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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%

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 womencantsail


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with thick tan colored foam. Pretty standard appearance, here.

S: The nose has a touch of burnt malt, with a very bready base aroma. There is a slight sweetness, which would make sense for the style.

T: The flavor is 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.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation, providing a smooth mouthfeel.

D: It's easy to drink, but I do not think I'd really want to have this one again. That said, it gets bonus points for a very creative name.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 09:44:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of dark tan head. Lots of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma. Lactose sweetness and chocolate malt dominate the flavor. Medium bodied and smooth. Some hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish of roasted barley/black patent. Just a hint of burnt flavor in the finish. Solid beer. One of the better Tallgrass offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 01:47:23 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of NStLincoln


2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Interesting beer.

Pours just like a cream stout should. inky opaque brown with a lustrous thick tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, baked bread on the nose.

It has that weird taste that comes when you put sugar in good black coffee. It wants to be good and bitter, but the sweetness is fighting that.

Mouthfeel is offputting. Very thin and uncomfortable on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:49:01 | More by NStLincoln
Photo of Bitterbill


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ and I do believe this will be my first beer from Kansas.

A near if not indeed black colour with a 2 finger head of foam is what I get with the pour. Watching the beer settle, the foam shrinks very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is roasty, very grainy, with some dark chocolate like bitterness coming through.

The taste is good on the chocolate and roasted malt, light graininess, and a bit of hop bitterness that sneaks in between the other flavours. Nice and tasty and easy on the alcohol.

It's medium bodied with a lightish level of carbonation. It has a very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I wouldn't drink bottles back to back but it's definitely an easy drinker for the 1 bottle. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:39:01 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of acelin


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Tallgrass has impressed me with this one. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Smells like Starbucks - so much coffee. Not to dark, rather medium roasts and light hints of cream. Tastes the same - really pleasant with the best stout taste IMO.

Incredibly drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 05:50:26 | More by acelin
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first-ever Kansas beer, and thanks to msubulldog25 for it! Pours into my snifter the color of, well, probably not buffalo sweet, but perhaps the outpourings of a chocolate bunny rabbit suffering hyperhidrosis. Super-dark brown verging toward black, with a light tan head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma has a nice sweet cream smell to it, light hints of vanilla too. Pretty toasty and grainy through and through, clean and earthy all the way, nicely balanced, and subtle.

Flavor tries to do all the nice things the aroma does, but only gets halfway. Sweet cream is there, and vanilla, and toasted grains of course...even watery chocolate milk, but the slightest mineral element works its way in and detracts a little. Maybe the grain is too charred, although it doesn't taste totally burnt or anything. Flashes of dark fruit too (grape, plum), and a light citric bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is airy and springy, which I like and which works, although maybe just a tad too thin.

Enjoyable for sure, I just prefer a bigger, rounder, more assertive stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 23:29:06 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of mdcrouser


3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a sixer under the Christmas tree, thanks to my bil/sil - could hardly get past the egg nog before itching to try it.

The pour is deep black, with very little head - just a light ring around the edge of the glass.

Heavy, sweet coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose - just about as big of a smell as you ever get from a beer. Entirely fills your head like helium in a balloon - let's hope I don't pop.

Like gnoshing on straight roasted grains, without the annoying water and other ingredients to get in the way. A bit of alcohol sits looming under the toast.

Decent carbonation, but it comes through as a little soapy. The grains deliver a single large layer of dry sweetness.

I've enjoyed the beer, and it's a step in the right direction for the young brewery. I'll be looking forward to new beers as the brewery grows.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 02:57:01 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head> it left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and mild coffee notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasted maltiness with a mild hop bitterness. The coffee flavor is muted.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light to medium bodied stout.

D - This tastes and drinks more like a dry stout. Still it is a pretty good and easy drinking/sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:27:16 | More by zeff80
Photo of Apatschinn


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App. - Dark brown pour with a two and a half thick brown head on top. The head quickly dissipated into a froth that sat right on top. Little to no lacing was present

Smell - Little bit of coffee, but not much else. Underwhelming but still smells pretty good!

Taste - Lots of coffee in here and pretty sweet. Tastes pretty darn good!

Mouth. - Pretty velvety with a thick accent to it. Feels great!

Over. - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Pretty meh as far as a milk stout is concerned, but I will say this, it makes a great beer shake!

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 02:44:46 | More by Apatschinn
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/31/14. Comes in a 4-pack 16 ounce can that cost $7.99 and "Drink by 6/7/14". Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown which is almost black in color. A thin beige head is seen that just settles to around the sides of the glass. Spotty lacing is seen but doesn't last long. The aroma is very pleasant of roasted malts right up front with oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate. The taste has even more great flavors with some black coffee and milk chocolate. Very tasty and is a easy drinker. Perfect carbonation. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Overall a GREAT Oatmeal Cream Stout!

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 21:39:49 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown with a touch of lighter accents. Frothy tan head of 2 fingers settles in nicely.

