Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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:
32 IBU

(Beer added by: jt31914 on 04-10-2010)
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Reviews by nickadams2:
Photo of nickadams2
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
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
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 RDW
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Dawkins
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Magpie14
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of FernMaster
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Glibber
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.