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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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2,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 93
Gots: 240 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich opaque brown coloring with a slight ruby twinge. Nice off tan head with solid lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Rich tones from the nose, roastiness come through quite strongly. I also pick up a tinge of spiciness as well, a little cinnamon and nutmeg.

T & M: Mouthfeel just a tad on the thin side but that is my only complaint dealing with taste or mouthfeel of brew. Just about perfect for an American brown ale. The roasty tones from the nose come through in the taste. Creamy, with just the right amount of bitterness on finish.

D: Highly drinkable, Big Sky continues to absolutely impress.

Photo of rwf08
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle brought back from New Mexico by my girlfriend. Rich kids, they go everywhere on vacation. Put in a standard American pint glass.

A: Brown, saw that coming, with a nice little head and some lacing. Held up to light you get some dark ruby colors.

S: Fruity esters, dark fruits like rasians, malty sweetness, little hop bitterness hiding in there too.

T: Dark fruits but with a nice roastyness coming up the back end. Kind of dry on the finish.

M: Medium body, dry finish.

D: I'd call this sessionable and I'd session this all night long. Look out! If this was easier to find in my parts I'd keep it as a standard rotation.

Overall this seems to be a good representation of the style. It is an open ended style so I find it unfair to compare this to some other that have a more extensive inventory on their ingredients list. If you are looking for a good roasty, fruity, brown ale then this is your best bet. I think this is a great beer and is under rated because of the idea of extreme beer in America.

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Yrd House, Scottsdale. Very dark brown a little head, it was promising. It had some stouty qualities with licorice and chocolate malts but it was too sweet, and not so drinkable.Average mouthfeel.Its popular as a beer, and maybe a root beer substitute. Had nearly 3 years later and getting licorice with a bit of astringent finish.

Photo of rockyfire
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had heard so much about this beer from friends who were traveling in the Big Sky area. Anyway, light and pleasant malt aroma, with a slight hop background that strengthens the longer it sits. Brown in color and full head that lingers. Not a strong flavor but the hops are there in taste but not a dry finish. Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. Kinda like the name suggests, although I love the name.

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

Once served in a tumbler glass. Look: Opaque black color and red hues, thin foamy head, brown and very bright, acceptable lacing; Smell: Roasted malt with chocolate and prune; Taste: Roasted malt, roasted coffee and chocolate, lightly spicy hops; Mouthfeel: Subtly dry, high bitterness, medium body and high carbonation; Drinkability: Just good, taken on 25 january 2010, day when Salvador Cabañas was attacked, come on chavagol, you still have many goals to score and tournaments to win.

Photo of aristeros
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Phoenix, at the Dave and Buster's analogue owned by Sega. Half a finger of off-white head, cola brown with red-orange highlights. Good lacing but little retention. Nose has big buscuit and molasses with sweet and toasted malt scents.

Taste is heavy on biscuit and sweet malt, with a bit of hops, like a Fuller's ESB. Light roasted malts, caramel flavors. Sweet, with nuts near the back end. Moderate-plus carbonation appropriate to the style. Slightly bitter, coffee-like stout finish.

Moderate to heavy body. Solid brown ale.

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

I really needed to find some session Brown Ale's, and this happen to be that fix.

Pours a dark brown with scarlet and burgundy hues when held against light. Head is ivory colored with moderate retention and superb lacing. Not a whole lot of foam to look at, but that sticky lacing is pretty awesome.

Roasted malts dominate the aroma, along with biscuit, light cocoa, and just a smidgen of hops.

Taste was pleasant, nothing too complex, just a nice good and straight forward Brown. Begins with some mild nuttines, light caramel, and bready/bisuit malts to finish it off. Nice semi bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on par with the ABV, and sessionability (if thats a word).

Drinkability is good. Its hard to find a decent Brown Ale, they are far and few and this one really hits the spot for a brew thats tastes good and is easy to enjoy.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head with poor retention and only a touch of lacing.

3.5 S: Lightly roasted malts give a touch of toastiness and a decent nuttiness. A bit dry with earthy hops and cacao. Not bad, not great.

3.0 T: Mild bitterness. Taste is similar to the nose. Light toastiness and mild nuttiness. Like the nose, the taste is a bit subdued and seemingly gets weaker with evey sip.

3.0 M: Light body. Good carbonation. I'd prefer there to be a bit more body, but alas there is not.

2.0 D: The taste is all but gone by the time I got the to bottom of the glass.

Photo of Avagadro
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: tree-bark in color and super-clear, this brew has an off-white film that leaves rings around the glass. Lacing is evident, but not particularly significant.

S: bread and walnuts make up the subtle bouquet of the Drool.

T: semi-sweet with notes of bread and nuts.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: not the most flavorful brown ale, not particularly thick, but also not exactly refreshing. This brew doesn't do any one thing great, but rather delves into all aspects of the beer realm. It is somewhat the Jack-of-all-trades of the beer world. I can't quite see what all of the hype is about.

Photo of cudmud
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a medium brown color with little head and weak lacing.

Smell: The major aroma from this beer is coffee, which is backstopped with brown sugar and floral components from the hops. In addition, the alcohol is evident in the nose.

