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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat

Brewed by:
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 biglite351
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - creamy off white tall head. A bit of red around the edges.

S - caramel, chocolate, coffee and a hint of wood. Got a little bitter after a few minutes.

T - smokey with sweet caramel. A touch of yoohoo in the finish.

M - creamy and smooth with good coating. Mild tingle on front of tongue.

O - I could brink this as an all-nighter.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep black, light, creamy head
S: Rich roasted barley, cocoa, a bit sweet
T: Strong burnt barley, a small hint of hops, minimal cocoa. The taste seems to last awhile with very pleasant roasted barley hints.
M: Not quite as smooth as some stouts, has the right amount of carbonation though.

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Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coal color, with hints of brown at the edges. Creamy tan head. Smell is of chocolate ice cream. Taste is a hint of charcoal up front, followed by a nice mild sweetness, followed by some dark chocolate, and just a hint of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, although the carbonation is a little weird, almost seems like nitrogen, honestly its weakest point. Overall a very good beer, the strange carbonation or nitro is the only detracting factor.

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Photo of azdback
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark, dark black. Some light brown highlights peek through at the edges. Head is a beautiful light tan color and as creamy as the top of an expensive Starbucks creation. Lace is holding it's own now and does to the end.

Smell is of deep roasted malts. Maybe some stale coffee and some bread smell. I am just getting a hint of chocolate, but smell is more on the lines with a porter.

Taste is much more what I was looking for. I taste sweet flavors of chocolate and iced coffee. Maybe some honey and vanilla. Quite a great tasting beer.

Mouth is great. It is not a heavy overly roasted malt brew that you have to chew your way through. Instead it is a nice, lightly done, milk or sweet stout. Kind of more a Porter in mouth but fits this beer. Nicely done.

Overall I really enjoyed my second offering from this brewery. A very nice, refreshing light styled stout. Only measuring up at 5.00% if this was readily available to me I would probably make this my session Stout. Thanks to McNuts for this freebee!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, so I poured it into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large dark tan head that fades rather quickly to the edges leaving a small film on the top.

S - Nutty, malty, and bitter chocolate.

T - Smokey, leather, and tobacco.

D - Lots of carbonation, especially for a stout.

O - A wide variety of flavors, that kinda works.

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Photo of blackearth
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black body with a puffy khaki colored head that slowly fades. Aromas of dark sugar and black malts. Slightly moderate carbonation with a lightly silky mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat weak given the appearance, aroma and name of the beer! A very accessible stout.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice coffee aroma with a slightly sweet quality.
Very good looking. Black with slight dark highlights. Dense dark head with good stamina and some lacing.
Nice level of dryness on a long finish. Tasty roast and coffee flavors. Nicely balanced sweetness that adds some creaminess.
I'm conflicted on the body. It is light and that prevents the nice mouthfeel that should be evident in the best of this style. Having said that this is a lighter stout that doesn't feel too heavy on a hot summer day and would be enjoyable to drink outside. That won't be reflected on the score (but would have been for drinkability).
This isn't a classic example, but it has some good flavors and hits some spots nicely.

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Photo of bfife
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up as we're traveling across North Dakota. Point up front: I'm learning to like stouts more and more.
the aroma is very light. hints if chocolate, coffee, and, like one reviewer said, toast.
Mouthfeel is smooth. thick enough to enjoy without feeling like you need to chew it.
Nice cream ale finish. Easy to enjoy as a single, or through the course of an evening.

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Photo of Phelps
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a snifter.

Very, very black. A fizzy, one-finger head the color of beach sand rises and recedes within seconds. A thin ring lingers.

Smells like high percentage dark chocolate cooking in a brewhouse. Wort-like, with oatmeal and hints of vanilla. Sweet and smooth.

The flavor’s a subdued version of the nose. Weak coffee, wort, earthy hops, oatmeal, some dark chocolate and toast. Crisper than an oatmeal stout should be.

Medium-light, massaging carbonation inside a very pillowy body. Fizzes up tremendously as it moves, but delivers a surprisingly clean finish.

