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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,257
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 88
Gots: 215 | FT: 2
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 Strand
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Moose Drool is a brown ale brewed by Big Sky Brewing Company in Montana. Big Sky brews a number of craft beers, with limited distribution in the upper midwest.

I like brown ale. But I'm not a big fan of Moose Drool. It's not terrible, and it's my favorite of the three Big Sky beers I've tried so far. Maybe I'm spoiled by how good Newcastle Brown Ale is, so that any other brown ale fails in comparison. But it's not a bad beer - I'd drink it if one was put in front of me.

Photo of climax
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you had never heard of it and saw "MOOSE DROOL", you'd be a fool not to pick one up. It has definitely got the novelty name going for it. For me, it has been the classic brown ale of which I compare all browns too, and I keep going back, so i'll try to refrain from bias....

poured a mahogany brown with red tones, 2 finger tan head faded evenly to a ring on the edge

smell seemed nutty at first, eventually dark chocolate and coffee took over. a bit of astringent bitterness and raw meet at times was a little less than desirable (i like my steak medium). more banana/ripe fruit came through as it warmed. smell was the weak point i thought, but it was never bad, as it never ruined the experience, it wasn't too sweet which was good

taste was real smooth. roasted nuts , chocolate and other dark malt, hints of woodiness and a subtle hop presence helped to balance. clean woody/dark chocolate fiinish

mouthfeel is relatively light, and very smooth. carbonation was at a good level to keep it crisp but never overpowering. chalky/silky finish that was interesting and i liked

It's not quite like sitting under a moose and monkeychugging warm twiggy marshwater, and in some ways thats dissapointing. but what it is, is a good solid brown ale. Incredibly easy to drink, and i tend to refrain from more than one brown because they're too sweet, this one is not. It could defnitely be sessioned... give it a try

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a sucker for a beer with a good name.

Translucent dark brown witha large, foamy tan head. Some sticky lace up top and a thin skim retention that hangs around for about half a glass.

Smells like fruity brown sugar and hazelnut.

In the words of Austin Powers, "it's a bit nutty." Nutty malt with hints of chocolate and Dr. Pepper. I know all beer is liquid but this moutheel was epecially "wet."

via colts9016

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

The infamous Big Sky Moose Drool....

Appearance-pitch black, coffee stained large head, thick bubbles and carbonation, almost like a black volcano.

Smell-malty, sweetness comes in as well, a chocolate/coffee/toffee sort of combination.

Taste/Mouthfeel-caramel and a syrupy sweetness, really light but not without some measure of complexity. Easy on the tongue and a nice flavor.

Drinkability-the light decent flavor makes this one of the more drinkable brown ales. Easy quaffing.

Overall-solid drinkable brown ale, I can see why this has become a favorite, it's by no means knock your socks off fantastic but it's a fine beer and I give credit where it's due.

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

Thank you, colt9016!

Deep dark brown with amber hues, thick billowy tan head and tight sticky lacing.

Smells malty and chocolaty with a slight charred scent

Very smooth and balanced with a few sweet notes here and there. The carbonation is moderate and the finish is dry...kind of like a stout.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this came in a mixer twelve pack. 12 ounce bottle pours dark brown with a reddish hue. thin off white head. some lacing.

bready malts on the nose. earthy, fruity hop bouquet. no off odors.

caramel sweet. red fruit hop flavor. subtle aftertaste. balanced for style.

mid body. adequate carbonation. good beer. i like the offering i have had from big sky.

Photo of craytonic
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like a darker newcastle, almost mahogany. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Toffee, faint hops and mild, sweet cocoa.

Taste: Basically a stronger Newcastle.

Mouthfeel: Light, could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Would be a good session beer, although 5.1% might be a bit high.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great name, have wanted to try this one for a while. Thanks to Sparky27 for sending it along. Clear ruddy chestnut color with two fingers of thick frothy foam that settles out very slowly, leaving rings and sheets of lace.

Aroma of toasted malt, some smoke and marshmallow.

