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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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2,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 81
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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 Kromes
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Clear dark brown with ruby accents. A thick tan colored head. Decent lacing on glass.

S: Toasted malt and dark fruit and hop

T: A very smooth toasted, nutty malt flavor. There is some earthy, floral hop flavor in the background.

M: creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is good and provides a nice feel to the beer.

D: This is a good brown ale. Very simple, tasty, and smooth. Very easy to drink....the first one went down very easy.

Kromes, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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!

Kegatron, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

The Big Sky Moose Drool pours an amber brown with a very vibrant off-white head. The aroma is malty, not very apparent though.

The taste is sweet, with a hint of nuts. A nice hoppiness, although not very strong, balances the flavor. There is a good amount of carbonation to make this a refreshing beer.

I have had better brown ales but this one is very good choice for the style if you're looking for a good example.

kindestcut, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of JBogan
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

A dark brown pour with a slightly off white head which left some good lacing. A slightly above average looking beer.

The aroma was of malt and nuts. Not a strong presence, yet a well balanced and pleasant smell.

Taste was a bit subdued compared to what the aroma suggested. The malt and nuts were again the main players, but it seemed there was something in the dulling everything a bit.

Mouthfeel was mostly flat and dead. I'd also prefer a bit more thickness in the body.

This was a decent brew, yet lacked a few things which kept it from being a good beer. Almost seemed like a work in progress.

JBogan, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Maple brown with nice clarity and leisurely carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap doesn't start very strong, but has nice retention and leaves a very heavy lace.

S: On the sweet side. Toffee and caramel dominate. There's a bit of lemon to be had, plus a touch of anise.

T: The toffee from the nose is what struck me the most. a lemon tea bitterness is just strong enough to keep the sweetness is check. Gets a bit watery in the middle before a bittersweet toffee flavor gives a final flourish.

M: The rather light body has about the right level of fizz to it.

D: The low ABV on this makes for a good session beer. The flavor is pleasant, if not exciting. Overall, a good social beer to share with friends.

Rayek, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/light bodied, high prickly carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very sessionable and smooth brown ale. This beer is not too light, not too heavy. It strikes me as a perfect camping beer. I will look for this again.

tigg924, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Bricelyn
5/5  rDev +34.8%

This beer Begs to be had around a camp fire high up in the Saw tooth mountains, its colors are straight off a Ponderosa pine dark browns almost black higlighted by cranberry reds.

It even smells like a camp fire soft and malty smoke.

First thing to hit my pallet was lima beans and a slight hop on the back of the tongue its quite dry and slightly bitter. It all mellows out in to a bakers chocolate type malt.

Smooth and mellow is the mouth feel it finishes a bit sticky on the back of your tongue

I have to say that I am a bit partial to this beer as it is brewed so close to home and is a staple of me and my brothers camp out diet... Nuf said

Bricelyn, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of spencerw
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer was actually recommended to me from a fellow Beer advocate user. I had not had Moose Drools before. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A- Nice burnt brown rich color with a fluffy 1-2 inch head that stuck around for a minute or two leaving a shallow lace.

S- Sweet, malty, coco with a deep roasted scent and background hoppy smell

T- Roasted malty rich flavor with a hoppy kick that is well balanced.

M- Medium to full body.

D- Filling. 1-2 beers with a nice piece of poultry would be perfect. I would drink this again for sure.

spencerw, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Schmaltzy
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

A-Dark brown color with a white fluffy head that disappeared quickly.

S-Malt, Roasted Hazelnut/Nut, sweetness

T-Nutty malt flavors that increase in intensity as you swallow followed by small amounts of hops.

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation in this can.

D-Easy to drink, heavy sweet nutty flavor.

Schmaltzy, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Snyder18
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance - Dark golden brown with slight mahogany hues. Fluffy tan head that holds for a few minutes at about 2" before falling to a thin oily layer with a small amount of lace clinging on the way down.

Smell - a faint sweetness and toasted malt aroma.

Taste - Nutty, biscuit, toasty with a hint of chocolate. Malty sweetness up front fades to a nice hop bitterness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Not surprising, a brown ale by definition should go down smooth and easy.

Snyder18, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

brew poured a dark brown but is very clear. tan head up top. good lacing.

smells nutty and roasty off the bat. some caramel sweetness in there as well.

taste is dark, rich, and malty. some developed roasted sweetness along with a little roasted nut flavor.

mouthfeel is balanced. a little dry on the palate but overall good drinkability.

skrib09, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

had this at burger Jones in uptown..pours a deep brown color with some crimson edges nice 1/2 head.. the smell is nutty earthy with toffee and caramel smells the taste is roasted malts and hops with a nutty caramel backbone this one is very drinkable and a good brown

gatornation, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Translucent mahogany with a finger of dense light tan head.

S - Chocolate, caramel, stewed dark fruit, a little earthiness.

T - Milk chocolate, caramel, Russian black bread, raisin. Some earthy hop flavor and bitterness keeps the malt in check. The finish is balanced but gives way to a gentle lingering sweetness.

M - Medium body, smooth and chewy.

