Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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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 sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im pouring a cellar temp 16 oz can into a tulip/snifter from Ommegang.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown hue with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up and fading gradualy to a thin edge layer. Tight lattice on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is Dark chocolate roasted notes and some coffee and creamer mix. Definitely some lactose notes here. A little brown sugary mixed in as well.
First sip reveals an average body and gentle rolling carbonation. There is a silky smooth texture that make the beer go down my gullet very easily on each sip.
Flavor is as expected from the nose, some roasted malt and dark chocolate bar mixed with a bit of espresso bean and again some rich creamer note that accentuates the silky texture.
No hops anywhere and the abv is gone, of course it is only 5% anyway.
The beer is very easy to drink and I am enjoying this solid version of a milk stout.
Cool name, tasty beer, that makes this a solid purchase if the beer is available in your area.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a nonic. Thanks to funkyaudio for this one!

(A)- Pours an almost pitch black color with reddish highlights. Produced a good fluffy tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with raisin and an overwhelming peanut aroma.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A very mild baked bread-like roasted profile. Bits of raisin & peanuts.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a smooth feel and decent balance. That strange peanut aspect really annoys me.

(D)- A decent stout. Kinda straightforward but easy enough to enjoy.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of rich beige head. Left behind nice lacing.

Aroma of black coffee, roasted malts and a hint of charcoal.

The taste is black coffee, chocolate milk and roasted malts.

A thinner-bodied stout with a light carbonation.

An easy-drinking sessionable stout from Tallgrass though a bit on the thin side for my taste.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep dark brown with a thin brown head
S: seems almost a mix between milk and coffee, along with dark roasted malt.
T/M: not overpowering in the flavors, would be a good starter stout, with light coffee, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. the mouthfeel is sort of odd to me, reminds me of whole milk for some reason.
D: very easy to drink, flavors are mild and not too strong, almost leaves me wondering how this would be on cask or nitro-tap

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for the hookup

A: pours dark and clear with a small tan dissapating head. No lacing

S: Toasted malt and toffee, slight chocolate and clove/ random spice, whispers of sweet cream in coffee

T: Follows the nose but somewhat less so. The lactose sugar is present, a slight tobaccoish finish

M: Somewhat thin but appropriate for the style, slick on the palate, slides easily down the gullet

D: Very drinkable

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm generally a fan of Tallgrass and this one does not dissapoint. Served on-tap in a pint glass. Dark brown body with a bubbly tan head. Very little lacing.

Decent aroma of roasted malt and some minor notes of chocolate and coffee in the background.

Good flavor mix between the roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I especially like the way the coffee flavor adds the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side for a stout. But, the good overall mix of flavors and relatively low abv make this very drinkable. Not too sweet which is a plus to me. Good brew.

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Photo of camp0474
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown to black with burnt edges. Tan head that dies off quickly. No lacing.

S: Light toasted malts with some sweetness. Notes of bitter coffee and faint dark chocolate. Also detecting some sweet milk or cream.

T: Light toasted malts with faint bitter coffee and bitter chocolate. Sweet cream or milk in the mix. Some bready malts too. Possibly some faint hops way way in back. Expected some more pronounced flavors from a Stout.

M: Medium to light body, somewhat watery. Low carbonation. Personally I expected more body from a Stout, and I think more carbonation is needed.

D: Quite drinkable due to the light body and decent flavor.

Personally I expected a little more from this "Stout" i.e. flavor, body, and carbonation. I must note that I didn't know this was a Milk Stout when I bought it and have not had too many of this style.

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

Pint sized can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance is cola brown color with thin head and good clarity.

The aroma is sweet with toasted wheat bread and roasted malt. Luckily nothing like the name implies.

Flavor is also sweet with a nice milk chocolate and light roast coffee. Mild flavors but pleasant. Like milk stouts usually are, I guess.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, low in carbonation, which I like.

Overall a good example of the style compared to the few others that I've had. It would probably be better on cask or at room temp.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

16oz can. Pours dark brown with a small off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and grains with some sweet chocolate and some ash.

The flavor is sweet grainy roasted malts with a little lactic chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, not a great stout.

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, small white head, light lacing. Fantastic aroma, mostly roasty malts, and lightly sweet. Taste has a wonderful balance between the bitter roastiness, the sweet malts, and the nice malty background. Light chocolate and some lactose presence keep everything in balance, but I like how the roast is the star but not overdone. Body is medium-full for the style, which I really like. Incredibly drinkable. I think I've already gone through a case and half of this stuff only a few months after it became available here. Fantastic beer from a can and I can't wait to try their others.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dogfish glass on 2/5/11.

A - Pours a dark black with just a little bit of bubbles but no real amount of foam.

S - big roasted malts with just a hint of burntness. coffee and chocolate are there as well, but just subtle.

T - weird almost cola taste, more watered down than I expected. hints of the coffee and roastiness and a bit of caramel.

M/D - light bodied, watered down, light carbonation, easy to drink but lacking any strong flavors.

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Photo of katan
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark amber/brown, pretty much black. Mocha head formation, 1/4" in size, well retained.

S - A lightly sweet scent, a combination of chocolate and toffee, with a background of a bit of roast and some sugary sweetness. Some yeast breadiness comes through.

T - Flows with a balanced note of roasted barley and sweet malt, a bit of maltose coming through. Mid-stream gets more dry, but the flavor profile stays pretty much the same. A base of yeast starts to show, bready. Finishes malt forward.

M - Moderate beer body, moderate carbonation. Creamy and fluffy, but the beer itself comes off thin at times. Finishes mostly clean with only a hair of lingering sweetness.

