Galactic Cowboy Nitro
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,665
Ranked #11,208
4 | pDev: 10.25%
Aug 11, 2022
Feb 11, 2020
Very Good
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
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Galactic Cowboy Nitro pours black, with a long lasting, creamy, large tan head. Aroma is dark choclate and coffee. Flavor is very roasty, bitter coffee and hints of semi sweet dark chocolate. Good body and feel. Overall, fantastic nitro stout. Creamy feel, great strong full flavors.
Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
this is really something, a modern beer but also a throwback, unexpected, absurdly hoppy, definitely in the black ipa range for me, they dont say much about that, but i reckon thats what it is, certainly on the aggressive side of hops for this style, but it really works, ballsy and assertive beer, super well made, the first cool new one from left hand i have tried in what feels like forever. i was impressed with this. nice nitro from the big can, creamy looking near black brew but this is a ridiculous dose of this, way more than i would want to take down on most occasions. the nose is spicy bitter from the hops, cascade evident even, rarely are strong dark beers, even the very hoppy ones, varietal specific for me, but this one definitely is, right away. black pepper and a rye malt note meet light smoke, nearly burnt coffee, dark raw chocolate, and charcoal, pretty direct and mighty appealing. the nitro which often mellows aroma in my experience, does not seem to soften this much if at all. the flavor is similar, green and leafy, dank and bitter, spicy and pine forward hops, very northwestern, very bold, oily in feel too, bitter not just at the end but all the way through, some bitterness compounding with the intense roast on the barley. some light lemon and gin notes to finish, lingering bitterness, very little sweetness from any malt. fuller body, a little light on the nitrogenation after it sits a minute, but pleasant and smooth. i like the palate coating intensity of this, and overall was impressed that this seemed to push into the black ipa realm. not too boozy either but still big to drink on. nice beer here, way unconventional for the style!
Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz nitro can served in a big snifter. Best by 12/21/2022.

Pours typical nitro -- creamy brown, settling slowly into a black beer with about a finger of very dense, very creamy looking head. It's attractive. Smell is coffee and anise.

Taste is moderate sweetness, a fair level of char or dark roast coffee, moderate anise.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, smooth. Overall, definitely good (though I'd like to compare with a non-nitro version).
May 05, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by strumfish

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I love this beer so much. Left Hand is known for their Nitro beers, but this one is different. There's some sort of magic that happens with the nitro in this that makes a 9% stout so creamy, smooth, and drinkable that I haven't been able to experience in any other beer I've had - a drinkability that gives the perfect platform for the rich, chocolatey, malty flavor to come though without being overpowered by booze at all.

L: Hard-poured into a Guinness glass (sacrilege, I know, I'm sorry). Always a delight to hear the growl of the nitrogen releasing. The only way to mess up this pour is to miss your opportunity for a first hard splash of liquid onto the glass, regardless, ends up with a perfect inch of head. Tan/brown color of the rising nitro bubbles is a delight to watch as it slowly darkens into a darker black.

S: Immediate chocolate, coffee, malts, cocoa nibs, almost like chocolate milk. Beyond the strong flavors, the smell is where you can immediately recognize the booziness of a 9%'er, soon to be softened by the creamy head

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee with creamer, booze but much much less that what you would expect after what you may have sniffed. The nitro is SO effective at paving the way for the flavors to come forward beyond the alcohol, which is what makes this one so special. Scary easy to drink, take it slow!!

F: Everything that makes Nitro Milk Stout or even Guinness so velvety is also here. Creamy and smooth - after halfway finished I like to give it a swirl to release more bubbles and a little more head with each remaining sip.

Overall - This beer is probably one of my most favorite stouts, and probably my favorite imperial out there. This beer reminds me of many holidays at my soon-to-be wife's family's house, wrapping presents while chatting about anything with her father. Many more.
Apr 18, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at 5280 Burger Bar

The look is a dark black with a one finger tan head. Head is pure creamy foam from the nitro. Not much else to see since no light gets through. Some lacing but not super impressive.

Smell is of dark chocolate malts and a hint of coffee nice and roasty. Definite American stout smell, not very hoppy on this one, but in my opinion that's good for a dark beer like this. Quite sweet with some fermentation notes.

Taste is very similar to the smell with even more roasty character and a lot of malts. I like this a lot. Some bitterness but not nearly as much as I would've expected from an imperial stout. Just super malty in a good way. Taste isn't as sweet as the smell, but the finish is all coffee.

Feel is almost like a latte going down. Super creamy, but it doesn't feel flat either there is a little bit of co2 bite here which I appreciate, but it doesn't take away from the smoothness. This is dangerously easy to drink.

