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. DocLock (11189) - 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. cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Very drinkable beer for the winter. Powder hound is a classic choice for those eager to ride the mountain. I like the spice and prefer it over snow cap. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
6.2 alcohol is not that noticeable. I like this more than the few other "winter" spiced ales and largers I’ve tried PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Best of the three winter ales I had (Sam Smith, FullSail) but still omly good not great. Dark amber with thin white head. Smells of malt, sugars or fruit.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear medium amber. Thin off white filmy head. Neutral nose. A little funky. Crisp, forward attack. Active carb. Resiny c-hop comes through at the end. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2006
12 oz. Bottle. Can notice alcohol and a fairly stong sweet fruit aroma. Amber body with off white head. The flavor had a sugar candy and sweet fruit flavor with an alcohol warming effect. If you like sweet beer this may be for you. FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pours an absolutely brilliantly clear, burnt amber color. It is topped by an initially three-finger thick head that leaves some light lacing and is a pale tan color. The aroma is sweet smelling; leaning towards malt, but with some definite fruitiness as well. There seems to be some low level spiciness here as well (of the sweet baking variety). I wonder if this has spices in it, though if it does it is quite subtle. Boozy aromatics of alcohol and berry extracts combine to give this a nose similar to, though not as concentrated as, a cheap berry liquor.truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
The beer is fairly sweet, yet still relatively thin. It finishes with a sweet boozy beeriness that is definitely a bit off putting. A berry like fruitiness is prominent, but this seems to be stripped of all of the malt character that would lend complexity to this beer. This tastes like it is highly filtered, it is just missing a depth of character that would make it drinkable. The strong boozy character, straight forward fruit and lack of depth combined, make this beer something I don’t particularly want to drink.
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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. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a deep amber color with a good size off white head. Light lacing. Has a light sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor. Nothing fancy here. Medium body. Easy drinking and worth a try.