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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall 16 oz can poured into Pilsner glass.

It looks : very tall almond colored head, measuring about three fingers and leaving locker rooms of sweaty, ballsy, mucky lace on the sides as it recedes. The body is mocha chocolate brown with almost no light penetrating.

It smells : The roasted malt and hop comes out balanced right away. Within that balance is cocoa bean, chocolate, molasses, licorice, spiced coffee. Bouquet is medium to strong.

It tastes : delicious. Sublime. It was a perfect choice for tonight. Dark, earthy anise-like spiciness combines with milk chocolate, oatmeal, roasted grain, and molasses. A slight hop sting hangs around at the end to let you know it was there all along. It's a sipper and its damn delicious. I feel like a king.

It feels : like squirting whipped cream into your mouth and letting it dissolve. It's so creamy, full bodied, yet ends roasted and dry like charred coffee. So good.

Overall : this is why I drink beer. This feeling, right here. Yes.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic oatmeal milk stout. For 5% this beer is spot on fantastic. Silky mouthfeel, a light sweet oat and chocolate nose, and a nice sweet chocolate and cream taste.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a local bar after a couple rounds of fireball. I asked if they had any stout and this was recommended. I really enjoyed it after pouring from can into 16 oz pint glass. Has a sweet taste.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great taste and the smell is really nice like roasted coffee with chocolate. The mouthfeel was pretty thin, which was really disappointing, but expected with a lower ABV oatmeal. Overall this was a great beer.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass from 16 oz can.

Look: Typical brown-black of a normal strength stout. Poured hard it develops a very big fine tan head that retains pretty well and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Savory roasted notes, especially soy sauce.

Taste: Dominated by a gentle roasty chocolatey sweetness. Savory notes of soy sauce and sesame oil emerge as it warms. Finishes very smooth with a slight bitterness.

Feel: Medium thick body, fairly smooth but with decent carbonation.

Overall: A really fine example of the oatmeal stout, from the big head to the gently sweet roastiness and the full smooth body. The savory soy notes are a definite bonus.

Update: I went back and forth with this one as I finished up the pack and ultimately decided it wasn't as great as I initially felt. I am kind of on the fence about it. Worth trying but I won't likely buy again.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours like a cola, before pooling into the glass a dark, dark brown. Forms a fluffy pale tan head, which dissipates relatively quickly into a ring. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Sweet malt, like a scorched cotton candy flavored with caramel and toffee, with some milk chocolate notes. The sugary notes seem more like brown sugar than lactose, and I'll blame that on the oatmeal.

Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is sweetened dark bread, like a pumpernickel that has had caramel and unmelted sugar drizzled over it. There's a "warm, yeasty" aspect to the taste, before the lactose sweetness rushes in. Cocoa notes resound faintly through the finish. As it warms, the chocolate flavors become a bit more present and pronounced throughout the entire tasting process, and a very faint tinge of light coffee lurks off in the distance, rounding off the "sweet dark bread" profile.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for a stout, verging on yet never becoming watery. There's a bit of carbonation sharpness, almost a little too much.

Overall: An enjoyable milk stout, all maltiness and sweetness, with just hints here and there of more bitter flavors. It's an easy drinking brew that doesn't necessarily encourage sipping so much as drinking. Anyone criticizing this for being "too sweet" is confusing milk stouts with some other kind of stout. Will repeat.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, poured into pint glass

A- pours a nearly pitch black color with a small fizzy light-tan head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- roasty chocolate malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. Sweet vanilla cream and smooth oat aroma to close it out

T- smooth and creamy oats up front gives way to cocoa nib, vanilla cream, chocolate malt with a hint of smoke, sweet finish with a linger of chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- very drinkable and plenty of flavor in a smooth milk stout

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Photo of panajoe
1.32/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was sweet and disgusting. I love stouts, but this one was very gross-tasting. This is the very first beer I have every poured down the drain. Everything else they make at Tallgrass is quite good.

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Photo of tone77
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch. Smell is strong of chocolate, sweet. Taste is of chocolate, a good bit of coffee that was not apparent in the smell, slightly sweet, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my oatmeal stout (or related) quest, I was recommended this canned 4-pack. BA marks it as 'retired' but a quick look to their website makes no mention of it. I've seen this at Steve's in Madison for a while so not sure how this came to be marked as retired. In any case, a very quaffable ale.
A: Dark brown opaque with a thin but puffy an cratered head
S: Malty, coffee, slight vanilla - subtle but noticeable
T: Coffee and vanilla noticeable but not overwhleming, and something else (toffee?, caramel?) - regardless, it was quite easy to drink with nary a hint of alcohol. Well blended.
M: Low-to-medium fullness upfront that melts farily quickly with a very slight fizz on the finish. After the head was gone, the body was much reduced.
O: This fit the hallmarks of a decent oatmeal stout in terms of the body and fullness, though a little less body that I had hoped. The coffee and vanilla paired well balancing any bitterness from the coffee roast. From the website this stout is brewed with cream sugar, so that may explain it.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour into pint glass. Pours a pitch dark color with a thin and reedy off white head. Nose is milk chocolate and filter coffee. A very smooth cream stout with a great lactose feel to it. Solid.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat has a thin, fizzy, quickly-dissipating head, a dark brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of creamy, chocolaty, dark-roasted barley malt, coffee, and brown bread crust. The flavor is of that, with a touch of char, sugar, and very mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and velvety, and Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable. RJT

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a big foamy head that recedes fairly quickly.

