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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 62
Gots: 153 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 11-29-2009

We love this beer here at the brewery, and think you will have one of those “I’ve never-tasted-a-beer-like-that” kind of moments when you try it!

What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!

20 IBU
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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to review this in the can...

Pours a ruby tinged mahogany with a oinky of mocha head. Near zero head retention & lacing, nice oily sheen

S: Coffee & charred grain.

T: Follows the nose, some herbal hops too up front, plus a slight lactic twang, More coffee as this warms & some baker's chocolate. Finishes dry with coffee & roasted malt notes, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thins a bit once warm

Drinks easy, but was better in the bottle, seemed creamier

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark pour here, black as night with a big head of foam on top reaching a height of around two fingers before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing coating the sides and making it super sticky. Aroma is coffee and sweet sugary notes. Hints of chocolate coming through now. It was an odd coffee aroma, almost a dark, french press kind of smell, which played off the sweetness in the milk stout extremely well. Really impressed here as even as it warmed it seemed to never dull. Rich, creamy feel, almost as thick as a milk shake. Creamy chocolate and rich velvety coffee notes slide together perfectly and leave the palate soaked in sweetness that is simply wonderful, and that is an understatement. Each sip becoming richer then the one before. Long lasting flavor of coffee balanced on the tongue and left a slightly dry finish soaked in vanilla notes.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oooh yeah, tall boy cans ftw! Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this.

Pours a darker mocha colored thick buy fizzy looking almost creamy head rises to a finger but fades at a med pace, then stops at a nice creamy 1/2 finger head covering with some decent lacing, over very dark almost black colored with hints of ruby light sneaking through the corners.

Nose starts with a light metallic roasty almost burnt slightly acrid aroma, but that fades very quickly and turns to nice creamy stout, plenty of cocoa, little cocoa nib like and creamy chocolate milk, lots of oats as well, and a bit of a powdered chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of bitterness.

Taste starts creamy, big creamy milk flavor, lactose straight up, a little chocolate milk, powdered cocoa, etc, and some oats. Then a light gritty powdered coffee grind like chewy thing, I can't explain except that it seems like very fine grinds suspended in the beer, with a bit of a coffee flavor, a little roast and slight acrid burnt roast flavor, with a touch of tin. Then a slight bitterness, little chalky finish, fairly dry as well, more of the grinds and gritty feel, lingering roast and cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, lush, but at the same time chalky and gritty, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malt flavors except a bit of burnt metallic acrid roast, but not a lot, nice mocha, nice creamy oats and plenty of lactose, and another negative with that charred powdered chalky gritty feel.

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A run-of-the-mill Stout with solid flavors but the watery textures really hurt.

Buffalo Sweat pours a dark brown color but struggles with head formation and retention despite high carbonation. No lacing.

Aromas of coffee grounds, burnt cocoa, and malted barley carry the scent from beginning til end. A very straight forward aroma without variation.

Flavors favor the coffee and cocoa with mild hints of caramel, nutty, confectioner's sugar, and a light ash/burnt taste. Low on hops, but the beer balances out pretty well due to the roast.

The lowly textured, watery body makes the beer feel weak and thin. The high carbonation doesn't comnpensate for lack of mouthfeel, but accentuates less desirable features of sulfur and high mineral character.

Buffalo Sweat is more flavorful than say Yuengling Black and Tan but the texture keeps it in the same vein.

Photo of blackearth
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black body with a puffy khaki colored head that slowly fades. Aromas of dark sugar and black malts. Slightly moderate carbonation with a lightly silky mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat weak given the appearance, aroma and name of the beer! A very accessible stout.

Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of tan head. Head has decent persistance and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet and bittersweet chocolate, and a nice coffee presence that doesn't dominate. Also some faint roasted malts.

T - Taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is also a nuttiness in the taste that I didn't pick up in the smell. Nice but not very memorable.

M - Too thin for my liking, but there is still a decent creaminess.

O - This is a pretty good milk stout that doesn't stand out in any particular way. The thinness detracts from the flavor profile.

Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours dark brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and grains with some sweet chocolate and some ash.

The flavor is sweet grainy roasted malts with a little lactic chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, not a great stout.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, dense tan head.

SMELL: Fresh cappuccino, fresh baked biscuits, cocoa powder, soft charcoal, dried plums.

TASTE: Super smooth, creamy, mellow roasted grain, carob, mild molasses, breakfast blend coffee, semi-sweet burnt finish.

