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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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1,983 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 78
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.30% 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 karst


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared two bottles with cja711 fresh from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Pours clear brown with handsome head that slowly fell to about 5 mm and laced the standard pint glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and chocolate malt. E. Kent Golding in aroma.

Similar in flavors with little complexity from grain bill. Powdered chocolate follows a sweet caramal start. Light bodied and underhopped (IMHO) with weak bitterness in the finish. A brief but sharply astringent bite in the aftertaste-seemed out of place.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 17:47:58 | More by karst
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my pal battlekow did a weekend ago, tried this on-tap at the Silver Dollar here in Madison just before a rousing stint as back-to-back-to-back shuffleboard champions.

Poured a mahogany brown with garnet highlights and a small off-white head. Quite nice to look at. Smells similar to Newcastle, but perhaps a little spicier and a little nuttier. Flavor follows suit, strikingly similar to Newcastle, my old favorite, but subtley spicier and nuttier. Flavor is really quite mellow and along with the smooth mouthfeel makes for an easy-drinkin' summer session beer. Didn't blow me out of the water, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 16:30:08 | More by Golden2wenty1
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Silver Dollar in Madison while waiting to play shuffleboard. It looked good, dark brown with a creamy, tan head. I've had this in the bottle before, but not lately, and was surprised by how spiced it smelled, almost like a witbier. As opposed to disaster that was the Angelic Nut Brown, which I had earlier that night, this departure from the typical brown style was subtle and appreciated. Flavor had a nice sweet/bitter balance, with some really good chocolate hints that kicked in as it warmed. Pleasant to drink, thick and coating. Very solid brown.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2005 19:59:01 | More by battlekow
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

( Served in a Hefe-weizen glass)

A- Tan head on top of a nice dark chocolate almost opaque body.

S- Light toasted malt nose with some light roasted notes as it warms.

T- Rich chocolate notes with some caramel flavor and a nice light citrus hops flavor. This beer finishes with a light but balanced hop bitterness.

M-medium mouthfeel with no fizz.

D-Very nice brown ale with some good American hops. This is a well put together beer and is good to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 19:06:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz. brown bottle with ABSOULTLY NO HELPFUL INFORMATION WHAT SO EVER. No date, no abv, nothing. Just that slobbering moose.

Aroma: Dusty dark malt, hints of soy sauce. Smells like malt extract ready for brewing. Some slight hints of peat smoke give it some nice depth and complexity.

Appearance: Very dark ruby brown with good clarity shown with backlight. A few streams of carbonation feed a collar and fair cover of off white foam.

Flavor: Bit of a let down from the aroma. Flavors are there, just not as intense as the nose led me to believe. Also, a slight papery note (which the brewer takes the hit for no date). The peat smoke/nuttiness really saves the day.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall Impression: Very rich and full for a brown ale. Good flavor, great nose, solid beer. That paper note really distracted me from enjoying it fully.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 05:58:30 | More by HardTarget
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4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep mahogany color, nearly opaque with a tan head. Toasted grains dominate the nose. Very simple and forward with a medium-body featuring dark roasted malt notes while not becoming at all bitter. Very nicely balanced. Highly reccomended.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 06:52:17 | More by ryantupy
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a pancake head. It's pretty dark, but from what light gets through it looks fairly clear.

Smells of sweet grains and milk chocolate. Mmmmm.

First taste is mild with some hop spices up front. Malt sweetness is very mild for an English Brown. There is also an odd metallic taste that is somewhat distracting, but this levels off as it warms into a soft, subtle brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy without being heavy. Very little carbonation.

