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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

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Photo of Apatschinn
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App. - Dark brown pour with a two and a half thick brown head on top. The head quickly dissipated into a froth that sat right on top. Little to no lacing was present

Smell - Little bit of coffee, but not much else. Underwhelming but still smells pretty good!

Taste - Lots of coffee in here and pretty sweet. Tastes pretty darn good!

Mouth. - Pretty velvety with a thick accent to it. Feels great!

Over. - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Pretty meh as far as a milk stout is concerned, but I will say this, it makes a great beer shake!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling right now on 3/31/14. Comes in a 4-pack 16 ounce can that cost $7.99 and "Drink by 6/7/14". Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very deep reddish-brown which is almost black in color. A thin beige head is seen that just settles to around the sides of the glass. Spotty lacing is seen but doesn't last long. The aroma is very pleasant of roasted malts right up front with oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate. The taste has even more great flavors with some black coffee and milk chocolate. Very tasty and is a easy drinker. Perfect carbonation. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Overall a GREAT Oatmeal Cream Stout!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown with a touch of lighter accents. Frothy tan head of 2 fingers settles in nicely.

S- Roasted malts, coffee beans, slight chocolate, bark, dirt, and touch of licorice.

T- Good mix found in the nose. Balanced, but light on complexity and depth.

M- About what's expected at 5%. Light and easy drinking stout that has some nice creamy character.

O- Nothing special, but one that you might consider a sessionable stout.

$8 for a 4 pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of NickT2121
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into my snifter poured a dark creamy black with little Moahagany at the bottom of the glass. 1 finger mocha sudsy head.

S - Coco caramel coffee notes malty goodness , with a creamy milky Smell dominating this one smells amazing

T - coffee right off the bat with a rich caramel coffee malt flavor with Coco finish very well blended

M - heavy thick Nitro feel. bubbly oily finish

O - I haven't had to many stouts but this has got me wanting to venture into the world of stouts. It's sweet bitter creamy dry every thing I'm looking for. The flavors are complex but not over bearing. I really enjoyed this after a nice dinner this evening. Great job again tallgrass


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Photo of OldRickSputin
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was very close to being a drain pour.

So,I decided to let it warm up...it didn't help much.

I went easy on my ratings because perhaps I'm just not a fan of this type of beer. Way too much carbonation, nasty smell, and taste that was just not something I enjoyed.

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Photo of RobertRodak
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No one ever accused me of being a beer snob. At least not yet. In fact, I'm new to craft beers and am still learning. I've only kegged my second batch of home brew just today. What I do know is what I like. This beer, along with the vanilla counterpart are my current all time favorite brews. I'm sure that nobody would fault me if this Valentine's Day I took my woman to a private place and enjoyed a little Buffalo Sweat. In fact, I highly recommend that you do the same. You won't regret it!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with drink by date of 07/25/2014 printed on the bottom of the can. Another new beer to me from Tallgrass Brewing Co. I'm expecting good things, based on my experience with Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; nearly opaque in the glass, with some see-through dark brown cola around the edges. Three big creamy fluffy fingers of light chocolate / mocha head. Some very nice thick scattered lacing.

S - Smell is very nice. Bitter unsweetened chocolate, cream, lactose sugars, vanilla, cold roasty coffee beans, and lots of dark barley / oatmeal roast.

T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, cold coffee, hint of cola, and dark barley / oatmeal roastiness. Fairly conventional, but the cream sugar lends a smooth silkiness to the beer. Somewhat thin for a stout.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and light. Minimal chocolate / coffee bean bitterness on the palate. Fairly dark and roasty for the low 5.00% abv. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nicely made low abv stout from Tallgrass. Not exactly packing all the flavors of the vanilla variant, but it's still very good. Dark and roasty for the low abv. Recommended.

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat ---4/5.

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Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark, tiny hints of ruby red if held up to the light. Nice dense three finger beige head that receded too quickly unfortunately. Minimal lacing, but that could just be the glass.

S- Roasted malts are the predominant aroma followed by oatmeal, chocolate, and vanilla.

T- One of the sweetest beers I've had... definitely a dessert beer. Excellent roastiness that's followed with a caramel/chocolate middle, finally ending with toasty flavors and residual sweetness. Isn't bitter at all either, which was unexpected. Almost no hop presence.

M- Despite its color, this beer is rather thin. The body is quite nice though, and the oats/lactose give it a great feel. The bitterness lingers but is very light. The carbonation is on the medium to low side, and in my opinion is about spot on.

Overall, this is a spectacular example of the style. It's not for everyone though, and the sweetness can be overwhelming if you're used to other styles. If you can find it, pick it up!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a big, 3 finger head. The head sticks around a good bit before leaving a sticky, pretty dense lacing down the side of the glass. Body of the beer is dark, yet still a little translucent on the edges, providing just a bit of red color.

S- Sweet and dark, with lots of different scents going on. First thing that hits the nose is a bit of vanilla sweetness mixed in with some balancing dark malts. Malts have a slightly burnt aroma and preside over most of the smell. Chocolate sweetness is in there a little more towards the end, but not quite as prominent as the vanilla or dark malts.

