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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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2,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,344
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 276 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-16-2001

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.
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Ratings: 2,344 | Reviews: 864
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a mahogany color into a pint glass with a two finger head. Head stays around. Not too much lacing. Almost clear.

S- Lacks a bit here. Its a bit of Caramel sweet malt.

T- Tastes good. It has quite a bit of caramel malt to is. Sweet bread. A touch or hops up front finished with a darker malt finish.

M- Medium bodied, just enough carbonation.

O- Overall is pretty good.

Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a tasty mild brown. Not real complex but a very enjoyable brown. I liked it a lot.
Look is, well brown. Tannish one finger head that reduced fairly quickly to a ring.
Smell is malty with a little sweetness.
Taste toasted nutty malts, some mild sweetness, and a good balance of mild bitterness. Pretty good flavor not complex, but I'd say it leans towards the stronger side for a brown.
Feel good carbonation almost a little thick.
Drink a very drinkable beer that I wanted more of. A very good beer to have 3, 4 or even more of

Photo of LibraryTom
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

An OK brown that just doesn't live up to they hype as far as I am concerned.

A light driving brown malt sweetness that lingers a while but never really gets to that full richness without being heavy that I like in brown ales.

It just doesn't have the complexity I hoped to see.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown, ruby with a thin tan head

S - Grainy with toffee, caramel and toasted biscuit. Slightly nutty and maybe even a hint of chocolate.

T - Slightly nutty with toffee. Very bland compared to aroma.

M - Light and slightly watery.

D - I always used to buy this beer shortly after I got into craft beer and nothing better was available. I always enjoyed it but now having it years later and many tasty brown ales later it is not as good as I remember but still a solid brown.

Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice mild smoky brown ale. of a deep deep amber with a poor head and not much lace but a good density none the less. nose of malt and apples pie and palate of that but with a nice smoke to it very mild. mild sweet bitter finish.. but not much of a track of fruit other than the apple. pretty damn good either way though.

Photo of jdskinns
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was about what I expected, dark brown but translucent. White bubbly head.

Smell and taste coincided, both giving off a rich malty tone that was really pleasant.

Mouthfeel was good and this is light enough that you can definitely drink more than one and be comfortable.

I've had this one from bottles and cans and I must say this is one I definitley notice a difference in. Maybe the bottles I continue to get are somewhat old, but I think the cans just have a much more in your face, full flavor. Regardless, this is a great beer for just drinking.

Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this for a while, but just never bothered to take any notes. This review is of one of the new canned MD's.
Pours a deep chestnut brown color. This one was chilled (but not cold), so it had a pretty large head that formed with a careful pour.
Smells nutty and malty with hints of milk chocolate.
The flavor starts off sweet and chocolate-based. In the middle you get some of the rich flavors like molasses, hazelnut, and maple. The finish has a hop presence that's surprisingly welcome, but not tacked-on or overbearing.
Mouthfeel of this is pretty thick. It keeps it from being an absolute summer quencher, but the extra body is probably welcome in cooler temperatures.
Goes down easy, isn't strong, and tastes good. A nice all-purpose brown. It's arguably the quintessential American brown ale. It's a style the probably doesn't get the respect it deserves, but one I really enjoy.
If you like this one, the one from Santa Fe is also recommended, and probably available in many of the same regions.

EDIT: Like others have mentioned, I am tasting a little difference between the bottle and canned offerings. The canned one has a little bit more of a yeasty flavor to it that I've also gotten in the Ska canned ESB. It's not better or worse, just slightly different. It could just be a slightly different process needed to can something. In general, I prefer this on tap, then bottles, then cans...however the cans are oh so convenient.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle. Dark brown almost like a cola. Red shows through in direct light. Very little head but good carbonation.

Smells sweet like toffe and chocolate. Kind of nutty and smoky as well. A hint of maple. A bit of hop aroma is sensed but very little.

