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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,220 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 2,220
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 87
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,220 | Reviews: 835 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bricelyn:
Photo of Bricelyn
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer Begs to be had around a camp fire high up in the Saw tooth mountains, its colors are straight off a Ponderosa pine dark browns almost black higlighted by cranberry reds.

It even smells like a camp fire soft and malty smoke.

First thing to hit my pallet was lima beans and a slight hop on the back of the tongue its quite dry and slightly bitter. It all mellows out in to a bakers chocolate type malt.

Smooth and mellow is the mouth feel it finishes a bit sticky on the back of your tongue

I have to say that I am a bit partial to this beer as it is brewed so close to home and is a staple of me and my brothers camp out diet... Nuf said

Bricelyn, Nov 01, 2009
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.

oberon, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

RoyalT, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of liveandletdie
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

liveandletdie, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

weatherdog, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ajkiser12
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

SkiBum22, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 24, 2009
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!

Dmann, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

skybluewater, Mar 13, 2005
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!

orbitalr0x, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Dangerrangerjas
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Dangerrangerjas, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

BeerDreadz, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Brauntasaurus
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 06, 2014
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.

warnerry, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of chip26
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of DuckDodgers
4/5  rDev +8.1%

DuckDodgers, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of R_Kole
3/5  rDev -18.9%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 05, 2013
Photo of snurrig
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

snurrig, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,220 ratings.