Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

305 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 1,122
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 6.07%
Wants: 71
Gots: 177 | 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 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)

Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Side by side tasting with regular & vanilla bean.

A - Both have a pitch black body that seemed to pour slightly thin. A little darker tan head to vanilla bean.

S - Regular stout has roasted malts with bitter semi-sweet chocolate. Vanilla bean adds to the smell with what else, slightly sweet vanilla bean. Both beers aren't eye popping smellolicious.

T - Regular has semi-sweet chocolate with a bit of watered down black coffee. Vanilla bean has the same characteristics but that oh so sweet character of vanilla bean it adds is really wonderful.

M - Both are not thick, though slightly creamy with medium carbonation.

O - Loaded down with vanilla bean, this beer just pops and really one I would reach for time & time again. The regular is good in its own right, but man-o-man that vanilla bean is much better! (816 characters)

Photo of Sark
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- huge 2 1/2 finger tan colored pebble head, deep black with brown on the edges, craters after a while

Smell- Toasted grains and coffee/chocolate bitter, smooth nose

Taste- sweet caramel creaminess, the chocolaty taste is much more keen to the milk chocolate taste than dark and bitter, they definitely use their oats for a cream and it tips the malt balance a bit too much

Mouthfeel- smooth, full bodied, watery on the back that dissipates as fast as a lighter lager

Overall- for an oatmeal stout I was thinking of something bigger to chew on (557 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can.

pours out a nearly opaque brown colour with ruby edges. little head and lace. a combination dark/milk chocolate aroma with woodsy/meaty nuances. . taste profile is lactic laden dark roasted maltiness with a creamy oatmeal influenced flavouring. some light vanilla unsweetened cocoa give it variable depth. sweet, smooth and luscious. medium bodied. velvety mouthfeel. nice drinkability...a nice change up for the winter months.

overall this isn't something to wax overly poetic about but yet lays down a solidly smooth profile typical of the style. enjoyable. (573 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 16-oz can and poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Appearance - Dark walnut to black in color, with very little head, even with an aggressive pour. Head dissipation is almost immediate.

Smell - I had a hard time latching onto a dominant smell, beyond the notes of semi-sweet chocolate. In hindsight, I think allowing the beer to warm a bit would have helped in this area.

Taste - Again I think that tasting this one right out of the fridge deadened the taste, the same way it seemed to deaden the aroma. It is certainly a smooth, easy-drinking stout, and while it has a slightly sweet finish (as milk stouts are wont to do), it's dryer than most other milk stouts I've sampled. There is much less of the intense espresso bitterness than say in a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel - As noted previously, this is an incredibly smooth and creamy stout. The carbonation is a fleeting component, and contributes to the smoothness.

Overall - I can think of several stouts I would choose in front of this one, but I would certainly enjoy this one if it came as part of a Tallgrass sampler or something similar. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint can into pint glass. drink by 04/01/13.

A: dark brown. opaque body. a voluminous off-white head starts things off, however it quickly recedes to a rim of foam. some patches of lacing left behind.

S: dark coffee. sweet chocolate. caramel. burnt sugar. more and more chocolate notes come out as it warms.

T: sweet sugar combines with dark dry chocolate to start things off. definitely getting some creamy aspects finish is very dry. coco and tobacco into the finish.

M: usually I can decipher the use of oatmeal from the mouthfeel of a brew, however not getting the traditional creaminess that is associated with the use of oats. medium bodied.

D: not a bad stout from Tallgrass. would be really awesome if they could nitrogenate this brew/these cans. would add an appreciated dimension to the body. (810 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep brown with a foamy soda like tan head that leaves a small amount of foam remaining.

S - Roasted malts, almost burnt, with some milk chocolate sweetness.

T - Roasted malts with some sweet milk chocolate. Light astringency from heavily roasted malts off sets the sweetness.

M - Fairly light for style with medium carbonation. Balance between watery and creamy.

D - Fairly basic milk stout but done well. Very easy to drink. I really like all the firkins Tallgrass is putting out of this beer with different ingredients in each one. They have all been a nice surprise at a fest or bars. (603 characters)

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.