I can actually taste the hops, I expected overpowering malt sweetness. Not bad. A bit dry but very easy drinking. Nice subtle nuttiness almost a bit salty. Hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick slightly chewy but again easy to drink IMO.
Could have been better balanced in my opinion I think I would rather drink a newcastle over moose drool. My first Big Sky offering thanks to Tedpeer! Hopefully I can try some other Big Sky beers in the future.

Photo of NewGeneric
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this one a while back but took notes. Poured a burgundy/brown color with light tan head that faded quickly and left very little lacing. Smelled of malts, raisins, and toffee. Tasted of big malts and fruit. Felt smooth and well carbed, but just took a lot for me to finish it.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

Appearance ~ It's okay, foamy one finger head. Far from opaque with bubbles that cling to the bottom of the glass. Dark brown. It's okay! Head dissipates with little to no lacing.

Smell ~ Cashews, pistachios, mixed nuts. Usually I'm listing fruits I smell but this has a nice nutty aroma. I get some coffee and mocha action as well but this might be me mistaking nuts for coffee again. (At least I'm not describing it as bacon)

Taste ~ A delicious nutty and chewy taste with almost porter like qualities. Coffee, nuts, chocolate, milk. It is really good.

Mouthfeel ~ Initially it feels high in carbonation but it quickly melllows out until it has an almost milk shake like feel.

Drinkability ~ High, this is an almost elite brown ale. Good for the price and quality.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Carmel brown color with a thick head after a rough pour by the barkeep. Dissolves to thin laceyness.

S - Earthy smell with sweet malty undertones.

T - Sweet malty taste with hints of citrusy hops to balance it out.

M - Well balanced beer goes down easy.

D - Very drinkable. Could easily be my session beer.

Photo of abrand
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle out of a Big Sky sampler with best before date of 7.15.2009 printed on the neck of the bottle. Label cleverly contains a moose. This is my first time trying samples from this brewery.

A- Pours a mahogany color with some visibility through the fluid. After an aggressive pour there is a very thick head with lots of carbonation.

S- Smells of sweet malts and little bitterness. Also hints of nuts and citrus. Aroma is not overwhelming.

T- Taste is very mild and smooth. Lots of sweet malts and also breads and oats.

M- Medium to light bodied

D- Very good brown ale with a high drinkability.

Photo of sevopie
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color with a tan head that disappears quick.

Caramel and chocolate malts with a touch of spice and smoke.

Caramel malts and smoke flavors are the most prominent, with a touch of citric hops and some spiciness. There's a hint of a medicinal flavor in there, but nothing too bad.

Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, but certainly not overpowering.

If not for the slight medicinal off taste, this might have stood a chance of becoming a staple in my fridge. As is, I certainly won't turn one down, as they go down smooth and easy.

Photo of pants678
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a two finger head after pouring into a pint glass. The head is a light beige that recedes quickly to about half a finger. More than just a lacing, however, is maintained. It's bubbly, I'd expect smoother from it's texture. Definitely an amber color, there is definitely a red that comes out with light.

Smells distinctly of toffee, but I wouldn't say it's a strong aroma. Subtle, but defined.

Tastes much the same as it smells, with the distinct toffee flavoring. Through smooth, it does have sharp notes to it. It is a brown, after all. Not exactly citrus, these notes are bitter. There is carmel center to this brew, but I would like more complexity.

Carbonation is perfect, it has the right weight and has a smooth texture. However, there are times where it seems lacking, perhaps watery. A decent brown that doesn't go away too quickly.

Photo of jjanega08
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice dark brown that turns bright amber when you hold it to the light. A decent one finger head comes out and lasts quite a while with some good lacing.
S= great smell very pungent. Lots of grainy sweetness and a small hop bite. Really enjoying the odor of this beer from a couple feet away.
T= good stuff. Starts with a nice malty grainy taste the hops are notcable and really taste floral. Really tasty. My favorite brown ale I've ever had. Really nice balanced taste.
M= smooth and crisp.
D= great. Brown ales might not get much better than this. Its a great beer from a somewhat boring style.

Photo of nrbw23
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear brown color with red edges. Has a nice foamy tan colored head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of nuts, grains and roasted malts. Fairly light here.

