Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jt31914 on 04-10-2010

32 IBU
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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 102
Reviews by JosiahS:
Photo of JosiahS
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: A thick, dark brown liquid with a 1 finger tan colored head.

s: Aromas of milk, coffee beans, chile and floral hops.

t: Rich roasted malt with flavors of coffee and faint cocoa. The hops lend a perfect compliment, adding bitterness, a slight spice flavor and a floral component.

m: lively yet somewhat thick and full bodied.

o: Awesome brew, a near perfect combo of hops and malt for a porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours black with dark reddish brown highlights. Thick brown head that lasts for about a second then dissipates.Not much lacing.

S_Espresso ,caramel and chocolate with a touch of nuttiness. Smells pretty good.

T_Same as nose. Rich espresso with a creamy sweetness to it. Caramel and chocolate come to mind. Nice nutty finish.

M_Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D_Easily could drink alot of these.

Had this on tap and appearance and mouthfeel were much better. Definitely worth a try though. Really tasty.

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/7/11

A - Pours black with two fingers of spongy brown head. Head dissipates quickly.

S - Coffee and earthy roasted malts. Simple, but pleasant.

T - Very nice blend of coffee and long-lasting earthiness. Well balanced and with a very slight sweetness to it.

M - Awfully thin compared to my favorite portes. Carbonation is quite high as well. Still, not bad.

O - Despite the lackluster mouthfeel, there are some nice flavors here. Not a great beer, but I would have it again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and vanilla with some coffee roast and a touch of smoke and ash.

The flavor is a little sweet chocolate with a lot of acidic stale coffee flavor. There's a decent amount of charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, a decent coffee porter. The coffee flavors were a little stale to me and the charred bitterness was a little much. I preferred the Santa Fe coffee stout much more.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with moderate tan head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Somewhat sweet chocolate and coffee, with roasted barley and molasses.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and molasses round out the roasted malt body. Ends with a nice level of bitterness from both the roasted malts and hops. Not as much coffee as I would expect, as some standard Porters and Stouts can attain this much coffee flavor without additions. Still, pretty well executed.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a dry finish. Just a trifle thin.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good Porter. I have some minor concerns about the quality and/or quantity of coffee used, but it all came out alright.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tap.

The beer looked thick, creamy, and dark in colour. It had a VERY malty nose, with notes of coffee, and hints of hops. The beer tasted malted with a VERY strong coffee flavour. Despite the intense flavours it was smooth and the flavours blended well together. There was a lingering roastedness as well. It was not heavy, but quite flavourful.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, small head. Great coffee aroma, comes off strong.

Taste, coffee, not coffee malt is the real driver of flavor on this one. A sizable bitter and lesser sour feel accompany this beer. Just the right amount of viscosity for style. Reminiscent of coffee bender, not as pungent, maybe it's just the color, but the coffee comes off as black, thick coffee.

Alcohol is covered nicely, hopping is kept under the radar to not interfere with coffee bein showcased. This is a great morning/fishing beer. One trick pony kinda, but that ain't a bad thing.

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle poured opaque with a large creamy head.
Unappealing aroma suggests the beer is past its prime, but this doesn't carry over to the flavor where dark roasted malts dominate. Coffee and dark chocolate are also present.
Creamy smooth, relatively lively feel.

Photo of goast8127
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Allowed to warm to near room temperature after being refrigerated.

Color is a opaque dark brown with very slight reddish tints. A finger thin tan head leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma draws thoughts of ground coffee and a hint of malt. The taste reminds me of a cold glass of coffee with a slightly bitter finish. It's a little dry for an American stout, and not very viscous. Tastes and feels lower in alcohol content than is listed.

Overall it's a decent beer. Would drink again. May not specifically seek it out.

Photo of GilGarp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 042711 so probably a best before date.

Served cold into a pint glass, Cowboy Coffee Porter is a very dark brown color with light only passing through the edges. The tan head settles quickly with no lace.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with just a hint of coffee.

Flavor is more roasty and, in that sense, reminds me of coffee. Otherwise, it doesn't seem overtly coffee-forward, if that makes sense. There is a initial sweetness that is combatted by a strong roasty middle with plenty of bitterness from the dark malts and added coffee. A slight bit of hops but more dominated by the malts.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but, that again, this is a standard porter so it wouldn't have to be thick. The carbonation is a little higher than I prefer for a dark style but it's not distracting.

Overall a solid porter but maybe not quite as special or unique as I expected. And the coffee could be more pronounced.

