Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 418
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I was looking for a stout but this ended up working fantastic. Had a pint with dinner from the keg and was very surprised. Kind of mild depth with a roasty nut hint and fairly strong after taste. (195 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark black, and with a somewhat careless pour, forms roughly a meter of foamy tan head with some fairly ridiculous retention. iPhone flashlight reveals a speck or two of ruby highlight through the beer. Lacing clings well to the glass.

Smell: A deep roasted malt bill wafts forth, chocolate drizzled onto fresh-baked dark bread. There are some faint tones of something vaguely fruity in the background.

Taste: Warm, dark bread fills the mouth, from grain-sprinkled crust through chewy, yeasty center to lightly charred bottom. There are spots here and there of crumbled toffee, and a nuttiness very like Brazil nuts. The finish leaves an odd, slightly floral bitterness behind, which is the only indication I taste of any hop presence, mingled with lingering remnants of the bready flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer drinks full and creamy, evoking words like "rich" - as I tend to split stouts and porters more by feel than other characteristics, I'd say this one leans more towards the stout side of the spectrum. There is no watery finish like many porters have, and the beer seems to resist being folded or swirled with the tongue.

Overall: Given that I have a likely impending move to Iowa happening, I had been concerned about getting my hands on Edmund Fitzgerald regularly enough to satisfy my good porter cravings. Since beers like this appear to be available, I should be able to fill in the gaps between visits to GLBC distribution territory in adequate fashion. (1,568 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,571 characters)

Photo of Rawwie
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (325 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely black beer...tan head and completely obscures the light. The smell is outstanding...roasted malt. Some smoke, a little caramel and toast. The flavor is malty,Mitch heavily roasted notes. Great hop balance. The beer really comes together. Full and satisfying body. This is a treat. (309 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of Kris450
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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! (378 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a very dark brown color with a slight brown head. The aroma is mild with lots of robust malts and hints of coffee. The taste is smooth and flavorful with lots of coffee/toffee taste. This is a pretty decent tasting brew for a porter which in this case ends up drinking more like a light coffee stout. A very well-made seasonal! (338 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (794 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A - Pretty much motor oil black with a huge foamy khaki head that stays around for a while

S - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate

T - Same as the nose, coffee and dark chocolate with a mild bitterness

M - Very creamy and smooth with light carbonation; awesome.

O - A fairly good offering from Tallgrass. Probably my second favorite offering of theirs after Ethos. (399 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (750 characters)

Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look - super dark brown color with a great lasting tan head and sticky lacing
smell - lots of roasted malts with chocolate
taste - in between milk chocolate and dark chocolate with some coffee in there with it.
feel - smooth medium to lite body with a slight carbonation.
Overall - Really great Chocolate taste robust Porter! (329 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$9.99 4-Pack
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

I feel like an energy drink should be pouring from this can...

Instead i get a coffee brown porter that's black when filling the glass. Chestnut highlights surround the body when backlit. A dense, creamy, three finger head rises on the pour and takes its sweet time to settle leaving fat, sticky lacing on its way.

The nose is pretty bold with larger than expected roast, black coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of both cream and nuttiness all in that order of intensity. Not only is the aroma bold but it shows depth and character. There are even whispers of grapefruit and pine in the hop profile that accompany the darkness well.

I didn't expect the flavor to match the intensity of the aroma but it does, it really does. The coffee plays second fiddle to the heavily roasted malt while the cream and nuttiness are minor aspects. The dark chocolate shows on the swallow and brings a touch of bitterness along with the grapefruit and pine hop combo. Again, this porter shows some nice depth and a bold flavor profile.

The bitterness grows to just short of medium and the body's weight is right in the center of the spectrum. Carbonation is fairly active and keeps things moving making this beer immensely drinkable.

I've liked the stuff I've tried from Tallgrass and after drinking Zombie Monkie I think I like it best. It's drinkable at just over 6%, bold, complex, and still easy to put away. No one aspect dominates. I see this beer in my future fairly consistently. (1,528 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - black with brown highlights and a creamy mocha head.

S - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, light citrus.

T - roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, light burnt notes that are slightly astringent or chalky, light citrus, milk chocolate in finish.

M - smooth and creamy

D - solid porter. My favorite Tallgrass offering. (344 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Zombie Monkie pours a black color with a large long lasting head. There is a very rich malty creamy aroma. The taste is rich and creamy, strong roasted malt flavors small hints of coffee. The body is on the watery side. Overall its a very tasty porter, only problem is the watery feel. (289 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (588 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, with a nice dense 2-finger Guinness-like tan head. Long lasting. Always a thin layer. Excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts before coffee, some faint lemon.

T - Roasted if not burnt maltiness, good bitterness in the finish.

MF - Medium body with a dry bitter but velvety finish.

O - Love the can with its "tactical grip to prevent slippage during fleeing" (from zombie monkies). (397 characters)

Photo of Utility_Bill
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (683 characters)

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.