King Buffalo
Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 101
Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, "DRINK BY 02/07/18"...but why? It's an imperial stout. And it's delicious! Black body is capped with a light brown head that slowly fades to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is boozy, chocolatey, and roasty. Great flavors of dark chocolate, roasted barley, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. Full body, ample carbonation, quite boozy but it suits it, big dark chocolate flavors linger. This was great! I'd buy it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a light tan, near two-finger width head. Great retention, eventually settling to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thicker build-up as it closes in around the edge of the glass. Lacing is broken sheeting interspersed with small spotting.

Smell - The aroma is wonderous blend of darkly roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruitiness and a slight boozy undertone.

Taste - Amazing roast upfront and throughout. Some might call it imposing. Lesser chocolate and dark, vinous fruit come through mid-taste. Slight booziness in the finish. Aftertaste lingers with roast, chocolate and dark, jammy fruit.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with Light, tingly carbonation. Thick and creamy with a hint of syrupy stickiness in the dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall - Yes! A classic Imperial Stout in all its glory. I haven't had a great classic like this in a while. Well done, Tallgrass.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. Head was 2 finger, frothy, tan, and retention was moderate.
The nose has notes of chocolate, and a slight barrel aroma.
Taste is chocolaty, rich, and a barrel burn on the backside, but not as much as I'd expect with a 10.5%.
Feel is fairly thick. Some feel of the burn.
A nice tasting RIS. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown pour, black in the teku glass, two finger head

Smell: sweet coffee

Taste: roasty, some bitterness, some sweet. I dont get much that really stands out as coffee or cacao but the roastyness lends the effect of them.

Feel: medium, creamy

Overall: Great beer! Great value! Totally under appreciated by the raters so far on this site.

Dark, roasty, sweet, full feel yet thinner than the very top of the food chain like GD Yeti but meets the standard just fine.

The price of my 4pack was 8.49 The price of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy was 13.99 a 4pack. Thats 2.12 a can to 3.49 a can and I enjoyed this more, If I wanted more extreme I would buy Yeti for 14.50 a 6pack.

I would chose this beer over numerous Big Stouts that have higher BA ratings such as Narwhal, Ten Fidy, Santa Fe Java, Green Flash Double

Try it.

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Photo of dcotom
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce can into a glass goblet. Deep, opaque blackish brown color, with a thick, spongy dark tan head that leaves a pretty web of lacing as it settles. As this gets close to room temperature, the alcohol becomes very prominent on the nose and palate. Dark, roasty, and bitter, with notes of chocolate, espresso bean, and molasses. Creamy mouthfeel, with a little sourness on the finish. Very good overall, but the assertive alcohol character might be off-putting to some. Enjoy it by the fireside.

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Photo of Lahey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a 12 oz can, this imp stout has the expected coffee notes with some dark fruit mixed in. Body is a little thin and its a little fizzy. Not my favorite, but at 10 bucks a four pack it's reasonable. I wouldnt go out of my way for it.

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Photo of ZAP
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Overall I would call this is an average to slightly below average Imperial Stout...

Boozy up front....dripping with grain alcohol.....solventy....has some burnt malts and dark chocolate on the flavor...some coffee and cream...

Body is medium...creamy but not rich...not full....

It's decent enough but with the wealth of top notch Imperial Stouts on the market this is not one I would choose. 2.5 is average to me on this scale here so this is about average for the style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black mahogany with massive tan mounds, like starter yeast, that die quickly,

Smell is deep coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, smoked almonds and vanilla.

Taste is very roasty malt, coffee, molasses, and an almost saltiness with cocoa and hops that are both cedary and piney and are quite bittering, sharp and acidic. I also get a hint of chocolate covered caramel.

Body is still thin like its smaller brother, and unusually crisp for the style, with a smooth fizz. At least the flavors are deep.

This reminds me a little of Yeti, but not as expertly crafted.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.17/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark black with a tall beige head that sticks around for quite a painfully long time. Lots of lace left on the glass.

Aromas of fresh paint, oatmeal, and licks of brown sugar. Some malt-o-meal. Very sterile and mechanical smelling.

Flavor comes straight out of the gate charging with antiseptic; some burnt malts and coffee, paint, rubber cement, rotten dark fruit, and steel cut oats. A hint of a murky sourness (but not infected-like sourness) ends it.

Feel is hot and burning, with an undesirable chalky oiliness.

Overall, this is a drain pour. I tried it once and didn't care for it, but actually sitting down and reviewing it makes me hate it more. Terrible beer. Way worse than the original.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallgrass King Buffalo, 10.5% ABV. Pours thick and black, with a two finger tan head. Nose is coffee, roast, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is bitter coffee, burnt malt, and not much else. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth, good carbonation, overall OK.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours black with a very large head. The aroma offers up milk chocolate, bubblegum, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, raisin, burnt wood and mint. The flavor features chocolate, nougat, mild coffee, a hint of hickory smoke, raisin, prune and allspice.. The mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall this is a very good beer - especially for the price. It is nicely rich, with a high degree of complexity.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Almost, but not quite black, small tan head leaves minimal lacing.
S: We got it all here, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Did I mention oats?
T: Pretty much matches the smell, just a touch of fruity sweetness in the finish.
F: Not quite as chewy as the best, but good thickness, creamy and the right amount of carbonation.
O: Awfully good. Hope I find this again.
I noticed on the can it said "Explorer Series", that leads me to believe it's seasonal. Come on guys, make this an all year beer and it'll replace "Old Raspy" as my go to RIS.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, toffee, grains, and nuts with yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Hints of tobacco and anise. Also some hints of earthy hops and dark fruit. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, toffee, caramel, grains, and nuts along with yeast. Some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. Some notes of anise and tobacco. Earthy hop bitterness. Also some undertones of dark fruit. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich and creamy with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good Imperial Stout. Good roasty chocolate and coffee flavor with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black as night and not penetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is dark malt and alcohol. I'm tasting a lot of dark malt and alcohol. The mouth is warm with alcohol and dry.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dark fruit, mild coffee and burnt/slightly smoky malts. The flavor is dark fruit, slightly burnt/smoky dark malts, fruit, mild chocolate/coffee and an acidic/warming finish.

