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Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 101
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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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-23-2013 06:10:25 | More by Localdrinklax
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-20-2013 22:10:29 | More by PStriedl
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The label has a painting of a cowboy cooking coffee over a fire in the midst of a melted area of earth and stone surrounded by snow. His horse, fully tacked and ready to ride, waits in the snow in the right mid-ground, the reins drooping onto the snow. In the background is a central Montana landscape of low mountains surrounding a windswept and snow covered prairie. The cowboy wears a hat with cavalry braids and appears to wear sheep skin chaps. Intently gazing at the coffee pot, his hat obscures his face. A legend on the side describes the contents as "malt beverage with coffee added". No freshness date can be seen.

Appearance: Very dark brown- nearly black, from which light cannot escape, even when held in front of a glaring incandescent bulb- more like a stout than a porter. The dark brown color is apparent only in the punt at the bottom of the glass. A 1/8 inch head lingers for a bit. As it dissipates, it leaves an inky black hole in the center fringed by a thin bog of pale brown froth which thickens at the edges and clings to the sides.

Smell: You can really smell the coffee- and it wakes you up to the fact that "coffee" is not a mere evocative term, but a real ingredient in the beer. The coffee aroma pretty much overpowers any other aromas except for the malt background.

Taste: The coffee taste is definitely not subtle, but bold and yet not like burnt or old coffee at all. I think the key is keeping the beer at a cool temperature away from lights. If I saw this beer sitting around getting warm under fluorescent lights, I would not buy it, because I think the coffee would develop a stale, acidy and overly bitter taste, like gas station coffee. However, this coffee taste is bold yet rich, creamy, and earthy, like a good French or Italian roast. In the background is a generally rich malt flavor, with undertones of citrus or ripe cherries. The malt flavor is more apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thinner than expected, since the coffee gives it more of a stout-like character. A lingering aftertaste of coffee bitterness is apparent. Enough of a burp to be satisfying, which floods the inner recesses of the nose with coffee and malt aftertaste.

I was a bit put off by this beer at first. Even though I love coffee, I consider it more of a morning drink- and drinking coffee at 7 PM reminds me of the good-bad old days of the graveyard shift. Nevertheless, on a second tasting, I have to say that I think the brewers have definitely achieved the goal of a beer that tastes just like good, strong coffee, such as might warm a lonely soul on a windswept and snowy prairie.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 06:06:46 | More by archyquaffer
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 02:04:49 | More by NilocRellim
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-13-2013 02:41:16 | More by bluckbeyes
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-11-2013 01:22:33 | More by mkennedy119
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kemoarps

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-08-2013 19:59:29 | More by kemoarps
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danieelol

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With great thanks to MrKennedy.

Pours a dark black with a light white head.

Smell is big earthy, soily, gritty coffee. Some fairly potent banana-y esters. Kind of a bit like a coffee banana split, with some whiteboard marker (alcohol).

Taste gets more of these weizen-coffee flavours, along with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, carbed and finishes bitter and soily, probably more from coffee than hops.

Nice beer, has quite a lot of alcohol presence for its ABV. Like a coffee with a shot of mild liqueur (Frangelico perhaps).

Flavours meld better than in the To Øl coffee brown ale, which is otherwise somewhat similar.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 11:13:13 | More by danieelol
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siddhartha

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-06-2013 01:24:38 | More by siddhartha
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harrymel

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-05-2013 04:09:26 | More by harrymel
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-31-2013 03:55:25 | More by johnnyboy76
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-30-2013 05:22:59 | More by Kerrie
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2013 04:30:10 | More by Texasfan549
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PintOHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass - Pint

A - Wow that's a dark Porter! Super black color with practically no light coming through. It produced a 1-finger head that fizzled away quickly.

S - Initially couldn't smell much. After it warmed up i picked up dark chocolate, roasty coffee, soft hop oils, and raisin. Great aroma and very inviting.

T - Wonderful mix of savory dark chocolate, bright coffee and hop oils. Just balanced so well. Low, lingering coffee and bitterness on the tongue. Sweetness is low.

M - Medium-full bodied brew with a velvety like texture and soft carbonation.

O - What a wonderfully balanced Porter. Robust, savory, drinkable, just a great example of the style. I picked up mine in a mix-pack for $14. I'd definitely buy this one again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:36:33 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: A thick, dark brown liquid with a 1 finger tan colored head.

s: Aromas of milk, coffee beans, chile and floral hops.

t: Rich roasted malt with flavors of coffee and faint cocoa. The hops lend a perfect compliment, adding bitterness, a slight spice flavor and a floral component.

m: lively yet somewhat thick and full bodied.

o: Awesome brew, a near perfect combo of hops and malt for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 01:35:40 | More by JosiahS
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Razorback09

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-29-2013 20:47:58 | More by Razorback09
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

03-23-2013 20:18:49 | More by BrownAleMale
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Rwalford74

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-23-2013 08:12:35 | More by Rwalford74
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Garrett092112

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-21-2013 00:10:56 | More by Garrett092112
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phishbone23

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

03-20-2013 01:54:45 | More by phishbone23
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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PrivateEquity

Kansas

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Very dark black with darker tan head. Lacing is okay.

S - Strong coffee aroma with chocolate hints.

T - Nice example of a coffee porter. Not too strong on the coffee taste. Nothing really stands out though. A little bit of nuttiness.

M - Mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Body is lighter than I would have like. Carbonation is also a little lighted than I would have liked. Dryer finish is nice. This is where the beer could improve.

O - A good drinkable coffee porter. Not too intense and good balance. Maybe makes a good coffee session beer, if there is a such thing. Good enough to have once, probably won't be revisiting for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:29:15 | More by PrivateEquity
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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

03-09-2013 06:39:16 | More by JSchock7
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Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-09-2013 05:06:16 | More by Phoenix2443
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.