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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,329 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 95
Gots: 263 | 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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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.

Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with finger thick, tan colored head. Settles leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass and as you drink it down. When held to the light the body is clear ruby/mahogany color.
S) Toasty notes. Some bitter chocolate hints. Toffee.
T) Nice malty blast up front. Caramel. Brown sugar. Hints of chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness.
M) Fizzy throughout. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
D) A delicious brown ale. I would definitely drink another one!

Photo of ronniebruner
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a brilliant presentation in color and aroma. The color is an amber brown and smells a bit of fired wood and chocolate. The beer does not however live up to expectations. It is rather dry and light and has an excess of carbonation. The head was also excessive. Not a bad beer, I would recommend sampling before buying a 12 or 6 pack, as this beer is definitely not for everyone.

Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Sweet tea brown with off white decent head and a bit of lacing

S - This is my favorite part. Soap, toasted grains and nuts. A very sweet malt, brown sugar and hops

T - Sweet, nutty soap. Interesting and weird

M - Fuzzy and light. Not a whole lot there, a nice hop finish

D - I could see myself drinking this once a year. Not always drinkable, but, not always undrinkable

Final thought - The soapy flavor and smell make this beer awesome. Everything else makes this beer not awesome

Photo of jimbus
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into my Newcastle Geordie Schooner glass - light beige head quickly fades atop a ridiculously crystal clear brown ale...hints of red glow through in the color. Smells nutty with some dark fruit; caramel and sweetness as well. Taste is very smooth and creamy...light chocolate, caramel and almost like sweet molasses up front. Flavors of roasted and black malts work their way into the palate as the taste evolves, accompanied by a nice hop bitterness to battle the sweetness. I like a little heavier of a mouthfeel than this offers, but the lighter feel is not surprising considering the crystal appearance. While I'm sitting here enjoying this beer inside during the winter, I can just as easily imagine this being equally as refreshing outside on a hot summer day.

Photo of beagle75
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Nutty, roasted, biscuit smells are offset by uncharacteristically bright acidity heralded by choking whiffs of carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild bitterness and acidity peaking early, then turning decidedly malty as nutty and bready roasted flavors emerge toward the middle. Cocoa powder and faint dark fruit are also detected before the drying finish that shows mineral nuttiness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, changing from briskly acidic to creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: The slightly sweet, nutty personality of this brown ale would be appealing enough on its own, but is confused somewhat by the detectable acidity in both taste and smell. Still, it is able to survive its mis-steps enough to be regarded as one of American brewing's modern classics.

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

A - Pours a brilliantly clear brown/amber with a bit of tan head that disappears quickly to lacing.

S - Rich caramel and taffy with less pronounced nutty aroma. Very distinct aroma here, but had to put my finger on it.

T - Again rich in malt flavor. Caramel and taffy dominate, changing to a chocolate character. Nutty character later on more pronounced than in aroma. Perceptively sweet, but actually quite nice, with a bitterness that balances nicely. Good depth here.

M - Smooth and well bodied. Great carbonation, excellent.

D - Not as high as some.

Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't tried this one in a while and a local was having a good sale.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Light sweet malts up front with some dark bread crust and earthy characters back.

T -- Rich blend of roasted and sweet malts with some light caramel, a pleasant bitterness with a light fruit character back, finishes with a nice balance of spicy hop and roasted malt bitterness.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy with a medium to full body. Lightly dry in the finish.

D -- Goes down smooth and satisfying. A nice, lightly robust beer for those times when you want something substantial, but you may want a few. Very nice.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-very nice brown amber color
with lots of lacing

Smell-nutty malt smell

Taste-really good brown ale

Mouthfeel-light, crisp and very pleasant

Drinkability-I only bought one of these but really liked it and I could easily drink more than one

Photo of bbeane
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Corsondonk tulip... starts with a nice head that mostly disappears leaving some light lacing. Beer is dark brown in color, ruby when held up to the light, with light activity

S- Alittle bitter and nutty, with a hint of molasses

T- Has a nice flavor. Has a mild bitterness to it, with a toasted nutty flavor. Some hints of chocolate, caramel, coffee

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation

D- Not sure what it costs as it was given to me, but I'd say its a good typical craft beer. Nothing mind blowing, but tasty and easy to drink


Photo of Duttonic
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 01/03/11. Served in a Sam Adams pint.

A- Dark brown, transparent, 1 1/2 fingers of tan head, very little bubbling.

S- Spicy, malty, faint vanilla.

T/M- Medium body, faintly sweet, low roasted malts.

D- Pretty good. Nothing overly special, but a tasty sessionable that is worth trying.

Photo of matt20102
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in goblet at refrigerator temperature. Received as a gift- apparently it is not easy to find in this area (Detroit). Pours with a thin, light head which fades quickly to a slight lacing. Aroma is as expected for a brown ale with a moderate to strong carbonation. No off flavors are present; flavor is primarily of roasted malt with subtle hop balance. This is quite a pleasant brew for a bottle with such a silly name; it is definitely recommended.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with a moderate head with no lacing, but that might be because of the glassware.

Malty aroma but it's not that strong. Leaves a little to be desired.

Malty and nutty taste with the hint of hops at the back end. Like the aroma, it just leaves a little to be desired.

It's real light on the palate but I'm sure I could sit down and put back a few of these at the bar.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Moose Drool has a chestnut or walnut color with a ruby tint. A foamy tan cap sits on top, retaining fairly well. Some lace sticks to the glass and slowly slides down the sides.

Smell: More cocoa than I would normally expect from a brown ale, which is to say, there is some cocoa in the aroma. Lightly roasted malt, with lightly spiced and earthy hop presence to balance. Mild.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, with some sweet cocoa and hits of cinnamon and spice. Some spicy and earthy hops provide additional supporting flavor, but not much bitterness. The flavor is all right, it just does not really jump out at me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with an average amount of carbonation that is neither especially creamy nor crisp, but just sort of there.

Drinkability: The transition between flavors was fairly smooth, but I just was not blown away by the flavor overall. Too much cocoa I think.

Photo of GBB
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany wood color with soft but fizzy white head. Good retention and ok lacing through the tasting.

The nose is mostly malt. Some lighter grainy notes with hints of nuts and chocolate malts. There hints of sweetness from a toffee and molasses. No real hop aroma but there is a light yeast smell. Mostly clean though.

The taste is similar with the malt really coming out. The chocolate malt comes out and has a fuller body and gives a slight oatmeal like taste/texture to it. Some minor nutty almost Victory malt-esk tastes. Limited to no hops. Has more of an American Brown taste than English.

The body is closer to full then moderate. Carbonation is light and enhances the mouthfeel. Overall a pretty nice malty beer that is easy to drink.

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

This dark ale is clear and medium brown in color with red overtones. It has a light tan, medium sized head. It has a pleasant smell of dry leaves, over cooked caramel and a hint of chocolate. On drinking Moose Drool, there is a pleasant tingling on the tongue that slowly fades. It is moderately malty and moderately hoppy in flavor again with a hint of chocolate.

Moose Drool is a moderately complex yet, very drinkable dark ale.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,329 ratings.