Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We love this beer here at the brewery, and think you will have one of those “I’ve never-tasted-a-beer-like-that” kind of moments when you try it!

What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!

20 IBU

Added by russpowell on 11-29-2009

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drink before 7/28/17 on the can

A: Pours dark brown with a very tall and light brown head. Good head retention but very little lacing.

S: Toasted/burnt bread with hints of dark chocolate. Tiniest touch of vanilla.

T: Huh, interesting. Sweet chocolate and vanilla up front. Light coffee backing it up, especially in the middle. Toasted bread in the finish with more lingering creamy chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat light bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Packs a lot of complexity and sweetness in a 5% stout. Great creaminess, great chocolate and a nice substantial malt presence to boot. Can't go wrong. Almost a session stout if there were such a thing.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, drink by 06/01/17, into a pint glass shows a deep dark muddy-brown, but clear, body and briefly floating a 1/2in tan colored head.

Aroma is weak, but cocoa, and some roasty malt is in there.

Taste is goo-ood. Both the cocoa and roast malt are joined by milk chocolate, pumpernickel, and a bitter roast coffee at the end.

The creaminess is extreme, and appreciated. Medium feel leans heavy and clears the pallette completely without drying.
Overall a great example of the style.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up randomly at a bottle shop in Jackson, MS. Very basic appearance and nose with big roasted and chocolate notes but little else.

Big chocolate and coffee tones drip all over this very drinkable stout. Smooth and creamy as advertised. Fresh and tasty and very easy to quaff for a stout. Nice effort.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique beer. Very creamy and strong oatmeal taste. Pours dark with small tan head and doesnt last very long. Goes down oh so smooth and delicious wanting more

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a tan one-finger head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Taste has a lot of chocolate upfront backed by coffee, cocoa and vanilla flavors. Can also taste some roasted and burnt malt flavors in the finish.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Tallgrass's Buffalo Sweat last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and now that It's available in Michigan I can see what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

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

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the a sweet creamy aroma being the first to show up and that goes into a little bit of an estery yeast aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a caramel, light chocolate, caramel malt, dark malt, light roasted malt and a good amount of sweet malt like aromas with a little bit of a nutty aroma showing up towards the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it could be just a little more roastier.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little roastier and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it has a little more roast to it and I like that. Up next comes the yeast which is a little lighter and slightly doughy this time and it's followed by a sweet creamy flavor that is a little less sweet than the aroma. On the finish there's a little bit of a nutty flavor with just a slight bit of bitterness with the sweetness taking it's place for the most part and it had a nice roasted malt and creamy sweet aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's true to style and I like the roasty flavor.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, creamy, a little velvety, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I think it's a solid example of the style, it was true to style and it I liked the roasted flavor with the sweet creamy flavors. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of them, especially when it's cold out. What I like the most about this beer was the roasted malt flavor, the appearance, and the mouthfeel, those were the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer was the was aroma, it's not bad, but it's a little less roasty and most sweet than I was expecting. I might get this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid Cream Stout. All in all I liked this beer and I thought it delivered on pretty much all the aspects that I expect from the style. It's a new favorite beer from this brewery and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Milk Stout, keep it up.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 6/8/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, light pepper, slight smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, light pepper, slight smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, cream, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/hop bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a great milk stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, almost refreshing. Very flavorful, with a nice body and mouthfeel for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells roasty, hints of coffee and chocolate but no strong, prevailing scent.

Tastes of cocoa and coffee, and it's definitely sweeter than your average stout. Vanilla comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with little carbonation.

Overall, this is one of my favorite stouts and it's a must-have for my fridge during the winter. Easy to drink and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with medium, creamy, tan head that didn't last long.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and roast malt

Tastes sweet roast malts, coffee, cocoa fading to vanilla hints and more roast malt. Semi sweet finish with short coffee linger. Full body with lower smooth, creamy carbonation

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Photo of LeRose
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft served in a Shaker pint. Rich, dark brown, almost black, with a typical beige head.

Smell of coffee, chocolate, toasty malt, and a mild spiciness.

