Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 1,120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 25 July 2011.

A: Thin head, black beer. Dark red and barely translucent in direct backlighting.

S: Chocolate malts are strong and sweet. Simple, but nice.

T/M: Light in both body and flavour. Reminiscent of generic English ales; lackluster and boring. Sweetish, but dry on the endtaste without being bitter. Lots of chocolate. Not terrible, just muted and plain. Mouthfeel is also a letdown, and lightly watery.

O: Very smooth, sweet, and drinkable. Meh. Won't have it on-tap again, but I can see it being popular. (580 characters)

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

Oooh yeah, tall boy cans ftw! Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this.

Pours a darker mocha colored thick buy fizzy looking almost creamy head rises to a finger but fades at a med pace, then stops at a nice creamy 1/2 finger head covering with some decent lacing, over very dark almost black colored with hints of ruby light sneaking through the corners.

Nose starts with a light metallic roasty almost burnt slightly acrid aroma, but that fades very quickly and turns to nice creamy stout, plenty of cocoa, little cocoa nib like and creamy chocolate milk, lots of oats as well, and a bit of a powdered chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of bitterness.

Taste starts creamy, big creamy milk flavor, lactose straight up, a little chocolate milk, powdered cocoa, etc, and some oats. Then a light gritty powdered coffee grind like chewy thing, I can't explain except that it seems like very fine grinds suspended in the beer, with a bit of a coffee flavor, a little roast and slight acrid burnt roast flavor, with a touch of tin. Then a slight bitterness, little chalky finish, fairly dry as well, more of the grinds and gritty feel, lingering roast and cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, lush, but at the same time chalky and gritty, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malt flavors except a bit of burnt metallic acrid roast, but not a lot, nice mocha, nice creamy oats and plenty of lactose, and another negative with that charred powdered chalky gritty feel. (1,470 characters)

Photo of UnkleFester
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep black no light getting through on this one, has about two fingers worth of a khaki brown head that slowly fades leaving behind a nice lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted malt.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, oats and roasted malts.

M: Has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A very drinkable oatmeal stout not overly complex but is very well brewed. (430 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Very dark but not opaque. Medium sized tan head, tight bubbles collapses to a small cap.

S - A wealth of creamy chocolate tones. Vanilla mixed in. Sweetness reminiscent of molasses. Mild coffee roast.

T - Creamy chocolate malt foremost. Mid-palate comes in a high level of caramely sweetness. Sweet/creamy finish. Flavors carry well into the aftertaste.

M - Sweet, medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

O - Almost exactly what I would expect for the style. Complex nose, straight forward taste. Another good beer from Tallgrass. (586 characters)

Photo of Living816
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking sweet stout. A bit of an off smell from the pour that I can't place. Just smells mineraly like vitamins or peas or something. The head is a dark foam thing. Very dark. Brown.

Quite fizzy. Very chocolately, slight burnt malt bitter. Burnt sugar taste. Coffee. A lingering bitterness but not a hoppy bitterness. A burnt bitterness. Leaves the mouth quite quickly.

Creamy smoothness. Body is significant but doesn't stick around long.

It's a little flabby, a little sweet, a little too bitter for me to really get on board with it. But pretty easy drinking. (577 characters)

Photo of aleric
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black/brown with no light penetration. 2-finger, creamy cappuccino head. Solid lacing as the head dies down. This beer is a pleasure to pour.

S - Mostly coffee, with hints of lactose.

T - The lactose becomes more present at first, then rounds out into coffee and oatmeal. It's almost like having sour milk in your coffee, but it tastes much better than it sounds.

M - Medium-light. A lot smoother than I expected from the appearance.

O - This is not a complex beer, but the flavors that are present are well-rounded and very enjoyable. It's become my go-to stout when I want something familiar and available. (622 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very close to being near black in color; slight traces of red are only evident near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that took a long time to fade away and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of lactose in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lactose and also has some notes of milk chocolate and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a quite creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite sessionable. (651 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing nearly covers the glass.

S- chocolate, roast and some pine.

T- roast, chocolate, lactose, and slight pine bitterness.

M- light body and carbonation. Very drinkable and ha nice creamy feel.

O- nice stout with some chocolate and roast. (335 characters)

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

Don't get a chance to try too many new milk stouts. This is a pretty good one, I'll say. Smooth delivery and feel with a flavor profile that fits the bill for the style. Not the most aggressive characteristics on the flavor, but all the lactic and stout tones are there. A real easy drinker. (291 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1 inch head, clear, moderate-high carbonation

Smell: big oats and coffee

Taste: oats, black coffee, and dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, sweet with slight roasty bitterness

Drinkability: A solid, clean, oatmeal/sweet stout. The sweetness comes through but is never overly sweet. Glad I picked up a four pack. I could have several of these. (414 characters)

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of very dark brown when held up to the light (though there is very light penetration by the light). The beer has a two finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces and condenses to a quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and charred malts. There is a light amount of milk chocolate sweetness and just a touch of coffee.

