Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by tavernjef:
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark ruby tinted brown settling very dark brown, nearly black in most light. A firm, medium sized crown of dark tan foam lifts well upon the pour. The foam stays a foot very well and keeps itself a solid skim and collar while some skimpy, thin lacing emerges in a few spots and globs about the glass.
Aroma is of cold pressed coffee with a fairly strong tint to sweet vanilla, dark cherry, and soured cream. Other then that, it has a bit of cocoa and roastyness to its overall sweetness. It has a fairly decent pull on the nose but is a bit heavy on the sweet end, but still quite nice.
Taste is somewhat reflected from the nose with a sweeter side showing more then a heavy roast. Roast is there but in a slightly burntish tone of black malt and a bit of coffee. But again, there's more of a dark cherry and vanilla sweetness pulling through then a full on coffeeness. Nice creamy cocoa finish dusting off lightly.
Lighter medium body, light front end but builds gradually with a firm, creamy, milken-esque low carbonation and tender sweetness thats very tolerable, playful, and drinkable.
A pretty decent porter, perhaps not as coffee as some that tote the same name or use of coffee, but pretty solid none-the-less.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 00:17:08 | More by tavernjef
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3.28/5 rDev -11.8%
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 209 ratings.