Cowboy Coffee Porter
Big Sky Brewing Company

Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #792
Ranked #28,860
3.77 | pDev: 11.94%
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
Very Good
Cowboy Coffee PorterCowboy Coffee Porter
Notes: 32 IBU
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black liquid; some ruby when held to the light.

Small dark khaki head; spotty lacing.

The coffee aroma is bold & strong in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Blast of black coffee in the taste; a hint of lactose sugar on the back end. Not a subtle beer, but I love these flavors, so I'm not complaining.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour with a thin 1/6" tan head. Great aroma, coffee is all up in this, not just coffee malt flavors either.

Taste: more coffee. Good roasty bitterness. Color is deep but the viscosity and body isn't super duper heavy or anything, plenty drinkable. Covers up the booze.

One of Big Sky's better 6 pack beers, good stuff for earlier in the day.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep. impenetrable amber in color, with a prominent, somewhat coarse tan head, and thick, glass-coating lace. The head retention is moderate.

Aroma: Cold coffee with cream dominates the aroma. Chocolate and caramel present as well. There are also hints of vanilla as well, and some wood.

Taste: The taste begins with coffee and cream, soon followed by dark malt and semi-sweet cocoa. The coffee serves as a gracious undercurrent to the taste, never heavy-handed, as in some examples. As the taste progresses, there is a bit of sweet chocolate, and charred barley. These tastes blend very graciously. Finishes with a lingering, mild coffee note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This well exceeded my expectations. Very often, in my experience, coffee-infused beers sometimes present harshly, with a bitter and acidic quality, as with stale coffee. None of that is seen in this very enjoyable example, well done. This is one I would like to have again.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz bottle poured opaque with a large creamy head.
Unappealing aroma suggests the beer is past its prime, but this doesn't carry over to the flavor where dark roasted malts dominate. Coffee and dark chocolate are also present.
Creamy smooth, relatively lively feel.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head that seems to have some retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that is rife with bubble.s A scant amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very nice and well rounded. Mostly coffee with roasted malts. Also, a good amount of cocoa that, at some points, suggests bubblegum. A slight nuttiness as well. Not terribly complex but has lots of balance and is very well integrated. Swirling shows an almost rye like quality. That does not mesh well with the other aromas.

Taste- Doesn't seem quite as balanced as the nose and the emphasis is coffee. Starts off with a blend of roasted malts and cocoa that has a bit of a sour/sweet note to it that almost suggests raisins. However, this beer quickly moves from having that much complexity and dives right into the coffee. A coffee that is rather average and seems a little thin on the finish. Some raisin does make it to the finish but not much. There are not real flaws and this is a decent beer but it is a bit boring. Pretty weak for a porter. A tiny hint of chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with too much carbonation for a porter. Also, needs to be thicker.

Drinkability- Definitely pretty easy to drink but that's mostly because of its weaknesses- lack of balance and lack of structure. Fair price but just not worth it.

Overall- Mediocre- really not much else to say. I would give it a try but don't expect too much. If you're on this side of the country, you'll want to stick with Black Butte. On the other side, Founders.

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Photo of PincheNorteno
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one.

Poured relatively flat into a pint glass. More brown than black, with decent carbonation. The coffee comes through in the tanned head.
Smells of earthy coffee and toasty malt, minimal hop presence. Biscuity, toasty malt profile, not too heavy handed. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin, which is good if you don't like heavy unfiltered brews. The alcohol is noticeable a little bit, along with tannins from the coffee. This is cowboy coffee, it's less burnt tasting and more earthy than espresso. I enjoyed this aspect, it was a break from the usual over roasted stuff you find in coffee stouts. It was a coffee flavor appropriate for a porter, but the porter aspect itself was a bit light handed. Overall, it was alright but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 ├śl coffee brown ale, which is otherwise somewhat similar.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Very dark black with darker tan head. Lacing is okay.

S - Strong coffee aroma with chocolate hints.

T - Nice example of a coffee porter. Not too strong on the coffee taste. Nothing really stands out though. A little bit of nuttiness.

M - Mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Body is lighter than I would have like. Carbonation is also a little lighted than I would have liked. Dryer finish is nice. This is where the beer could improve.

O - A good drinkable coffee porter. Not too intense and good balance. Maybe makes a good coffee session beer, if there is a such thing. Good enough to have once, probably won't be revisiting for a while.

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Photo of dlello2
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A fantastic representation of how a porter should look. Deep brown with just the suggestion of red. Good finger of head fading to a ring of medium soapy bubbles.

S - Dose of sweetened coffee with cream hits ya hard. Doesn't go much further than that. One dimenensional but nice.

T - Sugary sweetness hits up front and in the middle. Coffee creeps in towards the end and the over-roasted bean bitterness lingers in a good way. Pleasing.

M - Pretty spot on for the style. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A touch creamy, but the bitterness makes it work.

O - Not a bad brew at all. Big sky does it again for me. Gotta open the Ivan now!

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: pours an oily dark brown with a nice a nice creme lacing. little retention. litterally looks like coffee, straight black, how i like it

S: beautiful coffee and sweet toasted malt aroma beckoning for a sip. Dark chocolate is noticed along with some burnt character. molasses with a bit of ryness is noted

T: Bold coffee and chocolate impression. As far as i'm concerned the malts round out the beer just right. Again toasted malts add sweetness and bready flavors. little hop profile

M: great carbonation that i feel is needed in a coffee stout. oily texture is left on the palate, also big body just like my favorite morning coffee brew.

