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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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2,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,244
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 88
Gots: 210 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland:

Pours with a nice, rich brown hue, decent head and lace. Flavors of toffee, banana, roasted hazelnuts, and caramel. Yum! Finishes rather crisp with good grip, balanced tannins, and a nice nutty aftertaste. One of the better brown ales I have tried lately. Just taste next to Newcastle if you don't believe.

Photo of Contagion
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice chocolate malt scent to it. A mild nut flavor is detectable and there is a slight biscuit scent. The smell is kind of mild and a little on the week side. For a brown ale I was expecting something a little stronger scented. The flavor is a mixture of roasted chocolate malts with a hint of nuts and a nice hop finish. It tastes almost like an English brown, but not quite as flavorful. The aftertaste is barely noticeable.

It is a medium bodied beer. There is a slight creaminess to it that coats the mouth.

This is a nice beer. It's nothing fancy or all that impressive, but it was nice to drink. It's something that I wouldn't pass up, but I wouldn't go out of my way for. The flavor could have been more impressive.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a clean brown with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smelled or raosted nut, chocolate, and some caramel malt.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Pretty light bodied brew. Tasted of toasty caramel, subtle chocolate, and mild citrusy hops. Very easy drinking brew which finished pretty dry and bitter.

Drinkability:I've had plenty of these on many occasions and will probably do so in the future due to price and availability. A pretty good sessionable brown ale.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown color with a frothy head. I have had this in a bottle, but recently found it in a can and decided to review it again. It was about where I remembered it, with the novelty of having come in a can to actually get me to buy another six pack. Its not bad, but not one that I keep stocked at home. Nice malt structure in the nose with some touches of grain and hops. Some sweetness about the nose. Nice thick mouthfeel is like a mild syrup. The attack is mostly sweet malt flavors, but there is a strong presence of grain. Some sweetness manages to cover the flavor and leave me describing it as sweet. It seems like some of the punch is missing from this beer as it just doesn't have the zip or "it" factor to be rated any higher.

Photo of Gremner
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This ale is pretty. It pours a deep brown with reddish hues around the edges. A finger or two thick off white head that goes down rather quickly. Low to moderate lacing.

S- A little grainy, a little hoppy. Smell seemed thin.

T- Started off malty, with some hops kicking in toward the end. Finished pretty clean. There seemed to be an emptiness to the taste right in the middle.

M- Pretty light bodied. Decent carbonation and a clean finish.

D- All in all, I'd say its okay. Not good, not terrible. I think there is room to improve this one to be pretty darn good. I'd like a more interesting and potent aroma to accompany a more interesting and potent flavor. I just seemed to lack something...

Photo of beer348
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

well, this is not my favorite beer would be an understatement. I was quite a bit disappointed. it tasted fine and had decent flavor but.. Had a good feel though but just didn't sit that well and not very drinkable whatsoever. i am rating this beer low

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head and a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

T: The taste is great with coffee from the nose and roasty malt flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth.

D: Very sessionable and something I wouldn't mind drinking all the time. I will be getting this again.

A typical brown ale that's not overly sweet or overly bitter but perfectly balanced. It's pretty ordinary but sometimes you need a regular beer.

Photo of BDJake
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, almost porter-like, with ruby-brown hues on the edge of the glass when held to the light. eggshell colored head that left mild lacing and stuck around for a minute

S- very nutty, with roasted caramel malts and some breadiness to it

T- same as the aroma, with a mild hop touch in the aftertaste

M- light/medium body with a slight bitterness

D- great for the style, although I usually only get it about once a year (usually late autumn as a transition from fall to winter beers) it's always satisfying. I can see why this is one of my dad's all time favorite beers (although in recent years he's leaned more towards the decent yet overrated Mac and Jack's amber)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brownish-red color with a decent crown of cream colored foam. Average retention and not much lacing. Standard looking brown ale on our hands.

Nose is a nice complement of nutty, roasty and toasty malts. A faint touch of earthy hops and some doughy yeast round out a little bit of depth. Really a great smelling brew, nothing extravagant, but spot on for the style.

Taste is just mildly sweet with a toasty and hoppy bitter finish. Not as much depth as the nose indicates and a bit thin in the mouth, but it is a pretty nice beer and quite drinkable. I can see why this is Big Sky's most popular.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

This beer has gained cult status over the years. Decent head retention, enough to get by. Very dark chestnut color with a glowing clarity when brought up to the light. Hint of plum and apple fruitiness in the nose with aromas of faint peppery, minty herbal hop and nutty breadiness. Sharp carbonation up front with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a moderate body. Brown bread, toasted husk and nutty throughout. Breadiness goes far and keeps the flavor going for a good while. Ghost bicarbonate flavor. Oily hop lends a substantial amount of flavor with a mild bitterness. Touch of apple skin, raisin, brown sugar and carob in the semi-dry finish.

A solid Brown Ale to be had here, very drinkable. Without a doubt it's a good pick when it comes to Brown Ales.

Photo of BeerMePlze
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this on tap at Wild Goose in Chicago.
Hands down one the best beers I've ever tasted. Extremely sessionable especially for a brown ale. Great malt, tastes like chocolate, caramel, nuts.

Bartender told me it is also available in cans??? Anyone know if this is true and if so where it can be found in Chicago?

Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark brown with ruby accents. A thick tan colored head. Decent lacing on glass.

S: Toasted malt and dark fruit and hop

T: A very smooth toasted, nutty malt flavor. There is some earthy, floral hop flavor in the background.

M: creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is good and provides a nice feel to the beer.