Overall this is the definition of dangerous. Super smooth, slight sweetness, big in the malts with a kiss of bitterness that doesn't overstay its welcome. Honestly could pass as a desert drink. Super tasty. Super roasty watch out for that 9%
Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I bought a 4 pack at the LCBO in Ontario 404ml at 9%.
As soon as I popped the can open I heard a Ntro blast poured it hard into a glass .
Nice creamy head with chocolate and coffee flavors.
The beer left a perfect lace all.around as you drink it right till the end.
Very smooth and creamy alll the way
Overall a very strong and enjoyable stout beer .
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: The pour was nice and smooth, creamy - similar to a milk stout. Maybe its the nitro. Dark-ish brown look with light foam, about half a fingers length to be exact.
Smell: Getting some notes of chocolate, coffee, malts.
Taste: Very smooth taste!! Getting notes of bitter-sweet chocolate a long with a hint of coffee with a bitter finish. Well done!!! The combination along with the nitro does a good job in hiding the alcohol and really brings out the different flavors.
Feel: Medium to full bodied beer. Very light to no carbonation.
Overall: Very good beer!! I'm glad I picked this up at total wine and more - I hear this is a limited release but didn't know until I grabbed it. I'm a huge Left Hand Brewing fan - obsessed with their peanut butter milk stout. This one ranks well up there with the rest!
Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours an almost pitch black, that you can see is a very dark hued ruby when held up to the light. A beautiful stout remains with finger thick, slightly off white head that remains for the entire drink, as typical for these beers.

Aroma is surprisingly strong, giving off strong roasted malts, chocolate, with notes of earthiness and coffee.

Well, they weren’t lying about the smoothness. It goes down very smooth, mildly creamy at first sip. Milky dark chocolate, the roasted malts are actually a little less than some other nitro stouts, but there is a mildly more pronounced hop bitterness. It’s all very gentle though, and melds together quite well. Very slight astringency that mixes with the mild bitterness, it’s that good oat and hop flavour mixed so well with the malty backbone and chocolate notes. Maybe just the ever so slightest whiff of charred wood and bourbon, but it could be the alcohol playing that up here.

Finishes a little dry, just a little sweet, like the dark chocolate cocoa turned to bittersweet milk chocolate. The carbonation is so incredibly fine, it clings as tight as possible to the top of your tongue and palate that if you chugged this beer you might think it wasn’t even there at all. Makes for an unbelievably creamy and mild sip. The 9% is barely noticed whatsoever, not in the sip, not in the exhale. Medium bodied leaning slightly on the heavier side due to the lack of serious carbonation.

Less of a foamy-creamy experience, at least in that typical creamy smooth bubbly mouthfeel of certain beers, and more silky smooth IMO, but we might be arguing semantics at this point. Regardless of what you call it you can expect a very smooth drinking experience.

Overall, a surprising offering that takes all the good notes of a nitro stout and hits a home run on all of them. A lot of folks complain that while nitro offers a very smooth drinking experience, it can mute the flavours and aromas. Not so here, at least. It doesn’t blast you in the face with the aromas or flavours, but they are absolutely more pronounced than 90% of nitro stouts out there. Glad I got a four pack of this!

EDIT: Revisit, March 25th.

Was inevitable as I picked up a four pack of this. Not sure what I was writing about in the mouthfeel before, the body is mildly oily from the oats, which gives it this deliciously smooth, silky texture. In addition to my previous review, the high ABV% gives me a taste of rum filled chocolate notes I didn’t pick up on before. This beer is even better the second time. By and away the strongest flavoured nitro beer I’ve had so far.

Original rating: 4.15
Revisited rating: 4.27
Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by thisita from Maryland

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Feb 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Buggyrocker

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
smoothest 9percenter I've had in a while. The nitro really takes the bite off and presents it with a super creamy head to boot. bitter dark chocolate mocha with farm fresh sweet cream.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by sbuck from New Mexico

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by bvargajr from Colorado

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Meets the style and character I have come to expect of nitros, which are looks over taste. More boozy as it warms. Very roasty, though creamy looking. Decent aroma worth something.
Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jan 03, 2022
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Rated by Florida-man

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Don’t take this beer so seriously, it’s delightful and simple. Worth a try but is a go to in this home
Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Dec 21, 2021
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Reviewed by RobertMMurphyiii

4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Galactic Cowboy shares some the fine qualities of Wake Up Dead, a rich and creamy texture, rich color, but is deceptive.

It's lighter caramel color and relatively tame aroma leave one unprepared.

With a flavor like cough medicine and pipe tobacco being sipped from a broken in bowling shoe, this is the Moljnir of beers... an experience to be savored.
Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by nickmagus

Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
404 mL nitro-can from a four-pack purchased at the LCBO; best before Sep 14 2022 and served slightly chilled.

After a quick crack and pour, the cascading in its black chestnut-hued body lasts for the better part of a minute; it eventually settles to one finger of creamy, meringue-like, buff-tinged head. Its retention is beyond impressive - it has barely budged after ten minutes, and cakes itself onto the glass if given the opportunity. Baker's chocolate, cocoa and sweetened coffee on the nose - rather roasty, almost burnt, with subtler nuances of earthy, herbal hops. It's aromatic for a nitro beer, but not especially so for its style.

