Vanilla Deth
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #10
Ranked #1,121
4.34 | pDev: 4.84%
Mar 23, 2023
Nov 17, 2017
Vanilla DethVanilla Deth
Notes: Behold, our original Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Deth’s Tar, with hand-split whole vanilla beans. Flaked and malted oats lend a supremely silky body that belies the beer’s considerable strength. Pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma blends harmoniously with chocolatey caramel maltiness and blend of American & French oak. Enjoy now or store cold.
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Ratings by EdFed:
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Rated by EdFed from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Name: Vanilla Deth
Brewery: Revolution Brewing
Location: Chicago, IL
Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 13.6%
Date: 11/03/2021
I have already consumed the original Deth; it was a solid beer. I decided to try vanilla; I hope the beer is not cloyingly vanilla. Using a tulip glass, I served it at 48 degrees. The pour created a frothy, creamy dark brown two-fingered head with average retention. The dissipation left no lacing on the glass. Charting the color around SRM 36 is dark brown, nearly black. The appearance of the beer is average for this style.
Nosing the glass, I smell vanilla, oatmeal, medium-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted bread crumbs, molasses, raisins, figs, caramel, alcohol, dark roasty malt notes, and a touch of char.
I taste vanilla, char, smoke, medium-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted bread crust, caramel, molasses, raisins, alcohol, dark roasty malts, and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is warming and creamy. The body is medium-plus, has low carbonation, and lingering smoothing on the finish.
The vanilla is not overpowering, thank god. Great oatmeal, great stout flavors, and is easy to imbibe. The alcohol comes through more than beers with this high ABV.
Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'FILLED NOV/03/2021'.
Black colored body, with a very thin garnet color back lit edge. Two fingers of light tan head, that retreats quickly to an active surface storm. No lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, big vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon and caramel.
Taste is big with the bourbon soaked dark roasted malts, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and caramel. Waves of bourbon flavors. Bourbon chocolate/caramel candy in the aftertaste.
Thicker mouth feel. Silky texture. Slight alcohol burn but mostly noticed as an overall warmth. Supportive carbonation.
Bourbon soaked caramel fudge, with a vanilla note.
Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 27, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11/3/21. Poured at 54° Mixed bubbles, dark tan head turns fizzy; poor cap retention; thin ring , spots of lace; medium legs; black with ruby edges.
Vanilla and bourbon nose; boozy exhale. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel malt; oaky vanilla; chocolate finish. Silky smooth feel; medium plus body, but not adjuncty; full mouth warmth from 13.6% abv; moderate minus carbonation; dry barrel/oaky finish. Overall, a great variant, bourbon and vanilla; I could stand a little more vanilla, but otherwise outstanding.
Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 2021/11/03
Pours a frothy brown fizzy 1 finger head with moderate retention, little lacing, decent legs, pitch black color

Nose thick fudgey cocoa, dark chocolate, some roast and coffee, a touch of char and very dark roasty cocoa coffee, fair amount of vanilla, a bit of whiskey, vanilla barrel to go with the big vanilla spice, touch of cookie dough and nougat, little baking spices

Taste brings loads of chocolate again as well as vanilla, rich vanilla, vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate, a little warming alcohol, big coffee, mild roasty but big coffee and cream, little roast, baking spices, bit of nougat, some bourbon and vanilla barrel, little oak spice and caramel sugars, fudgey cocoa and nougat character, a little bitterness, semi sticky sweet finish, a bit more alcohol warmth and lingering cocoa fudge and a bit of bourbon spice, and vanilla

Mouth is full bod, thick chewy, med frothy carb, light warming alcohol

Overall pretty nice, don't think it's as good as the other Deth beers although it's been a while, but still a good beer
Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Sep 14, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 24, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sampling a 12 oz can at cellar temp poured into my snifter. Can date stamp is filled November 03, 2021.
The beer pours a dark black coffee color with a fluffy beige head of about 1 cm. This foam fades to a sturdy edge layer and one large wispy island.
The aroma is some dark chocolate and a bit of fudge, with some bourbon notes and a bit of general booze too. Im not getting a lot of vanilla here. No hint of hops either.
First sip reveals a medium body with very fine and spacious carbonation. Generally very smooth beer.
Flavor is similar to the nose with some dark chocolate, a bit of roasted note and some bourbon. I get just hints of vanilla sweetness in the background, before the dark fudge note takes over. No hops anywhere. I do get some boozy warmth on the swallow.
This is a nice barrel aged stout. abv isnt really hidden and I was hoping for a little more vanilla presence, but this is still a solid beer that I enjoy. Glad to have tried it.
Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Solid black appearance
Medium light carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma is bourbon,wood, alcohol, coffee,raisin with vanilla which gets stronger as I kept paying attention to the aroma.
Taste is sweet bourbon,vanilla extract, coffee,wood, and malt. Alcohol shows up but somewhat subdued for how strong.
Overall this was an excellent beer that was really well made
Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 5 by Capt_Loomis from Florida

Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch black. Aroma is mix of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. I expected a bit more intensity of the aroma though i admit that i am setting a very high standard.

