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5 Seasons Westside Cowboy Thor

5 Seasons Westside Cowboy Thor
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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aka. Cowboy Coffee Belgian-style Imperial Stout

Vintage 9.15.09

This is an espresso infused version of Thor, a hybrid style to start. It has the grain bill of a Russian Imperial Stout, yet we fermented it with a Belgian Trappist yeast. It is jet black. A roasted espresso, dark chocolate, almost syrupy character dominates from the roasted grains. The Belgian yeast provides lots of complex deep fruit flavors - figs, raisin, plum, berries, banana – which combine nicely with the roasted grains. We infused the beer with intense, organic Finca Mauritania Espresso which our neighbors at Octane Coffee provided us. It is a single origin estate grown coffee. The farm sits on the northern slope of the Santa Ana volcano in western El Salvador. This espresso is a single bean blend where the bean has been processed thre e different ways producing big, fruity, syrupy flavors. The espresso really ties the roasted notes of the grain and the fruity notes from the yeast together.

Grain: floor-malted Maris Otter, Munich malt, flaked barley, oats, roasted barley, chocolate malt, crystal malt, honey malt, Special B, aromatic malt

Hops: Willamette, East Kent Golding

OG: 21.5 Plato


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Black with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of chocolate caramel and coffee. Sweet taste of caramel and chocolate subtle roasted grain and coffee to the finish with vanilla notes. Belgian yeast esters throughout giving the beer a nice fruity crispness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
chocolate, coffee, raisin, earthy, woody, black, cloudy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, heavily sour, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
back (1325) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
humle,malt,kaffe,vanilje, Ud.;kaffesort Skum:nøddebrun lufttigt,korthold,rolig, E smag:sød lidt,bitter moderat Krop: medium For.olie Brus:blød (75 cl f)[f1fan]16/4-10

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
Bottle 750ml.
[ Trade by GAManiac ]. Clear medium to dark brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sweet malt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100416]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14085) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 19, 2010
Bottle @ Brugmansia/Fonefan US Tasting, April 2010. Pours pitch black with a small creamy lasting beige head and lacings. Nose is roast, chocolate, vanilla and colf coffee. Smooth and oilu. Full bodied. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Very tasty

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Black with no head or lace. Chocolate, roasted malt, and light abv on the nose. Abv, chocolate, light anise. Full bodied with light carbonation. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
750mL cork and caged bottle. Pours completely black with a small thick mocha head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves no lacing. The aroma is very similar to the original Thor with less espresso than I was expecting. The Belgian yeast is very apparent with a fruitiness I wouldn’t normally get in an RIS. The dark roasted malts and chocolate are more representative of the style. The taste is one part roasted malts and one part yeast. Again, the espresso is very subtle and I don’t get much outside of the original beer character. There are dark fruits and chocolate and a finish that’s roasty but with an interesting sweet fruit character. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation and highly roasty. I was really looking forward to opening this one as I thought the espresso would really add to the complexity of the underlying beer. Unfortunately for this coffee beer lover, the espresso character is extremely understated, almost unnoticeable. Still, it’s a good beer if not very different than the original.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Date: December 16, 2009
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: fruity chocolate aroma with a nice espresso character
Flavor: sweet fruity chocolate flavor, touch of dark chocolate bitterness along with a roasted character, just a touch of the espresso adds depth to the character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3137) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
From the liter swingtop bottle at the brewpub. This is the same fairly light-bodied imperial stout as the regular Thor, but the added addition of quality coffee improves the overall aroma and flavor. The coffee isn’t a huge part of the beer, but it is noticeable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours an appropriate, expected black body with a smallish, finely-textured, tan-colored head. Smell: The aroma is led by the deep-scented espresso and roasted malts for a heady bouquet rounded out by baker’s chocolate and sharp fruity accents of prunes, figs, and Concord grapes. Taste: Again, as with the nose, it’s big on roast, both from the added espresso and depth of dark malt character, carrying over the notes of dark chocolate and coffee. There’s that same rich, vibrant fruitiness from the Trappist yeast one would find in the standard-issue Thor, having been left unhindered by the coffee. Any bitterness seems more easily attributed to the roasted malts and coffee than from any heavy-handed hop doses. Though a battle between the strong fruit character and roastiness ensues, in the end, they stride out side by side on the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Drinkability: I’m really digging what the coffee brought to the table, making for a good brew that, with the generous addition of high-quality, caffeine-laden espresso, serves as a mighty fine midday pick-me-up.


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