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Vanilla Stout | Big Muddy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews:
44
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
24.93%
 
 
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Photo of Brzezniak88
4.85/5  rDev +30%
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!

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Photo of jaredsmith83
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Leinenkugels Vanilla Porter.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ccg
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of Carrier4
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +34%

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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of MIchelle
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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. :)

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ToddL
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This a nice dark colored beer that smells as good as any beer i've ever had. It taste and smells like a malty vanilla chocolate stout beer. The blend of flavors and smoothness of this beer is outstanding, No bitterness, a pleasant, slightly sweet and vanilla after taste. From a small brewery in Southern Illinois. Don't pass this beer up if you every get a chance to try one

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Photo of Neorebel
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla Stout pours a translucent dark brown color, with a thin soda-like head. Minimal lacing, but there is definitely some carbonation present. Not bad for the appearance. The smell is very interesting - the first thing that comes to mind is candy - like toffee and caramels. Vanilla taffy. Roasted malt aroma is also big. The flavor is a lot like the aroma - a bit one-dimensional. My first impression was that the vanilla tasted a little artificial or perhaps that it was a little too much. However, after allowing the beer to sit a little while, it grew on me. Basically, this is a decent milk stout with a dose of vanilla ice cream, if you can imagine that. The flavor lingers a while in the finish, which is nice. Light mouth feel and body. Overall - worth a try, if you like light, sweet stouts.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City. I only saw one other store here in Jersey that had this available but this was the only place that had it via the single bottle. I expected this to be sweet, full-bodied, and to have a strong vanilla taste. One out of three may work in baseball but here, it meant that this beer felt a bit short. It was not that sweet, quite thin, and hit me over the head with what flavor it embodied. If you're a fan of vanilla and like a beer that's claims it's a Stout but feels like it's a Porter, than look no further. This is your brew!

The pour wasn't anything special, as it poured a deep raisin brown with just a hint of light coming through around the edges. Not much of an aroma to this (besides vanilla) and the same was true for the head and lacing, which were thin and short-lived. Lots of vanilla bean to the taste with some hints of powered cocoa, oat, and just a touch of currant. The carbonation was thin so this felt quite thin since there wasn't much to scrub after each sip and there was just a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste as well.

For a beer that was 6.00% ABV, this felt a bit stronger. I could feel the booze slowly sneaking up on me but it wasn't enough to knock me out. The lactose, sugar, and strong bitter chocolate that characterizes so many Milk/Sweet Stouts was NOT here at all and even though this wasn't bad to drink, I had to drop it a bit in the ratings only because it didn't hold true to style. Some chocolate malt or a fuller body could have made this really great but as is, it's just a beer to mindlessly down while pondering what might have been....

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Photo of jimmah120
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date

look is a dark amber, silky mocha head with minimal lacing and poor retention. smell is mocha, coffee beans, and vanilla. taste is heavy on the vanilla, with cream coffee chocolate and English hops. feel is creamy and smooth.

good beer but the vanilla is sort of overpowering

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of vanilla, cream, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a cleanness and low carbonation level. Tastes of vanilla, cream, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, great feel, but the blend too strongly favorites vanilla.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very dark, nearly black beer with a tan head. The aroma is overwhelmingly vanilla. It borders on over-done vanilla bean. Some chocolate and a bit of espresso underneath. The taste is slightly sweet, with some bitterness. The vanilla carried over in the mid taste. Moderately creamy mouthfeel, but it lacked depth. Overall, it was pretty good.

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Photo of ssteiner13
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So this is the first time I have had a vanilla stout. Wow. I am guessing they are not all this good. The vanilla smell is so pleasant and strong - I love vanilla, so I was super happy about this. The taste matches the smell. Excellent mouth feel and tastes great. Like I said, take this with a grain of salt as I have never had a vanilla stout before, but holy sh*t this is an awesome beer. I loved it.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle that I picked up the local store and poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a brown color with about one finger of light tan head that disappeared almost immediately. Not all that impressive of an appearance for a stout.

S- Smell is sweet and pleasant. Vanilla is the dominating aroma along with sweet malts.

T- Roasty malt flavors along with vanilla and coffee. Also picking up on a little bit of a root beer flavor. Overall, the flavor is sweet and smooth.

M- Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout. Carbonation is medium-light. This is a brew that I could have several of and not exhaust my taste buds. It is smooth, but easy to drink.

O- A tasty brew, but not much like a stout in my opinion. Almost more like a porter. Still a tasty beer that I would have again, but wouldn't necessarily seek out.

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