D - Easy drinking stout. Flavors are smooth, well integrated. Workable ABV. Palette is not overwhelmed by the flavors. A sessionable stout.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a two finger foamy tan head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa, and coffee.

The beer tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. Slightly sweet, balanced by coffee bitterness. The flavors are mild, but good.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth, and easy to drink. This beer is not as full or creamy as it could be, but at 5% abv, I think the folks at Tallgrass did a nice job. Not every stout has to have 10 % abv, and I like this one quite a bit the way it is.

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Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can.

French roast dark brown/black body. Thick finger of dense, creamy, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Nose of sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate, root beer, cream, and light molasses. Definitely smells like a milk/sweet stout.

Light roasted malt flavor up front. Slight cardboardy edge. Carob and graham cracker sweetness percolate through the palate. Light coffee flavors as well. Tobacco and milk chocolate near the finish. Faint bitterness in the end, but this is a mainly sweetish stout. Moderate body with a slightly thin feel. Pretty good, but could be better.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- from pint can it pored a dark roasted brown color with a tan head.and good lacing

S-is roasted malts,molasses,caramel,cocoa

T-was a sweat and creamy roasted malt/toffee taste with caramel and some citrus hops in the background tasted like a winter warmer to me

M-mouth full was velvet smooth with chocolate,cocoa and malts.nicely carbonated very smooth

D-,,nicely drinkable more like a winter warmer to me lots of b4 mentioned flavor..recommend this one

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 5.00 %

As noted from the tall boy can...
"Dangerously Dark, Authentically Awesome, Pour A Pint..."

Enjoyed this as a split taste from the tall boy with some family in town from Kansas for the Holidays.

Appearance was deep dark brown/black with a tan head that faded quickly.
Smells and tastes of roasted malts, coffee notes, semi sweet cocoa.A bit thin on the moutfeel and higher than expected carbonation.
Overall enjoyable for a milk stout.

Thanks Barrett for bringing this brew to town!

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Photo of hwwty4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 16oz tallboy into my Flying Saucer globe.

This beer pours a nice oily black with a small tan head that quickly evaporates into just a inkling of a line around the inside of the glass. No lacing and no head retention. The aroma is interesting. Astringent coffee, a bit of chocolate, and tobacco smoke. Whats interesting is that I've read tobacco as a descriptor but never had experienced it. Now I have and its a bit distinct. The flavor is a watered down version of the aroma. The chocolate is there but its weak. Coffee flavor reminds me of the work coffee where people only use about 1/2 of what they are supposed to. The aroma is enjoyable but the flavor is just weak. The mouthfeel is also rather watery. No body. Overall, its a decent beer but not something I would pick up again. I'll stick with their IPA or Oasis next time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is coffee, toffee and chocolate. A very nice smelling stout.

The flavor is coffee, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. This beer is a malt bomb and all of the various malt flavors work very well together.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - deep, dark mahogany and coffee-colored with a nice inch of mocha brown head on top.

Aroma - coffee grounds, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate and plenty of dark delicious malty goodness. Wow.

Taste - super smooth, almost creamy or velvety in texture. Tons of delicious coffee and cocoa flavors come out and cover the tongue. Nice and sweet but not cloying. The dark, roasty and malty flavors make this a great brew to drink on a cold winter evening. Love that coffee and cocoa combination!

Overall - low in alcohol but oh so rich in flavor. Tons of rich chocolate and coffee flavors make this just plain delicious. Another great brew from Tallgrass and definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I've got one more can and I will be said when I have to say goodbye.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Buffalo Sweat pours very dark brown with a hint of ruby around the edges. About a finger of finger of light tan head forms, and the resulting lacing is very fine and sticks around nicely.

Smell: Very roasty malt flavor and coffee. Not overly complicated but still nice.

Taste: Flavor is of sweet dark and roasty malts. Maybe a bit of coffee. The profile of this beer certainly isn't anything crazy, but it certainly is flavorful.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is a little thin and there is probably a bit too much carbonation. Not the best feel, but it is a very drinkable beer overall. I think this is Tallgrass' best selling beer, and I can understand why. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid stout from the peeps in Wildcat country. The best qualities in this beer are the appearance and aroma that, although aren't perfect, elevate the ratings.
Black pour, or a very dark ruby/brown. If the head had a bit more umph or retention I could give a higher score. But it looks a tad thin.
Aroma is full of chocolate roast and light 'green' coffee bean. Some mineral/earth/metallic in there too. Semi sweet.

Taste isn't as bold as the aroma. Chocolate thins out and the coffee is at the back. Faintly sweet, but not very dry. Thin perhaps.

Drinks quite well, but I'd like to have either a bit more bite or some tinge of smoky roast on the feel.
Still, solid brew

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Photo of csiewert
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black color. Big bubbles dominate the head with little retention. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors dominate the beer, with a more sweet flavor than other stouts. Finishes mostly smooth, with a little harshness. Very easy to drink and is good cold.

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Photo of scarfield
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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 midwestbrewers
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer had a very dark color, almost black. Small tan head with some decent bubbles. Not creamy and very little lacing.

S: The smell was very roasted. Slight after-smell that overpowers the sweet. Fairly balanced smell.

T: The taste was pretty good. It wasn't as sweet on the finish as some other milk stouts but was decent. More of a roasted bitter flavor overall.

This was an OK beer for me. Not too good and not that overly bad either. I would purchase it again, but definitely not on a regular basis. Great beer Tallgrass Brewing!

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Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,444 ratings