Cowbell - Sun King Brewing Company

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: robwestcott on 12-10-2010

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rather sweet, a tad watery, some chocolate, roasted malt, wee bit of dark fruits, some coffee.

Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from a 2 week old growler, near black to a surly darkness 10oz snifter with a foamy, finger and a half, tan head

aroma of cocoa, coffee and graham crackers(?)

semi sweet chocolate, creamy espresso roast, and a week bit of smoke.

light bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy, semi-sweet.

overall: good, not great. a porter i'll grab once or twice when it's available.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown, almost black, with only slightly transparent edges. Light tan head, moderate, with some lacing as you drink.

S - Seems pretty closed down to me. Roast notes are present but seem distant. There is a certain sweetness, caramel and cream.

T - Like the nose, the beer is not a big flavor experience. A subtle roast combines with a taste that suggests unrefined sugars. Caramel creaminess, which is followed by drying that fades in the close, returning to the sweetness.

M - Very light on the tongue for a porter, but eminently drinkable.

O - A decent brew, but quiet, and not as robust as I'd expect a porter to be. Reminds me a bit of their Schwarzbier offering, Sassy Squirrel Time, but the flavor notes seem tamped down a bit. If the roast notes were brighter, I think they'd have a very good drinking porter.

Photo of JamesS
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep dark brown near black with some nice initial head and a bit of nice lacing as well. Very nice scent, a huge roastiness with coffee tones and a bit of sweetness coming through, as from a lightly creamed coffee. Excellent flavors, with a great roasted grain profile, nice coffee tones, a hint of chocolate, and a great hit of cream sweetness at the end; it all merges together very well. Goes down fine, with just a bit of roughness; not the easiest drinking porter, but very tasty nonetheless.

Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours an iced coffee brown color capped by a very modest head; virtually no lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and a hint of milk chocolate

Taste: Graham cracker, up front, with building sweetness; the milk chocolate enters in middle but does not make much of a statement; sweet in the finish, as well, and slightly grainy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can't help but think this may have not been what the brewer intended as I was expecting something more full bodied and milk chocolatey

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay porter, but the malty sweet edges are a bit too much. It carries it over into unbalanced territory just a little bit too much. An okay porter. Lots of caramel going on here.

Photo of brew3crew
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-Dark bblack with a nice white head that retains

S-coffee smell with a little chocolate

T-follows nose. Smooth coffee that goes don pretty well

M-medium body and smooth. Slight over carbination

O-solid overall beer. Slight over carbination, but nothing to really cry about

Photo of EseLocoSS
1/5  rDev -72.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a growler.

Poured dark brown color with an little light brown head.

Not much aroma but hints of chocolate and toasted malt.

Medium to full body with a very smooth texture and a lot of carbonation to the point where it was extremely over carbonated.

Had an acidic bite to it from the carbonation but was able to find some chocolate flavor.

Unfortunately, this was extremely over carbonated. Based on the other reviews here, it sounds like I must have gotten a bad batch. But since I did, I have to rate on what I actually got. Since I had to dump the whole growler down the drain, this is getting a bad review. Hopefully next time I'm in Indy I can try it again and update my review to reflect a better score.

Photo of Casedogg43
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Sun King yesterday.

Appearance: very dark brown, near black. A nice tan head.

Smell: roasted coffee with a very slight sweet hint.

Taste: Not your average porter taste. Coffee, bit of chocolate. And roasted coffee comes through towards end. Carbonation is above average for a porter, but it adds something different. And in a good way.

Mouthfeel: a little light for me. Then again my last beer was a Dark Lord a couple days ago.

Overall: very nice porter. Seems complex for some reason. But then again a bit light due to carbonation. I like it and will look forward to polishing off the growler now!

Photo of leantom
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer was kind of disappointing, especially after having Osiris, Sun King's great pale ale. Here goes:

A: Best think about the beer. Black with a light red hue. Great head that's slow to build and adequate lacing.

S: Not sure that I'm going to like this beer, as I already can tell what it's going to taste like. Smell is rather light; definitely not as robust as in other porters. Some light cocoa nibs and dark chocolate mellowed out with a lot of lactose sugar. Very uninspiring, however, as it's neither overly roasty, overly chocolatey, of dark fruity.

T: Too mild and uncomplicated for my liking. Some chocolate and a hint of dark fruit, but these are severely watered-down.

F: Very watery. Not good.

O: Huge disappointment by Sun King.

Photo of dmgeng
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coworker gave me one of these. I was curious about it but wouldn't drop $3 a can for it.

A - Tawny brown color. Mostly clear. Light tan head with no staying power. Light lacing if any.

S - Nice malty aroma with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. The chocolate and light roast with the sweeter malt mixing in. No alcohol or hops.

T - First sip the sweet chocolate with malt and then some roast to help balance the flavor. Definitely on the sweet side but the beer flavor and light character keep it in check. Smooth creamy texture coming with the flavors. Not as smooth or a rich as some milk stouts but good.
M - Light to moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation adds to the sweetness and body. The low ABV makes this beer hit lighter on the front but very smooth and creamy on the backside.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the blend of thinner body and smoothness it makes this beer really drinkable with enough flavor. I would prefer this over a dry stout but not as rich or flavorful as some porters on the shelf. If you want a middle of the road beer with good flavor try this.

Glass- Goblet

Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Black Sparrow on 10-10-2011.

Generally my husband and I really love and appreciate milk-anything. Porter, stout, whatever =)

The appearance was, not surprisingly, porter-like! Dark brown with a light tan 'loose' microfoam head. Pretty! Sniffing gives a scent of semi-sweet dark chocolate with a slight raisin scent.

Sweet caramel that melds to a dark chocolate with.

Before I go on, have you ever had the exquisite combination of dark chocolate, bread and sea salt? It's kind of a French thing, at least to my mind, and it's exquisite (I bake bread with this combination enclosed in its crumb).

That's what flavor this has. Not 'salty' but just a very 'present' chocolate/caramel/toasty flavor.

Caramel and slight sour raisin linger on the palate - the body of this beer is much thinner than a porter usually is, but this is, IMO, to style.

I enjoyed this beer, but I may enjoy it more with a slightly richer mouth feel. All in all, a very nice porter from Sun King.

Photo of GPHarris
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was dark brown.
s - smells like milk chocolate with a hint of roast.
t - same as the aroma though the roast chocolate comes through more.
m - creamy, slightly thin.
o - i've never had a milk porter and i thought this was well done.

Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, nearly opaque with a nice brown head.

Smells like rough, roasted, lightly sour porter barley and just a wee bitty little kiss of milk sugar sweetness.

Tastes like an excellently milk porter. It starts with rough and tasty porter barley, only instead of being balanced out by some dry hops it get balanced out by more bitter nodes of malt, light hops, and a tiny kiss of creamy sugary milkiness.

Cowbell from Sun King Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.