Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by websherpa:
4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
This is a Montana standard. Available nearly every where, this is approachable but still has some character.
Appearance: Classic Brown ale. This dark brown with some almost ruby red coming thourgh. A very light tan 1 finger head with minimal lacing. Nice looking beer.
Smell: It's malty. There's a very rich roastiness to it. It's definitely on the nutty end the roasted scale. There's some biscuit and bread qualities to it, but thats in the back. Not really getting and chocolate or coffee.
Taste: This is a brown that is a step above an amber not a step below a porter. It delivers with a bigger and more malty flavor than any amber but is careful not to step over into "heavy" beer territory in any regard. Really the nose isn't huge or overly complex but there is some nice things going on and it quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Light and airy. The perfect match to the flavor profile. If were heavier drinking the taste wouldn't be able to hold up in intensity. Well done.
Drinkability: It's a great session beer on a warm summer night or a welcome treat to end a perfect powder day at the local hill. I love this beer. Nothing world class, but it's a standard here for a reason.
02-18-2011 23:10:32 | More by websherpa
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Even though Iam not the biggest fan of this style of brew I enjoy a good quaffing brown from time to time thats why I grabbed this when given the chance.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chestnut colored brown with 1/2 finger slight off white head that held good retention,unsweetenend chocolate and earth stick out most in the nose not sweet by any means wich is nice.Starts out with chocolate presence on the palate more of a lightly sweet chocolate not much sweetness a little nutty but not overly roasted either finishing earthy.A solid quaffing brown with just enough sweetness to make it a little interesting,a pretty good session brown here.
11-01-2007 21:56:18 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance Ruby dark brown in color with lots of active carbonation. The head made an effort but fell short.
Smell Pure, unadulterated caramel-infused toasted malt.
Taste Theres a bit of a hop balance in there, but mostly this one is all about the heavy caramel and toasted malts. The refined sugars join the party as well, making this ale a sweet one for sure.
Mouthfeel Smooth, very sweet and sticky, and somewhat refreshing. This medium-bodied ale showed just a little carbonation.
Drinkability I enjoyed this sweetened interpretation of the style, and the hop compliment was just enough to balance things out. Well done!
12-19-2003 01:08:55 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
This is one of my favorite beers. If you are a fan of brown ales then this is a must try. It's very affordable, and a pleasure every time I buy it. It's sweet, smooth, dark, and extremely enjoyable- great as a dessert beer. The only drawback is I would not recomend drinking a whole bunch of them. The first one or two are great, then the taste gets kind of old. It would be like eating a ton of ice cream. It's good tasting but I dont think I want to eat the whole tub.
05-31-2011 23:09:25 | More by liveandletdie
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass
It pours a ruddy brown with a soapy bone colored head. The head dies down quickly to form a sticky bubble ring around the edge of the glass. A nice deep garnet color shines through the sides of the glass.
Sweet crystal malts dominate the nose. The sweetness is over the top. Behind that some biscuit toasted English type malts hit my nose.
The crystal sweetness in the nose doesn't form in the flavor. Instead a nice burst of low roasted coffee comes through nicely. That bready biscuit flavor then takes up the remaining flavor. No hop flavor is present but a balancing bitterness is present which doesn't makes this beer overly malty and sweet.
Mouthfeel is on the low to medium level with a higher carbonation. I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel with less carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a easy to drink unoffensive beer that I can see appealing to a massive amount of drinkers.
08-26-2010 03:59:42 | More by weatherdog
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:
This beer has gained cult status over the years. Decent head retention, enough to get by. Very dark chestnut color with a glowing clarity when brought up to the light. Hint of plum and apple fruitiness in the nose with aromas of faint peppery, minty herbal hop and nutty breadiness. Sharp carbonation up front with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a moderate body. Brown bread, toasted husk and nutty throughout. Breadiness goes far and keeps the flavor going for a good while. Ghost bicarbonate flavor. Oily hop lends a substantial amount of flavor with a mild bitterness. Touch of apple skin, raisin, brown sugar and carob in the semi-dry finish.
A solid Brown Ale to be had here, very drinkable. Without a doubt it's a good pick when it comes to Brown Ales.
11-24-2009 02:27:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
I really enjoyed this brew. The pour was fantastic with a great dark brown color that left a huge head and great lacing. The scent was not too powerful but I could detect notes of sweet malts and nuttines. The taste of this beer was great as well with some slight smokiness to it along with a nice nutty malt flavor. The hops snuck in there a little bit but not much. This is a very drinkable beer and one that could be sessionable if it were not so costly here on the west coast!
06-23-2005 09:36:02 | More by Dmann
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a pretty dark amber color. Smell is quite weak. Don't get much at all. Taste, while average, is still pretty good. Chocolate is prominent, as well as some caramel. There may be a slight sourness, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin.
I've seen this beer for years, even before I was into craft brews, but never picked it up. I'm glad I finally did, because it's a nice brew!
03-13-2005 05:19:22 | More by skybluewater
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Picked up this single a little while back, time to pop it open. Pours into my glass a deep dark, brown with chestnut hues as well. A nice half inch of light tan foam sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with some nice toasty, caramel infused roasted malts upfront along with a nice nutty aspect as well. Herbal hops float around in the background. Maybe a touch of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice!
First sip brings a nice sturdy roasted maltiness upfront with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a touch of cocoa. Flows down with a light sweetness and toasted bread flavor with a bit of herbal hoppiness on the finish. Really clean with a nice flavor profile...just a solid brown ale.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewiness. Plenty of carbonation that works in well with the beer overall. Drinkability is pretty high here...would be a nice six pack to bring to a party. A tasty brown ale and the first Big Sky brew I've sampled...I will be on the lookout for this one again and more of their lineup as well!
01-16-2007 04:49:31 | More by orbitalr0x
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
12 Onz amber bottle
Appearance: Dark brown color with light brown head that goes away easily.
Smell: Light malt aroma
Taste: medium bodied, maltiness ,some kind of sweet flavors, carbonation that you can feel all around the mouth,a small taste like coffee hidden there.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation you can feel, easy to drink.
Drinkability: Still in the search for my favorite brown ale,this is not a bad one,can drink again if i found it.
09-29-2007 05:56:43 | More by BeerDreadz
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
A - Deep translucent brown pour yields about an inch of light brown head. Retention isn't great, not much lacing. Lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.
S - Sweet malts with a faint amount of hops. Not much of an aroma, but pleasant enough.
T - Some earthy malts up front with a slightly bitter finish. Simple, but not bad.
M - Light but not overly thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
O - Certainly not a great beer, but a pretty solid brown ale. Not my favorite style, but this is pretty enjoyable.
07-26-2011 02:51:32 | More by warnerry
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a good sized fluffy light brown head that lasts and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some coffee and butterscotch notes.
The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and caramel, nuts and a little roastiness with a little acidic bitterness that gives it a dry finish. It is medium bodied and a little chalky with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall, decent but nothing to write home about. A solid backyard brew.
09-19-2005 05:05:36 | More by Beaver13
3.69/5 rDev -0.5%
This ale is a beautiful dark caramel brown, but the head doesn't last very long after pouring, and I wish it were a bit creamier. The taste is lovely, light on the hops and spices but a robust "ale" flavor. The smell suffers as it lacks hops and spices to be very aromatic, but if one suffers over another, the taste better be there for me. Mouthfeel is nice and hearty, and leaves a crispness on the tongue -- not at all bitter to my tastebuds.
01-17-2014 23:59:29 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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