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 BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Head is light tan and creamy.

Aromas of dutch cocoa powder and roast character.

Milk chocolate starts things off...and that's it. Ok, maybe not. There is a slight touch of roast, but no real hop flavor or bitterness. Sweet chocolate is a nice flavor, but it really is just about the only flavor.

Mouthfeel is rounded with medium carbonation. A creamier, fuller body would have improved things for me.

One dimensional. Its a nice beer for a little while, but a lack of balance and depth sapped my enthusiasm. Gets boring pretty quick. Probably best to enjoy when you already have a buzz going and are no longer as descerning as you were earlier in the evening.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another can from woodychandler.

A: The milk stout has a thick off-white head, sizeable on first pour. As that dissapates, no lace lingers. Pour-wise, the can fills my tumbler to the rim. The milk stout is dark, a chocolate melange that never sheds its brown hue. Ruby red slivers are visible at th ebase of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and sweet milk. The aroma seemed metallic of first pour but has come around nicely. Chocolate comes through with the dark aroma.

T: The taste brings back some of that off-flavor, just enough to be too lactic, too milky. The chocolate and roasted malts are evident, alongside the lactic smoothness. That lactic milk aspect doesn't let off though, it keeps building, leaving a dry, off taste in my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice flavor, it just continues to carry on a little too long.

O: Not really a sweet stout, although there is plenty of lactose to go around.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Watching the most recent episode of Brewing TV featuring Tallgrass Brewing, my wife thought Buffalo Sweat looked like a promising stout. She can sense the taste characteristics from the color of the head (and is surprisingly accurate). So, I took the opportunity to try it again and see if Gloria could have a stout to drink at home.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Incredibly thick brown head the color of malted milk balls. So creamy that it trails dark where the final line of beer fights through to join the luscious blackness on the bottom. Heavy earthiness, roasted malt and light floral notes in the nose. If a buffalo sweats roasted chocolate, it would smell like this--oddly. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and the coffee comes across as acrid over the smooth sweetness in the mouth. I could see where an all day coffee drinker would like this beer--a cold coffee taste lingers about.

Yellowstone 2006 when we got through the line of cars

I'm perfectly fine buying this four pack of Buffalo Sweat, but probably won't get another one any time soon for either of us. I'm curious to see if a draft would mellow some of the flavors, so will give that a shot when the opportunity arises. It's a perfectly good stout, but the flavor profile doesn't match with either one of us.

And the Buffalo Sweat name doesn't exactly get my taste buds watering. However, taking a closer look at our travel pic, the two tone color of the beer has a striking resemblance to an actual buffalo's coloration. I have no idea how Tallgrass came up with the name, so it's just an observation. Creative names are becoming harder and harder to find in the booming craft beer industry, but this one doesn't leave me dreaming about the next one.

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Photo of meatyard
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a variety 8 pack in 16 oz. cans

Pours an opaque brown with a nice, two-finger+, tan head that recedes fairly quickly without lace.

The smell is dark roasted coffee/malt.

The taste is sweetness that lingers throughout along with some light roastyness and some burnt coffee. There is a mild tangyness in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with, barely, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Like the other 3 in the variety pack, this beer is barely above average or just average. The 16 oz. cans are cool but that doesn't help make it a better beer. Until I hear differently about the quality I, likely, won't buy Tallgrass again.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown with a touch of lighter accents. Frothy tan head of 2 fingers settles in nicely.

S- Roasted malts, coffee beans, slight chocolate, bark, dirt, and touch of licorice.

T- Good mix found in the nose. Balanced, but light on complexity and depth.

M- About what's expected at 5%. Light and easy drinking stout that has some nice creamy character.

O- Nothing special, but one that you might consider a sessionable stout.

$8 for a 4 pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of Living816
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking sweet stout. A bit of an off smell from the pour that I can't place. Just smells mineraly like vitamins or peas or something. The head is a dark foam thing. Very dark. Brown.

Quite fizzy. Very chocolately, slight burnt malt bitter. Burnt sugar taste. Coffee. A lingering bitterness but not a hoppy bitterness. A burnt bitterness. Leaves the mouth quite quickly.

