Vanilla Stout | Big Muddy Brewing

Vanilla StoutVanilla Stout
173 Ratings
Vanilla StoutVanilla Stout

Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional Milk Stout infused with pure Madagascar vanilla. Subtle vanilla flavor throughout with roasted notes and a slightly sweet, smooth finish.

Added by cdrogers on 12-05-2011

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown to black that doesn't allow any light penetration. I was unable to produce any head at all and in all honesty poured what I'd describe as flat.

Smell: Vanilla with some milk chocolate hits me at first. A very slight coffee is present but way in the background behind the sweet notes. There are some malty notes mingling in there, too.

Taste: Well where is that vanilla I got in the nose? Disappointing that the vanilla is not more prominent. There is some malty roasty notes and a mild chocolate. This is just like drinking flat cola like a root beer with a small shot of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Very watery and flat. Like I said before just like drinking a flat cola. Nothing else to note.

Overall: Well this did not impress at all. I liked the aroma but couldn't get past the overall flat, sweet cola-like characteristics.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: black. little to no head or lacing
S: Vanilla
T: Vanilla
M: Actually the best part of the beer. Smooth and creamy without being overly syrupy. Could have use a bit of carbonation, thogh.
O: Vanilla.

Seriously. I like vanilla. I never would have purchased this beer if I didn't like vanilla. But c'mon guys. Have you never heard of subtlety??? This has to be the most one-dimensional beer I've had in a long time. Thing is, that wasn't too bad at first. But this was a classic "diminishing returns" brew. By 1/3 - 1/2 way through I was so over the vanilla milkshake novelty and desperately wanted something even vaguely beer-like to punch through the smothering vanillaness. Alas, twas not to be. I'll probably drink the rest of the six, but I'm really going to pick and choose my moments carefully.

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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Vanilla Stout from Big Muddy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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