Drinking this beer is like settling in to a very old and very careworn arm chair. It's cozy and comforting, it fits in all the right places, and it's exactly what you want when you want it. Solidly good. Settle in, tip your hat back, and pour a glass.
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula, MT (Brown ale, 5.1% ABV, 26 IBU)
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.
My first thought was of candy and warm caramel. There's a yeastiness there too, like dough rising.
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.
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.
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