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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo SweatTallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-12-2013)
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Photo of lurpy1


3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 04:10:48 | More by lurpy1
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- DArk brown, near black with a light tan head. Soapy lacing.

S- Coffee, although slightly stale on the nose. Bark. Light chocolate.

T- A solid mix of coffee, chocolate, and earthy tones present in the regular Sweat, but a big dose of vanilla really smooths this variant out.

M- Maybe a touch more full than the regular Sweat. Still pretty light while maintaining a satisfying amount of creaminess.

O- Not bad. Not great. I nice twist on the regular without being so different it seems foreign.

$9 for a 4pk of 16 oz cans

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 02:14:42 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Franziskaner


3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 04:22:53 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of JamesMN


3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An aggressive pour resulted in a very dark brown body with a three finger soapy tan head. The head dissipates rapidly.

Aroma: Lightly roasted dark malts. Not really smelling a lot of vanilla but maybe it will come out more in the flavor. Basically smells like an average Milk Stout.

Taste: A nice palate of both sweet cream and charred malt notes as well as a light grassy hop character. The vanilla comes out near the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. It's hard to notice at first because it is blended so well into the whole flavor of the beer. A good amount of flavor for 5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is very thick for an O.G. of 1.057, must be some unfermentable lactose sugar in there. Smooth carbonation given an aggressive pour and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good Milk Stout with a nice hint of vanilla. I'm not sure if it's the cool logos on the cans or the low price point but TallGrass brews always seem to catch my eye in the store. I'd be interested to try this one next to the original Buffalo Sweat. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 02:23:59 | More by JamesMN
Photo of kojevergas


3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.057 OG. 5% ABV. 20 IBU. 1 pint aluminum can acquired at Zipp's Liquor in low altitude Minneapolis, MN, for $2.25 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given this brewery's rep and this beer's hype. Drink by: 04/09/14.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide khaki colour head of nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque dark black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a sweet stout. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Cream, dark malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, chocolate malts, and lactose sugar. No roasted character is detectable, nor are any yeast, hops, or alcohol. A sweet pleasant aroma of above average strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it. The vanilla is the obvious highlight.

T: Sweet malty build with lactose sugar as the star. Love the vanilla bean notes - they're prominent and delicious. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Very balanced and aptly built. I might even call it gestalt. Good complexity and nuance, but less than ideal intricacy and subtlety. Clean and enjoyable, with a good depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. I really like it.

No yeast or hop character comes through, and there's no real alcohol presence either.

Mf: Sinfully creamy. Smooth and wet. Great presence on the palate. Good body and thickness. Feels custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Silky and delicious.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it, and would definitely get it again. An impressive effort from Tallgrass. I'd definitely want a second or third in the same night. Very sessionable for a milk stout. I'd recommend it to friends. Really tasty stuff. Would be interesting on nitro-draught.

High B-

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 06:23:02 | More by kojevergas
Photo of KansasBeerLover


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Head is a dark tan, about 2 fingers, which drops to a wisp around the edges with moderate lacing.

Smell is vanilla and chocolate.

Taste follows the smell, vanilla with chocolate and some coffee. A little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sweet, good body, but leaves a tangy taste on the tongue.

Overall, it goes down easily. It could use more aroma and have more body. I will buy more, but only because it is a limited run.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 21:41:34 | More by KansasBeerLover
Photo of hopoilcrazy


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for this one...long time want

A - Totally opaque with a soda like dark tan head that poofs up and then...poof its gone

S - Butter, gas station cappuccino, roasty toasty malts, mineral water, nice bready notes, some dark fruit

T - A lot of flavor: Big black malts, caramel, over extracted espresso. Maybe a trace of hops, but it almost tastes like a grassy note from pale malts

M - Good creamy body, medium in heaviness. Crisp aftertaste, pretty dry

I am starting to dig Tallgrass anything. This is one beer that I could drink to try and get fucked up and enjoy it for ten minutes and then pass out.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 05:40:25 | More by hopoilcrazy
Photo of jmccullough108


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 00:08:01 | More by jmccullough108
Photo of JEdmund


3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice head formation over this stout, though it settles down and doesn't leave much lacing. Very inviting aroma, sweet milk, molasses, and cocoa. Taste is on the lighter side but very drinkable (5%). Smooth and sweet, this milk stout goes down easily, and the addition of vanilla is a perfect touch. Subtlety done too. I was expecting a heavier hand with it. This is a light, easy-drinking stout. At the moment, I'd like more flavor, but if I had a few more in the fridge I'd probably enjoy it just fine. I would like to compare it to the original to see how different it is. Overall worth a try.

