AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 24, 2005
From a bottle. Starts out malty, and in fact I first thought that it would be too sweet, but actually, for the style it is well balanced. The chocolate malts are stronger than the hps, but there are enough hops to finish out and clean the palate. A very good example of the style. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Given to me by a distributor, this beer and other Big Sky beers, will be entering Colorado within the next few weeks. Ruby brown color. Malt accented aroma, with tiramisu hints, mocha and hazelnut, nuts and caramel, and spicy hops, though light. Herbaceous and medicinal flavors with toasty accents and coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop contribution and a fairly creamy and full body. Maybe it isn’t all in the name. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2005
12oz bottle received in a trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Pours a nice ruby brown color with a decent offwhite head that shrinks to about an eighth of an inch and laces the glass well. Aromas of caramel, nuts, a touch of coffee and maybe even a touch of honey. Flavor is nutty, notes of toffee, caramel, a bit of chocolate, and a nice dry earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good for a brown ale. Not completely watery. Creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable. Definitely one of the top browns I’ve tried. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark ruby color. Aroma is mild chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Full silky mouthfeel. Nice choffee finish. ThirstyDave (23) - Thompsons Station, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2005
I really enjoyed this beer when I went to Yellowstone. A word of caution- elevation does make a difference.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
On tap at a restaurant where they couldn’t tell me what type of beer it was or who brewed it: It looked like Coca Cola in the glass, except a Coke has more head. The aroma is chocolate coated caramel. This seemed a bit thin, watery, but I suspect much had to do with the restaurant bar. The flavor was good, caramel, chocolate, a very slight earthy hop presence. I definitely have to try this someplace else and rerate.erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 5, 2005
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Pours a deep brown with a lasting, off-white head. Aroma is heavily chocolate with some caramel. Flavor reflects aroma and is very clean with a nice balanced sweetness. Body is med-heavy. Finish is mildly bitter. Very nice brown ale. billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 bottle 12 oz. Clear drk brown w a cherry tint when held up to the light. Fair beige/tan head that fell quick, not much lace. Aroma is fresh, medium toasted malt and grain w mild hops. Flavor is clean med/drk roast malt w the mild hops, not too sweet, w a nice moderately bitter finish. There is a nice toasted flavor to the malt w a touch of chocolate noticable. Medium bodied. Not bad for a brown ale, but I think this is more like a porter. There is a sense of thin & watery to the mouthfeel but it is easy to overlook with everything else going on. Will drink this again without hesitation. 5/1/06: I’m dropping this down .2 to 3.3. It’s OK but I wouldn’t seek it out. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Pours dark brown with ruby hues, mostly receding tan head. Aroma of brown sugar and crystal malts. Starts with a dollop of roast, but is well-balanced by sweet crystal malts. Body is silky, slightly oily with high carbonation. Finishes moderately sweet, slightly bitter. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Just had a bottle come my way through a generous soul. Very nice russet, crimson, brown. Excellent aroma, and very inviting flavor. The malt is creamy and roasted and hints of caramel roll lazily around and on the palate. Very clean hoppy finish lends the perfect balance to this beer. Most browns are either too strong or piss water poor. I love this stuff. God help me if I ever find it on tap.