Taste: Starts with sour notes and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste. Thers is also some sweet accents with the malts.

Mouthfeel: The body is thin, but the carbonation and bitterness are refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and hits the spot on a cold winter night. In all, a good beer and I'll brink more.

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

Dark chestnut brown with amber highlights. Tanned offwhite bubbly head that didn't stick around very long. Thin sparse lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel, molasses, chocolate. Herbal and floral hops behind.

Sweet sticky caramelized molasses, dark chocolate, toasty, nutty. Crisp herbal and soft floral hop flavors, although fairly subdued. Slightly fruity yeast esters. Roasted semi-bitter choc-molasses and spicy herbal aftertaste.

Full bodied, sticky, smooth, decent carbonation.

Good brown. Also good to cook with.

Photo of MightyCow9
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a good beer. Not great, but drinkable. The taste of the chocolate malts became a bit more pronounced as the drink warmed up. That is the primary flavor that I perceived in this.

Nice look, good slightly tan head. I wouldn't drink more than one for fear of becoming a chocoholic.

Photo of natelocc787
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crispy brown appearance. Sweet, brown, bready malt in the nose and candied nuts. A sugar crusted loaf of sweet bread, mild chocolate and toffee notes are present in the taste. Mouthfeel is crisp, mostly dry and malty in the finish. I will say it barely earned the above score. Another decent offering from Big Sky.

Photo of roblowther
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown copper color with a creamy dense head and surprisingly sticky lace. Smells straight up brown ale....slight coffee, caramel. Taste is heavily roasted, slightly burnt. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch flat. Drinkability is limited by the burnt roast. Not one for me, really...there's an acidic aftertaste that's staying with me. I won't stay with it, really.

Photo of fropones
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with one and a half fingers of ecru head that fades rather quick.

S - Smells nutty and malty, with a slightly metallic odor to it. Smells good except for that slightly metallic smell that I can't quite place. Some molasses in here too.

T - Some malty sweetness and hop bitterness balancing nicely. Some bittersweet chocolate. Thankfully the metallic taste is gone. Still, nothing too spectacular, maybe just not my style.

M - A little watery and light carbonation. Could use a little more heft to it.

D - The light mouthfeel does lend to a nice sessionable ale. Nicely drinkable. Probably not something I would have again, but mainly just because of style preference.

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

Pours a real dark brown color with a decent tan head. Head falls to about nothing. Very thin lacing.

Roasted malt aroma and very metallic.

Tastes like a brown. Toasty malts and a mild bitter finish. Somewhat tinny.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Average, fairly easy drinking Brown Ale. Not bad.

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very dark reddish brown with a thin tan head, ok retention. Smells of sweet caramel and roasted matlyness. Flavor is good, very small hints of caramel flavor, some hopyyness, but seems a bit weak and has an almost watery mouth feel. It is fairly drinkable, but mouth feel is a bit disappointing.

Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown, good head with some lacing.

Smells malty, slight caramel and chocolate notes.

Hazelnut, malt, toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Slight metallic taste in there, and the flavors are subtle and slightly watery.

Mouthfeel medium-thin, moderate carbonation.

This was quite drinkable and pleasant, on the simple side, but I'd have it again.

Photo of Duxx
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep chocolate brown with just a hint of red. The head was amber colored and about 1 finger high that faded to just a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Dark malt smell with just a hint of smokiness. No real hop aroma.

T: Chocolate and very mild coffee flavors with just a hint of smoke. A little astringent and dry in the back of the throat.

M: A little thin with creamy carbonation released as it touches the tongue.

D: Definitely a beer you could drink all night long. No to cloying or filling.

Photo of angelmonster
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big 3 finger light chocolate head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention was good and lacing was above average

Smell is of sweet caramel malt and some corn/ grains. No hops are detected

Taste is similar to the smell. Very malty but there is some off flavors in there. There's a corn/adjunct flavor thats odd, mixed with a slightly metallic after taste. As the beer warms, earthy hops and some dried fig become apparent.

Mouth feel is above average. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is on the aggressive side. Head stayed around for awhile but didn't really contribute to the beer.

Drink ability was good. Very sessionable beer, solid brown ale. Cant really stand up to DFH Indian Brown Ale, my favorite in this style, but it was worth a try

Photo of portia99
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (dated 6/30/09) received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a translucent dark brown with ruby highlights...thin head, almost none, just some islands of tan bubbles on the surface and a thin collar. No lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Total caramel and toffee aromas...sweet and rich. A little bit of green vegetable like aroma in there too...not entirely appealing...some grassy and earthy hops in the background, but really subdued.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Lots of caramel, mildly bitter. Some green vegetables - sweet peas, green beans - a little bit odd. Not much for bitterness...hops take a back seat here.

M - On the thin side, especially for a malt focused beer...but it is rather low in alcohol too. Carbonation is medium - tingly and active, but not overly so...just about right for the style.

D - The odd vegetable smell and flavor are a bit distracting and definitely limit the drinkability of this one. Alcohol is low making this sessionable strength. Had this one last about 15 years ago - was a favorite then, but I think my tastes have definitely changed. Glad to have the opportunity to try again and see how my palate has progressed over the years.

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.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.