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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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2,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 861
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 weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass

It pours a ruddy brown with a soapy bone colored head. The head dies down quickly to form a sticky bubble ring around the edge of the glass. A nice deep garnet color shines through the sides of the glass.

Sweet crystal malts dominate the nose. The sweetness is over the top. Behind that some biscuit toasted English type malts hit my nose.

The crystal sweetness in the nose doesn't form in the flavor. Instead a nice burst of low roasted coffee comes through nicely. That bready biscuit flavor then takes up the remaining flavor. No hop flavor is present but a balancing bitterness is present which doesn't makes this beer overly malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the low to medium level with a higher carbonation. I would prefer a fuller mouthfeel with less carbonation. Drinkability is high, this is a easy to drink unoffensive beer that I can see appealing to a massive amount of drinkers.

Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on my father-in-law's recommendation - certainly a solid, respectable American brown. Hits all the marks, with a fairly light chocolate-malt flavor with some fruitiness to it, and a mild but nice aroma of caramel malt. Highly sessionable, if not particularly interesting.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice mahogany brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Nice aroma of chocolate, sweet malts, and slight hops on the nose. The taste is very nice balance of sweet darker malt and hops. Light mouthfeel. Not a huge brown ale drinker but this one really surprised me as being better than I thought it would be.

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

consumed 04-04-2010, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured a very dark brown, dark for a brown ale. Frothy head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa, herbal resin, a little bit of toffee maybe caramel? Mild hop presence.

Initial taste is dark roasted malts up front. Little bits of dark chocolate, burnt resin, with an herbal taste lingers on the mouth.

A semi dry finish. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body.

Overall a decent brown ale.

Photo of JCQ
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This beer carried an exceptional brown color when poured. It was a light almost autumn brown. The color was a good reflection of toasted brown malts.

A nutty, darker that expected, roast rose and introduced the beer. A warm syrupy sweetness followed by a finishing nutmeg helped to and intrigued the nostrils.

Initially a roasted caramunich met the tongue producing a sweetness of dried fruit. This flavor was almost immediately followed nutty molasses with a light bitterness from the hops that created a slight memory of freshly baked bread.

This beer did not hold its carbonation and the head almost disappeared immediately after it was poured.

It had a balanced dryness that created an interesting balance to the sweetness of the malt. This balance gives it great drinkability.

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

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a burnt orange colour. Light mocha head poured quite thick then faded quickly to good one finger coating... some light carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... lots of sticky lacing cling throughout...

Aroma - Toasted bready malts mixed with nice dark fruits (raisins, figs, some blackcurrents), molasses sweetness, toasted nuts, quite peppery and grassy, nutmeg spiciness...

Taste - Quite tart fruitiness initially (figs, apples, pears), some saltiness, toasted bready malts, some buttery notes, quite nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, some molasses, good peppery hop bitterness, grassy, some toffee...

eel - Quite sharp and dry... Medium bodied... A very drinkable brew...

Overall - A pretty standard but good brown ale... worth a try...

Photo of WOTO97
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid effort. Great chestnut color with nice clarity. Head retention is decent, although not as creamy and thick as desired for style. Some thin gauzy lacing as well.

The nose is big on crusty bread and some brown sugar qualities. Also, pick up on a touch of allspice and clover honey along with some biscuit qualities.

Taste is pretty sold, here. Lots of lightly toasted bread flavors, with some malt-o-meal character. Noticeable molasses character on the back end and finish. Definitely a touch of roasted nuts in the mid-palate accompanied by a touch of spice, likely from the hops. While the hop character takes a back seat to the malt, a definite presence is noticeable and effective for style.

A surprisingly dense and chewy mouthfeel, although a bit under-carbonated. Nonetheless, very nice rounded feel.

While I don't always enjoy browns, this is a pretty decent example of the style and could easily accompany a cool autumn evening.

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

I have had this beer on tap before but never reviewed this I wasn't ever too impressed with this beer on tap or Trout Slayer on tap but trout is a wheat beer so it was kinda bland. This is the first time I have had it out of the bottle and I more impressed by the beer still an easy drinking brown but it doesn't taste as watered down as it did on tap much better flavors appear. this beer is better bottle conditioned I guess. recommended I think I will try to make a home brew recipe of this

Photo of pb9613
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moose Drool had a beautiful nut brown color with a nice tan head. This leads to a sweet malty aroma with a nice hop note.

