Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

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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3.95
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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 kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.057 OG. 5% ABV. 20 IBU. 1 pint aluminum can acquired at Zipp's Liquor in low altitude Minneapolis, MN, for $2.25 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given this brewery's rep and this beer's hype. Drink by: 04/09/14.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide khaki colour head of nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth consistency. Uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque dark black. Not quite a jet black, but dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a sweet stout. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Cream, dark malts, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, chocolate malts, and lactose sugar. No roasted character is detectable, nor are any yeast, hops, or alcohol. A sweet pleasant aroma of above average strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it. The vanilla is the obvious highlight.

T: Sweet malty build with lactose sugar as the star. Love the vanilla bean notes - they're prominent and delicious. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Very balanced and aptly built. I might even call it gestalt. Good complexity and nuance, but less than ideal intricacy and subtlety. Clean and enjoyable, with a good depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. I really like it.

No yeast or hop character comes through, and there's no real alcohol presence either.

Mf: Sinfully creamy. Smooth and wet. Great presence on the palate. Good body and thickness. Feels custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile. Silky and delicious.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it, and would definitely get it again. An impressive effort from Tallgrass. I'd definitely want a second or third in the same night. Very sessionable for a milk stout. I'd recommend it to friends. Really tasty stuff. Would be interesting on nitro-draught.

High B-

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Great vanilla aroma. Nice chocolate notes.

T - It tasted of vanilla, chocolate with some sweet toffee. Just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout.

O - This is a very good beer. Love the addition of vanilla beans!

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

Super big light brown head slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Rich roasted grain malts aroma with a hint of the vanilla beans coming through.

There is more of the vanilla bean coming through in the taste then was present in the aroma which adds nicely to the rich dark roasted malts.

Big dry aftertaste with a lot of flavor sticking around on this full bodied beer.

A worthy addition to all the stouts I have tried.

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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 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 russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Decent head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, mocha & a wee bit of vanilla

T: Follows the nose & some roastyness up front. Coffee asserts itself as this warms, along more pronounced vanilla & some lactose twang as well & charred grain mixing with chicory. Finishes with a mocha/lactose twang that makes think I should save some of these beer for cookies or breakfast, coffee beans assert at the very end of the pint

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, dry

This a nice iteration of the style, that hits most of the marks. Depending on my mood it would be a toss up if I drank this or the regular version, which I enjoy profusely. What I'm really hoping to see: Imperial Buffalo Sweat!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler.

You wanna end a drought with a solid beer, you wouldn't be alone to choose a variant of the fantastic Buffalo Sweat. This one looks just like its progenitor, a garnet-tinged brown topped by a finger of slate foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild cocoa, sweet coffee beans, a stiff vein of vanilla bean, and a touch of heavy cream. The taste brings in more of the same, with the vanilla doing what it's supposed to do and serving as an extra topping, rather than o'erpowering the base. The coffee shines through fairly strongly here, but in a good way, playing quite nicely with the vanilla. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a nearly drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one I hope to have plenty of in the coming months.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, Buffalo Sweat Stout brewed with vanilla beans, Brewed and Canned by Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kansas. 1.057 OG, 20 IBU, Alc. 5.0% by Vol.

Dark brown, nearly black, with intense carbonation, under a light tan head, slowly reduced to a tight ring.

Aroma is sweet vanilla, met quickly with cocoa and cream. That's about it, but that's all you need. Beautiful blend.

Tasting it: smooth and creamy. Buffalo Sweat is a milk oatmeal stout to begin with, with plenty of chocolate malt flavor inherent. Add the vanilla, and it's just another tasty treat, soft, and supple and utterly easy to drink. Medium-bodied, mellow mouthfeel. Little bitterness, moderate sweetness. Lays down nice and easy on the palate.
Delicious.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Wonderful two inch tall, dense medium/dark tan colored head on a brown bodied beer. Great head retention and sticky lacing. Cap and collar remains throughout the 16 ounces.

S- Aromas of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Oatmeal, chocolate. Overly sweet vanilla, reminiscent of root beer aged with vanilla. Drinks it's stated 5%abv.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel, low but fitting carbonation

D/O- At 5%abv, the drinkability is through the roof, packs the flavor. Very good beginner stout in my opinion. One negative is that I don't find it too much different from the regular Buffalo Sweat, minor complaint though.

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Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is rich, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of malts, somewhat sweet and very flavorful. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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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 rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice darker brown hue with a good creamy one finger light mocha head that fades to leave a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of nice roasted malts, fair amount of vanilla and the sweetness that brings, light chocolate and creamy. Soft caramel, as someone else said this smells a little like a cappuccino.

T - Taste is nice roasted malt followed by LOADS of vanilla. Crazy amount of vanilla that just dominates the mid flavour before going back to darker roasted malts and a touch of chocolate/coffee on the finish with a very very light bitter end. Can't get over how much vanilla is in this beer. Just what I was hoping for from this beer.

