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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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very good

731 Ratings

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

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 EwaldEichstaett


2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pitch black brew with a brown head, the head fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

The smell is very sweet and chocolaty. There are also some smoky roasted malts.

The beer tastes very sweet, (I think I am getting gut rot). Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee beans, sugar cane... lots of nice flavours, but where are the hops?

Medium body, tastes a bit watery. It has hardly any carbonation. This really kills the beer in my book. Maybe I got a bad can (if that is even possible)... but I don't know if I would bother trying this one again.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 22:14:14 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of shadow1961


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Stout pours a thin head over an opaque black brew. Carbonation seems relatively active, though, as is always the case with stouts, it's hard to tell, inky blackness being inky and blacky. The nose is pretty typical too- roasty coffee and bitter chocolate mostly, with notes of molasses. The flavor is also pretty typical- charred ends of fresh baked bread, a note of baker's chocolate off the back, a little herbal hop in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp- maybe a little too light for a stout, and semi-dry. Just a tad one dimensional, this beer might be better thought of as an introduction to stouts, or even as a session beer, since It doesn't seem that alcoholic. Not bad, but not that distinctive- I do like that this is one of a growing number of canned craft beers.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 07:36:00 | More by shadow1961
Photo of crusian


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can from mcnellies in tulsa.
Pours into a guiness glass thicker and blacker than I thought. About a finger of head.
Sweet Chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. Very mild nose, moreso than I would have liked, but on par with a milk stout.
Very sweet milky smoothness, but ends with a bitter finish. Much drier than any other milk stout I have ever had. Chocolate and roast on the palate. Not bad for a 5% stout. They pack a lot of flavor in it.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 21:36:01 | More by crusian
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch of rocky light tan foam that recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. the taste is of roasted malt, and burnt malt. There are some nice coffee and chocolate flavors in the finish with a moderare bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It isn't overpowering, but it doesn't try to be. It is complex nonetheless. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 01:51:26 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, goblet, there seems to be a Julian date printed on the bottom rim of the can of 10 292.

This can was a bit of a sprayer when I popped its top. Creamy stout foam came out when I pulled the tab and on the pour a visibly thin dark brown filled the glass. The head is small and swirly with retention only on the edge.

Perky roast and a mega bar of milk chocolate make a creamy, full nose. Subtle fresh brewed coffee and tootsie roll are also nice.

That milk chocolate stays up front with an immediate hit of diner coffee. This isn't even trying for much depth or any complexity. The flavor is very limited in scope, but what it has is good.

The mouth feel is where this really seems to fail. I could tell it was going to be thin when I poured it, and it more than delivers on that unwanted promise. Carrying hardly any carbonation at all, you're left searching your mouth for something to chew on. More body alone could fix it or more carbonation alone. It doesn't even need both of those things.

If you were to give us the object 'beer' to go with the comfortingly one-dimensional nose and flavor Tallgrass might have a massive winner here for drinkability. This is a Sweet Stout that I could drink on a fall or winter weekend, all weekend. Even with some major flaws, I gulped this one down and really want another.

Serving type: can

10-08-2010 01:55:23 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of ballz50401


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can (best by 11/14/10) into a Worth Brewing Becker glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a light brown head. Head doesn't build up very good nor does it last.

Smell: This has a nice mellow roasted malt aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly dark roasted malts in the taste. The taste was kind of a let down from the smell. Very little sweetness, mostly highly roasted malt bitterness. Body is a little thin for the style too. Mouthfeel has little creaminess to it, but was expecting more.

Drinkability: This lacks the depth and the balance of maltly/lactose sweetness that other top milk/sweet stouts have. None the less it is still an easy drinking stout.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 05:17:41 | More by ballz50401
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffallo Sweat Stout

"Dangerously Dark, Authentically Awesome, Pour A Pint..."

Yes, Dark. Not sure how dangerous it is...Lovely, cocoa-tan head, nice looking stout.