Flavors of dark malt, semi-sweet, some cocoa and smoke, bits of marshmallow and banana. Tasty and interesting but not overly complex.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, feels pretty full in the mouth. Very drinkable, tasty and sessionable beer. Thanks Eric.

Photo of herbalist
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times but this is the first time I've drinkin it with the intention of giving it a review. It pours an almost burgandy color, a distinct redish-brown and has a nice thin, creamy head. It disapates quickly and doesn't leave much of ring at all.

It smells really sweet and not particularly appetizing. But it also does not smell bad, it just kinda smells like it is still fermenting. Fairly awkward in comparison to other brown ales with a dominant scent of honey.

The taste is pleasant. It is sweet and very much like it smells. Honey is the dominant flavor. It certainly does not leave much room for any other flavor than sweet malt and it is fairly simplistic in that sense. But nonetheless it is pretty tasty and depending on one's mood it can be a nice beer to drink.

It is medium bodied, not very carbonated and has decent drinkability. I could certainly see people enjoying putting quite a few of these back. Not the best brown ale out there but certainly not the worst and def. worth giving a try.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with deep amber highlights,and a thick bubbly tan head.Aroma is nutty with sweet caramel,and toffee notes.Flavor is sweet and malty.More of the caramel and toffee,some nice light chocolate notes with a bit of a spicy hop finish.Nice lacing,medium to full body,just enough carbonation to keep everything feeling crisp and light,very sessionable. A nice beer,fun to try

Photo of kingothewoods
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great dark appearance with light tan head.

Carmel, light roast, hint of chocolate, and malt are all in this well rounded smell of a beer.

Sweet, smooth, and light tastes with the malt come through after you taste it.

Quite a sweet aftertaste left on your tongue.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember a few years ago my dad was traveling through montana and he called me to tell me about this funny named beer - moose drool. He couldn't bring it back and I'd pretty much forgotten about it until my wife surprised me with a package of states I was missing and lo and behold there's a bottle of moose drool. I had this at dinner which was a nice salad with spicy jalepeno cheese and chicken. A great looking caramel, earthy hopped brown ale worked perfectly for me. A nice session brown ale.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of cola with a one inch tan head that dissipated to nothing fairly quickly. Nice looking brown ale otherwise. Weak aroma was nothing special - maybe detected a little malt. Taste was good, though. Nice balance with a little taste of chocolate and roasted malt. A hint of coffee on the finish. No noticeable taste of alcohol or warming. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of webbcreative
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown, mouthfeel is watery, taste is pretty good though, slight bitter hops, not too much though. little raisiny, quick finish, not getting a whole lot of flavor, but it does have a nice nut finish. I had higher hopes, but overall its drinkable, just not one i would seek out by any means.

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

Pours mahogany brown with copper highlights. Head is mild and soapy, but does provide some sticky lacing.

Aroma is bready malt with hints of chocolate.

Taste is toasted caramel malt. Mild earthy hop with a hint of nut. The finish is clean with a dry powdery cocoa aspect.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall not a bad brown ale. worth a try.

Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice dark amber with a tan head.

The smell is nice and nutty with a bit of caramel malt and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor is ok, a bit of sweet woody malt and a touch of earthy hops making it fairly balanced.

The mouthfeel was thin and a bit flat.

Easy to drink, but a bit boring and average.

Photo of ChrisQ
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If you like black coffee and strong liquor, this might be a beer for you. Sadly, as someone who doesn't prescribe to the daily ritual of drinking "Boiled Bean Juice," I couldn't finish my serving. The funny thing is, I had this in Montana on the way to a coffee roaster's.

Something called Moose Drool should have told me what I was getting into: mysterious, dark and slightly oily. Smell had hints of sourness and sweet fermented fruits, maybe peach and cherry. A beer that tastes thicker than it feels. It reminded me of a lighter version of Guinness. The downfall from my palate's perspective was the big punch of bitterness and pronounced ethanol.

Like single malt scotch, this is one drink that is individualized, not universal; some will love it above all, others won't.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint mug.

A: Very dark, reddish when held up to light. Got a maybe 1 finger head when poured, but that dissipated quickly. Left a little lace on the sides when drank.

