JK (5652) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold color. A little hazy. Crisp flsvor with a mineral character.. I perceive very little smoke at all in the flsvor or aroma, ao very disappointing in that regard. Solid pilsner anyway.
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a clear golden with a white head and smokey, malt aroma. Taste is smokey as well, of malt, caramel, and wood notes into the smoked finish.
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
With Z, pours a clear rusty golden color with a small head . Nose is rustic smoke . Taste is very smokey, perhaps a bit overdone . Finish ends on heavy smoke as well. Too much smoke with no off setting notes . Fair at best . Quaff Score 6 / 10
CObiased (299) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - pours a murky light orange gold with a med soapy white head. Funky aroma of light smoke, earthy hops, barnyard and a hint of leather. Equally odd flavors
jaghana (5439) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355ml, a golden beer with medium head. Nose is on orange and smokes notes, aroma is on caramel, smoked malt, orange, quite smoked, dry toasted malt, ok even if not that complex.
crossovert (11106) - Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml bottle. An interesting brew, the crappy pils base is saved by an interesting smoked character but this wouldn’t hold a candle to schlenkerla.
Bif (2003) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a thick head that fades to ample lacing. Aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and bit of smoke. taste of citrus, some caramel sweetness and smoke. Solid bitterness with a lingering smoky bitterness. Moderate body, crisp and smoky. Not really into smoky beers.
HuskerTan (1582) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Subtle smoke, ham, wheat.
A- Gold orange color, clear liquid, white head.
T- Smoke, subtle ham juice, subtle bitterness.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- Tasty stuff. A nice amount of smoke to make an otherwise normal pilsner very tasty. All around some good stuff.
RobBestwick (824) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Strong smoked aroma. Pours cloudy and dark yellow with a small head and good lacing. Smoked ham flavour with some bitter orange/citrus notes. Full bodied. Lingering smokey finish.
MetalNHopHead (1332) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Cowboy deserves to have its pour scored to the original theme from Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Okay, to be fair, I don’t know if The Cowboy should truly make us think back to that point in history, but then again, neither should Leone’s films. Damn things were filmed in Italy, hence the name Spaghetti Westerns. What the hell am I going on about? Ah well, I guess the point was to say that something doesn’t have to be consistent with reality to be seen as authentic. The Cowboy is like that. It’s a smoked beer that isn’t much like a smoked beer. Yes, it’s darker than your average Pils with almost an orange color. Just of touch of smoke in the aroma along with bread-like yeast notes. Flavor somehow manages to capture both clean Pils malt and a touch of savory smoke. How’s it manage to do both? Beats me, just gimme another.