Snowcat Coffee Stout | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Snowcat Coffee StoutSnowcat Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 87
Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can.
Looks like used motor oil on the pour.
Short-lived beige head.
Dark roasted grains with hops and coffee grinds in the nose. The flavor follows except for a heavy dose of burnt grains and very dark coffee.
Smooth, full, lightly carbonated body.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.06/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: dry roasted coffee, smooth rich dark chocolate malts.
Coffee bean nose. Brown/black, opaque, with a tan foamy head with delicate lace.
Medium body. 57 IBUs

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a half inch of densely packed brown head resting on top. The aroma is of dark and lightly bitter roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste is much more bitter than the nose implies with an aftertaste of dark, bitter coffee, toffee and dark chocolate that lingers a bit. The mouth is oily and warm.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3-6-16 - On tap at Tellers in Golden, CO after a loooong drive home fro Beaver Creek with Todd and Miles. Served in a large, dimpled, pineapple mug with little to no head. Nice coffee stout, however viscosity was a bit thinner than I hoped. Taste was great, but mouthfeel was less than I had hoped.

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Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an altogether black beer with a thick brownish head. The aroma is acrid...with some smokey tones as well. Balanced...dry.... bitter, but a little shallow. There is a fair amount of coffee flavor, but it is reminiscent of freshly opened canned coffee, not freshly ground Italian espresso. Full in body and substantial, bu this could surely be a better beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a metallic smell overlaying.

T- Burnt Folgers coffee flavor that's bitter and bordering on acrid. Not much sweetness going on here which would actually help tip the scales away from the intense roastiness. Unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin and lifeless with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Yep, the reviews are correct. I love coffee beers and this one is a failure. Cheap coffee flavors with nothing else to accompany it, brewing flaws apparent in the nose and a limp mouthfeel. It's becoming clear that the only decent beer these guys make is Lawyers, Guns & Money, which isn't even that good to begin with.

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Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of grass, slight yeast, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of yeast, hint of oatmeal, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the coffee is not overpowering, which I really like, and the blend is quite good.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The coffee is to present in this coffee stout. Reminds me of a cold cup of coffee. You can't really taste the base beer at all, it's all coffee. It has potential, just needs more stout. I would like to try this next year to see if they change it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Good head retention & head retention

S: Coffee & roastyness

T: Follows the nose, roasty, dry with a little cocoa up front. More dryness, roastyness, carob as this warms. Finishes with coffee grinds, dryness & charred grain, a little bit of woody & herbal hops

MF: Light/medium body, semi-firm carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a pretty good take, not a great one

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Photo of bark
3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is black (100 EBC); the two finger head is brown and airy. It sinks slowly to a thick lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is roasted and loaded with dry clean coffee. Clean bitterness and a touch of cream/lactose.

The taste is dry and roasted, like a stronger Irish dry stout. Clean smooth coffee without sourness or harshness. Passing floral hops and hints of cream. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing bitterness and more smooth yet distinct coffee. Coffee-flavoured candy in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the mid-sized bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is smooth.

A very smooth and dry coffee stout. I like.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 16, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 20, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Mike!

Poured a black color with two fingers of dark khaki tan, frothy head. Poor, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled rich, dark roasty coffee malts, dark chocolate, dark cocoa, smoky fire, dark, roasty nuts, rich toffee and more smokiness. Felt like I was at a campfire. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the nose. Dark, rich coffee malts, bitter dark chocolate, dark cocoa, smoky fire, smoky wood, dark toffee and faint crayon. Could arguably called a porter as well. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a nice coffee stout, although I seem to be a sucker for these. Nice, roasty and great for winter in a non-San Diego climate. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 | 84 | B

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Photo of SamN
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snow Cat in the glass has a solid stout look, a firm, almost one finger topping of medium-dark brown head and pretty solidly black, some dark maroon to light. Smell, too, is quite good. Sweet, dark roasted malts,, americano and cream, odd note of olive juice, overall, appetizing. Taste doesn't quite keep up to the aroma, there is a lot of roasted black malts and a hint of that mildly bitter coffe touch that rounds out the roastyness. Very minor hops in play,adds a mild herbal touch to the end. Lingering roast and coffee astringency/bitterness, somewhat dry. Again, that odd olive taste. Mouthfeel is good, subdued carbonation with a medium body heft.

A solid coffe stout from the greatest of states. Almost a sessionable brew, I could see knocking a few of these back in the dead of a snowy winter night. Pretty good!

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Midnight black body with a thick, dense, creamy textured light tan head. Charred grains and coffee grounds abound in the aroma; chocolate. Taste is much like the aroma with a sharp bitterness and a vague sourness lurking in the background. Fairly heavy body; smooth and creamy feel.

