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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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2,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 82
Gots: 151 | 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 PhxHorn
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool pours a dark brown in color with chestnut highlights. Aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, molasses and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium in body with some carbonation. Toasted grain and brown sugar starts things off. Caramel and some hints of chocolate follow. Middle has a nice roasted malt quality to it. There's a nuttiness that emerges toward the back and lingers into the finish. There's some hop bitterness, but it's blended really well into the malt profile that it balances the beer rather nicely.

One of the best brown ales I've tried in awhile. For the longest time I'd avoided this beer because of its name. Well, don't judge a beer by its label. This is a really nicely done brown and and a great drinker.

Winter, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head but very little lace. The aroma is more what I would expect from a porter with notes of raisin and molasses, maybe a little smoke. The first taste reveals a surprisingly thin bodied, somewhat watery brew but it has a nice flavor dominated by charcoal. There is a subtle nutty undertone, a nice bitterness and very drinkable. Not very complex but enjoyable. Mildly carbonated, sort of refreshing for a dark beer. It finishes somewhat dry with that bitter aftertaste. Not bad, recommeded for a try.

Durge, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours a deep chestnut color with reddish-brown hues when held to the light. Off-white 1/2 finger head quickly fades and leaves sporadic lace.

Aroma of unsweetened chocolate, caramel, and toasted grain. A hint of nuttiness is also present. Very nice.

Starts out with chocolate and caramel, followed by some toasted grain, and a little nuttiness (pecan). Light roasted and earthy flavors as well. Finishes dry with a slight hop twang. Malts dominate, but not overly sweet or cloying. Roasted malts and hops do a nice job balancing, yet letting the malt flavors shine.

Light-medium in body, smooth, crisp, and a bit thin. Carbonation tickles the tongue. I expected more in mouthfeel.

So easy to drink - great session beer - flavorful but not too complex or aggressive. I am not a huge fan of brown ales, but enjoyed this on.

Lupe, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Even though Iam not the biggest fan of this style of brew I enjoy a good quaffing brown from time to time thats why I grabbed this when given the chance.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chestnut colored brown with 1/2 finger slight off white head that held good retention,unsweetenend chocolate and earth stick out most in the nose not sweet by any means wich is nice.Starts out with chocolate presence on the palate more of a lightly sweet chocolate not much sweetness a little nutty but not overly roasted either finishing earthy.A solid quaffing brown with just enough sweetness to make it a little interesting,a pretty good session brown here.

oberon, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a aluminum bottle forms a decent head. Quickly dissapates to nothing quickly. Beer is a dark brown.

Smell is malty, but not too distinct.

Tastes malty and sweet, with a slight nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is okay if not slightly thin.

Drinkabilty is decent. I could drink a few of these.

Overall an okay beer. Not great, but okay. I have had better browns. Would drink again but not seek it out specificaly.

Monsone, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of BigRedN
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a nice dark brown with a 1/2 inch brown head. Head settles to a thin cover on the liquid and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, aromas of chocolate with a little caramel malt. Nothing too hoppy here, but I don't expect that for the style.

Taste: Nice and malty good, roasted malts. The taste follows the aroma with perhaps a little coffee bean in there as well. This does have a slightly bitter note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Has a crisp, although somewhat slick, finish. No lingering tastes on the tongue. Light enough that this could be an ok brown ale for session drinking.

Drinkability: Part of a mixed 12 pack. A very nice brown ale that may be making its way back to my fridge in the form of a six pack. For overall enjoyment this beer was my favorite of the Big Sky mixed pack.

BigRedN, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inch-thick head that reduces to a thin skim quickly. Well-filtered body made of a deep brown with ruby and copper highlights. Small traces of lace appear as the liquid disappears.

Big nutty aroma with a hint of cocoa and rounded lactic sweetness.

Nice, polite flavors of toffee, nut, and milk chocolate, typical of the style. Brought down slightly by the sour finish. Mouthfeel offers ample carbonation, enhanced by a creamy glide over the tongue.

Typical of the style, and certainly better than some others of its ilk, but like so many brown ales, so insanely hard to get excited about. Maybe they're just not my thing, but I love the name and label!

Metalmonk, Oct 07, 2007
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.