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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool Brown AleMoose Drool Brown Ale

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1,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 1840
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 Sark


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- From a heavy growler pour there is considerable tan pebbly heady, dark red brown with root beer like appearance and carbonation

Smell- slight caramel and light toffee overtones, hops seem of the noble variety aroma

Taste- caramel on the front and toasted on the rear, light roast bitterness on the finish. Chocolate notes are sweet yet balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly watery feel

Overall- Gotta love the Moosie, this is the beer that started me on crafts. Best enjoyed around the campfire.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 05:45:43 | More by Sark
Photo of peck95


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

a nice dark brown appearance with some amber highlights that makes the beer appear likes its shining. a decent head with a little retention and some lacing.

a sweet sugary smell followed with a whiff of alcohol

the taste is relatively the same as the smell very sweet taste
this beer is a little bit over carbonated and not as smooth or creamy as i remember or of others out of the bottle that i've had before, also get nothing out of the hops. the over carbonation really gets in the way of the rest of the beer.

overall its a good beer that is relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2008 03:31:06 | More by peck95
Photo of Auraan


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich brown with a one finger tan head. It looks quite nice and inviting. Scents of bready malt, caramel, brown sugar and slight alcohol. A very sweet aroma for a brown ale, high in the sugary aromas but still with a nice hit of bready malt. The alcohol was surprising, but overall not a bad aroma profile. Flavor begins with caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavors that carry throughout. In the middle undertones of nuttiness and toasted malt appear which are nice, but not as apparent as they should be in a brown ale. The finish is sweet, but with a more overt presence of the nutty and toasted flavors as well. Aftertaste is nutty and toasted malt. A very sweet flavor profile for a brown ale, quite malty but not as bready, nutty and toasty as I like. Still not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and stick with moderate carbonation. It's a good feel that compliments the malty nature of the flavor profile quite well. Pretty good. Overall this is a good American Brown Ale. It's got a nice bready, malty nose and a sweet, malty flavor profile and mouthfeel that works in the flavor's favor. I just wish there was a touch more toasted malt and nut-like flavors, but otherwise it's a solid brown.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 06:16:54 | More by Auraan
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 Labeorphile


3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup (all they had at the Central Market cafe). Color is dark amber with a nice amber note in the light. Fluffy head that quickly disappears, but good small bubble support.

Enjoyed the toasted nuts and the chocolate with caramel as others have mentioned. A good mix for a brown ale.

Chocolate and nuts in the flavor are really good. The mouth is a little thin, but not as badly as some failed brown ales. This was a refreshing, enjoyable beer that I will definitely grab in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 21:41:19 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of JoshGura


3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Definitely close to a brown ale but could almost be something else. While the color is very dark, it has some amber hues to it. Very malty yet still noticeably hoppy. The chocolate and malty notes are very obvious but seem to be distracted by the Willamette hops which cause a somewhat watery mouthfeel. The smell is very malty but again dispersed by the hops which are not expected by a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:23:36 | More by JoshGura
Photo of Boca-X


3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown/amber, held to the light you can barely see through it...that is when you can really see the red in it. Very little head, very little lacing.

Toasted nuts and chocolate on the nose. Not much else, maybe some slightly sweet caramel?

Light watery on the mouth feel. Plenty of carbonation. Again toasted nuts, dark bitter chocolate on the front but ending with a malty, hoppy punch. Nothing heavy, nice light and easy to drink. As I sit and write this review a alcohol warmth has built up in my throat, pleasantly warm but nothing to worry about...actually I'm surprised it's there considering this is a 5.3?

Pretty good brown ale, the chocolate and nuts keep coming back, sweet and a hop bitter finish. Overall a little watery but considering this could be a session beer, that's OK. Good not great...I'll drink again...hopefully someone else will be buying.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:31:37 | More by Boca-X
Photo of brewbattles


3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We conducted a blind taste test with this beer and 5 other brown ales to objectively determine which one was best. The 5 beers were: Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Big Sky Moose Drool, Newcastle Brown, and Wychwood Hobgoblin. You can view the video here:


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 17:43:54 | More by brewbattles
Photo of mjurney


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-brown color. Lots of fine bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head.

