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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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2,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,090
Reviews: 825
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 81
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
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 Padron4KM
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.

pours root beer brown, with a fluffy, long lasting beige head.

Thin rings of lace are left behind.

Aroma is light caramel/toffee, and a little bit of bubblegum sweetness.

Flavor is caramel and chocolate, watered down coffee.

Simple but nice, easy drinking session brew.

Padron4KM, May 11, 2006
Photo of mattdavis452
1.38/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I was quite harsh on my ratings for this brew for good reason - it tasted and smelled like carbonated vomit.

The appearance was beautiful, a dark, rich brown with a little light coming through.

Smell and taste though, as noted above, were worse than atrocious.

Mouthfeel was a little better, it was somewhat crisp.

Drinkability comes straight from taste, and based on my rating of the taste, don't even think about drinking this one.

mattdavis452, May 07, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated as packaged on 3/05/05 so it is about 14th months old, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown with a hint of light that comes from the bottom and sides, 2 inch cloud like tan head that turns into an island blob of foam that floats on top, spotty lacing all around

S—nutty tones are strongest, some caramel and bread/biscuity notes, sweet

T—smoky, nutty, caramel, coffee, some biscuity notes here as well, stays sweet the whole time, I am not detecting any bitterness, very tasty

M—smooth, but a little watery, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—a solid brown ale. Easy to drink and could be a good session beer

hanco005, May 01, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby brown color. Malt accented aroma, with tiramisu hints, mocha and hazelnut, nuts and caramel, and spicy hops, though light. Herbaceous and medicinal flavors with toasty accents and coffee and chocolate flavors. Light hop contribution and a fairly creamy and full body. Maybe it isn’t all in the name.

Crosling, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a foamy tannish head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity brown bread nose with a touch of malted chocolate

Taste: Starts with a sweet bready, malty flavor that is joined by a vague bit of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable brown with enough flavor to make it interesting

brentk56, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of stacey14
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit skeptical about this beer at first because I have never been very fond of brown ales, but I have to admit that I really liked it. It poured out to a nice mahogany-brown color without too much head and little lacing, and the mouthfeel was delightfully in between too thick and too thin. As Goldilocks would say, just right. The taste was nutty and earthy. Very easy to drink and I can imagine it as a good substitute for your typical party beers during the cooler months.

stacey14, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of jj21
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Mohagony color with a thick Tan Head. Decent lacing and head retention. Not very much aroma at first but as it warmed Earthy Roasted tones arose. Taste had a mild flavor of Roasted Malts but needs more. Warm and smooth going down. Easily drinkable.

jj21, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle -- great label!

Pours out a deep brown color with a head slightly less than 2 fingers. It smells a little sweet and nutty. The taste is a little sweet as well. The hops are subtle. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. It goes down smooth and crisp.

zeff80, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Pours a dark mahogany color. When held to the light one can see through it more clearly than one would expect otherwise. One inch light tan head that dropped fairly quickly, yet left a foam collar for some time in my Big Sky Brewing pint glass.

There's a slightly robust grainy note, along with a molasses-like sweetness.

The taste begins with a grainy note, almost immediately followed by a sweet flavor somewhere between molasses and caramel. Things finish out with a dry hoppiness that is just enough to balance the sweet aspects. I wouldn't mind more brown ales to end on such a note.

This would make a good beer to introduce to someone whose idea of a dark beer is Newcastle. The slightly hoppy contrast might actually get them to move on to more adventurous beers. I'm relatively surprised I haven't reviewed this before, as it's my regular brown ale (which is not saying much, since I tend to only drink browns occaisionally). One could do a lot worse than this.

woemad, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Darker than I expected. Deep brown, chesthut color. Head was small but thick. It didn't last long, however.
Smell of biscuit, caramel and weak coffee.
Taste had an initial bite then a nice smooth chocolate/coffee flavor with some molasses and roasted malt. Then the hops hit again. Nice finish.

Mebuzzard, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually bought this just to scam the newfangled 16oz aluminum bottle - I have always smiled at Moose Drool's name, but never got around to trying it because I didn't want to commit to a six pack.

This pours out an extremely dark brown, just a few shades lighter than a porter; It lights up ruby when held up to illumination and sports a finger-thick tan-white head that fades down to a thin but complete covering of tiny bubbles. It leaves behind rather handsome lacing, sheets and spots down the glass.

