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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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990 Ratings

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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 126 | 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:
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 twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can pours a deep black color with a small tan head. Filmy lace is all thats left after a minute or two.

Very roasty for a milk stout, sweetness is still there and shows a bit of nuttiness. Interesting...smells good, has a nice richness to it.

Starts dry and roasty and then tries to get sweet and chocolaty, but never quite gets there. It somehow manages to be somewhere in between an Irish Dry Stout and a Milk Stout. It even has a slight sour-ish twinge that many dry stouts exhibit. Moderate hopping leaves the finish tight and quick. Not bad, an interesting quaff to say the least...a four-pack of this could disappear pretty rapidly in the fridge. Tallboy cans are a good package for a tasty stout.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, no light getting through this one. In fact, I think the room got darker after the pour. Head is a nice one-finger dark mocha color, which dissipates quickly, but never really falls back into the beer completely.

S: Ive only had one other sweet stout, which I don't actually remember. This one has a nice subtle sweetness on the nose. It's backed by a nice background of roasted coffee. The downside is that everything is so subtle, I wish it wasn't.

T: The sweetness comes though a lot in the taste. It works well with the roasted chocolate flavors that I get out of it as well. The bitterness is there, enough to balance the beer, but any hop flavor is lost in the malt profile.

M: Low carbonation, full body, and VERY smooth! It's freakishly smooth!

D: This beer tastes like it should be higher in ABV, but it's not. I like it a lot, very drinkable, but I like to enjoy it over the course of an hour.

Photo of Rayek
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a Nonic, Buffalo Sweat emerges nearly pitch black, with a fizzy cream head that quickly falls to a patchwork film. Just a bit of lace is left behind.

The sweetness here is fairly subdued. I'm mostly getting a hit of espresso and a burnt bitterness, plus maybe a hint of vanilla. The beer gets a bit too astringent as it warms up. Its light body has way too much fizz. The carbonation masks the beer's flavors and generally gets in the way.

Overall, this didn't do much for me. The body is the culprit. Its harsh carbonation really hampered my enjoyment.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.52/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

nice cans...

A- a little on the light side? clear transparent red-hued darkness when held up to the light. the highlights are an actual blazing candy apple red. the topper on this brew is big and puffy and tan colored and looks very attractive in my sam smith's imperial pint glass. the foam settles at a decent clip but leaves plenty of lace behind.

S- sweet burnt cookie, cocoa, and coffee aromas. milk sugars lend an odd creaminess to the nose, almost like kid's cereal. almost like cocoa puffs! or count chocula!!! pipe tobacco, hazelnut, vanilla, damp wood, buffalo, bison, harmonica.

T- now, dern it, nearly tastes like the milk leftover from a bowl of chocolate kid's cereal. taste is diluted and i can taste the water that went into this one as well. literally tastes like overly sweetened milk with some coffee in it. sadly, most of the roasty toasty cocoa coffee flavors get lost in the milk. finishes... not stoutly! not even milk stoutly.

MF- as indicated by the appearance and the taste, the body is less than awesome. carbonation is low low and i'm assuming that the only reason this beer feels creamy is on behalf of the lactose. compared to other american stouts, the grain bill seems to be lacking.

D- drinking this one doesn't feel right. almost like i'm drinking a chemical or something, i don't know. judging by their website's description, i'll assume that they were going for a lighter bodied stout that would be easily drinkable and more appealing to non-heavy-dark-beer drinkers. real stout fans however may find this one to be seriously lacking.

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks good, nice rich darkenss with a rich tan head.

S: Rich roasted malts and coffee.

T: Taste starts with chocolate then come some coffee notes followed by the roasted flavor lingering

M: Lighter medium body, good carbonation.

O: Good tasting stout, easy to drink and not too filling

Serving type: On Tap at the Blue Door Pub, St. Paul, MN

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark, dark and darker color. BLACK. Thick two fingers of head that refused to budge.
Lots of burnt and roasted malt and coca.
Bready, roasted malt and a little less burnt malt. A very mild bitterness.
Super creamy and smooth. Really amazing texture. Lighter body than expected with moderate carbonation.
Hits the spot for a milk stout. Easy to drink and really good.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, dense tan head.

SMELL: Fresh cappuccino, fresh baked biscuits, cocoa powder, soft charcoal, dried plums.

TASTE: Super smooth, creamy, mellow roasted grain, carob, mild molasses, breakfast blend coffee, semi-sweet burnt finish.

Love this beer, much preferred from the can ... a real treat to drink. Quaffable for sure but it begs to be paired with some chocolate ... the obvious choice.

