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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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2,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 95
Gots: 263 | 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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sprecher nonic. 5.1% ABV, indistinguishable numbers on the bottom.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this can!

A - A moderate pour from the can puts up about three fingers of light khaki head. The retention is rather poor but it leaves some sticky gnarled fingers of lace on the glass. The beer is a very dark mahogany red-amber color that's pretty dark for a brown ale.

S - Full-flavored nose of scrumptious roasted malts pours fourth without stopping. Cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate with mocha and a burnt toffee scent have a nice aroma in the middle. Lightly roasted coffee pokes out too as well as grassy, woody hops on the back end. It's a powerful smell. Lots of nuttiness too.

T - Some of the nuances in the nose just combine together in the flavor as one. Lots of toasted, earthy malts add the chocolate and coffee flavors with hints of burnt toffee. Wood and earthy hops are a big component of the back end as are the nutty flavors of a good brown ale.

M - Moose Drool is a medium bodied brown with a hefty dryness to it, especially on the finish. The roasted qualities push forwards more than hops so there isn't anything as far as bitterness. It finishes smooth and moderately carbonated.

D - This is a perfect example of what a good brown ale can be. Lots of nuances swirl around to create an interesting but incredibly drinkable beer that can easily be sessionable.

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

A: The pour is a very dark amber color with a thin tan head on top.

S: A very toasty and bready nose. Not much depth other than perhaps a bit of earthiness and a hint of bitter chocolate.

T: Very bland flavor with only a light bitterness coming through immediately. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and some nutty malt flavor and a mild sweetness on the finish.

M: The body is fairly light and the carbonation is very high.

D: Not particularly flavorful, so I really would not want to drink this one again.

Photo of dwilson01
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, a dark embery brown color on the body, glows when held up to the light. Has an initial 2 fingers of sandy beige colored head, creamy and dense it dissipates perfectly even. Definitely give a +1 for the label on the bottle too...that's a lot of drool.

The smell is very subtle, smooth, and malt forward in my opinion. I get toasted malt scents which have an earthy nuttiness to them as well as caramel malt which gives it a nice smooth sweet feel. I don't detect much hopping, a tiny tiny amount of the bitter pine smell but it's overwhelmingly offset by the malt.

The flavor is a combination of a bunch of malts, it's not overly sweet at all like a new castle may taste to some (like me). It has a nice light roasted aspect reminding me of coffee, toasted biscuit providing some backbone. Where this one shines with me is the nut flavors I get; definitely walnut and pecan coming through.

Solid mouthfeel, not overly notable but there's a lot of malt in the flavor of this beer so it makes sense I didn't initially think of it. I guess bottom line, it's there when you're lookin and that's what really counts but it's just not a stand out aspect.

Super drinkable, definitely a great session brown ale if you're a fan of the type. This is one that I will definitely try again as well as recommend to people who like something like new castle.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Big Sky, picked up while in AZ a couple weeks ago.

Pours with a massive, thick, creamy beige head over top of a dark caramel-colored body. Really good, chunky lacing for the style.

Aromas are earthy, with sea salt, unsweetened chocolate, and caramel.

Smooth mouthfeel (good for the style), with an abundance of mineral water, pecans, tree root, unsweetened chocolate powder, and aluminum twang in the finish.

Chuggable drinkability - refreshing and a little tangy in the finish.

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

I've been taking notes on beer for a few months, but this is my first review for BA :)

A: Pours a deep cola brown with a frothy tan head. Head disappears rather quickly, with only a small ring at the edges. No lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malts. The first thing that came to mind was peanut butter and toast. Hints of cola, tobacco leaves, and coffee beans.

T: Nutty maltiness upfront, tea leaves and cola linger in the aftertaste. Semi-sweet flavor lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied feel, finishes clean.

D: A nice brown ale with a lower ABV than a lot of darker beers, with a relatively bold flavor. Would gladly drink a couple.

This beer was my introduction to the style, so I definitely have a soft spot for it.

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

First drink of Moose Drool all I thought I had was a bottle of pure sugar; it is very sweet. A light flavor of coffee, nuts, and weebit of dark fruits. Very light alcohol bites the tongue in the aftertaste. Fairly drinkable beer, and at only 5% ABV its easy to drink two or three. Not my favorite but still a good brew to have around.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz can into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Deep brown with red hues, it poured with a cream head that died to a film.
S: Malty, caramel, and nutty (like almonds and hazelnut), with raisins.
T: Dry caramel sweetness and all the roasted nuts expected from the aroma, with a raisin finish.
M: Slighty syrupy, very frothy, and kind of dry.
D: Very good. It's certainly sessionable.

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

12oz can poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a nice transparent brown that is a little lighter around the edges of the glass. A finger's worth of head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Lots of toasted malt and coffee. A little caramel and maybe even some molasses.