O: Great beer for the style. Everything that is needed is there: bold coffee, bold chocolate, carbonation, and off dry finish keeps one beckoning for more.

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Photo of Sark
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- thin cream colored head, deep dark brown

Smell- toasted grain, with undertones of chocolate and coffee

Taste- roast up front, slight toffee hint, chocolate and coffee, little noble hop zip

Mouthfeel- full bodied, smooth velvet

Overall- another great brew from Big Sky, reminds me of Moose Drool but more amped up

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Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Big Sky offering and looking forwards to this it pours the blackest black even when held to the light no light or highlights get in its black and leaves a tanned one finger head that resides to a fog and a rim of lacing,the smell is sweet coffee aswell as coffee liquor,dark malts and slightest hit of herbalness,the mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and the coffee hits you first up followed by nice mocha and the coffee once again just like a nice cappicino its full of sweet and bitter and the finish is nice and hoppy bitter and really rounds out the sweetness first encountered and overall its what it says it is which is rare in some coffee beers and probably one of the most coffee influenced brews i have sampled and it works in my eyes and yeah id drink this again without a doubt but if you dont like coffee then you wont like this cheers.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Beermasons into a Southern Tier tulip.

Matt black appearance, nice medium tan foam on top. Retains well for a while before forming a ring around the outside.

Smell has coffee as you'd expect, some chocolate and a little bit of char in there as well. A bit there, but nothing to insane or over the top.

The chocolate and coffee carry over into the taste, some roast to add a bit more to the complexity of it and a little bit of a smoky finish.

Soft feel to start, the little smoke at the end gives you something to remember it by, but a little on the thinner side.

Nice beer to drink. Enough flavour to satisfy you and easy enough to hit for a session. Sort of like a coffee beer where it isn't all about the coffee.

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Photo of obrike
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock for 1.69.

Poured a jet black with a finger of mocha head that dissipated evenly with fairly light lacing...not too shabby.

Really enjoyed the scent on this one...strong chocolate malt with mild coffee beans, sweet fruit and some earthy hops. Loves me a good coffee scented porter or stout.

This is good...some bittersweet chocolate with fresh ground coffee, a little smoky with a light fruit sweetness. The only issue I have with this is the thin mouthfeel and light carbonation. But that's nitpicking isn't it?

This one is recommended to my coffee beer hound brethren. A tasty coffee porter that I will certainly purchase more of.

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Photo of Vindabinjy
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bold, but not too bitey. Good coffee tone that's not overpowering. Well executed! Bottle is nice and rustic looking, which I find appealing. Definitely my favorite coffee type porter on the market to this point! Finishes nice and smooth. Smoother than 90% of porters.

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Photo of Jellopants356
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very dark with a reddish tinge. Thin lacing and very little head, but that's cool. Wow, the smell is really complex. I definitely smell the coffee but i also smell a bit of burned...caramel? HOLY CRAP! This is amazing! Coffee galore (i may just start having this in the morning) and definitely the malty type of flavor profile i love in porters. Ah, Big Sky you never let me down. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than i would like but pleasant anyway. Overall, if you like coffee flavors and enjoy a complex porter, this is for you.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the best big sky brews ive had the pleasure of drinking. pours chocolate syrup brown, dense and thicker, with a lazy tan head. the nose is fresh brewed coffee, bitter grounds, dark toasty barley, and unsweetened cocoa. there is a ton of coffee in the flavor, and some definite wake up potential in here too, buzzin! no acid at all, which i love, and the dark malts balance the coffee bitterness with a touch of toffee sweetness, but its short lived. really round flavor, with some dark chocolate notes in the finish. soft feel, perfect level of medium carbonation for a porter, and a little more alcohol than most makes this just right for winter time. overall an outstanding coffee beer, worth seeking out before spring hits.

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Photo of cubancigar2000
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell - wonderful coffee and hops smell along with a toasted aroma & lots of chocolate

Taste - a little less bold than I wanted but all in all a great flavor that sent me back for another 12 oz bottle

Buy again - At first bottle I thought not. decided to try a second and I found it grew on me. Yes I would buy it again. Not my favorite Porter but I am picky

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Deep brown pour yields a fair tan head. Lacking in the lace department but apt in retention. An extra from colts9016 it's always nifty to have beer in the fridge that I can't actually buy.

Smells like coffee. I'm sure there's roast malt in there too but I'm bad at separating the two. Tastes like coffee too. A good coffee flavor I'm guessing warm infusion which is what I generally prefer. A bit thin.

It's all good except the body. I'd say it would be an excellent session beer but after a friend had a run-in with Wolaver's coffee porter, coffee beer in large quantities = diarrhea in large quantities.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/27/2011. Pours very dark brown, almost black color with a nice 2 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as you drink. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, coffee, toasted grain, bread, and a touch of herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big espresso, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, toffee, and herbal hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable at 6.2%, with not alcohol presence at all. Overall this is a very nice porter, with nice robust flavors and very smooth drinking. Really enjoyed this one.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 231 ratings