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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 84
Gots: 172 | 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 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
Photo of OKCNittany
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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 -21.8%
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 -16.4%
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 -3.5%
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 +13.7%
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 -7%
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 -6.2%
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 +9.2%
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
Photo of franksnbeans
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a brown ale, very dark brown with some ruby if held to the light. Smells of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Tastes of hazelnut, vanilla and a slight bitter finish of hops. Feels light in the mouth with a little tickle of carbonation. Drinkable but not a session beer. All in all its an average brown ale that is worth a try.

franksnbeans, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of buffettfan
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty dark brown color, with a thick, kaki colored head. Aroma is a little nitty, and some hoppy notes. Taste is very plesant, very smooth, chocalety flavor, with a nice finish. I like to have some of this in the fridge, and nice beer, that is very easy to drink.

buffettfan, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a deep, seal-brown ale with a cola-esque transparency into my pint glass. The thin, light tan head on top is well retained (great label, too, and the caps' undersides all have a witty, redneck slogan!) A nice, sweet, nutty scent wafts from the glass. Some toasted malts and caramel, as well as a touch of hops, are detected.

The taste has a good roasted nuttiness about it. Coffee and chocolate notes are here, too, but too slight to earn high marks, even for an English Brown. The mouthfeel is refreshing, but a bit flat on the tongue. The aftertaste is a plesent reminder of the malty flavor. The drinkability of Moose Drool is great, especially on a hot day in Montana. It could stand to have a bit more complexity, but nevertheless, it's a fantastic session EBA.

wagenvolks, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curiosity finally got me to try this. The appearance was decent, an opaque brown hue with very little foam from the tap. Maybe it was the surrounding environment, but the aroma was very faint and difficult to pick up. But when it came to the taste ... whoa ... starts with a chocolatey, malty, bready taste, and finishes with just the right touch of hop bitterness ... Excellent job. will definitely add this one to the beer rotation.

WaveRebel51, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of Moose Drool on my vacation to Montana. I had heard a lot of god things about Big Sky and so decided to give one of its more popular brews a try...

Appearance: Cola brown with nice ruby notes. One finger head dissipates after a minute. Lacing is strong and clings to the glass for a good while. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Deep roasted aroma. You can tell what's coming up in the taste here.

Taste: Delicious. Toasted malt gives way to faint coffee notes, maybe a bit of cocoa. A twinge of hops finishes this brew, creating a nice counterbalance to the heavy malts up front. Moderately carbonated and medium to full bodied, giving a very nice sensation that accentuates the taste. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable, especially for its apparent heaviness. Great sessionable brew. If I'm ever back in Montana I'll definitely pick up another sixer of these, and perhaps something else fro Big Sky. This is quality stuff that I may even try to have shipped out to me.

BucBasil, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color. The head rises to a quarter inch and quickly falls.
Mild aroma of chocolate and cocoa.
Flavor of roasted malts, toast, hint of fruitiness and some tobacco in the finish. The pipe tobacco finish is what keeps this beer from being too bland.
Lighter bodied than I expected, but it works with this beer and adds to it's sessionability. Could use some more carbonation as it feels a bit like a flat Pepsi.
It's not going to wow you but after one I was wanting another. It's sessionable.
I'm glad I tried it and may try again if I come across it. I won't be seeking it out though.

wcudwight, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky Brewing's Moose Drool Brown Ale pours a stiff finger of
brown foam over a deep brown brew. Carbonation is hard to judge
due to the darkness of the brew, but seems steady. The nose is dark
malts, fruit, and chocolate. The flavor is toasty malt up front with molasses
notes and a subdued herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp-
altogether a tasty, well crafted brew.

shadow1961, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with ruby notes in the light. Thin tan head.

Smells of roasted notes along with brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

Taste is chocolatey and nutty along with some notes of wood. Earthy hops in the finsh.

Medium-bodied, finishes dry.

Notes: This beer has quite a nostalgic effect for me. It was the first beer that got me into craft beer.

adowney523, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeremy for donating this bottle in the spirit of scholarship!

I admit to being a bit put-off by the name of this brew; "moose drool" certainly doesn't sound appetizing. Once I popped the cap, poured it into a pint glass and took a good-sized sip, I was glad my sense of discovery prevailed.

