Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat with Cinnamon

Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat with Cinnamon Tallgrass Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

We took our highly popular winter seasonal, Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, aged it in bourbon barrels and enhanced it with roasted crushed cinnamon sticks during fermentation. Adjunct ingredients include Lactose Sugar, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
20
Hops: 
Glacier
Malts: 
Two-Row, Goldpils (Vienna), Roasted Barley, Victory, Black Malt, Carapils
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours an opaque black with an aroma of complex chocolate, roasted, and toasted malt character with a complementing cinnamon, vanilla, and a very coconut-like bourbon. The flavor uniquely melds the roasted and chocolate malt with the vanilla and bourbon for a complex flavor with a subtle contrast of spicy cinnamon. The vanilla is subtle but provides a unique complexity to the dark malts. The cinnamon character is extremely well done; it provides a light contrast without being overly astringent as cinnamon typically is when found in many craft or homebrewed beers. The bourbon character, however, is overly simple – very nondescript with a coconut character that lacks any depth or warmth. Regardless, the overall impression of this beer is one of great depth and complexity with a flavor profile that changes with every sip as it warms.