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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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323 Reviews

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Reviews: 323
Hads: 1,201
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 73
Gots: 210 | FT: 2
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 Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head and not much retention or lacing. The nose is nice and creamy with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The sweetness comes through in the nose, and then hits a bit harder in the flavor. The chocolate and coffee interacted better in the nose, and the flavor lacked that complexity. Feel was nice and creamy with a medium body. Overall, pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of jaycount
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, clean brown with a dark tan head. Looks like an oatmeal stout as it fills up the glass. Yummm.

S - Dark maltiness, some sweet coffee notes, light milk chocolate.

T - Mmmm, beeer. Creamered/sweetened coffee comes to mind. Light on the palate, doesn't knock you over. Very little hops to be detected.

M - Most interesting of any sweet stouts I've had, the carbonation isn't crazy and it is rather light, not creamy. A "watery" mouthfeel. But it makes it much better for a session beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to gwguest for this brew!

16oz can to a Stone Imperial Pint.

Very dark brown, tiny bits of lighter tinges around the edges. Head was a nice two fingers of medium brown head. The head must have been late, late for a very important date, as it dwindled down before I made it back to the computer, leaving practically nothing in it's wake. No matter, the aroma was brilliant, and I quickly stopped caring what the damn thing looked like. Not a coffee stout, but fresh dark roast coffee filled my personal space. Big roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate vie for limelight as well, along with sweetness and brown sugar. Quite intoxicating. The taste didn't disappoint either, though didn't wow quite as much. Coffee tastes were not as prevalent, giving way to more of the chocolate sweetness, roasted malty notes and sugary bits. The feel brings it down a notch. Felt a bit too watered down, and lacked a bit of substance that would have aligned the planets and knocked this out the park. In the end though, it doesn't detract too much from this brew as a whole: It's an amazing smelling, very tasty stout, worthy of keeping at hand.

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best by 11 193 stamped on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.49.

A: Black with healthy 2-finger beige frothy head with good retention and spare lacing down the glass.

S: Milk chocolate note greets first followed by hellos from mocha and a soft kiss from roasted barley in the entryway. Milky lactose and medium roast coffee beans aromas are light but present and wave from the living room. Hops weren't invited.

T: Very sweet but with an ample malty scaffold. The chocolate character is strongest, followed by lactose and then some dark malt and roasted barley come through. It is a simple straightforward but well-made sweet stout.

M: Lacks a little of the silky and bigger body I like in the sweet stout group -- if it is going to taste a lot like chocolate milk, it should feel a little bit more like beer, and Buffalo Sweat is a little light in the mouth.

O: I enjoyed this brew and it compares well with some of the mid-to-upper-tier of the style. A little bit more body and smoothness and this would challenge the best sweet stouts. The 16oz tall boy is a nice change and welcome.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into a tulip/snifter from Ommegang.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown hue with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up and fading gradualy to a thin edge layer. Tight lattice on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is Dark chocolate roasted notes and some coffee and creamer mix. Definitely some lactose notes here. A little brown sugary mixed in as well.
First sip reveals an average body and gentle rolling carbonation. There is a silky smooth texture that make the beer go down my gullet very easily on each sip.
Flavor is as expected from the nose, some roasted malt and dark chocolate bar mixed with a bit of espresso bean and again some rich creamer note that accentuates the silky texture.
No hops anywhere and the abv is gone, of course it is only 5% anyway.
The beer is very easy to drink and I am enjoying this solid version of a milk stout.
Cool name, tasty beer, that makes this a solid purchase if the beer is available in your area.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a nonic. Thanks to funkyaudio for this one!

(A)- Pours an almost pitch black color with reddish highlights. Produced a good fluffy tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with raisin and an overwhelming peanut aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very mild baked bread-like roasted profile. Bits of raisin & peanuts.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a smooth feel and decent balance. That strange peanut aspect really annoys me.

(D)- A decent stout. Kinda straightforward but easy enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of rich beige head. Left behind nice lacing.

Aroma of black coffee, roasted malts and a hint of charcoal.

The taste is black coffee, chocolate milk and roasted malts.

A thinner-bodied stout with a light carbonation.