M - Mouthfeel may be the weakest part of the beer. Creamy, light carbonation, little thin. Very easy drinking though.

O- Overall, I would definitely drink this one again. Love the amount of vanilla in this bad boy. Quite tasty, just how I figured it would be.

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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 sweemzander
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- Vanilla, right off the bat. Lots of raisin too. A subtle chalky cocoa to it.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Great vanilla character with the raisin and mild roasted malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and malty with just the right amount of sweetness to it.

(O)- A solid variation with the vanilla added. Not overly sweet yet with plenty of richness.

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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 Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Merchant's in Madison, Wisconsin. 16oz pour into a nonic pint glass today, 3/15/2014.

App- Dark black body, lovely one finger tan head with good retention. Drinking the beer leaves rings upon rings of thick lacing. Very nice appearing stout.

Smell- Roasty, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, a hint of earth. As it warms, a good bit of vanilla bean starts to take over, and by room temperature, it's quite dominant. Nothing like BVDL or anything like that but it's definitely hard to miss the vanilla which cuts into the initial roast and sweetness very well.

Flavour- Same as in the nose. Starts roasty, chocolatey, espresso forward. Drinks like a nice earthy stout would. There are hints of vanilla bean in the beginning but it comes into its own as it warms, providing a nice bitterness and strong vanilla essence that does not taste artificial at all, and ends up balancing out the dark malts very well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, on the thinner side on the verge of being watery. Otherwise good carbonation, nice semi-bitter vanilla aftertaste that stays on the tongue for some time. Super easy to drink, no hint of any kind of ABV. It's a good beer for a night out.

Overall- Accessible, not expensive, and a nice vanilla bean presence in an otherwise solid stout base. Would definitely be willing to drink again if I see this on tap.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can into a shaker.

Dark brown color, nice head. Smell is IN YOUR FACE vanilla and not much else. Huge, huge vanilla aroma here. The taste of this beer is also massively infused with vanilla, but it doesnt taste artifical like a lot of beers with vanilla added, it tastes legit. The chocolate is also there of course, but the vanilla is what really stands out here. Extremely creamy beer as well, the body is not heavy whatsoever. That may be a detractor in some cases but here it works very well. Very much recommended if youre a fan of vanilla.

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

tallboy can poured into duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of tan head that drops quickly to a very thin cap leaving behind some spotty lace.

Smell: honestly smells exactly like buffalo sweat with a bit stronger of a vanilla note. So its got a little bit of roasty and nutty malts. Lactose sugar notes. Milk chocolates and vanilla.

Taste: This one tastes exactly like the nose. A little bit roasty and nutty. Lactose sugars and milk chocolates. A moderately sweet and lingering vanilla flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. creamy and coating mouthfeel. Slightly silky.

Overall: Yeah they did exactly what they set out to do. Its buffalo sweat with more vanilla flavor. I think I like buffalo sweat and vanilla bean buffalo sweat equally. I am not sure that the addition of the vanilla beans really made buffalo sweat any better.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, drink by 04/13/14
A - black with a creamy tan head that holds decent retention
S - sweet aromas of vanilla, cocoa, roasted barley, and cream
T - smooth and rich flavors of vanilla, chocolate milk, roasted barley, faint coffee
M - medium body, very creamy and smooth
O - Very nice stout with some vanilla to add complexity. I'll have to try the regular Buffalo Sweat stout at some point.

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Photo of drpimento
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, not bad. Poured at a good temperature with a mammoth, foamy, brown head that quickly settled and no lace. Color is a very dark, dark brown. Aroma has very little vanilla, but does have hop, roast, malt, and a bit of earth. Flavor's like nose with hop more subdued, vanilla coming out a bit more, well balanced in kind of an odd way. Body is chewy, but despite the huge foam upon pouring, a little flat. Finish has an off vanilla thing that isn't an asset, longish and on one hand intriguing, but on the other, not. Curiously, weirdly - drinkable. Still trying to figure this out.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass but a clear brown when pouring. Not much carbonation. One finger off white head that dissipates instantly.

S-Too sweet vanilla flavor. Some chocolate as well but mainly overly sweet (artificial?) vanilla.

T-Very sweet poorly balanced vanilla. Some chocolate and a tad bit of malt.

M-Light, watery, not much carbonation.

O- The vanilla kills this beer. It was poorly done, overly sweat and destroys any balance.

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Vanilla dominates here with notes of roasted malts and sweet, creamy milk chocolate.

T: Thankfully the vanilla is a bit more subdued here. Roasted malts are at the forefront with milk chocolate flavors. Vanilla comes through and blends well rather than tasting artificial before a slightly charred finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer thankfully avoids being watery like many low abv stouts.

O: A solid beer overall. Most low abv stouts are bland and watery, but this one is enjoyable.

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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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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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