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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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88
very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 38
Gots: 68 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-12-2013

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Ratings: 489 | Reviews: 84
Photo of MaximumYuks
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 UrbanCaveman
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of M_chav
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PG2G
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 TheCondor
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RocketCityVol
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 30helens
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-Land
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of linnymtu
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of snansel
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kris450
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whynot44
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of gibgink
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.