An easy-drinking sessionable stout from Tallgrass though a bit on the thin side for my taste.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep dark brown with a thin brown head
S: seems almost a mix between milk and coffee, along with dark roasted malt.
T/M: not overpowering in the flavors, would be a good starter stout, with light coffee, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. the mouthfeel is sort of odd to me, reminds me of whole milk for some reason.
D: very easy to drink, flavors are mild and not too strong, almost leaves me wondering how this would be on cask or nitro-tap

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

Thanks to Rob for the hookup

A: pours dark and clear with a small tan dissapating head. No lacing

S: Toasted malt and toffee, slight chocolate and clove/ random spice, whispers of sweet cream in coffee

T: Follows the nose but somewhat less so. The lactose sugar is present, a slight tobaccoish finish

M: Somewhat thin but appropriate for the style, slick on the palate, slides easily down the gullet

D: Very drinkable

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm generally a fan of Tallgrass and this one does not dissapoint. Served on-tap in a pint glass. Dark brown body with a bubbly tan head. Very little lacing.

Decent aroma of roasted malt and some minor notes of chocolate and coffee in the background.

Good flavor mix between the roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I especially like the way the coffee flavor adds the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side for a stout. But, the good overall mix of flavors and relatively low abv make this very drinkable. Not too sweet which is a plus to me. Good brew.

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Photo of camp0474
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown to black with burnt edges. Tan head that dies off quickly. No lacing.

S: Light toasted malts with some sweetness. Notes of bitter coffee and faint dark chocolate. Also detecting some sweet milk or cream.

T: Light toasted malts with faint bitter coffee and bitter chocolate. Sweet cream or milk in the mix. Some bready malts too. Possibly some faint hops way way in back. Expected some more pronounced flavors from a Stout.

M: Medium to light body, somewhat watery. Low carbonation. Personally I expected more body from a Stout, and I think more carbonation is needed.

D: Quite drinkable due to the light body and decent flavor.

Personally I expected a little more from this "Stout" i.e. flavor, body, and carbonation. I must note that I didn't know this was a Milk Stout when I bought it and have not had too many of this style.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint sized can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance is cola brown color with thin head and good clarity.

The aroma is sweet with toasted wheat bread and roasted malt. Luckily nothing like the name implies.

Flavor is also sweet with a nice milk chocolate and light roast coffee. Mild flavors but pleasant. Like milk stouts usually are, I guess.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low in carbonation, which I like.

Overall a good example of the style compared to the few others that I've had. It would probably be better on cask or at room temp.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours dark brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and grains with some sweet chocolate and some ash.

The flavor is sweet grainy roasted malts with a little lactic chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, not a great stout.

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, small white head, light lacing. Fantastic aroma, mostly roasty malts, and lightly sweet. Taste has a wonderful balance between the bitter roastiness, the sweet malts, and the nice malty background. Light chocolate and some lactose presence keep everything in balance, but I like how the roast is the star but not overdone. Body is medium-full for the style, which I really like. Incredibly drinkable. I think I've already gone through a case and half of this stuff only a few months after it became available here. Fantastic beer from a can and I can't wait to try their others.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours mostly black in the glass (although some garnet does poke its head out along the bottom) and is topped with a stiff finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creamy look and a foamy cascade that settles into some spotty frothy lacing. The aroma is smooth in the nose, with some robust coffee character, chocolate roast, and creamy smelling sugars. Some light leafy hop notes round out the corners.

The taste has some thick sweetness going on up front, with chocolate, caramel, and milky lactic sugars. This is balanced by earthy and bitter citric hops, while the finish is all dry roast and lingering coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling as it first hits the tongue but then gets much more smooth and creamy as this rolls out into the mouth. That 5% is right on the mark for this, with a bit of size to it but no discernable alcohol being present.

I thought this was a pretty good Milk Stout, with lot of creamy sweetness, robust roasted flavors, and some fresh hoppy character that added complexity and balance to this. There is a nice easygoing drinkablility to this as well, considering the heft of the flavors at times. Another nice effort from Tallgrass.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dogfish glass on 2/5/11.

A - Pours a dark black with just a little bit of bubbles but no real amount of foam.

S - big roasted malts with just a hint of burntness. coffee and chocolate are there as well, but just subtle.

T - weird almost cola taste, more watered down than I expected. hints of the coffee and roastiness and a bit of caramel.

M/D - light bodied, watered down, light carbonation, easy to drink but lacking any strong flavors.

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Photo of katan
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark amber/brown, pretty much black. Mocha head formation, 1/4" in size, well retained.

S - A lightly sweet scent, a combination of chocolate and toffee, with a background of a bit of roast and some sugary sweetness. Some yeast breadiness comes through.

