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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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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 93
Gots: 239 | FT: 2
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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 bump8628
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what I believe is a best before date of 7/11/10.

Russet brown with a finger of creamy off-white head.

Moose drool offers an almost even balance of malt (grainy, bready, toasty, nutty, lots of caramel, and a dusting of cocoa) and hops (herbal and spicy). The dry finish and slightly coarse hops lets you know its American.

A classic American Brown that falls right in the middle of the style. I'd like to see more browns like this available.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faint aroma has hints of cocoa and maybe citrus if I strain. Moderately tall, froathy, tan colored head fades slowly to a film. Dark brown colored beer has ruby hues. This brown ale leans a little more to the malty side with moderatley strong cocoa and bready malt flavors. Faint floral hops pop in towards the end. The finish is barely bitter with a light astringency, and a pinch of lactic tang. Moderatley carbonated with a medium light body. Besides the faintly sour finish I'd say the beer falls somewhere between descent and good.

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

Pour - nice dark auburn and/or brown color with a good couple inches of off-white foamy head on top.

Aroma - lots of dark malty goodness comes with the first whiff. This smells just like sticking your head in the brew kettle. There are some coffee aromas as well as plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar. This smells delicious.

Taste - very malt-astic. This is the type of brown ale that I really enjoy. Plenty of sweetness but its not cloying, just a lot of actual malt flavor. Moose Drool has some nice dark coffee notes along with vanilla, raisin, raw sugar and caramel flavors. Great balance and amazing drinkability. Sad to say I only had one can of this. Sigh.

Overall - great brown ale. Lots of malt flavor but not too sweet or too boring. If you've got access to this beer then definitely give it a go. There aren't too many brown ales in cans right now and this one is definitely not one to pass over.

Would I buy more of it? - this would definitely be my go to brown ale in a can. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a six-pack in the fridge from time to time.

Photo of pootz
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle...near expiry date.

Pours a deep chestnut with reddish highlights. 3 finger mocha cap lasts moderately well. mild carbonation

Musty malty sweet aroma.

Big blast of chewy sweet malts, moderate hop bittering to balance...the finish has a distinctive char from black malts and a bready after taste. Nice ale...don't know if I'd class it as a Brown ale...more like a sweet geordie porter....but very drinkable

Photo of stangski83
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty tasty brown but definitely not my favorite. If a moose was really drooling this, you could park me under that moose's mouth all night In reailty, I would rate this as a strong candidate for a solid brown ale, but I was let down just a little bit. There are better browns out there, to be sure, but this is a quality example of the style. Again, it was part of a mixed 12 pack and probably the best of the bunch (it's fighting with the IPA for tops), but I expected just a little bit more out of this one. Being that Montana has cold, cold winters, I was figuring on a more imperial level out of this one, but I'm not complaining. It was darn tasty and recommended to my beer brethren. A good brown from a cold place. Surprised?

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Decent sized tan head over a clear reddish brown body. Head retention is pretty nice. Sweetness is well balanced by the hops. Fruity and somewhat tart up front, but finishes with an earthy bready quality.

Photo of GRPunk
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left about 1/2 finger of dark tan head that vanishes to a thin film. The body was a red-brown (chestnut maybe) with light carbonation. Decent stick was left on the glass as I emptied it.

S- Caramel and roasted nuts hit you right off the bat. There are hints of brown sugar, and the hopping is quite light. While a little muted at first, some warmth pulls the aromas out adding a hint of coffee.

T- Caramel and nuts are the strongest again. A little citrus hopping pulls it a little closer to the center of a flavor profile. It finished fairly dry. Again, warmth brings out stronger flavors.

M- It's clean, but not too thin. Carbonation bursts into a prickling sensation, unlike the visual would suggest. There's a bit of coating in the mouth.

D- I remember having this some 8 years ago on a road trip out West and thinking it was pretty solid at the time. It's kind of a "no frills" American brown. A catchy name, good marketing, and being new to Michigan probably help with sales. It's a nice option in a can, though with more and more micros offering cans it's not as big a deal. I'd say it would go well as a fishing/beach/tailgate sort of beer when you want a canned beer that's a little more substantial than the old standbys.

Photo of DarkBrews
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fantastic brown ale. It offers rich flavor without being overly sweet as some tend to be due to excessive chocolate flavors added. It is very smooth as well. Availability is my only complaint. It is sold over most of the northern midwest and in some of the southwest. However this is mostly bottles. I spent two summers in Bozeman, MT and this became my favorite drink out there. It goes perfect with some pizza for dinner, fly fishing, or just floating down the Madison. I'd also recommend going to a hot springs that allows you to bring bottles and enjoy one during a soak. Alas, I am back on the east coast again and outside their distribution range.

