maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On firkin at joes inn on 05/16/2011 as Buffalo Sweat Vanilla Cacao. Dark black body small creamy tan head. Sweet roast chocolate and vanilla aroma. Sweet creamy chocolate, roast and lots of vanilla flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation
Finhead (1151) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a a frothy, tan head. The aroma has roasted coffee with some mild vanilla. It has a medium body with silky texture and average carbonation. The taste is slightly sweet with a roasted semi-dry finish.
jbuskirk (413) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This winter seasonal is in high demand here in the Midwest. One sip and itís easy to understand why. The vanilla isnít a half-baked (half-brewed?) concept. Itís been given time to mature and release its full flavor and aroma. It makes for a damn good addition to what was already a fantastic beer. Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is a winter treat. I could have can after can of this spicy, chocolatey goodness.
Bricktop86 (553) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma chocolate, coffee and pipe tobacco and vanilla. Taste follows nose
Maltser85 (240) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice brown with hints of mahogany around the edges. Nice two finger off white head. Aroma is roast and espresso. Some sweetness on the nose as well. Slight vanilla. On the palate, its more of the nose with some bitter chocolate playing in. The finish has a bit more of the vanilla sweetness to it, but not overpowering. Body is thin. Nice, sessionable.
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. From notes.mloads of milk and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and a whole bunch of vanilla to bring it home. Pretty darn good.
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In trade from UNCLEMIKE
Pours dark and opaque..
Strong chocolate and vanilla aroma.
Tastes the same.. With a syrup aftertaste
umich03jm (1815) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 16 oz can thanks to soonerchamps. Pours dark brown with very little head that collects to a ring. Aroma is dominated by vanilla with a light hint chocolate. Taste is all vanilla really. Maybe a touch of coffee and chocolate. Thin to medium body. Decent, easy to drink stout but I wish there was something more than just vanilla here.
jazzguitar247 (1) - San angelo, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great day ender. Maybe too much vanilla. Repeat drink for sure. Forced comments aren't helpful.
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CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours basically black with a good big head and nice lacing on the glass.
Geeze this beer is really coffe forward in the aroma, lots of roast, lots of chillin @ the coffe shop while beans are roasting aroma offered. Roasty, sweet smelling, pungent, and inviting.
Flavor is sweet, lots of milked chocolate offered, lotsís of vanilla offered, lots of roastiness & coffe character. sígot enough bitterness to bring some needed balance.
I think what I like best about it is that it brings a lot of elements that folks (myself included) like about Imperial Stout into a lower boost format.