T- Dark and toasty to start off, with the malts taking center stage. Malts display a hint of burnt flavor, as well as a hint of both coffee and chocolate. Underlying the dark malt flavors throughout the entire drink is a slight vanilla bean sweetness. Pretty one dimensional throughout, but pretty delicious too.

M- Light, kind of thin, and smooth going down. Nice and easy to drink, with both a low level of alcohol and a body that isn't too thick. Medium level of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty awesome example of the style. Dark, sweet, balancing bitterness, and easy to drink. I would like to see this cranked up to an imperial level with a ton more malt and booze, then we would be talking about a downright awesome imperial stout.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I had this too soon out of the fridge, as it was lacking some of the creaminess I was expecting. Foam disappeared quickly after the pour, and it had a definite oatmeal nose, without being as strong as I thought it would. Smooth tasting, creamy without being rich. A solid beer, but cold it wasn't as great as it could have been.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Perfect 2 finger head - not dense, but not fluffy. Very very dark brew. Off to a good start. Just realized coffee stouts don't tend to do that thing where the bubbles on the outside of the glass sink. Weird.

Sweetness on the nose, anticipation rising. The head has now diminished to 1/2 finger thickness with very nice lacing. This is a very attractive beer, and I can't wait to see how it tastes. Let's find out.

There it is. Sweetness. Call me nuts but I'm almost picking up on something bordering on peppermint-mocha notes. Fizzy on the tongue but not overwhelmingly so, like the Morning Wood I just had (the beer, not the anatomical anomaly).

I just realized this isn't even a coffee stout - heck, if you had handed me one and said it was brewed with Kenyan coffee beans, I don't think I would doubt you. Maybe I'm just used to oatmeal stouts having the coffee element, as my last few have been in that category.

Upon pouring the rest of the can into my glass, I do see the sinking bubbles, they just don't last long, they form a solid head very quickly.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Not outstanding, but I think the BA score is pretty appropriate.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with ruby highlights; the head is reasonably impressive and leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, sweet cream and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Much like the aroma, the milk chocolate and sweet cream flavors lead off and never relent; in the middle, the vanilla forces its way into the picture, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; gets creamier as it warms

Overall: Pleasant enough but a bit too sweet; not something I would want to drink in any quantity

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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Oily, black brew with a dark, tan head, quickly fading. Thin but nice lacing.

Mild, watery stout aroma. Hint of chocolate and grapes.

Smooth and sweet flavor: milk, chocolate, sugar and cream. Powdered chocolate and cocoa linger on the tongue. Wheat and oatmeal. Every single flavor comes out stronger, cleaner, and smoother as the beer warms.

Once the beer gets down to just a hair above room temperature, the mouthfeel settles down nicely into a thick, chewy, cloying experience. No sting, no unpleasant aftertaste.

This was a surprisingly good, and very smooth, stout; as a bonus, it clocks in at only 5%.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambicPentameter for giving this as an extra in a trade.
Poured from 16oz can into a stemless wineglass, drink by 12/05/13

A- Dark brown almost black with a medium tan head that dissipated quickly into a ring.

S- Coffee with a chocolate sweetness.

T- Getting a lot of tobacco, with some roast acidity and a pleasant coffee after taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel a bit heavy for a 5% ABV beer.

O- This beer has a great aroma that really reminded me of Founders Breakfast stout. So I was a bit disappointed when the taste did not match it. Too much tobacco for me and really reminded me of the way an ashtray smells. The finish was quite pleasant however.

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Photo of bnes09
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color. Yeast chunks settling to the bottom. Weakish cream colored head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

Cooked corn, roasted malt and booze in the aroma.

Smooth roasted character, wheat toast, oats and almonds. Hint of molasses sweetness. Subtle herbal hop just to keep things interesting. Descent balance.

Fairly light body for a stout but with lots of malty texture. Weak carbonation. Smooth mid-drink, finish is semi-dry with lingering roasted character.

Descent stout. Would definitely hit the spot around the holidays or as a dessert beverage. It's worth a try.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and foremost...love the name!!! Secondly...this is a decent stout...for the abv to be where its at and the taste to be where its at...it just works....well. The beer pours an opaque black with nice offwhite head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is milk chocolate with hints of mocha. The taste is a creamy almost nestle start then finishes slightly bitter to leave an espresso flare. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall...very nice sessionable stout!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big light brown head just sits above a clear really dark brown to black colored stout.

Big well roasted grain malts aroma with just a hint of dark chocolates coming through.

Nice well roasted malt taste with as in the aroma a hint of dark chocolates, gives this beer a full bodied taste.

Dryish aftertaste with leftover roasted malts and dark chocolate tastes that leave a light almost chalky mouth feel on this full bodied beer.

Very drinkable with a good taste that doesn't over do anything but leaves you wanting another drink.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into nonic pint
BBD 12/05/13

A - pours a deep, dark brown with a huge khaki-colored three-finger head. Large bubbles dissipating with a nice lace

S - strong nutty flavor with oats and roastiness. Roasted barley comes to mind.maybe some pecan in there as well

T - bitter chocolate as well as that roasty malt flavor. A bit of coffee grounds on the back end. Really drinkable, goes down well, maybe due to the lower ABV

M - Surprisingly lighter feel for this type of beer. Medium bodied, not syrupy like some others. I like this one more and more.