Strong, warm smells of roasted brown sugar make up most of the nose, with a very slight almost ciderish tang and dark fruit background.

Warm, roasty sugary tastes hit the palate immediately, balanced with a gentle coffee quality; The taste is strong, smooth, and pleasant, warm sugars giving way to a gentle metallic astringency and a tight finish.

This has a nice mouthfeel, full but smooth, chewy, with a sleek carbonation.

I often have a hard time on beers with cute names, but I'm really glad I got around to trying this one - it's quite good!

Tupperwolf, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thick two finger head that slowly fades to a thick ring with quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; there's a bit of a nutty smell as well as some chocolate and sweet malts.

Taste; this pretty follows the smell. There's a slightly roasted nut flavor, with chocolate malts. The finish has a bit of hop bitterness going on. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not bad, and is an ejoyable and very sessional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for picking this up for me.

RedHaze, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Old Chicago in Minnetonka, MN.

Dark brown body with a half-inch of head, some lacing. Smell is a little weak. Aroma of dark malts. Taste is sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses and roasted malts. Not a big tasting beer, fairly simple, but very well done. Tastes good, goes down nice, the key elements of a nice session beer.

tempest, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of pweis909
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on the porter side of brown in color, dark, translucent only near the edges of the glass, with a 1- inch tan foam that mostly vanished in a couple minutes.

The smell was chocolate, and the taste was nicely sweet malt sufficiently balanced by hops so as not to be overpowering, with only a lightly bitter finish. The taste was not complicated, but suggested chocolate beershake. An dthat's a good thing.
There was enough body to reinforce the idea without becoming chewy.

Good thirst quencher, and dessert too. I'm smitten by this uncomplicated by well-made beer.

pweis909, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy light brown colored head that is perhaps a finger thick. The beer is a deep, dark brown color that can't bee seen through, while it was being poured it showed a pretty, clear, rich chestnut color. The aroma is at first sweet with notes of crystal malt but then starts to pick up nutty notes of dark malt, hints of coffee, notes of toasted biscuits, and a note that reminds me of deeply browned toast.

The taste is light and has an up front soft sweetness that quickly picks up notes of lightly roasted coffee. The finish is quite lone and makes me think of brown, richly toasted malt that lingers on the tongue with a slightly astringent quality to it. This beer is quite the easy quaffer, tasty enough to be interesting, but light enough to be a session beer. This is really an enjoyable beer, perhaps a tad simplistic, but sometimes that is what really hits the spot.

Gueuzedude, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of deBeers
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very lovely brown ale. Bottle presentation is great too.

Pours a one inch beige head with a mahogany body showing ruby highlights in the light. It's got a little body to it but it's not heavy. You can let it sit in the glass for awhile and the taste just stays there and gets better. The head dies down to a concentric ring with some milky way galaxy stuff going on in the middle. It's very nice.

Light, yet crisp carbonation present throughout. I personally like this brew after is sits just a little. Smells and tastes of caramel malts, brown sugar, little notes of coffee and molasses. Yum. Simple, tasty and drinkable.

Highly recommended if you have the chance to try this and even tastier off tap if I recall.


deBeers, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big Sky's most popular beer was also one of the best we tasted at the brewery. Nice and thick (but not quite moose-drool-thick) with some malty flavor. Not as strong or as heavy as i thought it would based on the name but very nice on a cold day.

Had it again later, this time from the bottle and it lost a bit of its charm but that's to be expected.

aforbes10, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good-looking brunette, this one. Very, very dark cola/root beer-esque ruby-brown with a bumpy brownish-beige head. This beer has class.

Smell: Mostly roasty-toasty dark malts, a little molasses, some fruity hops. Not terribly complex.

Taste: Mmm... nice roasted malt character. A little coffee, a little chocolate, and a lot of tannins, kind of like an oversteeped mug of orange spice black tea. Alcohol is quite noticeable, as is a distinct current of grape juice. Doesn't bonk you over the head with flavor, but very tasty. Would go well with dessert.

