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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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1,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 78
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% 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)
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Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Big Sky : Moose Drool

Pours a rich brown color with an off white cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and alittle floral. In the taste, nutty maltyness, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and enough hop bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. Medium bodied brew, ample carbonation and pleasant all around. A solid malty brew worthy of sessioning.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 04:50:45 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Erish


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

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. No best by date apparent.

A: clear medium to dark reddish brown color, an aggressive pour produces a one-finger tan head that quickly falls into a thin but persistent cap with adequate lacing.

S: brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, a hint of coffee, and an underpinning pleasant earthy aroma.

T: up front there is a decidedly roasted malt flavor that I did not pick up in the aroma, the middle features a chocolate and toffee character, and the finish is decidedly earthy with a nutty note, with an herbal hop note finally revealing itself at the finish line. Originally I was going a bit lower on the score, but I warmed to this beer a bit with each sip, and in the end decided it was worthy.

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, and moderate carbonation.

O: I found this beer tasty enough, and would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:56:48 | More by Erish
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A-Very dark brown almost black with some red shining through when held up to the light. Head is one finger and becomes thin quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, a small hint of chocolate.

T- Very malty and nutty taste. The hops provide bitterness but no aroma or flavor which is great in this brown ale. The after taste is delicious as well.

M- Very smooth and easy with just a little carbonation. A little thick which is what I think they were going for with "Moose Drool." Maybe it's just my inclinations from the name

O- A pretty good brown ale. I love that they come in a can for when I go fishing. I like the thickness in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:48:44 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
Photo of LaneMeyer


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Nice deep amber/brown color. Two finger light tan head.

S- nutty smell, plums, apples, raisin bread

T- nuts, lightly roasted malts

M- a bit watery, nice carbonated, very drinkable

O- A very good brown ale for the price

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:42:58 | More by LaneMeyer
Photo of rdub


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my Geordie Schooner. Brown color reminiscent of a drooling moose. One finger head dissipated into a light tan ring. Toasty aroma, mostly malt. Toasty, roasted flavor, once again heavy on the malt. Mouthfeel was easy drinking although the carbonation went away pretty quickly as the brew warmed.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 03:00:10 | More by rdub
Photo of richalexander78


2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one in Oregon only because people always ask for it on the east coast. It was a descent brown, soft and malty. Had an ok grainy crispiness. Finish was fairly weak. Ovrall it was just an ok average brown beer for a little more flaverful summer style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 21:01:47 | More by richalexander78
Photo of mattcrill


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Pleasant unsweetened chocolate aromatics. Grape nuts and toasted malt notes as well. Slight earthy hop aromatics. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Off-white sudsy head that retains well.

Flavor: Lots of deep and toasty grain character up front. More bready "grape nut"-like flavors in the middle. Powdered chocolate flavors as the beer warms. There is earthy hop bitterness that follows. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Although there are some bolder American Browns, this one is classic and a trail blazer. It has a nice malt profile but a little under-hopped by today's American Brown standards. Still, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:32:32 | More by mattcrill
Photo of 2xHops


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to start this review with the fact that I do like the name of the beer!

I got the opportunity to get this on tap, and the beer was presented to me with a deep brown hue with very slight foaming head. I could smell some nutty aroma with a hint of roast, but it's not overpowering at all. If anything, it may be a bit weak.

It had a slight roasted nutty flavor as I sipped, but it's nothing surprising. I found this beer to be easy to drink and to chug! It appears to be on slightly thin side as you drink it with weak carbonation. I can't remember if that's the standard for brown ales or not, so that's something I'll have to test out with other Brown ales.

As for the overall quality, I think ti was a decent beer, and not something that will turn people off. I don't know if any of you wanted brown ales to have a bit more roasted characteristic in the flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:01:17 | More by 2xHops
Photo of JayS2629


4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of my entire trip to Colorado my favorite beer was from Montana.

Poured a deep brown with a creamy off white head that sticks around and leaes creamy walls and rings of lace.

The aroma is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and earthy hops.

The taste is rich with cocoa notes, milk chocolate, biscuit and toast with caramel notes and earthy tones.

Greatly balanced. On the malty side, but full of rich character and hop balance. Very easy to drink with rich flavors throughout. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:12:21 | More by JayS2629
Photo of jar2574


2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer lacks head, at least this particular bottle does. No lacing either. The carbonation and clarity and color are normal.

Smell is plums and brown sugar and malts.

Beer is slightly metallic, too watery, thin, a little sweet. No hops to speak of. Mellow, fairly drinkable beer. I'm afraid this particular bottle may not be a good sample though, because it's quite watery and too plain.

From several other occasions, I believe Moose Drool can be better, so I'd say it's average on drinkability, even though I didn't care for this particular bottle. And if I have it again and have a better bottle, I'll revise my other rankings.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:36:32 | More by jar2574
Photo of warnerry


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:51:32 | More by warnerry
Photo of kflorence


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - DEC 24, 2007

Took a chance on this one and was glad I did. Pours very dark, smells smokey and malty with hints of chocolate and spice. It tastes pretty much how it smells, it has a very smooth mouthfeel and the chocolate, malty, and caramel flavors really come though, with a little bite from the hops in there as well. The finish is chocolate remnants and malts, not much of a bitter aftertaste, which is fine with me. Very good colder weather or holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:51:45 | More by kflorence
Photo of engagechad


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a sixer at South Point hotel and Casino - pint, insulated coffee mug and other vessels.

Pours mahogany brown with nice head, doesn't come back easy though upon agitation. Smells wonderfull. Sweet notes overpower a bit and I dig. Very nice taste , it's smooth and almost milky in texture with just enough hop bite on the back end.