Serving type: can

02-15-2013 13:16:43 | More by JEdmund
Photo of morimech


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 21:51:22 | More by morimech
Photo of zeledonia


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I generally like Tallgrass beers, and wanted to check out this interesting newish offering. Tasted 1 July 2013.

Pours essentially black, and nearly opaque but for some light coming through brown at the edges. One finger of medium tan head, okay retention, okay lacing. Good stuff.

Smell is warm vanilla over the top of a faint stout. The vanilla's really nice, rich and sweet and interesting, but I want more stout. I get a bit of roast, but otherwise it's all vanilla.

Taste is good; a bit more stout here, but it's still all about the vanilla and sweetness. A bit of dark roasty char comes in at the back, but I want more!

Feel is excellent. Light but full, billowing up in my mouth. Carbonation is at times fluffy, at times frizzy, providing both volume and texture. Delightful.

A very tasty low-ABV stout. My biggest complaint is that it's all vanilla, and no stout. If it were called "vanilla beer", that'd be okay. But as a vanilla stout, I'm a little disappointed.

Serving type: can

07-02-2013 03:19:45 | More by zeledonia
Photo of MDDMD


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a light tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, vanilla, little dark fruit, chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, little coffee, vanilla, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy

O-interesting stout, lacks body and depth of flavor, but enjoyable

Serving type: can

08-13-2013 23:05:52 | More by MDDMD
Photo of drpimento


3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, not bad. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, brown head that quickly settled and no lace. Color is a very dark, dark brown. Aroma has very little vanilla, but does have hop, roast, malt, and a bit of earth. Flavor's like nose with hop more subdued, vanilla coming out a bit more, well balanced in kind of an odd way. Body is chewy, but despite the huge foam upon pouring, a little flat. Finish has an off vanilla thing that isn't an asset, longish and on one hand intriguing, but on the other, not. Curiously, weirdly - drinkable. Still trying to figure this out.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 06:06:18 | More by drpimento
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat pours a black color, with a small lacing white head. Their is a nice roasted malty aroma, with hints of vanilla. The taste is the same, a nice sweet roasted malty backbone, with nice hints of vanilla. Good full flavors, and the vanilla is nice and mellow. Overall a nice vanilla flavored beer, enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

05-06-2013 03:56:09 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a cola black with slight brown on the edges when held to the light. A vanilla ice cream colored head recedes to a few wisps of bubbles. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma has a nice creamy vanilla ice cream smell. Faint roasted malts and bitter coffee.

The taste too has a good vanilla cream note, not overpowering or too sweet. Leaves just enough space in the finish for the darker roasted malt and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel is just a bit too thin. But certainly very drinkable.

Overall, I like it a lot because they get the vanilla down perfectly. But it's watery. Still worthy, and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 15:46:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 20:11:35 | More by n2185
Photo of kemoarps


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'll preface this by saying I'm a big fan of their original Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Stout, so I'm quite excited to try this vanilla bean variation. It's the perfect evening for it as well, as it started snowing earlier so the ground has a nice little blanket, and I finished the first half of making some amazing cookies about which I am very excited. Anyway.

The pour comes out as a deep cola. Small bubbly khaki head that fizzes up before dissipating, leaving little to nothing on the glass. The biggest knock for me is it looks a little thin and crispy.

Sticking my nose in there, it's all vanilla at first. Big bean character that eventually gives way to a creamy cacao/oily espresso. Pretty much what I was hoping for.

The taste carries the creamy vanilla bean over for sure, but it almost has an egg nog characteristic to it. Maybe I'm just finally giving in to the inevitability of Christmas' approach, or maybe the stew I had for dinner is playing with my tongue or what, but between the vanilla and the creamy feel held up by lactose and spice, that's the image that's conjured first in my mind. After several sips, that fades, and it gets to be more of a straightforward vanilla bean permeating the chocolate malts and dark roast coffee that the nose promised. It was a fun little detour, though.

I'd never even heard of Tallgrass before moving to StL, but I must say I've thoroughly enjoyed pretty much every offering of theirs I've had. As I noted up top, I appreciate their base Buffalo Sweat, and I like a well done vanilla brew (personal preference: I prefer the flavour of vanilla bean to... extract or whatever the other ways of presenting it are. It just seems rounder, creamier, oilier... I don't really know how to explain it, just that it appeals more to me). This is a combination of a good base beer modified well. I don't know if you can get it outside of their variety 8 pack, but even if you can't it's well worth it (I mean, Ethos, 8-Bit and regular Buffalo Sweat are also super delicious, so there's no filler there).

