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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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2,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,164
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 85
Gots: 179 | 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 pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another good session from Big Sky, I've drank this beer many times. Glad to see it in cans. Six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $7.

A: About the color of a coke, off white head about half an inch thick, nice clarity, excellent red accents. Nice looking beer. Good head retention, and pretty fair spots of lacing.

S: Honey, nutty, slightly buttery, this smells a lot like a big ol' malt bomb. Pretty boring, but still not too bad.

T: Light flavors, some dark malts, and a light graininess, slightly chocolate, a fair amount of nuts, and a hint at caramel, maybe a touch of honey as well. Pretty light really, but still a tasty brew.

M: Light carbonation, fairly thin, slick, goes down really easily.

D: Easy session beer, I can, and have drank this stuff all night long, many times. Tasty beer, and definitely one that I try and keep on hand.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up based purely on the name - know of Big Sky but Moose Drool had to be tried.

12oz pours an auburn/mahogany color with lots of foam (helps that it's in the tulip - it's all I had!). Lacing down the glass.

Nose is light caramel and roasted malts, light molasses, hints of vanilla.

Taste is nice, smooth yet distinctive malts, hints of hops in the finish. Solid American brown - tasty and bold all the way through - and yet somehow smooth.

Light body but hard to fault this as a drinker. Picked up a sixer - should be well through it by the end of the night.

ritzkiss, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by 6/23/09

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 1 finger head that left spottted lacing

smells of very sweet bready malts

taste is much different then the smell - this beer has lots of cocoa flavor to it much like many porters after this the sweet bready and carmel malts come through and some nutty notes as well

moutfeel a light/medium body with good carbonation that has a nice rich creamy finish

drinkability is good for a full flavored beer of only 5.1%abv

jsh420, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms. The foam eventually recedes. Lots of sticky lace it left behind.
S: Caramel malt. Though mostly musky and dank.
T: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Some toffee as well. A lingering hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp clean snap of carbonation. A good creaminess follows as the beer is allowed to breath. Easy and smooth to drink. A session beer for me.

I spent about two months in Montana drinking this. I really enjoyed it then (three years ago now), and enjoy it now. I was surprised and pleased to see this in the liquor stores in Tulsa, OK. Recommended.

champ103, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Large light brown head with moderate retention and nice lacing. the beer is a bright read brown in color.

S- Very malty and sweet. caramel, roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate. Also a moderate hop presence.

T- Roasted nuts, caramel, hints of vanilla, and a light bitter bite from the hops in the end.

M- Light and slightly oily with a little bite in the end.

This is a pretty good brown ale, nothing really special just a nice drinkable and well balanced beer. Easy to enjoy and nice to have in the fridge.

br3wmeister, May 30, 2009
Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS.

Poured a nice chestnut/mahogany brown. Clear even though it's dark. Decent head that lasts a fair amount of time.

Aroma is of roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate. There's a lot of roasted malt aroma, to be honest. Nearly stout-like, but not quite. Hops are there, but hiding.

Taste is very much dark malt dominated, with bitter chocolate coming to the fore. Some roasted malt flavor, but nowhere near what was in the nose. This is mostly an American Brown, with chocolate malt up front and providing a majority of the bitterness, and hops filling in the rest. Quite malty, but not sweet. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is substantial without making you work to drink it. A good job navigating that particular balancing act.

This is a good American Brown, not to be mistaken for an English brown in any way, shape or form. Drink this one next to a Newcastle to see what I mean. It's bitter, roasty and chocolate, but never ventures into porter territory. That's hard to pull off, yet Big Sky does it well. Glad this made it to Kansas.

jokelahoma, May 29, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very Dard brown pour, almost black with a medium brown head that had mostly faded by the time it was served to my table

S - Brown sugar and chocolate over malt with a hint of black licorice.

T - Mild dark chocolate flavor and lots of toasted malt. Nothing over the top with the taste, but that is more true to the style than the browns that I have been drinking lately.

M -Tasted watery at the get go but the finish offered a subtle brown sugar hint and toasty malt.

alpinebryant, May 29, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a slight reddish tint. Head mostly recedes but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and fruit malts, with some metallic hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts balanced by a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice example of an English-style Brown Ale, but there is something about it that keeps me from really wanting another.

bsp77, May 27, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Riverside.

