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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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2,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 93
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
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 ChrisQ
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

If you like black coffee and strong liquor, this might be a beer for you. Sadly, as someone who doesn't prescribe to the daily ritual of drinking "Boiled Bean Juice," I couldn't finish my serving. The funny thing is, I had this in Montana on the way to a coffee roaster's.

Something called Moose Drool should have told me what I was getting into: mysterious, dark and slightly oily. Smell had hints of sourness and sweet fermented fruits, maybe peach and cherry. A beer that tastes thicker than it feels. It reminded me of a lighter version of Guinness. The downfall from my palate's perspective was the big punch of bitterness and pronounced ethanol.

Like single malt scotch, this is one drink that is individualized, not universal; some will love it above all, others won't.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint mug.

A: Very dark, reddish when held up to light. Got a maybe 1 finger head when poured, but that dissipated quickly. Left a little lace on the sides when drank.

S: Weak. A little roasted and a little coffee.

T: Much bitterer than I remember, like coffee. Perhaps this batch of grain was over roasted? Little or no hops.

M: I liked the mouth feel a lot, particularly the density. Feels like it would be good with food.

D: Drinkable. Not stellar for the reasons mentioned above.

I think this may have been an older or just bad batch. There is no date anywhere on the packaging.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear medium brown color. Poured a 1 finger light tan head with fair retention. Even lacing in rings.

S: Caramel and toasted malts. A slight bitter foundation lingers.

T: Coffee is the most predominant taste. Roasted and toasted malts follow. Warming alcohol bite and bitter coffee finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and rich feel.

D: Full flavor, but not filling. Moderate abv make it fairly drinkable.

Photo of FCGrabo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured the first bottle into a new glass, a Walmart special beer glass. The liquid was dark along the lines of Coke or Pepsi. The foam came up to about a an inch and was a nice tannish color. A moderate supply of medium bubbles rose up from within. The aroma was slight and had a nice, dark malty smell.

The fist sip confirmed the maltiness. Not as dark tasting as I was anticipated, but a nice, robust flavor nonetheless. Sweetness was not apparent in the first few sips, perhaps it will come later after the beer sets up house in my mouth.

As the sips continued, the maltiness gained favor with my buds of taste. The beer had a very good feel in the mouth and the maltiness was not accompanied by the slug of bitterness like that of a stout or heavily hopped porter. The beer was quite pleasant to the taste and a nice deviation off the path of most other ales I've had. Subtle sweetness finally manifested as I got down to the bottom of the glass. This was really quite nice.

Photo of shohog
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and is very dark clear appearance with a nice head. Smell is enticing and very appealing but I can not say exactly what it smells like. I mean I can not smell any grapefruit, bannana, chocolate, caramel, or floral or pine but that is what I like about the smell. It smells like Moose Drool! More importantly is the taste is excellant. It is like a battle between the sweet malt at first which gives way to the slight bitterness aftertaste then goes back to sweet, then again to bitter aftertaste. I like this beer more than Newcastle brown or Sam Adams Brown. This is my new favorite brown ale! You gotta love the beer if not the label! :)

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

Bottle. Pours a clear brown small head. Aroma of stale wheat and sweet malt. Flavor of caramel, some cardboard notes, although they generally fade as the beer warms. Palate is weak and watery. Ok, drinkable, but not a great example of the style.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of Magpie14
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: this one leans toward a deep reddish brown with a solid cream colored top after a rather feisty pour. Lace is worthy of recognition with blotches of spider webs and layers of filmy residue

S: chocolate and toasted malts with oily nuttiness in the background. Maybe just a pop of soft toffee, caramel, and earthy hops

T: this beer works pretty standard with some nice flavors. Roasted malts occupy a good space with a slight spicy and nutty flavor. This is predominantly the bulk of the brew. It is sweetened up by some dry and earthy chocolate notes in the back

M: dry and husky flavors, not much sweetness to this one. Body is somewhat fizzy and retains a soft mild feel

D: not a big fan, has a big malty presence and soft sweet side. Still, it is worthy of getting a hold of and chugging one down

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

Another of the beers sent to me from out West by Wasatch, thanks for this John.

