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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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2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 96
Gots: 265 | 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 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!

Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to toastermm for this one.

poured from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a crisp, clear, translucent chocolate brown with a fairly thin head leaving a slight bit of retention and lace.

nutty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee grounds in the wayback.

again, a bit nutty, malt forward, diner coffee, sweet, no bitter.

medium to highly carbonated, smooth, no bitter.

drinkable ? on yeah, very.

you know, it's not anything particularly special, but yet, it's a real nice brown. toastermm sent a sixer !!. i'll be enjoying this one a couple bottles at a time.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head. Nose brings through a good amount of roasted brown malt paired with caramel and a nice nutty scent. The taste swirls between roast and sweet caramel along with faint hints of chocolate. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A nice brown ale and quite tasty overall. If Big Sky starts distributing further east, this would be a really nice fall camping beer, especially now that it's available in cans.

Photo of Lillenk
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Very nice looking beer. Very dark brown color. Nice head that stays around for a while and gives a very nice appearance in the glass.

Very malty roasty smell.

Taste was not bad. Very roasty. Lots of nutty flavors with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel not bad. A little thick and heavy, but not too hard to drink.

Photo of chadjulius
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's made with considerable skill (seems like), but it isn't as good as the IPA or Trout Slayer, nor as strong at 5.1%. I suspect popularity is based somewhat on its name; Moose Drool sounds gross, but just attempt NOT to try a beer called Moose Drool.

Nothing about this beer is especially good. Yet, it's a decent beer.

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

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a rich amber-brown color with just a touch of haze. Head is three fingers of frothy tan foam which seems to have pretty good retention. I like it.

Smell: aroma is a light malt with plenty of nutty, biscuity, autumnal character. There is a bit of a vegetably hop contribution to the aroma as well. Not too bad, but not spectacular.

Taste: light malt flavor with some caramel character and more of the nuttiness and biscuitiness of the aroma, albeit toned down a notch. There're the same vegetable hops and a fair amount of bitterness. Also mixed in is an interesting tart/sour flavor which reminds me more of a porter than a brown ale. Not exactly my thing, but overall not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. Not much exciting going on here, but it's got a little oomph to it.

Drinkability: this is a nice, refreshing beer; as I said, it's very autumnal. Its round maltiness made a good reprieve from some of the hoppier beers I consumed at Saturday's football game, so I certainly found it drinkable in that context. Tonight, it's still pretty quaffable, so I give it good marks in this category.

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

Another canned beer, so I was looking forward to giving it a try. Poured into the glass a nice medium brown color, with a pretty decent amount of tan foam. Aromas of nuts, medium chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Somewhat thin on the palate, with more roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a little caramel.

4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. $9.50 for a sixer purchased just outside of Missoula. $44.50 once "bag checking" fees were applied. Best by date of 11/03/10. Sampled in August.

A: Pours with a 2 finger creamy light brown head. Decent retention. The body is clear and medium-dark auburn/chestnut brown in color. Ruby highlights only when backlit. The head applies a light smattering of lace to the glass but the body doesn't contribute much more.

S: Average amount of roasted malts of coffee and chocolate. Light resiny hops and a light earthy yeast. Very good and well balanced nose.

T: In addition to the nose, light fruity esters come through on the palate. Mainly apple and cherry, plus light hints of Sasparilla. Again, light notes of coffee grounds. Flavorwise, one of the most well rounded American brown ales I've come across. Lightly sweet and above average flavor duration.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. The carbonation is fizzy and just big enough to keep me impressed.

D: Very drinkable. Moose Drool is an excellent example of how a beer can have low ABV yet pack a tremendous amount of flavor and still have a substantial mouthfeel. Well done. I look forward to try more of Big Sky's offerings.

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

Poured in to an imperial pint, this brown ale shows a fairly sturdy, beige head and a dark ruby/brown body. The edges glow a slightly more forgiving bronze copper. Nice sticky walls fade to defined rings of lacing.

Some substantial roast and sweet caramel malt. chocolate and toffee with sweet bread and molasses. A tinge of fresh brewed coffee and floral, leafy hops. Vanilla and a definite buttery aroma.

More coffee up front with some sweet molasses notes and lots of caramel maltiness. Some dry grain and raisin. Fades to some well represented bitter hops in the middle and a definite booze tinge. A brown bready character lingers throughout. The finish is bitter cocoa and a hint of a metallic tone.

Crisp and bright but certainly stands on its own two feet as a brown ale. Rather light to medium bodied for the style however. Finishes semidry and somewhat effervescent. A decidedly solid and drinkable brew.

Photo of gtn80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a can.

Appearance is dark brown, when held up to light a little red. Head is about a finger, dissipates quickly.

Not a big aroma, just a bit of roasted malts.

Taste is dry, chocolate, roasted malts, almost more like a porter, just backed off a bit.

Mouthfeel is great, thick body, super mouth puckering dryness.

Drinkability is ok, roastiness hurts it a bit, but definitely can drink a few.

Photo of ericj551
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool pours a deep brown with a nice off white head that lingers. The aroma is sweet, nutty caramel with some nice chocolatey roasted malt. The flavor is perfectly balanced sweet dark malt with earthy hops. The finish is dry with lingering toasted malt and herbal hops.

Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - brown beer with an off-white head that rose up a nice fizzy, three fingers before falling away.

S - Huge roasted malt smell. Nice caramel and toffee. Sweetness with a little bit of burnt malts.

T - Starts out good with nice, roasted malts and some burnt carmel. Then fades into kind of a syrupy sweetness before fizzling out into a really watered down flavor. Started out solid, but finishes bad.

M - Super carbonated, medium bodied, pretty fizzy.

D - Eh, I guess it's drinkable, but it just tastes bad so I don't want to.

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

This is a very flavourful and easy-drinking, if rather sweet brown ale with a definite English character to it.

Very dark reddish brown, almost black, it has a moderately sized tan head shrinking slowly and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is rich, caramelly, faintly chocolatey, darkly toasty (not quite "roasty") malt, with strong, slightly sour whole wheat bread with nuts.

Taste is fairly simple but full-bodied and well-rounded with slightly sweet-sour, earthy, nutty, and caramelly sweetness with a faint hint of chocolate. It has very little bitterness to balance the light sweet-sour character. The feel is pretty full, almost silky.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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