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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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2,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 862
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 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!

Photo of kdmorse
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All-around good brown. Malty and sweet taste and smell appropriately balanced with hops without hops flavor or aroma to speak of. Smell is a bit too sweet for me and almost stale (cardboardy?) even though the bottle is fresh (according to bottle date). Easy to drink and very refreshing after a bike ride on the beach. Good drinking and well worth the price, but not the best brown I have had.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A--Dark brown color that glows with a deep red hue when held to the light. Standard pour yielded almost 2 fingers of head that receded fairly quickly down to a centimeter and left some lacing on the glass

S--Caramel malty sweetness, bread, little bit of banana peel in the background. Actually, it kind of smells like a very weak hefe'

T--The taste here is rather unpleasant. Whatever flavors are here are overshadowed by a funky metallic and ashy taste that ruins too many beers. This bottle is well within its freshness period and was not subjected to harsh conditions. I think its just flat out a bad tasting beer.

M--Light bodied and slightly watery, but leaves a lingering metallic taste on the tongue

D--Drain pour for me. I will probably toss the remaining 3 bottles from my sampler pack too because I am never going to drink them and I don't want to give them to somebody and subject them to this poor beer.

EDIT: I tried another bottle of this and I got the same flavor, I am officially done with this beer. I suppose I may have gotten 2 bad bottles, but quality control is just as important as the product itself and something is wrong here

Photo of SpecialK088
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Mug

A-Pretty typlcal looking brown lifgt head arcoss the top just kind of a film

S-Very roasted rich/sweet malt and alot of nuttyness

T-Much like the smell except sweeter with alot of nuttyness. Diffrent kinds of nuts in the middle and finish. Nice bitter hop quality to the finish.

M-Medium to thin body very rich and complex tho. Finishes very clean

D-Again just happy to be able to get Big sky here now and will be a regualar in my fridge. Smooth and very easy to drink

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

Poured from the bottle clean dark amber with a thin beige cap. Lacing was sticky but sporadic.

Aroma of sweet malts, light caramel, cola, nuts, and toasted grains.

The taste is malty with a light fruitiness to it. Toasted grains and nuts appear towards the finish.

Thinner bodied, a touch dry, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable English brown from Big Sky. And refreshing enough to enjoy in the summer months.

Photo of naterock
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, Deep brown and reddish with a one finger head. I don't think this could get any better.

smells of rich sugary malt and a caramel-vanilla nose. nuts are prevalent but not too strong.

Tastes very rich and smooth but bittering toward the end. I get a lot more nutty flavor, like macadamia or brazil nuts. really a quite exceptional brew.

mouth is medium and not viscous. Smooth with a lingering but pleasant aftertaste. This beer drinks very easy and is really enjoyable. It might be the best brown ale <%10 that I have had. Jewbelation 12 would be the only exception.

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

Had while in San Francisco a few weeks ago.

A: A really nice dark brown color with a big thick tan head. A little lacing down the side, kind of spotty.

S: True to form, mostly malts, coffee, toffee, chocolate, nuts and maybe some brown sugar. Nothing really overpowering, but noticeable.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Caramel is at the forefront with some nuts and brown sugar. Very pleasant and not overpowering.

M: A nice smooth brown ale, a tad thin, which takes away from the creaminess.

D: A nice enjoyable brown ale, low ABV makes having more than one nice and easy.

Photo of TroyS
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's an extra tasty brown ale. I've had several of these over the years; I really like Moose Drool. I bought this six pack at a local grocery store; I paid $7ish at Ridley's which is an Associated Grocery member in Blackfoot Idaho. So....Moose Drool is a dark pouring brown ale. Very nice brew with plenty of pop. This one, like all the others that I've had in the past, pours with a nice head, more that you'd probably expect, but it goes to a mere lacing relatively quickly, within 10 or 15 minutes. Moose Drool tastes a bit more boozy than a 5.1%, but the mouth feel is great and not too lite. This is a really nice and nutty brew. A brew to savor. Cheers!

Photo of jacobseyb
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, so I am going to try to not be too biased.

A=Dark but not black, shades of amber, healthy head that sticks on the way down.

S=Hints of fruit

T=Hints of chocolates or caramel and some bitterness.

M=Good carbonation and feel

D=Medium carbonation and not too filling, like I said one of my favorite beers, so I could drink plenty of these.

Photo of theghost3
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool pours a dark brown with a 1-finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is mainly caramel malts, yeast, & wood. There's a hint of dark fruits also. The taste is made up malts which start sweet but end bitter. I thought the taste was very subdued. Mouthfeel is really carbonated for a brown.

This is a decent brown that is very filling & oddly acidic. I could drink a couple of these in a session but no more.

Photo of FallinDeck
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a blackbody with a hint of amber hidden in the light. The head seemed to be of good size but the bubbles appeared rather large for my taste. It sets off a smell of bitter chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol. I found what I smelt is exactly what I tasted in this beer, A good molasses/chocolate/coffee/alcohol. The mouthfeel seemed a little heavy on the carberation, but all in all I really enjoyed this beer.

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
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