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 brewdoc75
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks rock solid initially in my glass. Black in color with some ruby hues throughout. A lovely, brownish-white head, about 2 inches thick sits on top. Unfortunately it dies as quickly as it presented itself. Head retention is important to me when it comes to stouts. This has very little.

S: Lovely roasted grains, chocolate, mildly sweet. Hints of dark roast coffee in the end. All very nice and ever present.

T: Roasted grain hits the tongues first. A slight burnt taste as well. There is even some nuttiness. The beer then rounds out with a light milk-chocolate flavor. I do get some sweetness, but it isn't as powerful as some sweet stouts. The bitterness is mild and seems to come more from the roasted grains then the hops. The beer finishes ok, but there is some unpleasant burnt charater that sticks in my throat.

M: Light/medium bodied. Creamy, but at the same time on the drier end for a sweet stout. Carbonation is right in the middle. A bit of tannin noted as well. Finishes clean.

D: A pretty decent sweet stout. The best part about it for me is that it isn't too sweet like some others I've had. Unfortunately some of roasted malts give too much of a burnt characters at times. Otherwise, this is a solid sessionable sweet stout.

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Photo of ZAP
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/blac with some ruby red hues

S-Roasted malts...a bit of exotic java....interestingly enough some leather...malted milk balls.

T-Love the flavor...I had no idea what kind of stout this was but after the first sip I knew it was a sweet stout. Big malted milk ball flavor that I love...roasted malts...a little sweet coffee (think coffee loaded with creamer)..outstanding..maybe the best tasting sweet stout I have had.

M-Perfect...smooth, velvet-like, medium bodied...Very creamy texture with the perfect amount of weight..

D-Maybe the best Sweet Stout I have had. I could session this for awhile as I despite the sweeter flavors I think it drinks fine. I'll have to give a few at a time a try because I do plan on drinking a lot more of this one. Would love to a side-by-side tasting with left hand.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 deadbody
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very solid brew, picked up a 4 pack of cans. Easy to drink, great taste, felt a little thin, but not bad. Good complexity to the flavor, would drink again, really a good straightforward stout, nothing wrong, nothing super exceptional (like one major flavor) but very solid overall.

May be a new standby for me, replacing Surly Bender since it is about $2 cheaper per 4 pack. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy.

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

Solid black color with a small tan head that hangs around for awhile. The head settles to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is just what I would expect a stout of this style to smell like. Balanced between the roasted malt and the lactose sweetness. The flavor is a little sweeter than almost any other stout and that is what I guess the brewer was shooting for. Some bitterness from the roasted malt but overall this is a rather tame stout. The body is also just a touch thin. In my opinion a little overcarbonated as well. A very approachable stout that is nicely crafted. Just a little too sweet without enough malt character.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool looking can. The darkest of brown, approaching black in color with a seltzer like head which is tan in color. The head recedes pretty quickly.

Chocolate, toasty malt and cola are all present in the nose. A hint of coffee as well. The nose is moderately strong.

Oh yeah, this is nice. Like the nose pretty much. There is a bit of toasted malt, but more of the cola and chocolate. A touch of coffee and the lactose comes in at the end.

The feel is smooth, but it may be just a touch undercarbonated. Finishes quite dry. Needs some more body, feels a bit thin.

Drinks well and represents the style nicely. This is an enjoyable and well done milk stout. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Ruby black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses, roasted malt and milk chocolate. Smells decadent and rich, especially at first.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet mix of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and licorice. Minimal bitterness - while the smooth, rounded malts are appreciated, a little hop balance or extra roasted bite could have helped.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth body that is fairly light. Too thin.

Drinkability: A solid, malty and drinkable Sweet Stout. Good session beer overall, even if there is no "wow" factor. Probably would be better with a slightly bigger body and a touch more bitterness.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black body with a decent sized brown head. However, it "fizzes" away. Not what I'd expect from a milk stout, buy only a minor flaw. Nice aroma. Chocolatey and roasty. Body and mouthfeel are very weak. Watery and thin. Hardly any body at all. Not very creamy. Very little carbonation. Flavor is pretty dull as well. Baseline roast and coffee, but pretty weak. This one does not impress me. The other two I had from this brewery did however. Their Canned IPA and Canned English DIPA.