Creamy smoothness. Body is significant but doesn't stick around long.

It's a little flabby, a little sweet, a little too bitter for me to really get on board with it. But pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The head on this thing is crazy huge. It's tan and creamy like the head of a rootbeer float poured directly over ice cream. The beer itself is black and very dark brown at the bottom of the glass. Lacing is immense, and does not back down while drinking.

S: I pick up a light roasted coffee scent with some nut scent...maybe hazelnut. I get a little bit of chocolate. There's a bit of an alcohol smell.

T: It's pretty light on flavor. It has a roasted taste but it's very light. It has a sweet, almost candy-like aftertaste.

M: It's very creamy but the body is too light. It doesn't have a large presence in the mouth.

O: Overall it's an alright beer but it's a bit bland. The malt character doesn't stand out much, the head is very substantial but it looks way too large for a stout. It is sweet which is expected, but there's no real bitterness to counter-balance it. I would not buy it again if getting a sweet stout, but it's not a bad or awful stout by any means.

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Photo of scarfield
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from can into a pint glass, very dark brown, almost black, with a rocky khaki colored head half an inch high. Light lacing.

Smell is of roasted/burnt dark chocolate.

Taste is a dark/roasty beer. The first taste is bitterness from either hops or dark chocolate. Finish is sweet but underwhelming, and I feel like there is a slight metallic taste in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

Despite me sounding negative, This is a very good budget stout, and especially a good one for bridging people over to stouts.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, coffee color, with a nice, one-finger head that has a nice caramel color to it. Head dissipates quickly with slight lacing.

S: Smells pretty nice, definite malt, caramel, chocolate coming through.

T: Very malty with hints of caramel and toffee. There is also a sort of mocha flavor coming through, like a sweetened coffee. A bit too sweet for me.

M: Medium carbonation and a fair amount of crispness for this. Almost has the feel of a porter.

D: Not something that I could have many of in one sitting but still drinkable.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz canned poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, blackish color - a little more on the brown side of the typical milk stout. Head is essentially non-existent, with a finger disappearing almost immediately. Nose is heavy in coffee, almost overwhelming.

Taste is disappointing - much like the nose it is full of coffee, and without a whole of balance. Maybe a little chocolate, but not particularly smooth, it has a full body. Was hoping for a more enjoyable drink, but its not bad, particularly as a winter stout.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured the pint can into a regular pint glass and got a two finger bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin collar. It's dark in the glass with very little light passing through to a brown hue. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma of caramel and chocolate quickly dissipates. The sweetness is apparent in the nose.

Up front is the sweetness of chocolate cola and a tiny bit of malt. The body is mostly chocolate with a little butterscotch. There is an unusual beer flavor in the fade. I'm thinking about sweet tea.

I want more in the mouthfeel for a stout. Milk stouts and sweets should be almost chewy. (Think Left Hand's Milk Stout.) This seems almost crisp like an amber might be. Carbonation is light and sporadic.

Overall this is a stout that I might try again. As I remember it on tap, it might be a bit more lively in flavor an mouthfeel. I'll look for it drought for more review.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to mizzouguy for this extra.

Appearance - Almost black body topped by a small tan head. Gone before I can take my first sip, though. No lace.

Smell - Not a lot of smell, but what's there is decent. Some chocolate and a dose of lactose. Not as lactose-y as other milk stouts, though.

Taste - Good flavor. Nice chocolate flavors and some lighter malts. It's not as roasty as other stouts. The finish is sweet with no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - The high side of medium body and the low side of medium carbonation makes it a little sluggish, even at a low ABV. The lactose make it heavier, I guess.

Overall - Good beer to drink while putzing around the house. Doesn't require and doesn't really deserve a lot of concentration, but it's still a decent drink.

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Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown color with thick tan colored head that leaves little to no lacing. Pretty standard appearance here.

The aromas begin with a touch of burnt malt, light cocoa with a very bready base aroma. There is a slight caramel sweetness as well that emerges as it warms.

