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 Dead8
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by receiving this beer by accident at a pub one evening. I've been buying this one on my weekly run ever since. I was fortunate enough to have the local Hy-Vee store sell this on tap in 64oz. growlers last week and it was an absolute treat. There are distinct chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee. Nice caramel colored head and smooth finish. I've tried a lot of oatmeal stouts and this one is my favorite even over the Barney Flats.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 5/16/15"; drank 3/16/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

Big dark tan head; nice lace.

Oats, cream & bakers chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, oats, milk chocolate & faint dirt flavors up front; cream soda notes on the finish with a hint of carbonation bite. An enjoyable, flavorful session stout.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. BBD of 11/6/16.

A: Pours dark cola brown in color with a one inch, foamy, fizzy, khaki colored head with minimal retention. Minimal khaki lacing throughout.

S: Mostly notes of toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and asian spices.

T: Taste is mostly toasted malts and oatmeal accompanied by hints of chocolate, coffee, milk, and cinnamon. Very subtle hop bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, thin, smooth, and somewhat crisp with a decent amount of carbonation for a stout.

O: Overall, a decent oatmeal stout. Very drinkable. Somewhat thin and a little lacking on the flavor to be considered a great stout. Would try it again, but probably won't seek it out personally.

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Photo of bwood06
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Made a recent trip to Omaha and decided to pick up something local. This didn't exactly qualify as that, but it sounded very good in the liquor store so I picked it up anyway. This beer is opaque and black in color with light carbonation visible are the very edges of the beer. The head is thick and creamy, dissipating slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. The color of the head is a dark khaki. 4.25/5 The aroma is very sweet and roasty with notes of dark chocolate, milk, cold pressed coffee, light vanilla, grassy hops, char, and tobacco. All of these notes seem to come out at once, all vying for attention. The dark roasted maltiness and milk seem to be the heavy hitters in terms of aroma here. 4/5 Dark brown sugar comes out on the tongue right away before notes of dark toasted wheat bread and dark roasted malt come out. The milk, dark chocolate, and cold pressed coffee seem to make their appearances at a similar time right in the middle with vanilla backing them up. There is a bit of char and tobacco present, adding a nutty/woody/herbal flavor before the grassiness of the hops comes into play. The bitterness is light but noticeable with a very light lingering bitterness that dissipates quickly. 4.25/5 This is a heavy bodied stout that has a significant carbonation burn up front that disappears fairly quickly before a light drying comes into effect. There is a light lingering dryness after swallowing but it is not off-putting. Surprisingly enough, this beer seems to disappear from the palate entirely quite quickly. 4/5 For an oatmeal stout, this beer is surprisingly dry and lighter than expected. There is some creaminess but not to the extent that I expected per the style. Very enjoyable beer with or without food (I've done both). I could easily session this beer despite it being heavy. 4.25/5

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Photo of DK1978
4.98/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a great oatmeal stout. Not too earthy and has a sweet hint in each sip. This would be a great introductory stout for young beer connoisseurs.

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Photo of Werewoof
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had been meaning to try this beer for a while, given that it's a local brew (same state kind of local), and because I was intrigued by the name, more so for the love of buffaloes than their sweat. At least it's much less literal than the white fungus bird's nest drink they sell at the Thai market.

What really sealed the deal, if not the name, was the promise of an oatmeal stout. As far as graphic design goes, I don't imagine it's caught too many eyes, or stand out as the "you gotta get one today!" kind of beer. It's kinda bland looking. I bought it because I'd seen it before online, and because I like to support local breweries. (I drank this straight from the can, as I do every beer. I have no word on the pour, but I'm sure it won't catch on fire if you try.)

I don't claim to be an expert in smellology, but it smells like beer. Good beer, actually, but nothing to me stands out among others. If I think about it hard enough, I can detect a faint hint of some kind of sweetness, milk, and maybe faint chocolate notes. Actually, why am I even sticking my nose to this beer can.

The immediate taste is great, with roasted, milky, oatmeal flavors coming in powerfully for a fantastic entry--then poof. It just seems to pack it up and leave, each sip.

