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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo SweatTallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.8%
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.

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Photo of whynot44
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -3%
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 -7%
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 -0.8%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.8%
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 -1%
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 -32.1%
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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Photo of paladinjoe
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is pretty good, slightly better than the regular Buffalo Sweat, the added vanilla does make a difference, even though it's not a real powerful offering of it.

Fits the stout family nicely, very dark, very smooth, a creaminess to it, the chocolate/coffee taste is there, the overall flavor is wonderful, the only thing lacking in this one is the same as the regular Buffalo Sweat is in the body, it's a bit thin. Imagining this beer as an imperial stout makes me dream, it would be world-class I think... hopefully someday such a version of this from Tallgrass will exist!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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 BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of NickT2121
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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

Enjoy

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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 gueuzedreg
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a frothy head; I am not surprised because it was poured out of a can, but it is a stout.

S- Kinda bland. Your mediocre mix of malts and barley

T- Vanilla is present. Probably the right amount that the brewer was going for in this beer. Light stout characteristics. A lot of carbonation follows

M- Frothy, and somewhat creamy; not too much. Just a bit. Pretty thin for a stout.

O- I enjoyed this beer. I rated it pretty high. It is outside of my zone, but if I saw a four pack (not sure how they sell it) I would buy one.

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