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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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

MatterOfOpinion, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Hopheadjeffery, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

kguard, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Ivegotmule, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dunix, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

canawler, May 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Thorpe429, May 03, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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 +7.5%

Localdrinklax, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

PStriedl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

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
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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 -5.9%

bluckbeyes, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mkennedy119, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kemoarps, Apr 08, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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 -5.9%

siddhartha, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

harrymel, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

johnnyboy76, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Kerrie, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Texasfan549, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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
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4.65/5  rDev +25%

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.

JosiahS, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Razorback09, Mar 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

BrownAleMale, Mar 23, 2013
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.