Vanilla Stout
Big Muddy Brewing

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #865
Ranked #40,914
3.66 | pDev: 13.11%
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
Vanilla StoutVanilla Stout
Notes: A traditional Milk Stout infused with pure Madagascar vanilla. Subtle vanilla flavor throughout with roasted notes and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 1/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Dark brown hue; champagne bubbles throughout.

HUGE tan head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Vanilla & hazelnut nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

A mix of mild vanilla, caramel & cream flavors; this flirted with being overly sweet, but the thinner mouthfeel & muted tones steered it to be a serviceable session ale

Nov 22, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark mahogany brown with a tan head. Looks more like a porter than a stout. There’s some vanilla on the nose, but nothing that indicates this is a stout, other than a subtle undercurrent of soft cocoa aromas.

The vanilla is very nice on the taste, but the beer lacks the gravitas you find in even the most humble stout, and the mouthfeel is entirely too spritzy for the style. I’m finishing the bottle, but I wish I’d only picked up a single of this - lotsa better offerings available in this flavored stout space.

Nov 03, 2019
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mudROCK from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My favorite vanilla. I only like this in the colder months in Chicago (which makes sense I guess), but this brew is good. I would recommend trying this anytime of the year you have the chance, but best in winter!

Dec 13, 2018
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CaliBeerBear from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks good for a stout. Not murky, clean dark.
Smell: Vanilla, some roast, another aroma cant place.
Taste: Vanilla, roast, a bit astringent on the end.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected.

Mar 23, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. A nearly opaque dark brown color with a smallish tan head. The foam settled fairly quickly into a partial cap. Some vanilla on the nose but also slightly phenolic with some chocolate. The taste was about as expected with modest vanilla and understated malt. It came off as thin and lacking.

Dec 03, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark coffee black pour with a 2 finger grey-ish head, receding to a thin ring leaving wispy lace behind.

Aroma of charcoal, coffee beans, roast malt, camp fire.

Flavor is assertive in its earthiness but not ashy at all. It's a pleasant earthiness. A good vanilla presence, and coffee too. It's like french vanilla flavored coffee. The coffee is fresh, absent of pepper or green, and the vanilla is just the right amount. I can't complain at all here.

Feel is medium bodied, creamy, roasty, and semi dry.

Overall, a very good stout if you like coffee and vanilla together. I don't understand the low ratings, I'd buy more if I could.

Oct 05, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mohogamy black color with mild carbonation. Basically rootbeer meets porter. Got the vanilla and malt flavor. I can see people not liking this but it was different and nice as a different change. Don't think I could have two or three in a row but one after dinner with dessert works

Jun 13, 2017
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Bones10 from Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No date to be found on the bottle.

Pours a thin reddish black with a thin white head that left immediately, leaving no lace.

Unfortunately it smells like a Bud. This is a stout?

Well, it doesn't suck, the malt is decent and there is some bite, but I get no vanilla at all. I wouldn't say no if one was offered for free, but I could buy much better. I hope this was old and didn't age well. I went to SIU and wanted this to rock.

Nov 04, 2016
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Brzezniak88 from Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer just based on the name Vanilla stout, This turned out to taste just like 4 hands milk stout and that's a great thing . Concidering thats my favorite milk stout that isnt retired. It's not a very dark stout and its also very well carbonated at 6%abv This is a beer you can enjoy drinking multiples of in a one night session. So if u can get your hands on this. It's a must try in my opinion!

Jul 24, 2016
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jaredsmith83 from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Muddy is regional for me and a beer that's pretty prevalent around here so I've been able to try all of their offerings thus far. I keep going back to this vanilla stout in hopes that it will change, but, something about it doesn't resonate with me. Its got a great black look to it, very strong. The smell is on point with a sweet stout, you pick up a bit of vanilla in it along with your standard stout smell. The taste, however, is where it loses me. The vanilla in it tastes overly artificial and has that fake sweetness about it. After a while, its almost overwhelming in the beer. It is lighter body, but doesn't really have the creaminess of a milk stout. It is a good stout for the summertime, as its light qualities don't leave it riding heavy in you. I keep going back to it as I like supporting those close by, but its definitely not a stout that I go to.

Jul 16, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: black with no head
S: sweet vanilla
T: mostly artificial vanilla sweetness. I really don't mind it, and actually decently mixed with milk chocolate
F: thin and easy drinking

Jul 12, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid two finger head of light tan foam, on the denser side although larger bubbles pop like fireworks across the surface, only a few streaks of lacing, thick at first but minimal stick. Brownish liquid with a hint of orange, would be clear were it not for the large amount of particulate floating around inside, the carbonation is tiny and not strong enough to form beads. The nose is surprisingly quiet but there’s big time vanilla on display, milder roasted cocoa, actually seems to have a hoppier spine than over-reliance on malty sweetness, nutty in a creamy way, not a lot of staying power. Full-bodied, fleshy and carbonated to a state of soft creaminess, basically this comes off like a root beer float. Vanilla, cola bean, hazelnut, still lurking in the background is a piney hoppiness. It’s smooth and glides through the palate, its main drawback is how the flavors peter out before the finish. No strength in the lactose, milky element, which is kind of key for a milk stout. Any roast is short-lived at best. This could easily be a perfectly reasonable summertime stout, supported by its confectionary, soft drink sweetness.

