Tallgrass Brewing’s Zombie Monkie is a fantastic, robust porter that the brewery says is “carefully brewed for the post-apocalyptic world to come.” Sold in cans that feature a tactical grip, it is ideal drinking when fleeing zombie hordes.
For those enjoying Zombie Monkie while not on the run, pour into a favorite imperial pint glass to hold all 16 ounces at once. The color is a nearly opaque black. A finger of dense, light-brown head will dissipate slowly and evenly, leaving a little lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.
Scents of roasted malts are most prominent in the aroma and give the beer an espresso-like smell. Dark chocolate, a little dark fruit and a hint of pine are also noticeable.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the flavor is rich and marked by characteristics imparted by the roasted malts. While Zombie Monkie is not as coffee-like as the aroma might suggest, there are flavors of dark chocolate, a little molasses, plum, dark cherries and pine. Bitterness from the roasted malts is prominent and lingers on the taste buds. A touch of floral hops is noticeable, and the floral flavor lingers in the aftertaste alongside the roasted bitterness.
Much like other Tallgrass beers, the “approximately true events” that inspired the brewing of Zombie Monkie are outlined in fun, short videos that can be viewed on the brewery website and YouTube.
Serving temperature: 50ºF.
Alcohol content: 6.2 percent ABV.
Food pairings: Tallgrass sales manager Jake Voegeli said Zombie Monkie is tricky to pair with food because it is both robust and bitter, yet clean and crisp at the end with no lingering sweetness. He said chefs find it very intriguing. Nonetheless, Voegeli recommends pairing Zombie Monkie with meaty main courses of grilled beef or steak to match the roasted flavors of the beer. Beef dishes served with mole sauce, pot roasts, coffee-rubbed pork chops and grilled autumn vegetables like squash are also good pairings.
Where to buy: Zombie Monkie is available at most local beer retailers.
Price: $9 per four-pack of 16-ounce cans