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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
In 2013, two nine-gallon casks were filled with Buffalo Sweat and a handful of vanilla beans, and were stored in Tallgrass founder Jeff Gill’s office. A few weeks later, Jeff entered his office to find one of casks had exploded, spraying beer all over his office and leaving a hole in the ceiling above his desk shaped exactly like the cork bung used to seal the cask. Thankfully, the other cask did not explode. That night at an event in Wichita, Kansas, the beer was so well-received, it immediately got the call to become the brewery’s winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
16 oz can. Dark brown with a big foamy tan head. Nose is vanilla, coffee, cocoa and caramel. Medium body with fizzy carb making it feel lighter. Taste is cola, coffee, vanilla and grape needing just a bit of roast to balance. Good starter for the evening.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beachmaster (462) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pint can into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown, with a medium mocha head that fades quickly. Some lacing. Nose is coffee, caramel, and chocolate, and the taste follows the nose, with a hint of vanilla added. Very smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Can. Pours very dark brown with very little head. Nose and taste are caramel and vanilla. A little roast in the aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours a clear chestnut with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of vanilla, mocha, cocoa and sweet tobacco. Taste is similar with an earthy vanilla flavor, mocha, cocoa, coffee and a bit of roast. Finishes with some mild roast and tobacco. A semi creamy mouthfeel, medium/full body and low carbonation. Easy drinking and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
A black body trimmed in mahogany supports a quickly fading, creamy to frothy, light khaki head which settles to a medium ring with a few arcing series of dots and islands

Rich, integrated aromas and flavors of vanilla infused chocolate cake badder, treacle, caramel, nuttiness, and faint accents of plumb preserves and cola on a light-plus body offering light carbonation and light residuals of the previously mentioned components with a greater emphasis on the dark fruit sweetness

Lots of flavor and richness in a sessionally appropriate strength and package, glad to have this brewery near by

16oz can code 11:37 drink by 04/03/15 served first week of KC availability this year at 45º into 14.7oz Zwiesel Cognac snifter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Can. Very deep in color, nice foamy head. Aroma is roast and vanilla beans. Flavor is mild roasted malts, sweet but not cloying. Milk chocolate and vanilla are prominent on the palate. Medium bodied. Delicious and well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, milk/dark chocolate, some vanilla, hops, and coffee; Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2342) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2014
16oz can. Pours nearly black with a beige head that lasts. Aroma is mostly vanilla, some chocolate some roasted malts. Milky sweet stout with a hint of chocolate and lots of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2014
16oz can via the Local Why the Hell Not BIF. Pours a mostly opaque black with quite a bit of fizzy, sudsy beige head. Nose is kinda cool, lots of malt, some toast, quite a bit of raisin, some licorice too.. The vanilla bean is there, but in a very raw sense. Flavor sort of follows, chewy grains, malt, toast, there’s a fig jam thing happening too, some vanilla, brown sugar too. Slightly heavier carbonation leads to a bit of a heavy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Borders on black, with a luminescent mahogany sheen around the edges. Velvety aroma of fresh baked cookie dough, chocolate, and raspberry. It’s quite straightforward, but the essence of vanilla here is deftly integrated into an ample malt structure; it never grows cloying or seems artificial.

The vanilla notes in the flavor are strikingly more herbal; they skirt the surface a bit more here. Sarsaparilla flavors blend with cinnamon bark. Here it’s clear that there isn’t enough malt flavor to support this level of flavoring, which is a disappointment given the promising aroma.

The thin palate accentuates this issue, of course; there is ultimately little to no body to support all this vanilla. Worse and worse it gets, unfortunately.

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