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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 27.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid blackness, roasty brown head atop. Looks nice.

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, and caramel, richly roasted. Butterscotch. Dark fruits, plum, fig. Just enough sweet, just enough roast. Nice.

Taste: Deep, rich, and delicious. Full-boded, and surprisingly smooth. All the flavors from the nose return in the mouth. This one has it all, and it all adds up to yum. Quite nice. Solid stuff. All kinds of tasty.

More like this, please, Tallgrass!

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Nice toasty but yet sweet balance going on. Super creamy and easy to drink. A little bit light on the mouth feel is the only downside. Nice and black and has a nice tan head. I would say this is almost a stout.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. Had a very large chocolate and roasted malt presence. A little coffee in there as well. Was sort of soapy and had a little burn to it. Which I found surprising for this low of an ABV. It was minimal, but there.

Not worth revisiting.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can dated best by 12/26/2015 into nonic pint.

Love the can art and especially the texture to the can itself.

A. Very dark brown almost black with 2 finger light tan head. Lasting retention and heavy lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee beans.

T: Light espresso with roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated.

O: Nice straight forward porter. Something I would buy regularly if it was in my distro.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's dark with a tan head. Looks pretty much like a porter.

Smell is coffee.

Taste had something else going on - I wanted roasted malt and some bite but that's not what I got here. This tasted like something I'd find in my mother-in-law's bathroom - floral and soapy. It's oddly not as bad as it sounds, but nothing floral and soapy really can call itself robust.

Feel is thin with moderate carbonation.

It's not bad, but I've had better "robust porters".

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good porter that's representative of the style. Solid spices and a nice level of roasting, but it's not exceptional in any way. Still has that hollow feel I find in porters.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

Aroma of caramel and roasted malts and a light hint of dark fruit notes.

Tasted of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, ash, and a bit of dark fruit.

Lighter bodied and sticky with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Soneast
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to almost black color, with a half inch light brown colored head.

The aroma consists of a dry dark chocolate character, which is borderline chalky. Definitely a hint of dark fruits, mostly dates to my nose.

The flavor has that nice chocolate background, which isn't too roasty. Some nice licorice notes follow through leaving a mild chocolate covered raisin note on the palate.

The body is a tad watery, though mostly a medium mouthfeel, which for a robust porter is adequate, I feel.

Overall not a bad beer by any means, I mean if I were to characterize any flaws, I would say the mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I would prefer and the hint of chalkiness in the aroma is slightly unsettling, but really this is a very nice beer!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of Rawwie
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Huge tan head. Dissipates slowly leaving behind sticky thick lacing.

Nice milk chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Hints of sweet cream.

First taste is chocolate. More of a bittersweet than the milk chocolate of the nose. Caramel, toffee and coffee all with roasted tones.

Moderate body and medium carbonation. A bit of acidity. Bitterness lingers a touch too long.

This beer was a slight let down as it had a beautiful appearance and nice aroma. The taste and mouth feel did not follow through as there was too much harsh bitterness in both. Could use a boost in sweetness and smoothness.

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Can art is BADASS! 'Tactical grip' is gimmicky and useless (ya need rubber, not textured aluminum!), but the art itself it awesome. Tallgrass usually kills it in this department. Anyway, the beer: black body, at least extremely dark brown, with a sandy tan silky head, sticky, rather thick lace, suggesting strong hopping.

S: Floral, soapy. Mild malt character. Meh overall, bad for a porter.

T: Sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate, some smoke, raw grain. No trace of those suggested hops.

M: Medium-light bodied, sweet.

O: Came for the art, only content with the product.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Kris450
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Excellent deep mahogany brown, clear with some red on the sides when held to light. Mocha head looks lush, nice retention + lacing.

S: It's dark, roasted malt, very earthy. Very bready and light caramel sweetness atop.

M: Medium body and fairly smooth. Mod-high carbonation.

T: Fairly well balanced. Burnt black malts with some chocolate underbody. Bittersweet and dry finish. If burnt, light char, and grainy bread is your thing, it hits those notes. Not much sweetness/fruit.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. The Drink By date is smudged off this can, so unclear canning date. Poured into a snifter 11/10/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body. Light brown during the pour, not particularly thick. Two and a half finger light brown head with lots of retention time. A bit much, considering it pours with so much head; I have to give it a little bit of time before I can dive in. Lots of lacing though. [3.5]

S- Rich nuttiness, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa. Pretty nice nose that doesn't carry much off flavours, has a solid intensity to it, especially the nuttiness. [4]

F- Dark chocolate bitterness, cocoa, mild roasted malt presence, sweet milk chocolate, some earthiness. I enjoy this one, although there seems to be a bit more bitterness than I'd expect rather than chocolate sweetness and roasted character that I've gotten from other porters labeled as "robust". But it's certainly very tasty. [4]

M- On the thinner side of medium body. Not particularly thick or creamy, fine carbonation. Bitter coffee grounds and earth on the finish. At least it's a reasonable ABV, no heat to be found at all. [3.5]

O- Pretty decent robust porter. I've had better examples as far as mouthfeel goes, but it certainly has a nice porter flavour profile for the ABV. [4]

Final score: 3.92

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Photo of Golfer3Aces
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Couldn't get a glass so this is a review from the can. Smells of coffee, chocolate and maybe some toffee in there. Not as thick as some porters, a little watery. Very busy with coffee in this beer. Im catching some chocolate. Not as complex as the packaging leads on. In conclusion, a good beer. Not the best in this style but a fairly good representation of an american porter. I would drink it again.

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.