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 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 johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (640 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 morimech
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -7%

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. (676 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 (1,276 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mdog
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (437 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 leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (655 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 Bosoxfan20
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (372 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 brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (483 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 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)

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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