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Vanilla Bean Bullaflo Sweat Stout Brewed by Tallgrass Brewing

Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat Brewed by Tallgrass Brewing Company - Manhattan, Kansas

Last year Tallgrass Brewing Company was caught off guard by the demand for its winter seasonal, Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, leaving many fans with empty glasses. This year Tallgrass has taken steps to make sure everyone can have a taste of this vanilla-infused stout.
Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is a beer based on one of the brewery's most loved cask beer recipes in their popular firkin program. As soon as the first 16oz cans hit the shelf last winter, the small Midwest brewery was overwhelmed with demand from its wholesalers.
  Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat Stout by Tallgrass BrewingTallGrass Brewing is in Kansas

"We had wholesalers reordering large quantities, before some got their first shipment," said Tallgrass founder, Jeff Gill. "We had many upset retailers and disappointed fans, and we knew that this winter we would have to do better."

Over the summer, in preparation for Vanilla Bean's release, Tallgrass increased it's brewing capacity and worked on brewery efficiencies to squeeze every last drop out of their tanks.

Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat starts its life as Tallgrass's best selling beer, Buffalo Sweat, an award-winning oatmeal cream stout. This seasonal is created by infusing Buffalo Sweat with whole Ugandan vanilla beans. This addition further enhances the beer's dark-roasted flavors of espresso, chocolate, and creamy sweetness and also gives it a perfect and light vanilla finish. Fans of the beer have described it as "liquid chocolate-chip cookies made with espresso".

Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is available on tap and in 16oz cans. The beer will be brewed and shipped until mid-February.


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Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance - Pours a deep deep deep dark brown (at first glance it almost appears black) with a bubbly fluffy 3 finger tan head. Excellent head retention.

Aromo - The vanilla is noticeable right from the get go in the aroma. The smells of oats and sweet lactose sugar are also quite noticeable. The vanilla mellows out many of the roastier aromas from the base stout. Notes of cocoa and milk chocolate dance up from the malts.

Taste - The familiar flavors of rolled oats and lactose sugar come out strong. The Vanilla is showcased best in the initial upfront flavor and then again in the finish. It blends great with the sweet and creamy milkiness that comes from the lactose sugar. Much like in the aroma, the vanilla masks many of the toastier notes of chocolate, cocoa and coffee that show up in the background. There's a slight smokiness that's noticeable as well coming from the malts.

Mouthfeel - If I had to describe the mouthfeel of this beer in one word, it would be: SMOOTH. The oats give the stout a silky smooth slick feel and the lower carbonation makes it feel fuller bodied and chewy. It's heavy but not super heavy.

Overall - This beer is smooth smooth smooth. It's smooth in flavor from the vanilla as well as smooth in the feel. Everything about it is just smooth. That, coupled with the lower abv make this a very drinkable beer. I'm not completely sure if I like this better than the original or not, but I'm leaning towards a "yes". Just like the original however I still feel like it leans more towards an oatmeal stout rather than a milk stout (although I definitely understand why it's classified as a milk stout.) This is a great beer if you enjoy vanilla.


The Story Behind Tallgrass Brewing
The decision to found Tallgrass Brewing Company was made by Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia on April 8, 2006. Tricia had asked Jeff THAT question: What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Jeff had been thinking about that exact question quite a bit. I want to start a microbrewery! Jeff answered. He had been an avid homebrewer for six years and loved to brew beer that people enjoyed. At that point, he and Tricia made a commitment to start a new microbrewery in Kansas. It would mean moving from where they lived at the time, Jeff giving up his career as geologist, and Tricia changing jobs.

After the decision was made, the next 12 months were a flurry of activity: Jeff juggled a full-time job while trying to gain as much experience in the craft beer business as possible, and Tricia gave him her full support along the way. They chose Manhattan, Kan., for the location of the brewery, and chose Tallgrass for the name. They had always wanted to settle in this area to raise their family and live near the scenic Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie surrounding Manhattan. It just so happened that the water near Manhattan is an excellent choice for brewing beer, too!

When the spring of 2007 rolled around, Jeff was ready to speak with friends and family about investing in their dream to start Tallgrass Brewing Company. With the money raised and a lot of hard work, the brewery was built just off of Green Valley Road at the edge of the Flint Hills. A beautiful copper-clad brewhouse arrived in June 2007 and the first beer was brewed in August 2007. Our beer is now available on tap and in cans across the Midwest, Mississippi, Minnesota, and more to come!

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Tallgrass Brewing Company

8845 Quail Lane
Manhattan, Kansas, 66502
Phone: (785) 537-1131



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