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Moose Drool Brown Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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2,332 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,332
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 96
Gots: 265 | 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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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.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your typical Brown Ale. Anything to remember....not much. Just average in my opinion. I wish I would have liked it more. I have discovered that as the smaller breweries become bigger, the quality usually goes down hill. Case in point for Big Sky. Too popular and quality goes down.

Don't get me wrong, I do love a good Brown Ale....hello Bells. But Moose Drool is not one of the best. Tastes the same from start to finish. Average.... 1 layered.... Complex...not even close.

I do give it higher marks on drinkability because of the lower 5.1 ABV that this beer has. I do have to commend Big Sky on making beers with lower ABV than most. Nice to sit back and relax with an average beer on a hot summer night and not have to worry about getting canned after drinking a few of them.

Photo of tedpeer
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Pours dark brown with a half inch off white head that quickly subsided to a ring around. Has some lacing.

S - Sweet roastedmalts, bready and nutty.

T - Sweet start, nutty middle. Off flavor almost twangy in the finish.

M - Thin.

D - We did a blind tasting of 7 browns, and this beer was the worst.

Photo of dismal
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a one finger off white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. The head pretty quickly get reduced to a thin layer but stays around for a while. The smell is pretty good. Smells a bit of roasted malt, a little nutty and bready. Taste is good. Kind of nutty and bready like the smell. I also think there is a hint of some chocolate in there. Pretty good overall. I like it. I've been interested in trying this one for a while so I"m glad I did. I like it, I'll get again sometime. It's really drinkable and pretty good.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with a label with...a drooling moose on it...kinda funny...freshness date marked

Appearance: Pretty dark walnut beer with bright red highlights and fairly dense beige head with decent retention

Smell: Quite sweet malty aromas up front, a hint of dark fruitiness as well...just a ghost of roasted grain as it warms...a bit simple, but appealing.

Taste: A nice balance between caramel malts and dark fruit...just a bit of hops on the finish to balance things out nicely...flavors are very simple but full (i.e. this doesn't taste "light" or watered-down)

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Simple (perhaps a bit overly) but quite tasty and drinkable brown ale...this is quite a bit better than many American brown or amber ales. I had this with some dry figs and it was pretty good. This would be a nice quaffer of a pub ale.

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

12 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, chestnut brown with the slightest hint of deep red highlights. Most opaque, with a little light coming through at the edges. Two to three fingers of foamy off-white head sits atop the beer.

Nose is toasted bread with a caramel-like sweetness. Very slight earthy hop notes come in for some balance, but there's not much else going on.

Taste is a mellow, mild sweetness up front that gives way to a nutty flavor in the middle. There's a pleasant toasted bread flavor in the finish, but it's fleeting; I really wish it wasn't so short-lived.

Light and creamy mouthfeel, but on the thin side, with an astringent feel coming in toward the end of the glass. Easy to drink, flavorful, but doesn't command my attention, and as such would be a good session beer. Another solid entry from Big Sky.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another good session from Big Sky, I've drank this beer many times. Glad to see it in cans. Six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $7.

A: About the color of a coke, off white head about half an inch thick, nice clarity, excellent red accents. Nice looking beer. Good head retention, and pretty fair spots of lacing.

S: Honey, nutty, slightly buttery, this smells a lot like a big ol' malt bomb. Pretty boring, but still not too bad.

T: Light flavors, some dark malts, and a light graininess, slightly chocolate, a fair amount of nuts, and a hint at caramel, maybe a touch of honey as well. Pretty light really, but still a tasty brew.

M: Light carbonation, fairly thin, slick, goes down really easily.

D: Easy session beer, I can, and have drank this stuff all night long, many times. Tasty beer, and definitely one that I try and keep on hand.

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

Picked up based purely on the name - know of Big Sky but Moose Drool had to be tried.

12oz pours an auburn/mahogany color with lots of foam (helps that it's in the tulip - it's all I had!). Lacing down the glass.

Nose is light caramel and roasted malts, light molasses, hints of vanilla.

Taste is nice, smooth yet distinctive malts, hints of hops in the finish. Solid American brown - tasty and bold all the way through - and yet somehow smooth.

Light body but hard to fault this as a drinker. Picked up a sixer - should be well through it by the end of the night.

Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by 6/23/09

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 1 finger head that left spottted lacing

smells of very sweet bready malts

taste is much different then the smell - this beer has lots of cocoa flavor to it much like many porters after this the sweet bready and carmel malts come through and some nutty notes as well

moutfeel a light/medium body with good carbonation that has a nice rich creamy finish

drinkability is good for a full flavored beer of only 5.1%abv

Photo of champ103
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms. The foam eventually recedes. Lots of sticky lace it left behind.
S: Caramel malt. Though mostly musky and dank.
T: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Some toffee as well. A lingering hop bitterness.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp clean snap of carbonation. A good creaminess follows as the beer is allowed to breath. Easy and smooth to drink. A session beer for me.

I spent about two months in Montana drinking this. I really enjoyed it then (three years ago now), and enjoy it now. I was surprised and pleased to see this in the liquor stores in Tulsa, OK. Recommended.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Large light brown head with moderate retention and nice lacing. the beer is a bright read brown in color.

S- Very malty and sweet. caramel, roasted nuts and a hint of chocolate. Also a moderate hop presence.

T- Roasted nuts, caramel, hints of vanilla, and a light bitter bite from the hops in the end.

M- Light and slightly oily with a little bite in the end.

This is a pretty good brown ale, nothing really special just a nice drinkable and well balanced beer. Easy to enjoy and nice to have in the fridge.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS.

Poured a nice chestnut/mahogany brown. Clear even though it's dark. Decent head that lasts a fair amount of time.

Aroma is of roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate. There's a lot of roasted malt aroma, to be honest. Nearly stout-like, but not quite. Hops are there, but hiding.

Taste is very much dark malt dominated, with bitter chocolate coming to the fore. Some roasted malt flavor, but nowhere near what was in the nose. This is mostly an American Brown, with chocolate malt up front and providing a majority of the bitterness, and hops filling in the rest. Quite malty, but not sweet. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel is substantial without making you work to drink it. A good job navigating that particular balancing act.

This is a good American Brown, not to be mistaken for an English brown in any way, shape or form. Drink this one next to a Newcastle to see what I mean. It's bitter, roasty and chocolate, but never ventures into porter territory. That's hard to pull off, yet Big Sky does it well. Glad this made it to Kansas.

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

A - Very Dard brown pour, almost black with a medium brown head that had mostly faded by the time it was served to my table

S - Brown sugar and chocolate over malt with a hint of black licorice.

T - Mild dark chocolate flavor and lots of toasted malt. Nothing over the top with the taste, but that is more true to the style than the browns that I have been drinking lately.

M -Tasted watery at the get go but the finish offered a subtle brown sugar hint and toasty malt.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,332 ratings.