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RATINGS: 368   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%


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Bit of a funky aroma upon pouring. a little too sweet for my liking - but I’m sure if it was winter in Montana I would want something chewy like this.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2002
Bright orangey-brown; malty, demerara-like flavours, some toffee but overall a rather light effort for a winter ale. Other than some fleeting tosaty chocolate notes there is nothing to balance the sweetness, either, which doesn’t help matters.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OD40oz (768) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 This wasn't too bad but it was a little rough. I would rather drink Big Sky's Moose Drool anyday.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2002
Clear deep copper with a thin but solid tightly packed light tan head. Steady carbonation. Deep caramel, toffee aroma with some light wet cardboard. Light roastedness as well. Medium body. Decent burnt caramel maltiness. Dry, metallic edge. Lightly hopped (earthy). Initial malt flavor is there when you sip, then it fades into a ’badly burnt walnut’ aftertaste. Head remains solid, as does the carbonation. Body thickens slightly as it sits and warms but...this isn’t clicking. Not bad for an English Pale Ale but this is a very weak winter effort, especially coming from Montana.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2002
Deep amber-orange colour, nice malt depth at first with a bitter finish. A heady winter ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2002
Re-Rate 01/09/02: Deep brown color, the head medium brown, and fair lace. Nose is malt, slightly sweet, the start is sweet, the middle a bit thin, but the hops win the day in the finish, with moderate carbonation. Not a great beer, quite quaffable, although I think it could be a bit heartier.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Copper in color; Thick to medium head with nice staying power; Light yeasty aroma. Good malt presence to start. Sweetness hard to come by. Similar to Young’s Winter Warmer.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2001
Very thin on the palate for a winter, lacking any real creaminess or decent fizziness. Some reasonable malts, but can certainly overly taste the alcohol in this one, which is surprising considering it’s got a reasonably low ABV. The OK malt and hops can’t balance out its bad texture, though.


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