The tastes are almost identical to the nose. The burnt flavor is a bit less obvious with the breadiness coming through even more and just a touch of sweetness. As it warms the caramel and light cocoa flavors emerge and add to the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat low level of carbonation, providing a smooth mouthfeel. I would have prefered them to use more Oatmeal or lactose or malts to increase mouthfeel as opposed to skimping on the carbonation but it's not a deal-breaker.

Overall this was a fairly easy to drink, sessionable milk stout. Only ordered it because it was the only beer I hadn't had on the lackluster beer menus at Dave's Taverna during homecoming this past weekend.

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Photo of Benish
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into Irish pint glass. A foamy head started to build up quickly as I was pouring but then started to breakdown quickly afterwards. Upon smelling it, I could sense this is overly carbonated.

Unfortunately the aroma reminded me of cola. Maybe subtle hints of chocolate but not a lot.

Flavor is the best part of this beer. I tasted the roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It's an easy drinker. The flavors does not wreak the palate and it's not complex. Yet the flavors are still enjoyable!

It has a light bodied mouth feel but seems a bit too carbonated in my opinion. But as the beer started to settle, it started to have a more creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Like other reviews said, I think it should be fixed with nitro.

Overall, on the plus side the flavor is great and it's an easy drinking beer at 5% ABV! On the negative side it seems overly carbonated and the aroma I do not find outstanding. Fortunately as the beer started to settle the mouthfeel became more tolerable as it was smooth and creamy. One other thing I have to add, I drank this pint in maybe 15 minutes or more. Don't know where the time went and I was not in a hurry. Kind of surprised I already finished it. Maybe I do like it.

After finishing the beer from the glass, the glass had a nice aroma of malt and chocolate. NO cola smell present.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

382nd review on BA
Can to pint glass
Full pint can

Paired with creme brulee with a raspberry sauce

App- Mahogany brown with a two finger head that lasted quite a bit. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Toasted and roasted malts with a smooth creamy note behind it.

Taste- A bit of cream with roasted malts. Smelled better than taste actually. A bit flat at the same time.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A bit watery for me. I know its a small stout but wanted a small bite to it.

Drink- About average for the style. The only stout on the menu to pair with dessert so I went for it. Probably wont go for it again in the future.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/ruby in color, with a big cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint coffee and chocolate
Taste-Black coffee, dark chocolate. Very dry finish, faintly sour and astringent. Tastes more like a dry Irish stout than a sweet milk stout. A bit confusing, but an o.k. brew nevertheless.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 16-oz can and poured into a tumbler pint glass.

Appearance - Dark walnut to black in color, with very little head, even with an aggressive pour. Head dissipation is almost immediate.

Smell - I had a hard time latching onto a dominant smell, beyond the notes of semi-sweet chocolate. In hindsight, I think allowing the beer to warm a bit would have helped in this area.

Taste - Again I think that tasting this one right out of the fridge deadened the taste, the same way it seemed to deaden the aroma. It is certainly a smooth, easy-drinking stout, and while it has a slightly sweet finish (as milk stouts are wont to do), it's dryer than most other milk stouts I've sampled. There is much less of the intense espresso bitterness than say in a coffee stout.

Mouthfeel - As noted previously, this is an incredibly smooth and creamy stout. The carbonation is a fleeting component, and contributes to the smoothness.

Overall - I can think of several stouts I would choose in front of this one, but I would certainly enjoy this one if it came as part of a Tallgrass sampler or something similar.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it at Velocity Five in Arlington in a 16oz can for $6. It was a pretty good stout for it's volume and price. The usual description of stouts...coffee, vanilla. It's better than a Guinness. I even find it better than the gold medal winner, hoppin frog BORIS the crusher oatmeal-imperial stout.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can, stamped "11 237", maybe 237th day of 2011?

extremely dark brown, almost black. about 1/2" of khaki-colored head. fairly roasty aroma, but also a bit acidic. roasted malt dominates taste, with some coffee flavor. pretty bitter and acidic, maybe a little smokey. medium body, not overly thick. moderate carbonation.

overall- it's okay, but I'm not sure I pick up any sweetness, is it really a Milk Stout?