Clear dark brown, comes with a finger thick light tan head. Aroma is not there too much unless you really dig your nose in, it comes off as nutty chocolate. The taste is juicy chocolate... lots of chocolate in the finish... somewhat near cloying. Fizzy, too fizzy. Body is on the lighter side, almost medium.

Not too bad of a beer. Didn't feel right in the mouth but the flavor was fairly rich.

MiScusi, May 25, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours a dirty coke a cola color with a large bubbly, tan head. Lots of visible carbonation, looks like soda pop. Smells sweet, light malt in there somewhere. Some very faint nutty notes as well. Tastes sweet right away, followed by some roasted malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Very balanced. Mouthfeel is bleak, kind of watery and not enough carbonation. Drinkability is great, and now I can get it in cans!!! bonus

BDLbrewster, May 21, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darkish Brown, a little bit of head. Nothing that really impresses me.

S: Some malt, smells sweet. A faint hoppiness in there.

T: A little weak. Malty, toast, biscut, some faint coffee.

M: Not really thing, but not robust. It's in the ballpark for the style.

D: It wore on me, the aftertaste was a bit sweet for me to consider this as having good drinkability.

aggiearcher13, May 20, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with orange edges and a decent white head.

Very light, delecate "non-assertive" malt nose.

Thin mouth feel but with decent light malt, burnt toast flavor. Simple malt flavors without complexity. Flavors that are there are pleasant. Hint of weak coffee with a back palate of light hops. Not bad; just not memorable.

Short thin flavors go to short weak finish but with a bit of burnt toast back palate. Not something to go out of your way to try. Just my opinion.

GRG1313, May 18, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, almost black body with a medium brown head standing at about an inch. The head fades quick to a quarter inch before standing strong.

S - Brown sugar and chocolate over malt with a hint of black licorice.

T - Mild dark chocolate flavor and thick toasted malt.

M - The start is watery but the finish offers a subtle scratch which assists in bringing out some good flavor.

~ This is the best brown ale I've ever had. Thanks to my friend Alejandro Ysquierdo.

cdkrenz, May 17, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruddy amber color with a lighter amber along the edges. An inch an a half head of a pale tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, grass, and slight biscuit aroma. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt, and then hops come through, a muted toffee flavor is present, along with a slight grass flavor. Overall, really sweet for my taste, but the blend of flavors besides that is pretty good. A really drinkable ale that is more refreshing than filling.

Tone, May 14, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours a dark brown with deep orange/ruby highlights & a finger of tan head that dies down to a thin ring, leaving spotty lacing. Very little action from bubbles.

Smells of malty caramel with a roasty, nutty note. Taste of cola hits at first, then swells into a sweet caramel flavor & finishes with a hop bite, just enough to whip the tongue into shape a little instead of just laying there. Slight roast flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin, but typical for brown ales (I always expect a fuller beer based on the smell). Leaves me with the same aftertaste I get after finishing a dark chocolate, tongue coated. A good sessionable drinker.

OneDropSoup, May 11, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a large tan head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing.
Caramel, chocolate and toasted malt.
Similar to aroma, caramel and toasted malt. Hints of nuts.
Slightly syrupy with a dry finish. Fizzy carbonation.
Easy drinking. I wish it had a richer finish. This also does not hold up with food.
NOTES: BBCSD-0903-Danielle

seanbhudson, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great 'extra' bottle received from breity in a recent trade.

Pours a dirty chocolate brown with about an inch's worth of off-white head on top. Retention is pretty weak and there's little lacing. Smells of chocolate, buttered bread, sweet molasses, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is a little weak for my liking. A bit too watery. Oh well. Flavor is nice and chocolatey. Mouth is full of warm breadiness as well. Finishes on the sweet side. Not bad. I'd drink this again for sure. Drinkability is high. I downed this fairly quickly with ease. Recommend.

Onenote81, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of beerbill poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown in the glass that shows deep copper when held up to light. The head is small and tan and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pretty good with tons of sweetness from the caramel malts and chocolate. Maybe some molasses as well as a hint of nuts.

The doesn't quite live up to the aroma and is really just a more watered down version of the smell. It has a bit of chocolate and molasses sweetness up front with some malts int he middle and a dry cocoa-like finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and smooth with moderate carbonation.

