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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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2,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,165
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 85
Gots: 180 | 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 happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +8.1%
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 -14.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +7.6%
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 -18.9%
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 -6.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +17%
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 -4.1%
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 +10.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -6.8%
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 +12.2%
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 -8.6%
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
Photo of OKCNittany
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body. One finger tan head w/ great retention and lacing.

S: Malty aroma with chocolate & caramel present. Reminiscent of scottish ale, but better.

T: Taste is more of the same - chocolate and caramel malts - but hopped enough so that it's not overly sweet.

M: Light to medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Smooth.

D: Quite drinkable. Maybe I'd get tired of the malty sweetness after awhile, but I'd love to put that to the test. Too bad I can't get it in OKC.

OKCNittany, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Onz amber bottle

Appearance: Dark brown color with light brown head that goes away easily.

Smell: Light malt aroma

Taste: medium bodied, maltiness ,some kind of sweet flavors, carbonation that you can feel all around the mouth,a small taste like coffee hidden there.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation you can feel, easy to drink.

Drinkability: Still in the search for my favorite brown ale,this is not a bad one,can drink again if i found it.

BeerDreadz, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a molasses color with minimal head. It leaves very little lacing as well. A minute or two later it looks completely flat. Don't doing too well so far. The smell is better. Roasted malt, nuts, and a little coffee come through. Very pleasant. The taste is the same with the malt dominating. Get a bit of a coffee aftertaste. It feels relatively thin for a brown ale and it is an inactive beer which doesn't help. I would of like a little carbonation and hops in the beer.

morimech, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a 12 ounce bottle served in a cooled pint glass at the Headquarters Bar in Mineral Lake, Washington.

A: It poured a very dark brown with a tint of amber. There was a one finger cameral hued head that dissipated fast and left letting lacing.

S: Sweet cameral flavored toasted malt aroma with a touch of hoppy grass.

T: Chocolate and tasted flavored malts dominated, however, there was a strong hop kicker that gave the brew a twang. It was sweet and tangy with a dry sour aftertaste that did not linger.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. It was sweet on the front end with a tangy middle and a somewhat sour aftertaste.

D: It has potential as a great camping beer…one that goes down well on a chilly night while warming around a roaring campfire. .

Comment: It’s a good (not great) brown ale with a low alcohol content that remains well hidden.

dnichols, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown with a rich, tan head but marginal lacing at best.

Smells of clover honey and pecans with hints of nutmeg and chocolate.

That's a brown ale! Awesome nuttiness (tastes like caramel 60?) that is actually earthier than the pecan nose would have indicated. Perhaps more walnut-like than anything. A good deal of brown sugar sweetness cuts through what minor hop bitterness existed in the first place.

This is the only area in which this brew is lacking. Carbonation is right but the body tends toward watery. Still, this brew does nothing to detract from my love of brown ales and this would be a fridge fixture if readily available.

malcontent, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Paradise Valley Liquors

Poured a very dark brown with reddish hues and a small head of foam. That shrank to an island in the middle after a few minutes and it has very little lacing.

The smell is malty and somewhat nutty.

The taste has some chocolate malt notes and some nutty flavour and a very mild hop presence in the background. It finishes on a fruity note and the aftertaste is short. Medium carbo and a good mouthfeel for the style. Here's a good transition beer for those who may be a bit timid about trying something new. I think it's a good example of the style.

Bitterbill, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from BevMo in Torrance

Bought a six pack after boss told me it was his favorite beer and that he always buys a case when he is visiting his family in Montana

Dark brown with a light tan head

Smells a lot better than it tastes, but still not bad

Easy to drink for the kind of beer it is

Would have again, but nothing I would go out of my way for

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial nonic. pours a crystal clear deep brown color with garnet highlights. a couple fingers of light tan head top this one off, with no lacings.

smell is of dark malts, namely caramel and chocolate, but lacks any roastedness usually accompanied by those malts. smell is sweet overall, without much hop character. notes of ale yeast and a touch of alcohol finish this one off. good breadth of aromas here.

taste is restrained at first, with only light malts showing through. profile is rather sweet, without much in the hops department until well after swallowing. dark malts still dominate the flavors, with strong caramel and a touch of coffee making up most of the flavors.

mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with a very smooth and creamy texture (ironically, somewhat like moose drool). finishes ultra smooth and doesn't have any bite to speak of.

drinkability is good for a brew with this much complexity. for the flavors, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but a couple of these would do down easy. cheers!

botham, Aug 30, 2007
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,165 ratings.