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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 480
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 27.14%
Wants: 31
Gots: 106 | 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 MaximalC
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -4.3%
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 -1.5%
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 -5.8%

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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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Flight317
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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"

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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)

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Utility_Bill
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of d5001986
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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