Mar 25, 2016
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Antc2382 from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a large format bottle into a pint glass

A: huggggggge tan head when poured. It basically is the foamiest beer that I've had. Beers color is black, fairly opaque with that nice foamy head sticking around for the remainder. Pour some more, get that head. S: a little grassy, which is surprising for a stout. It has a sweetness in there as well but I'm having trouble picking it up. It really does have a strong nose. T: not as much vanilla as I'd hoped for. Tastes like a basic milk/sweet stout with the faint sweetness much more prominent than the roasted malt. Slight bitterness and chicory root. F: it's very smooth, but I would have liked a tiny bit more carbonation. O: it's a solid sweet stout that deserves a try. Nothing groundbreaking but it's good quality

Feb 13, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-to ben.

A: Cola pour, creamy topping with a khaki-walnut colored head of average retention and small lacing there-after.

S: Accents of rootbeer, ginger and freshly granulated chocolate with a heavy hand of vanilla syrup. Finishing hints of fresh cocoa powder, pancake syrup and toffee sweetness. Nice balance, strength and retention.

T: Flavor was rootbeer and vanilla syrup forward, sweet, with ginger and a boat load of vanilla. Caramel-toffee, hazelnut coffee and sweet cocoa with some sweet vienna malts. Hints of melon fruitiness.

M: Syrupy mouthful, cola like texture and depth, sticky, medium body with a light carbonation.

O: Loads of vanilla sweetness, nice start but is overly sweet for multiples, more of a dessert beer where moderation is the key.

Feb 12, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Murky amber-brown with a 1.5 finger light tan head. Initial impression is - d'oh - vanilla. Slightly bitter vanilla - not a hops bitterness, but it's like the vanilla masks the malt and pretty much everything else. On the thin side for a stout - mouthfeel is medium and I think it should be heavier/creamy to go with the vanilla theme. Alcohol is not at all evident. Finishes slightly bitter, with a vanilla aftertaste.
Too one-dimensional for my tastes. There are better stouts out there.

Dec 04, 2015
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


Vanilla, Hazelnut, Coffee, ThIn looking with a small white head. Black color with a hint of Brown.More vanilla lacking some carbonation, but smooth aftertaste.Nice Beer, definitely more impressive than the Leinenkugel's Vanilla Porter.


Nov 25, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great vanilla aroma. The vanilla overwhelms a bit in its flavor, and gives it a little bit of a syrupy texture. It's good, but it would be better if it toned down the added flavors.

Aug 07, 2015
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ccg from Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour with light carbonation. Light scent of a stout without any hint of vanilla. Mild stout taste with very little vanilla noticeable while drinking. It leaves a mild vanilla aftertaste, but that's about all the vanilla I'm getting from it. Mouthfeel is pretty light and a little on the thin side for a stout. Overall: It's not bad, but it would benefit from stronger vanilla notes and more body.

Jul 14, 2015
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Carrier4 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great smell, but vanilla is personally not my favorite stout flavoring. However as vanilla stouts come, this is a good one in my opinion for the vanilla is pretty faint and not dominating the classic stout flavor.

Jun 13, 2015
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WestHam973 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +36.6%

Great Stout! The Vanilla really shines through, this beer is pretty thin for a stout but I think it suits this beer well and makes it very drinkable. My favorite beer from this brewery.

Oct 22, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cloudy cola brown with a small quickly fading tan head. Aroma is of sweet vanilla beans, dark malt with some roasted notes. Taste is same as taste, has some mild bitterness. Palate is medium body, smooth, sweet. The finish is of sweet mild herbal vanilla bean flavor, a bit of dark roasted malts with light bitterness. Sweet and mildly pleasant. Overall a good after dinner.

Sep 29, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. Nice vanilla aroma with hints of toffee. Strong vanilla flavor, toasted caramel and some chocolate.

Jun 25, 2014
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MIchelle from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great , easy drinking dark brew. Pours a nice dark brown, very bubbly. You could almost mistake for a glass of coke lol. The head is super thin maybe a 1/4"very light colored. It has a pleasant vanilla smell but it's very light. The taste is very light and refreshing. A nice light vanilla taste but not super sweet and over bearing. Very easy drinking. If your looking for a very full bodied, intense, and interesting beer this isn't it but it is great to sip and i'd buy it again. It's not as complex as many of the beer styles I purchase but sometimes a nice easy drinking beer is called for. :)

May 13, 2014
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Ryan_Graham from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a one finger head. Faint smell. The taste is one of the smoothest I've ever had. This beer tastes like cream soda-- I don't know if I like that or not yet. On one hand, there's no bitterness and I love the flavor. On the other hand, it doesn't really taste like beer, per say. It tastes like they just took vanilla abstract and poured it into a stout. The taste lacks depth and I don't feel good about liking this beer.. but I do.

I would certainly recommend this to a friend.

Oct 20, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla extract are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the beer tastes likes someone poured a bunch of vanilla extract into a stout, although not necessarily in a bad way.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad beer if you like vanilla, but the taste doesn't seem to be very balanced and is just dominated by vanilla extract flavors. It could use complexity in the form of some other flavors.

Sep 29, 2013
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