MetalNHopHead (1427) - 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 Leoneís The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Okay, to be fair, I donít know if The Cowboy should truly make us think back to that point in history, but then again, neither should Leoneís 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 doesnít have to be consistent with reality to be seen as authentic. The Cowboy is like that. Itís a smoked beer that isnít much like a smoked beer. Yes, itís 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. Howís it manage to do both? Beats me, just gimme another.
AndyW68 (1451) - 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. Iím sure smoke lovers will like. I like some mild smoke, but not into this.
thorongil2 (2358) - , 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 (2049) - 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 (1308) - 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 (8) - 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 couldnít 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
AgentAle (1528) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet and smoked roast malts with hickory and light pepperoni. Taste is sweet light malts balanced well with some light clove and earthiness. Appearance is a clear gold with small sediment in suspension.
RCx240 (198) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, pale gold. Frothy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, smoke. Taste is tart, citrus, with a bitter, earthy smokiness. Lingering smoky finish. Light body, lively carbonation, slightly oily mouthfeel. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.
ryanhunter_4 (219) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured at home. Day 13 of the craft beer advent calendar. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge white head. Took forever to pour because of the head. Smell was lemons and no smoke. Taste was kind of like grapefruit with a nice slightly bitter finish. I got a bit of smoke on the taste but not very much. The beer is good but it wasnít what I expected at all.