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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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2,243 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 2,243
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 88
Gots: 209 | 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 nms1987
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown color with kind of a reddish, muddy edge to it. Decent foamage.

Malty nose with some roastiness to it. Maybe a little floral hoppiness to it.

The roastiness comes through on the palate too. It starts off your typical smooth, slightly sweet brown ale in a very enjoyable way but by the time the finish gets around I'm getting some dry roasting. This stuff is almost porter ish. Very interesting.

Smooth mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for the hookup.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost looks a bit purplish in the light, very thick tan head forms, slowly fizzes down to a medium ring around the glass, a couple streaks of lace stick. Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, caramel, quite nutty, some raisin, dark fruit, light chocolate, almond pits, almost a bit port like but that could be the age, smells nice. Taste is nice, dry and biscuity, caramel malts, nuts, raisin, dark fruit, a little bit toasty, a touch of chocolate milk, touch of roast right in the finish, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not up there with the big boys but I would certainly drink this if regularly available. Thanks Eric!

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

12oz bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some light ruby hints to it. No head but a tinge of lacing. Nose is very malty and smooth.

Nice big mouthfeel with a lot of chewyness and even a bit of coffee. Quite good, worth seeking out.

Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a SN Hops glass. No date. A vigorous pour created a large tan head. The body was cola colored. The solid cap of foam left minimal lacing.

Smell was fruity, jammy. Faintly nutty.

Taste was metallic at first. Sweet, but not overly so. Fruity. Brown sugar. Nutty bitterness as it warmed. Better than expect (not one of my favorite styles).

Mouthfeel had up front zip with a smooth finish. Medium to light body.

Photo of vacax
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see this appear in cans. Pours dark brown with red highlights. Large light tan head that has high retention, though it does dissipate eventually. Good amount of lacing too. Good looking beer. Smells of some sweet malts, slightly nutty, a bit of roast thrown in there. Doesn't taste like a traditional brown, there is the malt but there is some roast and some hop bitterness that makes for a crisp finish. Less malt complexity than I expected, but good tasting, crisp, nice session beer no doubt. Medium bodied with lovely medium carbonation that hits the spot, slightly silky feel. Very drinkable for a brown, again, great candidate for a session beer, and good to have this in cans. Surprisingly refreshing since it well avoids cloying. Good stuff.

Photo of Wheelinb
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly not what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. The appearance was a copperish color. I wasn't getting much aroma from this, just some roasted malt. However, the falvors were quite big - roasted malt and chocolate balanced out by a mellow hopiness. I really enjoyed this beer and will certainly have it again.

Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear brown hue with a tan head that disapates after a minute or two and decent lacing on the glass.

A: Sweet malty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Some hops aroma coming through

T: Sweet, roasted malt taste with a hint of chocolate and some hop bitterness afterwards.

M: Meduim carbonation with roastiness on the tongue.

O: it doesn't seem like a big beer. I can see drinking a couple of these. it was enjoyable.

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown color that produced a minimal off-white to gray head that immediately dissipated.

(S)- Rather sweet with some nearly roasted malts with a raisin note.

(T)- Very rustic nuttiness and raisin amber vanilla characters. Maybe even a little honey sweetness?

(M)- Good carbonation level with a nice balance of nutty creamy sweetness.

(D)- An interesting beer with an even more interesting name. A good departure from your run of the mill browns or ambers.

Photo of Aenema
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear reddish brown. Not much of a head or lacing.
Smell - Nutty, caramel malts.
Taste - Very tasty nutty, caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly fine bubbles. A little thin.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.

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

One of my favorite brown ales, and sampled often when I lived back in W. Montana. Good body, excellent taste, excellent smell. Fits well with my philosophy that if you can see through it, it ain't beer. Nice, slightly smokey flavor, but not an annoying aftertaste. Regarding the smokey flavor, my true Montana story: Playing cards at a friend's house, whose inlaw's were Staunch Baptists (a preacher) and death on alcohol in any form. To avoid offending them, we slipped Drool into Coke cans so we could surrupticiously imbibe. (By the way, my friend was known to chew upon occasion.) While our attention was focused away, his dad picked up the coke can and took a drink. (We both saw, but had no opportunity to intervene.) His expression was priceless... he recovered and realized what he was drinking before spewing it out... but we almost died trying to suppress our laughter...

Photo of hardy008
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color (surprise!), with a two finger off white head which does not last very long. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of coffee and dark bitter chocolate, which also describes the taste. The smell is not very strong, but the flavor comes through nicely.

This is light bodied, dry, with some sweetness to it. The carbonation is just right. This would make a nice session beer.

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

Pours ... wait for it .... wait for it .... no whammies .... BROWN! Faintly translucent. Small white foam head, long lasting white foam crust.

Smells like chocolate and faintly of ... earthy hops? Interesting. Not a style I like, and this may be a new favorite!

Taste pretty much matches the smell (funny how that is usually the case). The earthy hops are a bit more overpowering in the flavor, but there's still some balancing sweet coffee. Not much roasted malt to it ... just the faintest acrid twinge.

Bit watery, but decent mouthfeel.

Photo of berley31
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, light-brown head, and a clear, dark-brown body. What little head there was dissipated to a thin lace.

S: Smells of average malt, with some light roasting.

T: Flavor starts of moderately sweet; again, you can taste the roasted coffee flavors. Finishes sweet, with a short duration. Quite nice.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: A very nice Brown ale. One of the better, if not the best, Big Sky beers I've tried. Easy to put back a few of these in an evening, as the roasted flavor is pleasant but not sickening.

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

Appearance - Fairly dark brown, almost a cola color. Appears pretty clear. Medium, persistent tan head.

