Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark embery brown color on the body, glows when held up to the light. Has an initial 2 fingers of sandy beige colored head, creamy and dense it dissipates perfectly even. Definitely give a +1 for the label on the bottle too...that's a lot of drool.
The smell is very subtle, smooth, and malt forward in my opinion. I get toasted malt scents which have an earthy nuttiness to them as well as caramel malt which gives it a nice smooth sweet feel. I don't detect much hopping, a tiny tiny amount of the bitter pine smell but it's overwhelmingly offset by the malt.
The flavor is a combination of a bunch of malts, it's not overly sweet at all like a new castle may taste to some (like me). It has a nice light roasted aspect reminding me of coffee, toasted biscuit providing some backbone. Where this one shines with me is the nut flavors I get; definitely walnut and pecan coming through.
Solid mouthfeel, not overly notable but there's a lot of malt in the flavor of this beer so it makes sense I didn't initially think of it. I guess bottom line, it's there when you're lookin and that's what really counts but it's just not a stand out aspect.
Super drinkable, definitely a great session brown ale if you're a fan of the type. This is one that I will definitely try again as well as recommend to people who like something like new castle.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2010 08:09:37 | More by dwilson01
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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 1,996 ratings.