JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky English hop aroma with some toffee malt. Chestnut red in color with little head. Interesting array of malts here - crystal, some deep roasted, mixing with some UK hops. A real nice quaffer.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of douglas88. Pours brown/copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, nutty, earthy, fruity. Tastes of caramel, raisins, spicy, some fruity hints on the finish.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Big Sky Brewing Company Powder Hound Winter Ale
2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear burnt copper amber color. Light head and lace. Roasted malty mild Winter spice floral hop front. Semi sweet thick rich roasted sweet spiced cherry biscuit body. Clean sweet hop Winter spice end. Mild. Sampled 12/17/2001.
2002 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright copper amber color. Mild head. Rich lace. Roasted mild spice nutmeg hop front. Burnt creamy sweet caramel cherry nut crusty earthy body. Spruce hints in roasted balanced mild hop end. Sampled 12/20/2002.
2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Clear bright copper red color. Malty mild toasted nutmeg hop front. Creamy smooth sweet light toasted biscuit earthy caramel spice fruit body. Balanced mild hop end. Tasty mild Winter ESB. Sampled 1/2/2004.
2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 30 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Creamy lacy head. Clear bright dark amber red garnet color. Toasted mild nutmeg hop front. Creamy smooth toasted sweet toffee subdued fruit spice body. Clean smooth mild spice hop end. Mild Winter Ale. Sampled 10/13/2004.
2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 45 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Thick light amber lacy head. Clear bright thin dark red color. Tangy cinnamon hop malt spice font. Thick earthy burnt caramel spice medium sweet Winter ESB body. Crusty balanced clean nutmeg hop end. Nicer than I remember. Sampled 10/26/2005.
2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 35 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Creamy tan lacy head. Pretty clear bright dark bronze red color. Crisp malty mild nutmeg roasted hop front. Mellow tangy burnt dry sweet toffee fruit nutmeg-malt spice rich body. Clean malt hop spice end. Sampled 9/14/2006.
2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 30 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Malty. 6-Pack $7.49. Dense lacy light tan head. Clear rich deep amber red color. Mild hop malt spice nutmeg hint front. Creamy cloying mild sweet toasted caramel mild fruit spice body. Mild fruit hop spice clean malty end. Tasty Smooth Malty Mild Winter Ale. Sampled 1/13/2008.
2008 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Malty. Dense rich lacy tan head. Pretty clear bronze red color. Mild roasted nutmeg spice toasted mild hop front. Dry sweet thin burnt toffee caramel mild sweet malt spice bland body. Dry sweet all spice mild hop citrus hint clean mild end. Bad Buds Bland? Sampled 10/27/2008. 6-Pack $7.49.
2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 40 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale? Off white thin lace half inch head dissipates quickly. Clear bright thin pretty amber gold color. Delicately toasted mild pine hop front. Earthy crusty mild sweet pale ale caramel malt Winter pine spice hint mild fruit body. Spicy earthy bitter hop end. Crisp, minimal Winter character and slightly odd flavor. Sampled on 10/20/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $7.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 10/19/2010.
2010 Version 2 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 40 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale? Off white lacy dense half inch head. Rich clear bright gold color. Delicate malt spice aromatic winter hop spice front. Crisp tangy rich cloying caramel mild sweet spicy rich pine hint mildly fruity rich malty hoppy body. Clean spicy earthy mildly bitter mild citrus clean bright odd British hop spice end. Sampled on 11/14/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $7.99 @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 11/6/2010.
Ttrunk (55) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would enjoy this several more times. It tastes great and goes down smooth.
wlajwl (3334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma and flavor is mildly sweetish caramel malts and a decent hoppiness in finish. Pretty good ale, easy to drink but with a decent thickness and body.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Comes in a 12 oz brown long neck with a picture of what looks like a sled dog on the label.
Very nice looking dark brown coloured beer, with a 1 inch creamy off white head..dissapates but leaves excellent lacing down the glass.
Very strong aroma of roasted malts and an almost wine like alcohol scent..detect some spiciness.
Nice strong chocolate malt taste, then mid tongue it gets spicy almost peppery shows some slight hops at the end..and a good alcohol warming in the throat.
Very nice on the tongue not dry at all.great long lasting aftertaste.
I was surprised how much I liked this ale even in the early summer..pretty drinkable in my books.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle: Nice, rich & nutty aroma. Copper-colored with ruby edges. Decent tan head that settles into a good lacing. Initial taste is nutty toffee followed by mild hopping. Full mouthfeel and "just right" carbonation. This brew is very good.
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a very nice ruby color along with flavors of carmel and licorce. the hop bitterness is only slight and makes this a very will liked and easy to drink brew.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Malty aroma. Caramel / Toffee, nuts present. Thin lasting head. Decent lacing. Attractive dark red in color. Would be a little better if a little more hops were present, but this isn’t too bad. Maybe a little sticky on the palate, otherwise pretty good.
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby color with a thin creamy white head. Doughy aroma and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and a clean finish.