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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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89
very good

90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 598
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 27.82%
Wants: 50
Gots: 109 | FT: 4
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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

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 kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
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-

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, sweet molasses, roasted malt and milk chocolate.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet mix of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Like the standard Buffalo Sweat, there aren't much hops, but the sharp vanilla taste helps improve the finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth body that is fairly light. Seems much creamier than the standard Buffalo Sweat, and as a result, the thinness is less apparent or doesn't bother me.

Overall: A definite improvement over the base beer. Now how about a Double version?

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Photo of jmccullough108
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a snifter, drink by 03/29/14 on the can.

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that quickly dissipated to about a half-finger of tan head. Decent lacing left on the sides of the glass. In the light it's pitch black.

Smell: This is where this beer really excels.. Roasted chocolate, lots of caramel, vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Slight upfront bitterness immediately followed by vanilla sweetness. Slight caramel aftertaste. Wish this beer had a bit more of a malty backbone to add some roasty flavors.

Overall: Not bad. Like previously stated the smell of this beer lead me to anticipate a roasty, complex stout, but I just ended up getting a ton of vanilla sweetness. Not a bad thing, just didn't think the aroma matched exactly to the taste.

If you are on the fence about getting it, I would, its not bad by any means. Cheers!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of zeledonia
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a massive head that had good retention before settling to a very thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Nothing surprising in the aroma. Regular Buffalo Sweat with a moderate amount of vanilla addition. The vanilla really seems to compliment the base beer. Has a vanilla malt shake quality.

More than subtle vanilla flavor. It is a dominant and a little overwhelming. Getting just a moderate amount of the base stout. The vanilla does not compliment the flavor as it did the aroma.

Solid body for a lower ABV stout. Smooth, even texture that compliments the flavors.

Another solid beer from Tallgrass. The vanilla might be a little much for some, it was pushing the threshold with me, but delivers what it claims.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite good. Had this at a tasting at Cork & Bottle, Madison. Some might think this overly sweet. Yeah, it's sweet. And it doesn't have the piercing ABV of Southern Tier Creme Brulee to cut the sweet. That doesn't matter. It drinks really well, without being cloying, perhaps from the drying roasted coffee flavor.

It's significantly better than regular Buffalo Sweat.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for this one...long time want

A - Totally opaque with a soda like dark tan head that poofs up and then...poof its gone

S - Butter, gas station cappuccino, roasty toasty malts, mineral water, nice bready notes, some dark fruit

T - A lot of flavor: Big black malts, caramel, over extracted espresso. Maybe a trace of hops, but it almost tastes like a grassy note from pale malts

M - Good creamy body, medium in heaviness. Crisp aftertaste, pretty dry

I am starting to dig Tallgrass anything. This is one beer that I could drink to try and get fucked up and enjoy it for ten minutes and then pass out.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No head, but that's okay

A solid stout aroma, but not a lot of vanilla in there.

Ditto with the taste. A little more robust and well rounded than I recall regular buffalo sweat, but still. Not the richness I expect from a vanilla stout. Though on the back end...I do catch something really nice.

This is still though Buffalo sweat, a dry stout, which I don't know if this jives with vanilla.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat pours a black color, with a small lacing white head. Their is a nice roasted malty aroma, with hints of vanilla. The taste is the same, a nice sweet roasted malty backbone, with nice hints of vanilla. Good full flavors, and the vanilla is nice and mellow. Overall a nice vanilla flavored beer, enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Aromas of freshly prepared oatmeal and brown sugar. A little bit of coffee aroma in there as well. Taste begins with a slight smokey flavor, then some caramel, after that a hint of vanilla, then a big milk finish. The aftertaste is rather smoky. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a very nice sweet stout. Plenty of flavor in a relatifvely low ABV.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An aggressive pour resulted in a very dark brown body with a three finger soapy tan head. The head dissipates rapidly.

Aroma: Lightly roasted dark malts. Not really smelling a lot of vanilla but maybe it will come out more in the flavor. Basically smells like an average Milk Stout.

