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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,164
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 85
Gots: 179 | 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 buffettfan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.8%
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 +8.1%
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 +2.2%
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 -12.7%
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 -5.4%
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 +6.2%
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 +12.2%
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 -4.1%
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 -1.9%
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 +8.9%
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 -22.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +1.4%
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
Photo of tonistruth
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- dark brown with mahogany tinted lighter brown hues, 1 finger foamy off white head, good retent

S- nutty, toasted, chocolate

T- some yeast, nutty, toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, nice balancing

M- medium body, smooth, carbonation tickle at finish, almost creamy

D- great American brown, sessionable, complex, try a session

tonistruth, May 07, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an old fav on draft here - very easy going and well balanced. Served with a light head, almost no lace. very dark brown color, Roasty, malty, toffee nose. Flavor's easy. Very drinkable. almost no hops. Nice finish. A lurking dryness that isn't so obvious. But it adds to the overall appeal and make it work so well. Great beer!

drpimento, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a kitchen glass. Poured a nice dark brown that was mostly opaque in the middle, but you could see through the edges. Had a 1/2 inch head that was large bubbles that lasted most of the beer. Smelt like brown sugar with hints of oats. Tastes like brown bread with some sweetness. Mouthfeel was ok. It was a little thin in the mouth, with the bubbles from the head tingling in the mouth. Taste was solid, however the bubbles definately took away from the enjoyability of the beer.

mountdew1, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the very least, it deserves praise for its name. Bottle is very 80's - guess i shouldnt be surprised.

Anyway, it pours a very, very dark brown. Almost black and opaque. Very sweet for a brown - sweetness comes from caramel and sugar cane. The smallest bit of hop bittnerness is in there, as well as some good malts.

Not a bad brew, but certainly not my favorite.

Lnedrive14, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown with a moderate tan head and some lacing.
Smell: A dark malty and spicy aroma.
Taste: Malty sweet and with a bittersweet chocolate, toffee, nut and spice flavors. Tasted very complex like a winter warmer profile, instead of a English brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel
Drinkability: Very nice beer, I had several at the downstairs pub in the Nugget (Sparks, NV).

This was a very nice beer when I was first exposed to it on tap at the downstairs pub in the Nugget Casino (Sparks, NV). However, when I it on tap at Red's Old 395 Grill (Carson City, NV) it tasted much more watery and not near as flavorful. I'm now wondering if the Nugget's keg has not sold well and it has aged in the process. If so, this beer is far better aged. I based my review on the beer as I first encountered it in Sparks, NV.

TheEclecticGent, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The brown ale lives up to its style. The ale is brown, darker but not quite black, with some darker red highlights throughout. The head is a small white band that laces nicely.

S: The ale has a nutty malt scent that has incorporates some caramel notes as well.

T: The ale has a pronounced malt body, unmistakeable in any form. The nuttiness is mixed with a strong caramel biscuity malt to create a veritable malt bomb without the stinging overmalted qualities. The hops don't really register but they don't need to beyond the bittering.

M: The mouthfeel is a chewy blend of malts, almost like chewing on cereal.

D: The ale is a pleasing drink, nutty enough to really stand out in a crowd.

akorsak, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welp, ol’ JohnnyM2002 took care of me in a trade with this very nice brown.

I almost couldn’t believe the massive tan head, on top of a very nice mahogany pour. Subtle notes of chocolate coffee that transferred over into the taste superbly. Rich and creamy to start, the finish balances out nicely, ended with a semi-dry and gritty. Close to a dry Irish stout. Very well done brew.

I’d have no problem sitting down with a sixer of these on a spring day.

Vancer, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipped back from Denver. Poured from a 12oz bottle with no obvious dating system (some laser stuff on neck but didn't look like a date) into a pint glass. Was dark brown and slightly mahogany in color. Had a 2+ finger head that was light beige in color. It settled into a thin foam with good lacing. The smell was malty with some sweetness but generally weak as I tend to find in the style. The taste is good and solid. It won't knock you off your feet but has that can't stop drinking it quality. This would make a great session beer. Overall, I really like it and could drink several at a time. If available here it would be in my session beer rotation. Recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan head and some red hues. No noteworthy lacing.

Smell: Dark malts caramel simple brown ale aroma. Not bad, not special. Clean. Middle of the road.

Taste: The taste is a bit better than the nose suggested but still this is a straight forward approachable English Brown Ale. Sweet and malty with a bittersweet chocolate attribute, toffee and roasty flavors. It may excel over Newcastle Brown Ale but it doesn't reach the league of Samuel Smith's Brown IMO.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with a dry roasted finish.

Drinkability: I like the style as an easy drinking session beer and this is exactly that.

Hope this i helpful.

Phatz, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of WetCoaster
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A lovely clear mahogany with ruby highlights. Slightly off-white head.

Smell: Chocolatey malt, bready, with dry, spicy hops.

Taste: Quite sweet with roasty chocolate malt -- more so than you might expect for this style -- and slightly toasty and nutty. Thins out and bitters up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than I would have thought, with a good carbonation level.

Drinkability: Nice, actually a bit heavier than I might like a brown session ale to be, but a good, if somewhat off-style, flavor.

WetCoaster, Mar 02, 2007
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,164 ratings.