Photo of Magpie14
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: relatively dark and full of robust brown tones, in other words...a healthy looking porter. Reasonable head retention and some sticky icky lacing. Nice look

S: nose is chock full of coffee and chocolate with a nice helping of heartily roasted malts. Pretty straight forward, not a whole lot of whiffing complexity in the nose

T: not as much depth as I had hoped. Within the malts exists a dry kinda nuttiness with a dusting of fine cocoa powder. Coffee notes come across a touch stale and bland with a dash of creamer. Flavors are just hanging out, nothing to involved. Warming increases the flavor exploration but on a minimal level

M: the words dry, crisp, and charred come to mind. The weight of this beer is nice with a medium feel, but otherwise it lacks in overall slickness. Strong carbonation levels

D: some good qualities and decent notes. Well worth the try but don't plan on drinking many as boredom may set in

Photo of FernMaster
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

I had this at the Flying Saucer in KC and by the time the glass got to me there wasn't any head and there was no lacing on the glass. I don't know, maybe it was sitting somewhere for a minute or two before it got to me (doubt it, service is good there) but even if that's the case that doesn't speak highly of the beer. Cowboy Coffee itself, looked the role of the porter. Dark, pitch black. Someone with the Fop Rule couldn't drink this beer (meaning light can't be shone through it).

The smell for this beer is close to everything I want in a porter. It screams to be paired with BBQ as there's a big bold smoke flavor present in the nose. I would have liked the coffee to be more prevalent, but the coffee and chocolate was there in small quantities. The smoke came through the most and it smelled really nice.

The nose didn't lie to what the flavor of the beer was going to be. BIG smoke flavor and some moderate chocolate and coffee components. A little bitter roasted malts could be found, if there were hops I couldn't notice them. I think the flavor of this beer is just okay, not great just okay. The smoke was just way, way to overbearing for my palate. I'm from Kansas City, I'm a man who likes his smoke. I smell smoke while driving and I smile thinking that someone is enjoying a damn good piece of meat somewhere. I smell smoke and salivate. However, I wouldn't salivate if the woods near me were on fire, I would then be a little concerned. Cowboy Coffee from Big Sky is a beer with its woods on fire.

The mouthfeel is very nice. It's a good big body to up hold the amount of California wildfire smoke they crammed in this beer. And it drinks well, it could have drank better but that's the smokes fault. I like this beer, I think it's okay, but I don't EVER see me picking this up over a Bully! Porter.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Beermasons into a Southern Tier tulip.

Matt black appearance, nice medium tan foam on top. Retains well for a while before forming a ring around the outside.

Smell has coffee as you'd expect, some chocolate and a little bit of char in there as well. A bit there, but nothing to insane or over the top.

The chocolate and coffee carry over into the taste, some roast to add a bit more to the complexity of it and a little bit of a smoky finish.

Soft feel to start, the little smoke at the end gives you something to remember it by, but a little on the thinner side.

Nice beer to drink. Enough flavour to satisfy you and easy enough to hit for a session. Sort of like a coffee beer where it isn't all about the coffee.

Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha head. Fantastic head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate, great nose

T: Coffee grounds up front, a touch of charred grain & dryness up front. Coffee grinds & a touch of nuttyness & wetness once warm. Finishes wet with charred grain, & watered down day-old coffee

MF: Thin with low carbonation, probably the weakest link in this beer

Drinks okay, nothing to get exited about here. Usually Big Sky delivers, not this time. Not even as good as the composite score, might have to drink a Founder's Breakfast stout to wash the taste of this away...

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - jet black with a thumb of mocha head that dissipated evenly with light lacing
S - strong chocolate malt with mild coffee beans, sweet fruit and leafy hops
T - bittersweet chocolate malt with fresh ground coffee, smoky with a light syrupy fruit sweetness
M - chewy smooth with light carbonation, thins slightly
D - very tasty chocolate and coffee flavours, as a coffee and beer addict I always have a soft spot for coffee porter, and this is a nice take on the sytle

Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive porter. Black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. This is a lace making beer. Thick lacing is left on the glass.

Good dark malt aroma. A little chocolate and smokiness with a slint hint of nuts and coffee. I would of thought the coffee would come out more since coffee is in the name.

I really have to search for the coffee flavor. Ever so faint hint under the malt. There is an interesting smokiness present that would of gone great with coffee and made this beer taste like coffee brewed over the campfire. That would of made sense considering the name. I give this an average score because of opportunities lost.

The body is a little weak. But otherwise has a nice texture and carbonation.

This could of been a really great beer if it delivered on the promised coffee flavor. Just an above average porter otherwise.

