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Vanilla Stout - Big Muddy Brewing

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional Milk Stout infused with pure Madagascar vanilla. Subtle vanilla flavor throughout with roasted notes and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.

(Beer added by: cdrogers on 12-05-2011)
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Reviews by LCB_Hostage:
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2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

LCB_Hostage, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

HoppySeb, Sep 18, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic
A- This beer pours a nice jet black body with a light tan film that soon fades to a ring and a gentle carbonation trails up the side of the glass

S- The soft note of coffee roasted malt leads to a vanilla nougat aroma that has a hint of bourbon in the depth. The aroma is pretty clean otherwise

T- The coffee roasted malt has no bitterness and finishes with a watery taste. There is a slight tartness that is a bit to big for the other flavors and a slight roasted hint lingers. Some vanilla grows into the flavor as it warms.

M- The light mouthfeel has a thin texture to it with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is a bit thin and watery with some nice vanilla character, just no malt to support it. The tartness grows over top the malt flavor and there just isn't any depth to the malt.

rhoadsrage, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

acurtis, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this infamous local at Kindling this afternoon after a great black and bleu steak sandwich. Big Muddy hasn't quite made its way to bottling this beer yet and the only way to get it is at one of a few local bars/bistros.

Big Muddy Vanilla is formidable in appearance. It's deceivingly formidable though. Although it never claims to be an Imperial anything, one does get the sense that they are about to drink a big double stout or the likes from the jet-black appearance and skimming of a head. What one does get is a great silky mouthfeel. It's milk-stout-esque if I had to sum it up quickly.

Smell is fairly simple, but good. Vanilla comes out swinging followed by milk chocolate. Aromas are of fresh baked goods. Think oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and milk. Yum. I have to say that this beer, along with Big Muddy Monster, are the best beers from Big Muddy Brewing to date. Flavors follow the bouquet with just the slightest roast and just enough hop bitterness to round the beer out. This definitely is malt forward with tons of vanilla, but balance is there.

A great offering from a local brewery. Nice job, Big Muddy.

seedsofchaos, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mjc3151, Sunday at 09:35 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jwerner23, May 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

caustin90, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

jtierney89, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Eaglefan344, May 05, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

Rowold27, Oct 25, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Samp01, Sep 29, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time seeing the bottles locally, revisiting this as i've only tried it on tap before. Bomber was $8 which seemed a little high, but on par with similarly packaged beers.

Black with brownish edges, lots of drippy lace in the glass, a bit of a contrast from the draft version. One finger of tan foam rises and sticks to the sides of the glass, thin skim of tan foam across the surface.

Sweet vanilla bean aroma, definitely authentic and very aromatic. Probably the best aspect of this beer, it has a nice trace of underlying cocoa. Similar flavors of cocoa and vanilla, blending more seamlessly and smoothly than the draft version. Light roast, dry finish, not overly sweet at all. Fairly straightforward. Body is a touch light, but it's very drinkable.

emerge077, Jul 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

itracy63, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

hoppymcgee, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ArtZan, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DNofBN, Nov 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

enelson, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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

ToddL, Aug 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.