T- Like the nose, there is an abundance of malt and a pleasant coffee. A small amount of caramel that I associate with the sweetness found in here.

M- Medium body with a good carbonation that tickles the side of your tongue. Smooth on the way down.

D- With good flavor and a nice body, this one goes down nicely. A plus that it now comes in a can, meaning it now makes for a good tailgating/camping beer.

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

Received as an extra from youradhere.

Pours a clear mahogany with a cream colored head.

Smells is roasted malts and brown sugar.

Taste is slightly sweet roasted malts upfront with hints of toffee. Roasted malt finish with a touch of bitterness.

Medium body with a crisp finish.

Really enjoyable and easy to drink--good roasted and sweet flavors while light enough to have a few.

Photo of felipe2toes
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola-like black/brown in the glass. Not much of a tan head... fizzles to a thin film.

Smells of toasty malt, nuts, and a little bit of coffee. Taste was a bit underwhelming though: toasted malt and some bitterness on the finish--some really faint coffee notes if anything at all.

Mouthfeel is fine, nice carbonation and light body.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this and I'm not much for brown ales. The appearance was very inviting - big tan head with dark brown colored liquid. Spicy aroma with coffee, chicory, and cocoa - really complex and good. The taste wasn't quite all that the nose promised, but was still good. Mouthfeel was fine, but if a bit creamier it would have elevated this brew substantially. Drinkable and enjoyable. I really did like it and can see why this is such a big seller in MT.

Photo of jminsc76
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this at FO1 in Santa Monica, and was impressed then as much as I continue to be now when indulging from out of the bottle.

Pours a decently-sized head, kind of a grayish brown, atop a body mixed with brown and amber. Very cool.

Aromas of nuttiness, some almonds, and sweet bread. A little bit of that beer-y, metallic smell but overall it may be slightly burnt malts.

Flavors of the aforementioned nuttiness, breadiness, and maltiness, with an overall balance that is quite pleasant for a brown. I can imagine how well this would pair with some slightly spicy chili or a hamburger.

Mouthfeel is thin but cleanses the palate well from the carbonation.

Overall, Moose Drool is quite the solid brown that maintains all the right elements. I have no idea why this is a B from both the Alstrom Brothers and from BA reviewers in general.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby brown, some light can be seen through it. generous off white head that leaves behind some nice lacing.

smells very bready, with notes of yeast and hops. i get some slightly toasted chocolate malts as well.

sweet, chocolatey goodness. this is a delicious beer, let me tell you. the toasted chocolate malts really come through. there is some oaky woodiness there that lends this beer a rustic feel. the hops add some nice spite and give a nice bite at the end.

medium bodied and light-medium carbonation. This has a really nice feel that meets my expectations. I don't like darker beers to be watery, and this is far from it.

highly drinkable, good session brew.

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with what I believe is a best before date of 7/11/10.

Russet brown with a finger of creamy off-white head.

Moose drool offers an almost even balance of malt (grainy, bready, toasty, nutty, lots of caramel, and a dusting of cocoa) and hops (herbal and spicy). The dry finish and slightly coarse hops lets you know its American.

A classic American Brown that falls right in the middle of the style. I'd like to see more browns like this available.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faint aroma has hints of cocoa and maybe citrus if I strain. Moderately tall, froathy, tan colored head fades slowly to a film. Dark brown colored beer has ruby hues. This brown ale leans a little more to the malty side with moderatley strong cocoa and bready malt flavors. Faint floral hops pop in towards the end. The finish is barely bitter with a light astringency, and a pinch of lactic tang. Moderatley carbonated with a medium light body. Besides the faintly sour finish I'd say the beer falls somewhere between descent and good.

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

Pour - nice dark auburn and/or brown color with a good couple inches of off-white foamy head on top.

Aroma - lots of dark malty goodness comes with the first whiff. This smells just like sticking your head in the brew kettle. There are some coffee aromas as well as plenty of sweet caramel and brown sugar. This smells delicious.

Taste - very malt-astic. This is the type of brown ale that I really enjoy. Plenty of sweetness but its not cloying, just a lot of actual malt flavor. Moose Drool has some nice dark coffee notes along with vanilla, raisin, raw sugar and caramel flavors. Great balance and amazing drinkability. Sad to say I only had one can of this. Sigh.

Overall - great brown ale. Lots of malt flavor but not too sweet or too boring. If you've got access to this beer then definitely give it a go. There aren't too many brown ales in cans right now and this one is definitely not one to pass over.

Would I buy more of it? - this would definitely be my go to brown ale in a can. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a six-pack in the fridge from time to time.

Photo of pootz
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle...near expiry date.

Pours a deep chestnut with reddish highlights. 3 finger mocha cap lasts moderately well. mild carbonation

Musty malty sweet aroma.