S- Roasted malts, coffee beans, slight chocolate, bark, dirt, and touch of licorice.

T- Good mix found in the nose. Balanced, but light on complexity and depth.

M- About what's expected at 5%. Light and easy drinking stout that has some nice creamy character.

O- Nothing special, but one that you might consider a sessionable stout.

$8 for a 4 pk of 16 oz cans

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 02:06:38 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of NickT2121


4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into my snifter poured a dark creamy black with little Moahagany at the bottom of the glass. 1 finger mocha sudsy head.

S - Coco caramel coffee notes malty goodness , with a creamy milky Smell dominating this one smells amazing

T - coffee right off the bat with a rich caramel coffee malt flavor with Coco finish very well blended

M - heavy thick Nitro feel. bubbly oily finish

O - I haven't had to many stouts but this has got me wanting to venture into the world of stouts. It's sweet bitter creamy dry every thing I'm looking for. The flavors are complex but not over bearing. I really enjoyed this after a nice dinner this evening. Great job again tallgrass


Serving type: can

03-17-2014 01:13:12 | More by NickT2121
Photo of OldRickSputin


2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was very close to being a drain pour.

So,I decided to let it warm up...it didn't help much.

I went easy on my ratings because perhaps I'm just not a fan of this type of beer. Way too much carbonation, nasty smell, and taste that was just not something I enjoyed.

Serving type: can

02-15-2014 23:03:54 | More by OldRickSputin
Photo of RobertRodak


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No one ever accused me of being a beer snob. At least not yet. In fact, I'm new to craft beers and am still learning. I've only kegged my second batch of home brew just today. What I do know is what I like. This beer, along with the vanilla counterpart are my current all time favorite brews. I'm sure that nobody would fault me if this Valentine's Day I took my woman to a private place and enjoyed a little Buffalo Sweat. In fact, I highly recommend that you do the same. You won't regret it!

Serving type: can

02-15-2014 00:35:52 | More by RobertRodak
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with drink by date of 07/25/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. Another new beer to me from Tallgrass Brewing Co. I'm expecting good things, based on my experience with Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass, with some see-through dark brown cola around the edges. Three big creamy fluffy fingers of light chocolate / mocha head. Some very nice thick scattered lacing.

S - Smell is very nice. Bitter unsweetened chocolate, cream, lactose sugars, vanilla, cold roasty coffee beans, and lots of dark barley / oatmeal roast.

T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, cold coffee, hint of cola, and dark barley / oatmeal roastiness. Fairly conventional, but the cream sugar lends a smooth silkiness to the beer. Somewhat thin for a stout.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and light. Minimal chocolate / coffee bean bitterness on the palate. Fairly dark and roasty for the low 5.00% abv. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nicely made low abv stout from Tallgrass. Not exactly packing all the flavors of the vanilla variant, but it's still very good. Dark and roasty for the low abv. Recommended.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat ---4/5.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 20:41:49 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Kyle_Hanson

North Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark, tiny hints of ruby red if held up to the light. Nice dense three finger beige head that receded too quickly unfortunately. Minimal lacing, but that could just be the glass.

S- Roasted malts are the predominant aroma followed by oatmeal, chocolate, and vanilla.

T- One of the sweetest beers I've had... definitely a dessert beer. Excellent roastiness that's followed with a caramel/chocolate middle, finally ending with toasty flavors and residual sweetness. Isn't bitter at all either, which was unexpected. Almost no hop presence.

M- Despite its color, this beer is rather thin. The body is quite nice though, and the oats/lactose give it a great feel. The bitterness lingers but is very light. The carbonation is on the medium to low side, and in my opinion is about spot on.

Overall, this is a spectacular example of the style. It's not for everyone though, and the sweetness can be overwhelming if you're used to other styles. If you can find it, pick it up!

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 02:51:11 | More by Kyle_Hanson
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a big, 3 finger head. The head sticks around a good bit before leaving a sticky, pretty dense lacing down the side of the glass. Body of the beer is dark, yet still a little translucent on the edges, providing just a bit of red color.

S- Sweet and dark, with lots of different scents going on. First thing that hits the nose is a bit of vanilla sweetness mixed in with some balancing dark malts. Malts have a slightly burnt aroma and preside over most of the smell. Chocolate sweetness is in there a little more towards the end, but not quite as prominent as the vanilla or dark malts.

T- Dark and toasty to start off, with the malts taking center stage. Malts display a hint of burnt flavor, as well as a hint of both coffee and chocolate. Underlying the dark malt flavors throughout the entire drink is a slight vanilla bean sweetness. Pretty one dimensional throughout, but pretty delicious too.

M- Light, kind of thin, and smooth going down. Nice and easy to drink, with both a low level of alcohol and a body that isn't too thick. Medium level of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty awesome example of the style. Dark, sweet, balancing bitterness, and easy to drink. I would like to see this cranked up to an imperial level with a ton more malt and booze, then we would be talking about a downright awesome imperial stout.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 23:05:30 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll


3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perfect 2 finger head - not dense, but not fluffy. Very very dark brew. Off to a good start. Just realized coffee stouts don't tend to do that thing where the bubbles on the outside of the glass sink. Weird.

