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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 31
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-12-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
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kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

zeff80, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

russpowell, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

oline73, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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-

kojevergas, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

brandoman63, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

harpus, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 24, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Duff27, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Axnjxn, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, drink by 04/13/14
A - black with a creamy tan head that holds decent retention
S - sweet aromas of vanilla, cocoa, roasted barley, and cream
T - smooth and rich flavors of vanilla, chocolate milk, roasted barley, faint coffee
M - medium body, very creamy and smooth
O - Very nice stout with some vanilla to add complexity. I'll have to try the regular Buffalo Sweat stout at some point.

barnzy78, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

drpimento, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

IPAchris, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

enelson, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Vanilla, right off the bat. Lots of raisin too. A subtle chalky cocoa to it.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Great vanilla character with the raisin and mild roasted malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and malty with just the right amount of sweetness to it.

(O)- A solid variation with the vanilla added. Not overly sweet yet with plenty of richness.

sweemzander, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

rudzud, Feb 23, 2014
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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.