Big blast of chewy sweet malts, moderate hop bittering to balance...the finish has a distinctive char from black malts and a bready after taste. Nice ale...don't know if I'd class it as a Brown ale...more like a sweet geordie porter....but very drinkable

Photo of stangski83
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty tasty brown but definitely not my favorite. If a moose was really drooling this, you could park me under that moose's mouth all night In reailty, I would rate this as a strong candidate for a solid brown ale, but I was let down just a little bit. There are better browns out there, to be sure, but this is a quality example of the style. Again, it was part of a mixed 12 pack and probably the best of the bunch (it's fighting with the IPA for tops), but I expected just a little bit more out of this one. Being that Montana has cold, cold winters, I was figuring on a more imperial level out of this one, but I'm not complaining. It was darn tasty and recommended to my beer brethren. A good brown from a cold place. Surprised?

Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Decent sized tan head over a clear reddish brown body. Head retention is pretty nice. Sweetness is well balanced by the hops. Fruity and somewhat tart up front, but finishes with an earthy bready quality.

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

Can poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- A moderate pour left about 1/2 finger of dark tan head that vanishes to a thin film. The body was a red-brown (chestnut maybe) with light carbonation. Decent stick was left on the glass as I emptied it.

S- Caramel and roasted nuts hit you right off the bat. There are hints of brown sugar, and the hopping is quite light. While a little muted at first, some warmth pulls the aromas out adding a hint of coffee.

T- Caramel and nuts are the strongest again. A little citrus hopping pulls it a little closer to the center of a flavor profile. It finished fairly dry. Again, warmth brings out stronger flavors.

M- It's clean, but not too thin. Carbonation bursts into a prickling sensation, unlike the visual would suggest. There's a bit of coating in the mouth.

D- I remember having this some 8 years ago on a road trip out West and thinking it was pretty solid at the time. It's kind of a "no frills" American brown. A catchy name, good marketing, and being new to Michigan probably help with sales. It's a nice option in a can, though with more and more micros offering cans it's not as big a deal. I'd say it would go well as a fishing/beach/tailgate sort of beer when you want a canned beer that's a little more substantial than the old standbys.

Photo of DarkBrews
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fantastic brown ale. It offers rich flavor without being overly sweet as some tend to be due to excessive chocolate flavors added. It is very smooth as well. Availability is my only complaint. It is sold over most of the northern midwest and in some of the southwest. However this is mostly bottles. I spent two summers in Bozeman, MT and this became my favorite drink out there. It goes perfect with some pizza for dinner, fly fishing, or just floating down the Madison. I'd also recommend going to a hot springs that allows you to bring bottles and enjoy one during a soak. Alas, I am back on the east coast again and outside their distribution range.

Photo of semibaked
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a extremely dark brown with an inch of beige foam that leaves some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts with caramel goodness and slight nutmeg perhaps. Smells a bit oxidized though.

T - Has the typical brown ale flavors (malts, caramel, bread, etc), but has an unpleasant bitterness that I am not a fan of.

M - Slick and watery with great carbonation though.

D - This is pretty average when it comes to brown ales, prolly wouldn't try it again, but glad I got to try it.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Judah and Dan for bringing over a 6-pack before bookclub.

A-Dark copper-brown beer. Tan-brown head rose a bit, but receded quickly to sparse bubble colonies.

S-The pour released a surprising amount of chocolatey-sweet malty aroma with just a hint of something estery near the end.

T-Chocolate-nutty malts bearing a fair amount of residual sweetness. Bitterness, though, appears to make a bit of a dent in it. No hop flavors. Finishes surprisingly dry.

M-Modeartely thin/light body, bolstering its ease of drinking, but detracting from the overall feel. Carbonation is a perhaps slightly high medium level.

D-This beer was one of my gateways into craft beerdom, and its smooth flavors and ease of drinking, spurned by a lighter body and clean finish, are certainly evidence of why that is.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool can into medium chalice

Pours a clear but dense dark brown with gold, ruby, and orange highlights below a two finger beige head that has solid retention and nice webs of lace.

Nose is surprisingly complex. Lots of layers to the malt: chocolate, caramels, toffee, roast, and a touch of herbal hop. Some yeast esters as well.

The palette follows suit nicely. Milk chocolates, light caramels, roasted nuts, light roasted coffee, fruity esters. Nice and balanced with some herbal/citrus hop tang, smooth and solid without being overpowering.

Moderate heft with a medium carbonation. Not outstanding, not bad.

Easy drinking, nice solid session brew that could easily see rotation at my house. Another well crafted beer in a can. One of the few brown ales that I actually enjoyed.

Photo of aval89
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Very 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, an herbal taste lingers on the mouth.

A semi dry finish. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body.

I can definitely drink these like nothing. Overall a decent brown ale. Not too shabby.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,328 ratings.