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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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Yrd House, Scottsdale. Very dark brown a little head, it was promising. It had some stouty qualities with licorice and chocolate malts but it was too sweet, and not so drinkable.Average mouthfeel.Its popular as a beer, and maybe a root beer substitute. Had nearly 3 years later and getting licorice with a bit of astringent finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 14:14:03 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Best by 9/18/12.

Pours a clear super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, vanilla bean, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and vanilla bean on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel but it's a bit thin body wise. Overall, this is a good brown ale with some nice flavors but I just wish the body was beefed up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:51:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moose Drool looks like moose drool only if the moose was chewing a package or two of Red Man. Dark walnut with a heavy dose of deep scarlet when backlit. The ecru head is an able complement to the beer and possesses acceptable firmness and stickability. A decent amount of lace in broken rings adorns the inside of my pint glass.

Pleasant nose that is equal parts cocoa and hops (Kent Goldings, Liberty, Willamette). The flavor is some kind of enjoyable and is more roasted malty and chocolatey than most English browns. The beer tastes like bittersweet chocolate cake flecked with hop leaves and is also more bitter than most versions that I've run across. I approve of all of the above.

The body is medium for the style, perhaps a tad more full than that. I can't help but think that more malt with slightly less roast would sweeten things up a bit, smooth things out more than they already are and provide a more substantial body/mouthfeel. Given the style, all could be classified as personal preferences rather than true complaints.

I didn't enjoy this beer quite as much as I enjoyed Big Sky's Scape Goat Pale Ale, but that probably has more to do with style preference than anything else. Although Moose Drool doesn't crack my brown ale top tier (and isn't really drool-worthy), it's still a worthwhile effort that is deserving of respect.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 14:24:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle.

Poured a deep dark brown, slight ruby tint, not too thick though, light looking. No head, and a tiny bit of clingy lace down the side. Needs a bit more body to it, but decent looking. The smell was sweet, candy caramel, bourbon, grass, and a tiny bit of alcohol, smell like a wine almost for some reason, must be the sweetness.

The taste seems somewhat muted, like it wants to be more Hints of caramel, candied apple, dark berries, and sugar. A slight breadines came through as it warmed, but it never could just break through, everything stayed just right out at arms length, not coming into get me so to speak. Fell is very crisp, clean, refreshing and easy to put down. Not a heavy beer so it could be sessionable.

Overall I am glad I tried it, but I feel they need to push this one a bit, bring out more of the flavors that are there to the front and let it shine!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 14:51:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a very dark amber color with a thin tan head on top.

S: A very toasty and bready nose. Not much depth other than perhaps a bit of earthiness and a hint of bitter chocolate.

T: Very bland flavor with only a light bitterness coming through immediately. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and some nutty malt flavor and a mild sweetness on the finish.

M: The body is fairly light and the carbonation is very high.

D: Not particularly flavorful, so I really would not want to drink this one again.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 20:04:42 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a foamy tannish head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity brown bread nose with a touch of malted chocolate

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready, malty flavor that is joined by a vague bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable brown with enough flavor to make it interesting

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 21:12:30 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a very dark brown color ale with a medium foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma of molasses is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by this strong molasses feeling, which doesn’t do it for me. Tasted like bad extract homebrew kit. Can’t see why this is rated so high…

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 15:44:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With English roots and aspirations, the historic flavors of norther brown ale is alive and well in this highly drinkable, nutty, and chocolaty ale of character and charm, despite it's unappealing name.

As most brown ales do, Moose Drool pours with a medium chestnut brown hue with great clarity and ruby highlight shining through. Well capped with an off white foam topping, the froth retains well for most the session with light lacing left behind on the glass. It's the standard look for the typical brown ale, yet more fortified in appearance than Newcastle.

Moderately aromatic with light toast, chocolate, and nuts. The mild char of grain comes through with a toffeeish sweet scent and nutty grain husk. Background malt offers a light starchy scent of malted milk.