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 03:50:07 | More by kemoarps
Photo of mdwalsh


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No head, but that's okay

A solid stout aroma, but not a lot of vanilla in there.

Ditto with the taste. A little more robust and well rounded than I recall regular buffalo sweat, but still. Not the richness I expect from a vanilla stout. Though on the back end...I do catch something really nice.

This is still though Buffalo sweat, a dry stout, which I don't know if this jives with vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 19:41:21 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of woosterbill


3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can shared with friends.

A: Dark brown, verging on black, body under a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention, sparse lace. All right.

S: 50/50 mix of vanilla bean and chocolate malt. Simple and enjoyable.

T: Starts out with chocolate, spice, and lactose, followed by rich vanilla and a sweet finish. Tasty.

M: Creamy, frothy, lively medium body. Great.

O: Basically a milkshake in a tallboy. Seems to be what they were going for.


Serving type: can

08-17-2013 16:14:51 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Duff27


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Wonderful two inch tall, dense medium/dark tan colored head on a brown bodied beer. Great head retention and sticky lacing. Cap and collar remains throughout the 16 ounces.

S- Aromas of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Oatmeal, chocolate. Overly sweet vanilla, reminiscent of root beer aged with vanilla. Drinks it's stated 5%abv.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel, low but fitting carbonation

D/O- At 5%abv, the drinkability is through the roof, packs the flavor. Very good beginner stout in my opinion. One negative is that I don't find it too much different from the regular Buffalo Sweat, minor complaint though.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 04:08:08 | More by Duff27
Photo of zhanson88


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown color that appears close to an opaque brown in the glass. Just a few ruby highlights. About 1" of khaki head forms, which has decent retention, and really no lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly nutty and roasty with a hint of coffee up front, with a good deal of vanilla following. Pretty unique, I like it.

Taste: Malts are very nutty up front, with some roast and coffee in the middle, and plenty of vanilla sweetness on the back end and finish. Little to no hops to speak of. Overall, a very tasty combination.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty good. Overall, I definitely prefer this to the original Buffalo Sweat, and I like the original. This is a pretty solid milk stout, and I will definitely look have it again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 03:20:43 | More by zhanson88
Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 23:27:35 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Stevedore


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Merchant's in Madison, Wisconsin. 16oz pour into a nonic pint glass today, 3/15/2014.

App- Dark black body, lovely one finger tan head with good retention. Drinking the beer leaves rings upon rings of thick lacing. Very nice appearing stout.

Smell- Roasty, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, a hint of earth. As it warms, a good bit of vanilla bean starts to take over, and by room temperature, it's quite dominant. Nothing like BVDL or anything like that but it's definitely hard to miss the vanilla which cuts into the initial roast and sweetness very well.

Flavour- Same as in the nose. Starts roasty, chocolatey, espresso forward. Drinks like a nice earthy stout would. There are hints of vanilla bean in the beginning but it comes into its own as it warms, providing a nice bitterness and strong vanilla essence that does not taste artificial at all, and ends up balancing out the dark malts very well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, on the thinner side on the verge of being watery. Otherwise good carbonation, nice semi-bitter vanilla aftertaste that stays on the tongue for some time. Super easy to drink, no hint of any kind of ABV. It's a good beer for a night out.

Overall- Accessible, not expensive, and a nice vanilla bean presence in an otherwise solid stout base. Would definitely be willing to drink again if I see this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 03:02:04 | More by Stevedore
Photo of russpowell


3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 04:08:54 | More by russpowell
Photo of NickT2121


3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into my Stout glass Idkif the can was shook but I poured Smell sooth pour and it foamed like a monster and overflowed a bit. Might of been my fault. But it poured a nice creamy mocha colored head. A dark almost solid dark color with a like brown hue at the bottom.

S - a nice roasted malt with a sweet caramel vanilla Smell coffee espresso smell

T - nice malty goodness and a perfect amount of vanilla it blends so well with this Stout it's creamy and so smooth get a coffee bitterness but very small amount

M - a medium creamy Nitro feel with a silky finish

O - I love this Stout the vanilla sets this off its a perfect blend. Very easy to go down and smooth flavors


Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:57:52 | More by NickT2121
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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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