Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter | Tallgrass Brewing Company

very good
79 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust PorterTallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lemke10 on 10-02-2013

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 588
Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A look that beckons towards a darker porter and a more intense beer. The body looks fine, almost a solid black, and the head is an off-white which lingers more than the average beer I'd reckon.

That being said the smell and taste beckon towards something more tropical. Light bready malts as well as some dark fruit and a hint of some serious hop bitterness on the smell.

The taste indicates more of the same, following the bready, dark fruit characteristics initially detected. Confusing beer given that it is dark like a robust porter but unafraid to give off those fruity characteristics more reminiscient of a dark, dark lambic or even some sort of strange IPA.

This is probably the least malty dark porter I've ever encountered, relying on hops bitterness and the sour smell to make it through. Cheers! I personally always enjoy something different even if it's not perfect.

 882 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Tallgrass's Zombie Monkie Robust Porter last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now and not that Tallgrass just started showing up in Michigan I thought I would finally give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good, it goes well with the name and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and half worth of pretty creamy and slightly bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking Porter, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they impart a roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, dark malt and sweet malt like aromas that are a little creamy and it goes into a fruit aromas with some mixed dark fruits coming through. Towards the end there;s a little more fruitiness and sweetness. This beer has a nice aroma, but It's a little more fruity than I was expecting for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just as much. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that leads into the fruitiness which shows up a little more than it did in the aroma and it just imparts a somewhat lighter generic fruity flavor. On the finish there's a little bit of hops with a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness and it had a roasted malt, slightly hoppy and slightly fruity aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Porter, but I was expecting it to be a little more robust.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but i think it's too prickly and over carbonated for a Porter.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a solid example of the style, it was pretty true to style for a porter, but it really didn't strike as a robust one like the name implies, it's not nearly as robust as founders or bells versions of the style. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, anymore than that and the carbonation would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking Porter. What I like the least about this beer was the fruity aspects and the higher carbonation, both of those could use some work. I don't think I would buy this one again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would recommend it to someone who wanted a more balanced porter that's a little more complex than most. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but I didn't think it really delivered on the robust aspect like the name implies. It made for a decent first impression for this brewery and I'm interested to see what else they working with. Solid job guys, but with a little more work this could be a better beer.

 3,221 characters

Photo of Bombelsky
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a snifter. Big, frothy and light brown foam. Steady with great lacing.

Aroma is very malty. Dominated by roasted malts and plenty of chocolate.

Heavy sweet flavor accompanied with some bitterness and it is quite well balanced. Although it is a full bodied, very smooth, oily and creamy beer - sweetness in flavor is little bit too strong for me. It is even sticking to lips. Aftertaste is pleasantly dry.

Without doubts it is an excellent beer, however there is too much sweetness going on.

 526 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black body, large, full tan head, lots and lots of lacing, rocky and sticky. This looks so good, a pour that just begs to be tipped back.

S - Roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of wet limestone.

T - The taste opens fresh and full of chocolate. Quickly, black coffee, a bit of char, smoky and rich, and a close that narrows quickly to sharp bitterness, the acidity of dark roast. Just a bit of toast around the edges, but I come back to coffee and dark chocolate as the heart here.

M - A bit thin, but just a smidge. The result does make the beer a quicker drinker. The close has enough drying to make it tempting to jump back in for more, but does not tax the palate.

O - This is a very well crafted porter. Among the best beers from Tallgrass, and one I want to pick up again soon. Lovely.

 826 characters

Photo of ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-Pours a dark brown with a perfect creamy 1 inch head.

S-Milk chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee and cream...mint

T-Begins with roasted malts, coffee, cream, mint...a sharp dark chocolate impression leads into a more bitter finish than I expected.

F-Medium bodied...carbonation is fine....

O-Good beer. But, just a little bit too dry, bitter and sharp on the finish for my taste though.

 397 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark bron with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, cocoa powder, and earthiness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with plenty of roasty character and some lingering chocolate.

