Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo SweatTallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of dbossman
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin cocoa brown head; good lacing

S: Rich roasted malts: coffee and vanilla with some dark chocolate; so rich and roasty and awesome smelling

T: A bit disappointing in the flavors--especially considering the aromas; rich and roasty with coffee an chocolate and, of course, the vanilla beans, but it also becomes a bit cloying--especially as you near the end of the pint

F: Medium body and creamy; good overall mouth feel

O: This is a nice stout; so rich and roasty and the vanilla plays well of the roastiness; I just wish the flavors came together a bit better with something to balance the sweet finish of that vanilla

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Photo of bnes09
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown color. Massive, five finger-head takes a while to dissipate before I can pour the rest of the can, let alone, drink the beer. Recedes to a thin layer of soda-like suds. Minimal lacing.

Hint of vanilla and cocoa in the nose. Not much else there.

Mild roasted chocolate character. Sweet molasses and maple syrup. Minimal hop bitterness with an earthy quality. Sweet overall.

Light bodied. Over carbonated. Bit of a syrupy texture.

Its alright.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just under the best by date of 5/25/14. Attractive in the riedel beer glass. Big full tan head (good lacing) and soft roast malt aroma with a nice milky creamy addition. Not too much for the vanilla bean at first, but it joins in the fun in time in a very nice way.
Vanilla very apparent in the taste. Pushes to the point of excess, but holds the line there. Roast is definitely in the back along with the mild sweetness, but they are there and blend in softly and nicely. The vanilla hangs on in the finish.
Thinner body as it want for this brewer on this style and is working for my settling down time after almost 6 hours of yard and garage/car work. Flatter on the bubbles, just the way I like it for these smaller stouts. Some creaminess but still lighter here too.
Complex yet easy drinking ale works fine with me.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Essentially, someone has figured out how to carbonate chocolate milk with a splash of vanilla extract and market it as beer. I had heard great things about this brew ... and was very disappointed. This is by far one of the worst beers I've encountered, one of our tasting team jokingly commented about mixing miller lite with chocolate milk... sorry.

A: The appearance and smell initially had me very excited. Dark with a thin foamy head.

S: The aroma really peaked my senses; enticing vanilla and chocolate.

T: Watery chocolate milk... There just wasn't much umph to this drink or complexity. It honestly tasted like someone took a can of carbonated water and mixes it with chocolate milk. Or perhaps a vanilla root beer when the dispenser is running out of syrup to mix and you have a completely off but very carbonated drink.

M: Very thin beer, I personally enjoy mine much thicker. There was no creaminess which I often associate with Vanilla based beers etc. Very effervescent and sparkly, far too much...

O: This was a very disappointing beer. I really tried to give this one a chance, it was initially chilled and as I drank allowed it to warm to see if it would change in flavor depth and complexity... all I got was a vanilla chocolate fizziness. Perhaps I had a bad batch? But I'm a little afraid to try it again when there are so many other outstanding beers.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is pretty good, slightly better than the regular Buffalo Sweat, the added vanilla does make a difference, even though it's not a real powerful offering of it.

Fits the stout family nicely, very dark, very smooth, a creaminess to it, the chocolate/coffee taste is there, the overall flavor is wonderful, the only thing lacking in this one is the same as the regular Buffalo Sweat is in the body, it's a bit thin. Imagining this beer as an imperial stout makes me dream, it would be world-class I think... hopefully someday such a version of this from Tallgrass will exist!

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. One finger tan colored head which has a creamy look to it. Some spiderweb lacing left behind which doesn't last. Seems on the thin side.

Smell is vanilla, lightly roasted malt, and sweet cream. Some milk chocolate as well.

Vanilla and cream on the first taste. Some milk chocolate. Malt is a bit roastier than the aroma. Creamy oat flavoring.

Smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. A bit on the thin side, but this is a milk stout not an imperial stout. Medium carbonation provides some mild crispness as a counterpoint to the creamy feeling. A hint of acridness at the end.

This is an excellent, easy drinking stout with good vanilla flavor. Low abv means you can enjoy multiple of these at one setting. My favorite from Tallgrass.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 4/3/14. Comes in 16 ounce CANS only and is in a 4-pack for $8.99 (Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa) which I bought last night. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a bitch black in color, and is darker than their oatmeal Stout. A thin beige head is seen with some spotty lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts, oatmeal with a hint of vanilla and coffee. The taste is about the same and is like a vanilla latte even. Very smooth with great flavor and creaminess. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Here is another great brew from this company.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark as night and impenetrable to light. A good half inch head of khaki colored foam rests on top. Aroma of oatmeal with a hint of vanilla. There's a bit of a coffee note present. The body seems a bit thin for what I'm looking at. The taste is initially dark malt and oats and then it quickly fades. Perhaps it needs a bit more body or bittering hops to get to the next level.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- DArk brown, near black with a light tan head. Soapy lacing.

