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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 555
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 49
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, Buffalo Sweat Stout brewed with vanilla beans, Brewed and Canned by Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas. 1.057 OG, 20 IBU, Alc. 5.0% by Vol.

Dark brown, nearly black, with intense carbonation, under a light tan head, slowly reduced to a tight ring.

Aroma is sweet vanilla, met quickly with cocoa and cream. That's about it, but that's all you need. Beautiful blend.

Tasting it: smooth and creamy. Buffalo Sweat is a milk oatmeal stout to begin with, with plenty of chocolate malt flavor inherent. Add the vanilla, and it's just another tasty treat, soft, and supple and utterly easy to drink. Medium-bodied, mellow mouthfeel. Little bitterness, moderate sweetness. Lays down nice and easy on the palate.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

All the flavors were there. It was the base beer of Buffalo Sweat with added vanilla. It tasted good, but left no impression on me. I found myself bored drinking it. There was nothing that made me want to go back for more.

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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 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 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 kkleu357
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a glass. Nice dark body. Sweet slightly roasted aroma. Tasty beer. some notes of coffee and chocolate with a lot of vanilla flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into pint glass.

A - Deep black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a plump cap. Big blobs of lacing on glass.

S - Vanilla is the star here with notes of roasted malts and sweet, milk chocolate and hints of caramel.

T - The Vanilla is mellow and allows the milk chocolate, cocoa, and cream from the stout to come through. Roasted malts, caramel and some malted milk on the finish.

M - Medium body with a velvety feel and ample carbonation.

O - Very tasty sweet stout that does not overdue it. The 16oz can is a cherry on top of this great dessert beer.

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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 Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

1 pt can, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, bordering on black brown, which pools into the glass as black liquid shot through with carbonation. It forms a thick, fizzy head of tan foam, which rapidly dies away completely, leaving no trace. The surface of the beer bubbles continually in much the same way as a soft drink.

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla well out of the glass, wreathed around a backdrop equal measures roasty and sweet with lactose. There's just enough of a coffee hint to make one think of some ice cream parlor's go at a cappuccino flavor.

Taste: The flavor opens with a twin rush of cocoa and vanilla, buoyed by a remarkable sweetness. Some subtle notes of light coffee emerge through the middle, bringing just a hint of bitterness, and dark fruits swell out of the background towards the finish - raisin, plum, and black cherry. The aftertaste has a mixture of lactose sweetness and something almost ashen, with quickly fading echoes of chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: For a stout, this is rather thin, almost tempting me to use the term "watery", though it never quite gets to that point. There's definitely an overabundance of carbonation, with attendant fizziness and sharpness.

Overall: Thus far, I've been in areas where this beer sees distribution twice, and I brought some home both times. It's a rather refreshing adjunct milk stout, almost what one could term a "session dessert beer" as far as drinkability is concerned. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shoe shined black with a splotchy, sticky tan head.

Smell is timid with vanilla and roasted malt.

Tastes of roasted grains, milk chocolate and taffy with a long vein of vanilla right down the middle and a hint of bitterness in the end.

Medium and smooth albeit a slight thin.

Not as sweet as most which is not a bad thing.

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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 gibgink
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of MN-Nice
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Near pitch black, maybe a slight ruby hue when held up to the light

S - Sweet smelling chocolate and vanilla notes with a subtle hint of coffee

T - Like with the smell, the first thing that hits the sweetness of the brew. Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. Ends with the slightest bitterness, which is much appreciated after the almost overwhelming barrage of sweetness.

M - Creamy and smooth. I've come to associate Tallgrass with incredibly smooth, drinkable brews and this one definitely follows suit.

O - A solid sweet stout to say the least, and an improvement over the standard Buffalo Sweat (which I also enjoy). The vanilla adds a lot of sweetness and though I wouldn't drink this regularly, it's a very nice change of pace from heavier, boozier stouts out there

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Photo of rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The aroma is sweet with malts, coffee, and molasses but not much of a vanilla smell. The taste is smooth, sweet, and robust. The texture is lighter and not as thick or heavy as the regular Buffalo Sweat. There is a slight hint of vanilla, but it’s not as evident as other vanilla stouts in the market.

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Photo of dbossman
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of bnes09
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown color. Massive, five finger-head takes a while to dissipate before I can pour the rest of the can, let alone, drink the beer. Recedes to a thin layer of soda-like suds. Minimal lacing.

Hint of vanilla and cocoa in the nose. Not much else there.

Mild roasted chocolate character. Sweet molasses and maple syrup. Minimal hop bitterness with an earthy quality. Sweet overall.

Light bodied. Over carbonated. Bit of a syrupy texture.

Its alright.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just under the best by date of 5/25/14. Attractive in the riedel beer glass. Big full tan head (good lacing) and soft roast malt aroma with a nice milky creamy addition. Not too much for the vanilla bean at first, but it joins in the fun in time in a very nice way.
Vanilla very apparent in the taste. Pushes to the point of excess, but holds the line there. Roast is definitely in the back along with the mild sweetness, but they are there and blend in softly and nicely. The vanilla hangs on in the finish.
Thinner body as it want for this brewer on this style and is working for my settling down time after almost 6 hours of yard and garage/car work. Flatter on the bubbles, just the way I like it for these smaller stouts. Some creaminess but still lighter here too.
Complex yet easy drinking ale works fine with me.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Essentially, someone has figured out how to carbonate chocolate milk with a splash of vanilla extract and market it as beer. I had heard great things about this brew ... and was very disappointed. This is by far one of the worst beers I've encountered, one of our tasting team jokingly commented about mixing miller lite with chocolate milk... sorry.

A: The appearance and smell initially had me very excited. Dark with a thin foamy head.

S: The aroma really peaked my senses; enticing vanilla and chocolate.

T: Watery chocolate milk... There just wasn't much umph to this drink or complexity. It honestly tasted like someone took a can of carbonated water and mixes it with chocolate milk. Or perhaps a vanilla root beer when the dispenser is running out of syrup to mix and you have a completely off but very carbonated drink.

M: Very thin beer, I personally enjoy mine much thicker. There was no creaminess which I often associate with Vanilla based beers etc. Very effervescent and sparkly, far too much...

O: This was a very disappointing beer. I really tried to give this one a chance, it was initially chilled and as I drank allowed it to warm to see if it would change in flavor depth and complexity... all I got was a vanilla chocolate fizziness. Perhaps I had a bad batch? But I'm a little afraid to try it again when there are so many other outstanding beers.

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