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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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313 Reviews

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Reviews: 313
Hads: 1,140
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 73
Gots: 187 | FT: 4
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 yankeepride
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I had this too soon out of the fridge, as it was lacking some of the creaminess I was expecting. Foam disappeared quickly after the pour, and it had a definite oatmeal nose, without being as strong as I thought it would. Smooth tasting, creamy without being rich. A solid beer, but cold it wasn't as great as it could have been. (340 characters)

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perfect 2 finger head - not dense, but not fluffy. Very very dark brew. Off to a good start. Just realized coffee stouts don't tend to do that thing where the bubbles on the outside of the glass sink. Weird.

Sweetness on the nose, anticipation rising. The head has now diminished to 1/2 finger thickness with very nice lacing. This is a very attractive beer, and I can't wait to see how it tastes. Let's find out.

There it is. Sweetness. Call me nuts but I'm almost picking up on something bordering on peppermint-mocha notes. Fizzy on the tongue but not overwhelmingly so, like the Morning Wood I just had (the beer, not the anatomical anomaly).

I just realized this isn't even a coffee stout - heck, if you had handed me one and said it was brewed with Kenyan coffee beans, I don't think I would doubt you. Maybe I'm just used to oatmeal stouts having the coffee element, as my last few have been in that category.

Upon pouring the rest of the can into my glass, I do see the sinking bubbles, they just don't last long, they form a solid head very quickly.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Not outstanding, but I think the BA score is pretty appropriate. (1,163 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (524 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Oily, black brew with a dark, tan head, quickly fading. Thin but nice lacing.

Mild, watery stout aroma. Hint of chocolate and grapes.

Smooth and sweet flavor: milk, chocolate, sugar and cream. Powdered chocolate and cocoa linger on the tongue. Wheat and oatmeal. Every single flavor comes out stronger, cleaner, and smoother as the beer warms.

Once the beer gets down to just a hair above room temperature, the mouthfeel settles down nicely into a thick, chewy, cloying experience. No sting, no unpleasant aftertaste.

This was a surprisingly good, and very smooth, stout; as a bonus, it clocks in at only 5%. (612 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambicPentameter for giving this as an extra in a trade.
Poured from 16oz can into a stemless wineglass, drink by 12/05/13

A- Dark brown almost black with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly into a ring.

S- Coffee with a chocolate sweetness.

T- Getting a lot of tobacco, with some roast acidity and a pleasant coffee after taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel a bit heavy for a 5% ABV beer.

O- This beer has a great aroma that really reminded me of Founders Breakfast stout. So I was a bit disappointed when the taste did not match it. Too much tobacco for me and really reminded me of the way an ashtray smells. The finish was quite pleasant however. (665 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color. Yeast chunks settling to the bottom. Weakish cream colored head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

Cooked corn, roasted malt and booze in the aroma.

Smooth roasted character, wheat toast, oats and almonds. Hint of molasses sweetness. Subtle herbal hop just to keep things interesting. Descent balance.

Fairly light body for a stout but with lots of malty texture. Weak carbonation. Smooth mid-drink, finish is semi-dry with lingering roasted character.

Descent stout. Would definitely hit the spot around the holidays or as a dessert beverage. It's worth a try. (591 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (490 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (740 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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! (1,031 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (482 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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!!

3.5/3.5/3.75/4/3.5 (790 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a pint can into a shaker glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of a tan colored head. This dissipates but sticks around nicely. The beer is very dark brown in color, almost black, and will not pass light from a normal light source.

Toasted grains and a bit of diacetyl in the aroma and flavor, with very definite coffee and chocolate tones and maybe a bit of toffee. A little grassy and/or hay-like. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but less than one might expect from an oatmeal stout, and therefore fairly sessionable. A bit of fruitiness is more apparent in the aftertaste. Maybe a slight metallic tang from the can, which is a plus with me...

Overall, a very decent stout, though perhaps a bit more like a porter in body. I like the fact that the beer comes in an aluminum can, which is much easier to recycle. Besides, I like tangy, metallic ambience provided by the can.... (907 characters)

Photo of Gustheelephant
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Benish
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into Irish pint glass. A foamy head started to build up quickly as I was pouring but then started to breakdown quickly afterwards. Upon smelling it, I could sense this is overly carbonated.

Unfortunately the aroma reminded me of cola. Maybe subtle hints of chocolate but not a lot.

Flavor is the best part of this beer. I tasted the roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It's an easy drinker. The flavors does not wreak the palate and it's not complex. Yet the flavors are still enjoyable!

It has a light bodied mouth feel but seems a bit too carbonated in my opinion. But as the beer started to settle, it started to have a more creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Like other reviews said, I think it should be fixed with nitro.

Overall, on the plus side the flavor is great and it's an easy drinking beer at 5% ABV! On the negative side it seems overly carbonated and the aroma I do not find outstanding. Fortunately as the beer started to settle the mouthfeel became more tolerable as it was smooth and creamy. One other thing I have to add, I drank this pint in maybe 15 minutes or more. Don't know where the time went and I was not in a hurry. Kind of surprised I already finished it. Maybe I do like it.