Smell - Only moderately strong. Caramel maltiness dominates. A bit raisiny.

Taste - Pleasant sweet toasty /chocolaty malts are the primary flavor. Finishes with a burnt flavor though and has a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability - For the most part, an excellent beer. And sometimes one of the few good beers available if you're stuck in unenlightened portions of the West.

Photo of jlb307
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this in trade from beerdavis (thanks, Jason).
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany brown that didn't let any light through. Almost dark like a stout. Developed a short tan head that didn't last very long. No lacing to speak of.

S: Loads of malt and toasted nuts. Semi-sweet.

T: Better than the aroma would suggest. Not overly complicated, but very good. Nutty and toasty with a nice clean finish. Lots of malt, with just a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth and clean. Medium bodied.

D: Very easy to drink. Like 12 oz. of caramel colored goodness.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Moose Drool is a deep amber, almost brown color with a tan-brown head which moves as a solid mass in the glass. The nose is primarily malt forward; caramel and mild chocolate notes come to the forefront, a touch of smokiness and a faint whiff of hops. The flavor is also malty but the burnt, acrid taste comes through a little more strongly. A bit of caramel and burnt toast, hops to balance. The mouthfeel is on the watery side and the carbonation is subdued but slightly creamy. Overall, a drinkable beer, decent brown ale - probably better than actual moose drool (I hope) but nothing outstanding. .

Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark walnut brown. Head is foamy and reminds me of the head of a root beer float.

S- Malt smells, nutty with a hint of caramel.

T- There is a slight peppery spice to this beer. Malty in taste, but nothing really pops out.

M- Thin with not much substance.

D- Easy to drink. Would be a decent session, and a great replacement for Deschutes discontinued Buzz Saw Brown.

Basically this wasn't good in the bottle and still isn't good in the can.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night, a pints worth.

Pours a rich middle of the road brown. I suppose it is a brown ale, so a good start there. The head is a light tan, dropping quickly but provides nice lacing.

The smell is of coffee-ish smokiness. Delicious. Chocolate malt bounces around the nose too.

The beer tastes like rich smoky chocolate and toffee. The smokiness isn't overdone, more of an aftertaste, and I love it.
Moosedrool is a medium-plus bodied brown ale, and has a wonderful heft to it in the mouth.

Moose Drool lends itself to be very drinkable -- a delicious, yet not-too-heavy brown ale that provides a wealth of flavor at a reasonable ABV.

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

A - A very dark mahagony color with a little cream colored head that has almost no retention.

S - A strong barley and caramel smell with a slight hoppy note.

T - A little less bold than I expected seeing as the smell was so strong. A little watery as well but simular to the smell.

M - Slightly watery and bubbly but goes down smooth.

D - Quite drinkable yet I always get swayed into buying something that stands out more.

Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had 8.10.09
This beer pours a deep mahogany color with a two finger of tan bubbly head that leaves wispy lacing. Nose is of grains and toasted malts, slight toffee and caramel. Taste is of grains and malts up front, middle is filled out with a nice deep caramel and chocolate base and a bit of a smokiness to the taste faint but there. Medium body, medium carbonation, feels somewhat thin but crisp. This is easily a nice sessionable ale!

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, clear, clean brown with just over a half-inch deep-khaki colored head, which decent retention and minimal lacing.

The sweet malt aroma was a little subdued for the style. The flavor profile was typical, featuring a slightly sweet nuttiness that led to a clean finish.

The smooth body was also typical for the style, as was the drinkability. These go down smoothly and easily. It's been a few years since I've had a Moose Drool, it tends to get lost in the crowd of great beers in the PNW, and I'm very glad that I've revisited it. Worth trying and a solid go-to brew.

Photo of jneiswender
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Yellowstone Mine Restaurant in Gardiner Montana.

A-dark brown, Mohagony body, off white head

S-sweet, oatmeal, cereal

T-sweet malt, some milk chocolate, some roast

M-medium to somewhat thick, smooth

D-this is just a great brown ale. I could have this over and over again, full of flavor.

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

More trips through the memory field. First, my FerMentor said that it was the one American beer that he was most desirous of trying. Then, my buddy's brother and his family came in from MT to PGH and brought me a sixer! Yoi! Further, one of the Stoudt's daughters lives aht there and is constantly after me to visit. How could I go wrong? It was in a CAN!

From the CAN: "We make water fun." My take: Save water, drink beer.; Save water, shower with a friend. REALLY save water and drink beer while showering with a friend! Plus, you might also be able to double down and save a tree by eating a beaver. It pays to be green!

My pour reminded me instantly of Jimmy Petty and his preference for Newcastle Brown. He drank that like I drank Rolling Rock in the mid-1990's - water. I got a full, finger's worth of deep brown head with good retention. Nose was very sweet, like some flavor of pop. I know this, it is in my inventory of flavors, but it eludes me. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was slightly thin with a very tasty caramel taste on the tongue. The finish was semi-sweet, slightly dry, very nice for the style.

Beach/Shore: Oh, yeah! I would be the envy of all around me, opening a Montana beer at the Jersey shore. Bump Ten Fidy yet again.

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not great but really not bad. Had this in las vegas and knew nothing about it. I knew the brewery but not the beer. I don't like brown ales a lot but this one is good. Good carbonation, not too much malt, alcohol or thickness.. One to try if you're compelled to have a brown ale.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a mahogany color into a pint glass with a two finger head. Head stays around. Not too much lacing. Almost clear.

S- Lacks a bit here. Its a bit of Caramel sweet malt.

T- Tastes good. It has quite a bit of caramel malt to is. Sweet bread. A touch or hops up front finished with a darker malt finish.

M- Medium bodied, just enough carbonation.

O- Overall is pretty good.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.