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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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739 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,966
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
739
pDev:
10.94%
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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 739 ratings
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