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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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2,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 276 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 2,344 | Reviews: 864
Photo of techfed87
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, frothy head. Color is quite dark brown, quite clear in complexion. Smell is a little fruity, with a deep malt presence.

First sip has a surprising alcohol bite to it that I really wasn't expecting out of a brown ale. Or perhaps the malt was more caramelized than I expected it would be. Either way, this is one of the more potent brown ales that I've tried. Mouthfeel is a bit abrasive, but still well-natured. Aftertaste is a bit quick to disperse, but for this type of beer, it doesn't leave you wanting.

My first experience with Big Sky Brewing, this is a pretty good introduction.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this beer yet. My mother in law lives in Montana and I drink this beer all the time when I am up there. I am glad to see it in Texas now, so I will be drinking it as regularly as I can.

Apearance: Pours a very clear deep red color with a solid 1/2" of creamy tan foam on top. There is already lacing on the glass, so this is a very nice loking beer overall. The beer has been sitting for at least ten minutes and it still has a substantial head on it. Again, this is a fantastic looking Brown ale from any stretch of the imagination.

Aroma: There are some fresh American hops with some floral notes along wtih a solid dark caramel/toffee presence. The aroma is getting much more chocolaty as the beer has warmed up some.

Taste: The flavor is really mild and clean with hops starting you out but there is a solid malty backbone in there to give the been substantiality. The mouthfeel is really full and creamy with plenty of carbonation a long time after the pour. The balance in the finish is firmly toward the malt, but there is some evident hops in there. Overall the Chocolate is as big of a player in the finish as the hops is.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer and think that it may be my favorite in this style. I knew that I always really enjoyed it when I was in Montana. Now that I can sit down and review it, it solidifies that I will be drinking this beer regularly.

Photo of mdunman
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Opaque black with a tan head and plenty of linger

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate

T: Just like it smelled, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. However, it finished with barely bitterness

M: Full body, ok carbonation and very smooth

This was a good beer, but without and dryness at the end, it felt very unbalanced. I probably wouldn't come back for more.

Photo of tikibeer
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown with a nice half inch head that settles out quickly leaves just a milky swirl floating on top. Lacing sheets and is watery.

Aroma is mostly nut and malt.

Taste is mostly nut and sweet carmel malt with a hint of coffee or chocolate.

Mouth feel is watery.

Light body with medium to high carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not super impressed. It's an easy drinking beer, but not super exciting. Pretty average.

Photo of TCMike
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, it had a 1 finger tan head, which quickly dissipated.
The smell was of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.
It was medium bodied, with light carbonation.
The taste was of coffee, caramel, with a very light hop after taste.
Very easy drinking.

Photo of jyuhas
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - brown with dark crimson hue when back lit, clear, thin white head, a little bit of lacing

s - nutty, toasty biscuit malts, some subtle fruitiness

t - fruity, caramel, raisins, with a toasty finish, like nut bread in a glass

m - decent body for a brown ale, carbonation a bit higher than I'd like

o - pretty enjoyable brown ale, definitely worth drinking again

Photo of Fenris244
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color, 1/2 finger creamy off white head

Can smell a little hops and some roasted malt.

Hop profile is pleasant, malt flavor is there as well, a litte coffee flavor somewhere

Smooth, drinkable, light in body

Overall not a bad beer but certainly not something I'd write home about, maybe a good gateway for my friends?

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.89 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. Have had this several times on tap and really liked it, so giving the bottle a try. Brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and WILLAMETTE HOPS. It has an original gravity of 13 degrees Plato, and is 4.2% alcohol by weight, 5.3% by volume.

Pours out to a clear dark walnut, forming a nice poofy light tan head with very good retention and a solid sheet of lace. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is wonderful...black walnut, chocolate malt, toast and biscuits and some nice herbal hops sitting in the background. The mouthfeel is really smooth and soft with a medium body. The taste opens with a touch of spicy hops, followed by the chocolate malt body, black walnuts and toast, then a very nice finish of leather and moist tobacco. Bitterness is mild and perfectly balanced. No perceptable off flavors.

A wonderful brown ale. I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but this is almost as robust as a porter. Very rich and nuanced. It reminds me of Goose Island Mild Winter, and it just as good. I will definitely be buying this again. Very easy drinking. Will likely become a new favorite as it's readily available and decently priced. Highly recommended.

Photo of CMB2012
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired from a friend. Had it in the past, but never reviewed. Stamp on the bottle says 031115, am I reading it right? Is this a date or a code? I find it hard to believe this 5.1% brown ale could last four years. Anyway, poured it into a 16oz pint glass.

A- Pours a dark cola nut brown with ruby red and maroon highlights when held to the light. I get a nice 2 finger head without much effort... this dissipates into a thin shield which leaves some lacing.

