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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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2,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 79
Gots: 133 | 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 DESTRO


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

a very solid brown. rich in color with a hint of ruby, half inch head that leaves a nice lacing. sweet nose, malty. nice flavors, nutty and malty and a bit biscuity. medium in body with a nice bite of carbonation. a good session beer and a welcome suprise to see at a gas station.

06-01-2007 19:43:53 | More by DESTRO
Photo of Mark


4/5  rDev +7.8%

I'm not a big brown ale guy but I enjoyed this one just fine. Love the name too. ark brown body had a thin tan head that retained well and left nicely patterned and wispy lacing. Not much aroma really but malt aroma was earthy and inviting. Excellent balance with smooth malt dominating. A touch of tart hop rounds it out. A very enjoyable and drinkable ale.

05-27-2007 05:03:04 | More by Mark
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz. aluminum bottle.

Clear, dark copper color, with lots of ruby tones. Medium sized, tan colored head. Good looking beer!

Aroma included dark fruits and molasses. Floral notes. Hint of chocolate.

Not as sweet as aroma suggests, but certainly malt dominated. Tea flavor. Herbal hops at the finish, pretty moderate. Little bit of coffee, roast flavors. Caramel and molasses. Hint of alcohol.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Fairly refreshing. Bit of graininess as texture.

Nicely done brown. Good balance and easy to drink. Nice session beer.

05-21-2007 20:02:47 | More by
Photo of tonistruth


3.6/5  rDev -3%

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- dark brown with mahogany tinted lighter brown hues, 1 finger foamy off white head, good retent

S- nutty, toasted, chocolate

T- some yeast, nutty, toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, nice balancing

M- medium body, smooth, carbonation tickle at finish, almost creamy

D- great American brown, sessionable, complex, try a session

05-07-2007 01:17:44 | More by tonistruth
Photo of drpimento


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

This is an old fav on draft here - very easy going and well balanced. Served with a light head, almost no lace. very dark brown color, Roasty, malty, toffee nose. Flavor's easy. Very drinkable. almost no hops. Nice finish. A lurking dryness that isn't so obvious. But it adds to the overall appeal and make it work so well. Great beer!

04-30-2007 04:57:40 | More by drpimento
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a kitchen glass. Poured a nice dark brown that was mostly opaque in the middle, but you could see through the edges. Had a 1/2 inch head that was large bubbles that lasted most of the beer. Smelt like brown sugar with hints of oats. Tastes like brown bread with some sweetness. Mouthfeel was ok. It was a little thin in the mouth, with the bubbles from the head tingling in the mouth. Taste was solid, however the bubbles definately took away from the enjoyability of the beer.

04-06-2007 20:59:52 | More by mountdew1
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

At the very least, it deserves praise for its name. Bottle is very 80's - guess i shouldnt be surprised.

Anyway, it pours a very, very dark brown. Almost black and opaque. Very sweet for a brown - sweetness comes from caramel and sugar cane. The smallest bit of hop bittnerness is in there, as well as some good malts.

Not a bad brew, but certainly not my favorite.

04-01-2007 00:45:36 | More by Lnedrive14
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown with a moderate tan head and some lacing.
Smell: A dark malty and spicy aroma.
Taste: Malty sweet and with a bittersweet chocolate, toffee, nut and spice flavors. Tasted very complex like a winter warmer profile, instead of a English brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel
Drinkability: Very nice beer, I had several at the downstairs pub in the Nugget (Sparks, NV).

This was a very nice beer when I was first exposed to it on tap at the downstairs pub in the Nugget Casino (Sparks, NV). However, when I it on tap at Red's Old 395 Grill (Carson City, NV) it tasted much more watery and not near as flavorful. I'm now wondering if the Nugget's keg has not sold well and it has aged in the process. If so, this beer is far better aged. I based my review on the beer as I first encountered it in Sparks, NV.

03-13-2007 19:41:51 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of akorsak


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The brown ale lives up to its style. The ale is brown, darker but not quite black, with some darker red highlights throughout. The head is a small white band that laces nicely.

S: The ale has a nutty malt scent that has incorporates some caramel notes as well.

T: The ale has a pronounced malt body, unmistakeable in any form. The nuttiness is mixed with a strong caramel biscuity malt to create a veritable malt bomb without the stinging overmalted qualities. The hops don't really register but they don't need to beyond the bittering.

M: The mouthfeel is a chewy blend of malts, almost like chewing on cereal.