Aroma: Pitch perfect oatmeal stout, smooth and creamy, chocolate, silky smooth. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Mmm, more of the same, just lovely. Easy down the throat, roasty malt, toasty, oatmeal smooth, light cocoa taste. Super drinkability.

All in all, a nice, easy drinking stout. Could be fuller, could be richer, but this is what it is, and it's pretty nice. I'd have one again, but I don't think I'd seek it out. There's richer, fuller stouts that'll grab my dollars.

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 08:46:10 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of brewdoc75


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks rock solid initially in my glass. Black in color with some ruby hues throughout. A lovely, brownish-white head, about 2 inches thick sits on top. Unfortunately it dies as quickly as it presented itself. Head retention is important to me when it comes to stouts. This has very little.

S: Lovely roasted grains, chocolate, mildly sweet. Hints of dark roast coffee in the end. All very nice and ever present.

T: Roasted grain hits the tongues first. A slight burnt taste as well. There is even some nuttiness. The beer then rounds out with a light milk-chocolate flavor. I do get some sweetness, but it isn't as powerful as some sweet stouts. The bitterness is mild and seems to come more from the roasted grains then the hops. The beer finishes ok, but there is some unpleasant burnt charater that sticks in my throat.

M: Light/medium bodied. Creamy, but at the same time on the drier end for a sweet stout. Carbonation is right in the middle. A bit of tannin noted as well. Finishes clean.

D: A pretty decent sweet stout. The best part about it for me is that it isn't too sweet like some others I've had. Unfortunately some of roasted malts give too much of a burnt characters at times. Otherwise, this is a solid sessionable sweet stout.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 00:50:43 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of ZAP


4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/blac with some ruby red hues

S-Roasted malts...a bit of exotic java....interestingly enough some leather...malted milk balls.

T-Love the flavor...I had no idea what kind of stout this was but after the first sip I knew it was a sweet stout. Big malted milk ball flavor that I love...roasted malts...a little sweet coffee (think coffee loaded with creamer)..outstanding..maybe the best tasting sweet stout I have had.

M-Perfect...smooth, velvet-like, medium bodied...Very creamy texture with the perfect amount of weight..

D-Maybe the best Sweet Stout I have had. I could session this for awhile as I despite the sweeter flavors I think it drinks fine. I'll have to give a few at a time a try because I do plan on drinking a lot more of this one. Would love to a side-by-side tasting with left hand.

Serving type: can

09-08-2010 22:12:38 | More by ZAP
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Day 2 of the 2010-'11 School Year and I had my complement of upperclassmen today. We tangentially alluded to allusions and I was inspired to carry this thinking into this review. What to allude to? Roger Williams' "You CAN't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd"? Perfect! No wait, how about Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" since a growing faction on this site feels that The CANQuest (TM) is worth the paper it is printed on. Hmm. I'm in an upbeat mood, so You CAN't Drink Beer When You're Dead-Ass Broke. No, you CAN't drink beer when you're dead-ass broke, but you CAN be happy if you've a mind to!

From the CAN: "Dangerously dark. Authentically awesome. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Oooh. Danger, Woody Chandler, Danger! Don't be afraid of the dark. I may have a Reese's Dark to aCANpany this beer, being a milk (chocolate) stout and all.

Hey kids, what time is it? Nope, not Howdy Doody time, sorry. It's Crack & Glug time! Yay! I initially got a finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan head, but it was fading pretty quickly in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was an inky dark, not quite black thanks to the deep-brown at the edges, but dang close. Nose was ... what did I say about chocolate? This was like a liquid milk chocolate bar. Save the Reese's for a dry stout. This would be at home with a simple Hershey's bar. A quick diabetes reading and I am good to go. I CANnot take too sweet a beer as a hophead. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy and now I am shaking the CAN for the presence of a widget. Nope, just naturally that thick. Zounds! Finish was equally creamy and sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Winner! I probably would not want more than one, but this would be a great accompaniment with dessert.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 00:17:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of deadbody


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very solid brew, picked up a 4 pack of cans. Easy to drink, great taste, felt a little thin, but not bad. Good complexity to the flavor, would drink again, really a good straightforward stout, nothing wrong, nothing super exceptional (like one major flavor) but very solid overall.