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Photo of Buebie
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me a milk stout, this stuff just came to MN, another great beer in our presence!

Picked up a single 16oz can for $2

The head is a little less than an inch of brown. Color on the beer is pitch black.
A small cap is left with thin legs of lace.

Aroma is mostly delicious chocolate, aroma is brilliant. Small amount of charred grains and a large amount of malt. But chocolate seems to be the fore runner of aroma, semi sweet and delicious.

Taste offers up some mild sweets upfront with chocolate flavors all the way through. Small malted milk ball flavors and a little bit of charred roasty chocolate grain, transcending into coffee.
There is one odd flavor that is kind of nagging at me and that being an almost A&W cream soda flavor, that I do not enjoy.

Mouthfeel is thin and a tad watery for the style.

Overall an easy drinking beer, but not somthing I can see myself buying again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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 bort11
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can can poured into a 20 oz pub glass. Tall mocha colored head challenges the lip of the glass. Thin strings of lace surround the glass. Body color is black with thin ruby red highlights around the edge.

Smell is a blend of milk chocolate and cappuccino aromas. The taste brings out more of the lactose milk sweetness. The body is lighter, like the consistency of 1% milk. It still has a creamy texture and goes down very easy.

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Photo of Durge
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark black color with a fair chocolaty tan head and decent lacing. The aroma says goodly malt and charcoal with deep grass, decent. The grass holds on to dominate the flavor with more sweet molasses malt. There's lots of charcoal with meager carbonation, smooth and medium-plus bodied and reasonably drinkable. There's some red wine and charred oak. Qualities of the aromal dominates but the taste is decent. A nice try at a stout, worth sampling for sure.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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 webbcreative
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark dark brown, with 1.5 finger tan head, that quickly settled into a think ring, and left very minimal lacing. Smell is coffee and mocha. Taste is Coffee and mocha with lactose, a bit metallic for half the glass also. Mouthfeel is not as full and creamy as I would have expected/liked.

Overall this is a solid milk stout.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight oatmeal, yeast, slight coffee, grain, slight hop, hint of pale malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oatmeal, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, slight hop, hint of wood, hint of coffee, and slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a jet black with no head. Smell is roasted malt profile with hints of chocolate. Taste is just like the smell nice roasted flavor with a slight thin mellow finish, very high drinkability. This beer goes down very smooth and would be a nice session brew, overall no to bad.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My somewhat vigorous pour produces a thick brown head, about 2 inches in height that takes a long time to fade. Head slowly settles down to provides a thick cover and leaves lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer itself is black, I can not see through it.

Smell: Aromas lean heavily to a big malty stout. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of light roasted coffee as well. Nothing really jumps out indicating any sweetness here.

Taste: A decent smack of roasted malts right up front and carries through to a slightly bitter finish. Bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and nuts. The light bitterness on the finish provides a nice balance to the beer.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body than I expected. Its a bit of a push to call it medium body. Slick going down with a bit of a lingering aftertaste on the finish.

Drinkability: A wonderful, enjoyabe, drinkable stout. This is a great brew from the Tallgrass Brewing Company that I would definitely have again. Would be great on a cool day, still good on a warmer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A run-of-the-mill Stout with solid flavors but the watery textures really hurt.

Buffalo Sweat pours a dark brown color but struggles with head formation and retention despite high carbonation. No lacing.

Aromas of coffee grounds, burnt cocoa, and malted barley carry the scent from beginning til end. A very straight forward aroma without variation.

Flavors favor the coffee and cocoa with mild hints of caramel, nutty, confectioner's sugar, and a light ash/burnt taste. Low on hops, but the beer balances out pretty well due to the roast.

The lowly textured, watery body makes the beer feel weak and thin. The high carbonation doesn't comnpensate for lack of mouthfeel, but accentuates less desirable features of sulfur and high mineral character.

Buffalo Sweat is more flavorful than say Yuengling Black and Tan but the texture keeps it in the same vein.