Photo of lurpy1
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Nile's Stout and Porter Fest. Doing my best to keep the beers straight.

Of the 6 sampled, this was 2nd best, behind the Abyss and in a virtual tie with Odell Bourbon, slightly ahead of Brooklyn Black Chocolate and Bells Expedition. Didn't offer a lot of aroma, little cream, a little chocolate, but was a big surprise in terms of flavors, great mixture of lactose, sweets, roast coming in behind. As a milk stout I'd expect it to be cloggingly thick, and Buffalo Sweat did not disappoint. This is good. It does kind of coat your tongue, but a swoosh of water addresses that. Very good stuff.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Move extra from optimator13! Poured into NB globe...

A- Black, ever so slight hues of dark red on the edges. Finger of head that dies quickly.

S- Very sweet and toasty. Milky and creamy. Nice sweet mocha aroma. Not very roasty, but I love a smooth soft milk stout; enticing to drink. Finishes nutty, like redskin peanuts.

T/M- Very very milky. Creamy and smooth. Not much roast in the flavor either. Reminds me of a Reisen- the milk chocolate covered caramel candy. There is a interesting chalky component, almost tart, but not quite on the very back end. Light bodied, light carbonation, but its still creamy.

O- I liked this, much more than who I shared it with. It was easily the creamiest, milkiest, milk stout that I've had. Wouldn't want a bunch of them, but enjoyable from time to time. Bring out a little more roast and this will improve greatly!

Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loves me some Tallgrass beer and this stout is no exception. This is a nice full stout with great roasted barley flavor and a mouthfeel that is just like I would like for the style. It is dark and yummy.

I am not spending any more time writing, I will now be drinking.


Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sweet smell of unfermented sugars and roasty malts wafts off and away from the absolutely solid black beer. Tw fingers real crea head. Wow, what a treat. Huge flavor for the price. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and cookie dough (which the label mentioned but I highly doubted til sip one). Big body baby in my glass here creamy and full with a complementary amount of subtle head.

I really like this beer. The only issue with a solid milk stout is that often the first sip is the best bc it soon covers your tongue and dulls my palate. Try this beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to optimator13 (Evan) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a nice dark chocolate color with about two fingers of head.

Smell – Lactose, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, and caramel malts.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Bittersweet cocoa up front, some bready flavors, lactose, and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel – A bit lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A easily quaffable stout. Not bad – better than I was expecting.

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/11
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque brown, lighter brown hues on the edges when held to the light. 1/4 inch of light brown head that recedes immediately.

S: Nose is rich milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

T: Taste starts with tons of rich milk chocolate - rather delicious! Some coffee notes come in with powdered cocoa. Roasted flavoring continues to mingle with the coffee. Bitter chocolate and a touch of orange peel in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, clean at first and becomes slightly silky.

O: Goes down very easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, very nice representation of style. I highly enjoyed this brew and will definitely snag it again!

Photo of amphion1065
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy into a Cambridge Brewing Co. pint glass. Thanks for the extra htomsirveaux. Reviewed from notes.

The darkest shade of brown, all but black in the body. Even an aggressive pour couldn't muster much of a head, though there was some really nice lacing.

Very interesting aroma. Right off the bat, there's a strong presence of sweet chocolate malt. Underneath, a slight sour twang that reminds me of cherries. There's another element of sweetness sort of like honey.

The taste is sweeter than the smell would suggest, with some bitterness for balance. Quite a big of chocolate along with roasted malts that impart a coffee-like flavor. Not much of a cherry, sour flavor to it. There's also a very pleasant taste of caramel.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, watery and a little overcarbonated. Still though, for the ABV this is pretty chewy and full-bodied.

A solid offering in a style I pretty rarely drink. I'd imagine that this would be absolutely delicious on nitro.

Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.

Smell: Not much, mild roasted aroma.

Taste: Creamy, light, mocha-coffee without much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy.

Picked up a can to try, I didn't realize this was classified as a milk stout otherwise I would have been more disappointed. I thought this was more of a straight-up US stout than milk stout. It is very drinkable--more drinkable than flavorful. Maybe a good substitute for Guinness--less bitter than that. Worth a try.

Photo of plfahey
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Moderate medium tan head has decent retention.

Aroma-Yum-the first smell that hits me is a nutty, toasted oat aroma followed by chocolate, roasted malt, faint coffee, and a dab of caramel. Light vanilla and lactose give it a sort of coffee and cream impression underneath the oats. Also present are some dark fruit aromas, with plum and prune leading the way.

