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Vanilla Stout | Big Muddy Brewing

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Vanilla StoutVanilla Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by cdrogers on 12-05-2011

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 158
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Recommendable. Not overpowering vanilla but a nice subtle hint.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.36/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-to ben.

A: Cola pour, creamy topping with a khaki-walnut colored head of average retention and small lacing there-after.

S: Accents of rootbeer, ginger and freshly granulated chocolate with a heavy hand of vanilla syrup. Finishing hints of fresh cocoa powder, pancake syrup and toffee sweetness. Nice balance, strength and retention.

T: Flavor was rootbeer and vanilla syrup forward, sweet, with ginger and a boat load of vanilla. Caramel-toffee, hazelnut coffee and sweet cocoa with some sweet vienna malts. Hints of melon fruitiness.

M: Syrupy mouthful, cola like texture and depth, sticky, medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Loads of vanilla sweetness, nice start but is overly sweet for multiples, more of a dessert beer where moderation is the key.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
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