Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,451
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 110
Gots: 340 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001

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.
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Kain05 (thanks man). Bottled 5/19/15. Served in a Monday Night nonic.

Pours a deep yet transparent chestnut brown with a fluffy three finger ecrue head. The foam settles to a thin cap, leaving a fair bit of chunky lace.

Smells nutty and malty with just a little faint sugar in the background.

Flavors are rather soft but work . Mild chocolate, nutty and some vague brown sugar. Easy drinking with no trace of any alcohol.

Semi creamy, light body with fairly mild carbonation. Hints of chocolate, nuts and burnt brown sugar

Moose Drool is definitely light for my tastes but this is a quite serviceable and drinkable brown ale. On par for the style, just not something I'd go out of my way for. (719 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep ruby, thin beige head.

Aroma: Un-mashed chocolate malt and roasted barley. Like it smells exactly like sticking your head in a grain bag.

Flavor: Light nutty and roasty malt character. Touch of earthyness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, watery texture.

Overall: Everyone raves about this beer they had when they were out on vacation. I think its a pretty lack luster brown. (390 characters)

Photo of KLHBB
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque chocolate brown, a really creamy feel. Smell and taste of malt, chocolate, coffee. I was originally drawn to the name but the brown ale (one of my faves) stands on its own. New Castle used to be my standard (and I'll always have a soft spot for it!) but Moose Drool is the new standard for this style. (315 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 4 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so I can't really comment on the beer. The bottle art, though kitschy, is okay though.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes, hints of toffee, and solid assertions of honey whole-wheat bread with an overlaying herbal quality from any hops.

Taste: Similar as the nose, but with a bit more of a dirty, earthen note to it. Definitely not terrible, but rougher than necessary though. Any herbal notes from the nose were not as identifiable on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation makes this one feel a bit bigger than one would suspect.

Overall: Not a bad beer, especially for a style as underloved as the brown ale. Not close to SN Tumbler though. Would drink again, but probably wouldn't buy. (800 characters)

Photo of Meganomiidae
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: served in a hefe glass with a puffy tan head. Deep ruby red to brown.

S: hint of green pepper and rich oatmeal. Otherwise pretty generic.

T: Very unique. The EKG hops shine in the flavor with a playful spiciness I often find in well done Belgian saisons. Very dry finish, with a strong semi-sweet chocolate and slight coffee backbone. Mostly very light malt flavors, with absolutely no burnt aspects. Tastes like a very well done and only slightly bitter black lager.

F: creamy smooth for the most part, with a prickly tingle after the swallow.

O: solid and worth trying on a trip out west, since I've seen so many clone recipes out there! (648 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at a restaurant in San Jose, CA. Served in a tulip.

A: Brown with a thin head, some lacing

S: Malty, toasty

T: Same as smell, plus a bit of a floral hop note

F: Medium

O: A good brown ale. I easily drank two glasses of this. (248 characters)

Photo of Safa1
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Others have to use nitrogen to make a beer this smooth. Brown ales are fucking awesome and I feel blessed to have this distributed to Ca. Bring some to a friend that swears by Newcastle and chant U S A! U S A! No caramel colored additives. (251 characters)

Photo of Gumbo2go
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool. I rank other Montana dark beers against this benchmark. This is one nice dark beer. Smooth, delicious with a mild roasted barley flavor and a light chocolate finish. Hops are light and in the background without being overbearing. Never disappointed drinking a few of these. (291 characters)

Photo of dabone
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown but clear. Decent head, good aroma for a nut brown ale. Flavor was more alcohol than nuts, marginal. Thin texture. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. (181 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall a nice light brown ale. Typical style, I like. Poured deep amber brown. Nice light tan head that stays, good lacing thru out. Tastes light but bittersweet. Very comforting. Never underestimate (201 characters)

Photo of Skitzopathic
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saw it at a liquor store and decided to try it. Haven't tried many brown ales yet (hoping to change that) so I dont have a good base line, but I was pleasantly surprised with this beer.

Appearance - dark amber "roasted" colour, smallish head.

Smell - roasty with a slight hint of nutty smoke.

Taste - roasted and malty flavours

Feel - pleasant, balanced.

Overall - compared to the few other brown ales I have had, this is definitely one of the better ones. (461 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice oaky brown hue. Smallish manila white head. Clarity was high.

