffee shines through fairly strongly here, but in a good way, playing quite nicely with the vanilla. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a nearly drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one I hope to have plenty of in the coming months.

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Photo of Mdog
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with red highlights, good head.

Smell: Natural vanilla (not artificial smelling vanilla), some coffee.

Taste: Mild coffee, mocha, then the vanilla comes through. Doesn't whack you over the head with vanilla, it's nicely incorporated.

Overall: I like milk stouts and sweet stouts so this hit the spot. Nice vanilla flavor without being too sweet, nicely complementing the stout. Easy to drink and always good to see the cans.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited for this one!

A : Tarry black but has some tints of brown chocolate in the color. 95% opaque. The head is kind of an angry red/pink cloud after a storm/slightly off white color. It's colossal at first but within a minute's time recedes to a fluffy ring. It's loosely knitted. Solid appearance.

S : It's like mixing chocolate and regular animal crackers together. There's roast french vanilla coffee, and oh it smells divine. It's like waking up in the morning. There's some faint tobacco and earth from the alcohol and hops - but it's not burnt smelling like a lot of stouts I've nosed. It stays above that "threshold" where the earth isn't burnt or charred. I like that. Major kudos. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is : 1) I wish the bouquet were slightly stronger (just because I like it so much), and 2) I wish it would have come with a free Vanilla Bean Stout air freshener.

T : Very heavy on the coffee and roast flavors, as well as some earth and dark chocolate. The vanilla comes in shortly after but is subdued, using more of a vanilla BEAN approach, rather than a vanilla extract. This keeps it from becoming too sweet, but personally I'd welcome that slight boost of sweetness. There's a slight zing of yeast in the body as well. This boosts the flavor profile substantially. It finishes out with a hint of char and a slight smokiness.

F : Pretty creamy, but still on the light side of full-bodied. Can you chew it? A bit. But it's not overly thick, and a deep-seated injection of carbonation keeps it from becoming sappy. It ends like a coffee would, roasted and huffy, but still fairly sweet on the palate.

O : Would I have this again? Absolutely. Do I like it more than the original Buffalo Sweat? It's been too long to remember. I do know that I like both of them quite a bit. I may be leaning more toward the Original, but make no mistake, this is a solid Stout. Highly recommended, Tallgrass makes some solid beers.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, pretty much black in color. Appears to be not to thick and head is tan, about one finger and has decent retention.

Smell is great. Rich chocolate malt and toffee aromas are forward followed by light roasted coffee and vanilla aromas. Blends to be a very rich and creamy smelling brew.

Taste is awesome. Rich chocolate malt is forward that is not intensely assertive but blends nicely with the sweet toffee and vanilla flavors to produce a rich chocolate stout that drinks nearly like desert without the huge rich body.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is on the lighter side for a stout but it's not claiming to be imperial/double and it really showcases all the decadent flavors while still remaining sessionable and drinkable

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I LOVED this beer. It was pretty thin and drank more like a session stout, but the nose and taste was spectacular. Really strong notes of vanilla and coffee throughout. Very enjooyable and drinkable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can into a shaker.

Dark brown color, nice head. Smell is IN YOUR FACE vanilla and not much else. Huge, huge vanilla aroma here. The taste of this beer is also massively infused with vanilla, but it doesnt taste artifical like a lot of beers with vanilla added, it tastes legit. The chocolate is also there of course, but the vanilla is what really stands out here. Extremely creamy beer as well, the body is not heavy whatsoever. That may be a detractor in some cases but here it works very well. Very much recommended if youre a fan of vanilla.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. One finger tan colored head which has a creamy look to it. Some spiderweb lacing left behind which doesn't last. Seems on the thin side.

Smell is vanilla, lightly roasted malt, and sweet cream. Some milk chocolate as well.

Vanilla and cream on the first taste. Some milk chocolate. Malt is a bit roastier than the aroma. Creamy oat flavoring.

Smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. A bit on the thin side, but this is a milk stout not an imperial stout. Medium carbonation provides some mild crispness as a counterpoint to the creamy feeling. A hint of acridness at the end.

This is an excellent, easy drinking stout with good vanilla flavor. Low abv means you can enjoy multiple of these at one setting. My favorite from Tallgrass.

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Photo of Phocion
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can received from a brewery rep. 16 oz. can poured into an imperial nonic. Solid finger and a half of dark beige/light brown frothy/rocky head sitting on top of a dark brown, almost black body. Thick, sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma is pretty much what I expected. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, cocoa, and surprisingly spicy. All in all, not terribly different from the standard Buffalo Sweat, with the addition of vanilla as well as a spiciness that I do not recall from the original.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, lactose, oats, and vanilla (although not as evident as in the aroma) , with a mildly bitter finish of coffee and roasted malts which wonderfully balances the sweetness.

Body is fairly light for the style (although medium overall), but creamy.

Neither terribly filling nor high alcohol could make this a fairly sessionable brew. Balanced and flavorful but not over the top. Despite my normal dislike of this brewery, this one met my expectations.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

A: Pours a deep dark brown, with a very thin mocha colored head. Thin head sticks around and forms some nice lacing.

S: A great combination of sweet and roasty aromas. Nice milk chocolate aroma, with just the faintest hint of vanilla. Slight coffee smell too.

T: Sweet goodness right off the bat. A mix between a vanilla milkshake and s'mores. I'm shocked by how much flavor there is for a 5% brew. Awesome stuff.

M: Medium bodied and very smoothly carbonated. Thinner than most stouts, but it works really nicely with the big, sweet flavors..

O: A really easy drinking tasty beer. I was worried that the vanilla would be too prominent, but it blends really well with the chocolatey notes, without being too sweet. It would be quite easy to take down a full 4 pack in a night.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint can into a Schlitz mug.

A- Pours a deep deep deep dark brown (at first glance it almost appears black) with a bubbly fluffy 3 finger tan head. Excellent head retention.

S- The vanilla is noticeable right from the get go in the aroma. The smells of oats and sweet lactose sugar are also quite noticeable. The vanilla mellows out many of the roastier aromas from the base stout. Notes of cocoa and milk chocolate dance up from the malts.

T- The familiar flavors of rolled oats and lactose sugar come out strong. The Vanilla is showcased best in the initial upfront flavor and then again in the finish. It blends great with the sweet and creamy milkiness that comes from the lactose sugar. Much like in the aroma, the vanilla masks many of the toastier notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee that show up in the background. There's a slight smokiness that's noticeable as well coming from the malts.

M- If I had to describe the mouthfeel of this beer in one word, it would be: SMOOTH. The oats give the stout a silky smooth slick feel and the lower carbonation makes it feel fuller bodied and chewy. It's heavy but not super heavy.

O- This beer is smooth smooth smooth. It's smooth in flavor from the vanilla as well as smooth in the feel. Everything about it is just smooth. That, coupled with the lower abv make this a very drinkable beer. I'm not completely sure if I like this better than the original or not, but I'm leaning towards a "yes". Just like the original however I still feel like it leans more towards an oatmeal stout rather than a milk stout (although I definitely understand why it's classified as a milk stout.) This is a great beer if you enjoy vanilla.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.