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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-02-2013

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Ratings: 412 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of Rawwie
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok first off, I was drawn to this beer because of the name and the design of the can. All I can say about this porter is it's really tasty, nice finger width of head that sticks around for awhile. Its robust as the can claims. Really good beer, not as awesome as the can, but would and hopefully will drink it again. Cheers!

Photo of MaximalC
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with ruby highlights and a good inch of khaki foam if you so desire. Mild aroma smells of roasted coffee, caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely--astringent burnt roast takes the lead, accompanied by an only slightly less pronounced dose of grassy hops. Nuttier aspects emerge more on the back end, along with traces of caramel. The medium body is spot on, however the carbonation is a tad high, creating a mildly distracting prickliness. With that said, it does manage to be incredibly drinkable, as I polished off my can much more quickly than usual.

If you like your beer heavy on roasted malt and easy to drink, this should be quite satisfying. The bitterness is a little higher than I prefer, but I can’t deny that it works in context. It reminds me a bit of Finch’s Secret Stache, but with less chocolate and more char. Worth having more than once.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Zombie Monkie pours a deep, dark brown that lets almost zero light through. A dark tan head dissipates fairly fast and leaves a little spotty lacing.
The aroma is quite nice with dark chocolate, raisin and dark bread and, perhaps, just a hint of acidic citrus?
The taste is very good. Lots of bitter chocolate and a little roast coffee with underlying notes of raisin and prune. There is a nice bittering and drying finish as well as a little bit of acidity (from the hops?) that leaves a nice tingle on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is a little weak. It's medium and a little creamy but with a little more substance, this would be a world-class porter.
Overall, a really good beer that I'll buy again. I like the layers of flavor. And, what a great can!

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from kickass can into imperial Pint. Tallgrass is really making some great looking cans and ridiculous stories to go with them. I love it.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown that appears black. Massive, creamy, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted notes, light fruitiness, and some chalkiness.

Taste: Great roasted taste with chocolate, some coffee and smoke, and light fruity notes. The finish has some Pale Ale characteristics with light citrusy and floral notes. Not bitter at all, but definitely a unique finish for a Porter.

Feel: Medium body that is quite smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Very nice dry finish.

Overall: Other than a unique finish, there is nothing over the top here; just an extremely well made Robust Porter. Another great new release from Tallgrass. 2013 has really been their year, with this, Wild Plum, and the sublime Ethos IPA.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in color with a quarter inch of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I smell sweet, dark malt and molasses. There is plenty of sweet,slightly smoky dark malt and a hint of molasses in the palate. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cool looking 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 03/22/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely roasty, robust, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of chocolate. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront hints of sweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Hints of coffee, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, lactose, grains, nuts, and a little smoke. Sweet hints of burnt brown sugar. Solid hop backing with earthy hints of grass and subtle hints of citrus orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A really good roasty aroma.

Taste: As robust and good as it smells, big dark roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate notes. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, cream, lactose, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, nuts, and some smoked malt. Sweet notes of burnt brown sugar. A surprisingly strong hop presence for the style with notes of grass, pine, and subtle citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Hops provide a nice balancing bitterness. A very good porter taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the slightly higher end of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy, silky, roasty, and smooth.

Overall: A really outstanding take on a Porter. Great roasty chocolate and coffee flavors with a solid backing presence of hops. Almost more of a Stout than Porter.

Photo of Jrizzle251
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

They anit lying when they say Robust. It Is great.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the tactical grip can, Artwork is pretty cool too...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 finger of mocha colored head. Nice lacing & good head retention

S: Mocha & coffee notes

T: Coffee, a touch of mocha, a touch lactic sourness is there too up front. Roastynesss, & more coffee as this warms, just modicum of caramel as well, dryness too. Finishes roasty, with cocoa sweetness, some drynesss

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Easy to drink, really scratches the coffee beer itch, no FBS, but a very suitable substitute. I hope this stays in the permanent rotation

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the cooler looking cans complete with tactical grip, that I have seen. Pours dark brown with over two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Very good malty aroma. Hints of grain, chocolate, roast which is not really porter like, and some citrus hops.

It is a robust porter with a full palate of malt flavor. Mostly chocolate malt with compliments of roasted malt. Hops do not play a big part in the flavor but adds some citrus and bitterness. Has a larger ABV but there is no sign of it in the flavor. Finishes with a roasted bitterness.