D: This is a good brown ale. Very simple, tasty, and smooth. Very easy to drink....the first one went down very easy.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear, amber, with 3 foamy fingers of light mocha colored head. This shrinks down pretty readily into a thin creamy looking retention that leaves some nice looking thickish patchy lacing back. The aroma is roasty and nutty in the nose, with some gentle spiciness and a bit of green citrus and floral hops to it. Pretty decent for the style.

The taste is light roasted malts that slathers the palate, along with a flush of bready sweetness. Earthy hops gives the profile a citric and spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate sharpness to the carbonation, which gives this a fairly crisp and easy feel in the mouth.

Nothing groundbreaking here but this is just a solid Brown Ale with quality flavors and a good sessionable feel about it. Portability in cans is a plus!

Photo of kindestcut
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Big Sky Moose Drool pours an amber brown with a very vibrant off-white head. The aroma is malty, not very apparent though.

The taste is sweet, with a hint of nuts. A nice hoppiness, although not very strong, balances the flavor. There is a good amount of carbonation to make this a refreshing beer.

I have had better brown ales but this one is very good choice for the style if you're looking for a good example.

Photo of JBogan
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown pour with a slightly off white head which left some good lacing. A slightly above average looking beer.

The aroma was of malt and nuts. Not a strong presence, yet a well balanced and pleasant smell.

Taste was a bit subdued compared to what the aroma suggested. The malt and nuts were again the main players, but it seemed there was something in the dulling everything a bit.

Mouthfeel was mostly flat and dead. I'd also prefer a bit more thickness in the body.

This was a decent brew, yet lacked a few things which kept it from being a good beer. Almost seemed like a work in progress.

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

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Maple brown with nice clarity and leisurely carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap doesn't start very strong, but has nice retention and leaves a very heavy lace.

S: On the sweet side. Toffee and caramel dominate. There's a bit of lemon to be had, plus a touch of anise.

T: The toffee from the nose is what struck me the most. a lemon tea bitterness is just strong enough to keep the sweetness is check. Gets a bit watery in the middle before a bittersweet toffee flavor gives a final flourish.

M: The rather light body has about the right level of fizz to it.

D: The low ABV on this makes for a good session beer. The flavor is pleasant, if not exciting. Overall, a good social beer to share with friends.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt, nut, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/light bodied, high prickly carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very sessionable and smooth brown ale. This beer is not too light, not too heavy. It strikes me as a perfect camping beer. I will look for this again.

Photo of Bricelyn
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer Begs to be had around a camp fire high up in the Saw tooth mountains, its colors are straight off a Ponderosa pine dark browns almost black higlighted by cranberry reds.

It even smells like a camp fire soft and malty smoke.

First thing to hit my pallet was lima beans and a slight hop on the back of the tongue its quite dry and slightly bitter. It all mellows out in to a bakers chocolate type malt.

Smooth and mellow is the mouth feel it finishes a bit sticky on the back of your tongue

I have to say that I am a bit partial to this beer as it is brewed so close to home and is a staple of me and my brothers camp out diet... Nuf said

Photo of spencerw
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was actually recommended to me from a fellow Beer advocate user. I had not had Moose Drools before. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A- Nice burnt brown rich color with a fluffy 1-2 inch head that stuck around for a minute or two leaving a shallow lace.

S- Sweet, malty, coco with a deep roasted scent and background hoppy smell

T- Roasted malty rich flavor with a hoppy kick that is well balanced.

M- Medium to full body.

D- Filling. 1-2 beers with a nice piece of poultry would be perfect. I would drink this again for sure.

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown color with a white fluffy head that disappeared quickly.

S-Malt, Roasted Hazelnut/Nut, sweetness

T-Nutty malt flavors that increase in intensity as you swallow followed by small amounts of hops.

M-Medium body with lots of carbonation in this can.

D-Easy to drink, heavy sweet nutty flavor.

Photo of Snyder18
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden brown with slight mahogany hues. Fluffy tan head that holds for a few minutes at about 2" before falling to a thin oily layer with a small amount of lace clinging on the way down.

Smell - a faint sweetness and toasted malt aroma.

Taste - Nutty, biscuit, toasty with a hint of chocolate. Malty sweetness up front fades to a nice hop bitterness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Not surprising, a brown ale by definition should go down smooth and easy.

Photo of skrib09
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

brew poured a dark brown but is very clear. tan head up top. good lacing.

smells nutty and roasty off the bat. some caramel sweetness in there as well.

taste is dark, rich, and malty. some developed roasted sweetness along with a little roasted nut flavor.

mouthfeel is balanced. a little dry on the palate but overall good drinkability.

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at burger Jones in uptown..pours a deep brown color with some crimson edges nice 1/2 head.. the smell is nutty earthy with toffee and caramel smells the taste is roasted malts and hops with a nutty caramel backbone this one is very drinkable and a good brown

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Translucent mahogany with a finger of dense light tan head.

S - Chocolate, caramel, stewed dark fruit, a little earthiness.

T - Milk chocolate, caramel, Russian black bread, raisin. Some earthy hop flavor and bitterness keeps the malt in check. The finish is balanced but gives way to a gentle lingering sweetness.

M - Medium body, smooth and chewy.

D - Great. Near perfect for sessionability.

Photo of mcsquint
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Dark brown with ruby notes. Thin off-white head that leaves little lacing.
S - Caramel and malt.
T - More sweet than an English brown,but still very palatable. Caramel flavor is very upfront.
M - Light to medium. Low carbonation. a bit grassy. Leaves a nice aftertaste.
D - This a nice take on a classic style; however it's a bit sweet for my taste to consider it a session beer. Very nicely crafted and well worth a try.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,244 ratings.