Taste: A nice palate of both sweet cream and charred malt notes as well as a light grassy hop character. The vanilla comes out near the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. It's hard to notice at first because it is blended so well into the whole flavor of the beer. A good amount of flavor for 5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is very thick for an O.G. of 1.057, must be some unfermentable lactose sugar in there. Smooth carbonation given an aggressive pour and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good Milk Stout with a nice hint of vanilla. I'm not sure if it's the cool logos on the cans or the low price point but TallGrass brews always seem to catch my eye in the store. I'd be interested to try this one next to the original Buffalo Sweat. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Vanilla dominates here with notes of roasted malts and sweet, creamy milk chocolate.

T: Thankfully the vanilla is a bit more subdued here. Roasted malts are at the forefront with milk chocolate flavors. Vanilla comes through and blends well rather than tasting artificial before a slightly charred finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer thankfully avoids being watery like many low abv stouts.

O: A solid beer overall. Most low abv stouts are bland and watery, but this one is enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 06/09/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby. About one finger of tan head that quickly fades into thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, malt driven aroma with a big dose of vanilla. Dark roasted malts with good hints of sweet chocolate, coffee bean, oats, and a big scent of vanilla beans. Also hints of sweet toasted caramel, toffee, milk, cream, nuts, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Some brown sugar adding to the sweetness. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A very solid sweet stout aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a sweet and roasty milk stout taste with a big shot of vanilla. Dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, coffee bean, big vanilla bean, oats, and toast. Along with that are notes of milk, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, yeast, biscuit, and grains. Some sweet burnt brown sugar. Some earthy hops provide a little dryness towards the finish. The creamy chocolate and vanilla stand out the most. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Somewhat slick.

Overall: A very good milk/sweet stout. The vanilla beans add a nice shot of flavor.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at the St. Paddy's Day parade, Jackson, MS

A: Blackish brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Nice lacing.

S: Vanilla poppin'. Smooth, rich with chocolate accents.

T: Damn, this is smooth. Whipped chocolate with vanilla beans circling the moat. Sweet, robust, but not overpowering. Malty. Love at first sip.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: I wasn't a fan of the regular Buffalo Sweat, but this one made me a true believer. The vanilla beans smooth out the rough edges of regular BS and intensify the chocolate flavoring. A new favorite.

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Photo of yamar68
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near pitch black with a swelling pillow of light brown head that produces a good deal of lacing.

I'm impressed by how strong the vanilla addition translates on the nose... like a Buffalo Sweat float with vanilla bean ice cream. Milk chocolate, cream, brown sugar... I'm loving this so far.

Smooth chocolate flavors, vanilla bean and lots of it... mild brownie, some cocoa powder, pretty straight forward stuff but I like it.

'tis good!

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Side by side tasting with regular & vanilla bean.

A - Both have a pitch black body that seemed to pour slightly thin. A little darker tan head to vanilla bean.

S - Regular stout has roasted malts with bitter semi-sweet chocolate. Vanilla bean adds to the smell with what else, slightly sweet vanilla bean. Both beers aren't eye popping smellolicious.

T - Regular has semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of watered down black coffee. Vanilla bean has the same characteristics but that oh so sweet character of vanilla bean it adds is really wonderful.

M - Both are not thick, though slightly creamy with medium carbonation.

O - Loaded down with vanilla bean, this beer just pops and really one I would reach for time & time again. The regular is good in its own right, but man-o-man that vanilla bean is much better!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black body except for some lighter edges. Medium brown frothy head of 2 fingers. Retention was meager. Laces nice. Aroma of vanilla beans is very evident. Wafts of chocolate and coffee roast are on the backside. Tastes like the aroma really..vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Straight and to the point. As with the regular Buffalo Sweat, it's on the thinner side. Creamy, but thin.

Adds a nice dynamic. The coffe gets muted a bit, but th vanilla is good.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown color that appears close to an opaque brown in the glass. Just a few ruby highlights. About 1" of khaki head forms, which has decent retention, and really no lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly nutty and roasty with a hint of coffee up front, with a good deal of vanilla following. Pretty unique, I like it.

Taste: Malts are very nutty up front, with some roast and coffee in the middle, and plenty of vanilla sweetness on the back end and finish. Little to no hops to speak of. Overall, a very tasty combination.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty good. Overall, I definitely prefer this to the original Buffalo Sweat, and I like the original. This is a pretty solid milk stout, and I will definitely look have it again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.