Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust PorterTallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Lemke10 on 10-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
572
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 572
Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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 jroberts8811
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours black, one finger tan head
S- caramel,dark fruit, toast
T- thinner than I thought, effervescent bitter. First mouth is almost like coca cola. Much too roasted.
M- medium to full. Too carbonated
O- Ipa bit unbalanced. Too much roasted malt without a full flavor profile to support it. Would like coffee, chocolate etc to balance it. Else it reads as too roasted.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Deep, rich malt appearance, milky head and thick lacing

S-The malt and hop character and nut brown notes

T-A slight hop nose character but a mild, roasty coffee character. However, it's kind of thin.

M-Very smooth and a clean finish

O-A very pleasant but not outstanding porter

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Can art is BADASS! 'Tactical grip' is gimmicky and useless (ya need rubber, not textured aluminum!), but the art itself it awesome. Tallgrass usually kills it in this department. Anyway, the beer: black body, at least extremely dark brown, with a sandy tan silky head, sticky, rather thick lace, suggesting strong hopping.

S: Floral, soapy. Mild malt character. Meh overall, bad for a porter.

T: Sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate, some smoke, raw grain. No trace of those suggested hops.

M: Medium-light bodied, sweet.

O: Came for the art, only content with the product.

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Photo of acelin
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.

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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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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 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.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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 MaximalC
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with ruby highlights and a good inch of khaki foam if you so desire. Mild aroma smells of roasted coffee, caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely--astringent burnt roast takes the lead, accompanied by an only slightly less pronounced dose of grassy hops. Nuttier aspects emerge more on the back end, along with traces of caramel. The medium body is spot on, however the carbonation is a tad high, creating a mildly distracting prickliness. With that said, it does manage to be incredibly drinkable, as I polished off my can much more quickly than usual.

If you like your beer heavy on roasted malt and easy to drink, this should be quite satisfying. The bitterness is a little higher than I prefer, but I can’t deny that it works in context. It reminds me a bit of Finch’s Secret Stache, but with less chocolate and more char. Worth having more than once.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Can as an extra in trade. Pours dark brown, fully opaque in the glass, with a massive khaki brown head. Roasty aroma with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruit. Nice. Flavor is a nice roasted malt and chocolate punch with hints of earthy coffee flavors, surprisingly preent since there isn’t coffee in this (I don’t think). A bit of brown sugar sweetness. Pleasant all the way through. Medium body, even pushing light for the style, with medium plus carbonation. Overall a very solid porter in a sea of plenty decent porters. There’s nothing that makes this stick out, but it’s perfectly pleasant and worth sucking down if you want roast without the heft.

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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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Excellent deep mahogany brown, clear with some red on the sides when held to light. Mocha head looks lush, nice retention + lacing.

S: It's dark, roasted malt, very earthy. Very bready and light caramel sweetness atop.

M: Medium body and fairly smooth. Mod-high carbonation.

T: Fairly well balanced. Burnt black malts with some chocolate underbody. Bittersweet and dry finish. If burnt, light char, and grainy bread is your thing, it hits those notes. Not much sweetness/fruit.

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Photo of Flight317
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

This one has really good flavor. I would give it a bit higher of a rating if it were a bit smoother. With the low ABV you would think the alcohol taste could be masked better. It's not so bad it's off putting but I've had brews at 10+ and they still hide it. Very good, yet not great status. Would drink again and suggest as a drinkable "dark beer"

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Nearly pitch black with slight red hues when held at the right angle. Pours two fingers worth of a rich foamy mocha head.

Aroma- Subtle in the aroma category with some roasty coffee notes, sweet chocolate, and citrus hops present.

Taste- At the start roasted malts are very present and balanced very nicely sweet milk chocolate. Towards the finish a citrus/pine hop flavor becomes very noticeable and I could do without it. The hops lighten the beer up a little bit, but that's not what I'm looking for in a porter or stout. Still, a very good tasting beer.

Feel- Medium/full bodied with roasty malts that coat the tongue and linger to the finish. I expect a porter to be easier drinking than a stout and this definitely fits the bill. Heavy malts up front that fade out for a clean finish.

Overall- A very nice porter that is certainly robust and full of roasty/chocolate flavors. Only downside for me is the citrus hop presence towards the end. Overall, a great fall beer worth picking up again if the mood strikes. (88/100)

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Photo of Golfer3Aces
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Couldn't get a glass so this is a review from the can. Smells of coffee, chocolate and maybe some toffee in there. Not as thick as some porters, a little watery. Very busy with coffee in this beer. Im catching some chocolate. Not as complex as the packaging leads on. In conclusion, a good beer. Not the best in this style but a fairly good representation of an american porter. I would drink it again.

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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.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.5): Nice dark color. Nice amount of head. Looks like you want it to.
S (3.5): Smells okay. Not an overly good amount of anything in particular. Can't even describe what it smells like. Or get anything in particular.
T (3.75): I was a little disappointed here. Now in all fairness, I've been really into Imperial stouts lately, and this isn't that. But there isn't a whole lot of flavor. It doesn't taste bad, but nothing to write home about. I've had two of the four pack, so I feel like I've given it a fair chance.
F (4): Not super creamy, but not super flat either. Probably about right for the style.

Overall (4). I wanted to like this beer more than I did, but it's still a fine beer. It was probably a little overhyped for me. I like most the offerings from Tallgrass, and I 'like' this one.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours black with a one finger tan head that recedes quickly but leaves pretty good lacing. Visible carbonation.

Smell- First scent of cola and coffee. Pick up some vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. Good smell but a bit subdued.

Taste- Good coffee and cocoa flavor. Get some more cola and vanilla flavor in the background. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts, picking up little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Good body, very creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall- Pretty good porter. nose and taste are a bit subdued but pleasant nonetheless, very good body.

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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.

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Photo of d5001986
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with 1/2" tan head.

Smell: Toasted Malt, yeast, caramel, and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt, orange, vanilla, with a slight post bitterness and smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Feels slick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good porter. I've had my share of better examples though. Worth trying once.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can received in trade from RobertDale thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown color with the faintest of garnet at the edges and a huge frothy tan head that persists forever and leaves stickies everywhere. Aromas of cocoa and bakers chocolate with a sharp almost tart fruity bite to it. Citrus and earthy hop aromas are plentiful. The flavor is rich chocolate with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Earthy citrus mixes with hints of plums and a touch of mineral water. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice porter, but I would have liked a bit less fruit and a bit more creaminess.

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Photo of Mdog
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Roasty, then a sweet, candy-like note along with a thin feel for a little bit. It recovers with a roasted coffee/mocha flavor with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall: It's in a can and I like porters so I had to try it. Nice porter, if a slight step down from the top of the heap. Pretty tasty nonetheless, definitely worth a try from this solid brewery.

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