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Vanilla Stout - Big Muddy Brewing

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83
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cdrogers on 12-05-2011

A traditional Milk Stout infused with pure Madagascar vanilla. Subtle vanilla flavor throughout with roasted notes and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 34
Photo of Muldoon
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A very light stout with a sweet vanilla finish and a mildly nutty vanilla aftertaste. Very drinkable after-dinner instead of coffee.

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Great Stout! The Vanilla really shines through, this beer is pretty thin for a stout but I think it suits this beer well and makes it very drinkable. My favorite beer from this brewery.

Photo of Samp01
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cloudy cola brown with a small quickly fading tan head. Aroma is of sweet vanilla beans, dark malt with some roasted notes. Taste is same as taste, has some mild bitterness. Palate is medium body, smooth, sweet. The finish is of sweet mild herbal vanilla bean flavor, a bit of dark roasted malts with light bitterness. Sweet and mildly pleasant. Overall a good after dinner.

Photo of MIchelle
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great , easy drinking dark brew. Pours a nice dark brown, very bubbly. You could almost mistake for a glass of coke lol. The head is super thin maybe a 1/4"very light colored. It has a pleasant vanilla smell but it's very light. The taste is very light and refreshing. A nice light vanilla taste but not super sweet and over bearing. Very easy drinking. If your looking for a very full bodied, intense, and interesting beer this isn't it but it is great to sip and i'd buy it again. It's not as complex as many of the beer styles I purchase but sometimes a nice easy drinking beer is called for. :)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a one finger head. Faint smell. The taste is one of the smoothest I've ever had. This beer tastes like cream soda-- I don't know if I like that or not yet. On one hand, there's no bitterness and I love the flavor. On the other hand, it doesn't really taste like beer, per say. It tastes like they just took vanilla abstract and poured it into a stout. The taste lacks depth and I don't feel good about liking this beer.. but I do.

I would certainly recommend this to a friend.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla extract are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the beer tastes likes someone poured a bunch of vanilla extract into a stout, although not necessarily in a bad way.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad beer if you like vanilla, but the taste doesn't seem to be very balanced and is just dominated by vanilla extract flavors. It could use complexity in the form of some other flavors.

Photo of ToddL
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This a nice dark colored beer that smells as good as any beer i've ever had. It taste and smells like a malty vanilla chocolate stout beer. The blend of flavors and smoothness of this beer is outstanding, No bitterness, a pleasant, slightly sweet and vanilla after taste. From a small brewery in Southern Illinois. Don't pass this beer up if you every get a chance to try one

Photo of Neorebel
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Stout pours a translucent dark brown color, with a thin soda-like head. Minimal lacing, but there is definitely some carbonation present. Not bad for the appearance. The smell is very interesting - the first thing that comes to mind is candy - like toffee and caramels. Vanilla taffy. Roasted malt aroma is also big. The flavor is a lot like the aroma - a bit one-dimensional. My first impression was that the vanilla tasted a little artificial or perhaps that it was a little too much. However, after allowing the beer to sit a little while, it grew on me. Basically, this is a decent milk stout with a dose of vanilla ice cream, if you can imagine that. The flavor lingers a while in the finish, which is nice. Light mouth feel and body. Overall - worth a try, if you like light, sweet stouts.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City. I only saw one other store here in Jersey that had this available but this was the only place that had it via the single bottle. I expected this to be sweet, full-bodied, and to have a strong vanilla taste. One out of three may work in baseball but here, it meant that this beer felt a bit short. It was not that sweet, quite thin, and hit me over the head with what flavor it embodied. If you're a fan of vanilla and like a beer that's claims it's a Stout but feels like it's a Porter, than look no further. This is your brew!

The pour wasn't anything special, as it poured a deep raisin brown with just a hint of light coming through around the edges. Not much of an aroma to this (besides vanilla) and the same was true for the head and lacing, which were thin and short-lived. Lots of vanilla bean to the taste with some hints of powered cocoa, oat, and just a touch of currant. The carbonation was thin so this felt quite thin since there wasn't much to scrub after each sip and there was just a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste as well.