D: The ale is a pleasing drink, nutty enough to really stand out in a crowd.

03-11-2007 00:09:57 | More by akorsak
Photo of Vancer


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

Welp, ol’ JohnnyM2002 took care of me in a trade with this very nice brown.

I almost couldn’t believe the massive tan head, on top of a very nice mahogany pour. Subtle notes of chocolate coffee that transferred over into the taste superbly. Rich and creamy to start, the finish balances out nicely, ended with a semi-dry and gritty. Close to a dry Irish stout. Very well done brew.

I’d have no problem sitting down with a sixer of these on a spring day.

03-08-2007 14:07:25 | More by Vancer
Photo of TexIndy


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Shipped back from Denver. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no obvious dating system (some laser stuff on neck but didn't look like a date) into a pint glass. Was dark brown and slightly mahogany in color. Had a 2+ finger head that was light beige in color. It settled into a thin foam with good lacing. The smell was malty with some sweetness but generally weak as I tend to find in the style. The taste is good and solid. It won't knock you off your feet but has that can't stop drinking it quality. This would make a great session beer. Overall, I really like it and could drink several at a time. If available here it would be in my session beer rotation. Recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

03-07-2007 00:55:21 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Phatz


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan head and some red hues. No noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Dark malts caramel simple brown ale aroma. Not bad, not special. Clean. Middle of the road.

Taste: The taste is a bit better than the nose suggested but still this is a straight forward approachable English Brown Ale. Sweet and malty with a bittersweet chocolate attribute, toffee and roasty flavors. It may excel over Newcastle Brown Ale but it doesn't reach the league of Samuel Smith's Brown IMO.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with a dry roasted finish.

Drinkability: I like the style as an easy drinking session beer and this is exactly that.

Hope this i helpful.

03-03-2007 06:56:34 | More by Phatz
Photo of WetCoaster


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: A lovely clear mahogany with ruby highlights. Slightly off-white head.

Smell: Chocolatey malt, bready, with dry, spicy hops.

Taste: Quite sweet with roasty chocolate malt -- more so than you might expect for this style -- and slightly toasty and nutty. Thins out and bitters up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than I would have thought, with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability: Nice, actually a bit heavier than I might like a brown session ale to be, but a good, if somewhat off-style, flavor.

03-02-2007 06:23:35 | More by WetCoaster
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South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to bm0095 for the bottle.

Poured a deep dark brown, slight ruby tint, not too thick though, light looking. No head, and a tiny bit of clingy lace down the side. Needs a bit more body to it, but decent looking. The smell was sweet, candy caramel, bourbon, grass, and a tiny bit of alcohol, smell like a wine almost for some reason, must be the sweetness.

The taste seems somewhat muted, like it wants to be more Hints of caramel, candied apple, dark berries, and sugar. A slight breadines came through as it warmed, but it never could just break through, everything stayed just right out at arms length, not coming into get me so to speak. Fell is very crisp, clean, refreshing and easy to put down. Not a heavy beer so it could be sessionable.

Overall I am glad I tried it, but I feel they need to push this one a bit, bring out more of the flavors that are there to the front and let it shine!

02-17-2007 14:51:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of seedee17


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a pint after letting it warm up for 5 min. Dark brown in the glass, and ruby red when held up to the light, nice frothy tan head. Smells of toasted grains and dried fruit. Nice and malty sweet, but not cloyingly so, with just a whisper of hop bitterness on the finish for balance. Smooth and creamy going down, this beer makes me want to have another right after. Delicious and balanced, great for a session.

02-11-2007 07:13:52 | More by seedee17
Photo of TAMU99


4/5  rDev +7.8%


Great Beer!

Clean, bold, meaty (yes, meaty - tastes surprisingly good) malt balanced by background but critical hops. Smoky flavor leaves a delicious aftertaste on your palette. Clean finish. Very high drinkability. You'll go through this faster than you expect and you'll go back for more. Not a high ABV, but don't plan on driving later (you'll have had more than you thought)

This beer is fantastic. I'll be buying more and recommending this one often.

02-04-2007 07:06:48 | More by TAMU99
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Picked up this single a little while back, time to pop it open. Pours into my glass a deep dark, brown with chestnut hues as well. A nice half inch of light tan foam sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with some nice toasty, caramel infused roasted malts upfront along with a nice nutty aspect as well. Herbal hops float around in the background. Maybe a touch of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice!

