Vanilla Stout - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of sleuthdog
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of LCB_Hostage
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of C2H5
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this beer is a root beer brown, looks more like a porter than a stout if that really means anything. Carbonation leaves a small white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is alot of roasted malts, familiar sweet "milk stout" nose, sadly I'm not getting a lot of vanilla.
Has a nice roasted malt flavor, a bit of sweetness and the vanilla flavor tries to come out a bit midway but never really makes it for me, the finish is a bit of bakers chocolate and is bitter and drying.

I was hoping that the vanilla would be right up front since it says VANILLA in huge writing, but then again it also says STOUT really big and o'well...It tastes like some of the vanilla porters I have had but with less vanilla and more roasted malt flavor. I really wanted to really like this one, but I only moderately liked it. It's worth a shot for the price, but don't expect a thick bodied vanilla flavored stout, because it isn't one.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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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.

Photo of bnes09
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

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3.36/5  rDev -8.7%

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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.

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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.