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Vanilla Stout - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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 ToddL:
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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

08-29-2013 00:01:37 | More by ToddL
More User Reviews:
Photo of chip26


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-10-2014 03:20:41 | More by chip26
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

07-30-2012 19:59:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-08-2013 21:04:45 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-22-2013 06:47:47 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-04-2014 01:01:53 | More by jheezee
Photo of seedsofchaos


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

02-01-2012 20:56:49 | More by seedsofchaos
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-03-2014 18:44:58 | More by jwerner23
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

03-04-2013 20:03:30 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Eaglefan344


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-04-2014 23:53:06 | More by Eaglefan344
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

07-03-2012 01:43:39 | More by emerge077
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-16-2014 01:34:45 | More by itracy63
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4/5  rDev +9%

07-18-2012 00:50:17 | More by hoppymcgee
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-21-2014 21:02:46 | More by ArtZan
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-01-2012 19:46:31 | More by DNofBN
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-13-2012 04:46:42 | More by enelson
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-04-2013 17:10:49 | More by MKorn
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-26-2014 19:34:03 | More by kingslotty
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-03-2012 23:11:48 | More by st9647v3
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-29-2013 19:58:39 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-21-2013 03:28:44 | More by kkmiller76
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-12-2013 18:28:21 | More by Kubrickx
Photo of cdrogers


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Had this on-tap at Kindling in Carterville, IL.

It was as dark as a cola with a nice off-white and dark-tan head with a nice head retention while drinking.

Nice balanced vanilla aroma with a little sweetness and malted notes.

I really enjoyed this one. It got the vanilla for sure, but it was very balanced with the hops and the sweetness in the aroma came through with the taste.

Nice carbonation and well-balanced. Was not heavy at all, quite smooth.

Overall, this is a great stout and I really enjoyed the nice vanilla flavor and aroma. Highly recommend as a regular cold-weather beer.

12-05-2011 04:32:10 | More by cdrogers
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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Dark cola brown, almost black. Medium sized, light, bubbly, light tan head. Average retention leaving very little lace.

S - Loads of vainilla. Some chocolate, cola and anise aroma. Reminds me of root beer really.

T - Tastes even more like root beer. Also has a slight cream soda sweetness to it. Hints of chocolate and a touch of licorice, but it's more or less like drinking slightly flat root beer with a bit of cream soda added.

M - Medium body with lower than average carbonation. Slick and wet feeling.

D - Easy to drink stout. Alcohol is non-existent. Fairly sweet but not cloying. Slick and just goes down the throat easily.

Notes: Very much like drinking root beer without the carbonation. Doesn't exactly taste or feel like I'm drinking a beer. It's not bad, but it's different, although I think it could work well for certain situations.

06-20-2012 02:25:05 | More by FreshHawk
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-12-2013 21:17:53 | More by mpalestino
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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
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