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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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854 Ratings

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 55
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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:
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

(Beer added by: russpowell on 11-29-2009)
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Photo of Reaper16


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

16oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a reasonably dark blackish color. A single finger of medium-dark khaki head forms but it disappears pretty quickly. It's a pretty standard looking stout.

It's also a standard-smelling stout. Light roast, not unlike a cup of corner store cappuccino. A bit of caramel syrup sweetness. It's not exceptional in any respect but it isn't bad.

It's quite good tasting, in spite of the averageness it presents on the nose and in the glass. The roast is heavier than the smell indicates, and that roast is enough to carry me through the pint. Sure, it has the sweetness that you expect from a milk stout. But the roast really balances things out. It doesn't taste too much like coffee, but it very strongly reminds me of coffee. That can't make much sense to you, but that's how I have to describe it.

Nice body on this milk stout. It is a medium body with very smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid milk stout. People tend to go cray-cray over Left Hand Milk Stout, but I think this beer is better.

08-20-2011 03:26:44 | More by Reaper16
Photo of emerge077


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

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!

08-20-2011 02:08:26 | More by emerge077
Photo of fltmedic


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured the pint can into a regular pint glass and got a two finger bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin collar. It's dark in the glass with very little light passing through to a brown hue. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma of caramel and chocolate quickly dissipates. The sweetness is apparent in the nose.

Up front is the sweetness of chocolate cola and a tiny bit of malt. The body is mostly chocolate with a little butterscotch. There is an unusual beer flavor in the fade. I'm thinking about sweet tea.

I want more in the mouthfeel for a stout. Milk stouts and sweets should be almost chewy. (Think Left Hand's Milk Stout.) This seems almost crisp like an amber might be. Carbonation is light and sporadic.

Overall this is a stout that I might try again. As I remember it on tap, it might be a bit more lively in flavor an mouthfeel. I'll look for it drought for more review.

08-19-2011 00:26:08 | More by fltmedic
Photo of wingman14


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a very dark brown with a dark mocha head that fades quickly and leaves lacing. Smell is dominated by roasted and smoky malt and coffee, also has sweet notes of chocolate. Taste has the smoky and malty backbone with all the coffee and chocolate notes coming through. The aftertaste is full of the smoky flavor. The flavors come through big, and deliver a great beer. The mouthfeel is a light medium, the beer is smooth but could be thicker. I would really enjoy trying this one as a nitro can. Since it isn't too heavy it is one that you can have a few of in one sitting without getting full. Overall a beer worth checking out, a great big stout flavor done well.

08-14-2011 01:22:53 | More by wingman14
Photo of JayS2629


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

This was a very well balanced and enjoyable stout.

It poured a deep black with a thick malty tan head that stuck around pretty good and left foamy rings of lace.

Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Earthy notes in the back.

Awesome balance of coffee and roasted malt against the dark chocolate and mild vanilla. Earthy notes of hops in the back.

Beautifully balanced and easy drinking stout. Slightly creamy and smooth.

08-13-2011 01:43:33 | More by JayS2629
Photo of chocosushi


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Last of the old glass
bottles in Oklahoma.
This one in particular was
much better from a can,
but I want to see
how it did after
about a year.
12oz->Two Hearted Glass
A ~ Pours Ruby-brown with a dying fizzle of dark head that fades into nothing. No lacing or anything, leaving what looks more like a glass of Pepsi than beer.

S ~ Dark malt (fade), faint watery coffee, Cola.
Esters are present.

T ~ Heavy amounts of cola. Hopping is mild & Lactose is all but gone. Black coffee, Pitted-fruit preserves, Wood, mulch. Bit of pepper. Cocoa powder is a very mild note on the back of the throat. No cardboard.

M ~ I feel this has become more dry with age. In the 'feel' department, it aided it a bit. This oxidized very well, with Carbonation that is peppery, as opposed to creamy.

D ~ Not sure if it is suggested to age milk stouts, but this was interesting. It oxidized quite a bit, making it taste like a blend of Oud Bruin & a low-abv Porter. If you see a bottle laying around, pick it up and give it a try...but only if you have had the chocolate-sweet original.