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Photo of donspublic
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sniffer, 1/2 finger tan head, recedes slowly to a film, also lacing. Smells faintly of roasted malt, and something floral/earthy. Taste initially of dark roasted malt, no coffee, chocolate or anything like that. The smell I was picking up was licorice, pretty predominant. Finishes a little on the semisweet side. Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks like a hearty stout straight from the can. Black liquid sits below two fingers of khaki/caramel colored head. Retention is fair with a few swaths of lacing left behind. Aroma is hearty with notes of roasted and toasted malts, and caramel. Flavor profile is roasted and toasted malts hitting immediately. Caramel shows up later. It has a hearty, earthy, dark flavor. Mouth feel is medium-thick with good graininess and filling feel. Overall, this is a hearty stout, but with very few moving parts. It hits the standards of a hearty Russian Imperial Stout and doesn't expand. Still very tasty and filling.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown lace on my glass. Not getting much from the nose, but redeemed by what this one packs up front. Not sweet, almost a dry sharp bite. Creamy mid bodied texture. Very warming.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Tallgrass's King Buffalo for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I liked Buffalo Sweat and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design that goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't change colors when held to the light and it had two and half fingers worth of very creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some very nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a creamy aroma being the first to show up and that goes into a roasted flavors that imparts some dark malt, roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate and slightly grainy aromas with the roasted malts and chocolate sticking out the most and it's followed by a little bit of a fruity aroma with the dark fruits seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of estery yeast with a little more sweetness and creamyness. This is beer has a nice aroma, it's a little more fruity than i expected, but it's still nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a 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 with the chocolate and roasted malts sticking out the most. Up next comes a pretty creamy flavor that shows up a little more in the aroma and it goes into the fruity aspects which are more cherry like this time and a little lighter than it was in the aroma. Towards the end there's a light boozy flavor with some charred malts and some slightly smokey malt flavors. On the finish there's a little more creamyness with a medium amount of bitterness and a little more sweetness with a slightly fruity, roasted malt, charred and sweet malt like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Imperial stout, it's a little unique for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little creamy, a little velvety, on the light side of being full bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it was a solid and unique example of the style, it had the nice robustness I expect, but it had a little more complexity than most and the extra creaminess made it stand out. This beer had nice drinkability, I think two would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is how unique it is, it stands out for the style. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma, it's not bad, but it's a little too fruity for the style. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a creamy and unique Imperial stout. All in all I liked this beer, it's not my favorite of the style and it's not full what I think of when I think of an Imperial Stout, but I do like how creamy and unique it is. It's just a little better than Buffalo sweat so it's my new favorite from this brewery and I think it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is tasty and unique Imperial stout, keep it up.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Accidentally froze this one so we'll see how it goes. Pour is a glorious brown black with a tinge of red around the edges. The medium tan foam is damn tasty, and recedes with large bubbles. The smell is something a bit toasty, bit chocolate, and a bit roasted coffee.
Taste is about that, heavy on the roasted mocha. Probable something happened to the carbonation during the freeze, I've had similar beers that were able to achieve a velvet mouthfeel that this seems close to but fails to achieve.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mmmmmhmm. Imperial porters/stouts. This one is badass. Big foamy head, light light brown with some micro and huge bubbles. Almost solid black body.

Taste is just what you'd expect coming in with those roasted grains, coffee, lil chocolate but damn is it a flavorful balance. Caramel malts too.

Feel.. well.. got me feeling myself. The spicy food I'm eating got me begging for a thirst quencher and this cold one does the job, but it finishes dry

This beer is a keeper.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into snifter, best before 1/5/2018. Pours opaque d ark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, and nuttiness; with light molasses, licorice, raisin, toffee, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, and nuttiness; with light molasses, licorice, raisin, toffee, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; slight hop/char astringency builds through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, moderately sticky/chalky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden; a small warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is an awesome Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very rich and complex on malts; quite hoppy, but still really well balanced. Spot on for the style. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you pick this up thinking it will be Buffalo Sweat on PED's, you'll be disappointed. If you pick this up as an Imperial Stout, you'll be satisfied, IMHO.

It looks majestic - jet black, tan head - all the imperial stout boxes checked. The aromas are HEAVY char and coffee, with some dark chocolate, and the taste follows that perfectly. There's nothing subtle about this, as there is with Buffalo Sweat. This a 2 x 4 between the eyes.

It's definitely worth trying, but the base beers are better, IMHO.

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Photo of mattflippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, black with a light brown head. Smells somewhat boozy, a little bit more malty than the regular Buffalo Sweat. Packaging aside, it's pretty evident that this is a bigger version of their Buffalo Sweat: it has a more creamy, fuller body to it. Sweetness from the lactose, chocolate, malt roast, caramel, boozy flavors ring true. As it warms, the booziness on the finish becomes more apparent. Overall, a good imperial stout, I'm enjoying the Buffalo Sweat variants that Tallgrass puts out.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small, creamy, white, short lived head.

Roasted sweet malt, chocolate, light coffee and alcohol.

Tastes sweet from roasted malt and alcohol. Light chocolate. Finishes light dry with a short coffee linger. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body with creamy lighter carbonation

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King Buffalo from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 101 ratings