Sweetness on the nose, anticipation rising. The head has now diminished to 1/2 finger thickness with very nice lacing. This is a very attractive beer, and I can't wait to see how it tastes. Let's find out.

There it is. Sweetness. Call me nuts but I'm almost picking up on something bordering on peppermint-mocha notes. Fizzy on the tongue but not overwhelmingly so, like the Morning Wood I just had (the beer, not the anatomical anomaly).

I just realized this isn't even a coffee stout - heck, if you had handed me one and said it was brewed with Kenyan coffee beans, I don't think I would doubt you. Maybe I'm just used to oatmeal stouts having the coffee element, as my last few have been in that category.

Upon pouring the rest of the can into my glass, I do see the sinking bubbles, they just don't last long, they form a solid head very quickly.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Not outstanding, but I think the BA score is pretty appropriate.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 16:07:20 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with ruby highlights; the head is reasonably impressive and leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, sweet cream and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Much like the aroma, the milk chocolate and sweet cream flavors lead off and never relent; in the middle, the vanilla forces its way into the picture, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; gets creamier as it warms

Overall: Pleasant enough but a bit too sweet; not something I would want to drink in any quantity

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 23:31:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of Roguer


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Oily, black brew with a dark, tan head, quickly fading. Thin but nice lacing.

Mild, watery stout aroma. Hint of chocolate and grapes.

Smooth and sweet flavor: milk, chocolate, sugar and cream. Powdered chocolate and cocoa linger on the tongue. Wheat and oatmeal. Every single flavor comes out stronger, cleaner, and smoother as the beer warms.

Once the beer gets down to just a hair above room temperature, the mouthfeel settles down nicely into a thick, chewy, cloying experience. No sting, no unpleasant aftertaste.

This was a surprisingly good, and very smooth, stout; as a bonus, it clocks in at only 5%.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 18:44:11 | More by Roguer
Photo of PaulyB83


3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambicPentameter for giving this as an extra in a trade.
Poured from 16oz can into a stemless wineglass, drink by 12/05/13

A- Dark brown almost black with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly into a ring.

S- Coffee with a chocolate sweetness.

T- Getting a lot of tobacco, with some roast acidity and a pleasant coffee after taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel a bit heavy for a 5% ABV beer.

O- This beer has a great aroma that really reminded me of Founders Breakfast stout. So I was a bit disappointed when the taste did not match it. Too much tobacco for me and really reminded me of the way an ashtray smells. The finish was quite pleasant however.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 06:31:09 | More by PaulyB83
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and foremost...love the name!!! Secondly...this is a decent stout...for the abv to be where its at and the taste to be where its at...it just works....well. The beer pours an opaque black with nice offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is milk chocolate with hints of mocha. The taste is a creamy almost nestle start then finishes slightly bitter to leave an espresso flare. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall...very nice sessionable stout!

Serving type: can

10-07-2013 00:11:24 | More by WoodBrew
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New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big light brown head just sits above a clear really dark brown to black colored stout.

Big well roasted grain malts aroma with just a hint of dark chocolates coming through.

Nice well roasted malt taste with as in the aroma a hint of dark chocolates, gives this beer a full bodied taste.

Dryish aftertaste with leftover roasted malts and dark chocolate tastes that leave a light almost chalky mouth feel on this full bodied beer.

Very drinkable with a good taste that doesn't over do anything but leaves you wanting another drink.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 01:29:24 | More by LXIXME
Photo of JamesStreet


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into nonic pint
BBD 12/05/13

A - pours a deep, dark brown with a huge khaki-colored three-finger head. Large bubbles dissipating with a nice lace

S - strong nutty flavor with oats and roastiness. Roasted barley comes to mind.maybe some pecan in there as well

T - bitter chocolate as well as that roasty malt flavor. A bit of coffee grounds on the back end. Really drinkable, goes down well, maybe due to the lower ABV

M - Surprisingly lighter feel for this type of beer. Medium bodied, not syrupy like some others. I like this one more and more.

O - this is a revisit and decided to review. Solid effort here from Tallgrass. I really like the "lighter" feel to this stout. I could drink this several times a day!

Serving type: can

09-04-2013 22:43:02 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with three fingers oatmeal-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer. As the beer was drunk, the lacing turn into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very bready, very roasty. Lots of dark bread and cereal. Some subtle smoke from the roasting process of the malt. Finally, there’s some subtle coffee aroma’s too.

Taste: Like the aroma, very bready and very roasty. Like drinking a slice of pumpernickel bread if that makes sense. There’s a TON of roasted malt flavor up front, followed by some subtle coffee flavors. At the end there’s a very subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: Damn, I really liked this stout. All of its subtleties really add up to a really damn fine stout!

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 22:48:23 | More by Jeffreysan
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.