Bif (1923) - 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 (1450) - 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 (788) - 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 (1209) - 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.
AndyW68 (1361) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yellow pour. White head. Smokey aroma. Smoke and hops and smoke. I’m sure smoke lovers will like. I like some mild smoke, but not into this.
thorongil2 (2161) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) hazy, bright yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of smoke, whiff of noble hops, then saltiness, finally smoked fruit; dry, subdued flavour with a long, very light bitter finish; slightly creamy palate; interesting
sir__v (1769) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 13, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Craft Beer and Co Clapham, London - UK. Color: clear golden blond beer with small carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: malt and smoked malt. Woody notes. Taste: medium body with smoked malt and smoked wood notes. Strange balance but ok... Aftertaste: dry smoked notes. Not my style.
Nordcore (1246) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Golden, hazy with a medium white head. Hoppy aroma, spices and citrus. Killer bitterness, light citrus and smoke ending.
Hrdygrdymn (6) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2015 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Neither especially smoky, nor Pilsnery. Plenty of carbonation with a head that never fully disappeared. Light, slightly hazy and very well behaved in the glass with gentle lacing. No real hint of Saaz, but crisp and easy to drink when cold. As it warms, hints of citrus push through with a slight pear in the aftertaste. I tried to find the smokiness but couldn’t really, and while I appreciate that smoke could easily overpower such a light beer, what smokiness there was could easily have been mistaken for wheat.
shawndjkidd (12) - CANADA - DEC 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
just enough smoke to pair perfectly with anything off the grill! Yet still crisp and clean like you look for in a pilsner