Overall this is a great brown to seek out when on an adventure to the west. I would buy again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:46:34 | More by engagechad
Photo of awmiller


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one’s fast becoming one of my favorite go-to brown ales!! Sporting a thin creamy head (1 to 1.5 finger in thickness) and a deep brown mahogany color body. Hints of coffee and chocolate scented with notes of honey and warm butter! This is one fine smooth drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 21:28:53 | More by awmiller
Photo of Gatch


4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, deep amber color. Slightly brown head but I think because of my poor pour, the head didn't build well enough and it died quickly.

S - Sweet roasted malty goodness. Bit of sugar, bit of alcohol. Decent nose.

T - Tons of flavor. Great roasted malt character with a full-body that sits well on the palate. Lots of roasted malt. Charred meat, smoked meat. Earthy.

M - Clean, crisp, slight carbonation. Good body. Not filling. Smooth and delicious.

Huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:49:03 | More by Gatch
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool pours out clear and ruby/mahogany brown, with a nice head that gives way to nice lacing. The aroma is light, but is predominately sweet toasty malts. The taste is very smooth and – despite its deeper coloring – isn’t overpowering with its taste profile. The initial flavor is of toasted grains with a dry cocoa taste on the finish. There are some bittering hops there to balance the sweetness of the malts, but the bitterness doesn’t linger. This is an extremely balanced and clean finishing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 19:51:07 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of PokerGod


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, lovely one-finger head tan in color with very fine bubbles which slowly dissipate. Nice lacing left on my pint glass.

Smell- Coffee, Chocolate, Molasses, Cherries?

Taste- Molasses and sweet, nutty brown ale. Malty. No hop taste present at all, really.

Overall- A tasty brown ale. Brown ales are about my favorite beer style so I might hold them to a higher standard and this one is a little better than average but thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 22:30:50 | More by PokerGod
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 1 1/2 finger brown head. Deep ruby tones accent the dark brown ale.

S: Roasty with hints of cocoa nibs, toffee, and smoky brulee sugar.

T: Nice roasty malt. A little one dimensional. Some smoke and leather. Dark breadiness.

M: A little flat. Thin.

D: A very good drinking beer (session!) Good for food (BBQ, bar food, meat). Nice all around. Not outstanding but sessionable to a degree.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 21:06:09 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at the Grand Canyon General Store (North Rim), and managed to get the two leftovers back to the Lowcountry...

A: Dark brown; held to light there's some ruby on the edges; has a nice two-finger, malted milk head that slowly recedes to an 1/8 inch cap of foam that leaves some tremendous lace - probably the most impressive looking brown ale I've seen to date.

S: Sweet malts; toast; chocolate / cocoa.

T: Lots of chocolate and some lightly roasted grains; a touch nutty; just a smidge of bitterness on the finish... kind of minty.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation; silky and smooth. Nice.

O: Wow - a very delicious and satisfying brown ale. Not a style I frequent, but this is great stuff! Glad I've got one more stowed away in the fridge... Don't know when I'll get it again -

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:42:58 | More by jpro
Photo of TheYeagermeister


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Pours a nice ruddy brown. Head shows little retention or lacing. Leaves a little to be desired.

S--I get toffee and roasted malts. Some raisin and dark bread...it smells yummy.

T--Great example of the style. It has the same sweet flavors of the smell--especially dark bread and roasted malts--with a little dry hops in the finish. Sweetens a bit as it warms, with a touch of chocolate.

M--Smooth and thin to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

D--Easy drankin.

I really liked this one and may not be rating it high enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:40:41 | More by TheYeagermeister
Photo of jeremy2027


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into nonic glass

Dark mahogany brown, two finger head. Very good looking brown ale.

Roasted nuts, light coffee and some chocolate.

Tastes of light caramel/toffee medium/light carbonation nice hop balance.

I would have expected a little more mouthfeel than what this brew gives. Not bad by any means at all.

Overall I would make this my session beer if I could get it anywhere close to home. My neighbor bought me two cans on a flight back from Alaska and I am much appreciative.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 22:50:25 | More by jeremy2027
Photo of tito42


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 07/20/2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Rich, dark mahogany with a tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Toasted malt with apple and caramel notes.

T: Nutty, toasted malt with white grape, plum, and a touch of biscuit.

M: Very clean. Only a touch of creaminess, a lot of spritzy carbonation and a touch of hops bitterness at the finish. The carbonation dries the palate.

O: A very easy-drinking, pleasant brown ale. Does not have the complexity of a world-class beer, but this is a nice brew. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:54:13 | More by tito42
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a thick, fairly persistent pale tan head. Strong, malty aroma has tones of yeast, toffee and caramel. Lively flavor is yeasty and malty with a toffee undertone and even a smoky hint. Texture is quite fizzy, leaving behind a strong and persistent tingle. I'm glad I found this one!

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 04:56:24 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this American Brown Ale into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This beer poured a dark walnut color, very nice clarity. It produced a nice thick tan head. Average head retention. The aroma was very nutty and smelled of fresh baked bread. The beer is medium bodied. There is a taste of deeply roasted malt, nuts and fresh baked bread. Overall, I think this is an average American Brown- I don't know what all of the fuss is about?

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 21:53:07 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of WoodBrew


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

Moose Drool is the 1st TGIF beer of the night!!! The Drool was poured into a pint glass and the appearance is good. The color was a deep amber with creamy off-white head. The smell included malt and caramel. The taste was good, would like a bit more body. The definite malt/bread taste was tinges of sweetness. The mouthfeel was good and this is a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:38:59 | More by WoodBrew
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.