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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 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.

Photo of bsp77
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, with a slight reddish tint. Head mostly recedes but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel and fruit malts, with some metallic hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts balanced by a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and medium body. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice example of an English-style Brown Ale, but there is something about it that keeps me from really wanting another.

Photo of MiScusi
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yardhouse in Riverside.

Clear dark brown, comes with a finger thick light tan head. Aroma is not there too much unless you really dig your nose in, it comes off as nutty chocolate. The taste is juicy chocolate... lots of chocolate in the finish... somewhat near cloying. Fizzy, too fizzy. Body is on the lighter side, almost medium.

Not too bad of a beer. Didn't feel right in the mouth but the flavor was fairly rich.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours a dirty coke a cola color with a large bubbly, tan head. Lots of visible carbonation, looks like soda pop. Smells sweet, light malt in there somewhere. Some very faint nutty notes as well. Tastes sweet right away, followed by some roasted malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Very balanced. Mouthfeel is bleak, kind of watery and not enough carbonation. Drinkability is great, and now I can get it in cans!!! bonus

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darkish Brown, a little bit of head. Nothing that really impresses me.

S: Some malt, smells sweet. A faint hoppiness in there.

T: A little weak. Malty, toast, biscut, some faint coffee.

M: Not really thing, but not robust. It's in the ballpark for the style.

D: It wore on me, the aftertaste was a bit sweet for me to consider this as having good drinkability.

Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with orange edges and a decent white head.

Very light, delecate "non-assertive" malt nose.

Thin mouth feel but with decent light malt, burnt toast flavor. Simple malt flavors without complexity. Flavors that are there are pleasant. Hint of weak coffee with a back palate of light hops. Not bad; just not memorable.

Short thin flavors go to short weak finish but with a bit of burnt toast back palate. Not something to go out of your way to try. Just my opinion.

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

A - Dark brown, almost black body with a medium brown head standing at about an inch. The head fades quick to a quarter inch before standing strong.

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

T - Mild dark chocolate flavor and thick toasted malt.

M - The start is watery but the finish offers a subtle scratch which assists in bringing out some good flavor.

~ This is the best brown ale I've ever had. Thanks to my friend Alejandro Ysquierdo.

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, ruddy amber color with a lighter amber along the edges. An inch an a half head of a pale tan color. Good retention and lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, grass, and slight biscuit aroma. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt, and then hops come through, a muted toffee flavor is present, along with a slight grass flavor. Overall, really sweet for my taste, but the blend of flavors besides that is pretty good. A really drinkable ale that is more refreshing than filling.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for the extra!

Pours a dark brown with deep orange/ruby highlights & a finger of tan head that dies down to a thin ring, leaving spotty lacing. Very little action from bubbles.

Smells of malty caramel with a roasty, nutty note. Taste of cola hits at first, then swells into a sweet caramel flavor & finishes with a hop bite, just enough to whip the tongue into shape a little instead of just laying there. Slight roast flavors.

Mouthfeel is thin, but typical for brown ales (I always expect a fuller beer based on the smell). Leaves me with the same aftertaste I get after finishing a dark chocolate, tongue coated. A good sessionable drinker.

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

Pours a reddish brown color with a large tan head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing.
Caramel, chocolate and toasted malt.
Similar to aroma, caramel and toasted malt. Hints of nuts.
Slightly syrupy with a dry finish. Fizzy carbonation.
Easy drinking. I wish it had a richer finish. This also does not hold up with food.
NOTES: BBCSD-0903-Danielle

Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great 'extra' bottle received from breity in a recent trade.

Pours a dirty chocolate brown with about an inch's worth of off-white head on top. Retention is pretty weak and there's little lacing. Smells of chocolate, buttered bread, sweet molasses, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is a little weak for my liking. A bit too watery. Oh well. Flavor is nice and chocolatey. Mouth is full of warm breadiness as well. Finishes on the sweet side. Not bad. I'd drink this again for sure. Drinkability is high. I downed this fairly quickly with ease. Recommend.

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of beerbill poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown in the glass that shows deep copper when held up to light. The head is small and tan and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

The aroma is pretty good with tons of sweetness from the caramel malts and chocolate. Maybe some molasses as well as a hint of nuts.

The doesn't quite live up to the aroma and is really just a more watered down version of the smell. It has a bit of chocolate and molasses sweetness up front with some malts int he middle and a dry cocoa-like finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and smooth with moderate carbonation.

This one looks and smells great but the taste and mouthfeel are probably a tad less impressive. Still, a decent brown ale.

Photo of Birmingham
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Big malt character with spices in the back ground.

Appearance: Moose Drool is clear, deep brown and has a tall off white head.

Flavor: The toasted/roasted malts are the dominant flavor; it does have spice notes in the back ground.

Overall Impression: A solid beer, the toasted/roasted malts are not my thing.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one's got a light brown two finger head that is the color of roasted marshmallows. The brew is a chestnut brown, and is relatively dark until the glass is held up to the light, giving a deep purple tint. Lacing is pretty decent. This is a good, if somewhat average lookin' brew.

S - Deep nutty notes with a hint of milk chocolate underneath. There are some firewood and ash aspects that really add some complexity, and the aromas sort of remind me of the way an old log cabin smells. Musty, but alluring.

T - Chestnut, walnuts, and a roaring fire. This is really nutty, woody, dense, and slightly smoky. This tastes like a night spent staring into the campfire while the big trees creak all around you. There is also a gentle "purple" fruit flavor; vinous notes, and hints of plum. Nice!

M - Light in body, but not in character. This is on the thinner side of the brown ale spectrum, but the dense woody notes give a fuller feel, and the slightly dry fruity finish leave lingering happy feelings in the mouth.

D - This is a really well made brown ale with tons of the smoky old-cabin in the woods notes that I love. The balance of nuts and fruit reminds me of one of my favorite combos... peanuts and raisins. I'll be back for more of this one!

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Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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