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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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2,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 93
Gots: 246 | 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:
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 setexascustoms
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into an SA Perfect Pint.

A- A wonderfully clear deep brown with a half inch of light tan head the dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing sticks.

S- Deep roasted malts, slightly sweet. Some coffee and dark semi sweet chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malts, earthy herbal hops. Very little bitterness. Sweetness lingers a bit on the finish.

M- On the lighter side of medium, just right carbonation, very pleasant.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, I've had a few brown ales in my day and this one is among the best. Would certainly recomend it.

Photo of JMad
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a mug...

Pours brown with reddish orange hues and a rocky sand colored head. Smells of brown sugar and caramel with a hint of chocolate. The taste is kind of like burnt chocolate and treacle with a hint of coffee. This beer is medium bodied and smooth with low carbonation. This is a solid brown ale with a nice roasted flavor.

Photo of ferrari29
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped Pint glass

A - Beer pours with a bubbly white colored, one finger, sized head; very dark and cloudy brown colored body; slightly carbonated; appears a bit watery; good amount of lacing forms on the side of the glass

S - Nutty malt scents are followed up by a caramel and brown sugar scents; good scent profile, you can pick out each note; slight note of cinnamon and dark fruit; for some reason I'm picking up scents of sour milk; roasted malt

T - Deep roasted malt flavors, with a touch of coffee; very good; splash of nutty malt flavors also; brown sugar sweetness form on the middle of the tongue and wash out pretty quickly; faint hop taste; touch of vanilla

M - Thin and watery; not very impressed with the mouthfeel profile as I am with the smell and taste; nutty roasted malt flavors linger for a while and then disappear, leaves behind a bitter residue

D - Not bad; pretty good for a American Brown Ale, probably one of the better ones out there; I would definitely recommend this to friends and other beer drinkers; solid roasted and nut malt profile

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a dark amber color with a small tan head that receded quite a bit and left some patchy lacing behind. Aroma of toasted biscuits and cocoa. Bready taste, toasty, some cocoa bitterness, mild sensation of earthy hops. Light-medium body, moderately carbonated, and fairly drinkable, though I'd say one glass/sample is quite enough.

Photo of longbongsilver
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at a new bar&grill place in town. Following comes from notes, but they're recent -- in fact, from earlier today. Doesn't get much more recent than that.

Tap fills glass a dark (yet translucent) reddish-brown, head is off-white and really dense. Head kind of reminds me of draught Guinness, weirdly enough.

Nutty scent akin to almond comes off, somewhat, but not much else. Considering the serving though, this might have been a temperature thing. Guess I'll find out if I have a bottle later.

Taste brings forward more of the nutty character, with hints of sour fruit in the back, kind of like raisins. It's surprisingly dry for the style, but still pretty refreshing.

Goes down with a persistent fizz. In this case though, it's a plus, because it cuts some of the dry character of it. This isn't usually a characteristic to brown ales, but with this one it works. Could stand to be richer, but that's less a complaint than a mild suggestion.

My impression is that this is a nice, characterful yet still casual brown ale, definitely above average. I get the feeling its true character is more accurately revealed bottled though. Still, on-tap it's a pretty good choice.

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel. Taste is also malty, caramel, a bit of nuts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

Big Sky : Moose Drool

Pours a rich brown color with an off white cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and alittle floral. In the taste, nutty maltyness, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and enough hop bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. Medium bodied brew, ample carbonation and pleasant all around. A solid malty brew worthy of sessioning.

Photo of Erish
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. No best by date apparent.

A: clear medium to dark reddish brown color, an aggressive pour produces a one-finger tan head that quickly falls into a thin but persistent cap with adequate lacing.

S: brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, a hint of coffee, and an underpinning pleasant earthy aroma.

T: up front there is a decidedly roasted malt flavor that I did not pick up in the aroma, the middle features a chocolate and toffee character, and the finish is decidedly earthy with a nutty note, with an herbal hop note finally revealing itself at the finish line. Originally I was going a bit lower on the score, but I warmed to this beer a bit with each sip, and in the end decided it was worthy.

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, and moderate carbonation.

O: I found this beer tasty enough, and would like to try it on tap.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A-Very dark brown almost black with some red shining through when held up to the light. Head is one finger and becomes thin quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, a small hint of chocolate.

T- Very malty and nutty taste. The hops provide bitterness but no aroma or flavor which is great in this brown ale. The after taste is delicious as well.

M- Very smooth and easy with just a little carbonation. A little thick which is what I think they were going for with "Moose Drool." Maybe it's just my inclinations from the name

O- A pretty good brown ale. I love that they come in a can for when I go fishing. I like the thickness in the beer.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Nice deep amber/brown color. Two finger light tan head.

