StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut brown in color with a small, wispy tan head. Aroma is very much chestnuts, caramel and some chocolate. Flavor confirms nutty and chocolatey suspicions. Toasted malts protrude, like roasting over a campfire. Sequence of roasted, caramel and chocolate malts make up the most predominant taste elements. Hazelnut aftertaste. Decent brown ale.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. This is clearly the best beer made by Big Sky. Standard brown with an off-white head. Strong chocolate aroma. Good roasted scent. Malty caramel toasted flavor. Very nice balance of flavors. I typically have nothing good to say about this style of beer, but I really liked this brown ale.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, small off white head. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, and some cream/sweet notes. Flavor is sweet, malty, and roasted. Not bad.
Pete (6) - USA - MAY 5, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moose Drool is a wonderful brown ale, it is absolutely no wonder it is the best selling beer in Montana. The look is very dark and solid looking, yet the beer is lighter in flavor than the looks would tell you. It has a sweetness too it, yet not ’sweet’ a slight chocolatey taste. Pitcher after Pitcher of it goes down smooth and never gets bitter. I only wish it was available in more areas.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle/can. Light brown color with small, sticky head that laces nicely. Nutty and malty aroma. Taste is roasted malt and caramel but not too sweet. My new favorite canned beer.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours opaque brown with a tan head. Smells like they did not cheap out in the malt department also a bit of roastiness. Flavor is toasted malt with a hint of mocha. A bit of bitterness for ballance. Pretty good but I bet this was more interesting when the brewery started out.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish-brown with an average off-white head. Malty and woody (oak?) aroma that carries through slightly to the flavor. Some nutty, roasty flavors. Not bad, but I didn’t think this one was anything special.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear medium brown color. Aroma was very malty. It even had a smell of just opened bag of malt extract. Flavor also very malty with that malted powder taste. Like the stuff my wife puts in malteds for me. MMM...malteds. Touch of bitterness at the end. Light to medium body.
aracauna (3399) - Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one had an odd bit of character that I wasn’t expecting from a brown ale with a bit of vanilla and wood that made one of the group actually ask if it was whiskey-barrel aged. It wasn’t, but the vanilla and wood definitely backed up the sweet dark malts.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I finally got my hands on the ol’ moose drool and what a delight it was. Very thick and malty, as I’d hoped. In addition, it’s pretty roasty and a tad burnt for a Brown Ale. Very solid indeed.