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Photo of RyanCave
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Beautiful dark chocolate, can't see through the glass. Caramel head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice caramel ring around the glass and stirs up a thin head when agitated. BEAUTIFUL

S: Oatmeal, chocolate, small vanilla bean, Fennel

M: Way too carbonated for me, drinks like soda and reminds me of a redbull, too bubbly, takes away from the taste of the beer and really ruins it for me. Light to medium bodied as well, again just ruins this beer.

T: Oatmeal, small amount of bitter, molasses, dark dark chocolate

O: I'm very disappointed in this beer, and it all is from the mouthfeel. It drinks like a soda, just way too carbonated and light, I wouldn't get this again unless it was on a nitro tap

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 25 July 2011.

A: Thin head, black beer. Dark red and barely translucent in direct backlighting.

S: Chocolate malts are strong and sweet. Simple, but nice.

T/M: Light in both body and flavour. Reminiscent of generic English ales; lackluster and boring. Sweetish, but dry on the endtaste without being bitter. Lots of chocolate. Not terrible, just muted and plain. Mouthfeel is also a letdown, and lightly watery.

O: Very smooth, sweet, and drinkable. Meh. Won't have it on-tap again, but I can see it being popular.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark brown shade, nearly black with a mahoghany ruby glint at the edges and in the meniscus. Creamy khaki foam, head dissipates eventually into a thin ring at the edge.

Mild and creamy, watery gas station coffee and nutty malt sweetness. Flavors are similar, toasted marshmallow and watered down coffee. Mild sweetness and very mellow bitterness. Smooth and creamy, light bodied. Easy to finish the pint, didn't want another. Thanks for the beer J&R!

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Photo of stakem
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can care of ClockworkOrange. Thanks Jason. Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with a dark tan cap about a finger and a half strong. The cap slowly fades leaving patches of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, there is some ruby clarity seen around the edges.

The aroma of this brew includes some roasty quality somewhat reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. However, the biggest aspect of the nose is this nutty grain quality that is almost like popcorn. Once the nutty aspect hits the nose, there is no shaking it and it completely dominates the rest of the aromatics.

The taste of this brew carries with it that nutty aspect that was found in the aroma. Playing off of the nutty aspect is a bit of roast and semi-sweet chocolate. The sweetness of this brew is on the medium to higher end for the style. It certainly lets you know that this is a milk stout and I dont know how I feel about that. At times it almost seems like it is too much and leaves a filmy coating inside the mouth with an aftertaste that is somewhat mineral-like and reminding me of an artificial sweetener like Splenda or something to that effect.

This is a medium bodied brew that is moderately carbonated. It has a slick feel about it that lingers inside the mouth with almost a filmy coating that I dont particularly care for. As far as the style goes, this one is not the sweetest I have had but it is on the higher end of the range. Not a bad brew but not something I would return to again if given choices.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a sixer under the Christmas tree, thanks to my bil/sil - could hardly get past the egg nog before itching to try it.

The pour is deep black, with very little head - just a light ring around the edge of the glass.

Heavy, sweet coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose - just about as big of a smell as you ever get from a beer. Entirely fills your head like helium in a balloon - let's hope I don't pop.

Like gnoshing on straight roasted grains, without the annoying water and other ingredients to get in the way. A bit of alcohol sits looming under the toast.

Decent carbonation, but it comes through as a little soapy. The grains deliver a single large layer of dry sweetness.

I've enjoyed the beer, and it's a step in the right direction for the young brewery. I'll be looking forward to new beers as the brewery grows.

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Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.

Smell: Not much, mild roasted aroma.

Taste: Creamy, light, mocha-coffee without much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy.

Picked up a can to try, I didn't realize this was classified as a milk stout otherwise I would have been more disappointed. I thought this was more of a straight-up US stout than milk stout. It is very drinkable--more drinkable than flavorful. Maybe a good substitute for Guinness--less bitter than that. Worth a try.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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