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 readbaron
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown with a finger of tan head.

Smells good - malty, mostly breads with some caramel sweetness, chocolate, and a bit of coffee.

Taste is solid - malt heavy, again bready/cereal dominates, no sweetness to speak of, finishes with a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is decent - light for a stout, crisp rather than creamy, a bit dry.

Overall - a nice beer. Not outstanding but tasty, especially for warmer weather.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Tallgrass Mixed Pack from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Into an Odell IPA Imperial Pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with tons of red highlights when held to the light, from what I can tell, pretty good clarity. About half an inch or so of a sand colored head that lasts for a while, but doesn't stick around as long as I'd like . Practically no lacing.

S: Pretty faint, some roasted malts, a bit of milk chocolate. Pretty non-descript, not offensive, but not really very much in the way of the nose here.

T: Nice coffee flavors, some chocolate, and some definite lactose notes. Has some notes that remind me of chocolate milk. No bitterness to speak of, at all actually. No offensive flavors, but doesn't stand up to other milk stouts I've had.

M: Lighter body, lighter carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips. Fits the style just about right here.

O: Meh, I don't think this is really all that bad, but its not all that great. I would rather have Left Hand's Milk Stout over this. Could be a decent stout for people looking to expand their horizons a bit.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark brown head is about a finger and stays firm. A few wisps of lacing.
S- There is a slight vanilla aroma on the nose, a bit of coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Not altogether unlike a starbucks beverage.
T- A bit more sweet chocolate than on the nose. There is a pretty noticable vanilla note among the roasted malt notes.
M- Not as smooth and creamy as I like from a milk stout. A bit harsh on the tongue, but a good body to it.
O- It reminds me of a less deep Sierra Nevada stout with a cream and vanilla character. Glad I tried it and would drink again, but I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown pour, very thin head to it. Massive chocolate and chocolate malt presence in the nose. Dominates, and in such a way you rarely see in 5%'rs, whereas Rogue's is a sweeter chocolate (or creme brulee) this is dark ass chocolate.

Very dry even astringent in a comforting way, giving it more drinkability. This is one of the most robust milk stouts I've ever come across, and it isn't candied up in any way. Its got a chip on its shoulder. I didn't pull anywhere near the amount of coffee out of it as others did.

While I like cans, they tend to go hand in hand with warmer weather and the outdoors, and its tough to really see a place for this in the summer, except for in this situation where you're splitting the beer 6 ways in 94 degree weather.

I think it is better described as a dry stout. If you like Black Sun FFF, check this out. Well, if you like stouts, check this out. Not the thickest, which, it isn't that style of stout, pay attention. Pretty straight forward otherwise.

Part of the Labor Day round the pool tasting session like the previously reviewed hoptimus prime.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured brown-black with a small but sturdy tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, as would be imagined, bready, with some chocolate notes. More of the same in the taste: bready, malty, roasty, semi-sweet chocolate, nutty. Heavy-medium body, smooth, tasty, and quite nice to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz CAN poured into a pint glass late at night. I've been slacking on these Tallgrass beers, time to tackle one.

A sloppy black color from a far and when the pint is full, but halfway therough some dark brown shows up. I get a bright white/vanilla semi head with milk bubbles. Not a stitch of lace from this.

A big scent of chocolate and cocco combined, milk and lactose, vanilla and some coffee beans. A nice hop nose from this as well. The chocolate really shows itself all throughout, very sweet.

Getting a mix between sweet chocolate, nuts and vanilla with hops afterwards giving off a small earthy blast in the middle. After that the chocolate comes out once more reminding me of a choklat light. Getting some roasted nuts and small caramel afterwards, top notch stuff.

Smooth creamy and sweet with a hoppy bite afterwards that does not interfer, only inhances. A little below medium with a great feel, sweet but not overly thick or cloying at all. Not syrupy in the least bit, well balanced.

I would drink a few of these rather easily. I think I found my new favorite milk stout in a CAN. Easy drinking that would be a easy dessert beer for many.

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red coming through when the light hits the edges. There is a finger of light tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Sweet and roasty malt, a hint of caramel with the roast.

Taste: Very roasty, but not overly bitter. Not a ton going on here. Roast with a mild grain sweetness, a tad bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the high side and a slick finish.

Overall: Just an average stout. Would have liked the flavor to be a little more interesting. Not a lot of depth in taste.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz canned poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, blackish color - a little more on the brown side of the typical milk stout. Head is essentially non-existent, with a finger disappearing almost immediately. Nose is heavy in coffee, almost overwhelming.

Taste is disappointing - much like the nose it is full of coffee, and without a whole of balance. Maybe a little chocolate, but not particularly smooth, it has a full body. Was hoping for a more enjoyable drink, but its not bad, particularly as a winter stout.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served into a pint glass

Pours a reasonably dark blackish color. A single finger of medium-dark khaki head forms but it disappears pretty quickly. It's a pretty standard looking stout.

It's also a standard-smelling stout. Light roast, not unlike a cup of corner store cappuccino. A bit of caramel syrup sweetness. It's not exceptional in any respect but it isn't bad.

It's quite good tasting, in spite of the averageness it presents on the nose and in the glass. The roast is heavier than the smell indicates, and that roast is enough to carry me through the pint. Sure, it has the sweetness that you expect from a milk stout. But the roast really balances things out. It doesn't taste too much like coffee, but it very strongly reminds me of coffee. That can't make much sense to you, but that's how I have to describe it.

Nice body on this milk stout. It is a medium body with very smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid milk stout. People tend to go cray-cray over Left Hand Milk Stout, but I think this beer is better.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark brown shade, nearly black with a mahoghany ruby glint at the edges and in the meniscus. Creamy khaki foam, head dissipates eventually into a thin ring at the edge.

