Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost completely black and opaque. Good head that dissipated and left a thin film on top. Lacing that creeps back down the glass.

Smells of slightly sweet bitter roasted malts with a touch of coffee.

Tastes much like the smell, but with some dark chocolate character that adds nicely to the dark roasted malts, coffee, minimal hops. It's sweet, although not especially so for the style. This adds a nice dimension as it's a bit different than what I expected. It's a very flavorful beer.

Feels quite thick and full bodied going in, but slightly watery when you swallow. Slightly slick on the tongue, with a very pleasant lingering sweet aftertaste.

Very nice and highly drinkable. The moderate ABV makes it easy to drink while the delicious but not overpowering flavor makes me want to have this one again.

Value: 6.85 for four 16 oz cans. A good deal.

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Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint, Buffalo Sweat is

Smell is lightly roasted malts with an acidic twang. A hint of butterscotch as well.

Taste is well balanced for a milk stout, which I often find to be overly sweet. Nice roasted char and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is soft and slick, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. Tasty but light bodied, it goes down quite easily. Definitely better the name.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pitch black brew with a brown head, the head fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

The smell is very sweet and chocolaty. There are also some smoky roasted malts.

The beer tastes very sweet, (I think I am getting gut rot). Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee beans, sugar cane... lots of nice flavours, but where are the hops?

Medium body, tastes a bit watery. It has hardly any carbonation. This really kills the beer in my book. Maybe I got a bad can (if that is even possible)... but I don't know if I would bother trying this one again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Stout pours a thin head over an opaque black brew. Carbonation seems relatively active, though, as is always the case with stouts, it's hard to tell, inky blackness being inky and blacky. The nose is pretty typical too- roasty coffee and bitter chocolate mostly, with notes of molasses. The flavor is also pretty typical- charred ends of fresh baked bread, a note of baker's chocolate off the back, a little herbal hop in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp- maybe a little too light for a stout, and semi-dry. Just a tad one dimensional, this beer might be better thought of as an introduction to stouts, or even as a session beer, since It doesn't seem that alcoholic. Not bad, but not that distinctive- I do like that this is one of a growing number of canned craft beers.

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Photo of crusian
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can from mcnellies in tulsa.
Pours into a guiness glass thicker and blacker than I thought. About a finger of head.
Sweet Chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. Very mild nose, moreso than I would have liked, but on par with a milk stout.
Very sweet milky smoothness, but ends with a bitter finish. Much drier than any other milk stout I have ever had. Chocolate and roast on the palate. Not bad for a 5% stout. They pack a lot of flavor in it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch of rocky light tan foam that recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. the taste is of roasted malt, and burnt malt. There are some nice coffee and chocolate flavors in the finish with a moderare bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It isn't overpowering, but it doesn't try to be. It is complex nonetheless. I will certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, goblet, there seems to be a Julian date printed on the bottom rim of the can of 10 292.

This can was a bit of a sprayer when I popped its top. Creamy stout foam came out when I pulled the tab and on the pour a visibly thin dark brown filled the glass. The head is small and swirly with retention only on the edge.

Perky roast and a mega bar of milk chocolate make a creamy, full nose. Subtle fresh brewed coffee and tootsie roll are also nice.

That milk chocolate stays up front with an immediate hit of diner coffee. This isn't even trying for much depth or any complexity. The flavor is very limited in scope, but what it has is good.

The mouth feel is where this really seems to fail. I could tell it was going to be thin when I poured it, and it more than delivers on that unwanted promise. Carrying hardly any carbonation at all, you're left searching your mouth for something to chew on. More body alone could fix it or more carbonation alone. It doesn't even need both of those things.

If you were to give us the object 'beer' to go with the comfortingly one-dimensional nose and flavor Tallgrass might have a massive winner here for drinkability. This is a Sweet Stout that I could drink on a fall or winter weekend, all weekend. Even with some major flaws, I gulped this one down and really want another.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can (best by 11/14/10) into a Worth Brewing Becker glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a light brown head. Head doesn't build up very good nor does it last.

Smell: This has a nice mellow roasted malt aroma. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly dark roasted malts in the taste. The taste was kind of a let down from the smell. Very little sweetness, mostly highly roasted malt bitterness. Body is a little thin for the style too. Mouthfeel has little creaminess to it, but was expecting more.

Drinkability: This lacks the depth and the balance of maltly/lactose sweetness that other top milk/sweet stouts have. None the less it is still an easy drinking stout.

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

Tallgrass Buffallo Sweat Stout

"Dangerously Dark, Authentically Awesome, Pour A Pint..."

Yes, Dark. Not sure how dangerous it is...Lovely, cocoa-tan head, nice looking stout.

Aroma: Pitch perfect oatmeal stout, smooth and creamy, chocolate, silky smooth. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Mmm, more of the same, just lovely. Easy down the throat, roasty malt, toasty, oatmeal smooth, light cocoa taste. Super drinkability.

All in all, a nice, easy drinking stout. Could be fuller, could be richer, but this is what it is, and it's pretty nice. I'd have one again, but I don't think I'd seek it out. There's richer, fuller stouts that'll grab my dollars.

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Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,460 ratings