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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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

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Added by Lemke10 on 10-02-2013

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of acelin
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of mlockman
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Nice toasty but yet sweet balance going on. Super creamy and easy to drink. A little bit light on the mouth feel is the only downside. Nice and black and has a nice tan head. I would say this is almost a stout.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, not great. Had a very large chocolate and roasted malt presence. A little coffee in there as well. Was sort of soapy and had a little burn to it. Which I found surprising for this low of an ABV. It was minimal, but there.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can dated best by 12/26/2015 into nonic pint.

Love the can art and especially the texture to the can itself.

A. Very dark brown almost black with 2 finger light tan head. Lasting retention and heavy lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee beans.

T: Light espresso with roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated.

O: Nice straight forward porter. Something I would buy regularly if it was in my distro.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's dark with a tan head. Looks pretty much like a porter.

Smell is coffee.

Taste had something else going on - I wanted roasted malt and some bite but that's not what I got here. This tasted like something I'd find in my mother-in-law's bathroom - floral and soapy. It's oddly not as bad as it sounds, but nothing floral and soapy really can call itself robust.

Feel is thin with moderate carbonation.

It's not bad, but I've had better "robust porters".

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good porter that's representative of the style. Solid spices and a nice level of roasting, but it's not exceptional in any way. Still has that hollow feel I find in porters.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

Aroma of caramel and roasted malts and a light hint of dark fruit notes.

Tasted of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, ash, and a bit of dark fruit.

Lighter bodied and sticky with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Soneast
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to almost black color, with a half inch light brown colored head.

The aroma consists of a dry dark chocolate character, which is borderline chalky. Definitely a hint of dark fruits, mostly dates to my nose.

The flavor has that nice chocolate background, which isn't too roasty. Some nice licorice notes follow through leaving a mild chocolate covered raisin note on the palate.

The body is a tad watery, though mostly a medium mouthfeel, which for a robust porter is adequate, I feel.

Overall not a bad beer by any means, I mean if I were to characterize any flaws, I would say the mouthfeel is a tad thinner than I would prefer and the hint of chalkiness in the aroma is slightly unsettling, but really this is a very nice beer!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look - super dark brown color with a great lasting tan head and sticky lacing
smell - lots of roasted malts with chocolate
taste - in between milk chocolate and dark chocolate with some coffee in there with it.
feel - smooth medium to lite body with a slight carbonation.
Overall - Really great Chocolate taste robust Porter!

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Photo of Rawwie
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok first off, I was drawn to this beer because of the name and the design of the can. All I can say about this porter is it's really tasty, nice finger width of head that sticks around for awhile. Its robust as the can claims. Really good beer, not as awesome as the can, but would and hopefully will drink it again. Cheers!

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