 218 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show progresses from the pour, resulting in a three inch thick beige head; the liquid beneath is fudge brown and the foam leaves a few shards of lacing; nice retention

Smell: Chocolate and butterscotch, with hints of roast and citrus

Taste: Chocolate forward, with roast and citrusy hops building; there is a hint of butterscotch underneath, but it is not as pronounced as it was in the aroma; the finish is highly influenced by the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty nice porter; like the impact of the hops here but would prefer to see more complexity in the malt flavors

Thanks, jmueller216, for the opportunity

 695 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sigler's in Tennessee.
Excellent looking with a black body and a fine tan head. Nice lacing.
Light aroma. Mildly bitter by the finish. Lots of dark roasted grain flavor. Smoky but not overly burnt. Very smooth full body. Near medium carbonation.

 260 characters

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Drink by 12/18/15"; drank 12/15/15 (phew!) @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy khaki head; strong lace.

Milk chocolate, plum, fresh earth & cream notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, oats & milk chocolate flavors up front; fresh earth & faint raspberry notes on the finish. A flavorful, sessionable porter; wonder if it's better fresher?!

 445 characters

Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black brown color. A finger of khaki head forms fairly quickly and hangs around through the first few sips before disappearing in a few spider webs of lace. Aroma is nutty, with roasted malts, and caramel. Flavor profile is sweet, with notes of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Mouth feel is a little abrasive and aggressive, especially on the back of the tongue. Otherwise, it's about a medium-level of consistency. The mouth feel thickens up as the beer warms, and gets grainy, with a little bit more fun mouth feel. Overall, it's a tasty brew, with a good amount going on. It isn't the easiest to drink, but it's still tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 677 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not enough good porters out there lately, so this was a nice one to come across. maybe not quite as robust and intense as some of the most gnarly ones out there, but there is a lot of flavor to this, and its one of the better tallgrass beers i have had lately. i feel like these guys are at their best when they leave out the goofy ingredients and gimmicks and just make beer. this has a deep dark chocolate flavor to it with the bitterness of strong drip coffee, lots of dark roast, heavy on the dark barley and leaving out some of the sweet middle a lot of these have, less of the crystal malts there. slight dried fruit sweetness here, raisin or prune, but its quickly turned back bitter again by the dark malt an the prominent dark chocolate, pushing harshly bitter in the finish, but there is enough of a big smooth body to sort of mellow that out with texture, and it lingers long without being sweet, perfect for the chilly evenings that have just began again. nice use of the dark malts here and even the unmalted black barley. this is well made beer without all the frills of a lot of their stuff. excellent this time of year.

 1,135 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think that this Zombie followed me home from Chicago and then hid in the Tallgrass until it was ready to pounce like a Monkie! CAN you believe it?!?

From the CAN: "Post-Apocalyptic Porter"; "Tactical Grip CAN to Prevent Slippage While Fleeing"; "A relentlessly tasty beer inspired by approximately true events."

I got that CAN in a Tactical Grip & performed one of the loudest Crack!s ever. The Monkie sat there, glaring at me, daring me to start a Glug as I weighed my options. I was already CANmitted, having opened the vent and if I hesitated much longer, there was a possibility that he may pounce on his own. Once in the glass, his head rose up to a full finger of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head that I had to cudgel before it fell back to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose was very roasty, very smoky, like a combination of rich (robust) coffee and dark chocolate. Had the Monkie been in a fire at some point? He smelled like it! I took a deep draught and once in my mouth, he reared up to become really big, grabbing & clawing at my poor. bruised tongue like a possessed demon. His smoky, chocolaty flavor filled my sinus cavity. It tasted like a piece of liquefied dark chocolate! Finish was dry, more towards bitter, without any sweetness to get in its way. I really enjoyed my encounter with this Monkie & if it is true that he has been disCANtinued/retired, then I will mourn his second passing.

 1,495 characters

Photo of stlfatguy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from crazy 16 oz can with weird tactile grip on the aluminum. Despite the weird exterior, the beer inside was quite nice. Almost black pour, tan head. faint coffee smell with some roasted malt. More malt on the taste and light hint of dark cHocolate. I think the porter name is accurate, even if it's a heavier porter. Nice mouthful, without too much viscosity. got it from someone, so if I had paid what others said, maybe my tasting would be negatively impacted. Going solely on the beer itself though, and ignoring the can and the price, I'm a fan.

