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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by russpowell on 11-29-2009

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Photo of panajoe
1.32/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was sweet and disgusting. I love stouts, but this one was very gross-tasting. This is the very first beer I have every poured down the drain. Everything else they make at Tallgrass is quite good.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

nice cans...

A- a little on the light side? clear transparent red-hued darkness when held up to the light. the highlights are an actual blazing candy apple red. the topper on this brew is big and puffy and tan colored and looks very attractive in my sam smith's imperial pint glass. the foam settles at a decent clip but leaves plenty of lace behind.

S- sweet burnt cookie, cocoa, and coffee aromas. milk sugars lend an odd creaminess to the nose, almost like kid's cereal. almost like cocoa puffs! or count chocula!!! pipe tobacco, hazelnut, vanilla, damp wood, buffalo, bison, harmonica.

T- now, dern it, nearly tastes like the milk leftover from a bowl of chocolate kid's cereal. taste is diluted and i can taste the water that went into this one as well. literally tastes like overly sweetened milk with some coffee in it. sadly, most of the roasty toasty cocoa coffee flavors get lost in the milk. finishes... not stoutly! not even milk stoutly.

MF- as indicated by the appearance and the taste, the body is less than awesome. carbonation is low low and i'm assuming that the only reason this beer feels creamy is on behalf of the lactose. compared to other american stouts, the grain bill seems to be lacking.

D- drinking this one doesn't feel right. almost like i'm drinking a chemical or something, i don't know. judging by their website's description, i'll assume that they were going for a lighter bodied stout that would be easily drinkable and more appealing to non-heavy-dark-beer drinkers. real stout fans however may find this one to be seriously lacking.

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Photo of x63x77
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Brown to dark ruby color, very clear. Small light mocha colored head never more than a centimeter and dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: malty, very little hops detectable with a bit of alcohol and a bit of citrus.

Taste: malty, very sweet. very weak hints of roasted malts, light sour fruits. Flat finish leaves something to be desired.

Mouth Feel: watery, light carbonation, very flat finish.

Drinkability: disappointing stout for the uninitiated, but low in alcohol. I would only drink it in a pinch.

Comes off as a mass market attempt a producing a proper stout.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very little head of not much more than a few tan bubbles. No retention or lacing is left behind.

S- Picking up faint coffee, chocolate, charcoal, and roasted malts.

T- Taste is mainly coffee and chocolate. With a touch of nuts, caramel, brown sugar and charcoal. Touch on the sweeter side with pretty much no hops that I can pick up.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and lower in carbonation too.

O- I think I'll pass on this one the next time it makes around to me.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark/opaque color. Sweet and slightly smoky aroma. Smoky taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as complex as some competitors. Good, but not great.

I do really like their vanilla infused version, but that's a different beer :-)

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Interesting beer.

Pours just like a cream stout should. inky opaque brown with a lustrous thick tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, baked bread on the nose.

It has that weird taste that comes when you put sugar in good black coffee. It wants to be good and bitter, but the sweetness is fighting that.

Mouthfeel is offputting. Very thin and uncomfortable on the tongue.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a nonic. Thanks to funkyaudio for this one!

(A)- Pours an almost pitch black color with reddish highlights. Produced a good fluffy tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with raisin and an overwhelming peanut aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very mild baked bread-like roasted profile. Bits of raisin & peanuts.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a smooth feel and decent balance. That strange peanut aspect really annoys me.

(D)- A decent stout. Kinda straightforward but easy enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black body with a decent sized brown head. However, it "fizzes" away. Not what I'd expect from a milk stout, buy only a minor flaw. Nice aroma. Chocolatey and roasty. Body and mouthfeel are very weak. Watery and thin. Hardly any body at all. Not very creamy. Very little carbonation. Flavor is pretty dull as well. Baseline roast and coffee, but pretty weak. This one does not impress me. The other two I had from this brewery did however. Their Canned IPA and Canned English DIPA.

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The dirty 30...

Poured into a pint glass.

P: 2 fingers of bubbly mocha head covering a dark coffee appearance with traces of amber along the edges. Head has decent retention that settles to a thin layer on top.