For a beer that was 6.00% ABV, this felt a bit stronger. I could feel the booze slowly sneaking up on me but it wasn't enough to knock me out. The lactose, sugar, and strong bitter chocolate that characterizes so many Milk/Sweet Stouts was NOT here at all and even though this wasn't bad to drink, I had to drop it a bit in the ratings only because it didn't hold true to style. Some chocolate malt or a fuller body could have made this really great but as is, it's just a beer to mindlessly down while pondering what might have been....

Photo of jimmah120
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date

look is a dark amber, silky mocha head with minimal lacing and poor retention. smell is mocha, coffee beans, and vanilla. taste is heavy on the vanilla, with cream coffee chocolate and English hops. feel is creamy and smooth.

good beer but the vanilla is sort of overpowering

Photo of LCB_Hostage
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: black. little to no head or lacing
S: Vanilla
T: Vanilla
M: Actually the best part of the beer. Smooth and creamy without being overly syrupy. Could have use a bit of carbonation, thogh.
O: Vanilla.

Seriously. I like vanilla. I never would have purchased this beer if I didn't like vanilla. But c'mon guys. Have you never heard of subtlety??? This has to be the most one-dimensional beer I've had in a long time. Thing is, that wasn't too bad at first. But this was a classic "diminishing returns" brew. By 1/3 - 1/2 way through I was so over the vanilla milkshake novelty and desperately wanted something even vaguely beer-like to punch through the smothering vanillaness. Alas, twas not to be. I'll probably drink the rest of the six, but I'm really going to pick and choose my moments carefully.

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of vanilla, cream, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a cleanness and low carbonation level. Tastes of vanilla, cream, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, great feel, but the blend too strongly favorites vanilla.

Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very dark, nearly black beer with a tan head. The aroma is overwhelmingly vanilla. It borders on over-done vanilla bean. Some chocolate and a bit of espresso underneath. The taste is slightly sweet, with some bitterness. The vanilla carried over in the mid taste. Moderately creamy mouthfeel, but it lacked depth. Overall, it was pretty good.

Photo of ssteiner13
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is the first time I have had a vanilla stout. Wow. I am guessing they are not all this good. The vanilla smell is so pleasant and strong - I love vanilla, so I was super happy about this. The taste matches the smell. Excellent mouth feel and tastes great. Like I said, take this with a grain of salt as I have never had a vanilla stout before, but holy sh*t this is an awesome beer. I loved it.

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle that I picked up the local store and poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a brown color with about one finger of light tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Not all that impressive of an appearance for a stout.

S- Smell is sweet and pleasant. Vanilla is the dominating aroma along with sweet malts.

T- Roasty malt flavors along with vanilla and coffee. Also picking up on a little bit of a root beer flavor. Overall, the flavor is sweet and smooth.

M- Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout. Carbonation is medium-light. This is a brew that I could have several of and not exhaust my taste buds. It is smooth, but easy to drink.

O- A tasty brew, but not much like a stout in my opinion. Almost more like a porter. Still a tasty beer that I would have again, but wouldn't necessarily seek out.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut color and about two fingers of tan head. Good clarity. Sweet chocolate and vanilla on the nose, faint hints of charcoal and roasted malts. Touch of caramel.

Nice smooth mouthful. Nice sweetness but not overly sweet. Creamy. Lots of vanilla and caramel flavor. Faintly woody finish Lends balance to the beer adding a bit of dryness. A few astringencies but other wise a nice easy drinking milk stout.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1753rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
12oz

Purchased at Binnys Forest Park, IL

App- Out of the gate, I thought this was a RIS w/vanilla. It wasnt. The label of the milk stout is right. A bit lighter in browns and tans with a semi deep center. Once compacted on itself. Its a bit darker than pouring would suggest. A small 1/2" fizzy head was there and then gone.

Smell- A bit sweet on the nose. The vanilla is a bit light for me, but blended well with a bit of a brown ale note and lends itself to a nice healthy malt base. A bit lactose and lacking a big punch. However, at 6% was not expecting to be overpowered either.

Taste- This was pretty good. A bit light on the vanilla again for me, but still flavorful and well balanced. A bit sweet and dessert forward. A bit roasty and malty with some sugary milk flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a smooth medium carbonation. The residual flavors are of malts, vanilla and a little bit of a grainular sugar flavor.

