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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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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 84
Gots: 172 | FT: 2
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:
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 russpowell
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

russpowell, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard (Moose Drool logo) pint glass.

A: Medium dark brown, with a reddish hue. Pours a 1 finger, brownish-white, foamy head. Settles moderately leaving a slight layer of foam on the surface. Thick blanket lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, oak, and molasses

T: Roasted coffee malty goodness. A hint of unsweetened chocolate, and a bit of pungent peatiness.

M: Light body, with a bit of bitter, dry, peaty and oaky finish which lingers throughout.

D: Good beer to power through if you like or sip. Enjoyable either way.

Atmosphere is very nice. Really solid appearance, and a nice full, robust nose. Flavor has some really nice components. Very full flavored, nice combo. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

bmwats, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Beautiful ruby brown. Pours with a big, large bubble, golden head that dissipates in a short spell. The beer is a bit lackluster in liveliness, but my fingers are crossed.

Smell>fresh baked brownies, brown sugar, burnt malt. Slight alcohol. Really, this smells quite delicious! Even better than I remembered.

Taste>First thoughts are of its sweetness, which gets a little alcoholic and then takes you right to the ashy end.This one isn't as complex as I like. It really sits in the back of your mouth and just stays there straight through the hang. It is good, no doubt, though.

Mouf>nice. ever so slightly chewy. This is how I like my brown ales to feel.

Drinkability> Average. I'd have to really dig into my six pack to see if the syrupy alcohol flavor gets too bothersome after a couple. I'd really love to try this again on tap.

Reviewer's note:
This is my 200th review on BA, which I'm more than pleased to announce. Thanks a million to anyone who actually reads these, or anyone who has had to put up with the social awkwardness of me reviewing these with them in bars.

1759Girl, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Flava5
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live in Montana so this beer is a staple for us and I have had it served many ways and the best yet is a can.

The flavor is nutty with a nice malt backbone no hoppiness at all. The color is a nice deep amber with a sweet nutty smell on the nose. The mouthfeel is very nice a little watery so it's very drinkable you can drink these all night long without getting to full this is one of Montanas best in my opinion.

Flava5, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Orval glass...A very nice pour here, a very dark brown, especially for a brown ale. Light caramel in the light. Two fingers of light tan head rises, falls pretty quickly about half a finger that lingers, decent lacing...The aroma is not so great, very light, light nuts but finishes with skunk that should not be in a brown, doesn't get me ready to drink at all...The taste is much better than the aroma, actually has flavor, light nuttiness to start, then lots of of light bitter coffee to finish...Super light on the feel, but decently easy to drink.

An average brown ale, nothing special, got in a sampler pack so I'd get it then, but that's it.

jrallen34, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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...

biboergosum, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, well filtered... Produces massive amounts of tan head and has a ruby red colored body when held up to the sun.

Aromas are of chocolate, metallic hops, and a tinge of caramel.

Has cola flavors, a touch of herbal characteristics and a mild cocoa finish.
Medium bodied, lots of flavor and complexity. I'm glad I gave this beer another shot.

TheSarge, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Gorgeous deep red-amber color with one finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light aroma of caramel malts and a hint of chocolate malts and earthy hops.

Taste: The front end starts off with a nice dose of caramel malts which then gives way into a bit of a yeasty/bready note. The middle of the palate is graced with a touch of chocolate malt and coffee, and finishes up with a delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate to high carbonation and nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly easy and you could easily have a few of these out with friends.

Final Notes: A great session beer or to drink against a hearty meal. One of the better brown ales I've had.

bagpiper2005, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some ruby visions running through it. Minimal head. Caramel aroma and taste.

No hops, very smooth, good amount of sweetness, maybe molasses to this. Gets watered down on the back 9, de-evolving (devo!) into another brown ale out there. Price could be better. Could use more carbonation. My thing is this: every beer they make is better than this.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours what my 64 pack of crayolas would define as sienna.
S- Smell is of malts, lightly roasted.
T- Flavor is of malty sweetness, underpinned by some caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors. The finish sees the malts fade with a bit of hop flavor filling in.
M- smooth, medium carbonation.
D- This is a solid beer, a well made brown. Not my favorite, but never one I would turn down.

jsprain1, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Misfit138
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice brown color with a huge frothy cream colored head.

S- Nice sweet caramel malts with a hint of hops

T- Initial smokiness, some caramel and chocolate malt with a little kick of hop bitterness,

M- Medium bodied fair carbonation.