The taste was exceptional. I was expecting a bland brown ale with nothing exciting going on with the malt and hops. I was pleasantly surprised with this excellent beer.

Moose Drool could use a have a little more head retention. This hurts the beers appearance and body the longer it sits in a glass (which shouldn't be too long).

Overall this is a beer that you can drink and enjoy all year round not just during the fall and winter months when darker beers tend to be more popular.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Need to up my can reviews, so here goes:

Pours a some what effervescent caramel with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Sheets & sheets of lacing ring the glass above average head retention

S: Nuttyness & toasty malt that face a bit as it warms

T: Nuttyness, herbal & woody hops notes trying to cut through the toasty malt up front. Dryness
& toastyness dominate as this warms up, little hints of charred grain nibble at the edges. Finishes a bit dry & pretty toasty

MF: Light bodied & sharp carbonation, smooths out a bit once warm, seems a bit thinnish

Drinks easy, but a touch more body would help, better than draft, but about the same as the bottled version if memory serves me

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard (Moose Drool logo) pint glass.

A: Medium dark brown, with a reddish hue. Pours a 1 finger, brownish-white, foamy head. Settles moderately leaving a slight layer of foam on the surface. Thick blanket lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, oak, and molasses

T: Roasted coffee malty goodness. A hint of unsweetened chocolate, and a bit of pungent peatiness.

M: Light body, with a bit of bitter, dry, peaty and oaky finish which lingers throughout.

D: Good beer to power through if you like or sip. Enjoyable either way.

Atmosphere is very nice. Really solid appearance, and a nice full, robust nose. Flavor has some really nice components. Very full flavored, nice combo. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Beautiful ruby brown. Pours with a big, large bubble, golden head that dissipates in a short spell. The beer is a bit lackluster in liveliness, but my fingers are crossed.

Smell>fresh baked brownies, brown sugar, burnt malt. Slight alcohol. Really, this smells quite delicious! Even better than I remembered.

Taste>First thoughts are of its sweetness, which gets a little alcoholic and then takes you right to the ashy end.This one isn't as complex as I like. It really sits in the back of your mouth and just stays there straight through the hang. It is good, no doubt, though.

Mouf>nice. ever so slightly chewy. This is how I like my brown ales to feel.

Drinkability> Average. I'd have to really dig into my six pack to see if the syrupy alcohol flavor gets too bothersome after a couple. I'd really love to try this again on tap.

Reviewer's note:
This is my 200th review on BA, which I'm more than pleased to announce. Thanks a million to anyone who actually reads these, or anyone who has had to put up with the social awkwardness of me reviewing these with them in bars.

Photo of Flava5
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I live in Montana so this beer is a staple for us and I have had it served many ways and the best yet is a can.

The flavor is nutty with a nice malt backbone no hoppiness at all. The color is a nice deep amber with a sweet nutty smell on the nose. The mouthfeel is very nice a little watery so it's very drinkable you can drink these all night long without getting to full this is one of Montanas best in my opinion.

Photo of jrallen34
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Orval glass...A very nice pour here, a very dark brown, especially for a brown ale. Light caramel in the light. Two fingers of light tan head rises, falls pretty quickly about half a finger that lingers, decent lacing...The aroma is not so great, very light, light nuts but finishes with skunk that should not be in a brown, doesn't get me ready to drink at all...The taste is much better than the aroma, actually has flavor, light nuttiness to start, then lots of of light bitter coffee to finish...Super light on the feel, but decently easy to drink.

An average brown ale, nothing special, got in a sampler pack so I'd get it then, but that's it.

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

The label depiction of an expectorating moose on this bottle isn't doing a lot to sway me to take a dip in the native waters of the Big Sky state...and what's with the underside of the cap - "You can Havre"? An inside joke concerning Missoula's cross-state neighbour?

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish brown colour, with multiple fingers of creamy light beige head, which melts away slowly and steadily, leaving some solid webbed lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of roasted biscuit and caramel malt, dry coffee, ash, and some earthy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel malt, bready, semi-sweet chocolate, and herbal, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium weight, a tad creamy, and smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweet biscuit malt balanced nicely by the emerging musty, bitter hops.

An enjoyable brown ale, big like moose. Good enough to make me salivate a bit, I suppose, but not quite drool-worthy...

Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, well filtered... Produces massive amounts of tan head and has a ruby red colored body when held up to the sun.

