Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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2,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 106
Gots: 334 | 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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Ratings: 2,428 | Reviews: 881
Reviews by 1759Girl:
Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Beautiful ruby brown. Pours with a big, large bubble, golden head that dissipates in a short spell. The beer is a bit lackluster in liveliness, but my fingers are crossed.

Smell>fresh baked brownies, brown sugar, burnt malt. Slight alcohol. Really, this smells quite delicious! Even better than I remembered.

Taste>First thoughts are of its sweetness, which gets a little alcoholic and then takes you right to the ashy end.This one isn't as complex as I like. It really sits in the back of your mouth and just stays there straight through the hang. It is good, no doubt, though.

Mouf>nice. ever so slightly chewy. This is how I like my brown ales to feel.

Drinkability> Average. I'd have to really dig into my six pack to see if the syrupy alcohol flavor gets too bothersome after a couple. I'd really love to try this again on tap.

Reviewer's note:
This is my 200th review on BA, which I'm more than pleased to announce. Thanks a million to anyone who actually reads these, or anyone who has had to put up with the social awkwardness of me reviewing these with them in bars.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Even though Iam not the biggest fan of this style of brew I enjoy a good quaffing brown from time to time thats why I grabbed this when given the chance.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chestnut colored brown with 1/2 finger slight off white head that held good retention,unsweetenend chocolate and earth stick out most in the nose not sweet by any means wich is nice.Starts out with chocolate presence on the palate more of a lightly sweet chocolate not much sweetness a little nutty but not overly roasted either finishing earthy.A solid quaffing brown with just enough sweetness to make it a little interesting,a pretty good session brown here.

Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Ruby dark brown in color with lots of active carbonation. The head made an effort but fell short.

Smell – Pure, unadulterated caramel-infused toasted malt.

Taste – There’s a bit of a hop balance in there, but mostly this one is all about the heavy caramel and toasted malts. The refined sugars join the party as well, making this ale a sweet one for sure.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, very sweet and sticky, and somewhat refreshing. This medium-bodied ale showed just a little carbonation.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this sweetened interpretation of the style, and the hop compliment was just enough to balance things out. Well done!

Photo of liveandletdie
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. If you are a fan of brown ales then this is a must try. It's very affordable, and a pleasure every time I buy it. It's sweet, smooth, dark, and extremely enjoyable- great as a dessert beer. The only drawback is I would not recomend drinking a whole bunch of them. The first one or two are great, then the taste gets kind of old. It would be like eating a ton of ice cream. It's good tasting but I dont think I want to eat the whole tub.

Photo of weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass

It pours a ruddy brown with a soapy bone colored head. The head dies down quickly to form a sticky bubble ring around the edge of the glass. A nice deep garnet color shines through the sides of the glass.

Sweet crystal malts dominate the nose. The sweetness is over the top. Behind that some biscuit toasted English type malts hit my nose.

The crystal sweetness in the nose doesn't form in the flavor. Instead a nice burst of low roasted coffee comes through nicely. That bready biscuit flavor then takes up the remaining flavor. No hop flavor is present but a balancing bitterness is present which doesn't makes this beer overly malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the low to medium level with a higher carbonation. I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel with less carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a easy to drink unoffensive beer that I can see appealing to a massive amount of drinkers.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

This beer has gained cult status over the years. Decent head retention, enough to get by. Very dark chestnut color with a glowing clarity when brought up to the light. Hint of plum and apple fruitiness in the nose with aromas of faint peppery, minty herbal hop and nutty breadiness. Sharp carbonation up front with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a moderate body. Brown bread, toasted husk and nutty throughout. Breadiness goes far and keeps the flavor going for a good while. Ghost bicarbonate flavor. Oily hop lends a substantial amount of flavor with a mild bitterness. Touch of apple skin, raisin, brown sugar and carob in the semi-dry finish.

A solid Brown Ale to be had here, very drinkable. Without a doubt it's a good pick when it comes to Brown Ales.

Photo of Dmann
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew. The pour was fantastic with a great dark brown color that left a huge head and great lacing. The scent was not too powerful but I could detect notes of sweet malts and nuttines. The taste of this beer was great as well with some slight smokiness to it along with a nice nutty malt flavor. The hops snuck in there a little bit but not much. This is a very drinkable beer and one that could be sessionable if it were not so costly here on the west coast!

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

Pours a pretty dark amber color. Smell is quite weak. Don't get much at all. Taste, while average, is still pretty good. Chocolate is prominent, as well as some caramel. There may be a slight sourness, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

I've seen this beer for years, even before I was into craft brews, but never picked it up. I'm glad I finally did, because it's a nice brew!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this single a little while back, time to pop it open. Pours into my glass a deep dark, brown with chestnut hues as well. A nice half inch of light tan foam sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with some nice toasty, caramel infused roasted malts upfront along with a nice nutty aspect as well. Herbal hops float around in the background. Maybe a touch of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice!

First sip brings a nice sturdy roasted maltiness upfront with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a touch of cocoa. Flows down with a light sweetness and toasted bread flavor with a bit of herbal hoppiness on the finish. Really clean with a nice flavor profile...just a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewiness. Plenty of carbonation that works in well with the beer overall. Drinkability is pretty high here...would be a nice six pack to bring to a party. A tasty brown ale and the first Big Sky brew I've sampled...I will be on the lookout for this one again and more of their lineup as well!

