Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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88
very good

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 71 | 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 kscaldef
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasty, easy drinking, but ultimately average.

Photo of jroberts8811
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours black, one finger tan head
S- caramel,dark fruit, toast
T- thinner than I thought, effervescent bitter. First mouth is almost like coca cola. Much too roasted.
M- medium to full. Too carbonated
O- Ipa bit unbalanced. Too much roasted malt without a full flavor profile to support it. Would like coffee, chocolate etc to balance it. Else it reads as too roasted.

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 1000lbgrizzly
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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 BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Can as an extra in trade. Pours dark brown, fully opaque in the glass, with a massive khaki brown head. Roasty aroma with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruit. Nice. Flavor is a nice roasted malt and chocolate punch with hints of earthy coffee flavors, surprisingly preent since there isn’t coffee in this (I don’t think). A bit of brown sugar sweetness. Pleasant all the way through. Medium body, even pushing light for the style, with medium plus carbonation. Overall a very solid porter in a sea of plenty decent porters. There’s nothing that makes this stick out, but it’s perfectly pleasant and worth sucking down if you want roast without the heft.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Flight317
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

This one has really good flavor. I would give it a bit higher of a rating if it were a bit smoother. With the low ABV you would think the alcohol taste could be masked better. It's not so bad it's off putting but I've had brews at 10+ and they still hide it. Very good, yet not great status. Would drink again and suggest as a drinkable "dark beer"

Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Nearly pitch black with slight red hues when held at the right angle. Pours two fingers worth of a rich foamy mocha head.

Aroma- Subtle in the aroma category with some roasty coffee notes, sweet chocolate, and citrus hops present.

Taste- At the start roasted malts are very present and balanced very nicely sweet milk chocolate. Towards the finish a citrus/pine hop flavor becomes very noticeable and I could do without it. The hops lighten the beer up a little bit, but that's not what I'm looking for in a porter or stout. Still, a very good tasting beer.

Feel- Medium/full bodied with roasty malts that coat the tongue and linger to the finish. I expect a porter to be easier drinking than a stout and this definitely fits the bill. Heavy malts up front that fade out for a clean finish.

Overall- A very nice porter that is certainly robust and full of roasty/chocolate flavors. Only downside for me is the citrus hop presence towards the end. Overall, a great fall beer worth picking up again if the mood strikes. (88/100)

Photo of Golfer3Aces
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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 IPAdams
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours black with a one finger tan head that recedes quickly but leaves pretty good lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell- First scent of cola and coffee. Pick up some vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. Good smell but a bit subdued.

Taste- Good coffee and cocoa flavor. Get some more cola and vanilla flavor in the background. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts, picking up little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Good body, very creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall- Pretty good porter. nose and taste are a bit subdued but pleasant nonetheless, very good body.

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 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.

Photo of Mdog
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Roasty, then a sweet, candy-like note along with a thin feel for a little bit. It recovers with a roasted coffee/mocha flavor with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall: It's in a can and I like porters so I had to try it. Nice porter, if a slight step down from the top of the heap. Pretty tasty nonetheless, definitely worth a try from this solid brewery.

Photo of leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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 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 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 Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this inti a nonic pint. Drink by 3/01/14 can date.

This dark brown bodied beer contains blood red streaks in the corners. A three-fingered width of mocha foam towers out of the glass, amazing retention.

Milk chocolate and roasty aromas blast from the glass. Slight bready quality and spicy hop mingles with the roast. The yeast also adds a musty, chalky note to the nose.

Roasted malt leads the flavor profile, with a chalky milk chocolate gaining strength at mid-palate. The finish adds a bite of bitterness from a resiny hop. The malt also concedes some wheaty bread-like quality near the finish.

Decent medium heft to this beer, it runs a little too watery over the palate, more creaminess needed. Zombie Monkie also finishes dry thanks to the roasted malt and resiny finish.

Zombie Monkie is brewed to be a chocolatey porter with a definite biting edge. Thanks to the roasted malt and hop bite, this porter delivers a fun and intense drinking experience.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass; thanks, CVM4!

A: Black with a tan half finger head that dissipated to medium bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: Chocolate, licorice, caramel malts. Nice.

T: Follows nose with a smooth, sweet, undead frothy finish. Some coffee notes. Robust. Even better as it warms; the taste evens out.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: A great porter. Tallgrass creates another winner with this little undead beast. If you like porters, tap into this killer can.

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 Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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