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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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2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 862
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 96
Gots: 265 | 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 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.

Photo of Avagadro
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: tree-bark in color and super-clear, this brew has an off-white film that leaves rings around the glass. Lacing is evident, but not particularly significant.

S: bread and walnuts make up the subtle bouquet of the Drool.

T: semi-sweet with notes of bread and nuts.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: not the most flavorful brown ale, not particularly thick, but also not exactly refreshing. This brew doesn't do any one thing great, but rather delves into all aspects of the beer realm. It is somewhat the Jack-of-all-trades of the beer world. I can't quite see what all of the hype is about.

Photo of cudmud
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a medium brown color with little head and weak lacing.

Smell: The major aroma from this beer is coffee, which is backstopped with brown sugar and floral components from the hops. In addition, the alcohol is evident in the nose.

Taste: Starts with sour notes and ends with a nice bitter aftertaste. Thers is also some sweet accents with the malts.

Mouthfeel: The body is thin, but the carbonation and bitterness are refreshing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and hits the spot on a cold winter night. In all, a good beer and I'll brink more.

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

Dark chestnut brown with amber highlights. Tanned offwhite bubbly head that didn't stick around very long. Thin sparse lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel, molasses, chocolate. Herbal and floral hops behind.

Sweet sticky caramelized molasses, dark chocolate, toasty, nutty. Crisp herbal and soft floral hop flavors, although fairly subdued. Slightly fruity yeast esters. Roasted semi-bitter choc-molasses and spicy herbal aftertaste.

Full bodied, sticky, smooth, decent carbonation.

Good brown. Also good to cook with.

Photo of MightyCow9
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a good beer. Not great, but drinkable. The taste of the chocolate malts became a bit more pronounced as the drink warmed up. That is the primary flavor that I perceived in this.

Nice look, good slightly tan head. I wouldn't drink more than one for fear of becoming a chocoholic.

Photo of natelocc787
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crispy brown appearance. Sweet, brown, bready malt in the nose and candied nuts. A sugar crusted loaf of sweet bread, mild chocolate and toffee notes are present in the taste. Mouthfeel is crisp, mostly dry and malty in the finish. I will say it barely earned the above score. Another decent offering from Big Sky.

Photo of roblowther
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown copper color with a creamy dense head and surprisingly sticky lace. Smells straight up brown ale....slight coffee, caramel. Taste is heavily roasted, slightly burnt. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch flat. Drinkability is limited by the burnt roast. Not one for me, really...there's an acidic aftertaste that's staying with me. I won't stay with it, really.

Photo of fropones
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with one and a half fingers of ecru head that fades rather quick.

S - Smells nutty and malty, with a slightly metallic odor to it. Smells good except for that slightly metallic smell that I can't quite place. Some molasses in here too.

T - Some malty sweetness and hop bitterness balancing nicely. Some bittersweet chocolate. Thankfully the metallic taste is gone. Still, nothing too spectacular, maybe just not my style.

M - A little watery and light carbonation. Could use a little more heft to it.

D - The light mouthfeel does lend to a nice sessionable ale. Nicely drinkable. Probably not something I would have again, but mainly just because of style preference.

Photo of dstc
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real dark brown color with a decent tan head. Head falls to about nothing. Very thin lacing.

Roasted malt aroma and very metallic.

Tastes like a brown. Toasty malts and a mild bitter finish. Somewhat tinny.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Average, fairly easy drinking Brown Ale. Not bad.

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very dark reddish brown with a thin tan head, ok retention. Smells of sweet caramel and roasted matlyness. Flavor is good, very small hints of caramel flavor, some hopyyness, but seems a bit weak and has an almost watery mouth feel. It is fairly drinkable, but mouth feel is a bit disappointing.

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

Clear brown, good head with some lacing.

Smells malty, slight caramel and chocolate notes.

Hazelnut, malt, toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Slight metallic taste in there, and the flavors are subtle and slightly watery.

Mouthfeel medium-thin, moderate carbonation.

This was quite drinkable and pleasant, on the simple side, but I'd have it again.

Photo of Duxx
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep chocolate brown with just a hint of red. The head was amber colored and about 1 finger high that faded to just a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: Dark malt smell with just a hint of smokiness. No real hop aroma.

T: Chocolate and very mild coffee flavors with just a hint of smoke. A little astringent and dry in the back of the throat.

M: A little thin with creamy carbonation released as it touches the tongue.

D: Definitely a beer you could drink all night long. No to cloying or filling.

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

Pours a big 3 finger light chocolate head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention was good and lacing was above average

Smell is of sweet caramel malt and some corn/ grains. No hops are detected

Taste is similar to the smell. Very malty but there is some off flavors in there. There's a corn/adjunct flavor thats odd, mixed with a slightly metallic after taste. As the beer warms, earthy hops and some dried fig become apparent.

Mouth feel is above average. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is on the aggressive side. Head stayed around for awhile but didn't really contribute to the beer.

Drink ability was good. Very sessionable beer, solid brown ale. Cant really stand up to DFH Indian Brown Ale, my favorite in this style, but it was worth a try

Photo of portia99
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (dated 6/30/09) received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a translucent dark brown with ruby highlights...thin head, almost none, just some islands of tan bubbles on the surface and a thin collar. No lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Total caramel and toffee aromas...sweet and rich. A little bit of green vegetable like aroma in there too...not entirely appealing...some grassy and earthy hops in the background, but really subdued.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Lots of caramel, mildly bitter. Some green vegetables - sweet peas, green beans - a little bit odd. Not much for bitterness...hops take a back seat here.