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Onz amber bottle

Appearance: Dark brown color with light brown head that goes away easily.

Smell: Light malt aroma

Taste: medium bodied, maltiness ,some kind of sweet flavors, carbonation that you can feel all around the mouth,a small taste like coffee hidden there.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation you can feel, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Still in the search for my favorite brown ale,this is not a bad one,can drink again if i found it.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep translucent brown pour yields about an inch of light brown head. Retention isn't great, not much lacing. Lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet malts with a faint amount of hops. Not much of an aroma, but pleasant enough.

T - Some earthy malts up front with a slightly bitter finish. Simple, but not bad.

M - Light but not overly thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O - Certainly not a great beer, but a pretty solid brown ale. Not my favorite style, but this is pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a good sized fluffy light brown head that lasts and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malt with some coffee and butterscotch notes.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and caramel, nuts and a little roastiness with a little acidic bitterness that gives it a dry finish. It is medium bodied and a little chalky with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing to write home about. A solid backyard brew.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale is a beautiful dark caramel brown, but the head doesn't last very long after pouring, and I wish it were a bit creamier. The taste is lovely, light on the hops and spices but a robust "ale" flavor. The smell suffers as it lacks hops and spices to be very aromatic, but if one suffers over another, the taste better be there for me. Mouthfeel is nice and hearty, and leaves a crispness on the tongue -- not at all bitter to my tastebuds.

Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Tight sticky webby lacing on the glass, the head stays two fingers deep for a while. Dark mahogany hue lets some light through showing a reddish glow on the edges.

Smell: Clean and sweet steely and toasted malt aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well textured with a moderate carbonation. At first there is a hit of toasted grain, then the chocolate tones creep in and lay a blanket of cocoa on the palate. Mildly astringent twang in the back, hops do a balancing act with the sweetness. Finishes a little dry.

Notes: A nice solid brown ale, very non-obtrusive just easy to drink. Went well with the mild cheddar I had with it.

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/light bodied, high prickly carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very sessionable and smooth brown ale. This beer is not too light, not too heavy. It strikes me as a perfect camping beer. I will look for this again.

Photo of badbeer
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured more red than brown, but had a real nice head with good retention. Smell was nice and malty, smells of nuts and some dark fruit. Smell was appetizing, taste was rather weird. I kept getting a rather dry green bean taste. I don't think I've experienced that before, especially in a brown. Mouthfeel felt overcarbonated and light in body. Not very good, but I might have gotten a bad bottle. Started out promising, finished not so good.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is fairly complex for a brown ale. I get some chocolate, caramel, toffee, hazelnut and roasted malt. The flavor is toffee, chocolate, toasted malt and some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy drinking, flavorful brown ale. Definitely one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of mattster
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Nonic glass.

Minor head build up, held to a nice layer of bubbly lace atop a Cola brown colored brew, nice and clear, minimal bubbles.

Smell is nutty, a little earthy, almost a hint of wet basement. Taste is much better. Nice nutty taste, good pleasant malts. Good mouth feel followed by a real decent finish.

The only down point to this beer is the smell. Other than that, a really nice beer.

Photo of chadjulius
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's made with considerable skill (seems like), but it isn't as good as the IPA or Trout Slayer, nor as strong at 5.1%. I suspect popularity is based somewhat on its name; Moose Drool sounds gross, but just attempt NOT to try a beer called Moose Drool.

Nothing about this beer is especially good. Yet, it's a decent beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a slight reddish tint. Head mostly recedes but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and fruit malts, with some metallic hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts balanced by a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice example of an English-style Brown Ale, but there is something about it that keeps me from really wanting another.

Photo of Snyder18
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden brown with slight mahogany hues. Fluffy tan head that holds for a few minutes at about 2" before falling to a thin oily layer with a small amount of lace clinging on the way down.

Smell - a faint sweetness and toasted malt aroma.

Taste - Nutty, biscuit, toasty with a hint of chocolate. Malty sweetness up front fades to a nice hop bitterness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Not surprising, a brown ale by definition should go down smooth and easy.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Binny's South Loop

Appearance: Nice deep amber with decent carbing, though the head was average and the lacing was as well.

Smell: Average.

Taste: Decent nut brown, smooth drinkable, to style, not as rich as the flagship sammy smith.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew, good session beer, should the mood stir me. Hyped by one store beer geek, given an Seinfeld so-so shrug by another. I'm leaning toward the second... forgettable.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some light ruby hints to it. No head but a tinge of lacing. Nose is very malty and smooth.

Nice big mouthfeel with a lot of chewyness and even a bit of coffee. Quite good, worth seeking out.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Starts with a malty nose with more lightly roasted grains than chocolate with a hint of sweetness. Pours brilliant chestnut brown with a 1" fluffy light tan head that dissipates to a thick film. The palate starts between caramel and chocolate over light roasted nuts moving more to chocolate then a hint of coffee before finishing with a lingering nutty chocolate finish. Very creamy with very fine soft carbonation with a medium body. Everything is very nicely balanced with out a trace of harshness. There are just enough hops on the finish to balance the malty sweetness of the beer.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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