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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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1,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 1841
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%

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 dbyoung


4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully malty, and delicious. have enjoyed it on tap and from the can. Of course, the tap is better, but the can is available in my home! Clean and crisp tasting. Pours nicely into glass, serves well. enjoy saying that I am drinking moose drool, but more importantly I enjoy the taste

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 21:45:09 | More by dbyoung
Photo of Redneckwine


3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into wine glass, because I'm classy like that.

Appearance - Pours an attractive, clear ruddy dark brown with a 1 finger off white head, head recedes into a whispy foam cap and collar. Minimal lacing.

Smell - I'm not getting much complexity off the aroma, just a feint roasty, toasty, slightly nutty malt smell. Maybe a bit spicy. Feint metallic aroma? Smells pleasant and clean, but not much going on.

Taste/MF - Roasted, slightly nutty caramelized malt bill is in command all the way through and into the finish. Hops are are present though, but only in a way that provides some much needed balance to the sweet malt. Not big flavors, but well balanced. Medium body and gentle but assertive carbonation - nice and smooth. Finishes fairly dry with mild grassy hop bitterness and toasty malts.

Overall - An easy to drink, smooth, well balanced brown ale. Nothing mind-blowing, but seems true to style and well done. A sentimental favorite; it's one of the first micros I had (and enjoyed) over 10 years ago. Give it a shot if you like the style.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 01:25:35 | More by Redneckwine
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium sized light tan maybe brown head settles to a nice quarter inch froth above a clear dark brown to burnt reddish colored drool.

Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts in the aroma.

Dark roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts in the taste as in the aroma, the aroma transfers into the taste quite easily.

Wettish aftertaste turns dry after a bit and leaves a bit of the dark chocolate malts taste behind with this medium to medium full bodied beer.

Good roasted malt taste coming from this brown ale.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 15:20:54 | More by LXIXME
Photo of buschbeer


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer pours a dark rust color with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of creamy, tan head.

S - I smell some dark chocolate and milk chocolate. All kinds of roasty goodness.

T - The taste has a some cocoa flavor. I get a milk chocolate thing going, too. It has a slightly bitter coffee finish.

M - Pretty full for a brown ale

O - This is a real solid brown ale.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 20:48:15 | More by buschbeer
Photo of InlandTaipan


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can in Albuquerque NM

A: Poured a beautiful chocolate brown with light tan head. very inviting.

S: Rich malt aromas, from caramel to many varieties of toasted malts. No hop character (a good thing). Chocolate aroma is pronounced as well.

T: Great flavor to this. At 5.3 it is a perfect balance of sweetness and richness. Chocolate flavors are pronounced and nearly no bitterness is present. A great brown ale flavor.

M: Rich, velvety, good carbonation level. This one is a winner.

O: One of my favorite brown ales for sure. Give this one a shot if you have not

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 23:08:15 | More by InlandTaipan
Photo of kagent777


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can from the Utah system purchased for a tasting event I was hosting. This can was left over. I had thought I had certainly reviewed this one before now. Poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Cola colored beer with a creamy looking sandy colored head. Nice clarity and leaves a decent amount of lacing as it goes.

Smell: Nice toasted malts with a hint of pine hops.

Taste: Nice brown toasted bread, with some hints of nuts. Just enough bitterness in the background to balance the slight sweetness. Very well balanced. Finishes with just a whiff of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a creamy sort of feel to it's medium body. Carbonation is also soft and low. Very nice.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of brown ales, but this one is quite tasty.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 23:57:59 | More by kagent777
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Not quite sure why I've passed on trying this beer up to this point. This one has a nice nutty tone to it. The body is a bit thick, so there isn't a lot of room to deliver flavor character. It's consistent though. And I can dig it. Won't be a particularly memorable brew though.

Serving type: can

08-27-2012 02:20:59 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a dark brown with red hues shining through the edges of the glass. Big soapy head that dissipated quickly the left some splashy lace

S- Big brown sugar, toffee, and chocolate notes. Some big breadiness and caramel notes as well. Definitely one of the more aromatic beers for the style

T- Really nice strong brown sugar and toffee flavors, nice chocolate notes, lots of breadiness and caramel flavors. There is a very nice richness and sweetness to this beer. There is also a little bit of a Dr. Pepper type taste on the finish.

M- Pretty light bodied, goes down like water, and a little watery on the finish

O- A highly drinkable brown ale and one of the better ones I have ever had. The flavors are strong and there is quite a bit of complexity.

Serving type: can

08-16-2012 04:06:53 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down but left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts and nuts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and nutty malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and not filling but could use a stronger taste and smell.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 00:36:22 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from a business trip to the west coast.

A: Pours a medium brown to dark garnet red in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to some extremely thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: A very mild aroma to this beer, light smells of caramel and nuts.

T: Flavors of caramel as well as some darker malts with a slight amount of nuttiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very sessionable - I could easily see myself knocking a few of these back in a single session.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 17:25:42 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of megahurts4


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

Appearance: brown, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: hops, grain, and cocoa.

Taste: hops, rich roasted malts, and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is a nice brew. The chocolaty cocoa flavor is nice and well balanced.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 04:59:36 | More by megahurts4
Photo of azdback


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

Poured into a standard pint glass. Light brown color. Transparent enough to see the millions of tiny carbonation bubbles that lead to a two finger, creamy brown colored head.

Smell is lightly roasted flavors of coffee and a bit of smoke. Maybe just a hint of light milk chocolate.

Taste is sweet and lightly roasted. Some coffee notes and some tart fruit come through.