T: The flavor of this beer starts out with a moderate amount of dark roasted and charred malts with very little bitterness. After that, there is a flavor of chocolate milk with some light notes of freshly brewed coffee.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy but somehow a little thin/watery.

O: This beer seems like it would be amazing in nitro-cans or on nitro-tap (just the right body/mouthfeel that the nitro would be a pleasant edition). Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - I might even consider this one a sessionable stout which I do not find a lot of beers which qualify. (1,131 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost opaque black with very dark brown hue around the edges. Light brown head, big bubbles of carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet cream then roasty malt. A touch of molasses.

Taste: Cream throughout and then roasty in the aftertaste. Tastes how plain coffee creamer smells, though definitely not overly sweet. Roasted caramel and a hint of coffee at the end.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy and a little on the lighter bodied side. Would love to get this on nitro-tap. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: This is a good stout. Definitely one to try! A good representation of the style. (595 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Watching the most recent episode of Brewing TV featuring Tallgrass Brewing, my wife thought Buffalo Sweat looked like a promising stout. She can sense the taste characteristics from the color of the head (and is surprisingly accurate). So, I took the opportunity to try it again and see if Gloria could have a stout to drink at home.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Incredibly thick brown head the color of malted milk balls. So creamy that it trails dark where the final line of beer fights through to join the luscious blackness on the bottom. Heavy earthiness, roasted malt and light floral notes in the nose. If a buffalo sweats roasted chocolate, it would smell like this--oddly. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and the coffee comes across as acrid over the smooth sweetness in the mouth. I could see where an all day coffee drinker would like this beer--a cold coffee taste lingers about.

Yellowstone 2006 when we got through the line of cars

I'm perfectly fine buying this four pack of Buffalo Sweat, but probably won't get another one any time soon for either of us. I'm curious to see if a draft would mellow some of the flavors, so will give that a shot when the opportunity arises. It's a perfectly good stout, but the flavor profile doesn't match with either one of us.

And the Buffalo Sweat name doesn't exactly get my taste buds watering. However, taking a closer look at our travel pic, the two tone color of the beer has a striking resemblance to an actual buffalo's coloration. I have no idea how Tallgrass came up with the name, so it's just an observation. Creative names are becoming harder and harder to find in the booming craft beer industry, but this one doesn't leave me dreaming about the next one. (1,722 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woah the smell. Severly roasted, almost burned malt--which means bitter dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee. Then comes the creamy, caramelly lactose. Not really balanced at all, just lots of charred malt and a touch of lactose. Kind of like a double Guiness-ish.

The taste is, well, the can is right. Theres nothing like it. heavy on the burned, charred malt for sure. Lots of coffee bitterness, with just a hint of overly bitter dark chocolate. All those flavors make it feel like black coffee bitter upfront. The lactose only really adds a bit, but too late to matter. (579 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour with a medium sized tan head. Smell is coffee, chocolate, and maybe a little bit of vanilla and some brown sugar? molasses. Smooth and easy drinking stout with just the right amount of sweetness, not overbearing. Heavy lacing on my glass throughout the beer. Glad to have this stout around Iowa. (310 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance of this beer is that of a jet-black cola - pitch black body with a highly carbonated and quickly fading mocha head. There remains just a thin ring of bubbles after only a couple seconds.

The nose is heavy with toasted malt and milk chocolate. There is a bit of tobacco and toffee and just the faintest hint of coffee. The flavor is a pretty well-balanced blend of toasted malt and milk chocolate with the emphasis about 60/40 on toasted malt. There is not even a hint of bitterness. This beer is sweet all the way. The high carbonation makes this a decent session beer. It is not heavy in the least. Each sip is juicy and thirst-quenching and highly flavorful. (672 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The arrived, from the tap, a black color with the darkest brown hues on the fringes. A modest cap of tan foam floated above. The aroma is of reminiscent dark chocolate and coffee. Very little hops in the aroma. These dark flavors continue on the palate. The beer moves across smoothly. The flavor profile dwindles a tad through a slightly thin center. This is a nice stout and very good with dessert. (400 characters)

Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it at Velocity Five in Arlington in a 16oz can for $6. It was a pretty good stout for it's volume and price. The usual description of stouts...coffee, vanilla. It's better than a Guinness. I even find it better than the gold medal winner, hoppin frog BORIS the crusher oatmeal-imperial stout. (296 characters)

Photo of Casedogg43
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love to see this beer in can!