Love this beer, much preferred from the can ... a real treat to drink. Quaffable for sure but it begs to be paired with some chocolate ... the obvious choice.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, with "Drink by" dating of 06-05-13 ( I'm a few months late apparently on this one)

Pours very dark brown, fluffy and lasting dark tan head that leaves a nice looking ring of low sheeting and scatteredt bits of lace.

I get a bunch of milk chocolate on the nose.

More milk chocolate, with some light coffee notes as well.

On the thin side, but that adds to drinkability of this flavorful and nicely crafted stout. Bring on some grilled meat and/or chocolate desserts.

Tasty and worth a try.

Last of the beers I brought home from Kansas...

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1 inch head, clear, moderate-high carbonation

Smell: big oats and coffee

Taste: oats, black coffee, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, sweet with slight roasty bitterness

Drinkability: A solid, clean, oatmeal/sweet stout. The sweetness comes through but is never overly seet. Glad I picked up a four pack. I could have several of these.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is coffee, toffee and chocolate. A very nice smelling stout.

The flavor is coffee, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. This beer is a malt bomb and all of the various malt flavors work very well together.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses, roasted malt and milk chocolate. Smells decadent and rich, especially at first.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet mix of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Minimal bitterness - while the smooth, rounded malts are appreciated, a little hop balance or extra roasted bite could have helped.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth body that is fairly light. Too thin.

Drinkability: A solid, malty and drinkable Sweet Stout. Good session beer overall, even if there is no "wow" factor. Probably would be better with a slightly bigger body and a touch more bitterness.

Photo of Chief_Mug
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very Smooth Stout - But very ordinary. If somebody would give me one, I would drink it. Purchasing - I will take a Left Hand -Milk Stout any day of the week.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a head that was minimal and rapidly faded entirely. Delectable aroma of oatmeal,chocolate,and dark malt. There is plenty of oatmeal, chocolate,and dark malt in the flavor but the oatmeal clearly dominates. The mouth is a bit oily and thick.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks again goes out to mizzouguy! recieved in the noob bif round 6.

16oz can at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. "12 013" stamped on the bottom?

pours out almost black, actually a dark ruby brown color. a thick 1/4 inch creamy layer of light tan colored head, pretty good retention. leaves a little lace.

a very nice burnt, roasted grain aroma. a touch of charred wood. some coffee and cocoa comes out the more it warms.

again, the nice burnt, roasted grain character, a bit of estery fruits, bits of coffee and cocoa, more cocoa in the finish. also some raisony dark fruits noticable, just enough hops to balance.

super smooth, soft, and creamy, rolls over the tongue nicely, then a nice little bite of carbonation. medium bodied.

overall, a pretty simple beer, but done very well and very nice to drink. sessionable. the reminds me more of an american stout, rather than a milk/ sweet stout, still a very good stout whatever you want to call it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with only a little hint of a brownish color. Lots of bubbles. About two fingers of creamy beige head which slowly fade to a thin layer. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Deep roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, milk, caramel, toffee, and sugar. Also some hints of vanilla, cream, nuts, and coffee. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. Aroma is very malt and chocolate forward with lots of roasty qualities.

Taste: Very roasty and malty like the aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, milk, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, vanilla, and sugar. The coffee comes out pretty strong in the taste. Light hints of hops towards the finishes. There is a good amount of sweet sugar here, but the roast gives a nice balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and smooth. Fairly dry considering the sugar.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a sweet stout. Sweet, but well balanced by the roasted coffee flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown pour, very thin head to it. Massive chocolate and chocolate malt presence in the nose. Dominates, and in such a way you rarely see in 5%'rs, whereas Rogue's is a sweeter chocolate (or creme brulee) this is dark ass chocolate.

Very dry even astringent in a comforting way, giving it more drinkability. This is one of the most robust milk stouts I've ever come across, and it isn't candied up in any way. Its got a chip on its shoulder. I didn't pull anywhere near the amount of coffee out of it as others did.

While I like cans, they tend to go hand in hand with warmer weather and the outdoors, and its tough to really see a place for this in the summer, except for in this situation where you're splitting the beer 6 ways in 94 degree weather.

I think it is better described as a dry stout. If you like Black Sun FFF, check this out. Well, if you like stouts, check this out. Not the thickest, which, it isn't that style of stout, pay attention. Pretty straight forward otherwise.