A decently-flavored, roasty stout, though it needs a bit more body.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/ruby in color, with a big cloud deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint coffee and chocolate
Taste-Black coffee, dark chocolate. Very dry finish, faintly sour and astringent. Tastes more like a dry Irish stout than a sweet milk stout. A bit confusing, but an o.k. brew nevertheless.

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Photo of x63x77
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Brown to dark ruby color, very clear. Small light mocha colored head never more than a centimeter and dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: malty, very little hops detectable with a bit of alcohol and a bit of citrus.

Taste: malty, very sweet. very weak hints of roasted malts, light sour fruits. Flat finish leaves something to be desired.

Mouth Feel: watery, light carbonation, very flat finish.

Drinkability: disappointing stout for the uninitiated, but low in alcohol. I would only drink it in a pinch.

Comes off as a mass market attempt a producing a proper stout.

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Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Tallgrass Beers!!! Grape and Gourmet started carrying them. They are cheap, tasty and IN CANS!!

This is a good milk stout. Pours a dense dark brown color, no light getting through. Good size off white/light tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smell is malty and coffee.

Taste is malty with a lot of coffee. There is a milky sweetness as well. Taste is fairly robust.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a little thin but that wears off the longer you drink. Combined with the taste...just right for either quiet enjoyment or a session. At $1.99 a pint can....a very inviting experience.

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Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. My wife remembers seeing this on a trip out West last year and picked it up when it made its way here. Label is brown, burgundies, and balck and shows a large buffalo head. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of dark tan head. This settles to a thin cap of foam leaving some lacing behind. The beer itself is dark brown with some light showing through around the mahogany edges.

Smell: Roasted barley with slight hint of cocoa.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness upfront with a follow on bitterness reminiscent of black coffee. Finishes with a slight lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, yet favorable enough brew. Not sure I would specifically seek it out again, but all in all not bad.

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Photo of edognight
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure...I am not a stout fan. Hefty malt smell with coffee, cocoa and a bit of skoal. Roasty and burnt, like a smoldering bonfire.

Mouthfeel is thin and the flavor is a tad small. I am used to big IPA's. It's more of a gentle burn over time, more than a hit you in the face stinging bitterness.

Taste better as it warms! More chocolaty. Light bitter finish, like a good coffee, and sticky sweetness. The mix of sweet malt and roasty finish pairs well.

Overall, this beer just looks amazing! I can no say I have tried every Tallgrass I have found, and it is a great brewery.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz. can. On the side:
"Dangerously Dark."
"Authentically Awesome."
"Pour a Pint."

There's no question this is a stout; nice, dark and thick. A brown cap of creamy head crowns this brew and retains its shape well enough, though it doesn't leave much lacing.
Nose is mostly roasty malts with dark cocoa, a little coffee, and an extra touch of sweetness. I like this aroma, but I'd like more of it.
Breads, dark chocolate, and coffee are all in the flavor as well as just a touch of char that's not the least bit astringent or acrid. There's almost a wood-fired toast flavor here, a little tough to place, and a mildly lactic essence as well. I'm only just now realizing this is a milk stout (sweet stout, if you will) rather than a straight up stout.
This is the only problem with the mouthfeel: it's full and pretty rich, not huge but plenty good for a stout, with a pleasant smoothness. For this one, though, I'd really like a lusher, richer quality and a little more depth to show through.
This isn't stellar for what it is, but there's certainly nothing wrong with good. I like it and would pick it up again.

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Photo of meatyard
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a variety 8 pack in 16 oz. cans

Pours an opaque brown with a nice, two-finger+, tan head that recedes fairly quickly without lace.

The smell is dark roasted coffee/malt.

The taste is sweetness that lingers throughout along with some light roastyness and some burnt coffee. There is a mild tangyness in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with, barely, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Like the other 3 in the variety pack, this beer is barely above average or just average. The 16 oz. cans are cool but that doesn't help make it a better beer. Until I hear differently about the quality I, likely, won't buy Tallgrass again.

