beastiefan2k (2742) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle from Degarth, received it today. In the fridge for about 3 hours. I thought I would rate this just because its rare for me to come across a beer from Montana. This is one of very few states allowing drinking and driving thus one would think there would be more beer in circulation. I like the moose on the label, its just screams Montana. My bottle has a slightly different label however. Just took that label off and definitly keeping it. I also love this beer claim to fame: "far and away the best selling beer in Montana." That must be some stiff competition. One rarely sees a statement about alcohol by weight, must be important in Montana. Oh and the beer... well it is what it is. A brown ale thats nothing special and nothing bad, just some extra wet forresty hop in the aroma. I do enjoy the nutty sweet aftertaste.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Poured dark dark brown with a tan head lacing was great. Aroma was of chocolate and nutty, more hops aroma as it warmed. Flavor was dead on, chocolate roasted malts and nutty as it warmed. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy wish i had a bunch more of these. "
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this little moose bellows out (in a slightly asthmatic way) a fairly nice aroma that suggests some of the same raw materials that go into some much bigger moose... uh, i mean beers. those scents are enticing--nice tones of cashew, potting soil and a smudge of oak, date and chocolate-- but this modest brown seems to be designed to fit into a tight lunch schedule, because there’s essentially too much water in the glass for the flavor to get much traction (remember, moose like a lot of water). the moose in question drooled a wealth of clear spiddle the color of well-roasted coffee beans, while giving off a russet sheen. the head meanwhile was as ample, impressively firm, and as bone-tan as any big alaskan bull’s antlers. the flavor is nutty and pleasantly malty, with just a nod of peachy sweetness and toast, and an even less emphatic nod to hops (moose hate excessive nodding). still, somehow the spare malts and a equally meager lemon-rind bitterness of this pocket-moose join hands (or hooves) with nimble balance to span the body in a way that keeps it from being a total light-weight.
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Poured out a very nice dark ruby/brown. A great head with a lot of staying power. Reminds me initially of a porter. The flavor is very uinque, sweet, chocolatey, but just enough hop bite to keep it balanced. This is a beer I could drink all night if I had to...or even if I didn’t.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Despite the name, this is actually a pretty decent beer. A small bit of northwestern hops in the nose and a nice sweet malty flavor. Tasted like a Fat Tire with amped up flavor/aroma. Very nice.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with no freshness date.
Made a decent appearance, poured a hazy red hued brown with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking, moderate carbonation.
Had a sweet malty nose, caramelized and toasty.
A lightly crisp and smooth light medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Chocolate and cocoa powdery with toasted grainy taste followed by a leafy hoppiness, then a little fruitiness and a dryish malty finish.
A nice English Brown Ale from Big Sky, tasty and quaffable.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Poured as dark brown as many a porter. Head was a nice tan covering that lasted the entire drink with full lacing around the glass after each tilt and sip. The aroma was nutty, chocolate, with some hops. The flavor was decent, nuts emerging from low at fridge temps, but increasing with temperature. The drink was somewhat porter-like: chocolate and some coffee, roasted malts, with a hop finish. Upon warming, this beer improved. First tasting the mouthfeel seemed more creamy (Aug ’05), but more recently (June ’06) seemed too watery. The chocolates and coffee in the finish were a nice touch with the hops playing a nicely balancing background role. Re-rate, 1/07, draft in Flagstaff: Mouthfeel remained thin and watery, and the hops were still not at the level I remember from my first tasting. A nice balance of malt and hops, though, this time the smoke, char, and ash flavors were stronger and balanced out a coffee-choco malt base. The ash/smoke flavors reminded me of the way DFH plays on the dual style Indian Brown, and I like this non-peaty approach much better. A unique brown ale, not rich enough in flavor to warrant a higher rating, a little overcarbonated at this thin of a body, but the flavors meld together quite well, and it doesn’t run away malty sweet or thick. Re-rate, 11/07, draft: This one definitely approaches more of a porter than a brown ale, enjoyable either way, a solid brew from a style that doesn’t normally excite me, nice stuff, although not outstanding.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 16 oz aluminum. Deep maroon on the pour with a tan head. Fruit and roasted java on the nose. Iced espresso with some sweetness. Thought this was pretty good and I’m not a brown aficionado. The roasted malts, sweet caramel and sprinkle of sweetness made this beer quite enjoyable. A brown ale for those who typically may not love that style. Thanks to wolfs for the bottle.
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Walnut brown with a tiny tan head. Toasty malt and caramel aroma; flavor is malty iwth a mocha note. Body is a little watery.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have passed this buy many a time, but finally decided to try it. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and some butterscotch. Body is a nice ruby brown hue, with a thin dissapating head. Taste is very caramel oriented, slightly watery, mildly bland.