Toffee, caramel, medium roast, some chocolate.

Lots of malt character, toffee, caramel, medium roast, nutty, hint of milk chocolate and some coffee. Mild hop bitterness towards the finish, earthy-leafy. Body is medium, smooth, semi-dry, pretty refreshing.

It's an outstanding beer. Very delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:58:05 | More by mjurney
Photo of Givemebeer


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: surprisingly brown. Small fizzy head that dissipates and not much lacing

S: milk chocolate some coffee. Reallllyy nice smell!

T: chocolate, cocoa, light coffee

M: too light bodied and watered down for the style

O: not a bad beer, but there are much better brown ales. Watered down and the taste doesn't live up to how great of a nose this beer has.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 20:29:04 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer

New Hampshire

3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:59:29 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Last sampled tonight on 1/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color with about a 1-finger beige head. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation. The aroma is of dark malts with a hint of caramel and cocoa. The taste is actually even better than the aroma, which was a nutty malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Very pleasant and goes down easy. No bitter finish for this one. One of my favorite brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 02:37:53 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Weston19


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color with a creamy vanilla head. Pours about two fingers worth.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, light sweetness similar to banana bread.

T: Vanilla,malts, caramel, bread, roasted nuts. It has a bitter aftertaste which balances out the sweetness so it's nicely balanced.

M: Medium to heavy mouth feel. Not much carbonation and does feel a little filling as you're drinking it.

O: Fantastic brown ale. It's nicely balanced and has some bitterness that adds to the flavor along with the sweet characteristics that the beer has. A little filling but great nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 17:12:38 | More by Weston19
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out really dark brown/black in the light. Has a nice two-finger, beige head with good retention and some nice lacing. Smell is LOTS of malty sweetness with caramel, dark malts, from the nose with really no hop presence that I can find in the nose. This smells quite unbalanced but not bad. Taste is fairly sweet and I can get everything I could smell from the nose but there is really no hop presence that I find at all to balance anything out. Just a little too sweet for the style IMHO. Mouthfeel is decently thick for the style or even more so than I expected but I like a thicker beer. Overall this beer just seems really unbalanced for the style. It's possible this is an older bottle and the hops have faded but no date means no way to tell. Brewers date your beers please. Just not the greatest beer for the money.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 23:44:48 | More by NeedBeerHere
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 Dodo2step


3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to my neighbor JU for this one.

A- a chestnut brown color with minimal head and light lacing. Nothing to get excited about but average.

S- roasted malted hops with hints of cocoa.

F- cocoa malts with a coffee flavor almost.

M- creamy medium bodied beer that has that stout type of feel to it. Decent but not that of a brown ale.

O- not bad not good just a shade below or at average I would say. Worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 22:40:38 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of rangerman21


2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Reddish brown with a tan head. Good color

S- I had a hard time picking up much in the way of the aroma, a little malt, a little hops was all

T- Smooth and malty, fairly well balanced. Tastes much better than the lack of aroma suggests

M- Smooth mouthfeel, nothing special, nothing terrible

Overall- Fairly tasty beer, nothing spectacular but not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:17:44 | More by rangerman21
Photo of savaship


2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Starting with the Appearance. This beer is DARK! We're talking over 30 SRM, which is outside the normal range for Brown Ale.

Pouring the beer into a tulip glass to allow the maximum aroma. Overwhelmingly hoppy smelling, I was almost afraid to drink it.

Upon the first sip, I noticed a nice high quality dark roasted malt, this delight was quickly quashed by the off-balanced hops. They were not terribly off-balance, but it was enough of what seemed to be a high alpha acid hop where I was not overly pleased with the drinkability.

