rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost a dark red. little spicy, yet very smooth. Proper for cold nights. A bit active after taste but nothing to scorn about. Big sky did it agian.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice sweet malty aroma, kind of spicy, pours dark red with thick foamy head, exceptionally smooth and creamy taste, very well balanced, rich and tasty, sweet and spicy, second best winter brew I’ve had this season. Winterbraun was a little better.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red with a tall off-white head. Citrus hops with some sweet undertoned malt, like melted caramel. Taste starts with a sweet caramel maltiness, a bit toasty and grainy, and ends with a smooth hopped bitterness that fades in and out very well. This brew finishes with a dry spice taste that brings out the bitterness quite a bit, leaving it seem a bit overwhelming, but maybe thats just me.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a medium white head. Aroma is initially hoppy with some toasty and caramel like malt behind it. Slighlty fruity hops, moderatley sweet malts, notes of molasses. Fairly bitter finish. Not bad.
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin but creamy head on a reddish brown beverage. Have to breath deep to catch all the building malt scents. Very malty and creamy taste-wise and palate-wise. A touch of vanilla and similar in taste to some American Ambers.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby color, smallish head. Aroma: plum, cherries, some dark fruits. Medium body, lingering pleasant finish, slightly sweet, and very mellow. Normally, I like my winter ales to be on the spicier side, richer and toasted, and stronger. We’ll have to wait ’til Anchor Our Special comes in...not a bad beer here, though.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick head, rich brown color. Molasses nose, some steelyness. Creamy start with fruit, carmel, chocolate and some hops. Well balanced, not a bad winter session beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light Brown Coloring. Small Head. Noticably Sweet. Some Malt. Not a bad one from Big Sky
badgerben (4493) - 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.