A: pours a terrific dark brown, with a nice dark tan head.
S: warmed up to it real quick. Chocolate, milk and roasty malt smell.
T: terrific. As it smelled, it flowed the same. Love the cream and sweetness to top it off.
M: big fan of the cream and thickness that cones with this one!
Overall: I will keep this one on the fridge!! (363 characters)

Photo of beerme626
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can poured into a drinking glass. Originally bought in Custer State Park, South Dakota.
A: As dark brown as possible without being black, completely opaque, with a very thin head that dissipates quickly.
S: Malty, with oats and nuts, along with some hints of chocolate and cinnamon.
T: Lots of malts, a bit of the oatmeal, but more of chocolate and nut-brown taste
M: The cream certainly thickens it, and it sits a little heavy on the throat, but still very pleasant.
O: A good purchase, though mostly for fun than for actual wanting to try it. Despite the rather yucky name, the brew is pretty decent. (602 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is as dark brown as you can get without being black. Some chestnut-colored highlights are visible too. 2 fingers of very fine, billowy beige head forms and had good retention. Tons of lacing on the glass. A beautiful looking stout.

S - Strong notes of dark chocolate, earthy coffee, distinct black malt aroma. Also a somewhat "sweet" smell accompanied by vanilla and burnt sugar.

T - Dry, but not astringent burnt barley flavor up front. Very mild, coffee and herbal hop flavor comes in toward the middle. There is definite sweetness through most of each sip but becomes drier and more hop/roasted grain-centered in the finish.

M - Thick body. Very smooth, with mild carbonation. A bit drier than I expected in the finish for a milk stout. (751 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with only a little hint of a brownish color. Lots of bubbles. About two fingers of creamy beige head which slowly fade to a thin layer. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Deep roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, milk, caramel, toffee, and sugar. Also some hints of vanilla, cream, nuts, and coffee. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. Aroma is very malt and chocolate forward with lots of roasty qualities.

Taste: Very roasty and malty like the aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, milk, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, vanilla, and sugar. The coffee comes out pretty strong in the taste. Light hints of hops towards the finishes. There is a good amount of sweet sugar here, but the roast gives a nice balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and smooth. Fairly dry considering the sugar.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a sweet stout. Sweet, but well balanced by the roasted coffee flavors. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got sweaty with a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head doesn't do much, but that half-finger width cap has been persistent throughout this review. The foam is smooth and has a brown sugar hue.

The body is an ominous and opaque dark brown.

Smell- The Buffalo Sweat has a sugary sweet and slightly roasted nose. There is a little bit of coffee creamer and powdered chocolate mix.

Taste- More of the sweet all over the palate: still powdered milk chocolate and coffee creamer. The little bitterness that is present comes from the roasted malt.

The finish rides out with more sugary notes, but now it has a more distinct dark fruit flavor, mainly dates.

Mouth feel- The feel on this one is great! The medium body is slightly underwhelming, but the way it glides over the tongue more than makes up for it.

Overall- If you like them sweet, you will find little to be disappointed with here. This is just a solid cream stout, and at 5%, it is one you can keep on enjoying. (973 characters)

Photo of WRBeerFan
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found that the smell was ok, the lactose sugars remind me of the smell of a local dairy processor. The taste was nice and smooth, no bitter or harsh after taste. I found that drinking this beer a few minutes after sitting gave it a little more flavor. (253 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint class. The color is an almost-opaque black; a little light passed through when I held the glass to a lamp. A straight pour (bad choice on my part) yielded a ton of thick, buttery, tan head that dissipated very slowly. I had to stop mid-pour to let it settle.

Smell: Pretty much what I expected, but it does have a little funkiness to it (hopefully not due to the namesake). Lots of roasted malts offer a nice roasted bitterness reminiscent of coffee. There are scents of dark chocolate and lighter cocoa (much like milk chocolate). I really cannot pin down the funkiness. For some reason, though, it makes me think of buffaloes. Don’t ask me why.

Taste: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; it becomes lighter as the beer warms. Compared to the aroma, the roasted bitterness has been taken down a couple notches; it is much more balanced. Roasted malts impart a nice coffee flavor. Dark chocolate, a little lacto, molasses, and toasted sugar. Each sip leaves a light bitterness that tempts another sip.

Drinkability: It is pretty decent stuff. It is not overly bold and has everything going for it. (1,187 characters)

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