08-11-2011 04:12:57 | More by chocosushi
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

08-09-2011 13:19:09 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of zaphodchak


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Finger of cream head, dark brown body.

Faint malt-coffee nose.

Rich coffee malt body, some citrus. Faint dry cocoa.

Nice mouthfeel: thinnish but with some fine carbonation.

Decent stout. Not the 'dry Irish' kind, which works for me-- not too remarkable, but not bad.

08-08-2011 01:29:28 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev +1%

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.

08-05-2011 02:08:49 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of McNealc31


4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

They've got the color right for sure with a black pour and some deep brown on the edges. Lots of roasted and smokey oatmeal in the nose. Surprisingly creamy with some delightful chocolate and strong coffee flavors. The coffee really lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit light for as dark as this is, but it's really tasty and goes down rather easily.

Overall, I think it's great. Smooth, not too big, bold and well balanced flavors. I'm a fan!

07-29-2011 23:42:24 | More by McNealc31
Photo of Vonerichs


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Dark brown body that gets much lighter around the edges. The head was brief and once gone this has a rather flat appearance.

The nose is chocolate milk and some roasted coffee beans.

The lactose really sweetens this one up. It's loaded with chocolate and light hints of coffee. It's extremely sweet.

The body is soft but a bit thin.

This stout is slightly above average for the style but I must give it bonus points for drinkability. It has a low abv and even drinks light for a stout. Unlike most stouts, it's one I could have a few of without feeling like I ate a loaf of bread.

07-28-2011 01:52:31 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. There are some light smoke and woody aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts dominate with a sweet chocolate and creamy coffee flavor dominating. The finish is lightly smoky with just a touch of bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little on the watery side for my liking.

O: Overall, a decent milk stout that's quite drinkable and low enough abv to be nearly sessionable. It's nice to have an easy drinking stout out of a can.

07-27-2011 17:10:41 | More by n2185
Photo of biglite351


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

A - creamy off white tall head. A bit of red around the edges.

S - caramel, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wood. Got a little bitter after a few minutes.

T - smokey with sweet caramel. A touch of yoohoo in the finish.

M - creamy and smooth with good coating. Mild tingle on front of tongue.

O - I could brink this as an all-nighter.

07-24-2011 01:21:37 | More by biglite351
Photo of PurpleCloud


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Deep black, light, creamy head
S: Rich roasted barley, cocoa, a bit sweet
T: Strong burnt barley, a small hint of hops, minimal cocoa. The taste seems to last awhile with very pleasant roasted barley hints.
M: Not quite as smooth as some stouts, has the right amount of carbonation though.

07-23-2011 20:11:04 | More by PurpleCloud
Photo of tronester


3.8/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark coal color, with hints of brown at the edges. Creamy tan head. Smell is of chocolate ice cream. Taste is a hint of charcoal up front, followed by a nice mild sweetness, followed by some dark chocolate, and just a hint of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, although the carbonation is a little weird, almost seems like nitrogen, honestly its weakest point. Overall a very good beer, the strange carbonation or nitro is the only detracting factor.

07-23-2011 01:10:11 | More by tronester
Photo of azdback


3.8/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark, dark black. Some light brown highlights peek through at the edges. Head is a beautiful light tan color and as creamy as the top of an expensive Starbucks creation. Lace is holding it's own now and does to the end.

Smell is of deep roasted malts. Maybe some stale coffee and some bread smell. I am just getting a hint of chocolate, but smell is more on the lines with a porter.

Taste is much more what I was looking for. I taste sweet flavors of chocolate and iced coffee. Maybe some honey and vanilla. Quite a great tasting beer.

Mouth is great. It is not a heavy overly roasted malt brew that you have to chew your way through. Instead it is a nice, lightly done, milk or sweet stout. Kind of more a Porter in mouth but fits this beer. Nicely done.

Overall I really enjoyed my second offering from this brewery. A very nice, refreshing light styled stout. Only measuring up at 5.00% if this was readily available to me I would probably make this my session Stout. Thanks to McNuts for this freebee!

