PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Iced tea looking pour with a sticky off-white head. Aroma has an earthy quality to it with some black dirt and a hint of nuttiness - but slightly stale. Flavor is kind of worn out, pick up some faint Christmas spices, some black dirt, a hint of chocolate and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is slightly faded - methinks this is suffering from too long shelf life.
Cybercat (3786) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark coppery amber with a decent, if not too thick, light beige head. Aroma is not strong but still appealing, mainly malty with hints of spice and miso. Flavor is malty and woody with a spicy undertone, OK if not spectacular. Texture is fairly smooth, fizzy and tingly.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Light aroma of chocolate, nuts, toffee. Light chocolate in the flavor with a little bit of bitterness. Was hoping for something with a little more spices or flavor for a seasonal. Decent though.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly cloudy, brownish amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor of Quick (coacoa powder to make chocolate milk) and caramel. This is one strange brown ale, itís clean, but strange.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-brown color with a huge orange-tan head. The aroma was toasty cocoa with a fruity presence and a touch of licorice. The flavor was bitter and fruity with notes of cocoa, toast, anise and bourbon. Medium length finish. Medium body. Ok.
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at OTH.
Pours amber, off-white head
aroma, lots of roasted goodness, coffeish, malts, grainy, mild nuttiness.
flavor, reminded me a lot of Ft Collins common ground coffee amber, a dry palate, plenty of roast/toast and mild coffee presence. Grainy palate, mild chocolate. Love the balance of mild hop bitterness quickly followed by a good caramel, nutty roasted finish. Overall profile is really favoring the toasted malt side. Tasty.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bomber from Crown Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear brown/ruby color. Medium off white head. Light malt aroma. Grainy roasted malt flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 7/12/2009 Source:Other) Bottle by and shared with Butters. Caramelized sugar with hints of dark fruits in aroma. Slightly cloudy dark amber brown. Dark sugar, hints of dark fruit and some nutty woodiness, earthy hops with hints of spice. Finish is dry with very light residual bitterness. Another solid Fort Collins beer.
drjay44 (2859) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a light beige, long lasting tiny bubbled head, with fairly extensive lacing. over a clear coppery amber (SRM 12-13) body....nose is light coffee, light chocolate, bit of caramel/toffee.....taste is medium roasted malts, with light coffee, cocoa, bit of nuttiness, finishing with a light to medium hop bitterness.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation slightly high. This is a pleasant, thoroughly drinkable, but not particularly outstanding example of a Brown Ale.
ChainGangGuy (4487) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bomber - $5.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a remarkably clear, garnet-hued body with a frothy, downright sudsy, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Simple aroma of toasted nuts with small, meager, not particularly inspiring notes of cocoa, fruit, and earthiness. Well, the snowboarding snowman on the label seems to be having fun. At least somebody is, I suppose.
Taste: Robust nuttiness with a teeny hint of toast and cocoa. Thin drizzle of sweet dark syrup. Thereís a hint of earthy spiciness from English hops and no more than a low degree of imparted bitterness. Light touch of golden raisin fruitiness. Earthy, dry maltiness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. If nothing else, itís at least got a nice, smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: For awhile, I was politely excusing these less-than-festive, dubiously titled winter releases in the spirit of giving during the holidays. But now, Iím starting to just become annoyed and disappointed with them. Big Shot is a fine, standard brown ale, but doesnít invoke any thoughts of the season beyond itís label and name.