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

Pours a light black or very dark brown, light tan head that looks good enough to drink. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oat, and husky grains, I dig it. Tastes of chocolate malts with lots of bread and doughy finish. Some phenolic band-aid-like off-flavors. Medium to thin for a milk stout, though nice smooth lower carbonation. Overall I like this, especially the aroma, though some minor off-flavors hindered my enjoyment.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black-brown brew with tan head. Great toasty aroma. Flavor is heavy on chocolate. My friend says it reminds her of hersheys syrup and I agree. Sorta sweet but really not as much I would expect based on the style. A slight acidic prickle on the tongue. Kinda thin mouthfeel.

A good beer. I look forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black with a creamy tan head.

Aroma delivers a solid helping of roasty chocolate and not much else.

Taste doesn't quite deliver the roast that the aroma promised but does exhibit some mild cocoa and two hour old coffee, which combines with sweetness to give a creamed coffee/dessert character.

A nice little milk stout. A good nightcap paired with a chocolate or vanilla dessert. My only real complaint is that I'd like the mouthfeel to be a bit chewier.

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Photo of timbro81
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard black with a respectable tan head about 2/3 of an inch thick. Head settles to a fine ring within a minute. Smells of deep roasted chocolate. Light amounts of alcohol mingle with creamy vanilla also noted. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, carbonation is good, soft. Roasted malts dominate the palate but not too aggresively. Light amounts of sweetness noted. A touch of creaminess. Aftertaste hangs around for a while but doesn't bring anything new to the table. Very easy drinking. Was pleasantly surprised by an unknown brewery out of Kansas. Would drink it again and am willing to try the IPA.

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Photo of keithfitzgeralds
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the pour, it is a very thin beer, especially for a stout. However, the smell is unbelievable. This is definitely a dessert beer. It has a nutty caramel smell. It tastes like a caramel milk stout...yum. I could give up junk food for good if I just had this beer to drink. For an average drinker, they would probably not want to drink this beer all night, but I sure can.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured to a pint glass; received from Kansas BA travlnlt in late '09...no 'best by' date, so I'd best get to drinkin'...it's been on a shelf in the dark/chilly fruit cellar for the last couple months.

Called a 'cream stout' on the label.

A: Sultry darkness, a velvety ebony. Full dollop of almond-tan creamy fluff atop, very good retention. Takes maybe 5 minutes to fall to a skim coat, leaving jagged lace ribbons.

S: Cocoa powder, a sugared 'cafe au lait' aroma. A mild hint of 'ashtray' sootiness, sorta mineral - which sounds bad, I know, but retains in some way a dried tobacco sweetness. Mildest oxidized tinge. Good strength.

T: Malty roast that has definite coffee notes (especially in the finish), but more cocoa than anything. Grainy dark bread and something oddly salty (I know, it's a *sweet* stout), a little vanilla. Then there's a light lemon, or lemongrass rather - just enough hops and a drop or two of tartness. Maybe a little age, but not bad enough to detract much.

M: Didn't care for the feel all that much: yes, it's 'creamy' and undeniably smooth, but the body is thin and the finish is all sticky malt (kinda gummy on the lips). The slightest bit grain, a fine film that makes me feel like brushing my teeth afterward.

D: Good for drinking once at a sitting - might even take a pint of it - but it's a beer that isn't really my thing. No doubt it's well-made and pretty tasty - worth a try, too - but not one I need to seek out again. But I'm keeping the empty bottle - a label like 'Buffalo Sweat' is too good to toss in the recycling bin.

Thanks, Geoff, for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of brewcast6
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was given to me by Tallgrass Brewing employees while they were in Omaha for extreme beer fest.

Aroma: Mildly roasted aroma, with a very strong coffee aroma, slightly sweet and some chocolate undertones

Appearance: Black in color, creamy brown head with very little retention, slight lacing left on the glass

Flavor: Roasted malt flavor with coffee flavor dominating, medium sweet, slightly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and creamy, very little carbonation, slightly dry

Very good beer especially if you like the taste of coffee the only improvement that could be made is to tone down the coffee flavors allowing the sweet maltiness to stand out a little more

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