May be a new standby for me, replacing Surly Bender since it is about $2 cheaper per 4 pack. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy.

Serving type: can

08-30-2010 18:55:49 | More by deadbody
Photo of morimech


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a small tan head that hangs around for awhile. The head settles to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is just what I would expect a stout of this style to smell like. Balanced between the roasted malt and the lactose sweetness. The flavor is a little sweeter than almost any other stout and that is what I guess the brewer was shooting for. Some bitterness from the roasted malt but overall this is a rather tame stout. The body is also just a touch thin. In my opinion a little overcarbonated as well. A very approachable stout that is nicely crafted. Just a little too sweet without enough malt character.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 19:10:30 | More by morimech
Photo of jera1350


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking can. The darkest of brown, approaching black in color with a seltzer like head which is tan in color. The head recedes pretty quickly.

Chocolate, toasty malt and cola are all present in the nose. A hint of coffee as well. The nose is moderately strong.

Oh yeah, this is nice. Like the nose pretty much. There is a bit of toasted malt, but more of the cola and chocolate. A touch of coffee and the lactose comes in at the end.

The feel is smooth, but it may be just a touch undercarbonated. Finishes quite dry. Needs some more body, feels a bit thin.

Drinks well and represents the style nicely. This is an enjoyable and well done milk stout. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

08-27-2010 02:37:01 | More by jera1350
Photo of bsp77


3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses, roasted malt and milk chocolate. Smells decadent and rich, especially at first.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet mix of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Minimal bitterness - while the smooth, rounded malts are appreciated, a little hop balance or extra roasted bite could have helped.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth body that is fairly light. Too thin.

Drinkability: A solid, malty and drinkable Sweet Stout. Good session beer overall, even if there is no "wow" factor. Probably would be better with a slightly bigger body and a touch more bitterness.

Serving type: can

08-27-2010 01:33:54 | More by bsp77
Photo of Bighuge


2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black body with a decent sized brown head. However, it "fizzes" away. Not what I'd expect from a milk stout, buy only a minor flaw. Nice aroma. Chocolatey and roasty. Body and mouthfeel are very weak. Watery and thin. Hardly any body at all. Not very creamy. Very little carbonation. Flavor is pretty dull as well. Baseline roast and coffee, but pretty weak. This one does not impress me. The other two I had from this brewery did however. Their Canned IPA and Canned English DIPA.

Serving type: can

08-26-2010 03:33:22 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Buebie


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me a milk stout, this stuff just came to MN, another great beer in our presence!

Picked up a single 16oz can for $2

The head is a little less than an inch of brown. Color on the beer is pitch black.
A small cap is left with thin legs of lace.

Aroma is mostly delicious chocolate, aroma is brilliant. Small amount of charred grains and a large amount of malt. But chocolate seems to be the fore runner of aroma, semi sweet and delicious.

Taste offers up some mild sweets upfront with chocolate flavors all the way through. Small malted milk ball flavors and a little bit of charred roasty chocolate grain, transcending into coffee.
There is one odd flavor that is kind of nagging at me and that being an almost A&W cream soda flavor, that I do not enjoy.

Mouthfeel is thin and a tad watery for the style.

Overall an easy drinking beer, but not somthing I can see myself buying again.

Serving type: can

08-24-2010 23:14:55 | More by Buebie
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to review this in the can...

Pours a ruby tinged mahogany with a oinky of mocha head. Near zero head retention & lacing, nice oily sheen

S: Coffee & charred grain.