OK, so I have to admit, I wanted to try this beer because I like the name and the picture of the drooling moose. A bad way to choose which beer to drink? YES, but in this case I'm ok with that.

A transparent mahoganey color with about one finger of tan head. Slight head retention, but no lacing what-so-ever.

Nose is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel and toffee notes are strong with the slightest chocolately backing.

Flavor is once again malt dominated. Sweet caramel and toffee are the most noticeable, but a roasted character along with some chocolatey malts come through also. The roasted flavors come through toward the finish of the beer, and remain as an aftertaste.

Very thin mouthfeel, light bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

No complaints in drinkability, but nothing great either. A solid beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly fades
S - Caramel and nuts with a gentle sweetness
T - Malty with a bit of nutty flavor and a touch of hops
M - light to med carbonation that helps drive my score for drinkability
D - Yummy and not filling and not too expensive. i love this stuff

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

A - Pours a dark brown w/hints of ruby color. There was no foam to speak of, just a few bubbles dotting the top and ring of the glass.

S - aroma of nuts, some cocoa, light malt

T - light roasted malt and brown sugar, slight pineyness in the finish

M/D - Light bodied and easy drinking. A nice session brew that I wish i had more access to.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a small thin tan head that doesn't stick around long and leaves a bit of lace on the pint glass.

Aroma is light: toasted hazelnuts, caramel malts and overripe plum.

Nutty, toasty flavor with caramel and dark fruit like plum and fig. Hints of black pepper and vanilla. Some hops are evident, which is nice, but this brown is lighter than I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, with much carbonation and a lightly oily finish. A very drinkable, highly available brown ale.

Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a darker brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of maltiness, nutty, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of the same nuttiness, caramel with some chocolate and toasted graininess.

Notes from 06/30/04.

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

I'm not a fan of brown or dark ales. But this one was slightly different. I enjoyed it. It was very smooth with medium carbonation. Perfect balance in my opinion. Tastes of toasted grains and dark chocolate is faint but present. Sweet at times, which surprised me.

I also rather enjoy the thought of drinking "Moose Drool." The novelty of it puts a smile on my face.

Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Color is dark brown with a thin tan head.
Nose: Is nutty hoppy, caramel, and malt with a sweet molasses hint.
Taste: It had a nice toasted malt complex that was nutty, a touch of hops, and a hint of molasses.
Overall: It was a good beer not great. The finish is clean and refreshing

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

I remember drinking this beer years ago when I lived in Seattle. Time to revisit it...

Pours a dark amber / brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of nuts, cola, and light cocoa. Pretty nice nose on this one.

Tastes of roasted nuts, malts, dark brown sugars, and light cola. Finish has a touch of earthy hops that add a sharp, but far from overpowering bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and full feeling. While it's full, it's still light enough to make this one not heavy.

Drinkability is good. Overall, a very nice and sessionable brown ale.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leathery brown with amber highlights and a strong cappuccino tan head. There is pretty fast dissipation as it quickly lays down to a sudsy film of bubbles. Thin curtains of foam coat the glass with a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is thin, almost watered down. There are some light malts but nothing truly tangible. Maybe some light caramels and toffee but nothing great or immediately apparent.

Taste is sweet and malty but a little watered down for my taste. There is a mild caramel finish that is kind of nice with a lovely drying. A weak bitterness shows through in the finish as well.

I think this one falls short of the mark. I don't like the subdued nose and taste. It also feels a little like you drank dust after its all said and done. Not a bad brew but also not great.

Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Murphy's nonic, Moose Drool is a ruddy mahogany with a large, auburn tinged light tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is a first a bit of a duller, waxy sweetness, darker grains, toffee, and caramel in particular really opening up as it warms from fridge temp, like Weather's Orignal candy.