S- Coffee, although slightly stale on the nose. Bark. Light chocolate.

T- A solid mix of coffee, chocolate, and earthy tones present in the regular Sweat, but a big dose of vanilla really smooths this variant out.

M- Maybe a touch more full than the regular Sweat. Still pretty light while maintaining a satisfying amount of creaminess.

O- Not bad. Not great. I nice twist on the regular without being so different it seems foreign.

$9 for a 4pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 NickT2121
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into my Stout glass Idkif the can was shook but I poured Smell sooth pour and it foamed like a monster and overflowed a bit. Might of been my fault. But it poured a nice creamy mocha colored head. A dark almost solid dark color with a like brown hue at the bottom.

S - a nice roasted malt with a sweet caramel vanilla Smell coffee espresso smell

T - nice malty goodness and a perfect amount of vanilla it blends so well with this Stout it's creamy and so smooth get a coffee bitterness but very small amount

M - a medium creamy Nitro feel with a silky finish

O - I love this Stout the vanilla sets this off its a perfect blend. Very easy to go down and smooth flavors


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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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 gueuzedreg
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a frothy head; I am not surprised because it was poured out of a can, but it is a stout.

S- Kinda bland. Your mediocre mix of malts and barley

T- Vanilla is present. Probably the right amount that the brewer was going for in this beer. Light stout characteristics. A lot of carbonation follows

M- Frothy, and somewhat creamy; not too much. Just a bit. Pretty thin for a stout.

O- I enjoyed this beer. I rated it pretty high. It is outside of my zone, but if I saw a four pack (not sure how they sell it) I would buy one.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown in color, with lots of red hues peaking through the edges of the body. Fairly sizable, 2.5 to 3 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Sweet and just a little bit of roast is the best way to describe this beer's scent. Tons of vanilla flavor in the sweetness, as well as a hint of chocolate. Overall, the scent is creamy and sweet, and when all of the flavors combine, it smells a little like a cappuccino.

T- Starts off with just the tiniest bit of dark roasted malt flavor before turning straight into vanilla sweetness. Vanilla flavor dominates the middle half of the drink before giving way to the dark roasted malt flavors towards the end. Slight burnt flavor ends the drink with a touch of bitterness that lingers after the drink.

M- Creamy, light on the tongue, and easy drinking best describes this beer. Body is strong enough to hold the sweet and darker flavors without killing the palate with its weight or alcohol content.

Overall, this should be the standard for sweet stouts. Primarily sweet, yet with some dark flavors thrown in there, all without being an imperial makes this a beer I want to drink several of in a sitting.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a 20 oz. Guinness imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with a thin khaki head, head fades to some splotchy lace.

S: Woah the vanilla sweetness is apparent and awesome, extremely inviting. I also get the traditional oatmeal stout aromas of coffee, deep chocolate and sweet malts.

T: Sweet vanilla is clear on the palate, followed by some coffee and chocolate malt. Really smooth tasting and easy drinking.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation and beautiful sweetness. Silky smooth going down and a real easy drinker. Wouldn't mind a bit more body but this is done well to style as a sessionable oatmeal stout.

O: Fantastic beer from Tallgrass. The original Buffalo Sweat is great but the vanilla bean adds more great character to an already solid oatmeal stout. Glad I've got three more of these bad boys!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, pretty much black in color. Appears to be not to thick and head is tan, about one finger and has decent retention.

Smell is great. Rich chocolate malt and toffee aromas are forward followed by light roasted coffee and vanilla aromas. Blends to be a very rich and creamy smelling brew.

Taste is awesome. Rich chocolate malt is forward that is not intensely assertive but blends nicely with the sweet toffee and vanilla flavors to produce a rich chocolate stout that drinks nearly like desert without the huge rich body.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is on the lighter side for a stout but it's not claiming to be imperial/double and it really showcases all the decadent flavors while still remaining sessionable and drinkable

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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 darthvohn
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a finger-thick loose root beer float type head which quickly dispersed to a razor thin cap, eventually leaving a ring around the glass.

