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Heavy Horse - Big Sky Brewing Company

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very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElCommodoro on 05-22-2012)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Pegasus, Mar 28, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhinonau
4.5/5  rDev +16%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Prying off the cap releases spicy British malt aromas with a touch of roast.
It pours deep bright mahogany under a 2" rocky tan head that slowly collapses to 1/2" and leaves thick lines of lace on the glass marking each drink.
With the first sip dark sugars, dark caramel to toffee, some dark malts, a little roast, and a light nuttiness seasoned with British malt spices and light grain roll over the tongue to finish with a medium firm hop accent.
The body is medium to a little above and the carbonation is a hair below medium.

pat61, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a deep slightly dense glowing caramel brown body with a light tan head supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has hints of soft brown malt but not much else.

T- The woody caramel flavor is dry that taste a bit oxidized and a water taste to follow. There is a brown malt note in the finish with a faint black roasted hint that lingers for a brief second.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation

O- The flavor is very soft and a bit thin with some stale characterizes. I didn’t taste any of the rich malt flavor or any pot caramel or any of the other wonderful characteristics of a scotch ale.

rhoadsrage, May 15, 2013
Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev -22.7%

robthepenguin, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

LXIXME, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Brenden, May 01, 2014
Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Heavy Horse is a good Scotch Ale....not to heavy and not to sweet. The beer pours a clear brownish amber with thin off-white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has sweet malt and touches of peat and scotch. The taste is a nice even beer with heavy malt backbone with a touch of honey sweetiness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the beer is good...and definitely sessionable.

WoodBrew, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured no head, only a couple small bubbles on the surface of an opaque dark brown colored body.
The aroma is nice. Like fresh baked whole wheat bread.
The taste is characteristically sweet with a touch of lemon bitterness.
The texture is thin with low carbonation.

Fatehunter, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Glibber
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Glibber, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zillo043068, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of MTScotchAleLover
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MTScotchAleLover, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of bigaddy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bigaddy, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Bighorn
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Bighorn, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Falcon2008
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Falcon2008, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaydoc, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

enelson, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bigbeers84, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of TheKitten
4.5/5  rDev +16%

TheKitten, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Somehow this only have 3 other reviews despite my purchasing it a couple months ago.

3.5 A: Clear medium amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 D: Deep caramel and toffee. Huge toastiness that is just such a pleasure to take in. It's pretty simple, but it sure as hell is potent and it smells wonderful.

4.5 T: Taste is much like the nose. Big caramel and a huge toastiness. Toffee underneath. Flavors slap your palate silly. Big nuttiness. Such perfect harmony among the flavors and a potency to keep you loving it.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Good here.

4.5 D: Damn good beer. Big, bold flavors that you can't help but love.

DavoleBomb, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head. red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is malty with a slight smoke aroma but it is really more malty. Little bit of nut, caramel and candy in the aroma.

Starts out malty and a little smoky the is a nice pecan nut flavor here. Not very sweet for the style. Additional flavors of coconut and banana. One of the milder flavored beers of the type.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall this is average for the beer style.

Zorro, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of MiWolfman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MiWolfman, Jan 03, 2014
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Heavy Horse from Big Sky Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.