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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can into a pint glass

A: Perfectly pitch black unless held to direct light which reveals a perfectly clear red tone. Nice deep beige head.

S: Sesame oil, soy, smoke. A light buckwheat aroma.

T: The flavors of sesame and soy continue and dominate. Clean dark malts. Smoky umami. Really different, really nice.

M: Good full texture with appropriate levels of carbonation. Dryness welcome.

D: Great! Try one! Love how different the flavor profile is...pushes the limit of what this style dictates.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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 OlRasputin989
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: pours an opaque nearly black brown with some light making it through near the bottom of the glass. head is mousse like a tan. slowly fades to a thin creamy cap.

S: roasted-ness comes through with a creamy-sweet background, with notes of cofee and some chocolate.

T: milky and sweet right up front, until the roasted character comes in with hints of chocolate. long creamy, chocolatey fade. interesting fruit flavor behind everything else.

M: seems almost watery upfront, then you realize how slick it is. medium full body with a finish that is somewhat dry.

Overall, Buffalo Sweat, despite the can, which some people just can't get past, is a decent sweet stout but nothing to sweat over. Can't say I don't still prefer Samuel Adams Cream Stout, but I enjoy this one.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head and not much retention or lacing. The nose is nice and creamy with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The sweetness comes through in the nose, and then hits a bit harder in the flavor. The chocolate and coffee interacted better in the nose, and the flavor lacked that complexity. Feel was nice and creamy with a medium body. Overall, pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of jaycount
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, clean brown with a dark tan head. Looks like an oatmeal stout as it fills up the glass. Yummm.

S - Dark maltiness, some sweet coffee notes, light milk chocolate.

T - Mmmm, beeer. Creamered/sweetened coffee comes to mind. Light on the palate, doesn't knock you over. Very little hops to be detected.

M - Most interesting of any sweet stouts I've had, the carbonation isn't crazy and it is rather light, not creamy. A "watery" mouthfeel. But it makes it much better for a session beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to gwguest for this brew!

16oz can to a Stone Imperial Pint.

Very dark brown, tiny bits of lighter tinges around the edges. Head was a nice two fingers of medium brown head. The head must have been late, late for a very important date, as it dwindled down before I made it back to the computer, leaving practically nothing in it's wake. No matter, the aroma was brilliant, and I quickly stopped caring what the damn thing looked like. Not a coffee stout, but fresh dark roast coffee filled my personal space. Big roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate vie for limelight as well, along with sweetness and brown sugar. Quite intoxicating. The taste didn't disappoint either, though didn't wow quite as much. Coffee tastes were not as prevalent, giving way to more of the chocolate sweetness, roasted malty notes and sugary bits. The feel brings it down a notch. Felt a bit too watered down, and lacked a bit of substance that would have aligned the planets and knocked this out the park. In the end though, it doesn't detract too much from this brew as a whole: It's an amazing smelling, very tasty stout, worthy of keeping at hand.

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Best by 11 193 stamped on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.49.

A: Black with healthy 2-finger beige frothy head with good retention and spare lacing down the glass.

S: Milk chocolate note greets first followed by hellos from mocha and a soft kiss from roasted barley in the entryway. Milky lactose and medium roast coffee beans aromas are light but present and wave from the living room. Hops weren't invited.

T: Very sweet but with an ample malty scaffold. The chocolate character is strongest, followed by lactose and then some dark malt and roasted barley come through. It is a simple straightforward but well-made sweet stout.

M: Lacks a little of the silky and bigger body I like in the sweet stout group -- if it is going to taste a lot like chocolate milk, it should feel a little bit more like beer, and Buffalo Sweat is a little light in the mouth.

O: I enjoyed this brew and it compares well with some of the mid-to-upper-tier of the style. A little bit more body and smoothness and this would challenge the best sweet stouts. The 16oz tall boy is a nice change and welcome.

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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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Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,454 ratings