Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo SweatTallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jera1350 on 01-12-2013

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Photo of cjgator3
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can with best before date printed on the bottom of the can. Dark black color with large creamy light tan head. Taste and aroma mix sweet and roasty notes with a touch of vanilla and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, decent but not something I'd try again. It's a little sweet without much body that I hope for in a stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Tallgrass's Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat last week at The Lager Mill for $1.69. I tried the other two versions of this beer and I wasn't to impressed, but I thought I might as well try the third one, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and a half of fluffy slightly creamy lighter tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking stout, but I wish it had better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with malts being the first to show up and they impart a roasted malt, chocolate, dark malt and light coffee like aroma. Up next comes some doughy yeast and creamy oatmeal like aroma and it's followed by the vanilla which is on the lighter side, but it's still a little noticeable. The aroma is nice, but I wish the vanilla came through a little more and I wish it was more robust.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with those dark roasted malts still being the first to show up and they show up a little more than they did in the aroma while imparting all the same aspects. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and creamy oatmeal flavors and that's followed by the vanilla which is noticeable, but still on the lighter side. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the vanilla showed up more.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly creamy, a little velvety, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a pretty solid example of the style, it had pretty much all the key aspects that I was expecting, but I still wish the vanilla came through more to make it more noticeable. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but it might start to wear one me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the mouthfeel, they are both pretty nice and the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the lightness of the vanilla and I wish the aroma was a little more robust. I don't think I would get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I don't think it's a must try, but if your want a lighter oatmeal stout with some pretty light vanilla flavors then it might be worth checking out. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if the vanilla was bolder it would be a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite Tallgrass beer and it's a solid example of the style. Solid job guys, but there's still some room for improvement with this beer.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.83/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

This is disappointing. Flat, watery, an unimpressive. not much flavor to go with and smells like some cheap lager. Tastes like a cheap stout. I don't know how it's rated so high. Another craft beer failure.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark black with a thin, one-finger tan head that lingered but didn't leave a lot of lacing. The smell is dark malt and a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up much vanilla. The taste follows but with more noticable vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel is slightly thin and highly carbonated, but exactly as expected for a 5% abv stout. It's a pleasant stout that easy to drink and would be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour with a big brown head. Slightly burnt aroma. Tastes like a good vanilla latte lots of coffee and vanilla flavors standing out. Also has some nice roasted malt flavored that come out as the beer warms. Thinner body than expected. Finishes with a sweet lingering vanilla flavor.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy, medium, tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roast malt, very faint hint of vanilla

Tastes vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate. Finishes semi sweet with a vanilla linger. Lighter full body. Lower creamy carbonation

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from TN with a BB date stamp of 24 March 2017.
Pours blackish-brown with a sizable, fluffy tan head that settles to a durable top coat. Soapy lacing.

Aroma: roasted grains, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and a faint touch of smoke.

Flavor: lots of vanilla; at the threshold of too much. Roasted grains. Chocolate and and coffee in the aftertaste. Medium-high sweetness for style.

Overall: with sweet vanilla and faint coffee overtone, this makes a fine after dinner beverage.

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Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 5/12/2017. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, creamed coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and vanilla/lactose notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, creamed coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, creamed coffee, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and vanilla/lactose flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a delicious milk stout! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and vanilla/lactose flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, almost refreshing. Very flavorful with an awesome mouthfeel for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a three finger sturdy tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and light vanilla.

T - The taste is roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is solid stout. The flavors are not overly sweet and at 5% ABV easily drinkable.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice dark beer with a creamy tan head. The aroma is a nice roasted malt that has some coffee notes, oats and vanilla. The taste is big roasty malts and oats with chocolate and coffee components and a generous amount of vanilla flavor. This is a really nice stout with a big flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. An opaque black color with a thick and foamy light tan head. Great retention and nice tracks in the glass. A nice vanilla aroma with cocoa, milk, and roasted malt. A smooth, milky taste with vanilla up front that was balanced with a nice chocolatey and roasty stout flavor. A creamy and smooth feel. Very nice.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a tall glass. Not my ideal, but I'm not at home with my own glasses. Poured a dark chocolate brown with a minimal head and a fair amount of lacing. The vanilla is the first thing you notice, but it's not overpowering. After the vanilla, the sweetness of the milk stout style begins to shine thru. The carbonation is just about right for the style and coats very nicely.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours blackish-brownish-red with a well carbonated but minimal head that soon disappears

Aromas include roasted barley, vanilla, coffee, lactose and a bit of chocolate

Taste is lots of vanilla with roasted barley and coffee. Sweet

Overall it's not too bad of a beer. Just be ready for sweet

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Photo of donspublic
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into shaker, minimal tan head, recedes quickly, minimal lacing. Dark brownish/black in the glass, no light gets thru. Smells faintly of roasted malt, chocolate, good wiff of vanilla and some lingering roasted coffee. Taste initially semisweet chocolate with a Simi bitter finish, vanilla goes a long way in taming that bitterness. Mouthfeel is standard across all of these variants, a little light, but it rings in at 5 percent so I am fine with that. Easy drinking stout

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid dark body, black with a hint of brown and red, a short tan head that fades quickly, some lacing, and visible agitation from the carbonation.