Big body and nicely carbonated. A bigger porter.

A very good porter from Tallgrass. Comes with cool packaging and amusing marketing. But the important part is what is in the can, and it is good.

Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can into a Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Pint Glass...Proper glassware.

L- Very dark brown...pretty much black. One inch plus creamy head...looks good.

S- Coffee, cocoa, char, bread...very interesting. Closing my eyes I think dark and malty.

T- Supremely balanced chared malt, coffee and cocoa. The roast really comes thru but never overpowers and the slightly bitter coffee finish compliments it perfectly. Just a tiny bit of sweetness from the cocoa in there somewhere.

F- Pretty light...here's where its just a bit of a let down...but remembering its a porter and not a stout makes everything ok...it's not supposed to thick and heavy. I guess it's just right for a Porter.

O- I really like this one. Seems to be just right for the style...will def do more of this.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with drink by 03/02/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. Exponentially stoked to see this beer in my area. Awesome can art with "tactical grip". Expectations are high, based on my previous experience with Tallgrass Brewing Co.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark cola color; opaque black in the glass with three big fingers of creamy mocha suds. Beautiful thin ribbons of lace. Looks delicious.

S - Smell is very nicely done. Big bold dark roast, chocolate, coffee, toasted breadiness, oranges, slight lemon zest, cola-esque carbonation, and maybe a hint of minerals / metallics.

T - Mmm very nice. Very dark and "robust". Lovely dark roasted coffee beans and chocolate and just a hint of tart orange hoppiness. Lightly metallic on the end, but it could be imparted from the can.

M - Feel is of bitter dark roast, and some lingering hoppiness. Nice powdery chocolate lingering also.

Overall, an absolutely delicious beer. Possibly my favorite beer from these guys yet, but so far everything I've had from them has been awesome. One could argue that this is more like a stout than it is a porter, but it is an amazing beer regardless. Highly recommended.

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie ---4/5.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.5): Nice dark color. Nice amount of head. Looks like you want it to.
S (3.5): Smells okay. Not an overly good amount of anything in particular. Can't even describe what it smells like. Or get anything in particular.
T (3.75): I was a little disappointed here. Now in all fairness, I've been really into Imperial stouts lately, and this isn't that. But there isn't a whole lot of flavor. It doesn't taste bad, but nothing to write home about. I've had two of the four pack, so I feel like I've given it a fair chance.
F (4): Not super creamy, but not super flat either. Probably about right for the style.

Overall (4). I wanted to like this beer more than I did, but it's still a fine beer. It was probably a little overhyped for me. I like most the offerings from Tallgrass, and I 'like' this one.

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured from the can into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep black, dark as used oil, with a decent one finger tan head that shows a bit of retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Of course I loved the can and packaging, zombies and monkies together? Should be interesting

Smell - Big time roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of breads come through on a big, powerful smelling beer. Yum

Taste - Just as the smell and the style would suggest. There are certainly some bready notes in there, of course the roastiness, malts, and chocolate make their presence known. A bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel - Favorite part. Big, chewy, like drinking tasty motor oil. Coats the mouth and palate with delicious porter-ness, then finishes lusciously.

Overall - This is a good beer from an emerging brewery in this area. From a brewery in the middle of nowhere, they are producing some very good products. Condor recommended and approved.

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Deep, rich malt appearance, milky head and thick lacing

S-The malt and hop character and nut brown notes

T-A slight hop nose character but a mild, roasty coffee character. However, it's kind of thin.

M-Very smooth and a clean finish

O-A very pleasant but not outstanding porter

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into Duvel tulip. The can has a textured feel to it.

A - A beautiful obsidian color with a massive 3 finger Swiss cocoa colored head. Retention is fantastic and there is thick lacing all over the glass. A perfect appearance in my book.

S - I pick up the roasted malts with a nice milk chocolate and French vanilla coffee aroma. The cola scent I usually find in Porters is muted.

T - Oh man is this tasty. I get a Swiss cocoa mixed with delicious French vanilla coffee. Again, I am used to a cola flavor, but it is very faint. The roasted malts that were used in this are incredible.

M - Very rich, creamy, smooth and medium bodied with terrific carbonation. Easy drinking and hard to put down!

O - A damn nice Porter that took my by surprise. Well done Tallgrass, bravo!

Photo of PieOhMy
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Black. Has a foamy tan head. Lace is thick. Nothing unusual.

