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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Powder Hound is our Winter Ale, and since it is our own creation we call it a Northern Rockies Strong Ale. Powder Hound satisfies, with the fine hand selected British hops fully complimenting the smooth malt notes. After a day on the ice or in the snow, enjoy a Powder Hound Winter Ale. Available November through March. ABV varies from 6.0% to 7.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Light Brown Coloring. Small Head. Noticably Sweet. Some Malt. Not a bad one from Big Sky

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 re-rate 10/04: Bottle: 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
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.

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