S: Weak. A little roasted and a little coffee.

T: Much bitterer than I remember, like coffee. Perhaps this batch of grain was over roasted? Little or no hops.

M: I liked the mouth feel a lot, particularly the density. Feels like it would be good with food.

D: Drinkable. Not stellar for the reasons mentioned above.

I think this may have been an older or just bad batch. There is no date anywhere on the packaging.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear medium brown color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head with fair retention. Even lacing in rings.

S: Caramel and toasted malts. A slight bitter foundation lingers.

T: Coffee is the most predominant taste. Roasted and toasted malts follow. Warming alcohol bite and bitter coffee finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich feel.

D: Full flavor, but not filling. Moderate abv make it fairly drinkable.

Photo of FCGrabo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured the first bottle into a new glass, a Walmart special beer glass. The liquid was dark along the lines of Coke or Pepsi. The foam came up to about a an inch and was a nice tannish color. A moderate supply of medium bubbles rose up from within. The aroma was slight and had a nice, dark malty smell.

The fist sip confirmed the maltiness. Not as dark tasting as I was anticipated, but a nice, robust flavor nonetheless. Sweetness was not apparent in the first few sips, perhaps it will come later after the beer sets up house in my mouth.

As the sips continued, the maltiness gained favor with my buds of taste. The beer had a very good feel in the mouth and the maltiness was not accompanied by the slug of bitterness like that of a stout or heavily hopped porter. The beer was quite pleasant to the taste and a nice deviation off the path of most other ales I've had. Subtle sweetness finally manifested as I got down to the bottom of the glass. This was really quite nice.

Photo of shohog
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and is very dark clear appearance with a nice head. Smell is enticing and very appealing but I can not say exactly what it smells like. I mean I can not smell any grapefruit, bannana, chocolate, caramel, or floral or pine but that is what I like about the smell. It smells like Moose Drool! More importantly is the taste is excellant. It is like a battle between the sweet malt at first which gives way to the slight bitterness aftertaste then goes back to sweet, then again to bitter aftertaste. I like this beer more than Newcastle brown or Sam Adams Brown. This is my new favorite brown ale! You gotta love the beer if not the label! :)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear brown small head. Aroma of stale wheat and sweet malt. Flavor of caramel, some cardboard notes, although they generally fade as the beer warms. Palate is weak and watery. Ok, drinkable, but not a great example of the style.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: this one leans toward a deep reddish brown with a solid cream colored top after a rather feisty pour. Lace is worthy of recognition with blotches of spider webs and layers of filmy residue

S: chocolate and toasted malts with oily nuttiness in the background. Maybe just a pop of soft toffee, caramel, and earthy hops

T: this beer works pretty standard with some nice flavors. Roasted malts occupy a good space with a slight spicy and nutty flavor. This is predominantly the bulk of the brew. It is sweetened up by some dry and earthy chocolate notes in the back

M: dry and husky flavors, not much sweetness to this one. Body is somewhat fizzy and retains a soft mild feel

D: not a big fan, has a big malty presence and soft sweet side. Still, it is worthy of getting a hold of and chugging one down

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

Another of the beers sent to me from out West by Wasatch, thanks for this John.

OK, so I have to admit, I wanted to try this beer because I like the name and the picture of the drooling moose. A bad way to choose which beer to drink? YES, but in this case I'm ok with that.

A transparent mahoganey color with about one finger of tan head. Slight head retention, but no lacing what-so-ever.

Nose is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel and toffee notes are strong with the slightest chocolately backing.

Flavor is once again malt dominated. Sweet caramel and toffee are the most noticeable, but a roasted character along with some chocolatey malts come through also. The roasted flavors come through toward the finish of the beer, and remain as an aftertaste.

Very thin mouthfeel, light bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

No complaints in drinkability, but nothing great either. A solid beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly fades
S - Caramel and nuts with a gentle sweetness
T - Malty with a bit of nutty flavor and a touch of hops
M - light to med carbonation that helps drive my score for drinkability
D - Yummy and not filling and not too expensive. i love this stuff

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,257 ratings.