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Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/27/2011. Pours very dark brown, almost black color with a nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as you drink. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, coffee, toasted grain, bread, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big espresso, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, toffee, and herbal hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable at 6.2%, with not alcohol presence at all. Overall this is a very nice porter, with nice robust flavors and very smooth drinking. Really enjoyed this one.

superspak, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

djohnse, Feb 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Troville1990, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TKSchlafly1
5/5  rDev +34.4%

TKSchlafly1, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jrcmlc, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

warnerry, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Another6Pack, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

taigor, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

barnzy78, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

lakersfan16, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Taturbo for the trade

Deep, dark black beer with a wispy tan head that falls flat and halos around the outer edges. There is relatively minimal lacing.

Pungent coffee and sugar with a little bite from the alcohol. This beer reminds me of a candy bar at warmer temperatures. Otherwise, it's got the pretty standard roasted coffee playing well off a menacingly dark body and bold sweetness.

As with the smell, this beer is pretty standard with what it has to offer. I've had plenty of coffee porters that match this profile, all of them tasty, but hard to differentiate.
Not too much to brag about although there is a nice bitterness that creeps up towards the end and lingers for about 1/2 a minute.

Thin, watery body with bold roastiness and sugar. Although porters are typically not super dense beers, I've been spoiled. I definitely prefer a coffee porter/stout with as much body as a style is capable of giving me.
However, I did enjoy the beer at 50-60 degrees (a true test), and there was even a slightly dry finish.

This was a beer worth sampling, it was in fact an unexpected extra in the trade. I enjoyed the beer, as i tend to for most in the dark beer - coffee infusion class. It's got good coffee flavor, but is still rather generic in comparison.

ThePorterSorter, Oct 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Coffee bean nose. Tastes of iced coffee with medium sweetness and roast. The body is creamy and smooth with a medium full body. A really nice coffee beer. This is right up there with Coffee Bender. I would buy it again.

jera1350, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of 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.

tavernjef, Jul 23, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and brownie brown in color with a one finger brown head and a ring of foam still holding on strong after drinking half the the glass.

The aroma is simple, coffee, roasted malts, and a little cream.

The taste is the same as the smell, but with more creamy flavor and a creamy texture. Ohh yeah, and chocolate. Very session ready coffee porter. Flavor, smooth, and easy to drink.

scruffwhor, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Hexgnome13
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap into a US pint glass

Color: Deep brown, slight copper tint up to the light; light brown head. Mild retention, no lacing to speak of (this might have been the bartender).

Nose: Coffee and caramel; a little citrus zing to liven things up.

Flavor: Dark chocolate, followed by coffee with a citrus burst; malty, but not excessive; nice mellow finish that brings out the roast. Hints of honey and orange.

Mouthfeel: Robust but slightly watery; could have done with a bit more body and a longer finish.

Overall: A nice, comfortable, drinkable Porter. It's not mind-boggling, but I would happily spend an evening with several pints.

Hexgnome13, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/23 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep opaque brown with a two finger of light brown head to it. Head recedes at a moderate pace. Nice coating of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts.

T: Taste is a boat load of chocolate in the forefront. Coffee then quickly comes in dominating the middle with a bit of chocolate continuing to mingle. Lighter toffee notes roasted malts hit in the finish with a hint of grassy hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat light, watery body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, nice kick, decent representation of style. All in all, this is a damn fine beer, the mouthfeel was the only let down but that wouldn't stop me from grabbing this one again.

Jayli, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of climax
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen a cowboy make coffee from a beer can, water, fire, and coffee powder.... I'm gonna guess this shall be superior.

It pours a porter-like brown, dark, but not black. The head is creamy, looks like latte froth when I give it a swirl. It offers pretty good retention, lace is little to none.

The aroma isn't bursting with roasted coffee....right away It is a pleasant blend and balance of sweet, bitter, and lightly roasted flavors. As it warms, the rich coffee flavors begin to scream for attention. Chocolate, whipped cream, and roasted nuts all accent nicely.

The flavor is excellent. The coffee tones control the tempo; but once again the harmony between the components is wonderful. A bit of an earthy, even minty, hop note sneaks in adding even more excitement.

The body is medium with a rich feel, not lacking like a lot of porters seem to. It's a bit on the dry side towards the finish, which keeps the sipping pace on the quick side. But it's definitely worth savoring, excellent flavor. Good porter.

climax, Jun 01, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So there I was at a Great Divide event in this liquor store when in a haze I decided "I need to check out some of these good beers and taste some stuff I never have before". Well, thats when the Cowboy on the bottle said, HEY! Get your butt over here and buy me!!" so I did..in a 6 pack. and I wasnt disappointed in the least. It poured nicely, went down very smooth and after 3 of them me and that cowboy became friends. But he's gone now..and Im back on the trail again..

MikeSr619, Jun 01, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very aggressive straw colored head. Head reduces quickly with nice foam left behind. Brew is dark brown with black and red hues.

S - Very nice coffee scent. Rather biscuity and chocolate for the style. Lots of caramel.

T - Rather rich! Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. There's a lot going on with the flavor... A very nice and relaxed brew.

M - Pretty watery... Very light and robust. Carbonation is near perfect. No bitterness to report.

O - A good brew, a little too light for the style. A more robust coffee flavor would be quite appreciated. A bit all over the place, brew needs further focus on styling.

chugalug06, May 30, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average pour from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium balloon results in a finger and a half worth of tan colored ultra fine head capping a deep dark brown. My daughter loves labels with animals and this one is no different, "That's horsey beer, daddy!"

The smell is as you might guess, lots of coffee. There's other elements that both coffee and porters might share such as roasty tones. All this is great but theres a bit of anise in there as well? Maybe? Someone mentioned solvent, I could see that. It's interesting for certain.

Taste is certainly very upfront coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate is also present. Pleasant, but the back of this one is very astringent to me. I would assume this stems from the java, but how do other coffee beers pull off more balance where this one is lacking?

As some have noted, this one leaves a bit to be desired in the mouthfeel department. Nothing offensive, just a bit thin for my taste.

Overall, it was enjoyable but nothing I would seek out again.

LusciousJackson, May 15, 2011
Photo of CMW
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown,almost black color with just a tinge of a caramel covered head.

S - Fresh roasted coffee, molasses, and a bit of chocolate.

T - Similar to the nose. This beer has some serious coffee flavor. Slightly sweet but overall just cold coffee.

M - This is where I was let down a little. The carbonation was extremely low which led to an almost watery feel.

O - If you enjoy coffee, this is a good beer to try. However, I would like to see them step up the carbonation a little.

CMW, May 14, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is black with ruby highlights. The head is thick and looks like slightly burnt nugget. The head resolves into a thin layer. Nice rings of foam mark the beers passage from my glass.

S- For me the coffee aroma is very subdued. A splash of cocoa and dark roasted malt.

T- Lightly roasted coffee with a bit of coffee oily astringent notes. A little molasses sweetened cocoa hits my mouth going into a brief earthy flavor. I really wanted a deeper roast flavor and a much more intense coffee flavor.

M- The body of the beer is thin. The carbonation is gentle to the mouth.

O- The beer isnt offensive. This is simply something I would bypass for almost anything else.

nlmartin, Apr 29, 2011
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.