It's very tasty - kind of a 'chocolate milk' feel going on, but with the addition of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and a touch of boozy sweetness. Residual suggestions of pine and earthy, herbal hops at the finish, with milk and dark chocolate carrying through into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body; the carbonation is gentle, brushing gently against the surface of the palate. Silky-smooth, pillowy, satisfying and delightful to roll around on the tongue - I know it's 9%, but it's just so darn unsuspectingly drinkable.

Final Grade: 4.05, an A-. Left Hand's Galactic Cowboy Nitro is a quality imperial stout, but is it a must-try? By imperial stout standards, its flavours are not all that complex or intense - this could just be a side-effect of the nitro, not that I know enough about nitro beers to say for certain. It does excel in a few areas - for example, I find that nitro actually works really well with heavier beers, or at least better than it does with something like a lighter, thinner dry stout or pale ale. The 9% is also masterfully well hidden - so the two of those facts together make for a somewhat dangerous combination. I enjoyed it from start to finish, so I'd have to say it's worth a pick-up.
Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by Pleasure from New Hampshire

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours the nice murky brown rises thru the black changing color as the nitro runs through the beer to feed a nice thick brown head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma is nice chocolate and coffee, light vanilla smells nice and thick roasted malts.

Taste is roasted malts good chocolate and coffee notes of course its on nitro that always seems to mute the flavors for me. But the feel is nice and thick and enough of the chocolate and coffee some through to make this one enjoyable, might be the best nitro stout I have had.

Mouthfeel is nice thick and chewy just like nitro should be.

Overall would buy more of these honestly a great nitro beer that has enough flavors to survive being put on nitro.
Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No bad light Cocoa smooth chocolate not much about some roast it is kind of boring. Last few people are funny vodka barrel aged so silly! Regardless not sure I would buy it again.
Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by Mustela_Man from California

Sep 13, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Tiernan from Texas

Aug 27, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by cdwil from Texas

Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by sisterofba from Maryland

Aug 06, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name, ABV% and brewery/country...
L- The problem with blind-tasting is you get a surprise; presumably this can has a CO2 widget in it, as opening it made the loudest sustained 'gassy noise'! Pours black, with a thin 1mm fine-bubble pale tan head.
S- Quite roasty, there is some coffee here.
T- It has a smooth feel but then comes a prominent jab of clear coffee. This emerged out from a more subtle dark cocoa background. After a few sips the two come over with more balance.
F- It initially has a rounded feel to it (then via coffee/cocoa) and into what feels like a liquor note. I say feel as I get a light ABV-zing on my palate and yet I do not discern any identifiable liquor profile here - except maybe vodka eh? hehe...
O- It sounds unlikely I have this correct but I'll say what I think this tastes like a stout brewed with both coffee+cocoa beans that has been aged in some fancy vodka barrels. We'll see! One major thing for me is that given it's profile this beer is notable for not being that rich; hurrah! Pungent/heavier yes, but not so rich and no way is it morphing into outright sweet as it warms as some of these contempory/higher ABV/black beers so...
Review1984/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed! ==> It does contain a gas widget, no other info of note there.
404ml (13.65US FlOz) can BB: 25/02/2022 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
16 oz can, best by 2/25/22. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass, and a nitro cascade.

The aroma is subdues - sweet chocolate and roast malts.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with a heavy overpowering bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is light boded and thin due to the nitro.

Overall, a bit harsh and simple and the nitro doesn't help.
Jun 30, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
Aroma has cocoa and coffee hints
The taste follows the nose with a silky smooth cocoa and coffee flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Imperial Stout
May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I feel like this was bland...and yet... idk? Satisfying? I didn't get much in the way of coffee or chocolate but idk I'd have this again.

After having this again it does still seem bland but getting a lot more used to this nitro thing. Still only a light malt flavor going on though but I have a bias towards dark beer so I probably still would have again
May 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Wrigfen from South Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
There is so much good to say about this pleasant surprise that I recently found in my local store.
Will be heading back to see if they have any more left. If you like a rich creamy head, with gentle tastes of coffee and chocolate, this is it.
To summarize this beer best, I could not help but notice the review right below mine.
This fellow from Georgia 1Brewbacca nailed it, and I think it is worthy of a repost.

Look: Started to give it a 4.75 for looks but considering how to describe it changed it to a 5.0. What a work of art. Deep Brown almost black in color. Thick creamy, coffee, whip creamy, smooth head that stays with on the side of the glass all the way down. NO LETTING UP.
Smell and taste: Chocolate, Dark Roast Coffee and Oats. Don't know the 9% alcohol is even there. Best not to forget it though. Slight pleasant bitterness. Lingering Chocolate on the pallet.
Feel: Almost like a Coffee Milk Shake, Thick, Smooth and Creamy and filling.
Overall: I'm not going to say it's perfect but it's damn close. Will definitely enjoy this one again”
Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 29, 2021
Rated: 3.36 by meanmutt from Ohio

Mar 28, 2021
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Rated by Swollll from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Very tasty and drinkable, especially for 9%. Smooth and creamy feel to it. Dangerously delicious!
Mar 12, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by BigIronH from Michigan

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Mar 03, 2021
Galactic Cowboy Nitro from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 137 ratings