Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,389 Ratings
Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,389
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
84
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311
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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oooh yeah, tall boy cans ftw! Thanks to bunkrock (Reddit) for this.

Pours a darker mocha colored thick buy fizzy looking almost creamy head rises to a finger but fades at a med pace, then stops at a nice creamy 1/2 finger head covering with some decent lacing, over very dark almost black colored with hints of ruby light sneaking through the corners.

Nose starts with a light metallic roasty almost burnt slightly acrid aroma, but that fades very quickly and turns to nice creamy stout, plenty of cocoa, little cocoa nib like and creamy chocolate milk, lots of oats as well, and a bit of a powdered chocolate, some roasted malts, and a hint of bitterness.

Taste starts creamy, big creamy milk flavor, lactose straight up, a little chocolate milk, powdered cocoa, etc, and some oats. Then a light gritty powdered coffee grind like chewy thing, I can't explain except that it seems like very fine grinds suspended in the beer, with a bit of a coffee flavor, a little roast and slight acrid burnt roast flavor, with a touch of tin. Then a slight bitterness, little chalky finish, fairly dry as well, more of the grinds and gritty feel, lingering roast and cocoa.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, lush, but at the same time chalky and gritty, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice malt flavors except a bit of burnt metallic acrid roast, but not a lot, nice mocha, nice creamy oats and plenty of lactose, and another negative with that charred powdered chalky gritty feel.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga.

Clear but opaque and nearly black body. Medium body and light carbonation. Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor and aroma. The flavor also features coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

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

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat

I'm not so sure I really like the name of Tallgrass' Buffalo Sweat (yuck!), but I sure do like the beer. It's smooth and sweetish, but balanced; and I love how the berry-like yeasty-fruitiness stands out against the caramelish, nutty, and fudge-like maltiness. And it's also very toasty, like darkly toasted bread crust. It's not particularly roasty (although it does have a coffee-like edge), and it doesn't have any of the biting, dark-malt acidity that can sometimes be detracting. The bitterness is limited but it somehow holds together without ever hinting at becoming cloying; and the hops are kept to a minimum, allowing the malt to be the main focus. I do get some of the "milk stout" sugary sweetness, but apart from that it's almost like a porter, or a darker and more malty brown ale. It's a little bit unique; and readily drinkable. Well worth trying.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of very dark brown when held up to the light (though there is very light penetration by the light). The beer has a two finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces and condenses to a quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and charred malts. There is a light amount of milk chocolate sweetness and just a touch of coffee.

T: The flavor of this beer starts out with a moderate amount of dark roasted and charred malts with very little bitterness. After that, there is a flavor of chocolate milk with some light notes of freshly brewed coffee.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy but somehow a little thin/watery.

O: This beer seems like it would be amazing in nitro-cans or on nitro-tap (just the right body/mouthfeel that the nitro would be a pleasant edition). Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - I might even consider this one a sessionable stout which I do not find a lot of beers which qualify.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. This is from an assortment of KS brewery selection generously traded to me by JeepCop. Thanks Dale!

Pours mostly black in the glass (although some garnet does poke its head out along the bottom) and is topped with a stiff finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creamy look and a foamy cascade that settles into some spotty frothy lacing. The aroma is smooth in the nose, with some robust coffee character, chocolate roast, and creamy smelling sugars. Some light leafy hop notes round out the corners.

The taste has some thick sweetness going on up front, with chocolate, caramel, and milky lactic sugars. This is balanced by earthy and bitter citric hops, while the finish is all dry roast and lingering coffee flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling as it first hits the tongue but then gets much more smooth and creamy as this rolls out into the mouth. That 5% is right on the mark for this, with a bit of size to it but no discernable alcohol being present.

I thought this was a pretty good Milk Stout, with lot of creamy sweetness, robust roasted flavors, and some fresh hoppy character that added complexity and balance to this. There is a nice easygoing drinkablility to this as well, considering the heft of the flavors at times. Another nice effort from Tallgrass.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured brown-black with a small but sturdy tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, as would be imagined, bready, with some chocolate notes. More of the same in the taste: bready, malty, roasty, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty. Heavy-medium body, smooth, tasty, and quite nice to drink.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of billab914
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown brew, appears surprisingly bubbly, and capped with a medium-sized, light khaki head.

Smell: Mild aroma altogether. Roasted malted barley with very thin notes of block chocolate, coffee hit with a little cream. Light hint of fruitiness. Not much happening here, I'm afraid.

