Snowcat Coffee Stout | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 112
Photo of dcscientist
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a typical dry coffee stout for sure. If you like your stouts that way, this will work nicely for you. I can do these once in a while, but I find myself reaching more for the big imperial stouts these days. This one's very dry, but they use coffee from a local place in the beer, so that's worth some bonus points. I didn't experience the overly carbonated version of this one that other reviewers have, so it looks like that problem got fixed.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a substantial off white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Slight lace ran around the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet and roasty coffee rolling into some creamy portions and coming off somewhat like vanilla. A little wafer on the back end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a nice roasty coffee character making a good play here to balance it all out. The aftertaste was moderately sweet with a creamy coffee sort of mentality to this part.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair balance between sessionable to sipping quality. I couldn't gulp this but I couldn't sip it (at least not for too long). Finish was fairly roasty with a substantial cling but not cloying hitting against my tongue.
Overall, it's a pretty good American stout packing in all of the points an American stout is supposed to.

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Photo of WB94
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- This beer looks great, dark, rich head, however, not sure if this is specific to the bottling I purchased, but the beer was carbonated almost to the point of irritation, I had to pour this beer extremely slowly, even then, foam was running over the top of my 16oz. glass. Aside from that frustration, the beer looks great.

Smell- Pretty basic, coffee with hints of vanilla, a bit of creaminess as well.

Taste- Again, this could be unique to the particular bottling I got, but the carbonation takes over pretty much everything else going on with this beer. The taste past the carbonation is good, mostly coffee, a bit sour however, somewhat similar to coffee which has been left sitting a bit too long. This may be due to the huge amounts of carbonation in the beer I've tasted however, the sourness is similar to that of Pelligrino water, sort of bitter as well.

Feel- The mouthfeel on this beer is immensely bubbly, much like carbonated water. It makes it challenging to pick up on the immediate flavors present, but the finish is actually quite good, a much deeper, richer coffee flavor, more like what I was expecting from the start of the beer...

Overall- I almost feel as though I'm being hard on this beer, every other beer I've had from Crazy Mountain has been wonderful, this one just missed the mark for me, mostly due to the enormous amount of carbonation present in the beer. This could be due to a flaw in the brewing process of this particular batch however, so I would love to try this beer again in a month or so and possibly do a follow up review if my experience changes noticeably. Overall I would say this is a decent coffee stout which could be excellent if the carbonation weren't such an issue for me.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a soccerball-shaped glass, kinda like an Irish pint glass.

Look: Midnight black with a light cream colored head that recedes to a fine film. Nice spots and squiggles of soapy lacing.

Aroma: Subtle milk chocolate and tons of dark roasted coffee, burnt malts.

Taste: Very dark bitter coffee roast with charred, blackened toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: True to style, as advertised. Very darkly roasted -- almost too bitter. Almost.

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Photo of donspublic
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip, > 1 finger tan head, so so retention, good lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. Taste is initially burnt roasted malt, coffee and some slight chocolate notes. That pretty much carries thru to the finish, which has a mild betterness. This is one of those beers that is pretty close, but needs some work. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking. Some work needs to be done on the middle and finish on this beer. It starts out great, but just doesn't finish

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a short dark beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by lots of flavors of dark and roasted coffee beans, which continue through the finish and linger in to the aftertaste; only faint bits of malts are perceptible. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has slightly thin with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little thin and light in body for a stout but makes for a good breakfast beer with all of the coffee aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a thin beige head

Smell: Coffee and malts

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste of coffee and hint of chocolate with malts.

Overall: Good stout, taste like I'm just drinking a coffee.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +19.4%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.2%
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 -6.5%
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 -20.9%
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 +17.6%
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 -5.6%
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 +3.8%
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 +16.5%
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 +10%
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 +14.1%
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 +9.7%
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 -31.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -62.1%
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 -39.7%
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 +20%
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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Snowcat Coffee Stout from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 112 ratings