M - On the thin side, especially for a malt focused beer...but it is rather low in alcohol too. Carbonation is medium - tingly and active, but not overly so...just about right for the style.

D - The odd vegetable smell and flavor are a bit distracting and definitely limit the drinkability of this one. Alcohol is low making this sessionable strength. Had this one last about 15 years ago - was a favorite then, but I think my tastes have definitely changed. Glad to have the opportunity to try again and see how my palate has progressed over the years.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland:

Pours with a nice, rich brown hue, decent head and lace. Flavors of toffee, banana, roasted hazelnuts, and caramel. Yum! Finishes rather crisp with good grip, balanced tannins, and a nice nutty aftertaste. One of the better brown ales I have tried lately. Just taste next to Newcastle if you don't believe.

Photo of Contagion
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice chocolate malt scent to it. A mild nut flavor is detectable and there is a slight biscuit scent. The smell is kind of mild and a little on the week side. For a brown ale I was expecting something a little stronger scented. The flavor is a mixture of roasted chocolate malts with a hint of nuts and a nice hop finish. It tastes almost like an English brown, but not quite as flavorful. The aftertaste is barely noticeable.

It is a medium bodied beer. There is a slight creaminess to it that coats the mouth.

This is a nice beer. It's nothing fancy or all that impressive, but it was nice to drink. It's something that I wouldn't pass up, but I wouldn't go out of my way for. The flavor could have been more impressive.

Photo of blackenmn
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a clean brown with a quickly dissipating off white head. Smelled or raosted nut, chocolate, and some caramel malt.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Pretty light bodied brew. Tasted of toasty caramel, subtle chocolate, and mild citrusy hops. Very easy drinking brew which finished pretty dry and bitter.

Drinkability:I've had plenty of these on many occasions and will probably do so in the future due to price and availability. A pretty good sessionable brown ale.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown color with a frothy head. I have had this in a bottle, but recently found it in a can and decided to review it again. It was about where I remembered it, with the novelty of having come in a can to actually get me to buy another six pack. Its not bad, but not one that I keep stocked at home. Nice malt structure in the nose with some touches of grain and hops. Some sweetness about the nose. Nice thick mouthfeel is like a mild syrup. The attack is mostly sweet malt flavors, but there is a strong presence of grain. Some sweetness manages to cover the flavor and leave me describing it as sweet. It seems like some of the punch is missing from this beer as it just doesn't have the zip or "it" factor to be rated any higher.

Photo of Gremner
2.39/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This ale is pretty. It pours a deep brown with reddish hues around the edges. A finger or two thick off white head that goes down rather quickly. Low to moderate lacing.

S- A little grainy, a little hoppy. Smell seemed thin.

T- Started off malty, with some hops kicking in toward the end. Finished pretty clean. There seemed to be an emptiness to the taste right in the middle.

M- Pretty light bodied. Decent carbonation and a clean finish.

D- All in all, I'd say its okay. Not good, not terrible. I think there is room to improve this one to be pretty darn good. I'd like a more interesting and potent aroma to accompany a more interesting and potent flavor. I just seemed to lack something...

Photo of beer348
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

well, this is not my favorite beer would be an understatement. I was quite a bit disappointed. it tasted fine and had decent flavor but.. Had a good feel though but just didn't sit that well and not very drinkable whatsoever. i am rating this beer low

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head and a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

T: The taste is great with coffee from the nose and roasty malt flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth.

D: Very sessionable and something I wouldn't mind drinking all the time. I will be getting this again.

A typical brown ale that's not overly sweet or overly bitter but perfectly balanced. It's pretty ordinary but sometimes you need a regular beer.

Photo of BDJake
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, almost porter-like, with ruby-brown hues on the edge of the glass when held to the light. eggshell colored head that left mild lacing and stuck around for a minute

S- very nutty, with roasted caramel malts and some breadiness to it

T- same as the aroma, with a mild hop touch in the aftertaste

M- light/medium body with a slight bitterness

D- great for the style, although I usually only get it about once a year (usually late autumn as a transition from fall to winter beers) it's always satisfying. I can see why this is one of my dad's all time favorite beers (although in recent years he's leaned more towards the decent yet overrated Mac and Jack's amber)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brownish-red color with a decent crown of cream colored foam. Average retention and not much lacing. Standard looking brown ale on our hands.

Nose is a nice complement of nutty, roasty and toasty malts. A faint touch of earthy hops and some doughy yeast round out a little bit of depth. Really a great smelling brew, nothing extravagant, but spot on for the style.

Taste is just mildly sweet with a toasty and hoppy bitter finish. Not as much depth as the nose indicates and a bit thin in the mouth, but it is a pretty nice beer and quite drinkable. I can see why this is Big Sky's most popular.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

This beer has gained cult status over the years. Decent head retention, enough to get by. Very dark chestnut color with a glowing clarity when brought up to the light. Hint of plum and apple fruitiness in the nose with aromas of faint peppery, minty herbal hop and nutty breadiness. Sharp carbonation up front with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a moderate body. Brown bread, toasted husk and nutty throughout. Breadiness goes far and keeps the flavor going for a good while. Ghost bicarbonate flavor. Oily hop lends a substantial amount of flavor with a mild bitterness. Touch of apple skin, raisin, brown sugar and carob in the semi-dry finish.

A solid Brown Ale to be had here, very drinkable. Without a doubt it's a good pick when it comes to Brown Ales.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.