S- Mostly caramel and toffee, sweet malts. Some hops (can't discern much here) which add a crisp and fresh effect. I also note a very small amount of unsweetened chocolate and soap. At first I also noted some bready yeast notes that I wish there were more of.

T- A bit of a let down. The smell was promising, not amazing, but I thought there would be more flavor than I am actually getting. I taste sweet caramel and some bitterness from the hops. Not much flavor to the latter, just a dry bittering effect. Little complexity, not that I am particularly looking for complexity in a brown ale, but the taste is lacking. It is watery and boring. The hops do not help here either. Since I am not getting any flavor from them I am almost annoyed at their presence, it's not even refreshing. The beer goes from thin, to mildly sweet, to dry and mildly sweet. I'm not in love.

M- Thin and watery, the carbonation is good though.

O- I don't think I will buy this beer anytime soon. I tried it a few years back, though I don't remember much of how it went. To be honest, and if I remember correctly, the only reason I bought it in the first place was because I liked the name. A friend brought a six pack over a couple nights ago and so I gave it another go - above is what I think now.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one.

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown color. A 1.5 finger beige head formed up very nicely and dissipated to a thin layer of foam on the top layer.

S: Lots of Roasted malts and very nutty. Has hints of butter and cocoa as well.

T: Some chocolate to start and opens up to a little buttery flavor with the nuts. There is a slight coffee flavor, but very weak. Finishes slightly dry with a nice roasted flavor.

M/D: Slightly thicker than medium mouthfeel. Slightly creamy, but smooth and enjoyable. Very drinkable, sneaky thick and filling, but a solid brew.

Photo of DannyDan
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a two inch head that has good retention, decent lacing and good carbonation.
S. The aroma is a nutty flavor along with some caramel, some apples and some sweet sugary syrup.
T. Taste some apples, plums, some sweet caramel syrup followed by a nutty flavor with a hint of hops in the background, but seems to be a kiwi taste in the back. The aftertaste leaves a little bit of an acidic kiwi taste to it.
M. The mouthfeel is a soft creamy feel that finishes off dry.
D. It is an easy drinking brown ale that goes down smoothly.
I know that this beer had some good reviews, but when it comes to an American Brown Ale I think I'll stick with Short's, Bell's, New Holland and even Leinie's.

Photo of aaron12
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i'm not always in the mood for brown ales, but when i am, moose drool is often where i go. nice sweet hazelnut nose, bit of vanilla in there too. taste is malty and nutty, slight bitterness comes at the end with some acidity at the finish. i like how this is not too sweet. it's dry and balanced.

Photo of Ottertude
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife couldn't stop laughing at the name when I put a sixer of Moose Drool in the shopping cart at the grocery store in Illinois. I thought the label was pretty amusing and got me to try this ale even though i'm not a huge fan of brown ales. So here we go.

This bottle of Moose Drool poured a reddish brown mahogony into my pint glass with very little off-white head even after pouring most of the bottle straight down the middle of the glass. It was pretty flat in a hurry.

The smell was of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Which pretty much describes the taste as well as a touch of bitter hops on the finish to help balance this. Not bad on a cold evening.

The mouthfeel was fairly thin. Which makes this ale pretty easy drinking as well. Just nice and solid and easy to drink. I love the label on the bottle. Now that I would rate a 5.

Photo of tbern007
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Miller's Alehouse in LV.
A - dark brown, clear, very little head that is gone in a flash. Slight lacing remains throughout.
S - almost nil. A bit earthy.
T - pretty decent brown. Earthy, nutty, bitter chocolate, dry but sweet if that's possible. Not creamy. A bit hoppy. Roasted malt is really the main taste.
M & D - easily drinkable. Not overly sweet, decent nutty and earthy aftertaste. Decent overall.

Photo of cyraxx
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pint had a beautiful dark mahogany color with a thick off-white head. It smelled very malty, with a definite chocolate malt presence and just a touch of hops (not enough for me to discern variety). The flavor had a smack of hop character with a very light bitterness to keep things balanced and a rich, full malt flavor with a lot of breadiness and toastiness from Munich malt.

There were also some roasty chocolate flavors for good measure, as well. It finished dry and made me want another sip, but with just a bit too much carbonation in my opinion. I can see why this is considered one of the finest examples of a less hop forward version of the style according to the BJCP.

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Peoples...wasn't really impressed by any aspect of this beer. Kind of surprised People had this on tap considering their other decent selections. Yes, it is in fact a brown ale, but not a very good one. I'll skip this in the future to check out some of their other tap selections. Great name, average beer. Disappointment.

