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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,993 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 78
Gots: 112 | 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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tbeck

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A dark, brown ale with a white head. Not a lot of carbonation.

Smell - Not much aroma

Taste - Excellent, not a lot of hops but good malt.

Mouthfeel - Smooth

Drinkability - On the heavy side, good to have one or to in a sitting.

Overall - Recommend trying this beer. Very enjoyable for a couple but not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 23:32:41 | More by tbeck
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! If you're a toffee lover, than this is for you. That, and add in a dusting of butterscotch and a mild hoppiness in the end of the taste, and you'll be craving the taste of See's Toffee-Bits. Pairs great with extra cheesy Irish Nachos.

$5.50 for a 25 ounce mug anytime at Kelly's Korner Tavern in Placentia, CA. Bargain!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 00:47:22 | More by DoubleJ
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Bobdope

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprise I found in Tucson, Arizona. It was a very dark brew with a great head. It was it served in a pint glass. I was surprised of how thin the body was. When this beer was served to me it was not very cold, I wonder how this affected the characteristics of the body.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 20:25:53 | More by Bobdope
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Needed something to wash the taste of the last beer from my mouth so I wanted something fairly bland. So I chose Moose Drool. Possibly the greatest name ever for a beer.

Poured brownish with sunset red around the edges & a baby-sized head. Smells prety good.

Taste surprised me. Not a great fan of browns, but this is pretty good. The malt is backed with some unidentifiable light sweetness that balances it out very nicely.

I'm pleasantly surprised. This would be a nice session beer or something I'd be happy to find in one of those middling bars with nothing great on tap. And then I get to say "Moose Drool", too. Win/win. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 02:40:43 | More by maximum12
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Beefeater57

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark brown, some reddish tint. Bubbly cream head.

Smell is clean with hints of coffee and chocolate, but they were really slight hints.

The taste was really different. It starts off promising, but it finishes acidic. Definitely a twangy finish. But, the aftertaste that lingers is sweet, and wants me to take another sip. So, just one of those beers that I don't necessarily enjoying drinking but the aftertaste makes me want to drink more.

Mouthfeel is very watery. Sour feel in the mouth on the finish. Strange thing to compare it to, but this actually reminded me of sour kool-aid.

I would probably drink another one, but not my favorite brown ale. Less acidity would have made this a more drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 23:17:17 | More by Beefeater57
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish/brown color with a creamy light brown head that has decent lasting power. Nice lacing.

Aroma of roasted malts and some sweetness.

Taste of hops, roasted malts and slightly metallic [couldn't quite put a finger on that one]. Light cocoa, nuts and molasses.

Mouthfeel is dry and light bodied.

Overall, pretty easy to drink, though I wouldn't go out of my way to search for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 00:05:36 | More by atigerlife
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rebel1771

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pous a dark reddish brown color with a small off-white head that fades quickly.

Aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts dominate the smell along with a bit hoppiness near the end.

Very sweet up front almost a bit of semisweet chocolate. Bready malts swoop in in the middle and finsihes with a dry hoppy flavor.

Pretty good brew, a little sweet for my tastes but well worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:46:49 | More by rebel1771
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KylightZone

Utah

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker brown, but thin enough to pull out some ruby hues. Off white head with frothy lacing.

S: Roasted malts off the tip, sweet malt character in the middle, then a null finish.

T: Chocolate sweet taste is not overpowering but present.
Roasted malts provide a bit of character. Moderate hop character just evens it out.

M: Light to medium body. Smooth.

Notes: Decent brown, will drink again if in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 20:44:06 | More by KylightZone
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charlzm

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/10/08 at Pour 24, Las Vegas.

Very clear, dark caramel colored beer. One finger creamy head.

Not much aroma: indistinct nuts.

Taste is typical brown ale; toffee and caramel malt flavors with some nut notes. Beer was served way too cold, so I did linger over this pint for a while, hoping the flavor would blossom to life with increased temperature. Sadly, it did not.

Simple and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 19:07:27 | More by charlzm
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Halcyondays

California

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown (shocker) with a firm off-white head with average retention, light lacing.

S: Light smell of caramel malt and cookies.

T: Caramel malt is the main flavour, sweeter than your average brown ale, the overall flavour is so-so, light earthy hop finish, somewhat astringent.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, brisk carbonation, light body.

D: A fine enough pub brown ale from up in Montana, I've had better browns though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 23:19:41 | More by Halcyondays
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jayrod20

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brown color, go figure. The head is white and rather large, but disappears within seconds. The aroma is outstanding. Nutty, creamy, and very strong. The taste isn't nearly as pronounced as the aroma, but is still ample and refreshing. It is nutty, and malty. The mouthfeel is a shade ligther than medium bodied, and there is a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a damn good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:27:08 | More by jayrod20
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aquaderek

California

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass. The color is dark reddish brown with a very slight tan lace head that disappears quickly. The nose is roasted malty sweetness, what you would expect for the style, but some chocolate notes are prominent in the background. There is an astringent character to the taste from the highly roasted malts. It is also a sweeter beer think, "Very light porter" in terms of flavor. The taste is unique given the style of the beer. The mouth feel is light, and the finish is quick and dry. This is a pretty drinkable beer, if you love roasted malts and sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:37:46 | More by aquaderek
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby walnut, one finger head.

S- Dry roasted malts, hints of caramel.

T- A very fleeting caramel sweetness is overshadowed by a nutty roasted malt character which dominates the middle. This blends seamlessly into a suitable hop finish.