Semi-rich flavors of toast, nuts, and chocolate evenly swing from aromas to flavor while the grain aroma persists with the nutty taste of husk, starch, and toffee. The light balance from hops offer the mild and bitter spice of pine, grass, and damp sod that closes the beer with a snappy crispness despite it's richer taste early on.

Medium bodied, the lighter carbonation and semi-rich malts push against the tongue with a light coat of sweetness on the front of the tongue and mild astringency in the throat. Woody dryness from grain and hops assist the mildly warm alcohol to close the beer with a surprisingly clean taste and texture.

Enjoyable enough, the brown ale doesn't do anything to provide a thumbprint or signature than makes it distinguishable from a lot of other well made but timid brown ales. Unfortunately is kinda forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 19:22:45 | More by BEERchitect
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head. Nose brings through a good amount of roasted brown malt paired with caramel and a nice nutty scent. The taste swirls between roast and sweet caramel along with faint hints of chocolate. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A nice brown ale and quite tasty overall. If Big Sky starts distributing further east, this would be a really nice fall camping beer, especially now that it's available in cans.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 00:00:52 | More by Thorpe429
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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 ChainGangGuy


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear brown body with hints of ruby and a tan-colored head. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Hardly any scent beyond a very faint sweet malt aroma. "Where did the aroma go?" So some brewer had better be asking themselves this question. Somebody better be up late at night wondering where THE HELL the aroma went to. Just sayin'.

Taste: Lightly sweet, roasted malts with just a bit of nuttiness. Hints of chocolate. Oh, and I think there's a vague fruitiness to it squirreled away in semi-hiding, too. Light citrus hops round out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, with a soft carbonation. The palate leans towards being unfavorably watery at times. I dunno why it had to do this, but it did.

Drinkability: One of the most adorable labels I've seen lately, but nevertheless this beer didn't leave much of an impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 07:02:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 21:56:18 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for lettin' me steal this bottle!

Finally gettin' down to reviewin' this here brew. It pours a lovely clear ruby mahogany topped by barely a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, light chocolate, light toffee, and graham crackers. The taste doesn't deviate from the smell, with some extra wheat and a touch of very light raisins and figs thrown in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this is one of the best widely-available browns I've ever had. It's pretty tasty and exceedingly drinkable, not to mention uber-affordable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:06:30 | More by TMoney2591
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moose Drool's clear, very deep mahogany body reveals glowing ruby higlights when held to the light. Its creamy, light tan head drops steadily; but it does leave some minor lace about the glass. In the nose, malt dominates with a lightly cocoaish and toffee-like character. Some mild yeasty fruitiness lends it a bit more character; and a swirl of floral and perfumey hops rounds it out. Smooth and lightly creamy across the palate, it's medium-light body and restrained carbonation level lend to it's malty character and help to boost its drinkability. All that the nose suggests and more is found in the flavor. It's maltiness is subtly toasty and toffee-ish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder. The yeasty fruitiness works its way through mid-palate; and then a cusp of roastiness and some mild grassy and floral hops appear in the finish. It's delicate, and therefore lightly balanced by a restrained bitterness. It finishes dry with some lingering malt and floral hops. Very nice! This is a surprisingly satisfying and drinkable beer that probably deserves more attention for its flavor than it gets for its name and aluminum bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 00:02:01 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

The label depiction of an expectorating moose on this bottle isn't doing a lot to sway me to take a dip in the native waters of the Big Sky state...and what's with the underside of the cap - "You can Havre"? An inside joke concerning Missoula's cross-state neighbour?

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish brown colour, with multiple fingers of creamy light beige head, which melts away slowly and steadily, leaving some solid webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of roasted biscuit and caramel malt, dry coffee, ash, and some earthy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel malt, bready, semi-sweet chocolate, and herbal, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, a tad creamy, and smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet biscuit malt balanced nicely by the emerging musty, bitter hops.