What disappoints me most is that the taste does not satisfy. It comes riding in like a suave charro and leaves in the sunset after bowling over your mouth's affections. I'm also surprised that, for a %5.0 ABV beer, the alcohol taste comes through pretty strongly. Does this mean it's bad? I wouldn't say so, but it doesn't mean it doesn't have further potential either. The palate is just not fulfilled.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth, as expected with a milk stout. Kind of thin at the same time, oddly, but maybe I just like the weight of molasses in my beers. :r

If it's on sale, I might buy it again. It really is good for the initial plunge, but I doesn't tantalize much further.


Give it a go if you like oatmeal!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a warm, deep reddish brown with copious head that resolved quickly. Smells of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts. Taste sweet malts forward, coffee and cocoa, hints of vanilla and molasses and a pleasant contrasting mineral note that keeps it from becoming too sweet . Mouthfeel is a little thinner for a stout, but the texture is smooth and creamy with just enoug effervescence to tingle . Slightly syrupy finish with trace coffee and cocoa notes
Overall - I thoroughly enjoyed this stout, and easy drinker- great intro stout for the newbie- I look forward to trying their other beers and I would pick this up again

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
2.06/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

16oz can on 7/27/16.

L: Dark black with a slight off-white head.

S: I can't lie. Smelled like someone spilled old coffee on a cardboard box. It smelled spoiled.

T: This is an odd stout. I might have gotten a bad can or something. It tastes like gasoline.

F: It has a creamy mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation despite the slight head.

Verdict- I don't want to ask where the sweat came off of this buffalo. This was not for me.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Near black. Dark brown pour with 1 finger head that fades airily quick. The aroma has some vanilla, coffee, dark malt. Almost a cherry cough syrup, not strong at all, just a hint. The taste has some bitter dark chocolate up front and throughout. More vanilla and steeped grain flavor. Mouthfeel. Feels great, silky smooth, and slippery. Overall, a real tasty little stout here. Lots of flavor. Very sweet. Kind of wanted some ice cream to eat while I drank this.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This isn't a coffee beer, but there's a lot of coffee going on here. Pours a dark coffee color, long-lasting tan head, very nice appearance. Aromas of dark roasted malt, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavors of coffee-flavored toffee, espresso bean, sweet cream. Creamy mouthfeel, lingering sweetness with notes of coffee and toffee on the aftertaste. Overall, very good if a bit sweet.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark reddish brown with a huge, foamy beige head that leaves a wisp or two of lace, but dies off to nothing fairly quickly.

On the nose are sweet cherries, roasted coffee, chocolate malt, coconut and tobacco. It's kind of promising at first but quickly becomes all sweet.

The sweet nose translates to a very sweet coconut-flavored cola, with metallic malt, and a hint of hard maple sugar.

Semi-dry, fizzy and thin. Just too oddly light and sweet for a stout, I guess that's the purpose of putting "cream" in the label, but this one's not for me.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black with creamy tan head and no lacing.

S: Dark Roasted malt, hints of black olive, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T: Dark Roasted malt with a nice balance of milk chocolate. Some coffee and black olive. Also a strong mineral note.

F: Creamy body and low carbonation.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a shaker. Huge, frothy and tanned head. Stays solid. Spare lacing. Color of a beer is black and murky. Upfront some hops and chocolate aroma. Later a lot of coffee, chocolate. Some vanilla at the end. Medium dry flavor with a bitterness slowly dominating. Medium palate. Watery to oily. Long and dry finish. Could be thicker in a mouthfeel and with some more bitterness in a finish. Good and smooth beer.

"Drink by: 07/01/16" which I think is 1st of July, 2016.
Review date: 19.05.2016

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the tall boy can via a friend from work----Thanks Justin!
This nice oatmeal stout pours a nice deep dark cola brown with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle thin pooling layer, and light lacing. Nose of mild milk chocolate, subtle vanilla, and light coffee. Flavors exceed the nose with cola touched milk chocolate with light vanilla and coffee showing up mid-taste. Back touches off with cola and subtle cream with nice roasted points with subtle char and a bitter sweet malt aftertaste. Nice and smooth mouth feel, lightly creamy, with light carbonation. Very nice and substantial. I would definitely have this one again. Nice.


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Photo of Squire123
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with orange tints around the edge. It looks like, well, a stout. Light tan cap that quickly goes away.

