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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Ratings: 1,442 |  Reviews: 378
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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Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first-ever Kansas beer, and thanks to msubulldog25 for it! Pours into my snifter the color of, well, probably not buffalo sweet, but perhaps the outpourings of a chocolate bunny rabbit suffering hyperhidrosis. Super-dark brown verging toward black, with a light tan head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma has a nice sweet cream smell to it, light hints of vanilla too. Pretty toasty and grainy through and through, clean and earthy all the way, nicely balanced, and subtle.

Flavor tries to do all the nice things the aroma does, but only gets halfway. Sweet cream is there, and vanilla, and toasted grains of course...even watery chocolate milk, but the slightest mineral element works its way in and detracts a little. Maybe the grain is too charred, although it doesn't taste totally burnt or anything. Flashes of dark fruit too (grape, plum), and a light citric bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is airy and springy, which I like and which works, although maybe just a tad too thin.

Enjoyable for sure, I just prefer a bigger, rounder, more assertive stout.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a sixer under the Christmas tree, thanks to my bil/sil - could hardly get past the egg nog before itching to try it.

The pour is deep black, with very little head - just a light ring around the edge of the glass.

Heavy, sweet coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose - just about as big of a smell as you ever get from a beer. Entirely fills your head like helium in a balloon - let's hope I don't pop.

Like gnoshing on straight roasted grains, without the annoying water and other ingredients to get in the way. A bit of alcohol sits looming under the toast.

Decent carbonation, but it comes through as a little soapy. The grains deliver a single large layer of dry sweetness.

I've enjoyed the beer, and it's a step in the right direction for the young brewery. I'll be looking forward to new beers as the brewery grows.

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

This bad boy, first brew of 2010, pours the classic opaque black into the Corsendonk tulip with a nice tan head resting on top. Leaves a ring o' lace on the way down.

Rich, malty aroma with chocolate and coffee notes adding to the enticement. Easy drinking, smooth brew - doesn't seem "dry stout" to me, as the other 2 reviewers mentioned, but more along the lines of a nice oatmeal stout, with a tingle of hops in the finish.

Roasty and toasty brew, glad to have the sixer brought to me by my niece from Lawrence, Ks.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head> it left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and mild coffee notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and roasted maltiness with a mild hop bitterness. The coffee flavor is muted.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light to medium bodied stout.

D - This tastes and drinks more like a dry stout. Still it is a pretty good and easy drinking/sessionable brew.

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Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,442 ratings