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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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319 Reviews

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,162
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.57%
Wants: 74
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
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 UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 10/6/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, toasted oat, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted oat, cocoa powder, char, and lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great mix of cocoa, oat, and lactose characteristics all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very close to being near black in color; slight traces of red are only evident near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that took a long time to fade away and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lactose and also has some notes of milk chocolate and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a quite creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head and not much retention or lacing. The nose is nice and creamy with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The sweetness comes through in the nose, and then hits a bit harder in the flavor. The chocolate and coffee interacted better in the nose, and the flavor lacked that complexity. Feel was nice and creamy with a medium body. Overall, pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with ruby highlights; the head is reasonably impressive and leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, sweet cream and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Much like the aroma, the milk chocolate and sweet cream flavors lead off and never relent; in the middle, the vanilla forces its way into the picture, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; gets creamier as it warms

Overall: Pleasant enough but a bit too sweet; not something I would want to drink in any quantity

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours out nicely into a Guinness pint glass. The color a very deep brown with some burnt orange highlights. The head was a light tan color. The aroma was of some heavy roasted malts and a slightly soft aroma of some chocolate milk in there. The taste of this beer is enjoyable, it's got a big roasted malt base and the aftertaste bring in a little bit of a creamy buttery flavor. Pretty interesting stuff. The mouthfeel was decent for this style of beer. Pretty good though overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark brown shade, nearly black with a mahoghany ruby glint at the edges and in the meniscus. Creamy khaki foam, head dissipates eventually into a thin ring at the edge.

Mild and creamy, watery gas station coffee and nutty malt sweetness. Flavors are similar, toasted marshmallow and watered down coffee. Mild sweetness and very mellow bitterness. Smooth and creamy, light bodied. Easy to finish the pint, didn't want another. Thanks for the beer J&R!

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head> it left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and mild coffee notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasted maltiness with a mild hop bitterness. The coffee flavor is muted.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light to medium bodied stout.

D - This tastes and drinks more like a dry stout. Still it is a pretty good and easy drinking/sessionable brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with thick tan colored foam. Pretty standard appearance, here.

S: The nose has a touch of burnt malt, with a very bready base aroma. There is a slight sweetness, which would make sense for the style.

T: The flavor is almost identical to the nose. The burnt flavor is a bit less obvious with the breadiness coming through even more and just a touch of sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation, providing a smooth mouthfeel.

D: It's easy to drink, but I do not think I'd really want to have this one again. That said, it gets bonus points for a very creative name.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown brew, appears surprisingly bubbly, and capped with a medium-sized, light khaki head.

Smell: Mild aroma altogether. Roasted malted barley with very thin notes of block chocolate, coffee hit with a little cream. Light hint of fruitiness. Not much happening here, I'm afraid.

Taste: Begins with a nice pop of chocolate, then, some coffee. Slight creaminess. Moderate sweetness throughout. Light molasses. Very little fruitiness showing a bit of prune. Low hop character, bitterness. Malty, mildly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good. While light in the aromatics department, it was solid in flavor. A bit more carbonation than anticipated, not that I found that to be disagreeable.

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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 TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Finally making my way into the Kansas beer scene. Taken me long enough... This stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of bright dirty light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, light maple syrup, and a general oatmeal-raisin cookie vibe. Very pleasing to the 'strils, indeed. The taste pretty much follows suit, with a touch more roast, more chocolate, a hint of molasses, and a vein of vanilla bean. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable stout, one of the better beers I've had recently. Were it slightly darker and just a smidge thicker and heavier, this would be fantastic. Still, it's pretty damn good now...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat

I'm not so sure I really like the name of Tallgrass' Buffalo Sweat (yuck!), but I sure do like the beer. It's smooth and sweetish, but balanced; and I love how the berry-like yeasty-fruitiness stands out against the caramelish, nutty, and fudge-like maltiness. And it's also very toasty, like darkly toasted bread crust. It's not particularly roasty (although it does have a coffee-like edge), and it doesn't have any of the biting, dark-malt acidity that can sometimes be detracting. The bitterness is limited but it somehow holds together without ever hinting at becoming cloying; and the hops are kept to a minimum, allowing the malt to be the main focus. I do get some of the "milk stout" sugary sweetness, but apart from that it's almost like a porter, or a darker and more malty brown ale. It's a little bit unique; and readily drinkable. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours mostly black in the glass (although some garnet does poke its head out along the bottom) and is topped with a stiff finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creamy look and a foamy cascade that settles into some spotty frothy lacing. The aroma is smooth in the nose, with some robust coffee character, chocolate roast, and creamy smelling sugars. Some light leafy hop notes round out the corners.

The taste has some thick sweetness going on up front, with chocolate, caramel, and milky lactic sugars. This is balanced by earthy and bitter citric hops, while the finish is all dry roast and lingering coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling as it first hits the tongue but then gets much more smooth and creamy as this rolls out into the mouth. That 5% is right on the mark for this, with a bit of size to it but no discernable alcohol being present.

I thought this was a pretty good Milk Stout, with lot of creamy sweetness, robust roasted flavors, and some fresh hoppy character that added complexity and balance to this. There is a nice easygoing drinkablility to this as well, considering the heft of the flavors at times. Another nice effort from Tallgrass.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured brown-black with a small but sturdy tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, as would be imagined, bready, with some chocolate notes. More of the same in the taste: bready, malty, roasty, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty. Heavy-medium body, smooth, tasty, and quite nice to drink.

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

Don't get a chance to try too many new milk stouts. This is a pretty good one, I'll say. Smooth delivery and feel with a flavor profile that fits the bill for the style. Not the most aggressive characteristics on the flavor, but all the lactic and stout tones are there. A real easy drinker.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The milk chocolate is pretty sweet, which I am a fan of.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet, rich chocolate, coffee, cream, and roasted malts. Not as much coffee as the smell and again, pretty sweet, but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall a nice sweet stout. Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the nose and taste, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Would like to have again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffallo Sweat Stout

"Dangerously Dark, Authentically Awesome, Pour A Pint..."

Yes, Dark. Not sure how dangerous it is...Lovely, cocoa-tan head, nice looking stout.

Aroma: Pitch perfect oatmeal stout, smooth and creamy, chocolate, silky smooth. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Mmm, more of the same, just lovely. Easy down the throat, roasty malt, toasty, oatmeal smooth, light cocoa taste. Super drinkability.

All in all, a nice, easy drinking stout. Could be fuller, could be richer, but this is what it is, and it's pretty nice. I'd have one again, but I don't think I'd seek it out. There's richer, fuller stouts that'll grab my dollars.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a can into a tulip. Beer is black with a haze, nice tan head, low retention, low lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nice, malty, smooth.

Beer is really smooth, great mouthfeel, nice bitterness on the finish from the roast, a nice milk stout for sure. I"d have this again, both my wife and I loved it. The lead off is this mild sweetness and the finish is this wet bitterness and roast like coffee, the midpalate is the creamy smooth beer. well done.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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