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Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust PorterTallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter
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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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79
Ratings:
588
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 588
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 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

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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.

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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 russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 +11.6%
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.

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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 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!

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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 Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a small khaki colored head. Bitter dark chocolate, subtle roasted malt and coffee. Good carb with a creamy feel. Easy drinking. Solid.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 Suds
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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 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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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 morimech
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 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 richj1970
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +5.8%
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 vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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