EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
The color of the beer is a very dark brown with a large off-white head, and the aroma is heavenly as a combination of heavy vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is gorgeous as it is heavily sweet, slightly umami, and a touch sour; furthermore, the way the medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and abrupt finish mesh together is to die for. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
This winter seasonal is in high demand here in the Midwest. One sip and it’s easy to understand why. The vanilla isn’t a half-baked (half-brewed?) concept. It’s 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. Beachmaster (558) - 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. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
Can. Dark brown color, clear. Tan foamy head. Lovely bouquet of vanilla, sweet chocolate and light toast. Sweet flavor, coffee ground, vanilla bean and faint wood. Soft finish. Excellent.
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A really nice dessert beer. There probably isn’t a better base beer to start with than Buffalo Sweat for this kind of vanilla beer because it doesn’t overwhelm the chocolate and the vanilla somehow accentuates the slickness of the mouthfeel.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Easily the best low-ABV, "session" stout I’ve had. Black pour; strong vanilla coffee aroma. Taste is likewise, with a good amount of chocolate as well. No bitterness or roastiness; a smooth-drinking stout all the way. Incredibly fresh taste as well. Slightly thin, but perhaps to be expected from the low ABV. Tallgrass needs to make an imperial version of this, but as it is, this is definitely the benchmark by which I will judge <7% ABV stouts, and this one clocks in at a meager 5. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mphopkins99 (2) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
Pours very thick with a nice 2 finger head. Vanilla smell comes through immediately with a hint of alcohol burn. Goes down very smooth and the vanilla dominates the taste. At 5% this is a rare session stout that I will definitely go back to. AbbeyRoade (547) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Absolutely delicious vanilla stout!!! Deep smoky vanilla flavor. Wonderful smooth thick creamy body. Excellent. saltyseadog (67) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2016
AROMA Brown sugar, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. No alcohol smell to speak of, in contrast to several other heavyweight stouts I’ve sampled recently.
APPEARANCE Big voluptuous caramel colored head frothing up like it wants to overflow the beer glass. Dark oily liquid with perfectly balanced carbonation, keeping it light on the palate without being fizzy.
TASTE Sweet, roasty without the intense coffee notes of many of its peers. Nice balance of malt, sweet, acid, bitterness and creamyness with a well integrated lingering hint of vanilla. Not so much like vanilla ice cream as much as a nilla wafer.
PALATE Light, creamy, smooth, viscous and mouthcoating. Well calculated carbonation lightens up the weight of the beer admirably. Very refreshing as dark stout beers go.
OVERALL Even better than expected. A highly drinkable, exceptionally balanced sweet stout. The vanilla expression is subtle but shifts the flavor profile just slightly in a way that keeps the beer lighter and more refreshing. Seeking this one out again next year.