S: Soured milk is first out of the fate followed by roasted malts and a dirty rotten wood aroma. Hay, coffee and a timid phenol smell round this off. It does remind me of buffalo sweat.

T/M: Light and carbonated body that has an almost weightless feel. Sweetness is vey dull, but roasted malts are feature forward. Taste is better than the nose, however it has an odd flavor profile. The milk arises on the back of the throat on the finish which also brings a slightly bitter sweet cocoa and coffee tadrevtovrhe party.

O: An interesting beer that is not one of my favorites but is not bad. The feel and flavor is similar to a porter gone wrong. Not a bad beer but one I will easily forget.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pitch black brew with a brown head, the head fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

The smell is very sweet and chocolaty. There are also some smoky roasted malts.

The beer tastes very sweet, (I think I am getting gut rot). Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee beans, sugar cane... lots of nice flavours, but where are the hops?

Medium body, tastes a bit watery. It has hardly any carbonation. This really kills the beer in my book. Maybe I got a bad can (if that is even possible)... but I don't know if I would bother trying this one again.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was very close to being a drain pour.

So,I decided to let it warm up...it didn't help much.

I went easy on my ratings because perhaps I'm just not a fan of this type of beer. Way too much carbonation, nasty smell, and taste that was just not something I enjoyed.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has "12 131" printed on the can. If I assume that's a julian best-by date, then it's best by May 10, 2012.

Pour is, simply, as good as it gets. Very dark brown - with light behind it, I can see some reddish brown colors. Two fingers of dense spongy light tan head. Great retention, and sticky gobs of lacing. A beer that reminds me why we rate on appearance.

Smell is faint, and mostly roasty. Nutty dark chocolate, a hint of milky sweetness.

Taste is only okay. It's pretty bland, without much body. The darkest part of the barley roast comes through with bitter chocolate and faint smoke. I keep taking sips, looking for the flavor, but I'm not finding it. It gains some as it warms up, but it still tastes more watery than stouty.

Mouthfeel is thin. And okay, it's a low-ABV stout, but it's lacking the slickness that adds so much to most milk stouts. Carbonation is fine.

A very good-looking, mediocre stout. It just doesn't have much flavor. And having just drank a flavorful mild ale at the same ABV, I know it's possible to bring flavor without a huge grain bill.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer had a very dark color, almost black. Small tan head with some decent bubbles. Not creamy and very little lacing.

S: The smell was very roasted. Slight after-smell that overpowers the sweet. Fairly balanced smell.

T: The taste was pretty good. It wasn't as sweet on the finish as some other milk stouts but was decent. More of a roasted bitter flavor overall.

This was an OK beer for me. Not too good and not that overly bad either. I would purchase it again, but definitely not on a regular basis. Great beer Tallgrass Brewing!

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Photo of thatsnotbutter
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed from Spiegelau snifter. Aroma is unexpectedly organic almost sugarbeets and cut grass dominating. Taste is pleasant but a bit hollow like something is missing. Almost feels watered down. More sweet than bitter. Thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink but overall bland and average for style.

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Photo of climax
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer seemed rather dull from crack to pour. My aggressive pour gave way to a one shade lighter than black mass with a finger of even mocha head. Retention is decent, lacing is minimal.

After taking a whiff I'm thinking this one is going to be an unoffensive easy drinking stout. There's not too much intensity, yet no off-flavors. There is a balance between the medium coffee and chocolate flavors, and no real nod towards sweet or bitter. Cream, a bit of fresh earth, and leather have cameos in this mild nose.

Modesty carries it's humble demeanor into the flavor as well. Here it takes on a sweeter character as brown sugar and milk chocolate overshadow any bitterness. Subtle roasty cues come through as it warms, nutty and maybe even sunflower seed flavors. It finishes very clean.

For a stout, this drinks too easy. I was hoping for a viscous syrupy nectar to coat my mouth and slide down, this is most certainly not that. The light body also seems mildly over-carbonated.

