Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I have had this beer before, but only since we moved to Arizona. You can't get this beer in Indiana. At least you couldn't when we lived there. I remember this beer not being a typical brown ale, but thicker with more mouthfeel than what I expected. Plus, I love the label. It was neat to learn that someone painted the label before the beer was named. I guess when you see a moose drooling you just know what to name your brew! I also found it interesting that Moosehead has tried to sue them… not sure who wins those lawsuits, but I imagine that the names are not (obviously) related.
In the Glass: It is extremely dark, nearly black in the glass. It is hazy, and when I hold it up to the light I can see why they call it a brown ale. There is a light tan head and little lace.What lace there is quickly dips back into the beer.
Nose: Your nose is punched with malt and chocolate aroma on the first sip. I didn't smell this when I first poured it into the glass, but this is one of those beers I would rather smell than drink. It is just loaded with aroma.
Flavor: The flavor is as good, if not better than the aroma. It has the same malty notes that you got on the front of the nose, and then the dark chocolate, almost burnt carmel flavors set it. It isn't very carbonated, which I like… almost the thickness consistency of a stout. Funny, speaking of stouts… I was just talking to someone on Twitter about Moose Drool. He said that Guinness tasted the same. Um… Guinness is an Irish dry stout, and Moose Drool is a brown ale. They are not even in the same league!
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really nice. It has that thickness I was talking about early, and it sort of coats the tongue with a layer of semisweet from that chocolate flavor that you get on the middle to the back of the palate. The longing dryness in the aftertaste isn't bad, either… but we will get to that. This is a darker beer, and I am sure would taste better closer to cellar temperatures. As a matter of fact, I bet this would taste best in Montana… I can see myself drinking this looking out over the fresh snow. Then again, I never want to see snow again!
Aftertaste: The aftertaste isn't very powerful, but it is longing and sticks around for quite some time. It has a subtle dryness to it, and leaves that sharp burnt caramel flavor all over the tongue. Based on the aroma and the flavor of this beer, it is exactly what I would have expected the aftertaste to be. The burp is nice, too.
Like I said, we couldn't get this beer in Indiana… and it is readily available here in Arizona. Good thing, because this is is a tasty beer. I have been getting into darker more malty beers lately. I still prefer an IPA, but nothing beats a dark, chocolaty malty brew. The label might not be very appetizing, but the beer sure is. Bottoms up!
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2012 18:57:36 | More by rickyleepotts
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3.94/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance-dark brown w/ slightly amber hue and very thin head.
Aroma- Malty sweetness, brown sugar, and caramel.
Taste- First sip is surprising with some citrus hop flavor that helps to lighten up the strong caramel malt. Citrus fades quickly and malt dominates with slight roast flavor and caramel/chocolate sweetness. Sweet, but not overly sweet.
Feel- Slightly sticky from the malt, but overall clean and very drinkable. Medium bodied, slightly thin.
Overall- Very well balanced brown ale with great malt flavor and interesting hop presence. Very drinkable and worth repurchasing for sure. Also perfect when paired with BBQ.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 00:40:16 | More by CTbrew32
3.69/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear caramel brown with 1/4 inch light tan head with decent retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt and nutty.
T: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, nutty, and hints of raisin.
M: Smooth and oily feel. Light-medium body. Sweet with a mildly dry finish. Pleasant mouthfeel.
D: Not complex and won't knock your socks off. A solid session beer. Could definitely enjoy a few of these with friends.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 03:32:18 | More by mwilbur
4/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/13/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale. All around good robustness and balance of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 03:12:15 | More by superspak
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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