Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque black color that transmits dark brown around the edges. One finger of beige foam head diminishes to a fine peripheral ring. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Rich black coffee and lesser dark chocolate fill the nose but allow traces of solvent, carbonic acid, and fermented grain to be detected also.
T: Begins dry, with coffee and a deep nuttiness of such depth that is rarely encountered, even in dark/brown ales. Acidity is present, but remains restrained. The roast turns a bit stale in the middle, where acidity persists and faint dark fruit is detected. The finish is mild and smooth with earth, husky roasted grain, and minimal bitterness.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, creamy on the palate yet slightly acidic, with moderate carbonation.
D: While the addition of coffee rarely makes or breaks a beer, it often results in a beer that seems slightly less attractive than if it had been left off the ingredient bill. Here it is well integrated and lends character that this porter might otherwise be found to lack, elevating the overall experience in rare fashion.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2011 22:13:34 | More by beagle75
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3.28/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head that seems to have some retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that is rife with bubble.s A scant amount of lacing is left behind.
Nose- Very nice and well rounded. Mostly coffee with roasted malts. Also, a good amount of cocoa that, at some points, suggests bubblegum. A slight nuttiness as well. Not terribly complex but has lots of balance and is very well integrated. Swirling shows an almost rye like quality. That does not mesh well with the other aromas.
Taste- Doesn't seem quite as balanced as the nose and the emphasis is coffee. Starts off with a blend of roasted malts and cocoa that has a bit of a sour/sweet note to it that almost suggests raisins. However, this beer quickly moves from having that much complexity and dives right into the coffee. A coffee that is rather average and seems a little thin on the finish. Some raisin does make it to the finish but not much. There are not real flaws and this is a decent beer but it is a bit boring. Pretty weak for a porter. A tiny hint of chocolate on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with too much carbonation for a porter. Also, needs to be thicker.
Drinkability- Definitely pretty easy to drink but that's mostly because of its weaknesses- lack of balance and lack of structure. Fair price but just not worth it.
Overall- Mediocre- really not much else to say. I would give it a try but don't expect too much. If you're on this side of the country, you'll want to stick with Black Butte. On the other side, Founders.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 05:03:49 | More by artoolemomo
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.