Mild and creamy, watery gas station coffee and nutty malt sweetness. Flavors are similar, toasted marshmallow and watered down coffee. Mild sweetness and very mellow bitterness. Smooth and creamy, light bodied. Easy to finish the pint, didn't want another. Thanks for the beer J&R!

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Photo of fltmedic
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured the pint can into a regular pint glass and got a two finger bubbly tan head that quickly faded to a thin collar. It's dark in the glass with very little light passing through to a brown hue. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma of caramel and chocolate quickly dissipates. The sweetness is apparent in the nose.

Up front is the sweetness of chocolate cola and a tiny bit of malt. The body is mostly chocolate with a little butterscotch. There is an unusual beer flavor in the fade. I'm thinking about sweet tea.

I want more in the mouthfeel for a stout. Milk stouts and sweets should be almost chewy. (Think Left Hand's Milk Stout.) This seems almost crisp like an amber might be. Carbonation is light and sporadic.

Overall this is a stout that I might try again. As I remember it on tap, it might be a bit more lively in flavor an mouthfeel. I'll look for it drought for more review.

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Photo of wingman14
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a dark mocha head that fades quickly and leaves lacing. Smell is dominated by roasted and smoky malt and coffee, also has sweet notes of chocolate. Taste has the smoky and malty backbone with all the coffee and chocolate notes coming through. The aftertaste is full of the smoky flavor. The flavors come through big, and deliver a great beer. The mouthfeel is a light medium, the beer is smooth but could be thicker. I would really enjoy trying this one as a nitro can. Since it isn't too heavy it is one that you can have a few of in one sitting without getting full. Overall a beer worth checking out, a great big stout flavor done well.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very well balanced and enjoyable stout.

It poured a deep black with a thick malty tan head that stuck around pretty good and left foamy rings of lace.

Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Earthy notes in the back.

Awesome balance of coffee and roasted malt against the dark chocolate and mild vanilla. Earthy notes of hops in the back.

Beautifully balanced and easy drinking stout. Slightly creamy and smooth.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last of the old glass
bottles in Oklahoma.
This one in particular was
much better from a can,
but I want to see
how it did after
about a year.
12oz->Two Hearted Glass
A ~ Pours Ruby-brown with a dying fizzle of dark head that fades into nothing. No lacing or anything, leaving what looks more like a glass of Pepsi than beer.

S ~ Dark malt (fade), faint watery coffee, Cola.
Esters are present.

T ~ Heavy amounts of cola. Hopping is mild & Lactose is all but gone. Black coffee, Pitted-fruit preserves, Wood, mulch. Bit of pepper. Cocoa powder is a very mild note on the back of the throat. No cardboard.

M ~ I feel this has become more dry with age. In the 'feel' department, it aided it a bit. This oxidized very well, with Carbonation that is peppery, as opposed to creamy.

D ~ Not sure if it is suggested to age milk stouts, but this was interesting. It oxidized quite a bit, making it taste like a blend of Oud Bruin & a low-abv Porter. If you see a bottle laying around, pick it up and give it a try...but only if you have had the chocolate-sweet original.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat

I'm not so sure I really like the name of Tallgrass' Buffalo Sweat (yuck!), but I sure do like the beer. It's smooth and sweetish, but balanced; and I love how the berry-like yeasty-fruitiness stands out against the caramelish, nutty, and fudge-like maltiness. And it's also very toasty, like darkly toasted bread crust. It's not particularly roasty (although it does have a coffee-like edge), and it doesn't have any of the biting, dark-malt acidity that can sometimes be detracting. The bitterness is limited but it somehow holds together without ever hinting at becoming cloying; and the hops are kept to a minimum, allowing the malt to be the main focus. I do get some of the "milk stout" sugary sweetness, but apart from that it's almost like a porter, or a darker and more malty brown ale. It's a little bit unique; and readily drinkable. Well worth trying.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of cream head, dark brown body.

Faint malt-coffee nose.

Rich coffee malt body, some citrus. Faint dry cocoa.

Nice mouthfeel: thinnish but with some fine carbonation.

Decent stout. Not the 'dry Irish' kind, which works for me-- not too remarkable, but not bad.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad milk stout. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that fades away to a ring. A little light and sweet in the nose, but with a touch of nuttiness and a light roastiness along with the characteristic creaminess. The taste is quite creamy, with a delicious nuttiness and some light roasted notes following. A bit like an eggcream on the finish, and all around very pleasant. Very smooth and easy to drink, just a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They've got the color right for sure with a black pour and some deep brown on the edges. Lots of roasted and smokey oatmeal in the nose. Surprisingly creamy with some delightful chocolate and strong coffee flavors. The coffee really lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit light for as dark as this is, but it's really tasty and goes down rather easily.

Overall, I think it's great. Smooth, not too big, bold and well balanced flavors. I'm a fan!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body that gets much lighter around the edges. The head was brief and once gone this has a rather flat appearance.

The nose is chocolate milk and some roasted coffee beans.

The lactose really sweetens this one up. It's loaded with chocolate and light hints of coffee. It's extremely sweet.

The body is soft but a bit thin.

This stout is slightly above average for the style but I must give it bonus points for drinkability. It has a low abv and even drinks light for a stout. Unlike most stouts, it's one I could have a few of without feeling like I ate a loaf of bread.

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Photo of n2185
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet, creamy chocolate aromas. There are some light smoke and woody aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts dominate with a sweet chocolate and creamy coffee flavor dominating. The finish is lightly smoky with just a touch of bitterness from the roasted malts.

M: Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little on the watery side for my liking.

O: Overall, a decent milk stout that's quite drinkable and low enough abv to be nearly sessionable. It's nice to have an easy drinking stout out of a can.

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Photo of biglite351
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.6%
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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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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