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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%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Had a spare diminishing head and a light brown color. It was a nice smooth tasting beer with no aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2006
pours brown with red tilt, decent head and lacing. aroma is very interesting, sweet and tangy with the dough, nut, malt, and hops. taste is english, smooth with a nice, short bitter hops ending.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Another really nice rich winter beer. Sweet maltiness in the aroma and the flavor is fruity with some nuttiness coming through as well. Some toffee and caramel flavors are quite dominant with a little bit of hops coming through in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
(12 oz bottles: Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR and BevMo in La Jolla, CA) First up, the bottle from the ’04-’05 winter season, so this is aged 18 months. This nicely crafted and well-balanced winter beer prominently features a moderately strong, dark-roasted malt that is caramely and moderately sweet. There’s a fair amount of earthiness, dark fruits and molasses in this beer as well. Gentle hops has a modest contribution, but this is malty beer through and through. Rich, sweet, earthy malts dominate the nose as well, with hops having no impact. Opening the ’05-’06 now, this isn’t nearly as good; it’s less rich, less malty, less earthy, but more hoppy and bitter, so it may be more balanced, but it’s certainly not as delicious without the intense, rich, dark malts . Both beers are medium-full bodied with ample carbonation, but the aged one has a wonderfully round and luxurious mouthfeel. Dark, ruddy amber color is fairly cloudy, and the off-white head rises to just under half an inch before settling to a filmy layer with a wide ring around the edge. Patchy lacing is modest but persistent. Well, I have two more bottles of the recent release, so I think I’ll bury those in my beer cellar and find them next year. Hopefully they’ll age as well as their predecessor. Rating numbers are for the aged version, obviously.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Pours mohogany brown w/ a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of fresh candied malt. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are malty w/ candy fruit and spice. Has a finely roasted nutty character. Moderate bittering on the finish. Towards the end of the glass the brew becomes more watery and thin, losing it’s vitality. I had to swirl my glass around to conjure up more froth. This helped just enough to enjoy the last few sips. The hop profile on this is low so it’s easy to get down. Overall: a mellow brew with fruity malt and a roasted nutty character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Thanks to Jake for another winner. This one pours clear deep coppery ruby colored, with a 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sour mashy fruit, hops, figs, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tastes caramel malty as a base, with hints of figgy fruit, brown sugar, spices, and plum notes.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krausen (102) - USA - DEC 17, 2006
Good winter ale, nice caramel and fruity notes without overwhelming alcohol or hop. Great balance for a drinkable beer. A nice departure from the flood of spiced, over hopped and over sweet beers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notoutpink (6) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2006 does not count
An excellent seasonal ale. Smells of caramel, hops, and dark fruits and has a similarly well balanced taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Cloudy dark amber pour. Smells darkly fruity, some cherry and raspbery, as well as toffee. Tastes of plums, followed quickly by nuts and caramel. Bigger roasty flavors follow after that. Finish dries out the mouth a bit and tastes of plums again, followed by residing roast bitterness. Good transitioning flavors and a decent winter beer, but it needs something more to achieve greatness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear deep coppery amber brew with an average sized beige head that slowly dissolves to a thin head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted caramel malt, some dark pitted fruits, flowery hops and a touch of iced green tea. Taste is medium to full bodied with some light carbonation along with flavors of dark pitted fruits such as cherries, plums and figs. Finish is smooth, creamy with a mild bitter aftertaste along with some fruity character. This winter brew will keep me full.


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