Photo of semibaked
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a extremely dark brown with an inch of beige foam that leaves some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts with caramel goodness and slight nutmeg perhaps. Smells a bit oxidized though.

T - Has the typical brown ale flavors (malts, caramel, bread, etc), but has an unpleasant bitterness that I am not a fan of.

M - Slick and watery with great carbonation though.

D - This is pretty average when it comes to brown ales, prolly wouldn't try it again, but glad I got to try it.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Judah and Dan for bringing over a 6-pack before bookclub.

A-Dark copper-brown beer. Tan-brown head rose a bit, but receded quickly to sparse bubble colonies.

S-The pour released a surprising amount of chocolatey-sweet malty aroma with just a hint of something estery near the end.

T-Chocolate-nutty malts bearing a fair amount of residual sweetness. Bitterness, though, appears to make a bit of a dent in it. No hop flavors. Finishes surprisingly dry.

M-Modeartely thin/light body, bolstering its ease of drinking, but detracting from the overall feel. Carbonation is a perhaps slightly high medium level.

D-This beer was one of my gateways into craft beerdom, and its smooth flavors and ease of drinking, spurned by a lighter body and clean finish, are certainly evidence of why that is.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool can into medium chalice

Pours a clear but dense dark brown with gold, ruby, and orange highlights below a two finger beige head that has solid retention and nice webs of lace.

Nose is surprisingly complex. Lots of layers to the malt: chocolate, caramels, toffee, roast, and a touch of herbal hop. Some yeast esters as well.

The palette follows suit nicely. Milk chocolates, light caramels, roasted nuts, light roasted coffee, fruity esters. Nice and balanced with some herbal/citrus hop tang, smooth and solid without being overpowering.

Moderate heft with a medium carbonation. Not outstanding, not bad.

Easy drinking, nice solid session brew that could easily see rotation at my house. Another well crafted beer in a can. One of the few brown ales that I actually enjoyed.

Photo of aval89
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Very 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, an herbal taste lingers on the mouth.

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

I can definitely drink these like nothing. Overall a decent brown ale. Not too shabby.

Photo of Bfarr
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moose Drool is as odd as the name implies. It's exceedingly dark for a brown ale. In fact, if it weren't for some lighter highlights around the edges I would swear it was a porter or stout. Any hops are drowned out by an earthy chocolate taste. So earthy it gives it a slight coffee quality. The mouthfeel I have a bit of an issue with because it felt and finished like a much lighter ale although still in line with a brown ale. I may be expecting a little more because of the color.

The chocolate and coffee tastes are pleasant enough although a bit overbearing making it a good but one dimensional brown ale.

Photo of bierenutz
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer started out looking good. Poured into a glass a 1+ inch head was formed leaving nice lacing about the glass. The smell was mild but present including a sweet aroma of nuts and chocolate. The taste was not nearly as impressive as the look, however, as the nutty aroma was replaced by a more burnt taste and bitterness. The mouthfeel was watery and had considerable carbonation. I probably should have just finished this beer while it was cold, but I let it warm a bit and that was my mistake. I then found this beer to reveal more of a tobacco taste and that was it for me. I finished about half of this beer and had to stop. To some this review may sound unfair of this beer, but I haven't had to pour a half a beer down the drain (voluntarily) in a long, long time. In the end, I found the name of this beer quite fitting. Thank goodness I only bought one to try it out and I hope the Big Sky IPA I bought at the same time saves my opinion of this brewer.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear brown/amber liquid with a thin, splotchy off-white head. About right for the style.

S- Apples & pears, caramel, grains, and maybe just a bit of toast.

T- Caramel, milk chocolate, and grains. Sweeter and roastier than the aroma lead me to believe. Not too shabby.

M- A bit of a carbonation bite, but I would prefer this to being undercarbonated.

D- Well balanced and enjoyable. Not an all-star beer, but it makes for easy drinking.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a half inch light tan head. The head retains okay, and there's no lacing. Looks very fizzy.

S: Not a lot going on here. A little roasted malt, and nuttiness.

T: Not terribly complex, but better than the nose would suggest. Toasty and malty, but not overly sweet. There's a nice herbal, earthy bitterness in the finish.

M: Very thin and overly carbonated.

D: Not a terribly interesting version of the style, but it goes down easy and inoffensively.

Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown, when held up to the light you can see that it is clear and has ruby highlights. Small white head forms and goes quickly.

S: subdued malts, slight roasted grain profile, some caramel and toast... everything mild here

T: front of palate has caramel and toast followed by a mild hop profile that lends an earthiness and some roasted grains on the finish

MF: very thin and watery, high carbonation

D: this one goes down easy, but does so with very little flavor or character...nothing too exciting here, perhaps a good gateway craft brew

Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by 033010 on label. Single purchased at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Dark brown with 1/2-1 finger light beige head with average retention and minimal lacing.

