badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light brown or amber color with a thin head. Some malt flavors. The sweetness that some other raters have pointed out was quite noticeable. Not what I would think of as a winter ale, but a nice offering from Big Sky.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of cherry, apple, and alchohol in the aroma. dark amber with average head, leaves some lacing on the glass. Thick and malty like a barleywine, surprisingly hoppy. Similiar to Bridgeport's ebenezer which I also have lying around, but stronger and more complex. Vastly underrated, the best beer I've had from Big Sky so far.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, but not one that I would say is a winter warmer, especially when I'm thinking of Montana. maybe a good beer for Montana standards, but even that I don't know for sure. Still, it does have character. A bit chalky, rich in malt but not TOO sweet. Then while I don't have the expectations of a winter warmer to be overly hopped, it could have used a bit more for balance.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Pours a nice deep red/maroon, smelling rather malty; lacking much head on this one, it quickly dissipates; initial maltiness turns tangy, dry, somewhat hoppy; lingering aftertaste, slightly metallic; somewhat alcoholic kick... Medium body, quite drinkable. A pretty good seasonal, one for a cold winter's night; a nice effort by Big Sky, though I prefer others...
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 re-rate 10/04:
Medium amber/ pale garnet in color, pours to a nice foam head of pale tan. Lacing is present though the head is composed of larger, quickly fading bubbles. Nose is somehwat sweet, a bit of caramel to it with perhaps a smidge of foloral hop nose. The mouthfeel is thin and the first sip is malt first then a hint of hop bitterness. I would expect a winter ale to be warming (alcohol warmth) and this really doesn't have much of that going for it. I would like more mouthfeel and more heat--maybe some more base btterness to offset the malt.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Flourescent brown color (is that possible?) with some head and inconsistent lacing. Acid and tart aroma not totally pleasant, flavor follows suit with hints of Skor candy, but overall kind of bland. Not a very tasty beer.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one was darker brown with a small, creamy head. It had a malty nose. There was a bit of a bite at first, but it went down smoothly. It is smooth, but not heavy. All in all it is a good beer.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red??? Mine was cloudy brown, with small tan head. Good malt nose promises more than the brew delivers. Light sweet malt flavor with very mild hopping
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby red, sweet cherry and wood aroma, like a cherry flavored liquor. Biting cherry flavor with an even smooth palate and a crisp finish. Very sweet, and pleasant.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice looking clear reddish color w/ a 1/2 inch yellow/tan head. Not much aroma. Lots of subtle flavors, hoppy, citrus etc. Nothing really grabs you. Good, but not great.