The flavor held no surprises. Slightly sweet, roast malt, coffee with cream, a bit of chocolate and that mild spice on the aftertaste. The chocolate is more toward the bittersweet end of the spectrum.

The feel is where this really shines. It is velvety smooth, lightly carbonated, and creamy as can be. Very low bitterness, and it is an extremely clean beer.

Overall, an easily accessible milk stout that can appeal to stout newbies and veteran drinkers alike. Very nice brew, recommended.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into pint glass
Black liquid
Ring of bubbles
Aroma of roast Malts
Roast malt, smoked coffee taste
Thin mouthfeel , no sudsing
Nice beer

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Photo of beerguy04
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soda black with a tan head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same. Sweet at first, bitter for the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, the beer is delicious.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, with a huge head of tan suds and thick, loopy lace.

Aroma: Coffee, cocoa, chocolate goodness. Really nice.

Taste: Rich cocoa, creamy and smooth as can be. Hint of sweetness and a little bitter at finish. One of the easiest to drink, beautiful, and creamy stouts I’ve had in a long time. Absolute winner and a great stout!

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Photo of Dead8
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by receiving this beer by accident at a pub one evening. I've been buying this one on my weekly run ever since. I was fortunate enough to have the local Hy-Vee store sell this on tap in 64oz. growlers last week and it was an absolute treat. There are distinct chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee. Nice caramel colored head and smooth finish. I've tried a lot of oatmeal stouts and this one is my favorite even over the Barney Flats.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 5/16/15"; drank 3/16/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

Big dark tan head; nice lace.

Oats, cream & bakers chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, oats, milk chocolate & faint dirt flavors up front; cream soda notes on the finish with a hint of carbonation bite. An enjoyable, flavorful session stout.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. BBD of 11/6/16.

A: Pours dark cola brown in color with a one inch, foamy, fizzy, khaki colored head with minimal retention. Minimal khaki lacing throughout.

S: Mostly notes of toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and asian spices.

T: Taste is mostly toasted malts and oatmeal accompanied by hints of chocolate, coffee, milk, and cinnamon. Very subtle hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, thin, smooth, and somewhat crisp with a decent amount of carbonation for a stout.

O: Overall, a decent oatmeal stout. Very drinkable. Somewhat thin and a little lacking on the flavor to be considered a great stout. Would try it again, but probably won't seek it out personally.

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Photo of bwood06
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Made a recent trip to Omaha and decided to pick up something local. This didn't exactly qualify as that, but it sounded very good in the liquor store so I picked it up anyway. This beer is opaque and black in color with light carbonation visible are the very edges of the beer. The head is thick and creamy, dissipating slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The color of the head is a dark khaki. 4.25/5 The aroma is very sweet and roasty with notes of dark chocolate, milk, cold pressed coffee, light vanilla, grassy hops, char, and tobacco. All of these notes seem to come out at once, all vying for attention. The dark roasted maltiness and milk seem to be the heavy hitters in terms of aroma here. 4/5 Dark brown sugar comes out on the tongue right away before notes of dark toasted wheat bread and dark roasted malt come out. The milk, dark chocolate, and cold pressed coffee seem to make their appearances at a similar time right in the middle with vanilla backing them up. There is a bit of char and tobacco present, adding a nutty/woody/herbal flavor before the grassiness of the hops comes into play. The bitterness is light but noticeable with a very light lingering bitterness that dissipates quickly. 4.25/5 This is a heavy bodied stout that has a significant carbonation burn up front that disappears fairly quickly before a light drying comes into effect. There is a light lingering dryness after swallowing but it is not off-putting. Surprisingly enough, this beer seems to disappear from the palate entirely quite quickly. 4/5 For an oatmeal stout, this beer is surprisingly dry and lighter than expected. There is some creaminess but not to the extent that I expected per the style. Very enjoyable beer with or without food (I've done both). I could easily session this beer despite it being heavy. 4.25/5

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Photo of DK1978
4.98/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a great oatmeal stout. Not too earthy and has a sweet hint in each sip. This would be a great introductory stout for young beer connoisseurs.