Smell: With the glass about a foot away, I can smell the sweetness of the vanilla bean. Anyone with baking experience with real vanilla beans knows this smell. Very inviting. Once I put my nose in the glass, I immediately smell the roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This almost smells like homemade chocolate chip cookie dough. Even a little Kahlua vapors and scents. Pretty good smelling stout.

Taste: Straight up sweet vanilla and espresso flavors up followed by dark bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery for a stout. Clean finish considering the flavors we're dealing with.

Overall: I really dig this offering from Tallgrass. If this was readily available in my area, I would have it in my regular rotation. A very easy drinking, enticing stout. Absolutely love the smell of this one. Recommend if you are a fan of vanilla and stouts.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 NeedBeerHere
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out REALLY dark brown/black with really healthy head that was REALLY light brown/whitish that had really good retention. Smell is of dark fruit and some sweetness and a tiny bit of vanilla. Taste is pretty mellow as far as a stout but quite tastey. Definitely taste all the things from the nose but quite a bit more vanilla really makes it tasty. Mouthfeel is pretty thin as one would expect from a low ABV stout - right on for the style. Really a good beer. It's hard to not like something with vanilla.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'll preface this by saying I'm a big fan of their original Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Stout, so I'm quite excited to try this vanilla bean variation. It's the perfect evening for it as well, as it started snowing earlier so the ground has a nice little blanket, and I finished the first half of making some amazing cookies about which I am very excited. Anyway.

The pour comes out as a deep cola. Small bubbly khaki head that fizzes up before dissipating, leaving little to nothing on the glass. The biggest knock for me is it looks a little thin and crispy.

Sticking my nose in there, it's all vanilla at first. Big bean character that eventually gives way to a creamy cacao/oily espresso. Pretty much what I was hoping for.

The taste carries the creamy vanilla bean over for sure, but it almost has an egg nog characteristic to it. Maybe I'm just finally giving in to the inevitability of Christmas' approach, or maybe the stew I had for dinner is playing with my tongue or what, but between the vanilla and the creamy feel held up by lactose and spice, that's the image that's conjured first in my mind. After several sips, that fades, and it gets to be more of a straightforward vanilla bean permeating the chocolate malts and dark roast coffee that the nose promised. It was a fun little detour, though.

I'd never even heard of Tallgrass before moving to StL, but I must say I've thoroughly enjoyed pretty much every offering of theirs I've had. As I noted up top, I appreciate their base Buffalo Sweat, and I like a well done vanilla brew (personal preference: I prefer the flavour of vanilla bean to... extract or whatever the other ways of presenting it are. It just seems rounder, creamier, oilier... I don't really know how to explain it, just that it appeals more to me). This is a combination of a good base beer modified well. I don't know if you can get it outside of their variety 8 pack, but even if you can't it's well worth it (I mean, Ethos, 8-Bit and regular Buffalo Sweat are also super delicious, so there's no filler there).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can with drink by date of 04/13/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. I haven't tried the original Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat, but I'm sure this will do just fine. Expectations are moderately high, since I have enjoyed what I've had from Tallgrass so far.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass with three fingers of creamy fluffy light chocolate colored head. Nice fat sheets of lace. Looks amazing.

S - Ahh yes. Beautiful silky vanilla beans, cocoa, dark bitter coffee bean roast, and a hint of coiny metallics.

T - Mmmm. Delicious. Dark bold bitter coffee bean roast, dark chocolate / cocoa, slight nuttiness, and wonderful authentic vanilla bean flavor.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy with lots of big bold dark coffee / chocolate bitterness hanging onto the palate. Awesome.

Overall, another great beer from Tallgrass. These guys continue to impress me. This beer is pretty much everything I had hoped it would be; very impressive. Very robust, with lots of flavor for such a low abv. Highly recommended, I can't wait to try the original.

Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat ---4/5.

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Photo of Phocion
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can received from a brewery rep. 16 oz. can poured into an imperial nonic. Solid finger and a half of dark beige/light brown frothy/rocky head sitting on top of a dark brown, almost black body. Thick, sticky lacing throughout.

Aroma is pretty much what I expected. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, cocoa, and surprisingly spicy. All in all, not terribly different from the standard Buffalo Sweat, with the addition of vanilla as well as a spiciness that I do not recall from the original.

Flavor is sweet chocolate, lactose, oats, and vanilla (although not as evident as in the aroma) , with a mildly bitter finish of coffee and roasted malts which wonderfully balances the sweetness.

Body is fairly light for the style (although medium overall), but creamy.

Neither terribly filling nor high alcohol could make this a fairly sessionable brew. Balanced and flavorful but not over the top. Despite my normal dislike of this brewery, this one met my expectations.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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