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Renaissance Cowboy - Texas Big Beer

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Clonies720 on 04-13-2013)
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Reviews by gtermi:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

gtermi, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass. 8.2% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color. Very clear. Aggressive pour produces a small, wispy head.

Aroma: Not much going on here. Roasty malts (coffee-like) and an aroma reminiscent of chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Whoa! It starts off malty sweet, in the middle you taste the unbelievably creamy and smooth body, and the finish is crisp and dry. Low hop bitterness and virtually no hop aroma. I've never had the opportunity to sample diacetyl before, but I believe this beer has a low level of that "buttery" flavor that diacetyl manifests itself in (which is acceptable for the style). Earthy and medium-high bodied, almost full bodied.

Overall: Hides that 8.2% alcohol VERY well. This has to be the creamiest, and possibly the smoothest beer I've ever drank.

Clonies720, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

GRG1313, Aug 02, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

Brewpedals, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours out a hazy raisin color. Smells of dates, sugar, and toasted malts. Pretty one note. VERY sweet. Caramel-ly malts have a strong presence throughout. There's a slight bitterness in the finish, which I appreciate. One thing that holds strong from the initial taste until the aftertaste is that of grape soda. I get some roasted malts, some toast, and chocolate, but that grape soda flavor ruins everything for me. What is that? I'll give it up for the mouthfeel Pretty solid. Creamy with a little prickliness on the tongue. I can't hang with this grape drink. Drainpour.

goochpunch, Oct 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Shafaegalo, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

Massbmx, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

crusian, Apr 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cdwil, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well I'm pretty happy with this beer already. I'm not a big fan of wee heavy / Scotch ales, but several people said I should still try this one anyway. So I picked up a bomber and gave it a try. I have liked the two other beers I have tried from this brewery so far, so it was worth a try.

Appearance is good, a good light brown head caps a somewhat amber-brown to almost red and pretty much clear beer.

Aroma is about what I expect from this style, heavy malts along with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruity notes. The flavor fits this profile too. Sweetness is medium and notable, There's not a lot of outright hoppy flavors, but there's a pretty good bitterness that's plenty noticeable, and IMO balances it out better than some Scotch ales I've tried.

Body is medium and slick, with a sweet, malty base and a brown sugar finish. It's actually pretty enjoyable, and I'm going to give it a good rating. For me, this isn't a style I'm real fond of, so if this beer is this tasty to me, it must be good! I think it fits the style pretty well, although this beer probably overlaps with barleywine quite a bit (it's kind of like a pretty sweet and not hoppy barleywine that's bittered for balancing bitterness only, not for a huge hops profile).

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 16, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -4.9%

Lukebell15, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

kew, Jun 22, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown in color. Big foam but leaves lots of lacing in the New Belgium snifter. Smells like fresh hay and an old suitcase. Richly flavored and quite sweet. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth.

There is an earthy, woodsy flavor, but this is not the smokey sort of Scotch Ale. A funny fruity flavor, like Hawaiian Punch and red licorice. Overall this tastes more like a Barley Wine. Gets surprisingly bitter after some sipping. Faintly medicinal, but the sweetness stays til the end. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pig Liquors in San Antonio.

mactrail, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

BeerHunter76, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

UHCougar12, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BDeibs, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Nick4444, Jul 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

showmeyourface, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

vcoggins, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jordanmckell, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a Real Ale tulip. No visible bottling date.

Look- Pours with a generous off-white head, insane retention. Sticks around forever. Body is a medium amber-brown with a reddish tinge, bubbles rise slowly, barely visible through the nearly opaque brew.

Smell- Aggressively, almost abrasively malty. Strong biscuit/graham cracker character with a leathery, smoky quality. Reminds me of juniper-smoked brews more so than most peated ales. Roasted cashews, light toffee, fresh-roast coffee. Nice.

Taste- Nutty, light caramel, drier than anticipated. Light smoke, maple, vanilla bean, graham cracker, brown sugar, very light lactose. Not as sweet as you'd think, moderate bittering and a light roasty-smoky backbone add complexity. Aftertaste is of gummy candy, light cinnamon, applewine fruitiness.

Mouthfeel- Moderate heft, slick, coating. Low carbonation. Dry-ish finish, but definitely a sipper. 8+% isn't offensive, but this is definitely not a session-able ale. ~14 oz was enough for me.

Overall- Pretty good, different enough to keep it interesting, Above average for an English-style Texas ale

Lawl3ss, Jul 10, 2013
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Renaissance Cowboy from Texas Big Beer
80 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.