Beer Details: Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula, MT (Brown ale, 5.1% ABV, 26 IBU)
Appearance: Check out that head of foam! This is sticky, lush foam that left fairly heavy lacing down my glass. The beer itself is a dark mahogany brown and very clear.
Aroma: My first thought was of candy and warm caramel. There's a yeastiness there too, like dough rising.
Taste: Let this one sit on your tongue for a few seconds and just savor all those roasted nut and warm brown sugar flavors. Yum. All the sweet is tempered by a nice bitterness, like the slightly burnt edges of a piece of wheat toast. It's a bit thin-tasting — I'd love to see more body and fullness from a rich beer like this one, but I'm not really complaining. I give Moose Drool two thumbs up.
Food Pairings: Cheese. That's what I want with this beer. A big bowl of creamy homemade mac n' cheese. This beer can hold its own against rich and fatty flavors.
(Image: Emma Christensen)