T- Taste is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee, and just a touch of bittering hops.

M- Seemed a bit watery, nice carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Pours a cola brown color with a thin off white head with great retention, faded to a thin bubbly film, great lacing. Smells caramel, nutty, a little funky. Taste nutty, hazelnut. Medium body. This is a great example of a nut brown, not a fan of the style but this is a good one.

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

Having had this excellent beer on draft and in the bottle, I wanted to try it in cans.

It's brown without any head and a light toasted/smoky malt aroma.

I'm tasting a noticable smoky flavor that I haven't seen in the bottle or on draft. Weird.

The body is a little watery.

I'm surprised that the canned version seems different from the other serving types of this beer. It doesn't make any sense. I say, avoid the can and stick with bottles and draft.

Photo of benteach
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with modest light brown head, lacing throughout the drink. Dark brown appearance.

Smells rich, nutty. Tastes like a brown ale should. Woody, clean; coffee favors are very clear and strong. Creamy mouthfeel, not very thick, the favor lingers for a short while. Suble caramel favors. This is my second tasting of of Moose Drool. Seems to get better the more I try it.

Photo of kels
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to colts9016 for throwing this in on a trade. Review is on the bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks great off the pour. Liquid is a rich, roasty brown with hazy clarity and a 2 finger tan head that fades to a well-retained 1 finger skim. The fading head leaves tons of sticky lacing all over the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smell grows as the beer warms - roasted grain, slight caramelized malt and light citrus hops. There's only a mild hint of the alcohol in the nose. Smells very tasty and pleasing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nice representation of the style in the taste. Chewy and tasty flavors of coffee grounds, roasted malts, toast, citrusy hops. Slight caramel adds a touch of sweetness in the aftertaste, along with a bit of drying alcohol. It makes me want fish and chips to go along with it. Feel is bright and slightly thin - refreshing, but could be a little fuller.

Drinkability: Really quite high. For something called Moose Drool, I'm actually pretty impressed. It's refined and subtle. Nothing big or bold, but it's solid, flavorful, and drinkable.

Photo of rhinos00
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark mahogany with hint of burgundy hues throughout. Produced a fingers width of off-white head with slight amount of lacing.

S- Getting some nuttiness, caramel and some burnt sugars. Very mellow and one dimensional.

T- Little bit of bittering hops and nuts upfront. Also getting a little bit of vanilla. Finishes with a subtle caramel malt sweetness.

M- Crisp and carbonated. Light bodied.

D- Went down pretty smooth. The flavors were just a little off making it not as sessionable as it could be.

Overall, not a bad offering. Has enough flavor to make a decent session beer.

Photo of MisterClean
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from total wine in roseville, ca

A - Pours brown with a 1 fingered cappucino head that dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Nutty, with roasted caramel, light coffee, and light bittering hops.

T - Medium coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt toffee, light nuts, and bittering hops.

M - Slick and sweet. The beer is neither well-balanced or full-bodied.

D - This is average for a mild. The flavors should meld together, but they just didn't. It was a bit complex and would advise to reduce the ingredients used in the grain bill.

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

Poured like a brown ale, very dark brown with some ruby if held to the light. Nose 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.

Photo of Riccymon
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a murky brown with a quarter inch of brown head that doesn't last long. Smell holds a bit of dry hops, cola, and peanuts.

I let this glass of Moose Drool warm up what I thought was a sufficient amount of time. However, after finding the first half of the glass very unremarkable (caramel malt, raw grains, and an unpleasant coating of my mouth), the second half was much improved. At a bit below room temperature, the taste and mouthfeel filled out with a more refined maltiness and a silky, full body.

Happily, the beer became a worthy brown of average drinkability.

Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a modest off white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is nutty roasted malts. Taste is nuts, bread, cocoa, and good support from some mildly bitter hops. Slightly dry and astringent on the palate. Carbonation is a bit much for an English Brown but normal for the US tongue. This is an average ale in many ways but with no bad character and the 5.1% abv you could drink this all night. First time I have seen this in a can. Tastes fine.

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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