O - this is a revisit and decided to review. Solid effort here from Tallgrass. I really like the "lighter" feel to this stout. I could drink this several times a day!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color, completely opaque, with three fingers oatmeal-colored head that slowly dissolved into a nice lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer. As the beer was drunk, the lacing turn into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very bready, very roasty. Lots of dark bread and cereal. Some subtle smoke from the roasting process of the malt. Finally, there’s some subtle coffee aroma’s too.

Taste: Like the aroma, very bready and very roasty. Like drinking a slice of pumpernickel bread if that makes sense. There’s a TON of roasted malt flavor up front, followed by some subtle coffee flavors. At the end there’s a very subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. Not as smooth as most cream/milk stouts that I’ve had, and with an ABV of only 5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: Damn, I really liked this stout. All of its subtleties really add up to a really damn fine stout!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can drink by 7/24/14. into a FW Teku glass.

Pours a pitch black with a nice beige head about an inch and a half thick. Smell is typical cocoa and oats..slight vanilla and roasted malts. the taste starts out with a slight bit of vanilla then i get the chocolate and oaty flavors followed by nice roasted malts. very solid. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall its a spot on oatmeal stout. vanilla bean one is better, though this one is very very drinkable and sessionable!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jake65 hooked me up with a couple of these in a good trade.. Pours a standard dark black with a fairly long lasting light brown head.. spotty lacing and a decent cap.

Nose shows a light roasty element that combines well with the milk sugars.. some chocolate notes show with warmth.. nothing mindblowing, but seems about right across the board for a sweet stout.

Roasty malt and a light coffee element is moved forward and is well integrated by the lactose.. again the chocolate note is more as it warms up.

Body is very smooth... almost like an oatmeal stout.. light carbonation accentuates the silky nature.

Pretty tasty... I typically don't seek out milk stouts too often, but this is well done and I am happy I have another can! Thanks Jake for the great trade!!


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Photo of archyquaffer
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a pint can into a shaker glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of a tan colored head. This dissipates but sticks around nicely. The beer is very dark brown in color, almost black, and will not pass light from a normal light source.

Toasted grains and a bit of diacetyl in the aroma and flavor, with very definite coffee and chocolate tones and maybe a bit of toffee. A little grassy and/or hay-like. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but less than one might expect from an oatmeal stout, and therefore fairly sessionable. A bit of fruitiness is more apparent in the aftertaste. Maybe a slight metallic tang from the can, which is a plus with me...

Overall, a very decent stout, though perhaps a bit more like a porter in body. I like the fact that the beer comes in an aluminum can, which is much easier to recycle. Besides, I like tangy, metallic ambience provided by the can....

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Photo of Gustheelephant
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black. Good amount of head, decent head retention. A little bit of lacing.

Smell - Very malty. Strong coming out of the can, but so much in the glass, a little weak for the style.

Taste - Bold coffee notes. Roasty. Hint of chocolate. Big flavor that leaves palate quickly. Not as creamy as expected.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Definitely more of a session beer than a desert beer.

Overall - A little disappointed as it looked great coming out of the can. Feels more like a porter than a stout. If you want to knock a few back, this is a good beer, but if you want something bold and palateable, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Benish
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into Irish pint glass. A foamy head started to build up quickly as I was pouring but then started to breakdown quickly afterwards. Upon smelling it, I could sense this is overly carbonated.

Unfortunately the aroma reminded me of cola. Maybe subtle hints of chocolate but not a lot.

Flavor is the best part of this beer. I tasted the roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. It's an easy drinker. The flavors does not wreak the palate and it's not complex. Yet the flavors are still enjoyable!

It has a light bodied mouth feel but seems a bit too carbonated in my opinion. But as the beer started to settle, it started to have a more creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Like other reviews said, I think it should be fixed with nitro.

Overall, on the plus side the flavor is great and it's an easy drinking beer at 5% ABV! On the negative side it seems overly carbonated and the aroma I do not find outstanding. Fortunately as the beer started to settle the mouthfeel became more tolerable as it was smooth and creamy. One other thing I have to add, I drank this pint in maybe 15 minutes or more. Don't know where the time went and I was not in a hurry. Kind of surprised I already finished it. Maybe I do like it.

After finishing the beer from the glass, the glass had a nice aroma of malt and chocolate. NO cola smell present.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, with "Drink by" dating of 06-05-13 ( I'm a few months late apparently on this one)

Pours very dark brown, fluffy and lasting dark tan head that leaves a nice looking ring of low sheeting and scatteredt bits of lace.

I get a bunch of milk chocolate on the nose.

More milk chocolate, with some light coffee notes as well.

On the thin side, but that adds to drinkability of this flavorful and nicely crafted stout. Bring on some grilled meat and/or chocolate desserts.

Tasty and worth a try.

Last of the beers I brought home from Kansas...

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,323 ratings.
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