I found myself back in Rochester, MN, for work this week, and had the chance to drink a couple Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat beers at Dooley’s while watching the NLDS. I was really impressed with this beer, and think it has the potential to be a fall and winter favorite.
Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat is an oatmeal cream stout, but despite the fact it’s a stout, it has a sweet aftertaste which stands in contrast to the bitter finish of many other stouts on the market, most notably the grandfather of them all, Guinness. Buffalo Sweat does share much in common with Guinness, though, as the malt, barley, and charred flavor gives this stout its base. However, hints of chocolate and coffee combined with the perfect amount of carbonation allow the sweet taste to linger in your mouth and make you look forward to the next sip.
Tallgrass Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Manhattan, KS (“The Little Apple”) by a husband and wife who wanted to take their homebrewing hobby to a whole new level. They quickly found a niche in the market, and in 2015 opened a new 60,000 square foot brewery, making Tallgrass the largest craft brewery in the state of Kansas. The expansion allows Tallgrass to expand its distribution network to cities across the country, and I’m happy Rochester made it on that list.
Tallgrass describes Buffalo Sweat’s rich taste and creamy finish as “liquid chocolate chip cookies made with espresso.” Next time you find yourself tailgating outside Bill Snyder Family Stadium or in a bar around the Midwest, Great Plains, or Deep South with Buffalo Sweat on tap, give it a shot and thank The Common Room later.
Aroma – 8/10
Appearance – 9/10
Taste – 9/10
Palate – 9/10
Overall – 35/40
Beer Stats – 5.0% ABV, 14 IBU