After finishing the beer from the glass, the glass had a nice aroma of malt and chocolate. NO cola smell present. (1,351 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +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... (556 characters)

Photo of RyanCave
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Beautiful dark chocolate, can't see through the glass. Caramel head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice caramel ring around the glass and stirs up a thin head when agitated. BEAUTIFUL

S: Oatmeal, chocolate, small vanilla bean, Fennel

M: Way too carbonated for me, drinks like soda and reminds me of a redbull, too bubbly, takes away from the taste of the beer and really ruins it for me. Light to medium bodied as well, again just ruins this beer.

T: Oatmeal, small amount of bitter, molasses, dark dark chocolate

O: I'm very disappointed in this beer, and it all is from the mouthfeel. It drinks like a soda, just way too carbonated and light, I wouldn't get this again unless it was on a nitro tap (708 characters)

Photo of ToddL
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer I bought in cans and poured into a frozen mug. Could hardly see any light through the mug pretty dark color, It smelled pleasant. It had a medium texture in the mouth for a stout beer. lots of flavor as soon as it hit my tongue chocolate, coffee, and malty. But didn't leave any strong aftertaste. Overall this is one of the best balance dark beers I've ever drank. Can't wait to get more of these. (408 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Tallgrass tulip.
5% ABV, 1.057 O.G., 20 IBUs, Drink By 08/24/13

A - Buffalo Sweat is colored a dark charcoal brown in the tulip but pours a clear mahogany color. The beer's loose mocha head disappears rather quickly though, sinking into the beer with little lace adorning the glass.

S - With a hefty snort, Buffalo Sweat's robust aroma bursts into the air. Roasted malt offers nuances of cocoa and finely ground coffee while lactose sugar counters, adding a milk chocolate feel that balances nicely. Earthy undertones of dirt and bark finish out the aroma.

T - Like the aroma, Buffalo Sweat's flavor is all about balance and it's pulled off in a very similar manner, though this time, the sweetness comes first. Lactose sugar, malty sweetness, and oatmeal upfront are met with the roasted characteristics of cocoa and coffee on the back end for a teetering balancing act.

M - The same balancing act in flavor is integral to the feel of this ever-changing beer. Thanks to both the lactose and oatmeal Buffalo Sweat is very smooth and seductive at first, introducing itself with minor sweetness and a velvety feel before evolving into a mildly acrid bitter finish from the roast. This medium-bodied beer is quite drinkable indeed.

O - Buffalo Sweat may seem menacing based on it's can's artwork and black appearance but this lower-in-alcohol stout is full-flavored and robust, delicately balancing between it's smooth seductive side and it's aggressive roasted qualities. Try and tell me you could put a few of these delicious brews back. (1,565 characters)

Photo of deepseacatfish
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buffalo Sweat is a delicious cream stout with a mild profile, smooth feel, and balanced profile. The flavor is a mild roasted grain stout flavor which is deservingly overshadowed by the creamy texture and smooth quality of the beer. Many "cream" beers are just a little "wetter" tasting than their non-cream counterparts but this one definitely has a genuine cream feel. A well crafted and easy to drink beer. (409 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Buffalo Sweat pours a black color with a small lacing head. Their is a very creamy malty, slightly smokey and sweet aroma. The taste is very creamy and rich. Just hints of coffee and cream, and there is a subtle sweetness to it. Very nice full flavors, nicely carbonated. Overall a fantastic milk/sweet stout, very well built together. (335 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light black color that is permeable at the bottom of my glass. Thin, brownish/white head that retains fairly well and coats the whole glass as I sip and cascades quickly down leaving a little lacing

S-Milk chocolate, dry bakers chocolate. Nothing too sweet. Maybe lightly syruped chocolate 1% milk.

T & MF-Hint of coffee comes in the front of the palate as it fades into a semi-bitter sweet chocolate finish. Nothing complex, but I like it all right. Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish. I feel like I could drink 12 of them they are so light. Maybe a bit too carbonated, but it's still pleasurable

O-A pretty good milk stout. I personally liked Left Hand's better, as this one lacks complexity and is a bit too dry but I still enjoyed it (752 characters)

Photo of thatsnotbutter
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beers pours with little to no head. There's a slight brown skim across the surface. There's limited carbonation. The scent is coffee, roasted nuts, etc. I don't get a ton of the "cream" but it's a very tasty oatmeal stout. The biggest flavor is the roasty finish. Just a ton of roast flavor that lingers in your mouth. I wouldn't say that it's bitter though. It's a quality, sessionable oatmeal stout. (406 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a standard pint...can was purchased 4 months earlier and stored cold (this was the last of the four cans--I drank two earlier but could not review until now).

A=Awesomely rich dark brown, like a dark chocolate candy bar, but not entirely opaque. Head was rich cream color.

S=Fairly strong smell of semi-sweet chocolate.

T=Actually, much better than I remembered it to be--still a slight bitterness to it, but not nearly as dominant as before--the other times, I drank out of the can, and this beer either benefited greatly from the pout into the glass or the aging. Dark chocolate flavor dominates, with just a hint of creaminess.

M=A little less body than most; little to no carbonation.

O=Again, when poured, this is a decent representation of the style. If you buy a 4=pack in cans, I definitely recommend pouring the first one you try into a glass...if it is too bitter to your liking, wait a few months and try again...this last can redeemed the others. (986 characters)

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.