Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Fameous Dave's in Minnetonka. Bottle pours a dark brown, almost black with a fizzy head that dissipates like a soft drink. The aroma is roasty. The flavor is roasty and somewhat Porter like, with a nice lingering sweetness. Overall, not bad.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, aroma of nut and malt, sweet rich roasted malty flavor, slight hops in the finish. Nice tan head on this one. Nicely done.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just like a typical Amber Ale, only darker.
An aside here, but there's a prof at Univ Oregon Law who gives out Moosehead beers in class as prizes for knowing trivia questions. He's very well liked and every year for the past 20 or so years, the previous year's students have a roast in his honor. They storm the classroom and take over the class. The next two hours are filled with skits about specific cases from the class, songs, and retrospectives on the professors life. Cases of Moosehead are brought in and are given to the students and professor. There's a "secret" word (the subject of the class) and whenever that word is said (oh, about 150 times during the two hours), that professor has to drink. Well, since we're in the PNW with so many truly great beers around, Moosehead is hard to come by within a week or two of that event, so someone brought Moose Drool for their part of the beer donation. Anyway, that's where I first had this beer two years ago.
Where was I? Oh yeah, a beer review...
Pours a dark brown with a decent head and minimal lacing.
Smells and tastes like a typical brown ale; rather malty without being as sweet as a typical amber, offset with just enough hops. Nothing special, nothing great.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are, likewise, average.
Decent beer that will always hold a dear spot in my heart. But if you didn't have that class, you'll find this to be mediocre. Not bad at all, just not great.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light chestnut color with an intially large dark cream colored head. The head evaporates to a big bubbled cover and only a few specks of lace. Light dry nut and caramel aroma. Some silage/grass undertones as well that seem to fade. Initial malt sweetness with a touch of mocha. Light, but smooth in mouthfeel. Finish seem dry, bland and dark malt bitter. Easy enough to drink just leaves me wanting more.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Okay, so I've been getting request for this one for years. I finally got a 6pack from family. Pours with a nice rich brwon hue, tan head. Roasted malt, nutty, sweet nose. Flavors mirror the nose, but its a little thin in the mouth. I have to say I'm dissapointed...
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Decent dirty beige head. Nutty, roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt flavor with some nuttiness. Low bitterness. Thin body, but not for style. More roasty than most browns, kind of like a porter lite. Very easy drinking. This brewer makes beers that seem to go down quickly and finish quickly. Suits me fine.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, tan head. Grainy, malty aroma, with subtle notes of chocolate. Rich malty sweet flavors up front, peppery, dry crisp hops in the finish. Nice, especially for a brown.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color with a brownish-white head. Roasty, nutty, slightly hoppy aroma. This is a well-hopped brown ale. Hint of nuttines in the taste, good chocolate malts. Above average brown ale with good hops and complexity for the style.
JMerritt (1843) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, decent head. Caramely in aroma and flavor. Moderately bitter flavor and finish. Actually pretty good.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a bit darker than what I had anticapted, a lingering head tan in color. Chocolate malts stand out in the aroma and are present in the taste, but caramel malts tend to dominate. Mouthfeel is nice with a heavier body. I am curious as to the yeast (1056 or other as the attenuation is a little higher) Hops are present, but blend into the glass nicely (tettanger or EKG???)