D - Great. Near perfect for sessionability.

trbergman, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Dark brown with ruby notes. Thin off-white head that leaves little lacing.
S - Caramel and malt.
T - More sweet than an English brown,but still very palatable. Caramel flavor is very upfront.
M - Light to medium. Low carbonation. a bit grassy. Leaves a nice aftertaste.
D - This a nice take on a classic style; however it's a bit sweet for my taste to consider it a session beer. Very nicely crafted and well worth a try.

mcsquint, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of bnes09
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

I am impressed with this beer. It is surprising dark for the style, a deep almond color. The taste is very rich and full without being full bodied and maintaining a good drinkability. I was blown away by the complex and smooth nutty, roasted flavor. It is almost like an oatmeal stout in terms of flavor and complexity. Hops provide a mild bitterness that keep it balanced. What a great beer! I even like the name. Definitely worth trying!

bnes09, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Deep dark brown color with kind of a reddish, muddy edge to it. Decent foamage.

Malty nose with some roastiness to it. Maybe a little floral hoppiness to it.

The roastiness comes through on the palate too. It starts off your typical smooth, slightly sweet brown ale in a very enjoyable way but by the time the finish gets around I'm getting some dry roasting. This stuff is almost porter ish. Very interesting.

Smooth mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

nms1987, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for the hookup.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost looks a bit purplish in the light, very thick tan head forms, slowly fizzes down to a medium ring around the glass, a couple streaks of lace stick. Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, caramel, quite nutty, some raisin, dark fruit, light chocolate, almond pits, almost a bit port like but that could be the age, smells nice. Taste is nice, dry and biscuity, caramel malts, nuts, raisin, dark fruit, a little bit toasty, a touch of chocolate milk, touch of roast right in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not up there with the big boys but I would certainly drink this if regularly available. Thanks Eric!

Viggo, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some light ruby hints to it. No head but a tinge of lacing. Nose is very malty and smooth.

Nice big mouthfeel with a lot of chewyness and even a bit of coffee. Quite good, worth seeking out.

kingcrowing, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a SN Hops glass. No date. A vigorous pour created a large tan head. The body was cola colored. The solid cap of foam left minimal lacing.

Smell was fruity, jammy. Faintly nutty.

Taste was metallic at first. Sweet, but not overly so. Fruity. Brown sugar. Nutty bitterness as it warmed. Better than expect (not one of my favorite styles).

Mouthfeel had up front zip with a smooth finish. Medium to light body.

Cresant, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Happy to see this appear in cans. Pours dark brown with red highlights. Large light tan head that has high retention, though it does dissipate eventually. Good amount of lacing too. Good looking beer. Smells of some sweet malts, slightly nutty, a bit of roast thrown in there. Doesn't taste like a traditional brown, there is the malt but there is some roast and some hop bitterness that makes for a crisp finish. Less malt complexity than I expected, but good tasting, crisp, nice session beer no doubt. Medium bodied with lovely medium carbonation that hits the spot, slightly silky feel. Very drinkable for a brown, again, great candidate for a session beer, and good to have this in cans. Surprisingly refreshing since it well avoids cloying. Good stuff.

vacax, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

Certainly not what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. The appearance was a copperish color. I wasn't getting much aroma from this, just some roasted malt. However, the falvors were quite big - roasted malt and chocolate balanced out by a mellow hopiness. I really enjoyed this beer and will certainly have it again.

Wheelinb, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

A: very clear brown hue with a tan head that disapates after a minute or two and decent lacing on the glass.

A: Sweet malty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Some hops aroma coming through

T: Sweet, roasted malt taste with a hint of chocolate and some hop bitterness afterwards.

M: Meduim carbonation with roastiness on the tongue.

O: it doesn't seem like a big beer. I can see drinking a couple of these. it was enjoyable.

SmithwicksNut, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown color that produced a minimal off-white to gray head that immediately dissipated.

(S)- Rather sweet with some nearly roasted malts with a raisin note.

(T)- Very rustic nuttiness and raisin amber vanilla characters. Maybe even a little honey sweetness?

(M)- Good carbonation level with a nice balance of nutty creamy sweetness.

(D)- An interesting beer with an even more interesting name. A good departure from your run of the mill browns or ambers.

sweemzander, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance - Pours a clear reddish brown. Not much of a head or lacing.
Smell - Nutty, caramel malts.
Taste - Very tasty nutty, caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly fine bubbles. A little thin.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Aenema, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of kbconsul
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

One of my favorite brown ales, and sampled often when I lived back in W. Montana. Good body, excellent taste, excellent smell. Fits well with my philosophy that if you can see through it, it ain't beer. Nice, slightly smokey flavor, but not an annoying aftertaste. Regarding the smokey flavor, my true Montana story: Playing cards at a friend's house, whose inlaw's were Staunch Baptists (a preacher) and death on alcohol in any form. To avoid offending them, we slipped Drool into Coke cans so we could surrupticiously imbibe. (By the way, my friend was known to chew upon occasion.) While our attention was focused away, his dad picked up the coke can and took a drink. (We both saw, but had no opportunity to intervene.) His expression was priceless... he recovered and realized what he was drinking before spewing it out... but we almost died trying to suppress our laughter...

kbconsul, Sep 06, 2009
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.