Galactic Cowboy Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,902
Ranked #15,200
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Galactic Cowboy NitroGalactic Cowboy Nitro
Notes: Blast off into the stratosphere and grab a fistful of stars! Smoother than Solo and darker than the Dark Side, Galactic Cowboy is brewed for cosmic adventure. With notes of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee, this high-octane stout is the fuel you need to wrangle the universe.

MALT: 2-Row, Special B, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, C-40, Rolled Oats, Flaked Barley
HOPS: Cascade, Comet, Galaxy
44 IBU
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger tan colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a dense short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts present in the nose along with strong notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and coffee beans along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has a nice and creamy and smooth mouthfeel and goes down very easily because there are no traces of alcohol whatsoever.

Serving type: nitro-can

Sunday at 12:39 AM
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Moss from Florida

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz snifter. Pours great from the nitro can, nice creamy tan head. Dark black in color. Great lacing left on glass from the nitro pour.

Slight roasty, cocoa smell. No sweetness in smell.

Great, dry, roasty stout. Chocolate, coffee as well. Extremely well balanced with hops. Very little sweetness. Due to the dryness I really thought this would be classified as a russian imperial rather than american. As it warms I can taste the alcohol more.

Medium mouthfeel. The nitro definitely adds the smooth and silky texture.

Very surprised by this as I was never a huge fan of their milk stout. This is an excellent imperial stout and probably the best beer I've had served out of a nitro can. Will definitely be buying more.

Sunday at 12:30 AM
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very effervescent Mahogany with a thumb of tight tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Some cocoa notes, vanilla & coffee as this warms

T: Roasty, dry, cocoa and woody hops up front. Bitter chocolate notes along more dry roastyness as this warms, some sweet vanilla notes as well. Finishes dry, roasty and a little sweet, some harsh woody notes at the end but only briefly

MF Creamy with medium body

Solid take on the style, ABV is well hidden honestly would've thought this was a regular stout

Saturday at 03:47 AM
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Stooven from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm only a couple sips in, and recognize the potential danger. Drinks really easily, not unlike a Guinness draught but the flavor is obviously better. Boozy, baking chocolate, pours a solid black with a quarter inch of head remaining after three sips. Some fuzzy lacing. I need to slow down, or save the other half for dessert.

Friday at 11:13 PM
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz nitro can poured completely upside down into a Sam Smith pint nonic. Beautiful pour yields a cascading opaque body and a creamy nitro head that sticks around from start to finish. Very nice aromas and flavors of coffee and cacoa/unsweetened chocolate, hints of smoke as well, moderate but underlying bitterness balances a smooth, rich, and roasty brew. Nitro body is silky and creamy; nitro doesn't mute the flavors at all. Overall a really pleasant nitro-stout.

Jul 06, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like mud. Beautiful first pour with serious layering. Great imperial stout. Nice complexity and contemplative bitterness. Smokey but not burnt or acrid. Sweet milk chocolate.

Jun 20, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super dark brown color with lots of tan colored bubbles streaming up through the brew. The bubbles stream up to form a nice creamy tan colored foamy head, which very slowly fades over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a nice roasted malt smell mixed with a big showing of caramel and brown sugar as well as a little bit of a coffee smell. Along with these smells is a very robust aroma of a milk chocolate smell as well as a touch of earth. Overall, very dark, rich and creamy.
Taste – The taste begins with a big coffee,sweet milk chocolate, and roasted malt flavor with a moderate showing of caramel and some vanilla. As the taste advances the caramel gets stronger and stronger, all while the roast gets just a touch weaker. At the same time the milk chocolate tastes gets a bit stronger all while a touch of char comes to the tongue. With the increase in the sweet and nice chocolate and roast tastes, one is left with a rich and sweet roasty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour the body of the brew is thick and chewy with a nice creamy feel. For the mix of rich chocolate, moderately big roastiness, and sweeter caramel and brown sugar the feel makes for a very nice mouth coating and slow sipping brew.
Overall – A rather nice example of a robust and sweet, but not cloying stout. A nice thick and chewy sipper, greatly complimented by the nitro style.

May 28, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned looks like 3/25/20. Pours midnight black on a cloudy Fall night with a massive near 3 finger light brown head that leaves massive amounts of creamy froth along the sides sip after magical sip. 4.75

Smell deep dark chocolate, vanilla beans, toffee, caramel, kahlua, and roasted coffee. 4.5

Taste is follows dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, kahlua, and lingering coffee in the creamy yet bold finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel is above medium but really creamy from the nitro, a touch dry as expected, and at 9% goes down far too easy. 4.75

Overall these guys have been brewing great nitro Stouts for many years and this one is really impressive. 4.5

May 17, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz cans with a 25 October 2021 BB date stamp on the bottom.
Pours like carbonated chocolate milk and even looks like that for a while until the nitous bubbles rise to form a creamy, very durable, beige head. Massive foamy lacing gets left on the sides of the glass. Coffee and chocolate notes abound in the aroma and flavor. Relatively hoppy flavor with a aroma that's very hoppy for style, yet loaded with dark roasted grain flavor as well. Too boozy; I'll revisit after my other cans age for awhile.... Update: less boozy.

May 01, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light carbonation with an above average body. Has a creamy thick feel
Aroma is extremely mild, black coffee, roasted malt, alcohol
Taste has more depth and strength than the aroma. Black coffee, roasted malt, licorice, wood,earthy bitterness

Apr 29, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

During the lockdown-quarantine, this beer is a thick, black, creamy beer. Tall and lasting nito head. The aroma is roasty and a bit nutty. The taste is slightly sweet...bitter...acoholic...and rich. Wonderful body and interesting texture. I really enjoyed this brew.