M- Good carbonation, slightly on the light side.

D- Not as good as other browns but still decent.

Not my favorite brown, but it is still well crafted. This is a must if you prefer a nutty, dry brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:29:25 | More by Pauly2X
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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A beatiful beer. Pours a deep, amber with a reddish hue.
S: Heavy malt aroma with some chocolate notes.
T: Actually tastes more like a Porter than a Brown Ale to me, though I'm obviously no expert. Has more of a roasted malt flavor than the sweetness I would expect from a Brown.
M: A little thin-bodied. Finish is dry and astringent.
D: Roasted flavor takes away from the drinkability for me. Not quite as sweet and mellow as brown should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 03:44:49 | More by PaleAlien2
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown into the snifter...

At first there wasn't much aroma, later into the beer there was a whiff of dark chocolate.

This beer is reminiscent of a porter without the burntness I often associate with that style. Really smooth with a bit of cacao somewhere. Nice hop bite at the back.

Substantial beer on the palate there is no doubt about that. Though not heavy. Dare I say chewy.

Good beer...will drink this beer again. Wifey seasoned some hamburger with Curry powder and fresh onion and then I grilled them over the fire. This beer went along like it was made to! This beer goes well with beef over an open fire.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 02:39:38 | More by CamuMahubah
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koopa

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber tone that is closer to red. Predominant caramel and toffee aroma. A very full side of medium bodied and drinkable brown. Doesn't come off like a Nut Brown though. Extremely hard to come by on the east coast and worth it if you find it. Come on Montana...learn how to distribute!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:38:46 | More by koopa
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an amber bottm and caramel color as you work your way up towards the top of the glass and brown as you get to the top 1/5th of the glass. A very small head remains and holds well.

Caramel and toffee aroma with the slightest roasted malt lingering in the back.

Delivers a smooth but puckery bite of caramel and toffee with some woody elements present. Roasted malts also present.

Quite smooth and drinkable. A little too dry for the style but at least its not sticky either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 14:37:53 | More by rousee
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mynie

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Come Back In in Madison, Wisconsin.

Didn't know much about the beer but the name sounded neat and I knew I'd never had it before so I said "what the hell, pour that business." Came out very deep, dark red (mistaken for black in a bar's low light) with a giant head.

Smelled very strongly like rough porter malt, creamy chocolate, and then a little hint of a flavor I couldn't place. Once I got home and read that this was a brown ale it made sense--it was a brown ale-ish node of cereal. It was uniquely and plesantly out of place against the porter-y aspects of the brew, though, so I didn't recognize it.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Hugely smooth. Big sweet chocolate starts things off, and that moves quickly into the rough malt of a fine porter and then ends on likely sour brown ale cereal. Nice balance.

Like a really silky, playful porter, this is way more fun than 99% of brown ales. It packs quite the punch of flavor, too, considering its modest ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 15:37:16 | More by mynie
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SaltyLime

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - cool name and label aside, brew poured a very dark amber color with almost no head at all

Smell - smells like chocolate

Taste - slight bitterness but nothing overpowering, thick and malty with earthy hops, slight hint of coffee, I would lean it more towards a stout than a brown ale

Mouthfeel - minor carbonation with a tinge at first, mellows out quickly to a smooth creamy feel when it hits the palate

Drinkability - better than expected, kinda had a low expectation for some reason (maybe the name), it's a drinkable beer but not one I would request or pick up again

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:10:59 | More by SaltyLime
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Nice dark brown color with an excellent three finger head. The head slowly dissipated and the beer had excellent lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of toasted malts.

T - Toasted malt taste that was not too strong. Also had a stronger hop flavor than I was expecting given that there wwas no sign of hops in the aroma.

M/D - Good carbonation and very smooth. Not my favorite brown, but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:11:26 | More by ckeegan04
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PhxHorn

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearnance is a deep dark brown color, almost no head. Smell is light, some malt and that's about it. I'd heard about this beer from several people and I can't figure out what the big deal is. Taste was very average--some malt and carmel flavors, but very one-dimensional. Not a whole lot going on, and not enough carbonation. The whole thing tasted just a bit flat. It was OK to drink, and I could have have another with no problem, but I'd have preferred a better beer if given a choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 17:28:27 | More by PhxHorn
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with red notes. Quickly dissapearing head.

Smokey malt and burnt caramel to the nose.

A nice light body, rather one dimensional in my opinion. Not a bad brown ale, but it is a bit strong in a bitter way. Overpowering malt and bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkabnility arent really here on this one. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 03:27:35 | More by SurlyDuff
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BudHater111

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown Ale's are my favorite, and I have always thought the different ales I drink were good.

I don't have an incredibly descriptive way to put it other than this Brown Ale is the best I have ever tried. There may be another out there that is better, but I have yet to find it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 13:30:18 | More by BudHater111
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rdesisto

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes: Had this beer on tap at a ski bar in big sky, montana. great dark color - darker than any brown i have ever had. As far as browns go, this ones pretty good. Full bodied with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Hard to drink more than one of these, though. Not my favorite beer from the breweries out here in montana, but im glad i tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 18:35:20 | More by rdesisto
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JDV

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown rich colored pour with a nice tan head. Smells of light to medium roasted malts, light coffee notes and a touch of metal. Taste is tart rich roasty maltiness, but relatively thin bodied. Not a bad brown. Has a nice flavor but would like it to be a little thicker. Sort of cold coffee like.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:30:10 | More by JDV
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.