S - Vanilla is out front. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, appear in a supporting role.

T - Following the nose, with strong vanilla. The roast is mostly cocoa, a hint of coconut, and a mild close with brisk acidity.

M - A bit thin. There is a creaminess that is pleasant.

O - A solid stout, and the vanilla is definitely a welcome additional touch. The feel is a bit more full that the standard Buffalo Sweat, and it makes for a more satisfying brew, although it remains too light, in my view.

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Photo of martinpfal
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with some head which is nice. But for me that is where the fun ended. Smell was overpowering of cinnamon. I like it but not THAT much in my beer. No bourbon flavor at all which was a disappointment. I had it cold however but I don't think I can wait for it to warm to see if anything else comes out. Just too sweet for me

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a huge, frothy head after an impressive bubble show; the liquid is the color of espresso

Smell: Coffee dominates, with roast and vanilla tones

Taste: Roast and coffee, up front, with vanilla and lactose building through the middle; as the beer warms the sweeter tones and the vanilla become more pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Milk stouts aren't my favorite but this one is a decent example; the vanilla and sweetness is tough to deal with in a pounder can, though

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Photo of bbtkd
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite having the word sweat in the name, this is a pretty decent beer. Nose is coffee, and some slight sweetness. Taste is coffee and milk. Overall good.

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Photo of CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super dark, with a strong roasty and vanilla aroma. Pours with a thick, tan, rocky head - but reduces fairly quickly. Taste is thick with vanilla, with the bitter malty linger of a traditional stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Run of the mill black, not midnight black or dark brown, but right in the middle. Small beige head in the 1/2" range. Mild roasted malts, vanilla heavy aroma, enjoyable.

Taste, smooth, not thick, tempered sweetness, substantial vanilla. ABV in check, mouthfeel silky, sweet and vanilla predominant. Oatmeal smooths it out well, not a lot of roast and bitterness in this one. Better than the base beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Once again, we have a CAN courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77, who CAN show up on my porch whenever it is CANvenient for him. He brings such great beers and is outstanding about returning the empty CANs for further transfer to Jeff Lebo. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Oatmeal Cream Stout brewed with Vanilla Beans"; "Est 2007"; "Fresh Beer = Best Beer. Please keep refrigerated."

I CAN follow directions and since this was up in the rotation, I figured to add it to The CANQuest (tm), beginning with a Crack! An inverted Glug resulted in a pseudo-cascade, followed by two-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a roastiness underlain by something that I could not identify. I am sure that it was the presence of vanilla beans, but I would be unable to swear to it. Mouthfeel was thin, especially for the style. The taste was the polar opposite of my last stout. In this case, it was really sweet, unquestionably vanilla, but WAY too sweet for the likes of me. It also had a slight chocolatiness, but either way, the sweetness was really cloying. Finish was sweet, a combination of vanilla and chocolate, more like a dessert beer than I really care to drink.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours nearly black with a beige head that lasts. Aroma is mostly vanilla, some chocolate some roasted malts. Milky sweet stout with a hint of chocolate and lots of vanilla.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque dark brown with a thick yet fizzy, one finger mocha head. Retention is solid and there is no lacing. Smell is much nicer in this version than the regular. Rich roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and cream are all prevalent. Taste is the same. Feel is light, smooth and creamy. Overall an excellent beer. Very light and drinkable, but still so flavorful.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color, with a head which dissipates quickly.

Smell is fairly conventional, predominantly of malts.

The taste does not surprise, it tastes like a vanilla-infused cream stout - and it's great. It's straightfoward all-right, but the combination between the milkiness of the regular Buffalo Sweat, and the present yet fairly subtle vanilla is a killer. I really enjoyed the original, and I really enjoy this.

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Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, Finger+ of tan head that dissipates in a few minutes and leaves a ring on top of the beer. Medium amount of tiny bubbles streaming up the pint glass.
AROMA: Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Smells very pleasant.
TASTE: Again, it's Vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. I pickup the oatmeal in the flavor not so much the aroma. Nice.
FEEL: A bit creamy, then you get some nice carbonation to push the flavors around. The body is on the thinner side, not at all chewy, well it's 5% abv.
OVERALL: Just as advertised, lots of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of the oatmeal. Pretty tasty stout.

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