Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by zhanson88:
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Appearance: Cowboy Coffee pours a very dark brown --close to stout-looking-- color with about a finger of khaki head. Retention is really good, and lacing is good as well. I enjoy the hell out of rich, dark porters, and so far this one fits the bill very nicely. Great looking beer.
Smell: Lightly roasted malts and a good deal of coffee by far the strongest scents I pick up on. I do get some floral hops as well. I would say that the coffee scent is a bit on the acrid side, but not at all unpleasant.
Taste: Once again, lightly roasted dark malts and coffee make up a lot of the flavor in this beer, with some floral hops on the back end. I'd say that the coffee flavor does get a touch acrid, but nothing is a major turn-off on this one. It may be a bit one-dimensional but still, pretty good.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Ah, mouthfeel shows up again in a Big Sky beer. In my opinion it's something that is a bit lacking in a lot of their brews. This beer is definitely light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Definitely light for the style. Overall, drinkability is pretty good. I enjoy the flavor of this beer quite a bit. It seems that there are some mixed feelings about it, but I would buy it again. I find it to be a pretty nice coffee-infused porter.
Edit: If you are going to drink this beer, go ahead and drink it at room temp. Either that, or don't be too quick to judge while it's cold. It does get a lot better as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2011 04:50:37 | More by zhanson88
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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 208 ratings.