Mouth is silky and the carbonation is light. Body is light and the finish fades quickly and is a bit dry.

Overall I think this is a solid Brown. This is a perfect beer to start out someone interested in trying craft beer. It is just like a light Porter and this could lead someone towards much bigger and greater brews. Note: Try making a beer batter with this beer. It is fantastic!!

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 04:42:56 | More by azdback
Photo of soulfly1492


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

Aroma: Dark malts, worty, alcohol, lots of sugar. A bit of spice and mild bitterness. What is that distinct smell of a brown ale?

Appearance: Dark amber brown, high clarity can be seen when held up to light. Pours a tall medium brown head. Good lacing.

Flavor: Very worty. Lots of malt sweetness. Super smooth. Aftertaste of toffee and root beer. There's that taste again, a bit yeasty in the taste. A hint of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. NO carbonation. Very oily.

Overall: Very smooth and pleasant. Rather bold compared to the average brown ale. Very sweet malt flavor. Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 02:22:31 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of ZenAgnostic


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Dark brown/black body. Two finger tan head with moderate retention and good stick.

Smell - Coffee. Kind of smokey. Chocolatey.

Taste - Roasty. Metallic. Balanced, but also sort of bland.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Enjoyable as a session beer, but not a very flavorful tasting beer.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 17:43:17 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of bluejacket74


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a brown color with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, nuts, and some caramel/bready malt. The brew tastes like coffee, chocolate, bready and caramel malt, and a bit of nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit velvety with good carbonation. It's smooth and goes down easy. Not bad for $8.99 a 6-pack, it's a solid overall brew.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 23:35:57 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of lawlerj


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

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent brownish color when held up to the light; nice big tan head with an aggressive pour. After it dissipates, retains a fair bit and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S - smoky, caramel malt with just a hint of roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate. Just a bit of hops balance the sweetness.

T - bitter coffee and chocolate up front, mellows as it slides toward the back and more of the caramel malt begins to come through. Nice and nutty as well.

M - medium bodied, fully carbonated. The smoothness up front is followed by a bit of a carbonation pop that's very enjoyable.

O - overall, a very straightforward, delicious beer. One of the nicer smelling (if not more complex) beers I've had in a while. As an aside, love that it come in a can. Keep it up guys!

O -

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 23:52:54 | More by lawlerj
Photo of Fatehunter


2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I grabbed a sixer of these cans up in Yellowstone. Poured it into a pint glass. It looks amazing. Brown to amber on the edges with a thick, dirty-white head.
A fragrant beer. A good biscuit, yeasty, wet malt smell. A really solid smelling brown ale.
The taste is initially watery, followed by a mild barley flavor. A real let down from how it looked and smelled.
It feels like an average ale; moderate carbonation and normal texture.
Besides the taste, this beer is fine. Too bad that taste is central to a good beer. It was not undrinkable by any means, but it tasted like a watered down brown ale. Maybe grab some for an athletic drinking event since it goes down easy.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 00:26:26 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My good northern buddy Dr. Merz slung some of these my way after a trip down south. Much thanks!

Moose Drool in a can! Hooray! No freshness date though. Dumped into a little Belgian goblet.

A. Attractive rich walnut-red. Goodly foamy tan head that fades after a few minutes, leaving no lace.

S. Quite well put together - semi-roasted malts, cocoa and light sweetness play well with moderate bittering hops, a mild woodyness, and hints of bark (licorice?). Grainy and clean, not overpowering. I would change very little.

T. Quite tasty - what an American brown ale should be, IMO. Not too over the top; Moose Drool comes in at 5.1% and maintains a very nice even drinkability - no silly bold flavored 6.5% stuff here. Semi sweet, clean and crisp with all the flavors promised by the nose. Dry cocoa, very mild fruitiness (dates), malt depth, and a rustic, toasty quality abound. Hops are in check and the finish is dry.

M / O. Mouthfeel is great, medium with a filling softness from the carbonation. Dry, 30 second finish. Very easy to drink... but that's the point. Some might call this "thin", but it's really just more subtle than the young, Dog Fish Head crew will be expecting.

Moose Drool is an exceptional American Brown ale that hews towards the English / session side of things much more than most. I find that extremely refreshing. Plus, it comes in cans! The ultimate warm weather camping beer? Could be.

Surprised this is not rated higher, really.

Serving type: can

09-22-2011 22:29:11 | More by kkipple
Photo of tone77


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel. Taste is also malty, caramel, a bit of nuts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 15:17:08 | More by tone77
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 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 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 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 guitarmage


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found six packs of Moose Drool cans at New Seasons, I like this aesthetic.

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights when held up to the light. A modest tan foam dissipates and leaves a light lacing over the top of the beer.

The aroma is light, toasted cereal, molasses. Fairly light on the palette, carbonation is subtle and refreshing. Coffee, molasses, and malt are delicate and pleasant. Hop profile is almost transparent, but enough to balance and leave a lingering dryness in the finish.

Very versatile brown ale, I would drink this year round, but crave it in hot weather.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 02:09:23 | More by guitarmage
Photo of beerman207


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a light - medium brown with a huge tan head that lingers a while and leaves fantastic lacing behind.

S: Nose is strong malt, bold nuttiness, and some earthiness

T: Wow - really malty and well balanced with some nuttiness in the finish that really makes this a beer I could drink all night. Best brown ale I've had to date.

M: Moderate carbonation

O: Very impressed with this beer. Wish I had a case of it laying around.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 00:59:45 | More by beerman207
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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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