The Cowboy in Black by Lonerider is an interesting beer that fuses the bitter flavors of an IPA with the bold, dark qualities of a stout. I took a journey down the Oregon Trail with the 2014 iteration of this adventurous brew.
This IPA pours jet-black with a thick wispy head that rises like smoke from the top of the sludgy liquid; similar to a bog, the kind of bog that snaps your wagon axle and causes you to lose two days… The aroma runs on like that last sentence and is distinctly hoppy with rich, chocolaty undertones. The kind of undertones that…never mind…
The flavor starts with chocolaty malt and notes of roasted coffee and tobacco (perhaps acquired from the local trading post?). I also detected some hints of rye, but it’s possible that I broke my palate when I broke my axle. The beer finishes with a hoppy bitterness true to its IPA heritage.
The Cowboy in Black shares more in common with a stout than an IPA but comes together quite nicely (unlike this metaphor as there probably weren’t many cowboys on the Oregon Trail). This IPA comes highly recommended to those finishing a long day of bison hunting or nursing snake bites. Cozy on up to the chuck wagon and take a slug of this sludgy treat.
- Appearance: Black
- Aroma: Dark chocolate, hops
- Flavor: Chocolaty malt, roasted coffee beans & tobacco, bitter hop finish
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy
- ABV: 7.5%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $11
- Score: 86