Apr 17, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro pour yields a dark brown color with copper edges. Once this offering settles, it leaves about a finger of frothy head. The nose yields mild roast along with something a touch astringent. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate with alcohol esters on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy but the booziness on the finish reduces the drinkability a touch.

It beats Guinness Draught.

Apr 13, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best by 2/5/21. 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours almost black; creamy khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. It looks like your typical nitro beer. The aromas are pretty mild and subtle. Lots of malts leading the way. Faint hop aromas along with some faint chocolate notes. There's honestly not much going on in the aroma department. The flavors are a little bolder. Subtle hop flavors along with a subtle hop bitterness. Some chocolate. Subtle hints of dark fruits in the mix. Solid malt backbone. Finishes with some mild alcohol flavors, but the alcohol itself is well hidden. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a nitro beer. It's thin, watery, smooth, slightly creamy and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice nitro beer, but just an okay imperial stout. The nitro aspects are on point, but the aromas and flavors aren't exactly bold. Things open up a bit as it slightly warms. It's not bad or anything, but I've personally had better stouts and dark beers from Left Hand.

Apr 01, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sorry, it's ok but clearly over rated.
L: nice looking in a glass after all the bubbling is done. very dark black with a nice head that lingers.
S: high point. light aroma for a stout but ok with all the right notes
T: i find it kind of lacking and dull. the notes from the aroma come through but they are all weak
F: not a fan of the nitro. no carbonation left over. it's smooth and velvety but I don't like the lack of carbonation
O: i'm just not feeling it. you can do much better in this class.

Mar 27, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated "best by 12/20/21" into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a beautiful fine-bubbled light tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of blackstrap molasses. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finish has a slight chocolate/coffee bitterness. I'm not a huge Left Hand fan, but this is my favorite so far.

Mar 21, 2020
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PopEyeFromMN from Minnesota

3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am sad to say Left Hand finally made a beer I don't love. Way too hoppy for a stout with a bit of a burnt coffee bitterness. Reminds me a little of Surly Coffee Bender but nowhere near as good. $9.99 for a 4 pack too, so my first purchase will be my last. It's okay. Nobody's perfect.

Mar 15, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Four pack of 13.65oz can poured in to a nonic glass.
Best by date is 02/14/2021.

Look- Opaque dark coffee/almost black color, sizeable light khaki colored head with great retention, good amount of lacing. No carbonation streaming after it settles.

Smell- Fresh ground coffee, toasted dark bread, burnt sugar/caramel, chocolate and light licorice, faint vanilla.

Taste- Rich toasted bready malt and coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light licorice, burnt sugar and vanilla, light spicy hops.

Feel- Heavier side of medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture, a little boozy. Well balanced but leans toward the bitter side. Very light carbonation on the tongue.

O- Another solid stout from Left Hand, alcohol burn is noticeable, which makes it a sipper. On the cheaper side compared to their other offerings, worth checking out.

Mar 14, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a can into a snifter glass, eventually forming a finger or more of frothy nitro head. Deep brown almost black color. Smells malty with a bit of toffee notes. Taste is malt based with some woody/toffee flavors. Almost reminds me of a more complex version of Guinness draught. Medium bodied with smooth nitro creaminess. Pretty solid nitro that's affordable, but different from the standard Left Hand milk stout nitro.

Mar 11, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13.65 oz nitro can best by 02/05/2021 poured hard into a nonic pint glass at just above fridge temp 9% ABV 44 IBU. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration and typical nitro head in a mocha color. The head rises to about a half inch cap and persists. The aroma is moderate cocoa and brownie batter. The taste is semisweet chocolate with hints of caramel and earthy, woody notes presumably from hops. Little perceptible bitterness. The mouthfeel full bodied with typical nitro feel and a semi dry finish. Overall, pretty good. I expected the worse here (not normally a nitro fan) and it's really tasty and balanced. No hint of the 9% ABV until it hits room temp and then it's subtle.

Mar 11, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This solid little brew
pours a beautiful coal black with a VERY nice head of
khaki foam that settles to a thick layer with very nice
lacing. Nose of faint cocoa, faint coffee....only problem
I have with nitro---it kills a nose. Flavors surpass the
nose with aplomb! Dark bakers cocoa, dark coffee,
and moderately strong assertive pine and herbal touched
hop notes with touches of rich roast and deep char.
Standard but excellent mouth feel for being a nitro;
smooth, cream, no prickly carbonation---just
a creamy silk touched feel, and a rich
balanced hop and bitter malt finish.

Overall, not much more one could ask for!
A SOLID brew from a great little brewery!


Mar 02, 2020
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BeerMePlz93 from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Heavy, dark pour, with creamy tan head that cloys to the side of the glass.

Smell: N/A

Feel: Creamy and smooth like a nitro stout should.

Taste: Dark chocolate and black coffee--as described on box. Sharp bite at the tailend/aftertaste like an IPA.

Overall: Underwhelming for a nitro stout as others here have mentioned. Certainly expected more, but only cost $10 for the 4-pack. Still pretty tasty if you're a fan of coffee and/or dark chocolate.

Mar 01, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canned 2/4/20; drank 2/24/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice khaki nitro head; strong, frothy lace.

Cream & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, mild oats & faint milk chocolate flavors.

This gets the mouthfeel right, but is so dull it's kinda pointless.

Feb 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a bubbly, light brown nitro head. It smelled of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate and toffee taste with subtle coffee bitterness.

Feb 23, 2020
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Agriverbear from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured hard into pint glass. Good looking beer, off white head with a creamy mouthfeel. Very bland for an imperial stout. Tastes almost like Firestone Nitro Merlin. I would expect chocolate or more flavor.

Feb 19, 2020
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