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 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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Photo of ironmike75
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this style of beer.
Kick ass six pack case and awesome label on the bottle - sweet graphic design.
Appearance - awesome black color
Smell - Smoky goodness
Taste - Just good, maybe strong for some, but I dig it
Mouthfeel - Not bad at all
Drinkability - I can't get enough of this one, again might be too much for some, but man I love this beer!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 homebrewhawk
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of dark tan head. Lots of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma. Lactose sweetness and chocolate malt dominate the flavor. Medium bodied and smooth. Some hop bitterness in the middle. Long dry finish of roasted barley/black patent. Just a hint of burnt flavor in the finish. Solid beer. One of the better Tallgrass offerings.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Interesting beer.

Pours just like a cream stout should. inky opaque brown with a lustrous thick tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, baked bread on the nose.

It has that weird taste that comes when you put sugar in good black coffee. It wants to be good and bitter, but the sweetness is fighting that.

Mouthfeel is offputting. Very thin and uncomfortable on the tongue.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ and I do believe this will be my first beer from Kansas.

A near if not indeed black colour with a 2 finger head of foam is what I get with the pour. Watching the beer settle, the foam shrinks very slowly and leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is roasty, very grainy, with some dark chocolate like bitterness coming through.

The taste is good on the chocolate and roasted malt, light graininess, and a bit of hop bitterness that sneaks in between the other flavours. Nice and tasty and easy on the alcohol.

It's medium bodied with a lightish level of carbonation. It has a very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I wouldn't drink bottles back to back but it's definitely an easy drinker for the 1 bottle. Good stuff.

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

Wow! Tallgrass has impressed me with this one. Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Smells like Starbucks - so much coffee. Not to dark, rather medium roasts and light hints of cream. Tastes the same - really pleasant with the best stout taste IMO.

Incredibly drinkable for a stout.

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