Buffalo Sweat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal cream stout

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 254
Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mahogany color with a tan head. Smell had wood and some whiskey,vanilla and roasted malt Taste had muted whiskey with vanilla bean,cola and wood notes. Mouth feel was thin with medium carbonation a sweet finish with little barrel presence.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Pours a dark brown with a large mocha head that totally disappears instantly.
S- Bourbon, malt, vanilla bean abd cola.
T- not a big taster. Bourbon, cola.
F- Very thin for a bourbon stout.
O- Might be the lowest quality bbs I have had. Bad batch??

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/18/15; drank 9/7/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head which quickly (and loudly) dissipated; no lace.

Caramel popcorn & faint burnt leaf notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel popcorn & burnt leaf flavors up front; smooth bourbon finish. An odd mix; worth trying but unlikely to inspire love.

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Photo of pkalix
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

slight foam which goes away instantly. smell is nice but a lean, weak-ish kind of smell, like with some low-quality ingredients.... taste has some bourbon barrel-ness to it but the body is thin and light and didnt seem to pick up a lot of time in a barrel, which is probably by design.... it's an easy-to-drink, thin, oatmeal cream stout with some redeeming properties, but certainly not on the level of grandeurship.... i remember really liking the vanilla non-barrel version a while back.....

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned on 09/17/15
A - thin tan head fizzles away quickly atop a cola-like colored ale
S - sweet nose with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, oats, and roasted barley coming to mind
T - chocolate, oats, cream, vanilla, oak, bourbon, earthy hops; quite sweet overall
M - medium body, very smooth and creamy but lower carbonation, finishes sweet with some bourbon and vanilla riding out the finish
O - quite sweet at times but the flavors are good with plenty of complexity. I'd rather take the base beer over this one, but it was fun to try.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark body, no head, no lacing.

S - Mild wood and alcohol element, roasted malt, vanilla hints, chocolate.

T - Cola, vanilla and bourbon. Roasted malt, bread, dough. A mild acidity in the close.

M - Thin. Mild carbonation. Prickly in the close.

O - Decent, but I prefer the standard version.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Dense murky brown pour with wispy head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Black coffee. Charred oak with vanilla bean roast. Slight sweet bourbon. Taste is damn weak. Watered down cola vanilla float. Bourbony coffee lingering. Mouthfeel has scarce structure. No body at all. This looks a beauty with no ass. Saccharine sweet finish unwelcome. Overall I wouldn't drink this if you gave it away. The only reason my rating is so high is for the fact it is quaffable. Your lawn would do well rather pour down a drain. Juz saying.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, whiskey, oak, vanilla and malts. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee and it is very smooth.

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Photo of brian44556
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip. Served at 55 degrees.

Pours a dark brown with a thin, bubbly chocolate head. No retention and no lacing. Smokey campfire, toasted nuts, and a bit of chocolate highlight the aromas. A nice vanilla initially, followed up by tobacco, and mellowed milk chocolate. I'm not capturing any flavor characteristics from the barrel at all. This beer is pretty thin and is lacking in carbonation. The tastes and aromas are ok, but the thin body and lack of carbonation makes this average at best.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown, sort of dark black, two finger short-lived offwhite head, some retention, no lacing. Smells of smoky bourbon, slightly metallic, a bit of milk chocolate, smoke. Not too complicated, but the bourbon is there. Flavour is a bit shallow in depth, some milk chocolate and a fair bit of smoky bourbon without too much heat. A bit of sweet oak, smoke. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, fine carbonation, a bit sticky with a bit of smoky char on the backend. Overall, it would seem that this beer is too light to stand up to bourbon barrel aging. Perhaps an imperial-ized recipe would fare better.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, with some brown/ruby on the edges in light. Two fingers of light brown foam recede immediately and leave no lacing. The aroma is primarily roasted malts with light vanilla and a hint of oak. The taste follows, I don't get any of the bourbon on aroma or taste. Just the subtle hint of wood. The body is thin for a stout and medium carbonation is a bit high. Honestly, a decent stout but disappointing.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy creme colored head. No lacing left behind. Notes of roasted malts and bourbon in the head. Roasted malts open up with a bourbon taste following. It's a great crescendo between the sweet malts and slightly burning bourbon. Mouth feel is okay. It isn't as robust or smooth as you might expect from BA stout, but just okay. Overall, interesting one. Certainly worth trying, but not going out of your way for.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a bit of a bubble show that layers a one inch head on the coffee brown liquid; the head fades with alacrity; very little lacing action

Smell: Chocolate, lactose and vanilla; only the vaguest hint of Bourbon

Taste: As in the aroma, chocolate, lactose and vanilla forward with a touch of Bourbon arriving, after the swallow; rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't a big fan of the base beer, considering it to be too sweet for my palate; I don't think the Bourbon barrel has done it much of a favor, either

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You could put this in a lineup with regular Buffalo Sweat and I'm not sure I could tell the difference. That said, I like regular Buffalo Sweat, so this was fine as well

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Photo of beersdmf17
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a dark brown with a tan medium size head. Smell is coffee roast, vanilla, and distant hints of bourbon. Taste is like that of the regular buffalo sweat with hints of bourbon at the back, dark malt, chocolate and some coffee. The oats make for a good level of smoothness, finishing like the base beer. A little thin with moderate carbonation. Kind of like a session bourbon barrel stout. Could be done better.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/17/2015 printed on the bottom. Acquired the 4pk of this stuff from the local beer store. 'Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Cream Stout". No abv listed on the can.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown body, appears more black in the glass, a few shades away from opaque. A finger or so of khaki head that dies out to a ring quickly. No real lacing to speak of. Doesn't have the thick black / oil appearance of a good bourbon barrel stout. Looks okay for what it is.

