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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 tone77
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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 Dragyourbone1
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my oatmeal stout (or related) quest, I was recommended this canned 4-pack. BA marks it as 'retired' but a quick look to their website makes no mention of it. I've seen this at Steve's in Madison for a while so not sure how this came to be marked as retired. In any case, a very quaffable ale.
A: Dark brown opaque with a thin but puffy an cratered head
S: Malty, coffee, slight vanilla - subtle but noticeable
T: Coffee and vanilla noticeable but not overwhleming, and something else (toffee?, caramel?) - regardless, it was quite easy to drink with nary a hint of alcohol. Well blended.
M: Low-to-medium fullness upfront that melts farily quickly with a very slight fizz on the finish. After the head was gone, the body was much reduced.
O: This fit the hallmarks of a decent oatmeal stout in terms of the body and fullness, though a little less body that I had hoped. The coffee and vanilla paired well balancing any bitterness from the coffee roast. From the website this stout is brewed with cream sugar, so that may explain it.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour into pint glass. Pours a pitch dark color with a thin and reedy off white head. Nose is milk chocolate and filter coffee. A very smooth cream stout with a great lactose feel to it. Solid.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, a dark brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of creamy, chocolaty, dark-roasted barley malt, coffee, and brown bread crust. The flavor is of that, with a touch of char, sugar, and very mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and velvety, and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable. RJT

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a big foamy head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell is roast and cocoa, with a hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste pretty much follows the smell; not much bitterness to speak of. Overall, very easy drinking stout.

Mouthfeel is medium; very creamy and pleasant.

I really enjoyed this one: a tasty, easy-drinking oatmeal stout with low IBU and excellent flavor.
Wish I could get this one at home. Don't be put off by the name; if you enjoy stouts, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can.
Dark brown liquid (not quite black) with tan, creamy head.
Roasted malt, and some sugary sweetness in the smell.
Taste is well balanced between the toasted malt and stout base, and the herbal, earthy hops.
Not as thick of body as expected, still creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
I was surprised to see this was retired...I wonder how old this can was.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Pours very dark, but not black. Similar to the color of cola. Very fluffy 2 finger dark tan head with wonderful retention

S - Wonderful. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Very sweet and malty aroma

T - More coffee than chocolate but both are present. Nicely balanced. A hint of smokiness lingers throughout the beer.

M - A light to medium body beer. Very deceiving for such a dark beer. Extremely smooth and zero burn.

O - Great beer. I'd call it the perfect transition beer from summer to fall. Very drinkable, nice complexity to it. cant wait to pick it up again

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Photo of sheeley
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a glass.
Appearance: Lovely. Incredibly dark, great head of foam with just a slight tint of brown.
Smell: Unassuming beer in scent. Notes of milk, cream, and oatmeal, with just a hint of alcohol. Taste/mouthfeel: Incredible. Creamy dark oatmeal and roasted barley. It is so dark and thick that it felt almost chewy in texture and taste. Notes of chocolate and slight caramel come through part way into the glass. The creaminess lingers in the mouth long after I expected. Overall, spectacular beer; one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, Drink By 07/25/14
L - near black with a creamy tan head, good retention
S - cream, chocolate, roasted barley, sweet
T - chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, cream, vanilla, oats; nice balance
F - very creamy and smooth, easy to drink, medium body, slight peppery prickle on the tongue on the finish
O - very well constructed creamy oatmeal stout/oaty milk stout? I'll buy this again at the right price. It is always available as a mix 6 ($9.99) at my local grocery store, which is nice.

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Photo of Phocion
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into Imperial tulip pint glass. Dark reddish-brown, almost black body with a huge, rocky, tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere. After nearly five minutes it finally drops to a solid half finger with thick, sticky lacing. Damn, this is a good-looking beer.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, and heavily roasted/toasted malts. Hint of lactose sweetness. Dark stone fruit esters. Bready.

Flavor is fairly straightforward, but pleasant. Sweet cocoa and creamy flavors with a slightly ashy roasted finish to balance it out. Caramel and dark sugars. Slightly nutty.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavor is a bit thin but the oats give it a little extra mouthfeel. Very soft and creamy.

A little thin and very straightforward, but a pleasant and easy-drinking beer. It doesn't particularly stand out in any way, however.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance- Black with a light mocha head. Three fingers of head produced.

Aroma- Sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of roasty chocolate coming through.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a sweet chocolate and creamy milk flavors apparent up front along with a slight snap of carbonation and roasty malts. This isn't over sweet, but the roast malt is just subtle enough to provide balance to the sweetness while adding some flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Dry at first and slightly creamy in the finish. Big carbonation up front. Medium bodied.

Overall- Pretty good milk stout, but I'd prefer there to be more roast/coffee to compliment the sweetness. There's also a werid watery/milky finish that lingers a bit on the tongue and the top of the mouth, which detracts for me. Worth a try especially if you like stouts on the sweeter side. (82/100)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Lemke10
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI. Pours a pitch black color with a light brown foamy head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of vanilla. A smooth easy drinking stout that is perfect in texture. A must try, very delicious and a nice find from a state that's not as well known for their craft beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty, the classic chocolate/coffee feel you get out of most stouts, a nice creaminess to this one as well. One thing though, this is a bit thin and watery...probably because of the low ABV of 5%. This beer would be so much better as an imperial if such a thing existed (maybe someday).

