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Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jklecko2, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of PincheNorteno
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one.

Poured relatively flat into a pint glass. More brown than black, with decent carbonation. The coffee comes through in the tanned head.
Smells of earthy coffee and toasty malt, minimal hop presence. Biscuity, toasty malt profile, not too heavy handed. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, which is good if you don't like heavy unfiltered brews. The alcohol is noticeable a little bit, along with tannins from the coffee. This is cowboy coffee, it's less burnt tasting and more earthy than espresso. I enjoyed this aspect, it was a break from the usual over roasted stuff you find in coffee stouts. It was a coffee flavor appropriate for a porter, but the porter aspect itself was a bit light handed. Overall, it was alright but I wouldn't seek it out again.

PincheNorteno, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

dpage27, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MatterOfOpinion, May 20, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Hopheadjeffery, May 13, 2013
Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

kguard, May 12, 2013
Photo of Ivegotmule
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Ivegotmule, May 10, 2013
Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

dunix, May 07, 2013
Photo of canawler
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

canawler, May 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Thorpe429, May 03, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to Rathakem for the sweet extra! enjoyed from a sam adams snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a thin head that was gone quick leaving hardly any lacing at all.

s - smell leads with a really nice milk chocolate. followed up by some mild roast and big vanilla and coconut notes. smells really nice - gourmet coffee for sure.

t - like a cup a joe...big coffee taste followed by some roast and vanilla and finishes with some porter char. really nice.

m - soft, easy drinking. not too much char.

o -overally a rather nice coffee porter. the coffee really compliments the porter and brings it to a new level. enjoyable. quite good.

cosmicevan, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Localdrinklax, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

PStriedl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

archyquaffer, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

NilocRellim, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bluckbeyes, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mkennedy119, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kemoarps, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

danieelol, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

siddhartha, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

harrymel, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

johnnyboy76, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Kerrie, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Texasfan549, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of PintOHops
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

PintOHops, Mar 30, 2013
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.