GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beers I keep getting from Big Sky recently have really made a solid impression on me. I’ll keep exploring the different styles they have and finding some seriously hidden gems, as long as they keep making it.
The beer pours out a solid black color with a 1" rising tan head. The head dissipated down to about 1/2" for most of the bottle. Dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of smoke and ask like the smell of a cooled bbq show up in the aroma. Flavor exlodes with dark chocolate, coffee, earthy malts, subtle vanilla along with the aforementioned smoke and ash. It actually works really well with this beer and is very restrained. Very nicely done.
BuckeyeBoy (2178) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours out a brown topped with a brown head. Aroma was of roast malts, coffee, and some candy sweetness. Taste more of the light coffee roast and some light bitterness. A run of the mill porter.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into Pint glass.
Completely opaque black color with cappuccino head that mostly subsides.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Smells as if coffee was added, although I am almost certain it wasn’t.
Chocolate, coffee and licorice. Overall, nice malt taste but needs more bitterness, whether from hops or roasting.
Low carbonation and pretty smooth, but too thin.
Despite the thin body and relative lack of bitterness, it is a smooth, easy drinking porter.
marcus (5004) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. This dark brown ale poured with a rich brown head and a toffee aroma. It starts with a chocolate toffee flavor that leaves a chalky, but tasty roasted malt flavor on the palate.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 7/26/09: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and some light brown wispy head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel malts and some dark chocolate with a hint of raisins. Body starts with good fullness and toasty caramel maltiness with some earthy roasty dark chocolate notes before a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty nice porter.
MaltOMeal (1087) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by KAggie at August Tasting at my place. Pours dark with a tan head. Nose of smoke and ash. Taste is of smoke and roasted malt with mocha and some ash. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and dry. Pretty good.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Houston Tasting August. Thanks to Kaggie97 for this beer. Super dark color with a mocha head and good lacing. Nose of mocha, hops and ash. Flavor is chocolate, mocha and an ashy finish.
KAggie97 (3530) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from my cousin-in-law Jason. Thanks, man!
Pours jet-black with a thick body and with a nice tea-brown head/lacing. Aroma is semi-sweet smoky malt and cocoa. Flavor is chalky, smoky chocolate with roasted malt tones. Nice and slightly tingly mouthfeel. Enjoyable and very approachable.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin, watery, cola heavy porter with an over-roasted coffee finish, rough mouthfeel.
argo0 (10384) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Small brown head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, earthy/herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some milk chocolate, light earthy. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.