T: Follows the nose, some herbal hops too up front, plus a slight lactic twang, More coffee as this warms & some baker's chocolate. Finishes dry with coffee & roasted malt notes, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thins a bit once warm

Drinks easy, but was better in the bottle, seemed creamier

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 02:59:30 | More by russpowell
Photo of bort11


4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can can poured into a 20 oz pub glass. Tall mocha colored head challenges the lip of the glass. Thin strings of lace surround the glass. Body color is black with thin ruby red highlights around the edge.

Smell is a blend of milk chocolate and cappuccino aromas. The taste brings out more of the lactose milk sweetness. The body is lighter, like the consistency of 1% milk. It still has a creamy texture and goes down very easy.

Serving type: can

07-21-2010 04:02:24 | More by bort11
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark black color with a fair chocolaty tan head and decent lacing. The aroma says goodly malt and charcoal with deep grass, decent. The grass holds on to dominate the flavor with more sweet molasses malt. There's lots of charcoal with meager carbonation, smooth and medium-plus bodied and reasonably drinkable. There's some red wine and charred oak. Qualities of the aromal dominates but the taste is decent. A nice try at a stout, worth sampling for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 03:19:30 | More by Durge
Photo of TrippnFiasco


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, coffee color, with a nice, one-finger head that has a nice caramel color to it. Head dissipates quickly with slight lacing.

S: Smells pretty nice, definite malt, caramel, chocolate coming through.

T: Very malty with hints of caramel and toffee. There is also a sort of mocha flavor coming through, like a sweetened coffee. A bit too sweet for me.

M: Medium carbonation and a fair amount of crispness for this. Almost has the feel of a porter.

D: Not something that I could have many of in one sitting but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:12:12 | More by TrippnFiasco
Photo of webbcreative


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark dark brown, with 1.5 finger tan head, that quickly settled into a think ring, and left very minimal lacing. Smell is coffee and mocha. Taste is Coffee and mocha with lactose, a bit metallic for half the glass also. Mouthfeel is not as full and creamy as I would have expected/liked.

Overall this is a solid milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:48:23 | More by webbcreative
Photo of Tone


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, yeast, slight coffee, grain, slight hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, slight hop, hint of wood, hint of coffee, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

Serving type: can

05-02-2010 22:37:18 | More by Tone
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a jet black with no head. Smell is roasted malt profile with hints of chocolate. Taste is just like the smell nice roasted flavor with a slight thin mellow finish, very high drinkability. This beer goes down very smooth and would be a nice session brew, overall no to bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:05:20 | More by gunnerman
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My somewhat vigorous pour produces a thick brown head, about 2 inches in height that takes a long time to fade. Head slowly settles down to provides a thick cover and leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer itself is black, I can not see through it.

Smell: Aromas lean heavily to a big malty stout. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of light roasted coffee as well. Nothing really jumps out indicating any sweetness here.

Taste: A decent smack of roasted malts right up front and carries through to a slightly bitter finish. Bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and nuts. The light bitterness on the finish provides a nice balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body than I expected. Its a bit of a push to call it medium body. Slick going down with a bit of a lingering aftertaste on the finish.

Drinkability: A wonderful, enjoyabe, drinkable stout. This is a great brew from the Tallgrass Brewing Company that I would definitely have again. Would be great on a cool day, still good on a warmer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 04:00:43 | More by BigRedN
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3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A run-of-the-mill Stout with solid flavors but the watery textures really hurt.

Buffalo Sweat pours a dark brown color but struggles with head formation and retention despite high carbonation. No lacing.

Aromas of coffee grounds, burnt cocoa, and malted barley carry the scent from beginning til end. A very straight forward aroma without variation.

Flavors favor the coffee and cocoa with mild hints of caramel, nutty, confectioner's sugar, and a light ash/burnt taste. Low on hops, but the beer balances out pretty well due to the roast.

The lowly textured, watery body makes the beer feel weak and thin. The high carbonation doesn't comnpensate for lack of mouthfeel, but accentuates less desirable features of sulfur and high mineral character.

Buffalo Sweat is more flavorful than say Yuengling Black and Tan but the texture keeps it in the same vein.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:01:10 | More by BEERchitect
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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