Photo of trappistlover
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is roasty bitter with a nice sweet malt backbone. Thin to medium bodied with thin texture. Slighty roasty finish. Nice, balanced coffee porter. Very easy to drink.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Striated layers of foam, creamy parfait style, dense-loose-dense, billowing over the rim in a convex form. Sticky and creamy, the foam seems to be it's own entity. Laces in sheets. Jet black when backlit.

Raw, roasty coffee and black patent malt. Alternately soft and rich as the initial intensity fades. Some nuttiness and dried plum in the background.

Extremely smooth and creamy, some light fruity sweetness blends easily with roasty coffee and chocolate notes. Dry coffee is there also, but dark chocolate just pervades across the palate. Some milky sweetness in between, walnut and dates in the aftertaste. A classic porter, one of the best beers i've had from Big Sky. Really enjoyed it, and will seek out more.

Photo of jsh420
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours black reddish brown with a 1 finger tan head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells like a cup of coffee with a little bit of chocolate

taste was ok - the coffee tastes a little off to me? plenty of cocoa and burnt malts

mouthfeel was a light/medium body with plenty of carbonation maybe a little too much

drinkability is so so - there are too many other porters or stouts with coffee that i would drink over this

Photo of ocelot2500
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of light coffee notes.

Tastes of weak coffee and some other not well done roasted notes. Notes of cocoa and chocolate can be found, but everything lacks emphasis and in no way invokes the image of a boldness associated with cowboys, especially when they smoke Marlboros. Not much sweetness or bitterness, very bland in the way of the aforementioned weak coffee.

Mouthfeel is light and there is little carbonation as was evident from the head.

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

dark brown on the edges and almost black towards the middle. Small cream colored head gave way to some nice lacing. Smell was dominated by a roasted malt, smokey hints in there as well. This tasted thick with a rich caramel, and chocolate flavors. Very filling indeed. Smooth going down but very full bodied.

Photo of landrewg
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to make this my first review because I had it on tap at Uptown Grill this weekend, loved it, came to BA to find out where to get it and saw these two bad reviews. I think they might have had a bad keg at Hopcat. It came with a very creamy look and a mild aroma of coffee. Taste is smooth and delicious. Could drink a few of these with no problem.

Photo of jermarley
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Way better than I though it would be with a name like "cowboy" on the front end of things! Really great subtle coffee taste of what actually seems to have been good coffee used in the first place and not some overcooked crap. I grew up in the coffee world and know a lot about what coffees are typically used in "coffee beers" and I really noticed a great taste this time!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep cola brown with an average/slightly larger, foamy, frothy, cafe color head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Lots of coffee aroma with most of it being a sweet coffee with just a slight black coffee and coffee grounds aroma. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Hints of caramel as well. A little one sided, but enjoyable nonetheless.

T - Plenty of coffee, less sweet and more black coffee than the nose. Some astringent coffee flavor as well. A bit more roasted malt than the nose. Coffee still dominates though.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Pretty average mouthfeel all together.

D - If you like coffee this is great, it's pretty good even if you are so so about it. A little too imbalanced and astringent but not bad.

Notes: Pretty good but not great. Coffee is very strong, maybe a little too much, but overall a good coffee porter.

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

I picked up a single of this at the Lager Mill for $1.49 a week ago. The only other beer I have had from Big Sky was the Montana Trout Slayer. It left a pretty good impression on me so I decided to give this brew a shot. No visible freshness date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is a lone cowboy and horse sitting by a fire in a winter background, it looks pretty good, I also liked the saying underneath the cap "Zat yer rig?". This beer poured a nice dark black color that had some ruby highlights when held to the light. It had two fingers worth of thick tan head that died down to a thin layer that left some spotty lacing.

S- As you would expect from a coffee porter, coffee is the major player here. There is also some nice dark and bitter chocolate from the roasted malts and a little bit of caramel at the end. It pretty much smells like a mug of cold coffee.

T- The taste starts out with lots of sweet roasted malts, then comes the coffee. Its not as strong as I was expecting, but that makes it not overpowering and creates a nice balance between the sweetness of the malts and the slight bitterness of the coffee. There is also some chocolate and toffee that comes out towards the end. I couldn't detect any hops in this brew.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good coffee porter. All the flavors were spot on and it drank really smooth. If you are looking for a good coffee flavored porter this brew is a pretty safe choice. I would buy this again when in the mood for this type of beer. Another brew good brew from Big Sky, I will for sure be trying more of their lineup.

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Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.