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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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2,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,346
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 99
Gots: 277 | 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: 2,346 | Reviews: 865
Photo of stoutman
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a whole lot of aroma. Brown and clear like a lager with an oily tan head. Body is thin and watery. Flavor is like a eeak brown malt. Could use a little more body and aromatic malt to give it a little more flavor. Good training beer if you're trying to work up to the more flavorful stuff.

Photo of ScorpyX
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber to brown. One might expect that from a brown ale. Single finger head that quickly disappears.

S: Chocolate dominates the scene, with some nuttier hints.

T: Chocolaty and coffee taste with some hops lingering. Nuttiness is apparent as well. A little blander than expected.

M: Light for a brown ale with some carbonation to combat the heavier chocolate taste.

D: Very drinkable, especially for a heavier beer. This one used to be one of my favorites, but tastes expand. Still, a solid choice for a brown ale, though far from the best out there.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light brownish, red, head disappeared quickly.

Smell- very subtle sweet, roasted toffee nuts

T: mild roasted sweet toffee/nuts, middle mild bitter, solid finish.

M: light body, too much carbonation.

Drink- Ok brown ale, not my favorite, have had many more MUCH better browns. worth a try, but don't go out of your way for this.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is fairly complex for a brown ale. I get some chocolate, caramel, toffee, hazelnut and roasted malt. The flavor is toffee, chocolate, toasted malt and some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy drinking, flavorful brown ale. Definitely one to try if you get a chance.

Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a dark brown color with a 1 finger off white head with an aggressive pour. There is a slight amount of lacing as a very thin cap settles. This brew has a sweet molasses and brown sugar smell with slight chocolate and burnt malts. A little thin tasting with moderate carbonation. There is almost a sourness to this but notes of chocolate and burnt malts are present. Nothing to speak of for hop presence. Really this is just a plane old brown ale.

Photo of slayer3604
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So this thing looks awesome when you first pour it from a can into a pint glass, but slowly the head becomes nothingness over a sea of absolutely spectacular looking mahogany/orange colored beer. Its crystal clear, and has little plumes of co2 everywhere. Wish the head stuck around.

S- Almost a soda-poppy effervescence meets you, with a little nutty maltiness following suit.

T- Has a very clean and refreshing nutty malty taste just like the nose indicates but has a swing of DMS on the finish. Hmm. It was probably a warehouse storage misnomer that created that, because I've had this on draft and it was much better in the finish. That aside, clean beer and I won't knock it for DMS since it probably wasn't the brewery's fault.

M-Very light, crisp and highly carbonated.

D-I'd say this is an all around good beer minus the head and DMS. The mouthfeel could have been a little more firm, but at the same time this beer is only 5.1%abv. Oh well. Cheers, Big Sky!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for lettin' me steal this bottle!

Finally gettin' down to reviewin' this here brew. It pours a lovely clear ruby mahogany topped by barely a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, light chocolate, light toffee, and graham crackers. The taste doesn't deviate from the smell, with some extra wheat and a touch of very light raisins and figs thrown in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this is one of the best widely-available browns I've ever had. It's pretty tasty and exceedingly drinkable, not to mention uber-affordable.

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sebastian for this one.

Into a tulip glass, there's a copious level of foam, pretty lacing all around. Retention is also good.
Deep russet tone with a glint of scarlet in the light.

Rich and malty, a touch fruity from the ale yeast. Toasty, bready some cocoa, and raw maltiness.

Toasted malt, graham cracker, fresh baked bread, warm malty blanket. Simple and by the books, but tasty with zero flaws. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very light sweetness, clean with some malt complexity.

Got any hop phobic/allergic friends? Recommend this beer.
Very easy to drink, a good introductory craft beer.

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

60th review on BA
bottle to pint.

App- Poured med. brown with a couple shimmery highlights of gold in there with a light one finger head that left rather quickly.

Smell- Little brown sugar, coffee and chocolate.

Taste- So after just having a Palo Santo my idea of a brown ale is blown away. Still take 1/2 the abv this is a decent solid B example.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side, a little lacking of umph. Just a solid brown ale.

Drink- Smooth and very sessionable on a cold night.

Photo of speter
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown with minimal head that left virtually no lacing.

S: Roast malt with a hint of brown sugar.

T: Fairly sweet from start through the finish. Good, but rather uncomplicated. Considering the cult status of this beer, I had expected a bit more.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: A very drinkable brown ale in the Northern English style.

Photo of soju6
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a small tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Has a nice malt aroma with a trace of chocolate & coffee.

T: Agood roasted malt flavor, with a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Anice trace of bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, smooth & creamy, very well balanced. hits the spot.

D: Great beer to relax with. Well worth a try.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for bringing this back for me jimbus!

A. Pours brown with red and orange highlights. A thick two finger creamy tan head and leaves little residual lacing.

S. Roasted malt, caramel malt, with a touch of bitterness.

T. Roasted grain upfront, then caramel, nice mild bitterness that is almost citrusy, some coffee, chocolate.

M. Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

D. Complex, interested, and yet still super drinkable. This is my favorite brown ale to date (or at least that I can recall). I found a clone recipe and will attempt to brew this on a 10 gallon AG system this weekend.

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

I was hoping that I'd find this beer on my trip to Arizona. Mostly to taste a beer from Montana on my quest to get one from each state, but also because I love the name.

It's a deep brown and clear enough to see into, but not through. The peek inside rewards you with evidence of ample carbonation which raises off-white foam with decent lacing.

Brown bread malts and a floral hop signature are about all I get. Nothing fancy here, just beer.

The overall flavor is that of a good, dark nut bread. There is also a hops bitterness to finish it all off. Nothing citrusy or piny, just floral and bitter.

