Heavy Horse - Big Sky Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby undertones with a tall off-white head that settles into a good quarter inch or so with plenty of lacing.
Smell is of sweet, dark roasted malts, some dark fruits and some smokiness.
Taste is of dark caramel malt up front complimented by dark fruits, with woody, smoky flavors coming through as well, finish is a nice balance of the sweet and the dry.. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, soft and creamy.
Overall, a very good, well balanced scotch ale.
07-20-2014 05:28:57 | More by HuskerTornado
3.74/5 rDev -3.4%
I've got no complaints with this beer's look; it's a nice, thick ruddy brown, opaque except in the very bottom of my tulip, where a hint of carnelian or the like shines. The head is creamy and, while not huge, sizeable enough and quite dense.It leaves a ring right where it tops off and follows with webbing and patching.
Lots of dark fruits, somewhat sweet but more tangy, a bit of straight up dry wood, something powdery, a bit of nut (more almond than walnut), a very light touch of smoke, and a vague hint of leaf make up the aroma. It may be yeast that kicks in that dryness (like kindling or split dry oak), but it gets stronger as it goes. The aroma fades with time, too.
The taste brings out more molasses and brown sugar, though not exceedingly sweet by any means, with lots of earth and some dark grains. While nice, I'd actually prefer it a little sweeter. Some herb and leaf even it out, lingering into the finish, where a bit of a peat flavor meets the tongue. For the transition, it goes almost briny.
The feel is this beer's strong suit. it's not phenomenal, but it hits the balance in the strength of body, provides ample crispness and smoothness, and remains consistent to the end.
05-01-2014 21:22:56 | More by Brenden
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a robust tan head, thick, patchy lacing, and slight carbonation - which required a strong light to see.
Aroma: Rich aroma of sweet dark, caramel dominates, as well as a little smoke and earth. The caramel is dominant in the aroma.
Taste: Opens with dark caramel malt, sweet alcohol and a bit of wood that reminds me of French oak. Earth and a little smoke are present, but offer proper deference to the omnipresent dark caramel. Roasted nuts are also notable, and the hops offer a restrained herbal bite, but are just supporting players to the dark caramel malt. The finish is dominated by dark caramel, earth, and smoke.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, with just a hint of carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: A graceful example, which exhibits all the glory of the style without seeming harsh or overbearing.
Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
03-28-2014 23:46:47 | More by Pegasus
4.14/5 rDev +7%
A: Pours an opaque mahogany with a thin mocha head.
S: Raspberry, some citrus hop character, a touch of sweet, caramelized malt in the nose. Very pleasant.
T: Raspberry comes out immediately, with some bitter orange that turns sweet toward the finish, where the sweet malty backbone arises, but only briefly, before smoothing out and blending with all the other flavors in the aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied and smooth.
O: A very well balanced, surprisingly fruity scotch ale. Definitely recommended. This is a great brewery and a very good beer.
02-06-2014 01:23:53 | More by BierJager89
4.16/5 rDev +7.5%
It pours a clear copper with 1 finger head of foam with some good lacing.
I'm getting somewhat of a hoppy aroma followed some fruity sweetness. Some caramel adds some sweet but I'm kind of surprised that hoppy is the first thing I noticed.
Caramel and brown sugar is the main flavours I get from the first few sips. Some kind of berry taste there that doesn't add much...maybe a slight tartness. It finishes on the lightly bitter side.
This is almost full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall, I'm liking this Scotch Ale more than I like most; it is a tough style for me to get in to.
Cheers, Big Sky!
01-20-2014 22:54:54 | More by Bitterbill
Heavy Horse from Big Sky Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.