The color is somewhat darker than most brown ales I've come across; it's definitely darker than SS Nut Brown or Newcastle. Frankly, it's very nearly black! A less-than-one-finger head formed on top (where else, I suppose), and it quickly dissipated into a thin lacing that encircled the glass at the point of surface tension. So far, so good.

It's a bit fruity on the nose, with some lighter malts and nuts sneaking through. Only the faintest hint of piney hops arrives with intensive sniffing, which is probably to be expected with this style. I found the flavor to be quite enjoyable. It begins with some fruity sweetness, which morphs rapidly into dark malts with hints of chocolate and coffee, and finishes with a distinct nuttiness that soons gives way to a mildly bitter hop aftertaste. This is a fine balance of malts and hops.

Most examples of brown ales possess a very smooth texture with low-to-medium carbonation, and this model is not an exception.

This is a obviously a well-crafted beer, and I look forward to tasting more of Big Sky's offerings, if I ever come across any!

CWiggins, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid, dark brown color, with only a little head, and carbonation bubbles dancing around. Smelled rich and nutty. Tasted like a cross between a Brown Ale and a Porter. Flavorful, with a full malt character that gave way to tastes of roasted nuts and burnt coffee. Leaves a wet lingering taste. A heavy mouthfeel, but a bit too carbonated. I enjoyed this beer, and I would recommend giving it a try, but I doubt I would get it again.

micahgoldfus, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with low volume but sticky vanilla ice cream colored head.

Aromas are light overall, there's some sweet and toasted malt hints. More noticeable hop presence to me than with the draught Drool. The malt is still quite dark, but not to the point of roasting at all, just well toasted.

Semi dry finish with a metallic edge leaves a little to be desired, nothing much remains in the mouth. Sessionable beer.

BretSikkink, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of BeerBob
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing Co. pours a deep mahogany brown from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head of fine light tan foam goes well over two fingers before turning rocky and leaving ample amounts of lace on the walls of my glass on the way down to a full cap of foam.

Nose is a light coffee and chocolate with a faint wisp of damp grain. Palate is a satisfying light sweet chocolate with a subdued coffee after taste, followed by the bight of carbonation.

This Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing Co. could be my next go to brew. Smooth, pleasant, and very thirst quenching… If I start to drink this brew, Big Sky will have to add a second shift at the brewery.

BeerBob, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've noticed this and other Big Sky beers popping up in wide distribution everywhere lately! So, it was high time I tried some. And this beer was not bad, but I can't really recommend it over etter brown ales like Tyranena's High Class Broad or Rogue Monk Madness. It has a pleasant appearance, but a sour note in its flavor kind of turned me off.

Appearance was good; a nice dark brown with a very industrial looking head of consistantly sized tiny bubbles. Flavor was good; a light chocolate roastiness and some very faint bourbon notes. Flavor was more good roastiness, but contained some sour notes that I really didn't feel belonged in the beer. Not bad, but not highly recommended.

BeerBelcher, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of DESTRO
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very solid brown. rich in color with a hint of ruby, half inch head that leaves a nice lacing. sweet nose, malty. nice flavors, nutty and malty and a bit biscuity. medium in body with a nice bite of carbonation. a good session beer and a welcome suprise to see at a gas station.

DESTRO, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Mark
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big brown ale guy but I enjoyed this one just fine. Love the name too. ark brown body had a thin tan head that retained well and left nicely patterned and wispy lacing. Not much aroma really but malt aroma was earthy and inviting. Excellent balance with smooth malt dominating. A touch of tart hop rounds it out. A very enjoyable and drinkable ale.

Mark, May 27, 2007
Photo of
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. aluminum bottle.

Clear, dark copper color, with lots of ruby tones. Medium sized, tan colored head. Good looking beer!

Aroma included dark fruits and molasses. Floral notes. Hint of chocolate.

Not as sweet as aroma suggests, but certainly malt dominated. Tea flavor. Herbal hops at the finish, pretty moderate. Little bit of coffee, roast flavors. Caramel and molasses. Hint of alcohol.

Medium in body. Low to medium carbonation. Fairly refreshing. Bit of graininess as texture.

Nicely done brown. Good balance and easy to drink. Nice session beer.

, May 21, 2007
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.