The aftertaste is full of hops bitterness and the body is medium. It's sort of clean and crisp, but I have had crisper and cleaner in this style. It's easy to drink and with what I consider a low ABV, many could be enjoyed in one sitting.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark brown ale arrived from the tap with a half inch of creamy head above it. On the palate, the malt sallies forth. Caramel, a little sweet, and some powdery chocolate combine to form a smooth medium nutty mouthfeel. As the beer finishes, some straight bitterness nicely balances the malty nectar experienced theretofore.

This was a fine brown ale: smooth, nutty, and balanced. I ordered a second.

Photo of Agold
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured this beer, i was really loved how it looked. Perfect color for a brown, and great head with some lacing. Really nice. The smell dropped off a bit, being dominated by a biscuit smell with bit of roastiness under it. nice, but nothing special. The taste is better than the smell, with a bit of coffee, nutiness, and a bit of caramel. There is also a bit of a bitterness in the back of my mouth. Good light mouthfeel with lively carbonation which complements the lighter flavor profile.

Photo of echoes
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a very bubbly/carbonated, creamy head. Dissipates quickly at first but then slows and leaves very little lacing. Has a black/very dark brown/redish color. Virtually no carbonation visible in the beer itself. Could pass for root beer.

S: Very pleasant smell. Can detect (in no particular order): citrus, roasted wheat or something, slight smoke scent.

T: Not bitter at all. Coffee, smoky, chocolate, roasted something or other. Also a swig of citrus seems to be hiding in there. Excellent flavor.

M: Smooth and silky. A tab bit bubbly (even though it was previously mentioned that no carbonation is visible). Fits very nicely for an ale.

D: No bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste of any kind. Could definitely drink more than one bottle.

I think I have found my new regular beer. This truly lives up to the brown ale style. Excellent all around. Very pleasant beer. For sure I will be buying more this in the future.
Definitely do not judge a book by its cover: couldn't be a better beer considering the nasty name.

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

A: Poured into a mug, light tan head, brown. Looks tempting.

S: Not much in this category, a sweet aroma, maybe roasted.

T: Starts crisp, then into malt, lightly sweet fruits, some roasted flavor overshadows, finishes with a modest bitter taste.

M: Medium to lighter body, the end bitterness makes it finish a little dry.

D: Very good drinkability, the flavors aren't overpowering enough to keep you from having many of these. Glad i picked up a sixer of this.

Photo of masey222
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark chocolate soda brown that is a middle of the road for a brown. About the same look as Bells Best brown. A light head that falls somewhat fast.

The smell is good but wont knock your socks off, nutty, malty, kind of sweet.

The taste is my favorite, smooth nutty, chocolate and that coffee that just keeps me coming back for more. It is well balanced and a beer that for me wont get old, and is perfect to take fishing because you wont hate yourself for letting it get a little warm. The best part is at least for me is when you take a sip the taste it leaves makes you want more.

For me is a little thin but for a brown it is right on.

It is most defiantly super drinkable it is perfect for winter or anything to do with being outside when it isn't the warmest out.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a nice deep mahogany brown with little head on it that fades to a little lace on the surface. The smell is very caramel in nature, lots of cocoa, bit of orange in the back. It all seems rather faint, but it's not all that bad. The taste is quite cocoa-y has the slightest of bitter bites on the back-end. There is still a wateriness that is part of this beer that I really think dilutes the flavor and makes its taste rather mellow in nature. It drinks really really nice. A good beer, especially for the price.

Photo of grittybrews
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nutty cola brown into a pint glass with three fingers of fluffy white head. Not much aroma -- just a bit of caramel malt.

Moderate carbonation with a light, creamy mouthfeel. Solid malt backbone with mild flavors of nutty toffee and caramel. Just a slight hint of hop bitterness on the finish. No knock-out flavors, but very refreshing and easy-drinking.

Photo of mmmbeer
2.57/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with some inkjet code. Brewed to 13 P with pale, caramel, chocolate and black malts, and hopped with Kent Goldings, Willamette and Liberty; 5.1% on the label, 5.3% on their website. Pours a deep, dark amber, with abundant carbonation and a finger of crackly khaki head. Mild chocolate malt and a vinous aged quality in the nose. The flavor starts with the same vinous note mixed with papery oxidation. Toward the end, a hint of sweet caramel tries to ride in on a mild hop bitterness. Light, with lots of carbonation and a very dry, almost watery finish. Easy enough to drink, but there are some major problems with this bottle. The body is too light, it tastes long-aged, and while it is true that this bottle is several months old, there should still be no papery flavors at its age. I will re-review if I receive a better bottle.

Photo of Spica66
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a box from my brother-in-law Jerry. Thanks, dude!

A: Brown with decent head formation.

S: Not too much going on here. A little sweet and maybe a little roast.

T: A little bitterness, not much nuttiness.

M: Medium to thin body and with dry finish.

D: Nothing too strong to keep you from having many, many of these on an autumn day.

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

Beer is brown and clear with a thin head of small off white bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly with hints of roast.

Beer is medium bodied with some sweetness up front but the first impression is a mild bitterness at the back due to roasted malt. Not a lot of aftertaste but the finish is a little dry. Overall its OK, the sweetness plays well with the bitterness, its a decent beer.

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

12oz brown bottle. it has some type of bottling code, but it's not intuitive.

standard brown color of the style. aroma is slightly sweet, caramel, malty.

taste is balanced, malty and smooth. medium carbonation and average mouthfeel.

easy drinking with good flavor. sessionable beer.

Photo of OregonPaul
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that must be had from the tap. Don't waist your time or money buying it from the bottle. Please don't review it from the bottle. Drink cold Moose Drool after spending 4 days hiking in the mountains. I recommend while eating a grizzly burger in Roscoe Montana. Moose Drool is one of the best year round beers in the world. Enjoy it!

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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