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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

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71
Ratings:
559
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
26.01%
 
 
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 559
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 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 chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the tactical grip can, Artwork is pretty cool too...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 finger of mocha colored head. Nice lacing & good head retention

S: Mocha & coffee notes

T: Coffee, a touch of mocha, a touch lactic sourness is there too up front. Roastynesss, & more coffee as this warms, just modicum of caramel as well, dryness too. Finishes roasty, with cocoa sweetness, some drynesss

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Easy to drink, really scratches the coffee beer itch, no FBS, but a very suitable substitute. I hope this stays in the permanent rotation

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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 johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 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 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 Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. The Drink By date is smudged off this can, so unclear canning date. Poured into a snifter 11/10/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body. Light brown during the pour, not particularly thick. Two and a half finger light brown head with lots of retention time. A bit much, considering it pours with so much head; I have to give it a little bit of time before I can dive in. Lots of lacing though. [3.5]

S- Rich nuttiness, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa. Pretty nice nose that doesn't carry much off flavours, has a solid intensity to it, especially the nuttiness. [4]

F- Dark chocolate bitterness, cocoa, mild roasted malt presence, sweet milk chocolate, some earthiness. I enjoy this one, although there seems to be a bit more bitterness than I'd expect rather than chocolate sweetness and roasted character that I've gotten from other porters labeled as "robust". But it's certainly very tasty. [4]

M- On the thinner side of medium body. Not particularly thick or creamy, fine carbonation. Bitter coffee grounds and earth on the finish. At least it's a reasonable ABV, no heat to be found at all. [3.5]

O- Pretty decent robust porter. I've had better examples as far as mouthfeel goes, but it certainly has a nice porter flavour profile for the ABV. [4]

Final score: 3.92

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Photo of Suds
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely black beer...tan head and completely obscures the light. The smell is outstanding...roasted malt. Some smoke, a little caramel and toast. The flavor is malty,Mitch heavily roasted notes. Great hop balance. The beer really comes together. Full and satisfying body. This is a treat.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%

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 morimech
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the cooler looking cans complete with tactical grip, that I have seen. Pours dark brown with over two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Very good malty aroma. Hints of grain, chocolate, roast which is not really porter like, and some citrus hops.

It is a robust porter with a full palate of malt flavor. Mostly chocolate malt with compliments of roasted malt. Hops do not play a big part in the flavor but adds some citrus and bitterness. Has a larger ABV but there is no sign of it in the flavor. Finishes with a roasted bitterness.

Big body and nicely carbonated. A bigger porter.

A very good porter from Tallgrass. Comes with cool packaging and amusing marketing. But the important part is what is in the can, and it is good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cool looking 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Can says drink by 03/22/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three fingers of tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely roasty, robust, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of chocolate. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront hints of sweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Hints of coffee, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, lactose, grains, nuts, and a little smoke. Sweet hints of burnt brown sugar. Solid hop backing with earthy hints of grass and subtle hints of citrus orange, lemon, and grapefruit. A really good roasty aroma.

Taste: As robust and good as it smells, big dark roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate notes. Big taste of dark roasted barley malts with good notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, cream, lactose, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, nuts, and some smoked malt. Sweet notes of burnt brown sugar. A surprisingly strong hop presence for the style with notes of grass, pine, and subtle citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Hops provide a nice balancing bitterness. A very good porter taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the slightly higher end of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy, silky, roasty, and smooth.

Overall: A really outstanding take on a Porter. Great roasty chocolate and coffee flavors with a solid backing presence of hops. Almost more of a Stout than Porter.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with drink by 03/02/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. Exponentially stoked to see this beer in my area. Awesome can art with "tactical grip". Expectations are high, based on my previous experience with Tallgrass Brewing Co.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark cola color; opaque black in the glass with three big fingers of creamy mocha suds. Beautiful thin ribbons of lace. Looks delicious.

S - Smell is very nicely done. Big bold dark roast, chocolate, coffee, toasted breadiness, oranges, slight lemon zest, cola-esque carbonation, and maybe a hint of minerals / metallics.

T - Mmm very nice. Very dark and "robust". Lovely dark roasted coffee beans and chocolate and just a hint of tart orange hoppiness. Lightly metallic on the end, but it could be imparted from the can.