D- Pretty good beer overall. One of the better brown ales I've had in while. Who knew Montana would make a good beer?

Misfit138, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of briman
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, with some dark ruby color coming out when held up to the light. Crystal clear, with a large tan head that retains well.

Aroma is malty, and seemed mostly caramel at first, but with warming the nose displays toasted bread, with some faint roasted coffee, and mild semi-sweet chocolate. There might be very faint hop note way in the background, but not much more than that.

Flavor leans towards the malt upfront, with toasty bread, some very light coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate characteristics coming out. Towards the finish a mild herbal hop presence makes enough headway that the malt seems to fade to the background.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth, and easy to drink. Good brown ale, but wish the malts maintained their presence through to the finish. Here, they kind of fade out into the aftertaste.

briman, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Lakes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool is what it is; a good and inexpensive brown ale.

It pours freely but not overly watery. The color is good. Head is weak and light. Aroma is caramel and nut with very little chocolate. Flavor is more toffee than caramel. Slightly sweet with a hint of molasses. Finishes quickly with light lingering hops. Mouth feel is light but not weak and the carbonation is well suited to the beer and well within style. Best served very cold.

Moose Drool is in every store where I live and often finds its way into my fridge during the summer. They go back easy and are well suited to standing at the barbeque.

Lakes, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of PanicUnited
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer while on vacation to yellowstone. I bought a pitcher and shared it with a good friend of mine, so I had about 2 pints to come up with a good feel for the beer.

A - Heavy with a medium sized head that lingers and laces quite well

S - Close to that of any other brown ale, except with a hint of its malty character

t - The taste of this brown ale was wonderful. It was flavorful and smooth, it was tastefully light but full bodied at the same time. Excellent with a pizza.

m - light carbonation mixed well with the beers flavor, mostly smooth and malty

PanicUnited, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, with amber hues in the light. A large 3 finger head forms from an aggressive pour. There is some very nice head retention, as well as a touch of soft lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. As soon as I cracked the can I could smell raw grain, and once I put my nose to the glass it progressed into a very sweet caramel aroma. Very pleasant.

the taste is also nice. It's simple, some raw grain characteristic, caramel, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and seemingly watery. There is a low level of carbonation as well.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is pleasing and the beer is quite sessionable. I think I like it best on draft though.

Goliath, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with reddish overtones, clear, 1/2 head that didn't last too long but left quite a bit of lacing. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and nuts with some hop character.

Tastes pretty darn good, with a smoky coffee nut taste that has a bit of hops, not much bitterness, and a little bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, dry and watery but has ample carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I'll certainly buy another sixer of this stuff, at it's affordable, overall rates pretty good, and leaves me wanting a second beer, which is good because I've got five of them left!

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of IPASetter
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour this into a pint glass, got a thin head with not much retention. Color was a dark brown as expected. Got a little bit of a hop aroma at first which was a little pleasant surprise. The taste of this beer was mediocre. Some chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Thought it was a little watery personally and didn't taste those hops i smelled earlier. The mouthfeel was pretty mild with little carbonation. It wen down smooth but didn't have much taste so I would not drink again.

IPASetter, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - The color is similar to a cola, you can see through a bit, it's a dark brown color with a creamy 1-2 finger head. Retention seems to be good, and it left a splash of lacing here & there.

S - Lots of caramel, biscuit, almonds & a bit of toffee upfront. A bit of sweet chocolate as well, semi sweet aroma with herbal hop qualities as well, particularly noticeable when swirled.

T - Upfront I get slightly citric & herbal hops, allot more than the aroma led on. Mingling in between the hops, is roasted nuts, soft caramel, and a touch of biscuit with soft sweetness. On the finish the hops cut through the malty sweet flavors with citric notes, leaving only mild bitterness and then nice toffee, biscuit & roasted nut flavors coat the tongue.

M - Moderate crispness with a smooth feel to it, it's about medium bodied.

D - Very very drinkable, I could go for a six pack on a day off, which says enough. I really enjoyed this Brown, the appearance was inviting and taste was very well balanced with a nice citric hop edge. I'd definitely buy this one again, and I'd recommend it. Cheers!

PintOHops, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12oz can to a standard pint glass. It left a 1/2 to 1 finger tan head. The color of this beer is great, looks like mahogany or dark ruby. Lacing is excellent.

