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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | 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 +2.3%

bcm75, Nov 15, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint.

Impressive pour, VBBS cascades an inky black and easily manages three fingers of ecru foam. In the glass, the beer barely allows a cola colored highlight to appear at the bottom of the glass.

Oh yeah, vanilla is definitely there! The beer just needs to warm a little. Otherwise, the familiar Buffalo Sweat odors of roasted malts, slight coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and brownie remain.

Sweet and roasty best describe this drink, the sweet at the front has some vanilla and brownie. When sitting at mid-palate, the roasted malts and coffee ground earthiness join the mix. The finish gets a little syrupy and gives back some more vanilla and chocolate syrup.

Not very carbonated, it definitely feels slick, but it carries decent weight over the tongue, oily.

The vanilla bean has sweetened up this already good stout. However, the vanilla character is not nearly as robust or decadent as one could imagine. And that roasted quality of Buffalo Sweat is in no way diminished by the addition of vanilla. If anything, it takes away slightly from the experience. Still, VBBS is a fine beer.

Pintofbrown, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jklecko2, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Shawner, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a two finger tan head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has cocoa, roasted malt, and vanilla. Has a nice, sweet aroma.

Tastes much like the aroma. Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, lactose, and light vanilla. I'm sure the vanilla faded because I waited as long as I did to open this can, but this is still very good. I will see how good it is with a fresher can sometime.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Somewhat creamy. A very enjoyable beer.

hardy008, Nov 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

damienblack, Oct 13, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -4.1%

harpus, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jawneyt, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


woosterbill, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

APB, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

MDDMD, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

oso, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jroberts8811, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

bigbeers84, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

PHBoiler, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TastyIsBeer, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

zeledonia, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CCutch, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dubmax, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

hey5hitgoose, Jun 20, 2013
Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.