S - Not the traditional aromas of a good bourbon aged stout either: has a strong buttery / artificial cream / vanilla sort of smell. Ashy & burnt smelling. Notes of coffee. None of the good strong characteristics that I would normally associate with a good bourbon aged stout are present.

T - Taste is the same: roasty / ashy / charred, notes of chocolate, coffee, butter, cream. No overt notes of barrel, vanilla, or oak. Not foul or offensive, but not a flavorful or interesting example of the style.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy, actively carbonated. Medium-bodied. Not characteristic of the style.

Overall, a fairly below average example of the style. Not a beer to be sipped or savored, merely drank.

Tallgrass Brewing Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat -----3.5/5

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Photo of mlockman
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was thin and watery and lacked the intense aroma and flavors I seek in a stout; furthermore, the bourbon notes therein were nearly undetectable. This beer is poundable; the kind of thing I would drink while conversing at a party without much regard for flavor (more just to have something in my hand), not the kind of beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from RobertDale, thanks for the hookup!
Dark brown/black color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that dissipates quickly. Roasty coffee and chocolate with lots of vanilla and a bit of diacetyl. Bourbon/Barrel is faint. Decent Stout, glad I got to try.

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Photo of Prager62
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in a trade several weeks ago. The can is dated 09/17/15 and poured into a twelve ounce snifter.

Look- Pours a cola color brown with very little carbonation and a hint of tan foam.

Smell- A hint of cocoa powder, some vanilla, very faint bourbon.

Taste- Bitter and artificial. Maybe a hint of watered down bourbon in the end. If I didn't see what I was drinking, I'd swear it was a cheap diet cola.

Feel- Thin and quite flat. There is a pepper like heat in the finish.

Overall- I knew nothing of this beer going in, I know enough to avoid any further contact with it. Just too flat and medicinal in nature for me. The last third of the glass may be headed down the drain.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Excited to try the world's first bourbon-barreled brew in a can... and sad that it turned out to be a drainpour. No barrel presence, super thin mouthfeel, odd taste of powdered cocoa and stale water... an utter mess.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sniffer. Pours black with a fingernail, white head that recedes quickly without leaving any lacing. One note smell of the bourbon barrel it was aged in. Taste goes beyond the aroma. The bourbon is working in peace with some roast coffee and roasted malt that is from the standard buffalo sweat. It retains the expected creaminess as well. Full bodied and low carbonation with a slight bourbon aftertaste.
The aroma lead me to believe it would be bourbon dominated. The bourbon provides an additional layer of flavor for the buffalo sweat without overwhelming it. The bourbon aftertaste isn't off pudding, but I do like bourbon. The aging enhanced the beer and made it better.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice cream and chocolate aroma with only hints of bourbon, which all in all comes across nicely that way. Very dark brown to black with some color to the highlights. Brown fizzy, bubbly looking head which settles down rather quickly. Seems to lack some creaminess inappearance.
Bourbon is more pronounced in taste but still blends nicely with the cream stout flavors. Nicely balanced this way.
I'd say a tad thin, but then again, it's not that big of a beer. Lacking both fullness/softness of feels and drinks closer to water with a more subdued carbonation.
Overall a nice drink, despite the hits I've given it. This could be out of balance, but it's not.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of bourbon, chocolate, and creamy coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuts, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Solid barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Sweet hints of lactose sugar. Hops are pretty light. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and creamy dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, and oak. Also some notes of lactose sugar along with the vanilla. Subtle hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and fairly slick.

Overall: A pretty solid Barrel Aged version of a small Stout. Not big with the barrel but thats expected with a smaller Stout. Nice creamy and roasty flavors.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and yet there's some minimal amount of light penetration, but not enough to get through the whole glass. I think the bourbon is causing that murkiness. There's a fingernail is beige around about a quarter of the rim. The nose is complicated with roasted barley leading the way. Notes of chocolate and sweet bourbon follow closely behind. I taste an aggressive sweet bourbon boozy blend. The roasted barley and chocolate notes are a bit subdued by the bourbon. The mouth is a bit warm and chewy.

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Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is boozy and oaky, with deeply caramelized toffee and almost charred oak notes. There's a campfire quality, smoky. Notes of soy emerge.

Flavor is caramelly and sweet, with a charred aftertaste that lingers. Definitely an interesting one.

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Buffalo Sweat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 254 ratings