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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Nice, but not one that I would say is a winter warmer, especially when I'm thinking of Montana. maybe a good beer for Montana standards, but even that I don't know for sure. Still, it does have character. A bit chalky, rich in malt but not TOO sweet. Then while I don't have the expectations of a winter warmer to be overly hopped, it could have used a bit more for balance.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 Pours a nice deep red/maroon, smelling rather malty; lacking much head on this one, it quickly dissipates; initial maltiness turns tangy, dry, somewhat hoppy; lingering aftertaste, slightly metallic; somewhat alcoholic kick... Medium body, quite drinkable. A pretty good seasonal, one for a cold winter's night; a nice effort by Big Sky, though I prefer others...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 re-rate 10/04: Bottle: Medium amber/ pale garnet in color, pours to a nice foam head of pale tan. Lacing is present though the head is composed of larger, quickly fading bubbles. Nose is somehwat sweet, a bit of caramel to it with perhaps a smidge of foloral hop nose. The mouthfeel is thin and the first sip is malt first then a hint of hop bitterness. I would expect a winter ale to be warming (alcohol warmth) and this really doesn't have much of that going for it. I would like more mouthfeel and more heat--maybe some more base btterness to offset the malt.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Flourescent brown color (is that possible?) with some head and inconsistent lacing. Acid and tart aroma not totally pleasant, flavor follows suit with hints of Skor candy, but overall kind of bland. Not a very tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
This one was darker brown with a small, creamy head. It had a malty nose. There was a bit of a bite at first, but it went down smoothly. It is smooth, but not heavy. All in all it is a good beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3934) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2004
Clear red??? Mine was cloudy brown, with small tan head. Good malt nose promises more than the brew delivers. Light sweet malt flavor with very mild hopping

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Clear ruby red, sweet cherry and wood aroma, like a cherry flavored liquor. Biting cherry flavor with an even smooth palate and a crisp finish. Very sweet, and pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Very nice looking clear reddish color w/ a 1/2 inch yellow/tan head. Not much aroma. Lots of subtle flavors, hoppy, citrus etc. Nothing really grabs you. Good, but not great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhindbluis (17) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Very dark, reddish color. Good flavor of hops and malt. great finish, but not so smooth you don't notice it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
A very nice dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Medium chewy palate with little carbonation. Flavor is mostly malty with some toffee and nutty flavors. A good beer, but too one dimensional.


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