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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,332
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 96
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 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.

Photo of Bfarr
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moose Drool is as odd as the name implies. It's exceedingly dark for a brown ale. In fact, if it weren't for some lighter highlights around the edges I would swear it was a porter or stout. Any hops are drowned out by an earthy chocolate taste. So earthy it gives it a slight coffee quality. The mouthfeel I have a bit of an issue with because it felt and finished like a much lighter ale although still in line with a brown ale. I may be expecting a little more because of the color.

The chocolate and coffee tastes are pleasant enough although a bit overbearing making it a good but one dimensional brown ale.

Photo of bierenutz
2.16/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer started out looking good. Poured into a glass a 1+ inch head was formed leaving nice lacing about the glass. The smell was mild but present including a sweet aroma of nuts and chocolate. The taste was not nearly as impressive as the look, however, as the nutty aroma was replaced by a more burnt taste and bitterness. The mouthfeel was watery and had considerable carbonation. I probably should have just finished this beer while it was cold, but I let it warm a bit and that was my mistake. I then found this beer to reveal more of a tobacco taste and that was it for me. I finished about half of this beer and had to stop. To some this review may sound unfair of this beer, but I haven't had to pour a half a beer down the drain (voluntarily) in a long, long time. In the end, I found the name of this beer quite fitting. Thank goodness I only bought one to try it out and I hope the Big Sky IPA I bought at the same time saves my opinion of this brewer.

Photo of david131
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear brown/amber liquid with a thin, splotchy off-white head. About right for the style.

S- Apples & pears, caramel, grains, and maybe just a bit of toast.

T- Caramel, milk chocolate, and grains. Sweeter and roastier than the aroma lead me to believe. Not too shabby.

M- A bit of a carbonation bite, but I would prefer this to being undercarbonated.

D- Well balanced and enjoyable. Not an all-star beer, but it makes for easy drinking.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a half inch light tan head. The head retains okay, and there's no lacing. Looks very fizzy.

S: Not a lot going on here. A little roasted malt, and nuttiness.

T: Not terribly complex, but better than the nose would suggest. Toasty and malty, but not overly sweet. There's a nice herbal, earthy bitterness in the finish.

M: Very thin and overly carbonated.

D: Not a terribly interesting version of the style, but it goes down easy and inoffensively.

Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown, when held up to the light you can see that it is clear and has ruby highlights. Small white head forms and goes quickly.

S: subdued malts, slight roasted grain profile, some caramel and toast... everything mild here

T: front of palate has caramel and toast followed by a mild hop profile that lends an earthiness and some roasted grains on the finish

MF: very thin and watery, high carbonation

D: this one goes down easy, but does so with very little flavor or character...nothing too exciting here, perhaps a good gateway craft brew

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by 033010 on label. Single purchased at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $1.49.

A: Dark brown with 1/2-1 finger light beige head with average retention and minimal lacing.

S: Roasted dark malt, porter-like nose with pleasant light sourness from sublte use of citrus and floral hops

T: Malty overall with roasted non-acrid notes layered on light caramel sweetness and light but pleasant leathery mustiness. Light herbal, floral hoppiness in the finish.

M: Light-to-medium tending more towards light in body, carbonation is too heavy. Roasted caramel aftertaste is long and sweet.

D: A nice find and an above-average brown ale that is well done. More body and this would be a real winner.

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

Good brown ale.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Retro 60´s-70´s graphic design dominated by an illustration of a moose exaggeratedly drooling on a lake. Does not display a recognizable date of freshness or bottling. Show´s Alc. by Vol. (5.1%) Poured into a jar.

A - Brown to amber brown pour with good head, fair retention, and some lacing.

S - Roasted malt scent, sweet and caramel-nutty notes.

T - Sweet malt, roasted notes, and a nutty touch.

M - Medium to thin body with fair carbonation.

D - Works fairly well without being particularly remarkable.

Notes: A nice local offering that shows the diversity of craft beer production in the US. Glad to find it on my travels around this region.

Photo of HeroJH
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I heard so much about this, it was good, but not as good as I expected based on the referrals. I imagine that if it didn't have such a funny clever name, this beer would be not as popular.

A - Dark Brown.
S - Toasty - nice tangy malt.
T - Toasty, dry, no sweetness (which I'm liking). A bit one dimensional though, let this warm up.
M - clean and dry.
D - not sure. A bit bland and boring to me. Good with food. Good session beer.

I'd like to try this again, fresh and on tap.

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a fairly opaque brown color - so thick that it can appear black at times. Head formation is at about 11m, breaks down to a film.

S - Caramel and chocolate malts, some crystal malt as well. Almost like a steeped coffee. A hair of yeast is present.

T - Starts off with the coffee and caramel malt flavors, certainly malty but has a astringent counterbalance to it. Mid-stream is fairly monotone, with just a bit of yeast coming through. Hopping is not present. Finishes with a soft semisweet chocolate flavor.

M - Moderate to strong body in both the beer and a potent carbonation. Can be a bit stinging on the tongue. Finishes with a bitter oily texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - a bit filling is a downside, due to its fairly potent carbonation. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming. A session beer to a point.

Photo of kegger22
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale was brown in color with a half inch beige head that faded before I had a chance to know it.

The aroma was rich and chocolaty.

The taste was roasted caramels and chocolates, but a little on the harsh on the tongue (carbonation, bitterness).

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good, combining low ABV with satisfactory flavor and reasonable price.

Big Sky is somewhat of a novelty as one of the few Montana brewery products available any distance from Montana.

Photo of cooperkeg
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very easy drinking brown. Color was nut brown, but a little light for my taste. Aroma had soft nutty, caramel notes. As it warmed up a little chocolate peeked through. Nice mouthfeel and a very text book brown ale. Good nut and cocoa flavors. Went very well with my burger. A good overall experience.

Photo of Arnie2709
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served to me in a 16oz glass at JL Beers in Fargo, ND.

Color is a dark caramel color allowing some light through. About one finger think cream colored head that sticks and leaves very nice lacing throughout the drink. Smell is of dark malts, sweet and appealing. Taste is nutty with flavors of dark fruits, earthy and a smooth malty finish. Medium body. A very good beer and I enjoyed 2 of them with my burger and fresh cut potato chips. Beautiful.

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
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
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
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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
2.33/5  rDev -37%
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
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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