S: Roasted dark malt, porter-like nose with pleasant light sourness from sublte use of citrus and floral hops

T: Malty overall with roasted non-acrid notes layered on light caramel sweetness and light but pleasant leathery mustiness. Light herbal, floral hoppiness in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium tending more towards light in body, carbonation is too heavy. Roasted caramel aftertaste is long and sweet.

D: A nice find and an above-average brown ale that is well done. More body and this would be a real winner.

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

Good brown ale.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Retro 60´s-70´s graphic design dominated by an illustration of a moose exaggeratedly drooling on a lake. Does not display a recognizable date of freshness or bottling. Show´s Alc. by Vol. (5.1%) Poured into a jar.

A - Brown to amber brown pour with good head, fair retention, and some lacing.

S - Roasted malt scent, sweet and caramel-nutty notes.

T - Sweet malt, roasted notes, and a nutty touch.

M - Medium to thin body with fair carbonation.

D - Works fairly well without being particularly remarkable.

Notes: A nice local offering that shows the diversity of craft beer production in the US. Glad to find it on my travels around this region.

Photo of HeroJH
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I heard so much about this, it was good, but not as good as I expected based on the referrals. I imagine that if it didn't have such a funny clever name, this beer would be not as popular.

A - Dark Brown.
S - Toasty - nice tangy malt.
T - Toasty, dry, no sweetness (which I'm liking). A bit one dimensional though, let this warm up.
M - clean and dry.
D - not sure. A bit bland and boring to me. Good with food. Good session beer.

I'd like to try this again, fresh and on tap.

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a fairly opaque brown color - so thick that it can appear black at times. Head formation is at about 11m, breaks down to a film.

S - Caramel and chocolate malts, some crystal malt as well. Almost like a steeped coffee. A hair of yeast is present.

T - Starts off with the coffee and caramel malt flavors, certainly malty but has a astringent counterbalance to it. Mid-stream is fairly monotone, with just a bit of yeast coming through. Hopping is not present. Finishes with a soft semisweet chocolate flavor.

M - Moderate to strong body in both the beer and a potent carbonation. Can be a bit stinging on the tongue. Finishes with a bitter oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - a bit filling is a downside, due to its fairly potent carbonation. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming. A session beer to a point.

Photo of kegger22
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale was brown in color with a half inch beige head that faded before I had a chance to know it.

The aroma was rich and chocolaty.

The taste was roasted caramels and chocolates, but a little on the harsh on the tongue (carbonation, bitterness).

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good, combining low ABV with satisfactory flavor and reasonable price.

Big Sky is somewhat of a novelty as one of the few Montana brewery products available any distance from Montana.

Photo of cooperkeg
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very easy drinking brown. Color was nut brown, but a little light for my taste. Aroma had soft nutty, caramel notes. As it warmed up a little chocolate peeked through. Nice mouthfeel and a very text book brown ale. Good nut and cocoa flavors. Went very well with my burger. A good overall experience.

Photo of Arnie2709
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served to me in a 16oz glass at JL Beers in Fargo, ND.

Color is a dark caramel color allowing some light through. About one finger think cream colored head that sticks and leaves very nice lacing throughout the drink. Smell is of dark malts, sweet and appealing. Taste is nutty with flavors of dark fruits, earthy and a smooth malty finish. Medium body. A very good beer and I enjoyed 2 of them with my burger and fresh cut potato chips. Beautiful.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In the glass appeared a weathered brick color, against the light appeared a deep and brilliant crimson red which was topped off by a 1 finger khaki colored head that was patchy and short-lived yielding a weak lacing. Visible carbonation was strong with a good deal of wayward bound bubbles that rose at a moderate pace.

S: The nose opened up with a light dried caramel and apple peel fruitiness with a moderate state of strength. There was a bit of dry toasty breadiness as well some hints of spruce and dried maple syrup.

T: The flavor was apple peels and a lightly dried munich toasted malting with dry cereal grains. There is a light flowery bitterness conveying a woodys feel of spruce and pine needles. A light tartness of cranberries and cherries is also noted here while the finish rounds out with a dry toasted breadiness. There was but a vague resemblance to a creamy nuttiness but not enough to convince me of style.

M: The mouthful was bright, showcased by a good sense of carbonation. A light to medium consistency is felt on the tongue with a slight syrupy feel. The finishing swallow finds a bright, tart fruitiness.

D: Drinkability was decent, definitely good for 2-3 with some bright moments but was a bit sweet overall.Drinks more like a standard fruity ale rather a brown, but all goes down the same.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.