S- nutty smell, plums, apples, raisin bread

T- nuts, lightly roasted malts

M- a bit watery, nice carbonated, very drinkable

O- A very good brown ale for the price

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my Geordie Schooner. Brown color reminiscent of a drooling moose. One finger head dissipated into a light tan ring. Toasty aroma, mostly malt. Toasty, roasted flavor, once again heavy on the malt. Mouthfeel was easy drinking although the carbonation went away pretty quickly as the brew warmed.

Photo of richalexander78
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this one in Oregon only because people always ask for it on the east coast. It was a descent brown, soft and malty. Had an ok grainy crispiness. Finish was fairly weak. Ovrall it was just an ok average brown beer for a little more flaverful summer style.

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Pleasant unsweetened chocolate aromatics. Grape nuts and toasted malt notes as well. Slight earthy hop aromatics. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Off-white sudsy head that retains well.

Flavor: Lots of deep and toasty grain character up front. More bready "grape nut"-like flavors in the middle. Powdered chocolate flavors as the beer warms. There is earthy hop bitterness that follows. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Although there are some bolder American Browns, this one is classic and a trail blazer. It has a nice malt profile but a little under-hopped by today's American Brown standards. Still, worth trying.

Photo of 2xHops
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to start this review with the fact that I do like the name of the beer!

I got the opportunity to get this on tap, and the beer was presented to me with a deep brown hue with very slight foaming head. I could smell some nutty aroma with a hint of roast, but it's not overpowering at all. If anything, it may be a bit weak.

It had a slight roasted nutty flavor as I sipped, but it's nothing surprising. I found this beer to be easy to drink and to chug! It appears to be on slightly thin side as you drink it with weak carbonation. I can't remember if that's the standard for brown ales or not, so that's something I'll have to test out with other Brown ales.

As for the overall quality, I think ti was a decent beer, and not something that will turn people off. I don't know if any of you wanted brown ales to have a bit more roasted characteristic in the flavor profile.

Photo of JayS2629
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of my entire trip to Colorado my favorite beer was from Montana.

Poured a deep brown with a creamy off white head that sticks around and leaes creamy walls and rings of lace.

The aroma is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and earthy hops.

The taste is rich with cocoa notes, milk chocolate, biscuit and toast with caramel notes and earthy tones.

Greatly balanced. On the malty side, but full of rich character and hop balance. Very easy to drink with rich flavors throughout. Awesome beer.

Photo of jar2574
2.67/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer lacks head, at least this particular bottle does. No lacing either. The carbonation and clarity and color are normal.

Smell is plums and brown sugar and malts.

Beer is slightly metallic, too watery, thin, a little sweet. No hops to speak of. Mellow, fairly drinkable beer. I'm afraid this particular bottle may not be a good sample though, because it's quite watery and too plain.

From several other occasions, I believe Moose Drool can be better, so I'd say it's average on drinkability, even though I didn't care for this particular bottle. And if I have it again and have a better bottle, I'll revise my other rankings.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep translucent brown pour yields about an inch of light brown head. Retention isn't great, not much lacing. Lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet malts with a faint amount of hops. Not much of an aroma, but pleasant enough.

T - Some earthy malts up front with a slightly bitter finish. Simple, but not bad.

M - Light but not overly thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O - Certainly not a great beer, but a pretty solid brown ale. Not my favorite style, but this is pretty enjoyable.

Photo of kflorence
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - DEC 24, 2007

Took a chance on this one and was glad I did. Pours very dark, smells smokey and malty with hints of chocolate and spice. It tastes pretty much how it smells, it has a very smooth mouthfeel and the chocolate, malty, and caramel flavors really come though, with a little bite from the hops in there as well. The finish is chocolate remnants and malts, not much of a bitter aftertaste, which is fine with me. Very good colder weather or holiday beer.

Photo of engagechad
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a sixer at South Point hotel and Casino - pint, insulated coffee mug and other vessels.

Pours mahogany brown with nice head, doesn't come back easy though upon agitation. Smells wonderfull. Sweet notes overpower a bit and I dig. Very nice taste , it's smooth and almost milky in texture with just enough hop bite on the back end.

Overall this is a great brown to seek out when on an adventure to the west. I would buy again if given the opportunity.

Photo of awmiller
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one’s fast becoming one of my favorite go-to brown ales!! Sporting a thin creamy head (1 to 1.5 finger in thickness) and a deep brown mahogany color body. Hints of coffee and chocolate scented with notes of honey and warm butter! This is one fine smooth drinking beer.

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of PokerGod
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of jpro
4.46/5  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 -

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.