Mouthfeel: Creamy enough, but a tad flat. I think a fuller body would enhance the overall taste quite a bit.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but holds your attention. A very pleasant brew.

soulgrowl, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of BrewRunner
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight hint of red when held to a light. Pretty foamy, but dies down pretty quickly.

A nice smell, kind of sweet. The overall aroma isn't over powering.

Taste and mouth feel are a little lacking. I thought I got a hint of a small metallic aftertaste. Nothing bad, but something was there. A little watery at the beginning of the sip, and then the flavor hits you. But it works pretty well.

It's easy to drink. There is flavor, but doesn't need to be savored. Most so than the "big boys" becasue it actually is beer and I don't want to throw up afterwards.

Overall I was slightly disappointed, mainly becasue it was talked up before I had it. Also with a name like Moose Drool you want it to be awesome

BrewRunner, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling a chilled bottle of this beer that I got from my brother. Pouring into a pint glass the beer is a clear mahogany color with ruby highlights. The head is beige and fizzy with little staying power, quickly fading to a thin edge layer. Aroma is toffee and caramel with maybe a hint of butterscotch too. I also get some light grassy hops in the background. Appealing nose.
First sip reveals an average body with a bit of a silky texture. The carbonation is fizzy and tingles leaving my tongue refreshed.
Flavor starts with a hint of roasted malt and then goes all sweet with caramel, a bit of chocolate and some more toffee. The finish is brown sugar sweetness. The beer is smooth and easy to drink and I find myself craving the next sip each time I put the glass down. Damn wish I had more than one bottle, cause this is a good beer!
I will buy this next time I see it! Quite a tasty beer!

sulldaddy, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wicked-cool aluminum bottle with an image of a moose holding a fishing reel. Obtained from Thompson Valley Liquor (Colorado)...thanks, Clint & Jeff! Pours a one finger tan/light brown head over a crystal clear dark brown liquid with some ruby character. Smells chocolate. Dry chocolate with an underlying malt sweet. Partially buried are hazelnut and caramel. Tastes wet sweet with a dry chocolate malt and a hint of sourish grains...almost caramel-like. Some hop bitter comes across as a nice grassy counterpoint to the chocolate and sweet. Aftertaste is dry chocolate that persists evenly for a lo-oong time. It's a nice brown ale, not a beer that knocks my socks off. Very enjoyable. Md-light body and modestly carbonated. Minimal lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a label featuring a painting of a moose in a lake drooling.

I gotta say - what a good name. That alone was a nice marketing gimmick that I think works great.

A: A dark walnut color with a thin beige head.

S: Roastiness - I get some rye bread and dry brown sugar.

T: Definitely a dry version of an English brown. Seems to almost want to get bitter, but then mellows out to a clean finish. Overall, the taste is molasses sweet. I certainly get hops - and that distracts from the taste, but it's still so subtle and short lived I can't really say it damages anything.

M: This is right with the style - moderate body with a dry finish.

D: Would be a good session beer. Easy to drink.

Overall: A nice English brown, but when you pour a pint for a friend be sure to give 'em the bottle.

sevineyes, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a very dark brown color ale with a medium foamy off-white head with better then average retention. Aroma of molasses is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by this strong molasses feeling, which doesn’t do it for me. Tasted like bad extract homebrew kit. Can’t see why this is rated so high…

Phyl21ca, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear chestnut brown pour with a creamy light brown head that is very dense and lasting. Generous lace.

Aroma is a medly of sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark moist bread, and light floral hops.

Flavor starts off with that dark caramel malt, light cocoa, faint nuttiness, and has a floral hop finish. It's got a lot of diactyl off-notes that detract from what potentially could be a good brown ale.

Body is a hair below medium, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Average drinkability. Probably better on tap.

AlexJ, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of Zoh
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice brown ale, worth getting again and again.
Starts off with a nice dark brown pour, almost like a coke.
The smell is nutty with hints of roasted coffee. It is also mildly sweet, and very promising. You know you are in for something good after a whiff of this beer.
Taste is excellent, one of the smoothest brown ales I have had the pleasure of drinking. The flavor is very nutty with plenty of roasted malt. Hops are an afterthought. There is also a light caramely sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium. It is very smooth and goes down well.
Overall this is a great brown ale, another one of those wonderful beers that is so hard to find in New England.

Zoh, Nov 02, 2005
Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,090 ratings.