Drink- Pretty good. Was part of a mix 6 at Binnys and I like Vanilla in my beers. Couldve been a touch better, but thats just my opinion. Would probably add more vanilla to this if I was at home.

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a short one finger head.

Smell: vanilla and some roasted tones come through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, big vanilla flavor, some softer molasses tones, and prunes are balanced with some floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is laced with continuing vanilla flavor.

Overall: this stout is a bit sweet and full of vanilla flavors, so don't expect a hearty stout here. Slow sipping but not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Lemke10
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a foamy, light brown head. The scent is mildly malty with hints of vanilla. The texture is thin yet a little creamy. You can definitely taste the vanilla in the flavor. It’s kind of like a vanilla cream soda with deeper robust flavors. Fairly decent as it’s better than some vanilla beers on the market but I’ve had at least one other beer that was better with its use of vanilla. An easy find for me, but I guess they are a smaller operation.

Photo of rfgetz
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown - near black in color, with minimal cap of bone white head, moderate lacing. Scent is strong with vanilla... Smells more natural than artificial, malts are dark and toasty, light creamy sweetness. Taste hits with vanilla, bitter on the tongue, helped along by light cream and sugar, roasted grain with notes of chocolate and coffee, faint stone fruit. Medium bodied, biggest issue is the lack of smoothness, creaminess or heft, would have upped the score a touch. Another nice, comfortable and approachable brew from the Midwest.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

The final bottle left from my Friar Tuck's run prior to my buddy's wedding. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a short half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, vanilla bean, light roasted malts, and a drop or two of molasses. The taste holds notes of dark cola, light roasted malts, vanilla bean, and a dusting of dark chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an alright stout, but one that comes in too thin, both in terms of body and in terms of robustness of flavor. Not bad, but not quite good, either.

Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark and opaque with a descent, light tan head and moderate retention.

Beautiful aroma of roasted malts and vanilla, sweet in the nose.

Flavor starts with moderate amount of roasted malts, boasting coffee, dark chocolate and wheat toast. This flavor quickly vanishes leaving room for a sweet vanilla extract flavor which dominates up through the finish.

Thin, slick, watery feel. Almost like the malt is not present at all in the finish. Average carbonation.

Not what I'm looking for in a stout. Just needs more roasted malt character and texture.

Photo of sleuthdog
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown to black that doesn't allow any light penetration. I was unable to produce any head at all and in all honesty poured what I'd describe as flat.

Smell: Vanilla with some milk chocolate hits me at first. A very slight coffee is present but way in the background behind the sweet notes. There are some malty notes mingling in there, too.

Taste: Well where is that vanilla I got in the nose? Disappointing that the vanilla is not more prominent. There is some malty roasty notes and a mild chocolate. This is just like drinking flat cola like a root beer with a small shot of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Very watery and flat. Like I said before just like drinking a flat cola. Nothing else to note.

Overall: Well this did not impress at all. I liked the aroma but couldn't get past the overall flat, sweet cola-like characteristics.

Photo of match1112
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark brown, almost black. inch of creamy brown head has decent staying power leaving moderate lacing behind.

s: vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, dark chocolate.

t: vanilla and chocolate, no detectable hops or anything that would make me think this is a milk stout instead of just another vanilla infused stout.

m: a lot thinner than i would of hoped for, pours about the same consistency of soda. carbonation was good, not quite as sticky as i was expecting either. rich and creamy.

o: reminds me of a vanilla cream soda more than a stout. otherwise very drinkable

Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the nose I get roast, baking cocoa, and slight vanilla. I expected there to be a lot more vanilla, but maybe it'll show itself in a different way.

Its dark dark brown with ruby highlights where the light peeks through. The head is a light mocha that provides interesting lacing that reminded me of hieroglyphics at first.

On my first sip, I found the vanilla. It's like biting into a vanilla bean and scooping out the seed with your teeth. The vanilla is so strong, thats almost all I taste. I get some residual cocoa notes, but this is mostly straight vanilla. It's so good!

Light carbonation and a medium body allow this beer to be enjoyed as a sipping beer, when the alcohol is a bit lower than normal for that designation. It's easy to drink though, and is pretty much desert in a glass.

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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.