Photo of THECPJ
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to yuriruley for sending this my way:

Appearance: brown with 2 finger off white head

Smell: sweet malts, toffee,

Taste: malts, caramel

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: a nice representative a every day drinking brown ale.



Photo of birchstick
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep dark chestnut brown with a two finger head and a lot of lacing - looks nice

S - smells of sweet caramel and bready malts with a tinge of brown sugar

T - starts off with the sweet caramel malt and quickly fades to brown sugars and toffee with bready malts. There are some grassy bitterness is on the finish. Pretty nice brown ale.

M - a lot of carbonation (evidenced by the lacing) burns as thing goes down. Not bad, but not good either - right in the middle.

D - this is a pretty good brown ale. Nothing uber complex or too simple. Nice flavor profile and low abv could make this a really nice six pack to take down. Thanks to websherpa for the chance to try this one.

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

When poured the beer has a clear almond color. When held up to the light there was a red hue about it. Their was little head even when first poured. I like beers that have a more pronounced head but the lack of it was not foreboding.

It has a nice smell of dark caramel-ish malts that isn't strong but isn't too little either.

The taste brings the malts just as it smells with some nutty notes and smokey sweetness like toffee and perhaps a tad of brown sugar. I drank this with some Moose's Tooth Santa's Little Helper pizza. Yum!

Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Sky's brown ale, brewed with four different malts and four hop additions of East Kent Golding, Liberty and Willamette. This one was poured from the bottle at tops into a small tasting snifter.

Nice ruby-brown, with a short lived head of light tan that becomes an extremely emaciated ring and a spot of film. No lace.

Hoppy for a brown. Lots of earthy , spicy English hops, peanuts, caramel, popcorn and fruity red apples.

The flavor: toasted wheat, subtle coffee, peanuts, sweet apples. Well balanced fruit and toastiness.

Medium body and moderate carbonation and fizziness. A crisp finish keeps me going back.

An enjoyable, drinkable brown. It's nothing I would go out of my way for, but I'd put away a glass or two if it was put in front of me. Horrible name, though.

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

Moose Drool brown ale

Can, Samuel Smith nonic

Dark but not opaque brown, looks reminiscent of cola, even down to some carbonation. Strong one and a half finger khaki-colored head retreats quickly leaving a little foam on the glass.

The nose is impressively diverse, and almost reminiscent of John John Hazelnut or a quadrupel in it's character; caramel, malts, sweetness, some dark fruit-like tartness, even some spices and nuttiness.

On the palette: close to the nose. The carbonation is present but not overwhelming, and it clears out all of the flavors and gets you ready for the next sip. Smooth caramel malts dominate: some spices on the aftertaste and maybe a hint of tartness followed by some ripe banana.

A well rounded brown ale that doesn't try to do too much. Medium body, and finishes a little dry because of the felt carbonation.

Good beer.

Photo of dtivp
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a dark clear brown with a one finger off white head that retained very well and moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma of toasty malt and nuts with a hint of bread.

Tasted followed the nose with roasted malt, grainy bread and nuts.

Medium to leaning light body beer with a slight dryness.

This was a nice beer drinkable brown ale, just a little too thin for my preference of beer.

Review from my notes.

Photo of websherpa
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a Montana standard. Available nearly every where, this is approachable but still has some character.

Appearance: Classic Brown ale. This dark brown with some almost ruby red coming thourgh. A very light tan 1 finger head with minimal lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: It's malty. There's a very rich roastiness to it. It's definitely on the nutty end the roasted scale. There's some biscuit and bread qualities to it, but thats in the back. Not really getting and chocolate or coffee.

Taste: This is a brown that is a step above an amber not a step below a porter. It delivers with a bigger and more malty flavor than any amber but is careful not to step over into "heavy" beer territory in any regard. Really the nose isn't huge or overly complex but there is some nice things going on and it quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. The perfect match to the flavor profile. If were heavier drinking the taste wouldn't be able to hold up in intensity. Well done.

Drinkability: It's a great session beer on a warm summer night or a welcome treat to end a perfect powder day at the local hill. I love this beer. Nothing world class, but it's a standard here for a reason.

Photo of gpogo
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark brown body with moderate bubbles. Large off-white creamy head. Wow what thick lacing

A- I couldn't place it at first, but sort of that soapy belgian beer aroma. Toasted biscuity aromas as well.

T- Wow, that is way more aggressive than expected. Lots of toasted malt, a bit of caramel. Finishes a bit dry with a little bit of chocolate malt bitterness.

M- Lighter side of medium body, a bit thin for such an aggressive taste. Moderate carbonation.

D- Overall an enjoyable brown. I would definitely drink this. It does have a slightly odd character though.

Photo of csiewert
3.22/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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