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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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Photo of donspublic
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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 +2.3%
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 -26.2%
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 -4%
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 CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -3.8%
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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Photo of basaywhat
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
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 +4.5%
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 MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark pour, thick head. Smells a little dusty, vanilla, bit of chocolate. Tastes similar. Lots of vanilla.Not a great mix of the bunch. Overall, this is okay not stellar.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blend. Aroma: Sweet vanilla is strong. Very nice. Smooth. Taste is Oatmeal and malt and chocolate And vanilla.
A really tasty stout.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice American stout. Lots of coffee comes through. The vanilla is subtle and the overall flavor profile is more sweet than bitter. Super drinkable. Love it!!

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: It's fantastic. Jet black beer sits below a thin, tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: it seems I can just smell a malts, which is pleasant. I cannot detect anything else.

Taste: malts mix with vanilla. As the taste edges away, the vanilla takes a larger presence before disappointing. Good, but not great.

Feel: overall, a smooth, quality mouth feel. I wouldn't say it's the best, but it certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard.

Overall: enjoyable beer! I rather like the packaging. It's a quality brew that I would certainly recommend.

Served in a 12 oz snifter.

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Photo of hophead7117
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'd rather have a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch with Kahlua, because that is exactly how this brew tasted. I enjoy other variants much more, but this one is too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A top-notch stout. The vanilla not only helps mild out any potential graininess that could come with the stout variety, but it also brings with it a great level of sweetness.

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Photo of jw4free
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a Weizen glass. L: black opaque. 1 finger head that fades quick. Limited lacing. S: mild maltiness, roast not overpowering T: nice vanilla flavoring. Sweet creaminess. F: creamy and decent body. O: very good beer.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, drink by date of 4/15/16. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized tan head. Smells of roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, oats, and some subtle earthy/piny hops. The taste follows closely with malt, cinnamon, hops, and vanilla. Some sweetness. Very thin body for the style and above average carbonation. Overall, it's got a pretty good flavor profile, but it desperately needs a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

All the flavors were there. It was the base beer of Buffalo Sweat with added vanilla. It tasted good, but left no impression on me. I found myself bored drinking it. There was nothing that made me want to go back for more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited for this one!

A : Tarry black but has some tints of brown chocolate in the color. 95% opaque. The head is kind of an angry red/pink cloud after a storm/slightly off white color. It's colossal at first but within a minute's time recedes to a fluffy ring. It's loosely knitted. Solid appearance.

S : It's like mixing chocolate and regular animal crackers together. There's roast french vanilla coffee, and oh it smells divine. It's like waking up in the morning. There's some faint tobacco and earth from the alcohol and hops - but it's not burnt smelling like a lot of stouts I've nosed. It stays above that "threshold" where the earth isn't burnt or charred. I like that. Major kudos. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is : 1) I wish the bouquet were slightly stronger (just because I like it so much), and 2) I wish it would have come with a free Vanilla Bean Stout air freshener.

T : Very heavy on the coffee and roast flavors, as well as some earth and dark chocolate. The vanilla comes in shortly after but is subdued, using more of a vanilla BEAN approach, rather than a vanilla extract. This keeps it from becoming too sweet, but personally I'd welcome that slight boost of sweetness. There's a slight zing of yeast in the body as well. This boosts the flavor profile substantially. It finishes out with a hint of char and a slight smokiness.

F : Pretty creamy, but still on the light side of full-bodied. Can you chew it? A bit. But it's not overly thick, and a deep-seated injection of carbonation keeps it from becoming sappy. It ends like a coffee would, roasted and huffy, but still fairly sweet on the palate.

O : Would I have this again? Absolutely. Do I like it more than the original Buffalo Sweat? It's been too long to remember. I do know that I like both of them quite a bit. I may be leaning more toward the Original, but make no mistake, this is a solid Stout. Highly recommended, Tallgrass makes some solid beers.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Smells like vanilla dark roasted malts and slight chocolate notes. Taste is chocolate notes and vanilla dark malts and low bitter values. Very nice. Mouthfeel is perfect light carbonation great medium body. Overall solid offering. Worth getting again. Would make a staple.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I LOVED this beer. It was pretty thin and drank more like a session stout, but the nose and taste was spectacular. Really strong notes of vanilla and coffee throughout. Very enjooyable and drinkable.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a glass. Nice dark body. Sweet slightly roasted aroma. Tasty beer. some notes of coffee and chocolate with a lot of vanilla flavor.

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