Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My good northern buddy Dr. Merz slung some of these my way after a trip down south. Much thanks!
Moose Drool in a can! Hooray! No freshness date though. Dumped into a little Belgian goblet.
A. Attractive rich walnut-red. Goodly foamy tan head that fades after a few minutes, leaving no lace.
S. Quite well put together - semi-roasted malts, cocoa and light sweetness play well with moderate bittering hops, a mild woodyness, and hints of bark (licorice?). Grainy and clean, not overpowering. I would change very little.
T. Quite tasty - what an American brown ale should be, IMO. Not too over the top; Moose Drool comes in at 5.1% and maintains a very nice even drinkability - no silly bold flavored 6.5% stuff here. Semi sweet, clean and crisp with all the flavors promised by the nose. Dry cocoa, very mild fruitiness (dates), malt depth, and a rustic, toasty quality abound. Hops are in check and the finish is dry.
M / O. Mouthfeel is great, medium with a filling softness from the carbonation. Dry, 30 second finish. Very easy to drink... but that's the point. Some might call this "thin", but it's really just more subtle than the young, Dog Fish Head crew will be expecting.
Moose Drool is an exceptional American Brown ale that hews towards the English / session side of things much more than most. I find that extremely refreshing. Plus, it comes in cans! The ultimate warm weather camping beer? Could be.
Surprised this is not rated higher, really.
Serving type: can
09-22-2011 22:29:11 | More by kkipple
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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
3.66/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed at Johnson's Campground, St Mary, MT. Full notes taken to my phone.
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.
T- Yeast picks up a bit here with the dry spicy dark fruits like fig and raisin and some apple esters giving more influence. Malts still the key with toasted, nutty, cereal grain, caramel and dark sugar sweets. Ever so slight hint of roast.
MF- Medium thick body, maybe a tad toward the light side with a foamy texture. High end carbonation with a slight bitter finish.
Brown ale that is towards the drinkable side and reminds me of English style Browns with the body and toffee nutty flavor.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 04:43:34 | More by cbutova
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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