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Photo of Werewoof
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had been meaning to try this beer for a while, given that it's a local brew (same state kind of local), and because I was intrigued by the name, more so for the love of buffaloes than their sweat. At least it's much less literal than the white fungus bird's nest drink they sell at the Thai market.

What really sealed the deal, if not the name, was the promise of an oatmeal stout. As far as graphic design goes, I don't imagine it's caught too many eyes, or stand out as the "you gotta get one today!" kind of beer. It's kinda bland looking. I bought it because I'd seen it before online, and because I like to support local breweries. (I drank this straight from the can, as I do every beer. I have no word on the pour, but I'm sure it won't catch on fire if you try.)

I don't claim to be an expert in smellology, but it smells like beer. Good beer, actually, but nothing to me stands out among others. If I think about it hard enough, I can detect a faint hint of some kind of sweetness, milk, and maybe faint chocolate notes. Actually, why am I even sticking my nose to this beer can.

The immediate taste is great, with roasted, milky, oatmeal flavors coming in powerfully for a fantastic entry--then poof. It just seems to pack it up and leave, each sip.

What disappoints me most is that the taste does not satisfy. It comes riding in like a suave charro and leaves in the sunset after bowling over your mouth's affections. I'm also surprised that, for a %5.0 ABV beer, the alcohol taste comes through pretty strongly. Does this mean it's bad? I wouldn't say so, but it doesn't mean it doesn't have further potential either. The palate is just not fulfilled.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth, as expected with a milk stout. Kind of thin at the same time, oddly, but maybe I just like the weight of molasses in my beers. :r

If it's on sale, I might buy it again. It really is good for the initial plunge, but I doesn't tantalize much further.


Give it a go if you like oatmeal!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, deep reddish brown with copious head that resolved quickly. Smells of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts. Taste sweet malts forward, coffee and cocoa, hints of vanilla and molasses and a pleasant contrasting mineral note that keeps it from becoming too sweet . Mouthfeel is a little thinner for a stout, but the texture is smooth and creamy with just enoug effervescence to tingle . Slightly syrupy finish with trace coffee and cocoa notes
Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this stout, and easy drinker- great intro stout for the newbie- I look forward to trying their other beers and I would pick this up again

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
2.06/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

16oz can on 7/27/16.

L: Dark black with a slight off-white head.

S: I can't lie. Smelled like someone spilled old coffee on a cardboard box. It smelled spoiled.

T: This is an odd stout. I might have gotten a bad can or something. It tastes like gasoline.

F: It has a creamy mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation despite the slight head.

Verdict- I don't want to ask where the sweat came off of this buffalo. This was not for me.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Near black. Dark brown pour with 1 finger head that fades airily quick. The aroma has some vanilla, coffee, dark malt. Almost a cherry cough syrup, not strong at all, just a hint. The taste has some bitter dark chocolate up front and throughout. More vanilla and steeped grain flavor. Mouthfeel. Feels great, silky smooth, and slippery. Overall, a real tasty little stout here. Lots of flavor. Very sweet. Kind of wanted some ice cream to eat while I drank this.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This isn't a coffee beer, but there's a lot of coffee going on here. Pours a dark coffee color, long-lasting tan head, very nice appearance. Aromas of dark roasted malt, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavors of coffee-flavored toffee, espresso bean, sweet cream. Creamy mouthfeel, lingering sweetness with notes of coffee and toffee on the aftertaste. Overall, very good if a bit sweet.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark reddish brown with a huge, foamy beige head that leaves a wisp or two of lace, but dies off to nothing fairly quickly.

On the nose are sweet cherries, roasted coffee, chocolate malt, coconut and tobacco. It's kind of promising at first but quickly becomes all sweet.

The sweet nose translates to a very sweet coconut-flavored cola, with metallic malt, and a hint of hard maple sugar.

Semi-dry, fizzy and thin. Just too oddly light and sweet for a stout, I guess that's the purpose of putting "cream" in the label, but this one's not for me.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black with creamy tan head and no lacing.

S: Dark Roasted malt, hints of black olive, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T: Dark Roasted malt with a nice balance of milk chocolate. Some coffee and black olive. Also a strong mineral note.

F: Creamy body and low carbonation.

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