Taste: Begins with a nice pop of chocolate, then, some coffee. Slight creaminess. Moderate sweetness throughout. Light molasses. Very little fruitiness showing a bit of prune. Low hop character, bitterness. Malty, mildly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly good. While light in the aromatics department, it was solid in flavor. A bit more carbonation than anticipated, not that I found that to be disagreeable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to review this in the can...

Pours a ruby tinged mahogany with a oinky of mocha head. Near zero head retention & lacing, nice oily sheen

S: Coffee & charred grain.

T: Follows the nose, some herbal hops too up front, plus a slight lactic twang, More coffee as this warms & some baker's chocolate. Finishes dry with coffee & roasted malt notes, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thins a bit once warm

Drinks easy, but was better in the bottle, seemed creamier

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pounder with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pitch black, dense tan head.

SMELL: Fresh cappuccino, fresh baked biscuits, cocoa powder, soft charcoal, dried plums.

TASTE: Super smooth, creamy, mellow roasted grain, carob, mild molasses, breakfast blend coffee, semi-sweet burnt finish.

Love this beer, much preferred from the can ... a real treat to drink. Quaffable for sure but it begs to be paired with some chocolate ... the obvious choice.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark pour here, black as night with a big head of foam on top reaching a height of around two fingers before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing coating the sides and making it super sticky. Aroma is coffee and sweet sugary notes. Hints of chocolate coming through now. It was an odd coffee aroma, almost a dark, french press kind of smell, which played off the sweetness in the milk stout extremely well. Really impressed here as even as it warmed it seemed to never dull. Rich, creamy feel, almost as thick as a milk shake. Creamy chocolate and rich velvety coffee notes slide together perfectly and leave the palate soaked in sweetness that is simply wonderful, and that is an understatement. Each sip becoming richer then the one before. Long lasting flavor of coffee balanced on the tongue and left a slightly dry finish soaked in vanilla notes.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The milk chocolate is pretty sweet, which I am a fan of.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet, rich chocolate, coffee, cream, and roasted malts. Not as much coffee as the smell and again, pretty sweet, but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall a nice sweet stout. Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the nose and taste, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Would like to have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with thick tan colored foam. Pretty standard appearance, here.

S: The nose has a touch of burnt malt, with a very bready base aroma. There is a slight sweetness, which would make sense for the style.

T: The flavor is 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.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation, providing a smooth mouthfeel.

D: It's easy to drink, but I do not think I'd really want to have this one again. That said, it gets bonus points for a very creative name.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Day 2 of the 2010-'11 School Year and I had my complement of upperclassmen today. We tangentially alluded to allusions and I was inspired to carry this thinking into this review. What to allude to? Roger Williams' "You CAN't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd"? Perfect! No wait, how about Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" since a growing faction on this site feels that The CANQuest (TM) is worth the paper it is printed on. Hmm. I'm in an upbeat mood, so You CAN't Drink Beer When You're Dead-Ass Broke. No, you CAN't drink beer when you're dead-ass broke, but you CAN be happy if you've a mind to!

From the CAN: "Dangerously dark. Authentically awesome. Pour a pint ..." and "Drink. Enjoy. Recycle." Oooh. Danger, Woody Chandler, Danger! Don't be afraid of the dark. I may have a Reese's Dark to aCANpany this beer, being a milk (chocolate) stout and all.

Hey kids, what time is it? Nope, not Howdy Doody time, sorry. It's Crack & Glug time! Yay! I initially got a finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan head, but it was fading pretty quickly in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was an inky dark, not quite black thanks to the deep-brown at the edges, but dang close. Nose was ... what did I say about chocolate? This was like a liquid milk chocolate bar. Save the Reese's for a dry stout. This would be at home with a simple Hershey's bar. A quick diabetes reading and I am good to go. I CANnot take too sweet a beer as a hophead. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy and now I am shaking the CAN for the presence of a widget. Nope, just naturally that thick. Zounds! Finish was equally creamy and sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Winner! I probably would not want more than one, but this would be a great accompaniment with dessert.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle!

Finally making my way into the Kansas beer scene. Taken me long enough... This stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of bright dirty light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate, light roasted malts, light maple syrup, and a general oatmeal-raisin cookie vibe. Very pleasing to the 'strils, indeed. The taste pretty much follows suit, with a touch more roast, more chocolate, a hint of molasses, and a vein of vanilla bean. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable stout, one of the better beers I've had recently. Were it slightly darker and just a smidge thicker and heavier, this would be fantastic. Still, it's pretty damn good now...

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,389 ratings.
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