An enjoyable brown ale, big like moose. Good enough to make me salivate a bit, I suppose, but not quite drool-worthy...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 23:37:40 | More by biboergosum
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, with a thick, bubbly, tan head. Aromas are cheifly of chocolate, with hints of nuts, and little else. Full texture, mild hops, soft body, not much here, but really decent, compared to the leading brown ales. Miles ahead of Newcastle. An ideal session ale, you could throw down a dozen without a pause. A fine American brown ale, despite the unappealing name.
Excellent on draft, though this review was based upon a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 00:03:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a bit “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a thin tan head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The robust aroma is of nuts & caramelized malt, touches of maple & coffee and a hint of hops.

T: The taste is bready & malty, but not overly sweet, with flavors of coffee, caramel, nuts & maple. There’s a faint hops character in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with if you want something flavorful but easy. I have to admit that I’m starting to like this style more and more, even though I usually prefer more of a kick in the ABV department.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 23:34:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sebastian for this one.

Into a tulip glass, there's a copious level of foam, pretty lacing all around. Retention is also good.
Deep russet tone with a glint of scarlet in the light.

Rich and malty, a touch fruity from the ale yeast. Toasty, bready some cocoa, and raw maltiness.

Toasted malt, graham cracker, fresh baked bread, warm malty blanket. Simple and by the books, but tasty with zero flaws. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very light sweetness, clean with some malt complexity.

Got any hop phobic/allergic friends? Recommend this beer.
Very easy to drink, a good introductory craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:53:39 | More by emerge077
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Need to up my can reviews, so here goes:

Pours a some what effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Sheets & sheets of lacing ring the glass above average head retention

S: Nuttyness & toasty malt that face a bit as it warms

T: Nuttyness, herbal & woody hops notes trying to cut through the toasty malt up front. Dryness
& toastyness dominate as this warms up, little hints of charred grain nibble at the edges. Finishes a bit dry & pretty toasty

MF: Light bodied & sharp carbonation, smooths out a bit once warm, seems a bit thinnish

Drinks easy, but a touch more body would help, better than draft, but about the same as the bottled version if memory serves me

Serving type: can

08-02-2010 01:27:55 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice "brown" scent that seems to be acheived through the use of roasted and crystal malts. The taste is decent. It has a musty flavor that is surrounded by nutty, brown notes. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent brown ale, but it has a few downfalls. I could really do without the musty aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 01:53:29 | More by WesWes
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is brown and clear with a thin head of small off white bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly with hints of roast.

Beer is medium bodied with some sweetness up front but the first impression is a mild bitterness at the back due to roasted malt. Not a lot of aftertaste but the finish is a little dry. Overall its OK, the sweetness plays well with the bitterness, its a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 03:24:12 | More by drabmuh
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 07:43:18 | More by Mora2000
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -- great label!

Pours out a deep brown color with a head slightly less than 2 fingers. It smells a little sweet and nutty. The taste is a little sweet as well. The hops are subtle. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. It goes down smooth and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 18:05:02 | More by zeff80
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy light brown colored head that is perhaps a finger thick. The beer is a deep, dark brown color that can't bee seen through, while it was being poured it showed a pretty, clear, rich chestnut color. The aroma is at first sweet with notes of crystal malt but then starts to pick up nutty notes of dark malt, hints of coffee, notes of toasted biscuits, and a note that reminds me of deeply browned toast.

The taste is light and has an up front soft sweetness that quickly picks up notes of lightly roasted coffee. The finish is quite lone and makes me think of brown, richly toasted malt that lingers on the tongue with a slightly astringent quality to it. This beer is quite the easy quaffer, tasty enough to be interesting, but light enough to be a session beer. This is really an enjoyable beer, perhaps a tad simplistic, but sometimes that is what really hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 00:47:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium to dark brown with a creamy off-white head that was fairly well retained.

The smell is a bit weak, but did have a sweet roasted grain and slightly nutty aroma.

The taste is of toasted sweet dark grains that almost hint at cocoa. Some nuttiness to it. Finishes sweet with just a hint of balancing bitterness.

Medium bodied. Not quite as creamy or smooth as it could be.

This one is decent, but, for me, just fell shy of being anything really "good". Just a little too astringent. A little too sweet, a little too restrained. But, I did like the cocoa/chocolate hints and it's not at all bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 15:01:55 | More by jwc215
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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.