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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat

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323 Reviews

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Reviews: 323
Hads: 1,203
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 211 | 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!

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

Pounder can care of ClockworkOrange. Thanks Jason. Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with a dark tan cap about a finger and a half strong. The cap slowly fades leaving patches of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, there is some ruby clarity seen around the edges.

The aroma of this brew includes some roasty quality somewhat reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. However, the biggest aspect of the nose is this nutty grain quality that is almost like popcorn. Once the nutty aspect hits the nose, there is no shaking it and it completely dominates the rest of the aromatics.

The taste of this brew carries with it that nutty aspect that was found in the aroma. Playing off of the nutty aspect is a bit of roast and semi-sweet chocolate. The sweetness of this brew is on the medium to higher end for the style. It certainly lets you know that this is a milk stout and I dont know how I feel about that. At times it almost seems like it is too much and leaves a filmy coating inside the mouth with an aftertaste that is somewhat mineral-like and reminding me of an artificial sweetener like Splenda or something to that effect.

This is a medium bodied brew that is moderately carbonated. It has a slick feel about it that lingers inside the mouth with almost a filmy coating that I dont particularly care for. As far as the style goes, this one is not the sweetest I have had but it is on the higher end of the range. Not a bad brew but not something I would return to again if given choices.

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

On draft at Wobbly Bobby in Rapid City, SD.

The bar is lowly lit, but the beer appears near black and opaque with approximately a half inch of beige head. Big chocolate aromas with some milk presence. Chocolate milk flavor throughout. Elegant and light on the palate, but by no means thin. A tad sweet, complimented by some bitter chocolaty tones in the finish. Really tasty.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

Day 2 of the 2010-'11 School Year and I had my complement of upperclassmen today. We tangentially alluded to allusions and I was inspired to carry this thinking into this review. What to allude to? Roger Williams' "You CAN't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd"? Perfect! No wait, how about Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" since a growing faction on this site feels that The CANQuest (TM) is worth the paper it is printed on. Hmm. I'm in an upbeat mood, so You CAN't Drink Beer When You're Dead-Ass Broke. No, you CAN't drink beer when you're dead-ass broke, but you CAN be happy if you've a mind to!

From the CAN: "Dangerously dark. Authentically awesome. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Oooh. Danger, Woody Chandler, Danger! Don't be afraid of the dark. I may have a Reese's Dark to aCANpany this beer, being a milk (chocolate) stout and all.

Hey kids, what time is it? Nope, not Howdy Doody time, sorry. It's Crack & Glug time! Yay! I initially got a finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan head, but it was fading pretty quickly in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was an inky dark, not quite black thanks to the deep-brown at the edges, but dang close. Nose was ... what did I say about chocolate? This was like a liquid milk chocolate bar. Save the Reese's for a dry stout. This would be at home with a simple Hershey's bar. A quick diabetes reading and I am good to go. I CANnot take too sweet a beer as a hophead. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy and now I am shaking the CAN for the presence of a widget. Nope, just naturally that thick. Zounds! Finish was equally creamy and sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Winner! I probably would not want more than one, but this would be a great accompaniment with dessert.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did YOU buy a milk stout!?! You bought a milk stout.. dam dude what is WRONG with you... into the nonic pint glass you go.

A very nice cocoa light brown head that falls very quickly off the pour. Body color is very dark brown, but with a very large red body character to it. Hues of dark ruby all along the edges. Head barely forms a finger off the pour, but settles to an even puck.

Nose is grainy, and a strange sense of tree bark. Cedar and very powdery smelling. This is... weird. Hints of sweetness but not really. Kind of off put by this for style, but it's not horrible so I call average.

Taste is sweet, lightly carbonated just a little playful in the palate, but also with a good body. Off putting nose somewhat doesn't match the taste which makes this much more enjoyable. There is some gaseous quality but not too much to take away for enjoyment.

Overall an easy drinking easy to appreciate and enjoyable milk stout.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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...

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

16oz CAN poured into a pint glass late at night. I've been slacking on these Tallgrass beers, time to tackle one.

A sloppy black color from a far and when the pint is full, but halfway therough some dark brown shows up. I get a bright white/vanilla semi head with milk bubbles. Not a stitch of lace from this.

A big scent of chocolate and cocco combined, milk and lactose, vanilla and some coffee beans. A nice hop nose from this as well. The chocolate really shows itself all throughout, very sweet.

Getting a mix between sweet chocolate, nuts and vanilla with hops afterwards giving off a small earthy blast in the middle. After that the chocolate comes out once more reminding me of a choklat light. Getting some roasted nuts and small caramel afterwards, top notch stuff.

Smooth creamy and sweet with a hoppy bite afterwards that does not interfer, only inhances. A little below medium with a great feel, sweet but not overly thick or cloying at all. Not syrupy in the least bit, well balanced.

I would drink a few of these rather easily. I think I found my new favorite milk stout in a CAN. Easy drinking that would be a easy dessert beer for many.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to mizzouguy for this extra.

Appearance - Almost black body topped by a small tan head. Gone before I can take my first sip, though. No lace.

Smell - Not a lot of smell, but what's there is decent. Some chocolate and a dose of lactose. Not as lactose-y as other milk stouts, though.

Taste - Good flavor. Nice chocolate flavors and some lighter malts. It's not as roasty as other stouts. The finish is sweet with no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - The high side of medium body and the low side of medium carbonation makes it a little sluggish, even at a low ABV. The lactose make it heavier, I guess.