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Photo of raznug
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head.
Smell: Smells of roasted coffee and possibly chocolate malt.
Taste: Just like the smell roasted coffee and dominates and a little bitterness in the back of the tongue either from the roasted malt or maybe hops not quite sure.
Mouthfeel: Easily flows across the tongue but the roasted flavor lingers almost in to my next sip.
I would recommend that you seek this stout out it will never be in the same category as a DL or KtG but it should be a stout that any BA will enjoy.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheeting throughout. the body was dark black. nice looking beer.
s - burnt malts and roast coffee in the nose.
t - roasty malts at first but the sweetness really comes through the more you drink this. nice balance with the aroma.
m - thin and slick. would have liked it to be a touch heavier.
o - nice and complex for a milk stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark pour here, black as night with a big head of foam on top reaching a height of around two fingers before settling back down to earth. Nice lacing coating the sides and making it super sticky. Aroma is coffee and sweet sugary notes. Hints of chocolate coming through now. It was an odd coffee aroma, almost a dark, french press kind of smell, which played off the sweetness in the milk stout extremely well. Really impressed here as even as it warmed it seemed to never dull. Rich, creamy feel, almost as thick as a milk shake. Creamy chocolate and rich velvety coffee notes slide together perfectly and leave the palate soaked in sweetness that is simply wonderful, and that is an understatement. Each sip becoming richer then the one before. Long lasting flavor of coffee balanced on the tongue and left a slightly dry finish soaked in vanilla notes.

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Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black from a can into a pint glass.

The aroma is not powerful, but it is mostly roasted malt and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is of light chocolate, for instance a hershey's bar. Tasty, and unique. Not perfect, but it doesn't taste like any other milk stout I've had.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, which makes this stout drinkable even on a hot day like today.

This and their DIPA are the only beers I've had from Kansas, but I'm glad to discover this brewery, particularly since they are canned.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into pint glass. Appears typical stout color with a poor head and 0 lacing. Aroma is nearly non-existent although pleasant. Taste is flavorful however weak. There are next to no hops in this thing, and surely not quite enough malt either. Kind of watery and bland. This beer is certainly better than many macros, however needs more ingredient to make a proper beer. It tastes good, however it doesn't taste enough. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. That's a pretty gross name. I hope that isn't what I am drinking. It would not be my goal to make something that tastes like buffalo anything, so why did I buy it.

This has a nice roasty aftertaste. The head is weak, but it looks good in the glass. There is a kind of weak, watery aftertaste /consistency. It's hard to explain, but it's not good.

Overall, it has a bunch of taste, but some issues. I do not intend to buy it again.

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Photo of teromous
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The head on this thing is crazy huge. It's tan and creamy like the head of a rootbeer float poured directly over ice cream. The beer itself is black and very dark brown at the bottom of the glass. Lacing is immense, and does not back down while drinking.

S: I pick up a light roasted coffee scent with some nut scent...maybe hazelnut. I get a little bit of chocolate. There's a bit of an alcohol smell.

T: It's pretty light on flavor. It has a roasted taste but it's very light. It has a sweet, almost candy-like aftertaste.

M: It's very creamy but the body is too light. It doesn't have a large presence in the mouth.

O: Overall it's an alright beer but it's a bit bland. The malt character doesn't stand out much, the head is very substantial but it looks way too large for a stout. It is sweet which is expected, but there's no real bitterness to counter-balance it. I would not buy it again if getting a sweet stout, but it's not a bad or awful stout by any means.

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Photo of Birdman0518
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can served in pint glass

A- about 1 finger tanish head. Faded fairly quick with little lacing. Color is dark brown with hints of red.

S- Smells fairly strong of roasted coffee with a little chocolate.

T- Tastes pretty close to the smell. A little hop at the end

M- Pretty creamy. On the higher end of the carbonation scale. Kind of thin for my tastes.

O- Pretty good. Drinks really easy. Pretty much what I hoped for out of this beer

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Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into glass

Pours a charred brown almost black color with a thinner fluff of tanned head. Retains pretty well with some clouds of film streaked across the glass.

A softer roasted char in the nose with darker malt character. Notes of chocolate and coffee beans as well.

Smooth dark roasted malts up front, swirled with coffee. Some dark chocolate bark with cream, but everything is on the fainter, lighter side. Hint of char as well. Finishes with some light sweetness and a faint notion of hops.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a bit thin but relatively smooth. Drinks pretty easily but I wasn't too crazy about the flavor profile, everything felt a bit muted.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,312 ratings.
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