S - Not overly hoppy which is nice. Like an old fence post with just a tiny hint of smoke.

T - Thick malty flavors. Tiny aftertaste of hops but not overpowering.

M - Pleasant well bodied. Not too watery or astringent or bubbly. Good balance.

O - A great representation of the style. Not overly reliant on hops like many American Brown Ales. This beer could hold it's own against some of it's older English siblings and cousins. (510 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with lagery Scents and nutty undertones. Obvious nutty tones With biscuity base malts. Alcohol is subtle and presents a wet mouthfeel. Session beer to me (168 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/5/15 (Bottle) - Dark brown pour, thick generous tan head, minimal carbonation. Roast malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Very smooth and pleasant beer to drink, nice roasted malt taste, not very high ABV but nice kick. Very good offering. (239 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I'm just not really into Brown ales but every time I have this beer I like it a little less. Super bubbly and large head. Dark brown color. Very malty. Very very roasty. Almost a burnt ash-tray kind of finish. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. It is pretty drinkable but not totally impressive. (297 characters)

Photo of Gully1
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth and easy drinker. Not much hop to this brown but good malty caramel flavor. Great mouth feel and never to much carbonation out of the bottles (153 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a medium-tan head.
The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit.
Nice tasting beer. Big toffee, cracker and biscuit notes up front with a nice bittering finish and even a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
A very decent brown ale. (281 characters)

Photo of chadski
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very weak pour with little head and no lacing. Decently sweet, malty aroma, Flavor has a respectable balance between toasty malts and hoppy bitterness. (153 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Ultra dark brown beer with a nice tan head....large bubbled. The smell is malty, some roasty notes, and no real fruit. Taste has a melanoid flavor..lots of converted sugars and roasty flavors. Some malt. Bitter balance, but the hops ar not a real factor in the taste. Full in body. Mall idly good. (302 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours light brown with a small head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt along with toasty and nutty notes.
Similar flavours, sweet bready malt, some light toasty characters. (167 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Brown, dark, with a rusty shade, slightly opaque but mostly transparent. Short tan head, quick to fade to a thin cap. Minor lacing.

S - Malt, mild roasted notes suggest caramel and wheat toast.

T - Follows the nose, but adds a mid-point of spice and earthy hop elements. The close is still sweet, but only mildly so.

M - Brisk, with just a touch of drying on the end.

O - A decent, but not exceptional, beer. Tastes good, drinks well. Just not the most robust or nuanced brown I've enjoyed. (503 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a slight red tint. One finger creamy head.
S- malty, aggressive carmel smell, much like my favorite octofests. Sweet.
T- tasty. Great balance with mostly Carmel malty taste with very light chocolate taste. A nearly undetectable hop finish. Vanilla notes detectable.
F- good enough to drink several of these.
O- I was kind of disappointed. Not a very complexed beer, however I haven't had many good browns. (441 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown-red, light tan soapy head with sticky lace, pretty full.

S: Roasted malt, nutty toffee, mild smoke.

T: Same as nose, with addition of hop resins and bitterness.

M: Watered-down. very little texture.

O: Unoffensive everyman beer. (248 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've enjoyed Moose Drool in several incarnations, in several settings from Yellowstone to Whitefish to my basement. This sampling is out of a can ($6 for a sixer) picked up on our way home from Montana. Moose Drool pours nicely - a burst of tawny head that gradually disappears. It is a rich ruby color (I think - I am color blind after all). The nose is chocolate and caramel, the taste full of chocolate and happiness. This beer is creamy, smooth and generally delicious. (473 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent chestnut color with a modest head of khaki foam that disappears in short order. Mild aroma smells of caramel and grassy hops with a slight nutty character as well.

The nuttiness is more pronounced in the taste, which also includes a big kick of grain husk toward the middle and end. Grassy hops lend balance but overstay their welcome in the finish. Traces of milk chocolate manifest with a little warming. Light body and crisp carbonation create a semi-creamy mouthfeel that comes off a bit thin for my liking.

Overall, this is a straightforward and drinkable brown ale, albeit lacking in nuance and complexity. I’m hardly a brown ale connoisseur though, so take this review with a grain of salt. (726 characters)

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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