S. Malty. Spice - clove, cinnamon, pepper. Sweet chocolate, for sure. Nice mixture of aromas.

T. Sweet. Vanilla bean. Espresso. Eastern spice. Nutmeg. A little smoke too it. Some grapey/citris tang. Coffee bitter in the end.

M. Quite full compared to most porters. Finishes smooth.

O. Wow! I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. This plays more like a sweet stout than a porter. I would take this anyday over Buffalo Sweat (which I really like). Well done Tallgrass.

Photo of Kris450
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this in the tall boy can which was really cool. Had texture and sweet graphics which caught my eye right off the bat.
Poured into a pint glass and the dark caramel head was solid and took up a third of the glass, and was staying! Best head on a beer.
Taste was great. Heavy mouthful but extremely rich caramel notes with a balanced finish. One of my favorite porters ever!

Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent porter, pours from the can with a velvety off white head, of around an inch. Retains this head for some time. As the beer warms you get some fantastic dark chocolate and roasted malt notes. A whiff of hops on the nose keeps things interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and inviting, almost like a milkshake. Slight lactose feel here, more so than some milk stouts.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The brew is a solid coffee black with a mocha colored head that's slow to recede. Nice foamy lines of lacing stick around.

The aroma is thick in roasted malts, roasted coffee, and a sweet milk chocolate in the end. All the dark arts are at work.

The taste is much like the aroma, only better! The smooth, creamy milk chocolate notes finish this off well.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very impressive.

Overall, one of Tallgrass Brewing's finest moments.

Photo of d5001986
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with 1/2" tan head.

Smell: Toasted Malt, yeast, caramel, and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt, orange, vanilla, with a slight post bitterness and smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Feels slick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good porter. I've had my share of better examples though. Worth trying once.

Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: First off, cool can design. The black parts of the can are actually textured. Anyway, on to the beer. Pitch black in color with a silky tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Bittersweet coffee, chocolate, and charred malt. A touch of cream as well.

Taste: Starts with a smooth dark malt and cream mix that is bordered by a light earthy hop character. The hop bitterness goes from light to moderate about halfway through and the finish releases a great creamy/toasty malt flavor onto the palate. Aftertaste of lingering bitterness and dark malt. Quite robust at 6.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Hovering around medium in body, maybe a bit above. Above average carbonation does a good job of lightening things up. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Tallgrass delivers another tasty brew with their Zombie Monkie robust porter. Among the common styles, my familiarity with porters is near the bottom of the list but it didn't stop me from fulling enjoying this one. The hop bitterness and sometimes harsh dark malt flavors are restrained without being dull. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of Utility_Bill
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- Jet black with red hues at the side of the glass when held to a light.

S- Some slight coffee and chocolate notes, I do pick up a hint of yeast on the nose holding the score down just a bit.

T- Tastes like a double cappuccino right off the street in Italy. Slight coffee and chocolate flavors with just a hint of sweetness. Some citrus flavor in the aftertaste.

M- Silky smooth and full of body, absolutely perfect IMO.

O- This is a very well constructed and flavorful beer. The only knock on it I could find was the hint of yeast on the nose. However you really have to search to find it, could just be the can I had. This is an excellent representation of an American Porter.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Near black, but more deep brown with walnut accents. 1 finger light tan head that clings to the glass for dear life.

S- Raw coffee beans, toffee, and hints of chocolate. Earthy notes of pine and wood.

T- A porter that some intense coffee flavor, hops kicking up a fuss, and a chalky smooth finish. A nice harmony of chocolate and vanilla. Bold roasted, malty character really takes this one up a notch. It isn't burnt, but rather roasted and smooth.

M- Body is just about right for the size of this beer. Astringent at times and a nice bitter hit gives you a jolt with each sip.

O- One of the better porters I have had this year. A new addition to Tallgrass, and possibly my favorite from them. Very cool can design too.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter dark chocolate, subtle roasted malt, good carb, and creamy. Easy drinking. Solid.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can received in trade from RobertDale thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown color with the faintest of garnet at the edges and a huge frothy tan head that persists forever and leaves stickies everywhere. Aromas of cocoa and bakers chocolate with a sharp almost tart fruity bite to it. Citrus and earthy hop aromas are plentiful. The flavor is rich chocolate with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Earthy citrus mixes with hints of plums and a touch of mineral water. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice porter, but I would have liked a bit less fruit and a bit more creaminess.

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.