First sip brings a nice sturdy roasted maltiness upfront with notes of caramel, nuts, brown sugar and a touch of cocoa. Flows down with a light sweetness and toasted bread flavor with a bit of herbal hoppiness on the finish. Really clean with a nice flavor profile...just a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewiness. Plenty of carbonation that works in well with the beer overall. Drinkability is pretty high here...would be a nice six pack to bring to a party. A tasty brown ale and the first Big Sky brew I've sampled...I will be on the lookout for this one again and more of their lineup as well!

01-16-2007 04:49:31 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours out more black than brown, thick and opaque, without much head. Aroma has a toffee, lightly roasted character. Malt is also what the flavor is all about: roasted cocoa, coffee, sweet, with lightly fruity yeast character. Moderate bitterness, with a toasty finish. Body is perhaps a tad thin.

More of a stout than a brown ale I think. Still, not bad.

01-14-2007 05:20:02 | More by allengarvin
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a bit “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a thin tan head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin but even lace on the glass.

S: The robust aroma is of nuts & caramelized malt, touches of maple & coffee and a hint of hops.

T: The taste is bready & malty, but not overly sweet, with flavors of coffee, caramel, nuts & maple. There’s a faint hops character in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s a good beer to stick with if you want something flavorful but easy. I have to admit that I’m starting to like this style more and more, even though I usually prefer more of a kick in the ABV department.

01-11-2007 23:34:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

Dark brown and copper in color with a quarter inch beige head. Smells of grains- barley, and malt. Slight hint of hops. First taste is sweet and malty with a coppery/ metalic finish. Actually, the more you have, the smoother it becomes. The last bit of the glass was definately better than the first. A drinkable beer with a cool name. ? The first of the FC Holiday reviews.

01-10-2007 21:09:15 | More by jyeast101
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours medium to dark brown with a creamy off-white head that was fairly well retained.

The smell is a bit weak, but did have a sweet roasted grain and slightly nutty aroma.

The taste is of toasted sweet dark grains that almost hint at cocoa. Some nuttiness to it. Finishes sweet with just a hint of balancing bitterness.

Medium bodied. Not quite as creamy or smooth as it could be.

This one is decent, but, for me, just fell shy of being anything really "good". Just a little too astringent. A little too sweet, a little too restrained. But, I did like the cocoa/chocolate hints and it's not at all bad.

01-07-2007 15:01:55 | More by jwc215
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a gorgeous brown with a modest head into my imperial pint. It has a mildly roasty aroma with the smallest hint of hops.

The taste exceeds the nose with a nice medium malt hit up front and moderate carbonation to follow. This boy finishes with a bit of sweetness that quickly dries out with a whisp of hops.

I got this from my VP as his brother sends him a case or two every year around Christmas. I wouldn't mind at all if this was local. Thanks!

01-06-2007 17:27:01 | More by gpcollen1
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

The beer poured into the glass a dark brown with mild orange highlights. It was topped by a thin fizzy head that dissipated quickly into the glass, and left no lace. The nose is dominated my malt. Dark caramel, mild fig, a light hazelnut quality. There is a mild citrus character on the finish. The flavor echoes the flavor. More of th dark caramel, a light touch of walnut with just a hint of citrus bitterness on thee finish. The mouth feel is thicker than I anticipated. It's slightly smooth and rich. Very easy drinking beer, and certainly better than I expected.

12-25-2006 15:54:06 | More by carln26
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English Pint
Recent brewing, drooled over 12/06

Poured a clear red brown with an average fizzy off white mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate molasses, toasted grain, caramel, light grassy and lemony hops.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and bitter toasted grain and bittersweet oranges followed by more of the same, only a bit more bitter and roasted on a long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, soft and watery to slightly dry finish, lively carbonated.

Overall, a tasty quaffing balanced brown ale. It deserves the great rep. Reminds me of tree bark. Tasty tree bark.

12-18-2006 07:54:44 | More by xav33
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: Dark amber in color, very clear; with just a small collar and scattered patches of foam on the surface a short time after pouring. There are numerous streams of slight, slow-rising carbonation, and excellent broken lacing.

Aroma: Sweet dark malts, and molasses dominate the aroma, but there are also hints of nuts, and some faint cocoa as well.

Taste: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate carry the taste from start to finish, but there are also moderate hop notes, hints of nuts, and a slight trace of molasses. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, pleasant, and fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, a fine example of the style.

12-09-2006 16:58:51 | More by Pegasus
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.