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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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2,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,080
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 81
Gots: 142 | FT: 1
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 PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

A: A beatiful beer. Pours a deep, amber with a reddish hue.
S: Heavy malt aroma with some chocolate notes.
T: Actually tastes more like a Porter than a Brown Ale to me, though I'm obviously no expert. Has more of a roasted malt flavor than the sweetness I would expect from a Brown.
M: A little thin-bodied. Finish is dry and astringent.
D: Roasted flavor takes away from the drinkability for me. Not quite as sweet and mellow as brown should be.

PaleAlien2, May 02, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brown into the snifter...

At first there wasn't much aroma, later into the beer there was a whiff of dark chocolate.

This beer is reminiscent of a porter without the burntness I often associate with that style. Really smooth with a bit of cacao somewhere. Nice hop bite at the back.

Substantial beer on the palate there is no doubt about that. Though not heavy. Dare I say chewy.

Good beer...will drink this beer again. Wifey seasoned some hamburger with Curry powder and fresh onion and then I grilled them over the fire. This beer went along like it was made to! This beer goes well with beef over an open fire.

CamuMahubah, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours an amber tone that is closer to red. Predominant caramel and toffee aroma. A very full side of medium bodied and drinkable brown. Doesn't come off like a Nut Brown though. Extremely hard to come by on the east coast and worth it if you find it. Come on Montana...learn how to distribute!

koopa, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of rousee
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours with an amber bottm and caramel color as you work your way up towards the top of the glass and brown as you get to the top 1/5th of the glass. A very small head remains and holds well.

Caramel and toffee aroma with the slightest roasted malt lingering in the back.

Delivers a smooth but puckery bite of caramel and toffee with some woody elements present. Roasted malts also present.

Quite smooth and drinkable. A little too dry for the style but at least its not sticky either.

rousee, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

On tap at Come Back In in Madison, Wisconsin.

Didn't know much about the beer but the name sounded neat and I knew I'd never had it before so I said "what the hell, pour that business." Came out very deep, dark red (mistaken for black in a bar's low light) with a giant head.

Smelled very strongly like rough porter malt, creamy chocolate, and then a little hint of a flavor I couldn't place. Once I got home and read that this was a brown ale it made sense--it was a brown ale-ish node of cereal. It was uniquely and plesantly out of place against the porter-y aspects of the brew, though, so I didn't recognize it.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Hugely smooth. Big sweet chocolate starts things off, and that moves quickly into the rough malt of a fine porter and then ends on likely sour brown ale cereal. Nice balance.

Like a really silky, playful porter, this is way more fun than 99% of brown ales. It packs quite the punch of flavor, too, considering its modest ABV.

mynie, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

Appearance - cool name and label aside, brew poured a very dark amber color with almost no head at all

Smell - smells like chocolate

Taste - slight bitterness but nothing overpowering, thick and malty with earthy hops, slight hint of coffee, I would lean it more towards a stout than a brown ale

Mouthfeel - minor carbonation with a tinge at first, mellows out quickly to a smooth creamy feel when it hits the palate

Drinkability - better than expected, kinda had a low expectation for some reason (maybe the name), it's a drinkable beer but not one I would request or pick up again

SaltyLime, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Nice dark brown color with an excellent three finger head. The head slowly dissipated and the beer had excellent lacing.

S - Rather weak aroma of toasted malts.

T - Toasted malt taste that was not too strong. Also had a stronger hop flavor than I was expecting given that there wwas no sign of hops in the aroma.

M/D - Good carbonation and very smooth. Not my favorite brown, but still a good beer.

ckeegan04, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearnance is a deep dark brown color, almost no head. Smell is light, some malt and that's about it. I'd heard about this beer from several people and I can't figure out what the big deal is. Taste was very average--some malt and carmel flavors, but very one-dimensional. Not a whole lot going on, and not enough carbonation. The whole thing tasted just a bit flat. It was OK to drink, and I could have have another with no problem, but I'd have preferred a better beer if given a choice.

