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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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2,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 99
Gots: 279 | 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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Ratings: 2,349 | Reviews: 866
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.

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

A: There is a medium layer of compact head over the surface of the beer, a little spotty lacing appears as the beer drops, a very clear medium brown in color - 3.50, S: Thick aromas of malt, lots of toffee and Tootsie Roll, a heavy dark sugar like sweetness, faint hint of some citrus on the nose, it seems pretty dead on for the style - 4.00, T: Flavor has strong chocolate chip and caramel malts, mild to medium citrus hop bite, ashy sweetness - 3.50, M: Medium mouth feel, faintest burn on the tail of the beer - 3.50, D: All around a quite drinkable beer, possibly a touch more hops than I recall which was a bonus, goes down very smoothly - 4.00

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.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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