Flavor-Liquid chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Light nutty oatmeal and milk chocolate, vanilla, milk sugar, a dash of espresso, caramel, and a bit of bready malt rounds out the profile. In the finish, there's a light fruity character, along with a tad more chocolate, very light earthy hops, and a low hop bitterness. Aftertaste carries an impression of chocolate-vanilla sweetness, but is actually moderately dry. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with smooth, moderate carbonation. Creamy, slick, and silky mouthfeel. Sublime.

This beer does everything it's supposed to do. Transcendental and delicious, while avoiding being cloying and remaining quite drinkable. Simply put, this is awesome.

Photo of Minkybut
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees not knowing what to expect from a beer with a name like this. The beer poured really black and had a tan head. However that did not hang around for long. The beer had a nice subtle smoke hint to it but was not overpowering. I liked the beer and will buy again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Finally making my way into the Kansas beer scene. Taken me long enough... This stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of bright dirty light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, light maple syrup, and a general oatmeal-raisin cookie vibe. Very pleasing to the 'strils, indeed. The taste pretty much follows suit, with a touch more roast, more chocolate, a hint of molasses, and a vein of vanilla bean. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable stout, one of the better beers I've had recently. Were it slightly darker and just a smidge thicker and heavier, this would be fantastic. Still, it's pretty damn good now...

Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown color with thick tan colored head that leaves little to no lacing. Pretty standard appearance here.

The aromas begin with a touch of burnt malt, light cocoa with a very bready base aroma. There is a slight caramel sweetness as well that emerges as it warms.

The tastes are almost identical to the nose. The burnt flavor is a bit less obvious with the breadiness coming through even more and just a touch of sweetness. As it warms the caramel and light cocoa flavors emerge and add to the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, providing a smooth mouthfeel. I would have prefered them to use more Oatmeal or lactose or malts to increase mouthfeel as opposed to skimping on the carbonation but it's not a deal-breaker.

Overall this was a fairly easy to drink, sessionable milk stout. Only ordered it because it was the only beer I hadn't had on the lackluster beer menus at Dave's Taverna during homecoming this past weekend.

Photo of climax
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer seemed rather dull from crack to pour. My aggressive pour gave way to a one shade lighter than black mass with a finger of even mocha head. Retention is decent, lacing is minimal.

After taking a whiff I'm thinking this one is going to be an unoffensive easy drinking stout. There's not too much intensity, yet no off-flavors. There is a balance between the medium coffee and chocolate flavors, and no real nod towards sweet or bitter. Cream, a bit of fresh earth, and leather have cameos in this mild nose.

Modesty carries it's humble demeanor into the flavor as well. Here it takes on a sweeter character as brown sugar and milk chocolate overshadow any bitterness. Subtle roasty cues come through as it warms, nutty and maybe even sunflower seed flavors. It finishes very clean.

For a stout, this drinks too easy. I was hoping for a viscous syrupy nectar to coat my mouth and slide down, this is most certainly not that. The light body also seems mildly over-carbonated.

This beer is what it is and only what it is. It does what it is well... if, that is, that is what you it to be. Bottom line: give it to your buddy who is petrified of anything darker than an amber and watch him raise his brow at how easy it is to drink.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost blackish body with semi-tan head that died quick but left lace going down the glass. Mostly toasted, roasted and bitter chocolate on the aroma although some sweetness comes off as well. Somewhat thin and not so sweet for a sweet sstout but it is good. You get some sugariness and dark chocolate; just a little too dry and roasted for my pleasure as it is not as smooth and sweet as others in this genre. Finishes dry w/ a very lowkey hoppy crisp and I enjoyed this beer and it is cheap so no complaints.

Photo of warnerry
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of tan head. Head has decent persistance and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet and bittersweet chocolate, and a nice coffee presence that doesn't dominate. Also some faint roasted malts.

T - Taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is also a nuttiness in the taste that I didn't pick up in the smell. Nice but not very memorable.

M - Too thin for my liking, but there is still a decent creaminess.

O - This is a pretty good milk stout that doesn't stand out in any particular way. The thinness detracts from the flavor profile.

Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very little head of not much more than a few tan bubbles. No retention or lacing is left behind.

S- Picking up faint coffee, chocolate, charcoal, and roasted malts.

T- Taste is mainly coffee and chocolate. With a touch of nuts, caramel, brown sugar and charcoal. Touch on the sweeter side with pretty much no hops that I can pick up.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and lower in carbonation too.

O- I think I'll pass on this one the next time it makes around to me.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.