A decent coffee stout that hits most points just fine but slips a bit with a mild tang in the flavor.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.32/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Crazy Mountain brewing in Edwards, CO. Black but not too dark, looks alright though. Aroma was sort of blah, maybe there was some grains but it was pretty pedestrian. Flavor was not good, bitter, burned, acrid, just a bad beer all around. I was pretty surprised that most of the beers I tasted at Crazy Mountain were of very poor quality, this one was bad but at least it wasn't disgusting like some of the others.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer had a tan head and a very dark black coffee look. Nice coffee aroma to it. The beer had a lower carbonation to it and a dry mouth feel to it similar to an irish stout. The first sip had a strong coffee aroma that dissipates to a dry Irish stout tasting beer, not a ton of flavor which was kind of disappointing. It almost tasted like a low fat coffee milk shake. There is an astringent/ bitter finish either from hops or the darker malts. This beer looks great but I was expecting something with a little more flavor and body too it.

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Photo of maximum12
1.29/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to someone for sending this along in a recent trade. 22 oz. bomber popped open & split with my wife.

Pour is black, no yeast evident in the bottle, low fizz. The nose is bloody weird: tons of roast cut with the scent of sour side of lamb. Yes, I smell meat. On the scale of wonderful to suck-my-blood-leech-and-tick terrible, this leans me towards the latter.

Snow Cat should have been left out in the Rockies. The coffee taste leading the beer is choppy & cheap; tastes like my dad's coffee smelled in the mid-70's. Malty. And then there's that aftertaste of sharp, acrid smoked flesh. It really sticks to the back of the throat & throws me off so much I don't even want to take a third sip. I do. I regret it. Drinkable only in one ounce measurements.

I hate to just mindlessly bash a brewer's effort, but this beer is stunningly bad. The coffee is lousy, the base beer is virtually undetectable, & on top, something has gone horribly wrong. A downright abysmal brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours black brown with a medium fluffy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy malts with a little acidic coffee.

The flavor does not have a lot going on - some acidic roasted grains with a little stale coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, I had this on nitro tap and it seemed really washed out. The bottled version is sadly the same. Roasted acidic grains with no real flavors and no real coffee to be seen.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's gotten such a bad rap!

Let it be noted that this is a 5.7% ABV American stout, not a double, Russian barrel-aged malt bomb.

The beer does pour like one, though. It looks black, thick and opaque with a lasting chocolate brown head. It has sticky lacings.

The smell is an inoffensive blend of sweet mocha chocolate and fresh roasted ground coffee beans. It isn't overpowering, but it's a little complex and makes itself known.

Mouthfeel is semi-thick, mouthfeel with a bit of cleansing carbonation. The taste mimics the smell in this case, with a peaty, roasty coffee blending with a bit of warmth that would hint at a greater alcohol content than it has. Bitterness hits on the back end, but it isn't too harsh.

Is it perfect? No way. I'd still like to see a bit more body from this beer. But it's bold and has a decently warm and complex flavor. This is my favorite offering from Crazy Mountain so far.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a frustrating beer for me, because it has so much potential. it pours really dark brown, chocolate colored, with very little light passing through. the head is close to nonexistent by the time it reaches my table at kaos pizza on pearl street, but it might have been there when it was first poured. the nose is pretty good, fresh drip coffee and burnt chocolate malt. also a little more alcohol in the nose than there probably should be. taste is excellent, dark dark coffee, just the way i like it, and actually a lighter malt flavor than i thought. its not really bitter at all, and has some simple cocoa character towards the finish. there is also a nice caffeine rush going on. the mouthfeel kills this beer for me, murders it actually. its so thin, and the carbonation is lacking really bad. its like a glass of high acidity water, the exact wrong texture for a beer with such bold and potentially luxurious flavors. this is a total failure, where is the body. i mean, there is a lot of malt happening here, where did its body go? yikes. overall a beer that tastes wonderful but feels like crap. not sure how it happened, but it needs revisiting.

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Photo of denver10
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark brown with a fluffy mocha head and decent lacing. Aroma is coffee, cheap chocolate, and roasted malts. The coffee is nice, the base beer is unimpressive. Flavor is quite similar; coffee jumps out and stays on top, some crappy chocolate and roastiness are there, and it closes out with some welcomed charred bitterness. A medium bodied, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, one of those beers that on tap, at a local brewery tap room isn't that bad. But via a bottle, at home and with access to plenty other beers, disapointing. Without the coffee to this beer, probably a beer I would not have finished.

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Snowcat Coffee Stout from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.33 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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