Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat | Tallgrass Brewing Company

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346 Reviews
Tallgrass Buffalo SweatTallgrass Buffalo Sweat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
tallgrassbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
346
Ratings:
1,308
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
278
For Trade:
3
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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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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body, ruby highlights, with a beautiful cascading tan head that goes from dark to light as it settles.

Roasty, even burnt, coffee aroma, assertive.

Coffee starts taste, with undercurrents of milk and chocolate. Mild earthy bitterness at the swallow. Fairly clean finish, soft aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel, extremely smooth but without the dullness of nitro.

Not a great but not a bad little stout, worth a try.

Hate the name though.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, 11 238 stamped on the bottom side of it. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is just like the aroma, with a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little on the thin side but also a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and very easy to drink. I think it's a solid overall brew, I'd buy this again.

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

Pours a very dark brown with hints of a deep dark red when held up to the light. Initially, had a two-fingered glistening tan head that slowly faded to a thin ring with some lacing. Smell is stronger than the taste. Strong aroma of chocolate with some coffee and roasted malt. Nice flavor, again chocolate dominates with some coffee and roasted malt and something that I can't quite identify, but something pleasant. Smooth, medium-bodied, but not watery. A little different take on the style. I enjoyed it and would buy it again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a jet black, with a tan, rocky head of about two fingers. Head slowly drops, leaving a good amount of lacing.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malt. A roasted graininess on the nose.

Flavors of an iced mocha coffee. Sweet cocoa, roasted coffee and roasted grains. The roasted grains are not harsh and lend very little roasty bitterness. Finish is short with sweetened roasted coffee in the fade.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery. Mouthcoating light roastiness.

Overall a very nice milk stout. Does not have the heavy body I expected, very light drinking beer.

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Photo of misfit1034
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from the can while out on a little camping trip and when I opened the bottle I was loving the heavy coffee aroma coming through but I did see something I didn't like... The beer seemed a little watery (not the tast but the thickness of the liquid) and I prefer my stouts to be a little thicker but the actual taste put that to rest... This reminded me a lot of a toned down Breakfast Stout with the heavy coffee aroma and flavor taking and up front and center part in this beer and the sweetness and smoothness was outstanding... Would have liked to gotten this when I had appropriate glassware available for use but it seems to be readilly available near me so we will meet again....

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the tall boy can! Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Some chestnut edges. Frothy tan head looks good, and holds for a good while. A few spots of lace. Really a nice looking beer.

Fresh, strong brewed coffee up front. A hint of cream, burnt sugar and caramel. Lightens up from the roasty beginning. Nice in the nose department.

Roasty malt, but fairly restrained. Coffee with cream flavor. Some caramel as well. Cream flavor, without a lot of sweetness. Just a bit of bitterness to balance.

Body seems a little light, and there is not much of a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit higher for the style. Alcohol is hidden, making this very easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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

Leaving the driveway the other day, my wife and I passed a Tallgrass van and became instantly curious as to what was soon to be. Seeing the 4 pack on the shelves yesterday, we now know. Poured a good black color with a small ring of light brown foam. Aromas of milk and bitter chocolate, coffee and cream. Light to medium bodied, with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep dark ruby tinted black with a light beige tan head forms fine even lacing down the sides of my standard pint glass. It's nice to have a tallboy of a Kansas brewed sweet stout. Aroma has sweet creamy dark chocolate and coffee notes going on with each sniff, no real herbal hop profile just nice sweet dessert like notes from the dark roasted malts and lactose additions. Drinks very sweet with hints of dark chocolate(cocoa) and mild coffeee notes, a bit of herbal hops and a tad more earthiness would help dry out the overt sweetness a bit. The lactose additions give it a super creamy factor, enjoyable flavor just overtly sweet compared to most of the stouts out there. Mouthfeel is again not to be repetitive but this beer is super creamy on the mouthfeel, carbonation is ample but works well with this medium bodied session stout. Overall thoughts thus far are best of the lot from what I've had, I enjoy IPAs and DIPAs with the best of the beergeeks out there, however this is one rockin' cream stout.

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Photo of matty
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is light smoke.Taste is chocolate,smoked malts and light cream.Flavor is very light and watery,although it does go down relatively smooth.Overall it was nice to try once but I doubt I would ever buy again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours out nicely into a Guinness pint glass. The color a very deep brown with some burnt orange highlights. The head was a light tan color. The aroma was of some heavy roasted malts and a slightly soft aroma of some chocolate milk in there. The taste of this beer is enjoyable, it's got a big roasted malt base and the aftertaste bring in a little bit of a creamy buttery flavor. Pretty interesting stuff. The mouthfeel was decent for this style of beer. Pretty good though overall.

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Photo of grannun
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, almost black, but still translucent

S - Not very strong in the way of smell, but sweet, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee all come through

T - Chocolate and coffee up from, finishing with mostly coffee and a slight malty aftertaste

M - Light and smooth, very drinkable

O - Overall, a good beer. Nothing special, probably wouldn't buy it again, but did enjoy drinking the 4-pack i had

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdogg for bringing this by.

