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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 78
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
It's chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette hops.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001)
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Reviews by DavidST:
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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pour a clear dark brown with a large tan head which has okay retention and doesn't leave a lacing. The smells are of a little nutty toffee caramel. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, a little caramel and toffee and perhaps coffee, but something is missing.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:15:48 | More by DavidST
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Date on the bottle of 5/22/14. It doesn't specify whether that is a 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' date.

Appearance: Nice pour which resulted in a semi-transparent caramel brown/amber body and thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasty malt. A hint of black cherries.

Taste: Less sweet than the aroma and in many ways not as exciting. Amber malt without the caramel flavor and, unfortunately, some metallic off-flavors. When I purchased the bottle it was laying on its side with many bottles in a large metal basin. I expect oxidation and contact with the inside of the bottle cap are culprits in the off-flavors. So not the fault of the brewery but in fact the fault of poor handling by employees who should know better than to put beer in any orientation besides upright. Okay, getting back to the flavor now. There is still a bit of hop presence, in the form of some bitterness during the finish that follows through to linger in the aftertaste. The big disappointment here, apart from the off-flavors, is the lack of malt presence. I expect more toasty malt presence, similar to what was in the aroma, when drinking a brown ale. Since malt flavor does not, in my experience, fade with time I wonder why it is so lacking. At 5.% ABV there is definite room for some great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and thin in body. Nearly tepid until the finish when there is a huge burst of effervescence. Definitely not among the best of them in this department.

Final Thoughts: All off-flavors aside, this is just an okay beer at best. I brewed a clone of this beer a few years ago and even that was better than this is, and it takes a lot for my home-brews to impress me. Not labeling a date as either 'bottled on' or 'enjoy by' is a cardinal sin in my book. Although, due to the lack of malt flavor I suspect it wouldn't make a difference how fresh this beer is. However, as always I would give this beer another chance. Would I drink it again? Yes, if the head brewer handed me a pint.

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A- Brown beer poured from a 12oz bottle to a goblet at glacier camping. Small light nutty tan head forms to one finger with fair retention. Small bubbly ring leaves rare spots of lace.

S- Nutty and deeply toasted malt aromas lead off the nose of the beer which is overall influenced mostly from the grains. Toffee, butter, brown sugar and caramel. Yeast gives some dark dry fruit and bready hints.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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