PhxHorn, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Deep brown with red notes. Quickly dissapearing head.

Smokey malt and burnt caramel to the nose.

A nice light body, rather one dimensional in my opinion. Not a bad brown ale, but it is a bit strong in a bitter way. Overpowering malt and bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkabnility arent really here on this one. Not bad, but not great.

SurlyDuff, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of BudHater111
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Brown Ale's are my favorite, and I have always thought the different ales I drink were good.

I don't have an incredibly descriptive way to put it other than this Brown Ale is the best I have ever tried. There may be another out there that is better, but I have yet to find it.

BudHater111, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of rdesisto
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

Notes: Had this beer on tap at a ski bar in big sky, montana. great dark color - darker than any brown i have ever had. As far as browns go, this ones pretty good. Full bodied with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Hard to drink more than one of these, though. Not my favorite beer from the breweries out here in montana, but im glad i tried it.

rdesisto, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

Dark brown rich colored pour with a nice tan head. Smells of light to medium roasted malts, light coffee notes and a touch of metal. Taste is tart rich roasty maltiness, but relatively thin bodied. Not a bad brown. Has a nice flavor but would like it to be a little thicker. Sort of cold coffee like.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%

I had this in the bar near where I work, which is bizarre because the closest thing that bar has to a microbrew is Blue Moon... usually.
I poured it into a pint glass, it has a beautiful brown color, not too dark, with a dark tan head. The beer cascaded nicely as I poured it. There is a gentle hop aroma, nothing big. The taste is wonderfully malty, but not too sweet. This is a dark brew that I could drink a lot of, but that's why we get married.

BrewmasterNPB, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Strange that I haven't reviewed this yet since I drink it all the time.

This is a clear deeply brown colored beer with red highlights. The head is medium in size and light brown in color.

Quite a malty beer you can smell it the moment you pop off the cap. The smell is sweet and malty and quite heavy with fresh bread aroma. Light fruity esters from British type ale yeast are present but this is maltier and less dry smelling than most English Brown Ales. Little bit of caramel syrup in this too.

The taste starts out sweet malty and a little smoky, bit of chocolate too. This dries up fairly quickly and switches to mild malt and mild bitterness mode. Big chocolate flavor and tamed patent malt are the majority of flavor here. Fruity British Yeats flavors are in here but you have to really look for them.

Good full mouthfeel.

Drinkability is easily the strong point of this beer. Moose Drool just hits the right harmonies to make a beer that I just call damn good. This is one of those beers I could drink all the time or be deserted on an Island with and be happy. One of the easiest beers to drink that exists.

Zorro, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in late September for $1.59.

Beer poured brown with red undertones. The tan head disapated farily quickly. Nose is lightly malty with slightly sweet undertones. Taste is of chocolate malts that are slightly toasted with light hopping in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than I would expect from the style but it is fairly smooth. Overall drinkabilty is good. There is something about this beer that keeps me coming back. It is very enjoyable and easy to drink!

arizcards, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

a: pours a nice dark brown color with about a half inch of tan head that dissapears not too fast but when it does leaves an ample amount of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass
s: deffinatly a malt heavy beer (yes i know thats normal with the style) The strongest aromas seem to be cocoa and nuts, a nice combination that is balanced with hints of spicy hops
t: cocao and nutty flavor deffinatly dominate the palate there is a nice citrusy bitter hop flavor that i can detect towards the finish
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Overall, i really enjoyed this, its a very good sessionable beer that I will be purchasing again

happygnome, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, slightly ruby tinged darker brown. There was a bit of an off-white head on mine. The aroma is a bit lighter, but good. Fainter notes of chocolate and toffee. Some sweetness to the nose. Lightly sweet notes of chocolate and some caramel. Not enough hops to be noticeable, but enough to balance the beer nicely. I could drink quite a few of these.

Boto, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured 12 oz bottle into a Nonic glass.

Minor head build up, held to a nice layer of bubbly lace atop a Cola brown colored brew, nice and clear, minimal bubbles.