Taste is semi-sweet crystal and chocolate, spicy, with a brown sugar aftertaste, but with herbal, earthy hops and light plastic phenols.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium-light bodied but somewhat chewy. Slightly sticky malt and a spicy, bitter finish.

Drinkability is pretty high, a satisfyingly robust American brown that's not to big, a very well done example of the style.

Photo of tangentrider
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear medium brown beer with a light tan head and very nice lacing.

S- Aromas of caramel and roasted malt prevail. A touch of bitterness lingers underneath.

T- Coffee is the most predominant flavor followed by roasted malt. There is a distinct alcohol bite and the finish is of slightly bitter coffee.

MF- Light, with a pleasant and clean, yet rich feel.

D- Good session beer. Great with a home style chicken pot pie.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pour 24 in Vegas. Pours a somewhat hazy chestnut color. Thin off white head holds for a bit, then leaves a few patches of lace on the side of the glass.

A bit of nutty, toffee aroma, with a faint hint of chocolate. Nothing from hops here. Nice and simple.

Flavor profile is nearly identical to the aroma. a slight nutty, toffee flavor. Chocolate in the background. Hops mearly balance the sweetness here. Very much English style.

Medium body, with lower carbonation. A very easy drinking session beer.

Photo of Slynger
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moose Drool pours a clear brown with a deep amber highlight, and a cap of finely fluffy light beige.

The nose delivers some light brown sugary sweetness along with cocoa and floral hops.

A bit more in the flavor. A touch of brown sugared toffee sweetness with a light amount of lightly bitter, unsweetened, cocoa and a more significant roasted presence. A small touch of apple-ish fruitiness along with mild, floral hops. Light-medium body is lightly limp, but smooth, with a light and foamy carb.

Not a bad brown ale, definitely has a bit of complexity in the somewhat light taste, but nothing I will probably think to purchase in the future.

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

Pours a dark reddish/brown with a small light tan head. Very nice fine carbonation bubbles. Smell is smoky, bready, with a hint of ripe fruit. Taste is malty, smoky, very biscuity. A toasted malt flavor is in the middle, and the finish is raw earthy hops. Very surprisingly high bitterness for an English Brown Ale, but I like it! Mouthfeel is smooth and light, carbonation levels low and also very smooth. Very drinkable, This goes really well with food.

I had heard good things about this beer, and I must say I was definitely not disappointed.

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

12 ox brown bottle poured into my Sam Adams pint glass. The beer is brown with garnet highlights. It has a tan head and shards of lacing.

The nose is nutty with toasted malts and brown sugar.

The beer is slightly nutty tasting with hints of molasses and toffee. The grains have a nice roasted quality, but it not a heavy roast taste like you get in stouts or porters, but something lighter and sweeter. A bit of alcohol late.

The mouth is smooth and silky. I could session this one!

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

Appearance has a dark brown amber with a thin head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee with a smokiness to it. Taste seems slightly watered down having a light smoke flavor thats nutty with the coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium going down slick with good carbonation.

Photo of disastermouse
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Brown. It's definitely a 'fallback' beer - meaning that if you can't find much to like at the liquor/beer store, Moose Drool will definitely do the job.

It's darker than most Brown's I've seen..and I like that. It's also very malty, which I also really like. I guess it COULD use a little more hoppy 'bite', but then again, that might ruin the balance all together.

I really like Big Sky. Their beers seem to have a little more character than the typical American Microbrew.

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

This was the easiest review I've ever done. It was "Good".
Above average, hardly exceptional. A solid beer; I'd never turn one down unless there were Belgians or Bitters to tempt me away. But if I wanted a brown ale, you couldn't do a whole lot better.

It was a touch watery but I find many browns to be this way. It had a nice grainy taste to the malt; slightly sweet with a more bitter finish.
Color was nice and carbonation was spot on. No head retention from my bottle.
Worth a try, for sure.

(EDIT: kgotcher's review, which I read AFTER I reviewed this beer, seems to echo my thoughts exactly. Nice review kgotcher!)

Moose Drool Brown Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.