Pours deep brown with a touch of red, and produces about a finger of light tan head. As this fades, it leaves just a tiny bit of lacing.

I smell some light roasty malts, with hints of milk chocolate and a sweet creaminess.

As in the smell, I pick up chocolate and sweet, creamy flavors over a base of roasted malt. Pretty simple and straightforward, but enjoyable.

Medium bodied, this beer is smooth and creamy on the tongue.

This is a solid sweet stout, simple and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Three fingers of chocolaty thick head. The beer itself reminds me of root beer. Brown and thin-looking overall. Milky froth with average lacing.

Smell - Smells oaky right up front. Milky and slightly sweet tasting. Very faint hints of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A light smell overall.

Taste - Very reminiscent of drinking cola or a diet root beer. The roasted malts in the background are a nice touch. Very milky and carbonated. Notes of milk chocolate and slight coffee all throughout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Light, smooth and sweet. Not bad for a Milky stout, but tastes too much like cola for me. I believe the description on the can that reads, 'Dangerously Dark', is a little exaggerated. Easily drinkable and light bodied.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can into a pint glass

A: Perfectly pitch black unless held to direct light which reveals a perfectly clear red tone. Nice deep beige head.

S: Sesame oil, soy, smoke. A light buckwheat aroma.

T: The flavors of sesame and soy continue and dominate. Clean dark malts. Smoky umami. Really different, really nice.

M: Good full texture with appropriate levels of carbonation. Dryness welcome.

D: Great! Try one! Love how different the flavor profile is...pushes the limit of what this style dictates.

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

382nd review on BA
Can to pint glass
Full pint can

Paired with creme brulee with a raspberry sauce

App- Mahogany brown with a two finger head that lasted quite a bit. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Toasted and roasted malts with a smooth creamy note behind it.

Taste- A bit of cream with roasted malts. Smelled better than taste actually. A bit flat at the same time.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A bit watery for me. I know its a small stout but wanted a small bite to it.

Drink- About average for the style. The only stout on the menu to pair with dessert so I went for it. Probably wont go for it again in the future.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Head is light tan and creamy.

Aromas of dutch cocoa powder and roast character.

Milk chocolate starts things off...and that's it. Ok, maybe not. There is a slight touch of roast, but no real hop flavor or bitterness. Sweet chocolate is a nice flavor, but it really is just about the only flavor.

Mouthfeel is rounded with medium carbonation. A creamier, fuller body would have improved things for me.

One dimensional. Its a nice beer for a little while, but a lack of balance and depth sapped my enthusiasm. Gets boring pretty quick. Probably best to enjoy when you already have a buzz going and are no longer as descerning as you were earlier in the evening.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: pours an opaque nearly black brown with some light making it through near the bottom of the glass. head is mousse like a tan. slowly fades to a thin creamy cap.

S: roasted-ness comes through with a creamy-sweet background, with notes of cofee and some chocolate.

T: milky and sweet right up front, until the roasted character comes in with hints of chocolate. long creamy, chocolatey fade. interesting fruit flavor behind everything else.

M: seems almost watery upfront, then you realize how slick it is. medium full body with a finish that is somewhat dry.

Overall, Buffalo Sweat, despite the can, which some people just can't get past, is a decent sweet stout but nothing to sweat over. Can't say I don't still prefer Samuel Adams Cream Stout, but I enjoy this one.

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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another can from woodychandler.

A: The milk stout has a thick off-white head, sizeable on first pour. As that dissapates, no lace lingers. Pour-wise, the can fills my tumbler to the rim. The milk stout is dark, a chocolate melange that never sheds its brown hue. Ruby red slivers are visible at th ebase of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and sweet milk. The aroma seemed metallic of first pour but has come around nicely. Chocolate comes through with the dark aroma.

T: The taste brings back some of that off-flavor, just enough to be too lactic, too milky. The chocolate and roasted malts are evident, alongside the lactic smoothness. That lactic milk aspect doesn't let off though, it keeps building, leaving a dry, off taste in my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice flavor, it just continues to carry on a little too long.

O: Not really a sweet stout, although there is plenty of lactose to go around.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Shared at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The milk chocolate is pretty sweet, which I am a fan of.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet, rich chocolate, coffee, cream, and roasted malts. Not as much coffee as the smell and again, pretty sweet, but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall a nice sweet stout. Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the nose and taste, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head and not much retention or lacing. The nose is nice and creamy with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The sweetness comes through in the nose, and then hits a bit harder in the flavor. The chocolate and coffee interacted better in the nose, and the flavor lacked that complexity. Feel was nice and creamy with a medium body. Overall, pretty nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of jaycount
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, clean brown with a dark tan head. Looks like an oatmeal stout as it fills up the glass. Yummm.

S - Dark maltiness, some sweet coffee notes, light milk chocolate.

T - Mmmm, beeer. Creamered/sweetened coffee comes to mind. Light on the palate, doesn't knock you over. Very little hops to be detected.

M - Most interesting of any sweet stouts I've had, the carbonation isn't crazy and it is rather light, not creamy. A "watery" mouthfeel. But it makes it much better for a session beer.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,308 ratings.
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