Smell is nutty, a little earthy, almost a hint of wet basement. Taste is much better. Nice nutty taste, good pleasant malts. Good mouth feel followed by a real decent finish.

The only down point to this beer is the smell. Other than that, a really nice beer.

mattster, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a work buddy.. mine from a small weizen glass.

big 2" lite tan head... color is brown ... with deep ruby highlites...

Aroma is "brown" .. caramel.. toasted.. and chocolate malts and a suprising "English" hop nose.. I actually was expecting American hops even though, I've had this beer probably more than a hundred times over the years .. every way from bottle, keg, bar draft, to cask.. just suprising in the respect that I've never taken the time to appreciate the nose.

subdued fruitiness accentuates the complexity ... and more brown malts and the grassy/spicy hop tail end with a lingering lite caramel chocolate finish... better than remembered. Body is more like an American Brown.. medium with nice carbonation that isn't overbearing... all around a very drinkable brew.

I am going to make this my baseline brown ale from this point forward; I've enjoyed it too many times to count, and Moose Drool is one of my goto beers when I can't decide on anything else... Big Sky makes some very good beers.. Love their bottled brews and am a huge fan of the stuff that they only sell at the brewery.

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours dark brown with streaks of red upon close inspection. Head fades quickly with the lacing not far behind. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, malts and nuts and is typical of other browns, albeit a little more aromatic and bold, which is a plus for me in regards to this style. Tastes of caramel, some syrupy sugars and a good balance of malts and hops. Drinkability is superb, and is deceptively light-bodied, almost feeling thicker than it really is, a fact I attribute to it's tastiness. I haven't tried a brown ale in a while because I became disappointed with the somewhat weak feel common to many brews of the style. This one bucks that trend. A true winner I will revisit in the near future.

stephens101, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Chestnut in color with a tan head and alittle lacing. Taste was molasses, and nut predominantly. A little thin on the body but overall not a bad brew, consistent and middle of the road for the style . Wouldn't turn this down and when i'm in the Denver area next Oct. i'll seek out more from this brewer.

ohoove, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.45/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: Amber-brown brew with a tan head.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate and a good hop presence.

Taste: Smoky malt gives way to a minor hop flavor and a slightly metallic taste finishes.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkability: I usually avoid craft brews with clever names because the actual product is often substandard. I got this one after someone dropped a six-pack and the survivors ended up in the singles bin at my local liquor store. This is actually a good brew with a clever name. I was pleasantly surprised.

SargeC, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black with some red highlights, and a foamy brown head with little retention but some lacing.
Very nice aroma, malted, mostly toffee, suggesting a heavier brew than it actually is.
After the aroma, the light body and malted, toffeish taste, although pleasant, are disappointing. It is all very subtle and even watery.
Decent, but not exactly something I will be trying again.

brdc, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

Thank you bditty187 for this 12oz bottle.

A: Dark dark brown, closer to black. Opaque with a think dark head that was nice. Lacing was strong through.

S: Lots of malty aromas. Not too familiar with this style but some sense of chocolate as well. Definitely thought I sensed some spicy hops here?

T: Malty but much more thin than I was expecting here. Slight chocolate taste came through but not as much hopes as the aroma indicated. Very light for a brown.

M: Some carbonation but the hop presence didnt stick- not sure its supposed to for the style.

D: Definitely high in this aspect, especially based on what this beer pours like and what it would lead you to expect.

Not sure if anticipation was different, but just thinner than I expected but could easily put down many of these in a night.

marcpal, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a watery dark brown color with a off white, light brown color 2 inch head. The head is a very nice fluffy texture that builds up well inside my pint glass. The once and beautiful head dies down to leave a slim layer on top of the brown nectar. Smell is a sweet malty aroma followed by some hazlenut and vanilla, and brown sugar, and molasses. Taste is of a muted arrangement of the aroma, followed by a tiny tinge of hops. Watery texture at first followed by a smooth, and silky finish.

genog, Nov 15, 2007
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.