Zombie Monkie | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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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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#7,066
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
607
pDev:
9.67%
Bros Score:
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Photo of mcrawford
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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 porters4life
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JiminKY
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmich24
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bombelsky
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Sam1991
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Rootscipio
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Beerhemoth
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robertrh
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zombie Monkie from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 607 ratings