Aroma: Dark malt with a touch of sweetness, I don't get much hops.

Taste: Full and rich, dark tones with little hop presence. For me it drinks more like a cola than a beer. Touch of sweetness, lingering richness in the aftertaste with no noticeable bitterness. It's as if the brewer was going for easy drinking and if so that goal was achieved.

Texture: Good texture with an almost airy feel. A bit light for a stout but it wasn't designed to be a powerhouse.

Overall: Our house Guinness fan (my son) likes it. Our house doppelbock fan (me) thinks it needs a bit more oomph.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown, black opaque body, a bit of translucence on the sides. Rocky tan head, some lacing on the way down. The head fades completely with time.

S - Mostly chocolate and dark breads, sweet with a hint of molasses.

T - Starts with bold roasted malt flavors, lots of dark wheat bread, chocolate and coffee.

M - Feel is way too light.

O - That is the real knock here; I want something with more chew, more presence. Otherwise, both a flavorful and drinkable stout.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color and is opaque. The head looks like a taller version of what you would get from coca cola with much better retention, although it eventually fades to a very thin ring. Smell is kind of lacking. Light notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt with just a touch of sweetness. Taste is the same, but much stronger in flavor than the smell would lead you to believe. Feel is light and creamy with above average carbonation. Overall a very good beer. So easy to drink.

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Photo of matcris
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very murky dark brown, no light coming through the thick part of the glass. Carbonation is hard to see. Pours a 2 finger of tan, foamy head that eventually settles down to a ring on top. Not much for lacing.
AROMA: Nice big chocolate, oatmeal, vanilla, and coffee.
TASTE: Tastes a lot like a cup of iced creamy coffee. Some chocolate and vanilla in the flavor, too. The oatmeal flavor comes through nicely, as well.
FEEL: Medium thin body, pretty dry all the way through, not all that creamy, but it is only 5% abv. Medium carbonation.
OVERALL: This is a drinkable and just maybe chuggable beer. Nice aroma, and decent flavors, it's 5% so don't expect chewy. Nice stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

i like this one a whole lot better than the bourbon one with cinnamon and vanilla. so much less sweet and gunky textured. its still really light as stouts go, as much a dark brown ale as a stout in appearance and feel, but i can taste the grain instead of the additives in it, and it has a lot going for it. the aroma and taste really showcase the oats, and the milk sugar is a nice addition to balance some of the more nutty and bitter elements of the darker grain. i like the caramel malt sweetness in the middle too, it gives it a kind of flow and continuity that works. for me though its still just a bit too sweet, and the mouthfeel lags as well. not much carbonation and lacking in body, especially for the style, and especially for featuring the oats so nicely until this point. it doesnt quite live up to the hype, but i have not had a whole lot of other real impressive stouts from this part of the country, so maybe its inflated by default of not having much competition in the style. i have much preferred the lighter styles from tallgrass though...

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's really smooth, creamy, and easy going. Chocolate, hops, cream, coffee, milk, vanilla, and malts. It's almost like a black and tan except with alot more flavor. For a low ABV stout it's actually really impressive.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich dark brown pour with a 1/5" brown head ring of a lighter shade around it. Big roast and chocolate nose to it. Well done, expected something understated, but nope, this hit the ground like it was a giant imperial.

Hits the spot between smooth and a dry finish. Cool interplay between a session strength beer that doesn't skimp on the malt or chocolate roasted notes. Oatmeal subdues any coffee malt note bitterness pretty well.

This is a good option for mild days out on the golf course.

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Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is motor oil black with a small tan colored head. the aroma is sweet coffee and barley. The taste is coffee and chocolate with roasted barley. A very good beer.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Oatmeal cream stout. It would pair well with a nice grilled steak or a grilled sausage. Nice beer to introduce a friend to style. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga.

Clear but opaque and nearly black body. Medium body and light carbonation. Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor and aroma. The flavor also features coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like good root beer, with foam just as delicious. Sweet and rich, pretty silky. Full, round beer flavor keeps this from being anything like soda pop. A very "we got this flavor by brewing the beer right in the first place, not by just adding cheap flavorings to mediocre beer" sort of flavor. One of my favorites so far.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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