Cowboy Coffee Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company
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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.
04-24-2013 04:36:27 | More by cosmicevan
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.
04-17-2013 06:06:46 | More by archyquaffer
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.
04-14-2013 02:04:49 | More by NilocRellim
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.
04-06-2013 11:13:13 | More by danieelol
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!
03-30-2013 01:36:33 | More by PintOHops
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.
03-30-2013 01:35:40 | More by JosiahS
Cowboy Coffee Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
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