07-21-2011 07:35:42 | More by azdback
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

07-17-2011 05:21:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of blackearth


3.38/5  rDev -12%

Pours a midnight black body with a puffy khaki colored head that slowly fades. Aromas of dark sugar and black malts. Slightly moderate carbonation with a lightly silky mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat weak given the appearance, aroma and name of the beer! A very accessible stout.

07-15-2011 01:54:29 | More by blackearth
Photo of garymuchow


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Nice coffee aroma with a slightly sweet quality.
Very good looking. Black with slight dark highlights. Dense dark head with good stamina and some lacing.
Nice level of dryness on a long finish. Tasty roast and coffee flavors. Nicely balanced sweetness that adds some creaminess.
I'm conflicted on the body. It is light and that prevents the nice mouthfeel that should be evident in the best of this style. Having said that this is a lighter stout that doesn't feel too heavy on a hot summer day and would be enjoyable to drink outside. That won't be reflected on the score (but would have been for drinkability).
This isn't a classic example, but it has some good flavors and hits some spots nicely.

07-10-2011 16:05:30 | More by garymuchow
Photo of bfife

South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

picked this one up as we're traveling across North Dakota. Point up front: I'm learning to like stouts more and more.
the aroma is very light. hints if chocolate, coffee, and, like one reviewer said, toast.
Mouthfeel is smooth. thick enough to enjoy without feeling like you need to chew it.
Nice cream ale finish. Easy to enjoy as a single, or through the course of an evening.

07-09-2011 13:11:49 | More by bfife
Photo of Phelps


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a snifter.

Very, very black. A fizzy, one-finger head the color of beach sand rises and recedes within seconds. A thin ring lingers.

Smells like high percentage dark chocolate cooking in a brewhouse. Wort-like, with oatmeal and hints of vanilla. Sweet and smooth.

The flavor’s a subdued version of the nose. Weak coffee, wort, earthy hops, oatmeal, some dark chocolate and toast. Crisper than an oatmeal stout should be.

Medium-light, massaging carbonation inside a very pillowy body. Fizzes up tremendously as it moves, but delivers a surprisingly clean finish.

A decently-flavored, roasty stout, though it needs a bit more body.

07-06-2011 23:06:17 | More by Phelps
Photo of hosehead83


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/ruby in color, with a big cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint coffee and chocolate
Taste-Black coffee, dark chocolate. Very dry finish, faintly sour and astringent. Tastes more like a dry Irish stout than a sweet milk stout. A bit confusing, but an o.k. brew nevertheless.

07-04-2011 15:47:31 | More by hosehead83
Photo of x63x77


2.65/5  rDev -31%

Pint can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Brown to dark ruby color, very clear. Small light mocha colored head never more than a centimeter and dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: malty, very little hops detectable with a bit of alcohol and a bit of citrus.

Taste: malty, very sweet. very weak hints of roasted malts, light sour fruits. Flat finish leaves something to be desired.

Mouth Feel: watery, light carbonation, very flat finish.

Drinkability: disappointing stout for the uninitiated, but low in alcohol. I would only drink it in a pinch.

Comes off as a mass market attempt a producing a proper stout.

06-27-2011 22:57:35 | More by x63x77
Photo of JayQue


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

I like Tallgrass Beers!!! Grape and Gourmet started carrying them. They are cheap, tasty and IN CANS!!

This is a good milk stout. Pours a dense dark brown color, no light getting through. Good size off white/light tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smell is malty and coffee.

Taste is malty with a lot of coffee. There is a milky sweetness as well. Taste is fairly robust.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a little thin but that wears off the longer you drink. Combined with the taste...just right for either quiet enjoyment or a session. At $1.99 a pint can....a very inviting experience.

06-27-2011 13:01:26 | More by JayQue
Photo of beveritt


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. My wife remembers seeing this on a trip out West last year and picked it up when it made its way here. Label is brown, burgundies, and balck and shows a large buffalo head. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles to a thin cap of foam leaving some lacing behind. The beer itself is dark brown with some light showing through around the mahogany edges.

Smell: Roasted barley with slight hint of cocoa.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness upfront with a follow on bitterness reminiscent of black coffee. Finishes with a slight lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, yet favorable enough brew. Not sure I would specifically seek it out again, but all in all not bad.

06-27-2011 01:45:52 | More by beveritt
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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