A lot of Tallgrass fans, which I absolutely am, swear by this beer as their favorite from this great brewery, I am not one of them. A nice beer, but just not enough body in my humble opinion for me to give this as outstanding rating. To date, I think Tallgrass' Pale Ale (8-bit) and their IPAs (Ethos and Oasis) are better. Don't get me wrong, the taste itself is great, the whole minus here is the fact that the overall body is thin.. perhaps a bit more of a transitional stout.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just like it should, black, slightly thin and slight head. Toasty malt sweet bba scent. Taste is very similar as scent but while the scent is lite the taste is much more flavorful. Medium light body and carbonation. Pretty good bba oatmeal cream stout.

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Photo of Apatschinn
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App. - Dark brown pour with a two and a half thick brown head on top. The head quickly dissipated into a froth that sat right on top. Little to no lacing was present

Smell - Little bit of coffee, but not much else. Underwhelming but still smells pretty good!

Taste - Lots of coffee in here and pretty sweet. Tastes pretty darn good!

Mouth. - Pretty velvety with a thick accent to it. Feels great!

Over. - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Pretty meh as far as a milk stout is concerned, but I will say this, it makes a great beer shake!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/31/14. Comes in a 4-pack 16 ounce can that cost $7.99 and "Drink by 6/7/14". Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown which is almost black in color. A thin beige head is seen that just settles to around the sides of the glass. Spotty lacing is seen but doesn't last long. The aroma is very pleasant of roasted malts right up front with oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate. The taste has even more great flavors with some black coffee and milk chocolate. Very tasty and is a easy drinker. Perfect carbonation. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Overall a GREAT Oatmeal Cream Stout!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown with a touch of lighter accents. Frothy tan head of 2 fingers settles in nicely.

S- Roasted malts, coffee beans, slight chocolate, bark, dirt, and touch of licorice.

T- Good mix found in the nose. Balanced, but light on complexity and depth.

M- About what's expected at 5%. Light and easy drinking stout that has some nice creamy character.

O- Nothing special, but one that you might consider a sessionable stout.

$8 for a 4 pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of NickT2121
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into my snifter poured a dark creamy black with little Moahagany at the bottom of the glass. 1 finger mocha sudsy head.

S - Coco caramel coffee notes malty goodness , with a creamy milky Smell dominating this one smells amazing

T - coffee right off the bat with a rich caramel coffee malt flavor with Coco finish very well blended

M - heavy thick Nitro feel. bubbly oily finish

O - I haven't had to many stouts but this has got me wanting to venture into the world of stouts. It's sweet bitter creamy dry every thing I'm looking for. The flavors are complex but not over bearing. I really enjoyed this after a nice dinner this evening. Great job again tallgrass


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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 RobertRodak
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No one ever accused me of being a beer snob. At least not yet. In fact, I'm new to craft beers and am still learning. I've only kegged my second batch of home brew just today. What I do know is what I like. This beer, along with the vanilla counterpart are my current all time favorite brews. I'm sure that nobody would fault me if this Valentine's Day I took my woman to a private place and enjoyed a little Buffalo Sweat. In fact, I highly recommend that you do the same. You won't regret it!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with drink by date of 07/25/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. Another new beer to me from Tallgrass Brewing Co. I'm expecting good things, based on my experience with Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass, with some see-through dark brown cola around the edges. Three big creamy fluffy fingers of light chocolate / mocha head. Some very nice thick scattered lacing.

S - Smell is very nice. Bitter unsweetened chocolate, cream, lactose sugars, vanilla, cold roasty coffee beans, and lots of dark barley / oatmeal roast.

T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, cold coffee, hint of cola, and dark barley / oatmeal roastiness. Fairly conventional, but the cream sugar lends a smooth silkiness to the beer. Somewhat thin for a stout.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and light. Minimal chocolate / coffee bean bitterness on the palate. Fairly dark and roasty for the low 5.00% abv. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nicely made low abv stout from Tallgrass. Not exactly packing all the flavors of the vanilla variant, but it's still very good. Dark and roasty for the low abv. Recommended.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat ---4/5.

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Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark, tiny hints of ruby red if held up to the light. Nice dense three finger beige head that receded too quickly unfortunately. Minimal lacing, but that could just be the glass.

S- Roasted malts are the predominant aroma followed by oatmeal, chocolate, and vanilla.

T- One of the sweetest beers I've had... definitely a dessert beer. Excellent roastiness that's followed with a caramel/chocolate middle, finally ending with toasty flavors and residual sweetness. Isn't bitter at all either, which was unexpected. Almost no hop presence.

M- Despite its color, this beer is rather thin. The body is quite nice though, and the oats/lactose give it a great feel. The bitterness lingers but is very light. The carbonation is on the medium to low side, and in my opinion is about spot on.

Overall, this is a spectacular example of the style. It's not for everyone though, and the sweetness can be overwhelming if you're used to other styles. If you can find it, pick it up!

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.