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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 498
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 26.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 498
Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee.Taste is the same, coffee flavor is not overpowering, light hints of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and tasty beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, best before 12/11/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, dark bread, lemon/orange citrus, floral, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, dark bread, lemon/orange citrus, floral, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate floral/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice robust porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tronester
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black with a big creamy tan head. Aromas of light chocolate and some pine. Taste begins with some coffee, then toasted grain, followed by some dark chocolate, and finishes with some spicy pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall an excellent porter.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer. Dark brown with a thumb nail white head that lasted a while, leaving a small ring of lacing at the of the glass. Smell of burnt wood and roasted malt, but not particularly strong. Taste was roasted malt, biscuit, and slight toffee sweetness. It had a sticky finish that left a layer of sweetness on the tongue. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertastes.
An alright porter. It was well done and had some subtlety but was unimpressive. Almost falls into forgettable, but the sticky finish is sticking with me.

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Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While the mouthfeel is particularly exciting, that is made up for by the aroma and palate, whose malt backbone is accented nicely by flavorful hopping. Very well balanced, and with a very cool can.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Price paid : $2.39

Pours chocolate brown with a mocha-beige head of 2 fingers. Body is 100% opaque, lacing is hilly.

It smells of chocolate, cocoa powder, roast malt, and coffee bean. Medium strength.

Bites of pine and citrus to start, with roasted coffee grounds following behind. Ends on smoke and roasted malts. Belches are pure citrus rind.

It feels appropriate for the style, though on the lighter side for a porter. The carbonation works well here, and it has a pleasurable semi-dry parch.

Overall it's not a bad porter, but the citrus/pine in my sample was a bit too loud. For almost $3 a can there are better choices out there.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: black with a finger of fast fading head
S: big dark roastiness
T: good flavor for a lighter beer / porter vs stout
F: thin and flavors don't stick around either

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Porter. Dark color, tan head of mid-sized bubbles. Nice smell of roasted malt and hops. Flavor is mostly well-balanced, but a little more bitter than I prefer on the finish. Nice drinkable beer. Will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance; Beautiful deep brown poured into a lager glass. Opaque. Lovely 2 fingers of chocolate mousse-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate and super salty caramel underneath. Not very aromatic; I had to stick my nose a good ways into the glass to get anything.

Taste: Just like the nose: coffee, dark chocolate, and salt, especially on the finish. Roasting coffee beans and a touch of smoke come in primarily on retro-olfaction. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not the silky richness of an Imperial Stout. Consequently the body is lighter (appropriate for a porter) with nice, friendly carbonation that lifts the flavors and keeps the brew fresh.

Overall: Solid porter. It's not blowing my mind, but it's well-made and surprisingly sessionable, with some great roast coffee flavors.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can. Thought it would be a much stronger beer and was pleasantly surprised by it's smooth, beautiful balance of coffee, chocolate and even buttery flavor. Will be looking for this one again. Great beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +6.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +1%
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 -7.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.3%
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 +1%
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 +10.1%
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 +12.9%
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 -16.4%
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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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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