Beer Review – Tallgrass Brewing Company – Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat

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Style: Oatmeal Cream Stout
ABV: 5.2%
6.5 Stars

A friend recently handed me a can of Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat and asked me to try it out.  I wasn’t sure what to expect out of Tallgrass Brewing Company out of Kansas, but I was not expecting a rich and creamy stout that balanced the dark malts with oats and vanilla so well.

The beer hits the glass and pours dark black with a thick, creamy, mocha hued head.  The aroma was not very strong, but it has hints of caramel malt and vanilla.  The beer has a rich flavor with the promised vanilla prominent but not cloying or overpowering.  The oats contribute a distinct smoothness that compliments the medium body very well.  While the flavor is nice, it feels as though there is something missing, such as a hint of roasted malts or hop bitterness.

I enjoyed the Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat.  It incorporates a lot of sound flavors with an excellent mouth feel.  At 5.2% you can certainly enjoy it without catching a buzz like you would with some bigger and bolder stouts.  That being said, I don’t think I’ll actively seek this out for a second taste.

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