This beer is what it is and only what it is. It does what it is well... if, that is, that is what you it to be. Bottom line: give it to your buddy who is petrified of anything darker than an amber and watch him raise his brow at how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into pint glass. Appears typical stout color with a poor head and 0 lacing. Aroma is nearly non-existent although pleasant. Taste is flavorful however weak. There are next to no hops in this thing, and surely not quite enough malt either. Kind of watery and bland. This beer is certainly better than many macros, however needs more ingredient to make a proper beer. It tastes good, however it doesn't taste enough. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy.

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Photo of Gustheelephant
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black. Good amount of head, decent head retention. A little bit of lacing.

Smell - Very malty. Strong coming out of the can, but so much in the glass, a little weak for the style.

Taste - Bold coffee notes. Roasty. Hint of chocolate. Big flavor that leaves palate quickly. Not as creamy as expected.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Definitely more of a session beer than a desert beer.

Overall - A little disappointed as it looked great coming out of the can. Feels more like a porter than a stout. If you want to knock a few back, this is a good beer, but if you want something bold and palateable, look elsewhere.

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Photo of matty
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is light smoke.Taste is chocolate,smoked malts and light cream.Flavor is very light and watery,although it does go down relatively smooth.Overall it was nice to try once but I doubt I would ever buy again.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Three fingers of chocolaty thick head. The beer itself reminds me of root beer. Brown and thin-looking overall. Milky froth with average lacing.

Smell - Smells oaky right up front. Milky and slightly sweet tasting. Very faint hints of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A light smell overall.

Taste - Very reminiscent of drinking cola or a diet root beer. The roasted malts in the background are a nice touch. Very milky and carbonated. Notes of milk chocolate and slight coffee all throughout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Light, smooth and sweet. Not bad for a Milky stout, but tastes too much like cola for me. I believe the description on the can that reads, 'Dangerously Dark', is a little exaggerated. Easily drinkable and light bodied.

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Photo of Rayek
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a Nonic, Buffalo Sweat emerges nearly pitch black, with a fizzy cream head that quickly falls to a patchwork film. Just a bit of lace is left behind.

The sweetness here is fairly subdued. I'm mostly getting a hit of espresso and a burnt bitterness, plus maybe a hint of vanilla. The beer gets a bit too astringent as it warms up. Its light body has way too much fizz. The carbonation masks the beer's flavors and generally gets in the way.

Overall, this didn't do much for me. The body is the culprit. Its harsh carbonation really hampered my enjoyment.

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red coming through when the light hits the edges. There is a finger of light tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Sweet and roasty malt, a hint of caramel with the roast.

Taste: Very roasty, but not overly bitter. Not a ton going on here. Roast with a mild grain sweetness, a tad bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side and a slick finish.

Overall: Just an average stout. Would have liked the flavor to be a little more interesting. Not a lot of depth in taste.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Head is light tan and creamy.

Aromas of dutch cocoa powder and roast character.

Milk chocolate starts things off...and that's it. Ok, maybe not. There is a slight touch of roast, but no real hop flavor or bitterness. Sweet chocolate is a nice flavor, but it really is just about the only flavor.

Mouthfeel is rounded with medium carbonation. A creamier, fuller body would have improved things for me.

One dimensional. Its a nice beer for a little while, but a lack of balance and depth sapped my enthusiasm. Gets boring pretty quick. Probably best to enjoy when you already have a buzz going and are no longer as descerning as you were earlier in the evening.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another can from woodychandler.

A: The milk stout has a thick off-white head, sizeable on first pour. As that dissapates, no lace lingers. Pour-wise, the can fills my tumbler to the rim. The milk stout is dark, a chocolate melange that never sheds its brown hue. Ruby red slivers are visible at th ebase of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and sweet milk. The aroma seemed metallic of first pour but has come around nicely. Chocolate comes through with the dark aroma.

T: The taste brings back some of that off-flavor, just enough to be too lactic, too milky. The chocolate and roasted malts are evident, alongside the lactic smoothness. That lactic milk aspect doesn't let off though, it keeps building, leaving a dry, off taste in my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice flavor, it just continues to carry on a little too long.

O: Not really a sweet stout, although there is plenty of lactose to go around.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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