 558 characters

Photo of Groenebeor
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was an interesting concept, and unfortunately has been retired by Tallgrass. I'm sure Tallgrass will do quite well with whatever they replace it with.

Looks like any other porter or stout - super dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head.

Smells of roasted coffee, something that typically I'd call a stout, but whatever. They're really the same stuff.

Tastes the same. It's more like what I'd call a stout. Has some coffee notes. Mouthfeel is like like an "extra porter" aka stout.

I wonder if this would have done better had they just called it a stout.

 573 characters

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee.Taste is the same, coffee flavor is not overpowering, light hints of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and tasty beer.

 262 characters

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into pint glass, best before 12/11/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, dark bread, lemon/orange citrus, floral, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, dark bread, lemon/orange citrus, floral, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate floral/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light smoke/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice robust porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate citrus/floral hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,649 characters

Photo of tronester
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black with a big creamy tan head. Aromas of light chocolate and some pine. Taste begins with some coffee, then toasted grain, followed by some dark chocolate, and finishes with some spicy pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall an excellent porter.

 278 characters

Photo of OKbrew89
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer. Dark brown with a thumb nail white head that lasted a while, leaving a small ring of lacing at the of the glass. Smell of burnt wood and roasted malt, but not particularly strong. Taste was roasted malt, biscuit, and slight toffee sweetness. It had a sticky finish that left a layer of sweetness on the tongue. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertastes.
An alright porter. It was well done and had some subtlety but was unimpressive. Almost falls into forgettable, but the sticky finish is sticking with me.

 550 characters

Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While the mouthfeel is particularly exciting, that is made up for by the aroma and palate, whose malt backbone is accented nicely by flavorful hopping. Very well balanced, and with a very cool can.

 197 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Price paid : $2.39

Pours chocolate brown with a mocha-beige head of 2 fingers. Body is 100% opaque, lacing is hilly.

It smells of chocolate, cocoa powder, roast malt, and coffee bean. Medium strength.

Bites of pine and citrus to start, with roasted coffee grounds following behind. Ends on smoke and roasted malts. Belches are pure citrus rind.

It feels appropriate for the style, though on the lighter side for a porter. The carbonation works well here, and it has a pleasurable semi-dry parch.

Overall it's not a bad porter, but the citrus/pine in my sample was a bit too loud. For almost $3 a can there are better choices out there.

 644 characters

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L: black with a finger of fast fading head
S: big dark roastiness
T: good flavor for a lighter beer / porter vs stout
F: thin and flavors don't stick around either

 163 characters

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Porter. Dark color, tan head of mid-sized bubbles. Nice smell of roasted malt and hops. Flavor is mostly well-balanced, but a little more bitter than I prefer on the finish. Nice drinkable beer. Will definitely seek it out again.

 234 characters

Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance; Beautiful deep brown poured into a lager glass. Opaque. Lovely 2 fingers of chocolate mousse-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate and super salty caramel underneath. Not very aromatic; I had to stick my nose a good ways into the glass to get anything.

Taste: Just like the nose: coffee, dark chocolate, and salt, especially on the finish. Roasting coffee beans and a touch of smoke come in primarily on retro-olfaction. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not the silky richness of an Imperial Stout. Consequently the body is lighter (appropriate for a porter) with nice, friendly carbonation that lifts the flavors and keeps the brew fresh.

Overall: Solid porter. It's not blowing my mind, but it's well-made and surprisingly sessionable, with some great roast coffee flavors.

 850 characters

Photo of martinfletwood
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can. Thought it would be a much stronger beer and was pleasantly surprised by it's smooth, beautiful balance of coffee, chocolate and even buttery flavor. Will be looking for this one again. Great beer.

 214 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid blackness, roasty brown head atop. Looks nice.

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, and caramel, richly roasted. Butterscotch. Dark fruits, plum, fig. Just enough sweet, just enough roast. Nice.

Taste: Deep, rich, and delicious. Full-boded, and surprisingly smooth. All the flavors from the nose return in the mouth. This one has it all, and it all adds up to yum. Quite nice. Solid stuff. All kinds of tasty.

More like this, please, Tallgrass!

 442 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 588 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.