All in all, it's a nice beer. Other than the slight metallic taste I really have nothing bad to say. It just doesn't excite me all that much either. Personally, I think Lost Coast's Downtown Brown is a better English Brown, and it's brewed a few blocks from my house so it's always fresh. But I would'nt turn this down, either.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 05:53:01 | More by 1whiskey
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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head above the reddish brown brew. Head holds its own, and laces well. Aroma is almost all nutty malts, with just a touch of hoppiness. Taste is excellent, nutty malt agains, with a slight fruit finish, and a kind of crisp hop close. Mouthfeel is spot on for a brown, and drinkability is excellent as well. Nice one here.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 23:06:06 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Dmann


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this brew. The pour was fantastic with a great dark brown color that left a huge head and great lacing. The scent was not too powerful but I could detect notes of sweet malts and nuttines. The taste of this beer was great as well with some slight smokiness to it along with a nice nutty malt flavor. The hops snuck in there a little bit but not much. This is a very drinkable beer and one that could be sessionable if it were not so costly here on the west coast!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 09:36:02 | More by Dmann
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tremendously dark brown color with a big head depending on the pour. Smell is burnt, like hops and coffee. The taste is similar.. the first is of burnt hops almost like a stout then the nuts come in and wash it down. Defininitly takes a few sips to get used to as the taste is pretty unconventional, but well worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 05:29:04 | More by Toddv29424
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color, with just a hint of maroon tinted light shining through. Head is large at first, 3/4" but fades to a respectable 1/4" and stays there. Roasted malt in the nose, milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Taste is rich and full, sweet but not cloying. Good chocolate presence, and slightly nutty, hops finish is also up to, if not better than, par. Full yest slick mouthfeel, with fairly high carbonation levels. A solid brown ale that I haven't visited in a very long time, and that is good despite the cutesy name.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 22:39:20 | More by TastyTaste
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Pours clear, dark, ruby-brown. Frothy two-finger head that is gone by the time the beer is, but leaves sticky lace. Nose is sweetmalt, grains, a bit of caramel, suggestions of black molasses. Nice. Taste is sweet dark malt, nicely offset by hops. Nuttiness and hints of chocolate, then nutty, slightly astringent dry finish, but not unpleasant at all. Lightly carbonated, moderate mouthfeel. This drinks rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 04:28:38 | More by babydoc
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber. The head is light tan. It fades rather fast. It leaves very few laces. It smells nutty. It also smells of caramel. It is also slightly malty. It also had a very slight smokey aroma. This beer is nutty tasting. It tastes sweet and malty. It has a caramel taste to it. Also, maybe a slightly coffee taste. Thia beer is very smooth. It leaves a nutty aftertaste that is appealing. It is carbonated just right. This beer is a gerat session beer. The alcohol content is low. The flavor is mild and smooth, so it dosent get old. I think this beer is under rated. If you ever get a chance to try this beer, you should. Until recently, it was unavailable in Southern California, but now, I will probably buy it quite often.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 02:41:59 | More by OStrungT
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark amber color. Smell is quite weak. Don't get much at all. Taste, while average, is still pretty good. Chocolate is prominent, as well as some caramel. There may be a slight sourness, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

I've seen this beer for years, even before I was into craft brews, but never picked it up. I'm glad I finally did, because it's a nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 05:19:22 | More by skybluewater
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of caramel and nutty character. The flavor is mostly comprised of a mixture of the caramel malts and the nuttiness. Not overly interesting, but still respectable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 19:44:45 | More by clvand0
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep ruby-brown color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is fairly light, but has some good caramel aromas and a slight nuttiness. The taste is very sweet and has lots of roasted malt character. There's lots of caramel sweetness, and not too much else going on. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is good too. A fairly nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 01:32:45 | More by SheepNutz
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been waiting in my cellar for a long ass time. It pours a very dark amber color, bordering on brown. The head is pretty much non-existant. There is a small ring of foam along the top of the beer. The nose is rather catholic, some sweet caramel tones, a slight nuttyness. Just sort of there. The flavor is a little more nutty than the nose. There is a slight butteryness in there as well. I want a little more roastyness. The feel is just a slight bit shy of moderate. Just a little bit of watery character. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. At least the name is fun.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 01:32:21 | More by kmpitz2
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California. The head is frothy, tan in color, and rises a solid inch toward the rim of my Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass. A curdled collar of thin lace clings to the glass.


Milk chocolate upfront, like opening a Hershey's bar arm's length away and catching a wiff, followed by a strong black coffee bite. Subtle, though. The volume is turned down here a little too far.


