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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Zombie MonkieTallgrass Zombie Monkie

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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 jroberts8811
3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of JamesMN
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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