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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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1,995 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 78
Gots: 113 | 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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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with a slight amount of tan head with little lacing. The aroma is strong with roasted malt and some alcohol. The taste begins very malty, with hints of roasted malts, but still fairly generic. The taste ends with some rough alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is ok, not too overcarbonated or anything. Overall an ok brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 23:09:16 | More by csiewert
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with finger thick, tan colored head. Settles leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass and as you drink it down. When held to the light the body is clear ruby/mahogany color.
S) Toasty notes. Some bitter chocolate hints. Toffee.
T) Nice malty blast up front. Caramel. Brown sugar. Hints of chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness.
M) Fizzy throughout. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious brown ale. I would definitely drink another one!

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 21:59:53 | More by u2carew
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2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a brilliant presentation in color and aroma. The color is an amber brown and smells a bit of fired wood and chocolate. The beer does not however live up to expectations. It is rather dry and light and has an excess of carbonation. The head was also excessive. Not a bad beer, I would recommend sampling before buying a 12 or 6 pack, as this beer is definitely not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:47:15 | More by ronniebruner
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Sweet tea brown with off white decent head and a bit of lacing

S - This is my favorite part. Soap, toasted grains and nuts. A very sweet malt, brown sugar and hops

T - Sweet, nutty soap. Interesting and weird

M - Fuzzy and light. Not a whole lot there, a nice hop finish

D - I could see myself drinking this once a year. Not always drinkable, but, not always undrinkable

Final thought - The soapy flavor and smell make this beer awesome. Everything else makes this beer not awesome

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 10:18:50 | More by whatthehull
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into my Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass - light beige head quickly fades atop a ridiculously crystal clear brown ale...hints of red glow through in the color. Smells nutty with some dark fruit; caramel and sweetness as well. Taste is very smooth and creamy...light chocolate, caramel and almost like sweet molasses up front. Flavors of roasted and black malts work their way into the palate as the taste evolves, accompanied by a nice hop bitterness to battle the sweetness. I like a little heavier of a mouthfeel than this offers, but the lighter feel is not surprising considering the crystal appearance. While I'm sitting here enjoying this beer inside during the winter, I can just as easily imagine this being equally as refreshing outside on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:19:51 | More by jimbus
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Nutty, roasted, biscuit smells are offset by uncharacteristically bright acidity heralded by choking whiffs of carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild bitterness and acidity peaking early, then turning decidedly malty as nutty and bready roasted flavors emerge toward the middle. Cocoa powder and faint dark fruit are also detected before the drying finish that shows mineral nuttiness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, changing from briskly acidic to creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: The slightly sweet, nutty personality of this brown ale would be appealing enough on its own, but is confused somewhat by the detectable acidity in both taste and smell. Still, it is able to survive its mis-steps enough to be regarded as one of American brewing's modern classics.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 16:17:27 | More by beagle75
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brilliantly clear brown/amber with a bit of tan head that disappears quickly to lacing.

S - Rich caramel and taffy with less pronounced nutty aroma. Very distinct aroma here, but had to put my finger on it.

T - Again rich in malt flavor. Caramel and taffy dominate, changing to a chocolate character. Nutty character later on more pronounced than in aroma. Perceptively sweet, but actually quite nice, with a bitterness that balances nicely. Good depth here.

M - Smooth and well bodied. Great carbonation, excellent.

D - Not as high as some.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:22:50 | More by IllNate
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't tried this one in a while and a local was having a good sale.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Light sweet malts up front with some dark bread crust and earthy characters back.

T -- Rich blend of roasted and sweet malts with some light caramel, a pleasant bitterness with a light fruit character back, finishes with a nice balance of spicy hop and roasted malt bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy with a medium to full body. Lightly dry in the finish.

D -- Goes down smooth and satisfying. A nice, lightly robust beer for those times when you want something substantial, but you may want a few. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:29:30 | More by steveh
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-very nice brown amber color
with lots of lacing

Smell-nutty malt smell

Taste-really good brown ale

Mouthfeel-light, crisp and very pleasant

Drinkability-I only bought one of these but really liked it and I could easily drink more than one

Serving type: can

01-23-2011 04:02:08 | More by ejimhof
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Corsondonk tulip... starts with a nice head that mostly disappears leaving some light lacing. Beer is dark brown in color, ruby when held up to the light, with light activity

S- Alittle bitter and nutty, with a hint of molasses

T- Has a nice flavor. Has a mild bitterness to it, with a toasted nutty flavor. Some hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation

D- Not sure what it costs as it was given to me, but I'd say its a good typical craft beer. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty and easy to drink


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:02:38 | More by bbeane
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 01/03/11. Served in a Sam Adams pint.