A nice sweep of dark chocolate sweetness coated over some roasted coffee beans. But that sweep dies down rapidly, leaving a slack middle of faint -- even awkward -- hop notes on top of a now over-powering coffee kick, comes off almost like raw coffee grounds. The aftertaste is a surprise: a sharp hop pinch that lingers for a long time, narrow and, as I said, sharp, with a flat background of mild malt sweetness.


Too airy -- has a "whipped topping" quality to it that doesn't do justice to some of the bold flavors here. Middling carbonation.

An interesting brown ale. Definitely drinkable, and enjoyable, but there are plenty of better American browns out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 04:20:08 | More by RootedFool
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut brown with a really creamy tan head.
Smells of sweet toasted malt, caramel and nuts.
Tangy bittersweet flavors. Toasty malt, chocolate and caramel. Finishes dry and nutty with an earthy hop bitterness. Not well integrated. The flavors seemed to compete instead of compliment.
Light to medium bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel.
Decent brown ale but didn't quite come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 23:47:45 | More by rkhaze
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at Kelly's Olympian in Portland. Lighting made the colour difficult to ascertain, but I would be surprised if it weren't a very dark brown. Came with a good head which stuck around, adding to the feel of the pint.

I'm useless on the sniff test in these smoky bars, so all I could distinguish was a malty cherry whiff.

Felt very smooth and went down very easily. Was sweeter and more syrupy than I would expect an English Brown Ale to be. The smell did prove indicative of the initial taste, although where I expected it to give way to a somewhat hoppy finish, a thankfully subtle coffee flavour kicked in instead. I detest coffee, but this was subtle enough to be tolerable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2005 10:45:02 | More by charlatan
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit darker in color than most Browns I've sampled. A decent amount of head that fades and doesn't really leave any lacing.

Smell is not too exciting... malty with a bit of hops.

Taste is pretty much all malt with a slightly sweet essence.

Not a bad brown ale by any means and is quite palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 23:49:34 | More by KoG
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with a moose taking a dip on the label. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish tint. Thin but firm white head fades to a nice lace.

Smell: Aroma is mainly toasted malt - smells like a light porter.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation. Combination of toasted and chocolate flavors with hints of coffee. Decent hops balance out the nice malty flavor.

Overall impression: Nice solid brown ale. Nicely drinkable - good for making it through those Montana winters.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 04:45:03 | More by rowew
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled a glass bottle not a aluminum bottle. What were they thinking? It pours a dark reddish color and had a small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is sweet, yeasty and buttery. The body is quite full and the flavor is a sweet and malty and has a dry nut-like character. All in all it's a pretty decent brown ale and worthy of being paired with a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 00:22:55 | More by RushLimbmalt
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moose Drool's clear, very deep mahogany body reveals glowing ruby higlights when held to the light. Its creamy, light tan head drops steadily; but it does leave some minor lace about the glass. In the nose, malt dominates with a lightly cocoaish and toffee-like character. Some mild yeasty fruitiness lends it a bit more character; and a swirl of floral and perfumey hops rounds it out. Smooth and lightly creamy across the palate, it's medium-light body and restrained carbonation level lend to it's malty character and help to boost its drinkability. All that the nose suggests and more is found in the flavor. It's maltiness is subtly toasty and toffee-ish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder. The yeasty fruitiness works its way through mid-palate; and then a cusp of roastiness and some mild grassy and floral hops appear in the finish. It's delicate, and therefore lightly balanced by a restrained bitterness. It finishes dry with some lingering malt and floral hops. Very nice! This is a surprisingly satisfying and drinkable beer that probably deserves more attention for its flavor than it gets for its name and aluminum bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 00:02:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a gift. It came in a very strange aluminum 14.5 oz. bottle that is evidently limited edition. Makes you curious at the least. The body poured a deep brown that has reddish tints. The head is quality, thick and consistent. The odor is enticing, highly malty and very nutty. The overall mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, quite a delight. I really love the great subdued nut flavor, its not overwhelming at all. Surprisingly, it was not dry at all in the finish, considering you usually get that feeling with a nutty tone. A high quality offering and certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:03:52 | More by Hhawk06
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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