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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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1,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,955
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 72
Gots: 99 | 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 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
Photo of jmvecchio1


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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Yard House in Denver, CO.

Pours a dark copper/ chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby edges and a one finger light beige head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Chunks and streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly roasted malt aroma.  Toasted without being acrid, burnt or smokey. Hints of caramel, roasted nut and toffee.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated with a heavier roasted character than expected.  Toasty and slightly burnt tasting with hints of deep roasted nutiness, caramel, toffee andtoast.  Slight sweetness underneath.  Dry finish.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 12:09:43 | More by corby112
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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 Dope


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

A: Very dark brown, looks more like a porter than a brown ale. Decent head that fades fast with almost no retention.

S: Very nice. Smells like roasted malts, brown sugar, maybe some molasses and caramel?

T: Surprisingly mild taste. Tastes like molasses and brown sugar with maybe a little hazelnut at first, but then transforms to a very nice sweet caramelized brown sugar on the back end. There is a little bit of roastines throughout. I think I like the aftertaste better than the initial flavor.

M: Pretty mid-range body. Taste is nice and clean.

O: This is better than I expected. It's a very smooth, sweet brown ale. Flavor could be a little more pronounced but this is very drinkable and I could easily put down a 6pk.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:43:28 | More by Dope
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2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep red to light brown with a half inch of off white head I get a lot of Belgian lacing with each sip.
Smell: Malty and slightly roasted smells not getting much by way of the nose expected more.
Taste: Getting a slightly roasted malt flavor kind of disappointed like the smell what flavor that is there doesn’t stick around long.
Mouthfeel: It is rather watery and lighter than expected it is a very drinkable beer since it is so watery.
I expected so much more out of this beer rather disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 18:12:41 | More by raznug
Photo of ChugginOil


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

Finally, a brew the wifey loves!

Served on tap @ The House Pub. Poured into a Two Bros pint glass.

The color is a dark nut brown that is almost opaque but shows ruby highlights when held into the light. The nose is malt forward and has a strong hazelnut presence. The taste is malty and very nutty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Tasty brown that is super drinkable and readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 03:07:13 | More by ChugginOil
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good brown ale with a really excellent name and label.

Pours a brownish purple with a huge bright white head. The aroma is woody and malty, with toasted nut, dark caramel, and rye bread. The aroma is smoky with molassas and dark rye toast and a surprisingly sweet hop sting at the end. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, with a long, woody bitterness finishing it out. Drinkable and easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:55:06 | More by Seanibus
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark with a thick cream colored head that sticks around for about a minute, than disappears into about a quarter of an inch of foam. This is so dark I would almost consider it a sweet stout as apposed to a brown ale. Super dark brown similar to coffee with two or three tiny drops of cream, it's barely transparent, but what you can see through shows a good amount of carbonation.

S: Simply yummy. As expected a toasty malt smell is at the forefront. This is also a lot of dark chocolate and nutty smell, like an almost almond like scent. There is also a surprising presence of hops in the nose.

T:Very similar to the nose, but much sweeter than the smell would leave you to believe. There is also a bit of fig newton like flavor, somewhat similar to the taste of many belgian dark ales.

M: A little thicker than I prefer, so I don't know how to really judge this. My only guide is the few other brown ales I have tried , and this is noticeably thicker than most of them. In fact this is a lot thicker than many of the porters and stouts I have tried. Definitely not a beer that I would want to drink more than three of in a night simply for this reason.

O: A good beer that makes me want to try more of big sky's styles, unfortunately this has been the only one I've found where I live so far. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes a sweeter beer with thickness. Hell, I'd reccomend it to anyone actually.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:57:56 | More by ghostofpaulman
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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
Photo of DaCar


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my local pub, im a fan of brown ales and who doesnt love a moose?!. Well sadly that was the end of my enjoyment with this ale, It was black in color and had a plesent smell but the taste was far too nutty for me. Every gulp made me regret asking for it but as a lover of beer i had to finish it. I still love brown ales but moose drool was not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 03:58:30 | More by DaCar
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. If you are a fan of brown ales then this is a must try. It's very affordable, and a pleasure every time I buy it. It's sweet, smooth, dark, and extremely enjoyable- great as a dessert beer. The only drawback is I would not recomend drinking a whole bunch of them. The first one or two are great, then the taste gets kind of old. It would be like eating a ton of ice cream. It's good tasting but I dont think I want to eat the whole tub.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:09:25 | More by liveandletdie
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brown with a creamy looking khaki head that slowly craters down to a tiny head with the lightest of lacing.

S - A bunch of nut and bread, a fair amount of fruitiness a touch of oxidized cardboard stuff going on. Low aroma.

T - There is a fairly pronounced nut and semisweet caramel combo working together that is introduced to bread, honey and prune in the middle. Ends with esters and cardboard. Not a terribly complex beer, but it's sweet, nutty and bready where it needs to be.

M - real thin but has a redeeming crisp carbonation

O - This is really easy to drink and I will continue to crush moose drool by the six pack on hot summer days and in the shower. Though it leaves a bit to be desired, it's a great intro brown that does the trick.

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 05:36:33 | More by drewba
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown. A nice two fingers of pillowy white head, that quickly fizzles to nothing.

The smell is non distinct. Slight hints of nutty malt, caramel...

The flavor is very similar to the nose, nothing of great note. Nutty roasted malt, slightly bitter cocoa, caramel.

Well carbonated, but a bit thin, with very little body or heft.

I'd drink it again, won't set out to acquire it, but if presented to me I wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:17:06 | More by dc55110
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


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


Deep burgundy/brown in color with a 1/2 inch quickly receding head


Heavy on the sweet malt side. Some dark fruits (perhaps plum) is apparent. There is also a roasted coffee characteristic


Heavy roasted coffee flavor is very noticeable. There is a mild bitterness to contrast the sweet malts


Just enough carbonation to tickle the tip of the tongue. A medium/heavy body takes up a lot of space with just a twinge of alcohol burn


Not bad. I wasnt too impressed upon first pour, however, this beer did come around and produce a good mix of malts with just enough bitterness. It does fit the wide scope of an American brown ale

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:43:39 | More by MonkeymooTJ
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New York

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

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clean brown color with a beige head that was easily revived with a swirl of the glass and left sporadic spots of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt, dates, figs.

T - good rich malty taste all the way through the glass.

F - medium bodied with a light sweet feel.

O - a decent brown ale but there are others in the style that I'd prefer over this one.

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 00:24:05 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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