A- Dark brown, transparent, 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, very little bubbling.

S- Spicy, malty, faint vanilla.

T/M- Medium body, faintly sweet, low roasted malts.

D- Pretty good. Nothing overly special, but a tasty sessionable that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:45:28 | More by Duttonic
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in goblet at refrigerator temperature. Received as a gift- apparently it is not easy to find in this area (Detroit). Pours with a thin, light head which fades quickly to a slight lacing. Aroma is as expected for a brown ale with a moderate to strong carbonation. No off flavors are present; flavor is primarily of roasted malt with subtle hop balance. This is quite a pleasant brew for a bottle with such a silly name; it is definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:59:15 | More by matt20102
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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with a moderate head with no lacing, but that might be because of the glassware.

Malty aroma but it's not that strong. Leaves a little to be desired.

Malty and nutty taste with the hint of hops at the back end. Like the aroma, it just leaves a little to be desired.

It's real light on the palate but I'm sure I could sit down and put back a few of these at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:27:46 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Moose Drool has a chestnut or walnut color with a ruby tint. A foamy tan cap sits on top, retaining fairly well. Some lace sticks to the glass and slowly slides down the sides.

Smell: More cocoa than I would normally expect from a brown ale, which is to say, there is some cocoa in the aroma. Lightly roasted malt, with lightly spiced and earthy hop presence to balance. Mild.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, with some sweet cocoa and hits of cinnamon and spice. Some spicy and earthy hops provide additional supporting flavor, but not much bitterness. The flavor is all right, it just does not really jump out at me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with an average amount of carbonation that is neither especially creamy nor crisp, but just sort of there.

Drinkability: The transition between flavors was fairly smooth, but I just was not blown away by the flavor overall. Too much cocoa I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 22:43:14 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany wood color with soft but fizzy white head. Good retention and ok lacing through the tasting.

The nose is mostly malt. Some lighter grainy notes with hints of nuts and chocolate malts. There hints of sweetness from a toffee and molasses. No real hop aroma but there is a light yeast smell. Mostly clean though.

The taste is similar with the malt really coming out. The chocolate malt comes out and has a fuller body and gives a slight oatmeal like taste/texture to it. Some minor nutty almost Victory malt-esk tastes. Limited to no hops. Has more of an American Brown taste than English.

The body is closer to full then moderate. Carbonation is light and enhances the mouthfeel. Overall a pretty nice malty beer that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 20:31:33 | More by GBB
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark ale is clear and medium brown in color with red overtones. It has a light tan, medium sized head. It has a pleasant smell of dry leaves, over cooked caramel and a hint of chocolate. On drinking Moose Drool, there is a pleasant tingling on the tongue that slowly fades. It is moderately malty and moderately hoppy in flavor again with a hint of chocolate.

Moose Drool is a moderately complex yet, very drinkable dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:04:46 | More by Internatbrewlove
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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, nonic.

The same color as Arrogant Bastard, or near enough. That is to say candy apple red hinting brown. Dark mahogany fits as well. The head is big and rocky, sticky too, but fades fast courtesy of such large bubbles.

Do I smell fall foliage? I believe I am at least reminded of fallen leaves and rosemary before a very metallic roast steps in. Very metallic with a sharp cherry note and a wee bit of chocolate. Why is it so metallic?

The same metallic roast has crashed the party. It's almost like steel. Chocolate was invited too, but he's timid. I'm guessing this isn't super fresh, but some herbal hops try to make a go of it. A very earthy and metallic experience.

It's real smooth, which counts for something. I guess.

Too metallic to be pleasant, which it just might be without the high level of metal.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:10:20 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going for round two with Big Sky Brewing, having previously tried and enjoyed their Trout Slayer Ale. 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a moderately dark, chocolate brown with a nice level of foam. There's also good lacing around the edges. This is a nice looking brown ale.

Smell is strong in hops, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Very rich in roasted malts with a strong fresh and balanced aroma. Montana's definitely got a good brew here.