Aromas are of chocolate, metallic hops, and a tinge of caramel.

Has cola flavors, a touch of herbal characteristics and a mild cocoa finish.
Medium bodied, lots of flavor and complexity. I'm glad I gave this beer another shot.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Gorgeous deep red-amber color with one finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light aroma of caramel malts and a hint of chocolate malts and earthy hops.

Taste: The front end starts off with a nice dose of caramel malts which then gives way into a bit of a yeasty/bready note. The middle of the palate is graced with a touch of chocolate malt and coffee, and finishes up with a delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate to high carbonation and nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly easy and you could easily have a few of these out with friends.

Final Notes: A great session beer or to drink against a hearty meal. One of the better brown ales I've had.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some ruby visions running through it. Minimal head. Caramel aroma and taste.

No hops, very smooth, good amount of sweetness, maybe molasses to this. Gets watered down on the back 9, de-evolving (devo!) into another brown ale out there. Price could be better. Could use more carbonation. My thing is this: every beer they make is better than this.

Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours what my 64 pack of crayolas would define as sienna.
S- Smell is of malts, lightly roasted.
T- Flavor is of malty sweetness, underpinned by some caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors. The finish sees the malts fade with a bit of hop flavor filling in.
M- smooth, medium carbonation.
D- This is a solid beer, a well made brown. Not my favorite, but never one I would turn down.

Photo of Misfit138
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice brown color with a huge frothy cream colored head.

S- Nice sweet caramel malts with a hint of hops

T- Initial smokiness, some caramel and chocolate malt with a little kick of hop bitterness,

M- Medium bodied fair carbonation.

D- Pretty good beer overall. One of the better brown ales I've had in while. Who knew Montana would make a good beer?

Photo of briman
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, with some dark ruby color coming out when held up to the light. Crystal clear, with a large tan head that retains well.

Aroma is malty, and seemed mostly caramel at first, but with warming the nose displays toasted bread, with some faint roasted coffee, and mild semi-sweet chocolate. There might be very faint hop note way in the background, but not much more than that.

Flavor leans towards the malt upfront, with toasty bread, some very light coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate characteristics coming out. Towards the finish a mild herbal hop presence makes enough headway that the malt seems to fade to the background.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth, and easy to drink. Good brown ale, but wish the malts maintained their presence through to the finish. Here, they kind of fade out into the aftertaste.

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

Moose Drool is what it is; a good and inexpensive brown ale.

It pours freely but not overly watery. The color is good. Head is weak and light. Aroma is caramel and nut with very little chocolate. Flavor is more toffee than caramel. Slightly sweet with a hint of molasses. Finishes quickly with light lingering hops. Mouth feel is light but not weak and the carbonation is well suited to the beer and well within style. Best served very cold.

Moose Drool is in every store where I live and often finds its way into my fridge during the summer. They go back easy and are well suited to standing at the barbeque.

Photo of PanicUnited
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of enjoying this beer while on vacation to yellowstone. I bought a pitcher and shared it with a good friend of mine, so I had about 2 pints to come up with a good feel for the beer.

A - Heavy with a medium sized head that lingers and laces quite well

S - Close to that of any other brown ale, except with a hint of its malty character

t - The taste of this brown ale was wonderful. It was flavorful and smooth, it was tastefully light but full bodied at the same time. Excellent with a pizza.

m - light carbonation mixed well with the beers flavor, mostly smooth and malty

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

Pours a dark brown color, with amber hues in the light. A large 3 finger head forms from an aggressive pour. There is some very nice head retention, as well as a touch of soft lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. As soon as I cracked the can I could smell raw grain, and once I put my nose to the glass it progressed into a very sweet caramel aroma. Very pleasant.

the taste is also nice. It's simple, some raw grain characteristic, caramel, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and seemingly watery. There is a low level of carbonation as well.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is pleasing and the beer is quite sessionable. I think I like it best on draft though.

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

Dark brown, with reddish overtones, clear, 1/2 head that didn't last too long but left quite a bit of lacing. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and nuts with some hop character.

Tastes pretty darn good, with a smoky coffee nut taste that has a bit of hops, not much bitterness, and a little bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, dry and watery but has ample carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I'll certainly buy another sixer of this stuff, at it's affordable, overall rates pretty good, and leaves me wanting a second beer, which is good because I've got five of them left!

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.