The aroma is anormously nutting at first smell. Once past that i do get some bakers chocolate, a little brown sugar and some slightly dry and pungent hops.

The taste is suprisingly hoppy despite what the aroma led me to believe. Hops up front and in the middle but as the hops fall away, rich nutty, chocolatey and brown sugar-like flavors are revealed that seem to coat the mouth. Bitterness is minimal but not absent.

Mouthfeel is light. I might go as far to say, slightly watery. Carbonation is light-medium.

Drinkability is high because of the light body. After a few sips, the hops took over and the malt fell more and more to the background, For a brown ale, that isn't what i'm looking for. A decent beer none-the-less.

JosiahS, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 31 May 2010.

First beer tried in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Light brown foamy thick head. Light carbonation. Clear dark reddish brown color. Aroma is light and sweet, toasted malts, brown sugar. Taste is sweet and nutty with a slight astringency. Slight cocoa aftertaste. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Fairly easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Erik for including this as an extra!

A-pours a darker brown color with deep orange edges. the head is beige in color, thinner and bubbly leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S-note of caramel, toasted bread, dark malt, herbal tea leaves, grassy, touch of chocolate malt in the back.

T-toasted bread up front, notes of caramel and toffee, herbal and grassy hops balance, chocolate in the back, a touch of smokey dark malts.

M-smooth feel, medium to light body, a little thin, high carbonation with a crisp fininsh.

D-this is a tasty brew especially with the low abv. very drinkable with a great balance and strong hop presence.

cpetrone84, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sprecher nonic. 5.1% ABV, indistinguishable numbers on the bottom.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this can!

A - A moderate pour from the can puts up about three fingers of light khaki head. The retention is rather poor but it leaves some sticky gnarled fingers of lace on the glass. The beer is a very dark mahogany red-amber color that's pretty dark for a brown ale.

S - Full-flavored nose of scrumptious roasted malts pours fourth without stopping. Cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate with mocha and a burnt toffee scent have a nice aroma in the middle. Lightly roasted coffee pokes out too as well as grassy, woody hops on the back end. It's a powerful smell. Lots of nuttiness too.

T - Some of the nuances in the nose just combine together in the flavor as one. Lots of toasted, earthy malts add the chocolate and coffee flavors with hints of burnt toffee. Wood and earthy hops are a big component of the back end as are the nutty flavors of a good brown ale.

M - Moose Drool is a medium bodied brown with a hefty dryness to it, especially on the finish. The roasted qualities push forwards more than hops so there isn't anything as far as bitterness. It finishes smooth and moderately carbonated.

D - This is a perfect example of what a good brown ale can be. Lots of nuances swirl around to create an interesting but incredibly drinkable beer that can easily be sessionable.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 09, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark embery brown color on the body, glows when held up to the light. Has an initial 2 fingers of sandy beige colored head, creamy and dense it dissipates perfectly even. Definitely give a +1 for the label on the bottle too...that's a lot of drool.

The smell is very subtle, smooth, and malt forward in my opinion. I get toasted malt scents which have an earthy nuttiness to them as well as caramel malt which gives it a nice smooth sweet feel. I don't detect much hopping, a tiny tiny amount of the bitter pine smell but it's overwhelmingly offset by the malt.

The flavor is a combination of a bunch of malts, it's not overly sweet at all like a new castle may taste to some (like me). It has a nice light roasted aspect reminding me of coffee, toasted biscuit providing some backbone. Where this one shines with me is the nut flavors I get; definitely walnut and pecan coming through.

Solid mouthfeel, not overly notable but there's a lot of malt in the flavor of this beer so it makes sense I didn't initially think of it. I guess bottom line, it's there when you're lookin and that's what really counts but it's just not a stand out aspect.

Super drinkable, definitely a great session brown ale if you're a fan of the type. This is one that I will definitely try again as well as recommend to people who like something like new castle.

dwilson01, May 31, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Big Sky, picked up while in AZ a couple weeks ago.

Pours with a massive, thick, creamy beige head over top of a dark caramel-colored body. Really good, chunky lacing for the style.

Aromas are earthy, with sea salt, unsweetened chocolate, and caramel.

Smooth mouthfeel (good for the style), with an abundance of mineral water, pecans, tree root, unsweetened chocolate powder, and aluminum twang in the finish.

Chuggable drinkability - refreshing and a little tangy in the finish.

BeerImmediately, May 29, 2010
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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