While the beer appeared dark, and heavy, it felt light in mouthfeel, and was delightfully carbonated just enough to keep the beer feeling light all the way down.

Overall, I would drink this beer again, but it is not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 15:08:25 | More by savaship
Photo of Jeffreysan


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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark brown, almost black with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very nice aroma of roasted malt and barley. Very bready, like freshly baked pumpernickel bread. Some subtle floral notes too.

Taste: Like the aroma, it’s very malty, which I like very much. There’s strong flavors of toasted bread, roasted barley, caramel sweetness, all balanced nicely with some hoppy bitterness. Excellent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.1%, there’s hardly no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Moose Drool is a very, very enjoyable brown ale, and one that I’ll certainly be on the lookout for again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:22:36 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of spoony


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a pint glass.

A-The brew is chestnut brown with a thin light-tan head that dissipates quickly. I don't get any lacing. Decent clarity around the edges of the glass.

S-The smell is a little thin and grainy. I get some cocoa, a hint of holiday spice, and a touch of roast flavor. I do not detect any hops, just a bit of earth. Meh.

T-The taste is improved over the smell, with better cocoa flavor and more nutty, malty flavors that give this beer a little backbone. The light-roasted/toasted flavors from the aroma are there and there is a faint hit of holiday spice that adds some complexity. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit grainy and I still do not detect much in the way of hops.

M-The brew is medium to light for the style with a semi-crisp, chunky carbonation that is a little assertive for my tastes.

O-Having attended college in Missoula more than ten years ago, I have had the good fortune of drinking many Moose Drool, but this review was first Drool in a year or two. I know my palate has changed since college, but I recall the brew being heavier and more flavorful than it was this evening. I could have used a little more malt body and some hops to add character...pretty entry-level stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:13:37 | More by spoony
Photo of alphagnome


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep, dark brown color that barely lets any light leak through. Topped by an off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer.

A roasted chocolate fragrance is the dominant aroma followed by a subtle nuttiness.

Nutty. Mostly nutty. A bit of bitter cocoa thrown in for good measure to give it a mildly bitter finish.

Nice and light. I like beers like this that trick the mind - it looks heavy, but it's not! Light-bodied and lightly carbonated.

A simple, but thoroughly enjoyable brown ale. Easy to drink and easy to session.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:11:09 | More by alphagnome
Photo of brurevu


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

From my tasting notes: It poured a nice dark brown that looked like a cola. The initial taste was a big malty chocolate flavor with a full mouthfeel that was truly satisfying. As it warmed it had a slight bitterness on the end that kept it from becoming too sweet, but the malty chocolatiness kept coming through. The Moose Drool was a wonderful Brown Ale I will gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 16:33:03 | More by brurevu
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Dark brown and ruby with a finger of quickly dissipating light khaki head.

S - Nutty, sweet, chocolatey aroma. It smelled skunky to me at first, but got better as it warmed.

T - It tastes way better than it smells. Nutty malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Nice sweetness that is balanced by a tinge of bitterness. Better than I was expecting.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate-to-high carbonation. It could have been a little thicker and chewier, but still a good mouthfeel. Very creamy with a good amount of pop from the carb.

O - I had seen this around but had avoided buying it because of the name. I'm very glad I tried this. A good sweet brown ale with a surprising amount of complexity, while still being easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 20:15:29 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of Jdbateman83


1.83/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I am all for people having their own likes and tastes... But this stuff is disgusting... Seriously, look at the name. Very bitter, chemical like taste. I know some will call it deep, complex, rich flavors... but it is really gross. I would sooner have a pint of just about anything except Old Rasputin then Moose Drool... Again, it is what the name implies...

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 03:44:38 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, rich brown colored with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: nutty roasted malt, pine hops, pecan, walnut, caramel, molasses

T: sweet and heavily nutty, pecan pie, peanut, finishes slightly bitter with pine hops

M: medium with lower carbonation, slightly creamy

O: nice malt forward brown ale with light hop presence, nutty and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:51:11 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.