Moose Drool (Big Sky Brewing Company)

The oddly named Moose Drool is a brown ale from Montana’s Big Sky Brewing Company.  This year-round ale 5.3% ABV.

It’s chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and WILLAMETTE HOPS. It has an original gravity of 13 degrees Plato, and is 4.2% alcohol by weight, 5.3% by volume.

Moose Drool pours a dark brown color with mahogany highlights at the bottom of the glass and ruby highlights when held to the light.  The head is a large tan-colored rack of foam.

Smells like cocoa pebbles and chocolate ice cream.  I also detected raisin nut bread and what I could swear was turkey gravy.   As the beer warms, a distinct nuttiness becomes more apparent in the nose.

Dark Chocolate is the dominant flavor in the taste.  Macadamia nuts and oat bread notes are also apparent and do a good job of keeping the chocolate tastes in check.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and dry, like a cocoa powder.  This is definitely the worst part of the drinking experience.

An average taste and a distracting mouthfeel keep Moose Drool from being anything more than an average brown ale.  Sadly, the actual flavor of the beer doesn’t quite live up to the awesomeness that is its name.

Overall: 5 out of 10

As a BROWN ALE: 4 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Brooklyn BROWN ALE, Goose Island NUT BROWN ALE, New Holland CABIN FEVER BROWN ALE,

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