Smell is roast and cocoa, with a hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste pretty much follows the smell; not much bitterness to speak of. Overall, very easy drinking stout.

Mouthfeel is medium; very creamy and pleasant.

I really enjoyed this one: a tasty, easy-drinking oatmeal stout with low IBU and excellent flavor.
Wish I could get this one at home. Don't be put off by the name; if you enjoy stouts, I wholeheartedly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very Smooth Stout - But very ordinary. If somebody would give me one, I would drink it. Purchasing - I will take a Left Hand -Milk Stout any day of the week.

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Photo of BigBry
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can.
Dark brown liquid (not quite black) with tan, creamy head.
Roasted malt, and some sugary sweetness in the smell.
Taste is well balanced between the toasted malt and stout base, and the herbal, earthy hops.
Not as thick of body as expected, still creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
I was surprised to see this was retired...I wonder how old this can was.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours very dark, but not black. Similar to the color of cola. Very fluffy 2 finger dark tan head with wonderful retention

S - Wonderful. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Very sweet and malty aroma

T - More coffee than chocolate but both are present. Nicely balanced. A hint of smokiness lingers throughout the beer.

M - A light to medium body beer. Very deceiving for such a dark beer. Extremely smooth and zero burn.

O - Great beer. I'd call it the perfect transition beer from summer to fall. Very drinkable, nice complexity to it. cant wait to pick it up again

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Photo of sheeley
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a glass.
Appearance: Lovely. Incredibly dark, great head of foam with just a slight tint of brown.
Smell: Unassuming beer in scent. Notes of milk, cream, and oatmeal, with just a hint of alcohol. Taste/mouthfeel: Incredible. Creamy dark oatmeal and roasted barley. It is so dark and thick that it felt almost chewy in texture and taste. Notes of chocolate and slight caramel come through part way into the glass. The creaminess lingers in the mouth long after I expected. Overall, spectacular beer; one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, Drink By 07/25/14
L - near black with a creamy tan head, good retention
S - cream, chocolate, roasted barley, sweet
T - chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, cream, vanilla, oats; nice balance
F - very creamy and smooth, easy to drink, medium body, slight peppery prickle on the tongue on the finish
O - very well constructed creamy oatmeal stout/oaty milk stout? I'll buy this again at the right price. It is always available as a mix 6 ($9.99) at my local grocery store, which is nice.

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

Tallboy can poured into Imperial tulip pint glass. Dark reddish-brown, almost black body with a huge, rocky, tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere. After nearly five minutes it finally drops to a solid half finger with thick, sticky lacing. Damn, this is a good-looking beer.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, and heavily roasted/toasted malts. Hint of lactose sweetness. Dark stone fruit esters. Bready.

Flavor is fairly straightforward, but pleasant. Sweet cocoa and creamy flavors with a slightly ashy roasted finish to balance it out. Caramel and dark sugars. Slightly nutty.

Light/medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Flavor is a bit thin but the oats give it a little extra mouthfeel. Very soft and creamy.

A little thin and very straightforward, but a pleasant and easy-drinking beer. It doesn't particularly stand out in any way, however.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a head that was minimal and rapidly faded entirely. Delectable aroma of oatmeal,chocolate,and dark malt. There is plenty of oatmeal, chocolate,and dark malt in the flavor but the oatmeal clearly dominates. The mouth is a bit oily and thick.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance- Black with a light mocha head. Three fingers of head produced.

Aroma- Sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of roasty chocolate coming through.

Taste- Similar to the nose with a sweet chocolate and creamy milk flavors apparent up front along with a slight snap of carbonation and roasty malts. This isn't over sweet, but the roast malt is just subtle enough to provide balance to the sweetness while adding some flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Dry at first and slightly creamy in the finish. Big carbonation up front. Medium bodied.

Overall- Pretty good milk stout, but I'd prefer there to be more roast/coffee to compliment the sweetness. There's also a werid watery/milky finish that lingers a bit on the tongue and the top of the mouth, which detracts for me. Worth a try especially if you like stouts on the sweeter side. (82/100)

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

On draft at Wobbly Bobby in Rapid City, SD.

The bar is lowly lit, but the beer appears near black and opaque with approximately a half inch of beige head. Big chocolate aromas with some milk presence. Chocolate milk flavor throughout. Elegant and light on the palate, but by no means thin. A tad sweet, complimented by some bitter chocolaty tones in the finish. Really tasty.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bernie's in Waukesha, WI. Pours a pitch black color with a light brown foamy head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of vanilla. A smooth easy drinking stout that is perfect in texture. A must try, very delicious and a nice find from a state that's not as well known for their craft beer.

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Photo of paladinjoe
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty, the classic chocolate/coffee feel you get out of most stouts, a nice creaminess to this one as well. One thing though, this is a bit thin and watery...probably because of the low ABV of 5%. This beer would be so much better as an imperial if such a thing existed (maybe someday).

A lot of Tallgrass fans, which I absolutely am, swear by this beer as their favorite from this great brewery, I am not one of them. A nice beer, but just not enough body in my humble opinion for me to give this as outstanding rating. To date, I think Tallgrass' Pale Ale (8-bit) and their IPAs (Ethos and Oasis) are better. Don't get me wrong, the taste itself is great, the whole minus here is the fact that the overall body is thin.. perhaps a bit more of a transitional stout.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just like it should, black, slightly thin and slight head. Toasty malt sweet bba scent. Taste is very similar as scent but while the scent is lite the taste is much more flavorful. Medium light body and carbonation. Pretty good bba oatmeal cream stout.

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Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,322 ratings.
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