Taste is awesome. All the flavors come forth in balance and provide a nice palette of taste. Good levels of chocolate, and a little bit of barley fit their way in there. Not too heavy, but definitely a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is good. It's thick, but not overpowering. There's a nice aftertaste that follows that lingers. As mentioned before this is a good thick beer that's not too overpowering in taste.

Drinkability is key. This one gets my vote for a good American Brown Ale. Definitely 2 for 2 with Big Sky Brewing. No complaints here.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 23:54:25 | More by Getinthevan
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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

moose drool

a 3.5 clear med brown, persistent cap, spotty lace

s 3.5-4 little roast, sweet caramel, touch of nuttiness (almonds or hazelnuts) and grassy hop, and of course moose saliva.

t 3.5 the blunt bland roastiness i hate in many brown ales is mercifully not allowed to dominate. instead there's a wave of sweetness offset mainly by a gentle tang. would really like more nuts in the flavor.

m 3 on the watery side, needs to be creamier

d 3.5 i could wish for more nuts, for a creamier body. this isn't the best, but it's tolerable in a strightforward way.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:51:46 | More by brewmudgeon
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to my friend Paul from Superstar for this. Poured into a short pilsner glass enjoyed solo.

Appearance: This poured a 1 1/2 finger creme head, clear as day with deep brown mahogany color profile.

Smell: I get roasted malts with a ton of caramel malts and a touch of candied sugar.

Taste: A solid brew, opened like a classic brown ale. Tons of dark chocolate malts with a mild sweetness. Towards the middle I get a surprising coffee profile which melds with the dark malts. The coffee profile subsides as a almost Belgian yeast and light roasted malt profile finishes this brew.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves the palate slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again and wish I had another. I recommend this to those seeking a solid brown ale with a unique mid palate profile. Another great session brew from big sky brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:36:32 | More by capra12
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3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Iron Horse Brewpub in Missoula.

Appearance: Comes out a brown, nutty color with ruby highlights and about a finger of off white head. Retention is decent, and lacing is a thin film that sticks around nicely.

Smell: Biscuity and caramel malts, with maybe a hint of floral hops on the back end. Not very complex or aromatic.

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, with a distinct nuttiness in the middle. Slight floral hops on the back end, with a nutty aftertaste

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty: Body is very light with quite a bit of carbonation. Not the smoothest brown ale out there. Overall, this beer really epitomizes an 'average' brown ale. Not a bad beer, but quite a bit that could be improved.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 23:57:06 | More by zhanson88
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from review 7.2.10
Pour from bottle to perfect pint.

A: This is a BROWN, brown ale. Excellent clarity. Continuous ribbons rise to merge into half finger light tan head hugging the glass.

S: Smells of butter and honey highlight the roatiness of the malt. Little to no hop smells.

T: Nice, lightly vanilla flavor to the brown ale flavors. Full nut brown ale flavor which finishes with light tartness.

M: medium body ale with moderate low carbonation allows the mouth to enjoy at wide range temperatures 40-60 degrees F. Leaves tongue dry and refreshed; ready for another bite of food, or more fittingly, drink of beer.

D: Very drinkable beer! Understand why this is their flagship. Of the Big Sky beers, this is the evident standout for the price point in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 12:37:00 | More by harrymel
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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blazing Onions Burgers in Mill Creek, WA. Served in a regular pint glass. Light brown color. Foamy white head that faded quickly, but a lot of lacing on the glass. Nice bready smell, like pumpernickel. Taste was a bit sweet but also very malty. Only pitfall is that this beer is quite thin for a brown ale. Would love to see a bit more body for this beer. That said, it is a smooth beer to drink and on the low scale for the abv. A nice session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 08:17:09 | More by morebeergood
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown. Not much head from this pour. Sweet maple syrup aroma with hints of roasted nuts and cherry. Heavy malt flavor with hints of raisin and chocolate. A welcome slight booziness. Crisper feel than would be expected for the sweetness. Mild carbonation. Solid brown ale. Could definitely go for a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:12:05 | More by EtOHMD
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2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot of aroma. Brown and clear like a lager with an oily tan head. Body is thin and watery. Flavor is like a eeak brown malt. Could use a little more body and aromatic malt to give it a little more flavor. Good training beer if you're trying to work up to the more flavorful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:38:00 | More by stoutman
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.