jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of brown sugar, cinninom malt. Has a thick creamy tan head. The body is dark brown barley allowing you to look through it in the light. Nice sweet malts with a hint of spiciness. The brown sugar cinnimon nose transfers to the flavor. Has a nice bitter bite aftertaste with alcohol hints that linger in mouth. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Overall a well balanced borwn: not too sweet with a hint of spiceiness. Do not serve right out of the fridge. When it warms up it really opens up!
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very brown brown ale. Nice malty flavor with a slightly carbonate mouth feel.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (grain, toasted bread, caramel).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Gotta admit I’m surprised...this was another grainy, light-bodied beer that didn’t fulfill the near-3.5 average I knew it had. All three bottles I sampled from Big Sky had some of the same problems, so maybe they’re only good from keg? Definitely below average in this sample’s case though...and I’m usually so forgiving with brown ales...
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funny stuff…Pours an opaque but clear walnut/chestnut color. Minimal head. Aroma was not the best, with musty nuttiness and an almost brine like quality. Actually had a nice nutty creamy lightly pined brown ale flavor though. Some toasted male. Colder is better for this beer. The body is creamy but sharper towards the end (especially when warmer).
lordplayer (19) - Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma very dessertlike. It smells of coffee and chocolate - very pleasant. I am not a fan of brown ales and this beer reinforces that feeling. I find this style of beer too sweet and lacking a central idea. Stong malts with strong hops doesn’t work as a flavor combo - maybe for the winter months this would be better. I felt it had a maltiness not unlike Japanese soy sauce minus the saltiness. A tad too fizzy as well. I will stick to ales.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Starts out malty, and in fact I first thought that it would be too sweet, but actually, for the style it is well balanced. The chocolate malts are stronger than the hps, but there are enough hops to finish out and clean the palate. A very good example of the style.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Given to me by a distributor, this beer and other Big Sky beers, will be entering Colorado within the next few weeks. Ruby brown color. Malt accented aroma, with tiramisu hints, mocha and hazelnut, nuts and caramel, and spicy hops, though light. Herbaceous and medicinal flavors with toasty accents and coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop contribution and a fairly creamy and full body. Maybe it isn’t all in the name.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle received in a trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Pours a nice ruby brown color with a decent offwhite head that shrinks to about an eighth of an inch and laces the glass well. Aromas of caramel, nuts, a touch of coffee and maybe even a touch of honey. Flavor is nutty, notes of toffee, caramel, a bit of chocolate, and a nice dry earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good for a brown ale. Not completely watery. Creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable. Definitely one of the top browns I’ve tried.
mjg74 (2672) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a dark ruby color. Aroma is mild chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Full silky mouthfeel. Nice choffee finish.
ThirstyDave (23) - Thompsons Station, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this beer when I went to Yellowstone. A word of caution- elevation does make a difference.