Part of the Labor Day round the pool tasting session like the previously reviewed hoptimus prime.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep dark ruby tinted black with a light beige tan head forms fine even lacing down the sides of my standard pint glass. It's nice to have a tallboy of a Kansas brewed sweet stout. Aroma has sweet creamy dark chocolate and coffee notes going on with each sniff, no real herbal hop profile just nice sweet dessert like notes from the dark roasted malts and lactose additions. Drinks very sweet with hints of dark chocolate(cocoa) and mild coffeee notes, a bit of herbal hops and a tad more earthiness would help dry out the overt sweetness a bit. The lactose additions give it a super creamy factor, enjoyable flavor just overtly sweet compared to most of the stouts out there. Mouthfeel is again not to be repetitive but this beer is super creamy on the mouthfeel, carbonation is ample but works well with this medium bodied session stout. Overall thoughts thus far are best of the lot from what I've had, I enjoy IPAs and DIPAs with the best of the beergeeks out there, however this is one rockin' cream stout.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark. Thin head.
Hint of sweet chocolate, slight coffee
and of course roasted malts.
Mildly thick mouthfeel, yet drinks light.

Was on tap...

Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one in my poker winnings from AlCaponeJunior. Thanks a lot.

Poured a darker brown color with about an inch of beige/tan head on top.

Smell was very nice - very malty with hints of chocolate and coffee coming through.

Taste was good and malty throughout with some coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium. Went down smooth - not much bitterness in the finish.

Overall a solid beer. I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind drinking it again.

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big light brown head just sits above a clear really dark brown to black colored stout.

Big well roasted grain malts aroma with just a hint of dark chocolates coming through.

Nice well roasted malt taste with as in the aroma a hint of dark chocolates, gives this beer a full bodied taste.

Dryish aftertaste with leftover roasted malts and dark chocolate tastes that leave a light almost chalky mouth feel on this full bodied beer.

Very drinkable with a good taste that doesn't over do anything but leaves you wanting another drink.

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz. can. On the side:
"Dangerously Dark."
"Authentically Awesome."
"Pour a Pint."

There's no question this is a stout; nice, dark and thick. A brown cap of creamy head crowns this brew and retains its shape well enough, though it doesn't leave much lacing.
Nose is mostly roasty malts with dark cocoa, a little coffee, and an extra touch of sweetness. I like this aroma, but I'd like more of it.
Breads, dark chocolate, and coffee are all in the flavor as well as just a touch of char that's not the least bit astringent or acrid. There's almost a wood-fired toast flavor here, a little tough to place, and a mildly lactic essence as well. I'm only just now realizing this is a milk stout (sweet stout, if you will) rather than a straight up stout.
This is the only problem with the mouthfeel: it's full and pretty rich, not huge but plenty good for a stout, with a pleasant smoothness. For this one, though, I'd really like a lusher, richer quality and a little more depth to show through.
This isn't stellar for what it is, but there's certainly nothing wrong with good. I like it and would pick it up again.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with three fingers oatmeal-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer. As the beer was drunk, the lacing turn into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very bready, very roasty. Lots of dark bread and cereal. Some subtle smoke from the roasting process of the malt. Finally, there’s some subtle coffee aroma’s too.

Taste: Like the aroma, very bready and very roasty. Like drinking a slice of pumpernickel bread if that makes sense. There’s a TON of roasted malt flavor up front, followed by some subtle coffee flavors. At the end there’s a very subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: Damn, I really liked this stout. All of its subtleties really add up to a really damn fine stout!

Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into nonic pint
BBD 12/05/13

A - pours a deep, dark brown with a huge khaki-colored three-finger head. Large bubbles dissipating with a nice lace

S - strong nutty flavor with oats and roastiness. Roasted barley comes to mind.maybe some pecan in there as well

T - bitter chocolate as well as that roasty malt flavor. A bit of coffee grounds on the back end. Really drinkable, goes down well, maybe due to the lower ABV

M - Surprisingly lighter feel for this type of beer. Medium bodied, not syrupy like some others. I like this one more and more.

O - this is a revisit and decided to review. Solid effort here from Tallgrass. I really like the "lighter" feel to this stout. I could drink this several times a day!

Photo of aleric
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black/brown with no light penetration. 2-finger, creamy cappuccino head. Solid lacing as the head dies down. This beer is a pleasure to pour.

S - Mostly coffee, with hints of lactose.

T - The lactose becomes more present at first, then rounds out into coffee and oatmeal. It's almost like having sour milk in your coffee, but it tastes much better than it sounds.

M - Medium-light. A lot smoother than I expected from the appearance.

O - This is not a complex beer, but the flavors that are present are well-rounded and very enjoyable. It's become my go-to stout when I want something familiar and available.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.