This one looks and smells great but the taste and mouthfeel are probably a tad less impressive. Still, a decent brown ale.

gford217, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Big malt character with spices in the back ground.

Appearance: Moose Drool is clear, deep brown and has a tall off white head.

Flavor: The toasted/roasted malts are the dominant flavor; it does have spice notes in the back ground.

Overall Impression: A solid beer, the toasted/roasted malts are not my thing.

Birmingham, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one's got a light brown two finger head that is the color of roasted marshmallows. The brew is a chestnut brown, and is relatively dark until the glass is held up to the light, giving a deep purple tint. Lacing is pretty decent. This is a good, if somewhat average lookin' brew.

S - Deep nutty notes with a hint of milk chocolate underneath. There are some firewood and ash aspects that really add some complexity, and the aromas sort of remind me of the way an old log cabin smells. Musty, but alluring.

T - Chestnut, walnuts, and a roaring fire. This is really nutty, woody, dense, and slightly smoky. This tastes like a night spent staring into the campfire while the big trees creak all around you. There is also a gentle "purple" fruit flavor; vinous notes, and hints of plum. Nice!

M - Light in body, but not in character. This is on the thinner side of the brown ale spectrum, but the dense woody notes give a fuller feel, and the slightly dry fruity finish leave lingering happy feelings in the mouth.

D - This is a really well made brown ale with tons of the smoky old-cabin in the woods notes that I love. The balance of nuts and fruit reminds me of one of my favorite combos... peanuts and raisins. I'll be back for more of this one!

pmcadamis, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of kdmorse
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All-around good brown. Malty and sweet taste and smell appropriately balanced with hops without hops flavor or aroma to speak of. Smell is a bit too sweet for me and almost stale (cardboardy?) even though the bottle is fresh (according to bottle date). Easy to drink and very refreshing after a bike ride on the beach. Good drinking and well worth the price, but not the best brown I have had.

kdmorse, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A--Dark brown color that glows with a deep red hue when held to the light. Standard pour yielded almost 2 fingers of head that receded fairly quickly down to a centimeter and left some lacing on the glass

S--Caramel malty sweetness, bread, little bit of banana peel in the background. Actually, it kind of smells like a very weak hefe'

T--The taste here is rather unpleasant. Whatever flavors are here are overshadowed by a funky metallic and ashy taste that ruins too many beers. This bottle is well within its freshness period and was not subjected to harsh conditions. I think its just flat out a bad tasting beer.

M--Light bodied and slightly watery, but leaves a lingering metallic taste on the tongue

D--Drain pour for me. I will probably toss the remaining 3 bottles from my sampler pack too because I am never going to drink them and I don't want to give them to somebody and subject them to this poor beer.

EDIT: I tried another bottle of this and I got the same flavor, I am officially done with this beer. I suppose I may have gotten 2 bad bottles, but quality control is just as important as the product itself and something is wrong here

alcstradamus, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Mug

A-Pretty typlcal looking brown lifgt head arcoss the top just kind of a film

S-Very roasted rich/sweet malt and alot of nuttyness

T-Much like the smell except sweeter with alot of nuttyness. Diffrent kinds of nuts in the middle and finish. Nice bitter hop quality to the finish.

M-Medium to thin body very rich and complex tho. Finishes very clean

D-Again just happy to be able to get Big sky here now and will be a regualar in my fridge. Smooth and very easy to drink

SpecialK088, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle clean dark amber with a thin beige cap. Lacing was sticky but sporadic.

Aroma of sweet malts, light caramel, cola, nuts, and toasted grains.

The taste is malty with a light fruitiness to it. Toasted grains and nuts appear towards the finish.

Thinner bodied, a touch dry, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable English brown from Big Sky. And refreshing enough to enjoy in the summer months.

Monkeyknife, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, Deep brown and reddish with a one finger head. I don't think this could get any better.

smells of rich sugary malt and a caramel-vanilla nose. nuts are prevalent but not too strong.

Tastes very rich and smooth but bittering toward the end. I get a lot more nutty flavor, like macadamia or brazil nuts. really a quite exceptional brew.

mouth is medium and not viscous. Smooth with a lingering but pleasant aftertaste. This beer drinks very easy and is really enjoyable. It might be the best brown ale <%10 that I have had. Jewbelation 12 would be the only exception.

naterock, Apr 06, 2009
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,164 ratings.