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.
foyle (174) - Wyoming, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that slowly recedes with some lacing. Amber color with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: rich aroma of yeast rolls, pungent earthy hops, some caramel and raisins.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a bit sticky with a pleasant finish.
Flavor: complex combination of bread dough, sweet caramel and toffee, fruity raisin, significant bitter earthy hops and with a slight astringent alcohol burn in the finish.
Overall: a pleasant sipper on a cold winter day and appropriate to the style.
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.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A great winter ale. Heavy body with a good caramel taste. Not a real hoppy around or taste, but a great ale to keep you warn in the winter.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Nice deep clear amber, white frothy head that has good retention, some lacing on the glass. Slight fruit on the nose, mostly a subdued malty kind of nutty aroma. Deep malt flavor also kind of nutty, light but noticeable bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK..nothing special about this one. Was hoping for more but was pretty bland. Standard winter ale...roasty flavor and toned down hops. This one is big on the malt with no hops. Probably a good session brew after hitting the slopes but not much more.