T - Flows with a balanced note of roasted barley and sweet malt, a bit of maltose coming through. Mid-stream gets more dry, but the flavor profile stays pretty much the same. A base of yeast starts to show, bready. Finishes malt forward.

M - Moderate beer body, moderate carbonation. Creamy and fluffy, but the beer itself comes off thin at times. Finishes mostly clean with only a hair of lingering sweetness.

D - Easy drinking stout. Flavors are smooth, well integrated. Workable ABV. Palette is not overwhelmed by the flavors. A sessionable stout.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a two finger foamy tan head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.

The beer tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Slightly sweet, balanced by coffee bitterness. The flavors are mild, but good.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth, and easy to drink. This beer is not as full or creamy as it could be, but at 5% abv, I think the folks at Tallgrass did a nice job. Not every stout has to have 10 % abv, and I like this one quite a bit the way it is.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can.

French roast dark brown/black body. Thick finger of dense, creamy, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Nose of sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate, root beer, cream, and light molasses. Definitely smells like a milk/sweet stout.

Light roasted malt flavor up front. Slight cardboardy edge. Carob and graham cracker sweetness percolate through the palate. Light coffee flavors as well. Tobacco and milk chocolate near the finish. Faint bitterness in the end, but this is a mainly sweetish stout. Moderate body with a slightly thin feel. Pretty good, but could be better.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- from pint can it pored a dark roasted brown color with a tan head.and good lacing

S-is roasted malts,molasses,caramel,cocoa

T-was a sweat and creamy roasted malt/toffee taste with caramel and some citrus hops in the background tasted like a winter warmer to me

M-mouth full was velvet smooth with chocolate,cocoa and malts.nicely carbonated very smooth

D-,,nicely drinkable more like a winter warmer to me lots of b4 mentioned flavor..recommend this one

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 5.00 %

As noted from the tall boy can...
"Dangerously Dark, Authentically Awesome, Pour A Pint..."

Enjoyed this as a split taste from the tall boy with some family in town from Kansas for the Holidays.

Appearance was deep dark brown/black with a tan head that faded quickly.
Smells and tastes of roasted malts, coffee notes, semi sweet cocoa.A bit thin on the moutfeel and higher than expected carbonation.
Overall enjoyable for a milk stout.

Thanks Barrett for bringing this brew to town!

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Photo of hwwty4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 16oz tallboy into my Flying Saucer globe.

This beer pours a nice oily black with a small tan head that quickly evaporates into just a inkling of a line around the inside of the glass. No lacing and no head retention. The aroma is interesting. Astringent coffee, a bit of chocolate, and tobacco smoke. Whats interesting is that I've read tobacco as a descriptor but never had experienced it. Now I have and its a bit distinct. The flavor is a watered down version of the aroma. The chocolate is there but its weak. Coffee flavor reminds me of the work coffee where people only use about 1/2 of what they are supposed to. The aroma is enjoyable but the flavor is just weak. The mouthfeel is also rather watery. No body. Overall, its a decent beer but not something I would pick up again. I'll stick with their IPA or Oasis next time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is coffee, toffee and chocolate. A very nice smelling stout.

The flavor is coffee, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. This beer is a malt bomb and all of the various malt flavors work very well together.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - deep, dark mahogany and coffee-colored with a nice inch of mocha brown head on top.

Aroma - coffee grounds, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate and plenty of dark delicious malty goodness. Wow.

Taste - super smooth, almost creamy or velvety in texture. Tons of delicious coffee and cocoa flavors come out and cover the tongue. Nice and sweet but not cloying. The dark, roasty and malty flavors make this a great brew to drink on a cold winter evening. Love that coffee and cocoa combination!

Overall - low in alcohol but oh so rich in flavor. Tons of rich chocolate and coffee flavors make this just plain delicious. Another great brew from Tallgrass and definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I've got one more can and I will be said when I have to say goodbye.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Buffalo Sweat pours very dark brown with a hint of ruby around the edges. About a finger of finger of light tan head forms, and the resulting lacing is very fine and sticks around nicely.

Smell: Very roasty malt flavor and coffee. Not overly complicated but still nice.

Taste: Flavor is of sweet dark and roasty malts. Maybe a bit of coffee. The profile of this beer certainly isn't anything crazy, but it certainly is flavorful.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is a little thin and there is probably a bit too much carbonation. Not the best feel, but it is a very drinkable beer overall. I think this is Tallgrass' best selling beer, and I can understand why. Very enjoyable.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.