Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by slayer3604:
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
So this thing looks awesome when you first pour it from a can into a pint glass, but slowly the head becomes nothingness over a sea of absolutely spectacular looking mahogany/orange colored beer. Its crystal clear, and has little plumes of co2 everywhere. Wish the head stuck around.
S- Almost a soda-poppy effervescence meets you, with a little nutty maltiness following suit.
T- Has a very clean and refreshing nutty malty taste just like the nose indicates but has a swing of DMS on the finish. Hmm. It was probably a warehouse storage misnomer that created that, because I've had this on draft and it was much better in the finish. That aside, clean beer and I won't knock it for DMS since it probably wasn't the brewery's fault.
M-Very light, crisp and highly carbonated.
D-I'd say this is an all around good beer minus the head and DMS. The mouthfeel could have been a little more firm, but at the same time this beer is only 5.1%abv. Oh well. Cheers, Big Sky!
Serving type: can
12-02-2010 03:06:01 | More by slayer3604
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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.