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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Reviews: 866
Hads: 2,489
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 118
Gots: 372 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with orange edges and a decent white head.

Very light, delecate "non-assertive" malt nose.

Thin mouth feel but with decent light malt, burnt toast flavor. Simple malt flavors without complexity. Flavors that are there are pleasant. Hint of weak coffee with a back palate of light hops. Not bad; just not memorable.

Short thin flavors go to short weak finish but with a bit of burnt toast back palate. Not something to go out of your way to try. Just my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head. Dark brown with some light getting through

S: oatmeal and licorice but these are very mild with caramel malt

T: light roast with mostly chocolate notes. Toasted caramel malt as well.

M: high carbonation. Medium body

Overall: not a bad tasting brown. Definitly very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pretty average brown ale here. pours a semitransparent weak coffee color with a minimal cream head. smells like sweet chocolate and caramel malt, even a touch of brown sugar. flavor is sweet and roasty, but lacking much of the complexity that i have come to appreciate in this style. feel is a bit watered down, and the sweetness hangs around in the mouth long after the swallow. overall a decent beer, but nothing special. sessionable but standard.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.33/5  rDev -37%
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…

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. The label depiction of an expectorating moose 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, perhaps?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, faintly foamy, and yet creamy pale beige head, which melts away slowly and steadily, leaving some solid webbed lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells strongly of roasted, biscuity, and somewhat meaty (natch!) caramel malt, dry coffee grounds, wet ash, ethereal bittersweet cocoa, and some tame earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more toasted, gamey caramel malt, crackery, semi-sweet chocolate, and prominent musty, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, in its generally lilting frothiness, the body on the lee side of proper medium weight, just a tad creamy, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet, biscuity malt balanced well enough by the continually emerging musty, bitter hops.

A generally enjoyable brown ale, and big like moose, with a few interesting subtexts. Anyways, good enough to make me salivate a bit, I suppose, but not quite out and out drool-worthy, if ya get my continental drift.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Twelve ounce can. Best before date of 9/22/14.

A: Pours a dark amberish brown with crimson edges under a solid one-finger thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Grainy malts, faintly floral, earthy and bready notes.

T: Caramel malts, bready, earthy, mildly nutty, faintly sweet, floral and toffee.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter with toffee malts.

O: Eh, a decent brown ale. Wanted to try this for a long time. Done.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear, amber, with 3 foamy fingers of light mocha colored head. This shrinks down pretty readily into a thin creamy looking retention that leaves some nice looking thickish patchy lacing back. The aroma is roasty and nutty in the nose, with some gentle spiciness and a bit of green citrus and floral hops to it. Pretty decent for the style.

The taste is light roasted malts that slathers the palate, along with a flush of bready sweetness. Earthy hops gives the profile a citric and spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate sharpness to the carbonation, which gives this a fairly crisp and easy feel in the mouth.

Nothing groundbreaking here but this is just a solid Brown Ale with quality flavors and a good sessionable feel about it. Portability in cans is a plus!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of hardly any cream, decent thickness, and poor retention. Pours a very dark auburn.

Sm: Amber hops, nuts, and caramel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nuts and caramel. That's about it. It's nicely balanced, but the build isn't anything special. It's decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. About the right thickness. For a brown ale, it's too smooth and wet.

Dr: Very drinkable for a brown ale, but it betrays the style. I'd try it on draught, but it's largely unremarkable. It's decently priced for what it is as an import.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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