M - Feel is of bitter dark roast, and some lingering hoppiness. Nice powdery chocolate lingering also.

Overall, an absolutely delicious beer. Possibly my favorite beer from these guys yet, but so far everything I've had from them has been awesome. One could argue that this is more like a stout than it is a porter, but it is an amazing beer regardless. Highly recommended.

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie ---4/5.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, with a nice dense 2-finger Guinness-like tan head. Long lasting. Always a thin layer. Excellent lacing.

S - Roasted malts before coffee, some faint lemon.

T - Roasted if not burnt maltiness, good bitterness in the finish.

MF - Medium body with a dry bitter but velvety finish.

O - Love the can with its "tactical grip to prevent slippage during fleeing" (from zombie monkies).

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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 vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Zombie Monkie pours a black color with a large long lasting head. There is a very rich malty creamy aroma. The taste is rich and creamy, strong roasted malt flavors small hints of coffee. The body is on the watery side. Overall its a very tasty porter, only problem is the watery feel.

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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 Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black in color with a quarter inch of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. I smell sweet, dark malt and molasses. There is plenty of sweet,slightly smoky dark malt and a hint of molasses in the palate. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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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 bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from kickass can into imperial Pint. Tallgrass is really making some great looking cans and ridiculous stories to go with them. I love it.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown that appears black. Massive, creamy, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted notes, light fruitiness, and some chalkiness.

Taste: Great roasted taste with chocolate, some coffee and smoke, and light fruity notes. The finish has some Pale Ale characteristics with light citrusy and floral notes. Not bitter at all, but definitely a unique finish for a Porter.

Feel: Medium body that is quite smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. Very nice dry finish.

Overall: Other than a unique finish, there is nothing over the top here; just an extremely well made Robust Porter. Another great new release from Tallgrass. 2013 has really been their year, with this, Wild Plum, and the sublime Ethos IPA.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Huge tan head. Dissipates slowly leaving behind sticky thick lacing.

Nice milk chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, caramel and toffee. Hints of sweet cream.

First taste is chocolate. More of a bittersweet than the milk chocolate of the nose. Caramel, toffee and coffee all with roasted tones.

Moderate body and medium carbonation. A bit of acidity. Bitterness lingers a touch too long.

This beer was a slight let down as it had a beautiful appearance and nice aroma. The taste and mouth feel did not follow through as there was too much harsh bitterness in both. Could use a boost in sweetness and smoothness.

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Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$9.99 4-Pack
Liquor World - Kankakee, IL

I feel like an energy drink should be pouring from this can...

Instead i get a coffee brown porter that's black when filling the glass. Chestnut highlights surround the body when backlit. A dense, creamy, three finger head rises on the pour and takes its sweet time to settle leaving fat, sticky lacing on its way.

The nose is pretty bold with larger than expected roast, black coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of both cream and nuttiness all in that order of intensity. Not only is the aroma bold but it shows depth and character. There are even whispers of grapefruit and pine in the hop profile that accompany the darkness well.

I didn't expect the flavor to match the intensity of the aroma but it does, it really does. The coffee plays second fiddle to the heavily roasted malt while the cream and nuttiness are minor aspects. The dark chocolate shows on the swallow and brings a touch of bitterness along with the grapefruit and pine hop combo. Again, this porter shows some nice depth and a bold flavor profile.

The bitterness grows to just short of medium and the body's weight is right in the center of the spectrum. Carbonation is fairly active and keeps things moving making this beer immensely drinkable.

I've liked the stuff I've tried from Tallgrass and after drinking Zombie Monkie I think I like it best. It's drinkable at just over 6%, bold, complex, and still easy to put away. No one aspect dominates. I see this beer in my future fairly consistently.

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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 JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The brew is a solid coffee black with a mocha colored head that's slow to recede. Nice foamy lines of lacing stick around.

The aroma is thick in roasted malts, roasted coffee, and a sweet milk chocolate in the end. All the dark arts are at work.

The taste is much like the aroma, only better! The smooth, creamy milk chocolate notes finish this off well.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, very impressive.

Overall, one of Tallgrass Brewing's finest moments.

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