Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
3/5 rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
12oz bottle, nonic.
The same color as Arrogant Bastard, or near enough. That is to say candy apple red hinting brown. Dark mahogany fits as well. The head is big and rocky, sticky too, but fades fast courtesy of such large bubbles.
Do I smell fall foliage? I believe I am at least reminded of fallen leaves and rosemary before a very metallic roast steps in. Very metallic with a sharp cherry note and a wee bit of chocolate. Why is it so metallic?
The same metallic roast has crashed the party. It's almost like steel. Chocolate was invited too, but he's timid. I'm guessing this isn't super fresh, but some herbal hops try to make a go of it. A very earthy and metallic experience.
It's real smooth, which counts for something. I guess.
Too metallic to be pleasant, which it just might be without the high level of metal.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2011 23:10:20 | More by brewerburgundy
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 19:37:17 | More by JamesMN
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.