The taste is more intense. Follows aroma with some maple. Well balanced & smooth. Mouthfeel is full.

This is an outstanding stout.
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by vfgccp from New York

Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours pitch black with light brown head. Nose is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, marshmallows. Just so smooth.

The taste is amazing. Vanilla, milk, chocolate, bourbon, fudge, toffee, a bit of maple. This is incredible. So smooth.

The mouthfeel is super creamy. Overall, this is an amazing barrel-aged stout.
Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz canned 11-3-21. Opened 6-10-22.
1/2" beige head, decent retention for a high ABV beer. Black body. Spotty, wispy lacing. Fudge and rich wood aroma initially with some dark fruit and spice later. Big vanilla in the initial sip, more fudge and a boozy finish. Sweet heat...almost gets too sweet for me but the richness and the tasty vanilla flavor keep it in line. Vanilla coke. Medium plus body, low carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel. Outstanding.
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

May 28, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by crobinso from Colorado

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2021, can from Belmont Station. Side by side with Cafe Deth.

Jet black with a rapidly receding brown head with decent retention. For a vanilla beer, there's shockingly little vanilla present, barely enough to rise above the vanillin and bourbon warmth from the barrels. Rich stout base with coffee, roast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate. The palate opens warming and boozy, with the vanilla a little more noticeable, adding a little sweetness to complement the coconut and heavy bourbon character. Charred oak works nicely with the grainy bitterness. The oatmeal stout base is a little less fruity than in the regular DT. Hot and boozy but fun.
May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can purchased and drank at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago, IL.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet creamy vanilla, roasted malt, smoke, caramel, toasted oak, coffee, and dark fruit.

As expected, the vanilla doesn't dominate here. It's definitely the star, but it's still generous enough to allow the spicy, caramelly, and oaky barrel character to be a strong supporting player. There's lots of dark chocolate and roast, too.

This is medium bodied, with very little booziness, and a nice creamy drinkability.

This is somewhere in the middle for Revolution, which still puts it miles ahead of most barrel aged beers out there.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 11/3/21

Back on the Revolution train we go. It’s only recently that I started finding their beers around me when I switched up my typical store on a whim and bought a bunch of cans. I already had the base Deth’s Tar, let’s see how vanilla treats it

Pours a muddy dark brown with 2 fingers of dark tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This is super vanilla forward in the nose, but it is backed nicely by the barrel character. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet vanilla, charred oak, acidic coffee, rich toffee, spicy bourbon, dark bread, and cocoa powder

I'm a bit conflicted on the taste, as it's quite subdued up front and then really blossoms on the back end. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, toasted oak, and caramel. The swallow brings notes of charred oak, rich toffee, creamy vanilla, black cherry, earthy bourbon, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and light raisin. Overall in taste it's a win but nothing mind blowing

A full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a creamy and rich beer. Finishes slightly sticky and hot, but oddly the alcohol heat works really nice for this one

My minor gripe with the taste aside, this is a damn good beer. Just about on par with the base beer I'd say. Next up, we'll see if coffee can improve it
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021 can.

Tan bead that fades. Dark brown color, nearing black.

Vanilla with a charred barrel flavor. Roasted malts, fudge, whiskey, oak. Molasses, dark dried fruits. Smooth, warming, charred finish. Solid.
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This beer pours pitch black with a 2 finger brown head. The head lasts a long time, considering the ABV, and there's some lacing on the glass.
The nose has a good deal of vanilla on the nose. There's also some hints of barrel on the nose.
The flavor starts of vanilla to me. The flavor then goes to chocolate, caramel - lots of it, toffee, raisin, plum, and coffee on the back.
The body is quite thick and full. There's no burn here - very smooth.
This is delicious!
Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dark mahogany color with a dark mocha head . Smell is chocolate roast vanilla and bourbon. Taste follows nose vanilla and bourbon, with vanilla being integrated nicely , some char and chocolate roast. Mouth feel is sweet with vanilla robust with bourbon smooth and creamy ABV well hidden.
Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Mackeys Hideout, black with a small khaki head head. Vanilla gets the nose first, then some chocolate, molasses and some booze. Thick, chewy minimal carbonation. Tasty..
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
12 oz. can. Black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate malt. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate malt. What a surprise. Roasty finish. Boozy, but not all that sweet. Heavy and a slow drink. But good.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by rab53 from Washington

Mar 21, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Dope from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2022
Vanilla Deth from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 145 ratings