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.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops, caramel and maybe cinnamon/nutmeg in the nose. The taste is like the nose. The hops hit you first and then the taste fades to caramel, malt and subtle spices with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. The hops donít wreck your palate. This is an enjoyable, well balanced Amber Ale which seems to be under rated and misclassified here. I didnít fully appreciate this one until beer number two was consumed.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange amber color. Roasted malt aroma with distinct citric hoppy notes. The hop aspect hits first then the roasted malt, although the malt aspect of the flavor does not deliver what color of the beer promises.
Not bad, but could be better.
colts9016 (198) - Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A copper hue with the aroma of floral spice malt. The taste is is nutty toasted malt with hops. There are hints of spices and molasses. The finish is slightly hoppy and very warming. A good beer overall..
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle.. typical mahoghany color of a English strong ale.. but lacks the bitter punch.. cinnamon hops and biscuit malts lead the way but not much else in terms of a good finish.. just okay.. wheres the bitter hoppy overtones?????
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.
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an off orange color, small head, some lacing. Hops and a hint of vanilla nose. Taste is bitter at first, hops, then gets somewhat sweet with hints of spice.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Reminds me more of a brown ale than a strong English. Pours a mostly clear brown/amber with a thin white head. Aroma is roasted nuts and wood. Flavor has an initial hoppy bite, before you receive the dark chocolate cake and roasted nuts. Very little alcohol in the flavor. Finishes dry and astringent. Palate is medium bodied, but a bit dry for my tastes. Overall its a drinkable beer, but not one of my favorites.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear ruby gold. Thin but sticky white head. Very un-wintery aroma of peaches and apricots, along with a note of sugary frosting from a cake or muffin. Flavor is sweet up front, and then a slick hoppy bitterness lingers on the tongue. Maybe a bit metallic. This brew sweetens a lot as it warms. At the end of the glass I was not enjoying it as much.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from first batch into my local market. Pleasing clear red-amber color. The head is active, but quickly fades without much lacing. The foundation in this beer has a lot of potential, malt and hop-wise. It just needs more power for a winter brew. Complete this recipe, Big Sky--I double-dog dare ya.