Overall - Good beer to drink while putzing around the house. Doesn't require and doesn't really deserve a lot of concentration, but it's still a decent drink.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid stout from the peeps in Wildcat country. The best qualities in this beer are the appearance and aroma that, although aren't perfect, elevate the ratings.
Black pour, or a very dark ruby/brown. If the head had a bit more umph or retention I could give a higher score. But it looks a tad thin.
Aroma is full of chocolate roast and light 'green' coffee bean. Some mineral/earth/metallic in there too. Semi sweet.

Taste isn't as bold as the aroma. Chocolate thins out and the coffee is at the back. Faintly sweet, but not very dry. Thin perhaps.

Drinks quite well, but I'd like to have either a bit more bite or some tinge of smoky roast on the feel.
Still, solid brew

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a snifter, the beer is jet lack, with no head. Aromas of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, subtle cream sweetness, and subtle char. Flavors are heavily roasted coffee forward, with an instant balance of sweet cream, highlights of milk chocolate, and a roasted backbone. Hints of smoke help to layer, too. The body is smooth and robust, but dry and drinkable. There is a roasted bitter coffee and chocolate balance in the aftertaste, lingering on through the smooth, dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Can shared by Jason, courtesy of buzze40. 16oz into a tulip.

Dark brown, with clarity at the edges. Light brown head. Nose has a bit of dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee and roasted nuts. Sweeter malt lending to a creamy stout nose. Taste is sweeter than the nose, roast grains, coffee grains and a light bitterness that rolls into the finish, but the sweetness prevails. Thin body, and lighter than I'd like but still serves the beer well. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad milk stout. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that fades away to a ring. A little light and sweet in the nose, but with a touch of nuttiness and a light roastiness along with the characteristic creaminess. The taste is quite creamy, with a delicious nuttiness and some light roasted notes following. A bit like an eggcream on the finish, and all around very pleasant. Very smooth and easy to drink, just a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear black colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and patent malt. Distinctly sweet smelling with a lesser coffee scent. Fainter green spice scent, mostly cardamom, smells faintly of Indian spice.

Starts out mildly sweet leaning towards bittersweet in taste. Moderate chocolate and more coffee than the smell. This is pretty easy to drink there are no big flavors to whack you in the mouth here. Roasted malts predominate with a faint rum taste to this. Mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is the easy to drink factor that makes this one a winner. A beer for any time.

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

First and foremost...love the name!!! Secondly...this is a decent stout...for the abv to be where its at and the taste to be where its at...it just works....well. The beer pours an opaque black with nice offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is milk chocolate with hints of mocha. The taste is a creamy almost nestle start then finishes slightly bitter to leave an espresso flare. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall...very nice sessionable stout!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jake65 hooked me up with a couple of these in a good trade.. Pours a standard dark black with a fairly long lasting light brown head.. spotty lacing and a decent cap.

Nose shows a light roasty element that combines well with the milk sugars.. some chocolate notes show with warmth.. nothing mindblowing, but seems about right across the board for a sweet stout.

Roasty malt and a light coffee element is moved forward and is well integrated by the lactose.. again the chocolate note is more as it warms up.

Body is very smooth... almost like an oatmeal stout.. light carbonation accentuates the silky nature.

Pretty tasty... I typically don't seek out milk stouts too often, but this is well done and I am happy I have another can! Thanks Jake for the great trade!!


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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, yeast, slight coffee, grain, slight hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, slight hop, hint of wood, hint of coffee, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can drink by 7/24/14. into a FW Teku glass.

Pours a pitch black with a nice beige head about an inch and a half thick. Smell is typical cocoa and oats..slight vanilla and roasted malts. the taste starts out with a slight bit of vanilla then i get the chocolate and oaty flavors followed by nice roasted malts. very solid. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall its a spot on oatmeal stout. vanilla bean one is better, though this one is very very drinkable and sessionable!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark cola-colored beer with 2 fingers of frothy, creamy tan head. Good retention and creamy sheets of lace. Very nice looking.

Aroma is fairly mild, lightly roasted, prunes, raisins, and other sweet dark fruits, coffee and milk. Noticeably sweet.

Very tasty and unique flavor. A soft, distinctive milky creaminess, milk chocolate, thin, a little sweet, and very appealing. An undertone of mocha, caramel, coffee ice cream in both nose and taste.

Somewhat fizzy carbonation with that milkiness and a medium thin body. Makes for an unusual but effective mouthfeel.

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Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch. Smell is strong of chocolate, sweet. Taste is of chocolate, a good bit of coffee that was not apparent in the smell, slightly sweet, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ and I do believe this will be my first beer from Kansas.

A near if not indeed black colour with a 2 finger head of foam is what I get with the pour. Watching the beer settle, the foam shrinks very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is roasty, very grainy, with some dark chocolate like bitterness coming through.

The taste is good on the chocolate and roasted malt, light graininess, and a bit of hop bitterness that sneaks in between the other flavours. Nice and tasty and easy on the alcohol.

It's medium bodied with a lightish level of carbonation. It has a very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I wouldn't drink bottles back to back but it's definitely an easy drinker for the 1 bottle. Good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.82/5  rDev -26%
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 pat61
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich black with a thin head. Roast malt and mild coffee aromas and flavors tempered by a light malt sweetness. Most of the balancing bitterness comes from the roast rather than from hops. Creamy, silky, soft carbonation, medium full body, medium low carbonation. A pretty good Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, so I poured it into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large dark tan head that fades rather quickly to the edges leaving a small film on the top.

S - Nutty, malty, and bitter chocolate.

T - Smokey, leather, and tobacco.

D - Lots of carbonation, especially for a stout.

O - A wide variety of flavors, that kinda works.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.